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Apple’s Use of India to Limit its Exposure to China Is Part of a Broader Trend 

The relocation of a portion of Apple’s iPhone 14 manufacturing from China to India is reportedly going surprisingly smoothly, getting underway weeks ahead of schedule. The move is an example of a wider manufacturing strategy by global brands. Apple ...

Indian Rumor Sparks Weekend of Baseless Speculation About Coup in China

All weekend there was wild speculation on both Indian and U.S. Twitter that Chinese President Xi Jinping had been placed under house arrest and that a military coup had taken place in Beijing. There was no coup, of course, ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Developing Countries in Asia, for the First Time in More Than 30 Years, Will Grow Faster Than China

Developing countries in Asia, for the first time in more than 30 years, will grow faster than China, according to a new report by the Asian Development Bank. The bank forecasts China's annual growth rate this year to be just 3.3% compared to 4.3% for developing countries in ...

Indian External Affairs Minister: Managing China “Hasn’t Been Easy”

India’s Minister of External Affairs, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, has admitted that his country’s relationship with China “hasn’t been easy” but said the two should find ways of working together to ensure the “rise of Asia.” Jaishankar was in New York for the ...

Xi and Modi’s Frosty Encounter At SCO Summit Worrisome For Asia-Pacific Region

There was a lot of speculation, including from us, that this month's pullback of Chinese and Indian troops along their disputed border in the Himalayas was a goodwill gesture to set the stage for a sideline meeting between Xi and Modi at last week's SCO summit in ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Climate Sweet, Climate Bitter

Last week it was Pakistan, this week South Florida. The climate collapse is like a monstrous four-dimensional version of whack-a-mole. You never know where – or how – it will hit. But the hits keep coming.

With the damaged Nord Stream pipeline (and the Global North’s unmitigated hydrocarbon dependence it represents) bubbling away in the Baltic Sea, U.S. climate czar John Kerry’s high-handed comments to the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment earlier this month ...

Xi, Putin and Modi in Central Asia

By Lukas Fiala With all eyes on Xi Jinping’s first foreign trip since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, a flurry of commentators have been dissecting the significance of Xi’s meeting with Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: China Quietly Distributed More Than $30 Billion in “Emergency Loans” to Financially-Distressed Developing Countries in Recent Years

China has quietly distributed more than $30 billion in so-called "emergency loans" to financially-distressed developing countries in recent years, according to new data compiled by AidData. Details of the loans have not been publicized but analysts believe they're intended to help borrowers avoid defaulting on Chinese-financed infrastructure loans ...

India Could Be a Wild Card at the SCO Summit

While a possible Xi-Putin meeting dominates the headlines, another conversation on the SCO sidelines in Samarkand could signal a headache for Western powers. Speculation is mounting that President Xi could also meet with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The ...

China Crows As India Bails on IPEF Trade Pillar

India’s prominence at the SCO summit comes at a delicate moment for the United States as India moves to limit its participation in the new U.S.-led Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF). Indian officials said it will not ...

Chinese, Indian Military Forces Pull Back Troops From Disputed Border Area Ahead of Possible Xi-Modi Meeting

After months of steadily deteriorating ties between India and China, a partial pullback by military forces from both countries high in the Himalayas is a welcome bit of good news. The move may also be a precursor to a possible meeting between President Xi Jinping ...
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