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Coronavirus Threat Hangs Over U.N. General Assembly
China, Environment, Human Rights

Coronavirus Threat Hangs Over U.N. General Assembly

If you would like to receive U.N. Brief in your inbox this week, please sign up here . Here’s what’s on tap for today: Coronavirus woes precede the annual summit, the U.N. chief settles on a new envoy for Myanmar , tracking Team Biden ’s plans, and diplomats engage in last-ditch efforts to avert climate catastrophe . Welcome back to U.N. Brief, Foreign Policy’s pop-up guide to this year’s United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Here’s what’s on tap for today: Coronavirus woes precede the annual summit, the U.N. chief settles on a new envoy for Myanmar, tracking Team Biden’s plans, and diplomats engage in last-ditch efforts to avert climate catastrophe. If you would like to receive U.N. Brief in your inbox this week, please sign up here. Can UNGA Avoid a Superspreader Event? The U.N. ...
Neither Russia nor China Could Fill a U.S. Void in the Middle East
China, Environment

Neither Russia nor China Could Fill a U.S. Void in the Middle East

But such concerns are misguided. Neither Russia nor China is capable of filling a supposed U.S. void in the Middle East, nor do they desire to. More recently, however, the topic of great-power competition among the United States, Russia, and China in the Middle East has increasingly moved to the forefront of such debates, and U.S. officials and policy analysts have begun raising the alarm over the possibility of Moscow or Beijing filling the void if Washington were to withdraw militarily from the region. The 20th anniversary of 9/11 and America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan have renewed debate over whether the United States should remain so deeply engaged militarily in the broader Middle East. These debates typically center on whether such a presence is needed to ensure the safe transit ...
China’s ranking has been strategically improved by World Bank staffers
Environment, Human Rights

China’s ranking has been strategically improved by World Bank staffers

Washington, US: According to US Media the top officials of World Bank altered the data to raise the position of China and Saudi Arabia in the reports of 2018 and 2020.  WilmerHale — the law firm commissioned by the World Bank to conduct probe — found that then-CEO Kristalina Georgieva pressured the Doing Business team in 2017 to “change the report’s methodology” or “make specific changes” to data points to boost China’s ranking in the 2018 edition, CNN reported on Friday. Law firm WilmerHale was commissioned by the World Bank to conduct the probe. According to WilmerHale’s 16-page investigation, Chinese government officials repeatedly expressed concerns to Georgieva and Jim Yong Kim, then-World Bank president, over the country’s ranking. The probe revealed that Georgieva was...
China and the United States Could Sabotage EU Emission Efforts Again
China, Environment, Politics

China and the United States Could Sabotage EU Emission Efforts Again

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has made clear that reducing greenhouse gas emissions faster represents an unavoidable priority. The commission has said its flagship project, the European Green Deal, aims to reconcile the economy with the planet, so Europe’s “ man on the moon ” moment paves the way for European global leadership on green matters. However, despite a high level of domestic undertaking, the ambition and success of European green policies increasingly depend on other countries’ commitments to reduce carbon emissions. If Brussels aspires to be a catalyst for international action, diffusing its policies to third countries, it needs to convince others to follow its lead toward a more sustainable future. One big way to do that is the Carbon Border Adjustment Me...
Ex-Prez Karzai Asks Taliban To Clear Climate Of Fear; ‘provide Right Services’ To Afghans
China, Environment

Ex-Prez Karzai Asks Taliban To Clear Climate Of Fear; ‘provide Right Services’ To Afghans

Weeks after the Taliban announced the formation of government in Afghanistan, former President Hamid Karzai in an interview with The Sunday Times asserted that said the terrorist group should eliminate the prevailing climate of fear and instead try to provide a physically and mentally secure environment for the people. For the same, Karzai suggested the Taliban form a broad-based government comprising both men and women of the country. 'Afghanistan needs govt that provides right services' Hamid Karzai, who after the fall of Kabul was in continuous talks with the Taliban, said that he had stressed on 'Afghanistan's values, and the values of the Afghans' since day one. The former President said, "I had emphasized on the right of the Afghans, including the right of the women to acquire educ...
Chinese users banned from Wikipedia over threat to Hong Kong users
Environment, Human Rights

Chinese users banned from Wikipedia over threat to Hong Kong users

Beijing: Wikipedia has banned 2 Chinese users globally and revoked administrator access over threat to Hong Kong users. Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP) reported on fears among Hong Kong users over election canvassing within the online encyclopaedia as users from the mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan angled for coveted administrator access. There were also “editing wars” over politically sensitive articles about current events in the city, the newspaper reported. Wikipedia hosts elections for users wishing to become administrators, who enjoy more access to users and greater powers to edit articles. There were past reports that users of the Chinese edition engaged in election canvassing outside of Wikipedia to try to ensure the election of mainland administrators. Maggie Dennis, the fo...
Has China’s Housing Crisis Finally Arrived?
China, Environment

Has China’s Housing Crisis Finally Arrived?

Starting Friday, Sept. 17, FP will reprise its pop-up U.N. Brief, giving you a first-hand look at events during the U.N. General Assembly in New York. Sign up here to get it in your inbox. Also on Sept. 17, my colleagues Colum Lynch and Robbie Gramer will preview proceedings with a live conference call , beginning at 11 a.m. The highlights this week: The downfall of a major property company could spell trouble for China’s real-estate market , what to make of Mark Milley’s secret phone calls with Beijing, and a key #MeToo case is thrown out for lack of evidence. Welcome to Foreign Policy’s China Brief. The highlights this week: The downfall of a major property company could spell trouble for China’s real-estate market, what to make of Mark Milley’s secret phone calls with Beijing, and a ...
The U.N. General Assembly Opens Under COVID-19 Cloud
China, Environment

The U.N. General Assembly Opens Under COVID-19 Cloud

If you would like to receive Morning Brief in your inbox every weekday, please sign up here . Here is today’s Foreign Policy brief: The 76th U.N. General Assembly begins in New York, the left wins in Norway ’s parliamentary elections, and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken faces the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee over Afghanistan policy. Here is today’s Foreign Policy brief: The 76th U.N. General Assembly begins in New York, the left wins in Norway’s parliamentary elections, and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken faces the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee over Afghanistan policy. If you would like to receive Morning Brief in your inbox every weekday, please sign up here. UNGA Begins in New York The 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) officially opens to...
Portugal’s Sardine Capitalism Is a Model for the World
China, Environment

Portugal’s Sardine Capitalism Is a Model for the World

Today, Portugal’s colonies are long gone, but the country’s penchant for charting its own course lives on in its uncanny ability to maintain what is arguably the European Union’s most successful mixed economy. Despite the global financial crisis a decade ago and the more recent economic downturn driven by the pandemic, Portugal has emerged as a growth model for Europe’s smaller economies, which have struggled to balance cultural traditions and political values against the demands of much larger economies—such as Germany, France, and Italy—with which they share the euro. LISBON—Defying conventional wisdom has a long history in Portugal. After all, in an age when maps showed the Earth ending abruptly somewhere around Bermuda and the waters teeming with sea monsters , Portuguese explorers di...
CCP interference must stop, world must join ha ds to stop it
Environment, Human Rights, Politics

CCP interference must stop, world must join ha ds to stop it

The report revealed many facts about the CCP's deep penetration in India. But as a long-term researcher and reminder of CCP's global penetration, I am not surprised by what CCP did in India. Let's take a look at how severe the penetration of CCP is in very and South America. For example, parliament buildings in at least seven countries in Africa are built by CCP.  These parliamentary facilities use operating systems and data systems provided by China. China's control over them is obvious. This report is not only about the CCP’s infiltration in India. This report also drew a map of the footprint of the CCP's global penetration. It is not only a wake-up call to the world about the CCP’s in-depth penetration of the entire world but also a prescription to solve the problem. After r...