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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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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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