World View: China vs U.S. Air Confrontations Now a Daily Occurrence
- Camels in Qatar found infected with deadly MERS virus
- China vs U.S. air confrontations are now a daily occurrence
- Netherlands loses its AAA credit rating
Camels in Qatar found infected with deadly MERS virus
Camel farm with Doha, Qatar, in the background (File/Reuters)
MERS-CoV (the Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus) has
already infected about 170 people, mostly in Saudi Arabia. The virus
is particularly deadly, since almost 40% of those infected have died.
Health officials are puzzled because they have not yet been able to
identify the "animal reservoir" that is allowing the virus to infect
and kill humans, despite the fact that it's not yet being transmitted
from human to human.
Active MERS infections have now been found in three camels in Qatar,
indicating that camels may be the animal reservoir allowing the virus
to spread. The three camels were asymptomatic, meaning that they
carried active infections but showed no external symptoms. Prior
tests on racing camels in Oman and animals imported by Egypt from
Sudan (for slaughter) signal high degree of infections, indicating
that MERS is widespread in camels throughout the Middle East.
Recombinomics and Reuters
China vs U.S. air confrontations are now a daily occurrence
The United States military is making daily flights into China's
recently declared Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East
China Sea without complying with Chinese demands to notify
Chinese authorities in advance. According to an unnamed Pentagon
It’s very important the U.S. signal to the Chinese
that we’re not going to be bullied and that we’re going to adhere
to our commitments.
According to a Chinese air force spokesman, two U.S. and 10 Japanese
aircraft were monitoring targets in the zone, and that the Chinese air
force and navy were scrambling warplanes to monitor them.
According to Liu Jieyi, China's ambassador to the United Nations:
It is indeed the right of every country to defend its
airspace, and also to make sure that its territorial integrity,
its sovereignty, are safeguarded. This is a normal
Apparently the intention is that warplanes from each of the three
countries will be "patrolling" the ADIZ on a daily basis, in order to
safeguard its territorial integrity and sovereignty.
However, U.S. administration officials are advising commercial
airlines to comply with China's demands when flying into the ADIZ.
CNN and Bloomberg
Netherlands loses its AAA credit rating
Standard & Poors ratings agency on Friday downgraded the debt rating
of the Netherlands to AA+, saying, "The downgrade reflects our opinion
that the Netherlands' growth prospects are now weaker than we had
previously anticipated." This leaves only three countries remaining
in the 17-country eurozone with an AAA rating: Germany, Luxembourg, and
Finland. The only other countries still having AAA ratings are:
Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, and Singapore.
KEYS: Generational Dynamics, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Sudan,
Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, MERS-CoV,
China, Air Defense Identification Zone, ADIZ,
East China Sea, Liu Jieyi, Japan,
Netherlands, Standard & Poors Financial Services
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