Posted in Asia Australia coronavirus Economy GDP lockdown National Security New Zealand recession

Coronavirus Pushes New Zealand into First Recession in a Decade

A report on New Zealand’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) revealed on Thursday that the nation has slipped into its first recession in ten years, thanks…

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Posted in China Economy Hassan Rouhani India iran Israel / Middle East National Security Nicolas Maduro Sanctions Venezuela

Iranian President: Oil Revenues Down to Less than $20 Billion Under U.S. Sanctions

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said during a government video conference on Monday that oil revenues have declined from $120 billion in 2011 to “just over…

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Posted in Asia China coronavirus Economy Hubei National Security Wuhan

China Begins Selling ‘Made in Wuhan’ to Global Companies

Chinese state media is working hard to convince global customers that factories in Wuhan and its surrounding Hubei province are completely safe and returning to…

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Posted in Asia boycott China China Economy exports India National Security

India Sees Surge in Clothing Manufacturers Fleeing China

The Times of India (TOI) reported on Friday that a substantial number of large garment companies are shifting their operations from China to India. India…

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Posted in Asia China Chinese coronavirus coronavirus Economy health Hubei National Security Wuhan

Wuhan Locals on Coronavirus Lockdown: ‘The Trauma Is So Deep’

In Wuhan – the origin location of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic – locals say that the city’s 11-week coronavirus lockdown caused severe “trauma” to both the urban…

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Posted in Asia Black Sea Economy Greece Mediterranean Sea National Security natural gas Recep Tayyip Erdogan Turkey

Erdogan Promises ‘New Era’ for Turkey After Black Sea Gas Discovery

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erodğan said on Friday that Turkey has made its largest-ever discovery of natural gas in the Black Sea.

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Posted in Asia Chinese coronavirus coronavirus Dog Meat dogs Economy food shortages Kim Jong-un National Security North Korea pets

Kim Jong-un Confiscates Pet Dogs During North Korea’s Food Shortage

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is forcing households in the capital, Pyongyang, to turn in their pet dogs to the government so that they may…

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Posted in Asia China Economy India National Security

India Bans Chinese Ships from Trading its Petroleum Products

India’s state-owned oil companies have barred Chinese tankers from shipping Indian crude and petroleum product, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported Thursday.

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Posted in Amazon Asia Brushing China Economy Facemasks National Security Tampa Bay

Mystery Masks from China Arriving at Tampa Bay Addresses

Residents of the Tampa Bay area of Florida reported receiving unsolicited masks from China at their addresses, potentially part of a “brushing” scheme to boost…

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Apple Daily Stock Soars After Founder Jimmy Lai Arrested Under Hong Kong Security Law

Shares of Next Digital, the media company that owns Hong Kong’s dissident newspaper Apple Daily, skyrocketed after the arrest of founder Jimmy Lai on Monday.

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Posted in Asia China corn Economy National Security U.S. Department of Agriculture USDA

China Bans Cell Phones in Granaries after Video Shows Moldy Corn

A recent ban on photo-taking devices inside Chinese state granaries has prompted concern China could be suffering from a grain shortage, the South China Morning…

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Posted in Asia Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) China Economy HSBC National Security

Chinese Belt and Road Executive: Program ‘Best Hope’ for Post-Coronavirus Economy

The Chinese coronavirus has caused a global economic crisis creating an opportunity for Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to emerge as the “best hope”…

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Posted in Chile China Economy exports free trade agreement fruit imports Latin America National Security

China Gets Closer to Latin America with Chile Trade Deal

Fruit industry leaders in Chile and China signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) this week to reinforce trade ties, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported…

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Posted in Economy H-1B H-1b visas Immigration National Security TVA visa worker

Tennessee Valley Authority Hires Foreign H-1B Workers for ‘Critical Infrastructure’ Jobs

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is hiring foreign workers to take over computer jobs in the nation’s electrical grid.

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Posted in Asia China coronavirus Economy Hong Kong National Security Slavery Uyghurs Xi Jinping

Xi Jinping Begs Global CEOs to Stay in China

Chinese dictator Xi Jinping sent a letter to members of the Global CEO Council on Wednesday presented by his state media as a triumphant boast…

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