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Tsai Ing-wen in Hawaii: ‘U.S. Commitment to Taiwan Stronger than Ever’

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen made a stopover in Hawaii on Wednesday after visiting several of Taiwan’s Pacific allies. From there she held a teleconference with the Heritage Foundation in which she praised the Trump administration’s support for Taiwan and its positive response to a request for more advanced weapons to hold China at bay.

In this Wednesday, March 27, 2019, photo released by the Taiwan Presidential Office, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, right, is greeted by supporters upon arriving in Hawaii. Speaking during the visit to Hawaii on Wednesday, Tsai said requests have been submitted to the U.S. for F-16V fighters and M1 Abrams tanks. …

China: Social Credit System Finds ‘Untrustworthy Businesses’ Thriving Among Wealthy

China’s creepy “social credit system,” a vast surveillance network that rates both companies and individual citizens for “good behavior” and has a variety of tools for punishing those who behave badly, is also proving useful for accumulating socioeconomic data. A report released this week by China’s National Public Credit Information Center used data from the social credit system to determine that a large percentage of “untrustworthy businesses” are operating in China’s wealthiest regions.

Businesses struggle as cracks appear in China's economy

PLA General: Accepting Taiwan’s Independence a ‘War Crime’ if China Invades

Taiwanese people who recognize the sovereignty of their nation “would be classified as war criminals that must be punished if the Chinese mainland is forced to deal with the Taiwan question by force,” Lieutenant General He Lei of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) told reporters on Wednesday.

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China Allows U.S. Aircraft Carrier to Visit Hong Kong

The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and its battle group arrived in Hong Kong on Wednesday, a friendship visit widely interpreted as an easing of tensions between the U.S. and China just a few weeks after the Chinese refused to allow a U.S. warship to dock in Hong Kong.

US carrier visits Hong Kong amid heightened China tensions

Hong Kong Lawmakers Walk Out to Protest Crackdown on Press Freedom

Over a dozen Hong Kong lawmakers staged a protest in the legislature on Wednesday, chanting “Protect press freedom!” and holding up placards reading “Free Press, No Persecution,” until security guards escorted them from the chamber.

Pro-democracy lawmakers display placards "Press freedom persecution" to protest while Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam delivering her policy speech at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. Hong Kong government has refused to renew the work visa of Victor Mallet, a senior editor of the Financial …

To Censor or Not to Censor: Facebook Seeks Entry to Chinese Market

Facebook is seeking entry into China’s digital market — which will require compliance with dictates from China’s ruling Communist Party, as Google is doing in a censored search project with China — according to a Wednesday-published Bloomberg report.

China's former internet czar charged with taking bribes

Hong Kong Outlaws Pro-Independence National Party

The Hong Kong National Party (HKNP) was formally outlawed on Monday, marking the first time a political organization has been banned outright since Britain returned Hong Kong to Chinese control in 1997. The British Foreign Ministry pronounced itself “concerned by the decision,” while stressing the U.K. does not support the Hong Kong independence movement.

Pro-democracy activists protest outside government headquarters in downtown Hong Kong in 2014. Monday, the government banned the Hong Kong National Party for its threats of violent revolution, officials said. File Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI

China Objects to iPhone Presentation Listing Taiwan and Hong Kong as Separate Markets

Once again, Chinese media and internet users are lashing out at a Western corporation for the unforgivable insult of listing Taiwan and Hong Kong as separate entities from Communist China. The latest company to trigger the Chinese is Apple, whose iPhone XS rollout event included a slide that listed China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan as three separate markets among the two dozen or so that would receive Apple’s new product on September 21.

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North Koreans Refuse Chinese Medicine After Vaccine Scandal

North Koreans are reportedly refusing to use Chinese medicine because they fear the products might be unsafe in light of a major scandal in China involving the manufacturing of faulty vaccines, a report revealed on Wednesday.

China's persistent food and drug safety problem

Pro-Independence Party Threatened with Ban in Hong Kong

The Associated Press reports an official from the territorial security bureau wrote to 27-year-old Hong Kong National Party leader Andy Chan to inform him a decision has been made to dissolve his party as a threat to “public safety” and “public order” under a national security law that was last invoked against a political party in 1997. The HKNP has only been around since 2016, formed in protest of Beijing’s growing influence over semi-autonomous Hong Kong.

Hong Kong police seek landmark ban on pro-independence party

Air China Co-Pilot Causes 25,000-Foot Plunge by Vaping in Cockpit

Passengers aboard Air China flight CA106 from Hong Kong on Tuesday night found themselves plunging 25,000 feet in ten minutes because their co-pilot was smoking an e-cigarette in the cockpit and hit the wrong switch when he attempted to keep the vapors from wafting into the passenger area.

Passengers aboard Air China flight CA106 from Hong Kong on Tuesday night found themselves plunging 25,000 feet in ten minutes because their co-pilot was smoking an e-cigarette in the cockpit and hit the wrong switch when he attempted to keep the vapors from wafting into the passenger area.

Hong Kong Holds Massive Vigil for Tiananmen Square Anniversary

Hong Kong held a huge candlelight vigil in Victoria Park on Monday to mark the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. The event displeases Beijing, which has done what it can to suppress attendance and warn participants away from incendiary criticism of the Communist government.

Crowds gather for Hong Kong Tiananmen vigil