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Biden meets with Ukrainian President Zelensky to discuss security challenges and bilateral ties

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In his first meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, U.S. President Joe Biden discussed security challenges and bilateral ties.

Biden stated at the start of their discussion in the Oval Office, “the United States remains strongly committed to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russian aggression, as well as our support for Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations.”

Biden pledged an additional $60 million in security aid to Ukraine, as well as the establishment of a new strategic defense framework and an energy and climate conversation.

In his remarks, Zelensky stated that he planned to discuss the security situation in Crimea and the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, and “Ukraine’s possibilities of joining NATO.”

Crimea was annexed by Russia in March 2014, following a popular referendum that Ukraine and the West refused to recognize.

The ongoing fighting in eastern Ukraine, which began in April 2014, has taken about 14,000 lives and injured up to 40,000 people. Kiev accused Moscow of instigating the crisis. Russia, on the other hand, has refuted the allegations, claiming that they are without merit.

According to a joint statement issued by the United States and Ukraine, the $60 million security package comprised of Javelin anti-armor systems as well as “other defensive deadly and non-lethal capabilities.”

The statement also addressed the United States’ support for Ukraine’s reform and anti-corruption strategy, economic cooperation, and pandemic response.

The meeting between the two presidents was supposed to take place on Monday, but it was postponed because the Biden administration was focused on the pullout from Afghanistan.

On Tuesday, Zelensky met separately with Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

The visit came at a time when Kiev was growing increasingly concerned about its relations with Washington.

In an interview with The Washington Post and other media outlets prior to the visit, Zelensky highlighted his unhappiness with Western friends’ reluctance to approve Ukraine’s NATO membership.

Zelensky has criticized the United States for lowering its resistance to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which will bring Russian gas to Germany. Ukraine regards the initiative as a security risk.

In spite of the long-standing opposition, the Biden administration achieved an agreement with Germany that permitted the pipeline project to be completed. Berlin pledged to assist Ukraine in strengthening its energy industry and to take action against Russia if it weaponizes energy.

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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UNCHR has urged the international community to continue engaging with the Taliban

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Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), stated today that the international community should continue to engage with the Afghan Taliban.

On a news conference Friday during his tour to Pakistan, the UN official stated that the UNHCR is working with the temporary Taliban administration in Afghanistan on humanitarian issues and urged the rest of the world to do the same.

“The Taliban emphasized a desire for humanitarian assistance to be delivered to the country as soon as possible since, as we see ourselves, things are extremely challenging.”

He stated that Afghanistan has been in severe need of financial assistance and that as time passes, the situation will worsen “Everything is required because the situation is dire. Food, medication, housing, and other basic requirements are required.”

He stated that the UNHCR will be able to expand up humanitarian assistance if it is sufficiently supported and resourced.

“It is critical that the international community establish the required direction (and) methods to maintain Afghanistan’s functioning. If public services, such as health care or education, fail and the state fails to operate, it would cause a much worse disaster than a humanitarian crisis.”

When asked about the fresh wave of internally displaced persons in Afghanistan, he stated that roughly 500,000 people had lately been displaced by violence due to fighting in their communities. There is, however, no migration of refugees into neighboring countries, notably Pakistan.

He praised Pakistan for facilitating humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan, stating that he received some relief trucks from Pakistan during his visit to Afghanistan.

“Whether it is Pakistani or international donations going through here, we will need to use Pakistan to fly people in and out, as usual, Pakistan will play a very crucial role of assistance to the humanitarian activities within Afghanistan, and I am very happy for that.”

 

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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During the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday, China anticipates 40 million domestic trips

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According to the China State Railway Group Co., Ltd., 40 million domestic journeys are expected in China during the four-day travel rush for the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday.

According to the firm, passenger trips are projected to peak on Sunday, the opening day of the three-day Mid-Autumn Festival holiday, with 11 million trips estimated on that day.

The railway passenger flow is likely to return to last year’s levels, according to the business, citing bookings made on 12306.cn, China’s official railway ticket reservation website.

The Mid-Autumn Celebration, which takes place on September 21 this year, is a traditional festival that represents family reunions.

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Global automakers and experts appeal for NEV collaboration

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To attain the aim of carbon neutrality, major global automakers and experts have advocated for more extensive collaboration in the field of new energy vehicles (NEVs).

Speaking at the 3rd World New Energy Vehicle Congress (WNEVC), international participants stated that because China is the world’s largest auto market, they are eager to collaborate with Chinese partners to combat climate change and create a more beautiful world.

The three-day event, titled “Comprehensively advancing marketization, accelerating cross-industry integration, and collaboratively achieving carbon neutrality,” was held from September 15 to 17 in Haikou, the capital of south China’s Hainan Province.

British Trade Commissioner for China John Edwards said he urges more Chinese companies to seek collaborative opportunities with the UK and assist develop the battery and new energy vehicle markets.

“China and the United Kingdom both have extensive plans for zero-emission vehicles. I am confident that by exchanging ideas and working together, such as at this event, we can accelerate innovation and create a successful environment for meeting our zero-emission car goals “According to Edwards.

BMW, a business that has been active in the Chinese market for decades, has declared its support for China’s green transformation.

By cooperating with Chinese enterprises, the German manufacturer claimed it will deliver more zero-emission vehicles for the Chinese market and extend the number of public charging stations. BMW is forming partnerships with Chinese digital behemoths to assist startups in technological innovation, according to BMW Chief Development Officer Frank Weber in a video speech.

ZF, a global auto-system supplier, has established roughly 50 manufacturing businesses and four R&D centers in more than 20 Chinese cities.

Holger Klein, a member of ZF Group’s management board, stated that the company will continue to improve its innovation and development capabilities, as well as promote digital manufacturing for the Chinese NEV market, in order to contribute to China’s sustainable development and next-generation mobility.

Noting that China is the world’s largest market for electric vehicles, Hans Georg Engel, senior executive vice president of Daimler Greater China Ltd., stated that the company will establish an R&D center in Beijing with over 1,000 engineers and will continue to invest in China to improve its research capabilities.

Daimler, in particular, will focus on the research and development of electric vehicles and battery technology in order to give personalized goods to Chinese consumers, he added.

According to Liu Yunfeng, vice CEO of Volkswagen Group China, the German carmaker Volkswagen wants to create 17,000 high-power charging sites in China before 2025 and 32,000 by 2030, emphasizing that reaching carbon neutrality takes work from every country around the world.

Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, CEO of the Global Environment Facility, reiterated Liu’s views, urging intense cooperation in terms of technologies and markets to aid the development of the NEV industry in developing nations.

 

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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