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China’s Increase in Crude Oil Storage Tied to Economic Recovery, Strategic Reserve Replenishment

China’s National Statistics Bureau (NSB) released monthly data indicating that the country added approximately one million barrels per day (BpD) of crude oil to its commercial and strategic stockpiles in May. This increase in oil stockpiles occurred despite China’s soft imports of oil being outweighed by already weak refinery processing volumes. What You Need to Know China added approximately 1.08 million...

A Look Into the Colombian Conflict

The Colombian conflict is an ongoing 60-year internal conflict between various politically-motivated armed groups and government forces. The conflict has killed nearly half a million people while 120,000 more reportedly disappeared during the fighting. The Spark of the Conflict The conflict can trace its history back to a bloody period of Colombia’s history known as “La Violencia.” This period commenced with...

Interception of Dutch Vessel by Chinese Aircraft Indicates Country Is Assisting North Korea in Avoiding Sanctions

The Netherlands’ Ministry of Defense released a statement on June 7th that said two jets and one helicopter intercepted the HNLMS Tromp, a DeZen P Provinciën-class frigate, and its NH-90 helicopter. The statement said the incident occurred as the Tromp was sailing in the East China Sea (ECS). June 7th Incident The incident began when two JH-7A fighter bombers intercepted and...

Tensions Mount as IDF Prepares for Potential Lebanon Offensive

Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah has declared that in a potential war with Israel, there will be "no rules, no boundaries, no limits." This assertion comes as the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announce approval of operational plans for an offensive into Lebanon. The escalating rhetoric between Hezbollah and Israel underscores a rapidly intensifying conflict along the Israel-Lebanon border. Nasrallah's threats...

The Philippines and China Issue Competing Statements About Incident at Second Thomas Shoal

On June 17th, the China Coast Guard (CCG) released two statements about a Philippine resupply vessel collided with one of its vessels during a resupply mission to Second Thomas Shoal. However, the Philippine government did not issue statements until six hours after the incident occurred. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) was the first to provide a statement,...

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Prominent Pakistani Journalist Assassinated in Pashtun Heartland

On June 18th, Khalil Afridi, a Khyber News journalist, was assassinated in the Mazarina area of Landi Kotal Tehsil, in the Khyber district of northwestern Pakistan. In response to his death, journalists protested yesterday,...

Rafah Crossing “Destroyed”

Recent footage has revealed that the Rafah Crossing in southern Gaza has been effectively destroyed. The footage offers a good clue as to why the crossing has remained closed since Israel took control of the...

China’s Increase in Crude Oil Storage Tied to Economic Recovery, Strategic Reserve Replenishment

China’s National Statistics Bureau (NSB) released monthly data indicating that the country added approximately one million barrels per day (BpD) of crude oil to its commercial and strategic stockpiles in May. This increase in...