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Turkey seeks US support to maintain troops in Afghanistan | Source: Ariana News

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country would need “diplomatic, logistic and financial assistance” from the United States if it were to maintain troops in Afghanistan to protect and run Kabul’s international airport, following the withdrawal of other NATO troops.

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NATO declares China a global security threat | Source: DW

Kosovar Prime Minister Albin Kurti (left) and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in a combo photo.

NATO leaders have said the rising influence of China has become a ‘systemic challenge’ to the global order. US President Joe Biden urges a tougher line on China and Russia while seeking to repair relations with allies.

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G7 endorses global infrastructure plan to rival China’s Belt and Road | Source: TRT World

Italian PM Draghi, US President Biden, French President Macron and President European Commission von der Leyen speak, during the G7 Summit, in Cornwall, England, June 11, 2021. 

G7 leaders, who are meeting in England, have adopted a rival plan to oppose China’s Belt and Road Initiative by helping build infrastructure in poorer nations in a “values-driven, high-standard and transparent” partnership. The adoption of the US-inspired “Build Back Better World” (B3W) project came after President Joe Biden and leaders met to address “strategic competition with China “.

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Erdogan Says US Can Count on Turkey After Afghanistan Troop Pullout | Source: The Defense Post

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would be the “only reliable” country left to stabilize Afghanistan after the US pulls out its troops, indicating Washington could rely on its NATO ally. Turkey has made clear its intentions to stay in the war-torn country, but the details remain unclear.

Source: The Defense Post


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Russia FM warns US over supporting separatists in Syria | Source: Middle East Monitor

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia on April 16. 2021.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned the United States over backing Syrian separatists. Lavrov said: “We stress every time the illegality and illegitimacy of the American presence on Syrian territory, especially since this presence is accompanied by the looting of the natural resources of the Syrian Arab Republic.”

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China hits back at US and allies with anti-sanctions law | Source: Nikkei Asia

China retaliated against international sanctions, passing a law believed to provide legal tools for its officials and companies in responding to Western penalties. The law may be a “game-changer as it would provide a mechanism for targeted Chinese entities to file a lawsuit against a foreign company that is complying with foreign-imposed sanctions.

Source: Nikkei Asia


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China Boosts Support for Myanmar Army, Countering U.S. Sanctions | Source: Bloomberg

China says its policy toward Myanmar remains unaffected by the country’s domestic situation, bolstering support for a regime that has faced multiple rounds of sanctions from the U.S. and its Western allies following a coup four months ago.

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US Senate votes for bill to help compete with China | Source: Al Jazeera

A hardline in dealings with China is one of the few themes uniting a divided Congress [File: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg] (Bloomberg)

The US Senate approved a sweeping package of legislation intended to boost the country’s ability to compete with Chinese technology and research, in semiconductors and telecommunications equipment, among others. China’s parliament expressed “strong indignation and resolute opposition” to the bill.

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Pakistan refuses to allow US military to use its bases | Source: Yeni Safak

Pakistan’s foreign minister confirmed that his country refused to give any military base to the US for monitoring Afghanistan after foreign forces withdrawal from Kabul. According to the US media, after Pakistan’s refusal, Washington is exploring options to get bases in Central Asia near the Afghan border. However, Russia could oppose this.

Source: Yeni Safak


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Beijing ready to pass ‘anti-sanctions’ law against the US and the EU | Source: Asia News

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) is preparing to pass a law to counter sanctions imposed by other countries on China. Beijing wants to give legal status to its countermeasures against the punitive actions taken against China by the United States, the European Union and their allies.

Source: Asia News


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