China Nearing Completion Of Land Reclamation In Spratly’s
This week, China said some of the reclamation work in the disputed Spratly Islands will be completed soon, while Foreign Ministry also reiterated China’s stance on sovereignty of the islands.
The Spratly developments and recent cyber-attacks on U.S. government computers have increased tensions between the two superpowers ahead of next week’s U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.
Mira Rapp Hooper, a South China Sea expert at Washington’s Center for Strategic and International Studies, told the Maritime Executive that the announcement may have been timed with the aim of reducing the diplomatic temperature ahead of that June 22-24 meeting.
World Bank Conference On Africa
Writing for the World Bank’s Development Impact blog, David Evans, Markus Goldstein, and Anna Popova list the key take-aways from the Bank’s annual conference on Africa.
Writing in Project Syndicate, economist Joseph Stieglitz and Martin Guzman,