Al Jazeera writes: China has blamed the United States for what it called a “stalemate” in bilateral relations as high-level face-to-face talks began in the Chinese city of Tianjin. In a meeting with US’s No 2 diplomat on Monday, China’s Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng urged Washington “to change its highly misguided mindset and dangerous policy,” according to the official Xinhua News Agency.
Najib Sharifi writes for Al Jazeera: The withdrawal of the United States and NATO forces from Afghanistan has put a crucial choice before the country’s neighbours. As foreign troops are leaving and Taliban fighters are advancing, they will have to decide whether they will cooperate to stabilise the country or turn it yet again into a battlefield of regional interests. This decision will determine the course of events not just in Afghanistan, but the whole region.
Al Jazeera writes: Tunisian President Kais Saied’s decision to suspend parliament and dismiss the prime minister sparked protests at home where the biggest political party decried it as a “coup”. The decision was condemned as an attack on democracy by his rivals. Foreign governments have also voiced concern.
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- Street clashes outside army-barricaded parliament, a day after President Kais Saied removed the prime minister and suspended parliament
- Move followed nationwide protests over economic troubles and government mishandling of the coronavirus crisis.
- Troops blocked parliamentary speaker and Ennahdha party leader Rached Ghannouchi from entering the building on Monday.
Al Jazeera writes: Tunisian police has stormed Al Jazeera’s bureau in the capital Tunis, expelling all the staff, after President Kais Saied late on Sunday ousted the government in a move his foes called a coup. At least 20 heavily armed plainclothes police officers entered the office on Monday, Al Jazeera journalists in Tunis reported, saying the officers did not have warrants for the raid.
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Maziar Motamedi writes for Al Jazeera: Iran’s parliament has suspended its review of a highly controversial bill that a minister, citizens and businesses say will only lead to more internet restrictions in the country. The bill, first proposed three years ago, is titled “Protecting Users in Cyberspace and Organising Social Media” but critics say it is aimed at introducing more controls in a country where most prominent global services are already banned.
Danil Bochkov writes: President Joe Biden’s decision on the swift withdrawal of American military forces from Afghanistan by August 31 has had a very different acceptance among US politicians. Donald Trump, who initiated this pullout move and wanted to speed it up before presidential elections, supported the decision. Former US president George W. Bush, who actually dispatched the military to Afghanistan after September 11 attacks in 2001 to bash Al -Qaeda, has slammed the move saying the consequences will be “unbelievably bad” especially for Afghan women and girls.
Global Times writes: China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) on Monday released the country’s first negative list for cross-border trade in services in the Hainan Free Trade Port, a major measure to improve the administrative model for trade in services — which will facilitate free trade in services and enhance the country’s opening-up levels.
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Global Times writes: The president of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) called on countries to adopt “free trade” at a time when many governments were pushing localization of the semiconductor industry, as he said that semiconductor localization could only be regional phenomenon, according to media reports.