Rishi Sunak to meet Xi Jinping as he strikes conciliatory tone on China – POLITICO

Rishi Sunak to meet Xi Jinping as he strikes conciliatory tone on China – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. BALI, Indonesia — Rishi Sunak will invite Xi Jinping to collaborate more closely on global challenges in the first meeting between a British prime minister and Chinese president in nearly five years. Sunak and Xi will hold a bilateral meeting Wednesday on the margins … Read more

Western leaders want to militarize Southeast Asia – POLITICO

Western leaders want to militarize Southeast Asia – POLITICO

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Sunday accused Western leaders of looking to militarize Southeast Asia to contain Moscow and Beijing’s interests in the region. “The United States and its NATO allies are trying to master this space,” Lavrov told reporters in Cambodia. He was speaking at a press conference at the end of the … Read more

Ahead of Xi meeting, Biden calls out China – POLITICO

Ahead of Xi meeting, Biden calls out China – POLITICO

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — US President Joe Biden offered a full-throated American commitment to the nations of Southeast Asia on Saturday, pledging at a Cambodia summit to help stand against China’s growing dominance in the region — without mentioning the other superpower by name. Chinese President Xi Jinping wasn’t in the room at the Association … Read more

Macron prepares to snub Scholz in Paris – POLITICO

Macron prepares to snub Scholz in Paris – POLITICO

BERLIN/PARIS — Relations are now so icy between Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholz, the leaders of the EU’s two economic powerhouses, that they are even struggling to agree on whether to be seen together in front of the press. As the French president and German chancellor prepared for a tête-à-tête in Paris on Wednesday, Berlin … Read more

What happens if the US pulls back? – POLITICO

What happens if the US pulls back?  – POLITICO

Europe is waking up to a troubling reality: It may soon lose its NATO benefactor in Ukraine. With conservatives poised to make gains in the upcoming US elections, NATO’s most generous donor to Ukraine’s war effort may suddenly seem much more parsimonious in 2023. The possibility has put the spotlight on the gap between American … Read more

‘Grotesque’ Russian disinfo campaign mimics Western news websites to sow dissent – ​​POLITICO

‘Grotesque’ Russian disinfo campaign mimics Western news websites to sow dissent – ​​POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article In Germany, news magazine Der Spiegel warned about natural gas shortages. In the United Kingdom, the Guardian, another media outlet, raised doubts about Russian war crimes in Ukraine. In Italy, Ansa, a leading news agency, criticized Kyiv’s storage of much-needed grain. These news stories were all promoted extensively … Read more

Macron slams nations staying neutral on Ukraine as ‘complicit’ with Russia – POLITICO

Macron slams nations staying neutral on Ukraine as ‘complicit’ with Russia – POLITICO

NEW YORK — Countries that refuse to take a side in Russia’s war in Ukraine are “complicit” with Moscow’s “new imperialism,” French President Emmanuel Macron told the UN General Assembly Tuesday in an impassioned speech. “Those who are silent today are serving — whether against their will or secretly with a certain complicity — the … Read more

Separatists in Ukraine’s Donbas to hold votes on joining Russia – POLITICO

Separatists in Ukraine’s Donbas to hold votes on joining Russia – POLITICO

Russian-backed separatists in the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) and Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) will hold referendums from September 23-27 on joining Russia, the Russian state-news agency TASS reported Tuesday. Earlier, the Russian-backed separatist parliaments in the regions passed laws allowing such a vote to take place. In response, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted: … Read more

We need a Nuremberg-style war crimes trial – POLITICO

We need a Nuremberg-style war crimes trial – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article NEW YORK — As world leaders gather for the UN General Assembly in New York, Ukraine’s government hopes to use the event to press its case for a special tribunal to prosecute war crimes. With the war in Ukraine seen to dominate proceedings, and new evidence of mass … Read more

How to watch the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II like a pro – POLITICO

How to watch the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II like a pro – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article LONDON — Britain is bidding farewell to Queen Elizabeth II — and it’s doing it in style. As world leaders gather in London for the monarch’s state funeral Monday, much of the country will grind to a halt. Shops and pubs will shut, Brits will take the day … Read more