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WEEK IN REVIEW: Iran, Russia and China Will Conduct Joint Naval Exercises in March

Iran, Russia and China will conduct joint naval exercises in March, according to Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Shahram Irani. Details on the specific location of the war games and what other countries have been invited were not announced. The three countries conducted similar drills last year at ...

U.S. Bill Targets China’s Critical Mineral Stake

U.S. senators introduced legislation that would make federal agencies regularly track critical mineral and rare earth deposits around the world and who controls them. The Critical Minerals Security Act of 2024 would highlight when a deposit is controlled by “a foreign ...

How China is Both Benefiting and Suffering From the Houthi Attacks in the Red Sea

Houthi militants in Yemen confirmed on Friday that Chinese and Russian vessels will be granted safe passage through the Red Sea while ships from other countries, particularly those from the U.S. and Europe on their way to/from Israel, will continue to be targeted for attack. ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Insurgent Group in Myanmar Reportedly Seized Another Key Border Crossing With China

An insurgent group in Myanmar has reportedly seized another key border crossing with China, further eroding the ruling junta’s control of the northeastern Shan State. Beijing remains concerned about factional fighting in Myanmar spilling over the border and has even deployed PLA troops on the Chinese side. (DIPLOMAT) ...

Clash in UN Security Council as Two Israel Resolutions Voted Down

China and Russia vetoed a U.S.-led UN Security Council resolution calling for pauses in the Gaza conflict to allow more humanitarian assistance to enter the blockaded region. The main reason for the veto was reportedly that it didn’t include a call for a ceasefire. The U.S. currently ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Misadventures in the Skin Trade

This week I spent a few days in Cape Town, in time for a minor, if telling, crisis in international agricultural trade. A ship crammed with 19,000 (mostly still living) cows was stuck in Cape Town harbor, en route from Brazil to the Middle East.
As South African animal welfare authorities scrambled to inspect the horrors on board, the city was enveloped in a powerful farmyard funk. The entire episode can ...

World Leaders Descend on Beijing Before Tuesday’s Belt and Road Forum Kickoff

Top officials from around the world are arriving in Beijing this week for the third Belt and Road forum, which comes as China celebrates the 10th anniversary of the signature infrastructure initiative. Some 130 representatives are expected to attend. The gathering ...

Climate Graph of the Day: After a Rapid Increase, China’s Oil Demand May Have Peaked

After decades of ever-growing oil use, China's oil demand may have peaked this year, according to Chinese oil executives cited by FT. This has significant implications for countries from Angola to Russia to Brazil, which depend on selling oil to China.

China’s Two-Pronged Auto Export Strategy: EVs to the North, Gas-Powered to the South

Analysts are forecasting Chinese automakers will ship 5 million vehicles this year, solidifying the country's position as the world's largest auto exporter. But there's a stark discrepancy in terms of what kind of cars go where, according to Michael Dunne, one ...

Chinese Flag Mysteriously Appears at Protest in Niger

Russian flags have become a regular sight among supporters of military juntas that have thrown governments across West Africa this year -- but never a Chinese flag, until now. A bright red five-star Chinese flag mysteriously appeared at a protest in ...

Saudi Arabia to Boost Oil Sales to China Next Year

Saudi Arabia is preparing to increase oil shipments to China in 2024 to meet growing demand from a crop of new refineries that will come online next year, according to S&P Global Commodity Insights. While Russian sales are expected to remain strong ...
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