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CUSEF Express - Sep 19, 2022


SCO Summit wraps up on Friday

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping attended (Zh/En) and gave a speech (Zh/En) at the 22nd Summit Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which concluded on Friday. The leaders of the SCO members signed the Samarkand Declaration (En/Zh), promoting a “more representative, democratic, just and multipolar world order.” The Declaration also expressed SCO’s support of expanding the share of national currencies in mutual settlements.

  • At the meeting, Turkey, a dialogue partner of the SCO since 2013, announced its attempt to become a formal member of the organization. If it does, Turkey would be the first NATO member to join the Eurasian organization initiated by China.

China sanctions U.S. arms sellers

  • The Chinese Foreign Minister on Friday announced sanctions against Gregory J. Hayes, Chairman and CEO of Raytheon Technologies Corporation, and Theodore Colbert III, President and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. The sanction is a retaliation for the U.S. decision of a $1.1 billion arms sale to Taiwan earlier this month. The two companies were involved in the military sale.

Biden says U.S. would ‘defend’ Taiwan

  • In a CBS interview broadcasted on Sunday, while saying the U.S. is not encouraging Taiwan to be independent of China, President Joe Biden said the U.S. would defend Taiwan. "[W]ould U.S. forces defend the island?" 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley asked. "Yes, if in fact there was an unprecedented attack," the President said.

Czech delegation visits Taiwan

  • A 14-member delegation of officials and experts led by Czech Senator Jiri Drahos arrived in Taiwan on Sunday for a six-day visit. China’s Foreign Ministry reiterated its opposition against “all forms of official interaction between the Taiwan region and countries having diplomatic ties with China.”

U.S., South Korea react against North’s nuclear law

  • In a joint statement on Friday, the U.S. and South Korea vowed to “strengthen coordination” to “deter and respond to the DPRK and enhance regional security.” The U.S. also restated its commitment to “draw on the full range of its military capabilities,” including nuclear ones. The joint statement was issued after North Korea declared itself a nuclear weapons state. DPRK’s Supreme People's Assembly passed a new law on September 8, stating that the government can launch preemptive nuclear strikes when facing “hostile forces.”

Yoon, Li agree to ‘closely communicate’ about THAAD

  • Meeting China’s National People’s Congress Chairman Li Zhanshu on Friday, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol said the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) should not become “an obstacle” to bilateral relations. The two sides also agreed to “communicate closely” about the missile shield, according to the presidential office of South Korea (Kr).

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