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The South China Sea Crisis is Fast Approaching a Dangerous Tipping Point

The reactions to Sunday's at-sea collisions between Chinese and Philippines maritime forces reveal a very worrisome trend in what's fast becoming one of the world's most dangerous flashpoints. While the incidents were both minor, more like gentle bumps than violent collisions, ...

EU’s Global Gateway Forum Aims to Take On China’s Belt and Road

Wednesday and Thursday will see leaders from twenty countries gathering in Brussels for the Global Gateway Forum, the newest step in the EU’s global infrastructure scheme. The forum comes a week after China’s Belt and Road Forum, which gathered representatives from about 130 countries. ...

IMF Warns China’s Slowdown Could Hit Africa, Debunks Debt Trap Myth

The International Monetary Fund released a set of reports on Africa’s economic outlook and China’s shifting role on the continent. Overall, African economies are slowly rebounding after the double shocks of the pandemic and the Ukraine crisis. However, the IMF warns this recovery is endangered by constrained lending ...

U.S. Reaffirms Defense of Philippines in Event of ‘Armed Attack’ by Beijing in Ever-Escalating South China Sea Confrontations

The U.S. reiterated a warning Monday that it would defend the Philippines in the event of an armed attack after Chinese ships collided with two Filipino vessels off a contested area of the South China Sea. Washington's increasingly vocal support for Manila ...

Thai Land Bridge Project (Possibly) Gets Chinese Interest

Thai officials say the Chinese construction giant China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC) expressed interest in a project touted by the Thai government that would build double deep-sea ports in Chumphong and Ranong, linked by road, rail, and pipelines to connect the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea. ...

U.S., China Both Operating Carrier Strike Groups in the South China Sea

The tensions that were stoked Sunday when Philippine and Chinese vessels collided in the South China Sea come at a time when China and the U.S. have numerous warships deployed in relatively close proximity. The U.S. Navy’s current South China Sea-focused ...

China Comes to Philippines Confrontation With Cameras Ready

In previous confrontations between China and the Philippines at sea, the Chinese were slow to release video and to rebut Philippine allegations of what transpired. Not this time. Chinese state media and influencers were quick ...

China-Philippines at-Sea Collisions Prompt Mutual Recriminations and Questions Why This Happened Now

The Philippines and China are trading accusations of “provocative” actions after their vessels in the South China Sea collided twice on Sunday — raising already white-hot tensions after multiple aggressive encounters in the region recently. The run-ins occurred near the disputed Second ...

China Limits Exports of Graphite to Counter U.S. Technology Restrictions

The Chinese government announced it will soon restrict the export of three grades of graphite, a key ingredient in EV batteries and nuclear power plants, in retaliation for U.S.-led restrictions on technology sales to Chinese companies. China's Ministry of Commerce ...

Pentagon Report Shows Not Much Has Changed in Chinese Military Engagement in the Global South

The Pentagon has issued its annual report on China’s military capability. While it notes an increase in China’s overall military strength, especially how fast it’s building up its nuclear arsenal, not much has seemingly changed in terms of China’s military expansion in the Global South.
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