On October 13, the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen ordered all residents to prepare emergency supplies in 72 categories, such as enough food and water for 72 hours and a fire blanket.
Last month, China’s Emergency Management Ministry and several municipal governments, such as Beijing and Tianjin, issued similar orders but the news didn’t attract attention.
Shenzhen made its announcement on the same day that Chinese leader Xi Jinping told troops to focus on preparing for war, fueling concerns that Beijing was getting ready for a conflict.
Chinese leader Xi Jinping visited marine troops stationed in Chaozhou city, about 220 miles away from Shenzhen and also in Guangdong province, and told them “to put all your thoughts and energies on preparing a war, and remain on high alert.”
Shenzhen and Chaozhou are located to the west of Taiwan.
On October 18, Hong Kong-based newspaper South China Morning Post quoted a Beijing-based military source that the PLA (People’s Liberation Army, the official name of Chinese military) had deployed its most advanced missile, the DF-17, to the country’s southeast coast in preparation of a possible future invasion of Taiwan.
The Chinese regime considers Taiwan a part of its territory, despite the island being a de facto nation state with its own democratically-elected government, military, and currency. Beijing has threatened to use military force to bring the island under its fold.
On October 19, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned the United States and Brazil both need, for their own security, to reduce their dependence on imports from communist China.
At a virtual summit on increased U.S.-Brazil cooperation aimed at post-pandemic recovery, Pompeo underscored the importance of expanding bilateral economic ties, given what he called “enormous risk” stemming from communist China’s significant participation in their economies.
He said: “To the extent we can find ways that we can increase the trade between our two countries, we can … decrease each of our two nations’ dependence for critical items” coming from China.
He added: “Each of our two peoples will be more secure, and each of our two nations will be far more prosperous, whether that’s two or five or 10 years from now.”
The Trump administration is working to boost ties with Brazil and provide a counterweight to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) global ambitions. Delegates from the two countries also met to sign a new agreement to boost rules-based trade opportunities.
Thai Students Protest Against Corrupt King and PM
A new wave of anti-government rallies and protests have risen in Thailand. On Sunday, tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Bangkok, demanding monarchy reform and that Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha steps down.
The young people passed out goggles, helmets, and mineral water to their partners one by one. They told each other to take safety first under the tense atmosphere. This has been the scene on the streets of Bangkok, Thailand for more than five days. The anti-government protests started from a Thai campus and took to the streets on Oct. 14. On Oct 15th, the Thai government declared a state of emergency in Bangkok, banned gatherings of more than five people, and arrested more than 20 protesters. Thai police fired water cannons against protesters on Oct 16th in central Bangkok.
Shanghai Dairy Fined for Illegal Advertising
Chinese authorities recently accused Bright Dairy, a well-known company in Shanghai, of “leaking state secrets,” and the company was fined $45,000. Information circulated online suggests that the penalty might be related to Bright Diary’s advertising slogan, “please give me bright,” and it may also be a result of CCP infighting between the Xi Jinping faction and the Jiang Zemin faction.
On Oct. 13, China’s Enterprise Credit Information System showed that Bright Dairy was fined on Sept. 27 by the Shanghai Municipal Market Supervision Administration because its advertisement has “violated regulations, harmed national dignity and interests, and divulged state secrets.”
However, the disciplinary notice did not give specific details. It only ordered the company to stop its current advertisement deemed a violation of regulations.