News Wire | Friday, July 29, 2022

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.

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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.

India Blocks Krafton’s Game on Concerns Over Data Sharing in China

By Aditya Kalra, Munsif Vengattil & Joyce Lee | Reuters

India’s government blocked a popular battle-royale format game from Krafton Inc., a South Korean company backed by China’s Tencent, as it was concerned about its data sharing and mining in China, an Indian government source said.

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