The Hong Kong-China Train: Bringing over not only passengers, but laws

It's the latest controversial plan in Hong Kong: one that would allow Chinese mainland law to apply in Hong Kong territory. Hong Kong has unveiled a plan to build a high-speed train that links West Kowloon to the Shenzhen border - an attempt to streamline operations at the upcoming Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, due …

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Liaoning and OOIL: The show(s) of force in Hong Kong

Liaoning, China's first operational aircraft, arrived in Hong Kong Friday morning (July 7, 2017), just days after the Chinese President Xi Jin-ping warned the city against independence forces. As protests raged on behind him, he warned Hong Kong that challenges to the Beijing government was "impermissible". The political climate around Hong Kong and Beijing has grown …

North Korea’s Missile Addiction: The controversial sparks explained

North Korea has long been noteworthy for its "remarkable" dictatorship, but it proved to truly be a force to be reckoned with, when it fired at least six test missiles in 2006. Since then, North Korea has boasted their nuclear power from flaunting missiles during the Day of the Sun, to launching a new type …

China’s One Belt, One Road: The changing status quo

"Spanning more than 68 countries and encompassing 4.4 billion people and up to 40% of the global GDP, China's One Belt, One Road project is not short on ambition," CNN writes. It's true. Promises of massive economic boosts and being able to lift millions out of poverty have been boasted by China, but could this just be another …

The South China Sea Dispute: Why it’s so important

Since 1947 when the ROC (Taiwan) published the first map claiming territory in almost the entire South China Sea, a dispute has been raging on between China, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Brunei.  On July 2, 2017, the USS Stethem warship sailed within 12 miles into the "territorial limits" of Triton Island, claiming it …

Is Taiwan a part of China? The importance of names, and the biggest backer

The question "Is Taiwan a part of China?" is one that has been asked by many, myself included. Politically, this seems correct - as the ROC, Taiwan indeed is a part of China. However, after living in both places, I have found that the two cultures are the same, yet drastically different at the same …