Taiwan sends jets after 27 Chinese planes enter buffer zone

Taiwan says 27 Chinese aircraft entered its air defense buffer zone in the latest in a long series of incursions as part of Beijing’s pressure on the self-ruled island Taiwan said 27 Chinese aircraft entered its air defense buffer zone on Sunday, the latest in a long series of incursions as part of Beijing’s pressureContinue reading “Taiwan sends jets after 27 Chinese planes enter buffer zone”

Japan to bar all new foreign visitors as omicron fears grow

The government announced Monday that it will ban all incoming foreign travelers for one month effective Tuesday in an effort to prevent the omicron variant from spreading domestically. New restrictions will encompass all new entries — including foreign exchange students, interns and those traveling for business — from every country in the world. The entryContinue reading “Japan to bar all new foreign visitors as omicron fears grow”

Uganda loses only international airport to China – WION

Uganda has lost its only international airport to China after it failed to repay its loan. Uganda is the latest African country to fall into China’s debt trap and had to give up national assets to China.

Omicron: What we know so far about the new COVID-19 variant – DW News

There’s growing global alarm over Omicron – the new coronavirus variant that first emerged in South Africa. Researchers say it could be the most infectious form of the virus so far, and it might even beat current vaccines. The international response has been swift. Many countries have shut down air travel from southern Africa. TheContinue reading “Omicron: What we know so far about the new COVID-19 variant – DW News”

New COVID-19 variant: How dangerous is B.1.1.529? – DW News

Scientists in South Africa are warning of a new strain of COVID-19. The variant, which is yet to be named, appears to have a high number of mutations, and there’s a possibility it could be able to evade our immune response and be even more transmissible. At first, health officials thought they were seeing aContinue reading “New COVID-19 variant: How dangerous is B.1.1.529? – DW News”

Bird flu spreads in Europe and Asia

Several outbreaks of severe bird flu in Europe and Asia have been reported in recent days to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), in a sign the virus is spreading quickly again. The spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza, commonly called bird flu, has put the poultry industry on alert after previous outbreaks ledContinue reading “Bird flu spreads in Europe and Asia”

China took control of an Italian military drone maker without authorities knowing it, report says

Two Chinese state firms took control of an Italian military drone maker in 2018 via an offshore company — without the knowledge of authorities in Italy and Europe, the Wall Street Journal reported. Italian police traced the purchase of 75% stake in Alpi Aviation to China Railway Rolling Stock Corp — a state-owned rail companyContinue reading “China took control of an Italian military drone maker without authorities knowing it, report says”

UN investigator: Crimes against humanity under Myanmar junta

The head of the U.N. body investigating the most serious crimes in Myanmar said that preliminary evidence collected since the military seized power on Feb. 1 shows a widespread and systematic attack on civilians “amounting to crimes against humanity.” Nicholas Koumjian told U.N. reporters Friday that the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar, which he heads,Continue reading “UN investigator: Crimes against humanity under Myanmar junta”

President Moon says end-of-war declaration is a ‘starting point to achieve peace’ at the East Asia Summit

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday took part in the East Asia Summit involving 18 nations including leaders of ASEAN members, South Korea, Japan, China, the U.S., Russia, Australia, India and New Zealand, where they discussed regional and international challenges. During the session, held virtually President Moon called for continued support for a formalContinue reading “President Moon says end-of-war declaration is a ‘starting point to achieve peace’ at the East Asia Summit”

The Cold War in Asia: Crash Course US History #38

In which John Green teaches you about the Cold War as it unfolded in Asia. As John pointed out last week, the Cold War was occasionally hot, and a lot of that heat was generated in Asia. This is starting to sound weird with the hot/cold thing, so let’s just say that the United StatesContinue reading “The Cold War in Asia: Crash Course US History #38”

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