Hong Kong Protesters Defy Ban, Tear Gas, on Tiananmen Anniversary

Tens of thousands of Hong Kong demonstrators defied a ban on Thursday to commemorate the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, and protest the Beijing government. The protests come amid the Central Government in Beijing passing the so-called National Security Law for Hong Kong, and the Legislative Council criminalizing Hongkongers who insult the Chinese national anthem.

Trump Attacks WHO and China

Last month President Trump announced that he would be freezing funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) due to their misinformation and pro-China bias concerning the recent coronavirus pandemic. When the virus initially appeared in Wuhan WHO praised China’s handling of the situation and commended China’s “transparency” even as it was becoming evident that China had silenced whistleblowers and journalists.

Chinese President XI Desperation: Telling Military to Prepare for War, Erasing English Language – What is Next?

One of the delegates to the 13th National People’s Congress, during the 3rd meeting held on May 27 suggested that simultaneous translation from Chinese to English should not be used during Chinese press conferences.  The National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China, normally referred to as the National People’s Congress, is the highest organ of state power and the national legislature of the People’s Republic of China. With 2,980 members in 2018, it is the largest parliamentary body in the world.

China Approves Hong Kong National Security Law

China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) adopted the controversial national security law in Hong Kong Thursday, despite protests and threats from the US, as well as other western nations and a section of world leaders. The cause of the move by China is most likely informed by the massive pro-democracy demonstrations that were witnessed in Hong Kong last year, and part of earlier this year. 

US Withdraws from the Open Sky Treaty and New Sanctions

The US officially notified the parties to the Open  Skies Treaty of its withdrawal, after which they will be released from their obligations under this document six months later. The announcement came on May 22. The US government cited Russia’s alleged non-compliance with the terms of the agreement as the reason. At the same time, US President Donald Trump did not rule out that the decision may be changed if Moscow begins to follow the document. Russia has denied US accusations of violating the Treaty.

China Continues with Military Propaganda, New Weapons Unveiled, Perhaps Copycat Technology?

Journalists from CCTV showcased new rapid-fire machine guns. China Central Television (CCTV) is the predominant state-owned television network in Mainland China. CCTV has a network of 50 channels broadcasting different programmes and is accessible to more than one billion viewers in six different languages. China’s aggressive propaganda of its pseudo military might continues.

China Rapidly Expanding Its Djibouti Base

China officially opened a base in Djibouti in August 2017.  Djibouti is a strategic country bordered by the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. On the approach-the entrance to the base, there is a sharp turn and exit from the road. There is an automated gate on the 90 degree turn. There are additional control points. It is almost impossible to scale the wall, as the perimeter has multi-level protection.

Trump Cuts Regulations, Urges Companies to Come Home

Since taking office, President Trump has continuously called on overseas manufacturers to return to the United States to set up factories. These relevant discussions have once again surfaced on the background that the epidemic has hampered international trade. Studies have shown that the number of deaths in the United States will increase by 20,000 in the next month, which will cast a shadow on the economic prospects of the United States.

Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen Inaugurated for Second Term

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen officially launched her second term on May 20. In the past four years, she has promoted a number of controversial domestic policies, including pension reform, same-sex marriage, a new energy policy, and “transitional justice.” This has generated applause from young people, and observers overseas, but analysts believe that these measures have also led to more internal tears in Taiwan, bringing hidden worries for future governance.

China Calls for Closer Relations, Trump Threatens to Cut Off Ties

China today called for “closer” cooperation with the United States in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic after US President Donald Trump threatened to “end all relations” with Beijing. “To maintain the steady development of China-US relations is in the fundamental interests of the people in both countries, and is conducive to world peace and stability,” said foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian at a press briefing.

Global Nuclear Spending Report – Largest Spending Since Cold War Era

A new report by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons states that global spending on nuclear weapons development set a record not seen since the end of the cold war. The ICANW is a global civil society coalition working to promote adherence to and full implementation of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The headquarters are located in Geneva, Switzerland.

China Unveils New Nanchang Destroyer – Is It Desperation?

Weibo published the first ever images of the Chinese Nanchang Ship. Weibo is China’s version of twitter  Earlier this year, China announced that Nanchang would be joining the Chinese Navy fleet. China’s military is undergoing a massive technological overhaul as part of Xi’s military ambitions to mirror Russian President Vladimir Putin’s agenda.  The ship is designed for long-range air defense, anti-submarine defense, electronic warfare, destruction of surface and ground targets, escort, long-range patrol and surveillance.

The Low Cost Freelance Gig Marketplace is Here

When selecting or working with a gig platform or marketplace, whether buying or selling gigs, you need to understand: what is the total cost?  You should always try to compare the total cost of a gig platform so you know what you’re dealing with. Often the higher percentage the gig provider takes or charges, the more confusing or complicated they make it in presenting those costs; so if it’s hard to understand the total cost on a platform, that means they are often very high and don’t want to openly disclose the costs.