Japan’s government on Monday filed a diplomatic protest with Beijing over the violation of its maritime territory by China Coast Guard vessels near the Japan-administered Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea earlier that same day, Kyodo News reported.
The Chinese People’s Armed Police Force Coast Guard deployed two ships to enter Japanese territorial waters surrounding the Senkaku Islands on May 9. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno Hirokazu confirmed the intrusion into Japan’s sovereign maritime territory during a press briefing on May 9.
“It is totally regrettable and intolerable that China’s coast guard ships have entered territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands,” he said, as quoted by Kyodo News.
“Such activities violate international law in the first place. We have lodged a protest through diplomatic channels and strongly urged them to leave the territorial waters swiftly,” Matsuno stated.
The Senkaku Islands are a chain of uninhabited islets controlled by Japan’s government but claimed by that of China, which refers to them as the Diaoyu. The Senkaku archipelago lies roughly 105 miles north of Ishigaki Island, which is part of Japan’s southwestern Okinawa Prefecture.
File/Photo taken on October 7, 2012 shows two a man taking photos of the Taipei City Hall where a huge poster hangs outside featuring Taiwan’s claim over the disputed island chain in the East China Sea. The islands, known as the Diaoyu in Chinese and Senkaku in Japanese, have been at the centre of a major dispute among Taiwan, China and Japan. (Mandy Cheng/AFP/Getty Images)
China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) conducted daily sea and air drills in waters near Ishigaki Island from May 2 to May 8, Kyodo News reported on May 9.
Japan’s Ministry of Defense confirmed at a press briefing on Sunday it had observed a Chinese Liaoning aircraft carrier in waters about 99 miles south of Ishigaki Island for the sixth straight day, adding that “fighter jets and helicopters were spotted taking off from and landing on the Liaoning.”
“The activities could be part of China’s efforts to bolster its joint aerial and maritime operational capabilities in the Pacific, and Japan will continue to take heed of the situation and keep up surveillance at sea and in the air,” Kyodo News paraphrased Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno as saying on May 9.
Japanese Defense Minister Kishi Nobuo described the nearly week-long Chinese military operations off of Ishigaki Island as “the closest ever to Japan to date” on May 10. He further revealed that Chinese fighter jets and helicopters conducted “more than 100 landings and takeoffs” from the Chinese PLAN’s Liaoning aircraft carrier during the course of the drills.
The Senkaku Islands are located about 105 miles northeast of Taiwan, which is a sovereign island nation likewise claimed by China’s ruling Communist Party. Beijing has vowed to “reunify” Taiwan with China repeatedly in recent years and has increasingly bolstered this threat in recent months with nearly incessant violations of the island nation’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ), most recently on May 8.
The Chinese military confirmed on May 9 that it conducted naval and air force exercises “to the east and southwest of Taiwan” from May 6 to May 8. The Chinese PLA’s Eastern Theatre Command said it ordered the drills to “further test and improve the joint combat capability of multiple services and arms.”
The World Economic Forum Deleted a Document Revealing That Wuhan’s Mayor Attended WEF Events.
The World Economic Forum has removed a document from its website, which revealed the attendance of the Mayor of the Chinese city of Wuhan – which hosts the lab believed to be responsible for COVID-19 – at one of its events.
Former Wuhan Mayor Tang Liangzhi is included on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) list of attendees to its 2013 “Meeting of the New Champions.” The event, hosted in China, is described by the WEF as the “premier gathering in Asia of leaders of multinational corporations [and] governments.” “The Meeting was held in close collaboration with the Government of the People’s Republic of China,” explains the WEF meeting summary.
A link containing a 42-page document, which revealed hundreds of attendees at the event, reroutes users to an error page reading “Apologies – this section of our website is currently unavailable.” An archived version of the webpage, however, reveals a document containing a list of the event’s participants, including the then-Mayor of the Wuhan Municipal Government Tang Liangzhi.
Tang, 61, served as Mayor of Wuhan from 2011 to 2014 before serving in the same role in other cities including Chengdu and Chongqing. He was later promoted in December 2021 to the Party Branch Secretary of the Anhui Provincial Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), which has been identified as the “highest-ranking entity overseeing” China’s United Front by the U.S. government.
The effort aims to “to co-opt and neutralize sources of potential opposition to the policies and authority of its ruling Chinese Communist Party” and “influence overseas Chinese communities, foreign governments, and other actors to take actions or adopt positions supportive of Beijing’s preferred policies.” The U.S. State Department also compares the United Front to the Chinese regime’s “magic weapon” to compromise Western politicians and elites.
Tang’s ties to Wuhan follow controversy of the city and one of its premier laboratories, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, potentially being the source of COVID-19. The lab, which is under the control of the Chinese Communist Party, manipulated bat coronaviruses with striking genetic similarities to COVID-19 to become deadlier to humans.
The WEF has also been accused of exploiting COVID-19 to advance its transformational social, political, and business agenda through its push for the “Great Reset.”
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CDC Warns Gay Men of Higher Monkeypox Risk as Disease Spreads at European Sex Parties
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Monday said that gay and bisexual men have a “greater chance” of catching monkeypox, adding that they make up a “notable fraction of cases” in the latest global outbreak.
“In some cases, during the early stages of illness, the rash has been mostly in the genital and perianal area,” CDC HIV/AIDS Division Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Brooks said. “In some cases, it has produced anal or genital lesions that look like other diseases like herpes or chickenpox or syphilis.”
While monkeypox can infect anyone, experts say, the outbreak is more prevalent among the LGBTQ+ community. “Anyone, anyone, can develop [and] spread monkeypox infection, but … many of those affected in the current global outbreak identified as gay and bisexual men,” Brooks said.
With LGBTQ+ Pride Month kicking off after Memorial Day weekend, experts at the CDC are warning the community about the potential to catch monkeypox.
“Some groups may have a greater chance of exposure right now, but by no means is the current risk of exposure to monkeypox exclusively to the gay and bisexual community in the U.S.,” he said.
The CDC added that monkeypox does not pose a great risk to the general community in America at this time.
“It is likely that there are going to be additional cases reported in the United States,” said Dr. Jennifer McQuiston, deputy director of the CDC’s Division of High Consequence Pathogens and Pathology.
“What we’re trying to do by bringing attention to the fact that some of these cases have had a genital and perianal presentation is just to remind people that people may come in for an evaluation of what they think is an STD, but we’d like the provider to think ‘could it be monkeypox as well?’ if the circumstances fit the story,” Brooks added.
“Anyone can spread monkeypox [from] contact with body fluid or monkeypox sores or respiratory droplets when close to someone,” Brooks said.
Symptoms of monkeypox include “swollen lymph nodes, headache, fever, muscle aches and fatigue. The disease then progresses into a rash and lesions that blister and scab over. This can happen all over the body” for two to four weeks.
According to initial data, England, Spain, and Portugal have seen the most confirmed cases of monkeypox — a total of 134 with 60 more suspected — among other western countries including the Netherlands, Italy, France, Canada, Belgium, Israel, Australia, Sweden, Greece, Switzerland, and Austria.
Valiant News previously reported that UK health authorities are warning gay and bisexual men to be alert for monkeypox, a disease that they say has been spreading “in sexual networks” in the country.
Experts have since pinpointed a “leading theory” that original spread of the disease occurred through sexual transmission at raves held in Spain and Belgium.
In Madrid, which has seen 30 cases of the disease, authorities are now investigating a Gay Pride event in the Canary Islands as a potential source of their outbreak.
In Germany, four confirmed cases have been linked to exposure at “party events … where sexual activity took place” in Spain’s Canary Islands and in Berlin.
Thus far in the U.S., there has been one confirmed case of monkeypox in Massachusetts.
Six more suspected cases of the disease have been identified in Florida, New York, Utah and Washington state –with four of those expected to be confirmed soon, according to reports.
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T-Shirt Prompts Juror Dismissal in Parkland Shooter Nikolas Cruz’s Death Penalty Trial
Almost a dozen potential jurors were dismissed from the death penalty trial of Nikolas Cruz, after a teacher wore a t-shirt with a message dedicated to the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Cruz, who was 19 at the time, killed 17 people and wounded 17 others in a school shooting at the school in Parkland, Florida, in February 2018. After pleading guilty to 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder, he is currently involved in his death penalty trial in Fort Lauderdale.
However, a t-shirt caused the dismissal of almost a dozen jurors on Monday. One potential juror, who identified herself as a teacher, wore a t-shirt during the selection of jurors for the Cruz trial that was emblazoned with the slogan, “Teachers Strong #neveragain #msdstrong.” The t-shirt was in burgundy, the colours of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Assistant Public Defender Melisa McNeill first drew attention to the t-shirt, with the juror saying that the teachers “all wore them after” the shooting in 2018. “Do you know if other jurors saw you with your shirt on or were you apart from people?” McNeill asked. “I was standing with them, so I’m sure they saw me,” the juror answered.
“I am also a teacher, and I don’t think that I would be really a good fit for this case,” the juror said. She also claimed that she suffers from a supposed medical condition that allegedly prevents her from sitting down “for long periods of time.”
After she was excused for her “medical hardship,” 10 other jurors were dismissed from the Cruz case over her t-shirt. “If it’s 10 jurors that we’re going to let go, that’s better than having an issue that causes this case to get reversed over something like this,” McNeill said. “I know it is an inconvenience Judge but it is either an inconvenience now, or it is going to be an inconvenience later.”
Assistant State Attorney Michael Satz agreed with the decision to remove not only the potential juror, but the whole group who had been with her, “out of an abundance of caution.”
Unsurprisingly, Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer was not pleased with the actions of the potential juror. “She obviously did that on purpose to get out of jury duty,” Judge Scherer said. “I’m just saying, I think it was irresponsible.”
The bailiff has been instructed to watch out for any clothing issues with further jurors, and pull them aside before they enter the rest of the potential juror pool.
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