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The Daily Brief: Quad Leaders Share Concerns Regarding China and the Indo-Pacific Region

Members of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue meet in the White House to address the need for a free and secure Indo-Pacific region.

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  • On Friday, leaders of the United States, Japan, India, and Australia met at the White House for a two-hour meeting.
  • They discussed the need for a free Indo-Pacific region, however none of the leaders mentioned China in any public remarks.
  • In a joint statement the group said “We stand for the rule of law, freedom of navigation and overflight, peaceful resolution of disputes, democratic values, and territorial integrity of states…Together, we recommit to promoting the free, open, rules-based order, rooted in international law and undaunted by coercion, to bolster security and prosperity  in the Indo-Pacific and beyond.”
  • Beijing has claimed that the group of major democracies is “doomed to fail” and though China was not directly mentioned it is clear that the alliance will be keeping a close eye on the country. 
  • The joint statement also not only urged North Korea to engage in diplomacy over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, but also gave insight on how the Quad plans to battle Covid-19.
  • India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi states that his country will permit the export of 8 million Covid-19 vaccines by the end of October after initially banning exports in early April.

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Pakistan and India Have a Heated Clash at the United Nations General Assembly 

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  • Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi both relayed their strong opinions about the other’s country during their time to speak at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
  • In a pre-recorded speech PM Khan stated that PM Modi is attempting to “purge India of Muslims” and also mentioned that the Indian national government was fascist.
  • In response, Sneha Dubey, a first secretary at India’s UN mission, stated that “Pakistan nurtures terrorists in their backyard in the hope that they will only harm their neighbours.”
  • Separately PM Modi alleged that countries were trying to benefit from the turmoil in Afghanistan with no direct yet clear reference to Pakistan.

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Suicide Bomber Kills 8 in Somali 

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  • A suicide car bomb kills 8 in Somali capital near the presidential palace.
  • Of the 8 victims were a mother and soldier and two children.
  • Hibaq Abubakar the advisor for human and women rights was among the victims killed.

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Members of the Political Party Resign Amid Tunisian Crisis 

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  • 113 senior officials have resigned over the Tunisian government due to the fact that the tyranny failed to be confronted.
  • Among the few that resigned were the former minister of health, Abdellatif  Mekki 
  • Tunisian journalist, Rabeb Aloui tensions were rising for some time, the biggest crisis being the resigning of senior members. 

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Gaza’s Reconstructions Come to Rebuild Homes, Infrastructure, and High-Rise Buildings 

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  • First phase reconstructions are to start four months after the Israeli attack.
  • During the 11 day offense, over 2000 homes were destroyed as well as another 22000 units displacing tens and thousands of Palestinians.
  • Egypt will start the process of reconstruction and equipment will enter through Rafah border crossing. 

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Texas Camps are Emptying as Haitians Continue to get Deported

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  • According to the US Department of Homeland Security Alejandro Myorkas, there are no more migrants under the Del Rio International Bridge.
  • Maryorkas states that over 12000 migrants will have the opportunity to petition for protection under the US. 
  • Another 8000 have been turned to Mexico and another 2000 more expelled.

Huawei Executive Released To China After Detained in Canada for 3 Years

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  • Meng Wanzhou, a Huzwei executive, has returned to China after being detained in Canada for over three years. 
  • Wanzhou was detained based on bank fraud charges, released after a deal with United States Prosecutors, although China claims that the charges were “fabricated” against her. 
  • Huzwei still retains sanctions against it from the United States, being placed on an “export blacklist” list for alleged cases of espionage. 

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Taliban Hang Bodies of Kidnappers in Herat

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  • The Taliban have killed four people accused of being kidnappers, hanging their bodies in Herat. 
  • The kidnappers allegedly took hold of a notable businessman and his son, causing the Taliban to hang the bodies despite their pledges to stop violence. 
  • The hangings come after a Taliban official warned of continued punishments to continue in order to lessen similar instances from happening. 

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La Palma Volcano Intensifies, Causing Firefighters to Evacuate

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  • Following the erupted volcano in La Palma, local citizens and firefighters dispersed to the scene have retreated due to the worsening situation. 
  • The Cumbre Vieja erupted this Sunday, releasing tons of lava which has wreaked many towns and forced evacuations. 
  • Although zero casualties and injuries have been reported, many jobs, such as those employed working as banana croppers, are at risk. 

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World Watches as the United States Supreme Court Abolishes a Woman’s Right to an Abortion

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  • The United States’ top justices voted to eliminate the constitutional right to an abortion, a law that had been in place for over 50 years.
  • The closely watched decision was heralded by some and derided by others, depending on their position on the controversial concept of a woman’s right to choose for her own body.
  • With the abolition of the constitutional right, it is expected that many states in the U.S. will implement near total bans of abortion rights, while other states such as California, Oregon and Washington have reaffirmed their commitment to preserve the right to an abortion.
  • Planned Parenthood, the advocacy face for abortion rights, is mobilizing around the country to bolster and increase services in those states that will preserve the right, and engage voters in those states that plan to abolish the right.

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The EU Approves Ukraine for Candidacy

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  • The EU has finally approved the application of Ukraine to become a candidate country for admission to the 27- country organization. Ukraine will now join the official candidate list, which already includes Albania, the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey. 
  • The US is expected to provide an additional $450m in security assistance to Ukraine. Which includes four more High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems. 
  • The EU and Norway have agreed to cooperate and provide the EU’s 27 countries with gas from Western Europe’s biggest provider. The EU imports roughly ⅕ of its gas from Norway compared to the 40% it was receiving from Russia. Currently, Russia has been cutting gas supplies to countries refusing to pay for it in roubles. 
  • Melbourne is considering utilizing its largely vacant $200m Center for National Resilience building to house hundreds of refugees fleeing war-torn Ukraine and Afghanistan. The center will only be able to temporarily house about 500 refugees from Afghanistan and about 200 from Ukraine. 
  • Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov thanked US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin after receiving and welcoming the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) from the United States. 
  • Nike joined other leading Western brands by formally making a full exit from Russia, three months after suspending its operations. Telecoms equipment maker Cisco is also planning to wind down business in Russia and Belarus as well.

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US Supreme Court Expands Gun Carrying Rights Causing National Outrage 

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  • The US Supreme Court expanded gun carrying rights after a New York law denied the plaintiffs Robert Nash and Brandon Koch from carrying a concealed weapon in public, despite them having licenses for recreational gun ownership. 
  • The US court ruled that the New York law requiring residents to prove “proper cause” to carry a concealed weapon is unconstitutional. Justice Clarence Thomas, who represented the 6 justices who ruled in favor of the decision, stated that Americans have the right to carry “commonly used” firearms in public for personal defense. 
  • This decision comes amid an intense national debate over gun violence, and could possibly challenge the  outcome of similar regulations in other states, such as California and New Jersey, and affect a quarter of Americans by allowing more people to carry guns legally. 
  • Three liberal justices, Elena Kahan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Stephen Breyer, were against the majority decision, and Justice Breyer noted that “since the start of this year alone (2022), there have already been 277 reported mass shootings – an average of more than one per day.”
  • While the National Rifle Association (NRA) celebrated the judgment, President Biden stated that he was “deeply disappointed” by the court’s decision and that the ruling “contradicts both common sense and the Constitution, and should trouble us all.” 
  • New York Mayor Eric Adams also agreed with Biden and stated that he would review other ways to restrict gun access by restricting the application process for buying guns and looking into bans of firearms at specific locations. 

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France’s Highest Administrative Court Upholds Burkini Ban in Grenoble

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  • The city of Grenoble had recently challenged France’s highest administrative court by allowing full body burkinis to be worn at public pools. Burkinis are typically worn by Muslim women to maintain modesty while they swim. In France, burkinis have often been a point of extreme debate in the country as France’s secular values outlaw anything that violates the country’s belief in the separation of religion and state. 
  • Grenoble challenged the ban on burkini, stating that it violated the principle of neutrality in public services. Shortly after, the policy was suspended and the matter was referred to the Council of State for a decision. The Council of State has officially ruled that Grenoble cannot allow burkinis to be worn in public as that would then allow for “selective exceptions to the rules to satisfy religious demands.”
  • Furthermore, the ban on burkinis was linked back to hygiene concerns. The court stated that burkinis violate “the common rule, enacted for reasons of hygiene and safety, of wearing bathing suits close to the body.” 
  • French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin took to Twitter to label the ruling as a “victory” for “seperatism, for secularism, and beyond, for the whole Republic”. Others have criticized the ruling for not allowing women the right to dress as they please.

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Taiwan Deploys Jets After China Violates Air Defense Zone

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  • On Tuesday, multiple Chinese aircrafts entered Taiwan’s air defence zone, including bombers that flew over the southern region of the country. Taiwan’s air defence ministry stated that 17 fighter jets, 6 H-6 bombers, as well as electronic warfare was involved.
  • Fighter jets and missile systems were deployed by Taiwan as a warning to China. The incident marks the largest air defense zone violation by China since May 30th when multiple Chinese aircraft were reported in Taiwan’s ADIZ (air defense identification zone). Both China and Taiwan have dealt with increasing tension over sovereignty claims with China claiming Taiwan as their own territory. 
  • Taiwan has called out China’s tactic of entering into Taiwan’s air defense zone as “grey zone” warfare. The warfare strategy focuses on exhausting Taiwanese forces while also examining how they respond to such incursions. Since 2019, violations of Taiwan’s air defense zone by China have been increasing with 123 warplanes reported in this year.
  • Recently, Joe Biden had announced that the US military would get involved if China attempted to take Taiwan by force, stating that such a thing would not be “appropriate” for China to do. Shortly after this statement was made, China shared that recent military exercises around Taiwan would serve as a warning to the country for “colluding” with the United States. 

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Ukraine Receives German Delivery of Long Range Weapons as Putin Announces ICBM

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  • Ukraine has announced that they’ve recently deployed a number of long-range weapons sent from Germany. Ukrainian Defence Minister Okeysii Reznikov recently thanked Germany’s Federal Minister of Defence for the howitzers they received. The delivery comes after Germany announced plans last month to step up their delivery of weapons to Ukraine. 
  • President Vladimir Putin has also disclosed plans for Russia to deploy Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missiles around the end of 2022. The deployment of ICBMs is part of Russia’s larger plan to strengthen their military through improved weapons such as the S-500 air defense and missile defense systems.
  • As both Russia and Ukraine expand their military arsenal, more settlements have been captured by Russian forces in the Luhansk region of Ukraine. Governor Serhiy Haidai has shared that Russian forces have captured the settlement of Toshkivka and several other settlements nearby. President Zelensky states in a video address that the current situation in Luhansk has been tough as Russian forces push into key areas of the region.
  • Meanwhile, massive amounts of wheat and grains remain stuck at the Black Sea ports of Ukraine. Turkey plans to initiate dialogue with Russian, Ukrainian, and United Nations officials about opening up corridors that would allow for safe grain export. The White House has stated that President Joe Biden has also been examining options for the safe exportation of grain with White House national security spokesperson, John Kirby, calling the grain blockage a weaponization of food.

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