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U.S. Acknowledges It Can’t Cut China Out of the EV Battery Supply Chain

For much of the past year, since the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) in 2022, U.S. officials have spoken at length about the urgent need to remove China from the critical minerals supply chain used, among other things, to manufacture electric vehicle batteries. ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: ASEAN Kicked off First-Ever Joint Naval Drills in South China Sea on Tuesday

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) kicked off its first-ever joint naval drills in the South China Sea on Tuesday near Indonesia's Nantuna island. The five-day exercise comes at a sensitive time when many ASEAN members are locked in bitter maritime territorial disputes with China. 

Tart Response in Beijing to India-Canada Dispute

China’s state-owned Global Times newspaper said the brewing conflict between India and Canada about the possible involvement of Indian actors in the assassination of a Sikh leader in British Columbia reveals “the vulnerability of the so-called value-based alliance system led by the US.”

Nepal Walks a China-India-U.S. Tightrope as Prime Minister Heads to Beijing

Nepal’s Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal (nicknamed “Prachanda”) arrives in China on Friday for the second overseas visit since he took office. His first, in June, was to India, and the choice of destinations shows the delicate balance Nepal has to strike between its giant neighbors. ...

Syrian President Assad Heads to Beijing as China Ramps Up Mideast Diplomacy

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will arrive in China on Thursday ahead of a landmark summit with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. Assad's visit kicks off a new round of Chinese diplomacy focused on the Mideast in the weeks ahead that will also ...

BRI Isn’t Intended to Undermine the West, Says China’s EU Ambassador

Fu Cong, the Chinese ambassador to the European Union in Brussels, challenged the widely-held perception in Brussels and other Western capitals that the Belt and Road Initiative aims to undermine U.S. and European influence around the world. If that was the ...

Republican Lawmakers in the U.S. Propose Yet Another Strategy to Challenge China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Three Republican legislators in the United States feel enough isn't being done to counter China's Belt and Road Initiative and want the State Department to come up with yet another plan to blunt Beijing's "debt-trap diplomacy disguised as infrastructure development" in developing countries.

Prominent Chinese Professor Explains Why the U.S., Not China is Actually to Blame for Global South Debt Distress

One of China's foremost scholars on international debt says accusations that Beijing engages in predatory lending, or "debt trap diplomacy" do not align with the facts -- and that it's actually the U.S., or more precisely the U.S. dollar, that's really to blame.

Coups in the Sahel: Where China, U.S., and EU Should Work Together

Niger's coup leaders have been unfazed by military threats and economic blockade of food and medicine by neighboring countries and have not returned to their barracks. The unfolding coup is the latest event in ongoing chaos across the Sahel. Sudan fights a civil war, jihadism menaces the ...

Days After Meeting Biden, Vietnam PM Calls for Closer Ties With China

Vietnam's legendary skills in managing the burgeoning Great Power rivalry between the U.S. and China were on full display this weekend when, just days after hosting President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính headed across the border for talks with his Chinese counterpart Li Qiang.
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