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News about what is going on in the continent of Asia from a mission’s perspective.

The Epoch Times reports that on October 1, 2020 eighty-seven pro-democratic protesters were arrested in Hong Kong. The arrests came on “National Day”, a day that celebrates the founding of the Chinese Communists Party. The protesters were not there to praise, but to voice their displeasure over Beijing’s actions since the 1997 government turnover from...
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News agencies around the globe, including CNN Business and EpochTimes are reporting an increase in Chinese surveillance during the pandemic. Based on these reports, it appears that the Chinese government is taking advantage of the quarantine and global travel restrictions. The new surveillance cameras are being installed in Beijing and around the country. CNN reports...
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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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Recently Turkey has been in the news because of their discovery of natural gas in the Black Sea. For many years Turkey has been looking and trying to find their own source of natural gas in either the Black Sea or Mediterranean. Before now, Turkey has had to be dependent on countries like Russia and...
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Last week the Black Sea region was hit by heavy rainfall. This rainfall caused major flooding in the area. Many people have been injured and have lost their homes, jobs and possessions. At least six people have been killed and they are looking for ten more people who are missing. This region and these people...
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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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