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CUSEF Express - Sep 21 2022


Wang Yi: China welcomes American companies

  • At a meeting with U.S. business executives on Tuesday, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi expounded (Zh/En) on five “certainties” about China, saying the country welcomes U.S. businesses to develop in China. The five “certainties” are:

    • First, China's development prospects are certain.
    • Second, China's resolve to further advance reform and opening-up is certain.
    • Third, China's policy toward the U.S. is certain.
    • Fourth, China's stance on strengthening economic and trade cooperation with the U.S. is certain.
    • Fifth, China's readiness to engage in multilateral coordination with the U.S. is certain.

  • Wang also denied the claim that China is "the only country able to challenge the current international system," stressing that China is the natural upholder of the current international system.

Wang Yi talks with Kissinger on Taiwan

  • Earlier the same day, Wang met with (Zh/En) former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Wang stressed that the Taiwan question is a “pressing task,” warning of subversion of China-U.S. relations if not handled properly. He also urged the U.S. to “earnestly return to the original meaning of the one-China principle, and unequivocally oppose and curb ‘Taiwan independence’ activities” (认认真真回归一个中国本义,明明白白反对和制止“台独”).

White House downplays Biden’s Taiwan assertion

  • White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said yesterday that President Joe Biden was answering a “hypothetical question” in the “60 Minutes” interview, adding that Biden did not mean a policy change on Taiwan. When asked whether the U.S. forces would defend the island, Biden told a CBS correspondent, “Yes.”

Guterres: ‘Our world is in big trouble.’

  • “Our world is in big trouble” — this is how UN Secretary-General António Guterres opened his remarks at the General Assembly’s general debate on Tuesday. Guterres highlighted the food crisis. “This year, the world has enough food; the problem is distribution. But if the fertilizer market is not stabilized, next year’s problem might be food supply itself,” the Secretary-General said.

  • In addition, he pointed out other global dysfunction: the raging cost-of-living crisis, the crumbling trust, the exploding inequalities, and the rising global temperature. However, “the international community is not ready or willing to tackle the big dramatic challenges of our age,” Guterres lamented. He also mentioned the challenge of advanced technology, data security, and geopolitical divides.

  • Guterres urged the world to cooperate in three areas: peace, environment, and crisis caused by soaring prices.

Uganda declares Ebola outbreak

  • Uganda declared an Ebola outbreak on Tuesday after confirming a case in the country. There have been several outbreaks of the rare but deadly disease in Africa since the Ebola virus was first discovered in the 1970s.

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