Putin’s Tough Talk

Russian troops massed on the border of Ukraine, a dissident gravely ill, new sanctions. What’s it all mean?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #international-relations, #navalny-aleksei-a, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #solarwinds, #zelensky-volodymyr

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Paraguay’s Covid Vaccine Crisis Gives China Diplomatic Opening

Paraguay desperately needs Covid-19 vaccines, which China could supply. That has led the South American nation to reconsider its relationship with Taiwan, which precludes it from dealing with Beijing.

#abdo-benitez-mario, #asuncion-paraguay, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #international-relations, #paraguay, #politics-and-government, #taiwan, #vaccination-and-immunization

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How Mario Draghi Is Making Italy a Power Player in Europe

The new prime minister is leveraging his European relationships and his solid reputation to make Italy a force on the continent in a way it has not been in decades.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #draghi-mario, #europe, #european-union, #international-relations, #italy, #politics-and-government

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Will Japan Confront China? A Visit to Washington May Offer a Clue.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is the first foreign leader to be invited to the Biden White House, where he is likely to be pressed to more fully address Beijing’s threat to stability in the region.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #international-relations, #japan, #politics-and-government, #suga-yoshihide, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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Japan’s Plan for Fukushima Wastewater Meets a Wall of Mistrust in Asia

The government in Tokyo says criticism of its intention to release treated water into the ocean is unscientific. South Korea has called the proposal “utterly intolerable.”

#fukushima-japan, #international-relations, #japan-earthquake-and-tsunami-2011, #nuclear-energy, #radiation, #water

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Why It’s Time to Rethink the Olympics

Displacements, human rights violations, health concerns and overspending have dogged the Games in recent years. The Olympic mission is a mess in need of long-term fixing.

#boycotts, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-olympic-committee, #international-relations, #japan, #olympic-games, #olympic-games-2020, #olympic-games-2022, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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China’s Forced-Labor Backlash Threatens to Put N.B.A. in Unwanted Spotlight

Lucrative endorsements deals with Chinese sports brands supporting Xinjiang cotton could pull the league and its athletes back into another geopolitical firestorm.

#basketball, #china-central-television, #cotton, #fashion-and-apparel, #golden-state-warriors, #houston-rockets, #international-relations, #morey-daryl, #national-basketball-assn, #thompson-klay, #wade-dwyane-1982

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Two Presidents Visited Turkey. Only the Man Was Offered a Chair.

A protocol mishap involving Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president, was cited by critics as symbolic of Turkey’s treatment of women. It also underlined divisions within the European Union.

#erdogan-recep-tayyip, #european-commission, #international-relations, #politics-and-government, #von-der-leyen-ursula, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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The Iran Nuclear Talks Explained

Talks in Vienna starting Tuesday will try to bring both the United States and Iran back into compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal. It won’t be easy.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #europe, #european-union, #international-relations, #iran, #khamenei-ali, #nuclear-energy, #obama-barack, #politics-and-government, #rouhani-hassan, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #uranium, #zarif-mohammad-javad

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With Swarms of Ships, Beijing Tightens Its Grip on South China Sea

After building artificial islands, China is using large fleets of ostensibly civilian boats to press other countries’ vessels out of disputed waters.

#china, #duterte-rodrigo, #international-relations, #malaysia, #philippines, #reefs, #south-china-sea, #territorial-disputes, #vietnam, #xi-jinping

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China’s New Rules Worry Foreign Banks and Companies

New rules, aimed at taming big money flows and possibly controlling the Chinese currency, could give domestic rivals a competitive edge and make international firms more dependent on local lenders.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #china, #credit-and-debt, #currency, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #foreign-investments, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #renminbi-currency, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states-international-relations

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An Alliance of Autocracies? China Wants to Lead a New World Order.

As President Biden predicts a struggle between democracies and their opponents, Beijing is eager to champion the other side.

#china, #cold-war-era, #communist-party-of-china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-parliament, #european-union, #international-relations, #iran, #middle-east, #saudi-arabia, #turkey, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #xinjiang-china

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Bridging Time, Distance and Distrust, With Music

Neta Elkayam, an Israeli singer, plumbs the rich culture of the Moroccan Jews she descended from, and introduces it to new audiences in both countries.

#content-type-personal-profile, #elkayam-neta, #immigration-and-emigration, #international-relations, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #morocco, #music, #politics-and-government

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North Korea Fired 2 Ballistic Missiles, U.S. and Japan Say

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan said the test “threatens the peace and security of Japan and the region, and is a violation of United Nations resolutions.”

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #international-relations, #kim-jong-un, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #north-korea, #nuclear-weapons, #united-states

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Netanyahu’s Party Leads in Israel Elections

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s party took a lead in Israel’s fourth election in two years, but updated exit polls projected a stalemate that could extend Israel’s political deadlock.

#elections, #international-relations, #israel, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government

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Netanyahu’s Party Leads but Faces Obstacles to Forming Government

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s party took a lead in Israel’s fourth election in two years, but updated exit polls projected a stalemate that could extend Israel’s political deadlock.

#elections, #international-relations, #israel, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin

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Tensions With Arab Allies Undermine a Netanyahu Pitch to Israeli Voters

The Israeli prime minister has presented himself as a global leader, but that image has been dented by tensions with Jordan and the United Arab Emirates as Israeli voters head to the polls on Tuesday.

#defense-and-military-forces, #elections, #international-relations, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #united-arab-emirates

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Michael Kovrig, Canadian Accused of Spying, Is Tried in China

Michael Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat, was tried after Michael Spavor appeared in a Chinese court on Friday, Canadian officials said.

#canada, #china, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #international-relations, #kovrig-michael, #political-prisoners, #united-states-international-relations

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Erdogan Pulls Turkey From European Treaty on Domestic Violence

The move is likely to please President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s conservative followers. He also removed the head of the central bank.

#domestic-violence, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #international-relations, #politics-and-government, #turkey, #women-and-girls

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Michael Spavor, Canadian Accused of Spying, Stands Trial in China

The trial of Michael Spavor escalates China’s punitive campaign against Canada over the arrest of a top executive of Huawei.

#canada, #china, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-relations, #kovrig-michael, #political-prisoners, #spavor-michael, #united-states-international-relations

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Canadians Kovrig and Spavor to Stand Trial in China: What We Know

Secrecy and politics will likely hang over the cases involving two Canadian men, who have been held largely in isolation for more than two years.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #canada, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #international-relations, #kovrig-michael, #meng-wanzhou, #political-prisoners, #ren-zhengfei, #spavor-michael, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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Europe Struggles to Defend Itself Against a Weaponized Dollar

Despite warm words from Biden, U.S. secondary sanctions against Iran, Russia and others punish European companies and prompt new calls for strategic autonomy.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #borrell-fontelles-josep, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #euro-currency, #europe, #european-union, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #us-dollar-currency

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As Oil Prices Rise, Executives Aim to Keep Them High

An industry known for boom-bust cycles is resisting the temptation to pump more oil — for now.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #chevron-corporation, #conocophillips, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drilling-and-boring, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #organization-of-the-petroleum-exporting-countries, #persian-gulf, #pioneer-natural-resources-company, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #production, #russia, #saudi-arabia, #shale, #stocks-and-bonds, #texas, #united-states-economy, #wirth-michael-k

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China and Russia Agree to Explore the Moon Together

The two countries, moving increasingly closer, signed a memorandum of agreement to collaborate on lunar missions, including the establishment of a research station in orbit or on the surface of the moon.

#china, #international-relations, #moon, #russia, #space-and-astronomy

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Is Freed in Iran but Faces New Court Date

The British-Iranian woman has been detained in Tehran for five years on charges of plotting to overthrow the government, accusations that her family and supporters say are baseless.

#great-britain, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-relations, #iran, #political-prisoners, #sentences-criminal, #zaghari-ratcliffe-nazanin

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The Era of Vaccine Diplomacy Is Here

The coronavirus threat is global. So is the remedy.

#astrazeneca-plc, #china-national-pharmaceutical-group-corp-sinopharm, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-relations, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

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Pakistan and India Renew Pledge on Cease-Fire at Troubled Border

The agreement between the nuclear-armed neighbors to keep a lid on tensions along the so-called Line of Control was welcomed in the tinderbox region.

#india, #international-relations, #kashmir-and-jammu-india, #pakistan

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Biden Says ‘America Is Back.’ Should It Be?

Unless he challenges the fundamental premises of U.S. foreign policy, he will repeat the mistakes of his predecessors, but in a more competitive world.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-relations, #obama-barack, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Russia Is Offering to Export Hundreds of Millions of Vaccine Doses, but Can It Deliver?

The Kremlin has scored propaganda points and bolstered several longstanding foreign policy goals by offering its Sputnik V vaccine around the world. But it has limited production capacity.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #sputnik-v, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Israel and Syria Complete a Prisoner Swap, Mediated by Russia

An Israeli woman in her 20s was allowed to leave Syria for Russia, after Israel returned two captured shepherds to Syria.

#golan-heights, #international-relations, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #syria

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Biden’s Plan to Link Arms With Europe Against Russia and China Isn’t So Simple

The new president’s vow to restore the trans-Atlantic alliance is welcome, but Europeans want a more balanced relationship, with more dialogue and less diktat.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #european-parliament, #gazprom, #international-relations, #johnson-boris, #lavrov-sergey-v, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #munich-germany, #national-security-council, #navalny-aleksei-a, #nord-stream-ag, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #nuclear-weapons, #pipelines, #united-states-international-relations

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These Women Confront Dictators. Why Can’t We?

I’m inspired by two sisters who stood up to goons with clubs and razors in Egypt.

#badawi-raif, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #egypt, #hathloul-loujain-al, #international-relations, #middle-east-and-north-africa-unrest-2010, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #salman-king-of-saudi-arabia, #saudi-arabia, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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U.S. Charges 3 North Koreans With Hacking and Stealing Millions of Dollars

The Justice Department unsealed charges against three intelligence officers, revealing more details about incursions on Sony Pictures and the National Health Service in Britain, and other attacks.

#bangladesh-bank, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #great-britain, #international-relations, #justice-department, #kim-jong-un, #north-korea, #park-jin-hyok, #politics-and-government, #sony-corporation, #sony-pictures-entertainment, #united-states

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In Sudan Border Town, Desperate Ethiopians Find ‘Second Mother Country’

Tens of thousands of Christian refugees, fleeing the violence in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, have been given a warm welcome by the residents of a sleepy Sudanese town: “We are brothers.”

#ahmed-abiy, #christians-and-christianity, #ethiopia, #hamdayet-sudan, #international-relations, #muslims-and-islam, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #sudan, #tigray-ethiopia, #united-nations-high-commission-for-refugees

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Want Israeli-Palestinian Peace? Try Confederation

Politicians and experts should not doubt a two-state solution. But they should finally consider a plausible version of it.

#abbas-mahmoud, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #international-relations, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #jerusalem-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #ramallah-west-bank, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #trump-donald-j

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The New Alliance Shaping the Middle East Is Against a Tiny Bug

Israeli sensors on the Persian Gulf, across the water from Iran, are part of an epic battle in the Middle East. Just not the one we’re used to.

#abu-dhabi-united-arab-emirates, #agriculture-and-farming, #beetles, #dates-fruit, #defense-and-military-forces, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #fez-morocco, #international-relations, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #peace-process, #pesticides, #politics-and-government, #sensors, #trees-and-shrubs, #united-states-international-relations, #west-bank

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China Arrests Cheng Lei, Australian Host for Chinese State TV

The case of Cheng Lei, a CGTN host who was detained in August, has added to tensions between China and Australia.

#australia, #cheng-lei, #china, #china-global-television-network-cgtn, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #international-relations, #news-and-news-media

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Future of Pacific Islands Forum Is in Doubt After Palau’s Exit

The future of an 18-nation group is in doubt after Palau abandoned it over a leadership dispute.

#cook-islands, #elections, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #global-warming, #international-relations, #pacific-islands-forum, #palau

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Vietnam Gives Nguyen Phu Trong a 3rd Term as Communist Chief

Nguyen Phu Trong, 76, was named to a third term in office as party leaders were unable to reach consensus on a successor. The reappointment may have put off a transition to more pragmatic leadership.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #communist-party-of-vietnam, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #internal-storyline-no, #international-relations, #politics-and-government, #term-limits-political-office, #trong-nguyen-phu, #vietnam

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Biden Will Restore U.S. Relations With Palestinians, Reversing Trump Cutoff

Despite the move, analysts believe the prospects for an Israeli-Palestinian agreement remain distant.

#abbas-mahmoud, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #international-relations, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #peace-process, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #west-bank

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Chinese and Indian Troops Clash at Their Disputed Border

Indian officials played down the events, which come as Beijing continues to encroach on disputed Himalayan areas.

#arunachal-pradesh-india, #building-construction, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #himalayas, #india, #international-relations, #politics-and-government, #sikkim-india, #territorial-disputes

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In a Slight to E.U., U.K. Says Not All Ambassadors Are Equal

Just weeks into its official break from the bloc, Britain is refusing to grant the bloc’s ambassador the same status as other top diplomats.

#diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-relations, #politics-and-government

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Report Aims at ‘Reconciling’ France and Algeria, Its Former Colony

A government-commissioned study offers proposals to address longstanding grievances. But it does not recommend an official apology and skirts the issue of systemic torture by French troops.

#algeria, #algerian-war-1954-62, #colonization, #france, #international-relations, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #politics-and-government, #stora-benjamin, #torture

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Trump Bequeaths Biden an Upended World

The sheen is off America. But betting against the country’s capacity for reinvention was never a good idea.

#africa, #china, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #elections, #europe, #india, #international-relations, #latin-america, #middle-east, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Mexico’s López Obrador, Fond of Trump, Eyes Biden Administration Warily

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador came to appreciate Mr. Trump’s hands-off style, and is already making waves with an incoming administration he expects to be more meddlesome.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #international-relations, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j

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Fiji Will Lead U.N. Rights Body, Over Russian and Chinese Opposition

The vote ended a proxy battle waged by China, Russia and Saudi Arabia, which sought to strengthen their influence by installing a more compliant candidate.

#fiji, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #international-relations, #roth-kenneth, #russia, #saudi-arabia, #united-nations-human-rights-council, #united-states-international-relations

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China’s Stronger Currency Could Be a Fig Leaf for Biden

The renminbi has reached its strongest level in more than two years and shows no signs of stopping, signaling Chinese dominance in manufacturing and giving Biden breathing room.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #currency, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #international-relations, #peoples-bank-of-china, #renminbi-currency, #us-dollar-currency

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The Capitol Attack Was Trump’s Last Assault on America’s Alliances

Last week’s events showcased not only a crisis of U.S. democracy, but also a crisis of U.S. power.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #capitol-building-washington-dc, #china, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #europe, #european-union, #international-relations, #politics-and-government, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Merkel Blames Trump for U.S. Capitol Mob, but Europe Also Sees Reason for Hope

As America’s European allies digested events that rocked Washington, many expressed faith in the strength of U.S. democracy to prevail.

#capitol-building-washington-dc, #europe, #international-relations, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vandalism

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Will the Sudden E.U.-China Deal Damage Relations With Biden?

Pushed by German Chancellor Merkel of Germany near the end of her tenure, the trade deal may complicate agreement on an effective trans-Atlantic policy toward China.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #europe, #european-union, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #merkel-angela, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #xi-jinping

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