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With Prices Low, China Moves Quickly to Secure Supplies of Critical Metals

The year-long plunge in the prices of critical materials used to manufacture electric vehicle batteries, namely nickel, cobalt, and lithium, is destroying the bottom lines of Western mining companies. Mining companies in Australia, Canada, and several European countries are laying off ...

Chinese Megaprojects in Southeast Asia Face Implementation Shortfall: Report

While China remains Southeast Asia’s largest infrastructure provider, major gaps are emerging between pledges and actual delivery, according to a new report by Australia’s Lowy Institute. The report found a $52 billion difference between planned and implemented projects, “with more than ...

Wang Yi Warns Australia about ‘Third Party,’ in Veiled Reference to U.S.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with his Australian counterpart Penny Wong and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in Canberra on Wednesday, the newest indication that the relationship is warming up after a period of tension.    In his opening remarks at the ...

ASEAN, Australia Decry Actions That ‘Endanger Peace’ in South China Sea

By Steven Trask Southeast Asian and Australian leaders on Wednesday warned against actions that "endanger peace" in the South China Sea, following fresh confrontations between Beijing and the Philippines in contested waters. Simmering tensions in ...

Climate and China Loom Over ASEAN Talks in Australia

Southeast Asian leaders gather for talks in Australia on Monday, with clean energy cooperation and Beijing's aggressive stance in the South China Sea tipped to dominate discussions. Climate change looms large on the agenda as leaders from the 10-nation Association of ...

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 ...

Marcos Says Philippines on ‘Frontline’ of Maritime Disputes With China, ‘Will Not Yield’

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos on Thursday told Australia's parliament his country was on the "frontline" of a battle for regional peace, pledging resolve as he sought support in maritime disputes with China. With Beijing's warships loitering in waters off his country's ...

Philippines President Plans to Lobby Australia to Join South China Sea Coalition Amid China’s “Worrisome” Use of Warships

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. expressed concern about the introduction of Chinese naval forces in the South China Sea and their use of electronic warfare tactics, including signal jamming. "Yeah, it's worrisome. Before only China's Coast Guard was moving in our area, ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Sino-Australian Joint Venture to Develop Africa’s Largest Mine in Guinea Edges Closer

The Sino-Australian joint venture to develop Africa's largest mine in Guinea edged closer to reality on Wednesday when Rio Tinto's board approved $6.2 billion for the project. Next, a consortium of Chinese partners must get their boards to do the same to build the mine, rail, and port ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Australia to Call on China to Remove Remaining Economic Sanctions on Imported Australian Products

Australia's Trade Minister Don Farrell said he would call on his Chinese counterpart Wang Wentao to remove all remaining economic sanctions on imported Australian products when they meet later this month.  Beijing imposed tariffs on Australian goods in 2020 after Canberra called for an investigation into the origins ...

Concern Over China’s Growing Naval Presence Dominates Australian Indian Ocean Gathering

The foreign ministers from Australia and India both issued veiled critiques of China's military build-up in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) at a conference hosted by both countries in the western Australian city of Perth on Friday. The gathering brought together ...
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