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China’s Naval Diplomacy Comeback

​​By Lukas Fiala Earlier this week, Vice Admiral Monde Lobese, Chief of the South African Navy, met with China’s Defense Minister, Admiral Dong Jun 董军 in Beijing. For PLA analysts, the visit may come as no surprise, given the PLA’s ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Zimbabwe Agreement Could Signal China’s Return to African Rail

TransTech, a subsidiary of China Railway Group, reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state-owned National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) that could lead to a recapitalization of the country’s railway network.
Bloomberg reports that the agreement is currently limited to studying the project and producing a feasibility report by the end of June. Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said: “It is our expectation that in the upcoming Forum for China and Africa taking place ...

Philippines Opens Coast Guard Post After China Build-Up

The Philippines said Friday it had opened a Coast Guard post in the country's far north to boost security following China's "military build-up" near Taiwan over the past two years. The outpost "shall gather essential maritime data and intelligence, enabling the ...

New Dataset Reveals the Extent Beijing is Determined to Enforce South China Sea Territorial Claims

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. released an update to its South China Sea interactive dataset that provides a visual overview of the key factors fueling the current crisis. The AMTI tool ...

Philippines President Denounces Chinese Plan to Detain South China Sea “Trespassers”

Tensions flared anew this weekend between the Philippines and China over Beijing's announcement that its coast guard now has the power to detain so-called "trespassers" who traverse its self-declared ten-dash line territorial boundary in the South China Sea. The China Coast ...

Two Chinese Warships in Cambodia for Military Drills

Two Chinese warships docked in Cambodia on Sunday as part of the biggest-ever joint military drills with the Southeast Asian nation. Beijing's ambassador hails their "ironclad" friendship. Cambodia has long been a staunch ally of China and has received billions of ...

A Tale of Two Ports: A Potential Shift in Indian Ocean Maritime Politics?

By Saniya Kulkarni India recently signed an agreement with Iran to jointly develop and operate Chabahar Port, located on the southeastern Iranian coast on the Gulf of Oman. The new arrangement, which entails India committing to investing $370 million into the infrastructure of ...

Philippines to Buy 5 Japanese-Made Coast Guard Ships in $400 Million Deal

The Philippines has agreed to buy five coast guard patrol ships from Japan in a deal worth more than $400 million, Manila said Friday, as the Southeast Asian country faces growing Chinese pressure in the South China Sea. Japan will loan ...

UPDATE: Philippine Civilian Boat Convoy Won’t Proceed to China-Held Reef

A Philippine boat convoy bearing supplies for Filipino fishers said it was headed back to port Thursday. It had ditched plans to sail to a Beijing-held reef off the Southeast Asian country after one of its boats was "constantly shadowed" by a Chinese vessel.

Philippine Boat Convoy Won’t Proceed to China-Held Reef: Organizers

A convoy of boats carrying Philippine civilians bearing supplies for Filipino fishers has abandoned plans to sail closer to a China-held reef off the Southeast Asian country, organizers said Thursday. The convoy set sail Wednesday to distribute fuel and food to ...

Philippine Civilian Convoy Sails Towards Disputed Reef

By Faith Brown Civilians on board Philippine fishing boats sailed Wednesday towards a China-controlled reef off the Southeast Asian country, handing out aid to Filipino fishermen and dropping buoys to assert their rights to the disputed waterway.

Chinese, Filipino Ships Poised for Major South China Sea Confrontation

Four China Coast Guard ships backed by 26 maritime militia vessels are heading toward the disputed Scarborough Shoal to block an estimated one hundred Philippine civilians from completing a resupply mission for compatriot fishers. The volunteers are scheduled to arrive at the ...
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