Follow CGSP on Social Media

Listen to the CGSP Podcast

China’s Ambassador to Vietnam Meets With Vietnam’s Newest President

China's ambassador to Vietnam, Xiong Bo, met with Vietnam's newest president Tô Lâm on Wednesday in Hanoi. Lam was named to the role in May after his predecessor resigned amid a sweeping anti-corruption crackdown. While Lâm is new to the presidency, he is ...

New Chinese Trade Data Reveals Growing Importance of Global South Amid Mounting Tensions With U.S., EU

China registered a record $99 billion trade surplus in June, adding to concerns that Beijing is leaning on exports to try and pull itself out of an economic slump. While the flood of low-cost Chinese-made products is good news for consumers, ...

Vietnam Concerned About Surging Tensions in South China Sea, Reaches Out to Manila for Talks

The Vietnamese government called for restraint from China and the Philippines following last week's violent confrontation in the South China Sea. "Vietnam is closely monitoring and deeply concerned about the incident on June 17," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Phạm Thu Hằng said on Friday.

China’s ‘Salami-Slicing Strategy’ Against Philippines in Disputed Sea

By Matthew Walsh Ramming boats, building militarised islands, and threatening perceived trespassers -- China is escalating confrontations with the Philippines in a bid to push it out of the South China Sea, analysts say. One ...

New Dataset Reveals the Extent Beijing is Determined to Enforce South China Sea Territorial Claims

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. released an update to its South China Sea interactive dataset that provides a visual overview of the key factors fueling the current crisis. The AMTI tool ...

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 ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: China-Friendly Former Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele Elected Prime Minister of Solomon Islands

China-friendly former foreign minister Jeremiah Manele was elected prime minister of the Solomon Islands on Thursday, defeating an opposition leader intent on curbing Beijing’s reach in the Pacific nation. Manele won 31 votes in a secret ballot of 50 MPs, the climax of a national election that ...

China Still Dominates Apple’s Supply Chain in Asia

Apple CEO Tim Cook's recent visit to Southeast Asia prompted a lot of discussion about the company's drive to diversify its supply chain to reduce its reliance on China.  While Apple is definitely shifting some production capacity to other countries in Asia, ...

Chinese, Vietnamese Defense Ministers Agree to Set up Naval Hotline

China's new defense minister, Dong Jun, wrapped up a two-day visit to Vietnam on Friday, his first trip overseas since taking office, during which he held talks with Vietnam's Defense Minister, Phan Văn Giang. The two met on Thursday and Friday 

Cambodian PM Says Country to Build Canal With China

Prime Minister Hun Manet said Thursday that Cambodia will proceed with controversial plans to build a $1.7 billion canal linking the capital, Phnom Penh, to the sea. The Funan Techo Canal is the latest Chinese-backed infrastructure project in Cambodia, which received ...

Geopolitical Tensions Destroying South China Sea Coral Reefs: Report

While states compete in territorial disputes in the South China Sea, a hidden crisis is unfolding beneath the surface. The region’s shallow coral reefs are being devastated by industrial overfishing, rampant island-building, and reckless giant clam harvesting, with China and Vietnam ...
Page 1 of 101210