TIPP Takes (Geopolitics)

A lot is going on in the world that influences America and its domestic and international policy decisions. TIPP Takes aims to provide you with relevant, bite-sized news information that you may have missed or that may not have received adequate attention in American National News services.

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China, Russia Block U.S. Bid To Sanction North Koreans At U.N.

The move by Beijing and Moscow came before a closed-door U.N. Security Council meeting on North Korea on Thursday – the second in two weeks – after Pyongyang fired tactical guided missiles this week. China told council colleagues it needed more time to study the sanctions, while Russia said more evidence

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Baltic States Authorized To Rush U.S.-Made Weapons To Ukraine

A U.S. State Department official in Berlin, where Secretary of State Antony Blinken is holding crisis talks on Ukraine, said Washington was "expediting authorized transfers of U.S.-origin equipment from other allies." A source familiar with the authorizations said the approval was for urgent requests by Estonia, Latvia,

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Barbs Traded After U.S. Warship Sails In China-Claimed Territorial Sea

The USS Benfold guided-missile destroyer conducted a "freedom of navigation operation" (FONOP) in the vicinity of the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea on Thursday, the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet said. The Chinese military immediately responded by accusing the U.S. ship of "illegally intruding into China's territorial

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'Decisive' Moment Nears As West Sees Only Weeks To Salvage Iran Nuclear Deal

Western diplomats have previously indicated they were hoping to have a breakthrough over the next few weeks, but sharp differences remain with the toughest issues still unresolved. Iran has rejected any deadline imposed by Western powers. Diplomats and analysts say the longer Iran remains outside the deal, the more nuclear

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Beijing 2022: Athletes Warned About Speaking Out On Human Rights

Yang Shu, deputy director-general of Beijing 2022's International Relations Department, was asked during a virtual briefing on Wednesday about concerns for athletes if they speak out about rights issues during the Winter Games, which begin on February 4. "Any expression that is in line with the Olympic spirit I'm sure

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China Plays Discreet, But Critical Role In Iran Nuclear Negotiations

Relations between Beijing and Tehran have taken a new step forward by signing a historic 25-year bilateral partnership covering areas as diverse as energy, security, infrastructure, and communications. In addition to the delivery of discounted oil, the strategic agreement – which went into effect on January 15 – also provides Chinese security

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U.S. Takes N. Korea's 'Improving' Missile Programs Seriously: Pentagon

Kirby, however, said the U.S. is still assessing the nature of North Korea's recent missile launches, apparently to learn their exact capabilities. "We will continue to take this threat and this improving program of Pyongyang's very, very seriously," he told a press briefing when asked about North's recent missile

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Slovenia To Establish Office In Taiwan

Yesterday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed Slovenia's plan to establish a representative office in Taiwan after Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa revealed the plan in an interview with Indian TV station Doordarshan on Monday. While naming the Taiwanese Representative Office in Lithuania has sparked some criticism in the EU

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Turkey And Serbia Agree To Broker Bosnia Crisis Talks

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he and Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic have agreed to broker crisis talks involving all parties in Bosnia after elections in Serbia in April. Addressing reporters along with Vucic after talks in Ankara on Tuesday, Erdogan said Serbs, Croats, and Bosniaks alike should refrain from

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Oil Prices Hit Seven-Year Highs Amid Geopolitical Instability

This week, supply concerns have risen after Yemen's Houthi group attacked the United Arab Emirates, escalating hostilities between the Iran-aligned group and a Saudi Arabian-led coalition. After launching drone and missile strikes that set off explosions in fuel trucks and killed three people, the Houthi movement warned it could target

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Blinken, Lavrov To Meet In Geneva Friday To Continue Diplomacy Over Ukraine

"Diplomacy is not dead," the senior State Department official told reporters during a call briefing on Tuesday, adding that "the U.S. side believes the only way to solve this conflict successfully is through diplomacy." Blinken spoke with Lavrov on Tuesday to stress "the importance of continuing a diplomatic path

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UK Sending Weapons To Defend Ukraine, Says Defense

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace told MP's "Let me be clear: this support is for short-range and defensive weapon capabilities; they are not strategic weapons and pose no threat to Russia; they are to use in self-defense." Wallace also told MPs that a small team of British troops would be sent