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China does not welcome NATO’s Japan office

REUTERS – The Asia-Pacific region does not welcome NATO’s plan to open a liaison office in Japan, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning said at a press briefing on Wednesday, after Japan acknowledged NATO’s plan.
“We want to say that the Asia-Pacific does not welcome group confrontation, does not welcome military confrontation,” Mao said.
She also said Japan should be “extra cautious on the issue of military security” given its “history of aggression”.

Turkish anti-migrant party backs Kilicdaroglu

AP – A hard-line, anti-migrant party on Wednesday threw its weight behind the opposition candidate who is running against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in this weekend’s runoff presidential race.
Umit Ozdag, the leader of the far-right Victory Party, announced his support for main opposition party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, who will be facing off against Erdogan on Sunday. He said he decided to back Kilicdaroglu after the two reached a consensus on the need to repatriate millions of migrants within a year.

Ron DeSantis to make 2024 U.S. presidential bid official

BBC – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will announce his 2024 presidential bid in an online appearance with Twitter CEO Elon Musk on Wednesday.
An official launch video from the DeSantis campaign is expected later the same evening. DeSantis, 44, is viewed as former president Donald Trump’s chief rival for the Republican Party’s nomination.


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