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Nancy Pelosi expected to visit Taiwan tonight

The US congressional delegation’s itinerary includes stops in South Korea and Japan, but no official mention has been made of a visit to Taiwan. However, the Taiwanese official said that Nancy Pelosi is expected to stay in Taiwan overnight. It is unclear when exactly Pelosi will land in Taipei.

China warned against the “egregious political impact” of Pelosi’s planned visit to the self-governing island that China claims as a part of its territory and reiterated that its military “won’t sit by idly” if Beijing feels its “sovereignty and territorial integrity” is being threatened.

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A giant screen hit dancers for the Cantopop boy band, Mirror during a concert in Hong Kong

Five people were injured when the video fell onto the stage during Mirror’s concert in Hong Kong. Three people were taken to hospital for treatment and one of the back-up dancers was seriously injured and is still in intensive care unit. None of the Mirror’s 12 members were injured.

Nearly 10,000 people attended the show that evening and some of them were traumatized by what they saw. After the accident, video of the moment the screen crashed onto the dancers went viral on social media and some of the views felt unsettled after seeing the relevant videos.  Local charities have set up hotlines for dedicated counselling.

The incident occurred at the third night of the concert and fans complaint that there were accidents happened at three earlier shows. Mirror’s Fans had already warned that the stage and set seemed unstable and created a petition asking for concert organizers to ensure performers’ safety.

The remaining eight shows have been cancelled and Hong Kong’s Chief Executive John Lee has called for an imminent and comprehensive investigation in order to protect the safety of performers, working staff public.

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China could have an unprecedented response to Pelosi’s potential Taiwan visit

Last week, US House of Representative Speaker Nancy Pelosi would like to have a Taiwan visit to show support for Taiwan. China immediately gives a warning against a potential high-stakes trip and vowed to take “resolute and forceful measures” of the trip goes ahead.

However, Chinese government has not specified in public what “forceful measures” it is planning to take. Some Chinese experts say Beijing’s reaction could involve a military component and the situation between China and the US will be very tense.

Pelosi’s potential trip wouldn’t be the first time a sitting US House speaker has visited Taiwan. In 1997, Newt Gingrich met Taiwan first democratically elected President Lee Teng-hui. At that time, China’s response was limited to rhetoric. Twenty-five years on, it is a completely different regime in Beijing with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. China is stronger, more powerful, and confident, and its leader XI, Jinping has made it clear that Beijing will no longer tolerate any perceived slights or challenge to its interests. China is in a position to be more assertive, to impose costs and consequences to countries that don’t take China’s interest into consideration in their policy or actions.

Last Wednesday, US president Joe Biden told reporters the US military thinks a Taiwan visit by Pelosi is “not a good idea right now.” 

On this Monday, Gingrich wrote on the social media about his comment on the potential visit and raise out the concern about political timidity.

The potential Taiwan visit by Pelosi would come at a sensitive time for China. The PLA is celebrating its founding anniversary on August 1, while Xi, the country’s most powerful leader in decades, is preparing to seek a third term at the ruling Communist Party this fall.

But with Pelosi’s potential visit is now playing out in public, any decision to delay or cancel, risks being seen as a concession. 

 

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Crowds gathering on the streets of the capital to say final farewell to late former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Crowds gathering on the streets of the capital to pay their last respects to late former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister.

Millions around the world have reacted with shock and anguish at how Abe was gunned down. His assassination reverberated across the world as Japan is a country with one of the lowest gun violence rates in the world.

Large crowds lines in the streets to catch a glimpse of the hearse. Many of them waved and raised their arms as the hearse drove past. Abe’s widow, Akie Abe traveled in the front seat of the hearse, bowing to the crowd as they paid their respects.

 

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Breaking News: Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe rushed to hospital after possible shooting, NHK reports

Breaking News: Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe rushed to hospital after possible shooting, NHK reports

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Nearly 1 billion people had their of personal data leaked in China possibly

A massive online database in China apparently containing the personal data of up to one billion Chinese citizens was left unsecured and publicly accessible possibly for more than a year.

Those personal data was collected by the Shanghai police and stored in a database had been hosted by Alibaba Cloud. Both Alibaba and Shanghai police did not aware of this possibly data leak until last week. An anonymous user in a hacker forum offered to sell the data for 10 bitcoin and brought it to wider attention.

The anonymous user claimed the data included names, address, mobile numbers, national ID numbers, ages, birthplaces, and billions of records of phone calls made to police to report on civil disputes and crimes. As China is home to 1.4 billion people, the data breach of 1 million personal data could potentially affect more than 70% of the population. This would be the largest leak of public information by far.

The database which did not require a password possibly was shut down already. However, it is unclear how many people have accessed or downloaded the database during the 14 months of more. Experts are worried that this personal data leak might lead to extortion. Extortion of individual will often happen after data leaks. Hackers can even try to ransom individual using the leaked information.

 

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