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Africa at the Intersection of Three Megatrends: China, Climate and Debt

Dramatic scenes this week in Italy where 7,000 people, mostly from Africa, came ashore after making the dangerous trek across the Mediterranean. It was a similar situation along the U.S.-Mexico border where 9,000 people crossed in a single day.

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Philippine Fishing Fleets Urged to Maintain Presence at Disputed Shoal as Tensions Build

The Philippine coastguard called on its country’s fishing fleets to keep operating around the Scarborough Shoal (known as Bajo de Masinloc in the Philippines and Huangyan Dao in China) despite the large Chinese presence in the disputed South China Sea area.
Coastguard spokesperson Jay Tarriela said while Philippine government vessels can’t maintain a constant presence, they are committed to protecting the country’s fishing rights in what it sees as its Exclusive Economic Zone.


WEEK IN REVIEW: Foreign Minister Wang Yi Said China Willing To “Play a Constructive Role” at Upcoming APEC Summit in November

Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China is willing to "play a constructive role" at the upcoming APEC summit in November but wouldn't confirm if President Xi Jinping will attend. Xi stayed home from both the recent G20 and ASEAN summits, prompting speculation he'll do the same for APEC.  

Philippines Leverages Media in Its Asymmetric Territorial Confrontation With China

When Philippines Coast Guard (PCG) ships pulled up on Tuesday to the 300-meter barrier that China laid near a fiercely contested shoal in the South China Sea, four Chinese Coast Guard (CCG) vessels hovered nearby but didn't intervene. "They were ...

China, Philippines Tensions Surge After Manila Removes Barrier in South China Sea

Already strained ties between China and the Philippines worsened further on Tuesday following the announcement by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) that it successfully removed a 300-meter barrier that Chinese maritime forces installed in a disputed area of the South China Sea.

China’s Top Diplomat to New Delhi Calls for “Friendly Coexistence” With India

The Chargé d'Affaires at the Chinese embassy in New Delhi, Ma Jia, Beijing's most senior diplomat in India, renewed a call for the two Asian powers to "normalize" their relations in a bid to halt steadily deteriorating ties. Ma made the ...

China-Backed AIIB Admits Three New Members, Announces New Climate Finance Initiative

The Chinese-initiated Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank wrapped up its two-day annual meeting in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm El Sheikh on Tuesday and announced that three new members, all non-Asian, would be admitted to the bank. With the addition of ...

The West’s Answer to China’s Belt and Road Initiative is Already Encountering Resistance… From Turkey

The hugely ambitious India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor (IMEC) multi-modal trade route is already beginning to encounter resistance just weeks after being announced at the G20 leaders summit in New Delhi. IMEC is the latest effort by the U.S. and Europe to build ...

After Siding With the West, Liberia is Now Aligned With China on Sensitive Territorial Issues

Deweh Gray, a deputy foreign minister in Liberia, told an audience at the Chinese embassy in Monrovia on Tuesday that her government firmly supports Beijing's One-China policy. For most countries, that's not a very controversial stance, but not in Liberia, where ...

How China’s Economic Slowdown Impacts Developing Countries

The Chinese economy is in trouble. Exports, manufacturing output, and investment are all down. Unemployment, particularly among young people is up. Provincial debt is now at a record $8 trillion while a burgeoning property crisis has eliminated a once reliable source ...

Xi Jinping Wraps Another Weekend of Rapid-Fire Diplomacy With Leaders From Asia and the Middle East

President Xi Jinping concluded a three-day sprint of back-to-back summits this weekend with leaders from Asia and the Middle East in what's become the new norm for Chinese presidential diplomacy. Before the pandemic, Xi was China's most well-traveled leader in the ...

$23 Billion of Deals Signed at China-Arab Trade Fair

The China-Arab Trade Expo closed on Sunday in the northwestern region of Ningxia with $23.4 billion in deals signed. As is customary with these kinds of announcements, Chinese officials did not release any specific details about the deals or the companies involved.
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