#Geopolitics

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
China dominates the market of rare earth minerals. (Representational/Unsplash)

  • In 2019, the US imported 80% of its rare earth minerals from China
  • The European Union gets 98% of its supply from China
  • The Chinese market dominance is a cause of concern for both 

.Tel Aviv, Israel
Rockets launched from Gaza Strip towards Israel. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • Rockets were fired from near the village of Seddiqine in the district of Tyre
  • This is the third such attack this week
  • It's presently unknown who was behind the rocket attack

.Gaza
War planes continued to hit Gaza city in the hours before dawn. (Photo credit: PTI)

  • War planes continued to hit Gaza city in the hours before dawn, flying low and keeping many people awake
  • Since May 10, Hamas has launched nearly 3,700 rockets at Israel
  • France proposed a ceasefire to stem more than a week of bloodshed

.Gaza
Local authorities say a total of 212 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza. (Photo Credit: PTI)

  • 212 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, including 61 children since Israel launched air strike 
  • Palestinian militants have fired around 3,350 rockets towards Isreal since the conflict started 
  • Israel says 10 people, including one child, have been killed and more than 300 wounded

.Jerusalem, Israel
Smoke rises after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, the Gaza Strip on Wednesday. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • Israel on Thursday faced an escalating conflict on two fronts
  • It scrambled to quell riots between Arabs and Jews on its streets
  • It is also exchanging deadly fire with Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza

.Tel Aviv, Israel
Rockets launched from Gaza Strip to Israel. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • Hamas, which controls Gaza, has fired approximately 1,500 rockets since Monday
  • These had so far set off warnings in southern and central Israel
  • This is the first time alarms sounded in northern Israel

.Jerusalem, Israel
Smoke caused by Israeli airstrikes are seen at a residential building in Gaza City, early Wednesday. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • At least 35 Palestinians and five Israelis have died in the recent escalation
  • Several factors added up and resulted in the tensions, escalated by rocket attacks and airstrikes
  • Jerusalem has largely been the flashpoint in the Israel-Palestine conflict

Antony Blinken is the US Secretary of State in Joe Biden's administration. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • An increasingly powerful China is challenging the world order, said the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken
  • China is acting "more repressively at home and more aggressively abroad," he said
  • President Joe Biden, in his first address to Congress, said he was not seeking conflict with Beijing

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
US President Joe Biden has also proposed a summit in a third country with Russia President Vladimir Putin to bring stability to relations. (Photo credit: AFP)

  • Joe Biden pledged to be firm against both China and Russia 
  • But he said that he did not seek worse relations with the two powers
  • The speech marked a shift from the hawkish nationalism of his predecessor Donald Trump

.Crimea
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu watches drills form a board of military helicopter in Crimea. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • Russia's defence minister on Friday ordered an end to military drills near Ukraine's border
  • Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed the move
  • The military drill was carried out on the Crimean peninsula, which Moscow annexed in 2014