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Mideast Media Outlets Are Misreading a Chinese Naval Deployment to the Gulf of Aden

A trio of Chinese warships departed the Port of Zhanjiang in Guangdong province last week and are now on their way to the Gulf of Aden.  There is nothing unusual about this deployment as the three vessels are going to replace ...

Chinese Analysts Express Unease Over New Delhi’s Naval Surge in the Arabian Sea

The Indian Navy has deployed an unprecedented number of warships to the Arabian Sea to join the multinational effort protecting civilian vessels coming under attack from Houthi militants based in Yemen. Although India is not a formal member of the U.S.-led ...

Insiders Expect Container Shortage at Chinese Ports Amid Red Sea Crisis

After the Red Sea crisis forced ships to extend their routes around the Cape of Good Hope, industry insiders have expressed their concerns about a possible empty container shortage at Chinese ports after the Chinese New Year holiday. “Equipment shortages are ...

China Calls for Calm in the Red Sea as Oil, Shipping Prices Steadily Edge Higher

The Chinese Foreign Ministry issued a new appeal for calm in the Red Sea on Tuesday but made no mention of reports as to whether or not Beijing spoke with officials in Iran to rein in Houthi militants attacking cargo ships. ...

Iran Denies China Pressured Tehran to Curtail Red Sea Houthi Attacks

The Iranian Foreign Ministry refuted reports that China had called on Tehran to pressure Houthi militants in Yemen to halt attacks on cargo ships transiting through the Red Sea. Spokesman Nasser Kanaani told reporters on Monday that a Reuters report published last ...

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 ...

How China is Both Benefiting and Suffering From the Houthi Attacks in the Red Sea

Houthi militants in Yemen confirmed on Friday that Chinese and Russian vessels will be granted safe passage through the Red Sea while ships from other countries, particularly those from the U.S. and Europe on their way to/from Israel, will continue to be targeted for attack. ...

China Blames U.S., UK Attacks on Yemen for Worsening Red Sea Crisis

China's ambassador to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, accused the United States and Britain of inflicting unnecessary casualties and infrastructure damage in their recent strikes against Houthi targets in Yemen. Zhang spoke out at an emergency United Nations Security Council meeting ...

COSCO Halts Shipments to Israel in Response to Red Sea Attacks, Chinese Diplomats Renew Calls for Ceasefire

China's state-owned shipping giant COSCO will halt all operations in-and-out of Israel in response to the worsening security situation in the Red Seas, according to Israeli news site Globes. Sunday's announcement by the company is a major setback for the ...

Europe-Asia Shipping Costs Surge Due to Houthi Attacks in the Red Sea

The cost of shipping a standard 40-foot container from Asia to northern Europe now costs around $4,000, a whopping 173% increase from just a few weeks ago. Average freight costs from the rest of Europe to/from China have gone up almost ...

China Doesn’t Join U.S.-Led Red Sea Force

The United States announced it will coordinate joint patrols with allies to guard commercial ships in the Red Sea as the region comes under repeated attacks from Yemeni Houthi militias. China did not join the coalition, named Operation Prosperity Guardian. It includes the EU, NATO, Japan, and ...
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