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Opinion | How one fake story illustrates the West's ignorance of China

Over the weekend, a baseless story, created by Falun Gong linked twitter accounts, went viral on twitter. Without any evidence whatsoever, the rumor stated that there had been an internal coup in China and the Chinese leader was under house arrest, citing an out-of-context video clip of military vehicles in an unspecified location. Despite the fact that the story was complete nonsense in every aspect, it was still widely shared throughout the platform and even trending. Several mainstream media outlets, including CNBC and Newsweek, even reported on the phenomenon.

Opinion | Britain's new uncertain era

Never was this better symbolized by the fact that Liz Truss is now Prime Minister, and Queen Elizabeth II happened to die just days later. It represents the end of one era and the opening of a new one.

Opinion | Strategic clarity is already here, let's be honest

On a Sunday night interview on the eve before attending the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, US President Joe Biden said again that the US would "defend" Taiwan if it were attacked by China. The remark, simply "yes", came as a response to a question which also specifically asked if the US would send "servicemen" in such an event.

Opinion | What next for Russia

War is full of surprises, and few people, even the most optimistic of Ukraine supporting analysts, didn't see it coming. Over the course of just three days, Ukraine launched a surprise counteroffensive in the Kharkiv Oblast region which caught Russia off guard. Facing a thinly manned frontier whilst the focus of troop numbers was elsewhere, its positions collapsed and Ukraine reclaimed over 2000sqkm of territory at an astonishing pace, regaining the strategic town of Izyum.

Opinion | Winter is coming, and Europe faces the energy crunch

When the war in Ukraine began, European leaders expressed very confidently that they would diversify their energy dependencies away from the Russian federation, of which it is highly reliant upon for the import of natural gas.

Opinion | The dawn of Liz Truss marks a dark new era for Britain

Today, Monday 5th September, Liz Truss is expected to be revealed as Britain's next prime minister after voting closed for the Conservative Party membership last weekend.

Opinion | Will it be 'this time lucky for Ukraine and Kherson', don't count on it

On Monday, Ukrainian sources announced that they had initiated an offensive against Russian-held territory in Kherson Oblast, claiming without verification that they had "broken the first line of defence" and had seized several villages.

Opinion | How Taiwan fell victim to US congressional posturing

Over the weekend, another US official delegation visited Taiwan, the 3rd since Pelosi's controversial visit in early August. This time, it was headed by Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, another notorious and rabid anti-China voice of the US Congress.

Opinion | The new Huawei revelations reveal what we always knew

Around two years ago from now, the British government under Boris Johnson U-turned on its previous approval of the Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei in the UK's 5G network and succumbing to US pressure, banned it.

Opinion | Europe is starting to crack under the weight of Ukraine

When the European Union first announced sanctions against Russia in the midst of its invasion of Ukraine, President of the Commission Ursula Von Der Leyen triumphantly declared on Twitter that the measures would cripple Moscow's global experts and undermine Putin's war machine.

Opinion | How North Korea's era of alienation came to an end

At beginning of this week, North Korea's KCNA reported that leader Kim Jong un and Vladimir Putin had exchanged letters, vowing to "expand the comprehensive and constructive bilateral relations with common efforts".

Opinion | The Taiwan cycle of escalation continues

On Sunday, a group of US Senators arrived in Taiwan in a visit that was unannounced. Boarding a US military plane, the trip came off the heels of Nancy Pelosi's highly controversial and outrageous visit to the island which proceeded to dramatically escalate tensions between Washington and Beijing, provoking a series of heated military actions from China in the bid to shore up its position regarding "The One China Policy".

Opinion | Understanding the American Playbook on Taiwan

When U.S Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan island last week, she triggered an unprecedented crisis in the diplomatic relationship between China and the United States by deliberately, and provocatively, undermining America's commitment to the One China Policy and the three communiques.

Opinion | The Ukraine bubble is starting to burst

Several days ago, Human Rights organization Amnesty International condemned Ukraine for deliberately hosting military infrastructure and deployments in civilian areas, which had increased the deaths of innocent people.

Opinion | China's restraint is not weakness

As predicted, US Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi landed in Taiwan last night. As the moment eclipsed in real time, social media became insufferable, not least because many people seemed to actually believe China, having promised retaliation, would go as far as literally taking military action in the view to stop the visit from happening.
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