Ilhan Omar Again Sets Off a Fight Among Democrats

Ms. Omar appeared to equate American and Israeli “atrocities” with those of Hamas and the Taliban, prompting outrage from Jewish House Democrats.

#blinken-antony-j, #hamas, #house-of-representatives, #israel, #omar-ilhan, #politics-and-government, #state-department, #twitter

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Blinken Meets Leaders of Egypt and Jordan on Rebuilding Gaza

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with the leaders of Egypt and Jordan to discuss rebuilding war-ravaged Gaza, largely avoiding talk of a long-term Israeli-Palestinian agreement.

#blinken-antony-j, #foreign-aid, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #humanitarian-aid, #israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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In Israel, Blinken Pushes U.S. Support for Rebuilding Gaza

Standing beside Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel vowed “a very powerful response” if Hamas were to break a fragile cease-fire.

#abbas-mahmoud, #blinken-antony-j, #hamas, #humanitarian-aid, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #peace-process, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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Changing Tack, U.S. Sanctions Ethiopia Over Abuses in Tigray War

The measures signal a tougher American approach to a war in which Ethiopian forces are accused of atrocities. Ethiopia accused the U.S. of “meddling.”

#ahmed-abiy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #eritrea, #ethiopia, #horn-of-africa, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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Blinken Hopes to Solidify Hamas and Israel’s Cease-Fire

The secretary of state will also use his trip to the region this week to work on humanitarian aid for Gaza but has no plans to pursue full-fledged peace talks.

#abbas-mahmoud, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #egypt, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #peace-process, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations

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As Israel’s Dependence on U.S. Shrinks, So Does U.S. Leverage

Israel has quietly sought, and perhaps achieved, a large measure of autonomy from its half-century of reliance on the United States.

#blinken-antony-j, #foreign-aid, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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Who Is Roman Protasevich, the Opposition Journalist?

Mr. Protasevich, 26, is an exiled dissident whose reach drew an authoritarian ruler into a gambit that outraged Western governments.

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After High-Wire Act, Biden Faces Tough New Middle East Tests

The administration is considering how to recalibrate its policy in the region in light of the cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians without distracting from other priorities.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #mcgurk-brett-h, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #nides-thomas-r, #palestinians, #peace-process, #ratney-michael, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #united-states-international-relations

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U.S. Confirms It Does Not Want to Buy Greenland

News of President Donald J. Trump’s interest in buying the territory in 2019 bewildered its leadership and became the butt of jokes.

#blinken-antony-j, #frederiksen-mette, #greenland, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Kremlin Escalates Fight With U.S.-Funded Journalists, Officials Say

The fight over the future of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has significant implications for press freedom across Russia.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #committee-to-protect-journalists, #freedom-of-the-press, #navalny-aleksei-a, #news-and-news-media, #radio-free-europe-radio-liberty, #rt-tv-network, #russia, #state-department, #united-states-agency-for-global-media, #united-states-international-relations, #voice-of-america

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A US Envoy is Heading to the Middle East to Urge Calm Between Israel and Palestinians

American officials voice support for Israel, but the secretary of state says it “has an extra burden” to prevent civilian deaths.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #blinken-antony-j, #civilian-casualties, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #palestinians, #united-states-international-relations

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U.S. and Iran Want to Restore the Nuclear Deal. They Disagree Deeply on What That Means.

After five weeks of diplomatic shadow boxing, it is clear that the old agreement no longer works for Tehran or Washington, except as a steppingstone.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #israel, #khamenei-ali, #nuclear-weapons, #rouhani-hassan, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vienna-austria, #zarif-mohammad-javad

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For Biden, Ukraine Is a ‘Déjà Vu’ Problem That’s Hard to Fix

American officials have been delivering the same message to Kyiv for more than seven years, but little has changed — or is likely to, analysts say.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #center-for-strategic-and-international-studies, #defense-and-military-forces, #kyiv-ukraine, #pompeo-mike, #rand-corp, #state-department, #tefft-john-f, #trump-ukraine-whistle-blower-complaint-and-impeachment-inquiry, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations

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Blinken Jousts With China and Russia in United Nations Meeting

President Biden’s top diplomat said the United States would uphold international rules and “push back forcefully” against those who don’t, a sharp contrast to the Trump years.

#blinken-antony-j, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #global-warming, #russia, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations

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U.S. Secretary of State Blinken Visiting Ukraine

The secretary of state will reassure Kyiv of backing against Russian hostilities, but call for more determined efforts to clean up the political system.

#blinken-antony-j, #corruption-institutional, #nuland-victoria-j, #politics-and-government, #russia, #trump-ukraine-whistle-blower-complaint-and-impeachment-inquiry, #trump-donald-j, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #zelensky-volodymyr

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80,000 Russian Troops Remain at Ukraine Border as NATO Holds Exercise

Biden administration officials said they saw the sustained deployment as a message from Moscow that it could match the number of troops taking part in the exercise.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Blinken and G-7 Allies Turn Their Focus to ‘Democratic Values’

A growing global competition with China and Russia looms over a gathering of foreign ministers in London.

#blinken-antony-j, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #group-of-seven, #london-england, #united-states-international-relations

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Blinken Will Visit Ukraine in Show of Support Against Russia

The secretary of state will first meet with British officials and other American allies in London.

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The Bureaucrat From Buffalo Who Pushed Somalia to the Brink

His bid to stay in office an extra two years, without elections, has led to gunfights in the capital and fears that Somalia is backsliding into a disastrous conflict.

#blinken-antony-j, #buffalo-ny, #mogadishu-somalia, #mohamed-mohamed-abdullahi, #politics-and-government, #somali-americans, #somalia

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Biden Officials Place Hope in Taliban’s Desire for Legitimacy and Money

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and others say the prospect of recognition — and financial aid from the United States — can moderate the militant group. Some call that delusional.

#al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #foreign-aid, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #power-samantha, #september-11-2001, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-states-international-relations, #womens-rights

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Chevron Lobbies to Head Off New Sanctions on Myanmar

The oil company is arguing against efforts to restrict its involvement in a gas operation in Myanmar that provides funding for the junta there.

#andrews-thomas-h, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #chevron-corporation, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #merkley-jeffrey-a-1956, #myanmar, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #state-department, #total-sa, #treasury-department, #united-states-international-relations

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An Early Promise Broken: Inside Biden’s Reversal on Refugees

What had been an easy promise on the campaign trail — to reverse what Democrats called President Donald J. Trump’s “racist” limits on accepting refugees — has become a test of what is truly important to President Biden.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #illegal-immigration, #klain-ronald-a, #mayorkas-alejandro, #miller-stephen-1985, #psaki-jennifer-r, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Amid Biden Climate Push, a Question Looms: Is America’s Word Good?

After four years of “America First,” the president tries this week to reclaim U.S. leadership in the fight against climate change. Can the world trust his promises?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Wavers on Restricting Refugee Entry

The Biden administration will for now maintain a historically low refugee cap. But after a widespread backlash from Democrats, the White House said it would raise refugee admissions in May.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #durbin-richard-j, #health-and-human-services-department, #homeland-security-department, #humanitarian-aid, #immigration-and-emigration, #jayapal-pramila, #office-of-refugee-resettlement, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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President Biden Wavers on Restricting Refugee Entry

The Biden administration will for now maintain a historically low refugee cap. But after a widespread backlash from Democrats, the White House said it would raise refugee admissions in May.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #durbin-richard-j, #health-and-human-services-department, #homeland-security-department, #humanitarian-aid, #immigration-and-emigration, #jayapal-pramila, #office-of-refugee-resettlement, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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NATO Is Expected to Confirm Its Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan

The alliance’s mantra has always been “in together and out together,” so with the U.S. leaving, the pullout would not come as a surprise.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #blinken-antony-j, #defense-and-military-forces, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government

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Biden to Withdraw All Combat Troops From Afghanistan by Sept. 11

After years of arguing against an extended military presence in Afghanistan, President Biden is doing things his way, with the deadline for withdrawal set for the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #austin-lloyd-j-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bin-laden-osama, #blinken-antony-j, #bush-george-w, #ghani-ashraf, #iraq-war-2003-11, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kaine-timothy-m, #september-11-2001, #taliban, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Reversing Trump, Biden Restores Aid to Palestinians

The move will once again make the United States a leading donor to the United Nations agency that assists about 5.7 million Palestinians in the Middle East.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #foreign-aid, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations

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Britain Holds On to a Colony in Africa, With America’s Help

And together they are sabotaging their own efforts to curb China’s advances in the South China Sea.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #british-indian-ocean-territory, #decolonization, #diego-garcia, #general-assembly-un, #great-britain, #indian-ocean, #international-court-of-justice-un, #international-tribunal-for-the-law-of-the-sea, #law-of-the-sea-un-convention, #mauritius, #permanent-court-of-arbitration, #territorial-disputes, #united-states-international-relations

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State Dept. Reverses Trump Policies on Reproductive and Religious Freedoms

Even as Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken similarly condemned abuses and oppression from China to Syria to Venezuela, he overturned aspects of the Trump administration’s human rights agenda.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #discrimination, #freedom-of-religion, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #khashoggi-jamal, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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North Korea Launches Missile Test as Tensions Rise With U.S.

The test was the first by Pyongyang since President Biden took office and came after it accused the United States and South Korea of raising “a stink” on the Korean Peninsula.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #kim-jong-un, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #north-korea, #nuclear-weapons, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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U.S. Joins Allies to Punish Chinese Officials for Human Rights Abuses

The sanctions come days after the Biden administration’s heated encounter with Chinese officials in Alaska, and will most likely widen tensions between Washington and Beijing.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #myanmar, #treasury-department, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-states-international-relations, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #zhao-lijian

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Biden Clashes With China and Russia in First 60 Days

It may look like the bad old days of the Cold War, but today’s bitter superpower competition is about technology, cyberconflict and influence operations.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #cold-war-era, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

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Insiders Jockey for Whittled-Down Ambassadorship Slots

Hundreds of donors and former lawmakers, who have not been Foreign Service officers but are close to the president, are said to be clamoring for about 35 ambassadorship slots available.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #clinton-hillary-rodham, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #obama-barack, #state-department, #thomas-greenfield-linda, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #white-house-office-of-presidential-personnel

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Why Is It So Tough to Leave Afghanistan?

The foreign policy establishment just can’t admit when it got things wrong.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #joint-chiefs-of-staff, #national-security-council, #peace-process, #polls-and-public-opinion, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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The U.S.-China Talks: A Meeting of Friends and Foes

What, exactly, are the political stakes? We asked our correspondent David Sanger for a rundown.

#blinken-antony-j, #china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wang-yi

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Mr. Biden, Enough With the Tough Talk on China

Modest measures can reverse the dangerous decay in relations.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #peace-corps, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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Fear and Hostility Simmer as Ethiopia’s Military Keeps Hold on Tigray

Accounts of atrocities keep coming in as the wounded flee to the regional capital, Mekelle, where Tigrayans say they are being winnowed for their leaders’ rebellion.

#ahmed-abiy, #american-red-cross, #amnesty-international, #blinken-antony-j, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mekelle-ethiopia, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #united-nations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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In First Talks, Dueling Accusations Set Testy Tone for U.S.-China Diplomacy

U.S. officials said the two days of discussions would continue, but accused the Chinese delegation of violating the format for meetings that had sought to find common ground between the superpowers.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations, #wang-yi, #xi-jinping, #yang-jiechi

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Liberals Grow Impatient With Biden’s Foreign Policy Decisions

A recent endorsement of his Iran policy from Jared Kushner inflamed frustrations among Democratic allies calling for bolder action abroad.

#blinken-antony-j, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #kushner-jared, #liberalism-us-politics, #mcgurk-brett-h, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #national-security-council, #nuclear-weapons, #obama-barack, #rhodes-benjamin-j, #sanders-bernard, #united-states-international-relations

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Liberals Grow Impatient With President Biden’s Foreign Policy Decisions

A recent endorsement of his Iran policy from Jared Kushner inflamed frustrations among Democratic allies calling for bolder action abroad.

#blinken-antony-j, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #kushner-jared, #liberalism-us-politics, #mcgurk-brett-h, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #national-security-council, #nuclear-weapons, #obama-barack, #rhodes-benjamin-j, #sanders-bernard, #united-states-international-relations

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North Korean Threat Forces Biden Into Balancing Act With China

Washington’s recent attempts to communicate with Pyongyang were rebuffed, leaving American officials to appeal to countries in the region to help pressure North Korea.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #kim-jong-un, #moon-jae-in, #north-korea, #nuclear-weapons, #south-korea, #united-states-indo-pacific-command, #united-states-international-relations

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As Biden and Xi Begin a Careful Dance, a New American Policy Takes Shape

Top administration officials will meet with their Chinese counterparts for the first time on Thursday as the United States shifts to a more competitive posture with Beijing.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #international-trade-and-world-market, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #tiktok-bytedance, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-economy, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #xi-jinping

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Biden Says Withdrawing U.S. Forces From Afghanistan by May Deadline Is ‘Tough’

The president’s comments come as a May 1 deadline negotiated by the Trump administration is fast approaching.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #politics-and-government

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U.S. Punishes 24 Chinese Officials on Eve of First Talks Under Biden

Setting a confrontational tone ahead of meetings in Alaska, the United States punished Chinese officials involved in eroding democracy in Hong Kong.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #politics-and-government, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations

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Visiting Japan, Top U.S. Envoys Set Combative Tone for China Talks

American and Japanese officials issued a two-page statement that left little doubt that President Biden would defy Beijing in territorial disputes, challenges to democracy and other regional crises.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #japan, #territorial-disputes, #united-states-international-relations

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North Korea Accuses Washington of Raising ‘a Stink’ in First Comments on Biden

The country took a confrontational stance against the United States in its first official remark directed at President Biden’s administration.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #kim-jong-un, #kim-yo-jong, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #moon-jae-in, #north-korea, #united-states-international-relations, #workersparty-of-korea

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Biden Goals Converge in Asia: Rebuilding Alliances and Countering China

A flurry of diplomacy, which includes talks in Tokyo and Seoul, is a prelude to the administration’s first in-person meeting with top Chinese envoys.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #japan, #south-korea, #suga-yoshihide, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #wang-yi

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Biden Vowed to Make Climate ‘Essential’ to Foreign Policy. The Reality Is Harder.

So far, repairing alliances and restoring friendships seem to be taking precedence.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #energy-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #organization-for-economic-cooperation-and-development, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Has 1,000 More Troops in Afghanistan Than It Disclosed

The undercount complicates President Biden’s decision on carrying out a complete withdrawal by May 1, as his administration tries to jump-start peace talks.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #defense-department, #ghani-ashraf, #khalilzad-zalmay, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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