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China Wishes Taiwan a ‘Happy Lunar New Year’ With Video of Bombers and Jets


In welcoming the Lunar New Year, China released a video message for Taiwan depicting moments of daily life in the island before shifting to scenes of bombers and jet fighters from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

The video, titled “My Fighting Eagles Fly Around Formosa” — a former name of Taiwan — was released on Weibo to a chorus of support from mainland citizens on Sunday.

SF Designer Visits Iraq After It Was Destroyed By ISIS, Is Shocked By What He Finds

More than a year after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared Mosul liberated from the Islamic State (ISIS), one San Francisco man set his sights on visiting the war-torn city.

The bodies of thousands of civilians and militants can still be found buried underneath the rubble of bombed-out buildings throughout Mosul, where Ding Liu, who calls himself “a normal traveler,” stayed for two days in November.

U.S. Finally Returns ‘War Trophies’ Taken from the Philippines in 1901

After over a hundred years, the three Balangiga church bells that American troops took home as war trophies have finally been returned to the Philippines.

United States Ambassador to the Philippines, Sung Kim, led the handover ceremony for the “Bells of Balangiga” to the Philippine defense chief Delfin Lorenzana at an air force base in Manila on Tuesday, reports Agence France-Presse.

Mitsubishi Ordered to Give Up to $133,000 to South Korean Families For Forced Labor 100 Years Ago

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Japanese firm Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has been ordered by the Supreme Court of South Korea to compensate 10 Koreans for forced labor during the colonial rule of Tokyo on the Korean Peninsula around 1910-1945 in a trial that lasted for 18 years.

On Thursday, South Korea’s top court ruled in two separate verdicts, which involved the laborers or their bereaved family members, that Mitsubishi must provide 80 million to 150 million won ($71,190-$133,510) in compensation to each of the plaintiffs.

South Korea Apologizes for R‌‌a‌‌p‌e, To‌‌rtu‌‌‌re of Protesters in 1980 Pro-Democracy Uprising

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South Korea apologized for the atroc‌ities its military had committed against civilians during a pro-democracy uprising nearly four decades ago.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Ministry of National Defense recognized the unspeakable, deep scars and pain” that soldiers inflicted on “innocent women” in the city of Gwangju amid a crackdown on protests against general Chun Doo-hwan from May 18-25, 1980.

Rare North Korean Photos Reportedly Show Farmers Defying Soldiers Pillaging Their Food

Villagers in North Korea are reportedly showing signs of resistance against Kim Jong-un’s soldiers who have allegedly been ransacking civilian homes for food, according to a report from South Korean media.

In a rare form of defiance, villagers in several provinces have expressed their opposition against North Korean soldiers who have recently been barging into their homes to confiscate the food intended for their families.

North Korea, Taiwan Named the Most Likely Places World War III Could Erupt in 2018

Robert Farley, a Senior Lecturer at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky, has listed Taiwan as the second most likely place where World War III could erupt next year with North Korea the the first most likely place.

In his article published in The National Interest on December 15, the scholar, professor and contributor lays many factors into the table, including the current flexing of military power that China has been showing the world – especially the country’s military activity in the region of Taiwan.

China is Telling Citizens Living in North Korea to Return to China

The Chinese government has reportedly called upon all Chinese people currently living in North Korea to return to China over concerns of a possible U.S. attack on North Korean soil.

According to the Korea Times (via The Independent), the announcement reportedly came from the Chinese embassy in North Korea as tensions remain high between Pyongyang and Washington D.C.

China Flexes Military Muscle for Chinese New Year

A short video from the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force released on state TV during the Lunar New Year in China on January 30 featured images of six DF-15 ballistic missiles.

In the CCTV 7 footage, PLA soldiers at the Rocket Force issued New Year greetings to the public, standing in formation in front of the missiles, which has been called by local media as China’s “secret weapon.