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Battery Metals Revealing the Limits of U.S. Pressure?

The meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo is currently dominating China-Global South conversations. This isn’t because anything particularly notable emerged from their discussion. Rather, the very blandness of the meeting seems to signal a possible normalization of Chinese outward engagement, which ...

Indonesian President Widodo Arrives in Beijing For High Profile Meeting With Xi Jinping

Indonesian President Joko Widodo landed in Beijing on Monday night for a two-day visit that will be capped by what is presumed to be an in-person meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. This will be the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic ...

Widodo’s Beijing Visit Gets Sucked Into U.S.-China Feud

China's fiercely nationalistic Global Times newspaper took the lead in pushing back on criticism by high-level U.S. officials that the writers describe as an attempt by Washington to undermine Tuesday's meeting between Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his counterpart Xi Jinping. ...

Two Southeast Asian States Stand Out in Pew’s Latest U.S. vs. China Public Opinion Survey

Singapore and Malaysia stood apart in Pew Research's latest public opinion poll that surveyed 25,000 respondents in 19 middle and high-income countries about their perceptions of China and the United States. While public views of China in other wealthy countries ...

Chinese Defense Minister Convenes Second China-Africa Peace and Security Forum Ministerial Meeting

Senior defense officials from at least 48 African countries took part in the second China-Africa Peace and Security Forum Ministerial Meeting that took place online on Monday. General Wei Fenghe, China's defense minister, delivered the keynote address during which he promoted Beijing's ...

Chinese Authorities Arrest Owner of Car Covered in Nazi Symbols After Israeli Protest

Police in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan arrested the owner of a small passenger car with decals of Nazi symbols on it. The vehicle was brought to the attention of authorities by the Israeli consulate in the provincial capital Chengdu after it posted ...

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi Wraps Up Southeast Asian Tour with Promise for South China Sea Code of Conduct

Wang Yi, China's Minister of Foreign Affairs, pledged progress on a long-awaited code of conduct for the South China Sea region. His comments came as he wrapped up a five-nation tour of the region in Malaysia.  China's claim on ...

Backgrounder: How Chinese Infrastructure is Reshaping ASEAN Trade

Even as China's territorial wrangles with some of its South China Sea neighbors show no sign of letting up, Chinese infrastructure is taking its trade relations with Southeast Asia to new levels.  In particular, ambitious new land-sea corridors are credited for ...

How India Juggles the Superpowers

As geopolitical groups and counter-groups crowd the landscape, India is seemingly everywhere at once. It is a prominent member of China-aligned groups like the BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). It is also central to China-containing groups like the Quad. ...

Solomon Islands PM Assures Australia It Remains “Security Partner of Choice”

Manasseh Sogavare, the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, moved to calm Australian fears about his country's new security pact with China.  In an interview with The Guardian, Sogavare said there will never be a ...
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