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Chinatown Fearful Ahead of Solomon Islands’ Crunch Vote

By Steven Trask Merchants in Solomon Islands' gritty Chinatown were preparing Tuesday for the prospect of post-election violence, fearful the district will again be targeted if the Pacific nation re-elects a pro-Beijing leader. Mobs tore ...

Blinken Asks China, Others to Rein in Iran on Israel

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has asked China's foreign minister and other counterparts to use their influence to dissuade Iran from striking Israel, the State Department said Thursday. Blinken spoke by telephone over the past day to his Chinese, Turkish, ...

New Cambodian Canal Project Won’t Faciliate Chinese Military Access, Says Ex Premier

Hun Sen, Cambodia's former premier and father of the current prime minister, took to the social media platform X this week to vent his frustrations over allegations that the Chinese military will use the long-planned Funan Techo canal. "Cambodia needs Chinese ...

Chinese Peacekeepers Pulling out of DR Congo

Chinese peacekeepers with the UN stabilization mission in eastern DR Congo attended a departure ceremony on Tuesday as the force withdrew from the war-torn region. The 15,000 MONUSCO troops deployed in the vast central African country started to leave in February ...

Investigation Identifies Security Lapses in Pakistan Terror Attack

An investigation into the attack that killed five Chinese nationals last month found serious lapses in security and a failure to adhere to standard security protocols. A three-member committee of the Pakistani government reported that the vehicle carrying the Chinese nationals ...

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 ...

Chinese Dam Project Reopens After Deadly Pakistan Attack: Officials

A Chinese contractor has resumed construction on a major dam site in northwestern Pakistan after being provided with extra security, officials said Wednesday, following a deadly attack on Chinese engineers. Power China and the China Gezhouba Group Company halted work on ...

Terrorism Tops the Agenda at Shanghai Cooperation Organization Meeting in Kazhakstan

National security advisors from the nine member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and several observer states gathered on Wednesday in the Kazakh capital, Astana, to discuss the growing threat posed by terrorism in Russia and Central and South Asia. ...

What Does Non-Alignment Movement Mean to Contemporary Indonesia, and Will It Satisfy China and U.S.?

“Honored to be invited by Chinese President Xi Jinping to meet him in person in Beijing,” Indonesian president-elect Prabowo Subianto tweeted on his official account on Tuesday, 2 April, 2024. Wearing the Indonesian traditional cap “peci”, Prabowo posed and shook hands with the Chinese leader. 

Second Chinese National Killed in the DR Congo This Week

A Chinese national was killed and another injured when their gold mining camp in northwestern Ituri province came under attack on Monday by armed bandits. Local police said the assailants made off with "a little money and a few grams of ...

Pakistan PM Tries to Reassure Chinese Workers They’ll be Safe, Promises ‘Fool-Proof’ Security Following Attack

Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif sought to reassure colleagues of five Chinese nationals killed last week in a terrorist attack that they will be safe working in the country. The Prime Minister traveled to the northwestern city of Dasu on Monday ...
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