There is an old Soviet tale about Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko. At lunchtime, he would retreat into his office and stare at the map of the world. The map was centered on the Soviet Union. The old Bolshevik would just glare at it as if it were a giant chessboard awaiting Moscow’s next move.
President Joe Biden on Aug. 5 said he is offering a “safe haven” to Hongkongers in the United States that would allow thousands to extend their stay amid Beijing’s “significant erosion” of their freedoms back home.
The Chinese Defense Ministry has hit out at the US, deploring its “political show” after three American senators visited Taiwan’s capital, Taipei on a military transport plane for a three-hour trip on Sunday.