Author: David R. Mendoza

Taiwan Blames Chinese Interference Amid World Health Forum Exclusion

On Monday, May 24, Taiwan’s government heavily criticized the World Health Organization (WHO) in what it calls the organization’s “indifference” to the health rights of the Taiwanese people and for its capitulation to China. Taiwan’s slamming of the WHO comes after failing to secure an invite to the organization’s annual

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Australia Cancels Victoria’s Belt And Road Deal With China

On Wednesday, April 21st, the Australian government cancelled two agreements signed by its state of Victoria and China on Beijing’s flagship Belt and Road Initiative, escalating the already deteriorating ties between Beijing and Canberra.   Victoria, Australia’s second-largest and wealthiest state, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese government

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Myanmar Bloodshed Worsens; U.N. Fears ‘Crimes Against Humanity’

In what has become another day of violence in Myanmar, Thursday, March 11th saw at least another 12 civilians killed by the ruling military junta, now prompting a top U.N. official to say the crackdown on peaceful protests is “likely meeting the legal threshold for crimes against humanity.” In the

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Thai Protestors Denounce Government Before No-Confidence Vote

Late on Friday (19 Feb), hundreds of protestors gathered outside of parliament in Bangkok, holding a demonstration coinciding with the censure debate against Prime Minister Prayut-o-cha’s government by opposition lawmakers inside the building. In anticipation of the following protest, thousands of police officers were put ahead of an expected no-confidence

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Australian Journalist Arrested By Chinese Authorities On Espionage Charge

Chinese authorities have formally arrested an Australian journalist who was working with China’s state broadcaster CGTN on the charge of “illegally supplying state secrets overseas.” The move is the latest of such in the increasing tensions between China and Australia. In a statement, Australian Foreign Minister, Marise Payne, said that

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How The Tokyo 2020 Olympics Reveals Japan’s Deep Rooted Sexism

On 18 February 2021, Japan’s veteran Olympic medalist, Seiko Hashimoto announced her taking over as the new head of the Tokyo 2020 Games. The Japanese seven-time Olympian turned lawmaker’s succession of power follows her predecessor’s resignation after sexist remarks he made became leaked to the media. Speaking after her appointment

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Chinese Bombers Soar Near Taiwan In Early Test Of Biden’s Commitment

On January 23rd, China flew two large formations of fighters and bombers over Taiwanese air space. Taiwan’s Defense Ministry reported 13 Chinese aircraft entering the southwestern sector of their air defense identification zone (A.D.I.Z.), marking the second day running of mainland incursions and prompting Taipei to dispatch their own fighters

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U.S. Navy Sails Warship Through Taiwan Strait Under Biden For First Time

On February 4th, the United States Navy sailed a destroyer through the Taiwan Strait, marking the first time the U.S. has transited the strait separating China and Taiwan since President Joe Biden took office. The Japan-based guided-missile destroyer, USS John S. McCain, conducted the routine passage dividing China and Taiwan

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China Jails Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Activists Fleeing To Taiwan

A group of Hong Kongers who were arrested at sea by Chinese authorities while attempting to seek refuge in Taiwan were sentenced on 23 December 2020 by a mainland court for up to three years in prison. The sentencing is only the latest offensive in the Chinese Communist Party’s actions

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UN Rights Chief ‘Appalled’ By The Execution Of Iranian Dissident

On Saturday December 12, dissident Iranian journalist Ruhollah Zam was executed by hanging in Iran, according to state television IRIB. United Nations Human Rights Chief, Michelle Bachelet, voiced outrage at Iran’s execution of the media activist and opposition figure. “I am appalled at the execution in Iran on 12 December

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