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Pope Francis and Erdogan discuss opposition to Trump's Jerusalem move

Pope Francis meets President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Apostolic Palace.
Pope Francis meets President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Apostolic Palace. Photo: Vatican Pool / Getty Images

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Pope Francis on Monday night for "an unusually long 50 minutes," in which they discussed their shared opposition to the U.S.' recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, per the Wall Street Journal.

  • Why it matters: Pope Francis has reiterated the Vatican's support for a two-state solution, and Erdogan called the topic his "top priority" for their meeting, the Journal reports. President Trump has come under fire from other world leaders for his decision with Jerusalem.
  • Worth noting: This was the first trip of a Turkish president to the Vatican since 1959.
Erica Pandey 4 hours ago
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How China became a powerhouse of espionage

Illustration: Sarah Grillo / Axios

As China’s influence spreads to every corner of the globe under President Xi Jinping, so do its spies.

Why it matters: China has the money and the ambition to build a vast foreign intelligence network, including inside the United States. Meanwhile, American intelligence-gathering on China is falling short, Chris Johnson, a former senior China analyst for the CIA who's now at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, tells Axios: "We have to at least live up to [China's] expectations. And we aren't doing that."

Khorri Atkinson 11 hours ago
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China slaps reciprocal tariffs on U.S. imports

China's President Xi Jinping speaks next to President Trump. Photo: Nicolas Asfouri// AFP / Getty Images

China announced plans to impose reciprocal tariffs on $3 billion of imports from the U.S., hours after President Trump ordered levies on a range of Chinese goods.

The details: China's plan includes a 25% tariff on U.S. pork imports as well as 15% tariffs on American steel pipes, fruit and wine, according to Bloomberg.