China versus Canada. Two Canadian nationals currently detained in China, including former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig, have been accused of espionage, Xinhua reported, citing unnamed Chinese officials. The news comes as China continues to criticize Canada for moving forward with its plans to extradite to the United States Meng Wanzhou, the executive of Chinese telecommunications company Huawei who was arrested last year on allegations of financial misconduct. She plans to sue Canada for her detention, which she claims is illegal. The U.S.-China trade talks may be progressing, but this diplomatic spat appears intractable.
Missile defense in Israel. Israel Defense Forces announced today that the U.S. is deploying Terminal High Altitude Area Defense in Israel as part of an “exercise deployment.” THAAD boasts larger missiles that can travel greater distances than Israel’s Iron Dome system. The only threat that justifies this kind of hardware is Iran, so in that sense the “e
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