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Biden and Xi Conduct Marathon Call During Time of Rising Tensions

By Peter Baker & Jane Perlez | The New York Times

President Biden and President Xi Jinping of China confronted each other over Taiwan during a marathon phone call Thursday, but neither side reported any concrete progress on that longstanding dispute or any of the other issues that have flared between the two powers in recent months.

More from WPR: Biden’s Taiwan ‘Gaffe’ Just Said the Quiet Part Out Loud

U.S., Japan Set to Agree on Joint Research for Semiconductors

By The Editors | Reuters

Japan and the United States are expected to agree on joint research for next-generation semiconductors to establish a secure source of the vital components during economic talks between the allies, Japanese media said Friday.

Russian Arms Dealer in Proposed Swap for Brittney Griner Has Notorious History

By Valerie Hopkins & Alan Yuhas | The New York Times

Viktor Bout has been accused of supplying arms to Al-Qaida, the Taliban, and rebels in Rwanda. His exploits helped inspire a 2005 film, “Lord of War,” that starred Nicolas Cage.

How to Survive the Next Taiwan Strait Crisis

By David Sacks | Foreign Affairs

Washington must be ready for a showdown with or without a Pelosi trip.

Biden and China’s Xi to Speak During Tense Taiwan Standoff

By Christian Shepherd | The Washington Post

President Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping are expected to speak on Thursday, Eastern time, amid angry warnings from Beijing that the bilateral relationship cannot make progress unless the White House stops House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) from visiting Taiwan.

U.S. Carrier Strike Group Returns to South China Sea Amid Taiwan Tensions

By Greg Torode | Reuters

Officials with the U.S. Navy's Seventh Fleet confirmed the deployment of the USS Ronald Reagan to the vital trade route but did not comment on questions about tensions over the trip by Pelosi, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Trump Conduct, Conversations Part of Justice Dept. Investigation

Carol D. Leonnig, Devlin Barrett, Josh Dawsey & Spencer S. Hsu | The Washington Post

The Justice Department is investigating President Donald Trump’s actions as part of its criminal probe of efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, according to four people familiar with the matter.

Biden and Xi to Hold Call as Tensions Grow Over Pelosi Visit to Taiwan

Demetri Sevastopulo | Financial Times

Joe Biden and Xi Jinping will hold a telephone call Thursday, according to a US official, as tensions escalate over the planned visit to Taiwan by Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Kraken, a U.S. Crypto Exchange, Is Suspected of Violating Sanctions

Ryan Mac & David Yaffe-Bellany | The New York Times

Kraken, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, is under federal investigation, suspected of violating U.S. sanctions by allowing users in Iran and elsewhere to buy and sell digital tokens, according to five people affiliated with the company or with knowledge of the inquiry.

What Does Nancy Pelosi Think She's Doing in Taiwan?

Mike Chinoy | Foreign Policy

A risky trip seems more about dramatic gestures than actual help.

U.S. Officials Grow More Concerned About Potential Action by China on Taiwan

By Edward Wong, David E. Sanger & Amy Qin | The New York Times

The Biden administration has grown increasingly anxious this summer about China’s statements and actions regarding Taiwan, with some officials fearing that Chinese leaders might try to move against the self-governing island over the next year and a half—perhaps by trying to cut off access to all or part of the Taiwan Strait, through which U.S. naval ships regularly pass.

More from WPR: Biden’s Taiwan ‘Gaffe’ Just Said the Quiet Part Out Loud

U.S. Offers Help to Link Armenia, Azerbaijan

AFP (free)

Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday offered U.S. assistance in building ties between Armenia and Azerbaijan, encouraging a permanent settlement between the adversaries two years after a Russian-brokered truce.

U.S. Senator Favors Ending Aid to Rwanda Over Human Rights Abuses

Al Jazeera

The chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations said he would place a hold on U.S. security assistance to Rwanda in Congress over concerns about the Rwandan government’s human rights record and role in the conflict in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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