Month: February 2021

Coronavirus vaccine: China’s strong ties with Serbia create a stepping stone into European market

As European nations struggle with shortages of Covid-19 vaccines, China has stepped in with supplies to Serbia and Hungary, reaping the political benefits of its soft diplomacy strategy on the continent.Serbia’s vaccination programme for a population of 6.95 million people was turbocharged by a shipment of 1 million doses from Chinese maker Sinopharm (China National…

Russia expels Western diplomats for going to rallies in support of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny

Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Friday said it was expelling diplomats from Sweden, Poland and Germany for attending rallies in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.The diplomats were being declared “persona non grata” after they were alleged to have taken part in the “unlawful” rallies in support of Navalny on January 23, the ministry said. Mass…

US House punishes rogue Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene

The Democratic-led US House voted Thursday to discipline a congresswoman who embraced QAnon conspiracy theories and endorsed violence, capping weeks of mounting turmoil over holding to account a lawmaker whose extremist rhetoric caused a rupture in Republican ranks.Conservative first-term congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, facing bipartisan opprobrium for a series of disturbing comments and support of…

Myanmar coup: do India and Japan have the will or the leverage to exert pressure on the military regime?

With the US State Department naming Japan and India as countries it is consulting as Washington forms its response to the Myanmar coup, attention has turned to the ties the Asian nations have with the military leadership and whether Tokyo and New Delhi have the will and leverage to exert pressure on the regime. Washington…