China's President Xi Jinping speaks at a news conference after the closing of G20 Summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China, September 5, 2016. © Damir Sagolj / Reuters

Made In China G20 And Its Geoeconomic Significance

What has just taken place in Hangzhou, China, is of immense geoeconomic importance. Beijing from the start treated the G20 very seriously; this was designed as China’s party, not the declining West’s. And much less Washington’s.

Outlining the agenda for the discussions, President Xi Jinping went straight to the point also geopolitically, as he set the tone: “The outdated Cold War mentality should be discarded. We urgently need to develop an inclusive, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable new security concept.”

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US President Barack Obama disembarks from the Air Force One at Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport in eastern Zhejiang province on Saturday. Photo: Reuters

G20 ‘Staircase Snub’ For Obama Was United States’ Decision, Reveals Chinese Official

It was Washington’s decision to have US President Barack Obama disembark from his plane through a small bare metal stairway instead of the usual rolling red-carpet staircase that state leaders get, a Chinese foreign ministry official has revealed.

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Israel Pounds Syrian Govt Positions In Golan Heights With Retaliatory Fire

The mortars which landed onto an open area in the Israeli-held area of the Golan Heights, did not lead to any apparent damage, Israel said, without specifying the number of the shells it encountered. It did not immediately recognize the incident as stray fire.

“The Syrian government must be held accountable for this breach of Israeli sovereignty,” IDF spokesman Peter Lerner wrote on his Twitter account. “The IDF will continue to act to safeguard Israel.”

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ISIS-Linked British Glamour Model Denies Plans To Join Terrorists In Syria

A former British glamour model being groomed online as a ‘jihadist bride’ by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL) says she is considering visiting the Turkey-Syria border for a third time in the next few months, but denies she wants to join the terrorist group.

Kimberley Miners, a former page three girl who has posed topless for the Sun newspaper, has allegedly been in contact with a British fighter in Syria, Abu Usama Al Britani, who is trying to recruit women to the terrorist group via Facebook.