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U.S.-China Competition for Africa’s Critical Resources

China maintains a massive lead over the U.S. and other G7 countries in both mining and refining capacity in Africa, a key vulnerability that policymakers in the U.S., Europe, and elsewhere say they're determined to rectify.

China, Thailand Flock to Laos’ Rivers for Electricity

Pak Beng is a small, sleepy town north of Laos. Little happens in this town except when the slow boat emerges on the Mekong River pier at six in the evening. When that happens, shops, bars, and restaurants near the pier come alive to greet arriving tourists. ...

IMF Introduces New Rules to Speed Up Debt Restructurings and Blunt Chinese Delays

The International Monetary Fund approved a new set of rules to speed up the debt restructuring process in developing countries and reduce delays in negotiating settlements with bilateral creditors that have been widely blamed on China. The new rules specifically focus on ...

China Tries to Keep Iran, Saudi Arabia Relations in Balance Amid Surging Mideast Tensions

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi worked the phones on Monday in a bid to stabilize ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia, which are now under intense pressure following Tehran's missile attack on Israel over the weekend. Wang held separate calls with 

Bridging the $3 Trillion Investment Gap: Debt Relief and the Race to Achieve the SDGs and Paris Agreement

By Marina Zucker-Marques This week, policymakers, civil society leaders, researchers, and others will gather in Washington, D.C., for the 2024 International Monetary Fund (IMF)/World Bank Group Spring Meetings. The meetings come as many ...

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 ...

Pro-China Local Leader Ousted in Solomon Islands Election: Early Results

Beijing's bid to build influence across the Solomon Islands hit a major snag Friday, with the pro-China premier of the Pacific nation's most populous province set to lose his seat in country-wide elections. Malaita premier Martin Fini, who has overseen the ...

China Writes Off Unspecified Amount of Zimbabwe’s Interest-Free Debt

China's ambassador to Zimbabwe, Zhou Ding, announced that Beijing will cancel a very small portion of Harare's estimated $2.1 billion of outstanding debt to Chinese creditors. Zhou said on Wednesday that interest-free loans that matured at the end of 2015 ...

Australian Mining ‘Under Assault’ From Chinese Mining, Says U.S. Ambassador

The U.S. ambassador to Australia, Caroline Kennedy, rallied to the defense of Aussie mining companies who she said were "under assault" from Chinese rivals that exploit labor and the environment. Kennedy made the remarks during a keynote address at the Paydirt ...

Frustration in Israel Over China’s So-Called ‘Neutrality’

Ever since the war in Gaza began soon after Hamas' terrorist assault in southern Israel on October 7th, Israeli stakeholders have expressed varying degrees of frustration with the Chinese response — or, more accurately, the lack of a balanced Chinese reaction. Even though Chinese ...

China’s Wang Meets Jokowi, Indonesian President-Elect Prabowo

China's top diplomat met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his successor, Prabowo Subianto, on Thursday as Beijing seeks to boost its regional influence. The meetings come after Prabowo visited Beijing this month where Chinese President Xi Jinping praised relations with ...

Solomons’ PM Contender Vows to Abolish China Security Pact

A leading contender to become the Solomon Islands' next prime minister has vowed to renounce a security pact with China as the Pacific nation begins counting votes Thursday in a pivotal general election. "If we are in government, we will abolish ...

Philippine Coast Guard to Join Military Drills With United States

The Philippine Coast Guard said Thursday it will participate for the first time in an annual joint military exercise conducted by the Southeast Asian country and the United States. More than 16,700 Filipino and American troops will take part in this ...

Singapore FM Warns of ‘Bleak’ Future if Conflict Erupts in South China Sea

Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan issued a sober warning in Manila Tuesday about the devastating consequences that a war in the South China Sea between the Philippines and China would have on Southeast Asia and across Asia. “The moment you have ...

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Shifts Beijing’s Diplomatic Focus From Mideast Back to Asia-Pacific

After dedicating much of the first part of the week to the escalating crisis in the Middle East following Iran's missile strike against Israel, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is now shifting his attention back to the Asia-Pacific region with a three-nation, six-day tour. ...

Fearful of Further Roiling Ties With China, Biden Expected to Resist Congressional Pressure to Crack Down on Iranian Oil

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation this week that aims to limit China's purchases of Iranian oil to sanction Tehran for last weekend's missile attack against Israel. The Iran-China Energy Sanctions Act of 2023 calls for secondary sanctions against Iran ...
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