22nd Mar 2023


UK parliament bars Chinese envoy in sanctions row

Speakers of both chambers of the British parliament have declined entry to China's new UK ambassador, Zheng Zeguang, pending the lifting of Chinese sanctions on several British MPs, including former Conservative party leader Iain Duncan Smith. China, earlier the year, also blacklisted MEPs in Brussels in revenge for EU sanctions over its abuse of the Uighur minority, prompting the European Parliament to freeze ratification of a landmark China-EU investment treaty.

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How much can we trust Russian opinion polls on the war?

The lack of Russian opposition to the Russo-Ukrainian War is puzzling. The war is going nowhere, Russian casualties are staggering, the economy is in trouble, and living standards are declining, and yet polls indicate that most Russians support the war.

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