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Chinese Netizens Fret About More Manufacturing Moving to Vietnam While Experts Say There’s No Reason to Worry

A post went viral this week on the Chinese social media platform Weibo that highlighted the growing insecurity in China about the prospect of more manufacturing companies moving their operations overseas in response to the pressures from the United States for companies to diversify their supply chains. ...

U.S.-Philippine Talks Amid Rising China Tensions

The president of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., met with U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday amid rising tensions with China in the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea. Security cooperation topped the agenda in the form of shared defense guidelines and equipment, as ...

Chinese Military Construction Resumes in UAE: U.S. Intelligence

U.S. intelligence sources say construction has resumed on a suspected Chinese military facility in the United Arab Emirates, reports the Washington Post. The allegations form part of a recent leak of classified documents on the social media site Discord. The Discord leaks ...

Understanding China’s Role in the Developing World Debt Crisis (Part 2)

The widely debunked Chinese debt trap narrative re-surfaced again in Washington, D.C. when the top U.S. military commander for Africa General Michael Langley testified before Congress -- highlighting the urgent need for better information about Chinese lending practices in developing countries. ...

New Afrobarometer Polling Shows Both China and the U.S. Losing Popularity in Africa

Both China and the United States are becoming less popular in Africa. This was the main finding of a preliminary release of new opinion survey data from the Africa-focused polling company Afrobarometer. The full details of the poll haven’t been released yet, ...

Groundbreaking for Confucius Institute in Central African Republic Just Weeks After Massacre of Chinese Miners

An inauguration ceremony for a new Confucius Institute was held at Bangui University in the Central African Republic last week. It comes only a few weeks after nine Chinese mining personnel were killed and two injured in a gun attack in the city. There is still no ...

New Boston University Report Challenges Chinese Debt Trap Meme That’s Still Popular With U.S. Government Officials

Researchers at Boston University's Global Development Policy Center did not mince words in a report published this week, in which they stated that "debt trap diplomacy is not a driver of Chinese lending and overseas development finance." For anyone who follows ...

The U.S.-China Cobalt Test in the DR Congo

There's a lot of talk these days in Washington policy circles about the urgent need for the United States to "de-risk" or "de-couple" itself from Chinese supply chains needed to manufacture batteries required to power the green mobility revolution. A lot ...

Problems Arise Just Hours After Qin Gang Wrapped Up a Diplomatic Repair Mission to the Philippines

A tense stand-off played out on Sunday in disputed waters off the Philippines when a pair of coast guard vessels were closely followed by a Chinese Coast Guard ship and other unidentified vessels that are presumed to be Chinese fishing trawlers.

Taiwan, Not South China Sea is the Real Reason Behind the Expanding U.S. Military Presence in the Philippines, Says Prominent Chinese Analyst

This month's massive 17,000-strong joint U.S.-Philippines military exercises code-named Balikatan (Tagalog for "shoulder-to-shoulder") focused a lot of attention on drills in the South China/West Philippine Sea. The U.S. has deployed considerable military force to the South China Sea region in recent ...
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