"China will continue to take necessary measures to firmly defend national sovereignty and security and work together with regional countries to safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said.
The WHO announced it's ending its investigation into the Wuhan lab's ties to the coronavirus pandemic.
Footage from the streets in the capital of Naypyitaw showed police firing guns and using water cannons .
Increasingly clear signals have been sent back and forth between Washington and Beijing, with China's tightly controlled state media now calling on President Joe Biden to make the first move.
The enactment of China's new Coast Guard Law earlier this month has also raised concerns among regional leaders about a possible accidental conflict.
Iran was also set to extend a 20-year relations agreement with Russia and is in the final stages of reaching a 25-year economic cooperation deal with China, as the Islamic Republic looks to dodge lasting U.S. sanctions under President Joe Biden.
Attempts by the U.S. State Department to contact deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is currently detained, were rejected.
While Iranian officials wait for President Joe Biden to act, military leaders have maintained a steady stream of belligerence.
China has maintained its pressure on Taiwan into President Joe Biden's administration, with regular military exercises close to the island.
After a woman was jailed over a sexually explicit video leaked without her consent, Moroccan activists launched a social media campaign against a law criminalizing sex outside of marriage.
The U.S. and Iran are settling into a stalemate over the revival of the JCPOA nuclear deal, ditched by Trump in 2018.
Its efficacy against the new 501Y.V2 variant fell far below the 50 percent benchmark that regulators have set for COVID-19 vaccines.
Yevgeny Agafonov was arrested in St. Petersburg despite not taking part in the protests in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
"The strength of the relationship between China and the Palestine Liberation Organization in the past, present and the future, calls us to fully cooperate with China," PLO Executive Committee member Faisal Aranki told Newsweek.
The new administration is currently in a stand-off with Tehran as to who should take the first steps back to compliance with the 2015 accord.
Former U.S. ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul told Newsweek that the U.S. should be not help the Russian opposition.
The president has promised to re-evaluate ties with the Saudi royal family, ending tacit U.S. backing for the war and the kingdom's human rights abuses.
"Beijing's military, economic, and diplomatic coercion against Taiwan constitutes a threat to the security not only of Taiwan, but of the entire Indo-Pacific region," the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York said in a statement sent to Newsweek.
"The sad truth is that Western governments likely have very little leverage in Myanmar," prominent Burmese author and historian Thant Myint-U told Newsweek, "and will certainly not determine what comes next."
"Today marks the beginning of a new era in our foreign policy," Representative Ro Khanna said.
Bryce Barros, a member of the Black China Caucus, said Beijing is still failing to read the room.