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Australia Poised to Cancel 99-Year Darwin Port Lease With Chinese Government-Linked Firm
The Australian federal government is poised to cancel a 99-year lease awarded to a Chinese firm in 2015 allowing operations at the strategic Darwin Port in the country’s Northern Territory over concerns about the owner’s...
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Pandemic Caused Computer Chip Shortage for Automakers Worsens After Fire at Japanese Factory
Automakers around the world are feeling the harmful effects of a semiconductor computer chip shortage that began last year when the pandemic caused the shutdown of vehicle assembly plants. That problem has only worsened due...
The two bridges on the Yalu River, Friendship Bridge (L) and Broken Bridge (R), that connect North Korea and China from Dandong province, on October 2008.
North Korea’s Undisclosed Aid from China Revealed by Leaked Government Documents
Leaked internal government documents obtained by The Epoch Times have revealed details about the financial and agricultural aid provided to North Korea by Communist China. China still remains North Korea’s biggest trading partner, despite trade...
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Chinese Coast Guard Allowed to Fire on Foreign Ships in South China Sea
The Chinese government has introduced draft legislation that will allow its coast guard to use weapons against foreign ships that are found to be involved in "illegal activities" in Chinese waters. However, since China’s claims...
North Koreans Angered by Kim Jong-un’s Excursion to Sacred Site, Say Defectors
Kim Jong-un’s recent PR stunt may have backfired on him, North Korean defectors told media.   On Dec. 4, North Korea’s Rodong Sinmun reported that the country’s hereditary dictator, his wife Ri Sol-ju, and several military...
Prague, Czech Republic, Ends ‘Sister City’ Relationship With Beijing
The capital of the Czech Republic is cancelling its sister city agreement with Beijing after disagreements about Prague’s relationship with Taiwan remained an impasse.  On Oct. 4, Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib announced that the relationship...
US and Japan Closer to Trade Deal After Trump-Abe Meeting
On April 26 and 27, U.S. President Donald Trump hosted his Japanese counterpart, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, at the White House for bilateral trade talks, announcing that the two countries may come to a deal...