MORNING NEWS BRIEF [May 19, 2021]

MORNING NEWS BRIEF [May 19, 2021]

MORNING NEWS BRIEF [May 19, 2021] 150 150 Cambodia Development Center
HOT NEWS
  1. The Biden administration approved the potential  sale of precision-guided weapons to Israel worth USD735 million despite on-going tensions between Israel and Palestine. Source: Shanghai Daily
  2. Egypt has pushed forward the initiative for the ceasefire between Israel and Palestine, in coordination with the U.S., to be effective starting from May 20. Source: TASS
  3. The U.S. House passed the Senate legislation to address the rise of racial discrimination crimes agianst Asian community in America during COVID-19 pandemic. Source: NBC News
WORLD
  1. Turkey slammed the U.S. over the approval of weapons sales to Israel and blamed Austria for flying the Israli flag as a mark of solidarity amid deadly clashes in the Middle East. Source: Deutsche Welle
  2. The U.S. and Russian Foreign Ministers will meet on the sideline of the official program for the Arctic Council’s ministerial meeting for the opportunity to revise their frail relations. Source: TASS
  3. The EU failed to finalize the vaccine-passport scheme in the bloc as the tourist hubs anticipate this vital lifeline to allow them to resume their businesses. Source: The Canberra Times
REGIONS
  1. China denounced the U.S. for sailing a warship through the Straits of Taiwan, claiming that the move has posed threats to regional peace and stability. Source: CGTN
  2. HK’s government temporarily closed its representative office in Taiwan, a move that stemmed from the rift regarding HK’s national security laws and the protests that followed. Source: CNA
  3. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees called for a fundraising of about USD940 million to support the Rohingya refugees during the pandemic. Source: AThe Straits Times
CAMBODIA
  1. Cambodia’s Foreign Minister met the U.S. Ambassador to discuss bilateral and regional issues as the U.S. promised 1.1M doses of vaccine to the Kingdom through COVAX. Source: AKP
  2. Cambodia’s exports to South Korea valued USD124 million in the first four months, showing significant growth as both sides get ready to sign a bilateral free trade agreement. Source: Khmer Times
  3. Cambodia’s total goods exports to the U.S. reached nearly USD1.863 billion in the first quarter of 2021, a year-on-year increase of almost 17 percent. Source: The Phnom Penh Post