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Opposition Figurehead Decries China’s ‘Alarming’ Sway in Solomon Islands

China's growing hold over Pacific nation Solomon Islands is "alarming", a powerful opposition figurehead told AFP Monday ahead of elections that could further entrench Beijing's foothold in the region. Solomon Islands has warmly embraced China under mercurial Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, ...

Solomon Islands Readies for Election in Shadow of China’s Influence

By Steven Trask Solomon Islanders will head to the polls this week, voting in an election that promises to bolster or blunt China's regional ambitions, with security consequences that will ripple far beyond the Pacific nation's palm-fringed shores. ...

China Poised to Pick Off Another One of Taiwan’s South Pacific Allies as New PM Takes Office in Tuvalu

Lawmakers in Tuvalu have selected Feleti Teo as the Pacific island nation's new prime minister, a top official told AFP on Monday, weeks after an election that has put ties with Taiwan in focus. Former attorney general Teo secured the support ...

China’s Ambassador to Indonesia Pays House Call to Congratulate Prabowo Subianto on Likely Presidential Win

Indonesian election authorities are still counting ballots, but all indications point to Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto securing a decisive victory to become the country's next president. In anticipation of Prabowo's expected win, China's ambassador to Jakarta, Lu Kang, made a house ...

Can “Strongman” Prabowo Subianto Take Indonesia’s Nickel Dream Away From China’s Orbit?

Prabowo Subianto, an ex-military commander and former son-in-law of Indonesian dictator Suharto, is finally on his way to the presidency. During the campaign season, Prabowo drummed up the promise that he would continue Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s policies, including the promise of nickel-for-battery developments. Lo ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Joint Battlefield Training to Raise Pressure in South China Sea

The U.S. military will reportedly introduce joint combat training with the Philippines in June. Major General Marcus Evans, commander of the U.S. 25th Infantry Division, told the Associated Press that the training would increase the Philippine army’s ability to fight in challenging jungle conditions.
The training will run from June 1 to 10. At Manila’s request, the training will be held in Philippine territory for the first time. It will involve about 2,000 people ...

Prabowo Subianto Set to Win Indonesia Presidency, Relations With China, U.S. Expected to Remain Stable

The clouds still hadn’t left the sky on Wednesday morning in Indonesia’s capital city of Jakarta, where millions were preparing to elect their new president and vice president. Parts of the city were flooded due to heavy rains on the previous night, causing some polling stations to ...

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 ...

If Trump Wins, What Happens to the Philippines?

Ever since Donald Trump Donald Trump told a campaign rally over the weekend that if re-elected, he would encourage Russia to "do whatever the hell they want" to European countries that failed to meet NATO's spending targets, I started to wonder what he would say about the ...

Tshisekedi Says Restructured Chinese Mining Deal Will Pave the Way for $7 Billion in New Infrastructure

Félix Tshisekedi was sworn in this weekend for a second five-year term following a landslide victory in December in an election that many of his opponents say was stolen. The president took the oath of office on Saturday before a packed ...

Beijing’s Two Regional Flashpoints Send Warm Exchanges as Philippines’s Marcos Congratulates Taiwan’s Lai on Presidential Win

To those who may not follow the way countries phrase their wording about Taiwan to avoid causing an uproar from Beijing, Monday’s congratulations from Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to Taiwan presidential election winner Lai Ching-te may seem mere pedestrian diplomatic chatter. ...
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