Daily National Security News Briefing
- Copenhagen Declaration on Ukraine, 11 August 2022 Danish Ministry of Defence 11 Aug 2022
- Full Text: The Taiwan Question and China's Reunification in the New Era People's Daily 10 Aug 2022
- U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa The White House Aug 2022
- Summary of the Reengagement of Detainees Formerly Held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba DNI Declassified 09 Jul 2022
- Remarks by President Biden on a Successful Counterterrorism Operation in Afghanistan The White House 01 Aug 2022
- CNO Navigation Plan 2022
- China's Threat to the Fed: Chinese Influence and Information Theft at U.S. Federal Reserve Banks Senate HSGAC - Minority Media 26 Jul 2022
- Russian Forces Conducting Detentions and Forced Deportations Through Systematic Filtration Operations NIC 06 Jun 2022, Released 22 Jul 2022
- Defense of Japan 2022 - Digest Japan Ministry of Defense 20 Jul 2022
- OSCE Moscow Mechanism mission - Report On Violations of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity Committed in Ukraine (1 April – 25 June 2022) OSCE ODIHR 14 Jul 2022
- NATO 2022 Strategic Concept NATO 29 Jun 2022
- Global impact of the war in Ukraine: Billions of people face the greatest cost-of-living crisis in a generation UN GCRG on Food, Energy and Finance 08 Jun 2022
- The Administration's Approach to the People's Republic of China US Dept. of State 26 May 2022
- Defeating the Battalion Tactical Group by CPT Nic Fiore ARMOR Spring 2017
- The Russian Way of War - Force Structure, Tactics, and Modernization of the Russian Ground Forces by Dr. Lester W. Grau Charles K. Bartles FMSO Jul 2017
- A 10-Point Plan to Reduce the European Union's Reliance on Russian Natural Gas IEA 3 Mar 2022
13 August 2022
- Mission complete: AF MQ-9s close out successful RIMPAC exercise US Air Force 13 Aug 2022 -- After weeks of non-stop training scenarios on land, at sea and in the air, Rim of the Pacific 2022 concluded Aug. 4.
- Finland, Estonia Talk Joint Coastal, Air Defense, Plans to Turn Baltic Into 'Internal NATO Sea' Sputnik 13 Aug 2022 -- Helsinki formally completed NATO accession talks last month, with alliance leaders agreeing to invite the Nordic nation and its neighbor Sweden into the bloc. The matter is now up for ratification by alliance countries' parliaments, with lawmakers from 23 of the alliance's 30 members approving the applications to date. Estonia joined NATO in 2004.
- Ukraine using US-provided missiles against Russia's weapons systems: Report Press TV 13 Aug 2022 -- Ukraine is using US-provided anti-radiation missiles to take out some of Russia's weapons systems, according to a report.
- Ukraine's Finance Minister Reports Problems Finding Cash to Pay Troops Despite West's Aid Bonanza Sputnik 13 Aug 2022 -- Turkey has increased its energy security ahead of winter by reaching a deal with Russia on gas imports, Innovation Party leader Ozturk Yilmaz said.
- Missile production to more than double with completion of new facilities CNA 13 Aug 2022 -- The National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology has completed several new facilities that are expected to more than double Taiwan's annual missile output to 500, according to a recent Ministry of National Defense (MND) report.
- INDO OMAN JOINT MILITARY EXERCISE AL NAJAF IV CONCLUDES India PIB 13 Aug 2022 -- The Indo Oman Joint Military Exercise Al Najaf IV concluded at Mahajan Field Firing Ranges today. A solemn Closing Ceremony marked the culmination of the exercise.This platoon level 13 days exercise had commenced on 01 August 2022.
- Turkey Reportedly Opposes Delays in Procurement of F-16 Fighters From US Sputnik 13 Aug 2022 -- Turkey has opposed the delay in the procurement of F-16 fighter jets from the United States and demanded that the Pentagon submit the issue to the US Congress, Turkish newspaper Sabah reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.
- Secretary Blinken's Call with Kenyan President Kenyatta US Dept. of State 13 Aug 2022
- Taliban Violently Disperses Women's March In Kabul Demanding Rights RFE/RL Gandhara 13 Aug 2022 -- Taliban militants have violently dispersed a peaceful protest by a group of women demanding "bread, work, and freedom" in Kabul by firing guns into the air and beating the protesters.
- Afghan Economic Crisis Worsens as Taliban Mark Anniversary VOA 13 Aug 2022 -- A year into the Taliban's de facto government in Afghanistan, the war-torn country has experienced an economic crisis that has worsened the already dire humanitarian situation there.
- Taliban Fire Shots, Beat Protesters as Women Rally in Kabul VOA 13 Aug 2022 -- Security forces in Kabul fired shots into the air and beat women protesting Taliban rule Saturday as dozens demanded the right to education, work and political participation on the eve of the first anniversary of the Islamist group's takeover of Afghanistan.
- Syrian army expands presence in north amid rising tension with Turkey Press TV 13 Aug 2022 -- As tensions between Damascus and Ankara escalate, informed sources say the Syrian army is increasing its presence in northern Syria as separatist Kurdish forces withdraw under ongoing Russian-coordinated talks between the two sides.
- UN chief condemns deadly terrorist attack in Mali People's Daily 13 Aug 2022 -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday strongly condemned the terrorist attack against the Malian Armed Forces on Aug. 7, which resulted in a high number of casualties and loss of life.
- US government: FBI seized top secret docs at Trump's home Press TV 13 Aug 2022 -- FBI agents who searched former President Donald Trump's Florida home Monday seized 11 sets of classified documents, including some marked as top secret, the US Justice Department says.
- Trump's Lawyer Confirmed Return of Classified Documents - Reports Sputnik 13 Aug 2022 -- A lawyer for former US President Donald Trump made a written statement in June that the politician had returned all classified documents from his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida to the US government, the New York Times reported on Saturday, citing people familiar with the document.
- WHO gives new names to variants of monkeypox virus People's Daily 13 Aug 2022 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced new names for variants of the monkeypox virus that are currently in circulation. This is to avoid causing any cultural or social offense, the WHO explained in a statement on Friday.
- Russia warns US it will sever ties if branded terror sponsor, assets seized Press TV 13 Aug 2022 -- Moscow has warned its diplomatic ties with Washington could be broken off should the US seize its assets or brand Russia a "state sponsor of terrorism."
- Russia Keeps Right to Respond to Expulsion of Diplomat From Montenegro, Moscow Says Sputnik 13 Aug 2022 -- Russia reserves the right to respond to the expulsion of its diplomat from Montenegro and regards the step made by Podgorica as unreasonable and deprived of logic, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Saturday.
- Hungary Says Russia Delivering Extra Gas RFE/RL 13 Aug 2022 -- Russian state-run natural gas giant Gazprom has started delivering additional gas to Hungary, the country's Foreign Ministry says.
- Flow Of Russian Oil To Czech Republic Resumes, Pipeline Operator Says RFE/RL 13 Aug 2022 -- Russian oil flows to the Czech Republic through the Druzhba pipeline resumed on August 12 after more than a week, Czech pipeline operator MERO said.
- Turkey Ensures Security of Gas Supply by Paying Russia in Rubles, Innovation Party Head Says Sputnik 13 Aug 2022 -- Turkey has increased its energy security ahead of winter by reaching a deal with Russia on gas imports, Innovation Party leader Ozturk Yilmaz said.
- U.S. should bear consequences of damaging China-U.S. counternarcotics cooperation: spokesperson People's Daily 13 Aug 2022 -- Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin Friday said that the United States should fully bear the consequences of undermining bilateral relations and damaging China-U.S. counternarcotics cooperation.
- Five Chinese firms announce plans to delist from US on same day amid 'decaying market' Global Times 13 Aug 2022 -- Five Chinese state-owned giants on Friday separately announced plans to delist their American depository shares (ADS) from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), drawing widespread attention amid escalating China-US tensions and constant US crackdowns on Chinese companies, including a push to potentially delist hundreds of Chinese firms in what many call a "financial decoupling."
- Financial regulators pay $2.68 billion to defuse rural bank scandal Global Times 13 Aug 2022 -- Financial regulators said they have paid 18.04 billion yuan ($2.68 billion) in advance to depositors who found they couldn't withdraw their money from local village banks in Central China's Henan Province and East China's Anhui Province since July 11.
- Wave of badly written Kindle titles on Pelosi, Taiwan hits Amazon's Kindle platform Radio Free Asia 13 Aug 2022 -- Amazon's Kindle e-publishing platform has been flooded with poorly written books pushing Beijing's line on Taiwan, according to a U.K.-based publisher.
- Scholars outline conditions to be met for China's peaceful reunification Global Times 13 Aug 2022 -- China's newly released white paper on the Taiwan question showcased the historical and inevitable trend of reunification, with 1.4 billion Chinese people's determination, sincerity in practicing "one country, two systems" with compatriots in Taiwan island, and China's increasing strength in preventing external interference, analysts said during a symposium held by one of China's highest-level think tanks on Friday.
- Amir-Abdollahian: Language of threat against Iran and Iranians achieves nothing Press TV 13 Aug 2022 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has warned the United States against using the language of force when addressing the Iranian nation.
- Pakistan's economic recovery continues: central bank People's Daily 13 Aug 2022 -- Pakistan's economic recovery continued during the first half of the 2021-2022 fiscal year ending in June, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has said in a report.
- Sri Lanka's state-owned electricity producer in serious debt: minister People's Daily 13 Aug 2022 -- Sri Lanka's Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera said Friday that the state-owned electricity producer Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) owes 137.9 billion rupees to independent power producers and the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation.
- Kenya's opposition leader Odinga slightly ahead in presidential race: Official results Press TV 13 Aug 2022 -- As Kenya's election count has dragged into its fifth day, official election results show that opposition leader and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga is leading the presidential race against his main challenger Deputy President William Ruto.
- Somali President Urges Stability in Somaliland Amid Deadly Election Disputes VOA 13 Aug 2022 -- Somali Federal government leaders have called upon the political leaders in Somaliland to maintain stability and resolve differences through dialogue. Recent protests and clashes in the breakaway region killed five people.
- Georgia: EU annual report notes some progress in Association Agreement implementation, while highlighting the need for further inclusive reforms European External Action Service (EEAS) 13 Aug 2022 -- Ahead of the next EU-Georgia Association Council on 6 September 2022, the European Union published its annual Association Implementation Report on Georgia on Friday. The report reviews Georgia's implementation of reforms under the EU-Georgia Association Agreement over the past year.
- Egypt's Parliament Approves 13 New Cabinet Ministers Sputnik 13 Aug 2022 -- The Egyptian parliament on Saturday convened an extraordinary meeting to discuss an appointment of 13 new cabinet ministers to Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly's government, the state-owned Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported.
- Egypt Approves New Ministers in Major Cabinet Reorganization VOA 13 Aug 2022 -- The Egyptian parliament approved a major government reshuffle Saturday involving 13 ministerial changes. It was the largest change since current Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli was appointed in 2018. None of the major cabinet posts, including the interior minister, foreign minister, finance minister or defense minister were affected.
- Why Ethiopia's Massive Nile Dam Project Has Spilled Over Into Regional Tensions Sputnik 13 Aug 2022 -- Water from the artificial reservoir built up by the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) splashed forth from over its spillway on Friday, a day after the second of the project's massive hydroelectric turbines came online. Addis Ababa has assured the project would be a boon to all regional countries, but neighbors Egypt and Sudan aren't convinced.
Defense Policy / Programs
12 August 2022
- Army announces upcoming unit deployment to support European allies and partners US Army 12 Aug 2022 -- The Department of the Army announced today the fall deployment of the 101st Division Sustainment Brigade headquarters, from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to support the United States' unrelenting commitment to our European and NATO allies.
- Department of the Army updates Total Army COVID-19 vaccination statistics US Army 12 Aug 2022 -- The U.S. Army announced updated COVID-19 vaccination rates and exemption requests for the Total Army as of August 11, 2022.
- Army to delay transition period ahead of IPPS-A Release 3 US Army 12 Aug 2022 -- The Army will delay the brown-out transition period of the Integrated Personnel and Pay System-Army Release 3, which was originally planned for this month, based on the results of the limited user test.
- USCGC Mohawk (WMEC 913) arrives in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire US Navy 12 Aug 2022 -- The Famous-class medium endurance cutter USCGC Mohawk (WMEC 913) arrived in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire for a scheduled port visit, August 12.
- Fighter Squadron Composite Thirteen (VFC-13) CMC Earns Delbert Black Leadership Award US Navy 12 Aug 2022 -- The command master chief of Fighter Squadron Composite Thirteen (VFC-13), Troy Rudisill, was selected as the 2022 Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Delbert D. Black Leadership Award recipient, August 12.
- USS Sampson Returns to Homeport US Navy 12 Aug 2022 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) returned to Naval Station Everett, Aug. 11, following a seven-month deployment to U.S. 3rd and 7th Fleets.
- USS Gridley Returns Home to Everett US Navy 12 Aug 2022 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) returned home to Naval Station Everett, Aug. 11, after completing a seven-month deployment with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 3 to U.S. 3rd, 5th and 7th Fleets.
- USS Mobile Bay Returns to Homeport US Navy 12 Aug 2022 -- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) returned to Naval Base San Diego Aug. 11 following a seven-month deployment with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 3 to U.S. 3rd and 7th Fleets.
- USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) arrives in Las Palmas, Spain US Navy 12 Aug 2022 -- The crew of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) arrived in Las Palmas, Spain for a scheduled port visit, Aug. 12, 2022.
- Türkiye urges Sweden, Finland to fulfil NATO accession commitments People's Daily 12 Aug 2022 -- The Turkish foreign minister on Thursday urged Finland and Sweden to take "concrete steps" about their commitments that should be fulfilled before their accession to the NATO.
- US weapons not used to attack Russian airbase in Crimea: Pentagon Press TV 12 Aug 2022 -- The Pentagon claimed American-supplied weapons were not used to attack a Russian airbase in Crimea, which voted in 2014 to break off from Ukraine and join Russia.
- Norway Joins Training of Ukrainian Soldiers Amid Calls to Produce Arms for Kiev Sputnik 12 Aug 2022 -- Norway became the last Nordic nation to join the UK-led training project, aligning itself with its Scandinavian neighbors and peers that previously pledged to contribute between 20 and 130 instructors each.
- Russia Completes Development of Mini-Missiles for Pantsir Air Defense Systems: Rostec Sputnik 12 Aug 2022 -- Russia has completed the development of mini-missiles for the Pantsir air defense systems, Rostec First Deputy CEO Vladimir Artyakov told Sputnik.
- Chinese and Thai air forces to hold 10-day joint exercise this month Radio Free Asia 12 Aug 2022 -- China and Thailand are to kick off a major joint air force exercise on Monday after a two-year suspension due to COVID, the Chinese Defense Ministry announced, on the heels of U.S.-backed military drills elsewhere in Southeast Asia.
- China, Thailand to hold joint air force exercise in large scale, as PLA sends fighter-bomber for first time Global Times 12 Aug 2022 -- China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force will hold joint air force exercises "Falcon Strike 2022" with Thai military starting August 14, China's Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced on Friday, amid regional chaos caused by external interference in the Asia Pacific region.
- China-Thailand joint air force training exercise "Falcon Strike 2022" to kick off PLA Daily 12 Aug 2022 -- According to the consensus reached by the air forces of China and Thailand, the two sides will hold a joint training exercise code-named "Falcon Strike 2022" at Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand on August 14.
- Second echelon of 21st Chinese peacekeeping force to Lebanon set off PLA Daily 12 Aug 2022 -- The second-echelon 205 peacekeepers of the 21st Chinese peacekeeping force to Lebanon set out from Kunming, southwest China's Yunnan Province, on August 10. They will join up with their 205 fellow peacekeepers, who arrived in Lebanon on July 28 as the first echelon.
- Taiwan signs NT$2.5 billion PAC-3 missile maintenance deal: Source CNA 12 Aug 2022 -- Taiwan has signed a NT$2.5 billion (US$83.39 million) contract with the United States to maintain Taiwan's MIM-104F (PAC-3) Patriot air defense missiles, a source with knowledge of the matter said Friday.
- A forecast of Lightning for Pitch Black Australia DOD 12 Aug 2022 -- Dominating the skies of the Northern Territory, the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) F-35A Lightning II will participate in Exercise Pitch Black for the first time.
- KEEL LAYING OF THIRD SHIP - DIVING SUPPORT CRAFT AT M/S TITAGARH WAGONS LTD, KOLKATA India PIB 12 Aug 2022 -- Keel laying for the third ship of Diving Support Craft (DSC) project was held on 12 Aug 22 at M/s Titagarh Wagons Ltd., Kolkata. The contract for procurement of Five Diving Support Craft (Yards 325 to 329) for the Indian Navy was signed on 12 Feb 21 with M/s Titagarh Wagons Ltd., at a total project cost of Rs 174.77 Cr.
- INDIAN AIR FORCE TO PARTICIPATE IN BILATERAL EXERCISE HOSTED BY MALAYSIA India PIB 12 Aug 2022 -- A contingent of the Indian Air Force left for Malaysia today to participate in a bilateral exercise named 'Udarashakti'.
- Memorandum on the Delegation of Authority Under the Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership Program Act of 2022 The White House 12 Aug 2022
- On-the-Record Press Call by Kurt Campbell, Deputy Assistant to the President and Coordinator for the Indo-Pacific The White House 12 Aug 2022
- 12 August 2022 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 12 Aug 2022
- 140 aid workers killed in 2021 as UN humanitarian funding gap looms larger than ever - OCHA UN News 12 Aug 2022 -- The United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA) warned on Friday that at nearly $34 billion, the funding shortfall for aid operations is the biggest it's ever been.
- 'Immensely bleak' future for Afghanistan unless massive human rights reversal, experts warn UN News 12 Aug 2022 -- The international community must dramatically increase efforts to urge the de facto authorities in Afghanistan to adhere to basic human rights principles, a group of UN independent rights experts said on Friday.
- Brain Drained: Exodus Of Professionals Since Taliban Takeover Leaves Afghanistan Starting From Scratch Again RFE/RL Gandhara 12 Aug 2022 -- Ahmad Ghani Khosrawi dedicated two decades of his life to restoring Afghanistan's education system, only to find himself rebuilding his career abroad following the country's return to Taliban rule.
- A Year After US Withdrawal From Afghanistan, Some Frustrated at Lack of Lessons Learned VOA 12 Aug 2022 -- On July 21st, several dozen consular and diplomatic security officers of the U.S. State Department were given the agency's prestigious Award for Heroism for assisting in the relocation of 124,000 people from Kabul in August 2021, including American citizens, legal permanent residents and tens of thousands of Afghan allies.
- Turkey's Engagement With Afghanistan Has Grown Since Taliban Takeover VOA 12 Aug 2022 -- While many countries cut diplomatic ties with Afghanistan after the Taliban's return to power last year, Turkey, the only NATO member with a diplomatic presence in the war-torn country, has been active on many fronts.
- Survey: Journalism Is 'Decimated' in Taliban-Ruled Afghanistan VOA 12 Aug 2022 -- A survey finds that Afghanistan has lost nearly 60 percent of its journalists, especially women reporters, and 40 percent of its national media outlets since the Taliban regained control of the country a year ago.
- Taliban Show 'No Commitment to Press Freedom' VOA 12 Aug 2022 -- One year after the Taliban seized power, Afghanistan's media face censorship, violence and economic hardship, with women's voices largely silenced.
- Two civilians injured in fresh Israeli shelling of southern Syria Press TV 12 Aug 2022 -- Shelling by the Israeli regime has injured two civilians in Syria's southern province of Quneitra near the occupied Golan Heights.
- QA-22, 12 August 2022, Statement of the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Tanju Bilgiç, in Response to a Question Regarding the News about Türkiye's Approach to Syrian Conflict Republic of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs 12 Aug 2022 -- Since the outbreak of the Syrian conflict, Türkiye has been the leading country in exerting great efforts with a view to finding a solution to the crisis in line with the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people.
- Israel endorses construction of hundreds of new settler units in occupied West Bank Press TV 12 Aug 2022 -- Israeli authorities have approved plans for the construction of hundreds of new settler units in the occupied West Bank, irrespective of the international outcry against the Tel Aviv regime's illegal settlement expansion activities and land grab policies in occupied Palestine.
- Humanitarians seek better protection for civilians in eastern DR Congo: UN People's Daily 12 Aug 2022 -- UN humanitarians in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are pressing for the protection of civilians after armed groups killed at least 100 civilians in Ituri province, a UN spokesman said on Thursday.
- Germany Suspends Elements of Military Mission in Mali VOA 12 Aug 2022 -- German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said in a statement that because Malian leaders of the U.N. mission to Mali, MINUSMA, denied overflight rights, the German mission must stop all reconnaissance and transport operations until further notice.
- Fighting in Myanmar's Kachin state kills at least 15 villagers Radio Free Asia 12 Aug 2022 -- At least 15 civilians died during fierce fighting between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and junta forces in Hpakant township, in Myanmar's northernmost Kachin state.
- HRW Accuses Cameroon Military of Killing, Looting, Torture and Torching Homes VOA 12 Aug 2022 -- Human Rights Watch (HTW) says Cameroon's military executed at least 10 people while fighting rebels this year in the country's troubled western regions. The rights group says troops committed other abuses, including forced disappearances, burning homes and destroying health facilities.
- Serbian President Vucic: No Optimism About Upcoming Talks With Kosovo Sputnik 12 Aug 2022 -- Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that he is not optimistic about the upcoming negotiations with the partially-recognized Republic of Kosovo.
- Trump Investigated for Possible Violation of Espionage Act VOA 12 Aug 2022 -- The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating former President Donald Trump for possible violations of the Espionage Act and other crimes after the Federal Bureau of Investigation recovered 11 sets of classified documents from his Florida home, Mar-a-Lago, earlier this week.
- FBI Reportedly Recovered Eleven Sets of Classified Documents in Mar-a-Lago Search Sputnik 12 Aug 2022 -- Former US President Donald Trump may have violated provisions of the Espionage Act related to the mishandling of documents by bringing home classified documents after he left office, some experts have said. However, others have noted that the World War I-era law is only used to prosecute offenders of low rank, or whistleblowers.
- FBI Cincinnati Statement FBI 12 Aug 2022 -- "On August 11, 2022 at approximately 9:15 AM EST, an armed male subject attempted to breach the Visitor Screening Facility at the FBI Cincinnati Field Office."
- Monkeypox: experts give virus variants new names WHO 12 Aug 2022 -- A group of global experts convened by WHO has agreed on new names for monkeypox virus variants, as part of ongoing efforts to align the names of the monkeypox disease, virus and variants—or clades—with current best practices. The experts agreed to name the clades using Roman numerals.
- New York Health Officials Detect Poliovirus in City Sewage VOA 12 Aug 2022 -- New York state and city health authorities said Friday that poliovirus, which causes paralytic polio, had been detected in samples of New York City sewage, suggesting the disease likely was circulating in the city.
- Remarks by Vice President Harris On Supporting the Commercial Space Sector The White House 12 Aug 2022
- Ukraine's Pipeline Operator Says Oil Flow From Russia Through Druzhba Resumes RFE/RL 12 Aug 2022 -- The flow of Russian oil has resumed to Hungary and Slovakia through the Ukrainian section of the Druzhba oil pipeline, Ukraine's Naftogaz said on August 11.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on August 12, 2022 PRC MofA 12 Aug 2022
- China Critical of Blinken's Africa Offensive VOA 12 Aug 2022 -- We're not in competition: That was the line from both the United States and China as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Africa this week, but analysts said the trip was indeed aimed at, among other things, countering Beijing's massive influence on the continent.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Announces China's Sanctions on Lithuanian Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications Agnė Vaiciukevičiūtė PRC MofA 12 Aug 2022
- China launches first terrestrial ecosystem carbon monitoring satellite People's Daily 12 Aug 2022 -- China recently successfully launched a terrestrial ecosystem carbon monitoring satellite from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China's Shanxi Province.
- More Foreign Delegations Welcome in Taiwan, Foreign Minister Tells VOA VOA 12 Aug 2022 -- Taiwan's foreign minister said Friday that additional foreign delegations are "more than welcome" in Taipei, insisting his government will not be deterred by China's furious reaction to last week's visit by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
- China sanctions Lithuanian deputy minister over Taiwan visit, first foreign official punished since Pelosi Global Times 12 Aug 2022 -- China's Foreign Ministry on Friday announced plans to sanction Lithuanian Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications Agnė Vaiciukevičiūtė, who visited the Taiwan region this week, which trampled on the one-China principle, seriously interfered in China's internal affairs, and undermined China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. Vaiciukevičiūtė is the first foreign official sanctioned over provocative Taiwan visit since US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was sanctioned last week.
- China denounces Lithuanian official's visit to Taiwan People's Daily 12 Aug 2022 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin on Thursday denounced a Lithuanian official's visit to China's Taiwan region, warning that China will take resolute countermeasures.
- China warns Taiwan against tempting 'an abyss of catastrophes' Press TV 12 Aug 2022 -- China again warns Taiwan against harboring any aspirations of secession from the mainland, including by teaming up with "external forces."
- US May Use Instability Around Taiwan and Escalate Crisis, Chinese Foreign Minister Says Sputnik 12 Aug 2022 -- China is vigilant as the United States may use the instability around Taiwan and further escalate the crisis, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday.
- 'We cannot ignore US missile deployment in South Korea': China Press TV 12 Aug 2022 -- China's Foreign Ministry spokesman says Beijing cannot ignore US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea as it undermines China's strategic security.
- China Cannot Ignore Deployment of US THAAD Missile Systems in South Korea: Beijing Sputnik 12 Aug 2022 -- Beijing cannot ignore the deployment of US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) systems in South Korea as it undermines China's strategic security, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Friday.
- THAAD issue should not be stumbling block in China-S. Korea relations again: analysts Global Times 12 Aug 2022 -- The current frictions between China and South Korea over the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system are created by the US, as it has ramped up efforts to pressure South Korea to take further steps in the controversial issue to not only make breakthroughs in the military field and surveillance around the Korean Peninsula, but also to sow discord between China and South Korea, analysts said, reminding South Korea not to sacrifice its own interests for Washington.
- Taiwan studies experts expound on significance of white paper People's Daily 12 Aug 2022 -- The release of a white paper on Taiwan question and China's reunification is of great significance, Taiwan studies experts said.
- Work for Preventing Flood Damage Brisk in DPRK KCNA 12 Aug 2022 -- Kaesong City of the DPRK has pushed ahead with the work to prevent the flood damage.
- South Korean Rights Envoy Calls for Global Cooperation on North Korea VOA 12 Aug 2022 -- South Korea's newly appointed human rights envoy for North Korea called upon the international community to cooperate with Seoul to improve the human rights of those living under the Kim Jong Un regime.
- Respected Comrade Kim Jong Un's Speech at National Meeting of Reviewing Emergency Anti-Epidemic Work KCNA 12 Aug 2022 -- The respected Comrade Kim Jong Un made a speech "Let Us Guarantee More Reliably the Safety of the State and People by Following Up the Successes We Have Achieved in the Anti-Epidemic War" at the National Meeting of Reviewing the Emergency Anti-Epidemic Work on August 10, Juche 111 (2022).
- Police Identify Suspect In Attack On Author Salman Rushdie, Say He Acted Alone RFE/RL 12 Aug 2022 -- Police in the U.S. state of New York have identified the man who allegedly attacked author Salman Rushdie on August 12 and say they believe he acted alone.
- Iran will never tie progress to JCPOA or leave negotiating table: President Raeisi Press TV 12 Aug 2022 -- Iran's President Ebrahim Raeisi says the Islamic Republic will neither leave the negotiating table with the P4+1 group of countries on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal nor tie its progress to the accord.
- EU proposals to revive JCPOA can be acceptable if Iran assured of key demands: Informed diplomat Press TV 12 Aug 2022 -- The European Union's proposals to revive the 2015 nuclear deal "can be acceptable" if they give assurances that Iran's key demands on various issues are met, an informed Iranian diplomat says.
- China calls US 'empire of sanctions,' laments economic losses inflicted on Iran Press TV 12 Aug 2022 -- Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian has highlighted the economic losses incurred by Iran due to the United States' unilateral sanctions, condemning Washington for its unilateral policies.
- Skyrocketing Inflation Pushes Iranians Away From Basic Food Items, Experts Say RFE/RL 12 Aug 2022 -- Skyrocketing inflation is forcing an increasing number of Iranians to limit buying fruit and vegetables, industry experts say, as Iran continues to grapple with crippling international sanctions.
- Pain at the pump for Myanmar motorists as fuel shortage sends prices soaring Radio Free Asia 12 Aug 2022 -- A fuel shortage has forced gas stations to close in major cities in Myanmar and sent prices soaring to their second highest level since the coup, prompting criticism that the junta's restrictions on imports and manipulation of the exchange rate are to blame.
- Belarusian Court Orders Harsher Prison Confinement For Opposition Activist Syarhey Tsikhanouski RFE/RL 12 Aug 2022 -- A Belarusian court has ordered imprisoned video blogger and opposition activist Syarhey Tsikhanouski into harsher confinement conditions after finding him in violation of unspecified prison rules.
- Nazarbaev Makes Rare Public Appearance, Along With Ousted Aides RFE/RL 12 Aug 2022 -- Former President Nursultan Nazarbaev made a rare public appearance, attending the opening of a new mosque in the Kazakh capital, accompanied by top associates who were pushed out in the wake of the January political unrest that roiled the country.
- Venezuela, Colombia appoint ambassadors in move to restore diplomatic ties Press TV 12 Aug 2022 -- Venezuela and Colombia have appointed new ambassadors to their respective capitals in a move to rebuild ties following years of tension, days after Gustavo Petro took office as Colombia's first leftist president.
- Vietnam sets up specialized police units to suppress protests across the country Radio Free Asia 12 Aug 2022 -- More than a dozen provinces and cities in Vietnam have set up Riot Police Regiments or Battalions to be held in reserve to crack down on people accused of "disturbing public order" and carrying out "illegal demonstrations."
- Vietnamese refugees held in Thailand say they fear being forced home Radio Free Asia 12 Aug 2022 -- Two Vietnamese refugees held by authorities in Thailand say they fear for their safety after being visited in detention by Vietnamese embassy staff who urged them to return home, where they face charges as political activists.
- Leading Russian Hospital Offers To Treat Jailed Ex-Kyrgyz President RFE/RL 12 Aug 2022 -- A leading Russian hospital has said it would provide treatment to former Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev, whose health is reportedly deteriorating as he serves an 11-year prison sentence in Bishkek.
- Designation of Paraguayan Vice President Hugo Velazquez and Yacyretá Bi-National Entity Legal Counsel Juan Carlos Duarte for Involvement in Significant Corruption US Dept. of State 12 Aug 2022 -- The United States is designating Paraguayan Vice President Hugo Velazquez and Yacyretá Bi-National Entity Legal Counsel Juan Carlos "Charly" Duarte for involvement in significant corruption, including bribery of a public official and interference in public processes.
- Bangladesh and Cambodia slated for official UN human rights visits UN News 12 Aug 2022 -- The UN human rights office, OHCHR, announced on Friday that the High Commissioner will travel over the weekend to Bangladesh.
- Somaliland Protest Death Toll Rises to 5, With 100 Wounded VOA 12 Aug 2022 -- Authorities in the breakaway region of Somaliland say the death toll from clashes between police and opposition supporters this week has risen to five, with nearly 100 others injured. Despite the violence, opposition leader Abdirahman Irro said the protests will continue, raising activist fears of more casualties.
- Kenyan Political Parties Urged Not to Release Own Election Results VOA 12 Aug 2022 -- Kenyan rights groups have warned political parties not to prematurely declare results in the country's presidential election, as vote counting continues. Kenya's ruling party has raised tensions with a claim without evidence of massive election-rigging. Kenya's media houses halted their own vote counting as a precaution.
Defense Policy / Programs
|Join the GlobalSecurity.org mailing list|