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Israel Denounces China’s Support of Palestinians’ Right to “Armed Struggle”, Calls Beijing’s ICJ Statement “Unfortunate”

The Israeli government issued its first official response to China's testimony at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) last week that said Palestinians have a legitimate right to "armed struggle" against "Israeli oppression." Israeli Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lior Haiat said the ...

China and the Indonesia Nickel Trade: Measuring the True Labor and Environmental Cost

A lot of EV consumers bought new battery-powered cars in the hope it would be better for the environment than a vehicle with a conventional internal combustion engine that runs on fossil fuels. By some measures, that's no doubt true.

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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 ...

Philippines President Plans to Lobby Australia to Join South China Sea Coalition Amid China’s “Worrisome” Use of Warships

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. expressed concern about the introduction of Chinese naval forces in the South China Sea and their use of electronic warfare tactics, including signal jamming. "Yeah, it's worrisome. Before only China's Coast Guard was moving in our area, ...

The First Made-in-China Jetliner Arrives in Vietnam

China's first domestically-made commercial airliner arrived in Vietnam on Tuesday, its second overseas stop after it made its public debut at the Singapore Air Show last weekend. The plane's manufacturer, COMAC, is eying Southeast Asia as a primary market for the ...

Sri Lanka President Hints at Emerging Chinese Logistics Network Linking Hambantota With Yangon and Chongqing

Discussions are reportedly underway among Sri Lanka, China, and Myanmar to link key ports and industrial hubs in those countries into a new logistics network, according to recent comments by Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe. The president said at a cabinet ...

Weak EV Demand Prompts Chinese Lithium Miners to Cut Production

It wasn't that long ago that China's lithium miners were once impervious to the sharp drop in prices of the key battery metal, but apparently they, too, have their limits. Slowing EV demand at home and abroad combined with a surge ...

BYD Is Not Planning to Enter the U.S. Market

Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer BYD is not planning to enter the U.S. market, according to Stella Li, CEO of BYD Americas, and will instead focus only on Mexico's domestic market with plans to construct a plant in the vicinity of Mexico City.

Satellite Images Confirm China’s Installation of Floating Barrier at Mouth of Disputed South China Sea Atoll, Beijing Calls Move “Necessary”

The Chinese Foreign Ministry confirmed that a floating barrier now blocks the entrance to the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, a move that will further inflame tensions with the Philippines, which also claims the atoll as its own. ...

Investors Celebrate Zambia’s Debt Deal With China by Snapping Up Government Bonds

Zambian bonds traded at their highest levels in 18 months on Monday following news that Lusaka reached a debt deal last week with official Chinese creditors. “China agreeing on terms means that we can get on with the private-creditor restructuring,” Sam ...

Sierra Leone President Arrives in China for State Visit

Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio arrived in China on Tuesday to kick off a five-day visit that will culminate in Beijing with a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. Bio is also scheduled to meet with Premier Li Qiang ...

China’s Defense of Palestinians’ Right to Armed Resistance Gets Muted Response in Israel, Welcomed by Both Hamas and Iran

The Palestinian terrorist group Hamas and its Iranian backers both welcomed a strongly-worded statement delivered late last week at the International Court of Justice that said Palestinians' use of force to "resist foreign oppression" is an "inalienable right." Beijing's top diplomat for ...

Mideast Media Outlets Are Misreading a Chinese Naval Deployment to the Gulf of Aden

A trio of Chinese warships departed the Port of Zhanjiang in Guangdong province last week and are now on their way to the Gulf of Aden.  There is nothing unusual about this deployment as the three vessels are going to replace ...
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