Your Thursday Summary: Ukraine’s State of Emergency

We are covering the world preparing for possible war in Ukraine and China’s inward focus under Xi Jinping.

In its most severe assessment, the Pentagon on Wednesday said 80% of the 190,000 Russian troops and separatists in or near Ukraine are in combat readiness and an all-out military strike. very likely to happen. These are the latest updates.

The Ukrainians were preparing for all-out war as officials prepared to declare a 30-day state of emergency and mobilize reservists. Government websites, including the website of the Department of State, have knocked down by a hack.

Australia and Japan on Wednesday joined the United States, European allies and other countries in announcing sanctions against Russia. Among those facing financial and travel penalties are Russia’s Defense Minister, President Vladimir Putin’s chief of staff and Mr. other members of Putin’s inner circle.

Officials said there would be more sanctions. The Biden administration is prepare a ban on US technology exports to Russia if the conflict escalates.

React: Putin remained defiant, saying in a video message that “Russia’s interests and the security of our citizens are unconditional to us.” Russia’s ambassador to Washington said that Russia would not “modify its foreign policy under the threat of restrictions.”

What’s next: The EU is preparing for large number of displaced people from Ukraine if a full-blown conflict breaks out. The leaders will hold an emergency summit meeting in Brussels on Thursday.

News: Registration for nightly updates on the Ukraine crisis.

The vaccine, produced by the European companies Sanofi and GSK, is a routine and non-mRNA-based method of vaccination. It get billions of dollars to grow from Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration’s vaccine accelerator.

In a Phase 3 clinical trial, the drug was 58% effective for symptomatic disease. This is lower than the results for Pfizer and Moderna’s mRNA vaccines in early trials, but it is “in line with expected vaccine efficacy in today’s environment dominated by significant variations.” interested,” Sanofi and GSK said in a statement.

Detail: The best target for a Covid vaccine is a protein called spike. While the mRNA vaccine contains the genetic instructions to make the protein, the Sanofi-GSK vaccine uses a slightly modified version of the protein itself to stimulate an immune response.

This is the latest updates and map of the pandemic.

In other developments:

Modern China is built on global connections: sending young people, companies and future leaders into the outside world.

Now, fueled by its transformation – and the most dominant leader in decades, Xi Jinping – the country is stay away from artistic and intellectual ideas from abroad.

Officials are restricting English education and foreign teachers. Regulators have punished companies that raise money abroad. Mr. Xi promoted traditional Chinese literature and art, and warned artists not to imitate Hollywood. Under the new rules, TV shows are even required to state whether the actors or crew members are foreign nationals.

The number of foreigners living in Beijing and Shanghai has fallen by almost a third over the past decade. The government, citing the coronavirus pandemic, is no longer free to issue most passports, the physical symbol of a linked world.

Can quote: “There is no longer any integration and exchange between different cultures,” said Zhang Jincan, owner of Dusk Dawn Club, a live music venue in Beijing.

Asia Pacific

The swamps of the Congo Basin are home to one of the planet’s greatest natural resources, peatlands that store enormous amounts of carbon if they are left untouched. Now, guardians of the world largest network of tropical peatlands are asking why they are not paid more to stay intact.

South Koreans will vote to elect their next president on March 9, in an election widely seen as one of the most controversial in decades. I caught up with Choe Sang-Hun, The Times’ Seoul bureau chief, to talk about what voters want and how they view corruption allegations against the main candidate: Lee Jae-myung of the Democratic Party ruling progressive master and Yoon Suk-yeol of the opposition, the People’s Power Conservative Party.

The election was described as an “election of the unprofitable”. What is the mood of the voters?

Well, it’s called an uncontrollable contest because the two main contenders and their families have entangled in a series of scandals. It is also because Korean politics is more polarized than before and has intense negative movement.

There are corruption allegations against even the top people, from magician arrive Controversial Development Transaction. How do Koreans feel about these issues?

Overall, people seemed embarrassed and distraught by the multitude of accusations. But it also depends on who you talk to. The country is deeply divided along partisan lines.

What are some of the main worries facing Koreans that the candidates are focusing (or not focusing enough on)?

House and soil price and how to make house prices more reasonable. How to protect small private business owners who have been hit hardest during the pandemic. The income gap is widening. How to eradicate corruption.

The poll seems to show that neither Lee nor Yoon were widely loved. How did they end up taking the lead?

Korean politics has always been led and divided between two main political parties representing progressives and conservatives, although these parties have frequently changed their names. Lee was a famous mayor and governor of the province and Identify yourself as a leader who can deliver results. Yoon served as a star prosecutor under President Moon Jae-in’s government until the two disbanded.

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That’s it for today’s briefing. Let us know what you think of this newsletter short survey. Thank you! – Melina

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The latest episode of “The Daily“It’s about the logic of Vladimir Putin when he invaded Ukraine.

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