Chinese army publishes ‘high alert’ video before Pelosi’s possible trip to Taiwan

This is the video posted by the Eastern Theater Command of the PLA on China’s Weibo social network on August 1, due to the 95th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The video is attached with the message: “We have set up a battle position to wait for the enemy. Fight on orders, bury all trespassing enemies, proceed to the joint operation, and succeed!”

This video has become one of the hottest topics on Weibo. The hashtag on the topic has received at least 42.5 million views. Many Chinese netizens took it as a clear warning to the US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi before her plan to visit Taiwan.

According to Reuters, three sources said Pelosi, who began an Asia trip earlier on Monday in Singapore, was due to spend Tuesday night in Taiwan, despite China’s warnings.

Hard life in Shenzhen: line up to get water, line up to take the Covid test

The people of Shenzhen now experience frequent water and power outages due to the hot summer, besides the strict rules of the anti-epidemic policy.

Footage shared online shows people lining up at night to get water. 

Locals said that on July 30, Longjing Road in Shenzhen was without water for 16 hours. The poor workers have to wait in front of the water delivery truck at night to pick up the water after a tiring day.

As reported by Aboluowang, Shenzhen netizens lamented that it’s hard to believe that they live in Shenzhen, a first-tier city. Life has become unexpected. There are 7 days a week, four days of power outages, and one day of water suspension.

Shenzhen Water Group’s water suspension notice shows that since the end of June, some areas of Shenzhen have experienced water suspension for many reasons. They include the renovation of the water supply project, and some notifications said that the water pipe was damaged and needed to be repaired.

However, some people’s conversations on Weibo accused the power and water outages of being a kind of threat for people to get their nucleic acid tests.

Hong Kong: GDP shrinks 1.4% in the second quarter 

The Census and Statistics Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region announced the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) data for the second quarter of 2022 on August 1.

Accordingly, Hong Kong’s second-quarter GDP decreased by 1.4%, while the first quarter decreased by 3.9% compared to the same period last year. This decline is mainly due to the still weak foreign trade activity.

In the same period, total exports of goods decreased by 8.6% compared with the same period a year ago, a significant decrease compared with the decline of 4.5% in the first quarter. And imports of goods decreased by 6.2%, after a drop of 5.9% in the first quarter.

A government spokesman said Hong Kong’s economy improved in the second quarter, but less than expected.

Hong Kong also faced an increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases, and tightening financial conditions weighed on the recovery momentum at the end of the quarter.

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