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The Jehoshua Novels


China Offers Middle East Peace

ChinaNews reports the Chinese Government has initiated a diplomatic foray to resolve the Middle East peace issues.

A spokesman for the Central Committee says:

China is the largest importer of Oil from the Middle East. It is compelling to our strategic interest that there be peace in the Middle East and no interruption to [...]

In Other News, Dog Bites Man

North Korea is an oppressive, tyrannical, and genocidal regime. One can only hope that, between rehab and this report, Dennis Rodman will stop making an ass of himself:

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US and China agree to cooperate more closely to fight global warming

Deutsche Welle, February 15

The US and China have agreed to cooperate more closely in combating global warming during a visit by Secretary of State John Kerry to Beijing. The top US diplomat also urged Beijing to ease its internet controls.

Beijing – In a joint statement on Saturday the US and China said [...]

Chinese spacecraft lands on moon

CNN, By Sophie Brown, December 14

China’s first lunar rover landed on the moon Saturday, less than two weeks after it blasted off from Earth, Chinese state news reported.

The landing makes China one of only three nations — after the United States and the former Soviet Union — to “soft-land” on the moon’s surface, [...]

Is war with China inevitable?

Some of the more troubling parts of this Alt-Market piece excerpted here:

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South Korea lays claim to its air zone as well.

China reacts coolly. Whilst the long running Sino-Japanese war threat now has the makings of a Clancy thriller – but check out the dates within the < article - back from the future????

Global research has analysis on the US-Japanese/China ‘conflict’.

China scrambles fighter jets towards US and Japan aircraft in disputed air zone

Escalation of response in South China Sea is the first time China is known to have sent military jets in zone alongside foreign craft

The Guardian, By Tania Branigan & Ed Pilkington, November 29

Beijing / New York – China scrambled fighter jets to investigate US and Japanese aircraft flying through its new air defence [...]

From China – FM says talks at critical stage

From the Agonist World Press link:

BEIJING, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) — Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei said Saturday the Geneva international talks on the Iranian nuclear issue have reached the final moment.

Hong said in a press release that Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi left Beijing for Geneva early Saturday [...]

The Next Great War

You may or may not be aware, but World War III has already started. We just haven’t gotten caught up in it. Yet.

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Scientists discover SARS-like virus in Chinese bats

Finding provides clues about how SARS spreads, and has wide implications for public health measures, researchers say

Al Jazeera America, November 1

Scientists have discovered that bats in China are a source of a respiratory virus similar to SARS, which infected 8,000 people and killed more than 770 during a global pandemic a decade ago.

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China Says 5 Jihadis Are Arrested in Beijing Attack

NYT -The Chinese authorities announced Wednesday the arrests of five people-all ethnic Uighurs from China’s western Xinjiang region- described as Islamic jihadists, who they say helped orchestrate an audacious attack near Tiananmen Square, that left five people dead.

wheels within wheels on China’s Uighurs

You say Senkakus, they say Tiaoyutai / Diaoyu

Home to a few goats, this territorial area is hot news. 4 Chinese ships enter Japanese waters.

Japan, China in war of words as Tokyo scrambles jets to monitor Beijing military planes.

last week . Map of the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands (by Evan Centanni).

Iraqi athletes find a haven in Beijing

NYT -. “These kids, they don’t go out on the streets in Iraq,” said Mounir Sahli, the Tunisian head coach of the Iraqi national swimming team, gesturing to the Iraqi athletes who were practicing their freestyle at a training pool in southern Beijing.

These young athletes — most are in their teens — were among [...]

Wrapping it up

Ayu Pastika, the wife of Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika, proudly shows off the endek cloth exclusively designed for US President Barack Obama.

Shame he is unable to attend APEC. China meanwhile is not party to TPP.

Syria’s Moonlight

One kind of wonders why both China and Russia are making trouble with the world on Syria:

Russian foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich has called on the international community to show “prudence” over the crisis and observe international law.

“Attempts to bypass the Security Council, once again to create artificial groundless excuses for a military [...]