The economic superpowers are vying to construct megaprojects across the continent. Countries like Indonesia have much to gain.
Thousands of Rohingya Muslims are fleeing by sea from Myanmar, abetted by human smugglers whose crews later abandon ships mid-crossing. The surge in sea crossings has led to finger pointing among neighboring countries.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo agreed to stay the execution of a Filipina, but eight others, mostly foreigners, were executed by firing squad in the early hours of Wednesday.
And if he was, what does it mean?
Indonesia's top search and rescue official said the Airbus jet likely crashed into the sea as it flew from Indonesia to Singapore. While the plane hit bad weather, its route was close to that of six other planes in the area at the time.