Middle-class migrant trap as traffickers lure white collar workers into bogus overseas jobs

Unfortunately, his gut instinct was correct. Mr Yang was imprisoned for 58 days in an isolated, heavily guarded building block while he was forced to launder money for suspected drugs and illegal weapons gangs. He broke free only after staging an audacious, risky escape. Though his story sounds more like a thriller than a reality, … Read more

Why the Obvious Geopolitics of the Taiwan Policy Act of 2022 Matter – The Diplomat

Advertisement Just as the fire lit by U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan and China’s predictable military retaliations has started to fade, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is revving up its blowtorch. The Committee last week advanced the Taiwan Policy Act of 2022 (TPA), proposed by Senators Bob Menendez and Lindsey … Read more

China is learning ‘military lessons’ from the Ukraine war

Avoiding making the same mistake with Taiwan will be key to avoiding a long, drawn-out war that could backfire on the Chinese Communist Party, Beijing is reported to have concluded. While Taiwan’s unification with the mainland is part of President Xi Jinping’s strategy to “revive” the Chinese nation by 2050, and Beijing was previously thought … Read more

Taiwan war with China would send global shockwaves greater than Covid and could cost trillions

The fertile fields surrounding Tainan, the former capital of Taiwan famed for its fireflies, food and hundreds of historic temples, were filled for centuries with lush rice paddies and huge stretches of sugar cane. But drive north from the city today, passing the National Museum of Taiwan History, and you find yourself surrounded by scores … Read more

Does the whole world hate Liz Truss? – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article LONDON — Around the world, governments are slowly waking up to a new reality: Liz Truss is about to become U.K. prime minister. London-based diplomats are scrambling to report back to their capitals with intelligence on the Conservative leadership front-runner, as every new poll offers further evidence that … Read more

China ‘spy ship’ docks in Sri Lanka despite India and US concerns

The country has faced economic and political collapse in recent months and is heavily dependent on both China and India for financial aid. It finally gave the green light to the survey vessel on Saturday, reportedly on condition that it would not carry out research in Sri Lankan waters. India has rejected claims it pressured … Read more

Why Germany won’t get tough on Beijing — even if it invades Taiwan – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article BERLIN — Germany’s Wagnerian foreign policy spectacle is moving east.  Spoiler alert: It’s even worse than the original. For months, Berlin has frustrated (read enraged) many allies with its one step forward, two steps back approach to confronting Russia over Ukraine. Yet that tortured episode is looking like … Read more

The reality of everyday life in a Taiwan under Chinese threat

To the majority of Taiwanese, it remains the everyday stuff that matters: family, friends, jobs, jokes and pride in their country’s natural beauty, its buzzing cities, sound health system and splendid food (especially stinky tofu, a much loved street delicacy that honks like weapons-grade Stilton, and is always offered with relish to a grimacing English … Read more

Four ways China could take Taiwan as military tensions boil over

The seven zones in which Chinese forces are currently exercising were chosen for their importance in a potential campaign to seal off the island and thwart foreign intervention, according to Major General Meng Xiangqing, a professor of strategy at the National Defence University in Beijing. One zone covers the narrowest part of the Taiwan Strait. … Read more

Disruption to Taiwan microchip supply threatens a ‘major crisis’

Rising tensions between the US and China over Taiwan threaten to trigger significant shortages of electronics such as mobile phones, one of the world’s largest chip companies has warned. Intel’s Europe chief Frans Scheper said there would be a “huge impact” and a “major crisis” for the industry if Taiwan’s chipmaking exports are cut off … Read more