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Sky High Ambitions? Military Aviation and Africa-China Relations

By Lukas Fiala Angolan President João Lourenço’s desire to have China build an air force base in Angola again highlights the issue of military cooperation between Africa and China. What are the drivers of China’s foray into African military aviation?

Terrorism Tops the Agenda at Shanghai Cooperation Organization Meeting in Kazhakstan

National security advisors from the nine member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and several observer states gathered on Wednesday in the Kazakh capital, Astana, to discuss the growing threat posed by terrorism in Russia and Central and South Asia. ...

Border Tensions Between China and India Flare Anew Following Naming Controversy

India's External Affairs Minister, S. Jaishankar, scoffed at the release of a list of 30 locations recently re-named by Chinese authorities in the disputed Himalayan region known as Zangnan in China and Arunachal Pradesh in India. China's Ministry of Civil Affairs published an ...

Biden, Xi Address South China Sea Tensions During ‘Candid’ Phone Call

U.S. President Joe Biden spoke by phone for almost two hours with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, on Tuesday. The conversation covered all the current hot spots in the increasingly acrimonious relationship between the two countries. While bilateral issues dominated the discussion, ...

With Prices Low, China Moves Quickly to Secure Supplies of Critical Metals

The year-long plunge in the prices of critical materials used to manufacture electric vehicle batteries, namely nickel, cobalt, and lithium, is destroying the bottom lines of Western mining companies. Mining companies in Australia, Canada, and several European countries are laying off ...

U.S., Japan to Conduct Joint Naval Patrols With the Philippines in the South China Sea

Tensions in the South China Sea are poised to increase significantly when the U.S. and Japanese navies join the Philippines for joint patrols in contested waters that China also claims. News of the proposed joint naval maneuvers was leaked to ...

Indonesia’s President-Elect Arrives in China for Highly Unusual Visit

Indonesian President-elect Prabowo Subianto arrived in Beijing on Sunday for what many observers describe as a highly unusual visit that will include a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. It is extremely rare for a foreign leader who has not even been sworn ...

Fresh Off His Visit to Washington, Vietnam’s Foreign Minister Heads Straight to Beijing

Vietnamese Foreign Minister Bùi Thanh Sơn will be in Beijing on Wednesday and Thursday this week for talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. The trip comes just one week after Sơn was in Washington, where he met with U.S. Secretary of State ...

Only a Heavily Militarized Border With China Will Keep the Peace, Says India’s External Affairs Minister

Chinese and Indian diplomats met in Beijing on Wednesday for the 29th round of talks aimed at defusing tensions along their disputed boundary in the Himalayas. The only takeaway from this meeting is that the two sides are actually talking ...

Pressure Mounts on China as Three More Asia-Pacific Governments Back Philippines in South China Sea Standoff

Three of the largest, most powerful governments in the Asia-Pacific region weighed in on Tuesday on the deteriorating security situation in the South China Sea, and condemned Beijing for its use of force against Filipino vessels. South Korea and Australia issued ...
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