March 24, Wednesday, 2021 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline

1. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has stressed his country’s intention to rebuild ties with other NATO members and strengthen the alliance to counter China.
2. A U.S. senior naval officer nominated to b the next chief of the country’s Indo-Pacific Command says the possibility of Chinese military action against Taiwan is the biggest concern for the region. 3. Coronavirus vaccinations for pregnant women are underway in the United States, and public health officials say they have received no reports of adverse effects.