When China declared its new air defence identification zone (ADIZ) on November 23, it caught many off-guard. Beijing now requires foreign aircrafts entering their newly-established zone to identify themselves to the authorities or face punitive measures at China’s discretion. However the zone overlaps areas that Japan, South Korea and Taiwan also claim, most importantly the disputed islands in the East China Sea that Japan calls Senkaku and China calls Diaoyu, which has seen over a year of sabre-rattling between China and Japan.
Taiwan loves it baseball as much or even more than Japan and perhaps even the US, which has competing loyalties from pro football and the NBA. But it has been rocked in recent years by scandal and corruption that sent several players and even a politician to prison for fixing games.
Taiwan’s motto has always been Knowing China through Taiwan. The country recently picked up on an article implying that China may become the next area for U.S. drone operations and that drones will change roles from attacking enemy combatants to spying.
On Friday international media reported that China’s central bank faced down the country’s cash-hungry banks by allowing interest rates to spike again to extraordinary levels, while it increases pressure on the banks to rein in speculative trading and wide-spread informal lending.
News broke in late March that South Sudan ordered its oil companies to start production again. The fledgling Sub-Saharan nation stopped oil exports in January 2012 amid failed negotiations with Sudan over oil transmission prices. Not that this is anything new. The two Sudans reached an agreement last September but it was never implemented due to disagreement over border security issues.
The question of why so many Taiwanese military officers would betray their country is a complicated one, as complicated as the six-decade plus relationship between China and Taiwan itself.
Cross-Taiwan Strait relations between China and Taiwan have thawed in recent years. China, who until the late 1970s was firing artillery shells toward the island nation, has supposedly taken a softer approach to what it considers a renegade or breakaway Chinese province.
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