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China-Indonesia Ties in the New Prabowo Subianto Era

They're still counting the votes in Indonesia after last week's election but it's all but certain that Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto will become the country's next president. While some of the world's major powers, like the U.S. and India, are holding ...

China Accuses U.S. and Philippines of “Stirring Up Trouble” Following Joint Air Patrols Over South China Sea

Three Philippine Air Force (PAF) fighter jets conducted joint exercises with a U.S. B-52 bomber over the South China Sea on Monday in the latest demonstration of the defense allies' bid to confront Chinese territorial claims in the region. The ...

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 ...

China Seeks Global South Support for New Governance System as Beijing Undermines Current Rules Based Order, Says U.S. Official

China is freeloading off the current rules-based international order while at the same time undermining the system to suit its agenda to implement an alternate global governance architecture, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday. Daniel Kritenbrink, Washington's top diplomat for ...

Scholars, Analysts Meet in Washington to Discuss China’s Influence in the Global South

Scholars and analysts from around the world gathered at the Washington, D.C. headquarters of The Atlantic Council think tank on Wednesday for a two-day conference focused on evaluating China's growing influence in Asia, Africa, the Americas and other developing regions. The ...

China Issues New Warning to the Philippines That It Will “Pay a High Price for Its Brinksmanship in the South China Sea”

Chinese Communist Party and state-run media outlets reacted angrily on Tuesday to joint U.S.-Philippines air patrols that took place the previous day over disputed territories in the South China Sea. The official China Daily newspaper, which often serves as a mouthpiece for ...

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 ...

U.S., Philippines Increase Naval Presence in Western Pacific to “Safeguard Maritime Interests”

There will be be a lot more naval hardware soon in the Western Pacific as both the Philippines and the United States ramp up their deployments as part of a larger effort to confront China's growing presence in the region.

U.S., Canada Look to Wean Themselves Off Dependence on China for Critical Minerals

Energy ministers from the United States and Canada expressed deep reservations about their countries' current reliance on China for processed minerals that are used to power next-generation mobility and technologies. In separate interviews, U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and Canada's Minister ...

Solomons Islands PM Vows ‘Look North’ Pro-China Policy if Reelected

Solomon Islands' pro-China leader on Tuesday detailed a reelection campaign based on a "look North" strategy that would deepen security and economic ties with Beijing while retaining "traditional" allies like Australia. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare -- who has accused "agents of ...

If Trump Wins, What Happens to the Philippines?

Ever since Donald Trump Donald Trump told a campaign rally over the weekend that if re-elected, he would encourage Russia to "do whatever the hell they want" to European countries that failed to meet NATO's spending targets, I started to wonder what he would say about the ...

India Will be “Significantly Ahead” of China in Key Technologies, Says IT Minister

With Apple and other global technology companies moving some of their production out of China to other countries in Asia, there's a growing interest in whether a country like India, for example, is well positioned to rival China's dominance in tech manufacturing one day. ...

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.
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