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EsadeGeo Daily Digest, 06/06/2022

EsadeGeo Daily Digest, 06/06/2022

Financial Times – Gideon Long / US sparks bickering over guest list to Summit of Americas

  • Heads of state from across the Americas will gather in Los Angeles next week for a summit that has been overshadowed in its build-up by arguments over who should be invited, who might boycott the event and what it can achieve.
  • The US government says President Joe Biden will make an important declaration on migration at the Summit of the Americas and the meeting will focus on five topics: democratic governance; health and resilience to pandemics; clean energy; measures to tackle climate change and digital transformation.
  • Washington will promote a new economic agenda for the Americas and vice-president Kamala Harris is expected to unveil a climate and energy initiative for the Caribbean, where island nations are particularly vulnerable to climate change.
  • But in a pre-summit briefing, US officials made no mention of new trade and investment initiatives, which is what most Latin American governments are looking for. During his election campaign, Biden promised American voters he would sign no new trade deals “until we’ve made major investments here at home, in our workers and communities”.
  • Council on Foreign Relations – Diana Roy / What’s at stake for Biden at the 2022 Summit of the Americas

Financial Times – Roman Olearchyk / Ukraine hits back at Macron’s warning against ‘humiliating’ Putin

  • Volodymyr Zelensky’s chief of staff on Sunday hit back at remarks by Emmanuel Macron in which the French president said it was important not to “humiliate” Russia over the war in Ukraine.
  • In an interview with French regional newspapers on Saturday, Macron said maintaining dialogue with Vladimir Putin was crucial “so that the day when the fighting stops we can build an exit ramp through diplomatic means”.
  • In a post on messaging app Telegram on Sunday, as Russian air strikes on Kyiv resumed for the first time since April, Andriy Yermak responded, saying: “Some countries are proposing not to ‘humiliate’ Russia. At the same time we are being shelled: our cities, people.”
  • “They are trying to take away our territories . . . And the responsibility for crimes, for the genocide of Ukrainians should be as strict as possible. The aggressor’s responsibility is not humiliation, but justice,” Yermak added.
  • Foreign Affairs – Liana Fix and Michael Kimmage / What if Ukraine wins?

Bloomberg – Ben Westcott and Michael Heath / Australia PM reaches out to China over fighter jet encounter

  • Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said his government has reached out to Beijing to raise concerns over what he described as a “dangerous maneuver” between a Chinese fighter jet and an Australian surveillance plane over the South China Sea.
  • According to Australia’s Department of Defence, a RAAF P-8 aircraft was undertaking routine maritime surveillance activity in the region on May 26 when it was intercepted by a Chinese J-16 fighter aircraft. The Chinese jet flew “very close to the side” of the P-8 aircraft, before cutting in front of the Australian plane and releasing a “bundle of chaff which contains small pieces of aluminum,” Defense Minister Richard Marles said Sunday.
  • At a press conference in Perth on Sunday, Albanese said Australia was concerned about the incident, which he claimed had represented a safety threat to the aircraft and its crew. The Australian leader said his government had reached out to China “through appropriate channels.” 
  • “The Department of Defence has for many decades undertaken maritime surveillance activities in the region and does so in accordance with international law, exercising the right to freedom of navigation and overflight in international waters and airspace,” Albanese said.
  • Foreign Policy – Amelia Lester / Kevin Rudd: Australia’s China policy requires a ‘realist premise’

South China Morning Post – Jevans Nyabiage / June date set for China-sponsored Horn of Africa peace conference

  • China will convene a peace conference in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa later this month as it seeks to broker an end to the decades-long conflicts in the Horn of Africa.
  • Although China is yet to make public the agenda, Sudan News Agency reported on Thursday that Khartoum had received an invitation from the Chinese government to attend the Horn of Africa peace conference on June 20-21.
  • Chinese ambassador to Sudan Ma Xinmin, in a meeting with the Sudanese acting undersecretary for the foreign ministry Nadir Yousif Al-Tayeb, said the conference is an “initiative from China to enhance stability, development and good governance in this important region”.
  • The Horn of Africa – which includes Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan, along with Kenya – has long been wracked by civil wars, Islamist insurgencies and military coups, most recently in Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia.
  • Council on Foreign Relations – Michele Gavin / The Horn of Africa’s dubious dialogues

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The selected pieces do not necessarily reflect the views of Javier Solana and EsadeGeo. The summaries above may include word-for-word excerpts from their respective pieces.


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