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2021-02-17 17:02:32
by Victoria Turner
Panelists Call for Industrial Policy to Counter China’s Party-State Economic Approach

The proposal for a national industrial policy took the stage Tuesday as a panel of experts grappled with how the... Read More

The proposal for a national industrial policy took the stage Tuesday as a panel of experts grappled with how the U.S. government should respond to the increasing challenges posed by China’s “party-state capitalism.”  Panelists discussed the increased global growth of... Read More

Vigorous Preparation Returns as Biden Calls Other Leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new-old ritual is taking shape in the Biden White House, one that starts with bulky briefing... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new-old ritual is taking shape in the Biden White House, one that starts with bulky briefing packages, war-gaming the "what-ifs," and Oval Office discussions about how to talk to this or that particular U.S. ally or... Read More

2021-02-12 20:41:50
by Daniel Mollenkamp
How the US Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan 'Slowed'

WASHINGTON - On Wednesday, Feb. 3, the Congressional "Afghanistan Study Group" released its report on unwinding American commitments in that... Read More

WASHINGTON - On Wednesday, Feb. 3, the Congressional "Afghanistan Study Group" released its report on unwinding American commitments in that country, recommending that diplomatic efforts attempt to delay the May 2021 withdrawal date of American troops from the region to... Read More

2021-02-11 15:17:03
by TWN Staff
Biden Calls for Review of National Security Strategy on China During Pentagon Visit

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday called on the Pentagon to conduct a review of of the United States'... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday called on the Pentagon to conduct a review of of the United States' national security strategy on China. The decision, announced during the president's first visit to the Defense Department, comes amid a... Read More

Biden: China Should Expect `Extreme Competition' from US

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says China is in for "extreme competition" from the U.S. under his administration, but... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says China is in for "extreme competition" from the U.S. under his administration, but that the new relationship he wants to forge need not be one of conflict. In an interview broadcast Sunday, Biden... Read More

US Moves to Rejoin UN Rights Council, Reversing Trump Anew

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is set to announce this week that it will reengage with the much-maligned U.N.... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is set to announce this week that it will reengage with the much-maligned U.N. Human Rights Council that former President Donald Trump withdrew from almost three years ago, U.S. officials said Sunday. The decision... Read More

George Shultz Wasn't 'Afraid to Struggle Against the Odds'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Time was running out when Secretary of State George P. Shultz returned home in April 1988 after... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Time was running out when Secretary of State George P. Shultz returned home in April 1988 after flying 16,000 miles in a failed mission to persuade Arabs and Israelis to negotiate their differences. Shultz said he would... Read More

Biden to Visit State Dept. as US Reengages with its Allies

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is sending a message to his messengers. Two weeks into the presidency, Biden on... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is sending a message to his messengers. Two weeks into the presidency, Biden on Thursday is visiting the State Department, the most senior of the Cabinet agencies, to underscore his promise to restore a... Read More

China Derecognizes British National Overseas Passport

BEIJING (AP) — China said Friday it will no longer recognize the British National Overseas passport as a valid travel... Read More

BEIJING (AP) — China said Friday it will no longer recognize the British National Overseas passport as a valid travel document or form of identification amid a bitter feud with London over a plan to allow millions of Hong Kong... Read More

EXPLAINER: Behind the Kremlin's Response to Navalny Rallies

MOSCOW (AP) — Rattled by nationwide protests over jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Russian authorities are moving rapidly to block... Read More

MOSCOW (AP) — Rattled by nationwide protests over jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Russian authorities are moving rapidly to block any new ones – from piling legal pressure on his allies to launching a campaign to discredit the demonstrations. Unprecedented... Read More

Russian Parliament OKs New START Nuclear Treaty Extension

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian lawmakers on Wednesday quickly approved the extension of the last remaining nuclear Russia-U.S. arms control, a... Read More

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian lawmakers on Wednesday quickly approved the extension of the last remaining nuclear Russia-U.S. arms control, a fast-track action that comes just days before it’s due to expire. Both houses of parliament voted unanimously to extend the... Read More

First Biden-Putin Call Shows Both Cautious on Big Concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian leader Vladimir Putin held their first conversation as counterparts Tuesday in... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian leader Vladimir Putin held their first conversation as counterparts Tuesday in a phone call that underscored troubled relations and the delicate balance between the former Cold War foes. According to the... Read More

Biden Walking a High Wire with Russia Ahead of Putin Call

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has been quickly thrown into a high-wire balancing act with Russia as he seeks... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has been quickly thrown into a high-wire balancing act with Russia as he seeks to toughen his administration’s stance against Vladimir Putin while preserving room for diplomacy in a post-Donald Trump era. The relationship... Read More

After Failed Trump Romance, France Seeks Reset Under Biden

PARIS (AP) — After increasingly strained U.S.-France relations under Donald Trump, President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed... Read More

PARIS (AP) — After increasingly strained U.S.-France relations under Donald Trump, President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed Sunday to work closely together to fight the coronavirus pandemic and climate change. Their first conversation since Biden’s inauguration aimed... Read More

2021-01-22 21:09:59
by Dan McCue
Spanberger, Katko Urge House to Crack Down on Foreign-Backed Disinformation in Elections

WASHINGTON - Reps. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., and John Katko, R-N.Y., are urging their House colleagues to support bipartisan legislation aimed... Read More

WASHINGTON - Reps. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., and John Katko, R-N.Y., are urging their House colleagues to support bipartisan legislation aimed at protecting the U.S. from foreign-based disinformation campaigns. According to the lawmakers, foreign governments took advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic... Read More

Russia Welcomes US Proposal to Extend Nuclear Treaty

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin on Friday welcomed U.S. President Joe Biden’s proposal to extend the last remaining nuclear arms... Read More

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin on Friday welcomed U.S. President Joe Biden’s proposal to extend the last remaining nuclear arms control treaty between the two countries, which is set to expire in less than two weeks. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s... Read More

2021-01-19 22:16:19
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Committee Seeks Assurances of Cooperation in Biden’s Foreign Affairs

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee on Tuesday reviewed a Biden nominee to become secretary of state in a move that... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee on Tuesday reviewed a Biden nominee to become secretary of state in a move that represents one of several big changes planned by the new president. Biden nominated his long-time foreign affairs advisor Antony J.... Read More

2021-01-15 21:35:17
by Tom Ramstack
MIT Professor Charged with Fraud in Chinese Trade Secret Theft Case

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor is facing federal fraud charges after allegedly lying about transferring nanotechnology research to organizations... Read More

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor is facing federal fraud charges after allegedly lying about transferring nanotechnology research to organizations associated with the Chinese government. On grant applications and tax forms, MIT professor Gang Chen allegedly did not disclose that... Read More

US: Hack of Federal Agencies Likely Russian in Origin'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top national security agencies confirmed Tuesday that Russia was likely responsible for a massive hack of U.S.... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top national security agencies confirmed Tuesday that Russia was likely responsible for a massive hack of U.S. government departments and corporations, rejecting President Donald Trump's claim that China might be to blame. The rare joint statement represented... Read More

2021-01-05 18:24:04
by Tom Ramstack
Tough Talk Between US and Iran Hints at Attack to Avenge General’s Death

The U.S. Defense Department changed course Sunday and sent an aircraft carrier to stand ready off the coast of Iran... Read More

The U.S. Defense Department changed course Sunday and sent an aircraft carrier to stand ready off the coast of Iran as tensions escalate with the United States. The USS Nimitz was heading home last week after a 10-month deployment in... Read More

2020-12-07 14:56:17
by Kate Michael
New Administration, New Priorities Ahead for the US-Japan Alliance

WASHINGTON — With Japan’s new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga taking power last September and a new Biden Administration coming into... Read More

WASHINGTON — With Japan’s new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga taking power last September and a new Biden Administration coming into office at the beginning of next year, these dual transitions of power offer the chance for a U.S.-Japan alliance to... Read More

2020-12-04 15:17:04
by Kate Michael
‘Russia is a Predictable Power’ Says Federation Ambassador Antonov

WASHINGTON — Since the end of the Cold War, the relationship between the United States and Russia has been complicated,... Read More

WASHINGTON — Since the end of the Cold War, the relationship between the United States and Russia has been complicated, often described more as competitive and conflicting than cooperative. Yet a new administration in the U.S. could bring a fresh... Read More

US Intelligence Director Says China is Top Threat to America

WASHINGTON (AP) — China poses the greatest threat to America and the rest of the free world since World War... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — China poses the greatest threat to America and the rest of the free world since World War II, outgoing National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe said Thursday as the Trump administration ramps up anti-Chinese rhetoric to pressure President-elect... Read More

Iran Under Pressure Over How to Respond to Top Scientist's Killing

BEIRUT — The U.S. drone missile punched through the car of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, instantly killing the 62-year-old Iranian spymaster and national... Read More

BEIRUT — The U.S. drone missile punched through the car of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, instantly killing the 62-year-old Iranian spymaster and national hero as he drove through the streets of Baghdad last January. Days later, Iranian leaders who swore "severe revenge" lobbed ballistic missiles... Read More

2020-11-20 21:34:46
by Tom Ramstack
Defense Analysts Caution Against U.S. Troop Withdrawal in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON -- Defense analysts warned Congress Friday against the U.S. troop withdrawal in Afghanistan announced this week amid indications that... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Defense analysts warned Congress Friday against the U.S. troop withdrawal in Afghanistan announced this week amid indications that radical Islamists could resume terrorist attacks. They said further proof is needed that Taliban fighters would not try to seize... Read More

ASEAN, China, Other Partners Sign World's Biggest Trade Pact

China and 14 other countries agreed Sunday to set up the world’s largest trading bloc, encompassing nearly a third of... Read More

China and 14 other countries agreed Sunday to set up the world’s largest trading bloc, encompassing nearly a third of all economic activity, in a deal many in Asia are hoping will help hasten a recovery from the shocks of... Read More

Amnesty: Credible Reports Protesters Shot Dead in Nigeria

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Amnesty International said late Tuesday there was “credible but disturbing evidence” that security forces in the... Read More

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Amnesty International said late Tuesday there was “credible but disturbing evidence” that security forces in the megacity of Lagos had fatally shot protesters who were demonstrating against police brutality despite a new curfew going into effect.... Read More

2020-10-16 19:31:54
by Kate Michael
Countering China and Unleashing American Innovation on 5G

WASHINGTON — The term 5G is all over telecommunications these days. It comes with the promise of data speeds up... Read More

WASHINGTON — The term 5G is all over telecommunications these days. It comes with the promise of data speeds up to 100 times faster than current connections and the ability to support devices that will perform functions not yet imaginable.... Read More

Champion of Poor or Demagogue? Mexico’s President Remains Popular Despite Stalled Economy, Pandemic and Crime

MEXICO CITY — The Mexican economy is cratering, homicides are rising at a record rate, and the COVID-19 death toll... Read More

MEXICO CITY — The Mexican economy is cratering, homicides are rising at a record rate, and the COVID-19 death toll has surged past 80,000. For any other leader, the torrent of bad news might herald a political reckoning. Not for... Read More

2020-09-18 19:14:08
by Craig Singleton
Checking China’s Diplomatic Piracy in the South China Sea

China appears keen to bring piracy back as an instrument of foreign policy, but the days of eye patches and... Read More

China appears keen to bring piracy back as an instrument of foreign policy, but the days of eye patches and wooden legs are long gone. Instead, Beijing’s most effective raiding parties prefer business suits and briefcases, thus allowing them to... Read More

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