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Today on The Leaders' Brief - About a week ago,China had announced that blueprints for the improved protection for its intellectual property, had already been drafted and were pending review. In an annual report on intellectual property protections, titled special 301, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative acknowledged that China had amended …
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - Chad’s military rulers named a new government after the demise of President Idriss Deby even as opposition leaders rejected the appointments. The landlocked African country had fallen into a political crisis after the battlefield death of its President, with the situation threatening the stability of the entire north-c…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - Months after gaming giant Epic games launched an all-out war against Apple for its app store policies the two companies started arguing the case in court this week. The tiff which began in August last year saw Apple remove Epic’s popular mobile game Fortnite from its stores after it implemented its own in-app payment, …
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - In another record, India has begun registering over 300,000 cases every day, and last week registered 3,9948 deaths in a single day. Not only is the situation in India appalling, but it is also alarming for a country surrounded by adversaries such as China and Pakistan. According to a report published by renowned India…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - The COVID situation for India remains dire, and Prime Minister Modi, known for maintaining excellent bilateral ties with countries across the world, has requested all allies for medical aid. The USA, under President Joe Biden, has agreed to lift restrictions for the supply of vaccine-making materials to India after ini…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - The USA, which remains the worst affected country due to the 2019 coronavirus, but continues to lead one of the most effective vaccination programmes in the world, is seeing a slow but steady dip in the number of weekly infections. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention revealed last Monday that as of April 24, …
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - Last week, Japan confirmed five cases of infection with a “double mutant” variant of the 2019 coronavirus. Revealing the development, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said that the country would take thorough measures to prevent the spread of infections by collecting, evaluating and analyzing information …
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - In a move that would worsen the already deteriorating relationship between Australia and China, Canberra has cancelled two bilaterals between Beijing and the state of Victoria. The deals were among four projects the Australian federal government vetoed to cancel under legislation that gives the government power to over…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - India saw a new COVID record, registering a single-day rise of 314,835 cases last Thursday. The country’s capital, New Delhi, according to State Chief Minister - Arvind Kejriwal, required 700 tonnes of medical oxygen every day to sustain the demand. Other large cities like Mumbai, too, continue to face an acute shortag…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - As the Myanmar coup heads towards completing two months, the European Union imposed sanctions on 10 of Myanmar’s military leaders, this week. Two giant military conglomerates were also blacklisted by the 27 member bloc. The decision, in line with sanctions imposed by the USA, and the UK, will include asset freezes and …
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - The United Kingdom has asked its regulatory authorities to investigate the $40 Billion takeovers of Softbank-owned British chip manufacturer Arm Holdings by American tech firm NVIDIA, creating more complications for the deal. Last September, Japanese conglomerate SoftBank announced it was offloading the British chipmak…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - India has been reporting over 200,000 daily cases since 15 April, and several parts, including its capital - Delhi have been placed under partial lockdown. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held meetings with executives and medical researchers for two consecutive days to discuss ways in which the new coronavirus vari…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - Tod Wolters, a top US general posted in Europe said that there was a "low to medium" risk of Russia invading Ukraine as the UK - an NATO ally, ordered warships to sail to the Black Sea. The decision, which is yet to be officially confirmed, comes as Russian troops continue to build up along Ukraine’s border. Ukraine ha…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - In his first face-to-face White House summit since assuming office in January this year, US President Joe Biden met Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. The development comes a month after US officials, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin met and their Japanese counterpart…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - Anglo-Swedish vaccine maker AstraZeneca has seen its shares steadily decline since February reaching its lowest on March 3rd after several European countries reported that its coronavirus vaccine was causing rare blood clots in some recipients. Another COVID vaccine manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson faces questions over …
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - In a decision that has alarmed environmentalists over the world, Japan announced that it will release over 1 million tonnes of contaminated water from the defunct Fukushima nuclear station into the sea. The decision has received a mixed response from world powers. Among those opposing the decision are Japan’s immediate…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - In a move that threatens to change global trade dynamics and increase tensions between European nations and China, the 27-member European Union has placed provisional duties on a set of Chinese aluminium products. The European Commission said on Monday that an investigation had revealed that Chinese exporters increased…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - Four major states in India, with a combined population of over 200 million people are voting to elect their state legislators this month. Among them, Assam is ruled by the federal ruling party - BJP, Tamil Nadu’s incumbent AIADMK remains a BJP ally. Of the other two states, namely Kerala and West Bengal, the former saw…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - U.S. President Joe Biden’s proposed federal budget, released last Friday, could be called a polar shift from his predecessor Donald Trump’s fiscal approach. The Democrat President has earmarked a total of $769 billion for non-defence programs and focuses on several domestic issues such as public health programmes and a…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced this week that the country plans to reopen its economy next week, starting with the reopening of all shops, gyms, hairdressers, and outdoor hospitality areas in England. International travel, however, would continue to be restricted, and invite hefty fines. While Europe is…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - After weeks of unheeded requests to remove over 200 Chinese vassals from the Whitsun Reef, the Philippines announced it would send diplomatic protests each day as long as China allows the ships to remain stationed at the disputed area that Manila claims is a part of its 200-mile exclusive economic zone. Last Tuesday th…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - Two months after Myanmar’s military, the Tatmadaw, took control of the country's government, its most prominent civilian leader and Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has been charged under the official secrets act that could jail her for a 14-year period. According to the activist group, the Assistance Association …
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - With its unemployment rate still hovering around the 6% mark and COVID positive cases continuing to climb by tens of thousands, US President Joe Biden hopes a $2 trillion stimulus for infrastructure development will boost the country’s economy. USA remains the worst affected country in the world and global and local lo…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - China has signed a 25-year cooperation agreement with Iran, as both countries continue to face US trade sanctions on several fronts. The decision comes at a time Beijing received almost 27 million barrels of cheap Iranian oil, passed off as crude from other origins. Both countries have found a common enemy in form of t…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - Acknowledging that COVID has posed the biggest challenge since World War 2, with a casualty of over 2.7 million, 24 world leaders, including the heads of all G7 countries said that the world must now "be better prepared to predict, prevent, detect, assess and effectively respond to pandemics in a highly coordinated fas…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - The Philippines ordered the deployment of more navy ships to the South China Sea last week as tensions escalated over the presence of a fleet of Chinese boats parked near the disputed reef. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed “concern” over the threatening presence of 220 Chinese ships. The boats have be…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - China sanctioned organizations and individuals in the United Kingdom last Friday in retaliation to Western sanctions imposed on Beijing for alleged human rights abuses on Uighur Muslims in the country’s cotton-producing Xinjiang region. The development comes at a time the United Kingdom called on Beijing to allow inter…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - Last week, Yemen's Houthi rebels rejected a Saudi initiative to end a six-year-long war that has pushed the country towards economic ruin and a never-ending famine. Strategy experts believe that the Saudi coalition had underestimated Yemen’s Shiite political alliance, and instead of emerging victorious, has riled up ci…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - In what could be a major setback for Anglo-Swedish firm, AstraZeneca, US health officials said last week that results from a US trial of company’s Covid-19 vaccine may have provided an incomplete view of the efficacy data. The US National Institute of Health has urged AstraZeneca to “review the efficacy data and ensure…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - The first month in Biden’s presidency made clear that the US president would make polar changes in the country’s immigration policies as had been adopted by his predecessor, Donald Trump. In the first week of February, Mr Biden signed several executive orders to reverse Trump-era immigration policies. Among those, a de…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - The European Union and the United Kingdom joined Canada and USA in sanctioning several Chinese officials to send “a clear message about the human rights violations and abuses in Xinjiang”. The blacklisted officials include Zhu Hailun, Wang Junzheng, Wang Mingshan and Chen Mingguo, all having worked or presently working…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - At least two more persons were shot dead by security forces in Myanmar over the weekend in Monywa and Mandalay. Several other protestors were wounded as the country’s military opened fire. The death toll due to the ongoing conflict, according to the activist group - the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, h…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - Creating more discomfort for Germany’s ruling Christian Democratic Union after setbacks in two state polls, recent local media reports have revealed that a decision by the German health ministry to provide free face masks for everyone over the age of 60 last year has reportedly left taxpayers with a bill for $2.9 billi…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - Several countries that had paused the administration of Astrazeneca COVID doses over concerns of blood clots as a side effect have resumed their immunisation drives following a report by the European Medicines Agency. Last week, Indonesia said that even though vaccination could lead to “adverse events” following immuni…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - India recorded its highest single-day spike of 26,291 cases this week, with a major uptick in cases from Maharashtra, housing the country’s financial capital, Mumbai. Since the steady dip till February this year, the country has seen the number of cases rise each day, threatening fresh lockdowns. Medical experts are co…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte appears to be preparing for a fourth term as the country concluded voting for its House of Representatives, a month after its collapse. While the country’s ruling centre-right People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy or VVD is expected to win the highest majority, forming a coalition app…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - Last week, The US State Department approved the sale of $1.77 billion worth of defence equipment to Germany, including five P-8A Poseidon planes. The Poseidon is one of the “most advanced” weapon systems in the world. Other equipment included engines, sensors, radars, and communications equipment. The approval is of ke…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - At least four European countries have stopped using vaccine doses supplied by Anglo-Swedish firm AstraZeneca even as European Union members struggle to speed up their immunization programmes. Denmark became the latest amongst the EU countries to pause the administration of AstraZeneca doses last Thursday. The decision …
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - China’s National People’s Congress passed a proposal last Thursday to determine how the next set of Hong Kong legislators will be chosen. The proposal, backed by an overwhelming majority allows China’s communist party unparalleled influence in deciding candidature for Hong Kong’s legislative assembly and can gradually …
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - Amidst concerns and criticism by opposition leaders and a section of the American business community, the Biden administration's ambitious $1.9 trillion COVID stimulus bill was successfully passed in the Senate this week. While economists agree that the US requires a major economic package to kickstart its economy and …
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - Last week, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called for urgent action in Afghanistan to prevent a "spring offensive by the Taliban" as the 14-month ceasefire window under the Doha agreement, signed in February 2020, heads towards completion. The matter could cause serious security concerns for neighbour India if the…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - A politically volatile Lebanon flared up in protests in the last two weeks as consensus to form a government and implement much needed economic reforms was not reached. The country has seen its currency lose almost 80% of its value, pushing over half of the country's population below the poverty line, and threatening a…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - In a much needed positive development for the US economy, nonfarm payrolls surged by 379,000 jobs in February after rising 166,000 in January. However, it will be a while before the USA can make a full recovery of its job sectors after the COVID-induced devastation. According to the US Labor Department at least 4.1 mil…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - In a big relief for the liquor industry, the United States under President Joe Biden agreed to suspend retaliatory tariffs on British goods over an aircraft subsidy row, including Scotch whiskey for a period of four months. The UK and the USA will use this time for resolving the years old dispute. Under former US Presi…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - Sri Lanka has decided to put on hold China-manufactured COVID-19 vaccines and use the India-manufactured Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine to immunise its citizens. Dr Ramesh Pathirana, the country’s cabinet co-spokesman was quoted by Sri Lankan media as saying that China’s Sinopharm has not yet completed phase 3 clinical tri…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - Despite a January recommendation by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce urging USA to partner with like-minded governments and the tech industry to set global tech standards while reconsidering a Trump era rule aimed at banning technology-related business transactions, the Biden administration has decided to green light it by…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - Last week, US President Joe Biden’s ambitious $1.9 trillion-dollar COVID relief plan crossed the important hurdle of being passed in the Democrat controlled lower house. After setting up a vote on the Bill that Republicans see as being too liberal on Friday, the "America Recue Plan" Act, as it has been labelled, was cl…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - Despite a military government threatening protestors thousands continued to flood streets in Myanmar, demanding the release of all civilian leaders including Ang San Suu Kyi, a month after she was detained. Myanmar has flared up in protests since February 1st after the country’s military or Tatmadaw detained all civili…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - After a week of banning news content on its social media platforms in Australia, Facebook finally promised to revive thousands of pages whose absence had cause a plummet for internet traffic for most media organisations in the country. The decision came after the Australian government offered four amendments to the new…
 
Today on The Leaders' Brief - As China and the US continue to be locked in a trade war, one important bone of contention between China and Western nations remain Hong Kong, and Beijing is mulling over the possibility of making changes to the specially administered region’s electoral system.Chinese media recently reported Xia Baolong, director of th…
 
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