Geopolitics

Is the BRI debt trap real?

China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) celebrates its fifth anniversary this month. The euphoria that initially followed Chinese President Xi Jinping’s announcement in Kazakhstan and Indonesia has somewhat faded.

11 December 2018
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Iraq marks one year since IS 'victory'

Iraq's premier on Monday marked a year since his country declared victory against the Islamic State (IS) group by pledging to fight corruption next, even as he faces a political crisis within his government.

11 December 2018
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Rohingya sent back to camps hungry and in debt

Fleeing Rohingya Muslims sold ration books to help pay hundreds of dollars to traffickers in order to flee squalid Myanmar camps by boat, only to be stopped at sea and forced back destitute, the refugees told AFP on Friday.

10 December 2018
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Papua massacre shines light on forgotten conflict

The recent massacre of civilian workers by separatist rebels in Indonesia's restive Papua province has cast a spotlight on one of the world's longest-running insurgencies, with no end to the bloody conflict in sight.

9 December 2018
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Muslims rally to defend privileges in Malaysia

Tens of thousands of banner-waving Muslims rallied in the Malaysian capital Saturday to defend their long-cherished privileges, at a time of growing racial tensions in the multi-ethnic country.

9 December 2018
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'Kill or be killed' says Papua rebel group

Construction workers massacred at a remote jungle work camp in Papua were legitimate military targets, a rebel group said Friday, as authorities hunted for more bodies after the grisly weekend attack which killed at least 16.

8 December 2018
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Huawei CFO arrest risks Xi trade talks

The Trump administration arranged the arrest of Huawei Technologies Co.’s chief financial officer aware of potential blow-back in trade talks with Beijing but intent on showing resolve to crack down on Chinese companies accused of violating United State

7 December 2018
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Suspects in alleged Papua mass killing hunted

Indonesian soldiers hunted Wednesday for rebels suspected of killing as many as two dozen construction workers in a restive Papua province, as an eyewitness account supplied by the military described a grisly mass execution.

6 December 2018
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Situation in West Papua getting worse

The situation in West Papua is getting increasingly dire after reports have revealed that up to 31 people have been killed in a central district of the region on Sunday.

5 December 2018
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