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If Trump Wins, the Philippines Better Have a Good Back-Up Plan

In February, I wrote a column that wondered, "If Trump Wins, What Happens to the Philippines?" Back then, it was an open-ended question. Today, the answer is becoming increasingly apparent. In an interview with Bloomberg, the former president reiterated ...

Chinese-Language Media Abuzz Over Rumors Huawei is Now China’s Largest Beef Importer Thanks to Argentina

Reports are circulating on mainstream media outlets in both China and Taiwan that Huawei has become China's largest importer of beef that it sells online with other agricultural products. Chinese netizens were seemingly puzzled by the reports that not only appeared on ...

Palau Confirms ‘Major’ Cyberattack, Points to China

By Hiroshi Hiyama and Katie Forster Palau's President Surangel Whipps on Wednesday said the tiny country, one of Taiwan's few diplomatic allies, had suffered a major cyberattack, pointing the finger at China. The Pacific archipelago ...

Taiwan Backs Ally Palau After Reported Cyberattack

Taiwan said it was ready to help diplomatic ally Palau beef up its digital defenses after the Pacific archipelago was reportedly targeted in a major cyberattack. More than 20,000 documents were stolen from Palau's government just as the United States agreed ...

U.S. Lawmakers Affirm Support for Taiwan Against China’s ‘Aggression’

A senior U.S. lawmaker affirmed on Monday Washington's support for Taiwan against Chinese "aggression", on the first congressional visit to the self-ruled island since it swore in a new president. Representative Michael McCaul, who heads the influential House Foreign Affairs Committee, ...

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 ...

Taiwan’s President Says Wants to Work With China After Drills

By Dene-Hern Chen Taiwan's new president said Sunday he was still ready to work with China, despite this week's military drills around the self-ruled island. Three days after Lai Ching-te was sworn in, Chinese warships ...

Philippines Opens Coast Guard Post After China Build-Up

The Philippines said Friday it had opened a Coast Guard post in the country's far north to boost security following China's "military build-up" near Taiwan over the past two years. The outpost "shall gather essential maritime data and intelligence, enabling the ...

China Warns of Taiwan ‘War’ as Military Drills Encircle Island

By James Edgar with Peter Catterall in Pingtan China said on Friday that Taiwan's leadership was pushing the self-ruled island into war and warned of further "countermeasures", as Beijing conducted military drills around the territory. ...

Chinese Embassy in Kenya Hosts Unusual Event About Taiwan

The Chinese embassy in Kenya hosted an unusual forum on Monday that focused on Beijing's already well-known position regarding the status of Taiwan. Ambassador Zhou Pingjian apparently wanted to make it very clear to the nearly two dozen senior officials, MPs, and ...

UPDATE: Paraguay, Pacific Island Leaders to Attend Taiwan Inauguration

Eight heads of state will be among the 51 international delegations attending the inauguration of Taiwan's new leader next week, Taipei said Friday. Incoming president Lai Ching-te will be sworn in on Monday against a backdrop of increasing diplomatic and military ...
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