"The Russian Direct Investment Fund, which has been in charge of international cooperation for Sputnik V, said in April it would produce 100 million doses in collaboration with Hualan Biological Bacterin Inc., in addition to an earlier deal announced in March for 60 million doses with Shenzhen Yuanxin Gene tech Co.
The two deals are in addition to a deal announced last November with Tibet Rhodiola Pharmaceutical Holding Co, which had paid $9 million to manufacture and sell the Sputnik V vaccine in China. RDIF said in April the terms of the deal were for 100 million doses with a subsidiary company belonging to Tibet Rhodiola."
"However, none of the three Chinese companies has begun manufacturing Sputnik V as of yet."
“That would be a loss for global health and an embarrassment for the Biden Administration. Americans should question whose interests are served by their colossal financial contributions to the WHO.”
"The G-7 language was tougher on China than the document produced by the larger, 30-member NATO grouping. For instance, Taiwan went unnamed by the security alliance while the G-7 statement devoted a paragraph to calls for stability in the Taiwan Strait and neighboring seas, which China claims as its sovereign domain. It was the first-ever mention of that hot-button issue in such a communiqué, according to the University of Toronto’s G-7 Research Group."
"60. We reiterate the importance of maintaining a free and open Indo Pacific, which is inclusive
and based on the rule of law. We underscore the importance of peace and stability across the
Taiwan Strait, and encourage the peaceful resolution of cross-Strait issues. We remain seriously
concerned about the situation in the East and South China Seas and strongly oppose any
unilateral attempts to change the status quo and increase tensions."
"But the increased attention is also likely to threaten its security and could adversely affect Taipei’s ties with regional countries, analysts said, adding that Southeast Asian nations were likely to stay on the sidelines so as not to complicate relations with Beijing."
"The current crisis in the Taiwan Strait, one underscored by Beijing’s repeated threats of war and hostile military manoeuvres, must not be regarded as a bilateral issue between Taipei and Beijing (or an internal one, as the Chinese side maintains). Rather, the soured relations must be assessed in their regional and global context. By doing so, it becomes clear that, like many other countries, Taiwan has been at the receiving end of an increasingly authoritarian and assertive regime in Beijing. In other words, Taiwan’s souring ties with Beijing occurred in parallel with, not in isolation from, a similar downturn in other countries’ relationship with China."
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"The Taiwan Strait issue provides a golden opportunity for two sides of the Atlantic to jointly uphold their shared values on democracy, to advance peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, and to respond to Beijing’s assertive behaviors together."