In this handout photo from the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (2nd from left) and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin (left) attend a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on April 24, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
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- The worldwide sell-off, with China's Shanghai composite dropping more than 5% on Monday, is based on three things: 1) Ukraine-Russia War; 2) Nationwide lockdown coming in China; 3) Inflation and the need for aggressive rate hikes in United States.
- Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin make "surprise visit" to Kyiv, ratcheting up war as the goal is to contain Russia to old borders.
- China's capital city of Beijing reported a spike in Covid cases over the weekend, and its business district began three days of mass testing. But China's vaccine doesn't last as long and offers little protection at this point versus the U.S. vaccines and the mix-and-match booster doses.