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G77 Gathering Reinforces the Talking Points of China’s Global South Diplomacy

China sent its most senior official in recent years to the G77 gathering in Havana on Friday. The presence of Li Xi, the CPC's seventh-ranking member and the head of the corruption watchdog, arguably signaled a continuance of China's recent focus on Global South diplomacy.

WEEK IN REVIEW: Chinese President Xi Jinping Will Not Attend This Week’s G77 Summit in Havana

Chinese President Xi Jinping will not attend this week's G77 Summit in Havana, making this the third major international event in as many weeks that he's avoided. Li Xi, head of the Chinese Communist Party's powerful anti-corruption body, will go in his place as part of a three-nation ...

WSJ: China Negotiating With Cuba to Set up Joint Military Training Base

China is reportedly in talks with Cuba to set up a joint military base that could potentially lead to the deployment of PLA soldiers within a couple of hundred kilometers of the United States, according to a new report in the Wall Street Journal. ...

White House Pressed to Explain Muddled Response to Report About Chinese Spy Base in Cuba

The White House is defending its seemingly contradictory response to last week's Wall Street Journal report that claimed China is building a new base in Cuba to spy on the United States. When the report first came out, National Security Council Spokesperson ...

The White House’s Confusing Response to Report That China Uses Cuba to Spy on U.S.

U.S. National Security Council Spokesperson John Kirby was adamant last Thursday when he refuted as "inaccurate" a Wall Street Journal report that China was planning to build a new spy base in Cuba. A few days later, though, the White House ...

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Philippine Fishing Fleets Urged to Maintain Presence at Disputed Shoal as Tensions Build

The Philippine coastguard called on its country’s fishing fleets to keep operating around the Scarborough Shoal (known as Bajo de Masinloc in the Philippines and Huangyan Dao in China) despite the large Chinese presence in the disputed South China Sea area.
Coastguard spokesperson Jay Tarriela said while Philippine government vessels can’t maintain a constant presence, they are committed to protecting the country’s fishing rights in what it sees as its Exclusive Economic Zone.