On Wednesday, President Xi Jinping stated that China wants Taiwan to be under Beijing’s control on a ‘one country, two systems’ basis. Marking 40 years since the beginning of improved relationships between the two territories, Taiwan responded that it would never accept such an arrangement. Samuel explains.
“The United States and China have reached a temporary trade truce following months of escalating tensions over increased tariffs. In a meeting on Saturday, President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping agreed to a 90-day extension on the imposition of US tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.”
“In recent weeks Donald Trump has drawn much attention to the South American migrant caravan, currently passing through south Mexico, slowly making its way to the U.S. border. On his final few rallies before Tuesday’s midterm election, Trump warned of a migrant caravan invasion, consisting solely of “Democrat-sponsored migrants” bringing crime.”
“With effect from 04:01 GMT on 7th August, measures are to be put into place which target transactions related to the Iranian rial, activities related to Iran’s issuance of sovereign debt as well as other key industries- including its gold trade, and raw materials used in industrial processes.” Charlotte explains the US withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal, and the reimposition of sanctions.
“Throughout his Presidential campaign, Mr Trump stressed his commitment to ‘protectionist’ trade policies, in which he wants to protect US industries from foreign competition in the US market. His weapon of choice: taxing products entering the US from its trading partners, widely referred to as trade tariffs.”
"Thus, while the Air Strikes may have been successful in terms of effectively voicing condemnation towards the use of chemical weapons, the true impact of the military action will only be defined by the future developments that occur within Syria…." Marykate delves into the recent airstrikes in Syria.
"It took only a few minutes for US President Donald Trump to shake the already precarious foundations of the Middle East." Read about Trump's decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem and its implications.
We’re used to laughing at the bizarre behaviour of the world’s most eccentric dictatorship. But with the latest missile test last week, the so-called 'hermit kingdom' now has a credible long-range nuclear weapons program. Find out more here.
"Bowe Bergdahl was a solider, but he’s become a concept". Find out about the American soldier's story here.
Trump has never liked the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran (JCPOA). We deconstruct his comments on the deal here.
In light of Trump's presidency and moves towards nuclear capability by North Korea, the relationship between the US and China is entering a new and unknown era. Read about it in this blog post.
Millions in Yemen suffer while Syria grabs the headlines. Here's a brief overview of the conflict.