China’s trade curbs on Taiwan after Pelosi visit are drop in the ocean

Beijing’s new trade blocks against Taiwan affect about 0.04% of their two-way trade, making them more political than economic.  Beijing took action against Taiwan following U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island earlier this month despite warnings from Beijing. That included suspensions of imports of Taiwanese citrus, frozen fish, sweets and biscuits and … Read more

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U.S. probes firm linked with Russian oligarch Abramovich over hedge fund investments Former Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich looks on from the stands during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on April 16, 2016 in London, England. Abramovich announced on in March 2022 that he was selling the club … Read more

Trump praised German generals loyalty to Hitler: new book

Colonel General Kurt Zeitzler talking to Adolf Hitler, prior to the revolt of Hitler’s generals, circa 1944. Keystone | Hulton Archive | Getty Images Former President Donald Trump complained to then-White House Chief of Staff John Kelly that American generals were not as loyal to him as he believed German generals had been to Nazi … Read more

News on Russia and the war in Ukraine August 1, 2022

US ‘deeply concerned’ of Russian control of Ukrainian nuclear facilities, Blinken says U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks at the tenth annual review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty at U.N. headquarters on August 01, 2022 in New York City. Spencer Platt | Getty Images Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. is “deeply … Read more

Russia blacklists 39 Brits, including Keir Starmer, David Cameron and Piers Morgan – POLITICO

Moscow has banned 39 British politicians, business people and journalists from entering Russian territory, in response to the U.K.’s support of Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced Monday. The list includes Labour Party leader Keir Starmer, former Prime Minister David Cameron, and journalists Piers Morgan and  Robert Peston. The names were added to a list … Read more

How HIMARS could change the Ukraine-Russia war

Artillery has quickly become the most important weapon in Ukraine’s war with Russia. Ukrainian forces have begun to use newer Western artillery, like the M777 Howitzer, in the battlefield. But a different kind of weapon has had a bigger impact. The American-made High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, aka HIMARS, has been a major high-tech upgrade … Read more

Pelosi to Taiwan would be career capstone, despite warnings

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched her political career being tough on China — a new congresswoman who dared to unfurl a pro-democracy banner in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square during a 1991 visit with other U.S. lawmakers shortly after the student massacre. More than 30 years later, her interest in traveling to Taiwan presents … Read more

Biden’s call with Xi Jinping will focus on areas of U.S.-China cooperation, not just tension

A screen shows Chinese President Xi Jinping attending a virtual meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden via video link, at a restaurant in Beijing, China November 16, 2021. Tingshu Wang | Reuters WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s upcoming call with Chinese leader Xi Jinping will focus on areas of potential cooperation between the U.S. and … Read more

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Ukraine’s economy has seen a sharp decline due to Russia’s war, says top aide A view of damage after market place hit by Russian attacks as Russia-Ukraine War continues in Bakhmut, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine on July 25, 2022. Metin Atkas| Anadolu Agency | Getty Images Russia’s assault on Ukraine has taken a significant toll on … Read more