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China pushes back on US containment & confrontation | World In :60 | GZERO Media

China responds to US provocations: US/China relations further strained

Ian Bremmer shares his insights on global politics this week on World In :60.

How will the US respond to China's saber-rattling?

Well, I mean, in part, China's saber-rattling is a response to what the United States has already been doing. In particular, significant export sanctions that are not really about competition. They're really about containment of China in some of the top areas of economic development, technological development that they are trying mightily to be world leaders at. There is a level of direct confrontation that the Americans are pushing on and the Chinese are now increasingly public. I thought that it was interesting that Xi Jinping decided to make those statements about the United States directly. He usually defers to the so-called wolf warriors, some of the members of the press so this is getting chippier and the ability to maintain and manage a calm and engaged, interdependent US- China relationship is getting harder. There's, as they say, downward pressure on that call going forward.

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People search for survivors following an earthquake in Iskenderun, Turkey.

REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

The politics of recovery in Syria and Turkey

As the death toll mounts from Monday’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake, rescue efforts are intensifying in southern Turkey and northern Syria, with thousands of international aid workers flying in to assist.

The rescue effort, however, is anything but smooth sailing, not least because of frigid weather conditions. (Aid workers say that snow makes debris heavier and increases the risk of more building collapses.) But there are also political factors obstructing the recovery work.

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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan speaks at the coordination center of Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority in Ankara.

Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS

How Turkey’s Erdoğan responds to quake could impact his reelection chances

Turkey and Syria are reeling in the wake of Monday's 7.8-magnitude earthquake and subsequent aftershocks that claimed the lives of at least 5,000 people and left thousands more injured. It's the worst tremor to hit the region since 1999, when some 17,500 perished in the northeastern Turkish city of İzmit near Istanbul.

While offers of international aid pour in and rescue teams work around the clock to find survivors, one person wants to be seen as being firmly in command and on top of the recovery effort in Turkey: President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

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We've got some big national elections coming up in the first half of 2023. In February, voters in Nigeria, Africa's most populous and largest economy, will pick a new president. Three months later, Thais head to the polls in what will be a major test of the army's political power. And in June, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan faces his toughest reelection bid since coming to power in 2014. Here are votes scheduled to take place in the first six months of the year, excluding microstates.

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