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WEEK IN REVIEW: Indonesia’s President-Elect Prabowo Subianto Met With Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing

Indonesia's President-elect Prabowo Subianto met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday in Beijing and promised his new government will maintain close ties with Beijing. Prabowo is now in Tokyo for two days where he will deliver a similar message to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. (ASSOCIATED ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Chinese Premier Li Qiang Said Beijing Will Assist Sri Lanka in Its Debt Restructuring Process

Chinese Prime Minister Li Qiang provided fresh assurances on Tuesday to his Sri Lankan counterpart Dinesh Gunawardena that Beijing will assist Colombo in its debt restructuring process. Gunawardena is visiting Beijing this week and raised the issue of Sri Lanka's $7.1 billion outstanding loans owed to Chinese creditors. 

Leaders Arrive in Beijing for What’s Going to be a Frenetic Week of Global South Diplomacy

Visiting heads of state, foreign ministers, and party leaders from Asia, the South Pacific, and the Caribbean arrived in Beijing this weekend for what's going to be a very busy week ahead for Chinese diplomacy specifically focused on small and mid-sized countries in the Global South.

Sri Lanka President Hints at Emerging Chinese Logistics Network Linking Hambantota With Yangon and Chongqing

Discussions are reportedly underway among Sri Lanka, China, and Myanmar to link key ports and industrial hubs in those countries into a new logistics network, according to recent comments by Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe. The president said at a cabinet ...

China’s Maritime Research Has Military Role: Report

The government of Sri Lanka announced in early January that it is imposing a one-year ban on Chinese research vessels docking at its ports. Last year, Colombo got into a spat with India about allowing a Chinese ship to dock amid Indian fears about military surveillance.

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Joint Battlefield Training to Raise Pressure in South China Sea

The U.S. military will reportedly introduce joint combat training with the Philippines in June. Major General Marcus Evans, commander of the U.S. 25th Infantry Division, told the Associated Press that the training would increase the Philippine army’s ability to fight in challenging jungle conditions.
The training will run from June 1 to 10. At Manila’s request, the training will be held in Philippine territory for the first time. It will involve about 2,000 people ...

What the Past Tells Us About the Future of the BRI

There's a widely-held perception in many parts of the U.S., Europe, and India that debt and geopolitics have led to the demise of China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). But a landmark new study from AidData proves otherwise, revealing not only ...

U.S. Commits Half a Billion Dollars to Sri Lankan Port To Take On China

The United States will lend $553 million for a new deep-water shipping container facility in Sri Lanka’s Port of Colombo. The project will be the largest undertaken by the U.S. foreign development agency, the Development Finance Corporation (DFC), as it challenges China’s ...

IMF Caught Unawares by China’s Sri Lankan Debt Deal

The Chinese Foreign Ministry’s brief announcement on Tuesday that China Exim Bank reached a debt deal with Sri Lanka surprised IMF officials - another indication of how fractured the bankrupt country’s debt restructuring process has become. Peter Breuer, the IMF’s Mission ...

Glimmers of Debt Deal for Sri Lanka Raises China Pressure

Sri Lanka’s major creditors, including India, Japan, and France, are nearing a debt deal by mid-October, according to the Japanese newspaper Sankei Shinbun. However, there are serious questions as to whether China (one of Sri Lanka’s largest bilateral creditors) will be part of the deal. ...

A Debt Deal for Sri Lanka Without China?

Some members of Sri Lanka’s creditor committee are reportedly promoting an agreement to restructure the bankrupt country’s debt without China. According to a report by Bloomberg, the United States, Japan and India are pushing for a deal with Sri Lanka ...
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