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  • China's High-Tech Military Threat

    04/03/2012 6:57:48 PM PDT · by U-238 · 16 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 4/1/2012 | Bill Gertz
    President Barack Obama said during the visit of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping in February that “we welcome China’s peaceful rise [and] we believe that a strong and prosperous China is one that can help bring stability and prosperity to the region and the world.” Few presidents have made statements so stunningly disingenuous as this. For as he was speaking, Obama was presiding over a shift in military doctrine whose central tenet is that China is, and will be, the main military threat to the United States for at least the next generation. Weeks earlier, in November 2011, the Pentagon...
  • The Weapons of a North Korea–Japan Missile Standoff

    03/28/2012 10:00:55 PM PDT · by U-238 · 6 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 3/26/2012 | By Joe Pappalardo
    In the Pacific, saber rattling is done with missiles. North Korea has announced that it will launch a Taepodong ballistic missile to celebrate the birthday of North Korea's founder, Kim Il Sung, on April 15. The country claims this will be a satellite launch, but most observers agree the test is meant to demonstrate a weapon delivery system. Either way, it violates a fresh agreement that North Korea signed just one month ago pledging not to test long-range missiles. In a notice to the International Maritime Organization, North Korea says the missile stages will splash down near the west coast...
  • Impacts of Illegal Immigration: Diseases

    07/20/2010 5:16:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies · 2+ views
    The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration ^ | July 20, 2010 | P. F. Wagner and Dan Amato
    Legal immigrants are required to have medical screening to ensure that they do not bring any contagious diseases into the United States. Illegal aliens are not screened and many are carrying horrific third world diseases that do not belong in the USA. Many of these diseases are highly contagious and will infect citizens that come in contact with an infected illegal alien. This has already happened in restaurants, schools, and police forces. Malaria was eradicated from the USA in the 1940s but recently there were outbreaks in southern California, New Jersey, New York City, and Houston. Additionally, Malaria tainted blood...
  • South Korea's fighter requirements come to the fore

    07/09/2010 11:41:35 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 7/10/2010 | Siva Govindasamy
    There is a resurgence in interest in South Korea's fighter aircraft requirements, with the east Asian country deciding on a variety of aircraft as part of an ongoing modernisation of its air force's capabilities. The choices represent a mix of imported and indigenous solutions, with the country trying to find a way to match its operational requirements with a desire to promote the local industry, mainly state-owned Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI). South Korea has maintained three levels of fighters - low, medium and high - as part of its operational capability. At the low level are Northrop F-5s, at the...
  • US support for sale of F-16s growing

    03/20/2010 7:34:58 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 346+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | 3/20/2010 | William Lowther
    There is growing pressure on US President Barack Obama to sell advanced F-16 fighters to Taiwan. “The time to provide these fighters is now,” Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart, a Florida Republican, told a major hearing held by the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission on Thursday. It became clear as witnesses were questioned that many, if not most, of the commissioners agreed. Taiwan’s request to buy 66 F-16C/D fighters is now being considered by the White House. “The military and strategic imperatives for Taiwan are real and urgent,” said Diaz-Balart, the opening witness at the day-long hearing on developments across the...
  • Diplomacy That Will Live in Infamy

    12/06/2009 9:17:05 PM PST · by Cronos · 23 replies · 1,501+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 5 Dec 2009 | JAMES BRADLEY
    SIXTY-EIGHT years ago tomorrow, Japan attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor. In the brutal Pacific war that would follow, millions of soldiers and civilians were killed. My father — one of the famous flag raisers on Iwo Jima — was among the young men who went off to the Pacific to fight for his country. So the war naturally fascinated me. But I always wondered, why did we fight in the Pacific? Yes, there was Pearl Harbor, but why did the Japanese attack us in the first place? ... The one who had the greater effect on Japan’s...
  • Found: Robert Mugabe’s secret bolthole in the Far East

    02/14/2009 8:04:49 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 30 replies · 1,259+ views
    The Times ^ | 2/15/2009 | Jon Swain, Bangkok and Michael Sheridan, Hong Kong
    ZIMBABWE’S President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace have secretly bought a £4m bolt-hole in the Far East while his country struggles with hyper-inflation, mass unemployment and a cholera epidemic. The Mugabes’ house, in an exclusive residential complex in Hong Kong, was purchased on their behalf by a middleman through a shadowy company whose registered office is in a run-down tenement block. When a reporter and a photographer called at the house last week, they were attacked by the Zimbabwean occupants. The assailants were questioned by the police. The property came to light during a Sunday Times investigation into the...
  • Asia: The Coming Fury

    02/13/2009 8:45:48 PM PST · by Lorianne · 55 replies · 1,736+ views
    Foreign Policy in Focus ^ | February 9, 2009 | Walden Bello
    As goods pile up in wharves from Bangkok to Shanghai, and workers are laid off in record numbers, people in East Asia are beginning to realize they aren't only experiencing an economic downturn but living through the end of an era. For over 40 years now, the cutting edge of the region's economy has been export-oriented industrialization (EOI). Taiwan and Korea first adopted this strategy of growth in the mid-1960s, with Korean dictator Park Chung-Hee coaxing his country's entrepreneurs to export by, among other measures, cutting off electricity to their factories if they refused to comply. The success of Korea...
  • Clinton Says China Not an Adversary

    02/13/2009 7:29:43 PM PST · by Steelfish · 30 replies · 1,039+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | February 13, 2009
    Clinton Says China Not an Adversary NEW YORK | Two days before traveling to Asia, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday that China is not a U.S. adversary and Washington will engage it on many issues, beginning with resumption of military talks suspended by Beijing over U.S. arms sales to Taiwan last year. "Some believe that China on the rise is, by definition, an adversary. To the contrary - we believe that the United States and China can benefit from and contribute to each other's successes," she said in a speech at the Asia Society in New York...
  • This really doesn’t look good (E. Asian export in a nosedive)

    01/12/2009 6:12:55 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 1,088+ views
    This really doesn’t look good
  • Orkney Islanders Have Siberian Relatives

    05/23/2008 3:11:09 PM PDT · by blam · 23 replies · 277+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-23-2008 | Roger Highfield
    Orkney Islanders have Siberian relatives Last Updated: 12:01am BST 23/05/2008 A new study on ancient human migrations suggests that Orcadians and Siberians are closely related, writes Roger Highfield. Orkney Islanders are more closely related to people in Siberia and in Pakistan than those in Africa and the near East, according to a novel method to chart human migrations. The surprising findings come from a new way to infer ancient human movements from the variation of DNA in people today, conducted by a team from the University of Oxford and University College Cork, which has pioneered a technique that analyses the...
  • Tibetans storm Chinese Embassy in Paris(took down Chinese flag and hoist Tibetan flag)

    03/17/2008 3:40:38 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 966+ views
    Phayul ^ | 03/17/08 | Tenam
    Tibetans storm Chinese Embassy in Paris Phayul[Monday, March 17, 2008 02:46] By TenamParis, 16 March: A group of Tibetans stormed the Chinese Embassy in Paris this afternoon. One Tibetan protester climbed the Chinese Embassy and replaced the Chinese flag with the Tibetan National Flag. Tibetans and Tibetan supporters in thousand, in an appeal by the Tibetan Community here had gathered few blocks away from the Chinese embassy. After a while a group of Tibetan broke away from the cordoned area and started running towards the Chinese Embassy. After a brief scuffle with the police in front of the Embassy,...
  • Japan Proposes 'Peace' Tunnel To South Korea

    02/15/2008 3:49:53 PM PST · by blam · 38 replies · 335+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 2-15-2008 | Justin McCurry
    Japan proposes 'peace' tunnel to South KoreaJustin McCurry in Tokyo guardian.co.uk Friday February 15 2008 Politicians in Japan have proposed the construction of an 80-mile "peace" tunnel to South Korea that would boost trade and symbolise a recent warming of ties between the former enemies. The proposed tunnel, more than twice as long as the Channel Tunnel, would link Karatsu in south-western Japan and Pusan in South Korea, via two islands in the Japan Sea. It would be part of a 140-mile (230km) rail link passing through the Japanese islands of Iki and Tsushima, and making it possible to travel...
  • Alive and safe, the brutal Japanese soldiers who butchered 20,000 Allied seamen in cold blood

    11/03/2007 6:56:30 PM PDT · by Stoat · 363 replies · 3,033+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | November 3, 2007 | NIGEL BLUNDELL
    Alive and safe, the brutal Japanese soldiers who butchered 20,000 Allied seamen in cold bloodBy NIGEL BLUNDELL - More by this author » Last updated at 17:53pm on 3rd November 2007  The perpetrators of some of the worst atrocities of the Second World War remain alive and unpunished in Japan, according to a damning new book.  Painstaking research by British historian Mark Felton reveals that the wartime behaviour of the Japanese Navy was far worse than their counterparts in Hitler's Kriegsmarine. According to Felton, officers of the Imperial Japanese Navy ordered the deliberately sadistic murders of more than 20,000...
  • United States Policy Made in China

    11/02/2007 9:29:15 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 6 replies · 56+ views
    Campus Report ^ | November 2, 2007 | Emmanuel Opati
    United States Policy Made in China by: Emmanuel Opati, November 02, 2007 United States’ involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan and the global war on terror are compromising the U.S. presence in Asia. Speaking at the Heritage Foundation yesterday, Randy Schriver, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs said, “commitments in Iraq, Afghanistan, the global war on terror and others have required us to enlist others in trying to manage problems elsewhere particularly in East Asia.” It was added that this administration now treats China as a strategic partner in East Asia, something that President Bush said...
  • Filipino/Filipino Americans plan $500 MILLION dollar lawsuit against ABC

    A group of Filipinos and Filipino-Americans is preparing a 500 million-dollar class suit against ABC Network in the United States in response to a slur against Philippine medical schools and Filipino medical professionals, aired in the premiere episode of the fourth season of “Desperate Housewives”. In that episode, the character Susan Mayer (played by actress Teri Hatcher) questioned the credentials of her gynecologist over a disputed diagnosis. Mayer said she wanted to check the doctor’s diploma to make sure it didn’t come “from some med school in the Philippines”. The class suit is being filed by the Northern California chapter...
  • The Manila Melting Pot

    10/11/2007 9:02:39 PM PDT · by bolabong · 4 replies · 180+ views
    October 12, 2007 | bolabong
    The Manila Melting PotLike many cities in developing nations, Manila is not without its pollution and traffic, nor the conspicuous divide between rich and poor. Nevertheless, this bustling Philippines capital, situated on the west coast of the island of Luzon, is a remarkable melting pot of Asian and Latin cultures, thick with history and flavor. When in Manila, sightseeing is protocol. Many history lessons have been learnt while visiting the oldest part of the city, Intramuros (Latin for “within the walls”), which was founded by the Spanish in 1571 and houses numerous historic buildings and churches. Rizal Park, named after...
  • MILF hails US Congress's recognition of Ramadan (barf alert)

    10/08/2007 10:55:39 AM PDT · by Baladas · 23 replies · 1,211+ views
    GMA News ^ | 10/08/2007 | staff
    The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) hailed Sunday the United States Congress's passage of a resolution recognizing the commencement of Ramadan as the holy month of fasting and spiritual renewal. In a statement on its website (www.luwaran.com), the MILF described the US Congress' resolution as an "epoch-making" act that will help stop bigotry and racism against 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide. “This is indeed an epoch-making for the rest of the world to follow suit and recognize this holy month observed by fasting by more than one billion Muslims all over the world," said Sheikh Mohammad Muntassir, chairman of the MILF...
  • Burmese monks defy army warning (Protests in Burma).

    09/25/2007 12:08:23 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 30 replies · 329+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, September 25, 2007.
    The monks have vowed to continue their action Lorries with loudspeakers have been driving through Burma's main city of Rangoon warning residents to stop anti-government protests.The broadcasts threatened that "action will be taken against those who violate this order". But hundreds of monks and civilians defied the threats and began fresh protests at the Shwedagon pagoda. On Monday, there were protests in at least 25 towns, with tens of thousands of people marching in Rangoon. Several military trucks are now parked near Shwedagon pagoda, which has been the focus of the protests. Eyewitnesses said several hundred monks gathered at...
  • Filipinos fight to be recognized as U.S. vets

    09/05/2007 10:41:32 PM PDT · by Coleus · 93 replies · 1,208+ views
    northjersey.com ^ | September 5, 2007 | ELIZABETH LLORENTE
    They lived in the Philippines, but they were members of the U.S. armed forces. More than 200,000 of them fought during World War II. Tens of thousands died before the final hard-won triumph over Japan. But in the decades following the war, the title of U.S. veteran -- and resulting compensation -- has eluded them.  Now, Filipino-American World War II veterans, aided by their adult children, have stepped up a decades-long fight to get Congress to recognize them as bona fide U.S. veterans – a move that would qualify them for VA benefits."Our community has been lobbying for this...
  • In the Philippines, Ex-Judge Consults Three Wee Friends (Gets help from Invisible Elves)

    09/18/2007 11:56:22 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 18 replies · 837+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 09/17/2007 | JAMES HOOKWAY
    MANILA, Philippines -- As a trial-court judge, Florentino V. Floro Jr. acknowledged that he regularly sought the counsel of three elves only he could see. The Supreme Court deemed him unfit to serve and fired him last year. Case closed? Not in the Philippines, where vampires are said to prey on unwary travelers and wealthy politicians consult fortune tellers and card readers. Mr. Floro, 54 years old, has become a media celebrity. He is now wielding his new clout to campaign for the return of his job -- and exact vengeance on the Supreme Court. Helping him, he says, are...
  • Shanghai braced for Typhoon Wipha

    09/18/2007 10:32:28 AM PDT · by Michael_Michaelangelo · 11 replies · 125+ views
    BBC News ^ | 18SEP07 | Staff
    Some 200,000 people are being evacuated from China's financial hub, Shanghai, as a powerful typhoon barrels towards the country's east coast. Residents from the city's exposed areas were being moved to temporary shelters ahead of the arrival of Typhoon Wipha. Forecasters said the storm, expected to make landfall by early Wednesday, could be the worst to hit in a decade.
  • China offers to sell military choppers to the Philippines

    09/08/2007 4:28:39 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies · 401+ views
    Reuters ^ | 05 Sep 2007
    REFILE-China offers to sell military choppers to Manila 05 Sep 2007 09:11:46 GMT Source: Reuters MANILA, Sept 5 (Reuters) - China has offered to sell 8 utility helicopters to the Philippine military as it seeks to replace its Vietnam War-era aircraft, a Philippine air force official said on Wednesday. Defence ties between China and the Philippines -- a longtime U.S. ally -- have grown steadily since 2004 when the two sides launched an annual security dialogue. Beijing has since donated $2.5 million worth of engineering equipment to the military to help it carry out development projects in areas where communist...
  • World facing 'arsenic timebomb'

    08/30/2007 3:14:33 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 29 replies · 770+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, August 30, 2007. | Richard Black
    About 50 million people are affected in Bangladesh About 140 million people, mainly in developing countries, are being poisoned by arsenic in their drinking water, researchers believe. Speaking at the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) annual meeting in London, scientists said this will lead to higher rates of cancer in the future. South and East Asia account for more than half of the known cases globally. Eating large amounts of rice grown in affected areas could also be a health risk, scientists said. "It's a global problem, present in 70 countries, probably more," said Peter Ravenscroft, a research associate in...
  • Former Philippine Communist leader arrested

    08/29/2007 2:52:33 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 7 replies · 367+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | August 29 2007
    Jose Maria Sison, the former Communist leader in the Philippines, has been arrested in the Netherlands, charged with the murders of two former political associates. 66-year-old Sison has been living in the Netherlands since 1987, and was the founder of the Philippine Communist Party. The party's military wing, the NPA or New People's Army, is waging an armed rebellion across the Philippines that has cost 40,000 lives. The National Public Prosecutor for the Netherlands, John Lucas, explained the reasons for Sison's arrest. "He's suspected of involvement in the murder of two people in the Philippines. We think that he was...
  • Philippines fight over trade deal

    08/21/2007 3:06:06 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 6 replies · 299+ views
    BBC ^ | August 21, 2007.
    Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is keen for the deal to be ratified The Philippine government is urging the country's senate to ratify a $4bn (£2bn) trade deal with Japan, which it says may create more than 300,000 jobs.The agreement, struck last year, would bolster local exports such as shrimp to Japan, the government said, a market being eyed by trading rival Thailand. Japan has also pledged to employ at least 1,000 Philippine nurses. But the opposition-dominated senate has objected with claims the deal would see toxic waste sent to the Philippines. However, this has been denied by the government, which...
  • Map reveals ancient urban sprawl (bad enviro-policy blamed).

    08/14/2007 4:44:29 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 16 replies · 697+ views
    BBC ^ | August 14, 2007
    The researchers disovered at least 74 new temples The great medieval temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia was once at the centre of a sprawling urban settlement, according to a new, detailed map of the area.Using Nasa satellites, an international team have discovered at least 74 new temples and complex irrigation systems. The map, published in the journal PNAS, extends the known settlement by 1000 sq km, about the size of Los Angeles. Analysis also lends weight to the theory that Angkor's residents were architects of the city's demise. "The large-scale city engineered its own downfall by disrupting its...
  • China's Olympic hopefuls go for gold (national psyche).

    08/06/2007 6:21:44 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 9 replies · 320+ views
    BBC ^ | August 5, 2007.
    In the first of a series of features to mark one year to go before the Beijing Olympics, the BBC's Michael Bristow finds China determined to win gold on home soil. The school is training some of China's best young sporting talent At Beijing's Shichahai Sports School, children as young as six are training hard to be the Olympic stars of tomorrow. Along with several thousand others, the school is part of a sports machine that aims to bring glory to China through sporting success. And success comes no more glorious than the Olympic Games, to be held in...
  • New Photos of the Korean Evangelicals

    08/01/2007 3:52:08 PM PDT · by KayEyeDoubleDee · 24 replies · 1,053+ views
    Korean Yahoo via Michelle Malkin | Korean Yahoo via Michelle Malkin
    Michelle Malkin found a new photo of the Korean Hostages: http://kr.news.yahoo.com/service/news/shellview.htm?linkid=459&articleid=2007080107591321223http://img.news.yahoo.co.kr/picture/2007/23/20070801/2007080107591321223_115521_0.jpghttp://michellemalkin.com/2007/08/01/south-korean-christian-hostage-crisis-rescue-attempt/ Here's a very clumsy BabelFish translation, from Korean, to English: http://babelfish.altavista.com/babelfish/trurl_pagecontent?lp=ko_en&url=http%3A%2F%2Fkr.news.yahoo.com%2Fservice%2Fnews%2Fshellview.htm%3Flinkid%3D459%26articleid%3D2007080107591321223
  • Asean agrees on landmark charter (Assoc. of SE Asian Nations).

    07/30/2007 2:48:29 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 8 replies · 328+ views
    BBC ^ | July 30, 2007. | Michael Barker
    Asean members hope to adopt the charter formally later this year Ministers from South-East Asian countries have reached agreement on a landmark draft charter. The document gives the Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean) a set of binding rules for the first time in the bloc's 40-year existence. The agreement comes after nearly two years of deliberations among members. It includes a contentious provision to set up a commission monitoring human rights in the region - despite strong misgivings from some Asean countries. Credibility boost With governments in the region running the gamut from fully-fledged democracies to a military...
  • Taiwan applies for UN membership

    07/22/2007 4:49:27 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 14 replies · 531+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, July 20, 2007.
    Taiwan has submitted its first formal application to join the United Nations, a government spokesman has said.He said an application signed by President Chen Shui-bian had been delivered to the UN Secretary General. The Chinese foreign ministry immediately dismissed the move, saying it was "doomed to failure". Taiwan has long campaigned to join the UN but all such attempts have been blocked by China which regards the island as a breakaway province. The government in Taipei held the UN seat for China until 1971 when it was replaced by Beijing. This was the first time the country launched a...
  • HK launches democracy proposals

    07/13/2007 2:10:19 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 3 replies · 342+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, July 11, 2007.
    Chief Executive Donald Tsang has pledged more democracy Hong Kong's government has unveiled a range of proposals on how and when it might arrive at full democracy.The publication of a long-awaited consultation paper has begun a three-month consultation period on the Chinese territory's political future. The paper includes the option of universal suffrage in five years' time or at an unspecified date after that. Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang hopes to find a consensus on the speed of political change to take to Beijing. The city's head is currently elected by an 800-member, pro-Beijing electoral committee with no...
  • China and Change

    07/01/2007 12:33:53 AM PDT · by MarcoPolo · 75 replies · 1,310+ views
    my own personal experience | June 30, 2007 | me
    In light of all the things I've been hearing about bad imports from China and also in light of all the saber rattling and outcry against China that I've been hearing for years from well-meaning people here in the U.S., I thought it might be time to put down into writing some things about China that most people in America would never know and which I myself have seen and experienced. For starters let me say that this is a subject which I have particular knowledge of, since I spent the last two years ('05-'06) living in mainland China. I...
  • Corruption a major concern for US firms in SE Asia: survey

    06/12/2007 7:24:02 AM PDT · by Valin · 2 replies · 211+ views
    SINGAPORE : Corruption is a concern for US businesses operating in Southeast Asia, according to results of a survey by the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Singapore released Friday. The survey, which polled AmCham members in six countries, showed corruption was regarded as a significant factor impacting business in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Singapore was the only country polled out of the six where corruption was regarded as a non-issue, the results showed. "This (corruption), combined with concerns about the lack of predictability and stability in government regulations in several countries ... is a vital competitiveness issue...
  • Chinese challenge one-child policy

    05/25/2007 5:00:43 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 8 replies · 876+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, May 24, 2007 | James Reynolds
    When Niu Jian Fang and Jiao Na got married they knew China's rules - one couple, one child. Many Chinese take fertility drugs in the hope of a multiple pregnancy A woman can only give birth once. So, four years ago, Jiao Na got pregnant and gave birth to a son, Bei Bei. And then a few minutes later she had a daughter, Jin Jin, then another son Huan Huan, a second daughter, Ying Ying, and finally another girl, Ni Ni. She and her husband beat China's one-child policy by having quintuplets. But life has not been easy for...
  • Chinese writing '8,000 years old'

    05/18/2007 11:54:50 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 52 replies · 2,351+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, May 18, 2007
    Chinese archaeologists studying ancient rock carvings say they have evidence that modern Chinese script is thousands of years older than previously thought.State media say researchers identified more than 2,000 pictorial symbols dating back 8,000 years, on cliff faces in the north-west of the country. They say many of these symbols bear a strong resemblance to later forms of ancient Chinese characters. Scholars had thought Chinese symbols came into use about 4,500 years ago. The Damaidi carvings, first discovered in the 1980s, cover 15 sq km (5.8 square miles) and feature more than 8,000 individual figures including the sun, moon,...
  • Bomb kills three in Philippines

    05/18/2007 1:00:45 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 3 replies · 433+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, May 18, 2007
    Three people have been killed after a bomb exploded at a bus station in the southern Philippines.A young boy was among the dead and at least 15 other people were hurt in the blast, in the city of Cotabato. Local police told reporters it was unlikely the explosion was related to the country's mid-term elections, held earlier this week. Cotabato is on Mindanao island, where Islamic militants have been fighting the largely Catholic government. Police chief Jomar Yap told the Associated Press that an improvised explosive device was left in a cluster of stalls at the station. "Witnesses heard...
  • Taiwan shows off military muscle

    05/16/2007 3:38:36 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 2 replies · 727+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, May 15, 2007 | Caroline Gluck
    The motorway was closed to traffic for four hours during the drill They came before dawn - gathering with anticipation in groups along the narrow country roads, in the rice paddy fields and on the rooftops of farms and warehouses.Some had brought their young children with them, a few had binoculars, many more had cameras and they were all eagerly looking towards a stretch of one of Taiwan's main freeways, connecting the north to the south of the island. Soon, the large crowd numbering more than 1,000 would hear the ferocious roar of jets and witness six combat fighters...
  • Addressing the Chinese Threat

    05/11/2007 3:31:50 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 12 replies · 742+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 11 may 07 | Doug Bandow
    Iraq is a tragic problem for the U.S., but hopefully a temporary one. America's substantial military presence is unlikely to outlast the Bush administration. And though the threat of jihadist terrorism persist, it does not pose an existential threat to America as did the Soviet Union. Thankfully, like Humpty Dumpty, the old USSR is gone, no matter how hard Vladimir Putin might attempt to put it together again. But there is another potential superpower that makes many Americans uneasy: China. China is increasingly asserting itself around the globe. With the world's largest population, swiftly growing economy, ancient culture, and authoritarian...
  • Asia to pool financial reserves

    05/05/2007 3:41:22 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 5 replies · 290+ views
    BBC ^ | Saturday, May 5, 2007 | Chris Xia
    Unemployment and poverty rose, and governments fell in 1997 Asian finance ministers have agreed plans to pool the region's vast financial reserves to protect their currencies from speculative attack.The agreement, reached at a meeting in Japan, comes almost 10 years after speculators triggered an economic crisis across the region in 1997. Its effects were felt across the region and exposed the Asian economic miracle as having very shaky foundations. It also forced a suspension of the New York stock exchange. Under attack from the speculators, the so-called Asian Tigers like Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia saw their currencies collapse. In...
  • Beijing urges closer Taiwan ties

    04/28/2007 7:36:57 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 5 replies · 356+ views
    BBC ^ | Saturday, April 28, 2007
    President Hu (l) met honorary KMT head Lien Chan (r) at the forum Chinese President Hu Jintao has called for closer economic and cultural exchanges between China and Taiwan. Mr Hu was speaking at a China-Taiwan forum in Beijing, aimed at improving ties between the two rival neighbours. More than 30 MPs from Taiwan's main opposition party, the Kuomintang (KMT), are taking part in the two-day event. It comes just days after Taiwan, seen by China as part of its territory, rejected Beijing's plan for the Olympic torch to pass through the island. President Hu told some 500 participants...
  • Sayyaf beheads 6 abducted workers (More Murderous Muslim Mayhem)

    04/19/2007 6:47:45 PM PDT · by Cornpone · 14 replies · 1,200+ views
    Manila Times ^ | 20 April 2007 | AFB via Manila Times
    Six road workers kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf extremists were found beheaded Thursday in Jolo. The severed heads of the six mostly-Christian workers were found in the jungles of Jolo by soldiers, four days after the workers were seized while heading to a government road project, said Major General Ruben Rafael. The workers were seized by Al Bader Parad, a commander of the Abu Sayyaf, responsible for the worst terror attacks in Philippine history. One of the soldiers who found the remains said, on condition of anonymity, that the heads had been scattered in various places in Jolo. The soldier said...
  • Chinese tombs may surpass Egyptian wonders

    03/24/2007 6:12:25 AM PDT · by aculeus · 49 replies · 1,467+ views
    Cosmos Magazine.com ^ | March 15, 2007 | Agence France Press
    XIAN, China: The tomb of China's first emperor is potentially one of the most spectacular on Earth, but a heated debate is developing over whether to excavate it at all. Chinese archaeologists have expressed concern that they do not currently have the expertise to properly preserve what they find inside the tomb - located in China's central province of Shaanxi – but new technologies may be closing that gap. Qinshi Huang's enormous tomb complex is the home of Xian's famed terracotta warriors; 8,000 life-size figures that were discovered by accident in 1974. The tomb itself, though, has not yet been...
  • Security tight in China riot town

    03/15/2007 11:41:42 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 6 replies · 475+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, March 15, 2007
    Several vehicles were burned out in the riot Security is tight in a town in central China following riots that involved as many as 20,000 people.A BBC correspondent in the town, in Hunan province, has seen riot police and soldiers protecting government buildings and patrolling the streets. He says it appears the protests began after a local firm took over the town's bus routes and doubled the fares. Vehicles were burned and several people were injured in clashes with police as the protests climaxed on Monday. Reports said one person had been killed, although this was denied on Wednesday...
  • China MPs (Members of Parliament) exercise rubber stamp

    03/13/2007 10:34:06 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 1 replies · 286+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, March 13, 2007 | James Reynolds
    It may be surprising to learn that China has a parliament. This country is, after all, a one-party state - and there are no general elections. Thousands of delegates have gathered in Beijing Still, almost 3000 delegates make up the ranks of China's legislature. Members are chosen from China's different regions. Once a year - for just two weeks - they come to the Great Hall of the People in Beijing to discuss (and then inevitably approve) the Communist Party's latest set of proposals. During these two weeks, Tiananmen Square outside becomes the world's most orderly coach park. Rows...
  • Australia in Japan security deal

    03/13/2007 9:01:55 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 2 replies · 331+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, March 13, 2007
    Japan and Australia say the treaty benefits the region as a whole The prime ministers of Japan and Australia have signed a security pact designed to enhance military co-operation between the two nations. Japan's PM Shinzo Abe said the pact would help to stabilise the region. The defence deal - Japan's first with a country other than the US - includes co-operation on border security, counter-terrorism and disaster relief. It is the result of closer co-operation on security matters in Asia that Japan and Australia have been pursuing. The four part agreement Mr Abe signed with Australian PM John...
  • China's trade surplus jumps ahead (The Yuan should be revalued).

    03/12/2007 11:02:23 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 4 replies · 350+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, March 12, 2007
    Strong demand for cheap exports is driving economic growth in China China's trade surplus neared record levels in February - fuelling criticism that its currency is undervalued.The surplus hit $23.8bn (£12bn) for the month, more than nine times higher than a year earlier and the second largest on record, official data shows. China has resisted calls from the US to remove currency controls that limit the amount the yuan can rise or fall. The US argues that China keeps the yuan artificially cheap in order to boost its exports. According to Goldman Sachs analysts "the significant increase in the...
  • 'Thousands riot' in China protest

    03/12/2007 8:08:17 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 20 replies · 1,228+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, March 12, 2007
    A protest staged by thousands of rural workers in central China ended in violent clashes last week, media reports and an official said.Several people were injured as up to 20,000 people clashed with 1,000 police in Hunan province on Friday, a local official told Reuters news agency. A report on the Boxun Chinese news website said the clash was sparked by rising public transport costs. Rural regions of China have mounting unrest in recent years. Thousands of protests were held last year amid growing discontent over the widening gap between rich and poor and corruption among officials at local...
  • Australian PM begins Japan visit

    03/11/2007 11:19:14 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 3 replies · 325+ views
    BBC ^ | Sunday, March 11, 2007
    Mr Howard will hold talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Australian Prime Minister John Howard has arrived in Japan on a visit which will include the signing of a bilateral security pact. The declaration is thought to include co-operation on terrorism, peacekeeping and disaster relief. The government has dismissed suggestions that the defence deal could strain ties with China. Meanwhile, Australian diplomats are due in North Korea for talks on its nuclear programme. The delegation will urge Pyongyang to abide by its agreement last month to start dismantling its nuclear facilities. Such progress could result in Australian aid,...
  • [Aus. Prime Minister] Howard backs Japan security deal

    03/10/2007 6:04:30 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 9 replies · 488+ views
    BBC ^ | Saturday, March 10, 2007
    Mr Howard said the deal would bring the two countries closer Australian Prime Minister John Howard has dismissed suggestions that a security declaration with Japan could strain ties with China. Mr Howard is set to sign the ground-breaking deal during a four-day visit to Japan which begins on Sunday. The agreement is thought to include co-operation on terrorism, peacekeeping and disaster relief. Australia has been looking to exert more influence in Asia, in terms of business as well as regional security. Full details of the pact have not been revealed but it is expected to include plans for greater...