Russia’s tactical nuclear weapons could pack the same punch as atomic bombs dropped on Japan

Russia’s tactical nuclear weapons could pack the same punch as atomic bombs dropped on Japan

CNN — With his forces retreating in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has once again threatened to turn to nuclear weapons, most likely what are often called tactical nuclear weapons. In a speech last week, he warned that, “In the event of a threat to the territorial integrity of our country and to defend Russia … Read more

China lost dog Yangtze River dolphin. Climate change is coming for other species next

CNN — They called it the “Goddess of the Yangtze” – a creature so rare that it was believed to bring fortune and protection to local fishermen and all those lucky enough to spot it. But overfishing and human activity drove it to the brink of extinction and it hasn’t been seen in decades. “The … Read more

Putin concedes China has ‘questions and concerns’ over Russia’s faltering invasion of Ukraine

CNN — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday praised China’s “balanced position” on the Ukraine war, although he conceded Beijing had “questions and concerns” over the invasion, in what appeared to be a veiled admission of their diverging views over the protracted military assault. Putin made the comments when meeting Chinese leader Xi Jinping in … Read more

Chongqing Covid outbreak: Chinese city ‘stretched to the limit’ as millions wait in line for tests in extreme heat

Hong Kong CNN — The Chinese metropolis of Chongqing has rolled out mass Covid testing in its central area amid a record heat wave, leaving millions of residents standing under the sun for hours as they struggle with extreme temperatures and power shortages. Stringent zero-Covid measures enacted by the southwestern mega city to contain an … Read more

China must show it’s not an ‘agent of instability’ on Taiwan, US Ambassador to China says

Beijing CNN — China needs to convince the rest of the world it is not an “agent of instability” and will act peacefully in the Taiwan Strait, US Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns said in his first TV interview since taking up his post in Beijing six months ago. Burns spoke candidly about Beijing’s reaction … Read more

Taiwan says multiple Chinese aircraft and vessels spotted in possible simulated attack

Hong Kong CNN — Taiwan says it detected “multiple” Chinese aircraft and naval vessels taking part in military drills around the Taiwan Strait on Saturday, in what could be a possible simulated attack against the island. The ministry said some of the aircraft and vessels had crossed the sensitive median line in the Taiwan Strait … Read more

Blinken: China military drills are ‘significant escalation’

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday that China’s military exercises aimed at Taiwan, including missiles fired into Japan’s exclusive economic zone, represent a “significant escalation” and that he has urged Beijing to back down. China launched the drills following a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to … Read more

China bank crisis: Authorities try to stem anger over frozen deposits

Hong Kong CNN Business — Chinese authorities will start refunding bank customers whose accounts have been frozen for months, following some of the biggest protests the country has seen since the start of the pandemic. Customers from four rural banks in the central province of Henan, and one in neighboring Anhui province, will be repaid … Read more

Shinzo Abe assassination: Japan’s LDP sweeps to upper house election victory days after killing

Tokyo CNN — Japan’s ruling coalition swept to victory on Sunday in an upper house election that took on heightened significance following the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Abe, 67, was shot on Friday in the city of Nara while delivering a speech in support of candidates from his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) … Read more

Blinken hits at ASEAN for lack of pressure on Myanmar

BANGKOK — US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is criticizing Southeast Asian nations for not doing enough to press Myanmar’s military government to return the country to the path of democracy following last year’s power seizure. But as Blinken lamented the lack of progress in Myanmar, also known as Burma, he also moved to strengthen … Read more