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Cambodia’s $16 billion ‘eco-city’ raises financial and environmental concerns

On 20th of December 2022, a company called Canopy Sands Development kicked off the construction of a $16 billion eco-city in Sihanoukville Province. The eco-city project, Bay of Lights, promises to transform the Ream Bay to a top tourist destination in the world. ...

China’s ‘Salami-Slicing Strategy’ Against Philippines in Disputed Sea

By Matthew Walsh Ramming boats, building militarised islands, and threatening perceived trespassers -- China is escalating confrontations with the Philippines in a bid to push it out of the South China Sea, analysts say. One ...

Indonesia Is Handing Out Coal Mines To Religious Groups. Here’s Why China Stands To Benefit

This article is co-authored by Antonia Timmerman, Southeast Asia Editor at the China-Global South Project, Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat, Director of the China-Indonesia Desk at the Center of Economic and Law Studies (CELIOS), and Yeta Purnama, researcher at CELIOS.  Indonesia found ...

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 ...

Philippines Releases Video of Monday’s Confrontation With China Coast Guard, Sparks Outrage and Fears of Escalation

When news broke of Monday's latest confrontation between Chinese and Philippines maritime authorities in the South China Sea, it was unusual that video of the incident was not available shortly after it happened. But that changed late Wednesday afternoon when the ...

The Philippines Navy Used Armor-Plated Vessel to Protect Against Chinese Water Canons

Chinese Communist Party-run media outlets published photos of the Philippine Navy's re-supply ship which they allege was transporting construction materials to bolster the decrepit World War II-era warship that serves as Manila's outpost on the Second Thomas Shoal. What's most notable about ...

Key Players in South China Sea Confrontation Scramble to Shape the Narrative

The release of videos on Wednesday of this week's violent confrontation between Chinese and Philippines maritime authorities in the South China Sea triggered the usual mix of blame and recriminations among the major parties, but this time, there was a more ominous tone.

Myanmar Armed Groups Accuse Junta of Breaking China-Brokered Ceasefire

An alliance of Myanmar ethnic armed groups has accused the junta of repeatedly violating a China-brokered ceasefire in the north of the country this month and causing civilian casualties. Beijing brokered a truce between the junta and the so-called "Three Brotherhood ...

Chinese Sailors Wield Sticks, Axe in Disputed Sea Clash With Philippines

Chinese coast guard sailors brandishing weapons, including sticks, knives, and an axe, clashed with Philippine naval vessels near a strategic reef in the South China Sea, dramatic new footage released by Manila showed. Manila said the clash took place Monday as ...

Philippines Says Chinese Coast Guard Boarded Navy Vessels in South China Sea

The Philippine military said Wednesday the Chinese coast guard rammed and boarded Filipino navy boats in a violent confrontation in the South China Sea this week in which a Filipino sailor lost a thumb. Monday's incident was the latest in a ...

Chinese ‘Underground Bankers’ Launder Sinaloa Drug Money: U.S.

The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday accused Chinese "underground bankers" of helping Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel launder more than $50 million in drug trafficking proceeds. An indictment unsealed in California charged 24 defendants with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine and money ...

China’s Top Diplomat for Africa Appointed as Ambassador to South Africa

Wu Peng, China’s new ambassador-designate, arrived in South Africa on Monday. His appointment is the latest example of high-powered diplomats with continent-wide experience becoming the PRC’s envoys to Pretoria. Before he took up the ambassadorship, Wu was the Director-General of the ...

Niger Rebels Say Disabled Part of Key Chinese-Built Oil Pipeline

Niger rebels fighting for the release of the country's democratically elected leader say they have disabled part of a crucial pipeline carrying crude oil to Benin. Vital to both the Nigerien and Beninese economies, the 2,000-kilometre-long pipeline has become the subject ...

Sniping Between China and Philippines Following Ship Collision

Tensions in the South China Sea are high following Monday’s collision between a Chinese coast guard vessel and a Philippine supply ship. The details of the incident are still at issue. It’s the latest in a series of standoffs between China’s Coast ...
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