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Chile Steel Plant Reopens as Tariffs Imposed on Chinese Imports

Chile's biggest steel plant has resumed activities after the government imposed a temporary tariff on Chinese imports. The Huachipato plant, which provides 2,700 direct jobs and some 20,000 indirect ones, announced a month ago it was winding down, unable to compete ...

China, Thailand Flock to Laos’ Rivers for Electricity

Pak Beng is a small, sleepy town north of Laos. Little happens in this town except when the slow boat emerges on the Mekong River pier at six in the evening. When that happens, shops, bars, and restaurants near the pier come alive to greet arriving tourists. ...

Cheap Chinese Steel Threatens Jobs in Latin America

By Paulina Abramovich Latin American metal workers are clamoring for higher import tariffs as cheap Chinese steel floods the region, threatening hundreds of thousands of jobs linked to the industry. Last year, the region imported ...

Chinese Electric Vehicles Shine at Bangkok Auto Show

The Bangkok International Motor Show opened Wednesday, with a range of Chinese electric vehicles (EVs) prominently displayed by the likes of BYD, XPeng, and Zeekr. Chinese brands now dominate Thailand’s EV market and are using the country as a manufacturing base ...

Photo Essay: Why Thais Prefer Chinese EVs

As the world races to phase out fossil fuels and transition to cleaner energy sources, transportation—like many other industries—is reinventing itself with electrification. Tesla, the American auto company known for its high-end private cars, has for years been the most famous brand in the Western world for ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Zimbabwe Agreement Could Signal China’s Return to African Rail

TransTech, a subsidiary of China Railway Group, reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state-owned National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) that could lead to a recapitalization of the country’s railway network.
Bloomberg reports that the agreement is currently limited to studying the project and producing a feasibility report by the end of June. Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said: “It is our expectation that in the upcoming Forum for China and Africa taking place ...

Copper, Pragmatism, and Going Green: A History of Chile-China Relations

By John Bartlett Chile was China’s first ally in South America, and the two have become important trade partners. Now, relations are moving into a new phase of green cooperation and investment. It has been ...

Infrastructure, Tourism Top Wang Yi’s Agenda During Two Days of Talks With Thai Leaders

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi concluded a two-day visit to Thailand on Monday that included talks with his counterpart Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara and Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin. Wang's visit to Bangkok came at a time of heightened tensions in Southeast Asia amid a worsening ...

U.S. Fails to Persuade China to Pressure Iran Over Houthi Red Sea Attacks

U.S. officials are expressing disappointment that China appears to be rebuffing Washington's request for Beijing to put additional pressure on the Iranian government to rein in Tehran-backed Houthi militants in Yemen that are attacking Western cargo ships in the Red Sea.

5 Most Important China Stories of 2023 in Southeast Asia’s Climate Landscape

With the overwhelming war in Gaza and the return of rising COVID-19 cases around the world, as we end the year, it’s easy to lose track of other defining events in the past twelve months.  From China’s river diplomacy in Mekong ...

Thailand’s China Tourist Woes Set to Worsen After Woman Charged Following TikTok Video

Thai police are pressing charges against a Chinese social media influencer after she posted a video from a Bangkok nightlife area she claimed was dangerous for women — in a move that could further scare away potential Chinese tourists. Wang Ziyu — ...
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