The Evening: Russia’s Proposal, Blocked Fund, Another Mission and More
September 13, 2017
It's Wednesday, September 13th.
Russia offered a plan to the United States for a full and immediate move toward normalization—or a restoration of diplomatic ties—in the opening weeks of President Donald Trump’s administration, the Kremlin confirmed Wednesday, as CNN’s Eli Watkins and Michelle Kosinski report.
President Trump today blocked a Chinese-backed investor from buying Lattice Semiconductor Corp., a personal rebuke that bodes poorly for several other Chinese buyers seeking U.S. security clearance for their acquisitions, as the WSJ’s Kate O’Keeffe reports.
Dive Deeper: See the CSIS report by Andrew Hunter and John Schaus, CSIS Review of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.
Premier Li Keqiang yesterday said China’s economy will maintain its momentum and that the leverage ratio has “decreased somewhat” as authorities push on with a drive to reduce financial risk, as Bloomberg reports.
Dive Deeper: See the CSIS China Power Project’s new interactive essay, “Does China face a looming debt crisis?”
Also, see Chatham House’s new report, EU–China Economic Relations to 2025: Building a Common Future.
Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar are facing a catastrophic humanitarian situation, according to the UN secretary general, as the BBC reports.
Dive Deeper: See CFR’s new backgrounder by Eleanor Albert: “The Rohingya Migrant Crisis.”
In That Number
Number of U.S. Marines being treated for injuries after their amphibious assault vehicle caught fire Wednesday morning during a training operation at Camp Pendleton, according to the Marine Corps. Source: Stars and Stripes.
“The repression visited upon the Rohingya by a powerful government largely consisting of leaders from another religion present a potential, transnational flash-point for jihadi-Salafi organizations.”
—CSIS’s Thomas Sanderson via CNBC.
A new interactive feature from CSIS’s China Power Project compares China’s corporate, government, and household debt with those of 40 other countries.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo Credit: Patrick Hertzog/AFP/Getty Images.) European Commission (EC) president Jean-Claude Juncker (l) kisses EC vice-president Frans Timmermans before delivering his State of the Union speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg today.
“After Toiling in Rural China, Protégé of Xi Jinping Joins Party’s Top Tiers,” by the New York Times’ Chris Buckley.
This Town Tomorrow
Join CSIS at 9:30 a.m. for “The Growing Problems in Rural China: Trends, Solutions, and Implications,” a book discussion of The Other China: Rural China’s Human Capital Crisis and Future Growth and Stability with Stanford University’s Scott Rozelle and Kristin Looney.
The Maritime Security Dialogue series continues at 10:00 a.m. with “Cyber Warfare in the Maritime Domain,” featuring Vice Admiral Jan Tighe, deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare and director of naval intelligence.
Also at 10:00 a.m., the CSIS Project on Military and Diplomatic History will host “The USS Baltimore Incident of 1891: How History Informs Present Problems” with award-winning essayist Thomas Jamison of Harvard University.
Plus, CSIS’s Energy and National Security Program will host Ian Mead, assistant administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) Office of Energy Analysis, to present EIA’s International Energy Outlook 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
And, join CSIS for “Ransomware and Cybersecurity Cooperation,” a discussion on ransomware proliferation and tactics for business–law enforcement cooperation on cybersecurity.
Today, CSIS hosted “Hurricane Irma: The Aftermath and Caribbean Disaster Response” with ambassadors and other senior officials from the affected nations to describe the impact and implications of the disaster.
In case you missed it, last week's CSIS Podcast covered the four famines in northeast Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen.
I received the coolest note from a retired U.S. Army colonel last night who pointed out that this version of “Mission in the Rain” is even better than the version I linked to last night. I have to agree!