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U.S. Under Secretary Underplays New Cold War While Leaning Into Battery Metals Race with China

The United States doesn’t want to force countries to choose between it and China, as long as Chinese investments follow “the highest standards,” according to US Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment Jose W Fernandez. While he focused on environmental and labor concerns, ...

Lightning Round: U.S. Summits, Huawei and Chinese Mining in the DRC

In this Lightning Round edition of the show, CAP Managing Editor Cobus van Staden and CAP Francophone Editor Geraud Neema break down three of the week's big stories. First, Cobus explains why African leaders would ...

Why Washington’s Latest Trade Plan for Asia is Probably Dead on Arrival

IPEF is the latest U.S. acronym that we're going to hear a lot more of as of today. President Joe Biden will tout the new Indo-Pacific Economic Framework during the two-day summit with eight ASEAN leaders that begins on Thursday.

White House Sticks With Group Diplomacy Rather Than One-on-Ones

At no point in the two-day schedule of the U.S.-ASEAN summit is there any time allocated for President Joe Biden to meet one-on-one with any of the visiting Southeast Asian leaders. Instead, the eight leaders will meet collectively with the President and other senior-level stakeholders. ...

Chinese State Media is Predictably Downbeat About the Summit

It is widely acknowledged that China will feature prominently during this week’s U.S.-ASEAN summit. For that reason, it’s interesting to track how the summit is being covered in the Chinese state press.  The most prominent response so far was penned by ...

Which Issues will Dominate the U.S.-ASEAN Summit?

U.S. officials are coming to the ASEAN summit eager to emphasize the region’s importance, and to rebalance perceptions that it is currently mostly focused on the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.  Cross-cutting issues like climate change are sure to occupy some of the ...

Why Africans Should Keep an Eye on the U.S.-ASEAN Summit

Nobody would blame Africans for not focusing on this week’s summit between the United States and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN.) After all, the continent is dealing with a few prior priorities: creeping debt distress in key states largely ignored by the international community, ...

Chinese Spox Angrily Responds to U.S. Assertion African Governments Put Sovereignty at Risk When Using Huawei

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian used especially pointed language during Monday's regular press briefing in Beijing to denounce U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman's recent warning to Angola and other African governments not to use equipment made by Huawei.

WEEK IN REVIEW: African officials Concerned about the Deteriorating Value of the Chinese Yuan

Finance officials in Africa and other emerging markets are becoming increasingly concerned about the deteriorating value of the Chinese yuan that's weighing down the value of their currencies. The RMB has fallen steeply over the past two weeks in response to the disruption of factory production, trade, and ...

The Implications of China’s Infrastructure-Building in Africa for the United States

The Washington-based think tank, the National Bureau of Asian Research, published a large new report (PDF) on the role of infrastructure in China’s influence-building in Africa. It features prominent scholars providing geostrategic perspectives on the impact of different kinds of Chinese-built infrastructure. ...
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