Rishi Sunak to meet Xi Jinping as he strikes conciliatory tone on China – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. BALI, Indonesia — Rishi Sunak will invite Xi Jinping to collaborate more closely on global challenges in the first meeting between a British prime minister and Chinese president in nearly five years. Sunak and Xi will hold a bilateral meeting Wednesday on the margins … Read more

A Twitter-savvy US ambassador calling out conspiracies – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. BUDAPEST — On an early morning drive from his residence to the U.S. Embassy, David Pressman kept a close eye on his surroundings.  Look, the new U.S. ambassador to Hungary said, pointing out the government-funded billboards dotting Budapest’s streets.  “The Brussels sanctions are ruining … Read more

Ahead of Xi meeting, Biden calls out China – POLITICO

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — U.S. President Joe Biden offered a full-throated American commitment to the nations of Southeast Asia on Saturday, pledging at a Cambodia summit to help stand against China’s growing dominance in the region — without mentioning the other superpower by name. Chinese President Xi Jinping wasn’t in the room at the Association … Read more

France plays bad cop as transatlantic trade tensions ramp up – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article PARIS — U.S. President Joe Biden needs to watch out; France is resuming its traditional role as Europe’s troublemaker on the transatlantic trade front. It had seemed like the bad blood between Brussels and Washington was easing on Biden’s watch. Facing a common foe in China, the EU … Read more

When will Europe learn to defend itself? – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article PARIS/BERLIN — Thirty years after the horrors of the Balkan wars laid bare Western Europe’s incapacity to deal with conflict on European soil, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is demonstrating how little has changed. As Yugoslavia started to break apart in 1991, it fell to the Luxembourgish Foreign Minister … Read more

Fiona slams Canada’s Atlantic coast with hurricane-force winds, heavy rain

As it churned through the Atlantic Ocean, Fiona left devastation on Puerto Rico and some other Caribbean islands. The first major hurricane of this year’s Atlantic season killed at least five people: one in Guadeloupe, two in Puerto Rico and two in the Dominican Republic. Puerto Rico: Hitting almost exactly five years after Hurricane Maria, Fiona delivered … Read more

Putin is at war with all of Europe, Spain’s Pedro Sánchez says – POLITICO

NEW YORK — Russia is at war not only with Ukraine, but with the whole EU — and it’s losing, according to Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez. Russian President Vladimir Putin is “using energy as a war tool” because he is threatened by the EU’s values, Sánchez told POLITICO in New York, where more than 150 … Read more