Your Tuesday Briefing: China Menaces Taiwan

sent by china A record number of military aircraft threatens Taiwan on Sunday and into Monday morning, a signal that Beijing wants to maintain pressure on Taiwan even as some tensions between China and the US subside.

According to Taiwan, the military operation includes at least 71 aircraft including Chinese fighter jets, maritime patrol aircraft and drones. Taiwan says 47 of those planes crossed the so-called median line in a provocation that violated the unofficial boundary between the two sides.

The massive show of force comes after President Biden ramped up US support for democracy on the self-governing island: A military policy bill which he signed on Friday approved up to $10 billion over the next five years for Taiwan.

Background: Tensions over Taiwan have increased since Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, visited in August. China has denounced the US support as an attempt to contain it and interfere in its internal affairs.

Korean Peninsula: Some North Korean drones Invasion of Korean airspace yesterday. In response, South Korea fired warning shots and sent surveillance drones into North Korean airspace.

Covid seems to be spread like wildfire in China. Even if the central government’s official numbers remain low, the regional numbers tell a different story, showing an outbreak of outbreaks and an overwhelmed healthcare system.

One province and three cities have reported Covid estimates that far outstrip official numbers in recent days. An official in Zhejiang province, home to 65 million people, estimated that the number of daily infections there has exceeded one million. In the city of Qingdao, which has a population of 10 million, a health minister said there were about half a million new cases a day, a number he predicted would rise sharply in the coming days.

These numbers stand in stark contrast to those from China’s national health commission, which on Friday reported around 4,000 Covid-19 cases for the whole country. They also contradict the picture the Communist Party has presented since it abruptly changed its policy on Covid in early December. Since then, health experts and state-run media outlets have downgraded them. reduce the severity of Covid.

Reaction: The absence of the government in a time of crisis has caused public opinion question its reliability. “No one is responsible now,” said one man.

New rule: China will drop its quarantine requirement for tourists arriving from January 8.

What’s next: Some experts believe the outbreak could cause more than a million deaths in the next few months.

Three months after an explosion tore through the Nord Stream gas pipeline, the culprit is still unknown and the motive is still unclear.

A major problem in the investigation is the pipeline that runs along the bottom of the Baltic Sea between Russia and Germany, making it an ideal crime scene for the perpetrators. The cables are not closely monitored, ships come and go continuously from 9 bordering countries and ships can easily hide by turning off tracking transponders.

New York Casino openly trying to appeal to people of Asian descent. Every morning, hundreds of elderly Chinese immigrants in New York City take the two-hour bus north to play slots, earning $45 worth of slot machine coupons for each ride. .

Many people rely on their bus habits for income, entertainment and community. But gambling can be a gateway to addiction and debt, and there is a lack of problem gambling services available to the community.

Some popular TV shows in China feature contestants, mostly in their 50s or older, looking for love. Programs are encouraging conversations about social, romantic and sexual needs of older adults.

They’re similar to shows that feature young contestants: hopefuls discuss hobbies, strut their stuff in front of cameras, and rate each other’s looks. But amid the cheery flirtations, the shows also tackle some of the heavier realities of China’s rapidly aging population, a third of which are expected to be 60 or older. in 2050.

All guests are asked about their health and pension. Oftentimes, the participants are surprisingly candid – a widower recalls tender memories of his wife and a divorced woman describes loneliness so profound that she begins talk to your TV.

“It’s not like they show their best sides at first and hide their flaws later on,” said one 35-year-old viewer. “They will make their bottom line clear because they have lived their whole lives and they know what they can endure.”


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