In the same week China landed a lunar probe on the moon and Canada said that 13 of its citizens have been detained in China, Chinese President Xi Jinping called on Taiwan to follow the “one country, two systems” model for unification. The president said that “Taiwanese independence should not be tolerated” and urged the start of democratic consultations between the two countries. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, however, said Taiwan will never accept the model, even as Mr. Xi proposed two options: First, military force; or second, the aforementioned “one country, two systems” model.
Later in the week, China’s landing of a lunar probe marked “the world’s first expedition to a lunar region that never faces the Earth”. And in Canada, following the arrest of the chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications company Huawei, the government said that 13 of its citizens have since been detained in China. At least eight of the 13 have been released. Continue reading
The governments of Germany and Nicaragua have come under threat this week, and in Colombia a conservative candidate won the presidential run-off. In Germany, after interior minister Horst Seehofer announced a tough new immigration policy last week, Chancellor Angela Merkel has two weeks to agree to a new migration policy with the European Union, or face a rebellion from her own government. In Nicaragua, protestors are looking to remove authoritarian President Daniel Ortega and his family from power. And in Colombia, conservative candidate Ivan Duque won the presidential run-off with 54 per cent of the vote. The 2016 peace agreement with former terror group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, remains a key issue. Continue reading
The shooting in Las Vegas which left at least 59 dead – making it the deadliest shooting in modern United States history – may have dominated the headlines, yet the rituals of (terrorist) violence played out in different parts of the world too. A car and a knife terrorist attack in Alberta, Canada left four people injured, while a man shouting “Allahu Akbar” in Marseille, France stabbed two women to death. France remains under a state of emergency (which has been extended six times) after the Paris attacks in November 2015. And in Kabul, Afghanistan, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which also released an audio recording of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, said to have been killed in a Russian military airstrike in May this year, claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing which killed at least six people. Continue reading