Category Archives : Defence & Foreign Policy

‘Mighty and Civilised Forces’: People’s Liberation Army Hong Kong stamps to go on sale

Hongkong Post announced that a set of postage stamps featuring the People’s Liberation Army’s Hong Kong Garrison will go on sale in a fortnight.

The stamps commemorate the 20th anniversary of the stationing of Chinese forces in the city.

People's Liberation Army Hong Kong Garrison Postage Stamps Hongkong Post

The commemorative stamps. Photo: GovHK.

Some 500 soldiers crossed the border at midnight on July 1, 1997, when the city’s sovereignty was transferred from Britain to China.

‘The mighty and civilised forces’

This year’s stamps feature insignia from the army, navy and air force, and praise the garrison as “the mighty and civilised forces.”

Video: Taiwanese animators get Donald Trump, Xi Jinping and Tsai Ing-wen dancing

Taiwanese animators have given a cheesy take on the controversial call US President-elect Donald Trump accepted from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. The clip shows Trump and Tsai dancing with each other with their phones, as an infuriated Chinese President Xi Jinping shows up with a nuclear bomb.

The video has been viewed more than 198,000 times, shared over 2,300 times and has received more than 2,200 reactions on Facebook as of Friday.

The song is an adaptation of Love for the popular Japanese drama Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu.

Video: Taiwanese animators ‘explain’ Trump/Taiwan saga, depicting Xi Jinping as giant crying baby

Taiwanese animators have given their colourful take on the controversial call US President-elect Donald Trump accepted from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen last week. The clip includes a giant, crying Chinese President Xi Jinping and features Trump firing “Twitter birds” at a map of China, as the international media Google “Taiwan.”

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‘So handsome’: Foreign minister an unlikely heartthrob for Chinese netizens after S.China Sea ruling

As social media blew up with an exchange of insults, satirical cartoons, and angry tweets following the ruling by the Hague’s arbitration tribunal that China has “no historic title over the waters of the South China Sea,” Chinese netizens found a new idol to channel their nationalism through: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Wang said after the ruling was announced on Tuesday that the arbitration was “a political farce under the pretext of law,” and “now the farce is over, it is time for things to go back to normal,” state-run media outlet Xinhua reported.

VIDEO: ‘South Sea arbitration, who cares?’ – Defiant militaristic music video gains traction in China

A musical video compilation of Chinese citizens defiantly stating “South Sea arbitration, who cares?” has gained over 3.5 million views.

The video was posted on the Weibo account of Beijing news site on the day it was announced that the Permanent Court of Arbitration had ruled against China in its claims to resources in the South China Sea. It was also shared by the Chinese Communist Party Youth League’s account.

See also: China censors coverage of South China Sea ruling

Blurred lines: Chinese state media pixelates Taiwanese flag in news clip about new president

Chinese state media have once again blurred out the Taiwanese flag in a news video about the island state’s new president, Tsai Ing-wen.

People’s Daily Online published a report about Tsai’s meeting with Assistant U.S. Secretary of Commerce Marcus D. Jadotte, noting that she struggled to gather her thoughts in Chinese.

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It is not the first time state media have obscured the Taiwanese flag.

Xi and Peng to receive royal treatment in UK, but choose to bring their own water

Chinese President Xi Jinping and first lady Peng Liyuan will visit the United Kingdom next week in a state visit accompanied by plenty of pomp and circumstance.

A state banquet will be hosted by the Queen in the palace ballroom to welcome the Chinese delegation. A horseshoe-shaped table will be extravagantly decked out with more than 100 candles in silver-gilt candelabra, along with some wholesome fruit and floral arrangements, which will be inspected personally by the Queen ahead of the dinner, reports China Daily.

However, the menu of the state banquet, which is usually approved by the Queen in advance and catered to by more than 20 chefs, is proving to be slightly problematic.