China, the nation at the center of the U.S. foreign policy debate ahead of a polarizing presidential election, wants simply to be left out of it.
Sudan has joined the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in establishing diplomatic ties with Israel under deals overseen by President Donald Trump.
"The urgency with which Australia and I think India and Japan have committed themselves to strengthening the Quad is significant," Hervé Lemahieu told Newsweek, "and that's because the threat perception of China has been embraced."
"China doesn't export ideology, interfere in other countries' domestic affairs, seek to alter others' systems, or intend to have ideological confrontation with the United States or any other country," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said.
Two days after Newsweek reported that Syria asked for sanctions relief and troop withdrawal from the Al-Tanf garrison, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. would "compartmentalize" working to recover Austin Tice and Majd Kamalmaz from regional policy.
Iran's conventional military and the elite Revolutionary Guard began the Guardians of the Sky Velayat-99 exercise as Armenia-Azerbaijan tensions spilled over the border and a decades-long U.N. arms embargo expired.
Armenia's ambassador to the U.S. told Newsweek "Iran has the capacity and could use its leverages to restrain Azerbaijan and urge Turkey not to add fuel to fire in Nagorno Karabakh," while Azerbaijan's envoy "appreciates every offer to help with reaching the much needed peace in our region."
"Russia has proposed extending the New START for one year and is ready to assume a political obligation together with the United States to freeze the sides' existing arsenals of nuclear warheads during this period," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
Lebanese General Security director Major General Abbas Ibrahim brought to Washington a list of demands for Damascus including sanctions relief and closing Al-Tanf garrison in exchange for help on returning Austin Tice and Majd Kamalmaz, Newsweek has learned.
Azerbaijan's ambassador to the United States Elin Suleymanov told Newsweek his country "appreciates every offer to help with reaching the much needed peace in our region."
"We took a good, bitter lesson from what happened in Rwanda, and we said this should never happen," Smail Chergui, African Union commissioner for peace and security, told Newsweek.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said "it would be extremely sad" if New START, the last remaining nuclear arms treaty between Moscow and Washington, were allowed to collapse.
"You see the rhetoric, but in reality, all of our interactions have been within international norms," a Pentagon spokesperson told Newsweek, "and we've continued on."
"Iran will be relieved from arms restrictions as early as Oct. 18. Naturally, from that date, we'll trade, on the basis of our national interests, with other countries in this field," Iranian mission to the U.N. spokesperson Alireza Miryousefi told Newsweek.
"We hope that the United States will carry out a policy that does not seek military advantage over Russia," Moscow's ambassador to Washington said in remarks sent to Newsweek.
With no clear path to resolving their Eastern Mediterranean dispute, Greek officials seek a stronger U.S. role, while their Turkish counterparts want Washington to stay neutral as both sides blame each other for the worsening feud.
The State Department confirmed to Newsweek that the United States had reached an "agreement in principle" to extend the New START nuclear agreement but the head of Moscow's team dismissed the news as a possible pre-election ploy.
Three sources confirmed to Newsweek that lawmakers received word that three weapons systems were being cleared for sale to Taiwan, aggravating one of several territorial disputes China is engaged in with the U.S. and partners in Asia.
As supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei assured Iranians that their country alone held the solutions to the country's overlapping crises, his officials were shoring up relations with China and Russia in a bid to further defy the U.S.
Andrew Yang, spokesperson of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, told Newsweek that Taiwan seeks to build and buy new defense equipment as tensions with China soar.
"The people of Iran have proven to be resilient and not intimidated by such inappropriate, irresponsible and empty rhetoric," Iranian mission to the United Nations spokesperson Alireza Miryousefi told Newsweek.
"It's just the latest incident of Trump abdicating his responsibilities and shifting the blame to others," Purple Heart-recipient Alan Pitts told Newsweek. "It's extremely sad and embarrassing."
"I think I wouldn't be overestimating by saying every Armenian in the world is disturbed by this, is moved by this and is in action having to do with this," singer-songwriter Serj Tankian told Newsweek.
Jeremy Faust of Boston's Brigham And Women's Hospital told Newsweek he had his doubts about the Chinese government's reliability, but when it came to the U.S. and China's coronavirus responses, "they did better."
"Iran will not allow anyone to bring terrorists, whom we have fought for many years in Syria, to our border points under any pretext," Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said as conflict raged nearby between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
"There is no change to the operational readiness or mission capability of the U.S. Armed Forces," Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement sent to Newsweek.
"We do not accept reckless smearing and groundless accusations against China," a spokesperson for Beijing's embassy in Washington told Newsweek.
"As partners in this Quad, it is more critical now than ever that we collaborate to protect our people and partners from the CCP's exploitation, corruption, and coercion," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said alongside Australian, Indian and Japanese officials.
Turkey is involved in conflicts in Syria, Libya and between Armenia and Azerbaijan, but has of far avoided a direct clash with fellow NATO member Greece over energy reserves in the Mediterranean Sea.
"We've been here our whole life, and we are staying here to do what we can. It would be wrong not to worry, but it would be wrong to panic and leave your post," Artsakh representative to the U.S. told Newsweek.