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How China’s Changing Economy is Impacting Africa?

Back in the early 2000s, when Chinese engagement in Africa started to ramp up, China was enjoying double-digit growth and devoured vast quantities of African oil, minerals, and timber to feed its surging manufacturing sector. ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Philippine President Ramps Up Rhetoric as Local Attitudes Harden

The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., told soldiers to be ready for any conflict amid a potential overlap of his country’s tensions with China in the South China Sea and growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Speaking to troops at a base in the northern Isabela province on Monday, Marcos said: “The external threat now has become more pronounced, has become more worrisome, and that is why we have to ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: China and the Philippines Inch Closer to Conflict in the South China Sea

China and the Philippines Inch Closer to Conflict in the South China Sea. Don McLain Gill, a Manila-based geopolitical analyst, said that the situation was now at “a critical juncture” and that “the ball is in the court of the U.S.-Philippines alliance.” (THE DIPLOMAT) ...

Philippines Releases Video of Monday’s Confrontation With China Coast Guard, Sparks Outrage and Fears of Escalation

When news broke of Monday's latest confrontation between Chinese and Philippines maritime authorities in the South China Sea, it was unusual that video of the incident was not available shortly after it happened. But that changed late Wednesday afternoon when the ...

The Philippines Navy Used Armor-Plated Vessel to Protect Against Chinese Water Canons

Chinese Communist Party-run media outlets published photos of the Philippine Navy's re-supply ship which they allege was transporting construction materials to bolster the decrepit World War II-era warship that serves as Manila's outpost on the Second Thomas Shoal. What's most notable about ...

Key Players in South China Sea Confrontation Scramble to Shape the Narrative

The release of videos on Wednesday of this week's violent confrontation between Chinese and Philippines maritime authorities in the South China Sea triggered the usual mix of blame and recriminations among the major parties, but this time, there was a more ominous tone.

Taking Stock of China’s Diplomatic Surge in the Persian Gulf

Even just a few years ago, it would have stretched credulity to argue that China was a major diplomatic player in the Persian Gulf. Today, that is no longer the case as Beijing is fast becoming one of the key actors ...

PLA Navy at the Ready to Enforce Beijing’s New “No Trespass” Rule in the South China Sea

A Chinese Navy amphibious assault ship shadowed by its support vessels appeared near the disputed Spratly Islands on Friday in an apparent signal that the PLA Navy plans to actively enforce Beijing's new "no trespass" rule in the South China Sea. ...

Philippines, Sinovac React to U.S. Vaccine Disinformation Campaign

Both the Philippines government and Chinese vaccine maker Sinovac reacted angrily to news that the United States military engaged in a prolonged disinformation campaign to discourage the use of Chinese vaccines in the Southeast Asian country at the height of the pandemic.

South Korea Looks to Central Asia to Reduce Reliance on China for Critical Minerals

President Yoon Suk Yeol wrapped up on Sunday a weeklong trip to Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan that focused on introducing Korea's new strategy toward Central Asia and strengthening cooperation in critical minerals, energy and infrastructure. Yoon and first lady Kim Keon ...

Report: China’s Overseas Basing Strategy Focused on Protecting Sea Lanes, Not Confronting U.S.

The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) does not have the expertise or capabilities to build military bases around the world that could be used to confront the United States in the event of a war between the two countries, according to a new report by the RAND ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Chinese Premier Li Qiang Embarked on a Three-Nation, Week-Long Tour of Asia-Pacific Countries on Thursday

Chinese Premier Li Qiang will embark on a three-nation, week-long tour of Asia-Pacific countries on Thursday that will include stops in Malaysia, New Zealand, and Australia. Li's visit to both NZ and Australia will be the first by a Chinese premier in seven years and the first to ...
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