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A Middle East moment

Middle East | New Arab-Israeli deal makes peace possible
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/24/20, 02:25 pm

For many Americans the prospect of travel to the Holy Land is reason enough for an Israel at peace with its neighbors. And that’s no trivial thing. Religious sites for Jews, Christians, and Muslims helped bring 4.5 million visitors to Israel in 2019, pilgrimages driven by Israel’s history and its Western-style welcome. 

Street-level perspective helps to understand the geopolitics driving the Arab world’s move to normalize relations. It’s an issue as important as Arab worry over Iranian aggression and falling oil prices.

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Tensions rise between U.S. and China

Asia | As relations worsen, Mike Pompeo says “distrust and verify” in dealing with China
by June Cheng
Posted 7/30/20, 05:05 pm

On the morning of July 27, uniformed marine security guards lowered the American flag at the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu for the last time, signally the compound’s official closure. Outside, police shut down the streets surrounding the building after large crowds had gathered, taking selfies and milling around after Beijing gave the United States 72 hours to close the consulate.

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U.S. sanctions finally hit China

China | American officials strike back at China’s human rights abuses and growing territorial claims
by June Cheng
Posted 7/17/20, 03:43 pm

For years activists and lawmakers have called on the Trump administration to punish Beijing over its gross human rights violations, yet the government seemed slow to act. But this week the United States announced a flurry of new sanctions against Chinese officials addressing policies in several places: Tibet, Xinjiang, and Hong Kong. The week also included the United States’ strongest condemnation of China’s claims in the South China Sea.

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