POLITICS

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) attends a meeting with China's Vice President Xi Jinping (R) prior to a meeting at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit at the Great Hall of the People on June 6, 2012 in Beijing, China.
Russia Insists Ties With China ‘The Best Ever,’ But Tensions Loom
On July 15, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov met with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, with both agreeing that bilateral relations between the two nations were “the best ever.” They were attending an international conference...
The US and Taiwan recently held trade talks, in which both parties agreed to combat forced labor in supply chains.
US Restarts Trade Talks With Taiwan Despite Beijing’s Opposition, Raises Pork and Beef Issue
On June 29th, representatives from the United States and Taiwan held trade talks for the first time in five years. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) disapproved, believing that the island nation is a Chinese province...
Chinese National Handed 3.5 Years in Prison for Attempt to Obtain Maritime Raiding Craft for Reverse Engineering
A Chinese national has been sentenced to 42 months in prison after pleading guilty to charges arising after his company lied to manufacturers during an attempted purchase of military-grade combat-use seacraft with multi-fuel engines for...
Poland is buying 250 M1 Abrams tanks from the United States to counter Russian aggression.
Poland Confirms Purchase of M1 Abrams Tanks, Modernizing Military to Counter Russia
Polish defense minister Mariusz Blaszczak announced on July 15 that his country would be purchasing 250 M1A2 Abrams SEPv3 battle tanks from the United States. The deal, worth $6 billion, will also include logistical and...
Israeli defense minister Benny Gantz has spoken about bolstering Israeli forces in light of Iran's nuclear weapon ambitions.
Israel Defense Minister Calls for Military Expansion to Counter Potential Iran Nuclear Threat
Benny Gantz, defense minister of Israel, has called for strengthening the country’s military to better compete with a nuclear weapon-equipped Iran. He asked the government to ensure security services maintain military superiority, “which ensures our...
Mayorkas stated that the Coast Guard is watching out for illegal immigration via sea as Cubans protest their communist regime.
‘Don’t Come To America’: Biden Official Warns Cubans Fleeing Regime
Alejandro N. Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security, warned in a July 13 press conference that people from Cuba and Haiti should not attempt to sail to the United States as they flee their countries. Both...
US passes bill seeking to discourage the use of Uyghur forced labor.
US Senate Bans Chinese Goods Made From Uyghur Forced Labor, Government Issues Advisory to Companies
The U.S. Senate on July 14 passed the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act to block imports of Chinese goods that employ forced labor from the Xinjiang region, where the communist authorities have reportedly detained over...
Singapore-based Temasek's portfolio has surged by almost 25 percent.
Didi Investor Temasek’s Portfolio Value Surges as China Cracks Down on Companies, Calls for Protecting US Investors
Singapore-based Temasek Holdings has reported a 24.5 percent increase in its portfolio value for the fiscal year ending in March 2021. Ranked as one of the biggest investors in the world, Temasek has 64 percent...
America’s military presence in Afghanistan is drawing to a close after 20 years.
US Commander in Afghanistan Abdicates Post, America’s Military Presence Nears End
On July 12, U.S. General Austin “Scott” Miller officially stepped down from his post. He has been one of America’s top commanders in Afghanistan and has overseen war efforts in the region for almost three...