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Why African Immigrants Won’t Help Offset China’s Declining Population

China, like other large northeast Asian industrial economies, is facing a rapidly declining population that threatens its long-term economic growth. The fundamental problem is that there aren't enough younger working-age people to support a ballooning population of retirees who often require ...

China’s Southeast Asian Diplomatic Blitz

This is a busy time for diplomacy between China and its Southeast Asian neighbors. Senior Chinese officials are holding numerous meetings with their counterparts in the region. Following the recently-concluded visits from Malaysia’s Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and Singaporean Prime Minister ...

What China’s Past Tells Us About the Future of its Foreign Policy in Asia

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim both wrapped up state visits to China last week and their discussions with President Xi Jinping revealed some fascinating linkages between contemporary Chinese foreign policy objectives and Beijing's historical ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Brazilian President Expected to Reschedule China Visit to April 11th

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong embarked on a week-long trip to China on Monday that will include meetings with both President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Qiang. The visit marks the Singaporean leader's first visit to China since the COVID-19 pandemic. (STRAITS TIMES)

Malaysian PM Anwar Ibrahim Arrives in Beijing for Talks With President Xi Jinping

Malaysian leader Anwar Ibrahim arrived in Beijing on Wednesday on his first visit to the Chinese capital as Prime Minister. Ibrahim, along with a large delegation of ministers and corporate leaders, have a full schedule of high-level talks and deal signings ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Proposed New York Law Could Reshape Debt Negotiations Around the World

A bill currently under consideration in New York State could reshape sovereign debt renegotiations around the world by making private creditors accept the same losses as the U.S. government would as a sovereign creditor instead of holding out for a full payback.
The bill comes as countries like Zambia and Sri Lanka face their loan renegotiations being dragged out for years as U.S.-based private lenders stonewall to obtain better deals. 52% of the ...

Singapore PM Meets With Guangdong’s Top CPC Official on His Way to Beijing

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made a brief stopover in China's southern Guandong province on Wednesday during his six-day visit to China. Lee paid a courtesy call to the province's top official, Communist Party Secretary Huang Kunming, to discuss deeper economic ...

U.S. Plans to Bypass China’s Cobalt Dominance with Arizona Plant

The Singapore-based commodities trader Trafigura announced it will partner with the U.S. battery metals processing firm EVelution to build a battery-grade cobalt sulfate processing facility in Arizona.  The facility is projected to produce 7,000 tons of ...

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 ...

Xi’s Agenda Troubled by Miscalculations: Top Singapore Diplomat 

As strategic competition between China and the United States intensifies, Beijing enters its momentous 20th Party Congress (kicking off on Sunday) saddled with three big foreign policy mistakes.  So argues Singapore's former top diplomat, Ambassador Bilahari Kausikan, in ...

A View of the Belt and Road from Southeast Asia

Western press coverage of China's Belt and Road Initiative is frequently filtered through anxieties about shifts in the West's own international influence. So it's very interesting to watch this new documentary about the BRI by Singapore's state-owned Channel News Asia. It gives equal time to the opportunities ...
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