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Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Nauru, Lionel Aingimea, toast after reestablishing diplomatic relations between the two countries. Andrea Verdelli/EPA

China’s increasing political influence in the south Pacific has sparked an international response

China is asserting itself in the South Pacific, prompting efforts from the US and its allies to contain its influence.
A Chinese flag is illuminated by sunshine in the Hall of Honour on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Why domestic politics will prevent a thaw in China-Canada tensions in 2024

With a public inquiry into Chinese interference about to begin, China may feature prominently in the Canadian news cycle in 2024 — meaning a genuine thaw in Canada-China relations isn’t in the cards.
U.S. President Joe Biden greets China’s President Xi Jinping in Woodside, Calif., prior to their meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference. (Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

What Joe Biden’s meeting with Xi Jinping means for geopolitical tensions

Relations between the U.S. and China have been particularly tense for the last few years. Can one summit between Joe Biden and Xi Jinping significantly improve relations?
Hindu devotees prepare to scatter ashes of the deceased into the sea as part of Ngaben, a mass cremation ceremony, in Surabaya, Indonesia. Juni Kriswanto/AFP via Getty Images

From India and Taiwan to Tibet, the living assist the dead in their passage

Across cultures, death rituals give mourners a chance to grieve. But they also offer one last opportunity to help the deceased as they transition to the next stage of existence.

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