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The Indian Pundit Who Created the Discredited Chinese “Debt Trap” Meme is Still Convinced He’s Right

The creator of the widely-debunked Chinese "debt trap" meme is at it again with a new litany of breathless warnings about the risks developing countries take on when they borrow money from China.  Indian pundit ...

As COP27 Races to an Agreement, Things are Getting Real Awkward

The COP27 climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, will soon head into its final stage when delegates will wrestle through the night to finalize the wording of the agreement.  The summit saw the emergence of major fault lines between ...

It May Not Look Like Much, But This Handshake Between Xi and Modi is a Big Deal

They looked at each other, smiled, shook hands for an uncomfortably long time, and even exchanged a few pleasantries. It may not look like much, but this brief interaction between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at ...

Why Xi and Modi Should (and Shouldn’t) Meet on the Sidelines of the G20 Summit in Bali

While much of the attention this week at the G20 summit in Bali will be on Monday's meeting between the U.S. and Chinese presidents, in South Asia, many observers will be keeping a close watch on what happens between Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Forecasting China-India in the 21st Century: Is Asia’s Richest Man Overestimating India and Underestimating China?

In a territorial dispute, overestimation by one side of its strength relative to the opposing side is the crux of continuing conflict. At the end of September, Indian billionaire Gautam Adani gave a speech in Singapore celebrating an extremely optimistic message centered on the Indian economy ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Xi Jinping’s Summit Tour Continues to APEC in Thailand

This week’s carnival of summitry continues with the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ministerial meeting in Bangkok. While many leaders – including China’s President Xi Jinping – are continuing straight to Thailand from the G20 summit in Bali earlier this week, U.S. President Joe Biden won’t be there. Vice President Kamala Harris will stand in for him. 
The group’s first in-person meeting in four years is expected to focus on overcoming trade disruptions and supply ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Canada To Become Newest Member of the U.S.-Led Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF)

Canada will become the newest member of the U.S.-led Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), a loose group of Asia-Pacific countries ostensibly aimed at countering China. Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said the move is part of a new Canadian initiative to "deepen engagement with the U.S.” in the Asia-Pacific region. ...

Chinese Automakers Look to Developing Countries to Boost Sales and Production

The war in Ukraine opened new production opportunities for Chinese automakers in Central Asia, while growing demand in Latin America and South Asia for SUVs and EVs has sparked a new sales push in those regions by some of China's largest car brands:

Annoyed With the U.S., Saudi Arabia Pivots to Asia

The steadily deteriorating ties between the United States and Saudi Arabia are coinciding with what appears to be a concerted shift by the Kingdom to foster closer ties with Asia's largest powers, namely China, India, and South Korea. On Friday, Saudi ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Singapore Prime Minister Said There Is No Consensus yet About China Joining the Trans-Pacific Trade Pact CPTPP

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Long said there is no consensus yet about China joining the trans-Pacific trade pact CPTPP. Although Prime Minister Lee said on Tuesday that he personally believes China would be able to meet the bloc's admission requirements, Australian Trade Minister Don Farrell is on ...

Despite Huge Problems, Pakistan Remains Indispensable to China

It has been a difficult year for China in Pakistan. A burgeoning economic crisis in the South Asian country threatens to undermine the multibillion dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor development initiative while anti-Chinese terrorism has surged in recent months.
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