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What Exactly is the “Global South”?

Academics and think tank analysts, predominantly in the U.S. and Europe, spend a lot of time debating whether it's appropriate to use the nomenclature "Global South" to describe developing countries in Africa, Asia, and the Americas, among other regions.

China-Indonesia Ties in the New Prabowo Subianto Era

They're still counting the votes in Indonesia after last week's election but it's all but certain that Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto will become the country's next president. While some of the world's major powers, like the U.S. and India, are holding ...

China Accuses U.S. and Philippines of “Stirring Up Trouble” Following Joint Air Patrols Over South China Sea

Three Philippine Air Force (PAF) fighter jets conducted joint exercises with a U.S. B-52 bomber over the South China Sea on Monday in the latest demonstration of the defense allies' bid to confront Chinese territorial claims in the region. The ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Misadventures in the Skin Trade

This week I spent a few days in Cape Town, in time for a minor, if telling, crisis in international agricultural trade. A ship crammed with 19,000 (mostly still living) cows was stuck in Cape Town harbor, en route from Brazil to the Middle East.
As South African animal welfare authorities scrambled to inspect the horrors on board, the city was enveloped in a powerful farmyard funk. The entire episode can ...

India, China Border Talks End With a Positive Vibe But No Substantive Outcomes

Indian and Chinese military commanders wrapped up their 21st round of talks aimed at resolving escalating tensions along their disputed 3,200-kilometer border. The corps commander-level talks were held this week at the Chusual-Moldo meeting point in a region known as the Line of ...

Indian Military to Open New Facilities at Sea and in the Mountains to Counter China

The Indian military announced it will build a new naval facility in the Indian Ocean and restructure part of its deployment near the Himalayas near the border with China, both with an eye to counter Beijing's increased assertiveness in those theaters. The ...

China Seeks Global South Support for New Governance System as Beijing Undermines Current Rules Based Order, Says U.S. Official

China is freeloading off the current rules-based international order while at the same time undermining the system to suit its agenda to implement an alternate global governance architecture, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday. Daniel Kritenbrink, Washington's top diplomat for ...

Scholars, Analysts Meet in Washington to Discuss China’s Influence in the Global South

Scholars and analysts from around the world gathered at the Washington, D.C. headquarters of The Atlantic Council think tank on Wednesday for a two-day conference focused on evaluating China's growing influence in Asia, Africa, the Americas and other developing regions. The ...

China Issues New Warning to the Philippines That It Will “Pay a High Price for Its Brinksmanship in the South China Sea”

Chinese Communist Party and state-run media outlets reacted angrily on Tuesday to joint U.S.-Philippines air patrols that took place the previous day over disputed territories in the South China Sea. The official China Daily newspaper, which often serves as a mouthpiece for ...

Ghana’s VP Introduced a New Transit Pass This Week That Isn’t Secure and Sends All of the Data to China

Ghanaian Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia launched a new digital transit pass in Accra on Monday that allows passengers to use a plastic card or their mobile phones to ride city buses. The "Tap and Go" service was designed to improve efficiency and ...

Ghana Installs 1,010 Rural Telephony Sites as Part of China-Backed Project

The Ghanaian government is at the halfway point to build out 2,016 telephony sites that will deliver new voice and data services to millions of rural residents. Communications Minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful said 618 of the new towers are fully operational, with the remaining ...

Kenya’s Public Debt Shot Up Last Year, But Not Because of China

Kenya's total public debt surged by more than $13 billion last year to a record $77 billion, largely due to a massive fall in the value of the shilling. The shilling shed 27% of its value against the dollar in 2023, ...

China Removed Barrier Blocking Entrance to Contested Shoal in South China Sea, Says Philippine Coast Guard

The China Coast Guard removed a controversial barrier that blocked the entrance to the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. The barrier was reportedly placed there sometime in late December, and according to Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) satellite images, the ...

China’s Ambassador to Indonesia Pays House Call to Congratulate Prabowo Subianto on Likely Presidential Win

Indonesian election authorities are still counting ballots, but all indications point to Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto securing a decisive victory to become the country's next president. In anticipation of Prabowo's expected win, China's ambassador to Jakarta, Lu Kang, made a house ...
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