China announced a few things worth paying attention to over the weekend. First, they announced full possession of Hong Kong and said Taiwan was next. Also, they said that they would strengthen their military to “world-class standards.”
In other words: we’re ready if we’re pushed.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said these things at the Chinese Communist Party Summit over the weekend.
China already has the largest military in the world in terms of manpower. They have over 2 million active military members. Their military budget is only one-third of the U.S. military budget, however, and they are the world’s second-largest seller of arms behind the U.S.
Thousands of people protested in Paris this weekend and across France. They are demanding an end to EU and NATO involvement in Ukraine, high energy prices and high costs of living. Police used pepper spray and battons against the protestors during some violent clashes.
A major oil refinery in France has been on strike forcing many gas stations to close. Yet other refineries in France began exporting oil to Germany just last week. France does have nuclear power but many major plants are set to shut down for maintenance, making energy even more scarce. Or at least they were until a strike hit those plants and delayed the maintenance schedule.
People in France have been warned of power outages coming this winter.
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Diplomats are calling for peace in Ethiopia after a meeting to discuss peace was postponed due to “logistical and technical issues.”
Experts are warning that the bloody war will become even bloodier in the upcoming days and weeks. This is a conflict the world has largely ignored in favor of the one in Ukraine but the violence is staggering. Over 500,000 people have been displaced and close to one million are facing starvation.
The conflict involves Tigray forces facing government forces, which are now fortified by troops from Eritrea.
Here is a good resolution for you this week: Smile more.
I know that sounds condescending but research shows that smiling is good for stress relief and productivity. Studies show that smiling during a run makes the run easier and smiling during a shot lessens the pain. It also lessens stress and lowers the heart rate.
Incidentally, research shows that Americans smile more than people in other countries!
Fun fact: English speakers say “cheese” when they smile for pictures. Chinese speakers say the word for eggplant, which sounds like chee-suh. Eggplant!
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