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SCOring Higher? China, Russia, and the Future of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

By Giulia Sciorati The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation's (SCO) annual Head of State meeting was hosted in Astana on July 3rd and 4th as part of the SCO’s Kazakh presidency. Despite its over twenty years of activity, the SCO has seldom attracted ...

Putin and Xi Advance Anti-West Alliance at Central Asian Summit

The leaders of China and Russia on Thursday urged their allies and partners to resist malign external influence, advancing their shared anti-Western agenda at a regional summit in Central Asia. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping were ...

Putin, Xi Vie for Influence at Central Asian Summit

The leaders of Russia and China were in Kazakhstan on Wednesday for a regional summit, seeking to harden anti-Western alliances and press their influence in the strategic Central Asian region. Russian President Vladimir Putin touched down in the Kazakh capital of ...

Beijing’s South China Sea Duel With the Philippines is a “Dress Rehearsal” for Taiwan, Says Former (and Possibly Future) Trump Aide

Matt Pottinger, one of conservative Washington's most outspoken China hawks, called for a much more forceful U.S. response to the ongoing territorial disputes between Beijing and Manila in the South China Sea. In a speech on Tuesday at the Heritage ...

Philippines Says It Agrees With China to ‘De-Escalate’ South China Sea Tensions

By Pam Castro The Philippines and China agreed on Tuesday to "de-escalate tensions" over the South China Sea, Manila said, following a violent clash in the disputed waters last month. Manila and Beijing have a ...

China Builds New Presidential Palace in Pacific’s Vanuatu

The government of cash-strapped Vanuatu will soon settle into a suite of new buildings funded by China, a move likely to reignite concerns about Beijing's reach in the South Pacific nation. At an official handover ceremony conducted in front of a ...

Sri Lanka to Save $5 Billion From Bilateral Debt Deal

Sri Lanka will save $5 billion following the restructuring of its bilateral debt, much of which is owed to China, through slashed interest rates and longer repayment schedules, the president said Tuesday. The island nation defaulted on its foreign borrowings in ...

China’s Xi Arrives in Kazakhstan for State Visit, Summit

By James Edgar Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Kazakhstan on Tuesday for a state visit. During his visit, he will attend a meeting of Shanghai alliance nations in the Kazakh capital, Astana. The nine-member ...

China Prepares to Lead Expanded Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Chinese President Xi Jinping is heading to Central Asia to attend the leaders’ summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, taking place on 3 and 4 July 2024, in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana. The trip will also include state visits to Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. ...

China Suspected of Ramping up Spying Capacity in Cuba: Report

China appears to have ramped up its capacity for espionage in Cuba, potentially giving Beijing a window to sensitive military data from Florida, a US think tank said. The Center for Strategic and International Studies analyzed satellite imagery from four sites ...
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