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Will China’s Railway in Laos Help Bolster Its ‘Soft Power’?

If “soft power” refers to the power of attraction, then a country needs connectivity channels through which it can attract foreign audiences. These channels can be sociocultural, political, ideological, or economic, the latter being perhaps the most ..

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Kyrgios positive for Covid ahead of Australian Open

Nick Kyrgios said Monday that he has tested positive for Covid-19, casting major doubt over whether he can play at next week's Australian Open. The Australian was due to play his first match of the season at the Sydney Classic but pulled out jus..

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Australian judge reinstates Djokovic’s visa

An Australian judge has reinstated tennis star Novak Djokovic's visa, which was cancelled after his arrival last week because he is unvaccinated.Circuit Court Judge Anthony Kelly also ordered the government on Monday to release Djokovic from Mel..

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Two Omicron cases confirmed in central Henan Province

The outbreak of the highly-transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant has spread from Tianjin to the central province of Henan.Two local Covid-19 infections in Anyang City, in the north of Henan, were confirmed to be caused by the Omicron variant, loc..

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Tianjin starts citywide Covid testing

Authorities in Tianjin have ordered citywide Covid testing after 20 people tested positive for the virus, authorities said on Sunday.Xinhua News Agency reported that the infections were found on Friday and Saturday in the Jinnan district and at least..

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Israel admits Covid mutation rendered travel bans useless

Amid a spike in Omicron infections, Israel is retiring it ‘red list’ of travel destinations Israel has lifted its strict Covid-19 travel ban against ‘high risk’ countries, such as the US and UK, acknowledging that the spread of the Omicron variant h..

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Google & Facebook fined for spying on users

A French privacy watchdog accused the tech giants of making it difficult for users to opt out of tracking their activity France’s online privacy regulator has ordered Google and Facebook to cough up some €210 million ($237 million) between them, fin..

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Republicans blast Jan 6 as possible ‘Fedsurrection’

Two of Donald Trump’s most vocal supporters in Congress are seeking answers from the FBI and attorney general Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida) and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) theorized on the anniversary of the January 6 Capitol riot that the..

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Fuzzy Logic: China’s Second Order Foreign Policy

Diplomats the world over are familiar with the basic tenet of Chinese foreign policy: non-interference. For China, that means any issues surrounding Taiwan, Tibet, Xinjiang, the South China Sea, and a growing number of other areas that China claims a..

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China Looks to Play More Active Role in Horn of Africa Conflicts

China is poised to take a more active role in the Horn of Africa’s security issues, with Foreign Minister Wang Yi announcing the creation of special envoy post for the region. Wang made his announcement from Kenya, the second stop on his three-countr..

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Tighter pandemic controls imposed ahead of Olympics

More cities and areas in Henan have resorted to tough curbs as the central province reported 64 new locally-transmitted coronavirus infections, 50 of them in Xuchang. Nine asymptomatic carriers were also identified, most of them in the provincial cap..

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Xi’an Residents Voice Frustration Amid Lockdown

Residents of the Chinese city of Xi’an are enduring a strict coronavirus lockdown, with business owners suffering yet more closures and some people complaining of difficulties finding food, despite assurances from authorities that they are able to pr..

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