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WEEK IN REVIEW: Nauru Officially Switched Diplomatic Allegiance From Taiwan to China

Indian naval forces are closely monitoring the movements of a Chinese research vessel operating in the Indian Ocean that is making its way towards the Maldives. Although these Chinese research ships are not officially designated as military vessels, the Indian government suspects the data they collect is used ...

How Ties With a Small Pacific Island Country Highlights China’s Reputational Statecraft

By Lukas Fiala & Kenddrick Chan Among the many noteworthy consequences of Taiwan’s recent elections, Nauru’s recognition of the One China Principle is perhaps the most underappreciated one. Having announced the diplomatic switch from Taipei to Beijing shortly after election ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Saudi Arabia Apparently Still Not yet a Member of the BRICS Club

Saudi Arabia is apparently still not yet a member of the BRICS club despite its membership being announced at the same time as when other new members joined the bloc. The Kingdom's commerce minister Majid al-Kasabi confirmed on Tuesday Riyadh has "not yet officially joined." (REUTERS) China's long-serving special climate envoy Xie Zhenhua stepped down due to ...