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Tag Archives: Diplomacy

Chinese Dissident Denied Asylum in Taiwan

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Last week, Chinese dissident Zhang Xiangzhong said that he would attempt to seek political asylum in Taiwan. According to Zhang, he was sentenced to three years in jail (in China) for participating in a political movement that promoted freedom and civil liberties (the ‘New Citizens’ Movement’). After being released in July 2016, Zhang claims to […]

India to Host Dalai Lama despite Chinese Disputes

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The Dalai Lama will visit the disputed Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh next month and will meet with Indian federal government representatives (Reuters). The visit was initiated before recent agreements between the Chinese and Indian governments. However, the Chinese Foreign Ministry warned the Indian administration on Friday the trip would cause “serious damage” to bilateral […]

Russia, China Veto U.N. Sanctions against Syrian Leadership

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On Tuesday China and Russia vetoed a U.N. sanction resolution against Syrian leadership (UPI). The U.N. resolution would have levied sanctions on Syrian leadership for using chemical weapons against its own citizens (Washington Post). Russian President Vladimir Putin justified the veto asserting that “it would not help the negotiation process but would only interfere or […]

Trump Holds Phone Call with Australian Prime Minister

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Last Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull discussed a refugee resettlement deal organized by the Obama Administration (Reuters). According to senior U.S. officials, during the 25-minute call, Trump told Turnbull this is “the worst deal ever” (Washington Post). Trump also allegedly accused the Australian government of trying to send the […]

Obama Takes Final Presidential Trip to Germany

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U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Berlin to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday (BBC, NYT, Reuters). Obama described Germany as his “closest international partner” in the eight years he has held the presidency (Reuters). On his final trip abroad as U.S. President, Obama issued a joint statement with Merkel, strongly defending globalization. Merkel […]