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  Beijing’s plan to build a US$7.5 billion deep-sea port at Kyaukpyu is raising concerns about the project’s pricing, terms and strategic motivation By BERTIL LINTN JUNE 5, 2018 PM (UTC Local residents’ houses in front of buildings of a Chinese oil pipeline project (pink roof)...

quite sure how to respond. By Dr Robert J Bunker A recent health alert posted on the U.S. Department of State website related to an incident in Guangzhou, China, in which an employee of the U.S. embassy suffered certain “bio-effects.” The event can be viewed in the context of earlier incidents, such as that in which U.S. and Canadian diplomatic staff...

      xExactly 20 years earlier – and barely four months removed from India’s May 1998 nuclear tests – then-foreign minister, Jaswant Singh, observed in a Foreign Affairs article that India, in testing its nuclear devices, had “acted in a timely fashion to correct an imbalance and fill a potentially dangerous vacuum” in the emerging Asian balance...

ehind the maze of shipping In “official” terms, these new land and maritime ‘Silk Roads’ will connect the world’s second-largest economy with 68 countries and 4.4 billion people across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe in a labyrinth of multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure projects. Yet before the C4ADS report was released, there were rumblings of looming...

The China morning post 30 May 2018 Pentagon renames its oldest and largest military command to reflect the growing importance of the Indian Ocean in US...

As China’s commercial and military presence grows across Asia, Africa, and the Pacific, other major powers are growing increasingly alarmed about...

Bloomberg Opinion) — Will Ethiopia become “the China of Africa”? The question often comes up in an economic context: Ethiopia’s growth rate is expected to be 8.5 percent this year, topping China’s projected 6.5 percent. Over the past decade, Ethiopia has averaged about 10 percent growth. Behind those flashy numbers, however, is an undervalued common feature:...

Daily Maverick 23 May 2018 Lessons from successful state collaboration against piracy must be extended to other maritime threats. First published by ISS...

International Policy Digest.org 23 May 2018 Across the world, China is busy lending large sums of money to economically vulnerable countries and then...

Jane’s 360 23 May 2018 China has begun to rapidly construct a pier at its military base in Djibouti, confirming earlier reports that it would build a dock at the facility. Satellite imagery shows construction began sometime after 30 April and extended more than 330 m into the sea by 20 May. It is being constructed by trucks that are moving material from a quarry...