RPT-COLUMN-A nickel refinery tops U.S. battery metals wish list: Andy Home

RPT-COLUMN-A nickel refinery tops U.S. battery metals wish list: Andy Home
(Repeats June 14 story with no change to text. The opinions expressed here are those of the author, a columnist for Reuters.)LONDON, June 14 (Reuters) - The United States government should invest in nickel refining capacity in coordination with its allies, according to the Biden Administration’s 100-day review of critical supply chains.“If there are opportunities… Read More

Adviser to Costa Rica’s president resigns amid growing bribery scandal

Adviser to Costa Rica’s president resigns amid growing bribery scandal
SAN JOSE (Reuters) - A top adviser to Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado resigned on Monday after judicial officials said he was under investigation for his alleged role in a bribery scheme that has ensnared officials and top businessmen.Camilo Saldarriaga, a 29-year-old economist who advises the president on infrastructure issues, is being investigated in connection… Read More

Adviser to Costa Rica’s president resigns amid growing bribery scandal

Adviser to Costa Rica’s president resigns amid growing bribery scandal
A top adviser to Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado resigned on Monday after judicial officials said he was under investigation for his alleged role in a bribery scheme that has ensnared officials and top businessmen.Camilo Saldarriaga, a 29-year-old economist who advises the president on infrastructure issues, is being investigated in connection with a scheme in… Read More

综述:中国驻英使馆一一回应G7诘难 批评G7是搞“小圈子”和强权政治

综述:中国驻英使馆一一回应G7诘难 批评G7是搞“小圈子”和强权政治
路透北京6月14日 - G7就人权问题指责中国,还提及新疆和港台、新冠溯源等问题。中国驻英国使馆发言人周一对此一一做了回应,称中方对此表示强烈不满和坚决反对,并批评峰会是搞“小圈子”和强权政治。2021年6月12日,英国卡比斯湾,七国集团(G7)峰会期间的一次工作会议。Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERS 中国官媒--环球时报则发表题为“G7公报造势,中国人不吃这一套”的社评称,这预示着中国外交未来面临来自美国通过西方平台施加的更大压力,但同时也认为中国有在实质上搅黄美欧“统一战线”的很大空间。“这次峰会让世人看到的是搞‘小圈子’和集团政治、强权政治,是人为制造对立与分裂,”中国驻英使馆网站刊登发言人答记者问称。发言人表示,中国敦促美国及七国集团(G7)其他成员停止污蔑中国,停止干涉中国内政,停止损害中方利益,多做有利于促进国际合作的事情,而不是人为制造对立和摩擦。“中国的内政不容干涉,中国的名誉不容诋毁,中国的利益不容侵害。我们将坚决捍卫国家主权、安全、发展利益,坚决反击强加给中国的各种不公和侵害。”发言人称。七国集团(G7)领导人周日就新疆地区的人权问题指责中国,呼吁香港保持高度自治,并要求在中国对新冠病毒起源进行全面彻底的调查。G7还对中国东海和南海局势表示关切,并呼吁维持台海和平。“这是西方国家最系统指责中国以及干涉中国事务的一次峰会,”中国官媒--环球时报如此评价G7峰会。社评称,这应当被视为美国拉拢盟国共同对付中国一个有所进展的开始,预示着中国外交将在未来面临来自美国通过西方平台施加的更大压力。社评认为,中国无须再对美国抱有幻想,但一定要把其他国家与美国区别对待。别管美国能搞出表面上什么样的“对华统一战线”,中国都要清楚,这样的“统一战线”虚大于实。美国很认真,欧洲主要国家应付它,这一格局将很深刻。“中国有在实质上搅黄美欧‘统一战线’的很大空间,在夯实和让这个‘统一战线’虚名化的拔河比赛中,中国一定更有能力赢到最后,”社评称。如果说去年年底中国相继斩获区域全面经济伙伴关系协定(RCEP)和中欧投资协定,堪称中国扩大“朋友圈”的高光时刻,但今年日美联合声明一并指责中国违反国际秩序,让RCEP中最重要的中日关系再起波澜,随后5月欧洲议会冻结批准程序令中欧全面投资协定在“临门一脚”之时遇阻,这都让中国在国际上显得格外被孤立。当然,中国外交也一直没有闲着,5月底波兰、塞尔维亚、爱尔兰、匈牙利外长先后来访,中俄也互动频繁,中韩外长本月稍早亦通了电话。**敦促G7停止干涉中国内政**驻英使馆发言人称,G7借涉疆问题搞政治操弄,干涉中国内政,对此坚决反对;并敦促有关方面立即停止插手香港事务。在台海问题上,中国则敦促有关国家严肃对待中方关切,恪守一个中国原则,立即停止各种助长“台独”势力气焰的言行,以实际行动维护台海和平稳定。在经贸领域G7指责中国实施“非市场性政策和措施”,对此,发言人称,中国一直在主动对外开放,打造市场化、法治化、国际化营商环境,推进“放管服”改革,营造内外资企业一视同仁、公平竞争的市场环境。相比之下,美国等少数国家泛化国家安全概念,动辄利用国家机器打压中国企业,给企业间的合作人为设置障碍,“这才是典型的非市场性政策措施,违反世贸组织原则和市场竞争规则,是贸易霸凌行径,”发言人称,中方敦促有关国家好好反省自己的政策行为,纠正错误做法。而在新冠疫情溯源上,发言人重申中国在溯源问题上一直秉持开放、透明态度,溯源工作应当由全球科学家合作开展,而不应被政治化;中方将继续积极开展国际溯源合作,同时溯源工作应基于全球视野,需要多国多地开展“中方希望有关国家立即停止政治操弄,而应像中国一样,本着科学、客观、公正的态度同世卫组织(WHO)开展溯源合作,”发言人称。(完)for-phone-onlyfor-tablet-portrait-upfor-tablet-landscape-upfor-desktop-upfor-wide-desktop-up Read More

USAID to grant $115 million in aid to El Salvador to stem migration

USAID to grant $115 million in aid to El Salvador to stem migration
SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) -The United States will grant $115 million in cooperation aid to El Salvador to slow migration from the Central American country, Samantha Power, administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), said on Monday.“We can work with local partners in Central America to expand opportunities for youth and help them… Read More

U.S. nuclear regulator approves fuel for next-generation reactors

U.S. nuclear regulator approves fuel for next-generation reactors
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. nuclear power regulator has approved production of uranium fuel that is far more enriched than fuel for conventional nuclear power plants, the company aiming to make the material said on Monday.FILE PHOTO: A radioactivity symbol is pictured at the World Nuclear Exhibition (WNE), the trade fair event for the global nuclear… Read More

RPT-COLUMN-A nickel refinery tops U.S. battery metals wish list: Andy Home

RPT-COLUMN-A nickel refinery tops U.S. battery metals wish list: Andy Home
(Repeats June 14 story with no change to text. The opinions expressed here are those of the author, a columnist for Reuters.)LONDON, June 14 (Reuters) - The United States government should invest in nickel refining capacity in coordination with its allies, according to the Biden Administration’s 100-day review of critical supply chains.“If there are opportunities… Read More

Uganda court grants bail to 18 supporters of opposition leader Wine

Uganda court grants bail to 18 supporters of opposition leader Wine
Former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, gestures as he speaks during a news event after members of his security detail were released on bail, at his party's headquarters in Kampala, Uganda June 14, 2021. REUTERS/Abubaker LubowaA Ugandan military court on Monday released on bail 18 supporters of singer-turned-opposition leader Bobi Wine… Read More