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EsadeGeo Daily Digest, 26/10/2021

EsadeGeo Daily Digest, 26/10/2021

Financial Times – Andres Schipani and David Pilling / Sudanese army dissolves government and imposes state of emergency

  • Sudan’s army has dissolved the government and declared a state of emergency in what amounts to a military coup after months of tension between the civilian and military wings of the transitional ruling body.
  • The military takeover, which prompted people to take to the streets of the capital Khartoum in protest, was announced on television on Monday by General Abdel Fattah Burhan, chair of the sovereign council that had been overseeing the transitional government.
  • Burhan said the armed forces had taken control but would appoint a technocratic government as well as a constitutional court and a legislative council. The military would prepare the country for elections in July 2023, he said.
  • The transitional government came into power in 2019 after months of civilian protests against the 30-year regime of Omar al-Bashir. Although protesters and civilian officials referred to the toppling of Bashir as a “revolution”, it was the military that ultimately brought his regime to an end.
  • The Guardian – Peter Beaumont / Sudan coup: US condemns military takeover as protests rage overnight

Reuters – Yousef Saba et al. / Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia targets net zero emissions by 2060

  • Saudi Arabia’s crown prince said on Saturday that the world’s top oil exporter aims to reach “net zero” emissions of greenhouse gases, mostly produced by burning fossil fuels, by 2060 – 10 years later than the United States.
  • Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his energy minister said Saudi Arabia would tackle climate change, but also stressed the continued importance of hydrocarbons and said it would continue to ensure oil market stability.
  • They were speaking at the Saudi Green Initiative (SGI) ahead of COP26, the United Nations climate conference in Glasgow at the end of the month, which hopes to agree deeper global emissions cuts to tackle global warming.
  • Amin Nasser, chief executive of the state oil giant Saudi Aramco, said it was counterproductive to “demonise” hydrocarbons. He said Aramco aimed to expand its oil and gas production capacity while also achieving net zero emissions from its own operations by 2050.
  • Climate Home News – Isabelle Gerretsen / Saudi pledges net zero by 2060, but no oil exit plan

South China Morning Post – Wendy Wu and Orange Wang / China, US ‘to intensify communication coordination’ on economic policies

  • Top economic officials from China and the US have agreed to step up economic policy coordination, with Beijing calling for fair treatment of Chinese investment.
  • At the request of the United States side, Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He had a virtual conference with US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Tuesday, their second call of the Joe Biden presidency.
  • “The two sides held pragmatic, candid and constructive exchanges on the macro economy and cooperation in bilateral and multilateral fields,” a short statement in Chinese state media said.
  • The statement also said that “both sides think the global economic recovery is at a crucial stage and it is important for China and the US to intensify communication and coordination of macro policies”.
  • Carnegie – Yukon Huang / The US-China trade war has become a cold war

Politico – Cristina Gallardo / No role for EU court in Northern Ireland disputes, says UK Brexit minister

  • There can be “no role” for the Court of Justice of the European Union as “the final arbiter of disputes” between the EU and U.K. in Northern Ireland, Britain’s David Frost said ahead of another round of talks on post-Brexit trade rules in the region.
  • The U.K. Brexit minister told a parliamentary committee Monday that gaps between the two sides on the controversial Northern Ireland protocol “remain significant,” especially when it comes to dispute resolution and state aid — key aspects of the deal the British government wants to change but which the European Commission is refusing to revisit.
  • Frost was speaking to the House of Commons EU scrutiny committee as officials from the EU and U.K. prepare for another round of talks on making the Northern Ireland protocol less burdensome for businesses and citizens in the region.
  • The Northern Ireland protocol was drawn up to protect the EU’s single market post-Brexit while avoiding a politically-sensitive hard border between Northern Ireland, part of the U.K., and the Republic of Ireland, an EU member country.
  • BBC / Brexit: what has the European Court of Justice got to do with the NI Protocol?

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