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French Journalist Surprised to Hear Congo President Says He Prefers Dealing With Russia and China Over the West

French journalist Darius Rochebin seemed genuinely surprised when Democratic Republic of the Congo President Félix Tshisekedi stated in a recent interview that he and other African leaders prefer to work with Russia and China over Western democracies. Rochebin, one of francophone ...

Video of Chinese Man Whipping Two African Young People Goes Viral

A horrifying video of a Chinese man brutally whipping two young men appeared online late last week and quickly went viral, racking up more than 30 million views on X and other social media platforms. While the clip was widely seen and ...

Matching Deeds With Words? The Coming of Age of the “China Model”

China’s economic statecraft across the developing world continues to receive global media attention. From the infamous and largely debunked “debt trap” to China’s future as a development financier, the country’s lending practices have primarily been connected to its record-breaking economic growth in the past.  

Domestic Chinese Media Narratives About the ‘Spiraling’ South China Sea Crisis Warn About Sinking Into a ‘Black Hole’

There's been a discernible change in tone in the Chinese domestic media discourse about escalating tensions in the South China Sea. Until now, much of the narrative set by both state and Communist Party-run media outlets has focused on the Philippines ...

Manila Invites CNN, Wall Street Journal Aboard Coast Guard Ships to Cover Confrontations With China in South China Sea

Reporters from leading international news organizations, including CNN and The Wall Street Journal, among others, were onboard Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) ships this week during violent confrontations with the China Coast Guard (CCG) in the South China Sea. Both outlets published ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Philippine President Ramps Up Rhetoric as Local Attitudes Harden

The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., told soldiers to be ready for any conflict amid a potential overlap of his country’s tensions with China in the South China Sea and growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Speaking to troops at a base in the northern Isabela province on Monday, Marcos said: “The external threat now has become more pronounced, has become more worrisome, and that is why we have to ...

Immediately After Confrontations at Sea, Chinese and Philippine Partisans Battle to Shape the Narrative Online

When this current phase of the tensions between China and the Philippines over territorial disputes in the South China Sea began last February, the narrative struggle was largely one-sided. The Philippines Coast Guard understood that if it published videos of each ...

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 ...

Philippines and China Give Conflicting Accounts of Latest South China Sea Run-In

The Philippines on Tuesday vowed to protect its territory “at all cost” following another confrontation with the Chinese navy in the South China Sea. The two sides gave sharply differing accounts of the encounter, which occurred near the disputed Scarborough Shoal. ...

Chinese Meme Comparing Gaza and Xinjiang Goes Viral

China’s embassy in France caused an online stir by posting a meme comparing Gaza and Xinjiang. The meme, labeled “Untitled” shows an image of a bombed street in Gaza juxtaposed with an intact and seemingly thriving one in Xinjiang. The image ...

Philippines Denies Chinese Air and Sea Deployments Pushed It From Disputed Shoal

The Philippines and China are trading conflicting accusations following yet another encounter in the South China Sea. On Monday, a Philippine Navy ship sailed near the disputed Scarborough Shoal, prompting China to dispatch air and naval forces of the People’s Liberation ...
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