December 9, 2020
U.S.-China Reset?; Shifting U.S. Policy and Troop Withdrawal; Venezuela's Contest Elections; Another Brexit Crunch Time; and Rohingya Displaced to Remote Island
Quotes of the Week
"It's the best early birthday present I could wish for because it means I can finally look forward to spending time with my family and friends in the new year, after being on my own for most of the year."

-- 90-year-old British grandmother, Margaret Keenan, in an interview Tuesday, after becoming the world's first person to receive a Covid-19 vaccine.
U.S.-China Reset?

U.S. Sanctions on China’s CNOOC May Backfire” Mark Valencia -- Asia Times, December 7, 2020  
 
Chinese Exports Hit Record High Despite Donald Trump's Trade War” Tom O’Connor -- Newsweek, December 7, 2020   

"In Rare Unanimity, Biden Could Double Down on Trump’s Uighur Sanctions" Pierfilippo Natta -- Foreign Policy, December 8, 2020
Shifting U.S. Policy and Troop Withdrawal
Trump’s Arab Allies Are Already Testing Biden” Ishaan Tharoor -- Washington Post, December 8, 2020 

There Is Only One Way Out of Afghanistan" Barnett R. Rubin -- Foreign Affairs, December 9, 2020

The U.S. Is Rushing to the Exit in Afghanistan. The Taliban Is Filling the Gaps” David Cloud; Stefanie Glinski -- Los Angeles Times, December 7, 2020  

Trump’s Withdrawal of U.S. Troops from Somalia, Briefly Explained” Zeeshan Aleem -- Vox, December 5, 2020  
Venezuela’s Contested Elections
 
Venezuelans Are Being Asked to Vote Twice in a Week in Two Conflicting Polls” Stefano Pozzebon -- CNN, December 7, 2020  
 
Legislative Election Leaves Venezuela in Political Standoff” Scott Smith -- Associated Press, December 7, 2020  

U.S., EU Say They Do Not Recognize Venezuela Parliamentary Vote” Vivian Sequera, Deisy Buitrago -- Reuters, December 6, 2020  
Another Brexit Crunch Time
Brexit Negotiators ‘Very Gloomy’ Over Trade Deal, With Talks on ‘Knife’s Edge.’ Again” William Booth; Michael Birnbaum -- Washington Post, December 7, 2020  

The Cost of a No-Deal Brexit” Kristie Pladson -- Deutsche Welle, December 7, 2020  

Brexit: Compromise Appears Off the Menu for Johnson's Brussels Dinner Date” Jon Craig -- Sky News, December 9, 2020  

Rohingya Displaced to Remote Island