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It’s Game On in the Pacific
May 28, 2022

It’s Game On in the Pacific

By Patricia O’Brien
Australia’s new government and the United States are both moving urgently to boost ties with Pacific Island countries as the scope of China’s ambition becomes clear.

China’s Foreign Minister Visits Kiribati, Where Fishing Ground Is at Stake
May 27, 2022

China’s Foreign Minister Visits Kiribati, Where Fishing Ground Is at Stake

By Nick Perry
Kiribati made a rare exception to its pandemic border closure for Wang Yi and a Chinese delegation to visit.
Philippines’ Marcos Pledges to Uphold Landmark South China Sea Ruling
May 27, 2022

Philippines’ Marcos Pledges to Uphold Landmark South China Sea Ruling

By Sebastian Strangio
The promise came following campaign trail comments advocating a bilateral deal with Beijing over outstanding maritime and territorial disputes.

Blinken Emphasizes Cooperation, Including With Beijing, in China Policy Speech
May 27, 2022

Blinken Emphasizes Cooperation, Including With Beijing, in China Policy Speech

By Shannon Tiezzi
Blinken emphasized cooperation with allies and partners, and even with China itself, in his long-awaited speech.

Modi Visits the Buddha’s Birthplace in Nepal
May 27, 2022

Modi Visits the Buddha’s Birthplace in Nepal

By Santosh Sharma Poudel
The Indian prime minister’s religious diplomacy could make Nepal a pawn in India’s domestic politics, even make it appear complicit in BJP’s communal politics.

There’s a Narrow Window to Improve Australia-China Relations
May 26, 2022

There’s a Narrow Window to Improve Australia-China Relations

By Mu Chunshan
A change in Australia's government won't magically make all the problems go away, but Beijing and Canberra have a chance to bring the relationship back under control.

China Wants 10 Pacific Nations to Sign a Major Cooperation Agreement
May 26, 2022

China Wants 10 Pacific Nations to Sign a Major Cooperation Agreement

By Nick Perry
Micronesia’s president called the draft sent out by Beijing “the single most game-changing proposed agreement in the Pacific in any of our lifetimes.”
Indian Assistance to Sri Lanka: Lifeline or Chokehold?
May 25, 2022

Indian Assistance to Sri Lanka: Lifeline or Chokehold?

By Rathindra Kuruwita
India received many concessions from the Rajapaksas in recent years and has vested interests in the status quo.

US-ASEAN Special Summit Spotlights Coming Comprehensive Strategic Partnership
May 25, 2022

US-ASEAN Special Summit Spotlights Coming Comprehensive Strategic Partnership

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The pursuit of an elevated partnership provides a valuable opportunity for both sides to shape an updated, shared agenda.

What are the Implications of the US-ASEAN Summit for Cambodia-US Relations?
May 25, 2022

What are the Implications of the US-ASEAN Summit for Cambodia-US Relations?

By Sokvy Rim
In recent weeks, the Cambodian government has given hints that it is open to an improvement in relations with Washington.

China Claims Sabotage as UN Rights Official Visits Xinjiang
May 25, 2022

China Claims Sabotage as UN Rights Official Visits Xinjiang

By Associated Press
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet is in China, the first such trip since 2005, to investigate abuses against Muslim minorities.
What Lies Behind Modi’s Nepal Visit?
May 25, 2022

What Lies Behind Modi’s Nepal Visit?

By Bipin Ghimire and Apoorva Pathak
The choice to visit Lumbini for Buddha's birthday was carefully crafted both religiously and geopolitically.

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