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  • 'Something worse' than recession coming – JPMorgan-The boss of Wall Street banking giant JPMorgan Chase, Jamie Dimon, has warned investors of the likelihood of a downturn in the US economy, saying that “something worse” than a hard recession could be on the horizon.

  • China has expanded its orbital space station, Tiangong, with the first of two planned lab modules, according to state media. It marks a major milestone for Beijing's human space program, which it was forced to pursue alone after being barred from the International Space Station.

    The lab module named Wentian (“Quest for the Heavens”) successfully docked with the front port of the core module Tianhe at 3:13am Monday Beijing Time, approximately 13 hours after its launch on Sunday, the China Manned Space Agency announced, according to Xinhua.

    Three Chinese astronauts, who are currently on a six-month mission in orbit aboard the Tiangong (which translates as “Heavenly palace”), oversaw the arrival and docking, but have yet to enter the new module. The trio – commander Chen Dong, Liu Yang and Cai Xuzhe – are part the Shenzhou-14 mission, during which the Chinese space station is set to receive another module and become fully operational.

  • Last week, US Vice President Kamala Harris gave a video address to the Pacific Islands Forum – a multilateral meeting consisting of the archipelago nations of the South Pacific, commonly grouped as ‘Polynesia’ and ‘Melanesia’. In the exchange, Harris vowed to increase US cooperation with the island nations, warned of ‘bad actors’, and pledged to re-open US embassies in Tonga and Samoa, an illustrative example of how the US previously failed to take the region seriously – until Washington figured out it needed a foothold against Beijing, of course. Notably, the island nation of Kiribati did not attend the meeting, a move which was later blamed on Beijing. Later, China itself held their own meeting with the members of the forum.