Daily Memo: Georgia’s Opposition Crackdown, Taiwan’s Olive Branch

An opposition leader has been arrested, and supporters are planning protests for later this week.

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Georgia’s opposition crackdown. The leader of Georgia’s opposition United National Movement party, Nika Melia, was arrested during a raid on party headquarters. He was detained on charges of organizing mass anti-government protests in 2019. The European Union and United States have expressed concern and called for restraint. Opposition supporters have already organized a rally on Friday. Taiwan’s olive branch. The appointment of Taiwan’s new Mainland Affairs Council chief is being perceived as something of an olive branch to Beijing. Anti-mainland sentiment has been hardening in Taiwan under the government of President Tsai Ing-wen. But our view remains that Tsai will be leery of pushing things too far in the independence direction and will seek to establish a working relationship with Beijing. Course reversal. The Maldives and India agreed to upgrade their security and defense partnership during India’s foreign minister’s visit to Male over the weekend. The strategically important archipelagic nation on India’s doorstep had been drifting steadily into China’s orbit until a couple of years ago, and India appears to have cemented the reversal. Norwegian voyage. U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers arrived in Norway on Monday – their first visit to the north European country – as part of a planned […]

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