Taiwan won’t start a war with China, defence minister says

Taiwan will not start a war with China but will defend itself “full on”, Defence Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said on Thursday, amid a spike in tensions across the Taiwan Strait that has raised concern internationally. Taiwan, a major semiconductor producer, has repeatedly said it will defend itself if attacked, but that it will not “advanceContinue reading “Taiwan won’t start a war with China, defence minister says”

China appears set to ban reporting by news outlets not directly funded by the Communist Party, in a further blow to free speech

China may stop all private investment in media, meaning the Communist Party would fund it all. A submission to a top decision-making body would stop investment in news gathering and distribution. The rules would give the Chinese government an even stronger grip over news and information. The Chinese government is proposing new rules that wouldContinue reading “China appears set to ban reporting by news outlets not directly funded by the Communist Party, in a further blow to free speech”

China’s Xi vows ‘reunification’ with Taiwan

Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed on Saturday to achieve “peaceful reunification” with Taiwan, and did not directly mention the use of force after a week of tensions with the Chinese-claimed island that sparked international concern. Taiwan responded shortly after by calling on Beijing to abandon its coercion, reiterating that only Taiwan’s people could decide their future. Democratically ruled TaiwanContinue reading “China’s Xi vows ‘reunification’ with Taiwan”

U.S. Troops Have Been Deployed in Taiwan for at Least a Year

Small presence of Americans secretly training local forces marks concern over China’s yearslong military buildup and recent moves A U.S. special-operations unit and a contingent of Marines have been secretly operating in Taiwan to train military forces there, U.S. officials said, part of efforts to shore up the island’s defenses as concern regarding potential Chinese aggression mounts.Continue reading “U.S. Troops Have Been Deployed in Taiwan for at Least a Year”

China flies record 38 planes over Taiwan defence zone in national day show of force

Taipei says Chinese jets and bombers crossed zone as Beijing marked the anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic A record 38 Chinese military jets crossed into Taiwan’s defence zone as Beijing marked the founding of the People’s Republic of China, officials in Taipei have said. The show of force on China’s national dayContinue reading “China flies record 38 planes over Taiwan defence zone in national day show of force”

Authoritarianism: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

John Oliver discusses the growing number of authoritarian leaders around the world, their common characteristics, and whether or not one of them is currently our president.

China to ban video games featuring same-sex relationships, ‘effeminate’ men and moral choices

China will ban video games featuring same-sex relationships, ‘effeminate’ men and moral choices, according to a leaked memo. The internal memo from a recent internal training by the state-backed gaming association was revealed by the South China Morning Post, lays out new restrictions for approving video games in China. According to the publication, the memo said that videoContinue reading “China to ban video games featuring same-sex relationships, ‘effeminate’ men and moral choices”

UN Chief: We must avoid US/China ‘cold war’ – AP

Warning of a potential new Cold War, the head of the United Nations implored China and the United States to repair their “completely dysfunctional” relationship before problems between the two large and deeply influential countries spill over even further into the rest of the planet.

Aukus: France recalls envoys amid security pact row

France has said it is recalling its ambassadors in the US and Australia for consultations, in protest at a security deal which also includes the UK. The French foreign minister said the “exceptional decision” was justified by the situation’s “exceptional gravity”. The alliance, known as Aukus, will see Australia being given the technology to buildContinue reading “Aukus: France recalls envoys amid security pact row”

Australia says more US troops to come, plans missile project

About 2,200 US Marines scheduled to come through Darwin in the 2021 rotation as Canberra also eyes enhanced air and maritime capability. Australia has announced that more US troops will rotate through the island nation and that the allies will cooperate on missile development, the latest joint steps amid shared concerns about China’s increasing assertivenessContinue reading “Australia says more US troops to come, plans missile project”

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