NATO vows to guard ‘every inch of territory’ as Russia fumes

NATO vows to guard ‘every inch of territory’ as Russia fumes

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a news conference at the end of a NATO summit in Madrid, Spain, on June 30.Bernat Armangue/The Associated Press An unstable world could get even more dangerous if NATO does not remain strong and united, the head of the alliance said Thursday at the end of a summit where … Read more

Xi Jinping leaves mainland China for the first time since the beginning of pandemic

Xi Jinping leaves mainland China for the first time since the beginning of pandemic

Xi is expected to spend two days in the financial hub and attend a series of official events to mark both the July 1 handover and the inauguration ceremony of the city’s next Beijing appointed leader John Lee, a former police officer and security chief. In the almost 900 days since Xi last left the … Read more

China throws media shield around Xi Jinping’s Hong Kong visit

China throws media shield around Xi Jinping’s Hong Kong visit

hong kong CNN Business — Journalists from leading international media organizations, including Reuters and CNN, have been barred from covering official ceremonies during Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s visit to Hong Kong later this week. Xi will be in Hong Kong to mark the 25th anniversary of the city’s handover from Britain to China, and it … Read more

G7 aims to raise $600-billion to counter China’s Belt and Road project

G7 aims to raise 0-billion to counter China’s Belt and Road project

US President Joe Biden speaks next to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on the first day of the G7 leaders’ summit held at Elmau Castle, Germany, on June 26.JONATHAN ERNST/AFP/Getty Images Group of Seven leaders on Sunday pledged to raise US$600-billion in private and public funds over five years to finance … Read more

Greedflation: Is corporate price gouging fueling inflation? Experts weigh in – National

Greedflation: Is corporate price gouging fueling inflation?  Experts weigh in – National

Furious about surging prices at the gasoline station and the supermarket, many consumers feel they know just where to cast blame: On greedy companies that relentlessly jack up prices and pocket the profits. Responding to that sentiment, the Democratic-led House of Representatives last month passed on a party-line vote — most Democrats for, all Republicans … Read more

China’s Geopolitical Pivot Could Have Huge Ramifications For Oil

China’s Geopolitical Pivot Could Have Huge Ramifications For Oil

China stated two weeks before Russia invaded Ukraine that “there is ‘no limit’ to how far Russian and Chinese friendship may go” and signed a swathe of huge oil and gas deals shortly thereafter that provided an additional layer of insulation to both countries from any US sanctions in the future. Only a day after … Read more

Mysterious fireballs spotted in the sky over Spain may have been caused by Chinese rocket debris

Mysterious fireballs spotted in the sky over Spain may have been caused by Chinese rocket debris

The Shenzhou-12 spacecraft is launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on June 17, 2021 in Jiuquan, Gansu Province of China, carried on the Long March-2F rocket, to Chinese Tiangong space station July 19, 1964: China took its first official step into space, launching and recovering an experimental biological rocket carrying white mice. April 24, … Read more

China says it will bring Mars samples back to Earth 2 years before NASA

China says it will bring Mars samples back to Earth 2 years before NASA

China’s space agency aims to complete its Mars sample return mission by 2031, two years before NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) complete their joint mission. Tianwen-1 Mars orbiter and rover mission chief designer Sun Zezhou outlined a new mission profile for China’s Mars sample return during a June 20 presentation, as per a … Read more

Canada to spend $4.9-billion over six years to modernize NORAD defenses

Canada to spend .9-billion over six years to modernize NORAD defenses

Canada’s Defense Minister Anita Anand in a file photo taken in Singapore on June 12, 2022.CAROLINE CHIA/Reuters The Canadian government has pledged $4.9-billion over six years to help the United States upgrade NORAD’s continental defenses and address the growing threat posed by hypersonic missiles and advanced cruise missile technology developed by Russia and China. Defense … Read more

Hong Kong’s last British governor, Chris Patten, reveals in new diaries how he battled London and Beijing over handover

Hong Kong’s last British governor, Chris Patten, reveals in new diaries how he battled London and Beijing over handover

British expats wave their flag in Hong Kong on June 30, 1997, on the eve of the handover of the British territory to China. The flag of the new Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is on a banner in the background.John Lehmann/The Canadian Press In 1999, Chris Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong, … Read more