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Taiwan nails its Mirage to the ground after the disappearance of an airplane

Taipei – The Taiwanese Air Force announced Wednesday that it has nailed its Mirage to the ground, as it is looking for a pilot missing during training at the controls of the French fighter plane.

Captain Ho Tzu-yu’s Mirage-2000 had disappeared from radar on Tuesday at 18:43 (10:43 GMT) off the north-east of the island, 34 minutes after take-off, the army said.

The authorities mobilized 17 military aircraft and 10 navy ships to track him down. But the research is not yet fruitful.

“We hope that Ho will be rescued soon,”said General Chang Che-ping, deputy commander of the Air Force, adding that all Taiwanese Mirage were kept on the ground.

General Chang described Mr. Ho as an”excellent pilot”, adding that there were no signs of problems or irregularities after taking off from a base near the town of Hsinchu in the northwestern part of the country.

The high-ranking officer also swept away the idea that the pilot could deliberately fly at low altitude to escape the radars and deflect to the People’s Republic.

“He wasn’t alone. They were flying in formation. It is impossible that he could not have defected by flying at low altitude” undetected, said General Chang.

Taiwan had purchased in 1992 from the French aircraft manufacturer Dassault 60 Mirage 2000-5, the last of which was delivered in 2001.

Four Mirage accidents occurred in Taiwan between 1999 and 2013, killing three pilots.

In 2012, the Taiwanese Air Force temporarily grounded its entire Mirage fleet after a similar aircraft crashed in France, causing the death of its Taiwanese pilot.

The 1992 contract had provoked the rage of Beijing, which still regards the island as a part of its territory destined to return to its borders, even though Taiwan has been following its own destiny since 1949.

US China Trade deficit: still problematic

Beijing – Nearly 20 trade agreements worth $9 billion were signed on Wednesday in Beijing between Chinese and U. S. companies on the first day of U. S. President Donald Trump’s visit to China.

Chinese Deputy Prime Minister Wang Yang called the agreements “warm-up” ahead of Thursday’s Sino-American summit, where Trump and his counterpart, Xi Jinping, are expected to preside over the signing of contracts in areas such as gas and soybeans.

In this first round, the companies involved – whose names were revealed in Mandarin – included Bell Helicopters, the Smithfield Foods agri-food group (controlled by the Chinese Shuanghui) and a Montana Federation of cattle breeders for a beef delivery agreement.

The amounts and details of the transactions were not disclosed immediately.

The Honeywell industrialist, who is also concerned, stated in a press release that he had reached an agreement with the Chinese airline Spring Airlines for equipment for its future Airbus A320neo fleet, without disclosing any financial commitments.

Smithfield Foods, for its part, announced on 24 October its agreement with JD. com, a Chinese online retailer, to sell its pork products on its platform, again without mentioning the terms of the partnership.

The agreements signed on Wednesday were signed in the presence of U. S. Trade Secretary Wilbur Ross, in the solemn setting of the People’s Palace, which overlooks Tiananmen Square.

“Responding to the trade imbalance with China is at the heart of discussions between President Trump and President Xi,”Ross said.

“Achieving fair and reciprocal treatment for business is a common goal,”he said.

With the issue of North Korea’s nuclear programme, trade relations should be the focus of Donald Trump’s first visit to China, which during his Beijing campaign accused him of “stealing” millions of jobs in the United States.

On board the plane that took Trump to Beijing, a senior official of the US administration spoke of “serious imbalances” in bilateral economic relations,”not just the trade deficit but also unfair rules, such as technology transfers imposed on US companies”.

The U. S. trade deficit with China shows no sign of deflation one year after the election of Donald Trump.

As it landed in Beijing, Chinese customs reported a trade surplus of $223 billion with the United States over the first 10 months of the year, up 8% from the same period in 2016.

Trump Just Admitted He Lied To Supporters

President-elect Donald Trump made a lot of insane promises to his supporters because he knew it would rile up all the hate that was too afraid to be voiced before they’d found their bigot leader. Some of these promises included building a wall to keep out Mexican immigrants, banning Muslims from coming into the United States, punishing women for having abortions, getting rid of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) and many more.

And of course, because Trump is actually a reality television star that has no real understanding of how the government (or the world) works, he’s already had to backtrack several of the things he told his moronic minions. Just a few days after winning the election, he’s already had to tell his fans that he won’t really be getting rid of Obamacare completely. You can only imagine how furious his rabid supporters are about that. More recently, Trump walked back his comments about “ripping up” the historic nuclear peace treaty President Barack Obama had created with the Islamic Republic of Iran!

Seriously, Trump is trolling his own supporters right now – and it’s only because of his own stupidity. In an interview with BBC, Trump advisor Walid Phares announced this change of heart:

“Ripping up is maybe a too strong of word, he’s gonna take that agreement, it’s been done before in international context, and then review it. He will take the agreement, review it, send it to Congress, demand from the Iranians to restore a few issues or change a few issues, and there will be a discussion.”

So…just to clarify. Trump had once called this nuclear peace treaty “the worst deal ever negotiated” and a “disaster” – but now there are only “a few issues” with it? Either Trump’s flip-flopping is a marker of his insanity, or someone just told him that he can’t just do away with major international deals whenever he feels like it. Or perhaps Trump actually noticed that Obama’s treaty has helped keep America safe, protecting us from potential nuclear weapons. Either way, his supporters are NOT going to be happy with how his presidency is starting to look.

It hasn’t even been a week after Trump won the election, but already his presidency is looking far different from what his supporters thought it would be. It is his own fault, but he’s riled up so much hate in this country that they might just turn on him if they don’t get their way.