July 18, 2019

US State Department approves possible $2.2 billion arms sale to Taiwan in a move that will likely anger China

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From Business Insider The US State Department has approved the possible sale to Taiwan of M1A2T Abrams tanks, Stinger missiles and related equipment at an estimated value of $2.2 billion, the Pentagon said on Monday. China has warned the US against arms sales to the self-ruled island in order to avoid harming bilateral relations. The […]

Forget about waiting out the Donald Trump era for a more cordial US president, former top American diplomat warns China

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By Catherine Wong From South China Morning Post A former top US diplomat warned China on Monday not to believe it can wait out the Trump administration to get a better trade deal from a friendlier US president, saying Beijing has misjudged the importance of politics in China policymaking in the United States government. “I […]

Destinations of the week

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From the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range From Everything Everywhere World Heritage Inscription: Set in the dense forests of the Kii Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean, three sacred sites—Yoshino and Omine, Kumano Sanzan, Koyasan—linked by pilgrimage routes to the ancient capital cities of Nara and Kyoto, reflect the fusion of […]

China is forcibly harvesting organs from religious detainees

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By Steve Williams From Care2 China’s human rights abuses are well known, and now a new independent panel report lifts the lid on a horrifying fact: China is forcibly taking organs from its prison population, from which many prisoners have died. These are the findings of the independent China Tribunal. The group, which is made up of leading human […]

How Donald Trump’s tweets outgunned China’s heavy media weapons in the trade war publicity battle

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By Jun Mai, William Zheng From South China Morning Post China is losing the publicity battle in its trade war with the United States, as its propaganda apparatus fails to respond to information challenges, according to analysts. Beijing’s decades-long preference for secrecy over transparency was not able to keep up as US officials including US […]

Protesters, police fight pitched battles after historic ‘million-strong’ march against Hong Kong’s controversial extradition bill turns violent

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By Su Xinqi  Alvin Lum  Phila Siu  Shirley Zhao  Linda Lew  From South China Morning Post Officers, protesters suffer injuries, some needing hospital treatment, as police use batons and pepper spray to beat back mob of masked demonstrators Hours earlier peaceful mass rally drew historic numbers onto the streets to oppose government’s controversial extradition bill As it happened: How […]

Great News: African elephant poaching rates are falling!

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By Steve Williams From Care2 Over the past six years African elephant poaching has fallen by half, giving conservationists a reason to be optimistic. This news come from a new study appearing in the journal “Nature Communications“. The research team, which brings together scientists from the University of York, University of Freiburg and experts from the […]

Join the ride as China celebrates the Dragon Boat Festival

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Canoes, steamed rice and a poet characterizethis centuries-old tradition. And it has nothing to do with dragons. By Sandra Sparrowhawk From Reuters Community Friday June 7th 2019 marks the fifth day of the fifth month of the traditional Chinese calendar — a yearly celebration known as Duanwu in mainland China and Taiwan, Tuen Ng in Hong […]

Spectrum of the seas celebrates inaugural season in China

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First Quantum Ultra Class Ship is Royal Caribbean’s Third New Ship to Homeport in Shanghai Shanghai, June 3, 2019 – Spectrum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship, made its highly anticipated debut in China today. The first Quantum Ultra Class ship sailed into Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal in Shanghai after completing a 46-night Global Odyssey that […]

Taiwan legalizes same-sex marriage

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Photos of celebrations in Taiwan after it became the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage Taiwan legalized same-sex marriage on Friday, becoming the first country in Asia to do so. Thousands of people filled the streets of the nation’s capital city, Taipei, to celebrate the new law. The bill, which will go into effect on […]