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Douyin, Chinese Version of TikTok, Limits Kids to 40 Minutes a Day
Minors in China are now only allowed to use Douyin — the original, mainland Chinese version of video site TikTok — between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. for 40 minutes a day,...
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‘Sea Fortress’: Taiwan to Boost Military Spending by $8.7 Billion to Defend Against Communist China
The Republic of China (ROC) military will add 240 billion Taiwan dollars (US$8.7 billion) to its defense spending over the next five years to protect the island of Taiwan against the communist regime on mainland...
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US to Help Australia Build Nuclear Submarines; New Zealand Not Included in Defense Pact
The Australian government on Sept. 16 announced its cancellation of a 2016 contract with France to build a fleet of submarines, as the project is to be taken up using American nuclear technology instead. The...
China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) General Li Zuocheng (L) and U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley (C) review an honour guard during a welcome ceremony at the Bayi Building in Beijing on August 16, 2016.
America’s Top General Mark Milley Reportedly Made Secret Contact With the Chinese Military
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff allegedly broke Trump’s chain of command twice to assure Beijing that the U.S. was not planning an attack The highest-ranking officer in the U.S. military, Mark A. Milley,...
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China Allies With Taliban After US Withdrawal From Afghanistan
The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has moved rapidly to befriend the Taliban regime as the extremist group celebrates its conquest of Afghanistan following the final withdrawal of American troops on Aug. 31.  And the...
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Two More Cities in China’s Henan Issue Highest Flood Warning After Thousands Died in Provincial Capital
The cities of Xingyang and Changyuan in central China's Henan Province have raised flood control levels from I to II, the highest in the country's four-tier scale, as local authorities warn that floods of unprecedented...
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North Korea Is Trying to Build a Border Wall With China, But Can’t Get It Finished
Despite being generally aligned with Communist China, North Korea has long tried to keep its citizens from venturing across the countries’ shared border for work and opportunities to defect to South Korea.  To retain more...
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China Is Considering a Move That Effectively Scraps Population Control
A draft amendment submitted to China's government on Aug. 17 proposes lifting all fines for parents who choose to have more children than the current limit of three — a move that, if approved, would...
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Responding to Sen. Cornyn, Chinese State Media Says China Would ‘Liberate’ Taiwan Immediately if It Discovered the US Had 30,000 Troops There
Texas’ senior Sen. John Cornyn deleted his mistaken Twitter remark claiming that the United States had 30,000 personnel stationed on Taiwan, but not before Chinese Communist Party (CCP)-run media pounced on the error.  Hu Xijin,...
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Taiwan Rebuffs Chinese Propaganda Claims That Afghanistan’s Fate Is an ‘Omen’ for the Island
Communist Party-run outlets in China are touting the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan as a sign of things to come for Taiwan if war breaks out between the self-ruled island and the People’s Republic of China,...
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Hong Kong Group Famous for Mass Protests Disbands After Coming Under Investigation
In 2003, half a million Hongkongers marched to protest the planned activation of Article 23, which would threaten political freedoms in their city just six years after its return to China from British colonial rule. ...
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China Orders Temporary Stop to ‘Non-essential’ Passports
On July 30, Chinese authorities announced “a series of strict and tight policy measures” limiting the issuance of new passports. According to the state-run People’s Daily, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) National Immigration Administration...