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On Britannia - Issue #33

On Britannia
Thursday 8th July, by Jackson Scott
Good morning from us here at the Council on Geostrategy. The news this morning is of course all about the football game but there have still been major headlines since Monday.

Leading the Agenda
Japan says it will come to the help of Taiwan if there is Chinese aggression.
Japan’s deputy prime minister said if the Chinese attack Taiwan, it will come to the aid of Taiwan and America. The deputy prime minister fears if Taiwan is taken, Japanese islands could be next.
The Taliban are wasting no time in Afghanistan, making their advance in the western province of Badghis.
The Taliban began an assault on Qala-e-Naw, the first major city to be attacked since the beginning of the last stage of the American departure. The Afghan forces ended up driving most the Taliban forces back out of the city.
Type 45 destroyer to receive more firepower.
The Royal Navy is receiving £500M to upgrade their Type 45 destroyers. This will help the Royal Navy to be equipped with the most advanced equipment in the world.
Under the Radar
News from the World - Egypt to release the Ever Given after agreeing to a payment deal with the company and its insurers.
News from Parliament - Sir Stephen Lovegrove is looking into Nexperia’s buying of Newport Wafer Fab. Nexperia is a Chinese tech company. This decision was committed to by Boris Johnson in result to the Liaison Committee meeting.
News from the Think Tank World - The Council of Foreign Relations held a virtual event on 30 June to discuss the U.S.-Ukraine relations and policy suggestions to stop and slow Russian aggression. 
Council of Geostrategy - On 6 June we released a paper by Charles Parton OBE about how the countries who anger the Chinese Communist Party are rarely hurt economically, and if they are, it is not for long.
In our most recent podcast, Viktorija talked to Professor Andrew Lambert about Britain’s naval past and the future of the Royal Navy.
Furthermore, On 15 July we are hosting an event discussing the Minsk Accords and how Ukraine can overcome Russian aggression.
We also just released an article written by James Rogers and Richard Whitman about Britain’s role in Eastern Europe in regard to the military and the threats and challenges in that region.
Over and out
That is all from us today and we wish you all a happy weekend. We look forward to seeing you all Monday.
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