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UK & North American Foreign Ministers Call on China to Calm Maritime Tensions in Asia, Mideast

The foreign ministers from the U.S., Canada, and Britain each appealed directly to their Chinese counterpart Wang Yi for Beijing to do more to calm surging tensions in both the Red Sea and the South China Sea. Talks with U.S. Secretary ...

UK Foreign Secretary Cameron to Pressure China Over Red Sea Attacks

UK Foreign Secretary David Cameron is the latest Western politician who apparently feels he can persuade China to use its influence to rein in Iran-backed Houthi militants attacking cargo vessels in the Red Sea. Cameron said he is going to ...

China Freeloading in the Red Sea Crisis: U.S. and UK Analysts

There is mounting criticism in the United States and Britain over China's apparent unwillingness to participate in multinational efforts to confront Iranian-backed Houthi militants in Yemen over pirate attacks that have brought commercial maritime traffic in the Red Sea to a near-standstill.

China Dismisses U.S. Trade Rep’s Moves to Build Alternate Critical Mineral Supply Chains

The Communist Party of China (CPC) said any efforts by the U.S. and its partners to reduce their dependence on Chinese critical resources used to manufacture electric vehicle batteries is "futile and will backfire." The CPC's typically acerbic comments came ...

China Still Keen to Join Pan-Pacific Trade Pact and Expects All 11 Members to Support Its Bid, Says Vice Minister

One of China's top trade negotiators said Beijing is still committed to joining the pan-Pacific trade pact known as CPTPP (formerly known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership) even though the odds of admission in the current political environment are close to zero. ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Misadventures in the Skin Trade

This week I spent a few days in Cape Town, in time for a minor, if telling, crisis in international agricultural trade. A ship crammed with 19,000 (mostly still living) cows was stuck in Cape Town harbor, en route from Brazil to the Middle East.
As South African animal welfare authorities scrambled to inspect the horrors on board, the city was enveloped in a powerful farmyard funk. The entire episode can ...

Chinese Embassy in Nigeria Refutes Times (UK) Story That Claimed “Beijing is Indirectly Funding Terrorism”

The Chinese embassy in Abuja denounced a report published last weekend in The Times (UK) newspaper that alleged Chinese companies are bribing militants for access to mineral reserves in northern Nigeria. The embassy said the report by the paper's West Africa correspondent ...

Nigerian VP: “Most African Countries Are Rightly Unapologetic About Their Close Ties to China”

Nigeria's Vice President Yemi Osinbajo pushed back against Western criticisms of Chinese engagement in Africa, saying concerns over predatory lending are "an overreaction." The Vice President spoke at King's College in London, where he also reminded the audience that "the history ...

China-Argentina Call Reveals Closer Ties

China’s Foreign Minister Qin Gang held a phone conversation with his Argentine counterpart Santiago Cafiero, the newest sign of the two countries’ increasing closeness. Argentina is a champion of closer cooperation between China and Latin America and plans to ...

No International Reaction to China Protests, Beijing Formulating Counter Narrative

International reaction to the extraordinary public protests underway in the streets and university campuses across China has been muted so far. Aside from a scathing statement from the British Broadcasting Corporation over the violent detention of one of its reporters in Shanghai ...

The Cost to Build An EV Battery is Going Up… A Lot

This chart explains in part why Chinese battery giants are moving as fast as possible to lock up supplies of the key ingredients needed to manufacture lithium-ion batteries used to power electric vehicles. With the cost of certain materials, particularly lithium ...
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