U.S. Sanctions on China, Protests in Ecuador and Trump’s Reversal on Syria

U.S. Sanctions on China, Protests in Ecuador and Trump’s Reversal on Syria
People watch smoke billowing from targets inside Syria during bombardment by Turkish forces, in Akcakale, southeastern Turkey, at the border with Syria, Oct. 10, 2019 (AP photo by Lefteris Pitarakis).

In this week’s editors’ discussion on Trend Lines, WPR’s Judah Grunstein, Elliot Waldman and Laura Weiss talk about U.S. sanctions targeting Chinese government entities and businesses involved in human rights abuses against the Uighur minority in Xinjiang. They also discuss what is driving protests in Ecuador, and why U.S. President Donald Trump’s greenlighting of a Turkish incursion into Syria could end up being a catastrophic error.

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Relevant Articles on WPR:
China’s Uighur Crackdown Is Turning Xinjiang Into a Police State
Is the U.S. Pursuing a Trade Deal With China at the Cost of Human Rights?
How Ecuador’s Moreno Is Undoing Correa’s Legacy, and Not Just With Assange
Ecuador Has Big Plans for Its Mining Industry. But at What Environmental Cost?
America’s Syria Policy Is Incoherent, and There’s No Sign It Will Change
An Energy Crisis Is Putting Cuba’s Post-Castro Leadership to Its First Test
From Fringe to Fault Line: How British Euroskepticism Became Brexit
Will North Korea’s Squid Poaching Strain Its Close Ties With Russia?

Trend Lines is produced and edited by Peter Dörrie, a freelance journalist and analyst focusing on security and resource politics in Africa. You can follow him on Twitter at @peterdoerrie.

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