G20 leaders pass declaration
- G20 leaders passed a declaration (abstract in Chinese) in Bali on Wednesday. Here are some highlights:
- The statement said “most members strongly condemned the war in Ukraine,” while acknowledging that “there were other views and different assessments of the situation and sanctions” and that “the G20 is not the forum to resolve security issues.”
- The leaders came to a consensus that “the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons is inadmissible." “Today’s era must not be of war,” they added.
- They vowed to work through challenges in areas such as the economy and food supply with a sustainable approach and keep supporting developing countries.
- On climate change, the countries stressed their resolution to limit the temperature increase from pre-industrial times to 1.5°C, the more-demanding end of the 2-1.5°C goal set in the 2015 Paris Agreement.
U.S. issues Economy and Security report on China
- The Hong Kong government issued a long rebuke (Zh/En) yesterday, condemning the USCC for “slandering remarks” and “ill-intentioned political attacks” on the Chinese government and Hong Kong.
Republicans flip House with narrow margin
- Republicans in the U.S. have taken 218 out of 435 seats in the House, passing the 50% threshold to control the lower chamber. Races for six seats from California, Colorado, and Alaska have yet to be called, with three from California being the most competitive. The Democrats currently control the House with 222 seats against 213 for the Republicans. The victory of the Republican Party is set to give a hard time to the Democratic President Joe Biden, leaving him a lame duck in the next two years.
Philippines to accelerate implementation of military base deal with U.S.
Xi-Sunak meeting cancelled
- A planned meeting between UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 Summit was called off due to “scheduling issues,” Downing Street said Wednesday. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning said she had nothing to share about the cancellation. Some commentators pointed to Sunak’s recent remarks about military aid to Taiwan as a probable cause of the cancellation.
NASA launches new moon mission
Missile hit Poland fired by Ukrainian force
- It was “highly probable” that the Russian-made missile that caused two deaths in Poland was fired by Ukraine, Polish President Andrzej Duda said Wednesday. “Ukraine defended itself, which is obvious and understandable, by firing missiles whose task was to knock down Russian missiles,” said Duda. “The Russian side is to blame for this tragic event.” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also said yesterday that “this is not Ukraine’s fault” and “Russia bears ultimate responsibility.” The finding eased the fears of an escalated war involving NATO under the alliance’s collective defense principle.