News Wire | Friday, June 16, 2023

NewsAfrica
African Leaders Set to Meet With Presidents of Ukraine, Russia in Bid to End War

By Jamey Keaten | Associated Press (free)

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa arrived in Ukraine on Friday as part of a delegation of African leaders and senior officials seeking ways to end Kyiv’s 15-month war with Russia. The African delegation also includes senior officials from Zambia, Senegal, Uganda, Egypt, the Republic of the Congo and the Comoro Islands.

More from WPR: South Africa’s False Neutrality on the Ukraine War Is Getting Costly | Don’t Dismiss Non-Western Efforts to End the War in Ukraine

NewsUnited States
Blinken Heads to Beijing Hoping to Calm Fears of a US-China Break

By Humeyra Pamuk | Reuters (registration required)

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken goes to Beijing this weekend with expectations low that he will make headway on the long list of disputes between the United States and China. But he and his Chinese counterparts can achieve at least one thing, say analysts – show that the world’s most important bilateral relationship is not about to fall off the rails.

More from WPR: The U.S. and China Take Another Stab at Thawing Relations

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