Archive for the ‘China’ Category

Why Many Indonesians Think Jokowi Fumbled Chinese High-Speed Rail Diplomacy, Even As It Nears Completion

Via China Global South, commentary on why many Indonesians think Jokowi fumbled Chinese high-speed rail diplomacy: The China-backed high-speed train that runs from Jakarta to Bandung, two main cities in Indonesia, is nearing completion, and is slated to begin serving the public in August this year. But after about a decade of planning and construction, […]

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North Korea Scrambles For China Trade

Via Nikkei Asia, an article on how – from wigs to seafood – North Korea is scrambling for Chinese trade: North Korea’s trade with China has recovered to 90% of pre-pandemic levels this year by staying under the radar of United Nations sanctions, as a walk through this border city shows. A Chinese man in […]

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U.S. Apathy Paved the Way for China in Africa

Courtesy of Foreign Policy, commentary on the need for the U.S. to rethink how it engages Africa around true competition and tangible deliverables, meaning things that Africans need and want: In April 1997, toward the end of the protracted demise of the United States’ longtime Cold War client Mobutu Sese Seko, the U.S. ambassador to […]

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Xiongan, Xi Jinping’s ‘Pet Project’

Via The Economist, a report on Xiongan, Xi Jinping’s pet project: Six years ago, when China unveiled its grandiose plan to build a new metropolis 100km south of Beijing, it was hard to envisage the finished product. Ambitious planners promised a “first-class international city” covering 2,000 square kilometres, nearly three times the size of New […]

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China and India Compete for Influence in the Indian Ocean

Via The Strategist, commentary on how India and China’s rivalry is reshaping South Asia: Home to almost two billion people, some of the world’s most dynamic economies, and important shipping routes, South Asia is a crucial geopolitical arena and the site of increasing rivalry between two of Asia’s biggest powers—China and India. This growing competition […]

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China Expands Its Economic Reach Into The United States’ Backyard

Via East Asia Forum, an article on China expanded economic reach into Central and South America: In early March 2023, General Laura Richardson, head of the United States Southern Command, told a US congressional hearing that Chinese actions in South America posed a threat to US safety. According to General Richardson, China is on a […]

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