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China’s President, Xi Jinping announced that reunification with Taiwan must occur peacefully, however, is not opposed to reunifying the Island nation forcefully if necessary.

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The Daily Brief China Aims For Reunification With Taiwan

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China’s President, Xi Jinping, said that reunification with Taiwan must be achieved peacefully but is not opposed to force, amidst growing tensions. 
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  • China’s President, Xi Jinping announced that reunification with Taiwan must occur peacefully, however, is not opposed to reunifying the Island nation forcefully if necessary.  
  • Jinping hopes to achieve reunification under a “one country, 2 system” policy where Taiwan would be a part of China, however, it would have some autonomy. Hong Kong is currently under a similar policy. 
  • Taiwan, which considers itself a sovereign state, responded to Jinping’s remarks and stated that its future rests in the hands of the Taiwanese people. 
  • Taiwan officials made it clear that the Taiwanese people are opposed to the one country, 2 system policy and would like to remain a sovereign nation. 
  • Jinping’s remarks come as tensions between the two nations have been the worst they have seen in 40 years. 
  • Since October 1st, China has sent over 150 military jets into the Taiwan air defense zone, further escalating the tensions between Taiwan and China. 
  • Taiwan has repeatedly accused China of “flexing its power” and calls on China to end the continuous harassment and provocation between the nations. 
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BBC News

Al Jazeera 

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US and Taliban Officials Meet Face-To-Face For the 1st Time

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  • US and top Taliban officials met for the 1st time since the US pulled out of Afghanistan in Qatar this week to discuss containing extremist groups, the evacuation of US citizens, and humanitarian aid. 
  • The US made it clear that meeting with Taliban officials in no way means the US recognizes and legitimizes the Taliban rule of Afghanistan, rather the talks are to continue to secure US interests.
  • During the meeting, Taliban officials asked the US to remove its ban on the reserves of the Afghanistan Central Banks although it is unclear if the US has agreed. 
  • This meeting comes one day after Afghanistan suffered its deadliest attack since the US officially withdrew. Over 50 people were killed and 100’s were injured. 
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Al Jazeera 

BBC News 

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Main Lebanese Power Plants Shutdown Due to Fuel Shortages

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  • All of the state electricity in the country of Lebanon is down following the closure of the Deir Ammar and Zahrani plants on Saturday.
  • Residents are outraged and many have taken to the streets to burn tires and block roads.
  • Marc Ayoub, an energy researcher at the American University of Beirut’s Issam Fares Institute, stated, “There is no fuel and limited generation, so the variation in frequency is ruining the grid…It’s happened about 16 times over the past two weeks because generation is too little compared to what is needed for the grid to reach stability.”
  • Sources:

https://www.aljazeera.com/amp/news/2021/10/9/fuel-shortage-forces-shutdown-main-lebanese-power-plants

https://amp.usatoday.com/amp/6070590001

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Saudi Arabia’s Jazan Airport gets Attacked by Drones

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  • Two explosive drones were sent to the airport in Jazan, Saudi Arabia, early Saturday morning. 
  • Six Saudis, three Bangladeshi nationals, and one Sudanese individual were injured by the first attack, however, the second drone was intercepted and no information has been released on if it caused any significant damages or injuries. 
  • No one has taken responsibility for the drones, however, Yemeni rebel groups are suspected of being behind the attack.
  • Sources:

https://www.aljazeera.com/amp/news/2021/10/9/drone-attack-targeting-saudi-airport-leaves-several-injured

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/ten-injured-drone-attack-saudis-king-abdullah-airport-spa-2021-10-08/

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Eastern Congo Sees its First Ebola Case in Over Five Months

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  • The 2018 to 2020 outbreak of Ebola in the eastern Congo took more than 2,200 lives.
  • Now, after five months a new outbreak is at the risk of occurring after a 3-year-old boy tested positive.
  • Roughly 100 people are assumed to be at risk after being exposed to the virus.
  • Health Minister Jean Jacques Mbungani stated, “Thanks to the experience acquired in managing the Ebola virus disease during previous epidemics, we are confident that the response teams…will manage to control this outbreak as soon as possible.”
  • Sources:

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/new-ebola-case-confirmed-eastern-congo-lab-report-2021-10-08/

https://www.aljazeera.com/amp/news/2021/10/9/new-ebola-case-confirmed-in-eastern-dr-congo

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US and Mexico Update their Bilateral Security Arrangements

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  • Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Attorney General Merrick Garland, and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas will be meeting with top Mexican officials to update the $3 billion Merida Initiative, a 2008 pact meant to fight drug trafficking and organized crime.
  • The new agreement will address concerns coming from both sides including gun flow access to the border, increased violence, and drug consumption.
  • Secretary Blinken stated, “I’ve got to say that if the security dialogue matches in quality what we experienced with the economic dialogue that would be — and I fully expect it will — be very, very positive and also productive.”
  • Sources:

https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2021/10/07/politics/us-mexico-security-agreement/index.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/10/08/mexico-merida-initiative-security/

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Salman Rushdie Severely Stabbed due to his Publication of the Book “The Satanic Verses”

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  • Salman Rushdie, an author, was severely stabbed in his neck and abdomen on stage by a suspect named Hadi Matar, causing him to be on a ventilator and potentially losing an eye.
  • An Iranian leader back in the 20th century wanted Rushdie killed because of his novel, Satanic Verses, that many Muslims found disrespectful. This led Salman to go into hiding for almost a decade.
  • Translators from different countries reading this book were harshly stabbed to death when the book came out and Iranian leader, Ayatollah Khomeini called for Salman’s execution for three million dollars.
  • The Iranian government has not yet responded to this issue, but many Iranians in the media claim him to be an apostate who later became an atheist.

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China Threatens Consequences if Pelosi Visits Taiwan

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  • US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has landed inTaiwan. Prior to the visit, China’s Foreign Ministry has voiced their disapproval, stating that “China will take resolute responses and strong countermeasures to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized in response  that “The speaker will make her own decisions about whether or not to visit Taiwan,” and that the US is looking to Beijing to “act responsibly and not to engage in any escalation going forward.”
  • The US has made it clear that members of Congress routinely visit Taiwan and that this trip is non-threatening and has precedent. Even so, some officials have expressed concern that China may invade Taiwan’s air defense zone or send missiles near Taiwan in retaliation.
  • Pelosi has criticized China’s leadership and vocalized support for Taiwan in the past. She is currently on her tour of Asia, with scheduled visits to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan.

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First Grain Ship Departs Ukraine After Six Months of Russian Blockade

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  • The first shipment of grain departed the port of Odesa on Monday after Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports for the last six months trapped around 20 million metric tons of wheat and corn.
  • Russia recently made a deal with Ukraine, brokered by the UN and Turkey, allowing grain exports to resume, appeasing fears of a global food supply crisis and rising prices.
  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba celebrated the shipment, calling it a “day of relief for the world, especially for our friends in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.”
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was more hesitant to celebrate the shipment, stating “it is too early to draw any conclusions and make any forecasts” and he wants to “see how the agreement works and whether security will be really guaranteed.”

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Concerns Rise As US Teeters on the Brink of Recession

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  • The US economy declines for the second quarter in a row, causing, what other countries would consider, an economic recession. 
  • The prices for groceries, gas, and other basics are rising at the fastest pace since 1981. The US Central Bank is quickly trying to raise borrowing costs in order to cool the economy and ease the prices on goods, but with the contraction, at the annual rate of 0.9% in the 3 months to July, many are still getting concerned. 
  • President Biden struggles to convince the public that the economy is sound, with the unemployment rate at a low 3.6%. But with inflation in the US hitting 9.1% in June, the fastest price appreciation in 4 months, consumer spending has slowed at an annual rate of 1%. 
  • Many other countries, such as China and the UK, have been hit harder by the surge in energy prices and the War in Ukraine, causing risks from abroad. Other countries are facing much more serious problems and once they’re hit, their problems can spill over and affect the US. 

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North Korea Could Possibly Be Preparing another Nuclear Test

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  • North Korea could be preparing a seventh nuclear test, especially after Mr. Kim announced that the country is fully ready for any military confrontation with the US at a Korean War Anniversary event. 
  • A US special representative in North Korea states that Jong-Un has tested an unprecedented number of missiles this year—31 to 25. Jong-Un also stated that threats from the US required North Korea to achieve the urgent historical task of strengthening its self-defense. 
  • Jong-un also stated that South Korea is reviving a plan to counter North Korea’s threat by mounting precautionary strikes; in June alone, South Korea launched 8 missiles of its own.
  • The North Korean regime is especially angry with South Korea’s new president Yoon Suk-yeol and his so-called Kill Chain strategy. This strategy allows South Korea to launch ballistic missiles and air strikes on North Korean targets if it ever feels threatened. 
  • North Korea has also not been getting as much engagement with Washington ever since Biden replaced Trump, and could be hinting at some sort of deliberate escalation by the North, and preparations have been underway at the Punggye Ri test site since March.

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Russia Limits Gas Supply to Germany

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  • Gazprom, a major Russian energy provider, has stated it will reduce the supply of gas to Germany by half via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline due to repair work. 
  • Germany has said that they see no technical reason for the decrease in gas supply. The European Union continues to accuse Russia of weaponizing energy, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stating, “This is an open gas war that Russia is waging against a united Europe.”
  • Ukraine and Russia signed an agreement to allow the export of grain via the Black Sea after Russia continued to block millions of tonnes from being exported. The next day, Russia struck missiles at the port, some of which hit the infrastructure of the port.
  • The US and Ukraine are optimistic that the agreement will still be implemented, with the US State Department stating, “Despite these attacks, we do understand that the parties are continuing preparations to open Ukraine’s Black Sea ports for food and fertilizer exports…we also continue to expect that the Black Sea agreement will be implemented.”

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