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The Daily Brief: China Allows Couples To Have Up To 3 Children

China Allows Couples To Have Up To 3 Children

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  • China will now allow couples to have 3 children rather than the previously allowed maximum of 2.
  • The Communist Party of China first amended the country’s long-standing 1 child policy in 2016 to allow families to have 2 children. 
  • The 2016 amendment to the child policy was meant to increase the country’s birth rate, however it failed to bring about a sustained increase in fertility.
  • Due to having a small population of youth relative to elderly China is facing a worsening labor shortage which makes it difficult to maintain the economy and distribute adequate resources to dependents.
  • Many families in cities limit the amount of children they have themselves due to rising living costs.
  • China’s recent census data reveals that the country’s population is growing at its slowest rate in decades which experts warn could cause its economic growth to reach a cap as well.
  • Amnesty International believes that this policy, like its predecessors, is still a violation of reproductive and human rights.
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The Copa América Tournament Set to be Held in Brazil Rather than Argentina

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  • South America’s largest tournament, the Copa América, has been moved to Brazil as the Covid-19 situation in Argentina worsens.
  • Conmebol, the South American Soccer Federation, completely dropped the Colombia portion of the event after deadly civil unrest and anti-government protests overtook the country.
  • The Argentinian portion of the tournament has been moved to Brazil as the pandemic continues to wreck the country and President Alberto Fernández of Argentina calls to  implement a strict nationwide lockdown.
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Tensions Rise Between the U.S. and North Korea as Seoul is Given the Okay to Develop More Missiles

  • US President Joe Biden collaborated with South Korean President Moon Jae-in earlier this month to terminate the joint missile guidelines, which limited the range of ballistic missiles Seoul could develop.
  • North Korea has criticized the move believing it to show a double standard in arms development and claiming this to be a sign of the United States’ “shameful double-dealing” in a media statement. 
  • Leif-Eric Easley, associate professor of international studies at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, stated “South Korean progressives often express a willingness to cancel defense exercises with the United States in order to focus on diplomatically engaging North Korea. But Seoul’s discontinuation of guidelines that had limited its missile capabilities may be a greater source of friction in pursuing peace with Pyongyang.”
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Denmark and US Allegedly Spied on European Leaders

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  • The Danish broadcaster Danmarks Radio (DR) announced that the US National Security Agency (NSA), with the help of the Danish Defense Intelligence Service (FE), had spied on European leaders from Germany, France, Sweden, and Norway from 2012 to 2014.
  • The DR stated that the operation was called “Operation Dunhammer” and it allegedly accessed text messages, phone numbers, searches and more using Danish internet cables.
  • European leaders, such as Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, and others have voiced their displeasure with the findings. Merkel and Macron expect explanations from the US and Danish governments.
  • DR gathered this information from nine unnamed sources, all of whom accessed the classified information.
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Somaliland Holds Parliamentary and Local Elections

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  • Voters in Somaliland line up to vote in their parliamentary and local elections, with international observers and leaders from Africa there to witness the democratic process that Somalia and other parts of Africa have yet to achieve.
  • The parliamentary elections are more than a decade late, and the local elections four years late. There are around four million people in Somaliland, and one million of them are registered voters.
  • Somaliland was established in 1991, after it broke away from Somalia, but it is not officially recognized by any country in the region. Somaliland has already held six successful elections, and has its own currency, flag, and military.
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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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