US Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns was in the room this week when Secretary of State Antony Blinken sat down with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Amb. Burns spoke with The World’s Marco Werman about Taiwan, Ukraine and why US and Chinese military leaders have stopped talking to one another.
US President Donald Trump appears to more clearly understand the severity of the novel coronavirus pandemic after months of downplaying the crisis. And, the economic ramifications of the pandemic are widespread — and unprecedented. How will the global economy revive itself? Also, it's been nine years since the start of the Syrian war. One doctor shares his reflections.
US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland used profanity to express her frustration with the European Union over the crisis in Ukraine. She thought she was talking to a friend, until the whole Internet heard their conversation when it was leaked, presumably by Russia.
UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon has withdrawn his last minute invitation for Iran to attend Syrian peace talks in Switzerland on Wednesday. Aryn Baker, Time Magazine's Middle East bureau chief, says the rebels argued for Iran to be "uninvited" to the talks because Tehran was unwilling to back the creation of a transitional government in Syria.
The dispute over the indicted Devyani Khobragade, a deputy Consul General in the Indian embassy in New York, continues to play out. Khobragade's maid had sought shelter for exploitative conditions. In an apparent deal, the US let the diplomat leave the country. Now India is getting even.
Nicholas Burns, a former State Department official and US ambassador, says Dennis Rodman's so-called "basketball diplomacy" in North Korea is disgraceful, and probably hurting the US.
Tensions remain at a fever pitch between the U.S. and South Korea on one side and North Korea on the other. But academics say the way to dial down the pressure is for American officials to reach out. But should the U.S. give North Koreans what they're so clearly looking for?
The United States and Iran haven't had diplomatic relations for more than 30 years. But as confrontations continue between the two countries over Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons, some are calling for the two countries to renew their diplomatic ties.