How China Will Use Its Social Credit System to Keep Control Over Its Military

‘If you’re a soldier in China, applying to leave the army is likely to leave a black mark on your social credit score.’ This was the striking opening line of a Sixth Tone article from April 2018 reposted on the Chinese military’s official website. The article was about the use of a social credit system by the People’s Liberation Army. However, it garnered surprisingly little attention for such a hot topic. Excellent research has already been done on the various prototype social credit systems in China, but a big gap in that research is…

China Building Airstrip in Spratly Islands, Satellite Images Show

BEIJING—Fresh satellite imagery released Thursday shows that China has begun building a concrete runway on reclaimed land around a disputed reef in the South China Sea, according to the defense intelligence provider IHS Jane’s. The airstrip is China’s first in the disputed Spratly Islands, defense experts say, and it appears to be big enough for fighter jets, transport planes and surveillance aircraft, significantly enhancing Beijing’s capability to patrol the skies in the area. China’s island-building in the Spratlys in the last year has raised fresh concerns in the region and…

4-year-old Wisconsin boy shot and killed inside his home

4-year-old Wisconsin boy shot and killed inside his home originally appeared on abcnews.go.com A 4-year-old boy was killed early Saturday morning when shots rang out inside a Milwaukee apartment, police said. Police responded to a call in the Mayfair Apartments of the 5300 block of N. Lovers Lane Road around 1:17 a.m., where the child suffered a “serious gunshot wound,” police said. MORE: Grieving family speaks out after sleeping 6-year-old girl fatally shot in the head Officials from the Milwaukee Police and Wauwautosa Fire Departments immediately tended to the child…

EDITORIAL: Exchanges with France invaluable

Minister of Culture Cheng Li-chiun (鄭麗君) on Monday presented six French academics with the Ministry of Culture’s first cultural medal for contributions to research or promotion of Taiwan’s culture. The ministry also presents an annual cultural awards ceremony, which it has jointly held with the Institut de France’s Academy of Moral and Political Sciences since 1996. The ceremony on July 1 last year recognized radio presenter Miao Yung-hua’s (繆詠華) contributions to French literature through her translations to Chinese; contributions to theater by German theater director Lukas Hemleb, who has combined…

Iowa Democratic Party will assign delegates over weekend

WASHINGTON, Feb 7 (Reuters) – The Iowa Democratic Party will allocate national delegates over the weekend based on the results of the Midwestern state’s presidential nomination contest held earlier this week, a state party leader said. “We allocate the national delegates and we’ll be doing that over the weekend,” Iowa Democratic Party leader Troy Price said on Friday at a news conference, adding that the party would hold another news conference on Monday afternoon. (Reporting by Jason Lange and Tim Ahmann; editing by Jonathan Oatis) Source link

Florida restaurateur meets man who rescued him from South China Sea more than 40 years ago

CLOSE Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide A Florida restaurateur crossed paths with a chief mate aboard cargo ship, Gateway City, when the ship rescued him amid the Vietnam War. SEATTLE — For Minh Nguyen, then 12 years old, the events of July 1978 were the stuff of adventure. First, there was leaving his home in Vietnam under cover of darkness, then boarding a small fishing boat with 50 other people, and finally setting out into the South China Sea. But for Georg Pedersen, those events were bittersweet.…

Lebanon’s Aoun says a number of states expressed desire to help Lebanon

BEIRUT, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Lebanese president Michel Aoun said a number of states with France at the forefront had expressed desire to help Lebanon, the president’s office quoted him saying in an interview with French magazine Valeurs Actuelles on Saturday. Aoun said he had a telephone call with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, in which Macron congratulated him on the formation of the new government and they discussed the current crisis facing Lebanon. Lebanon’s government on Thursday approved a rescue plan that seeks to pull the country from its…