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U.S., China consulate closures deal losses to both nations

U.S., China consulate closures deal losses to both nations

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.Leave a commentcommentsWASHINGTON (AP) — In shutting each other’s consulates, the United States and China have done more than strike symbolic blows in their escalating feud. They’ve also dimmed each other’s ability to observe — and to spy on — critical regions of their countries.For the United States, the loss of the Chengdu mission in southwestern China will, among other things, cloud its view of Tibet, a region where Buddhist residents say Beijing is eroding its culture and its traditional...

July 31, 2020
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U.S. notifies U.N. of withdrawal from World Health Organization

U.S. notifies U.N. of withdrawal from World Health Organization

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.Leave a commentcommentsWASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has formally notified the United Nations of its withdrawal from the World Health Organization, although the pullout won’t take effect until next year, meaning it could be rescinded under a new administration of if circumstances change.The withdrawal notification, delivered on Monday, makes good on President Donald Trump’s vow in late May to terminate U.S. participation in the WHO, which he has harshly criticized for its response to...

July 7, 2020
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U.S. offers muted concern over press freedom after journalists convicted in Philippines

U.S. offers muted concern over press freedom after journalists convicted in Philippines

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.Leave a commentcommentsWASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has offered a muted and belated expression of “concern” over the convictions of two Philippine journalists on criminal libel charges.A one-sentence State Department statement titled “On Press Freedom in the Philippines” and released on Tuesday nearly 48 hours after a Manila court pronounced the convictions may raise new questions about the U.S. commitment to supporting press freedom abroad.In the statement, State Department...

June 16, 2020
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