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Myanmar Ethnic Armed Group Claims Control of Town on Key Highway to China

Myanmar ethnic minority fighters said Wednesday they had seized a town along a key trade highway to China following days of clashes, in another blow to the military. Northern Shan state has been rocked by fighting since late last month when ...

Chinese Oil Permit in the Congo Threatens Park, Must Be Scrapped, Says NGO

An oil exploration permit held by a Chinese company in Congo-Brazzaville could threaten the ecosystem of one of the country's national parks and should be scrapped, a U.S. environmental group said on Thursday. Congo Brazzaville awarded the oil exploration permit to ...

China May Deploy Navy in Spats With Philippines in South China Sea, Chinese Analysts Say

Weeks of steadily escalating confrontations between the coast guards of China and the Philippines in the South China Sea culminated on Tuesday with Chinese analysts saying Beijing may deploy navy ships in future encounters. China has generally only used its coast ...

China Determined to Stay Out of Israel-Hamas War, Analysts Reflect on How Beijing’s Stance Will Impact Mideast Ties

The Chinese government is not budging from its initial response to the war between Hamas and Israel, refusing to condemn the initial assault over the weekend and appearing determined to remain on the sidelines. On Tuesday, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wanbin ...

BRI DEEP DIVE: New Chinese Government Report Gives the Broadest Inside View of the BRI Yet

Marking the tenth anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative, China’s State Council Information Office released a huge white paper taking stock. It provides the most comprehensive view yet of how the BRI is viewed inside China and a rundown of key achievements.

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 ...

China’s One-Sided Coverage of the Gaza War: “In Beijing, Only the Palestinians Suffer”

Chinese television coverage of the early stages of the war between Hamas and Israel appears to focus disproportionately on the suffering of Palestinians and very little on the victims of the fighting in Israel. Phil Cunningham, creator of ...

Arab League Officials Tour Xinjiang to See How China “Respects and Safeguards Human Rights”

A 34-member delegation from the Arab League spent four days last week touring Xinjiang as part of a junket organized by the Chinese government. Chinese propaganda said the visit was specifically intended to refute Western media accusations about the well-documented mass incarceration ...

China’s 3 Priorities in Africa According to the Top U.S. Military Commander for the Region

United States Marine Corps General Michael Langley made his first appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee as the top commander for U.S. forces in Africa or AFRICOM. Langley replaced Army General Stephen J. Townsend last year, who played a critical ...

China’s “Malign Influence” in Global South Emerges as Key Theme in U.S. House Hearings

The new Republican leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives convened a pair of hearings on China Tuesday that laid out a lengthy list of concerns and grievances about Beijing's "malign influence" around the world. The inaugural hearing of the Select ...

Chinese Battery Giant CATL Bets on the Future of Cobalt By Buying a Big Chunk of CMOC

Strong demand for electric vehicles around the world helped to triple profits at Chinese battery giant CATL, the world's largest battery maker. The company is reporting that third-quarter profits for the year will reach $1.23 billion. CATL is going to use ...
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