China takes advantage of US hesitancy with Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia saw a significant decline in foreign investments from long-time allies like the United States from 2020 to 2021, prompting the Gulf Kingdom to turn its eyes east to China. In fact, Saudi Aramco announced last week the establishment of a “Non-Metallic Excellence and Innovation Center” (NEXCEL) in the Chinese capital, Beijing, which will promote an alternative to metal in construction projects. To give us more detail into this blooming economic relationship is the President of Prochain Capital David Tawil.
US Press Secretary Jen Psaki, citing "intelligence reports", alleged that Russia is preparing a "false flag" operation to launch an invasion of neighboring Ukraine. Russia has denied the US' accusations, with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov slamming Washington's claims as "total disinformation". To give us more insight into the ongoing war of words, RT's host Faran Fronczak talks with former Pentagon official Michael Maloof.
Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic finds himself engulfed in a vaccine mandate conflict that has expanded from Australia to a number of European countries. The Serbian tennis star was recently deported from Australia after a week-long court battle. With France and Spain calling on Djokovic to adhere to their vaccine mandates this week, could this turn into a long war for one of the greatest tennis players to play the game? RT's Nebojsa Malic chimes in on Djokovic's road ahead.
But first, RT International's Peter Oliver gives the latest from Germany, as protests rage over new restrictions imposed by the government.