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Samson: China: Our relations with America have reached a new crossroads

10:42 – 01/02/2021

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Saturday that the relationship between China and the United States has reached a “new crossroads” and that it could return to the right track in the wake of a period of “unprecedented difficulty.”

Relations between the two largest economies in the world came under great pressure amid a series of disputes over trade, human rights and the beginnings of the Corona virus outbreak. In its latest move, the United States blacklisted dozens of Chinese companies, saying they had ties to the military.

In a joint interview with Xinhua News Agency and other official media, Wang said that recent US policies towards China have harmed the interests of the two countries and brought grave risks to the world. But he said that there is now an opportunity for both sides to “open a new window of hope” and start a new round of dialogue.   LINK

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Samson:  National Union: A Kurdish Delegation Will Visit Baghdad To Finalize The Agreement On The 2021 Budget

2nd January 2021

The leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Ghiath Al-Surji, revealed the Kurdish delegation’s intention to visit Baghdad within the next few days, indicating that the delegation will end the agreement on the 2021 budget.

“The Kurdish delegation returned from Baghdad after a series of very successful negotiations, and spent the New Year holiday in Kurdistan, and then resumed its negotiations in the capital within the next few days,” Surji said in a press statement.

Al-Surji added that “the delegation agreed to balance Arbil after its commitment to deliver 460,000 barrels of the region’s oil per day to Baghdad, as well as 50% of the border outlets and other imports in return for giving Baghdad 900 billion per month as dues and salaries to the region.”

He continued, “The upcoming talks will take place on the dues of the oil companies operating in the region and the technical, executive and guarantor measures of the agreement.”  LINK