Xi and Merkel have a parting video chat; Power; New WHO origins panel; Football failures

Today’s Essential Eight items:

  1. Xi and Merkel have a parting video chat

  2. Power

  3. Latest econ data

  4. Taiwan

  5. Hong Kong

  6. New WHO origins panel

  7. Football failures

  8. Critique of Jia Zhangke’s latest film

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