Democrats are now more likely to support maintaining Trump-era tariffs on imports from China than rescinding them, 44% to 28%, even if removing the tariffs could reduce inflation. At 59%, Republicans still overwhelmingly support keeping the tariffs as well.
China will “strictly limit” travel outside the country for its citizens as part of increasingly broad efforts to contain COVID-19 breakouts that have resulted in weekslong lockdowns of many cities. Details about who will or won’t be able to travel and the timeline for the measure are sparse, and many existing measures already prevent people from moving freely within the country. (Financial Times)
The White House pledged to invest $150 million to help members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations develop infrastructure, improve security and accelerate their green economic efforts. (Nikkei Asia) U.S. President Joe Biden is also pressing his Southeast Asian counterparts to condemn Russian aggression in Ukraine more forcefully — but it’s easier said than done for states that rely heavily on Russian military equipment like Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar. (The Associated Press)
North Korea has reported six deaths and 18,000 new infections of what state media is referring to obliquely as a quick-spreading fever, which observers are sure can only mean COVID-19. North Korea lacks both sufficient immunization and testing capacities to effectively protect its citizens, and its medical system is among the worst on the planet, raising serious concerns about mass deaths — South Korea has offered medical support, but there’s been no response yet from Pyongyang. (The Associated Press)
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed a new prime minister after his brother, Mahinda Rajapaksa, was forced from office by unrest that escalated into deadly violence. Residences owned by members of the powerful Rajapaksa clan were burned down by protesters, and the military is occupying Colombo as the government attempts to stabilize the country amid the worst economic crisis in its modern history. (The Wall Street Journal)
The U.N. Security Council held emergency closed consultations Thursday on the Taliban’s latest crackdown on Afghan women as it considered a presidential statement that would express deep concern at the new ban by Afghanistan’s rulers on women leaving home “without necessity” and wearing head-to-toe clothing when they do go out in public.
The war in Ukraine is a “child rights crisis” where education is under attack, nearly 100 youngsters have been killed in just the last month, and millions more have been forced to flee their homes, the U.N. children’s agency said Thursday.
Whether the attacks against Ukraine’s hospitals and medical personnel amount to war crimes may eventually be a matter for the International Criminal Court in The Hague, as well as other courts and special war crimes tribunals, to decide.
After a month of crippling ransomware attacks, Costa Rica has declared a state of emergency. In theory, the measure usually reserved to deal with natural disasters or the COVID-19 pandemic would free up the government to react more nimbly to the crisis.
Unidentified suspects broke into one of Haiti’s main courthouses, ransacked judges’ offices and stole items including cell phones, Government Commissioner Jacques Lafontant told The Associated Press on Thursday.
Thousands of Palestinians are expected to attend the funeral on Friday in Jerusalem of an Al Jazeera journalist who witnesses say was shot dead by Israeli forces earlier this week while covering a military operation in the occupied West Bank.
Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) will soon introduce a bill that would require all non-immigrant visa applicants, including those outside China, to declare whether they’re a member of the Chinese Communist Party or another totalitarian regime, Axios has learned.
John Lechner, The International Scientific Journal Of Humanities
This paper focuses on the role of geopolitical narrative as it pertains to Georgia’s relationship to the United States. Narratives play a critical role in foreign policy decision making and in the relationships between two countries.