The Evening: Iranian Missiles, China Trade, Joe Burreaux, and More
January 14, 2020
New Video Shows Two Iranian Missiles Hit Ukrainian Plane
The New York Times has verified security camera footage on Tuesday that shows, for the first time, that two missiles hit Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 on January 8.
Iran Warned by Europe
Britain, France and Germany on Tuesday formally accused Iran of breaking the 2015 agreement that limited its nuclear program, taking the first step toward reimposing United Nations sanctions, as Reuters reports.
Dive Deeper: “Iran is not one crisis, but three, for the U.S.,” by CSIS’s Jon Alterman for The Hill.
U.S. Trade Deficit with China Shrank
President Trump’s trade war with Beijing reduced the U.S.’s trade deficit with China last year, although Chinese manufacturers still export far more to the U.S. than vice versa, as the WSJ’s Chao Deng reports.
Meanwhile, as the FT’s Jim Brunsden reports, The U.S., EU and Japan today ramped up pressure on Beijing over its model of state-sponsored capitalism, calling for tougher World Trade Organization curbs on government subsidies.
Dive Deeper : “Critical Questions: Nothing to See Here: China No Longer 'A Currency Manipulator',” by CSIS’s Stephanie Segal.
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In That Number
Chinese customs data on Tuesday showed that the country had a trade surplus with the United States of $295.8 billion last year, compared with a record $323.3 billion in 2018.
Source: Wall Street Journal
“We hope that the Europeans will continue to hold Iran accountable. We’d like them to join our diplomatic efforts, of diplomatic isolation and economic pressure which are the conditions to get to a new and better deal.”
— Brian Hook, U.S. special representative for Iran
Satellite imagery from Beyond Parallel shows a new facility in Ippul-tong that is speculated to be a storage facility for ballistic missile transporter-erector-launchers (TELs), mobile-erector-launchers (MELs), or transporter-erectors (TEs).
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
Minister of Defense Taro Kono of Japan delivered keynote remarks at the 26th Annual U.S.-Japan Security Seminar at CSIS today.
“Hezbollah Has Prepared for This Moment for Decades,” by CSIS’s Brian Katz.
This Town Tomorrow
At 10:00 a.m., CSIS will host a conversation with Andrey Baklitskiy, visiting fellow with the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program, on the future of U.S.-Russia arms control mechanisms after the demise of the INF Treaty.
And, at 8:30 a.m., the Wilson Center will host a conversation with Chairman Albio Sires (D-NJ) and Ranking Member Francis Rooney (R-FL) of the House Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere to discuss U.S. policies and priorities in Latin America.
Later, at 11:30 a.m., the Hudson Institute will host a conversation with Reza Pahlavi, former crown prince of Iran, on the escalating tensions between the United States and Iran.
CSIS today hosted the 26th Annual U.S.-Japan Security Seminar, featuring keynote remarks from Minister of Defense Taro Kono of Japan. Watch the event here.
Brookings' Amanda Sloat joined host Beverly Kirk to discuss the latest Brexit updates in the latest episode of Smart Women Smart Power.
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