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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 ...

Graph of the Day: The Fall in Chinese Infrastructure Funding in Southeast Asia

A new report by the Australian research body the Lowy Institute maps a sharp decline in Chinese infrastructure funding to Southeast Asia, partly due to the COVID pandemic. However, the authors said "ongoing projects mean Beijing looks set to remain the dominant infrastructure financier in the region."  ...

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 ...

Philippines Says Chinese Ships Rammed, Damaged Its Boats

The Philippine government on Monday accused Chinese ships of ramming and damaging its boats in the South China Sea during a confrontation in waters off the Second Thomas Shoal, home to a garrison of Filipino troops. "The People's Liberation Army-Navy, China ...

Philippine Ship, Chinese Vessel Collide in South China Sea: Beijing

Philippine and Chinese vessels collided near the Second Thomas Shoal in the South China Sea on Monday, the Chinese Coast Guard said, as Beijing steps up efforts to push its claims over the disputed area. Known in Chinese as the Ren'ai ...

PLA Navy at the Ready to Enforce Beijing’s New “No Trespass” Rule in the South China Sea

A Chinese Navy amphibious assault ship shadowed by its support vessels appeared near the disputed Spratly Islands on Friday in an apparent signal that the PLA Navy plans to actively enforce Beijing's new "no trespass" rule in the South China Sea. ...

Philippines Submits UN Claim to Extended Continental Shelf

The Philippines has sought recognition from the United Nations for its claim to an extended continental shelf off the island that is closest to a hotly disputed region of the South China Sea. China claims almost the entire waterway through which ...
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