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China Accuses U.S. and Philippines of “Stirring Up Trouble” Following Joint Air Patrols Over South China Sea

Three Philippine Air Force (PAF) fighter jets conducted joint exercises with a U.S. B-52 bomber over the South China Sea on Monday in the latest demonstration of the defense allies' bid to confront Chinese territorial claims in the region. The ...

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 ...

India, China Border Talks End With a Positive Vibe But No Substantive Outcomes

Indian and Chinese military commanders wrapped up their 21st round of talks aimed at resolving escalating tensions along their disputed 3,200-kilometer border. The corps commander-level talks were held this week at the Chusual-Moldo meeting point in a region known as the Line of ...

Indian Military to Open New Facilities at Sea and in the Mountains to Counter China

The Indian military announced it will build a new naval facility in the Indian Ocean and restructure part of its deployment near the Himalayas near the border with China, both with an eye to counter Beijing's increased assertiveness in those theaters. The ...

China Urges Israel to Stop Military Operation in Rafah “As Soon as Possible”

China urged Israel on Tuesday to stop its military operation in the Gazan city of Rafah "as soon as possible," warning of a "serious humanitarian disaster" there if fighting did not stop. "China follows closely the developments in the Rafah area, ...

Chinese, U.S. Weapons Manufacturers Battled It out for Attention at Saudi Defense Show

Chinese weapons companies made a big impression, literally, at last week's World Defense Show held outside of the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh where they took up more floor space than any other country. In all, 36 Chinese companies exhibited a full range ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Iran, Russia and China Will Conduct Joint Naval Exercises in March

Iran, Russia and China will conduct joint naval exercises in March, according to Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Shahram Irani. Details on the specific location of the war games and what other countries have been invited were not announced. The three countries conducted similar drills last year at ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Saudi Arabia Apparently Still Not yet a Member of the BRICS Club

Saudi Arabia is apparently still not yet a member of the BRICS club despite its membership being announced at the same time as when other new members joined the bloc. The Kingdom's commerce minister Majid al-Kasabi confirmed on Tuesday Riyadh has "not yet officially joined." (REUTERS) China's long-serving special climate envoy Xie Zhenhua stepped down due to ...

Chinese Weapons Are Becoming Increasingly Popular in Africa

Militaries across Africa are increasingly turning to China to source advanced weapons systems that were long unavailable from Western suppliers. Sophisticated Chinese-made drones, missile systems, and cyber-warfare technologies, among others, are now commonplace on African battlefields.

China Eyeing Nigeria for Military Aircraft Sale

China is reportedly marketing its Y-20 Kunfeng military plane to foreign buyers. In December, Nigerian Defence Minister Mohammed Badaru Abubakar was shown the Y-20BE model during a visit to Beijing, and it also attracted attention at the Dubai Air Show during the same month. ...

China, U.S. Meet Face-to-Face for First Time in Two Years to Discuss Taiwan and South China Sea

Chinese and U.S. military officials met in Washington this week for their first in-person talks in more than two years as the world’s two superpowers seek common ground after nearly a year of animosity. Taiwan and the South China Sea ...

China’s Maritime Research Has Military Role: Report

The government of Sri Lanka announced in early January that it is imposing a one-year ban on Chinese research vessels docking at its ports. Last year, Colombo got into a spat with India about allowing a Chinese ship to dock amid Indian fears about military surveillance.
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