Syria: Fears of humanitarian crisis rise after cross-border aid vetoed
29 December 2019 | 1:50 pm
China and Russia have been sharply criticized for vetoing a UN resolution to extend cross-border aid to Syria. Aid groups have warned of a humanitarian disaster if the life-saving assistance were to stop.
The EU and China have agreed that peace talks in Ukraine should begin, and their trade relations should be rebalanced. Analysts remain cautious.
China's three-day "Joint Sword" exercise has seen warships and fighter jets simulate targeted strikes on Taiwan. Experts say Beijing's drills may increase the risk of military escalation across the Taiwan Strait.
The French president called for the EU to implement its stated policy of "strategic autonomy" and argued the bloc could become a "third pole" alongside China and the US.
A Ukrainian commander said Russia was pounding Ukrainian positions with airstrikes and artillery barrages. Meanwhile, the UK said Moscow was gaining little by pouring resources into the Donetsk region.
The Shiveluch volcano in Russia's Far East has blown an ash column about 10 kilometers high, threatening aviation. Shiveluch last had a major eruption in 2007.
The international press continues its backlash against Emmanuel Macron for his comments on Taiwan and China-US tensions. Also, the Washington Post reveals that leaked classified documents show Egypt planned to supply Russia with weapons. Junior doctors go on strike in England, with devastating consequences for patients.
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is heading to China this week to meet with Xi Jinping, the leader of Brazil's most important trade partner. Lula will be accompanied by a delegation of over 200 businesspeople. We take a look at what's behind the record flow of exchanges between Beijing and Brasilia last year.
This year's joint "Balikatan" military exercises are the largest to date. They come as Manila seeks a stronger response to China's increased military activity and deeper strategic cooperation with the US.
A Chinese woman has become the first person to die from a form of avian influenza rarely caught by humans, the WHO says. Only three people have so far been known to have contracted the disease, all of them in China.
Alibaba is the latest tech company to enter the artificial intelligence race, as it unveils its own chatbot, Tongyi Qianwen. But it could face restrictions before even launching, as authorities in Beijing have outlined draft regulations to govern AI, including the stipulation that such platforms will reflect the core values of socialism.
Japanese analysts say the French president's suggestion that a Chinese attack on Taiwan would not be a crisis requiring European involvement undermines Japan's diplomatic efforts to preserve security in the Indo-Pacific.
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