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World leaders react to “the U.S is back”



US President Joe Biden has sent a clear message to allies in Europe that the United States is back.

World leaders discussed the security and economic challenges posed by China and Russia, ahead of Joe Biden’s meeting with Vladimir Putin.

A different US president, and a different energy for world leaders at the NATO summit.

While his predecessor pushed his way on the world stage, and disparaged NATO, Joe Biden brought a marked shift in tone from his predecessor.

Donald Trump once threatened to withdraw from the alliance. President Biden describes the pact as a sacred obligation.

Joe Biden met with the Turkish president and other Baltic state leaders.

NATO’S biggest security threat

NATO was created as an alliance to defend Europe from the Soviet Union. However, today, it’s Russia and China that NATO sees as the biggest threat to security.

The president is now preparing for the major event on his schedule, a one on one meeting with Vladimir Putin on Wednesday in Geneva.

Ahead of his meeting with Vladimir Putin, Joe Biden has described the Russian leader as a worth adversary.

“He’s bright, he’s tough,” Biden said on Putin.

Russia has been in the crosshairs of European leaders due to its economic threats and cyber attacks on foreign countries.

The 30 nation Western alliance says China’s rising military presence around the world must be addressed.

The leaders also agree to update NATO’s strategic concept to factor in the new challenges of 2021. This includes cyberwarfare, artificial intelligence, disinformation, and new missile and warhead technologies.

Article 5 of the alliance’s founding treaty will also be updated to include threats to satellites in space and coordinated cyberattacks.

In the lead-up to Biden’s meeting with Vladimir Putin, the US President says he told his NATO allies that although he’s not looking for conflict with Russia, his country will respond if necessary.

He’s accused China and Russia of trying to split the transatlantic alliance. Although, he wouldn’t commit to whether Ukraine will one day join NATO, a line in the sand for Moscow.

While NATO was formed as an alliance during the Cold War, the British Prime Minister is staring firmly at China.

NATO was an alliance that just years ago felt shaky. Now it has a clear message to China and Russia. We’re back, and we stand here together.

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Travel bubble bursts between Australia and NZ



New Zealand has suspended its travel bubble with Australia

The nation has halted its travel bubble arrangements for at least eight weeks as Australia continues to battle against the delta variant of COVID-19.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern fronted the media and stated that “the Delta variant has materially changed the risk profile”. 

From 11:59pm tonight, Australians will be unable to travel to New Zealand on a quarantine-free flight

This restriction will be in place for at least the next eight weeks.

The trans-tasman route is already closed to travellers flying into New Zealand from New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia as those states battle COVID-19 outbreaks. 

“For New Zealanders in Australia, we are absolutely committed to getting you home,” Ms Ardern said. 

Jacinda Ardern has paused the trans-Tasman arrangement with Australia.

Constant disruption to trans-Tasman travel bubble

Flights to New Zealand inside the bubble have been paused and restarted as different Australian states have experienced COVID-19 outbreaks. 

“For the next seven days, we will have managed return flights for New Zealanders from all states and territories. 

“Only New Zealand citizens and those ordinarily resident in New Zealand will be able to fly home.” 

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“National emergency” – Sydney in crisis as COVID cases rise



Sydney has declared a national emergency as COVID-19 cases rise across the Australian city

Sydney and the state of New South Wales is calling on the Australian Federal Government to “refocus the national vaccination strategy”.

As the delta variant of the virus spreads throughout the city, Premier Gladys Berejiklian and her government have declared a national emergency.

New South Wales Government officials say that the spreading of the virus is “threatening the safety of other states.”

“This is not just a challenge for New South Wales – it’s a challenge for Australia”

They’ve encouraged people in virus-ravaged south-western and western Sydney to urgently “do their duty” and get vaccinated against coronavirus.

“The national emergency, every citizen has a duty to do what they can to defeat whatever is happening to us – in this case, it is a Delta variant of a virus,”

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said.

The Premier has stressed the importance of getting vaccinated as NSW records its highest daily number of COVID-19 cases today.

“We need to vaccinate younger people, between that 20 and 40-year-old age group,”

The Premier said.

Meanwhile, Chief Health Officer Dr. Kerry Chant says Australia urgently needs to “correct the mythology about AstraZeneca”.

“There is no doubt that if we want to contain this virus and stop it seeping out to other parts of Greater Sydney, stop it impacting our freedom and our economy, but also stop it spreading to other states, we need to have a discussion about refocusing the national vaccination strategy,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.

The issue will be addressed at today’s National Cabinet, she said.

At least 53 of today’s NSW cases were infectious in the community

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Is a $52 billion boost enough to end a global chip shortage?



As the race to combat the global chip shortage continues the Biden administration is big to end the crisis

US President Joe Biden is preparing to spend $52 billion to boost the worsening shortage of semiconductor chips.

The White House is still waiting for congressional approval on the big spend but is pushing ahead with plans of how to invest the money wisely.

The Commerce Secretary says America “needs to incentivise the manufacturing of chips” if the country wants the crisis to end.

She added that officials have been speaking with the impacted industries on a daily basis which has helped address the shortage from the ground up.

Whilst there have been reports that the sector is gradually improving, but the car manufacturing sector may still be impacted by delays.

Biden recently called for Semiconductor chips to be produced locally in the US, but this company is ignoring his plea.

Semiconductor manufacturer ‘Global Foundries’ has ignored US President Joe Biden’s request for new plants to be built locally amid the global chip shortage.

Construction will begin on the $4 billion Asian plant in 2023. This goes against the Biden administration’s wishes to return chip manufacturing to American soil.

The company will join rivals including ‘Samsung’ and ‘Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co’ which are all also trying to address the current chip shortage.

The President has been under increasing pressure to secure a constant supply of this crucial tech that is used in so many modern devices.

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