A bad year for Xi clouds Communist China’s 70th birthday celebrations

Credit to Author: jespinosa| Date: Sun, 18 Aug 2019 03:33:01 +0000

Chinese president Xi Jinping walks during a welcome ceremony for Bulgaria's President Rumen Radev at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on July 3, 2019. (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP)

BEIJING, China — It was meant to be an unabashed celebration of the triumph of Communism in China, and of President Xi Jinping’s authority as the country’s undisputed leader for years to come. But as the People’s Republic of China approaches its 70th anniversary on October 1st, Xi finds himself battling threats on multiple fronts. From […]

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China condemns US lawmakers’ support for Hong Kong protests

Credit to Author: jespinosa| Date: Sun, 18 Aug 2019 02:39:59 +0000

A pro-democracy protester holds eggs as he plan to throw them to the police station during a protest march in Hong Kong Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. Another weekend of protests is underway in Hong Kong as Mainland Chinese police are holding drills in nearby Shenzhen, prompting speculation they could be sent in to suppress the protests. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

BEIJING — A spokesman for China’s ceremonial legislature has condemned statements from U.S. lawmakers supportive of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement. You Wenze called the comments “a gross violation of the spirit of the rule of law, a blatant double standard and a gross interference in China’s internal affairs.” He says Hong Kong’s 7.5 million people […]

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Powerful storm lashes Japan, snarls holiday travel

Credit to Author: jespinosa| Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2019 05:56:33 +0000

In this Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, photo, high waves hit a fishing port in Kochi, southwestern Japan as a powerful typhoon Krosa approaches southern and western Japan. (Suo Takekuma/Kyodo News via AP)

TOKYO, Japan — A powerful tropical storm lashed Japan on Thursday, bringing strong winds and torrential rain that injured at least 14 people, prompted warnings of landslides and flooding, and sparked evacuation advisories and travel chaos at a peak holiday period. Severe Tropical Storm Krosa — one notch below a typhoon — was churning slowly […]

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S. Korea to acquire more anti-missile radars, interceptors to counter NK threats

Credit to Author: hniitsu| Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2019 08:11:09 +0000

SEOUL — South Korea plans to add two more ground-based anti-missile early warning radars and build three Aegis-equipped destroyers in the next five years in an effort to better detect and intercept incoming missiles from North Korea, the defense ministry said Wednesday. The plan was one of the key projects that the ministry unveiled in its five-year […]

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Searching for lost land: S. Korea seeks to retrieve property seized by Japan

Credit to Author: hniitsu| Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2019 07:58:45 +0000

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SEOUL — When Korea was under Japan’s colonial rule from 1910 to 1945, many Koreans lost their houses and land to the Japanese. A significant portion of Korean property was forcefully taken by the Japanese military and sold cheaply to its residents. The fledging Korean government, established in 1948, pledged to retrieve the property from the Japanese […]

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US says it’s consulting on Asian missile deployment

Credit to Author: jespinosa| Date: Tue, 13 Aug 2019 12:08:17 +0000

US Under Secretary of State Andrea Thompson attends a panel discussion after the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) conference in Beijing on January 31, 2019. (Photo by THOMAS PETER / POOL / AFP)

BEIJING — A senior U.S. diplomat says Washington is consulting with its allies as it proceeds with plans to deploy intermediate-range missiles in Asia, a move China says it will respond to with countermeasures. Washington has said it plans to place such weapons in the Asia-Pacific following the U.S. withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces […]

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Singapore to ban domestic trade of ivory from 2021

Credit to Author: clopez| Date: Tue, 13 Aug 2019 10:07:03 +0000

Singapore to ban domestic trade of ivory from 2021

SINGAPORE — Singapore will ban the domestic trade of elephant ivory from Sept 1, 2021, according to the National Parks Board (NParks). The sale of elephant ivory and ivory products, as well as the public display of such products for the purpose of selling them, will be prohibited here once the ban takes effect. It […]

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Flights from Hong Kong Airport to resume from 6 am Tuesday

Credit to Author: racosta| Date: Mon, 12 Aug 2019 12:49:41 +0000

Flights from Hong Kong Airport to resume from 6 am Tuesday

Hong Kong Airport Authority hopes to resume flights from 6 a.m. on Tuesday after more than 180 departures were canceled earlier today, according to Hong Kong Media.

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Pyongyang lambasts Seoul over military exercise with US

Credit to Author: cmiranda| Date: Sun, 11 Aug 2019 10:31:03 +0000

Pyongyang lambasts Seoul over military exercise with US

SEOUL — North Korea has slammed South Korea for the latter’s combined military exercise with the United States, which kicked off Sunday, saying it will not interact with the South until there is a plausible explanation for the “war exercise.” In a Foreign Ministry statement, released a day after it launched what are believed to be short-range […]

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