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  • US, China Blame Each Other Over Food Insecurity

    06/20/2022 10:19:01 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 12 replies
    voa ^ | June 12, 2022 | Kate Bartlett
    Food insecurity is rising globally because of the war in Ukraine, according to experts, with Africa expected to be hit the hardest. The world’s superpowers, China and the U.S., say they are trying to mitigate the fallout but at the same time are accusing each other of exacerbating the crisis. A state newspaper, The China Daily, placed blame for the situation partially on Washington, saying: “Food prices have reached an all-time high, as Russian and Ukrainian grain exports are hindered by port disruptions and Western sanctions.” The U.S., for its part, has accused China of hoarding, after President Xi Jinping...
  • BREAKING: Run on the Banks in China – Long Lines in Henan, Shanghai, and Dandong

    06/20/2022 9:17:20 AM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 49 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 6.19.2022 | Joe Hoft
    People are reportedly lining up for hours in China to obtain money from their bank accounts in China. The large cities of Henan, Shanghai, and Dandong are three cities where the lines are long.After years of COVID mandates and a government that the average Chinese down deep doesn’t trust, the people of China are scared that they will not be able to retrieve their life savings. In some cities, people are standing in line for hours to receive their money from their bank.Recently, freezing depositors’ accounts by four rural banks in Henan has become a hot topic on social media....
  • Starving Sri Lanka Shortens Work Week to Give People Time to Grow Food

    06/15/2022 8:54:59 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6-15-2022 | Gabrielle Reyes
    Sri Lanka’s federal government on Monday approved a proposal that would shorten the work week of most public sector staff to four days so that workers will have time to farm their own crops, Reuters reported Tuesday, noting the measure aims to combat Sri Lanka’s worsening food shortages caused by a recent economic crisis. “Sri Lanka’s Cabinet late on Monday approved a proposal for public sector workers to be given leave every Friday for the next three months, partly because the fuel shortage made commuting difficult and also to encourage them to farm,” Reuters reported on June 14. “It seems...
  • Taiwan says its supersonic missiles can strike Beijing

    06/15/2022 8:48:24 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 47 replies
    American Military News ^ | 6/14/22 | Ryan Morgan
    Taiwanese Legislative Speaker You Si-kun warned China on Sunday that Taiwan possesses supersonic missiles capable of reaching the Chinese capital city of Beijing. In a speech on Taiwan Overseas Network, which was translated by Taiwan News, You warned China against invading Taiwan and offered the “strategic clarity” of letting China know that a war would also be costly for the mainland. You, who previously served as the Premiere of Taiwan’s executive branch (a role separate from that of the Taiwanese President) from 2002 to 2005, said that when he was premiere he was made aware of Taiwan’s Yun Feng supersonic...
  • Xi Jinping announces plans to allow Chinese military to undertake 'armed forces operations' abroad

    06/14/2022 3:05:19 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 50 replies
    abt net au ^ | 6/14/2022 | By East Asia correspondent Bill Birtles in Taiwan
    Analysts say China's leader Xi Jinping has set the legal basis for an expansion of the Chinese military's role in other countries, just weeks after Beijing signed a security pact with Solomon Islands. With little published detail, Mr Xi's government declared he had signed off on a set of new trial outlines that allowed for Chinese "armed forces operations" that were not war. Chairman Xi, as he is widely known in China in reference to his position as chairman of the Central Military Commission, signed off on 59 articles, according to state media, but they were not published. Instead, government...
  • There’s a run on Chinese banks and it’s being ignored by the world

    06/13/2022 8:25:33 AM PDT · by EBH · 84 replies
    Asian Markets ^ | 6/12/22 | Henry Chia
    In the anatomy of an economic crisis, a bank run is the point of no return. Bank runs occur when people scramble to withdraw cash from banks in fear of collapse. In the worst cases, banks’ liquid cash reserves are exhausted, not everyone gets their money and the bank defaults. It’s a grim scenario which, fortunately, has occurred rarely in history. The most significant bank runs in the United States took place during the 1930’s Great Depression. More recently, there were runs on numerous U.S. banks during the Financial Crisis in 2008. In Asia, bank runs have also been rare....
  • China will 'not hesitate to start war' over Taiwan, Beijing tells US

    06/10/2022 9:39:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 10 Jun 2022
    Beijing will "not hesitate to start a war" if Taiwan declares independence, China's defence minister warned his US counterpart on Friday (Jun 10), the latest salvo between the superpowers over the island. The warning came as Wei Fenghe held his first face-to-face meeting with US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue security summit in Singapore. US-China tensions have been soaring over democratic, self-ruled Taiwan, which lives under constant threat of invasion by China. Beijing views the island as its territory and has vowed to one day seize it, by force if necessary.
  • Japan has almost no gun violence and, ironically, it owes its extremely tight firearms laws to the U.S.

    06/06/2022 6:54:25 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 119 replies
    Cbsnews ^ | 06/06/2022 | CBS NEWS
    Tokyo — As the U.S. gun control debate intensifies, some Americans are looking overseas for ideas on how to prevent mass shootings. Japan has one of the lowest rates of gun violence in the world. There were more than four firearm homicides in the U.S. per 100,000 people during 2019, compared to almost zero in Japan. As CBS News senior foreign correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reports, Japan's strict laws on private gun ownership have surprising origins in the United States. She met Raphael, a well-known Japanese YouTuber who decided to take skeet shooting lessons. Despite being ex-military, he had to jump...
  • Singapore's de-facto national dish in the crossfire as Malaysia bans chicken exports

    06/01/2022 10:49:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | JUNE 01, 2022
    Singapore is bracing for a shortage of its de-facto national dish, chicken rice, as major supplier, Malaysia halts all chicken exports from Wednesday (June 1). Restaurants and street stalls in the city-state are faced with hiking prices of the staple food or shutting down altogether as their supplies dwindle from neighbouring Malaysia, where production has been disrupted by a global feed shortage. Malaysia's export ban is the latest sign of growing global food shortages as countries, reeling from the effects of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, extreme weather, and pandemic-related supply disruptions, scramble to shore up domestic supplies and tame food...
  • 10 nations reject China’s ‘security’ pact

    06/01/2022 2:30:45 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 19 replies
    American Military News ^ | 5/31/22 | Ryan Morgan
    During a summit in Fiji on Monday, Chinese negotiators failed to convince 10 Pacific island nations to join them on a mutual security and trade agreement that would’ve allowed China to establish a presence of security officers in their nations. The Beijing-proposed security and trade pact would bring Pacific islands nations like the Federated States of Micronesia, the Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Niue and Timor-Leste into closer alignment with the Chinese government. The pact would include law enforcement and fishing cooperation, providing China with Pacific hosts for security forces and ships that they could...
  • When Titans Clash - S2E3: The Taiwan (Japan & South Korea) Contingency-(1 South Pacific "NATO")

    06/01/2022 11:06:26 AM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 3 replies ^ | 5/17/2022 | 17 May 2022 10:00pm
    “Ukraine today, Taiwan tomorrow”- that is a topic of debate in Taiwan. As US officials visit Taiwan, China issues warnings and sends war planes. While Japan and South Korea raise military spending. vid at link China-US rivalry continues to dominate global headlines, and it’s become ever more urgent in the context of Ukraine. China-Europe relations are now at its worst in the past 4 decades. Across Asia- India, Japan and South Korea are increasing military spending. In Southeast Asia, countries eye the South China Sea nervously, as war ships continue to sail here from all the major powers. As all...
  • China Sends 30 Warplanes Into Taiwan Defence Zone

    05/30/2022 9:40:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    FreeMalaysiaToday ^ | May 31, 2022
    China has made the second-largest incursion into Taiwan’s air defence zone this year with Taipei reporting 30 jets entering the area, including more than 20 fighters. Taiwan’s defence ministry said late Monday it had scrambled its own aircraft and deployed air defence missile systems to monitor the latest Chinese activity. In recent years, Beijing has begun sending large sorties into Taiwan’s defence zone to signal dissatisfaction and to keep Taipei’s ageing fighter fleet regularly stressed.
  • Can Quad restrain wayward China?

    05/28/2022 4:17:31 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 5 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Sunday, May 29, 2022 | Makhan Saikia
    [Caption] It’s a tightrope walk for the grouping at a time when US-China trade war has reached a peak. After having a bitter experience with Putin, Biden may need to maintain more restraint, simply to avoid another catastrophe in the Indo-Pacific The May 24 face-to-face meeting of the Quad leaders is considered very crucial against the backdrop of the ongoing Ukraine war. All the four heads of the Governments -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US president Joe Biden, Japan Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese -- came together on a platform to display strength and...
  • Biden at Quad Summit: US 'strategic ambiguity' toward Taiwan and China has not changed

    05/24/2022 3:56:10 AM PDT · by McGruff · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 24, 2022 | Lawrence Richard
    On the final day of his high-stakes strip to Asia, President Joe Biden urged international leaders in Japan to do more to stop Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and said there would be no change to "strategic ambiguity" on Taiwan, a day after frustrating China when he suggested the U.S. could send troops to the region. "This is more than just a European issue. It's a global issue," Biden said of the Russia-Ukraine War Tuesday, alongside leaders of Japan, India and Australia. In his remarks, Biden described the Eastern European war as a "dark hour" in history. "We’re navigating a dark...
  • Joe Biden Signs $40B for Ukraine Assistance During Asia Trip

    05/21/2022 7:16:11 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05/21/2022 | AP
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Biden on Saturday signed legislation to support Ukraine with an additional $40 billion in U.S. assistance as the Russian invasion approaches its fourth month. The funding is intended to support Ukraine through September, and it dwarfs an earlier emergency measure that provided $13.6 billion. The new legislation will provide $20 billion in military assistance, ensuring a steady stream of advanced weapons that have been used to blunt Russia’s advances. There’s also $8 billion in general economic support, $5 billion to address global food shortages that could result from the collapse of Ukrainian agriculture and...
  • Asia's food crisis: Ukraine war triggers chain reaction of shortages

    05/17/2022 2:16:30 PM PDT · by FarCenter · 4 replies
    India's export ban is the latest in a domino chain of supply cuts around the world that arguably started with Russia's invasion of Ukraine in late February. Both countries are major grain and fertilizer exporters, cut off from foreign markets by war in the case of Ukraine and sanctions in the case of Russia. With the loss of these suppliers, the rest of the world's food industry has begun to seize up, as major exporters such as India (wheat) and Indonesia (palm oil) fear for domestic supplies. ... Ukraine fed an estimated 400 million people in 2021, with the bulk...
  • What's Wrong with the Philippines?

    05/16/2022 3:01:36 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 41 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Monday, May 16, 2022 | Gwynne Dyer
    Pact between Marcos, Duterte families shaped the vote Bongbong' Marcos didn't just win the presidential election in the Philippines this week. He won it by a two-to-one landslide, despite the fact that he is the extremely entitled son of a former president who stole at least ten billion dollars and a mother who spent the loot partly on the world's most extensive collection of designer shoes (3,000 pairs). Moreover, Ferdinand Marcos Jr, to give him his real name, has virtually no accomplishments other than that name. Yet his name and his inherited wealth, originally stolen from the parents of the...
  • Woman fell to her death after climbing through window while sleepwalking, court hears

    05/12/2022 2:33:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 12 May 2022 | Davina Tham
    A 38-year-old woman who fell to her death is believed to have climbed through a window in her 10th storey apartment while sleepwalking, a coroner’s court heard on Thursday (May 12). Ms Ruth Dalumpines Dulfo was found lying motionless at the foot of her block at Laguna Park condominium in Marine Parade at about 7am on Jun 7, 2021. The Philippine national came to Singapore 13 years ago and was working at Coastal Rhythm Cafe and Bar at East Coast Park at the time of her death.
  • 50% of Taiwan's COVID Deaths This Year Unvaccinated

    05/03/2022 11:44:11 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 62 replies
    Taiwan ^ | 2022/05/03 | Keoni Everington
    69% of Omicron deaths in recent surge have not been fully vaccinatedAmid the new wave of COVID cases caused by the Omicron variant in Taiwan, 50% of deaths occurred in people who were not vaccinated against the virus. During a press conference on Tuesday (May 3), Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) announced 23,102 local COVID cases and five deaths. This was the highest single-day death count since the start of the surge in Omicron cases in April. Philip Lo (羅一鈞), deputy head of the CECC’s medical response division, said that none of the five COVID cases...
  • Indonesia, the world's top cooking-oil exporter, says it's going to ban exports of the oil this week, and it's sent the global prices of edible oils soaring

    04/25/2022 9:40:21 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 43 replies
    YAHOO Finance ^ | 04/24/2022 | Huileng Tan
    The world's top palm-oil producer announced that it would ban exports of the commodity starting on Thursday, sending the prices of edible oils soaring. Indonesia accounts for about half of the world's supply of palm oil, the world's most widely used vegetable oil. Palm oil is used for cooking and for the production of thousands of consumer products, including biscuits, detergents, and lipsticks.In a video statement on Friday, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said the move was designed to bring down domestic palm-oil prices and ensure domestic food availability in the wake of global food inflation. "I will monitor and evaluate...