France’s “yellow vest” protesters brave repression and mass arrests

by Alex Lantier and Kumaran Ira For the fourth consecutive Saturday, “yellow vest” (gilet jaunes) protestors demonstrated yesterday across France against the rightwing government of Emmanuel Macron. They did so in defiance More »

Prosecutor General and Rule of Law in Ukraine

Since the end of November, martial law has been in force in Ukraine. At this time, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko visited Odessa, which is disloyal to the Kiev regime. More »

US, NATO Give Russia 60 Days to Comply With Nuclear Treaty

by Jason Ditz After years of claiming Russia is violating the 1987 Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Tuesday that the US is giving Russia 60 More »

Police Detain Six Ukrainians, One Georgian on Arms Possession Charges

Six Ukrainians and one Georgian citizen were apprehended in Tbilisi on charges of illegal arms possession, the Interior Ministry reported on December 2. The Interior Ministry said it seized two handguns, one More »

Ukrainian president proposes martial law after new tensions with Russia

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko early Monday proposed parliament impose martial law in the country, while saying “Ukraine does not plan to fight anyone” over tensions with Russia in the Sea of Azov. More »

 

China | Xi, Trump agree to ease trade tensions

President Xi Jinping and his United States counterpart, Donald Trump, agreed on Saturday to continue bilateral trade negotiations, stop the imposition of new tariffs and exchange visits at an appropriate time.

They also agreed to expand cooperation and manage differences on the basis of mutual benefit and respect, as well as to jointly push forward a coordinated, cooperative and stable China-US relationship.

China | First gene-edited babies claimed in China

by Marilynn Marchione

A Chinese researcher claims that he helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies—twin girls born this month whose DNA he said he altered with a powerful new tool capable of rewriting the very blueprint of life.

China | The End of U.S. Naval Dominance in Asia

by Robert Ross

The rapid rise of the Chinese Navy has challenged U.S. maritime dominance throughout East Asian waters. The United States, though, has not been able to fund a robust shipbuilding plan that could maintain the regional security order and compete effectively with China’s naval build-up. The resulting transformation of the balance of power has led to fundamental changes in U.S. acquisitions and defense strategy. Nonetheless, the United States has yet to come to terms with its diminished influence in East Asia.

China | Xi Jinping, Mike Pence trade barbs over trade war at Apec summit

Chinese President Xi Jinping and US Vice-President Mike Pence traded barbs at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Papua New Guinea on Saturday, with each laying the blame for the trade war and growing geopolitical rivalry at the other’s doorstep, while also seeking to sell their vision of a regional development strategy.

China | China’s Building Spree In Poor Nations: Does It Really Help The Local Economy?

by Joanne Lu

China has done a ton of building in the developing world.

Over the past two decades, it has financed and built bridges, hospitals, roads, railways, airports and seaports — many billions of dollars’ worth and counting. “China has recently become a major financier of economic infrastructure,” according to a new report from AidData, a development finance research lab based at the College of William & Mary.

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