22 Oct 2020

As rivalry with Washington heats up, Beijing commemorates ‘victory’ in ‘war to resist US aggression’

On this week 70 years ago, a war called the “War the Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea” by the Chinese occurred. The war’s anniversary celebrations are often an occasion for anti-US rhetoric, as the war was seen as a great victory by China and North Korea. Depending on China’s

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14 Aug 2020

Israel’s Normalization With U.A.E. Squeezes Saudi Arabia

Earlier this week, the United Arab Emirates made a surprising announcement that they would normalize ties with Israel. This has applied pressure on Saudi Arabic to follow in the U.A.E’s footsteps, although it remains unclear whether they will do so. Saudi Arabia risks angering the public and diverging from previous

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27 Jul 2020

Consulate closures an inflection point in China-US relations

The forced closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston and the US consulate in Chengdu highlights an increase in tensions between the two competing powers, marking a new low point in relations. Amid accusations of national security threats, human rights violations, and intellectual theft, the US ordered China to close

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24 Jul 2020

Russia Tests an Anti-Satellite Weapon, U.S. Officials Say

According to a statement released by the US Space Command on Thursday, Russia conducted an unusual anti-satellite test in early July. This has sparked concern that Russia is developing capabilities to attack American space-based systems. The test, which occurred on July 15, represents the first time that Russia has utilized

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24 Jul 2020

US consulate: China orders US consulate closure in tit-for-tat move

Just a day after the US demanded that China close down its consulate in Houston, Texas, China has ordered the closure of the US consulate in Chengdu, a city in southwest China. The move represents a tit-for-tat escalation between the two countries as tensions continue to rise. China admitted that

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20 Jul 2020

UK to make changes to extradition treaty with Hong Kong

Britain’s government is planning to make changes in its extradition arrangements with Hong Kong as of Today following an escalation of tensions between China and the UK amid the implementation of China’s new national security law. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly expressed his concerns alongside other leaders that the

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14 Jul 2020

U.K. Makes U-Turn on Huawei After U.S. Pressure

The British government declared that, after pressure from the US, it would ban telecom companies from purchasing new equipment manufactured by the Chinese company Huawei. British authorities stated that agencies had until 2027 to remove the company’s tech from their 5G networks, marking a significant victory for the US in

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13 Jul 2020

UK-China ties freeze with debate over Huawei, Hong Kong

Hostility over China’s new security law for Hong Kong has resulted in ties between the UK and China being frozen. Britain decided to offer refuge to millions of inhabitants of the former UK colony, however, the policy faced criticism from China. Chinese officials have threatened consequences if Britain decides to

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24 Jun 2020

North Korea suspends plans for increased military pressure against the South

North Korea has been purposefully escalating tensions against South Korea and has now suspended plans to increase military pressure against its neighbor. Ties between the two countries rapidly deteriorated over the past month, particularly when North Korea blew up a joint liaison office used for negotiations. The decision comes after

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23 Jun 2020

South Korean activist floats leaflets to North amid tensions

On Tuesday, an activist claimed that a South Korean group launched hundreds of thousands of leaflets by balloon across the border into North Korea overnight. The actions occur just days after North Korea purposefully bombed a shared center between the two warring countries, making a statement against actions such as

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