Beijing Winter Olympics
- The Beijing Winter Olympic Games started on Friday with the Covid-19 pandemic getting out of control around the world. In spite of this, all countries that participated in the 2018 Winter Olympics returned to the games, except for North Korea.
- As sidelines of the sports event, Chinese President Xi Jinping met with leaders from Russia, Egypt, Serbia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Ecuador, the UAE, Qatar, Singapore, Poland, Pakistan, Argentina, Luxembourg, Kyrgyzstan, Monaco, and Mongolia. Xi also had meetings with IOC chief Thomas Bach and the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
- Chinese President Xi Jinping held a talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin before the Winter Olympics and issued a joint statement (CN/EN) afterward. Both countries stand firm together on the One-China policy and stated their opposition against terrorism, foreign interference of countries’ internal affairs, and further enlargement of NATO. President Xi emphasized the “back-to-back strategic coordination” between the two countries.
- The two sides signed 15 agreements additionally, including cooperation in trade, energy, space, and digitalization.
Ukraine Tensions Remain
- The U.S. is deploying 2,000 troops to Europe as expectations of a Russian invasion into Ukraine mount. However, Russia denied such intention at a UN Security Council meeting.
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