Taiwan says Chinese planes, ships carry out attack simulation drill as PLA forces get close to island

TAIPEI/BEIJING (BLOOMBERG, AFP, REUTERS) – China’s aircraft and warships rehearsed an attack on Taiwan on Saturday (Aug 6), island officials said, as Chinese forces appeared to be getting close to Taiwan’s shores. China doubled down on the exercises, held in retaliation for a visit to Taiwan by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that also saw […]

Nancy Pelosi: A long history of provoking China over human rights

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a long history of riling Beijing over democracy and human rights, whether by unveiling a banner on Tiananmen Square or in regular meetings with Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. Pelosi, the country’s most powerful lawmaker, stoked fresh tensions in US-China relations on Tuesday (Aug […]

Japan PM Kishida’s support sinks to record low amid Covid-19 spike, debate over Abe state funeral

TOKYO (BLOOMBERG, XINHUA, REUTERS) – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s approval rating sank to the lowest since he took office last October in a Kyodo News poll amid a national resurgence in coronavirus cases and debate over assassinated former premier Shinzo Abe’s state funeral. The public opinion survey, which was taken this weekend, showed that […]

Russia sanctions 384 Japanese lawmakers over Ukraine

MOSCOW (AFP) – Russia on Friday (July 15) banned 384 Japanese lawmakers from entering its territory in response to Tokyo aligning itself with international sanctions against Moscow over Ukraine. The Russian foreign ministry blacklisted the parliamentarians, naming them on its website and accusing them of “adopting an unfriendly, anti-Russian position notably by expressing unfounded accusations […]

China’s elderly resisting vaccines despite lockdown pain: Report

SHANGHAI (BLOOMBERG) – There’s been one consistent silver lining to Covid-19 outbreaks: They trigger a surge in vaccinations that provide protection against severe infections in the future. China’s elderly are an exception. Take Shanghai. After the financial hub emerged from a bruising two-month lockdown and vaccination clinics reopened, the number of fully immunised people aged […]