- China and the U.S. Have Different Focuses on the Biden-Xi Summit | U.S. President Biden and Chinese President Xi had an online meeting on March 18th. While the U.S. sees Biden's warning against China over supporting Russia materially in the Ukraine war as the core of the meeting, China emphasizes the U.S. commitment to its promises on the Taiwan issue, avoiding confrontation, and staying away from China's internal affairs. In the face of the accusation that China is helping Russia with the war, Chinese Ambassador Qin Gang, in a later interview, said China would do everything in its power to de-escalate the crisis.
- The U.S. Claims China Has Militarized Islands in the South China Sea | U.S. Admiral John C. Aquilino, head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, claims China is building up a military presence on the South China Sea, calling it “the largest military buildup since World War II.” China says the military presence is in its own territory and is in accordance with international law. Commentators have pointed out the hypocrisy of U.S. accusations, citing the U.S. has had an escalated military presence in the region over the last few years.
- Biden Travels to Europe for Emergency NATO Meeting | U.S. President Biden met with NATO allies, as well as G7 and European Union leaders this Thursday to discuss building a defense against Russia by increasing military presence on the alliance’s eastern borders. On Saturday, Biden will meet with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw to discuss the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Ukraine.
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