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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 ...

Chinese Analysts Speculate About Who Was Behind Last Week’s Terrorist Attack in Pakistan and What Was the Motivation

There's been quite a bit of news coverage in China about last week's terrorist attack in Pakistan that killed five Chinese nationals and their local driver on a remote road in the northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Most of those stories, though, ...

Why the United States Struggles to Compete With China in Building African Infrastructure: Report

When it comes to building infrastructure in Africa, the U.S. dreams of competing with China, but in reality, there is hardly any contest to speak of. This is the main thrust of a new report by the Chinese research body, the Institute for International and Area Studies, ...

The Scholarly Debate Over Whether China Aims to ‘Weaponize’ the Global South Against the U.S.

There's an increasingly widespread perception among some scholars and government officials in the U.S. that China is leveraging its considerable influence in developing countries to mobilize them against the U.S.-led international order. Michael Shuman, a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic ...

Top Chinese Think Tank Analyst Urges ASEAN Countries to Stay Out of U.S.-China Duel

Attempts to contain China's rise would only fuel its grievances, Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim warned in a recent speech in Australia. This sentiment struck a chord with a highly-placed Chinese academic who wrote a commentary on WeChat to put his own proverbial ...

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 ...

Xiaomi Is Challenging Transsion’s Dominance in Africa’s Smartphone Market

Xiaomi is on a roll. The Chinese tech giant announced it will soon start delivering its long-awaited first electric vehicle (EV), a major new direction for a firm known for its smartphones and Steve Jobs-esque CEO.   In Africa, where ...

China is the Victim of Philippine Aggression in the South China Sea, According to Chinese Media

The Chinese media's framing of Tuesday's collision between two Chinese and Filipino Coast Guard vessels in the South China Sea comprised two main themes: The Philippine vessels illegally entered a restricted zone and the CCG responded in ...

The Global South is Entering a New Era Led by China, Not the West: Chinese Scholar

The decline of the U.S. and the West is a foregone conclusion, as is the rise of the Global South, led by China, and these trends are going to take precipitous strides this year. This view is outlined in a new paper by a Chinese academic and ...

Rwandan Singers Strike a Chord on Chinese Social Media

A young Rwandan man and his group of compatriot singers have gone viral in China with short videos showing them performing well-known songs in near-perfect Mandarin. The group, led by Pacifique Izabayo, who goes by the online name Bobo, performs ...

Manila-Based Chinese Journalist Explains What’s Propelling the Feud With the Philippines

China's English-language media framing of the South China Sea confrontation with the Philippines is often very reductive and relies on old tropes that Manila is only confronting China as part of some kind of U.S. conspiracy. The Philippines, in the view ...
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