China greatly fears alliances such as AUKUS

China reacted predictably after the respective leaders of Australia, the UK and USA announced the creation of the trilateral AUKUS strategic alliance. The response from government and media mouthpieces was one of anger and recrimination. However, China should look no further than itself as the raison d’etre for the rise of AUKUS. Zhao Lijian, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, discussed AUKUS, […]

As China applies for CPTPP, Australia will demand Beijing to end trade coercion campaign

Australia will demand China to end its campaign of economic trade coercion and reopen ministerial trade talks as a prerequisite for starting negotiations on its bid to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), a media report said on Friday. Trade Minister Dan Tehan said that all CPTPP members […]

Blinken speaks with new UK Foreign Secretary, discusses Afghanistan, China

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with newly appointed UK Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss on Friday and discussed issues including Afghanistan, China, and Iran. In a press statement, State Department Spokesperson Ned Price informed that Blinken congratulated Truss on her appointment and highlighted the importance of the US-UK bilateral ties. The US State […]

China deepens security ties with Africa to gain strong foothold over continent

China has been strengthening security relations with African countries for a long time as part of its bigger strategy to secure a stronger foothold on the African continent, a media report said. Beijing increased its engagement with Africa to secure its financial interests and gain a strategic sphere of influence for a larger role in […]

China’s coastal city Xiamen partially seals off two districts due to Covid-19 surge

A coastal tourism city in East China’s Fujian Province has partially sealed off two districts and one hospital on Monday after two positive COVID-19 patients were detected, the Global Times reported. This comes as China’s southeastern Fujian province on Sunday registered 20 new COVID-19 cases. “Twenty indigenous cases in Fujian, 19 in Putian and 1 in […]

China warplane enters Taiwan air defence zone for 9th day in row

A Chinese military aircraft flew into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ) on Saturday. One People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine warfare plane entered the southwest corner of Taiwan’s ADIZ, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND). In response, Taiwan sent aircraft, broadcast radio warnings, and deployed air defence missile systems to track the […]

‘China exploited 9/11 tragedy to repress Uyghurs in Xinjiang’

China’s ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) exploited the international revulsion towards terrorism sparked by the 9/11 attacks to reframe state repression of Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang, Politico reported. Following the attacks in the US in 2001, then-Chinese President Jiang Zemin sent a telegram to then-US President George W Bush conveying the Chinese government’s “deep sympathy and […]

‘Instability in Afghanistan will spill over to neighbouring countries, including China’

After the Taliban’s messy takeover of Afghanistan last month, experts familiar with the region believe that the instability in the troubled country will ultimately spill over to neighbouring countries. Writing for The Jerusalem Post, Kelly Alkhouli, director of international relations at the Center of Political and Foreign Affairs (CPFA), said that […]

Australian Defence Minister draws parallels between China’s rise and 1930s Nazi Germany

Defence Minister Peter Dutton has compared the rise of China to Nazi Germany in the 1930s saying that the world is “grappling with a regional environment far more complex and far less predictable than at any time since the Second World War,” a media report said on Wednesday. The activities and rhetoric of Chinese officials had grown […]

China announces USD 31 million aid to Afghanistan, endorses Taliban govt

China’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday announced USD 31 million aid to Afghanistan, endorsing the new caretaker government “Islamic Emirate” of Taliban. Hua Chunyin, a spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry, said the decision was announced during the first meeting of the foreign ministers of Afghanistan’s neighbouring countries and would be “for emergency use to the […]

China backs Myanmar Junta yet it holds out olive branch to NLD

China has indicted to ruling Mynamar junta that the country’s National League for Democracy (NLD) must not be disbanded while expressing their wish to continue previous investments agreements made in Myanmar. This decision has reportedly puzzled many people in Myanmar. They are questioning why China is against the dissolution of NLD, despite the junta-appointed Union Election Commission […]