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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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

U.S., Canada Look to Wean Themselves Off Dependence on China for Critical Minerals

Energy ministers from the United States and Canada expressed deep reservations about their countries' current reliance on China for processed minerals that are used to power next-generation mobility and technologies. In separate interviews, U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and Canada's Minister ...

With Eye on China, Japan Seeks to Bolster Ties With Pacific Island Countries

Japan's Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa, together with her counterparts from the 18 members of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIC), reaffirmed this week the importance of the "rules-based international order" -- a somewhat anodyne declaration but significant in the context of Japan's contentious relationship with China. ...

Solomons Islands PM Vows ‘Look North’ Pro-China Policy if Reelected

Solomon Islands' pro-China leader on Tuesday detailed a reelection campaign based on a "look North" strategy that would deepen security and economic ties with Beijing while retaining "traditional" allies like Australia. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare -- who has accused "agents of ...

India Will be “Significantly Ahead” of China in Key Technologies, Says IT Minister

With Apple and other global technology companies moving some of their production out of China to other countries in Asia, there's a growing interest in whether a country like India, for example, is well positioned to rival China's dominance in tech manufacturing one day. ...

Concern Over China’s Growing Naval Presence Dominates Australian Indian Ocean Gathering

The foreign ministers from Australia and India both issued veiled critiques of China's military build-up in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) at a conference hosted by both countries in the western Australian city of Perth on Friday. The gathering brought together ...
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