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In Western countries, there is a lot of talk about de-escalation of force, risk analysis and appropriate use of force. Many governments, even in some authoritarian countries like #China, see de-escalation of force as "less is more".

Let me tell a short story...
Back in 1989 when #China burst into the pro-democracy riots that culminated in the Tiananmen Square massacre, the protests were spread around the country.
Most people outside China don't know this.
In Beijing, Deng Xiaoping sent in the tanks to crush the protests, and of course no one challenged him. However, again unknown to many, in China most of the local prefectures have a significant amount of autonomy.
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Tiny #Palau in not-so-pacific middle of #US & #China

Pacific island nation has responded to #Beijing's perceived 'bullying' by inviting #US to establish strategic ports, bases & installations.

There is a “high-stakes rivalry going on” between China & US.
asiatimes.com/2021/05/tiny-p…
2) Tiny Palau invited the US Pentagon to build ports, bases and airfields on its Pacific islands after Chinese President Xi Jinping bullied the Pacific island nation by destabilizing its fragile economy, according to defiant President Surangel Whipps.
3) “President Whipps’ frank assessment of Chinese pressure – and invitation to host US bases – are unusually blunt for a Pacific leader,” Australia Pacific Security College director Meg Keen said in an interview.
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#Taiwan fights to attend #WHO meeting, but #China says no

Taiwan will fight to the end for an invitation to a World Health Organization (WHO) meeting this month, its foreign ministry said on Monday, but China said there was no room for compromise.
straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia…
2) The rich-nation Group of Seven (G-7) has called for Taiwan to attend the WHO's decision-making body, the World Health Assembly, which meets from May 24.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated that on Sunday and Taiwan says it is urgent during the Covid-19 pandemic.
3) Taiwan Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou said they had yet to receive an invite.

"But the Foreign Ministry will continue to work together with the Ministry of Health to fight to the last minute and do everything possible for our right to participate in the meeting."
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Biowarfare history of #China's Sinopharm vaccine maker raises questions

Suspicions among biowarfare experts, the #US government & #Taiwan's military over whether it continues to serve as a dual-use biological warfare (BW) facility for the #PLA.
taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4137284
2) In 1993 and again in 1995, China declared the Wuhan Institute of Biological Products (WIBP), the hub of Sinopharm's COVID-19 vaccine development, to be one of eight dual-use BW research facilities under its "national defensive biological warfare R&D program."
3) Although China denied having an "offensive" biological warfare program since signing the Biological & Toxin Weapons Convention, in 1984, the US in 2005 alleged that "China maintains some elements of an offensive biological weapon capability in violation of BTWC obligations"
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Colonization by other means: #China’s debt-trap diplomacy

“There are 2 ways to conquer & enslave a country: By the sword or by debt.”

China, choosing the 2nd path, has embraced colonial-era practices & is now the world’s biggest creditor.
japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2021/0…
2) Instead of first evaluating a borrower country’s creditworthiness, including whether new loans could saddle it with an onerous debt crisis, China is happy to lend, because the heavier the debt burden on the borrower, the greater China’s own leverage becomes.
3) China leverages its state-sponsored loans to developing countries to aggressively advance its trade and geopolitical interests, with the study reporting pervasive links between Chinese financial, trade and construction contracts with other countries.
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#Japan Is Investing Big in Its F-35 Stealth Fighter Fleet

With the world's 2nd largest F-35 fleet, Japan looks to strengthen its deterrent against #China

The F-35B will arm 2 Izumo-class carriers, allowing Tokyo to project power out to sea.
nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/japa…
2) Japan plans to buy 147 F-35 fighters to replace half of its aging F-15J fleet, signing a recent deal for 105 such aircraft. That contract, which is valued at around $23 billion, also includes 110 Pratt & Whitney F135 engines, spares, training gear & associated equipment.
3) 42 of Japan’s F-35 jets will be of the F-35B variety—a short take off/vertical landing (STOVL) variant. The F-35B fighter does not need long runways as its F-35A counterpart, allowing Japan a greater degree of operational flexibility to operate in remote island territories.
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#Tesla Ready to Exit #China?

Tesla recently repaid in full a $614 million loan for the construction of its Gigafactory 3, a super factory in #Shanghai.

After the news broke, the rumor that Tesla may be preparing to leave the #Chinese market spread fast.
theepochtimes.com/ready-to-exit-…
2) Tesla Suppressed After Huawei’s IPO

Last month, China’s state media claimed that Huawei is the only Chinese company that is capable of competing with Tesla. Huawei’s first smart luxury all-electric car was launched in Shanghai on April 17.
3) The CCP atracts foreign firms using deception. When it grows stronger, it gets rid of them.

Taiwanese & Japanese firms have known this for a long time.

Now the CCP has thrusted the knife into Tesla, because it already learned to make electric cars & no longer needs Tesla.
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#Australia needs to ‘do more’ to shore up defence of country’s north

Australia’s defences are in a worrying state as the threat of future conflict with #China grows. It’s so bad the #US is taking matters into its own hands.
news.com.au/technology/inn…
2) Air bases that can only be accessed by dirt roads, naval facilities not fit for the future & special forces stationed thousands of kilometres away – Australia’s sparsely populated north is lacking the military muscle needed in a world of increasingly “unpredictable” conflicts.
3) That’s the view of a leading defence watcher who has said the Government needs to immediately beef-up its military capability and manpower in the country’s north given its own advisers have said war could be less than a decade away.
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The #covid19 #pandemic started from a few thousand flying out of #china. We now have more than 20 million ACTIVELY infected. These are the #airports around the world, green dots have more than 100 routes, red 21-100, blue<20.

#STOPTRAVEL @WHO
The only way to stop this pandemic is to stop travel.

Travel increases human to #human #contact #spread of #disease and #variants. @WHO

Showing flights from 2 airports only from a few thousand airports in total.

Please #STOPTRAVEL or we are DOOMED.
Showing what planes are in the air at this very moment.

Is this a #pandemic? Seriously? Are we wanting to end this by going towards #zerocovid or 400 million deaths min with continued evolution of #SARSCoV2?

We have to get serious now. I warned about #variants 4 months ago
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🇨🇳 🚀 Chinese officials say rocket remnants reentered and disintegrated near the 🇲🇻 Maldives.

#chinarocketfalling /#China
🚀🇨🇳Context : A few weeks ago a 23 ton Chinese rocket went out of control and started falling towards earth.

Space agencies all over the world started tracking the uncontrollable rocket to say where the debris falls off.
🇨🇳 Debris of the Chinese Rocket over the Dead Sea, 🇯🇴 Jordan, the lowest point on Earth @ 03:16 UTC GMT
#Jordan/#China
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#China was preparing for a Third World War with biological weapons - including coronavirus - 6 years ago, according to dossier produced by the People's Liberation Army in 2015 and uncovered by the #US State Department

dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9…
2) Beijing has considered the military potential of SARS coronaviruses since 2015.

Scientists examined manipulation of diseases 'in a way never seen before'

Foreign affairs committee's Tom Tugendhat says evidence is a 'major concern'
3) The bombshell paper, accessed by the US State Department, insists they will be 'the core weapon for victory' in such a conflict, even outlining the perfect conditions to release a bioweapon, and documenting the impact it would have on 'the enemy's medical system'.
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Chilling warning from #China's State Media to BOMB #Australia with long-range missiles should Canberra support #US military action in #Taiwan

#Beijing has been ramping up efforts for Taiwan 'reunification' under 'One China'
dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9…
2) Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of The Global Times, which is seen as Beijing's mouthpiece on foreign policy to the world, said China should retaliate with 'long-range strikes' if Australia gets involved in a potential military conflict over Taiwan.
3) He warned Australia 'they must know what disasters they would cause to their country' if they were 'bold enough to coordinate with the US to militarily interfere in the Taiwan question'.
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#BreakingNews

This is interesting if true. Let's wait and see what happens. #covid19 #origin #Wuhan #China #CCP

news.com.au/world/coronavi…
Dr Dominic Dwyer who went to Wuhan in January as the Australian representative as part of WHO investigations into the origins of COVID-19, said "that the Wuhan wet market, which was initially blamed as the source of the virus, may not be the original source of the disease."
My view has always been that the Wuhan markets were the first noticed #superspreading event, that alerted the Chinese that the #coronavirus virus had escaped the virology laboratory.
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COVID-19 Death Toll Now at 6.9 Million: #China Should Pay at Least $19 Trillion in Damages for ‘Mass Murder’

A new study found that the COVID-19 global death toll is double that of prior estimates by the World Health Organization.
theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingne…
2) The WHO estimated 3.2 million deaths, but Director Chris Murray at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington told the Financial Times that “the actual toll is significantly worse.” A new IHME study estimates it killed 6.9 million.
3) Not including economic damages from the lockdown, suffering to survivors, costs borne by society from hospitalization & new vaccines, future damages from the ongoing pandemic,etc, China is already responsible for $19 trillion in damages, according to my calculations.
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#China Is Building Entire Villages in Another Country’s Territory

Since 2015, a new network of roads, buildings & military outposts has been constructed deep in a sacred valley in #Bhutan

it openly violates China’s founding treaty with Bhutan.
foreignpolicy.com/2021/05/07/chi…
2) This involves a strategy that is more provocative than anything China has done on its land borders in the past.

The settlement of an entire area within another country goes far beyond the forward patrolling and occasional road-building that led to war with India in 1962.
3) By mirroring in the Himalayas the provocative tactics it has used in the #SouthChinaSea, Beijing is risking its relations with its neighbors, whose needs and interests it has always claimed to respect, and jeopardizing its reputation worldwide. Image
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Alter, was ist das mit der #Patentfreigabe-Debatte eigentlich für ein sinnfreier Murks? #Moderna und #AstraZeneca haben ihre Patente für'n #Coronavirus-Impfstoff schon vor Längerem freigegeben und es hat nichts gebracht. Thread! /MS
Das Problem ist nicht das Rezept, sondern die Umsetzung des Rezepts in einen qualitativ tauglichen Impfstoff. Dafür braucht es entsprechende Fabriken, fähiges Personal und die Grundstoffe in ausreichender Qualität. /MS
An allem dreien mangelt es weltweit, vor allem weil bei #Moderna, #Biontech und #Curevac technologisch komplettes Neuland betreten wurde - es gibt hier keine etablierten Lieferketten für die mRNA-Träger-Lipide. /MS
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Worum geht es beim sog. #TRIPS #Waiver (#Patentfreigabe für #COVID19 #Impfstoffe) geht?

Ein kleiner Thread zur Einordnung.
1. Geistiges Eigentum kann in Form von Patenten geschützt werden. Dies geschieht zur Innovationsförderung, weil es den erfolgreich innovierenden Unternehmen ein zeitlich begrenztes Monopol garantiert. Im Welthandelsrecht ist das im #TRIPS-Abkommen festgelegt. 1/
2. Ein #Waiver ist das Aussetzen dieses Patentschutzes. Dies bedarf im WTO-Kontext der Einstimmigkeit, de-facto hängt es nach der Zustimmung der USA vor allem an der EU, UK und der Schweiz. Die Aussetzung in Anbetracht der pandemischen Lage beantragten Indien und Südafrika. 2/
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Latest for @dwnews: On Thursday's "Arts and Culture" program, I talked about #China's recent attempt to extend its #Xinjiang propaganda effort to the realm of cinema, with the release of a musical and several documentaries by @CGTNOfficiale. dw.com/en/arts-and-cu…
The musical, called the Wings of Songs, featured three main characters from three different ethnic community, is a clear attempt by #Beijing to present its version of "ethnic unity" in a very forceful way.
I cited the prominent phrase used in Chinese official documents and state media, describing the ethnic unity as "the seeds of a pomegranate," to highlight #Beijing's insistence to claim that all ethnic groups in #China live harmoniously together.
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Latest on @radionz: In my latest appearance on the Overseas Correspondent's segment, I talked to the host about #Taiwan's recent wave of local #COVID19 cases extended from a suspected quarantine hotel mismanagement, #Taiwan's challenge to ... rnz.co.nz/national/progr…
... increase vaccination rates with the lack of #COVID19 vaccine options. The new #COVID19 case and the low vaccination rate have increased the anxiety here in #Taiwan, as both the government and the public becoming more vigilant about pandemic prevention.
Then I touched on the motion that the NZ parliament passed yesterday, which they unanimously declared #China's persecution of #Uyghurs in #Xinjiang as a serious human rights violation and concern.
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The expansion of the Chinese Communist Party in the form of global aggression!
One very important capital is needed,

that is #money!

So where does the Chinese Communist Party get its money?

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I would like to give an example of how the Chinese Communist Party's subsidies and support for state-owned enterprises have distorted the normal functioning of the global economy and trade, forcing manufacturing industries in Western countries to suffer and face collapse.

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As Muslims around the world celebrate Ramadan, those in #China are forced to follow strict government guidelines as they try to maintain their religious tradition. That's especially true for #Uyghurs in #Xinjiang. By @dakekang and @kmorit: apnews.com/article/china-…
" Tursunjan Mamat, a practicing Muslim in western China’s Xinjiang region, said he’s fasting for Ramadan but his daughters, ages 8 and 10, are not. Religious activity including fasting is not permitted for minors, he explained."
“My children know who our holy creator is, but I don’t give them detailed religious knowledge,” he said, speaking through a translator. “After they reach 18, they can receive religious education according to their own will.”
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Just in: #China's Xinhua News agency reported that #Beijing announced that it will indefinitely suspend all activities under the #China - Australia strategic and economic dialogue.
More from @XinhuaBrisMUN: "Recently, some Australian Commonwealth Government officials launched a series of measures to disrupt the normal exchanges and coopertaion between China and Australia out of Cold War mindset and ideological discrimiation."

xinhuanet.com/fortune/2021-0…
"Based on the current attitude of the Australian Commonwealth Government toward China-Australia cooperation, the National Development and Reform Commission of the People’s Republic of China decides to indefinitely suspend ...
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