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US pressure on China over global warming – and how that reflects on the western world’s approach to engagement with China in general
The Biden administration is searching for ways to push China, the world’s largest polluter, to reduce carbon emissions. Since negotiations between U.S. climate envoy John F. Kerry and his Chinese counterparts stalled in August, Chinese provinces have accelerated their approvals of new coal power plants. This has sparked fears that China is moving away from its climate goals. Now Biden administration officials are trying to get talks back on track even as they also explore other tools, such as tariffs, that could be tied to the emissions level of products such as steel and aluminum.
Updates on Ukraine (Moscow drone attacks)
A series of drone attacks in Moscow have brought Russia’s war to its doorstep. The attacks targeted several areas across the city, including its most elite area, Rublyovka. The Kremlin has blamed Ukraine for the attacks, although Kyiv has denied any involvement. Russian media reports originally suggested as many as 30 drones targeted the city, and videos of (apparent) direct hits on buildings went viral. But soon Kremlin officials reclaimed the narrative. Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin claimed only eight drones had participated in the attack, and insisted any damage to buildings was caused by debris after they were shot down.
Erdogan victory in Turkey
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has once again emerged victorious, extending his two decades in power. With 99.43% of the vote counted, Turkey’s supreme election authority announced that Erdoğan had won 52.14% of the votes, while Kılıçdaroğlu received 47.86%. Both candidates encouraged their supporters to show up and vote, in a run-off election set to be fought on turnout. Erdoğan has entered the second round in the lead, after a first round race where he received 49.5% of the overall vote compared to Kılıçdaroğlu’s 44.5%, while his Justice and Development party (AKP) along with their nationalist coalition partners won a majority in parliament.
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