Daily Memo: US Visit to Taiwan, Chinese Interest in CPTPP

The U.S. has apparently been routinely sending officers to Taiwan over the past few years.

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The U.S. in Taiwan. A two-star U.S. Navy admiral in charge of U.S. military intelligence for Indo-Pacific Command reportedly made an unannounced visit to Taiwan on Sunday. Former Assistant Secretary of Defense Randall Schriver said the Pentagon has been quietly sending one-star flag officers to Taiwan on a routine basis over the past few years. Secret talks? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Saudi Arabia on Sunday to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, according to Israeli media. Israeli Education Minister Yoav Galant confirmed that Netanyahu had visited Saudi Arabia, but Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan denied that there were any Israeli officials at the meeting. Ethiopian ultimatum. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has given Tigray forces 72 hours to surrender before federal troops launch an offensive on the regional capital of Mekele. Over the weekend, Ethiopian forces took control of highways north of Mekele, cutting the city off from the Eritrean border, to prepare for an assault on the city. Beijing eyes the CPTPP. China is apparently serious about joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), according to President Xi Jinping. It’d be a big […]

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