Second-grader succumbs to the coronavirus

DURHAM (AP) — A young girl in North Carolina has died after a battle with the coronavirus. WRAL reports that Aurea Soto Morales died Monday after she was hospitalized for complications from COVID-19. The second-grader from Durham had started feeling sick in late May and was rushed to the hospital after having a seizure. Relatives said her brain swelled before she went into a coma and eventually passed away. Family members said they want to spread the message that children are not immune to the virus and that people should…

Coronavirus live news: Sweden sees third consecutive day of over 1,000 new cases; virus ‘under control’ in France | World news

11.38am EDT11:38 On Monday, more than half of Spain will enter the fourth and final phase of the country’s lockdown de-escalation, the government announced on Friday, writes Sam Jones, the Guardian’s Madrid correspondent. However, the 52% of Spaniards in the last stage will not include those in the Madrid region or the Barcelona metropolitan area – the two parts of the country hit hardest by Covid-19. Along with many other regions, they will instead proceed to the penultimate phase, in which groups of up to 15 people can meet. People…

U.S. military commander says China pushing territorial claims under cover of coronavirus

TOKYO (Reuters) – China is using the coronavirus as a cover to push territorial claims in the South China Sea through a surge in naval activity meant to intimidate other countries that claim the waters, the commander of U.S. Forces in Japan said on Friday. There has been a surge of activity by China in the South China Sea with navy ships, coast guard vessels and a naval militia of fishing boats in harassing vessels in waters claimed by Beijing, said Lieutenant General Kevin Schneider. “Through the course of the…

Here’s how geopolitical developments amid coronavirus crisis impact US and China, Opinions & Blogs News

US-China relations have kept the global economy and all the economic agents on the edge of their seats. Even when COVID-19 has cast a dark spell on the globe, both sides are doing their best to entertain us. Geopolitics deaccelerated the global economy in 2019 and in the beginning of this year it took a pause. Then virus entered into scene and it became the theme of round two in this clash of titans. Both sides blamed each other for spreading the virus, private companies were being targeted and now…

Pandemic Pressure: The Coronavirus Is Antagonizing America’s Relationships

The coronavirus pandemic is beginning to press the Trump administration to reconsider some defense options and military deployments, but the crisis has not yet begun to fundamentally transform Donald Trump’s Peace through Strength doctrine which promises “strategic predictability, operational unpredictability.” I.                Peace through Strength? The primary focus of Trump’s so-called Peace through Strength doctrine is to counter and deter the military capabilities of what the Pentagon calls “revisionist powers,” such Russia and China, and “rogue states,” such as Iran and North Korea, in…

Live Coronavirus News Updates – The New York Times

N.Y.’s top officials urge caution and warn that protests could set off a second wave of infections. After a fourth night of crowded and chaotic protests in New York City against racism and deadly police brutality, the mayor, the governor and public health officials voiced strong concerns Monday that the local demonstrations and others nationwide could set off a second wave of coronavirus infections. “You turn on the TV, and you see mass gatherings that could potentially be infecting hundreds and hundreds of people after everything we have done,” Gov.…

Coronavirus pandemic further strains US-China relations | World| Breaking news and perspectives from around the globe | DW

A “new Cold War”: the loaded term had already been floating in the air for some time, but on May 24 it was first used publicly by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the recent National People’s Congress in Beijing. He was reacting to Washington’s accusations that China was responsible for the global spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Wang accused Washington of spreading “lies and conspiracy theories,” telling journalists that in addition to the coronavirus, there was a “political virus” running rampant in the United States. Read more: Does US-China coronavirus blame…

Coronavirus Live Updates: Hong Kong Bans Tiananmen Vigil, Citing Covid-19 Threat

Hong Kong police deny permission for Tiananmen Square vigil for the first time in 30 years. The Hong Kong police halted plans for a vigil on Thursday in memory of the people who died during the 1989 crackdown on the Tiananmen Square protests, citing the need to enforce social-distancing rules to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. It is the first time the June 4 vigil, which has been held annually since 1990, has been blocked. Fears about limits on free speech and political expression have grown in Hong Kong…

Chinese President turns focus back to Beijing following coronavirus

Chairman Xi has won COVID-19. Now China’s wants to win the world. Confidence is an empowering thing. So is fear. Xi Jinping has bucketloads of both. In the midst of a global crisis, Beijing is asserting its will like never before. Mr Xi’s cracking down on Hong Kong. He’s pushing hard on Taiwan, the East and South China Seas. Even India. Mr Xi’s dictating terms to the United Nations. He’s reaching deep into the affairs of countries around the globe. Including Australia. So far, the world hasn’t demonstrated any great…