The Morning Dispatch: The Iran-China Crossover

Happy Monday! Rejoice, for the Suez Canal boat is finally afloat! And a happy Passover and Palm Sunday to those who celebrated over the weekend.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • Military and police forces in Burma killed dozens of protesters on Saturday—reportedly more than 100—marking the deadliest day since last month’s coup. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the Biden administration is “horrified” by the violence, and that the “courageous people of Burma reject the military’s reign of terror.”

  • Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said Friday that Eritrea has agreed to withdraw its troops from Ethiopia’s Tigray region following months of armed conflict in the area that has reportedly killed thousands and displaced millions. Abiy said the Ethiopian military will replace the vacating Eritrean troops.

  • In a move designed to counter the United States, Iran and China signed a 25-year strategic cooperation agreement on Saturday to boost military and economic relations between the two countries.

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