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Mar 20 23 tweets 3 min read
My latest: #HongKong’s adoption of Article 23 Tuesday is being criticized by foreign governments, while some business figures say the law will hasten foreign businesses’ departure from the city.
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voanews.com/a/west-eyes-ne… The United Nations, the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union expressed concern about the ambiguous language in the law and its speedy adoption, which was completed in less than two weeks.
Mar 7 43 tweets 5 min read
Summary from #China Foreign Minister Wang Yi's Presser: "We insist on a political solution to all hotspot issues. We resolutely oppose all acts of hegemony, and vigorously safeguard national sovereignty, security, development and the common interests of developing countries. We will never stop serving the people through diplomacy, and we will vigorously serve the overall situation of national development and stability."
Feb 23 6 tweets 1 min read
"Chinese officials arrested more than 100 Tibetan monks and other ethnic Tibetans in China’s southwestern Sichuan province on Thursday to quell protests against a massive dam project that would destroy six Buddhist monasteries ... rfa.org/english/news/t… ... and force the relocation of two villages."
Jan 14 25 tweets 4 min read
My latest: The international community has praised #Taiwan’s democratic elections in the face of pressure from Beijing. However, some voters share their concerns on a range of issues with me following DPP's historic victory on Saturday.#Taiwanelections2024 independent.co.uk/asia/east-asia… For millions of Taiwanese people, this weekend’s presidential and parliamentary elections were an example of a vibrant democracy despite the ire of Beijing that Lai Ching-te won an unprecedented third term in power for the pro-sovereignty Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
Jan 9 7 tweets 2 min read
Taiwan issued a national warning about #China launching a satellite which is flying over the sky of southern Taiwan and cautioning citizens to watch for debris falling from the sky. The English translation of missile has been proven wrong by the Defense Ministry. Image This happened as #Taiwan foreign minister Joseph Wu is holding an international press conference attended by dozens of foreign media outlets. Image
Dec 26, 2023 5 tweets 1 min read
"#China appointed a new head of its navy, a move that comes amid worsening tensions in the South China Sea." bloomberg.com/news/articles/… Hu Zhongming was promoted to the rank of general at a ceremony in Beijing attended by President Xi Jinping on Monday, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
Dec 23, 2023 6 tweets 2 min read
Taiwan's ruling party will not let war break out with China, but it is #China that is to blame for stirring up tensions, Taipei's former top diplomat in the United States and now frontrunner to become its next vice president, said on Friday. channelnewsasia.com/asia/we-wont-l… In a live televised pre-election policy address by the three vice presidential candidates, Lai's running mate Hsiao Bi-khim, Taiwan's high-profile former de facto ambassador to the United States, said her opponents had consistently blamed the DPP for tensions in the Taiwan Strait
Dec 9, 2023 8 tweets 2 min read
Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday announced new sanctions against two Chinese officials for “serious human rights abuses” against #Uyghurs in #Xinjiang. rfa.org/english/news/c… The State Department said that Gao Qi, as the leader of the northern Xinjiang Yili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture Public Security Bureau, had facilitated the arbitrary detention of Uyghurs and members of other ethnic and religious minority groups in a mass internment campaign.
Nov 22, 2023 12 tweets 2 min read
Latest on #Taiwan Election: With TPP's Huang scheduled to pick up the presidential registration form for Ko later at 4 p.m., it looks like the KMT and TPP are now talking past each other and kicking the ball back into the other side's court ... ... so to avoid becoming the one that officially announces the collapse of the cooperation.
Nov 8, 2023 7 tweets 2 min read
"The number of people fleeing #China to seek asylum in the United States has spiked sharply in recent weeks, with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol reporting more than 4,000 arrests of Chinese nationals in September, a rise of 70% from the previous month." rfa.org/english/news/c… "In the 12 months to September 30, more than 24,000 Chinese nationals have made the arduous and sometimes dangerous overland journey through South and Central America to cross the border from Mexico and apply for political asylum in the United States."
Oct 24, 2023 29 tweets 4 min read
My latest: Tension is rising again in the South China Sea following two collisions Sunday between vessels from the Philippines and #China near the Second Thomas Shoal, a disputed reef situated within Manila’s exclusive economic zone.

voanews.com/a/analysts-chi… Both sides issued strongly worded statements to criticize the other and released videos to support their accusations. On Monday, the Philippines summoned the Chinese ambassador to express its position on the disputed reef.
Oct 14, 2023 8 tweets 2 min read
After a three-hour negotiation, #Taiwan's two main opposition parties, KMT and TPP, failed to reach a consensus on the possibility of joining forces in the upcoming presidential election. The only agreement they reached was to hold a debate for canddiates.cna.com.tw/news/aipl/2023… TPP proposed that the strongest presidential candidate for the opposition parties should be nominated based on opinion polls conducted by five polling companies. Half of the polls will be conducted by landlines and half of the polls will be conducted by cell phones.
Oct 14, 2023 9 tweets 2 min read
Russian President Vladimir Putin heads to #China next week to meet his "dear friend" Xi Jinping, forging even closer ties in a key strategic relationship in which experts say Moscow is increasingly the junior partner.
france24.com/en/live-news/2… This year, trade between the two powers has soared to levels not seen since the beginning of Moscow's war in Ukraine, with Chinese imports of Russian oil offering Moscow a critical lifeline as international sanctions bite.
Sep 26, 2023 7 tweets 2 min read
"A high-profile Chinese television presenter who was in a relationship with the country’s ousted foreign minister had a child last year with the help of a surrogate mother in the US, people familiar with the matter have said." ft.com/content/f73e36… "Fu Xiaotian, 40, was in a relationship with Qin Gang, according to six people close to Fu and China’s foreign policy establishment. She told a close associate about the surrogate pregnancy last year, the person told the Financial Times.
Sep 9, 2023 9 tweets 2 min read
"#China has offered no explanation for why he won’t attend the G-20. European Union diplomats this week said that if Xi were to miss future G-20 summits, it would seriously undermine the forum." wsj.com/world/china/xi… "In addition to its tensions with the U.S., China has been in conflict with European nations over trade, human rights and the war in Ukraine, and with its neighbors over territorial disputes.
Sep 2, 2023 20 tweets 3 min read
Latest issue of “Crossroads #Taiwan” by me and @chiehtingyeh: Terry Gou’s bid to run for President as an independent will further complicate opposition’s efforts to find common grounds for a potential collaboration, analysts and opposition figures say.

ketagalanmedia.substack.com/p/crossroads-t… Since the announcement, MNews’s 8/30 poll shows that in a three-way race (without Gou), DPP’s Lai is first at 34.3%, followed by Ko (27.1%) and Hou (16.2%), and 22.4% undecided.
Aug 29, 2023 8 tweets 1 min read
“The U.S. State Department has picked veteran diplomat Mark Lambert as its top #China policy official, five sources familiar with the matter said, bringing in new leadership for a part of the department that has faced … reuters.com/world/state-de… … staffing problems and criticism over its handling of China-focused initiatives.”
Aug 5, 2023 17 tweets 2 min read
“Residents of northern #China's Hebei province have been taking to the levees protecting their homes to prevent excavation teams from breaching them, amid criticism that official decisions about who gets flooded are highly political.” rfa.org/english/news/c… “Video clips of scuffles, lengthy altercations and clashes with police have emerged on social media in recent days, showing embattled rural residents facing off with officials who want to flood their homes and farmland to protect Beijing, …
Jul 20, 2023 31 tweets 4 min read
My latest: As the war in Ukraine rages on, #China and Russia are hosting joint military exercises in the Sea of Japan that analysts say are the latest sign of deepening cooperation between the two military powerhouses.

voanews.com/a/analysts-see… The drills are also part of an effort to counter growing partnership of the U.S. and its allies in the region, they add.
Jul 1, 2023 9 tweets 2 min read
By @benedictrogers: “Over the past decade, and especially in the past few years, #Beijing has completely broken its promises, torn up the treaty and dismantled #HongKong’s freedoms. telegraph.co.uk/news/2023/07/0… It has turned Hong Kong from one of Asia’s most open cities into one of its most repressive police states.”
Jun 13, 2023 8 tweets 2 min read
"Since late last month, the Chinese leader has twice urged the nation to prepare for what he described as extreme scenarios or conditions—trotting out a phraseology implying the possibilities of escalating tensions ... wsj.com/articles/china… ... as the competition between the U.S. and China intensifies."