Major UN biodiversity summit delayed for third time due to pandemic

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A key United Nations biodiversity summit has been delayed for a third time due to the pandemic, the Chinese environment ministry has announced, as environmentalists pledged the delay would “not mean taking our foot off the pedal”. In a statement, the Chinese ministry of ecology and environment confirmed that Cop15, the biggest biodiversity summit in a decade, would be delayed, and that negotiations for this decade’s targets will be split into two phases so that governments can meet face-to-face in Kunming, China, in the first half of 2022. The talks…

America will never be back like before, but the world still needs democratic leadership | Timothy Garton Ash

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“America is back,” said President Joe Biden earlier this year, and the entire democratic world breathed a sigh of relief. But as we watch the debacle of the United States’ withdrawal from Afghanistan – Kabul as Saigon 2 – a ghostly voice whispers to us: what if America is not back? What if it is never coming back? What happens then? The Chinese century? Europe as new leader of the free world? Or just plain old international anarchy? If only this were like Saigon in 1975. The US humiliation in…

The Fall Of Afghanistan And U.S. Foreign Trade

the fall of afghanistan and u s foreign trade

TOPSHOT – Taliban fighters in Kandahar on August 13, 2021. (Photo by – / AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via … [+] Getty Images) AFP via Getty Images Afghanistan’s fall to the Taliban upon U.S. withdrawal raises concerns about our country’s foreign trade in general. Will our export markets continue to buy our products, and will our import sources continue to supply us with goods and services? In most cases, the Afghan experience will have little impact, but watch out for what happens in countries dependent on U.S. military protection. Direct…

The Legacy Of Failure In Afghanistan Starts In 1979, Not 2001- OpEd

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A decade ago, John Lamberton Harper, a professor of US Foreign Policy and European Studies at Johns Hopkins in Bologna, Italy published an indispensable history of the first cold war (The Cold War, Oxford University Press, 2011) in which he described the origins of what became known as “the Carter doctrine.” The Carter Doctrine pledged US military action against any state that attempted to gain control of the Persian Gulf. As Quincy Institute president Andrew Bacevich has pointed out it “implied the conversion of the Persian Gulf into an informal…

Deathly Quiet: The Navy Can’t Kill China’s Submarines If It Cant Find Them

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Here’s What You Need To Remember: The PLA Navy may be poised to overcome a technological and tactical defect that has plagued it since its founding. Word has it that China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLA Navy) has staged a breakthrough in submarine propulsion. At any rate, that’s the word from marine engineer Rear Admiral Ma Weiming, a specialist in electromagnetic systems. Admiral Ma recently reported on state-run CCTV that shipwrights are installing shaftless rim-driven pumpjets in China’s “next-generation nuclear submarines,” meaning attack or ballistic-missile boats. (Click here for a layman’s description of pumpjet technology.) Ma crowed that Chinese engineers are “now way ahead…

Shorting Chinese stocks is the third most crowded trade in wake of Beijing’s crackdown, fund managers tell BofA

shorting chinese stocks is the third most crowded trade in wake of beijings crackdown fund managers tell bofa

Beijing has cracked down on tech companies such as Didi. VCG/Getty Images Fund managers said shorting Chinese stocks became the third most crowded trade in August, according to Bank of America. Beijing has tightened its grip on tech and education companies, causing investors to shift their positions. China policy is now considered a leading tail risk by fund managers, BofA’s August survey showed. Sign up here for our daily newsletter, 10 Things Before the Opening Bell. Fund managers said they think investors are ramping up their bets against Chinese stocks…

China threatens Taiwan with ‘immediate war’ amid reports US has troops in region

CHINA has threatened Taiwan with “immediate war” after it was falsely reported that the US has 30,000 troops in the region. Chinese warships, anti-submarine aircrafts and fighter jets were dispatched for military drills close to the island nation following alleged “external interference and provocations”. 4 Chinese state media has threatened Taiwan with ‘immediate war’ after reports of 30,000 American troops in the regionCredit: Getty 4 Senator John Cornyn tweeted out bogus troop numbers today Now, Beijing’s state-run media has launched a scathing attack on Taiwan, which China claims as its…

China threatens Taiwan with ‘immediate war’ amid reports US has troops in region

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CHINA has threatened Taiwan with “immediate war” after it was falsely reported that the US has 30,000 troops in the region. Chinese warships, anti-submarine aircrafts and fighter jets were dispatched for military drills close to the island nation following alleged “external interference and provocations”. 4 Chinese state media has threatened Taiwan with ‘immediate war’ after reports of 30,000 American troops in the regionCredit: Getty 4 Senator John Cornyn tweeted out bogus troop numbers today Now, Beijing’s state-run media has launched a scathing attack on Taiwan, which China claims as its…

White House pushes back on China amid propaganda strike in wake of Afghanistan’s collapse

white house pushes back on china amid propaganda strike in wake of afghanistans collapse

The White House Tuesday pushed back against a Chinese propaganda campaign attacking the United States and Taiwan after the collapse of Afghanistan – with the Biden administration condemning the communist regime for taking advantage of the tragedy and doubling down on the its support for Taiwan. The U.S. statement was in response to Chinese propaganda outlets and the country’s official international propaganda mouthpiece, which seized on President Biden’s handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan to intimidate Taiwan. The Chinese government also demanded that the U.S. cease “official contacts & military…

China Won’t Repeat America’s Mistakes in Afghanistan

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As the United States departs Afghanistan and Kabul falls, China is not showing up with an army. It is showing up bearing gifts to all parties, not least the ascendant Taliban. Beijing’s prospects, therefore, are already looking much better—and cheaper—than the U.S. state- and military-building project. Beijing’s traditional worry in Afghanistan has been regional instability and the prospect of cross-border aid to Uyghur militants in Xinjiang—or the provision of a safe refuge for Uyghurs fleeing Chinese oppression. But the Taliban will likely have learned from the experience of the past…