China’s Yangtze River is seeing its biggest flooding in the past 40 years. Almost 2,000 people have been evacuated. And for the first time in decades, floodwater reached a famous giant Buddha statue’s toes.
China’s Belt and Road Initiative involves two-thirds of the world’s population. It could serve as the base for an authoritarian superpower, on land, and in the air.
In a show of force, a US warship sailing through the water between China and Taiwan, and for the first time, crossing the median line of the Taiwan Strait and approaching the Chinese coastline.
And during a visit to an area hit by flood, the head of the Chinese Communist Party, Xi Jinping, visited peasants, but in reality he was received by a police official, disguised as a peasant.