Coronavirus is slowing China’s economy

As China grapples with the coronavirus, the economic damage is mounting around the world.

In China, the iPhone and electronics manufacturer Foxconn even promised its employees a range of perks if they would just do one thing: brave the coronavirus and come back to work. (Fortune)

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The new sign for Biohazard

The latest scary new virus that has captured the world’s horrified attention, caused a lockdown of 56 million people in China, disrupted travel plans around the globe and sparked a frantic chase after medical masks in Wuhan, Hubei Province. (NYtimes)

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The future is in our hands

Taiwan is about to have a presidential election in two days. Voters in Taiwan are widely expected to deliver a victory on Saturday (1.11) to President Tsai Ing-wen, in defiance of China’s pressure campaign against the island democracy.

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I want neither!

The U.K. is about to hold a general election in one of the most charged political climates anyone can recall. Almost everything about this vote is unusual and unpredictable.

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Ouch…

A couple of weeks before the start of the 2019-20 NBA regular season, the league finds itself involved in a controversy with China stemming from a ”now-deleted” tweet from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey.

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Kiribati’s new toys made in China

Taiwan lost another ally in one week as Kiribati cut ties after Solomon Islands. This leaves Taiwan with four allies in the Pacific region, Nauru, Marshall Islands, Palau and Tuvalu.

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The love dance

The Solomon Islands’ government has voted to sever its longstanding ties with Taiwan and take up diplomatic relations with Beijing, which leaves Taiwan with 16 allies left.

Taiwan’s president Tsai accused China of engaging in “dollar diplomacy” in the region in order to undermine Taiwan.

Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee Hon. Peter Kenilorea Jr (FRC) says, “I am concerned because we are not marching to our own beat on this matter. We are in fact marching to China’s beat. We are being dictated by China already – even before we switch.”

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Hong Kong Russian Doll

Pro-democracy protesters were attacked by what opposition politicians suspected were gang members wearing white t-shirts.

Hong Kong police were criticized over failure to stop the attacks. Instead of responding to calls from the demonstrators to take action against gangster assaults, the police retreated into police stations and let gangsters off easy. No one was arrested.

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