UN RESOLUTION ON UKRAINE
- The General Assembly of the United Nations passed a resolution on Ukraine by a vote of 141 to five, demanding Russia to stop the military operation in its neighbor country and withdraw its forces. China and 34 other members abstained from the vote. China said it would continue “normal trade cooperation” with Russia and reiterated its stance against sanctions, including financial ones.
U.S. PAYS MORE ATTENTION TO TAIWAN, XINJIANG
- While the five U.S. former officials sent by President Joe Biden are visiting Taiwan, U.S. Congress members are working on a bill to counter China’s possible effort in increasing pressure on the island’s separatists. The bill, which is titled the “Deterring Communist Chinese Aggression Against Taiwan Through Financial Sanctions Act”, was introduced by Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), and Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) yesterday.
- In a video speech on Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken accused China of “genocide and crimes” against Uyghurs in western province Xinjiang. China condemned the remarks as “groundless.”
U.S. LIAISES WITH EASTERN EUROPE, CENTRAL ASIA
- As the military conflict continues in Ukraine, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will visit Belgium, Poland, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia from today to March 8.
- The two-day U.S.-Turkmenistan Annual Bilateral Consultations (ABCs) concluded on Wednesday. The event was among a series of phone calls between the top foreign affairs officials of the U.S. and its allies and partners amid the Ukraine crisis.
OPEC KEEPS OIL OUTPUTS STEADY
- The OPEC Plus, which includes the world’s major oil producers, will stick to the plan it made last year, increasing the daily production modestly by 400,000 barrels in April. The decision was made after the U.S.-led International Energy Agency (IEA) announced a release of 60-million-barrel reserves, which is equivalent to a daily 2 million barrels for 30 days.
JAN. 6 DEFENDANT PLEADS GUILTY
- Joshua James, a member of the far-right group Oath Keepers, became the first defendant who pleaded guilty in the case of the January 6 attack at Capitol Hill. The 34-year-old veteran who served in Iraq was indicted for seditious conspiracy.
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