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A Chinese anti-submarine reportedly violated Taiwan’s airspace by entering into its air defense identification zone on Tuesday, which Beijing claimed to be a warning to Taipei to refrain from declaring independence.

On Wednesday, October 7, China issued new threats of military action against Taiwan after the island’s principal opposition party, the Kuomintang Party (KMT), called for the reestablishment of diplomatic ties with the United States.

Beijing’s warning to Taipei came amid US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Asia tour, aimed at garnering support against China.

“We must no longer hold any more illusions. The only way forward is for the mainland to fully prepare itself for war and to give Taiwan secessionist forces a decisive punishment at any time. As the secessionist forces’ arrogance continues to swell, the historical turning point is getting closer,” wrote Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of the Chinese state-run newspaper Global Times, in an editorial on October 6. …


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The various recorded comments reveal the first lady’s frustration with her role in the White House and the criticism she has received for being “complicit” in Trump’s administration.

On October 1, CNN released secret recordings that briefly appeared as if they could damage President Donald Trump and the first lady. Two days later, those recordings were barely in the news. The recordings are of Trump’s wife, Melania Trump, and they were made by Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, Melania’s former friend and adviser.

On the same night “the Melania Tapes” were released, the president confirmed on Twitter that he and the first lady had COVID-19. News agencies have continued to report on the trickle of information from the recordings, but the story — and any potential fallout for Melania — has been all but subsumed by the coverage of Trump’s health. …


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During the 2016 presidential campaign, candidate Trump promised he would eliminate the US debt “over a period of eight years.” He has instead presided over its fastest-ever increase.

The coronavirus pandemic has caused the United States’ debt and deficit to reach unprecedented levels as federal rescue packages have attempted to save an economy that was shut down by the contagion.

By the end of the 2020 fiscal year, the US federal deficit is expected to reach a sum of US$3.7 trillion. …

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