On Monday morning, China announced that 15 out of 16 districts in Shanghai had now achieved a state of "zero-COVID", or in other words, community transmission had been broken. It comes amidst a phased reopening of certain businesses commences in the city.
In the past few days, the United States has made a very subtle change in "policy" regarding China or Taiwan region, which appears to be to negate public recognition of the "One China Principle" regarding the island.
Former Security chief John Lee is expected to be elected as the next chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), replacing outgoing leader Carrie Lam. Lee seeks to inherit the governance of a city which has undergone drastic changes, upheavals and challenges over the past few years, from foreign-backed riots to COVID-19.
Russia's War in Ukraine is having the adverse effect of ramping up tensions all around the world, and for Ultra-Hawks such as British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, there's never been more opportunity embedded in that.
US Secretary of Defence Llyod Austin, on making an official visit to support Ukraine on April 25, remarked that it was the goal of American foreign policy now to use the war to "weaken Russia" and to ultimately degrade its military capabilities, by escalating its support to Kyiv.
Yesterday China's foreign ministry confirmed the signing of a bilateral security deal with the Pacific Archipelago nation of the Solomon Islands. The deal has been extremely controversial to Australia and the United States, who see it as China gaining a foothold on the country towards a potential military or naval base.
On Monday, the United States conducted a one-on-one summit between President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, showing a determination by Washington to continue to engage New Delhi as part of its "Indo-Pacific strategy" despite clear tensions emerging over the country's amicable position to Russia, of which it sees as a vital strategic partner for energy and arms.
The COVID-19 pandemic has arguably been the most politicized pandemic in history, simply because from day one, it has been inseparable from a broader geopolitical current between the United States and China, leading to the virus becoming weaponized on multiple fronts as a means to propagandize and discredit Beijing.