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  • Joint Chiefs nominee: Russia greatest threat to U.S.

    07/10/2015 1:02:04 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | July 10, 2015 | By Jamie Crawford
    Washington (CNN)Russia currently poses the greatest global threat to the United States, according to the man slated to be President Barack Obama's top military adviser. "Russia presents the greatest threat to our national security," Gen. Joseph Dunford told the Senate Armed Services committee during his confirmation hearing to be the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. With its large nuclear arsenal, destabilizing role in Ukraine and threat to NATO nations on its borders, Russia presents a significant challenge to the U.S., even as it faces threats like that of ISIS. "If you want to talk about a nation...
  • Essay: Chinas Submarine Solution for the Taiwan Strait

    07/09/2015 9:40:02 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    USNI News ^ | July 8, 2015 | Henry Holst
    While several Chinese security-scenarios are discussed in defense circles, Chinas Taiwan dilemma is still the primary driver for Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) acquisition. Resolving Chinas Taiwan issue has been the PLAs justification for double-digit budget increases over decades. The force needed to deal with a U.S. military intervention during a Taiwan contingency far outweighs that required to handle Chinas other external security goals. The Taiwan issue is reflected in the PLA Navys (PLAN) undersea force structure, which in recent years has heavily prioritized the construction of Type-39A Yuan-class conventional submarines (SSK). According to Naval War College professor and PLAN watcher...
  • Captain of TransAsia Flight 235 shut off working engine after other failed: Report

    07/02/2015 11:56:30 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    cnn ^ | 02:39 AM PHT Fri, July 3, 2015 | Tim Hume, CNN
    "Wow, pulled back the wrong side throttle." These are the words of the captain of TransAsia Airways Flight GE235, eight seconds before the plane clipped a bridge and plunged into a Taiwanese river mere minutes after takeoff, killing 43 people on board. The latest report by Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council into the February crash confirms that the captain of the ATR 72-600 turboprop aircraft mistakenly switched off the plane's working engine after the other lost power. The plane is designed to be able to be flown on one engine. The report also showed that the captain had failed simulator training...
  • Archaeologists Announce Discovery Of Underwater Man-Made Wall (Very Old)

    11/26/2002 7:57:18 AM PST · by blam · 861 replies · 4,602+ views
    China Post ^ | 11-26-2002
    Archaeologists announce discovery of underwater man-made wall 2002/11/26 The China Post staff Underwater archaeologists yesterday announced the discovery of a man-made wall submerged under the waters of the Pescadores Islands that could be at least six and seven thousand years old. Steve Shieh, the head of the planning committee for the Taiwan Underwater Archaeology Institute, said the wall was discovered to the northwest of Tong-chi Island in the Pescadores towards the end of September. The stone wall, with an average height of one meter and a width of 50 centimeters, covers a distance of over 100 meters, Hsieh said. The...
  • Horrific moment fireball engulfs crowd at Taiwan water park party

    06/27/2015 1:45:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 8:50PM BST 27 Jun 2015
    A fire on a music stage spread into a crowd of spectators at a party Saturday night at a Taiwan water park, injuring more than 200 people, authorities said. ... Wang said 83 people had serious injuries and 131 others have light injuries. In the video, which has been independently verified, spectators can be seen dancing when a cloud of powder appears at the left hand side of the screen. Without warning, the powder cloud becomes engulfed in flames and quickly spreads through the audience who run screaming for safety.
  • The New World Map

    06/18/2015 4:27:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 18, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Adolf Hitler started World War II by attacking Poland on September 1, 1939. Nazi Germany moved only after it had already remilitarized the Rhineland, absorbed Austria and dismantled Czechoslovakia. Before the outbreak of the war, Hitler's new Third Reich had created the largest German-speaking nation in European history. Well before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Imperial Japanese government had redrawn the map of Asia and the Pacific. Japan had occupied or annexed Indochina, Korea, Manchuria and Taiwan, in addition to swaths of coastal China. Attacking Hawaii, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Indonesia was merely the logical 1941 follow-up...
  • China to drop entry permit requirement for Taiwan residents

    06/14/2015 1:14:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Jun 14, 2015 12:18am EDT | Paul Carsten
    China plans to drop the entry permit requirement for Taiwan residents visiting the mainland, the official Xinhua news agency cited a senior Chinese politician as saying on Sunday. Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of Chinas National Committee of the Chinese Peoples Political Consultative Conference, made the comments at an annual forum between the mainland and Taiwan, Xinhua said. The move is an inducement from China to Taiwan ahead of the islands presidential election in January, offering to make life easier for the hundreds of thousands of Taiwanese who travel to the mainland for work or leisure every year.
  • Mysterious green sea creature captured on video in Taiwan

    06/05/2015 6:38:05 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 36 replies
    upi ^ | June 5, 2015 | Hooper
    PENGHU, Taiwan, - A man fishing in Taiwan captured video of a mysterious worm-like green sea creature crawling onto land and shared it online. Wei Cheng Jian posted video of the creature he encountered in a Penghu port on Facebook, where commenters theorized it could be a ribbon worm, or Nemertea. Ribbon worms have a proboscis that extends from their body while hunting, which could explain the green creature's long tongue-like appendage. The proboscis covers the ribbon worm's prey in a thick, poisonous mucus. The creatures usually live in the sea, but have been known to seek shelter in cool,...
  • Mysterious Green Sea Creature Captured on Video in Taiwan

    06/05/2015 7:52:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    UPI ^ | June 5, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    Some have suggested the creature filmed by Wei Cheng Jian in Taiwan could be a ribbon worm, or Nemertea. A man fishing in Taiwan captured video of a mysterious worm-like green sea creature crawling onto land and shared it online. Wei Cheng Jian posted video of the creature he encountered in a Penghu port on Facebook, where commenters theorized it could be a ribbon worm, or Nemertea. Ribbon worms have a proboscis that extends from their body while hunting, which could explain the green creature's long tongue-like appendage. The proboscis covers the ribbon worm's prey in a thick, poisonous mucus....
  • Mysterious green sea creature captured on video in Taiwan

    06/07/2015 7:36:24 AM PDT · by ETL · 20 replies
    UPI ^ | June 5, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    PENGHU, Taiwan, June 5 (UPI) -- A man fishing in Taiwan captured video of a mysterious worm-like green sea creature crawling onto land and shared it online. Wei Cheng Jian posted video of the creature he encountered in a Penghu port on Facebook, where commenters theorized it could be a ribbon worm, or Nemertea. Ribbon worms have a proboscis that extends from their body while hunting, which could explain the green creature's long tongue-like appendage. The proboscis covers the ribbon worm's prey in a thick, poisonous mucus. The creatures usually live in the sea, but have been known to seek...
  • Mysterious green sea creature captured on video in Taiwan

    06/06/2015 8:05:35 AM PDT · by ETL · 7 replies
    UPI ^ | June 5, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    PENGHU, Taiwan, June 5 (UPI) -- A man fishing in Taiwan captured video of a mysterious worm-like green sea creature crawling onto land and shared it online. Wei Cheng Jian posted video of the creature he encountered in a Penghu port on Facebook, where commenters theorized it could be a ribbon worm, or Nemertea. Ribbon worms have a proboscis that extends from their body while hunting, which could explain the green creature's long tongue-like appendage. The proboscis covers the ribbon worm's prey in a thick, poisonous mucus. The creatures usually live in the sea, but have been known to seek...
  • Taiwans Remarkable Transition: The Country China Could Become

    05/30/2015 7:36:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/30/2015 | by JOSH GELERNTER
    Over the last year at NRO, Ive written four or five times about human-rights abuses in China and the Chinese threat to Taiwan. A few weeks ago Taiwans foreign ministry invited me to come have a look at their country as part of press tour. I went for a week, and Ive just come back. Taiwan is a beautiful country; every inch of land that doesnt have something built on it is covered by thicker forest than Ive ever seen in the U.S. The mountains that cover about two-thirds of the island look very much the way they do in...
  • U.S. vows to continue patrols after China warns spy plane

    05/21/2015 11:44:16 PM PDT · by shove_it · 12 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 21 May 2015
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States vowed on Thursday to keep up air and sea patrols in international waters after the Chinese navy repeatedly warned a U.S. surveillance plane to leave the airspace over artificial islands China is creating in the disputed South China Sea. The Chinese navy issued eight warnings to the crew of a U.S. P8-A Poseidon, the U.S. military's most advanced surveillance aircraft, when it conducted the overflights on Wednesday, according to CNN, which was aboard the U.S. aircraft. When the American pilots responded by saying the plane was flying through international airspace, a Chinese radio operator...
  • China cautions U.S. Navy on patrols in South China Sea

    05/21/2015 8:27:27 PM PDT · by iowamark · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | May 14, 2015 | Brad Lendon and Jim Sciutto
    The U.S. is considering deploying aircraft and ships to contest Chinese claims to disputed islands in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said Wednesday. Options are on the table to fly surveillance aircraft and sail Navy ships nearby in a move that puts the U.S. directly into a contentious territorial contest in East Asia, in which, until now, the U.S. has avoided overtly taking sides. The South China Sea is the subject of numerous rival -- often messy -- territorial claims, with China, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam disputing sovereignty of several island chains and nearby waters. China...
  • Sen. Cruz receives bipartisan support for NDAA amendments

    05/15/2015 4:37:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Pearland Journal ^ | May 15, 2015 | Office of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
    WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) applauds the passage of the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) on Thursday after a week of debate and consideration by both parties. Sen. Cruz introduced or cosponsored more than a dozen amendments that were successfully adopted by the committee. Congress first priority is to provide for the national defense and ensure our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have everything they need to defend our freedom, said Sen. Cruz. I am grateful for the committees support for my amendments, including measures that will ensure...
  • Let The Pleasure OF His HEART BECOME Your LIFE and WELLSPRING'S SONG [Charismatic Caucus]

    05/14/2015 10:11:03 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    bible, Jedediah ^ | 5-14-15 | bible, Jedediah
    You are real ! You are alive IN HIM ! And it is His pleasure to flow ~ through you unobstructed as a pure and virtuous stream ~ ~ ~ To replenish those parched traveling through dry lands but you to must drink deep from His eternal forgiveness And as you raise your head from these waters never look back as Lot's wife but "focus on His heart for His children" For you "ARE" an Oasis of Him as you mirror His water alone for Truly all flesh must be left behind. As His words speak "I only say what...
  • MY HEART AND WILL FOR MY CHILDREN [Charismatic Caucus]

    05/11/2015 7:25:20 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    Foundations are being laid now in my children that have crossed the threshing floor of My heart and will for all my children of light , for to partake of my cup you must enter into me in all fullness and truth therefore obey my statutes and live my words to you given upon the foundation of my kingdom My heart , for truly as I send my sent ones and speak through my prophets , the oracles shall reveal themselves to all those that receive me in the manner I choose to come, for many...
  • Ted Cruzs Gay Hosts Are Shunned, While Major Cult Leader Is Among Largest Donors To Broadway Cares

    05/08/2015 2:32:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 8, 2015 | Ronn Torossian, CEO, 5W Public Relations
    Certain biases remain acceptable. Theres a full-fledged boycott against two gay New York City hoteliers who recently hosted an event in their home for Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas). How would the media react if a Republican business owner hosted an event for a gay politician and mainstream Republican-friendly organizations boycotted them as a result? There would rightfully be outrage. The two gay hotel owners have been attacked and harmed financially despite their long history as activists and philanthropists for hosting a discussion with Cruz. (It wasnt even a fundraiser.) This is the liberal thought...
  • PURPOSE

    05/07/2015 1:13:03 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    Purpose is driven by My Spirit's freedom to move in a country,in a people, in a kingdom, in a life! John 4:34 34 Jesus said to them, My food (nourishment) is to do the will (pleasure) of Him Who sent Me and to accomplish and completely finish His work. 2 Chronicles 15 15 The Spirit of God came upon Azariah son of Oded. 2 And he went out to meet Asa and said to him, Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: the Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him [inquiring for and...
  • FEARLESSLY MADE ![Charistmatic caucus]

    05/05/2015 8:43:33 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    bible, ^ | jedediah
    Perplexity in spirit comes when you question My ability to proceed in your life and it is then total surrender is not only Warranted but served for truly as your Judge and Advocate I "Declare" The Truth for your future for the past is just that. So be as Lot not his wife and take My hand into Zion for only as you believe You "Are" and I "AM" ! Habakkuk 2:2-3 Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at...
  • Taiwan a warning [ charistmatic caucus]

    05/04/2015 9:04:37 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 10 replies
    bible | Jedediah
    I had a vision of a tiny Asian country being used by two large countries to attack Taiwan unless they repent Jonah 3 3 And the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach and cry out to it the preaching that I tell you. 3 So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city of three days journey [sixty miles in circumference]. 4 And Jonah began to enter into the city a days journey,...
  • Dionne's Bad Advice for California GOP (Why would any one listen to a liberal?)

    05/02/2015 1:34:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2015 | Arthur Schaper
    In his latest column, Washington Post commentator EJ Dionne advises National Republicans to learn from California's mistakes, or face declining voter support in election cycles to come.His first point of contact on this matter? The current Chairman of the California GOP, Jim Brulte:California is the leading edge of the countrys demographic changes, Brulte said in an interview. Frankly, Republicans in California did not react quickly enough to them, and we have paid a horrible price.That is true. Up to the early 1980s and the 1990s, California was a majority white state, Republicans did very well working the entire state. Other...
  • Taiwan Navy retires two Knox-class frigates

    05/01/2015 6:03:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Focus Taiwan ^ | 2015/05/01 | Elaine Hou and Lu Hsin-hui
    Taipei, May 1 (CNA) Taiwan's Navy decommissioned two of its eight Knox-class frigates Friday with the intention of replacing them with two Perry-class guided missile frigates that is part of a fleet modernization effort. The two Knox-class vessels were retired from service at a ceremony in the southern city of Kaohsiung, which was presided over by Navy Commander Adm. Li Hsi-ming (李喜明). It was part of the effort to modernize the Navy's fleet of vessels and enhance the country's maritime defense capabilities. The Navy plans to decommission all eight of its 4,300-ton Knox-class frigates that were built in the early...
  • Vietnam Buys Deadly New Missiles Capable of Hitting China

    04/30/2015 1:47:27 PM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 49 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 30 April 2015 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    Hanoi is the first Southeast Asian nation arming its submarines with land attack cruise missiles. Vietnam is in the process of acquiring 50 anti-ship and land attack 3M-14E Klub supersonic cruise missiles for its burgeoning fleet of SSK Kilo-class diesel-electric submarines, Der Spiegel Online reports. According to the article, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) recently updated data on its website, based on information obtained from the United Nations register of conventional arms, indicating that Russia has already delivered 28 missiles over the last two years to Hanoi, although the precise number remains unknown. The Klub is a Russian-made...
  • China says Taiwan welcome to join AIIB with appropriate name

    04/02/2015 11:16:23 AM PDT · by kevin_in_so_cal · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Apr 1, 2015 | Ben Blanchard, J.R. Wu
    Most countries, including the United States, do not recognise Taiwan due to pressure from China. Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations, the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund. However it is a member of the Asian Development Bank under the name of Taipei, China. China views Taiwan as a renegade province and has not ruled out the use of force to bring it under its control. However, since Taiwan's current president Ma Ying-jeou took office in 2008, enmity has declined considerably and the two sides have signed a number of trade and investment deals. The AIIB...
  • Taiwan to join China-led regional bank, Japan says not now

    03/31/2015 2:41:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 31, 2015 5:24 PM EDT | Elaine Kurtenbach
    Japan is not planning to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, its government spokesman said Tuesday, while Taiwan announced it would apply for membership, joining dozens of countries in signing up to an initiative opposed by Washington. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters that Japan, the worlds No. 3 economy, is still seeking answers about how the regional financing institution would be governed. As of today, Japan will not join AIIB and a clear explanation has not been received from China, Suga said. The U.S. has found itself isolated in its resistance to the bank, with more than...
  • 'Fresh Off the Boat' - Racist 'Hate Whitey' Comedy?

    03/18/2015 11:42:53 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 89 replies
    18 March 2015 | 11Th_VA
    Just watched my first (and last) viewing of the new TV show, 'Fresh Off the Boat' last evening. After about 10 minutes, I couldn't believe what I was watching - had this show been about any other people group it never would have made it to the studio. The show is about a Taiwanese family that immigrates to America in the 1990's. It's main character retells his growing up in America. The father figure in the family works at a store for his brother in Washington D.C. but decides to open a restaurant in Orlando, FL. So he moves his...
  • That One Time Lockheed Hated on the Taiwanese Air Force

    03/07/2015 6:04:13 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    War is Boring ^ | MARCH 07, 2015 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    Five years ago, Lockheed Martin told U.S. Air Force officials that Taiwan’s air force was on the verge of collapse and no other defense contractor in the world could help. Eager to sell F-16s, the company went on a PR blitz. The pitch—Washington and the Pentagon needed to sell fighter jets to Taiwan … or else. “China has been aggressively modernizing their forces,” Lockheed warned in a briefing to the U.S. Air Force’s headquarters for the Pacific region. “By 2015, they will outnumber Taiwan by … an almost four-to-one majority.” War Is Boring obtained the briefing’s notes and slides via...
  • Hawaiian Independence Movement Attracts Chinese Interest

    02/10/2015 6:29:57 AM PST · by shove_it · 16 replies
    FreeBeacon ^ | 10 Feb 2015 | Bill Gertz
    HONOLULUChina has suggested arming Hawaiis independence activists in retaliation for U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and recently threatened to challenge American sovereignty by making legal claims to the Pacific islands as its territory. Chinese threats to back several groups of Hawaiian independence activists who want to restore the islands constitutional monarchy, ousted in a U.S.-backed coup over a century ago, has raised concerns that military facilities on the strategic central Pacific archipelago are threatened at a time when the Obama administration is engaged in a major shift toward Asia as part of its military and diplomatic rebalance. Michael Pillsbury, a...
  • TransAsia Pilots Apparently Shut Off Wrong Engine

    02/06/2015 12:24:51 PM PST · by McGruff · 51 replies
    ABC News ^ | Feb 6, 2015 | DAN GOOD
    One of the engines on TransAsia Airways Flight 235 went idle soon after takeoff, and the pilots apparently shut off the other engine before the plane crashed, according to Taiwans top aviation official.
  • WATCH: Plane Careens Into Shallow Taiwan River

    02/04/2015 6:14:12 AM PST · by central_va · 12 replies
    wrva.com ^ | 2/4/15 | wrva
    A Taiwanese flight carrying 58 people banked sharply onto its side, clipped a highway bridge, and careened into a shallow river today shortly after taking off from Taipei, killing at least 23 people and leaving 20 missing, officials said.
  • Taiwan TransAsia plane crash-lands in Taipei river

    02/03/2015 8:36:06 PM PST · by machogirl · 206 replies
    BBC news ^ | Feb 3, 2015 | BBC
    A plane belonging to Taiwanese carrier TransAsia Airways has crash-landed in a river in Taipei. More than 50 people were onboard at the time, and a number of people were reportedly injured. Some reports said there were several people trapped inside the plane in need of rescue. Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA) showed a picture of a plane almost submerged in the Keelung river. The ATR-72 had just taken off from Taipei Songshan Airport and was headed to Kinmen Airport on the outskirts of Taiwan, just off the coast of south-east China, CNA said. The cause of the latest incident...
  • Cuba and Taiwan: Which of these two island nations should the West recognize?

    01/24/2015 10:18:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/24/2015 | Josh Gelernter
    n the presidents State of the Union speech, he patted himself on the back for establishing diplomatic ties with Cubas dictators a decision, he said, that has extend[ed] the hand of friendship to the Cuban people. Never mind that the Cuban people have no say in the government up to which Mr. Obama is cozying but if the president is in a friendly mood, theres a different island nation that could really use American diplomatic ties. One whose government derives its power from the consent of the governed. Its time we re-recognized Taiwan. We have no official diplomatic...
  • The World Misery Index: 108 Countries [ Venezuela, Argentina ..]

    01/23/2015 3:40:49 PM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | January 22, 2015 | Steve H. Hanke
    The five most miserable countries in the world at the end of 2014 are, in order: Venezuela, Argentina, Syria, Ukraine, and Iran. In 2014, Argentina and Ukraine moved into the top five, displacing Sudan and Sao Tome and Principe. The five least miserable are Brunei, Switzerland, China, Taiwan, and Japan. The United States ranks 95th, which makes it the 14th least miserable nation
  • New Tuo Jiang corvette beefs up naval firepower

    12/27/2014 4:30:19 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Taipei Times ^ | Dec 27, 2014 | Jason Pan
    Senior naval officials hinted earlier this week that the new-generation Tuo Jiang-class corvette (沱江艦) could be dispatched to beef up security measures around the disputed Spratly Islands (Nansha Islands, 南沙群島) in the South China Sea if the need arises. Responding to enquiries from legislators, Navy Chief of Staff Hsiao Wei-min (蕭維民) said the recently commissioned Tuo Jiang stealth missile corvette would able to reach Taiwan’s military outpost on Itu Aba Island (Taiping Island, 太平島) within one day. Taiping, spanning 46 hectares, is the largest island in the Spratlys, and has permanent troops from Coast Guard Administration units stationed there. The...
  • Japan inflation slows as oil price falls, keeps BOJ under pressure

    12/25/2014 4:30:12 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 2 replies
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese annual core consumer inflation slowed for a fourth straight month in November due largely to sliding oil prices, highlighting the challenges the central bank faces in achieving its 2 percent inflation target. Factory output unexpectedly fell and household spending remained weak, separate data showed, suggesting that any rebound in the economy from recession will be mild and fragile.
  • The 35 Most Powerful Militaries In The World

    12/20/2014 4:04:53 AM PST · by iowamark · 21 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec. 10, 2014 | Amanda Macias, Jeremy Bender and Skye Gould
    There's only one real way to compare military strength, and thankfully the world hasn't had many opportunities lately. Despite the potential powder keg in the South China Sea, standoffs in Ukraine, and proxy wars throughout the Middle East, inter-state warfare between the world's military powers has been all but banished from the global scene (for the time being, at least). For a simpler evaluation of military power, we turned to the Global Firepower Index, a ranking of 106 nations based on more than 50 factors including overall military budget, available manpower, and the amount of equipment each country has in...
  • A WORD OF LOVE AND DIRECTION

    12/09/2014 7:03:33 AM PST · by Jedediah
    My children of light you have arrived for you abide in My presence in Zion yet many remain earthbound in distractions. Therefore throw off these hindrances "yeah" fast the earth for though I am coming I have already arrived in "you" My Zion on earth. You see as you strip your wellspring of earthly desires Heaven arises in you in all the fullness of The Godhead and it is then My will "is" done. Let there be freedom for My Spirit to "speak" to you of new things and allow Me to bless you through your obedience to My Voice...
  • Singapore troops in China cast cloud on Taiwan military ties

    11/05/2014 8:22:23 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Taipei Times ^ | Nov 06, 2014 | Lo Tien-pin and Jake Chung
    The 40-year cooperation between the Republic of China Army and the Singapore Army may be at risk after the city-state sent 70 soldiers to China to an eight-day joint exercise with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on Sunday. The Singaporean soldiers sent to China are from “Project Starlight,” an agreement reached between former president Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) and then-Singaporean prime minister Lee Kwan Yew (李光耀) in 1974 and ratified in 1975 under which Taiwan’s military helps train Singaporean troops in the so-called Starlight Exercises. The government will closely monitor the joint exercises between the PLA and the Singaporean troops, the...
  • Antique submarines remain the key to struggling Taiwan navy fleet

    11/04/2014 2:43:27 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Agence France Presse (AFP) ^ | November 2, 2014 | Benjamin Yeh
    At 70 years old, Taiwans World War II-era Hai Pao submarine would not be out of place in a museum, but the antique vessel is still part of the navy - a sign of the islands ongoing struggle to strengthen its fleet. The subs interior gleams with highly polished copper and is the pride of its crew. But the fact that the former US warship is still on active duty is testament to Taiwans decades-long battle to build up its submarine force, with potential suppliers wary of jeopardising relations with China. China has opposed any arms sales to the island,...
  • Putin raises stakes in Asia

    02/01/2005 6:18:50 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies · 341+ views
    Japan Times ^ | February 2, 2005 | DAVID WALL
    LONDON -- In October, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Hu Jintao stood together in the State Guest House in Beijing while their respective foreign secretaries signed an historic agreement defining the two countries' common 4,374-km border for the first time. The border was an issue over which several battles had been fought in the past. It took a while to close the deal because of disagreement over a few islands in the Amur, Ussuri and Argun rivers, which make up China's northwest border with Russia. Nobody spoiled the party by pointing out that this border is between Inner...
  • Taiwan's self-designed corvette undergoes testing

    10/27/2014 6:42:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Focus Taiwan ^ | 2014/10/27 | Claudia Liu and Lilian Wu
    Taipei, Oct. 27 (CNA) Taiwan's first locally designed stealth missile corvette, the 502-ton Tuo Chiang (Tuo River), began sea trials of its dynamic system Monday. The ship was towed from the Lung Teh Shipbuidling Co. at the port of Nanfangao in Yilan County and sailed to waters south of Kueishan Island and north of Hualien Harbor. Despite heavy seas off the port of Suao, the twin-hull construction of the corvette enabled it to maintain high-speed navigation. The Navy said the tests entailed checking whether the engine can meet the requirements of traveling at high and low speeds. After the tests,...
  • Has Beijing Lost Taiwan for Good?

    10/22/2014 8:17:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The American Interest ^ | October 21, 2014 | Richard Rosecrance
    Taipei is very closely watching Beijings actions in Hong Kongand so far it doesnt like what it sees. The events of the past three weeks in Hong Kong have underlined two major points. First, Beijings policy has not changed. Second, Chinas attempt to reintegrate Taiwan with the mainland has been postponed indefinitelyperhaps forever. Beijings preeminent leader, Xi Jinping, has refused to allow Hong Kongers to participate in the nomination process that is the first step in the selection of the next leader of the province. This does not surprise anyone in Taipei. Even though Beijing formally accepts the one country-two...
  • Taiwan test-fires `ship killers' from submarine

    10/19/2014 10:34:14 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    Agence France Presse (AFP) ^ | Monday, October 20, 2014
    Taiwan's navy successfully test-fired two anti-ship missiles from a submarine, in the first such exercise since the weapons were acquired from the United States. The Harpoon missiles were launched from Hai Hu (Sea Tiger), a Dutch-built conventional submarine, during a drill last week, the Liberty Times and the United Daily News said, citing unnamed naval sources. The navy started taking delivery of the missiles last year to arm two submarines. The missiles, which have a range of 278 kilometers, would boost the attack capabilities of the two submarines previously only armed with torpedoes with a limited range, naval sources were...
  • To confront US allies China needs 1,200 J-10B fighters: Russian media

    10/12/2014 3:18:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2014-10-12
    China will need to produce about 1,200 fourth-generation fighters to be able to confront the air forces of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, if the three nations are successful in their bids to acquire advanced American fighters, in any potential conflict, according to the Moscow-based Russian Military Analysis on Oct. 9. Even though Taiwan maintains close economic ties with mainland China, the Russian-language newspaper said that the Taiwanese government under the leadership of Ma Ying-jeou has not given up its intention of purchasing advanced fighters from the United States such as the F-16C/D and even the F-35. Japan and South...
  • Taiwans Largest and Most Advanced Research Vessel Has Sunk

    10/10/2014 11:46:41 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    gCaptain ^ | October 10, 2014 | Mike Schuler
    the Taiwanese-flagged ocean research and survey vessel, RV Ocean Researcher V, has sunk. The 2,700-ton Ocean Researcher V, or OR V, is the flagship research vessel of the Taiwan Ocean Research Institute (TORI), part of the National Applied Research Laboratories operating under the Ministry of Science and Technology for the Republic of China. The vessel is officially owned by National Science Council. ... the ship sank Friday night in the vicinity of the Penghu Islands, located in the Taiwan Strait between Taiwan and the China mainland ... The vessel was only delivered in August 2012 and had its maiden voyage...
  • ROC Navy Catamaran Corvette "Tuo River", first Taiwanese LCS, started Sea Trials

    09/28/2014 10:03:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 28 September 2014
    Taiwan's first vessel in a new class of 12 catamaran corvettes started its trials at sea. The "Tuo River" was going out at sea for the first time from Suao in northeastern Taiwan's Yilan county, where it was christened in March this year. The corvette will undergo a series of sea trials before its commissioning expected in the first half of 2015. The "Tuo River" Catamaran Corvette sailing under its own power. Picture: Internet/Lee Chung Wei This new vessel project was first unveiled during TADTE 2013, the Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition, in August 2013. The corvette was built...
  • China Thinks It Can Defeat America in Battle

    09/24/2014 6:52:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | September 24, 2014 | David Axe
    The bad news first. The Peoples Republic of China now believes it can successfully prevent the United States from intervening in the event of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan or some other military assault by Beijing. Now the good news. China is wrongand for one major reason. It apparently disregards the decisive power of Americas nuclear-powered submarines. Moreover, for economic and demographic reasons Beijing has a narrow historical window in which to use its military to alter the worlds power structure. If China doesnt make a major military move in the next couple decades, it probably never will. The U.S....
  • VIDEO: Run Silent, Run Deep (John Batchelor show)

    09/22/2014 6:53:35 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    John Batchelor show ^ | 17 September 2014 | John Batchelor
    video 6:57 Assessment and Strategy Center, in re: Australians and Japanese on a slowly-accelerating alliance, hitherto with the US in between; but as Japan has been reaching out to India, now it approaches Australia, esp now that its relaxed its self-imposed restrictions on weapons sales. Taiwan wants to buy submarines, which the US refuses to supply. Is Japan the next arsenal of democracy? In the Philippines, yes its almost a vacuum, and dangerous because of China's feints. I once thought that they'd sell an older design to a US firm to modify and sell to Taiwan, but if China...
  • Italian Eatery Under Fire Over Nazi-Themed Dish ('Long Live the Nazis' Spaghetti)

    08/31/2014 3:34:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    The Israeli and German representative offices in Taiwan have expressed shock and regret at an Italian restaurant in New Taipei City’s Banciao District (板橋) serving a dish named “Long Live Nazi spaghetti (納粹萬歲麵),” saying it showed how some Taiwanese lack understanding about history and the Nazi slaughter of Jews and other minorities. The restaurant owner, Tsao Ya-hsin, was quoted by cable news channel TVBS on Sunday as saying that she named the dish to get customers’ attention, but that she did not wish to specifically place emphasis on the word “Nazi.” Tsao added that she named the dish so because...