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China Issues New Warning to the Philippines That It Will “Pay a High Price for Its Brinksmanship in the South China Sea”

Chinese Communist Party and state-run media outlets reacted angrily on Tuesday to joint U.S.-Philippines air patrols that took place the previous day over disputed territories in the South China Sea. The official China Daily newspaper, which often serves as a mouthpiece for ...

Even With a De-Escalation Deal, Philippines Says It Will Continue Media Pressure in South China Sea

The Philippines government is not going to change its strategy of inviting journalists and social media influencers to record confrontations with Chinese maritime forces in the South China Sea even as the two countries try to implement a de-escalation deal agreed to last month. ...

Chinese, Philippine Coast Guards Trade Barbs Over Who Is to Blame for Latest South China Sea Confrontation

Chinese and Philippines officials are furiously trying to shape the narrative over a confrontation between their Coast Guards that took place last week near the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. This latest incident occurred on Friday when a Philippine ...

What Do Namibian Giraffes Have To Do With the Chinese Economy? Ask Weibo

A post by the U.S. embassy in China about the use of GPS to boost giraffe conservation in Namibia became the unlikely location for a collective freakout about the Chinese economy. By Monday, the post received about 166,000 comments, many bemoaning ...

Chinese and Philippine Coast Guard Trade Barbs Over Encounter on Remote South China Sea Shoal

Tensions between the Chinese and Philippines Coast Guard moved from the South China Sea to social media where the two sides on Wednesday battled it out over shaping the narrative about an encounter that occurred two weeks ago. On January 12, 

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Misadventures in the Skin Trade

This week I spent a few days in Cape Town, in time for a minor, if telling, crisis in international agricultural trade. A ship crammed with 19,000 (mostly still living) cows was stuck in Cape Town harbor, en route from Brazil to the Middle East.
As South African animal welfare authorities scrambled to inspect the horrors on board, the city was enveloped in a powerful farmyard funk. The entire episode can ...

ChinaMed Observer: Wang Yi’s First Trip of 2024 According to the Egyptian and Tunisian Press

By Mariateresa Natuzzi In this issue of the ChinaMed Observer, we take stock of Tunisian and Egyptian press coverage of Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi’s recent trip to Cairo and Tunis. These visits were the inaugural stops of the ...

Thailand’s China Tourist Woes Set to Worsen After Woman Charged Following TikTok Video

Thai police are pressing charges against a Chinese social media influencer after she posted a video from a Bangkok nightlife area she claimed was dangerous for women — in a move that could further scare away potential Chinese tourists. Wang Ziyu — ...

China Excoriates U.S. as Culprit in Philippine Tensions in South China Sea

Chinese media and official channels shifted into overdrive this week in condemnation of U.S. hegemony as the true source of tensions in the South China Sea, despite the friction ostensibly being a China-Philippines territorial dispute. Government statements called out the U.S.’s ...

Popular ‘Chinese Savior’ Drama Set in Africa Now Available to Watch With English Subtitles

A hugely popular television drama series set in a fictitious African country that depicts the tireless work of a Chinese medical team is now available to view on YouTube with English subtitles. Welcome to Miele garnered considerable attention last year ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Zambia Debt | Lula’s China Diss | China-Africa Journalism

Zambia suffered a major setback this week in its nearly three-year odyssey to restructure $32 billion of debt when the country's bilateral creditors led by China and France pushed back against bondholders. Plus, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva issued ...
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