- 5. On August 16, in Ya’an, Sichuan, rain-induced flood cut off National Highway 351. The road foundation hanged in the air, while the road surface collapsed. National Highways are strategic infrastructure projects that involve many political and economic stakes. Because of the corruption at every level of these projects, which have extremely expensive price but horribly bad quality, to certain extent, these roads couldn’t even stand against the challenge of heavy rain.
- 6. Zhou Xuewen, Secretary-General of the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters said, “the year of the flood is often the year of harvest.” But people know the truth, as the flood caused by the heavy rains and the unwarned release of surging water from the dams already destroyed the harvest. The risk of food shortage is very high.
- (CNBC) Breaking news now on Huawei. Reuters is reporting that the Trump administration will further tighten restrictions on the Chinese company. That report says the Commerce Department will move to prevent Huawei from obtaining semiconductors without a special license that includes chips made by foreign firms developed or produced using U.S. software or technology.
- (Miles Guo, August 16) The UAE’s change of stance in the Middle East, as we all have heard, UAE and Israel established their diplomatic relations without the CCP acknowledging it in advance. What a slap in the face. For the cause of taking down the CCP, the significance of such move is tremendous.