We are addressing the tough German elections and reactions to the exchange of prisoners of war between Germany and Chinese Canadians.
Voting ends in German elections
Early exit polls showed fierce competition after the Germans voted for the new parliament. Their choice will determine the successor to Prime Minister Angela Merkel, who will lead the EU’s most populous democracy. This is the latest update.
The country’s two largest political parties, the Social Democratic Party and Merkel’s Christian Democratic Party, were either tied in the vote or within percentage points of each other.
For 12 of the last 16 years, each party that has governed in a coalition under Merkel appeared to be below 30 percent. This is the first such result among voters since the Merkel Party was founded in 1945.
The organizers warned that it could take longer than usual to count ballots, as more people will vote by mail due to the pandemic.
Dramatic prisoner exchange
China welcomed Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, who had been under house arrest in Canada for years for fraud, at a fanfare and welcomed her as a hero.
However, in the West, Beijing was willing to trade boldly in dealings with foreigners, raising concerns about the release of two Canadians from prisons in China and the end of the 1,030-day standoff. ..
Donald C. Clark, a professor of Chinese law at George Washington University Law School, said:
The exchange may help regain tension between Washington and Beijing from the point of crisis. However, it will rarely solve the actual deeper problems.
Inside story: In December 2018, Canadian authorities arrested Huawei’s chief financial officer and daughter of its founder, Meng, at the request of the United States. Shortly thereafter, China detained two Canadians, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig.
timing: The exchange took place on the same day that President Biden first met Australian, Japanese and Indian leaders at the White House as part of an effort to build an alliance to counter China’s influence. rice field.
Booster shots in South Korea
South Korean Prime Minister Kim Bu-gyeom said the country would soon begin administering booster shots to health care workers and people over the age of 60 as they fought a new wave of infection after their Chuseok vacation on Sunday.
Infectious diseases have surged recently as millions of people visit and return to their loved ones across the country to celebrate the harvest festival.
Kim said the vaccination campaign will be sped up and the interval between the first and second shots will be shorter from October. Over 85% of new cases in the last few weeks have been associated with people who have not been fully vaccinated.
The curfew has recently been relaxed, and officials have warned that the surge in incidents threatens South Korea’s gradual return to normal. However, pandemic fatigue is increasing.
detail: About 45% of the total population is fully vaccinated and about 74% are vaccinated once. South Korea reported a record 3,273 new cases on Saturday after hovering nearly 2,000 cases before vacation.
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Wole Soyinka doesn’t go anywhere
He must be involved when the first black winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, and the first African winner, feels that freedom, democracy, etc. are threatened in Nigeria.
“It’s a temperament,” said 87-year-old Wole Soyinka in an interview in Abeokuta, his hometown of southern Nigeria.
“Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth,” his first novel in almost 50 years, was published in the United States on Tuesday. Set in a fictional Nigeria, it is a satire about how power buildup goes wrong. (His 1975 play “Death and the King’s Rider” was produced for Netflix by Mo Abudu’s empire, Ebony Life Media, which won the informal title “Answer to African Oprah.” It is.)
“Something happened to the quality of the sensibilities of this country,” he said. “I haven’t put my finger on it completely. But something is given in this country. Something has derailed.”
Boko Haram has been terrorizing northeastern Nigeria for over a decade. Massive abductions swept the north. Police atrocities have aroused protests. A separatist group attacked a government agency.
It keeps Soyinka back on the front lines. “I know, I know, I know. I have announced many times that I will withdraw from public life,” Soyinka said. “And I meant that! About 24 hours.”