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The Maldives’ Tightening Debt Trap: China’s Unyielding Grip and India’s Steadfast Support
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The Maldives’ Tightening Debt Trap: China’s Unyielding Grip and India’s Steadfast Support

Maldives find themselves ensnared in an escalating economic quagmire, their financial sovereignty hanging precariously in the balance. At the crux of this crisis lies the nation's mounting Chinese debt, which has reached a staggering $1.37 billion, accounting for a whopping 40% of the Maldives' external debt burden. Under President Mohamed Muizzu's leadership, the Maldives has embarked on a dangerous economic path, awarding numerous projects to Chinese companies with the assurance of zero costs to the nation.[1] However, this promise has proven illusory, as the Maldives has been forced to offer its precious lands on long-term leases to China, raising grave concerns over the erosion of its sovereignty. The severity of the situation is underscored by the World Bank's stark warning of the...
China’s Global Ambitions and its strategy of territorial reclamation
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China’s Global Ambitions and its strategy of territorial reclamation

Observing the rapid escalation of China’s assertiveness towards the South China Sea and its adjacent nations, it becomes unequivocally evident that China is adhering to its longstanding strategy. This strategy entails a premeditated plan for China to attempt to reclaim its purportedly lost territories by engaging in warfare with these nations over the forthcoming four to five decades. Nevertheless, despite China’s formidable power, specialists concur that it is not in a position to provoke hostility with the United States, Western powers, and other global nations. China harbours intentions to engage in conflict with six nations globally, commencing with its intricate involvement with Taiwan, a contention that is also echoed by Chinese media. Discourses surrounding prospective Chinese m
China claims the United States supports the Philippines in the South China Sea in a “dishonorable role.”
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China claims the United States supports the Philippines in the South China Sea in a “dishonorable role.”

China said the United States has played an "extremely dishonourable role" in supporting and cooperating with the Philippines, using issues in the South China Sea to provoke relations between China and the region. "It is very clear to the discerning eye who the Philippines is serving in its foreign policy and for whom it is working in its maritime operations," China's foreign ministry said on Monday in response to recent remarks by the Philippine president. ALSO READ |Troubled waters: On the tensions between China and the Philippines   China is willing to continue to work with ASEAN countries, including the Philippines, to manage differences at sea and deepen sea-related cooperation, it said. President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr on Friday denounced illegal, coercive ...
A Military Crisis Could Emerge in the South China Sea
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A Military Crisis Could Emerge in the South China Sea

Philippine President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. drew a red line during his keynote address at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Friday, saying that the death of any Philippine citizen in the country’s ongoing standoff with Beijing in the South China Sea would be “very, very close to … an act of war.” In such an event, “we would have crossed the Rubicon,” he said, responding to an audience question about U.S.-Philippine mutual defense.
The legislature of Taiwan approves a measure urging pro-Chinese reforms.
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The legislature of Taiwan approves a measure urging pro-Chinese reforms.

Critics argued the legislation was vague and lacked the checks and balances necessary to prevent abuse. The bill also hands the legislature increased control of budgets, including defence spending. The legislature will also be able to demand that the military, private companies or individuals disclose information deemed relevant by parliamentarians, but some fear could risk national security. The opposition parties are seen as more friendly to Beijing, which claims Taiwan as its own and has not ruled out the use of force to achieve its goal of unification. They took control of the legislature with a single-seat majority after elections in January, while William Lai Ching-te, who was sworn in last week, of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won the presidency. Thousands of ...
China’s most recent AI chatbot was educated on the political views of Xi Jinping.
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China’s most recent AI chatbot was educated on the political views of Xi Jinping.

China's latest artificial intelligence chatbot is trained on President Xi Jinping's doctrine, in a stark reminder of the ideological parameters that Chinese AI models should abide by.China's cyberspace academy earlier this week announced the chatbot trained on Xi Jinping Thought, a doctrine which promotes socialism with Chinese characteristics."The chatbot was trained on seven databases, six of which were mostly related to information technologies provided by China's internet watchdog, the Cyberspace Administration of China, or CAC.Click here to connect with us on WhatsAppXi Jinping Thought was the seventh database that the chatbot was trained on, according to a WeChat messaging service post by CAC's magazine about the AI model.The Xi-trained large language model is the latest effort by a...
China ships a second shipment of glacier water to the Maldives from Tibet
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China ships a second shipment of glacier water to the Maldives from Tibet

China has gifted 1,500 tonnes of water from the Tibetan glaciers to Maldives, the second such donation in less than two months, a media report said on May 24. This is the latest in the multiple grants and aid that China has promised the Maldives, especially since pro-China Mohamed Muizzu took over as the President in November 2023. China's Xizang Autonomous Region has gifted 1,500 tonnes of mineral water to the Maldives government on May 23. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the donated water will be distributed to island communities, for use during times of drinking shortage, news portal Sun.mv reported. Earlier on March 27, the Maldives government had announced that it had received a similar consignment of 1,500 tonnes of water from China. Foreign Minister Moosa Zame...
China Reships 1,500 Tonnes Of Water From The Tibet Glacier To The Maldives: Report
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China Reships 1,500 Tonnes Of Water From The Tibet Glacier To The Maldives: Report

China has gifted 1,500 tonnes of water from the Tibetan glaciers to Maldives, the second such donation in less than two months, a media report said on Friday. This is the latest in the multiple grants and aid that China has promised the Maldives, especially since pro-China Mohamed Muizzu took over as the President in November 2023. Not just that, Maldives and China are also collaborating to enhance weather monitoring systems in this small island nation that bears the brunt of changing climate, including challenges such as sea level rise. According to a report in the news portal Sun.mv, China's Xizang Autonomous Region gifted 1,500 tonnes of mineral water to the Maldives government on Thursday. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the donated water will be distributed to isla...
Paraguay continues to stand with Taiwan despite Chinese aggression
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Paraguay continues to stand with Taiwan despite Chinese aggression

In a major setback to the Chinese campaign of poaching Taiwanese allies, Paraguay has refused to switch sides and rather advocated for deeper ties and cooperation with Taipei.  “Let's be true, partners, friends. I wish us to be ambitious in the objectives we want to achieve, said Paraguayan President Santiago Peña when he met new Taiwanese President Lai Ching-te. Moreover, Peña slammed Chinese President Xi Jinping's geopolitical offensive in Latin America. “It is growing and is very worrying. Many countries decide to strengthen their ties with China, because they have no other choice,” he said.[1] Recognising Taiwan instead of China has cost Paraguay its trade with the world’s second-biggest economy.[2] Paraguay is standing with its 66-year-old friendship with Taiwan, refusing to
Philippines Town Mayor Rejects Claims to Be a Chinese Spy: “Am A Love Child”
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Philippines Town Mayor Rejects Claims to Be a Chinese Spy: “Am A Love Child”

The mayor of a small Philippines town who has been accused of being a Chinese spy has rebutted the charges and clarified that she is a filipino. Alice Leal Guo, the mayor of Bamban town in Philippines, is being investigated for her alleged ties to China after she failed to give clear answers when asked about her family background during a senate hearing. "I want to tell the public is that I am not a Chinese spy. I am a Filipino. I love my own country. I am not an asset," said Alice Leal Guo in an interview to ABS-CBN news.  According to BBC, she has also said that she is a "love child" of her father who was Chinese and his Filipino maid and that her mother had abandoned her. "I am my father's love child with a maid... It's a very private matter. I can't just...