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China urges U.S. not to obscure, hollow out one-China principle

The United States should abide by the one-China principle and stipulations in the three China-U.S. joint communiques, and stop obscuring and hollowing out the one-China principle, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Monday in response to recent remarks by U.S. State Department Spokesperson Ned Price.

In a social media post, Price said that China continues to misrepresent U.S. policy, and that the United States remains committed to its longstanding, bipartisan one-China policy, guided by the so-called "Taiwan Relations Act", Three Joint Communiques, and Six Assurances.

Wang said that Price's comments are a distortion of facts and history.

The Taiwan question is the most important and sensitive issue in China-U.S. relations. The core of the Taiwan question is "one China." There is but one China in the world, Taiwan is a part of China, and the government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legal government representing the whole of China.

Despite all difficulties, Russian economy withstands sanctions quite well — Putin

SOCHI, May 23, (ST)- The Russian economy withstands the sanctions blow with dignity and despite all difficulties, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday at a meeting with Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko.
"Despite all difficulties, I would like to note that the Russian economy is withstanding the impact of sanctions rather well. All main macroeconomic indicators show this," Putin said.

Leading artists demand accountability for the Israeli entity’s killing of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

More than 100 artists, including Hollywood stars, acclaimed authors and prominent musicians, have condemned the Israeli occupation's killing of esteemed Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.

Actors Susan Sarandon, Tilda Swinton, Mark Ruffalo, Kathryn Hahn and Steve Coogan are among the signatories to an open letter calling for “full accountability for the perpetrators of this crime and everyone involved in authorizing it”. 

Russia expels five Portuguese diplomats in retaliatory move

In retaliation for the expulsion of Russian diplomats from Portugal Moscow is expelling five staffers of the Portuguese embassy in Russia, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a news release on Thursday.

"Portugal’s ambassador in Moscow Madalena Fischer was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry on May 19 to be handed a strong protest over the provocative decision by the authorities of the Portuguese Republic to declare ten staffers of the Russian diplomatic office in Portugal as personae non grata.

Politico: Pretending Western interests are fully aligned with Kiev's risks further escalating the war

Insisting that the United States and its NATO allies should want exactly what Ukraine does is understandable politics — but it’s also dangerous policy.
Such insistence not only risks dragging us potentially into a nuclear war, it also risks giving Ukraine false hope and delaying a settlement. And our natural sympathy for Ukraine shouldn’t be confused for fully aligned interests.

Russia expels 34 French diplomats in retaliatory move

Moscow has decided to expel 34 employees of the French diplomatic missions in Russia in retaliation to a similar move by Paris, the Russian foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

The ministry summoned French Ambassador to Russia Pierre Levy earlier in the day to express protest in connection with the decision of Paris to declare 41 employees of Russian diplomatic missions in France personae non gratae.

Splits open at NATO about how to boost presence in Eastern Europe

TALLINN, Estonia — Divisions are opening among NATO members about how to boost military deployments in Eastern Europe after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, amid disagreements about whether the Kremlin’s faltering battlefield effort means it cannot significantly threaten alliance territory.

The debate underlines different assessments of the lessons from nearly three months of war in Ukraine. The Baltic states and Poland are asking for a significantly expanded military presence on their soil and new capabilities such as antiaircraft defense that could make it far harder for Russia to invade. Other policymakers, including from France and Italy, are voicing skepticism that the shambolic Russian invasion force will pose a threat to NATO territory anytime soon.