26 May 2022 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- Senior Defense Official Holds a Background Briefing DoD 26 May 2022
- Russian Progress in Ukraine Is Only Incremental DoD News 26 May 2022 -- Despite an enormous advantage in numbers, Russian forces attacking the Donbas region of Ukraine have made only "incremental progress," a senior defense official said today.
- Exercise Phoenix Express 2022 set to begin in Tunisia AFRICOM 26 May 2022 -- The exercise focuses on regional cooperation, maritime domain awareness, information-sharing practices, and operational capabilities to enhance efforts that promote safety and security in the Mediterranean Sea and territorial waters of participating North African nations.
- Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen Hicks and Norwegian Ministry of Defence State Secretary Bent-Joacim Bentzen Conduct a Press Conference Aboard USS Porter in Oslo, Norway DoD 26 May 2022
- Sweden to Host Upcoming BALTOPS 22 NATO Exercise DoD News 26 May 2022 -- Early next month, NATO kicks off the 51st iteration of its annual Baltic Operations exercise, which this year runs June 5-17 in the Baltic Sea, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said.
- Russia, China Pose Security Challenges to Europe, General Says DoD News 26 May 2022 -- NATO's importance in deterring aggression and misbehavior by Russia and China in Europe cannot be overstated, Army Gen. Christopher G. Cavoli told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, who are considering him to be commander of U.S. European Command and supreme allied commander of Europe.
- Marine Corps Snipers Test New Rifle USMC News 26 May 2022 -- Marine Corps snipers will soon be equipped with a longer-range, more versatile rifle designed to increase lethality and establish threat overmatch on the battlefield in support of Force Design 2030.
- USS Charleston Delivers, displays LCS versatility US Navy 26 May 2022 -- The Independence-class littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18) conducted a vertical replenishment-at-sea of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) in the Philippine Sea, May 21. During this evolution, USS Charleston trained for resupply tasking in a contested maritime environment.
- NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Bahrain Supports USS Fitzgerald at Sea and in Port US Navy 26 May 2022 -- Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Bahrain provided contracting and logistics support to Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) at sea as well as in port during a port visit May 8-15.
- Readout Of Secretary Of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Call With Japan Minister Of Defense Kishi Nobuo DoD 26 May 2022
- Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen H. Hicks Visits the United Kingdom DoD 26 May 2022
- Idaho Army National Guard conducts joint medevac, casualty training Army News 26 May 2022 -- Medics from the Idaho Army National Guard's Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st of the 148th Field Artillery Regiment, conducted air medical evacuation and casualty treatment training at the Orchard Combat Training Center May 17.
- NATO Deputy Secretary General opens "Defence Disrupted" innovation and technology conference NATO 26 May 2022 -- Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană opened the "Defence Disrupted 2022" conference on Thursday (26 May 2022), stressing the importance of maintaining NATO's technological edge, and remaining at the forefront of defence innovation.
- Turkey threatens to block Nordic NATO bids over 'security concerns' Press TV 26 May 2022 -- Turkey has threatened to obstruct the process of Sweden and Finland joining the NATO military alliance if the two Nordic states fail to address Ankara's "security concerns" related to the pair's support for Kurdish militants outlawed in Turkey.
- NATO to Exclude Russia From Its Strategic Partners in New Concept Document, Stoltenberg Says Sputnik 26 May 2022 -- The new NATO Strategic Concept, expected to be adopted at Madrid Summit in June, will no longer name Russia as the bloc's strategic partner, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday.
- Sweden-Turkey NATO talks ongoing: PM People's Daily 26 May 2022 -- Sweden is continuing its dialogue with Turkey to secure Ankara's support for Stockholm's bid to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said here on Wednesday.
- The View From Finland: 'The Russian Garrisons Have Been Emptied. They Don't Have Anything' RFE/RL 26 May 2022 -- After decades of neutrality, Finland has now formally applied to join NATO. The decision now lies with the parliaments of NATO countries, which need to ratify Finland's application.
- China slams Japan for close-range tracking of aircraft carrier, says it doesn't want 'dedicated photographers' Global Times 26 May 2022 -- China on Thursday slammed Japan for making dangerous close-range tracking and disruptions to an aircraft carrier of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy during the latter's recent, legitimate drills in the West Pacific, with analysts saying that the Japanese move reflected the country's ulterior motive of offensive military expansion under the excuse of the "China threat" theory.
- China slams NATO chief's double-standard smearing, urges to stop spreading 'China threat' theory Global Times 26 May 2022 -- Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg has been making groundless accusations and smearing attacks against China, making reckless comments on China's political system and domestic and foreign policies, and promoting a "China-threat" theory, which China firmly opposes and strongly condemns, declared the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Thursday.
- Beijing Accuses NATO's Stoltenberg of Double Standards for Hyping Up 'China Threat' Sputnik 26 May 2022 -- Beijing is urging NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to stop using contrived security concerns and double standards in his remarks about China seeking to draw "ideological lines" in Asia, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Thursday.
- Wang Yi Expounds on Three Principles of China-Solomon Islands Security Cooperation PRC MofA 26 May 2022 -- On May 26, 2022 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Foreign Minister of Solomon Islands Jeremiah Manele jointly met the press in Honiara.
- Chinese FM starts trip to South Pacific; 'Solomon Islands shows respectable courage in developing ties with China' Global Times 26 May 2022 -- Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi has arrived in the Solomon Islands on Thursday to kick off his important tour of the South Pacific island nations. Chinese experts said that as the first stop of the visit, the Solomon Islands showed great courage in strengthening ties with China to truly serve its own national interest despite growing pressure from the US and Australia.
- Live-fire Han Kuang exercises to go on as scheduled in July: minister CNA 26 May 2022 -- The live-fire portion of this year's annual Han Kuang military exercises will be held in July as scheduled but possibly on a smaller scale than previous editions due to the surge of COVID-19 cases in Taiwan, Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng (邱國正) said Thursday.
- HMAS Parramatta departs for a regional presence deployment Australia DOD 26 May 2022 -- HMAS Parramatta has sailed from her home port of Fleet Base East for a two-month Regional Presence Deployment to Southeast and North Asia.
- Australia - HIMARS Launchers DSCA 26 May 2022 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Australia of HIMARS Launchers and related equipment for an estimated cost of $385 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
- LAUNCH OF 'NIRDESHAK' (YARD 3026) SECOND VESSEL OF SURVEY VESSEL (LARGE) PROJECT India PIB 26 May 2022 -- 'Nirdeshak, the second of the four Survey Vessels (Large) (SVL) Project being built by GRSE in collaboration with L&T shipbuilding for Indian Navy was launched on 26 May 22 at Kattupalli, Chennai.
- Egypt - CH-47F Chinook Helicopters DSCA 26 May 2022 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Egypt of CH-47F Chinook Helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2.6 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
- The Netherlands - AIM-9X Block II Missiles DSCA 26 May 2022 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the Netherlands of AIM-9X Block II Missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $117 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
- Joint Statement on the Meeting of the U.S.-Spain Working Group on Central America US Dept. of State 26 May 2022 -- The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and Spain on the occasion of the Meeting of the U.S.-Spain Working Group on Central America.
- Statement by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Fiji Joining the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity The White House 26 May 2022
- Secretary Blinken's Meeting with Angolan Foreign Minister António US Dept. of State 26 May 2022
- Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Angolan Foreign Minister Tete António Before Their Meeting US Dept. of State 26 May 2022
- Secretary Blinken's Call with Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Omamo US Dept. of State 26 May 2022
- NSC Press Statement on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan's Phone Call with Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic The White House 26 May 2022
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, May 26, 2022 The White House 26 May 2022
- 26 May 2022 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 26 May 2022
- Wherever there is war or armed conflict, civilians are always caught in the middle: UK Statement at the UN Security Council UK FCDO 26 May 2022 -- Statement by Ambassador James Roscoe at the UN Security Council open debate on the protection of civilians
- Putin is waging the war on the Ukrainian people and the foundations of our societies: Foreign Secretary's speech in Sarajevo, May 2022 UK FCDO 26 May 2022 -- At an event with the Bosnia and Herzegovina Armed Forces, Liz Truss outlined the UK's increased support to counter Russia's malign influence in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- UN Observer Says Taliban Policies Making Afghan Women Invisible VOA 26 May 2022 -- A senior United Nations observer Thursday expressed serious concern about the "erasure of women from public life" across Afghanistan since the Islamist Taliban seized power in August.
- Taliban's Burqa Decree Exposes Afghan Women To Increasing Domestic Abuse RFE/RL Gandhara 26 May 2022 -- The Taliban ordered all women to cover their faces when in public earlier this month, urging women not to leave their homes altogether if possible.
- At Least 12 Killed In Four Bombings In Afghanistan RFE/RL Gandhara 26 May 2022 -- The Taliban-led government in Afghanistan says four bomb blasts in Kabul and Mazar-e Sharif have killed and injured more than a dozen people.
- Afghan authorities urged to address serious human rights challenges UN News 26 May 2022 -- Afghanistan is at a crossroads and the de facto authorities, the Taliban, must pursue a path towards stability and freedom for all citizens, especially women, the UN independent expert on human rights there said in the capital, Kabul, on Thursday.
- Marcos: Philippines will assert maritime territorial rights under his leadership Radio Free Asia 26 May 2022 -- President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. vowed Thursday that, after taking office, he would assert a 2016 arbitral ruling won by the Philippines against China over the South China Sea, a sensitive issue that his predecessor failed to address adequately.
- UN Syria Commission: 'unconscionable to consider closing last border crossing' UN News 26 May 2022 -- The UN Syria Commission of Inquiry said on Thursday that not extending current cross-border aid to Syria along the remaining route, would be a "failure of the highest order". The warning to the Security Council comes as humanitarian needs throughout Syria are at their highest, since the start of the devastating 11-year war.
- 'Protracted political impasse' further polarizing Libya UN News 26 May 2022 -- Despite UN efforts, political, economic and security deadlock continues in Libya, the UN political affairs chief told the Security Council on Thursday, adding that human rights there have also deteriorated.
- Protecting progress made in Libya since the 2020 ceasefire agreement UK FCDO 26 May 2022 -- Statement by Ambassador James Kariuki at the UN Security Council briefing on Libya
- At least eight killed across Indian-controlled Kashmir amid heightened tensions Press TV 26 May 2022 -- Indian forces say they have killed at least six suspected militants in Kashmir where heavily-armed assailants shot dead a female TV performer and a police officer in the disputed Himalayan region over the past 24 hours.
- Cycle of violence moves us further away from a peaceful future for Israelis and Palestinians UK FCDO 26 May 2022 -- Statement by Ambassador James Kariuki at the UN Security Council briefing on the situation in the Middle East
- US Senate Republicans Block Debate on Domestic Terrorism Measure VOA 26 May 2022 -- U.S. Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked attempts by Democratic lawmakers to start debate on a measure to combat domestic terrorism as the two parties spar over how best to control gun violence.
- US Republican senators block domestic terrorism bill, despite a spike in hate crimes Press TV 26 May 2022 -- US Republican senators have blocked legislation titled the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act in Congress in the wake of the racist mass shooting which killed ten Black people in New York this month.
- Turkish Officials Claim Capture of New Islamic State Leader VOA 26 May 2022 -- The reign of new Islamic State terror group leader Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi may be over, less than three months after it began.
- WHO Registers 200 Monkeypox Cases, Suspects Another 100 in Over 20 Countries Sputnik 26 May 2022 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has registered about 200 monkeypox cases, and suspects another 100 in more than 20 countries across the globe, Maria Van Kerkhove, the COVID-19 technical lead at the WHO, said on Thursday.
- Monkeypox cases rising in EU, authorities urge countries to take measures People's Daily 26 May 2022 -- With monkeypox cases rising in Europe, European health authorities are urging countries to take extra steps to bring the spread of the virus under control.
- Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's interview with RT Arabic, Moscow, May 26, 2022 Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 26 May 2022
- Telephone conversation with Prime Minister of Italy Mario Draghi President of Russia 26 May 2022 -- Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister of the Italian Republic Mario Draghi, at the Italian side's initiative.
- First Eurasian Economic Forum President of Russia 26 May 2022 -- Vladimir Putin addressed the plenary session of the 1st Eurasian Economic Forum, via videoconference.
- Putin: Foreign companies leaving Russia blessing for home-grown businesses Press TV 26 May 2022 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has depicted foreign companies' withdrawal from the country as a blessing and an opportunity for home-grown businesses.
- Russia Warns It Will Expel U.S. Journalists If YouTube Blocks Briefings RFE/RL 26 May 2022 -- Russia's Foreign Ministry has warned it will expel a U.S. journalist or media outlet if the YouTube streaming platform blocks any more of its press briefings.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on May 26, 2022 PRC MofA 26 May 2022
- The Administration's Approach to the People's Republic of China US Dept. of State 26 May 2022 -- Speech by Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State
- US Lays Out Strategy to Outcompete China VOA 26 May 2022 -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken outlined the Biden administration's strategy to outcompete China in the next decade by investing in critical infrastructure, bolstering supply chain security and working with allies.
- Blinken Outlines US Strategy to Outcompete China, While Not Seeking 'Decoupling' VOA 26 May 2022 -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in a major China policy speech Thursday, outlined the Biden administration's strategy to out-compete China in the next decade by investing in critical infrastructure and working with allies to bolster supply-chain security, while preventing unintended crises.
- Top US diplomat lays out 'invest, align, compete' strategy to meet China challenge Radio Free Asia 26 May 2022 -- Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday said the United States would employ a threefold strategy of investing at home, aligning efforts allies and partners, and competing with China to counter Beijing's drive to change the existing rules-based world order.
- U.S. Sees China Posing Greater Challenge To World Order Than Russia RFE/RL 26 May 2022 -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has laid out the Biden administration's China policy, which aims to lead the countries now jointly opposing Russia's invasion of Ukraine into a broader coalition to counter what Washington sees as a more serious threat posed by Beijing.
- US Not Looking For Conflict, Cold War With China, Determined to Avoid Both, Blinken Says Sputnik 26 May 2022 -- The United States is not looking for a conflict or cold war with China and is determined to avoid both amid growing tensions in relations between the countries, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will say on Thursday during a major policy speech at George Washington University.
- US, China urged to talk to each other amid fears for regional trade, security Radio Free Asia 26 May 2022 -- Singapore's prime minister warned Thursday that trade and security were being put at risk by U.S.-China tensions and urged better communication between Washington and Beijing to maintain stability and growth in Asia.
- US Warns China's New Pact With Pacific Nations Could 'Fuel International Tensions' Sputnik 26 May 2022 -- Beijing is seeking a "region-wide deal" with a dozen Pacific Island nations, which entails policing, security and data communication cooperation, as per Reuters. A draft communique and a "five-year action plan" has been sent by Beijing to the 10 Pacific nations ahead of Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi's visit to Fiji next week.
- Chinese censors delete post hitting out at mass, high-tech pandemic surveillance Radio Free Asia 26 May 2022 -- Chinese censors have deleted a social media post from a university professor who hit out at the blanket surveillance deployed against Chinese citizens as part of the zero-COVID policy.
- Chinese Christians find it harder to get passports amid pandemic travel bans Radio Free Asia 26 May 2022 -- Authorities in eastern China are turning down passport applications from Chinese Christians wanting to emigrate or just study overseas, RFA has learned.
- Why China Wants Stronger High-Speed Rail Links Across Eurasia VOA 26 May 2022 -- China's push for high-speed railway upgrades across Eurasia will help the manufacturing powerhouse ship goods both ways, despite heavy pressure on supply chains, analysts said.
- Campaign for Accomplishing National Economic Plan for May Brisk in DPRK KCNA 26 May 2022 -- Factories directly linked with the people's livelihood are waging a drive for increased production to fulfill the national economic plan for May, while giving priority to the anti-epidemic work.
- Successes Made in Construction of Tanchon Power Station of DPRK KCNA 26 May 2022 -- Guiding officials and builders of the Ryongsan Brigade make innovations every day in the construction of the main waterway tunnel of the Tanchon Power Station.
- Electricity Production Increases in Jagang Province of DPRK KCNA 26 May 2022 -- Electricity producers in Jagang Province of the DPRK are boosting the output amid an intensive anti-epidemic campaign.
- US, Japan fly fighter jets over Sea of Japan in show of strength after N Korea missile launches Press TV 26 May 2022 -- The United States and Japan say they have jointly staged fighter jet flight over the Sea of Japan in a show of strength after the latest missile launches by North Korea.
- Minister for Asia statement on North Korea ballistic missile tests UK FCDO 26 May 2022 -- Minister for Asia, Amanda Milling, condemns the latest ballistic missile tests by North Korea on 24 May.
- New sanctions against Iran indicate US ill will: Spox IRNA 26 May 2022 -- Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman said that recently announced sanctions was indicative of the United State's ill will towards the Iranian people.
- Securing Iran's full economic benefits is main reason for halt in Vienna talks: FM IRNA 26 May 2022 -- The Americans know very well what to do if they wanted to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said, adding that the main reason for the current suspension in the Vienna talks to revive the deal is to secure Iran's full economic benefit.
- Foreign Ministry spokesman: New sanctions prove US ill will toward Iranians, continuation of 'maximum pressure' policy Press TV 26 May 2022 -- The spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry Saeed Khatibzadeh says new sanctions imposed by the United States against the Islamic Republic and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)'s Quds Force reveal Washington's animosity toward Iranians.
- At Davos forum: Iranian FM says agreement on Iran deal possible if US makes realistic decision Press TV 26 May 2022 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says it is still possible for parties to the 2015 Iran deal to reach an agreement if the American side proves capable of making a realistic decision.
- Iran Says 'Accident' At Military Complex Kills Engineer RFE/RL 26 May 2022 -- Iran's Defense Ministry says an "accident" in the Parchin area near Tehran occurred at one of its research units, killing one person and injuring another.
- Iran may barter car parts, gas turbines for Russia's steel: Minister Press TV 26 May 2022 -- Iran and Russia may introduce major barter arrangements to facilitate trade between the two countries, including a plan that could allow Iran to import steel from Russia in return for exports of car parts and gas turbines to the country.
- US Justice Department confiscates Iranian oil cargo: Report Press TV 26 May 2022 -- The United States government has confiscated an Iranian oil cargo held near Greece for nearly a month one day after Iranian authorities protested against Athens' decision to hand over the cargo to American authorities, shows a report.
- Israel Asks US to 'Explain' Leak of Info That It Assassinated IRGC Quds Force Officer Sputnik 26 May 2022 -- On Wednesday, an unnamed intelligence source told the New York Times that Israel had informed American officials that it was behind the killing of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force Colonel Hassan Sayyad Khodaei. The 50-year-old commander was gunned down in his car on Sunday afternoon in a broad daylight attack in Tehran.
- US envoy for Iran: Chances of reviving JCPOA 'tenuous at best' Press TV 26 May 2022 -- The US special envoy for Iran, Robert Malley, has acknowledged once again that abandoning the 2015 Iran deal did not serve Washington's interests, but said the prospects of reviving the agreement are "tenuous at best."
- India Defends Wheat Export Ban VOA 26 May 2022 -- India has defended its decision to ban exports of wheat after initially saying it would help ease a global supply crunch created by the war in Ukraine.
- Pakistan's Ex-PM Khan Gives Government 6 Days to Announce Election VOA 26 May 2022 -- Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan told thousands of supporters Thursday that if the government failed to announce snap elections in six days, he will return to Islamabad to stage a sit-in protest with hundreds of thousands of people.
- Former Pakistani PM Calls Off Protest, Gives Government Six Days To Call Vote RFE/RL Gandhara 26 May 2022 -- Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has called off a protest in the capital at the last moment, saying he would give the current government six days to set a date for elections.
- Ousted Pakistani PM Khan gives govt. 6-day ultimatum to announce new elections Press TV 26 May 2022 -- Pakistan's ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan has warned the government to call a new election within six days or he will stage a rally and march on the capital, Islamabad, with millions of his supporters.
- Pakistan Deploys Army as Imran Khan's Supporters Enter Into Protected Zone in Islamabad Sputnik 26 May 2022 -- Former Prime Minister Imran Khan called for a "Freedom March" on Wednesday, demanding an early dissolution of parliament and state assemblies to pave the way for elections. Pakistan's Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Khan called the Shehbaz Sharif government "traitors", as he accused Washington of imposing the PML (N) government on the country.
- The French President spoke with the Prime Minister of Australia, Anthony ALBANESE. Élysée - President of France 26 May 2022 -- The President of the French Republic spoke with the Prime Minister of Australia, Anthony Albanese, today to congratulate him on his election.
- The Iraqi Parliament's Anti-Israel Normalization Law US Dept. of State 26 May 2022 -- The United States is deeply disturbed by the Iraqi Parliament's passage of legislation that criminalizes normalization of relations with Israel.
- Iraq parliament illegalizes normalization of ties with Israeli regime Press TV 26 May 2022 -- Iraq's parliament passes a law making it illegal for the country to ever normalize its relations with the Israeli regime.
- Iraqi Parliament Bans Normalization of Relations With Israel Sputnik 26 May 2022 -- The Iraqi parliament voted on Thursday in support of a bill prohibiting any normalization of relations with Israel and introducing punishment in the form of life imprisonment or death penalty for violators.
- Trial Of Kazakhstan's Ex-Health Minister On Embezzlement Charges Starts RFE/RL 26 May 2022 -- Former Kazakh Health Minister Elzhan Birtanov, who was removed from the post in 2020 amid a surge in coronavirus cases, has gone on trial on embezzlement charges.
- Moldovan Foreign Minister Says Dodon Arrest Strictly Tied To Fight Against Corruption RFE/RL 26 May 2022 -- Moldova's foreign minister says the detention of former President Igor Dodon on suspicion of treason and corruption is about Moldova's fight against corruption and "unrelated to geopolitical events."
- Zimbabwe President Praises China, Slams West in Column VOA 26 May 2022 -- If there's a new cold war brewing and both China and the United States are trying to get African countries on their side, it's clear where Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa's allegiance lies.
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