Canada to extend military training mission in Ukraine

Canada will announce as expected on Monday that it is extending a 200-strong military training mission in Ukraine, a source directly familiar with the matter said on Sunday. Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland More »

The House of Lords needs ‘total reform’ according to the person writing Corbyn’s constitutional policy

by Chris Jarvis The House of Lords has long been a feature of British politics. But the person responsible for developing Labour’s constitutional policy has called for it to be scrapped. ‘Total More »

No breakthrough but US, Taliban hail progress in Doha talks

After 16 days of discussions, US and Taliban negotiators have wrapped up their longest round of talks yet hailing progress on some key issues – but without producing a major breakthrough. More »

Kiev regime continues to harass opposition journalists

On March 5, the SBU officers searched the apartment of the Kiev-based journalist Vladimir Skachko. Skachko is known for his publications, which are oppositional to the current Ukrainian government, notes “Strana” web-site. More »

Pence Asked Merkel to Provoke Russia by Sending Warships to Crimea

by Patrick Donahue and Jennifer Jacobs The U.S. leaned on German Chancellor Angela Merkel last month to conduct a naval maneuver in Russia’s backyard aimed at provoking President Vladimir Putin, according to More »

 

China | The Domestic Consequences of China’s ‘One Belt One Road Initiative’

by Qian Benli

Currently, the prospects of China’s ‘One Belt One Road Initiative’ (hereinafter referred to as OBOR) are dim. An article published in the Financial Times in July this year pointed out that 234 out of 1,674 Chinese-invested infrastructure projects announced in 66 Belt and Road countries since 2013 have encountered difficulties. The most recent and striking problem occurred in Malaysia——newly elected prime minister Mahathir Mohamad canceled the US$20 billion East Coast Rail Link projectright after his official visit to Beijing.

China | China, U.S. Officials Meeting to Discuss Ending Trade War

With the 90-day countdown clock on the U.S.-China trade war “truce” winding down, negotiators for both countries sat down today for renewed talks aimed at ending the dispute between Washington and Beijing.

Although the talks so far have involved mid-level government officials from both sides, China sent Vice Premier Liu He, President Xi Jinping’s top economic adviser, to attend the first day’s meeting. This development strongly suggests Beijing is putting a high degree of importance on the talks.

China | Short Term Thinking Dooms U.S. Anti-China Strategy

The United States issued an arrest warrant against the chief financial officer and heir apparent of Huawei, Meng Wanzhou. At issue is a six years old alleged violation of sanctions against Iran. Mrs. Meng was arrested in Canada. She has been set free under a stringent $10 million bail agreement. An extradition trial will follow in February or March.

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.

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