1) IRAN URGES TURKEY NOT TO GO AHEAD WITH ATTACK
Iran is urging Turkey not to go ahead with an attack on Syrian Kurds following President Donald
Trump’s decision to abandon the Kurdish fighters.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, to express
Tehran’s opposition to the anticipated Turkish operation.
Zarif urged Turkey to respect Syria’s integrity and sovereignty.
2) CHINESE ENVOY GOING TO US FOR TRADE TALKS
China’s chief trade envoy is going to Washington on Thursday for talks aimed at ending a tariff war.
Vice Premier Liu He will lead a delegation that includes China’s commerce minister and central bank
governor and industry, technology and agriculture regulators.
The two governments have made conciliatory gestures ahead of the talks including lifting or
postponing punitive tariffs.
The two sides have raised import duties on billions of dollars of each other’s goods, fueling fears their
dispute might tip the global economy into recession.
3) US TO BLACKLIST CHINESE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FIRMS
The United States is blacklisting a group of Chinese tech companies that develop facial recognition
and other artificial intelligence technology that the U.S. says is being used to repress China’s Muslim
The blacklist effectively bars U.S. firms from selling technology to the Chinese companies without
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a written statement that the U.S. government ”will not
tolerate the brutal suppression of ethnic minorities within China.”
The blacklisted companies include Hikvision and Dahua, both of which are global providers of video