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China, Paraguay Trade Barbs Over Soy Trade

The Chinese government refuted claims by Paraguayan President Santiago Peña that even though the South American country maintains diplomatic ties with Taiwan, it will nonetheless continue to sell soybeans to China. "Contrary to what President Peña said, China has imported zero soy ...

China Gives Honduras a $275 Million Present on the First Anniversary of Diplomatic Ties

China and Honduras marked the one-year anniversary of the Central American country switching its diplomatic allegiance from Taiwan to China. Chinese Ambassador Yu Bo and Honduran Foreign Minister Eduardo Enrique Reina held a ceremony on Sunday at the Chinese embassy to commemorate the ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Tuvalu’s New Government Reaffirmed Its Support for Diplomatic Relations With Taiwan

Tuvalu's new government reaffirmed its support for diplomatic relations with Taiwan instead of switching to China. Prime Minister Feleti Teo's administration released a Statement of Priorities on Wednesday that included a commitment to maintain nearly half-century-old ties with Taiwan. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

China Poised to Pick Off Another One of Taiwan’s South Pacific Allies as New PM Takes Office in Tuvalu

Lawmakers in Tuvalu have selected Feleti Teo as the Pacific island nation's new prime minister, a top official told AFP on Monday, weeks after an election that has put ties with Taiwan in focus. Former attorney general Teo secured the support ...

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 ...

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 ...

Small Islands in Great Power Politics 

By Saniya Kulkarni In the past two weeks alone, two island states have made shifts in their foreign policies to align more closely with China. The states in question are, of course, Nauru and the Maldives – the former used to ...

China Warns Philippines Not to “Play With Fire” In Response to Marcos’ Remarks Over Taiwan

China summoned the Philippines ambassador to Beijing to issue a forceful protest against a congratulatory post on X by President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. to Taiwan's newly-elected leader, Lai Ching-te. Marcos posted on X: "On behalf of the Filipino people, I ...

Beijing’s Two Regional Flashpoints Send Warm Exchanges as Philippines’s Marcos Congratulates Taiwan’s Lai on Presidential Win

To those who may not follow the way countries phrase their wording about Taiwan to avoid causing an uproar from Beijing, Monday’s congratulations from Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to Taiwan presidential election winner Lai Ching-te may seem mere pedestrian diplomatic chatter. ...

Island Fever? Taiwan’s General Elections as an Opportunity for the Global South to Revisit Its Relations With China

By Felix Brender 王哲謙 The mood in Taiwan’s capital Taipei is as somber as it tends to be mere days before the elections. As usual in the runup to the elections, the PRC has increased its posturing, as part of the wider ...

China, U.S. Meet Face-to-Face for First Time in Two Years to Discuss Taiwan and South China Sea

Chinese and U.S. military officials met in Washington this week for their first in-person talks in more than two years as the world’s two superpowers seek common ground after nearly a year of animosity. Taiwan and the South China Sea ...
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