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February 16, 2024
Focus This Week
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As we approach the second-year anniversary of the war in Ukraine, the European Union is gearing up to impose sanctions for the first time on Chinese companies allegedly aiding Russia in circumventing Western penalties. These sanctions represent the 27-member bloc's latest measures aimed at shutting down loopholes that they believe allow Russia to divert military technology through third countries to its weapons factories. According to an EU official, the next round of measures levied against Russia could be ready later this month.

Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is currently in Europe for the Munich Security Conference, where he's expected to meet with United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the sidelines of the conference, as well as British Foreign Secretary David Cameron in a separate meeting. This encounter with Cameron, the first since he assumed office, comes amid heightened scrutiny from the UK over human rights and national security concerns. Wang also plans to stop in Paris and Madrid following the conference.

It's anticipated that Wang will give remarks at the security conference elaborating on China's propositions on "building a community with a shared future for mankind and advocating an equal and orderly multipolar world."

Additionally, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris is also in Munich, and delivered a pointed address advocating for a steadfast stance against authoritarianism and isolationism. Harris also critiqued the policies of former President Donald Trump and emphasized the Biden administration's commitment to upholding global security frameworks and supporting Ukraine in its conflict with Russia.

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Quote of the Week
"Although the U.S. has attempted to contain the conflict, it has ultimately failed to prevent Israeli escalations. Further, the war in Gaza has only become a segment of a broader geopolitical struggle against various superpowers and their clients across the international arena. The U.S. and China both react in accordance to broader strategic interests."
Leonardo Dinic
Advisor to the CroAsia Institute

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Notable Number

The number of years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the United States.

Learn more in "From Guardrails to Boundaries," by Han Liqun, a Researcher at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations.

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