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Reuters reported that Taiwan will purchase seven major weapon systems from the United States. The effort is to create a “porcupine” model of heavily defended beaches, instead of the previous efforts focused on not allowing China to make it across the Taiwan Straight. The proposed weapon sales allegedly include long-range surveillance and targeting drones, advanced...
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In Leshan City, China, already one of the hardest-hit cities in the Sichuan Province by floods, had a chemical accident on August 20th.  Thick smoke surrounded the chemical plant, emitting a strong odor.  Residents suspected a chlorine leak.  Local authorities confirmed that there was an accident, however the leak is now under control.  This prompted...
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made several visits to the hospital this week sparking concerns about his ability to fulfill his term.  The leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Akira Amari says that PM Abe will be able to fulfill his term, which ends next year in September.  Abe, is the country’s longest-serving...
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In many countries around the world there are strange, weird and unusual snacks available.  Japan is no exception, they have Chocolate-covered shrimp crackers, Banana Yoghurt Fanta soft drink by Coca-Cola, Tomato Latte, and Mayonnaise Ice Cream to name a few.  These are just a few, as reported in this article.  Now that you are thinking...
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It has been reported by many news sources (disrn.com and newsmax.com, and thediplomat.com) that leadership responsibilities have been transferred to key aides, including sister Kim Yo Jong.  This in light of more reports of health issues for Kim Jong Un.  The leader is said to be 36 years old and is having many health issues. ...
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Many Chinese returning from Thailand this month were upset to learn they must be quarantined for 14-days in a Yunnan Province hotel.  Their passports and other documents confiscated and they must pay the bill for the fourteen days.  Some protested, however police made it clear this was not optional and protesting will impact your future. Both Thailand...
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The persecution and outright atrocities committed in Xinjiang China is being denounced by religious leaders from many religions.   They have declared the following declaration: “As religious leaders and leaders of belief-based communities, we come together to affirm human dignity for all by highlighting one of the most egregious human tragedies since the Holocaust: the potential...
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The People’s Republic of China (PRC) had harsh words for the man who led the Republic of China (ROC) to democracy.  Lee Teng-Hui died last week at the age of 97.  The China’s state news organization, Global Times published words such as ‘Traitor’, ‘National Sinner’, and that his death was not sad news.   Lee Teng-Hui was the...
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The China ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming on Thursday stated that China would stop recognizing British passports.  This threat is the latest in the class between London and Beijing after China imposed harsh new security laws over Hong Kong.  The status quo was agreed to be maintained in Hong Kong for at least 50 years when...
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The US State Department has had China at a Level 4: Do not Travel advisory since March 28, 2020 due to the Covid-19 outbreak.  However earlier this month they expanded that advisory to warn against a new People’s Republic of China (PRC) practice.  The warning is listed as a “arbitrary enforcement of local laws for purposes other than maintaining...
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