Volunteers transport the coffins of Chinese nationals from a hospital following a suicide attack in Besham city in the Shangla district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan, on 26 March 2024. (Omar Bacha/AFP)

From Pakistan to Afghanistan, China grappling with rising terrorist threats

Academic Alessandro Arduino observes that the spike in violence along the route of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project is reviving concerns about the "three evils" — terrorism, separatism and extremism — which China, Russia and the Central Asian republics have feared since the inception of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen attends a press conference in Beijing, China, on 8 April 2024. (Florence Lo/Reuters)

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen’s China visit yields some results

Despite heightened tension between China and the US, the two sides are maintaining communications at all levels. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Yu Zeyuan notes that as long as the two countries remain in contact, the situation will not turn for the worse or spin out of control.
Shiyu or Lion Islet, which is part of Kinmen County, one of Taiwan's offshore islands, is seen with China's Xiamen in the background, in Kinmen, Taiwan, on 18 December 2023. (Ann Wang/Reuters)

Japanese academic: Taiwan needs to step up security on Kinmen and Matsu

Japanese academic Rira Momma analyses China’s tactics in the Kinmen fishing boat incidents and how Taiwan may need to enhance its vigilance on the security of its remote islands.
Chinese Premier Li Qiang speaks at the China-ASEAN Expo 2023, on 17 September 2023. (SPH Media)

Navigating China’s influence: Insights from the State of Southeast Asia 2024 Survey

Southeast Asians recognise China’s burgeoning influence in the region, but there are nuances to the geopolitical dynamics. The region needs to manage its relationship with the rising global power; China needs to address the lack of confidence that it will "do the right thing”.
US President Joe Biden greets Chinese President Xi Jinping before a meeting during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' week in Woodside, California, on 15 November 2023. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP)

Xi-Biden call: China-US tech rivalry remains a point of contention

Lianhe Zaobao journalist Yang Jing notes that despite the continued communication between the two leaders of China and the US, tension remains in several areas, in particular tech. While the US is maintaining its rhetoric that it does not seek to curtail China’s developments, it may not be able to satisfy China’s request for a fair treatment.
Malaysia's Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim speaks during an event at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra on 7 March 2024. (David Gray/AFP)

[Big read] Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim: Maintaining good relations with both China and the US

With Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim in the role as head of government for more than a year, his stance on foreign policy and relations with China and other countries is becoming clearer. Anwar's role on the international stage may gain even greater prominence with Malaysia’s chairmanship of ASEAN coming up next year. Meanwhile, he will also need to contend with garnering domestic support, especially among the Malay community. Lianhe Zaobao journalist So Choon Siang speaks with academics to find out more.
Paramilitary police stand guard ahead of the second plenary session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on 7 March 2024. (Jade Gao/AFP)

China’s ‘new quality combat capabilities’ still in exploratory phase

With “new quality combat capabilities” the latest buzzword among the Chinese leadership, the question is what the term or concept actually entails, given that it is currently not well defined, says Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Wong Siew Fong. This means that it is up to local government officials to explore and find their way.
US President Joe Biden (R) and China's President Xi Jinping (L) meet on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on 14 November 2022. Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in San Francisco on 14 November 2023. (Saul Loeb/AFP)

State of Southeast Asia Survey 2024: Choosing China over the US is neither a tidal shift nor a sea change

The US has been ASEAN’s preferred major power to align with since the 2020 State of Southeast Asia survey. But this year, more respondents are leaning toward China than the US. Southeast Asia may remain engaged with the US while harbouring apprehensions towards China, but the tide may be shifting.
A supporter of Argentina's President-elect Javier Milei displays a one hundred dollar bill placard with an image of the future president as he waits outside the Congress before his inauguration ceremony, in Buenos Aires on 10 December 2023. Argentina's President Javier Milei marks 100 days in office on 19 March 2024. (Luis Robayo/AFP)

Is Javier Milei the impudent ingrate in China-Argentina relations?

With Argentine President Javier Milei seemingly determined to keep a distance from China, academic Antonio C. Hsiang takes a look at Milei's strategies and how his moves are likely to affect Argentina-China relations, as well as its global relations.