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ASIA PACIFIC:

  • Australia has rejected Beijing’s territorial and maritime claims in the South China Sea in a formal declaration to the United Nations, aligning itself more closely with United States in the escalating row.

SOURCE: ASIA TIMES                https://asiatimes.com/2020/07/australia-rejects-beijings-south-china-sea-claims/

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  • ISRAEL-LEBANON: Israel is sending military reinforcements to its northern frontier after the Lebanon-based Hezbollah group threatened retaliation over the killing of one of its members in an attack in Syria earlier this week.
  • ISRAEL-LEBANON: Israel sent -via Moscow- a message of de-escalation to Hezbollah in Lebanon. This comes following a death of a Hezbollah official in Syria, whom the Lebanese terror organization accused Israel.

SOURCES: AL JAZEERATHE JERUSALEM POST https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/07/israeli-army-reinforces-lebanon-border-hezbollah-warnings-200723094358204.html

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/israel-sent-de-escalation-message-to-hezbollah-via-moscow-report-636203

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EUROPE:

  • Under pressure from the United States, Georgia reversed its decision to break its contract with a US oil and gas company (Texas-based Frontera Resources). According to defenders of the company, the lawsuit against them in Georgia was a result of Russian influence.

SOURCE: EURASIA NET             https://eurasianet.org/following-pressure-from-washington-georgia-reverses-course-on-us-energy-company

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MEDITERRANEAN SEA REGION:

  • European officials warned Turkey against pursuing a survey mission looking for gas reserves near Greek islands in the eastern Mediterranean. France has called for sanctions. Turkey has rejected such claims.

SOURCE: DW                                     https://www.dw.com/en/europe-warns-turkey-against-natural-gas-mission-near-greece/a-54302019

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SOUTH ASIA:

  • China is stepping up pressure on Bhutan to settle their bilateral border dispute. In addition to laying claim to more territory in Bhutan, Beijing has revived an old land swap deal that will require Thimphu to cede control over territory.

SOURCE: THE DIPLOMAT https://thediplomat.com/2020/07/chinas-bhutan-gambit/

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SOUTH ASIA:

  • India placed new hurdles on companies from bordering nations seeking government contracts, a move largely seen as New Delhi’s latest economic retaliation against China since the deadly border clashes between the two sides last month. The move came after the United States has urged India to reduce its dependence on China.

SOURCE: DW                                            https://www.dw.com/en/india-unveils-rules-on-chinese-firms-seeking-government-contracts-amid-row/a-54301202

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GLOBAL:

  • The United States has ordered China to close its Houston consulate. The Trump Administration has already ramped up pressure on China on a wide range of issues: imposing sanctions on Chinese officials over policies in Tibet and Xinjiang; downgraded relations with Hong Kong after China implemented a new security law; and declaring Beijing’s pursuit of territory and resources in the South China Sea as illegal.
  • China orders US to close Chengdu consulate, in retaliation for the closure of China’s Houston consulate. The tit-for-tat consulate closures marked yet another round of rising tensions between Washington and Beijing.

SOURCES: ASIA TIMESSPUTNIKNEW YORK TIMES DW                                                                      https://asiatimes.com/2020/07/us-orders-china-to-close-its-houston-consulate/

https://sputniknews.com/world/202007221079951734-china-considers-closing-us-consulate-in-wuhan-reports-claim/

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/24/world/asia/china-us-consulate-chengdu.html

https://www.dw.com/en/china-orders-us-to-close-chengdu-consulate-as-spying-spat-worsens/a-54302410

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