US will protect Haiti embassy, won’t send troops: Biden

Joe Biden has said that the US will bolster security at its embassy in Haiti following last week’s assassination of that country’s president, but sending American troops to stabilise the country was not on the agenda. Haiti’s interim government last week asked the US and the United Nations to deploy troops to protect key infrastructure following President Jovenel Moïse’s assassination. Continue Reading

Editorial: Who, why & Wuhan

China has accused the Biden administration of playing politics and shirking its responsibility in calling for a renewed investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic that was first detected in China in late 2019. Continue Reading

Editorial: Yet another test

President Joe Biden is facing a fresh challenge to his oft-repeated commitment to diversity in his administration: assembling a diplomatic corps that gives a nod to key political allies and donors while staying true to a campaign pledge to appoint ambassadors who look like America. Continue Reading

Biden for global campaign against online extremism

The United States will join a New Zealand-led global campaign to stamp out violent extremism online, the White House said, making a policy change two years after the administration of former president Donald Trump declined to participate. Continue Reading

Editorial: Tension, talks

The current India-China border tensions reflect a disturbing trend of growing Chinese aggression and assertion in the region and toward allies and partners of the United States, President Joe Biden’s pick for top Pentagon policy job, Colin Kahl, has told lawmakers. Continue Reading

WHO is vital to contain Covid-19 pandemic: US

The US rejoined the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday in one of the first official orders of the Joe Biden presidency, reversing a key foreign policy decision his predecessor Donald Trump took last year after accusing the UN health agency of incompetence and bowing to Chinese pressure over the coronavirus pandemic. Continue Reading