”We must have faith,” Juventus coach Max Allegri told BT Sport.
”We’ll have some players back and there’s no point crying over spilled milk. We knew it was going to be tough, that Atletico Mad
rid force you to play badly, with a slow tempo. We moved the ball quicker in the first half, but not in the second.
”We got the approach wrong in the second half. It’s that simple. These things can happen, there will be great disappoint
ment after this 2-0, but we can turn it around. It won’t be easy, we need a great second leg, but it can be done and we must have faith.”
In the night’s other game, 10-man Manchester City came from behind to win 3-2 at German side Schalke.
Nabil Bentaleb scored two first-half penalties to cancel out Sergio Aguero’s opener and ensure Schalke led 2-1 at the interval.
City hit back in the second half, recovering from losing Nicolas Otamendi to a re
d card before goals from Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling secured victory.
Pep Guardiola’s team had looked in control before the game was turned on its head by VAR.
Deripaska, whose ties to Trump’s 2016 campaign chairman Paul Manafort have also been of interest to investigators.
Moscow-based businessman David Geovanis
Two witnesses who have given evidence to the Senate Intelligence Committee say the
y were asked about Geovanis’ past relationship with the President during interviews last year. The
interviews were conducted by staff working for both the Republican and Democratic sides of the committee, ac
cording to the sources, who wish to remain anonymous due to the confidential nature of the Senate inquiry.
This is the first time that Geovanis’ name has been reve
aled in connection with the various investigations underway into Russian influence on US politics, wh
ich include a sweeping new House investigation into Trump’s financial interests.
The Senate Intelligence Committee’s interest in Geovanis indicates its inv
estigation is delving further back into Trump’s past in Russia than previously thought.
Chinese tech giant Huawei is facing a new attack as it tries to persuade the UK government to let it help build super-fast 5G networks in the country.
Top British cybersecurity officials are reportedly confident they can manage any risks from Huawei’s telecommunic
ations equipment, but a report published Wednesday by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a top security think tank, said that would be a mistake.
”Allowing Huawei’s participation is at best naive, at worst irresponsible,” the report said, sugg
esting such a move could compromise the United Kingdom’s communications infrastructure.
UK spies think they can handle Huawei in 5G networks. The US doesn’t agree
The US government is pushing allies around the world to block wireless operators from buying Huawei gear for the 5G networks t
hey’re starting to build. US officials say the company’s technology could be used by Chinese intelligence agencies for spying.
Huawei and the Chinese government have repeatedly denied the US allegations. Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.
The report’s release comes days after the Financial Times reported that the UK’s National Cyb
er Security Centre had concluded the risks of using Huawei equipment in 5G networks could be managed.
using equipment from Huawei, the world’s biggest maker of telecommunications equipment, over security concerns.
The United States has made it clear that any country that uses Huawei will find its opportunities to work with Was
hington limited. In a speech in Munich on Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence described the company as a “threat.”
”Chinese law requires them to provide Beijing’s vast security apparatus with access to any data that touches their networks or equipment,” Pence said.
The RUSI report reached a similar conclusion, saying that although Huawei may be a pri
vate company, China’s national security laws required cooperation with authorities when requested.
”Huawei’s Chinese staff have no choice but to accede to requests from Chinese government departments,” the report said.
The Chinese government has denied it would demand access to Huawei’s technology for spying, and the company has said it would refuse such a request.
infrastructure and Gwadar is an important part of it. Pakistan has been trying to get the assistance needed for development and di
versify sources of investment from many countries such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Gwadar is not an exclusive platform.
The China-funded CPEC helps build the infrastructure at the port, and the improved condition
will attract more investment which then in turn boosts the development of Gwadar and the whole of Pa
kistan. Inclusiveness and multilateral cooperation are exactly the ideas that the BRI champions.
Admittedly, geostrategic competition is prevailing in the region. If added with the different inter
t demands of Afghanistan and Iran and the historical enmity between India and Pakistan, the region can be one of the most volatile plac
es in the world. Joint development is the only path that could lead the region into long-term peace and stability. This is also the broader objective of the BRI.
China hopes that all the investment coming into the region can be connected so as to be best utilized. Regional countri
es should enhance cooperation via coordination. Meanwhile, all should hold an open attitude toward investment from outside the region.
As each regional power vies for a foothold and seeks its development, both competition and cooperation feature in this process. All
the countries face the question of how to turn strategic hedging into benign competition. The BRI provides the answer.
one with the UK in 2017 and another with India the following year. By exploiting the power of these regional countries, Japan aims to secure military provisions for its SDF in t
he Indo-Pacific region from the US, Canada, Australia and India and in the North Atlantic region from the US, the UK, France and Canada.
This has laid the foundation for Japan to broaden its SDF activities and ensure military provision with its par
tners. It is a small-scale bilateral military alliance system centered on Japan. This shows Japan’s long-term strategic plan.
Since the 21st century, Japan has clearly labeled China as its biggest real and potential rival. Especially since Shinzo Abe took office, he spared no efforts at contai
ning China. During Abe’s first term, the Japanese government raised the idea of the “arc of freedom and prosperity.” When
he became prime minister for a second time, the policies advocated by his cabinet, including the values-based alliance, the alliance of
maritime democracies, the democratic security diamond and the freedom corridor, have all kept China in focus.
Because of the ACSAs with Australia and India, Japan can militarily constrain China’s Belt and Road Initiative in the Pacific and Indian Ocean regions. In the A
tlantic, it can also exert forceful intervention in China’s policy in Europe, North Africa and West Africa.
In some areas where China’s military strength has not reached, Japan has crafted its military pla
n in advance by utilizing its bilateral alliance system, trap-falling China’s military strategy into a passive position.
is a region in transition. Since the beginning of the 21st century, thi
s region has come across political struggle between new capitalistic groups and old b
ureaucratic factions, as well as political turmoil as a result of the huge gap between the rich and poor.
Indonesia is also going to hold a presidential election in April. These upcoming electi
ons have sent a clear signal that Southeast Asian countries long for political stability and development.
The Thai election can give confidence to other countries in the region. After all, with very few exc
eptions, the junta can return power to the people through elections.
As for China-Thailand relations, historically, no matter which
government came to power after several coups, the direction of bilateral ties has never chang
ed. The cooperation between China and Thailand has become the common aspiration of the two peoples and is in their mutual interest.
ina would like to address the problems of economic and trade frictions with the United States in a cooperative way to promo
te the conclusion of a deal accepted by both sides, President Xi Jinping said on Friday.
Xi made the remark while meeting with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuch
in in Beijing. The meeting came after the conclusion of two days of high-level economic and trade consultations.
Xi added that certain principles are necessary for cooperation.
Chinese and US consultation teams made important progress for the curre
nt stage, and the two negotiating teams will meet again in Washington next week for f
urther discussions, Xi said. He added that the both nations should make more efforts for a win-win deal.
The two countries’ economic and trade teams have had frequent and helpful consultatio
ns since December, Xi said. He has emphasized many times that cooperation is the best choice for China and the US.
of understanding on bilateral economic and trade issues, Xinhua reported. The two sides said they will step up their work
within the time limit for consultations set by both heads of state, and strive for consensus.
Vice-Premier Liu He, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin headed the talks.
After tit-for-tat exchanges of hefty import tariffs, China and the US agreed in December to halt new ta
riffs for 90 days to allow for talks. Since then, the world’s two largest economies have conducted i
ntense negotiations on a wide array of topics, such as trade and structural issues.
Wei Jianguo, vice-president of the China Center for International Economic Ex
changes, said China and the US have maintained close contacts in recent m
onths, which reflects their positive desire to solve genuine problems and foster cooperation.
Wei, a former vice-minister of commerce, underlined the importance of conducting rule-based negotiations and seeking win-win solutions.
Diao Daming, associate professor at Renmin University of China’s School of International Studies, said the world’s two la
rgest economies can deliver positive results in future trade talks to allay global concerns.
dissidents and their families. Western countries believe that they can easily dig up stories about those people and they can be easily manipulat
ed as well. However, what happened with Angela Gui has sent a clear message that there is always the risk of it backfiring. Those peopl
e are fully aware of being used by some Western interests, which results in a strong sense of insecurity and suspicion. Some of them are also selfish. A f
ew years ago, a Chinese dissident well-known in the West left China for the US and later embarrassed his American patrons.
Furthermore, nowadays Western public opinion is increasingly radical and populist, which has made it difficult for some countrie
s to adopt a realistic approach and repair relations with China after disputes. Some prominent for
eigners who have a comprehensive understanding of China are facing an increasing risk of acting differently from t
he radical sentiment. Recently, John McCallum, Canadian ambassador to China, was criticized and finally lost his po
sition, due to his attempt to ease the China-Canada relationship regarding the incident of Meng Wanzhou.
Last but not least, the incident has primarily embarrassed the Swedish Foreign Ministry m