China-Vietnam Border Wall Would Target Smugglers, Chinese Economic Refugees

Reports that China is building a wall along the border with Vietnam to keep its own citizens at home spotlights economic hard times on the Chinese side and frustration on both sides with rampant smuggling, analysts believe. Authorities in southwestern China are working on a two-meter-high wall along the 1,300-meter border, Radio Free Asia reported […]


Venezuela’s Oil Exports Sink to 1940s Level Under Tighter US Sanctions, Data Show

Pressured by strict U.S. sanctions, Venezuela’s oil exports plunged by 376,500 barrels per day (bpd) in 2020, according to Refinitiv Eikon data and internal documents from state-run PDVSA, financially squeezing socialist President Nicolas Maduro’s government. The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump also put curbs on PDVSA’s main trading partners, the owners of tankers still […]


US Blames Taliban for Plotting Afghan Assassinations

The United States has directly accused the Taliban of being behind a recent wave of high-profile assassinations in Afghanistan, urging the insurgent group to stop the violence “for peace to succeed.” Monday’s charges came hours after the Taliban accused U.S. forces of launching airstrikes against insurgent-held areas in violation of their 2020 bilateral agreement aimed […]