Plan B

Leaders of the world’s seven wealthiest democracies proposed a $600 billion global infrastructure plan to counter China’s ambitious “Belt and Road Initiative,” Politico reported. The Group of Seven countries unveiled the initiative during a summit in the German Alps this week as they discussed issues that...

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Upping the Ante

The Chinese military conducted a “combat readiness patrol” around Taiwan’s sea and airspace this week, saying it was “a necessary action” against what it described as “US-Taiwan collusion,” Al Jazeera reported Wednesday. Taiwanese officials said this week that 30 Chinese planes, mainly fighter jets, entered the...

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No, Thanks

Ten Pacific island nations dismissed Chinese proposals for a wide-ranging regional security pact Monday, amid concerns over Beijing’s increasing influence in the region and worry about getting caught in a geopolitical tussle between the West and China, Channel News Asia reported. Pacific leaders and Chinese Foreign...

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A Dipping Point

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang held a large nationwide teleconference this week with more than 100,000 local officials to bolster the country’s economy which has been deeply impacted by the government’s restrictive anti-Covid measures, CNBC reported Thursday. Li told the officials during the "emergency meeting" that the...

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Shame and Deflection

A trove of leaked files detailing the mistreatment of Muslim Uyghurs is providing new details on China’s crackdown on the community and cast a shadow over a six-day visit by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. The...

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Home Alone

A 13-year-old Chinese boy was home alone for 66 days in Kunshan in eastern China while his parents got caught up in a coronavirus lockdown in Shanghai. As the South China Morning Post reported, the boy took care of himself as well as his family’s...

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Just Paper

China ratified two international conventions on forced labor this week in an effort to reduce international criticism over its treatment of the Uyghur ethnic minority in the Xinjiang province which has hindered trade ties with Western nations, Bloomberg reported. The National People’s Congress agreed to ratify...

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New Friends

China pledged to support Islamic nations in their efforts to resolve conflicts, an announcement that many analysts described as Beijing’s attempt to foster closer ties with the Middle East as the influence of the United States decreases, the South China Morning Post reported. Chinese Foreign Minister...

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