China extends threatening military exercises around Taiwan

China extends threatening military exercises around Taiwan

BEIJING — China said Monday it is extending threatening military exercises surrounding Taiwan that have disrupted shipping and air traffic and substantially raised concerns about the potential for conflict in a region crucial to global trade. The announcement further increases uncertainty in the crisis that developed last week with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit … Read more

Taiwan says multiple Chinese aircraft and vessels spotted in possible simulated attack

Hong Kong CNN — Taiwan says it detected “multiple” Chinese aircraft and naval vessels taking part in military drills around the Taiwan Strait on Saturday, in what could be a possible simulated attack against the island. The ministry said some of the aircraft and vessels had crossed the sensitive median line in the Taiwan Strait … Read more

UN chief warns world is one step from ‘nuclear annihilation’

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations chief warned the world Monday that “humanity is just one misunderstanding, one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation.” Secretary-General Antonio Guterres gave the dire warning at the opening of the long-delayed high-level meeting to review the landmark 50-year-old treaty aimed at preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and eventually achieving … Read more

How to Wear a Suit Without a Tie—More Successfully Than These World Leaders

WHEN HEADS of state including President Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and outgoing Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi posed for photos at last month’s G-7 Summit in Germany, it was clear they’d reached a consensus on at least one issue: Ties are passé. Although all seven men wore suits and starched white shirts, there … Read more

Here’s what’s at stake if Russia doesn’t get a key European gas pipeline back up and running this week

Investors will soon find out whether the world’s largest submarine pipeline, all 759 miles of it sitting under the Baltic Sea, will save Europe from a potentially devastating winter. The so-called Nord Stream 1 pipeline, which normally transmits 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas a year from Russia to Germany, has been under planned … Read more

Biden’s Saudi Arabia Visit Was Worse Than an Embarrassment

Meetings between leaders of important nations are usually worthwhile even if they yield no immediate results. But there are exceptions. One was Neville Chamberlain’s 1938 Munich meeting with Hitler. Another: President Biden’s sit-down with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman last week. The president’s 24 hours in Jeddah were dominated by photos of his fist … Read more

Who’ll Replace Boris Johnson? Maybe Boris Johnson

With the skill and diligence of a circular firing squad, Britain’s Conservative members of Parliament are thinning the ranks of contenders to replace Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Last week they reduced the field from eight to five in two rounds of voting. By the end of this week, two will still be standing. The finalists … Read more

Middle East trip: Biden faces a crucial day of closely watched meetings in the West Bank and Saudi Arabia

Jerusalem CNN — President Joe Biden on Friday is meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank before heading to Saudi Arabia for the final leg of his closely watched Middle East trip. The meeting with the Palestinian leader comes as Biden continues to advocate for a two-state solution to … Read more

Putin Wants Germany to Panic Over Whether Nord Stream 1 Will Reopen

Text size Russian natural gas shipments to Europe via the Nord Stream pipeline to Germany stopped Monday due to planned regular maintenance. Christian Bocsi/Bloomberg About the author: Margarita M. Balmaceda is a professor at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, an associate at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, and author … Read more

UK Leadership Front-Runner Rishi Sunak Gains Key Backers

LONDON— Rishi Sunak, the former British Treasury chief whose resignation spurred Boris Johnson’s ouster as prime minister, gained early momentum in the race to become the country’s next leader, as the Conservative Party began to whittle down a crowded list of contenders. Mr. Sunak launched his campaign in central London on Tuesday, promising integrity and … Read more