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Hampton Roads World Affairs Council What in the World? Weekly Quiz – December 20-26, 2021

The rapid spread of the Omicron virus across Europe has sharpened concerns about holiday gatherings and has forced governments to consider new pandemic measures such as the lockdown on Sunday of THIS BENELUX nation. (#WACquiz)

Netherlands
Italy
Belarus
Norway

President Xi of China met with President Putin of Russia in signs of increasing cooperation against the United States and the West. Xi called for the two to “more effectively safeguard the security interests of both parties,” as Russia threatens Ukraine and China threatens THIS nation. (#WACquiz)

Japan
Tibet
Hong Kong
Taiwan
Presidents Putin of Russia and Xi of China met virtually to discuss bilateral relations and measures to deal with Washington and the West. In the meeting, Xi agreed to support Russia’s demands on THIS issue. (#WACquiz)
Guarantees that NATO would not expand to Ukraine
Guarantees that the U.S. would not again pull out of a nuclear deal with Iran
Guarantees that Germany would continue to develop the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline
Guarantees that the UN Conference on Law of the Sea would recognize 100 nautical mile sea claims.

Two Russian strategic bombers flew a patrol over Belarus, a signal of the their close cooperation as they both push back against the West. Belarus said it could host Russian nuclear weapons in response to NATO activities in Poland, just as THIS neighbor of both charged an invasion from Russia could come through Belarus (#WACquiz)

Turkey
Ukraine
Poland
Latvia

The Gulf Cooperation Council nations – Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and UAE – met in their first summit since rapprochement with THIS member after tensions and a boycott by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE.  (WACA WWNU)

Kuwait
Qatar
Jordan
Oman

The presidential run-off vote in THIS South American nation is marked by deep divisions between left and right that hark back to the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet, stemming from the 2019 widespread protests and the so-called "estallido social," or social outbreak. (#WACquiz)

Belize
Brazil
Argentina
Chile

Algeria defeated Tunisia to win the FIFA Arab Cup, a warm up for the 2022 World Cup set to be played in November in THIS Persian Gulf capital. (#WACquiz)

 

Tehran
Abu Dhabi
Muscat
Doha

“K-Pop” videos and other South Korean entertainment are called a “vicious cancer” by THIS leader, and his country has executed at least seven people for watching them (#WACquiz)

Kim Jong un
Min Aung Hlaing
Prayut Chan-o-cha
Moon Jae-in
The February Beijing Olympic Games can count on THIS world leader attending, in the face of numerous countries dropping out after a U.S.-led diplomatic boycott. HE pledged to visit during a video summit with President Xi Jinping this week. (#WACquiz)
Alexander Lukashenko
Boris Johnson
Kim Jong un
Vladimir Putin
The government of THIS autonomous region was struggling to boost turnout on Sunday for the first election under a sweeping new security law that resulted in a so-called “patriots-only” vote. (#WACquiz)
West Bank
Catalonia
Hong Kong
Taiwan
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