Northern China – TJDJDJ http://tjdjdj.com/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 18:31:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://tjdjdj.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2-150x150.png Northern China – TJDJDJ http://tjdjdj.com/ 32 32 Stunning halos of sun amid heavy snowfall wow people in US – See viral photos and videos https://tjdjdj.com/stunning-halos-of-sun-amid-heavy-snowfall-wow-people-in-us-see-viral-photos-and-videos/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 13:07:00 +0000 https://tjdjdj.com/stunning-halos-of-sun-amid-heavy-snowfall-wow-people-in-us-see-viral-photos-and-videos/ Solar halo in Minnesota, United States | Photo credit: Twitter Highlights Solar halos were spotted in Minnesota, United States on Wednesday Stunning photos of halos of light around the sun with scenic snow-capped backgrounds and vivid blue skies in Minnesota, USA have gone viral on social media. The incredible phenomenon is also known as the […]]]>

Solar halo in Minnesota, United States | Photo credit: Twitter

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  • Solar halos were spotted in Minnesota, United States on Wednesday

Stunning photos of halos of light around the sun with scenic snow-capped backgrounds and vivid blue skies in Minnesota, USA have gone viral on social media.

The incredible phenomenon is also known as the solar dog, which occurs when light refracts through ice crystals high up in the atmosphere. They are colored spots of light, located about 22 ° either to the left or to the right or both, of the sun. They also cause a ring of light to appear around the sun. In other words, it is the kaleidoscopic effect.

Solar halos were spotted in the US state of Minnesota on Wednesday afternoon.

Amateur photographer Carol Bauer has taken to the outdoors to record the rare phenomenon of her lens.

The temperature was -5 ° C but the wind chill was -31 ° C, and the solar dogs were visible after a heavy snowstorm the night before.

This is not the first time that solar halos have been spotted in the sky.

In June of last year, an extremely rare rainbow-colored solar halo was observed at noon over the city of Hyderabad.

The spectacular optical phenomenon was also observed by the people of Bengaluru in May 2021.

The “three suns” were seen hanging at the same time in the Chinese city of Mohe in October 2020.

In February 2020, people were greeted by “five suns” in the skies of Inner Mongolia, north China.

Halo is not a rainbow.

When a halo is seen around the Moon, it is called a winter halo or moon ring.

Halos can be seen in any season and at any time of the year, but are not always obvious or bright.


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Understand Chinese heritage and culture https://tjdjdj.com/understand-chinese-heritage-and-culture/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 19:30:00 +0000 https://tjdjdj.com/understand-chinese-heritage-and-culture/ Part 1 A thousand years ago, Chinese civilization dominated that of the peoples of Europe. The history of China began around 4000 BC or around 2,700 BC with a succession of wise emperors who introduced the elements of a civilization. They educated their people and prudently placed China, as early as the third millennium BC, […]]]>

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A thousand years ago, Chinese civilization dominated that of the peoples of Europe. The history of China began around 4000 BC or around 2,700 BC with a succession of wise emperors who introduced the elements of a civilization. They educated their people and prudently placed China, as early as the third millennium BC, on a surprisingly high cultural level.

Peking Man made his appearance in the Far East at a time when remains in other parts of the world are very rare and disputed. Peking Man lived in caves; he was undoubtedly a hunter, in possession of very simple stone tools and also the art of making fires. At the time of Peking Man, there must have been a warmer and especially more humid climate in North China and Inner Mongolia than today. Historical accounts have reported, for example, that stone tools were still used in Manchuria and eastern Mongolia at a time when the metal was known and used in western Mongolia and northern China.

Agricultural sector

Around 4000 BC, we can trace in North China a purely Mongoloid people of Neolithic culture. Instead of hunters, we find cattle herders, who are also to some extent farmers. In the west, in the present-day provinces of Sichuan and in all the mountainous regions of the provinces of Kansu and Shensi, the ancestors of the Tibetan peoples lived as another distinct culture. They were shepherds, usually wandering with their flocks of sheep and goats on the heights of the mountains. Further east is the Yao culture, an ancient Austronesian culture, whose inhabitants also lived in the mountains, as collectors and hunters, some engaged in simple agriculture. They later mingled with the last great culture of the south, the Tai culture which is distinguished by agriculture. People lived in the valleys and mainly cultivated rice.

A group which occupied the high altitudes and practiced hunting or slash-and-burn agriculture came into closer contact with another group in the valleys which practiced some form of higher agriculture. The result, as a rule, was a stratified society consisting of at least one privileged layer and one ruled layer. This is how were born around 2000 BC. AD new cultures, well known archaeologically. The most important of these are the Yang-Shao culture in the west and the Lung-Shan culture in the east.

chinese historical tradition

Chinese historical tradition has it that the semi-historical rulers, Yao and Shun, and the first official dynasty, the Hsia dynasty, ruled parts of China with a center in southern Shansi. The central territory of the Shang Kingdom was northwest of Honan, along the Shansi Mountains and extending into the plains. It was a peasant civilization with cities. Shang State had its center in northern Honan, north of the Yellow River. Silk was already in use at this time. The invention of sericulture must therefore date from very ancient times in China. He is undoubtedly from southern China.

The intellectual level reached in the Shang era was very high. With these 3000 characters, the Chinese of the Shang era knew how to express themselves well. In the field of material culture, horse breeding is becoming more and more evident. Along with horse breeding, the light two-wheeled war chariot made its appearance. A Shang-era tank was piloted by three men: the warrior who was a nobleman, his driver and his servant who handed him arrows or other weapons when needed. The families of craftsmen and craftsmen were also hereditary servants of noble families – a type of social organization that has its parallels in ancient Japan and later in India and other parts of the world. At the beginning of the Chou period, we find the typical signs of a real feudalism: the fiefdoms were given during a ceremony during which symbolically a piece of land was given to the new holder of the fiefdom, and its deposit. The Chou did not have priests. As with all the races of the steppes, the head of the family himself performed the religious rites. The feudal lords and the nobles dealt with their own problems to obtain the submission of the surrounding villages to their garrisons; they soon paid little attention to the remote central authority. Much of the bronze, and later all of the iron, for use in northern China came from the south by road and in ships up the rivers to Ts’i, where it was distributed among the different regions.

We have to consider the intellectual history of this period, because between 550 and 280 BC, the enduring fundamental influences in the Chinese social order and throughout the intellectual life of China have their origin. One of these scholars was China’s best-known philosopher Confucius. He was born in 551 BC in the feudal state of Lu in what is now Chantong province. Confucius abandoned his wanderings, settled in his hometown of Lu, and taught his disciples there until his death in 479 BC. circle of disciples. His teachings were then put into writing and formed the moral code of China’s upper classes.

Important changes

The introduction of the cavalry brought a change in clothing throughout China, as the ancient costume in the form of a long skirt could not be worn on horseback. The pants and the cap were introduced from the north. The new technique of warfare made it important for each state to have as many soldiers as possible. The cultivation technique has undergone significant changes. The animal-drawn plow seems to have been invented around this time, and now certain metal agricultural tools like iron sickles and iron plowshares have become more common. Field manure was used in the Shang era. The increased use of metal and the invention of coins greatly boosted trade. Iron, which had become common, was produced mainly in Shansi, other metals in southern China. The rulers of the various states entrusted the collection of taxes to the merchants, which had great advantages for the sovereign: he could obtain a part of the taxes because the merchant generally had grain in stock.

Recent discoveries in Central Asia indicate that the direct connections between India, Persia, and China may have started at a much earlier time than we previously thought. The Sogdian merchants who later played a large role in trade contacts were perhaps already active from 350 or 400 BC. The most important philosopher of this school was Tsou Yen. He was of the opinion that Tsou Yen’s basic ideas had their root in earlier Chinese speculations: the doctrine that everything that exists must be explained by the positive, creative or negative, passive (Yang and Yin) action of five elements, wood, fire, earth, metal and water.

Some people place the start of the Ch’in dynasty in this year, 256 BC. others prefer the date 221 BC. The merchant class is rapidly gaining in importance. By 221 BC Shih Huang-ti had become Emperor of All China. The commercial colonies which gradually extended to Canton and even further south served as Chinese administrative centers for provinces and prefectures, with their own small but adequate armies, so that in case of need they could defend themselves. This first kingdom of the Hsiung-nu was not yet extended, but its ambitious and warlike attitude made it a danger for Ch’in. It was therefore decided to maintain a large standing army in the north. In addition to this, the already existing border walls in the mountains were reconstructed and transformed into a single large system. Thus was born in 214 BC, from the blood and sweat of countless workers, the famous Great Wall.

In 206 BC, Liu Chi took the title of emperor and gave his dynasty the name of Han dynasty. After his death, he received as emperor the name of Kao Tsu. The period of the Han dynasty can be described as the beginning of the Chinese Middle Ages, while that of the Ch’in dynasty represents the transition from Antiquity to the Middle Ages. The Wang Mang dynasty lasted only from 9 to 23 AD; but it was one of the most moving periods in Chinese history. The great series of certain laws of Wang Mang earned him the name of “first socialist” on the throne of China.

The famous Shih Chi is the first historical work of a modern type and it was also the model for all subsequent official historiography. Most of the paintings were made on silk, much of which came to market under the control of silk-producing southern China. As for paper, it was invented in the 2nd century BC. AD by perfecting the techniques of making bark fabrics and felt. The sculpture and architecture of the temples received a great boost with the spread of Buddhism in China. All the dynasties of China cannot be brought together in a single article, for their royal splendor demands volumes. China has grown over the centuries and its legacy will last for many centuries to come.


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Xian in China in the 10th day of COVID lockdown | The head of the daily newspaper in the North https://tjdjdj.com/xian-in-china-in-the-10th-day-of-covid-lockdown-the-head-of-the-daily-newspaper-in-the-north/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 03:17:26 +0000 https://tjdjdj.com/xian-in-china-in-the-10th-day-of-covid-lockdown-the-head-of-the-daily-newspaper-in-the-north/ news world The Chinese city of Xian has entered its 10th day of containment as the COVID-19 outbreak has yet to show solid signs of appeasement in the country’s epicenter of the latest outbreak. The city of 13 million people reported 174 new local cases with clinical symptoms confirmed as of December 31, according to […]]]>

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The Chinese city of Xian has entered its 10th day of containment as the COVID-19 outbreak has yet to show solid signs of appeasement in the country’s epicenter of the latest outbreak. The city of 13 million people reported 174 new local cases with clinical symptoms confirmed as of December 31, according to data from the National Health Commission on Saturday, up from 161 a day earlier. This brings the number of community transmissions to 1,451 since the outbreak’s first local infection was reported on December 9. The Xian outbreak, which has also led to cases in other cities, including Beijing, can be attributed to a flight from Pakistan. But it’s unclear exactly how it then spread to local communities. Many people have been banned from leaving their residential complexes, but a city government official said on Friday that curbs would be loosened in less risky complexes when the time comes. Nationwide, China reported 231 new confirmed cases for Dec.31, up from 195 a day earlier. Of the new infections, 175 were transmitted locally, the National Health Commission said, up from 166 the day before. All but one of the 175 new local cases were found in Xian, capital of northwestern Shaanxi Province. There were no new deaths, leaving the nationwide death toll unchanged at 4,636. Mainland China had 102,314 confirmed cases on Friday, up 15,243 infections from 87,071 cases as of December 31, 2020 Australian Associated Press

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Omicron, US Case Files and Covid-19: Live Updates https://tjdjdj.com/omicron-us-case-files-and-covid-19-live-updates/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 13:49:01 +0000 https://tjdjdj.com/omicron-us-case-files-and-covid-19-live-updates/ A coronavirus testing center in Buenos Aires last week.Credit…Agustin Marcarian / Reuters A few weeks ago, many Argentines believed the worst of the pandemic was behind them. Cases were on the decline, vaccination rates were high, and intensive care units when full had plenty of beds to spare. The president’s spokesperson, Gabriela Cerruti, tweeted in […]]]>
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A few weeks ago, many Argentines believed the worst of the pandemic was behind them. Cases were on the decline, vaccination rates were high, and intensive care units when full had plenty of beds to spare. The president’s spokesperson, Gabriela Cerruti, tweeted in mid-November that “the pandemic is over”.

Then came Christmas.

What had been a steady stream of new cases has increased over the past week – and the numbers keep rising. It marks a surprising turnaround for Argentina and raises questions about what will happen to other countries in South America, a region that has already suffered greatly during the pandemic.

Source: Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE). The daily average is calculated with the data that has been reported in the last seven days.

Led by Brazil, which has the world’s second-largest death toll, and Peru, which had an even higher per capita death rate, South America was the epicenter of the pandemic earlier this year. But infections have fallen sharply as vaccination rates have skyrocketed.

“There is a real risk of a regional increase,” said Dr Sylvain Aldighieri, responsible for Covid-19 incidents for the Pan American Health Organization, a division of the World Health Organization.

Covid-19 cases have also increased steadily in Bolivia, with signs of a potential increase in Uruguay and Paraguay.

Even though South America is in the middle of summer, when people are spending more time outdoors, vacations also lead to an increase in travel. And there “has really been a decrease in the implementation of social distancing measures,” Dr Aldighieri said.

In Argentina, the Delta variant and the highly infectious Omicron variant are circulating, officials said, although Delta remains predominant.

Omicron has been detected in 25 countries and territories in Latin America and the Caribbean, but it will be weeks before its potential impact in the region becomes clear, Dr Aldighieri said, adding that genomic sequencing is limited in many. countries and that Omicron will coexist. with other variations.

Over the past week in Argentina, an average of 15,690 new cases have been reported daily, according to data compiled by the New York Times. From Monday to Tuesday, 33,902 new cases were reported, the highest figure since June 2, according to the health ministry. The city of Buenos Aires and the central province of Cordoba, which is particularly affected, recorded their highest figures since the start of the pandemic.

The test centers were almost empty just a few weeks ago. Now, the queues are long and the positivity rate is approaching 30%, according to figures from the Ministry of Health.

Despite the sharp increase in cases, President Alberto Fernández on Tuesday ruled out the possibility of imposing mobility restrictions at the height of the summer vacation. The country suffered one of the strictest quarantines in the world at the start of the pandemic.

For now, officials are optimistic that the growing number of cases has not translated into over-runs of intensive care units and an increase in the death toll.

“Compared to other waves, the number we have now is less than 1,000 people in intensive care units and the number of deaths is very stable,” Health Minister Carla Vizzotti said on Tuesday, in a radio interview, urging citizens to get vaccinated as the best way to fight the rise.

Even though South America later started immunizing its population than much of the world, it now has a higher vaccination rate than Europe, North America and Asia, and skepticism significantly lower with regard to vaccines.

Chile has fully immunized 87 percent of its population, one of the highest rates in the world. Argentina’s population is now 72 percent fully immunized and that of Brazil 68 percent. By comparison, the United States has fully immunized 62% of its population.



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5 major diplomatic disputes that could wreak havoc next year https://tjdjdj.com/5-major-diplomatic-disputes-that-could-wreak-havoc-next-year/ Tue, 28 Dec 2021 16:09:41 +0000 https://tjdjdj.com/5-major-diplomatic-disputes-that-could-wreak-havoc-next-year/ It happens every year. Quarrels between countries over one issue or another can have significant geopolitical implications, with all the tricks of a diplomatic row like trade embargoes, ambassadors recalled, angry saber strikes or (worst of all) statements. passive-aggressive policies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This year was no exception, including a diplomatic row […]]]>

It happens every year. Quarrels between countries over one issue or another can have significant geopolitical implications, with all the tricks of a diplomatic row like trade embargoes, ambassadors recalled, angry saber strikes or (worst of all) statements. passive-aggressive policies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

This year was no exception, including a diplomatic row that illustrates China’s rise to power (and the brutal use of “wolf warrior diplomacy” to attempt to quell critics overseas) then that a small Baltic nation stand up to China for its policy towards Taiwan. There have been more China-related dramas in the Asia-Pacific, this time between Washington and some of its closest Western allies over a submarine deal that made Paris dizzy.

Then there’s the long diplomatic war of attrition that is the UK’s exit from Europe, as Brexit negotiations between Brussels, London and neighboring Ireland collapse over the UK’s border arrangements. Northern Ireland in a way that could upend a decades-old peace deal. In the Middle East, a new dispute between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia prompted Riyadh to withdraw much-needed economic aid and halt trade with Beirut. In East Africa, a long-standing dispute between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan over Ethiopia’s construction of a dam on the Nile could exacerbate tensions in an already-in crisis region. especially since the Egyptian ambassador urged Washington to intervene.

It happens every year. Quarrels between countries over one issue or another can have significant geopolitical implications, with all the tricks of a diplomatic row like trade embargoes, ambassadors recalled, angry saber strikes or (worst of all) statements. passive-aggressive policies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

This year was no exception, including a diplomatic row that exemplifies China‘s escalating rise (and brutal use of “wolf warrior diplomacy” in an attempt to quell critics abroad) as a tiny Baltic nation stands up to China over its policies on Taiwan. There have been more China-related dramas in the Asia-Pacific, this time between Washington and some of its closest Western allies over a submarine deal that made Paris dizzy.

Then there is the long diplomatic war of attrition of the United Kingdom’s exit from Europe, as Brexit negotiations between Brussels, London and neighboring Ireland collapse against Northern Ireland.‘s border arrangements in a way that could upend a decades-old peace agreement. In the Middle East, a new dispute between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia prompted Riyadh to withdraw much-needed economic aid and halt trade with Beirut. In East Africa, a long-standing dispute between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan over Ethiopia’s construction of a dam on the Nile could exacerbate tensions in an already-in crisis region. especially since the Egyptian ambassador urged Washington to intervene.

Here are some of the major diplomatic wrangles we’ve seen over the past year, told through the eyes of former prime ministers, foreign ministers, experts and envoys who are at the heart of the matter. These stories won’t be the last you hear; many of these disputes are expected to reverberate through 2022.


1. China has no one to blame for AUKUS

by Charles Edel, September 24

The US and UK this year entered into a new security pact with Australia (known as AUKUS) to counter China, allowing Australia to build sub- nuclear sailors. A small problem: nobody bothered to talk to France about it. Australia abruptly canceled a major multibillion-dollar contract with France for non-nuclear submarines, and Paris was furious. This led to a major rift between the Western allies; France first recalled its ambassador from Washington, as well as Canberra, and launched a series of scathing reproaches in Washington, London and Canberra. Then there was an angry reaction from Beijing at a time when US-China relations were already on a spiral. Write for Foreign police, Charles Edel, Principal Investigator at the University of Sydney‘s The United States Center for Studies, argued that China needs only to blame itself, and AUKUS is a smart, but only partial, step to strengthen the posture of the United States. and their allies in the Indo-Pacific to confront Beijing.


2. Under pressure from China, Lithuania will not back down to Taiwan

by Robbie Gramer, September 7

Lithuania has sparked a new diplomatic row this year with China over its position on Taiwan, the independent and democratically ruled island that Beijing considers part of its territory. Earlier this year, Lithuania agreed to exchange diplomatic offices with Taiwan and allowed it to use the name “Taiwan” in its Lithuanian office, a big red line for Beijing. (Many other countries that have exchanged diplomatic offices with Taiwan are using the capital, Taipei, on behalf of the office instead of “Taiwan” to avoid China’s wrath.) In response, China recalled its ambassador from Vilnius, halted rail freight to Lithuania and restricted permits for Lithuanian exports to China. Despite all these warning shots, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said Foreign police earlier this year that his country will not back down, and Beijing’s harsh tactics may simply backfire. “Sometimes it’s just the opposite: the pressure increases resilience rather than breaking up the country,” Landsbergis said. He also warned that his country could be a “canary in the coal mine” for the way China is pressuring small countries that do not bend to its will.


3. Only Washington can save Renaissance Dam negotiations now

by Motaz Zahran, April 29

As if there wasn’t enough dissension and conflict in East Africa already, there is still the long-standing dispute between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt over a proposed massive dam on the Nile which has ignited regional tensions and has no end in sight. The efforts of the United States and the African Union to negotiate an agreement on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile have all failed. But the Egyptian ambassador to Washington, Motaz Zahran, argued in Foreign police that his country needs the United States to help mediate the dispute and secure his country’s water rights. “The Biden administration, which is currently considering the best policy to handle this situation, must act now. At stake is the future of the Nile, a lifeline for millions of Egyptians and Sudanese, ”writes Zahran.


4. Lebanon is the most urgent challenge in Europe

by Faysal Itani and Azeem Ibrahim, October 15

Lebanon is on the brink of economic collapse; now a new diplomatic feud with Saudi Arabia, launched by a government ministerRiyadh commentss role in the ongoing Yemen war. The latest drama is bad news for Lebanon’s fragile economy and for Europe. Middle Eastern policy pundits Faysal Itani and Azeem Ibrahim have warned that a financial collapse in Lebanon will fuel a new political and refugee crisis at Europe’s doorstep. There are millions of refugees from Syria and other countries in the Middle East who fled war and conflict to land in Lebanon, many of whom are already living in abject poverty. “This is already a recipe for mass migration, but if the security situation escalates, flight is inevitable. With few refuges in the area, the most sensible route will be to head to Europe, ”Itani and Ibrahim write.


5. Brexit Fallout could ‘collapse’ the Good Friday deal

by Robbie Gramer and Amy MacKinnon, September 24

It looks like the whole legal and political drama surrounding the UK’s exit from the European Union will never end. The latest diplomatic war of attrition centers on post-Brexit border arrangements with Northern Ireland. If London and Brussels fail to resolve their differences, some US and EU policymakers fear it could upend a 1998 peace deal that ended decades of sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland. “The real threat here is the collapse of the institutions of the Good Friday Agreement, which would be very, very problematic,” Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said. Foreign police this autumn.


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Cases in China recently peaked, with many children hospitalized in New York https://tjdjdj.com/cases-in-china-recently-peaked-with-many-children-hospitalized-in-new-york/ Sun, 26 Dec 2021 23:47:16 +0000 https://tjdjdj.com/cases-in-china-recently-peaked-with-many-children-hospitalized-in-new-york/ China detected more than 150 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, the highest daily number since mid-June, Bloomberg reported. Almost all of the new cases were from northwest Shaanxi Province, whose main city, Xi’an, was quarantined last week after more than 120 cases were detected there. It was not clear whether any of these infections were […]]]>

China detected more than 150 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, the highest daily number since mid-June, Bloomberg reported. Almost all of the new cases were from northwest Shaanxi Province, whose main city, Xi’an, was quarantined last week after more than 120 cases were detected there.

It was not clear whether any of these infections were caused by the Omicron variant. China has reported very few cases, most in one or two digits and sometimes none, in the past 18 months. According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), China has so far recorded only about 1.3 lakh of infections. Over 80,000 of these cases were detected in the first week of March 2020, after which there was a dramatic drop.

The next biggest wave known to China came in May this year, when around 500 to 600 cases were detected over a few days, according to WHO data.

New restrictions

The spread of Omicron continued unabated in the United States and most parts of Europe. New restrictions took effect in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland from Sunday, Sky News reported. Similar restrictions after Christmas were also announced earlier by Germany and Portugal. In England, a decision on more restrictions is expected on Monday.

The New York Times has reported an increase in hospitalizations of children infected with the coronavirus. Between December 5 and now, the number of child hospitalizations has quadrupled in New York City, where the Omicron variant is spreading rapidly, he said, adding that the New York State Department of Health called on parents to vaccinate their children over five years old. .


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Four-year-old ‘rider’ twin satellite launch: China this week https://tjdjdj.com/four-year-old-rider-twin-satellite-launch-china-this-week/ Fri, 24 Dec 2021 15:04:37 +0000 https://tjdjdj.com/four-year-old-rider-twin-satellite-launch-china-this-week/ 00:24 China sends twin Shiyan-12 test satellites into space China launched a Long March-7A rocket to place two satellites in space. After taking off from the Wenchang spacecraft launch site in Hainan Province (southern China), the Shiyan-12 01 and Shiyan-12 02 satellites quickly entered their predefined orbit. The mission marked the 402nd flight of the […]]]>

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China sends twin Shiyan-12 test satellites into space

China launched a Long March-7A rocket to place two satellites in space. After taking off from the Wenchang spacecraft launch site in Hainan Province (southern China), the Shiyan-12 01 and Shiyan-12 02 satellites quickly entered their predefined orbit.

The mission marked the 402nd flight of the Long March carrier rockets.

At 6:12 p.m. on December 23, 2021, the Long March-7A carrier rocket ignited at the Wenchang Space Launch Site in Hainan, China. / VCG

At 6:12 p.m. on December 23, 2021, the Long March-7A carrier rocket ignited at the Wenchang Space Launch Site in Hainan, China. / VCG

The four-year-old “rider” of the Tianshan foothills

Aybulan is already a capable “rider” at the age of four, following in the footsteps of his ancestors. His family belongs to a community of ethnic Kazakhs living near the Tianshan Mountains, in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (northwest China).

Their life is nomadic, moving from pasture to pasture according to the seasons. On horseback, they follow the paths taken by their ancestors for hundreds of years.

Four-year-old Aybulan rides a horse near the Tianshan Mountains in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. / CGTN

Four-year-old Aybulan rides a horse near the Tianshan Mountains in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. / CGTN

A magnetic rail system that can reach speeds of 600 km / h

The National Railway Administration of China has unveiled new technology and innovation plans for the next five years and they involve a 600 km / h magnetic rail system and a low pressure tube transport system d air, a concept popularized by Elon Musk’s “hyperloop”.

‘Closed Loop’ COVID-19 Security at the Beijing Winter Olympics

Everyone involved in the Olympics should be fully vaccinated and a ‘closed loop’ management system will be applied throughout the athletes’ stay, said Han Zirong, vice president and general secretary of the Games Organizing Committee. from Beijing.

The Olympics are scheduled to begin on February 4, 2022.

The Winter Olympic Ring was officially unveiled at the Beijing Olympic Winter Games Park on December 22, 2021. / VCG

The Winter Olympic Ring was officially unveiled at the Beijing Olympic Winter Games Park on December 22, 2021. / VCG

Report tax crimes before 2022, China warns celebrities

Chinese provincial authorities have warned celebrities and streamers to report tax crimes and correct their infractions before 2022, after China’s “livestreaming queen” was fined a record 1.34 billion yuan ( 210 million dollars) for tax evasion.

Hangzhou Tax Office in east China’s Zhejiang Province fined top live e-commerce streamer Viya on Monday for hiding personal income and other offenses in 2019 and 2020 .

Viya apologized to Weibo for breaking tax laws and said she fully accepts the punishment.

China’s top live e-commerce streamer Huang Wei known as Viya during a live broadcast on April 16, 2019. / CFP

China’s top live e-commerce streamer Huang Wei known as Viya during a live broadcast on April 16, 2019. / CFP

Chinese speed skaters gain 22 places in Beijing 2022

Team China secured 22 spots in the speed skating events at the Winter Olympics, according to the International Skating Union (ISU).

The women’s team clinched 14 places, while the men’s team won eight. The Chinese skaters qualified for all seven events, from the 500-meter to 5,000-meter mass start and team pursuit. The men will be absent in two events – the 5,000m and the 10,000m.

Xi’an tightens restrictions amid resurgence of coronavirus cases

Xi’an, the capital of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, has introduced a series of restrictive measures to curb a resurgence of COVID-19 cases that have spread to other provinces in China.

All communities and businesses are now under closed management, local authorities said at a press conference, as positive cases were detected outside restricted areas of the city.

The city has a high risk COVID-19 zone and 40 medium risk zones.

Local authorities hold a press conference on the latest COVID-19 situation in Xi’an on December 22, 2021. / CFP

Local authorities hold a press conference on the latest COVID-19 situation in Xi’an on December 22, 2021. / CFP

Temperatures in northern China dip to -45.2 degrees Celsius

A cold snap with temperatures dropping below minus 40 degrees Celsius hit Mohe, China’s northernmost city, in northeastern Heilongjiang Province.

Genhe, a city in Hulunbuir, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (northern China), recorded the country’s lowest temperature so far this year with minus 45.2 degrees Celsius.

China’s northernmost city, Mohe, in northeastern Heilongjiang Province, experienced heavy snowfall. / CFP

China’s northernmost city, Mohe, in northeastern Heilongjiang Province, experienced heavy snowfall. / CFP

How Chinese Food Became a Holiday Ritual for American Jews in New York

The “most wonderful time of the year” is steeped in tradition. But there is a tradition that may surprise: dinner in a Chinese restaurant! Christmas and Christmas Eve are the busiest days of the year for many American Chinese restaurants.

The tradition is believed to have originated in New York City in the late 1800s, when many Jews, who did not celebrate Christmas, lived alongside Chinese immigrant communities.

A large herd of wild elephants invades a small village for food

Some 40 wild Asian elephants have gathered in a small village in Jiangcheng County, China’s Yunnan Province, to feed themselves as their natural habitat lacks food.

The local government is taking multiple measures to avoid conflicts between the giants and local residents.


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Xi’an city in northern China faces lockdown with up to 13 million people affected by spread of COVID https://tjdjdj.com/xian-city-in-northern-china-faces-lockdown-with-up-to-13-million-people-affected-by-spread-of-covid/ Thu, 23 Dec 2021 06:12:00 +0000 https://tjdjdj.com/xian-city-in-northern-china-faces-lockdown-with-up-to-13-million-people-affected-by-spread-of-covid/ BEIJING (AP) – China has ordered the lockdown of 13 million people in neighborhoods and workplaces in northern Xi’an city following a peak in coronavirus cases, sparking panic buying just weeks before the country hosts the Winter Olympics. State media reported that city officials have ordered all residents to stay in their homes unless they […]]]>

BEIJING (AP) – China has ordered the lockdown of 13 million people in neighborhoods and workplaces in northern Xi’an city following a peak in coronavirus cases, sparking panic buying just weeks before the country hosts the Winter Olympics.

State media reported that city officials have ordered all residents to stay in their homes unless they have a compelling reason to go out and have suspended all transport to and from the city except in cases individuals.

One person from each household will be allowed to go out every other day to buy basic necessities, according to the ordinance. It went into effect at midnight on Wednesday, without saying when it could be lifted.

It was not known whether the virus was the newer omicron variant or the much more common delta. China has only recorded seven cases of omicron – four in the southern manufacturing center of Guangzhou, two in the southern city of Changsha and one in the northern port of Tianjin.

Social media posts recorded panic purchases of groceries and household goods, with the government saying more supplies would be brought in. live.

Xi’an on Thursday reported another 63 locally transmitted cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the city’s total to at least 211 over the past week. Xi’an is the capital of Shaanxi Province, famous for its imperial relics, as well as an important industrial center.

China has also faced a large outbreak in several cities in eastern Zhejiang province, near Shanghai, although isolation measures have been more targeted there.

China has adopted strict pandemic control measures as part of its policy to zero new transmissions to zero, resulting in frequent lockdowns, universal masking and mass testing. While the policy has not been entirely successful while causing massive disruption to travel and trade, Beijing credits it with largely containing the spread of the virus.

These measures have been stepped up in recent days before the start of the Beijing Winter Olympics on February 4.

Xi’an’s restrictions are among the toughest since China in 2020 imposed a strict lockdown on more than 11 million people in and around the central city of Wuhan, after the coronavirus was first detected there times end of 2019.

China has reported 4,636 deaths out of a total of 100,644 COVID-19 cases.


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Satellite images show consolidation of Chinese build-up near Pangong Tso https://tjdjdj.com/satellite-images-show-consolidation-of-chinese-build-up-near-pangong-tso/ Tue, 21 Dec 2021 11:17:54 +0000 https://tjdjdj.com/satellite-images-show-consolidation-of-chinese-build-up-near-pangong-tso/ Satellite images show a Chinese jetty and possible helipad as well as permanent shelters on the north shore of Pangong Tso. Satellite imagery from October shows China’s continued build-up at Pangong Tso. (Image: Twitter / @JackDetsch) New satellite images posted on social media indicate continued Chinese consolidation at the safeguard position between Finger 8 and […]]]>

Satellite images show a Chinese jetty and possible helipad as well as permanent shelters on the north shore of Pangong Tso.

Satellite imagery from October shows China’s continued build-up at Pangong Tso. (Image: Twitter / @JackDetsch)

New satellite images posted on social media indicate continued Chinese consolidation at the safeguard position between Finger 8 and Sirijap, along the north shore of Pangong Tso. Images published by Jack Detsch, a reporter for Foreign Policy magazine, show a Chinese pier and a possible helipad as well as permanent shelters on the north shore.

The area beyond Finger 8 was under the control of Chinese forces even before the standoff between the two sides began in May 2020. India and China had agreed to pull out of sticking points on the northern shores. and south of Pangong Tso lake earlier. this year which covered the area between Finger 4 and Finger 8. Following the agreement, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) destroyed its temporary and permanent structures between Finger 4 and Finger 8. The upsurge visible in the images appears to be on the edge of the agreed disengagement zone.

The new satellite imagery was captured by US space company Maxar Technologies in October. A comparison between the latest images and another set of images released earlier by Maxar shows that the Chinese build-up solidified over a seven-month period.

The first set of images was released shortly after the disengagement announcement in February. The number of shelters seen in the February footage also increased significantly. Some of the structures under construction seen in February satellite imagery appear to be completed in October satellite imagery.

February satellite imagery and October satellite imagery.

The new images also show Chinese boats and a pier near Sirijap. During the standoff, China had moved ships closer to Finger 4 and Finger 5, an area much closer to Indian positions. Earlier, the media had suggested that China had destroyed its helipad near Finger 5; the new images show a new helipad-like structure approaching finger 8.

The build-up confirms intelligence reports indicating China’s strategy of strengthening its safeguard and support infrastructure amid continued attempts to seize new territory along disputed border regions. India matched Chinese swelling on safeguard positions near the disputed area in eastern Ladakh.

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Central Taiwan Notes: As Allies Fall, Taiwan Rises https://tjdjdj.com/central-taiwan-notes-as-allies-fall-taiwan-rises/ Sun, 19 Dec 2021 16:00:00 +0000 https://tjdjdj.com/central-taiwan-notes-as-allies-fall-taiwan-rises/ Taiwan’s Growing Position in the World Makes Losses of “Diplomatic Allies” Moot By Michael Turton / Contributing Journalist In 2013, The Gambia, then ruled by dictator Yahya Jammeh, severed diplomatic relations with Taiwan. In dire need of funds, he declared himself the Islamic Republic in the hope of extracting money from Saudi Arabia and Iran, […]]]>

Taiwan’s Growing Position in the World Makes Losses of “Diplomatic Allies” Moot

  • By Michael Turton / Contributing Journalist

In 2013, The Gambia, then ruled by dictator Yahya Jammeh, severed diplomatic relations with Taiwan. In dire need of funds, he declared himself the Islamic Republic in the hope of extracting money from Saudi Arabia and Iran, rivals of influence in the Islamic world. Apparently Jammeh thought he could get money out of China if he dumped Taiwan.

Unfortunately for him, China waited until March 2016 to establish relations with The Gambia. With only a few months in the presidency of two terms of pro-Chinese Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), according to many in the media, Beijing could only have signaled the arrival – and pro-Taiwan – of President Tsai Ing-wen ().

The expulsions of Taiwanese swindle suspects from Kenya to China took place the following month, again widely interpreted in the media as a signal to Tsai. Indeed, observed The Economist, referring to the “drop” in the number of Chinese tourists, the deportations from Kenya and the Gambia affair: “Since January, China has turned to its usual battery of economic and diplomatic methods. and muscular to put Ms. Tsai in the row. . “

Photo: EPA-EFE

The problem? The number of tourists was increasing at the time, the takeover of The Gambia was probably not a signal for Tsai but rather related to Beijing’s policy in the Islamic world, while deportations from Kenya were organized over ‘a year before his election and were in response. decisions taken by the Ma administration.

This media interpretation was a reminder of the once-prevalent media double standard on the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) – Beijing’s negative actions are never negative signals for the KMT, only for the DPP. They also symbolized the commitment of the international media to interpret everything in the context of the cross-strait sovereignty conflict.

My God, how things have changed. Last week, when Nicaragua moved from Taiwan to China, the media shrugged. No one blamed the Tsai administration. CNN even wrote: “Under Xi [Jinping, 習近平], relations between Taipei and Beijing have deteriorated to levels not seen in decades, ”appearing to blame China for the current tensions. Yay!

Photo: AP

Reuters posed the problem at Washington’s doorstep. “The break with Taiwan is a big blow to the United States. This follows months of worsening ties between Ortega and Washington… ”

Taiwan’s and Tsai’s dramatic shift in media positioning reflects Taiwan’s changing international environment as China continues to undermine its reputation abroad and expel media workers, sending some here to Taiwan. to experience our warm welcome. Thank you, Beijing, for creating more sympathetic and knowledgeable voices for Taiwan.

Meanwhile, as Gerrit van der Wees recounted this week in the Diplomat (“Is Taiwan’s international space expanding or contracting?” December 14), over the past few months , Japan affirmed its support for Taiwan and its security, while Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton signaled that Australia would help the United States in a Taiwan scenario.

More importantly, Beijing’s mismanagement of its economic and political relations with Europe, symbolized by its intimidation of Lithuania, has brought Europe closer to Taiwan.

Another key change has taken place at home. In 2019, when Taiwan lost two “diplomatic allies” in a week, the KMT demanded that Tsai sack Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳 釗 燮).

This time, the KMT simply said on Twitter: “KMT President Eric Chu (朱立倫) condemns Nicaragua for severing ties with the Republic of China and deeply regrets that BJ has continually sought to suppress our international presence and seize our diplomatic relations. In other public statements, while carrying out pro forma attacks on Tsai, Chu accused Nicaragua of “bad faith”.

Tsai’s policy with the nation’s “diplomatic allies” has been as low-key as anything about him. She said the nation will not return to the “dollar diplomacy” of the Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) years, when Taiwanese foreign aid looked like barely disguised bribes, but instead would continue. the Ma administration’s agenda of more carefully accounting for every dollar in aid.

In 2019, the People’s Daily threatened that if Tsai were re-elected, Taiwan would sooner or later have no diplomatic allies “as long as the DPP is in power.” Beijing brags frequently, but Tsai was re-elected almost two years ago and so far only Nicaragua has switched sides – and this for its own internal reasons.

Why isn’t poaching of Taiwan’s allies more of a priority? Few of them are economically important to Taiwan. Moreover, losing them has little effect on Tsai’s standing with the public while not helping Beijing’s ally in Taiwan, the KMT.

Two years ago, Timothy Rich, associate professor of political science at Western Kentucky University, asked the Taiwanese about their diplomatic relations. His research found that when asked if diplomatic relations with “allies” were important, 58.7 percent answered yes. If it hurt relations with China, the number has climbed to 70%. If money had to be spent, it fell to just 41.6%. If it hurt relations with China but money had to be spent, it still went from benchmark 58% to 61.6%.

Obviously, the public likes “allies” because they like to put the betel in China’s eye, but they don’t take them very seriously when they cost money. Likewise, a 2019 Taiwan Public Opinion Foundation poll found that 53% of the public is not worried about losing “allies.”

Two other factors are probably at play. The first is that Taiwan’s growing position in the world has made losses of “allies” irrelevant. A decade or two ago, the international media speculated that a lost ally would trigger a cascade of transfers to Beijing and deepen Taiwan’s “isolation”.

Today, Taiwan’s “informal” relations are strong and continue to grow. As Beijing’s senseless and powerless reaction to the Zoom meeting the United States called the Democracy Summit has shown, while Beijing can poach its allies, there is little it can do to stop that momentum. Indeed, trying to slow Taiwan’s informal boom has generally fueled it even more.

The other factor is that the “allies” are not supporting Taiwan. Instead, they support the government of the Republic of China (ROC), recognizing it as the sole government of China. Tearing them down formally isolates Taiwan from the world, giving the country greater impetus towards formal independence.

This is one of the reasons many supporters of independence argue that the loss of allies is a good thing in the long run: it accelerates the day the ROC, and its claims that overlap so dangerously with those from Beijing, disappear.

Good riddance.

Notes from Central Taiwan is a column written by longtime resident Michael Turton that provides incisive commentary informed by three decades of living and writing about his adopted country. The opinions expressed here are his.

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