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Thursday, 15 September 2022

US weighs sanctions on China to deter Taiwan invasion

The US is considering imposing sanctions on China as tensions escalate over Taiwan, Reuters reports, citing sources close to the deliberations. It’s not yet clear what form any sanctions could take, though some analysts suggested they could seek to limit the Chinese military’s access to technology that could be used in an operation against Taiwan. Taipei is lobbying the EU to take similar action.

Sanctioning the world’s second largest economy is no picnic: Imposing sanctions would be “a far more complex exercise than sanctions on Russia, given US and allies' extensive entanglement with the Chinese economy,” said one former senior official.

Armenia asks Russia for help amid border clashes with Azerbaijan: Armenia has appealed to Russia and allies to help it in deadly border clashes with Azerbaijani forces that have killed more than 100 of its troops, Bloomberg reported. The country’s PM Nikol Pashinyan invoked a defense treaty calling Moscow and others to send military assistance after two days of fighting. The ex-Soviet nations have exchanged blame for the fighting, which has escalated into the deadliest violence since the 44-day war in 2020.

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