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Q&A: How Cambodia’s Chinese-backed Funan Techo Canal Risks Destabilizing the Lower Mekong Delta

In May 2023, the former prime minister of Cambodia – Hun Sen – led a cabinet meeting that gave the green light to the “Funan Techo Canal”, the first waterway system in Cambodia, which will connect Phnom Penh Autonomous Port to Kep Province of Cambodia.

China Will Not Tolerate The Philippines Building on Disputed Islands in the South China Sea, Says Spokesperson

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning made it clear on Tuesday that Beijing will actively oppose any effort by the Philippines to upgrade any of its outposts on disputed islands in the South China Sea. Philippine military chief General Romeo Brawner ...

China Hits Back at Germany’s South China Sea Criticisms

China is lashing back at what it sees as Germany’s meddling in Beijing’s regional conflicts in the South China Sea. The German foreign minister, Annalena Baerbock, visited Manila last week and criticized what she called China’s aggression against Philippine forces in maritime ...

Philippines, Indonesia Strengthen Ties Against Backdrop of China’s Regional Assertiveness

The Philippines is bolstering ties with Indonesia and welcoming the country’s desires to help mediate tensions in the South China Sea, where Chinese and Philippine forces have clashed repeatedly throughout recent months. Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. ...

China, U.S. Meet Face-to-Face for First Time in Two Years to Discuss Taiwan and South China Sea

Chinese and U.S. military officials met in Washington this week for their first in-person talks in more than two years as the world’s two superpowers seek common ground after nearly a year of animosity. Taiwan and the South China Sea ...

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 ...

China-Argentina Ties Teeter on Financial, Trade Concerns

Argentina is balancing a high-wire act in its relations with China — one of its largest trading partners and a crucial source of funding for Buenos Aires during its financial crisis. Both sides seem to be taking a practical approach to ...

Outcry Grows as U.S. Reduces Scrutiny of Chinese Entering U.S. From Mexico

Concerns are growing after U.S. Customs and Border Protection expedited the screening process for Chinese asylum seekers amid a record leap in such cases. The CBP slashed the number of questions it asks inbound Chinese asylum seekers from roughly 40 to five after ...

China Cuts Off Vital Lifeline to Argentina, Recalls Ambassador

The younger generation loves to say — with saltier wording — “You mess around and find out.” Argentina’s new president, Javier Milei — who while campaigning used fierce anti-China rhetoric — has apparently messed around and found out.

Marcos Says ‘We Have to Do Something We Have Not Done Before’ to Deal With China

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has sparked a flurry of speculation over seemingly unprecedented comments he made regarding confrontations with Beijing in the South China Sea. In a recent interview with Japanese media, Marcos said traditional diplomacy with China had failed ...

Prominent Scholar Warns That Philippine South China Sea ‘Provocations’ Are Undermining China-ASEAN Ties

A respected Chinese scholar has given insight into official thinking on the impact Beijing’s maritime conflicts with the Philippines are having on China-ASEAN relations. Philippine “provocations” in the South China Sea are undermining cooperation between China and ASEAN and could have ...
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