Kamala Harris’ visit to the Philippines sends China a message of US intent

Kamala Harris’ visit to the Philippines sends China a message of US intent

CNN – A Philippine archipelago known for tropical vacations will become the focus of political attention this week when Vice President Kamala Harris becomes the highest ranking US official to visit its main island. Palawan is home to dive resorts as well as a Philippine military base that Harris will visit on Tuesday, according to … Read more

APEC summit 2022: China’s Xi Jinping says Asia must not become arena for ‘big power contest’

Bangkok, Thailand CNN – Chinese leader Xi Jinping has stressed the need to reject confrontation in Asia, warning against the risk of cold war tensions, as leaders gather for the last of three world summits hosted in the region this month. Xi began the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ summit in Bangkok by staking out … Read more

APEC 2022: Xi Jinping takes center stage in Thailand summit with Biden and Putin absent

Bangkok, Thailand CNN – Chinese leader Xi Jinping arrived in Bangkok Thursday for the last of three back-to-back international summits held over the past week in Asia – this time for a gathering where the leaders of the United States and Russia will both be absent. That leaves Xi primed to enter the two-day Asia … Read more

Takeaways from Biden’s trip to summits in Egypt, Cambodia and Indonesia

CNN – President Joe Biden arrives in Washington on Wednesday evening after a whirlwind slate of summits across two different continents – his biggest opportunity yet to play diplomat-in-chief among other world leaders in a world reemerging from the Covid-19 pandemic. The trip – spanning Egypt, Cambodia and Indonesia for summits focused on climate, Southeast … Read more

G20 Summit: Biden says allies working in ‘total unanimity’ after Russian-made missile falls on Poland, killing 2

CNN – US President Joe Biden emerged from an emergency meeting with top allies during his final day at the G20 in Indonesia promising to “figure out exactly what happened” after a Russian-made missile fell inside the borders of a NATO ally. “We agreed to support Poland’s investigations into the explosion in rural Poland near … Read more

Harris will cast US as ‘better partner’ for economic stability in Indo-Pacific on Asia trip

CNN – Vice President Kamala Harris leaves for Thailand and the Philippines on Wednesday to cast the US as the Indo-Pacific’s “better partner” for economic stability amid China’s push to expand its own influence in the region. The vice president’s visit comes on the heels of President Joe Biden’s weeklong trip in the same region, … Read more

Biden aims to assert American leadership abroad at the UN climate summit and G20

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt CNN – It’s a story President Joe Biden tells at nearly every opportunity: last year, meeting his new counterparts at his first international summit, he proudly informed them, “America is back.” “For how long?” one of them asked. As Biden departs this week for a weeklong around-the-world trip, the question still … Read more

America and Saudi Arabia are locked in a bitter battle over oil. The stakes are massive

New York CNN Business – The relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia is one of the most important on the planet. And lately, it’s also been one of the most awkward. Angry officials in Washington vowed “consequences” after Saudi-led OPEC sharply cut oil production earlier this month, driving up pump prices just weeks … Read more

How a Trump favorite is already tainting a new election with his playbook

CNN – Arizona Republican gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake showed Sunday how a new generation of Donald Trump protégés are using the former President’s anti-democratic playbook to taint another election. Lake appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union,” days after the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection aired fresh evidence that Trump knew … Read more

Biden arrives at the UN ‘with the wind at his back,’ but worries remain as Russia’s war in Ukraine drags on

New York City CNN – President Joe Biden returns to the green-marbled United Nations stage Wednesday prepared to show renewed American leadership on Ukraine and the environment, even as the combined effects of a prolonged conflict and economic uncertainty create a dark mood among world leaders. Biden’s second speech to the United Nations General Assembly … Read more