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Israeli PM’s Address To 2020 UN General Assembly

This is the full text of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the United Nations General Assembly, on 29 September, 2020. Portions have been edited for flow and clarity. Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen,The Middle East is not exactly renowned for producing good news, and few expected this year to be any different.

30 September 2020

China Attacks US At Security Council

China on Thursday lashed out at the United States (US) at a high-level United Nations (UN) meeting over its criticism on the coronavirus, with its envoy declaring, "Enough is enough!"Two days after President Donald Trump used his annual address to the General Assembly to attack China's record, the US ambassador to the UN also took an outraged tone – after which her Chinese counterpart showed palpable anger."I must say, enough is enough!

26 September 2020

The EU Stands With The UN

In any normal year, I would be in New York City now for the annual opening of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The event represents the greatest concentration of global policymakers in one place and is the high point on the diplomatic calendar. But this year is far from normal, and “UNGA week” is going virtual with events held online – a familiar format for us all in recent months.

23 September 2020

Trump To Block TikTok Deal With Chinese Control

A deal to restructure ownership of the popular video app TikTok was thrown into doubt Monday when President Donald Trump vowed to block any deal that allows its Chinese parent firm to retain any control.The comments raised fresh concerns over a weekend deal that appeared to avert a United States (US)-ordered ban of TikTok, which the Trump administration has called a national security risk and has threatened to ban without ownership changes.The deal would make Silicon Valley giant Oracle the d

22 September 2020

China Retaliates Against US’ Tech War

China on Saturday launched a mechanism that would allow it to sanction foreign companies, upping the ante in a tech war with the United States (US) a day after Washington moved to curb popular Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat.China's long-expected "unreliable entities list" is seen as a weapon for Beijing to retaliate against the US, which has used its own "entity list" to shut Chinese telecom giant Huawei out of the US market, while also moving against TikTok and WeCha

20 September 2020

US Sends Top Diplomat To Taiwan, Angering China

A top United States (US) diplomat landed in Taiwan Thursday, the highest-ranking State Department official to visit in 40 years, in a further sign of Washington's willingness to defy China and its campaign to isolate the self-ruled island.Keith Krach, undersecretary of state for economic growth, energy and the environment, is visiting to attend a memorial service for late president Lee Teng-hui on Saturday, the US State Department said.The trip, the second high-ranking US visit in as man

18 September 2020

Abenomics After Abe

Japan’s parliament is scheduled to confirm Yoshihide Suga this week as the country’s new prime minister. He will replace Shinzo Abe, who announced his resignation last month for health reasons, after almost eight years in office. Japanese and international observers are now asking whether the Abe government’s economic-policy course (dubbed “Abenomics”) will change significantly under Suga, and if so, how. The answer will have important geopolitical implications.

16 September 2020

America’s COVID Election

The pandemic that United States (US) President Donald Trump has handled so disastrously – over 200,000 deaths from COVID-19 are expected in the US by Election Day – is persuading an unprecedented number of voters to cast their ballot by mail rather than expose themselves at the polls.

15 September 2020

US Brands Chinese Curbs On Diplomats 'Escalation'

The United States (US) on Saturday called a decision by Beijing to impose restrictions on all American diplomats on Chinese soil an "escalation," the latest rebuke in an ongoing tit-for-tat dispute over foreign missions.Relations between the world's top two economies have deteriorated in recent months, with both sides locked in fierce recriminations over trade disputes, human rights and the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.On Friday, China announced "reciprocal restrict

14 September 2020

Global Impact After Six Months Of Pandemic

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on 11 March that the outbreak of COVID-19 had become a pandemic. Six months on the virus has cost the lives of over 900,000 people.Back in March the death toll stood at 4,200 from 120,000 cases, with most of the fatalities in the Wuhan region of China where the virus first came to light last December.Those figures were enough to cause concern back then.

13 September 2020

Unhappy Birthday For The UN

The United Nations (UN) turns 75 this autumn, and if this were a normal year, many of the world’s leaders would gather in New York City to celebrate this milestone and open the annual meeting of the General Assembly. But this year is anything but normal.

11 September 2020

Pompeo Tells Southeast Asia To Stand Up To China

Washington's top diplomat urged Southeast Asia on Thursday to cut ties with Chinese companies helping build islands in the South China Sea, weeks after the United States (US) blacklisted two dozen firms working in the disputed waters.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's comments came at a regional Asian summit overshadowed by the US-China rivalry over a range of issues, from trade to the coronavirus.Tensions are also simmering over the South China Sea, with the US last month sanctioning

11 September 2020