February 22, 2022

Russia

Putin’s recognition of Ukraine’s rebels ups ante in crisis

It was a piece of fast-moving political theater in Moscow, a carefully orchestrated political announcement years in the making. Russian President Vladimir Putin moved quickly on Monday to recognize the independence of separatist regions in eastern Ukraine, framing his show of defiance against the West in a series of nationally televised appearances that came amid

China

Analysis: China’s bubble Olympics kept reality at a distance

They did it — that much seems obvious. But what, exactly, was the “it” that they did? China pulled off a logistically adept Olympics with very few mechanical glitches — no small affair in the pandemic era. It made that happen primarily by creating what it called, in inimitable Chinese government style, a “closed-loop system”

China

50 years after Nixon visit, US-China ties as fraught as ever

Photo: Then Chinese communist party leader Mao Zedong, left, and then U.S. President Richard Nixon shake hands as they meet in Beijing on Feb. 21, 1972.  At the height of the Cold War, U.S. President Richard Nixon flew into communist China’s center of power for a visit that, over time, would transform U.S.-China relations and

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