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Who Will Succeed Amidst Global Economic Fragmentation?

By Lukas Fiala It’s hard to go a day without reading about new economic security measures on either side of the Atlantic. From EU tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles to the U.S. Treasury’s sanctions on China’s dual-use trade with Russia, the ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Philippine President Ramps Up Rhetoric as Local Attitudes Harden

The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., told soldiers to be ready for any conflict amid a potential overlap of his country’s tensions with China in the South China Sea and growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Speaking to troops at a base in the northern Isabela province on Monday, Marcos said: “The external threat now has become more pronounced, has become more worrisome, and that is why we have to ...

Philippines Releases Video of Monday’s Confrontation With China Coast Guard, Sparks Outrage and Fears of Escalation

When news broke of Monday's latest confrontation between Chinese and Philippines maritime authorities in the South China Sea, it was unusual that video of the incident was not available shortly after it happened. But that changed late Wednesday afternoon when the ...

The Philippines Navy Used Armor-Plated Vessel to Protect Against Chinese Water Canons

Chinese Communist Party-run media outlets published photos of the Philippine Navy's re-supply ship which they allege was transporting construction materials to bolster the decrepit World War II-era warship that serves as Manila's outpost on the Second Thomas Shoal. What's most notable about ...

Key Players in South China Sea Confrontation Scramble to Shape the Narrative

The release of videos on Wednesday of this week's violent confrontation between Chinese and Philippines maritime authorities in the South China Sea triggered the usual mix of blame and recriminations among the major parties, but this time, there was a more ominous tone.

Sniping Between China and Philippines Following Ship Collision

Tensions in the South China Sea are high following Monday’s collision between a Chinese coast guard vessel and a Philippine supply ship. The details of the incident are still at issue. It’s the latest in a series of standoffs between China’s Coast ...

Philippine Ship, Chinese Vessel Collide in South China Sea: Beijing

Philippine and Chinese vessels collided near the Second Thomas Shoal in the South China Sea on Monday, the Chinese Coast Guard said, as Beijing steps up efforts to push its claims over the disputed area. Known in Chinese as the Ren'ai ...

Report: China’s Overseas Basing Strategy Focused on Protecting Sea Lanes, Not Confronting U.S.

The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) does not have the expertise or capabilities to build military bases around the world that could be used to confront the United States in the event of a war between the two countries, according to a new report by the RAND ...

China Says G7 Statement ‘Full of Arrogance, Prejudice and Lies’

China hit back on Monday after G7 leaders warned Beijing to stop sending weapons components to Russia, saying their end-of-summit statement was "full of arrogance, prejudice and lies". When Group of Seven leaders met last week in Italy, souring trade relations ...

New China Rules Allow Detention of Foreigners in South China Sea

By Jing Xuan Teng New Chinese coast guard rules took effect Saturday. Under them, the Coast Guard can detain foreigners for trespassing in the disputed South China Sea, where neighbors and the G7 have accused Beijing of intimidation and coercion.

Philippines Submits UN Claim to Extended Continental Shelf

The Philippines has sought recognition from the United Nations for its claim to an extended continental shelf off the island that is closest to a hotly disputed region of the South China Sea. China claims almost the entire waterway through which ...

Does Europe Want to Compete With China in the Global South?

By Lukas Fiala When Ursula von der Leyen took on the top job in Brussels back in 2019, she vowed to transform the European Union’s quasi-government—the European Commission—into a “geopolitical Commission.” Little did EU bureaucrats ...
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