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Congress’s temporary funding for the U.S. government excluded economic assistance for Palau and the Marshall Islands, two small Pacific nations critical to Washington’s Indo-Pacific strategy and targets of China's influence campaign.
The world premiere of "Tiananmen: A New Musical" opened at the Phoenix Theatre Company, Arizona. The production tells a love story set against the backdrop of the Tiananmen massacre, highlighting the impact of fear on individuals.
Hong Kong authorities have cracked down on public demonstrations and arrested individuals for expressing dissent, signaling their fear of a resurgence of resistance in the city. Analysts say that even if their acts are non-violent, the authorities still want to crush the dissenting voice in full force.
The United States is closely monitoring the increase in Russian crude oil shipments to Chinese ports through the Northern Sea Route (NSR), signaling closer cooperation between Beijing and Moscow in the Arctic region. This move comes as Russia faces Western sanctions over its invasion of Ukraine.
Analysts suggest that China is concerned about the closer alignment of Japan and South Korea with the US and Europe in reducing its access to cutting-edge technologies.
The elevation of the U.S.-Vietnam relationship to a comprehensive partnership reflects shared concerns about China’s aggression in the region. However, analysts emphasize that Vietnam aims to maintain a balancing act between the two powers.
Three Chinese textile manufacturers have been banned from exporting their goods to the US, for using Uyghur and Turkic forced labor in their production lines.
Analysts say the #MeToo activists being captured on trial, reflects Beijing’s paranoia toward private gatherings and their determination to suppress any form of activism.