So, Why Can’t You Call Taiwan? (DEC 2, 2016)

President-elect Donald Trump has committed a sharp breach of protocol—one that underscores just how weird some important protocols are.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen swears in as Democratic Progressive Party’s chairwoman in Taipei, Taiwan May 25, 2016. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu – RTSFSMA

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US-China trade war is making China stronger

Chang Zhang, PhD Candidate, University of Warwick and Nora von Ingersleben-Seip, Doctoral Research Fellow, Technical University of Munich

By The Conversation

The United States and China have reached a truce in their escalating trade war. Following a meeting between US president, Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping at the G20, the two leaders agreed to renew talks.… read the full article

The U.S. Navy Wants to Add the Ultimate Weapon: ‘Laser Guns’?

Game changer? 

by Kris Osborn | The National Interest

(Washington, D.C.) If swarms of enemy small attack boats armed with guns and explosives approached a Navy ship, alongside missile-armed drones and helicopters closing into strike range, ship commanders would instantly begin weighing defensive options – to include interceptor missiles, electronic warfare, deck-mounted guns or area weapons such as Close-in-Weapons System.… read the full article

Legion Official Trailer #1 [HD] | An Original Series From FX and Marvel

Legion follows David Haller, a troubled young man who may be more than human. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he’s confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and visions might be real.… read the full article

China vs. America in the South China Sea is a Missile Stand-Off. Who Would Win?

This could get ugly. 

by David Axe | The National Interest

The Chinese military lobbed anti-ship ballistic missiles into the South China Sea in tests in early July 2019.

The missile trials underscored Beijing’s increasing militarization of resource-rich waters on which several countries have conflicting claims.… read the full article

China slams pro-democracy Hong Kong singer as ‘delusional’

By AFP

Beijing criticised pro-democracy Hong Kong singer Denise Ho as “delusional” Tuesday after she called for the UN to remove China from the body’s Human Rights Council for trying to erode the city’s autonomy.

The canto-pop star has joined the huge marches of protesters calling for democratic reforms in semi-autonomous Hong Kong, and angered Beijing by making a speech about the city’s sliding freedoms to the UN rights council.… read the full article