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Russia draws a red line for US in Central Asia | Source: Asia Times

Moscow has categorically stated that it will not accept a US military presence in the Central Asian region, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said.  Ryabkov’s remark testifies to extreme wariness in Moscow about the US military or intelligence presence in or around Central Asia where Russia has profound security concerns. Given the United States’ clandestine links with ISIS and its history of using terror groups as geopolitical tools, Russia has to be extra-cautious.

Source: Asia Times


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Huawei diversifies business amid stifling US sanctions | Source: South China Morning Post

Huawei diversifies business with new focus on ports, data centres, highways, amid stifling US sanctions. These include expanding its cloud services operations in the Asia-Pacific region, helping domestic enterprises cut their carbon footprint, supplying more 5G base stations and core network gear to China’s major telecoms operators, increasing patent licensing deals, establishing partnerships for its HarmonyOS mobile platform and divesting its Honor budget smartphone business.

Source: South China Morning Post


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China Warships Shadow U.S. and Allied Naval Groups in South China Sea | Source: Newsweek

China appears to have deployed military vessels to shadow American and British aircraft carrier formations in the South China Sea ahead of an intensive six-nation exercise, analysis of satellite imagery revealed. As the American and British carrier groups sailed into the South China Sea via the waters south of Taiwan, Chinese military flights in the Bashi Channel continued in alarming numbers, with 56 aircraft crossing into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone by midnight.

Source: Newsweek


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Russia would hold closed door talks with USA in Geneva | Source: The Moscow Times

Russia agreed with the U.S. to a series of diplomatic talks as part of President Joe Biden’s attempt to bring the bilateral relationship onto a more “stable” footing. The two sides were expected to discuss about disarmament, new technologies, space and artificial intelligence.

Source: The Moscow Times


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China urges U.S. to stop abusing state power to suppress Chinese firms | Source: CGTN

China urged the United States to stop abusing state power to suppress Chinese firms, after the U.S. Federal Communications Commission stated earlier this week that it would be launching a new program to help replace all the Huawei-made equipment in the country’s networking infrastructure. The so-called “national security” is nothing but a clumsy excuse for the United States to implement national bullying and trade protectionism against Chinese high-tech companies, China Foreign Ministry said.

Source: CGTN


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China strongly opposes unilateral US sanctions on Russia | Source: TASS

The Chinese authorities strongly oppose the unilateral sanctions that the United States imposes on Russia. Last week, the US House of Representatives passed a defense policy bill that suggests the Biden administration consider the possibility of sanctioning 35 Russian nationals, including members of the government. Another initiative bans Americans from purchasing Russia’s newly issued government bonds.

Source: TASS


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Russia wants to hold high-level meeting on Syria with US, Israel | Source: Yeni Safak

Russia asked Israel to encourage the US to accept high-level trilateral talks on Syria. Israeli officials expressed their support for the trilateral summit. Israel’s main goal is to get Iran out of Syria, and that this can only be possible with Russia-US cooperation.

Source: Yeni Safak


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China to Form Two Rare Earth Giants to Strengthen Pricing Power | Source: BLOOMBERG

China is planning to create two rare earth mining giants in an effort to gain better pricing power in global markets. Beijing has been restructuring the industry for years, to maintain its dominance in the production of the strategic metals, of which it controls 70%, as the U.S. and Europe look to develop their own production and supply chains and diversify away from China.

Source: BLOOMBERG


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Gazprom Rejects Gas Transit Increase as Europe Faces Winter Fuel Crisis | Source: The Moscow Times

The Suja gas metering station on the Russian-Ukrainian border.

Russian gas giant Gazprom has turned down an option to maximize gas shipments to Europe as the continent faces a looming energy crisis amid surging natural gas prices. The decision sparked a further surge in wholesale gas prices in Europe, which have doubled over the last two months. Politicians in both Europe and the U.S. have criticized Gazprom, sensing a geopolitical move by Russia. The price surge comes at a crucial time in energy relations between the EU and Russia. Gazprom’s controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline has just been completed and is awaiting certification by German regulators.

Source: The Moscow Times


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China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Rejects US Abuse of Power in Destabilizing Venezuela | SOURCE: Albawaba

Beijing’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian accused the US government of bullying and abusing its political and judicial systems to destabilise the Venezuelan power structure. Venezuela remains China’s fourth largest oil importer and is also a public supporter of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. During the COVID-19 pandemic China sent Venezuela much needed assistance.

SOURCE: Albawaba


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