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    China’s rubber-stamp legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC), passed a much-ballyhooed law on Thursday that will supposedly “block” all human-rights sanctions leveled against the brutal Communist regime by threatening foreign governments with automatic retaliation. The move sent menacing signals to foreign officials and international corporations just as President Joe Biden arrived in Europe for the G7 summit. As China’s...
    Western business groups said they were “shocked” after China’s government on Thursday passed a law to counter foreign sanctions, describing the move as creating “potentially irreconcilable” problems for foreign companies. The standing committee of China’s legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC), passed the law Thursday to resist U.S. and E.U. economic pressure over matters like trade and human rights, Reuters...
    Several Republican lawmakers, including Sens. Tom Cotton (AR), Thom Tillis (NC), Rick Scott (FL), Steve Daines (MT), Marsha Blackburn (TN), and James Lankford (OK), are introducing legislation that authorizes the president of the United States to sanction foreign officials who either suppress or distort information about international public health crises, including the Chinese coronavirus. The measure, the Li Wenliang Global Public...
    (Beijing) China on Thursday passed a new law to counter foreign sanctions in response to growing pressure from the United States and the European Union on trade and human rights. On June 10, 2021 at 12:55 p.m. Since US President Joe Biden expanded the blockade of foreign companies last week, Beijing has accused the...
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s plan to rehabilitate the 2015 Iran nuclear deal gives away leverage needed to curtail the regime’s general aggression, according to a top Senate Democrat. Blinken faced probing questions from his own party as he toured several congressional committees to defend the State Department budget request. Skeptical lawmakers put a spotlight on the “indirect” talks about...
    (CNN)The top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee is calling on the Biden administration to enact sanctions in response to the ongoing human rights abuses in the Tigray region of Ethiopia after a CNN investigation found that Eritrean soldiers were blocking critical humanitarian aid to starving and wounded civilians.In an investigation published Wednesday, a CNN team witnessed soldiers from...
    The Guardian Biden’s world: how key countries have reacted to the president’s first 100 days The new administration has signalled a sharp break in foreign policy from the Trump era – but how is that playing globally? Joe Biden makes opening remarks of the Leaders Summit on Climate last week. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP The European Union At the opening of...
    The Guardian Biden’s world: how key countries have reacted to the president’s first 100 days The new administration has signalled a sharp break in foreign policy from the Trump era – but how is that playing globally? Joe Biden makes opening remarks of the Leaders Summit on Climate last week. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP The European Union At the opening of...
    Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP The European Union At the opening of Joe Biden’s online climate summit last week, Europe’s relief was was palpable: “It is so good,” gushed the European commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, “to have the US back on our side.” Related: World leaders hail ‘new dawn’ under Biden as Chinese media says ‘good riddance’ But while improved...
    It was just a week before he’d be out of the job, but former President Donald Trump managed to construct yet another political hurdle for his successor. Cuba, the Trump administration announced, was being relabeled a state sponsor of terrorism after having been taken off that list more than five years earlier. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the decision...
    BERLIN (AP) — World powers resumed high-level talks in Vienna on Tuesday focused on bringing the United States back into the nuclear deal with Iran, in their first session since comments surfaced from the Iranian foreign minister alleging that Russia once tried to scupper the pact. The Russian Foreign Ministry has not responded to requests for comment on the remarks...
    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s crackdown on domestic dissidents and military buildup along Ukraine’s border is driving relations between Moscow and the Western powers toward a perilous inflection point, according to U.S. and European officials. “With Putin, we don't have luxury to be naive,” a Baltic official said. “We don’t need to panic, we don’t need sabre-rattling, but we need...
    MOSCOW - Russia announced late Friday it will expel 10 U.S. diplomats from Moscow in a tit-for-tat response to Washington's decision to send 10 Russian diplomats packing under a wide-ranging U.S. sanctions package levied against Moscow earlier this week. Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced the retaliatory moves during a press conference with his Serbian counterpart in Moscow. ...
    More On: russia Psaki pressed on Biden ‘weakness’ over Putin summit amid Black Sea U-turn Russian fighter jet escorts US spy plane over Pacific amid rising tensions: report US Embassy warns that conditions in Ukraine could change ‘with little notice’ Cross your fingers as Putin hands Biden his first foreign-crisis test Russia on Friday responded to a barrage of...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Foreign minister says Moscow will ask 10 U.S. diplomats to leave Russia in a quid pro quo response to U.S. sanctions. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Originally Published by: Secretary of State Blinken visits Afghanistan in surprise trip Judge denies Derek Chauvin defense team’s acquittal request Chicago braces for release of video in Adam Toledos shooting death President Biden on Thursday signed an executive order declaring a “national emergency” over the threat from Russia, as his administration slapped...
    President Biden on Thursday signed an executive order declaring a "national emergency" over the threat from Russia, as his administration slapped new sanctions on the country. The U.S. Department of State said it is expelling 10 officials from Russia’s bilateral mission. "Today, we announced actions to hold the Russian Government to account for the SolarWinds intrusion, reports of bounties on U.S. soldiers...
    Russia's top diplomat on Thursday described U.S. policy toward Moscow as "dumb" and warned that his country will retaliate if Washington imposes new sanctions. Asked about the prospect of new sanctions from Washington, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that all attempts to pressure Russia are bound to fail.  He described U.S. policy on Russia as "deadlocked and even dumb," emphasizing that past rounds...
    US government “agreed to participate in talks” with Europeans, Russians and Chinese to discuss “mutual return” to deal by Washington and Tehran, US diplomacy spokesman Ned said Price. “We do not expect direct talks between the United States and Iran at this stage of the process, but the United States remains open to this possibility,” he said. The process...
    The New York Times An Alliance of Autocracies? China Wants to Lead a New World Order. President Joe Biden wants to forge an “alliance of democracies.” China wants to make clear that it has alliances of its own. Only days after a rancorous encounter with U.S. officials in Alaska, China’s foreign minister joined his Russian counterpart last week to denounce...
    China on Saturday announced sanctions against three individuals and a company from Canada and the United States, treating its Uyghur minority in response to sanctions imposed by these countries earlier this week. • read more: Uyghurs: The situation between Beijing and the West is getting tougher • read more: Uyghurs: Beijing extends response • read more: Uyghurs: After H&M,...
    BEIJING (AP) — China on Saturday announced new sanctions against U.S. and Canadian officials in a growing political and economic feud over its policies in the traditionally Muslim region of Xinjiang. A statement from the Foreign Ministry said the head of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, Gayle Manchin, would be barred from visiting mainland China, Hong Kong...
    China’s President Xi Jinping inspecting People’s Liberation Army soldiers at a barracks in Hong Kong in 2017 – DALE DE LA REY /AFP The days of China ‘hiding and biding’ on the world stage are clearly now over. That maxim, espoused by Deng Xiaoping, China’s leader from 1978 to 1989, advocated concealing the nation’s might from the world and going...
    BRITAIN is on the brink of a cold war with China after it slapped sanctions on MPs and peers who have criticised its human rights abuses. The dramatic escalation came as Beijing imposed travel bans on nine people, including former Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith. 3Beijing imposed travel bans on nine people, including former Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan...
    He hasn’t lifted the U.S. sanctions on International Criminal Court officials. He went ahead with a $200 million arms deal with Egypt’s brutal dictator. He is unlikely to cut much, if any, of the Pentagon’s budget. Then, there’s the Iran nuclear deal. Progressives were counting on President Joe Biden to have rejoined the 2015 agreement by now, but every day...
    Hong Kong (CNN)China has issued more retaliatory sanctions over Xinjiang, targeting individuals and entities in the United Kingdom it says "maliciously spread lies and disinformation" regarding Beijing's treatment of Uyghur Muslims. In a statement Friday, China's foreign ministry said the UK had "imposed unilateral sanctions on relevant Chinese individuals and entity, citing the so-called human rights issues in Xinjiang.""This move,...
    The U.K. and the United States are imposing further sanctions over human rights violations in Myanmar, Britain’s top diplomat said Thursday. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the measures target military-owned conglomerate Myanmar Economic Holdings Ltd. for its involvement in serious abuses against the country’s Rohingya minority and for its association with senior military figures. The measures will prohibit funds being...
    After the Netherlands the day before, Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden and Lithuania in turn lectured Beijing following its decision to sanction ten European personalities. Italy summoned the Chinese ambassador to Rome for Wednesday. China has responded to the imposition of sanctions by the EU for its repression of the Muslim Uyghur minority in Xinjiang province. Through a game of...
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, left, held talks with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, on Tuesday – Russian Foreign Ministry Handout via Reuters/Russian Foreign Ministry Handout via Reuters China and Russia on Tuesday lashed out at the “destructive” behaviour of the United States and called for a UN Security Council summit to establish stability between global superpowers. The rare show...
    BEIJING (AP) — China looked to Europe as an amicable partner as the continent’s leaders resisted being drawn into President Donald Trump’s conflicts with Beijing over trade, technology and human rights. On Monday, that image shattered when the European Union joined Washington, Britain and Canada in imposing sanctions on Chinese officials over accusations they abused ethnic minorities. Beijing retaliated by...
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov wants China “to move away” from relying on the U.S. dollar for international trade in order to undermine the power of U.S. sanctions. “We must consolidate our independence,” Lavrov told Chinese state media. “So, we must reduce our exposure to sanctions by strengthening our technological independence and switching to settlements in national and international...
    “This decision, which is based on nothing but lies and disinformation, ignores and distorts the facts,” China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement, adding that it was interference “rude” in its internal affairs. Among the ten people targeted are notably the French MEPs Raphaël Glucksmann and German Reinhard Bütikofer, president of the Delegation for relations with China of the...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is set to slap sanctions on 11 officials in Myanmar accused of involvement in the military coup and the violent crackdown on protesters that followed, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Monday. “We are going to take sanctions against 11 persons involved in the coup and on the repression of the demonstrators,” Borrell...
    The U.S. sanctioned 24 Chinese and Hong Kong officials “whose actions have reduced Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy” Tuesday amid Beijing’s latest crackdown on the city’s political freedoms. Sanctioned officials include Standing Committee members of the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s rubber stamp legislature, and high-ranking members of the Hong Kong police force’s national security division, the State Department...
    Russia is calm about new U.S. sanctions threat -RIA cites foreign ministry
    LONDON (AP) — Britain said Monday it was imposing new sanctions on Bashar al-Assad’s regime, including asset freezes and travel bans on the Syrian dictator’s close allies. The announcement came on the 10th anniversary of the start of the Syrian uprising. The six sanctioned individuals include Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Miqdad, presidential adviser Luna al-Shibl, and two military generals who...
    A controversial Russian gas pipeline to Germany could soon reach completion in defiance of American sanctions laws, say senior State Department officials. Republican and Democratic national security officials and experts regard the pipeline as a mechanism for Russian President Vladimir Putin to tighten economic ties with Germany at the expense of NATO allies. Yet, Secretary of State Antony Blinken...
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany hopes that improved relations with the United States under U.S. President Joe Biden will open the door for possible joint sanctions against China and Russia over human rights and other abuses, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Tuesday. He said the trans-Atlantic partners should act together to defend their common interests and values and lamented the...
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A military coup in Myanmar and a bloody crackdown on protesters has piled pressure on foreign companies operating in the country. Some firms are scaling back or even pulling operations while those with ties to army-linked firms are being urged to cut them. Following is a snapshot of global firms doing business in Myanmar. ENERGY Total SE...
    By John Geddie and Joe Brock SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Shortly after the military seized power, 55 foreign investors in Myanmar from Coca Cola to Facebook signed a statement committing to the country and employees there during developments of "deep concern". A month on, those pledges are being sorely tested with Myanmar's economy all but paralysed by massive anti-coup protests, widespread...
    By Gabriela Baczynska and Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is preparing to widen its sanctions on Myanmar's armed forces to target businesses they run, in protest at the Feb. 1 military coup, according to diplomats and two internal documents seen by Reuters. The measures, which diplomats said could be agreed by EU foreign ministers on March 22,...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow will soon publish a list of U.S. citizens it will take measures against in response to sanctions imposed on Russians over the case of opposition politician Alexei Navalny, the TASS news agency cited the foreign ministry as saying on Friday. The Kremlin on Wednesday played down the impact of sanctions imposed by the United States and...
    By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin on Wednesday shrugged off new Western sanctions over the poisoning and arrest of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny as unfounded and pointless — but warned that Moscow will retaliate. U.S. President Joe Biden's administration sanctioned seven Russian officials on Tuesday, along with more than a dozen government entities, over the...
    MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin on Wednesday shrugged off new Western sanctions over the poisoning and arrest of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny as unfounded and pointless — but warned that Moscow will retaliate. U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration sanctioned seven Russian officials on Tuesday, along with more than a dozen government entities, over the nerve-agent attack on Navalny and...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's foreign ministry late on Tuesday said new sanctions imposed by the United States were evidence of a "hostile anti-Russian lunge" that further harmed relations between Washington and Moscow. The United States on Tuesday, in President Joe Biden's most direct challenge yet to the Kremlin, imposed sanctions to punish Russia for what it described as Moscow's attempt...
    Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden has faced criticism, including from some Democratic lawmakers, for deciding not to impose direct sanctions on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia for what US intelligence has concluded was his central role in the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a permanent resident of the US. Biden's administration imposed visa restrictions on 76 Saudi...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union retaliated against Venezuela on Thursday, declaring the head of the country’s delegation to the 27-nation bloc “persona non grata,” a day after the South American nation expelled the head of the EU’s mission there. The EU’s Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa was given 72 hours to leave crisis-wracked Venezuela on Wednesday. Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said...
    WARSAW (Reuters) - The European Union may impose further sanctions on Belarus after Minsk jailed two journalists for filming protests, Poland's state news agency PAP quoted Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau as saying on Tuesday. Belarus has detained more than 33,000 people in a violent crackdown on protests against President Alexander Lukashenko's rule following a contested August election his opponents...
    Russia’s imprisonment of opposition politician Alexei Navalny and its crackdown on protesters have drawn strong condemnation from the European Union. The EU is now responding with new sanctions as Russia angrily shakes up all criticism and opposes the expulsion of EU diplomats instead. For the first time, we are using the new human rights permit regime, which some call the...
    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Protesters against the military’s seizure of power in Myanmar were back on the streets of the country’s biggest city on Tuesday, a day after a call for a general strike shuttered shops and brought huge numbers out to demonstrate. Numbers were down from Monday’s massive crowds, but around 1,000 people in Yangon had gathered by mid-morning...