China begins military exercises as a senior US official visiting Taiwan

China begins military exercises as a senior US official visiting Taiwan

China began combat drills near the Taiwan Strait on Friday (18 September), the same day a senior US official began high-level meetings in Taipei, as Beijing denounced tightening ties between Chinese-claimed Taiwan and the United States. Beijing has watched with growing alarm the ever-closer relationship between Taipei and Washington, and has stepped up military exercises near the island, including two days of mass air and sea drills last week. The United States plans to sell as many as seven major weapons systems, including mines, cruise missiles and drones to Taiwan,…

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EU tourism industry strengthens anti-quarantine measures

EU tourism industry strengthens anti-quarantine measures

Leaders of Europe’s coronavirus-stricken travel and tourism industries have appealed to the EU’s chief executive to press governments to end quarantine requirements and instead embrace coordinated restrictions and testing. “This chaotic situation requires your immediate personal involvement,” a broad ad-hoc group of more than 20 industry groups including airline body IATA told European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in a letter seen by Reuters. The appeal came as data from airports’ group ACI Europe, one of the signatories to the 17 September letter, pointed to a “double-dip” air traffic…

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