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Malaysia Sells a Lot More Oil (Mostly to China) Than It Produces

Iran sold just $1.2 billion worth of goods to China in the first quarter of the year, according to new China Customs data released this week. That figure, though, is wholly misleading since it does not align with the news that 

Haunting Video of China Coast Guard Ship Stalking Malaysian Fishermen

A video of a China Coast Guard ship stalking a small Malaysian fishing craft went viral on Tuesday on both Facebook and X. The undated video was purportedly shot within Malaysia's exclusive economic zone near Terumbu Sahap in South Luconia Shoals, ...

Chinese Communist Party’s Top Diplomat Pays ‘Courtesy Call’ to Malaysian PM

The Chinese Communist Party's most senior diplomat, Liu Jianchao, met with Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim on Friday and confirmed that Chinese PM Li Qiang will visit Kuala Lumpur at the end of the year. Liu, who is widely believed to be ...

Top Chinese Think Tank Analyst Urges ASEAN Countries to Stay Out of U.S.-China Duel

Attempts to contain China's rise would only fuel its grievances, Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim warned in a recent speech in Australia. This sentiment struck a chord with a highly-placed Chinese academic who wrote a commentary on WeChat to put his own proverbial ...

Starkly Divergent Views on China Emerge at ASEAN-Australian Summit

Southeast Asian leaders gathering in Melbourne this week for the Australia-ASEAN summit expressed very different assessments of the threat by China to stability in the Asia-Pacific region. Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. sounded the alarm again during a speech on Monday ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Letter From DC: Is Africa Holding Itself Back?

Whoo boy…We picked a doozy of a week to be in town. The overlapping reverberations from leadership fights within the Democratic Party, the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, and the announcement of JD Vance as his vice-presidential candidate are understandably focusing attention inwards.
That said, we’ve had fascinating conversations with very smart folks who focus on Africa, the wider Global South, and China’s role there. One theme ...

Japan, China Both Court ASEAN Countries as Part of Burgeoning Battle for Influence in Southeast Asia

Both Japan and China held a series of events with senior leaders from the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in recent days as part of a ramped-up effort to increase their respective influence in Southeast Asia.

Wang Yi Discusses Mideast Conflict on the Sidelines of UN Security Council Gathering in New York

China's top diplomat Wang Yi rallied support for Beijing's position on the war in the Middle East during separate talks with the foreign ministers from Brazil and Malaysia. Wang thanked Mauro Vieira for Brazil's support during China's presidency of the Security Council ...

Malaysia Leader Pushes ‘Active Neutrality’ Strategy Toward U.S and China

China and the U.S. can both be economic partners and friends of Malaysia, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said at this week's APEC summit, adding that a Cold War view of the world must end. Malaysia is not tilting towards ...

South China Sea Crisis and ASEAN’s Quiet Diplomacy

At the maritime symposium this week in Hainan, China’s foreign minister Wang Yi warned against a “bloc confrontation” approach to solving disputes, alluding to the Philippines, the United States, and Japan’s growing complaints about the brewing tension in the South China Sea. On October 22, two Chinese ...

South China Sea, Infrastructure Top Agenda in China-Malayasia PM Talks

Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim met with his Chinese counterpart Li Qiang on Sunday on the sides of the 20th China-ASEAN Expo in the southern Chinese city of Nanning. The two PMs addressed the politically sensitive issue of competing territorial claims ...
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