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China and the Taliban Begin Their Romance
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China and the Taliban Begin Their Romance

For 20 years, the United States’ presence in Afghanistan, though not always appreciated, has nevertheless served as a predictable and stabilizing force. Now, the prospect of renewed Taliban rule has sparked major anxiety among the region’s powers. For example, earlier this month, Indian Minister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar visited Moscow and Tehran while Taliban representatives were in each city, raising questions about whether back-channel negotiations are ongoing. Moscow is preparing to leverage the six-nation Collective Security Treaty Organization to address potential trouble at the Afghan-Tajik border, which is being taken over by the Taliban on the Afghan side. As Pakistan’s relations with the Afghan government rapidly unravel , Islamabad appears to have negotiated a quid pro q...
Is Western Finance Underestimating Chinese Political Risk?
China, Human Rights, Politics

Is Western Finance Underestimating Chinese Political Risk?

The highlights this week: Western finance firms are underestimating political risk in China, the Communist Party is tightening control at the grassroots, and newly empowered regulators are blocking tech mergers . Welcome to Foreign Policy’s China Brief. The highlights this week: Western finance firms are underestimating political risk in China, the Communist Party is tightening control at the grassroots, and newly empowered regulators are blocking tech mergers. If you would like to receive China Brief in your inbox every Wednesday, please sign up here. Didi’s Problems Aren’t Being Priced Properly Ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing continues to be punished by the Chinese authorities in the aftermath of its listing on the New York Stock Exchange. The firm has been made to take down another ...
Nike ‘a Brand Of China And For China’: CEO After Facing Boycott Call Over Uyghur Remarks
China, Human Rights

Nike ‘a Brand Of China And For China’: CEO After Facing Boycott Call Over Uyghur Remarks

Nike CEO John Donahoe recently made a robust defence of the firm’s business in China after facing a consumer boycott there. According to ANI, Donahoe called Nike a “brand of China and for China” in response to a question about competition from Chinese brands. He even went on to explain that Nike had a long-term view of its operations in China, where it had been operating for about four decades. Donahoe said, “We are the largest sports brand there, and we are a brand of China and for China”. He went on to add, “And the biggest asset we have in China is the consumer equity. Consumers feel a strong, deep connection to the Nike, Jordan and Converse brands in China. And it’s real”. Xinjiang dispute Donahoe’s comments come amid a time when Nike has come under fire in China for a comment it ma...
Myanmar: Protesters Mark Anniversary Of 1962 Rallies Against First Military Coup
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Myanmar: Protesters Mark Anniversary Of 1962 Rallies Against First Military Coup

Hundreds of thousands of people in Myanmar took to the streets on Wednesday, to mark the anniversary of 1962 protests against the country's first junta, vowing to battle its latest incarnation. The Southeast Asian country has been gripped by turmoil since February when a coup d'etat overturned the democratically elected government. Since then, violence has clouded Myanmar leading to nearly 900 deaths and over 5000 detentions. On the 59th anniversary of the Seventh July Revolution, Myanmar people in Japan held anti coup protest movement in front of Myanmar Embassy. #StopTorture#July7Coup#WhatsHappeningInMyanmar#Unforgettable7thJuly pic.twitter.com/Iu75v0CR3u — Kaung Khant Htoo (@KaungKhantHto10) July 7, 2021 Protests in multiple cities Local media reported that more than 100 people march...
The Party’s Party Is All About Xi
China, Human Rights

The Party’s Party Is All About Xi

China’s tech-savvy commissars don’t really need real-life parades to celebrate the party’s centennial. With digital effects and 22,000 spectators filmed by drones, Beijing’s centennial extravaganza at the National Stadium on Monday evoked Chinese triumphs through elaborately choreographed scenes playing out onstage and onscreen: engineering marvels, space probes, precision fireworks, submarines, 2008 Olympics highlights, doctors battling COVID-19, and at one point real-life vintage cargo trucks. It was a dazzling socialist-realist-Fast and the Furious moment made for YouTube . (Except in China YouTube access is banned by internet censors.) BEIJING—The dress rehearsals for the Chinese Communist Party’s 100th anniversary began two weeks ago, with the whup whup whup of helicopters above Beij...
Rap In China Turns ‘100% Patriotic’ Ahead Of Ruling Communist Party’s Centenary: Report
China

Rap In China Turns ‘100% Patriotic’ Ahead Of Ruling Communist Party’s Centenary: Report

Rap music in China has turned ‘100% patriotic’ as the ruling Communist Party (CCP) is set to celebrate its 100th birthday on July 1. According to Quartz, a Chinese hip-hop brand released a patriotic rap song with the participation of 100 Chinese rappers. Titled ‘100%’, the song consists of various lines sang by rappers, who applauded the Chinese Communist Party’s achievements in celebration of the 100th anniversary of its founding on July 1, 1921. While taking to the Chinese social media app Weibo, hip-hop Fushion, the brand that developed the song, said that the lyrics have shown the “patriotic spirit” in every rapper. The co-production and performance of the song by 100 music professionals may be a pioneering act in global music history, the brand added. According to reports, the 15-mi...
European Leaders Trash Hungary’s Anti-LGBT Law at EU Summit
China, Human Rights

European Leaders Trash Hungary’s Anti-LGBT Law at EU Summit

If you would like to receive Morning Brief in your inbox every weekday, please sign up here . Here is today’s Foreign Policy brief: EU leaders agree on Belarus sanctions but not on Russia policy, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani visits the White House, and Vice President Kamala Harris visits the U.S.-Mexico border. Here is today’s Foreign Policy brief: EU leaders agree on Belarus sanctions but not on Russia policy, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani visits the White House, and Vice President Kamala Harris visits the U.S.-Mexico border. If you would like to receive Morning Brief in your inbox every weekday, please sign up here. EU Denounces Hungary, Disagrees on Russia European leaders enter the second day of the European Council today to focus on economic issues following a day of discord, as...
Only China Can End Brazil’s Climate Crisis
China, Environment

Only China Can End Brazil’s Climate Crisis

But Salles’s departure should not be seen as a harbinger of any major policy changes. Deforestation has also been facilitated by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who transferred the certification of Indigenous territories to the ministry of agriculture, thus giving farming and pastoral interests a greater say over protected lands. Last week, Brazil’s embattled environment minister, Ricardo Salles , resigned after presiding over the country’s rising deforestation for almost two and a half years. Under his watch, more than 4,250 square miles of the Amazon were destroyed by largely human-made fires in 2020—an almost 50 percent increase from losses sustained in 2018. These fires, ignited by farmers and cattle ranchers during the Amazon’s annual burning season, were initially set on defores...
Will the United States and Europe Break Up Over China?
China, Human Rights, Politics

Will the United States and Europe Break Up Over China?

Yet when two stalwarts of this geopolitical union, outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Joe Biden, meet at the White House on Thursday, there will be something new and unsettling in the air: a sense the relationship is changing, perhaps permanently. Americans are increasingly frustrated at European reluctance to get on board with Washington’s strategic shift away from Moscow and toward confronting Beijing. Europeans remain skeptical about the United States’ durability as a democracy and partner, a concern Biden has only partially assuaged. The 75-year-old relationship between the United States and post-war Europe is a bit like a traditional arranged marriage between two great families: It is ever fraught with tension, threats of estrangement, occasional outside dall...
‘The Tomorrow War’ Sequel In Talks; Chris Pratt Expected To Return For The Lead Role
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‘The Tomorrow War’ Sequel In Talks; Chris Pratt Expected To Return For The Lead Role

Chris Pratt recently starred in Amazon Prime's sci-fi film The Tomorrow War. The film received mixed reviews from critics, however, it was still a fan favourite for those who loved watching Chris Pratt fighting some aliens. While the film released on the OTT giant on July 2, talks about its sequel has already begun. Everything about The Tomorrow War sequel As per a report by The Hollywood Reporter, the talks about the time-travelling alien invasion film, The Tomorrow War's sequel has already begun. Actor Chris Pratt is also expected to return for the second go-around. To decide further, the reported plan is to bring Chris McKay, Zach Dean and stars Sam Richardson, Yvonne Strahovski, Edwin Hodge, Betty Gilpin, and J.K. Simmons back for the sequel. Details about The Tomorrow War The Tomo...