Morning Brief, Monday, January 14
Asia PATRICK LIN/AFP/Getty Images The landslide victory by Taiwan’s Kuomintang party will likely herald a calmer relationship between Taipei and Beijing. Accepting responsibility for the defeat, Chen Shui-bian (shown bowing at right) resigned as chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party. In another blow to Taiwanese nationalists, the African country of Malawi announced it no longer ...
The landslide victory by Taiwan’s Kuomintang party will likely herald a calmer relationship between Taipei and Beijing. Accepting responsibility for the defeat, Chen Shui-bian (shown bowing at right) resigned as chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party. In another blow to Taiwanese nationalists, the African country of Malawi announced it no longer recognizes Taiwan as an independent state.
Bloomberg looks at the investment upside of closer Taiwan-China ties.
China claims that its food- and product-safety campaign has been completely successful.
Pakistan’s army clashed with tribal militants near the Afghan border.
South Korea’s new president-elect said he would meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il “anytime” if it would “help persuade the North to give up its nuclear programs.”
Speaking in Abu Dhabi Sunday, U.S. President George W. Bush pushed Gulf Arab states to remain unified against Iran. Meanwhile, Iran agreed to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Israeli PM Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas finally began “final-status” talks after a seven-week delay. In a conciliatory gesture, Olmert called illegal outpost settlements a “disgrace.”
The euro climbed to $1.4906 in European trading. Meanwhile, the British pound has dropped by nearly 9 percent against the euro since Nov. 2007.
For the first time since 1999, Britain’s economy is smaller than that of France.
European overfishing of the northwest coast of Africa has devastated that region’s fish stocks and led to illegal migration.
Gold and platinum again rose to record highs in trading Monday.
In a bad sign for the U.S. economy, consumer spending may be taking a nose dive for the first time since 1991.
Kenyans expect more unrest this week.
2008 U.S. Election
Michagan’s primary is tomorrow. In the latest Reuters/CSPAN/Zogby poll of likely Michigan primary voters, John McCain holds a slight edge over rival Mitt Romney. Nationally, McCain’s poll numbers are surging.
- U.S. President George W. Bush heads to Saudi Arabia, where he will spend two nights before stopping in Egypt on his way back to Washington.
- Manmohan Singh is visiting China for the first time as India’s prime minister. His visit overlaps that of Adm. Timothy Keating, who heads U.S. Pacific Command.
- NASA’s spacecraft Messenger is due to pass the planet Mercury at around noon EST.
- Álvaro Colom will be sworn in as Guatemala’s president.
- The MacWorld Expo begins Monday.
Blake Hounshell is a former managing editor of Foreign Policy.
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