Taiwan citizen charged with spying in China after reporting PLA troop movements on Hong Kong border

A Taiwanese man who went missing after crossing the border from Hong Kong into Shenzhen City in August has been formally charged for spying and endangering the national security of China, according to reports today, November 30. Morrison Lee (Lee Meng-chu, 李孟居), 44, crossed the border to Shenzhen City, August 20, after visiting Hong Kong. At the time, mass protests against the Extradition Law Amendment Bill were in progress in Hong Kong. Lee had expressed support for the pro-democracy movement

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Ministry of Education organizes emergency flight to get Taiwan students out of Hong Kong after violence escalates

Taiwan’s Ministry of Education arranged a special flight for 85 students who requested help to return home, after violent conflicts between protesters and police spread to a university campus, yesterday, November 12. Another 41 Taiwanese students purchased tickets on regular flights to Taiwan. According to the MOE, there are a total of 1,021 Taiwanese students enrolled at universities in Hong Kong, including exchange students. Around 300 Taiwanese students are enrolled at China University of Hong Kong (CUHK). CUHK remained barricaded

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Senator urges Congress to invite President Tsai Ing-wen to Washington

US Senator Ted Cruz said that he had written to Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, urging her to invite President Tsai Ing-wen to make a speech to Congress. Texas Republican Senator Cruz made the remarks in a response to questions by a CNA reporter in a Q and A session after a speech delivered to the American Enterprise Institute yesterday, February 6. During the speech, which focused on the role of Congress in American foreign

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Fighter Malfunction Affects Civilian Flights in Okinawa

A Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15 fighter aircraft lost a tire while taking off at Naha Airport today, causing the runway to be blocked for more than two hours. At least 60 civilian flights and 3,800 passengers were affected by the incident. One of four F-15s had to abort take-off at around 1:20pm when a tire peeled off the front wheel, leaving the fighter stranded on the airport’s single runway. The aircraft was removed after repairs shortly after 3:00pm. In

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Beijing Gives the Hush Order on Scholar’s Funeral

Picture from a Communist Chinese website. Chinese Communist Party officials quashed plans for a grand farewell for late scholar Zhou You-guang, in his hometown of Changzhou Saturday, January 21, 2017. The 111 year-old scholar, known as “the father of pinyin” passed away January 14, just one day after his eleventy-first birthday. Beijing let Changzhou know who’s boss by insisting that only family members and friends could attend his funeral, and no outsiders or media were allowed. It was a quiet

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World’s Highest Bridge Opens in China

Today saw the official opening of the Beipan River Bridge Duge in China’s remote Western Province of Guizhou. It marks a world record with a height of 564 meters from the bridge-deck to the Beipan River below. The river marks the border between Yunnan and Guizhou provinces and is part of the G56 Hangzhou–Ruili Expressway between Qujing and Liupanshui. The eastern tower has a height of 269 meters, which also makes it the 10th tallest bridge in the world. Construction

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Sinkhole Opens in the Middle of Japanese City

Subway construction work caused a sinkhole to open next to JR Hakata Station in the capital of the Fukuoka prefecture. The sinkhole has swallowed a major road, causing power and gas supply disruptions, and threatening nearby buildings. The sinkhole first appeared at around 5:15am. Residents and office workers around the sinkhole were evacuated at 9:45am after the sinkhole expanded and showed signs of threatening buildings. Power outages have affected the Bank of Fukuoka’s online systems and caused disruptions to ticketing

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Retired Defense Officer Killed in Japan Blast

A series of explosions rocked the city of Utsunomiya (宇都宮市), 100 kilometers north of Tokyo, this morning, leaving one dead and three injured. The deceased has been identified as a 72 year-old retired military officer. Two vehicles, and a building were incinerated according to video and images on media and social networking sites. Police arrived on the scene at around 11:30am Tokyo time. Kyodo reports among the three injured, one is in a critical condition. The explosions occurred near a

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Foreigners Banned @ China Space Launch

China is set to launch a manned space flight tomorrow from a site in Gansu Province. Local tour operators are offering a chance to view the launch with tickets priced from 300 to 500 RMB. Tourists from outside of China, including those from Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan, are not allowed to purchase tickets. China has four space launch sites, and the site in Gansu Province is used for the launch of military satellites, manned space flights, and intercontinental ballistic

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North Korean Soldiers On the Run in China: Shootout with Chinese Police

Five North Korean soldiers on border-guard duty crossed into China on July 23, committing armed robberies in two villages. Two were detained after a shootout with Chinese military police this morning, July 28, while three are still on the run. According to South Korean news agency Yonhap, authorities in Jilin Province told residents to be on the alert and to try to avoid going out at night until the three men are caught. Several Chinese military police officers were injured

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Taiwan and Japan Establish a Maritime Affairs Dialogue to Avoid Fishing Disputes

Taiwan’s new government has wasted no time in negotiating with Japan to resolve territorial disputes over fishing grounds that has plagued relations between the two island nations in recent years. Executive Yuan spokesperson Tong Zheng-yuan(童振源), announced today, Monday, May 23, that the two sides had reached consensus on establishing a bilateral maritime-affairs cooperation dialogue mechanism. It is planned to hold the first formal dialogue before the end of July, and it is hoped a preliminary agreement can be reached, not

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