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5 Top Reads
Our Top Weekend Reads
Enforced calm in Kashmir, protests continue in Hong Kong, and Trump goes for Greenland.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong’s grassroots protest movement persisted, testing Beijing’s resolve. Demonstrators drew international attention as they ground Hong Kong International Airport to a halt. Amid pervasive propaganda, suspicion and international concern surrounding the movement have only grown.
Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump caused a stir after he floated the idea that the United States could purchase Greenland, a self-governing territory of Denmark known for its frozen landscape. On Aug. 16, Greenland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs asserted its view on the matter. “We’re open for business, not for sale,” it tweeted.
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Assumptions that Beijing will seek to avoid a violent crackdown on protesters ignore the way the Chinese Communist Party views historical events and how it makes decisions, Jude Blanchette writes.
Both Hong Kong and Kashmir are facing immense pressure from governments that want to rapidly assimilate them. And now Beijing and New Delhi are leveraging a shared legacy—the tools of British imperial control, Amy Hawkins writes.
Trump’s talk of buying Greenland is outlandish, but it isn’t unprecedented. The U.S. Virgin Islands were the Danish West Indies until the United States purchased them. However, there are a number of reasons why the idea of the United States acquiring new territory isn’t just silly but dangerous, Paul Musgrave writes.
The Trump administration has appointed Elnigar Iltebir, a Uighur American academic, to serve as its director for China on the National Security Council, Foreign Policy’s Amy Mackinnon and Robbie Gramer report. China stands accused of detaining up to 2 million Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities in camps.
Russia’s enthusiasm for testing a nuclear-powered cruise missile, an endeavor that reportedly killed five men on Aug. 8, is just the latest reminder of the high stakes of nuclear arms control, Jeffrey Lewis writes.