Asia-Pacific

China’s image has worsened since Xi Jinping took power
China

China’s image has worsened since Xi Jinping took power

China's image in developed countries has "worsened" since Chinese President Xi Jinping took office in 2013, something that has worsened with the covid-19 disease pandemic, according to a study by the Pew Research Center today. The study, which is published just weeks before the 20th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which is expected to award Xi Jinping a third term as secretary-general, is based on 20 years of research in more than 60 countries. The covid-19 disease pandemic, whose first cases were diagnosed in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019, affected the country's image, but negative sentiment towards China was already on the rise before 2020, according to Pew. Research Center, a Washington-based institute. While there are slight variations, most countries follo...
Putin signs annexation treaties for the occupied territories tomorrow
Russia, Ukraine

Putin signs annexation treaties for the occupied territories tomorrow

At stake are four Ukrainian territories: Zaporyjia, Kherson, Lugansk and Donetsk. Russian President Vladimir Putin will sign, this Friday, the treaties of annexation of the occupied Ukrainian territories to Russia, announced the Kremlin. According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, quoted by Russian news agency Tass, the signing ceremony of the agreements with the Russian Federation will be held on Friday at 15:00 (Moscow time). After that ceremony, Putin is expected to deliver a grand speech and also meet with the administrators appointed by Moscow for the regions in question, Peskov added. At stake are four regions - Zaporizhia, Kherson, Lugansk and Donetsk - where referendums organized by Moscow took place asking Ukrainians whether they approved the joining of their regions to th...
Death toll in Iranian attacks on Iraqi Kurdistan rises to 14
Iraq, Iran

Death toll in Iranian attacks on Iraqi Kurdistan rises to 14

The death toll in Iran's attacks in Iraqi Kurdistan on Wednesday rose to 14 and another 59 people were injured, sources from the Iraqi Kurdish authorities said today. A source at the Ministry of Health of the Iraqi Kurdish regional government told Efe news agency, on condition of anonymity, that among the victims of the series of attacks carried out by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards are women and children. The attacks would have occurred, according to the same source, due to support for the demonstrations taking place in Iran over the death of the young Mahsa Amini, after being detained by the Iranian morality police on September 13, in Tehran. The young woman died on 16 September in hospital, the date on which protests began in Iran. Iraqi Kurdish authorities had advanced on Wednes...
Australian protesters question role of monarchy
Australia

Australian protesters question role of monarchy

In Australia, the day of national mourning for Queen Elizabeth II exposed opposing concepts of the monarchy. Dignitaries, including the sovereign's representative in Australia, paid tribute in a ceremony at the parliament in Canberra. Among the speakers was Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, who wants Australia to replace the British monarch with an Australian head of state. "Perhaps the greatest tribute we can offer to his family and his memory is not a marble statue or a metal plaque, but a renewed embrace of service to the community, a truer understanding of our duty to others, a stronger commitment to respect for all," said Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. But those feelings were not reflected elsewhere in the country. In Melbourne hundreds of people protested...
Chinese PC must “self-correct” to avoid the fate of the Soviet Union
China

Chinese PC must “self-correct” to avoid the fate of the Soviet Union

Chinese President Xi Jinping defended today that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is now the "standard-bearer" of the global socialist movement and "must learn to constantly correct itself" to avoid the fate of the Soviet Union. The message is in an article released today by Qiushi magazine, the CCP's flagship publication, based on a 2018 internal speech to party cadres in which Xi reviewed past successes but also issued stern warnings, urging officials to keep the "revolutionary spirit" and always be ready for self-reflection and self-correction. Without such an exercise, "even the most powerful regime" would collapse, Xi warned, noting that the sudden fall in the 1990s of the Soviet Union and the communist bloc led to a period of unprecedented hardship for the global socialist movem...
More than 30 million people displaced after flooding ‘of epic proportions’ in Pakistan
Pakistan

More than 30 million people displaced after flooding ‘of epic proportions’ in Pakistan

The country's climate change minister calls the situation "an epic humanitarian disaster". More than 30 million people were left homeless after the floods that affected Pakistan. According to the country's climate change minister, the country qualifies the disaster as being of "epic proportions". Pakistan has urged the international community to help with relief efforts as the struggle to cope with the aftermath of the rains has killed more than 900 people. Several rivers in Khyber Pahktunkhwa province overflowed their banks and destroyed dozens of buildings, including a 150-room hotel. Junaid Khan, 23, owner of two fish farms in Charsadda, told Agence France-Presse (AFP) that the house he had built "disappeared" before his eyes. "We sat by the side of the road and watched our dream...
Russia suspends inspections of US nuclear arsenal
United States, Russia, Weapons of Mass Destruction

Russia suspends inspections of US nuclear arsenal

According to Russia, the US is currently at an advantage as it has deprived Moscow of the right to carry out inspections on US territory. Russia has informed the United States of America (USA) that it has "temporarily" suspended on-site inspections of its strategic nuclear weapons. These inspections were part of the arms control treaty known as New START, in effect since February 2011. According to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs quoted by the BBC, the US is currently at an advantage with regard to this agreement given that it has deprived Russia of the right to carry out inspections on American territory. According to the tutelage, US sanctions imposed on Russia on Ukraine have changed conditions between the countries, necessitating the suspension of the last remaining arms r...
NASA: Russia could be burning gas that was supposed to reach Europe
Space, Russia, Ukraine

NASA: Russia could be burning gas that was supposed to reach Europe

NASA has recorded fires at a Russian compressor station since the day that gas supplies to Europe began to be cut off. And the Ukrainian energy minister confirms burning. The amount of gas that reaches Europe from Russia has been decreasing since the war on Ukrainian territory began, and now there is a hypothesis that Moscow could be burning this surplus of gas. The images from the satellite that monitors the fires by NASA, advances the Finnish station Yle, show that every day, since June 17, there have been flames recorded at the Portovaya compression station - which is managed by the Russian company Gazprom and is also responsible for the transporting gas from one location to another. The 17th of June is, in fact, a milestone, since it was from this date that the delivery of gas to G...
China suspends cooperation with US in several areas in retaliation for Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan
United States, China, Taiwan

China suspends cooperation with US in several areas in retaliation for Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan

China suspended dialogue with the United States in areas such as climate change, military issues, and the fight against drug trafficking. The measures, announced by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, are the latest in a series of sanctions promised by Beijing and aimed at punishing Washington for Pelosi's visit Tuesday and Wednesday to Taiwan, an island China claims as part of the country. The first measures involved diplomatic protests and, since Thursday, naval and air exercises around the island, in which missiles have been fired. According to the Chinese diplomacy note, the dialogue between military commanders and officials associated with the Department of Defense was cancelled, as well as meetings on military maritime security. Cooperation on the return of illegal immigrants, crimin...
China begins biggest-ever military operation near Taiwan
China, Taiwan

China begins biggest-ever military operation near Taiwan

China began military exercises this Thursday in six zones near Taiwan. It is the biggest operation ever on the island claimed by Beijing. "From 12 noon today to 12 noon on the 7th, the People's Liberation Army is carrying out an important exercise in military training and real combat", announced Chinese state television CCTV, during the early hours of the morning in Portugal. The country's media, quoted by the international press, reported that Beijing - which sees Taiwan as a breakaway province - has started long-range artillery firing exercises in the island strait, noting that "the expected results have been achieved", in this, according to the BBC, the biggest operation ever in the territory. According to the British "The Guardian", the six zones selected by China for carrying out ...