The 40-minute-long broadcast that aired on North Korea's only television channel KCTV last week showed Xi presenting Kim with a huge vase before walking him through the other gifts, laid out on a table for him and Ri to admire. These included two tableware porcelain sets, various silks, jewelry sets and at least six bottles of Moutai liquor, whose manufacturer Kweichow Moutai is described by Bloomberg as the world's most valuable distiller. … [Read more...] about China Gave North Korea Luxury Gifts and Booze Banned Under Sanctions
But this also means committing to negotiations beyond these initial summits. If the United States throws away the diplomatic channel altogether — as incoming national security adviser John Bolton has suggested — the United States could find that China’s patience for maintaining the sanctions regime will erode. … [Read more...] about Those North Korea sanctions might be working. Here’s why.
The United States imposed new economic sanctions on senior Russian politicians, companies and business leaders Friday, citing a list of complaints including Moscow’s attempts to undermine Western democracies, support of separatists in Ukraine and its backing for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. … [Read more...] about Trump administration imposes sweeping new sanctions on Russian elite
President Donald Trump's decision impose a sweeping set of sanctions against Russian oligarchs was a reaction to several of Russia's activities in recent years, including election meddling in the United States, Mercedes Schlapp, the president's senior adviser for strategic communications, said Friday morning. … [Read more...] about Mercedes Schlapp: Last Russian Sanctions Target Several Activities
In March, Deripaska once again caught the public eye after a Belorussian escort released a video of him hobnobbing on a yacht with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Prikhodko. The escort claims she has more recordings of the men discussing the U.S. elections. Reports have suggested that Manafort offered to provide Deripaska with private briefings about the elections. … [Read more...] about Trump Sanctions Russian Oligarchs, Including Men Linked to Russia Investigation and U.S. Officials