The Liaoning, the PLAN’s first aircraft carrier, had wrapped up three weeks of exercises and is now expected to arrive at its home base at the port of Qingdao in Shandong province this weekend. The carrier will begin a significant maintenance break, and its crew will begin a rest cycle. 19fortyfive.com
As the war of words ramps up between the Biden administration and Chinese government over the status of Taiwan, U.S. forces in Japan are gearing up for a possible conflict. This comes as President Biden wraps up his first official trip to Asia where he said the U.S. will step in if China invades Taiwan. Ed O’Keefe reports. CBS News
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The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Monday (May 23) announced that nearly half of the country’s COVID deaths have occurred within three days of diagnosis. taiwannews.com.tw
The 57-minute audio clip was allegedly recorded during a meeting of the Standing Committee of the Provincial Party Committee of Guangdong on May 14 and published by Lude Media on Monday (May 23). According to the media outlet, this is the first audio recording from a “top secret military meeting” in China ever released to the public. taiwannews.com.tw
China insists the network of secure facilities built across its far western region of Xinjiang are simply “schools” for combatting extremism to which “students” sign up willingly. But the contents of the leaked Xinjiang Police Files suggest a different story. BBC
Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) yesterday held a videoconference with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet as she visited Xinjiang during a mission overshadowed by fresh allegations of Uighur abuses and fears she is being used as a public relations tool. Taipei Times
Couples whose marital relations are protected by Chinese law cannot divorce over the Internet, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said on Tuesday.
A message left on consultation platform of the ministry’s official website last week asked if it was possible for a couple to get divorced via videolink in case one of them is not in China. Shine
As a regional country, Japan should have played a constructive role in maintaining regional peace, stability and prosperity. However, it is cooperating with the U.S. to formulate the so-called “Indo-Pacific Strategy (IPS)” which is expected to stir up separation and confrontation.
It is a move that invites disaster by letting in invaders, which will seriously threaten regional peace and stability and hurt Japan’s own interests. Peoples Daily Online
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on Wednesday announced a second large-scale military exercise around the island of Taiwan this month in a move analysts said is a powerful response to remarks by US President Joe Biden two days ago, in which he claimed the US would intervene militarily if the Chinese mainland were to reunify with Taiwan by force. Peoples Daily Online