China orders more military training for high school students to strengthen “national defense”

The Communist Party of China today ordered military training for high school students to be increased to a minimum of 56 class hours from August 1, 2021, with the goal of “strengthening the building of the national defense reserve force.” The National Defense Mobilization Department of the Central Military Commission of the People’s Republic of China, and the Ministry of Education released the “Syllabus for Military Training for High School Students,” today, April 13. The syllabus will be implemented from

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Truck carrying Evergreen container causes traffic jam in China: picture goes viral

A truck carrying an Evergreen shipping container crashed and caused a traffic jam on a freeway in China this morning, and pictures of the incident went viral on Chinese social media platforms. According to information from the traffic monitor footage, the accident occurred shortly before 9:55 am today on the Changchun-Shenzhen Expressway in Nanjing. Following the accident, the truck was left askew across the road, almost completely blocking traffic, leading to comparisons with the Evergreen container ship currently blocking the

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Xi Jinping awkwardly takes praise for his “Toilet Revolution” policy

General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, Xi Jinping appeared to squirm a little embarrassedly when a representative heaped praise on the paramount leader for his thoughtful “Toilet Revolution” policy, at the fourth session of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC), yesterday, Monday, March 8. Xi was attending a forum for deputies of the National People’s Congress when a female representative made flattering remarks about the policy, perhaps unaware of the controversies that have hounded implementation of the grand

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Plane crash in China’s Jiangxi Province leaves 5 dead, one injured

Five people died, and one person was injured after a plane engaged in cloud-seeding operations crashed into houses in Jianxi Province, China, Monday, March 1. All five people aboard the aircraft died, while a resident of one of three houses affected by the crash suffered minor injuries. According to Chinese language media reports, a twin-turboprop Beechcraft King Air 350 aircraft, registered B-10GD, belonging to Great Northern wilderness General Aviation Company (中國北大荒通用航空公司) crashed in a residential area of Ji’an County at

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Beijing adds anal swab tests to COVID arsenal, but citizens are not taking it lying down

Some Chinese citizens are avoiding going home for the Lunar New Year holidays after Beijing health authorities introduced anal swab tests for COVID-19. Citizens were quoted in various media reports including Apple Daily, as saying that they would prefer to miss the holidays rather than undergo what they consider to be an intrusive, insulting, and humiliating procedure. “Everyone involved will be so embarrassed,” one user wrote on Chinese social media site ­Weibo. A poll on Weibo showed that 80% of

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China claims 10.9 million COVID tests in Qingdao City all negative: Taiwan’s Health Minister says “impossible”

Chinese officials claimed yesterday that COVID-19 tests on 10.9 million people in Qingdao City, Shandong Province, had all returned negative results, but Taiwan’s Health Minister, Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), said today that such a result was impossible. Citywide tests for Qingdao City’s population of 11 million were ordered after a cluster infection of 13 people centered around a local hospital was discovered recently. The cluster was claimed to be China’s first case of locally transmitted COVID-19 in over two months. The

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China protests after US Air Force flies U-2 spy plane over live-fire PLA-declared no-fly zone

China’s Ministry of National Defense issued a statement, Tuesday, August 25, accusing the US military of “naked provocation,” after a US Air Force U-2 high-altitude surveillance plane flew over a no-fly zone during live-fire military exercises earlier that day. The People’s Liberation Army had declared a no-fly zone over the Bohai Sea, one of three areas where the PLA is holding concurrent military exercises along the coast of China. The live-fire military drills are being held from August 22 –

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MAC warns of danger for travelers to Hong Kong, Macao, China

In response to the Hong Kong national security law issued by the government of the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) has set up an online registration system for nationals traveling to Hong Kong, Macao, and China. The MAC website lists groups at high risk of “being disappeared,” including people who have expressed solidarity with Taiwan independence, Hong Kong independence, Tibet independence, and Xinjiang independence. Also at risk are critics of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the

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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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Chinese unification by military force advocate deported from Taiwan

A Chinese scholar who urges the government of China to take Taiwan by military force was deported this morning, April 12, after his tourist visa was cancelled yesterday. Li Yi (李毅), who identifies himself as “an American sociologist”, came to Taiwan under the guise of tourism, but was found to be due to appear as a speaker at a China unification support parade to be held in Taichung City tomorrow, Saturday, April 13. The parade, to be followed by a

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One dead, nine injured after car plows into Taiwan tour group in Shanghai

One man died, and nine people were injured, one critically, after a driver lost control of his car and plowed into a group of Taiwanese tourists on a sidewalk in Shanghai, today, February 3. According to reports in United Daily News and SETN, a group consisting of 31 people on the second day of an eight-day tour of China were walking on Taikang Road at around 9:00am, on their way to a popular tourist site, when a BMW sedan mounted

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