It is becoming increasingly clear, as the Hong Kong protests continue, that the Chinese Communist Party will be forced to make a choice – either a bloody, military crackdown (the more likely of the two) or conceding to the protestors’ demands. A concession, in the eyes of Beijing, would be unthinkable as it would an obvious admission from China’s invulnerable Communist Party that it miscalculated and was completely outmanoeuvred by a legitimate grassroots, pro-democracy movement – a prospect that hardline President Xi Jinping simply could not countenance either domestically or internationally. If the Communist Party decides to deploy military assets against the Hong Kong protesters, what then? A key British colony until 1997, Hong Kong is not politically, economically, and – most importantly – psychologically controlled by China’s Central Committee. It is, despite reunification under the “one country, two systems” doctrine, a … [Read more...] about What can be done to save Hong Kong?
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The Trump administration has informed Congress it plans to sell F-16 fighters worth $8 billion to Taiwan in a move that will inflame already high tensions with China.Two U.S. officials and a congressional aide say the administration informally notified lawmakers of the proposed sale late Thursday. They were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.The F-16 deal is highly controversial because China fiercely opposes all arms sales to Taiwan, which it regards as a renegade province, but has specifically objected to advanced fighter jets. The notification also comes as U.S. trade talks with China are stalled and amid unrest in Hong Kong that many fear could prompt Beijing to move militarily against the former British colony.The State Department, which would ultimately authorize the sale, declined to comment, but members of Congress from both parties welcomed the proposal. The chairman and ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Reps. … [Read more...] about U.S. tells Congress of plans to sell F-16 fighters to Taiwan
Concerts, stage shows, exhibitions and stand-up comedy gigs across Sussex. FRIDAY, MAY 24COMEDYGARY DELANEY: Gagsters Paradise: 8pm, £18, Chequer Mead Theatre, East Grinstead, 01342 302000, www.chequermead.org.uk. HASTINGS COMEDY GALA:: 7.30pm, White Rock Theatre, Hastings, 01424 462288. A night of comic brilliance starring David O’Doherty, Tom Allen, Joe Wilkinson, and Zoe Lyons.COMMUNITYSOUTHWICK BEER AND MUSIC FESTIVAL: Returing with a wider-than-ever selection of beers in a range of strengths, including porters, stouts, IPA, mild, darks and bitters. There will also be the famous festival curry and a barbecue, as well as live music with original blues rock from Junkyard Sons in the evening. From 6pm to 11pm. Tickets per session are £6 in advance, £7 on door. For more information and tickets visit www.southwickcommunitycentre.org.ukTEA DANCE: 1.30pm-3.45pm, £5 per person including tea or coffee. Southwater Leisure Centre, Pevensey Road, Southwater (off Cedar … [Read more...] about Entertainment listings for Friday to Thursday, May 24-31