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AUSTRALIA REFUSES TO YEILD TO CHINA’S PRESSURE
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AUSTRALIA REFUSES TO YEILD TO CHINA’S PRESSURE

 One of the narratives that emerged from the recent G-20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia, was that Australia's Prime Minister Anthony Albanese had demonstrated the success of Australia's unsubmissive approach to China by securing a face-to-face meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. By refusing to yield to China's belligerence and economic coercion, Canberra has earned Beijing's respect or at the very least China's acknowledgement that its tactics will not work. Rather than a single meeting, sustained high-level engagement between Beijing and Canberra will determine whether this is true. Instead of making predictions about how the relationship will develop in the future, what is currently of interest is how Australia's approach to China has been described over the last half-decade, ...
Explosive outbreaks of COVID-19 in China are a testimony to the failure of its vaccines and the CCP
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Explosive outbreaks of COVID-19 in China are a testimony to the failure of its vaccines and the CCP

China’s disastrous zero covid policy has resulted in numerous concerning protests emerging within the country. The Chinese Communist Party’s lack of concern in safeguarding its citizens from the lethal covid-virus, is a testimony to the governments failure in securing safe vaccines for its population. China’s independently manufactured vaccines have proven ineffective against the fatal outbreak that has gripped the country since the past couple of years. The CCP’s inability to free up restrictions is a direct result of the same, where the outbreak has been unmanage in terms of containment. Chinese authorities in the initial phases of the pandemic rejected scientifically developed vaccines from world-class manufacturers such as Moderna and Pfizer. This decision has now come to haunt not
Bangladeshis protest to mark the 14th anniversary of 26/11 Mumbai attack
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Bangladeshis protest to mark the 14th anniversary of 26/11 Mumbai attack

Dhaka, Bangladesh: KUET Sachetan Sikharthibrindo organised a protest demonstration at Khulna University of Engineering and Technology. Holding banners and posters condemning Pakistan for inciting terrorism, students participated in the event and criticized Pakistan for the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. Demonstrations and candlelight marches were held in Satikira. The protest demonstrations were held under the banner of Pourasba peace club, Natyadal Satkira and VBD Satikira. Protestors vehemently criticised Pakistan for targeting innocent people and its continued support and assistance to enemies of peace. Protestors holding banners and placards highlighting the 26/11 Mumbai attacks participated in the demonstration. They also burnt the effigies of Hafiz Sayeed, and Masood Azhar and...
CHINA SEEKS ASEAN SUPPORT TO INSULATE SOUTH CHINA SEA
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CHINA SEEKS ASEAN SUPPORT TO INSULATE SOUTH CHINA SEA

China attempts to turn the South China Sea region insular as a counter to the United States promoting the QUAD and AUKUS to remain in the region as a vigilant force to project its rules-based order policy in Asia and Indo-Pacific. For the first time, China engineers a ‘joint’ declaration by itself and the Asean to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea, describing the endeavor “the common aspiration of countries in the region”. China’s state-supporting media, the People's Daily gives the game away by reporting the incident thus: “The historical trend of peace and stability in the South China Sea is irresistible, and the trend of the times for regional unity and cooperation is irresistible. Forces outside the region insist on playing geopolitical tricks in the regio
Nepal not taking Chinese land grab seriously
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Nepal not taking Chinese land grab seriously

Beijing, China:   In 2009, People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops ‘crossed over into [an] undefended district and constructed a veterinary centre for livestock’. In a similar instance of encroachment by the Chinese side, in 2017, a survey document issued by the Ministry of Agriculture ‘shows that China had encroached 36 hectares of Nepal’s territory at 10 places along the northern border,’ according to the Nepali daily Himalayan Times. According to the same report in 2016, China was also found involved in infrastructure inside Nepal. Though such reports often come to light, China has always rejected such claims of encroachments into Nepalese territories. Beijing calls them ‘smear campaigns’ based on ‘completely unfounded rumours.’ Nepali officials have often been seen as reje
Big promises being turned down in Laos
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Big promises being turned down in Laos

Under a rail bridge that cuts across his languid northern Laos town, Boonxay takes a beat to weigh up what connection means to a country isolated for decades. “When I look at the railway, I see prosperity,” the father of five eventually says. “Do you know, some of the older people here have never even been to the capital in their whole life? Now for the first time they are travelling.” The US$6 billion track hooks the fate of Laos, one of Asia’s poorest countries, onto China, the world’s second-biggest economy. It is integral to the plans of Laos’ communist leadership to plug Southeast Asia’s only landlocked country into the global economy and to fast-track its seven million people away from poverty. For China, the 422km line through Laos’ rugged neck of land is the first step
Irresponsible behaviour from China over the visit of Pelosi to Taiwan
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Irresponsible behaviour from China over the visit of Pelosi to Taiwan

In the days and weeks after the visit by the highest-ranking US official to travel to Taiwan in a quarter century, the People’s Republic of China sent warships and military aircraft to all sides of the self-governing island. It fired missiles into nearby waters, repeatedly violated Taiwan’s air defence zone and suspended or cancelled eight official military dialogues and channels with Washington. “That’s not the way that countries that want to be leaders within the world should behave,” said Vice-Admiral Karl Thomas, Commander of the US 7th Fleet, based in Japan. China has claimed it seeks a peaceful resolution to the cross-strait differences, he added. “But when you see them fire ballistic missiles over Taiwan and have them land in the maritime commons and into shipping lines,
Arrest of Vietnamese Businesswoman reveals murky links with China
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Arrest of Vietnamese Businesswoman reveals murky links with China

The arrest of 66 year old Troung My Lan, Chairwoman of Van Thinh Phat Holding Group Corporation (a Vietnamese diversified investment group) by Ministry of Public Security (MPS) in Ho Chi Minh city has again brought the Chinese connections with business tycoons in Vietnam, especially in the real estate sector, to limelight. Lan established the Van Thinh Phat Co. in 1992 operating in the fields of commerce and hospitality, which then expanded to the real estate sector. Van Thinh Phat group owns plots and building in prime locations dubbed as ‘golden land’ in Ho Chi Minh city including the Thuan Kien Plaza; plots in Times square and some buildings along the Nguyen Hue road. Lan, a businesswoman, is a Chinese Vietnamese. She is the second richest woman in Vietnam. Her husband is a Cantones
Decoding the Chinese Foreign Policy Lies
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Decoding the Chinese Foreign Policy Lies

The Chinese state media repeatedly goes on about the blessing that the country’s foreign policy is to all of humanity and the great contributions that the former is making towards ‘building a community with a shared future for mankind’. The Chinese, for the past several years, have tried to peg their model of development and large-scale modernization against that offered by the West, claiming that they are better, especially as opposed to the US. Their foreign policy is one domain where they particularly claim to be progressive and benign despite being a global superpower, in a manner never before witnessed by the world. It is therefore worth our time to closely examine the foreign policy of China to understand the extent to which the tall claims made by the government are met with in
False narratives spread by China surrounding Solomon Islands
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False narratives spread by China surrounding Solomon Islands

Beijing, China: Claimed that the Chinese Communist Party is attempting to influence public discourse in the Solomon Islands through coordinated information operations that seek to spread false narratives and suppress information on a range of topics. Moreover, the Chinese Embassy has strong connections to media outlets in the Solomon Islands and the Chinese diplomats exert pressure to influence local publications and control press releases in support of the CCP’s narratives, the Singapore Post reported. This authoritarian regime plays a crucial role in the CCP’s information operations. CCP has also used its propaganda and disinformation capabilities to push false narratives in an effort to carve the public’s perception of the Solomon Islands and their security issues. Accor