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The Asia-Pacific Report

Sameera Casmod | sameerac@radioislam.co.za
02 November 2023 | 22:03 CAT
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The demise of a former premier in Shanghai has been met with shock and surprise. Reports from the South China Morning Post revealed a rushed and concise statement from the commission, leaving many to question the lack of a more detailed obituary.

“The Chinese government’s swift yet concise announcement regarding the former premier’s passing indicates a departure from the standard preparedness usually associated with leadership transitions,” Sanusha Naidu said during the Asia-Pacific Report on Radio Islam International.

Switching gears to regional affairs, the recent United Nations ceasefire vote revealed that some Pacific nations sided with the US, while some US allies sought to put an “increasing amount of daylight” between themselves and Washington. Surprising support from Pacific Island nations for the US-backed ceasefire resolution has raised questions about the growing influence of aid packages and trade policies in the region. These islands, known for their historical support for US resolutions, have found themselves entangled in the diplomatic competition between China and the US.

“The Pacific Islands’ reliance on US development aid has significantly influenced their voting patterns in the UN, further exacerbating tensions within the Asia-Pacific region,” observed Naidu.

However, the decision of some countries like India to abstain from voting underscores the diverging opinions within the region. Concerns over the credibility of the US’s approach have left several countries in the Asia-Pacific grappling with complex diplomatic considerations.

In another development, the soaring Chinese interest in West African mineral reserves, particularly in Guinea, has drawn attention due to the recent tensions with Australia. China’s strategic focus on critical minerals, such as lithium, has led to a renewed pursuit of resources in regions with political instability, fueling concerns among some Western countries.

“China’s move to re-engage with Guinea reflects its strategic shift amid restrictions from other countries, prompting the exploration of alternative sources for critical minerals,” commented an expert in resource geopolitics.

Listen to the Asia-Pacific Report on Sabaahul Muslim with Moulana Sulaimaan Ravat.

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