Taiwan warns increased Chinese military drills threaten invasion

Taiwan warns increased Chinese military drills threaten invasion

AN escalation in Chinese military drills has upset one nation, which has now warned Beijing of dangerous consequences if it invades.

AN increase in the size and frequency of Chinese military operations off the coast of Taiwan has drawn a stern warning over escalating tensions.

An annual defence review presented yesterday in Taipei stated the military drills posed an “enormous threat” to Taiwan, but also warned Beijing would “pay a very high price” if it attempted to invade.

The island of Taiwan was a province of China prior to a civil war in 1949. As Communist forces took control of the mainland, China’s government fled to Taiwan.

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‘Gross interference with domestic affairs’: China furious at Trump’s $1.4 BILLION Taiwan arms deal

‘Gross interference with domestic affairs’: China furious at Trump’s $1.4bn Taiwan arms deal:

The Chinese people “have every right to be outraged” by the new $1.4 billion US arms deal with Taiwan, Beijing has said, arguing that the sale means the Trump administration is contradicting earlier statements on maintaining peace in the region.

Washington has made the “wrong decision to sell arms to Taiwan in disregard of China’s strong representations,” reads a statement released on Friday by the Chinese embassy in the US.

On top of violating several joint communiques, the deal “grossly interferes [in] China’s domestic affairs, jeopardizes China’s sovereign and security interest and undermines China’s efforts to realize national unification,” the embassy says. “The Chinese government and Chinese people have every right to be outraged,” it adds.

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China Flexes Its Muscles on Singapore, Taiwan, and US over Military Ties

China Flexes Its Muscles on Singapore, Taiwan, and US over Military Ties:

Beijing — While Taiwan faces regional pressure to adhere to the one-China policy — due, in large part, to its budding friendship with the United States — the city-state of Singapore has found itself in a similar position as China continues to invoke sovereignty on an issue of seized military hardware.

From a report by the International Business Times on Monday:

“China has warned Singapore to be ‘cautious with their words and actions’ and reminded the city state to respect its one-China policy after it demanded the return of its military vehicles that have been detained at a Hong Kong port since November 2016.

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Taiwan: More Than 20,000 Chickens Infected With Bird Flu Put to Death

More Than 20,000 Chickens Infected With Bird Flu Put to Death in Taiwan:

Over 20,000 chickens have been exterminated in Taiwan amid a bird flu outbreak, the Bureau of Animal and Plant Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) has announced.

BEIJING (Sputnik) – A decision to put 23,000 chickens to death at a farm in Taiwan’s western Yunlin County was made after an inspection revealed that the birds were infected with the H5N8 strain of avian influenza virus, BAPHIQ said on Thursday.

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China Warns “Peace Will Be Impacted” If Trump Violates “One China”, Installs Weapons On Disputed Islands

China Warns “Peace Will Be Impacted” If Trump Violates “One China”, Installs Weapons On Disputed Islands:

“Upholding the ‘one China’ principle is the political basis of developing China-U.S. relations, and is the cornerstone of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait,” said An Fengshan, a spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office. “Upholding the ‘one China’ principle is the political basis of developing China-U.S. relations, and is the cornerstone of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.”

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Taiwan accidentally launches missile toward China, kills fishing boat captain

Taiwan accidentally launches missile toward China, kills fishing boat captain:

A Taiwan warship mistakenly launched a supersonic “aircraft carrier killer” missile toward China Friday, hitting a fishing boat and killing the boat’s captain in an incident China called “a serious matter.”

A spokesman for Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense apologized on behalf of the military.

“The Ministry of National Defense sincerely apologizes for the incident that caused the death of the captain (of the boat) and injured other crew members,” Maj. Gen. Chen Chung-Chi said in a news conference. The ministry has also asked the Navy to provide assistance and compensation to the family of the victims.

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Taiwan Recalls Quaker Oats in Massive Glyphosate Clampdown

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Taiwan Recalls Quaker Oats in Massive Glyphosate Clampdown:

Oatmeal products from major food brand Quaker Oats were found to contain traces of a probable carcinogenic chemical called glyphosate, according to the results of an inspection by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA, 食藥署).

Source: www.chinapost.com.tw

Standard Foods Corporation (佳格食品) said in a statement that the company’s oatmeal products produced in Taiwan have all passed FDA tests, and have no connection to the U.S.-imported Quaker Oats sold by other trade companies.

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And Now The Weather …

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Pakistan – Biting cold brings life to halt:

Punjab authorities have closed down schools from Jan 26 to 31 because of biting cold, a private TV channel reported.

Bangladesh – At least 286 children hospitalized with cold-related diseases in 24 hours:

Life is almost paralysed by the biting cold in nine upazilas of the district. The poor are burning hay and fallen leaves to keep them warm.

Thailand – More deaths reported from cold weather:

Nine deaths believed to stem from hypothermia reported in Bueng Kan, Nakhon Phanom, Tak, Rayong and Udon Thani provinces.

Record snowfall in South Korea:

Along with severe cold

Taiwan – Hundreds of people trapped by snow:

In addition, the accompanying low temperatures have caused disasters for farmers across the nation.

Parts of Vietnam see first snow EVER:

Buffaloes have recently died due to the extremely cold weather.

First Snow in Guangzhou, China in 88 Years

Guangzhou residents were excited Sunday to observe snow falling in their subtropical city for the first time in 88 years. 

Thailand – Two die as cold bites Central region:

Schools light bonfires, army readies help

Laos – Extreme cold in Northern Lao provinces:

People and livestock in upland areas of northeastern Laos are struggling with the freezing cold.

First snow EVER on Okinawa – VIDEO:

Okinawa’s main island in southwestern Japan gets its first measurable snowfall in history.

In the south, sleet fell on Amami Oshima Island for the first time since 1901. Residents there usually enjoy temperatures of around 17 degrees Celsius this time of year.

Record snowfall in Japan:

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Typhoon Soudelor cuts power to 1 million in southern China

Typhoon Soudelor cuts power to 1 million in southern China (Los Angeles, Aug 8, 2015):

After leaving a trail of death and destruction in Taiwan, Typhoon Soudelor crashed into southern China’s Fujian province late Saturday, leaving more than 1 million people without power and prompting the evacuation of 160,000.

Six deaths and 185 injuries were linked to Soudelor in Taiwan, where the storm made landfall before dawn Saturday, bringing winds up to 150 mph and torrential rain. Four people were still missing early Sunday.

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