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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. ...

Chinese Companies Also Want to Limit Their Exposure to China Risk

Western companies like Apple aren’t alone in trying to limit their exposure to China. Chinese companies are increasingly eyeing overseas expansion too. While some of these moves are due to cost factors like lower salaries in countries like Bangladesh, increased geopolitical tensions are playing a growing role.

Blinken Tries to Bolster Ties With Vietnam Amid Rising U.S. Tensions With China

Vietnam was again at the center of great power politics this weekend during a brief visit by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, his first trip to the country as Washington's top diplomat. Blinken's one overriding priority on this trip was ...

Chinese Embassy in Vietnam Blasts Blinken For “Sowing Discord” in Southeast Asia

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not comment over the weekend about U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken's visit to Vietnam but will likely do so on Monday at the regular press briefing in Beijing.  The ministry's response will probably sound ...

China’s Online Supporters Incorrectly Thought They Saw the Vietnamese Dissing the Blinken by Not Displaying a U.S. Flag

China's online supporters, including a number of diplomats and well-known trolls, seemed to think the Vietnamese government was trying to send visiting U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken a message when they only featured a Vietnamese flag in the room during a meeting with Prime Minister Phạm Minh ...

Vietnamese Authorities Seize Tons of Ivory, Most Likely Bound for China

Vietnamese customs authorities in the northern port city of Hai Phong intercepted a massive seven-ton shipment of illicit ivory that originated in Angola and traveled via Singapore. Inspectors discovered the contraband on Monday after seeing a discrepancy in shipping documents that listed ...

In Crafting Special Economic Zones, Ethiopia and Vietnam Learned from China and Taiwan

By Keyi Tang The Taliban administration recently announced plans to convert former US military bases into special economic zones (SEZs) with the aim of promoting economic self-sufficiency through increased trade and investment.  The Taliban are not ...

Mixed Reactions in Asia, Africa About the Return of Chinese Tourists

For the first time in three years, as of Sunday, Chinese nationals are now permitted to travel abroad, prompting a wave of nervous excitement among tourism operators in Asia and elsewhere about the long-awaited return of cash-flush Chinese travelers. Outbound travel ...

The Sprawling World of Asia-China Studies

SSRC’s mapping of research on the relationship between China and Southeast, Central, South and Western Asia shows both how vast these fields are and how they differ significantly both in terms of research focus and method. More than in Africa and ...

Apple’s “Out of China” Moves Continue Apace With MacBooks Now Set to Be Produced in Vietnam

Add MacBooks to the growing list of Apple products that the tech giant now plans to produce "Out of China." The Cupertino-based company will reportedly begin manufacturing the laptops in Vietnam in mid-2023, according to Nikkei Asia. Apple ...
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