Monday, June 19, 2023

Blinken-China, 'Working Groups', Navalny, Ukraine-NATO

How Blinken's visit to China risks fueling Xi's appetite for escalation. The Chinese leader appears to believe that the trip shows he can use military pressure to extract U.S. concessions.

Beware China bearing 'working groups.' Beijing adopts a transactional approach to cooperation.

The Kremlin reminds us it fears Alexei Navalny. The political opposition figure's latest trial is being held in secret. Putin doesn't want any attention towards Navalny's resolute courage.

Of course Ukraine won't be joining NATO in July. The suggestion that it's time for Ukraine to be provided a path for NATO membership is incompatible with the war in Ukraine.

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