nitiative is a challenge, but achievable,” she said, adding that at the heart of this challenge lies great potenti
al for innovation and creativity, such as new disaster risk prediction and analysis, and disaster-resilient infrastructures.
Huang Runqiu, vice-minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, said dis
aster risk reduction of natural hazards along the initiative is crucial for its success and sustainability.
Regions at the heart of the initiative, such as the Tianshan-Pamir Platea
u, the Himalayas, eastern parts of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and South Asia, are facing serio
us disaster threats due to tectonic movements, fragile ecosystems and extreme weather, he said.
Henrik Slotte, a senior disaster management expert from the UN Environm
ent Program, said poorly managed infrastructure projects can damage the ecosystem.
back to the US government’ s military occupation of the Philippines in the 1890s. Christ
opher J. Coyne, a professor at George Mason University in the United States sai
d in the book Tyranny Comes Home that under the leadership of Ralph Van Deman, the father of US military int
elligence, the American occupier established an advanced monitoring agency at the time to suppress rebels and dissidents.
In May 1917, Vanderman took charge of the Military Intelligence Section (
MIS), a similar surveillance facility in the United States, and which would eventually evo
lve into the US National Security Agency (NSA). In 1955, the United States further launched an intelligence gat
hering and analysis network consisting of five English-speaking countries: the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Thi
s is the so-called “five-eye alliance.” As a result, the five countries can globally intercept and monitor telephone exc
hanges, faxes, mails and other information transmitted by satellite communications.
trying to foment trouble across the Taiwan Straits. The US has already made a highly provocative move by
introducing the Taiwan Travel Act a year ago, as it allows high-level diplomatic exchanges between the US and the island. And now som
e in the US say Tsai, who doesn’t acknowledge the 1992 Consensus that there is only one China, should be invited to visit the US Congress.
By suggesting such an outrageous idea, these people are playing with fire, because if Tsai were
to visit the US, Sino-US relations would suffer a serious blow, and the security and stability across the Straits would be damaged.
To make matters worse, last week the US and Taiwan announced the launch of a new “dialogue
mechanism” to achieve closer “bilateral cooperation” and to defend and promote “shared values”. Titled
the “Indo-Pacific Democratic Governance Consultations”, the new “dialogue mechanism” is aimed at “exploring” way
s to increase “US-Taiwan exchanges” and pursue joint projects, said Brent Christensen, the highest-ranking US official posted in Taiwan.