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  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Monday 8/10/2020

    08/10/2020 6:29:21 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 8 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 8/10/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    "My appeal is to be heard in September at some point and I pray that justice is served in the 9th Circuit's decision at that time" That message from Jerry DeLemus one of the men still imprisoned for the 2014 Bunkerville Standoff near Bundy Ranch in Nevada..... Two teenage girls in a shopping center in Australia's Queensland state got a rude awakening to what their nation has become today when they were detained by police in the country's continuing coronavirus crackdown.... Standing up for his rights today Ammon Bundy of People's Rights not wearing a mask or muzzle when confronted...
  • Rat DNA Clues To Sea Migration

    06/08/2004 1:51:08 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 1,192+ views
    BBC ^ | 6-8-2004
    Rat DNA clues to sea migration This carving shows Pacific rats on the face of a Polynesian ancestor Scientists have used DNA from rats to trace migration patterns of the ancestors of today's Polynesians. People are thought to have arrived in Polynesia, comprising the Pacific islands of Fiji, Tonga and Samoa, by boat some 3,000 years ago. Rat data suggests the journey was more complex than the popular "Express Train" theory, which proposes a rapid dispersal of people from South Asia. Details appear in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Elizabeth Matisoo-Smith and Judith Robins from the University of...
  • China and Taiwan Both Send Military to South China Sea as Tensions Grow

    US coronavirus: Five states account for more than 40% of the country's nearly 5… From cereal startups to fast-food chains, everyone wants to cash in on people… Newsweek logoChina and Taiwan Both Send Military to South China Sea as Tensions Grow Tensions mount between China and Taiwan as both countries sent military units to the South China Sea this week. Satellite images appear to show Chinese amphibious armored vehicles and mobile missile launchers gathering near the South China Sea, according to News.Com.Au. At the same time, Taiwan has sent about 200 marines to its military outpost on the Pratas Islands,...
  • China opposes US military drone sale to Taiwan

    08/08/2020 9:29:32 AM PDT · by Tai_Chung · 7 replies
    Taiwan News ^ | 2020/08/08 11:41 | Kelvin Chen
    TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin on Friday (Aug. 7) expressed his opposition to the potential U.S. sale of at least four military drones to Taiwan and said it violates three U.S.-Sino joint communiqués, particularly the "U.S.-PRC Joint Communiqué" (August 17 Communique). Six American sources familiar with the matter said the U.S. is in talks with Taiwan to sell the island nation at least four SeaGuardian reconnaissance drones, which have a range of up to 6000 nautical miles (11,100 kilometers), according to Reuters. The Chinese Foreign Ministry held a regular press conference Friday afternoon, during which...
  • US Health Secretary Alex Azar To Make Highest-Level Visit To Taiwan In Decades, A Move Likely To Anger China

    08/06/2020 3:23:47 AM PDT · by USA Conservative · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 08.06.2020 | Marlo Safi
    U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar is planning to lead a delegation to Taiwan, marking the highest-level visit by a U.S. Cabinet member to the country in roughly 40 years, and a move that is likely to anger China, the agency’s statement reads. The visit is intended to demonstrate President Donald Trump’s support for Taiwan, particularly for being a “model of transparency and cooperation in global health during the COVID-19 pandemic and long before it,” Azar says in the statement. “I look forward to conveying President Trump’s support for Taiwan’s global health leadership and underscoring our shared...
  • China Builds Surveillance Network In South China Sea

    08/05/2020 10:46:07 AM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 6 replies ^ | Aug 5, 2020 | H I SuttonContributor
    China has been building a series of surveillance platforms spanning parts of the South China Sea (SCS). Many of these are in Chinese waters, but several are floating in international waters. This is controversial, not least the dual-use military context of the network. While ostensibly civilian, these can be viewed as part of the Chinese Navy’s (PLAN) efforts to control the SCS. It is unrealistic to assume that their sensor data cannot be accessed by the PLAN for military purposes. And they may be part of a much larger sensor network, most of which is unseen beneath the waves. This...
  • Taiwan sends marines to reinforce South China Sea outpost amid reports China plans to practice invading it

    08/05/2020 10:46:04 AM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 2 replies ^ | 8/5/2020 | Lawrence Chung, South China Morning Post 3 hours ago
    Taiwan's military has sent a marine company to reinforce the garrison on a small outpost in the South China Sea amid reports that the People's Liberation Army was planning a simulated attack on the islets. A military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the navy had sent a company of around 200 marines to reinforce the coastguards stationed on the Pratas Islands, which are known as the Dongsha Islands in Chinese. "The marines left for the Pratas about a week ago and will remain there on a short-term rather than a long-term basis," the source said, adding the posting...
  • Manila walks fine line between Beijing and Washington in South China Sea

    08/01/2020 6:57:52 PM PDT · by Mariner · 17 replies
    The South China Morning Post via Yahoo ^ | August 1st, 2020 | Sarah Zheng
    Under its vocally anti-American President Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines has emerged as a focal point between China and the US in their continuing contest for dominance in the region. After years of cosier ties between Manila and Beijing, at the expense of the Philippines' traditional alliance with the US, Duterte last month appeared to signal a retreat from his anti-Washington stance by reversing an earlier decision to scrap a key military agreement with the US in June. While analysts say Duterte is unlikely to change his policy on China any time soon, the shift to reinstate the Visiting Forces Agreement...
  • 8 things I like best about my Taiwan schools

    08/03/2020 3:25:44 PM PDT · by Tai_Chung · 13 replies
    Pacific Island Times ^ | April 3, 2020 | Jeni Ann Flores
    I taught in Taiwan in 2016. I lived in a small apartment in the town of Huwei in Yunlin county, central Taiwan. Three times a week I was picked up by a local teacher and we drove 30-45 minutes away from Huwei to a countryside elementary school. Three different schools, one for each of the three days. I taught English to third to fifth grade students. I say countryside because we had to pass by miles of agricultural fields to get there, but these classrooms are nothing to sneeze at – they are equipped with computers, Wi-Fi, smart boards, etc....
  • China: In the end, the Big Loser

    07/26/2020 10:27:25 AM PDT · by libh8er · 12 replies
    Telegraph Online ^ | 7.26.2020 | Paran Balakrishnan
    Many Indians thought former BBC journalist Humphrey Hawksley was being overly alarmist when he wrote the thriller Dragon Fire two decades ago about a war pitting China and Pakistan against India that ended apocalyptically with nuclear devastation. Hawksley, a veteran Asia hand, said his fiction was meant not just to entertain but also be a warning that China was expansionist and was a one-party state whose government had to prove itself to survive. Since then, though, we’ve seen China offering a different narrative in which global economic diplomacy was its choice weapon. The Chinese have been busy proving they’re responsible...
  • Joe Biden’s First-Day-In-Office Plan Is A Betrayal Of Working-Class Americans

    07/24/2020 7:00:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 24, 2020 | Christopher Bedford
    Biden's promises to the citizens of Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, El Salvador, and the rest of the world stand in stark contrast to what he plans to accomplish for the American worker on Day One, which is nothing. Sunday marks 100 days until the 2020 election. That might come as a surprise to some Americans, who are so used to being neck-deep in conventions, speeches and rallies by now, without them they’d forgotten how close we were. The Republican convention is now cancelled, and for the past few months Joe Biden has barely been seen outside his home, dodging questions from...
  • Chinese military threat on the rise, Taiwan foreign minister warns

    07/23/2020 11:33:15 AM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 27 replies ^ | 7/23/2020 | Reuters
    China is stepping up military preparedness to overtake Taiwan, the island’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said on Wednesday, following a recent spike of Chinese drills near the island which Beijing considers its own. Taiwan has complained that China has stepped up threatening military activities near Taiwan in recent months. Beijing has not renounced the use of force to bring the democratic island under its control. “Looking on the long-term trend, China appears to be gradually stepping up its military preparedness, especially in air or on the waters near Taiwan,” Wu told reporters. “What China is doing now is continuing to...
  • China, U.S. Escalate Forces, Threats in South China Sea

    07/20/2020 12:34:34 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 54 replies ^ | July 20, 2020, at 10:26 a.m. | usn
    CHINA ON MONDAY WARNED the U.S. not to conduct any further military escalation in the South China Sea as both countries dramatically ramp up the presence of their armed forces in the increasingly contested region. Days after the U.S. redeployed two aircraft carriers to the region in move seen as highly rare – and, to China, provocative – Chinese state media on Monday confirmed it had sent a brigade of aviation forces to two islands it administers in the contested Paracel Archipelago along with a series of warships. They plan to conduct "live-fire maritime target attack drills" in response to...
  • Taiwan Holds Drills to Beat Back Invasion Amid China Tensions

    07/16/2020 9:14:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    TAICHUNG, Taiwan—Taiwan’s air, sea, and land forces conducted live-fire exercises simulating the repulsion of an invading force on Thursday, with President Tsai Ing-wen saying it showed their determination to defend the democratic and Chinese-claimed island.F-16 and domestically made Ching-kuo fighter jets launched strikes and tanks raced across inland scrub, firing shells to destroy targets on the beach. About 8,000 personnel took part in drills, held on a coastal strip near Taichung in central Taiwan.The drills, dubbed “Han Kuang,” are Taiwan’s main annual exercises. This year’s come as China has stepped up its military activity around the island, including flying...
  • Beijing Sanctions US Defense Manufacturer Lockheed Martin Over Taiwan Arms Sale

    07/14/2020 12:02:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 07/14/2020 | Cathy He
    Beijing will place unspecified sanctions on Lockheed Martin for its involvement in the latest U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, the second time this week that the regime announced punitive measures against individuals and entities in the United States. The U.S. state department last week approved a request by Taiwan to update its Patriot surface-to-air missiles at an estimated cost of $620 million. U.S. defense giant Lockheed Martin is the main contractor for this deal. The Chinese regime, which considers self-ruled Taiwan as part of its territory, has vowed to unify the island by force, if necessary, and has consistently opposed...
  • Philippines' Rodrigo Duterte has backflipped on his divorce plans with the US military — why?

    07/02/2020 9:55:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    ABC Australia ^ | 07/02/2020 | Alan Weedon
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has recently suspended a decision that was described by analysts as one of the geopolitical shocks of the decade. In February, the President announced he would rip up the long-standing Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, which operationalises the two countries' Mutual Defence Treaty (MDT), signed in 1951. The MDT is similar to Australia's ANZUS security pact with the US — also signed in 1951 — as an attack in the Pacific threatening either party's "territorial integrity, political independence, or security" will automatically trigger a consultation process between Manila and Washington. The cancellation of...
  • Chinese military aircraft enters Taiwan's ADIZ (10th time since 9 June)

    07/04/2020 4:03:20 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 4 replies
    CNA - Central News Agency (Taiwan) ^ | July 4 | Chen Yun-yu and Ko Lin
    Taipei, July 4 (CNA) A Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Saturday, before being chased off by Taiwanese patrol planes, according to the Air Force Command Headquarters.
  • Airport offering flights to nowhere for people who want the illusion of travel [Taipei Songshan Airport, Taiwan]

    07/03/2020 9:51:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/03/2020 | Alexandra Deabler
    If your favorite part of taking a trip is going through the airport, then you’re in luck — a Taiwanese airport has created an experience for TSA-starved travelers to check in for a flight, go through security and then board the aircraft … and sit. Taipei Songshan Airport began offering passengers a trip to nowhere in early July, and received about 7,000 interested guests, the New York Post reported. Only 60 were chosen from the pool for the half-day airplane “trips” that will continue in the next couple of weeks. […] Those who took part in the gimmick practiced safe...
  • 4 US spy planes spotted prowling south of Taiwan

    06/29/2020 8:26:10 AM PDT · by Tai_Chung · 11 replies
    Taiwan News ^ | 2020/06/29 14:42 | Keoni Everington
    TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Aircraft spotting sites noticed at least four U.S. spy planes and one refueling aircraft flying to the south and southwest of Taiwan on Monday (June 29). At 8:32 a.m. on Monday morning, aircraft spotting Twitter account Callsign: CANUK78 spotted a US Navy Lockheed EP-3E ARIES II electronic warfare and reconnaissance aircraft flying over the Bashi Channel just off the southern coast of Taiwan bound for the South China Sea, Eluanbi. At 8:53 a.m. aircraft spotting Twitter account Golf9 spotted a Boeing RC-135U reconnaissance aircraft taking off from Kadena Air Force base in Japan and passing over...
  • Three Former Political Aides in Taiwan Arrested on Suspicion of Being Communist Chinese Spies

    06/19/2020 2:23:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 06/19/2020 | Frank Fang
    TAIPEI, Taiwan—Three Taiwanese men who were once aides to local lawmakers have been taken into custody on espionage charges for allegedly passing on confidential information to China.The three former aides, Lee Yi-hsien, Chen Wei-jen, and Lin Yun-ta, were interrogated by the prosecutor’s office in Taipei on June 18, after local prosecutors and officials from Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau conducted raids at five separate locations, according to local media.Lee and Chen were detained and held incommunicado for allegedly violating the island’s national security law, after the Taipei District Court granted a request from prosecutors to hold the two suspects,...