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3 Reasons Why China, Philippines Chose to Strike a Deal on Reef Resupply Missions

For more than a year now, we've been discussing the steadily intensifying conflict between the Philippines and China over rival territorial claims in the South China Sea and how the two sides have failed to create any policy off-ramps that would allow them to de-escalate their feud. ...

China-Africa Relations as Seen From the United States

As Chinese engagement in Africa steadily increased over the past twenty-five years, the U.S. has struggled to respond. Africa has consistently been a low priority in U.S. foreign policy, even with China's growing presence on the continent, and that's especially true ...

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 ...

With an Eye on China, Blinken Heads to Southeast Asia to Reaffirm Ties With Strategic Allies

By Léon Bruneau U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will head to Southeast Asia this week to deepen ties with Washington's strategic allies, an official said Monday. The United States seeks to bolster its regional stance against an increasingly assertive China. ...

Blinken Says Will Meet Chinese Counterpart in Laos Next Week

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday he would meet his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi next week at an ASEAN ministerial meeting in Laos. "I speak to him on a fairly regular basis, and I'll be seeing him next week, ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: China Props up Solomon Islands’ Budget With $20 Million Injection

The Indian government is planning to spend $1 billion to expedite the construction of 12 hydroelectric dams in Arunachal Pradesh, a sensitive region near the contested border with China. Beijing denounced the move and said New Delhi has "no right to build in that area and that ...

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 ...

Letter From Washington: The Narrowing Space for Democracy

Greetings from Washington, D.C., Over the last two and a half months, I’ve spent time in Washington, D.C. and several European capitals meeting with folks from think tanks, civil society, and policy circles to talk about critical minerals and the West’s ...

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio Wants to Use Massive Tariffs to Unseat China’s Dominance in Critical Resources

U.S. Senator and Republican party vice presidential hopeful Marco Rubio submitted legislation this month that aims to break China's current control of critical mineral supply chains with punishing tariffs up to 800%. Rubio's Critical Mineral Supply Chain Realignment Act of 2024 calls ...

Who Gets to Tell the Africa-China Story?

So much of the framing of Chinese engagement in Africa is done through the prism of Western media, academia, government, and civil society. Stories about debt traps, malign influence, and exploitation are all firmly embedded in the larger discourse about Africa's ...

NATO Boosts Asia Ties in Face of China

By Max Delaney NATO leaders on Thursday sought to bolster ties with Asian partners after slamming China as a "decisive enabler" of Russia's war. At the end of a summit in Washington, they held talks with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Singapore State Investor Temasek Focuses on U.S. After China ‘Underperformance’

Singapore state investor Temasek, one of the world's top funds, said on Tuesday it would prioritize investments in the United States after the "underperformance" of Chinese capital markets over the past year. Temasek said its net portfolio value rose 1.8% in ...

Philippines and Japan Sign Key Defense Pact

The Philippines and Japan signed a key defense pact on Monday that will allow the deployment of troops on each other's territory as they boost ties in the face of China's growing assertiveness. The Reciprocal Access Agreement (RAA) was finalised in ...
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