In this modern time, huge accent is added to the healthy life and healthy fat burning. Scientists and experts in this field determined that there are 3 general way essential for losing weight:

Diet makes up 80-90 percent of your achievement;

Workout can help you achieve better results;

For optimal weight loss, include weights, cardio, and flexibility in your workout;

In different cultures and ways of life, different advices and methods can be recognized. One of the most effective and safest methods now is the Japanese that is consisted of 4 important rules. The secret for becoming and staying fit is in these rules:

-Eating like a sumo wrestler will make you look like one

Never eat too much food and get over ate. Sumo wrestlers for instance skip their first meal in the day and have intense training in the morning. After it they eat huge amount of food for their lunch and the second meal is also super large. Their total amount of meals is 2.

They exercise hard but also eat harder, which is not good for their metabolism as they cannot process all that food during the day. They eat a lot of junk food too.

For being healthy and fit, eat frequent, but small portions of food, sleep well and exercise every day.

-Warmth is everything

Food goes into energy so it means that our body temperature depends on the food we eat.

In summer it is recommended intake of fruits and vegetables as they can adjust the body on the high temperature.

Always drink water and take raw food.

Include as much as possible raw food rich in healthy nutrients in your daily meals.


When you eat do not drink water or other beverage because it gives bad stimulation to the digestive system. Water neutralizes the acidity in stomach area and gives bad effects to the digestive system because it is forced to spend more energy to process the food.

Include more soups, veggies and fruit in your meals in order to maintain the normal level of water in the body while eating.

-Hot baths bring you close to immortality

Always have a hot bath. Hot water is good for proper circulation, relaxed blood pressure and reducing stress. Japanese have ritual of hot bathing as natural cure against stress, skin problems and poor digestion.

It is believed that this ritual prolongs life burns calories and reduces the pain the all body parts.

Believe japans and take these steps. If they show beneficial for you, make them your normal daily routine.

Source: http://www.naturalcuresandhomeremediese.com


Two Fit Moms: 8 Poses for Active + Passive Stress Relief


Two Fit Moms: 8 Poses for Active + Passive Stress Relief


Pick your poses. Two Fit Moms offers three ways to relieve holiday stress with yoga—active, passive, or a combo—in this sequence.

The holiday season, despite all of its festive parties and fun gatherings, can be a stressful time of year for many people. The days feel short, while the to-do lists feel excessively long. During this busy time, we at Two Fit Moms encourage you to stay committed to your yoga practice, even if that means hitting your mat for just a few minutes each day for a bit of stress relief. Because everyone is unique, stress relief (even on a yoga mat) can look different from person to person. Some prefer an active form of movement that raises the heart rate while others prefer to relieve stress with gentle movements that relax the body. To cater to both personality types, we have four active options for stress relief, as well as four passive options. Try the set of poses that appeals to you, or try both together for an ultimate stress-relieving sequence.

  • Active Stress Relief: Donkey Kicks

    Active Stress Relief: Donkey Kicks

    Relieve stress by keeping your body in constant motion with Donkey Kicks.

    Begin in Downward-Facing Dog, and bend your knees. Gaze forward past your fingertips, and take a few small, controlled hops as you draw your heels in toward your bottom and land again in Downward-Facing Dog. As you feel more comfortable shifting your weight into your hands, hop a bit higher, engage your core, and maybe catch a little hang time. Focus on landing lightly after each jump, bending your knees deeply to absorb the impact like a spring. Repeat 5–10 times.

    See also Two Fit Moms: 8 Poses to Illuminate Your Blessings

  • Active Stress Relief: Chair to Boat (Utkatasana to Paripurna Navasana)

    Active Stress Relief: Chair to Boat (Utkatasana to Paripurna Navasana)

    Clear your mind while firing up your muscles in this Chair-to-Boat sequence.

    Begin in Chair Pose by bending the knees, sweeping your arms into the air, and rocking your body weight back onto your heels. Hold this pose for 3 breaths. With your arms still extended overhead, lower yourself onto the mat and immediately lift your feet, bringing your shins parallel to the ground. Keep your chest lifted and your core engaged in Boat Pose. Hold Boat Pose for 3 breaths. Lower your feet to the ground, and use momentum to stand back up into Chair without ever placing your hands onto the mat. Transition back and forth between Chair and Boat a few times.

    See also Two Fit Moms’ Picks: 8 Best Yoga Poses for the Core

  • Active Stress Relief: Plow to Crow (Halasana to Bakasana)

    Active Stress Relief: Plow to Crow (Halasana to Bakasana)

    This is an energizing sequence that raises the heart rate, strengthens the upper body, and stretches the back and lower body.

    Transition from Plow Pose to Crow Pose by rocking back and forth between the poses on your mat. Begin in Plow with your hands on your lower back for support and legs extended straight. To practice a milder version of the pose, bend both knees, resting them lightly on your forehead. Hold Plow for 3–5 breaths, release your hands from your back, uncurl your spine, and gain the momentum to rock onto the balls of your feet for Crow. Remember to round the upper back, hug your thighs inward, and gaze forward to find your balance. Hold Crow for 3–5 breaths before lowering your feet to the mat and rocking back into Plow. Practice this transition a few times to develop a smooth rhythm.

    See also Two Fit Moms’ Gravity-Defying Earth Day Flow

  • Active Stress Relief: Tripod Headstand (Salamba Sirsasana II)

    Active Stress Relief: Tripod Headstand (Salamba Sirsasana II)

    Clear your mind by directing all of your focus into a Headstand. Whether you practice in the middle of a room or with a wall behind you for safety, this pose will require your full attention as you find balance.

    Begin in Tabletop position on your hands and knees. Step the knees a few inches closer to your hands and place the top of your head onto the mat in front of your hands. Your hands and head should comprise the three points of a triangle in Tripod Headstand. Your fingers should be visible at all times (not be alongside your head). Keep your shoulders rolled away from your ears, tuck your toes, and lift your hips into the air. Walk your feet closer to your hands in order to stack your hips over your shoulders. Experienced yogis, feel free to press up directly into the final expression of the pose from here. Keep your elbows squeezing inward, engage your core, and energize through the entire length of your legs. Start out by holding for 5–10 breaths, and feel free to add time based on your comfort level.

    Beginner variation: Climb into a basic Tripod Egg Headstand, resting your right knee onto the back of your right arm. Once you find your balance, lift your left knee onto the back of your left arm. Keep both knees on the backs of both arms or extend your legs upward one at a time.

    See also Two Fit Moms’ Inversion Preps for Beginners

  • Passive Stress Relief: Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose (Viparita Karani)

    Passive Stress Relief: Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose (Viparita Karani)

    This gentle pose stretches the hamstrings and relieves swelling and fatigue in the lower body. Practice this pose after a long day on your feet, and watch the stress melt away.

    For Legs Up the Wall, begin by sitting with your left hip against a wall. Lower yourself down to your back and swing your legs up to rest against the wall. Rest your arms alongside your body and close your eyes. Hold the pose for several minutes. Feel free to support your head and sacrum (lower back) with blankets. You can also try resting a heavy block or small bolster on the soles of your feet for a more grounded experience.

    See also Two Fit Moms’ Calming 10-Minute Flow for Busy Days

  • Passive Stress Relief: Chest Opener with Blocks

    Passive Stress Relief: Chest Opener with Blocks

    Rather than actively working to open up the chest and back, try this very relaxing backbend where your only job is to close your eyes and melt into the pose.

    Lie on your back and place one block under your shoulder blades and a second block under your head for support. Hold the pose for 1 minute and then move the block up an inch or two to stretch a different part of the upper back. Breathe deeply, relax your arms, and find stillness.

    See also Two Fit Moms’ Heart-Opening Partner Yoga Sequence

  • Passive Stress Relief: Caterpillar Pose

    Passive Stress Relief: Caterpillar Pose

    A yin yoga practice is ideal for anyone who prefers quieting the mind with long, supported holds. The focus of Caterpillar Pose, a simple seated forward bend, is to find space between each vertebra as you round the spine.

    Sit with your legs extended straight and fold forward, rounding your back as you bring your forehead onto a block or bolster on your lap. Breathe deeply and find the edge between comfort and discomfort, where you can hold the pose for 3–5 minutes without struggling. At the end of your long hold, slowly roll up to a seated position. Lie on your belly for a full minute as a counterpose before moving on to the next pose.

    See also Sleep-Better Yoga: Two Fit Moms’ Good Evening Flow

  • Passive Stress Relief: Sleeping Swan

    Passive Stress Relief: Sleeping Swan

    Sleeping Swan (aka PIgeon Pose) is a deeply comforting hip opener that gently releases tension in the lower body.

    To enter the pose, begin on your hands and knees in Tabletop position. Bring your right knee onto the mat behind your right wrist. Take a seat, with your left leg straightened behind you. Walk your hands forward and relax your head and neck. Feel free to use a blanket or block under your right hip if you find that you are rolling to one side. Find stillness, and hold the pose for 3–5 minutes before slowly rising up. Before practicing with the left leg forward, lie on your back for 1 minute as a counterpose. Bend your knees while resting the soles of your feet flat on the ground. Allow your knees to fall to the right and then fall to the left, sweeping them back and forth like windshield wipers for a full minute.

    See also Two Fit Moms’ Good Morning Flow

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人氣指數: 1119

美國總統當選人川普(Donald J. Trump)在美東時間12月2日上午10時,與台灣的蔡英文總統通電話。川普接交團隊的新聞稿四平八穩地說,雙方除了客套祝賀對方的當選之外,主要談及美台雙方在經濟、政治、安全層面的合作。而台灣總統府的新聞稿則還另外提到(link is external),兩人並簡短對亞洲區域情勢交換意見。對於臺美間的未來關係,總統期盼能強化雙邊的互動與聯繫,建立更緊密的合作關係。總統也向川普總統當選人表達,希望未來美方能持續支持臺灣在國際議題上有更多參與及貢獻的機會。


兩人的電話對談是1979年華府與台北正式斷絕邦交以後,37年來首度有美國總統當選人與台灣的中華民國總統通電話,無論時間長短,政治意義不可謂不大。這也導致川普立刻遭到批評,稱他不應該冒著觸怒中國的風險,與蔡英文通電話。中方也果然迅速與白宮方面聯繫,但後者拒絕對此評論,國家安全會議發言人普萊斯(Ned Price)則表示(link is external),美國的兩岸政策沒有改變,依然遵循美中三公報及台灣關係法,維持台海的和平及穩定是美國的基本利益。




冷戰結束後迄今的三位美國總統,柯林頓(Bill Clinton)在1995/96台海飛彈危機期間派遣兩支航艦戰鬥群進入台灣周邊海域,顯示他曾經想要跳脫結構的束縛,在個人層面發揮更大的影響力,因為他覺得上任初期的對華友好態度絲毫沒有得到中方的回應,極不受尊重。但是危機過後他又接受外交界傳統策士的建議,在這方面退縮。小布希政府曾經認為中國將成為美國的新威脅,因此想要比柯林頓更進一步改善美台關係,但隨後因為911事件的影響,把個人層次的突破力量轉向認為對美國國家安全威脅更大的全球反恐戰爭。只有歐巴馬算是在台海議題上徹底沒有想要運用個人層次影響力進行突破的總統,儘管他從2009年就開始推行「再平衡」(rebalancing)戰略,試圖強化美國在亞太的地位,對抗中國崛起的挑戰,但台灣在是項戰略中完全沒有任何地位。

川普的當選讓這項「傳統」發生劇烈的變化。川普本人在外交上是一張「白紙」,被視為「門外漢」,但由於選戰期間的恩怨,幾乎可以確定美國兩黨過去的傳統外交與戰略菁英不會加入他的政府團隊,而且他目前提名的國家安全顧問弗林(Michael Flynn)及國防部長馬提斯(James Mattis)都是強硬派的卸任將領,與川普一樣對歐巴馬的對外戰略有嚴厲的批評。釋放出來的訊息就是他的外交政策路線很可能會擺脫美國傳統思維的影響,對那些可能危及「美國優先」、讓美國再度「偉大」的議題,有更加強硬的政策。




美國眾議院在當地時間2日通過(link is external)2017年度國防法案,突破目前美國高級國防官員和現役軍人不得訪問台灣的限制。該法案也包含威脅分析、軍事準則、部隊計畫、後勤支援、情報收集與分析、行動策略、技術與程序、人道救援與救災等七個領域。若這項法案在當地時間9日也於參議院獲得通過,將送交歐巴馬總統批准成為法律。台灣或可由此為基礎,先行強化雙方安全合作,再循序漸進尋求其他突破。


Life is the dancer and you are the dance.

“Life is the dancer and you are the dance.” 

– Eckhart Tolle

Photography : Arhscana Images with Mia Benitez


Private House by Bumper Investments


Private House by Bumper Investments

Location: Beauvallon, Drôme, France
Photo courtesy: Bumper Investments

”PRIVATE HOUSE” is a large family home situated in Beauvallon, in the Gulf of St. Tropez on the French Cote d’Azur. Stylistically the modern concrete, glass and steel construction is the first of its kind in the area, marking a new generation of design in a region rich with tradition. Bumper Investments, the developers, envisioned an aesthetic and sensorial link between the edifice and the surrounding nature and garden. Corresponding to the natural topographical setting, the maximum height of the elevation reaches just above the treetops, impressing on the inhabitant ideals of being at one with the surrounding wildlife.

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This contemporary home is a concrete, glass and steel construction that employs transparent, movable glass walls to further blur the concept of what is within and external to the volume of the house, allowing the open indoor spaces to fuse deftly with the exterior environment. The woodpressed concrete provides a strong and cool texture while echoing the concept nature’s direct involvement in the way we take shelter. Though often brutal, the concrete’s treatment softens the material’s appearance by adding illusion to the structure’s already very livable qualities. Additionally, the adaptable walls allow the house to utilize natural light and take advantage of cross ventilation to continuously break the Provence summer heat.

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Immersion with the Cote d’Azur’s organic verdure is pivotal to the experience envisioned for the house-complex, prompting the landscape to feature a few citrus trees and a lush, diverse garden. The family may draw from their garden at will, and in doing so live sustainably and at ease. Emphasizing the concept of sustainable life within nature is the remodeling of a shipping container into an open-ended bedroom at the site’s lower elevation.

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From the main house there is a softly lit natural path leading to the concealed door along the container’s shell. Within the container one end is the bathroom, which extends into a floating pellucid shower surrounded by bamboo – at the other is a sliding glass door leading out onto a patio. Transparency on both ends of the remodeled container admits generous daylight to filter across the space, beautifully catching the color of the wooden floor. The container offers the user the most exclusive experience of comfort amid the natural world, which is the essence of The Private House.

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The living spaces are divided into three areas. The main section containing 3 bedrooms – a master bedroom on the second elevation connected to a large living space framed in sliding glass walls, and two rooms on the ground floor with garden access. A secondary area for bedrooms named Le Dortoir takes shape beneath the pool and is separated from the garden by another glass wall. The pool is wrapped in large sections of local tree bark that naturally insulates the rooms beneath. The pool’s surface is level with the terrace and parallel to the treetops, which equates every breath at the top to a glimpse into your own private jungle.

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The pool connects to an inside/outside living room, maintaining the circulation of the upstairs program, while extending visibility of the Mediterranean. Wood steps link the upstairs to the lawn where the secondary bedroom, Le Dortoir rooms, and a storage closet can be accessed. The lawn extends to the downstairs patio’s beginning where one may enter the kitchen, rest on lounge chairs or wander down to the container.

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Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

More than 1 billion people around the world have some form of disability.


The Safest Approach to Great Glutes


The Safest Approach to Great Glutes

It’s good to have strong glutes, but if they’re over developed with short, tight muscles, you’re likely to face a multitude of difficulties.

In everyday life, over developed glute discomfort can include sciatic nerve problems, low-back pain, and even knee trouble. That’s because tight buttock muscles limit the range of motion of the hips, leaving the low back and knees to compensate. Tightness in the posterior hips can also pull the knee out of alignment, thereby contributing to knee tendonitis and even arthritis. In yoga, you’re likely to come up against frustrating flexibility challenges, particularly in forward bends and seated twists.

Most often, the buttock muscles get overly tight when you spend a lot of time sitting, especially with crossed legs or ankles. Activities like cycling and running can also contribute. Whatever the cause, the solution is to do stretches and yoga poses that lengthen these muscles and teach them to relax. If you can squeeze in some butt stretches a few times a week, not only will your low back and knees be happier, but you’ll be rewarded with greater ease in your practice.

Your Humps (aka Gluteus Maximus)

So what are these mysterious, hard-gripping, pose-disrupting muscles? The buttock muscles can be divided into two layers: the more superficial one is the gluteus maximus, which, when well developed, forms the rounded shape of the buttocks. It originates on the sacrum at the base of the spine and nearby pelvis, and then runs diagonally down and across the buttocks to insert on the outer upper femur (thighbone). When it contracts, it extends the hip, which pulls the femur into line with the torso. For example, the gluteus maximus contracts when you stand up.

In yoga, the gluteus maximus helps perform a similar job in partnership with the hamstrings when you move from a standing forward bend to standing upright. The gluteus maximus is also a strong external rotator of the hip, which, when you’re standing, turns the knees outward. The second and deeper layer of buttock muscles is made up of the six deep rotators. The piriformis is the best known, but this group also includes the internal and external obturators, the superior and inferior gemelli, and the quadratus femoris. They originate on the sacrum and the ischial tuberosities (sitting bones), and then run diagonally in a fan shape across the deep buttocks to insert on the back of the upper femur on the greater trochanter.

Also see Glute Anatomy to Improve Your Yoga Practice

Troubleshooting: The Glutes

There is good reason to develop strong rotators. They are important for moving and positioning the hip joint in daily activities and in standing poses. The primary action of the deep rotators is external rotation, and, like all muscles that are deep and close to a joint, they help to stabilize that joint. However, the piriformis is probably best known as a troublemaker, as it contracts and even spasms in association with low-back pain and may press on the sciatic nerve. This pressure can cause painful leg symptoms, including the shooting pain, deep aching, or even hot or icy sensations commonly called sciatica.

The gluteus maximus and the deep hip rotators are also responsible for horizontal abduction. This is different from standard hip abduction, which is what you do when you stand with your back against a wall and lift your leg straight out to the side. To experience horizontal abduction, stand on your right leg with your left hip and knee flexed up to 90 degrees each, as they’d be if you were sitting in a chair. Open the left leg out to the side so the left knee points to the left. This is the action that you’d perform to align the left knee over the left foot in Virabhadrasana II (Warrior Pose II) and in Parsvakonasana (Side Angle Pose).

But when both layers of buttock muscles are short and tight, they will pull the hip into external rotation, horizontal abduction, and extension, which means that internal rotation, horizontal adduction, and flexion will be limited. And that, in a nutshell, is what causes problems in forward bends and twists. When you’re sitting on the floor, tight buttock muscles, often in partnership with tight hamstrings, tend to tilt the pelvis backward, causing a slumped spine and reversing the normal lumbar curve, which can contribute to low-back strain and even disk injuries. This tendency to tilt the pelvis backward affects all sitting poses, including twists, cross-legged poses, and forward bends. In all these floor poses, the struggle to sit up can be eased by sitting on one or more folded blankets until you’ve had time to stretch the buttocks and hamstrings.

How to Stretch Out the Glutes

So how exactly do you go about loosening these troublemakers? Seated twists such as Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes Pose) and its variations can be excellent tools. To try it, sit with your left leg bent on the floor, either sitting on the foot in the traditional pose or, if that’s not possible for you, placing the left foot just to the outside of the right hip. Then cross the right leg over the left, with the sole of the right foot on the floor outside the left thigh. Sit tall (on folded blankets as needed) and rotate your spine to the right as you draw the right knee toward the left armpit. Wrap the left elbow around the right knee, or even hook it on the outside of the knee, and use that leverage to pull the left chest up and toward the knee. In this position, the right hip is flexed, relatively internally rotated, and drawn in toward the midline rather than horizontally abducting. This pose isolates the posterior hip muscles, and they have no choice but to lengthen and to stretch. Repeat on the other side, crossing the right leg with the left foot.

You can also practice a couple of variations lying on your back. When you work supine, it’s easier to stay in the pose without struggling to sit upright, so you can experience a long, deep, relaxing stretch. Start by lying on your back and draw the right knee up and across your body until you feel the stretch in the back of the right hip. Or, from the start position, bend your knees and cross your right knee over the left. Lift the left foot off the ground and hold the left knee with your right hand, pulling it toward your chest. To deepen the stretch, hold the right ankle with your left hand and pull gently until you stretch the back of the right hip. Repeat the stretch on the other side.

Exercise Caution In Hip Stretches

Move gradually into every hip stretch, listening to your body, because you can strain adjacent joints if you move too aggressively. The hip is a strong joint, and when it has moved as far as it can, continued pushing can pull the next joints above (the low-back and sacroiliac joints) and the next ones below (the knee and ankle) into directions that aren’t beneficial. This can happen in any stretch, including classical poses like Padmasana (Lotus Pose). And uncomfortable pressure or pain in the front of the hip when you pull the thigh up and across your torso doesn’t indicate a productive stretch; it means there’s compression on the tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues that cross the front of the hip. Put a rolled hand towel in your groin—between the femur and lower abdomen—to open up the space, or move on to a different variation.

Practice your hip stretches two to three times each week; be sure to stay for a minute or two to breathe and relax into each one. Not only will the buttock muscles let go and lengthen but you’ll also have a chance to release any tendencies to keep a hard grip on your life.

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Julie Gudmestad is a physical therapist and Iyengar Yoga teacher in Portland, Oregon. She regrets that she cannot respond to requests for personal health advice.




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(The Wall Street Journal) Trump Spoke With Taiwan President in Break With Decades of U.S. Policy


Trump Spoke With Taiwan President in Break With Decades of U.S. Policy

Leaders ‘noted close’ economic, political and security ties, Trump transition team said


(The Guardian) Donald Trump’s phone call with Taiwan president risks China’s wrath


Donald Trump’s phone call with Taiwan president risks China’s wrath

Diplomatic experts predict fraught start to US relations with Beijing after president-elect’s conversation with Tsai Ing-wen

Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen
Donald Trump’s conversation with Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen is set to cause diplomatic waves. Photograph: Chiang Ying-ying/AP

Donald Trump looked to have sparked a potentially damaging diplomatic row with China on Friday after speaking to Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen on the telephone in a move experts said would anger Beijing.

The call, first reported by the Taipei Times and later confirmed by the Financial Times, is thought to be the first between the leader of the island and the US president or president-elect since ties between America and Taiwan were severed in 1979, at Beijing’s behest.

The US closed its embassy in Taiwan – a democratically-ruled island which Beijing considers a breakaway province – in the late 1970s following the historic rapprochement between Beijing and Washington that stemmed from Richard Nixon’s 1972 trip to China.

Since then the US has adhered to the so-called ‘one China’ principle which officially considers the independently governed island part of the same single Chinese nation as the mainland.

Trump’s transition team said Tsai, who was elected Tawain’s first female president in January, had congratulated the billionaire tycoon on his recent victory.

“During the discussion they noted the close economic, political, and security ties that exist between Taiwan and the United States,” it said. “President-elect Trump also congratulated President Tsai on becoming president of Taiwan earlier this year.”

Experts said the unanticipated call would infuriate China’s leaders, even before Trump took office. “This is going to make real waves in Beijing,” said Bill Bishop, a veteran China watcher who runs the Sinocism newsletter from Washington DC. “I think we will see quite the reaction from Beijing … this will put relations from day one into a very difficult place.”

Evan Medeiros, the Asia director at the White House national security council, told the Financial Times: “The Chinese leadership will see this as a highly provocative action, of historic proportions.

“Regardless if it was deliberate or accidental, this phone call will fundamentally change China’s perceptions of Trump’s strategic intentions for the negative. With this kind of move, Trump is setting a foundation of enduring mistrust and strategic competition for US-China relations.”

In an indication that Trump’s team had grasped the potential damage caused to relations with Beijing, the US president-elect later tweeted:

The President of Taiwan CALLED ME today to wish me congratulations on winning the Presidency. Thank you!

However, even that 17-word tweet threatened to further inflame the situation. The traditional US diplomatic formulation for referring to Taiwan’s leader – one specifically designed not to upset Beijing – is “the president on Taiwan” rather than “the president of Taiwan”.

In a second tweet addressing criticism of the call Trump wrote:

Interesting how the U.S. sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call.

Bishop said it was hard to know whether the call was the result of a deliberate policy move by Trump or merely an intervention by a member of his staff who was friendly towards Tsai Ing-wen and Taipei.

Trump adviser Peter Navarro, an economics professor, travelled to Taiwan in the first half of this year at the invitation of its ministry of foreign affairs.

In a recent article for Foreign Policy magazine, Navarro said Barack Obama’s treatment of Taiwan had been “egregious”, adding: “This beacon of democracy in Asia is perhaps the most militarily vulnerable US partner anywhere in the world.”

Paul Haenle, the head of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Centre in Beijing, said the call would serve as “a reality check” for many in Beijing who had expected Trump would be transactional and pragmatic leader who might begin a US retreat from Asia and would not challenge China on issues such as human rights.

Trump’s unpredictable moves now threatened to inject fresh uncertainty into Washington-Beijing ties.

“Former president George W. Bush, who I worked for as China director on the National Security Council staff, always operated from a principle of ‘no surprises’, which he believed was a key stabilising feature in the relationship with China,” said Haenle, a veteran US diplomat.
“The alternative – catching China by surprise on some of the most sensitive and longstanding areas of disagreement in our relationship – presents enormous risks and potential detriment for this consequential relationship.”

Bishop said Beijing’s immediate reaction would be a “rhetorical explosion” but that the longer-term consequences were altogether more unpredictable.

“If the US starts to change the one China policy, that puts US-China relations into uncharted territory,” he said.

Speaking to CNN’s Anderson Cooper, senior Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway defended the president-elect’s unorthodox move.


“I’m pretty certain that president-elect Obama spoke to world leaders in preparation for taking over as commander-in-chief,” she said. Pressed that Obama never broke with US diplomatic policy in this way, Conway said that Trump was “fully briefed and fully knowledgeable about these issues.”

In a statement on Saturday morning, president Tsai’s office confirmed that the call had taken place at 11pm local time on Friday night, and that the conversation had lasted about ten minutes.

Taiwan’s National Security Council secretary general Joseph Wu, foreign minister David Lee, and acting secretary general Liu Shih-fang, were all present during the call.

The statement said that president Tsai congratulated the president-elect on his successful election and was certain his performance would be “outstanding” in office.

The two leaders exchanged “views and ideas” about future governance, in particular focusing on economic development and “strengthening” national defence.

They also discussed the regional situation in Asia and the strengthening of bilateral relations between Taiwan and the US, with Tsai expressing the hope that Washington would continue to support Taipei internationally.

Beijing has been scrambling to understand what a Trump White House might mean for already fraught US-China relations since his election last month, with some predicting an unexpected rapprochement and others a trade war.

On Friday Xi Jinping held a 90-minute meeting with Henry Kissinger, a longstanding go-between for Washington and Beijing, in the Chinese capital to discuss relations between the two countries.

According to Xinhua, China’s official news agency, Xi told Kissinger: “China will work closely with the United States at a new starting point to maintain the smooth transition of ties and stable growth”.

“The two countries should properly handle their different views and divergences in a constructive manner,” Xi reportedly added.

That relationship is likely to be come under sudden and renewed strain in the wake of Trump’s call with Tsai.

“This adds a level of risk to US-China relations that we haven’t seen in a very long time,” said Bishop.

“This is the third rail of US-China relations. For Trump to come in and basically look like he is setting aside decades of US policy towards [China/Taiwan] relations has to be quite worrisome for them. There is a lot of uncertainty about what Trump is going to do.

“It’s unclear who his advisers are, although certainly the ones who have been named have argued over the years for the US to change the relationship we have with Taiwan; to make the US-Taiwan relationship more important and upend the one China policy that we have had in place since the 1970s. So this could set off a lot of alarm bells in Beijing.”

In the lead-up to Friday’s call with Tsai, Trump’s team had reportedly been looking into the possibility of investing in luxury hotels in Taiwan.

In mid-November the mayor of Taoyuan, a city in northwest Taiwan, confirmed that a representative of the president-elect had flown into his city to examine business opportunities at Aerotropolis, a sprawling development of luxury waterside homes and industrial parks near its international airport.

The Taiwan News website reported that Eric Trump, the incoming president’s son, was also planning a trip to Taiwan this year.


(BBC) Trump breaks US policy stance with direct Taiwan call


Trump breaks US policy stance with direct Taiwan call

US President-elect Donald Trump. Photo: 19 November 2016Image copyrightAP
Image captionDonald Trump’s team said he “congratulated" Tsai Ing-wen on becoming the president of Taiwan in January

US President-elect Donald Trump has spoken directly with the president of Taiwan – breaking with US policy set in 1979 when formal relations were cut.

Mr Trump’s transition team said he and Tsai Ing-wen noted “close economic, political, and security ties" between the US and Taiwan in a phone call.

The move risks angering China, which sees Taiwan as a breakaway province.

Mr Trump tweeted that Ms Tsai called him, to congratulate him on winning the US election.

His team said that the president-elect “congratulated" Ms Tsai on becoming the president of Taiwan in January’s elections.

Tweet by Trump saying Image copyrightTWITTER

It is highly unusual for a US president or president-elect to speak to a Taiwanese leader directly.

The White House has said Mr Trump’s conversation did not signal any change in US policy.

China has hundreds of missiles pointing towards Taiwan, and has threatened to use force if it seeks independence.

Beijing has so far made no public comment on the latest development.

President Tsai Ing-wen waves to the crowd after her swearing in, with a man in a white military uniform standing behind her, in Taipei on 20 May 2016Image copyrightEPA
Image captionMs Tsai’s presidency is expected to see a change in the relationship between Taipei and Beijing

President Tsai, Taiwan’s first female leader, led the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to a landslide victory in the poll.

The DPP has traditionally leaned towards independence from China.

Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan’s shy but steely leader

Washington cut formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan in 1979, expressing its support for Beijing’s “One China" policy.

President Tsai’s administration does not accept the policy, which states that the Taiwan is part of China.

The US still maintains friendly non-official relations with Taiwan.

Following Mr Trump’s telephone conversation, the White House said the US remained firmly committed to its “One China" policy.

“Our fundamental interest is in peaceful and stable cross-strait relations," said Ned Price, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council.


Meanwhile, Mr Trump is also reported to have invited President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines to the White House next year during a “very engaging, animated" phone conversation, according to one of Mr Duterte’s aides.

But a statement issued by Trump’s transition team made no mention of an invitation.

The Philippines leader has had disagreements with President Barack Obama and has in the past insulted him. Mr Obama cancelled a planned meeting with him in September.


(The New York Times) Trump Speaks With Taiwan’s Leader, an Affront to China



President-elect Donald J. Trump at the Carrier plant in Indianapolis on Thursday.CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump spoke by telephone with Taiwan’s president on Friday, a striking break with nearly four decades of diplomatic practice that could precipitate a major rift with China even before Mr. Trump takes office.

Mr. Trump’s office said he spoke with the Taiwanese president, Tsai Ing-wen, “who offered her congratulations.” He is believed to be the first president or president-elect who has spoken to a Taiwanese leader since at least 1979, when the United States severed diplomatic ties with Taiwan as part of its recognition of the People’s Republic of China.

In the statement, Mr. Trump’s office said the two leaders noted “the close economic, political, and security ties” between Taiwan and the United States. Mr. Trump, it said, “also congratulated President Tsai on becoming President of Taiwan earlier this year.”

Mr. Trump’s motives in taking the call were not clear. In a Twitter message late Friday, he said Ms. Tsai “CALLED ME.”

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But diplomats with ties to Taiwan said it was highly unlikely that the Taiwanese leader would have made the call without arranging it in advance, and Taiwan’s Central News Agency hailed it as “historic.”

The president-elect has shown little heed for the nuances of international diplomacy, holding a series of unscripted phone calls to foreign leaders that have roiled sensitive relationships with Britain, India and Pakistan. On Thursday, the White House urged Mr. Trump to use experts from the State Department to prepare him for these exchanges.

The White House was not told about Mr. Trump’s call until after it happened, according to a senior administration official. The potential fallout from the conversation was significant, this official said, noting that the Chinese government issued a bitter protest after the United States sold weapons to Taiwan as part of a well-established arms agreement grudgingly accepted by Beijing.

Mr. Trump’s call with President Tsai is a bigger provocation, though the Chinese government did not immediately issue a formal response. Beijing views Taiwan as a breakaway province and has adamantly opposed the attempts of any country to carry on official relations with it.

On Nov. 14, Mr. Trump spoke with Xi Jinping, China’s president, and a statement from Mr. Trump’s transition team said the two men had a “clear sense of mutual respect.”


President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan.CreditRitchie B. Tongo/European Pressphoto Agency

Initial reaction from China about Friday’s telephone call was surprise, verging on disbelief. “This is a big event, the first challenge the president-elect has made to China,” said Shi Yinhong, professor of international relations at Renmin University in Beijing. “This must be bad news for the Chinese leadership.”

Official state-run media have portrayed Mr. Trump in a positive light, casting him as a businessman China could get along with. He was favored among Chinese commentators during the election over Hillary Clinton, who was perceived as being too hard on China.

Mr. Trump’s exchange touched “the most sensitive spot” for China’s foreign policy, Mr. Shi said. The government, he said, would most likely interpret it as encouraging Ms. Tsai, the leader of the party that favors independence from the mainland, to continue to resist pressure from Beijing.

Among diplomats in the United States, there was similar shock. “This is a change of historic proportions,” said Evan Madeiros, a former senior director of Asian affairs in the Obama administration. “The real question is, what are the Chinese going to do?”

“This is not only suggesting that the basis of the relationship with China may not be respected,” Mr. Madeiros added, “but also that the Trump presidency is willing to give Taiwan enhanced status, perhaps equivalent to diplomatic status.”

Ties between the United States and Taiwan are currently managed through quasi-official institutions. The American Institute in Taiwan issues visas and provides other basic consular services, and Taiwan has an equivalent institution with offices in several cities in the United States.

These arrangements are the outgrowth of the so-called One China policy that has governed relations between the United States and China since President Richard M. Nixon’s historic meeting with Mao Zedong in Beijing in 1972. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter formally recognized Beijing as the sole government of China, abrogating its ties with Taipei a year later.

The call also raised questions of conflicts of interest.

Reports in the Taiwanese press said that Mr. Trump has explored building a luxury hotel as part of a major development next to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. The reports cited the mayor of Taoyuan, Cheng Wen-tsan, as confirming that a representative of the Trump Organization visited in September and that Mr. Trump’s son Eric planned to visit by the end of the year.

A spokeswoman for the Trump Organization, Amanda Miller, said the company had “no plans for expansion into Taiwan nor is Eric Trump planning a visit.” She did not address whether an official had visited.

Mr. Trump’s call with the Taiwanese president came just as President Obama delivered a more subtle, but also aggressive, rebuff of China: He blocked, by executive order, an effort by Chinese investors to buy a semiconductor production firm called Aixtron.

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Mr. Obama took the action on national security grounds, after an intelligence review concluded that the technology could be used for “military applications” and help provide an “overall technical body of knowledge and experience” to the Chinese.

The decision is likely to accelerate tension with Beijing, as Chinese authorities make it extraordinarily difficult for American technology companies, including Google and Facebook, to gain access to the Chinese market, and Washington seeks to slow China’s acquisition of critical technology.

Mr. Trump has made little effort to avoid antagonizing China. He hascharacterized climate change as a “Chinese hoax,” designed to undermine the American economy. He has said that China’s manipulation of its currency deepened a trade deficit with the United States. And he has threatened to impose a 45 percent tariff on Chinese goods, a proposal that critics said would set off a trade war.

By happenstance, just hours before Mr. Trump’s conversation with Ms. Tsai, Henry A. Kissinger, the former secretary of state who designed the “One China” policy, was in Beijing meeting with Mr. Xi. It was unclear if Mr. Kissinger, 93, was carrying any message from Mr. Trump, with whom he met again recently in his role as the Republican Party’s foreign policy sage.

“The presidential election has taken place in the United States and we are now in the key moment. We, on the Chinese side, are watching the situation very closely. Now it is in the transition period,” Mr. Xi told Mr. Kissinger in front of a group of reporters.

“Overall,” he said, “we hope to see the China-U.S. relationship moving ahead in a sustained and stable manner.”

A small, hardline faction of Republicans has periodically urged a more confrontational approach to Beijing, and many of President George W. Bush’s advisers were pressing such an approach in the first months of his presidency in 2001. But the attacks of Sept. 11 defused that move, and Iraq became the No. 1 enemy. After that, Mr. Bush needed China — for North Korea diplomacy, counterterrorism and as an economic partner — and any movement toward confrontation was squashed.

For his part, Mr. Trump has shown little concern about ruffling feathers in his exchanges with leaders. He also spoke on Friday with the Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, who has called Mr. Obama a “son of a whore,” threatened to shift Manila’s focus to China, and been accused of ordering the extrajudicial killings of thousands of suspected drug dealers.

Earlier this week, Mr. Trump appeared to accept an invitation from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to visit Pakistan, a country that Mr. Obama has steered clear of in his nearly eight years in office, largely because of tensions between Washington and Islamabad over counterterrorism policy and nuclear proliferation.


Lawmakers expressed alarm at the implications of Mr. Trump’s freewheeling approach.

Senator Chris Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, learned of the Taiwan call before taking off on a plane, and dashed off a quick series of Twitter posts.

What has happened in the last 48 hours is not a shift. These are major pivots in foreign policy w/out any plan. That’s how wars start,” Mr. Murphy wrote. “It’s probably time we get a Secretary of State nominee on board. Preferably w experience. Like, really really soon.”


(CNN)Trump risks showdown with China after call with Taiwan


Trump risks showdown with China after call with Taiwan

(CNN)President-elect Donald Trump spoke with the President of Taiwan Friday, according to a statement from his transition team, in a move that threatens to trigger a diplomatic showdown with China.

“President-elect Trump spoke with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, who offered her congratulations," Trump’s transition team said in a statement. “During the discussion, they noted the close economic, political, and security ties exists between Taiwan and the United States. President-elect Trump also congratulated President Tsai on becoming President of Taiwan earlier this year."
Trump’s conversation marks the first publicly reported call between a US President or President-elect and the leader of Taiwan since Washington established diplomatic relations with Beijing in 1979, said Bonnie Glaser, a China expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
The telephone call is certain to incense China, which considers Taiwan a renegade province. It is the first major sign of the unpredictability that Trump has vowed to bring to long-held US relations with the rest of the world.
The call, first reported by the Financial Times, risks throwing US-China relations into a tailspin before Trump takes the oath of office on January 20. China’s state-run CCTV quickly issued a statement saying Trump made “an unprecedented break with the One-China Policy and accepted US-Mainland protocol."
“There is no immediate reaction from the Chinese government to this call," the statement continued. “The Mainland says it firmly opposes official contact in any form between Washington and Taipei."
Trump on Friday night said Taipei initiated the call.
“The President of Taiwan CALLED ME today to wish me congratulations on winning the Presidency. Thank you!" tweeted the President-elect.
He soon followed up by tweeting, “Interesting how the U.S. sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call."
Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s campaign manager, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on “AC360″ that she wouldn’t go beyond the call readout from the transition team statement. But the President-elect was fully aware of the call’s implications, Conway suggested.
“He either will disclose or not disclose the full contents of that conversation but he’s well aware of what US policy has been," Conway said.

‘No change’

By Friday night China has already reached out to the Obama administration. White House officials declined to comment on diplomatic discussions.
Ned Price, a spokesman for the US National Security Council, said “there is no change to our longstanding policy on cross-Strait issues."
“We remain firmly committed to our ‘one China’ policy based on the three Joint Communiques and the Taiwan Relations Act," he said. “Our fundamental interest is in peaceful and stable cross-Strait relations."
A different Obama administration official said there was no contact with either the White House nor the State Department about the call beforehand.
Stephen Yates, a fellow at the Heritage Foundation who is an adviser to Trump’s transition, is in Taiwan and helped facilitate the call, according to a source familiar with the visit. Yates was an Asia adviser to former Vice President Dick Cheney and is very supportive of Taiwan.
“This could be damaging," said Barry Pavel, director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council. “We’ll see the Chinese reaction in several hours. I don’t expect it to be pretty."
The danger, Pavel said, is that “the Chinese are going to think it was deliberate and that this is the beginning of a hostile policy by the Trump administration, upending the basic geometry of diplomatic relations between the US and China since 1979."
The President-elect vowed in his election campaign to take a tough line toward Beijing. He vowed to brand it a currency manipulator and warned the Asian giant is committing “rape" against American workers with its trade policy.
It was not immediately clear whether Trump’s move in talking to Tsai was a deliberate shot across China’s bows, or whether it was a product of his and his team’s inexperience in foreign policy.
Glaser, the Asia expert at CSIS, said that the President-elect’s call would worry China, but won’t necessarily convince Beijing that it was impossible to have a functioning relationship with the Trump administration.
“I do think that the Chinese will be worried and they will first of all make some public statement," Glaser said.
“They will remind the US that obligations are to have an unofficial relationship with Taiwan," Glaser continued. “In private, I expect a little bit of a sharper message that they will deliver to the Trump team."
Earlier Friday, China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang had warned about the need for the US to respect the One China policy.
“We urge the US side to strictly adhere to the one-China policy, abide by the principles of the three Sino-U.S. joint communiques, be cautious in handling the Taiwan issue and never turn back the wheel of history, lest the overall situation of China-U.S. relations be impaired," he said.

One China Policy

US relations with Taiwan and China are governed by a set of protocols known as the One China Policy. The United States acknowledged China’s claim that there is one China and that Taiwan is part of China in a joint communique signed in 1979 at the time of the formal establishment of relations between Washington and Beijing.
Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations committee, publicly blasted Trump for the move in a series of tweets. While it will soon be Trump’s right to shift policy, alliances and strategy, Murphy said “what has happened in the last 48 hours is not a shift. These are major pivots in foreign policy w/out any plan. That’s how wars start."
He added that “if they aren’t pivots – just radical temporary deviations – allies will walk if they have no clue what we stand for. Just as bad."
Michael Green, who served as President George W. Bush’s special assistant for national security affairs, said that while Trump’s call was a huge breach in protocol, the idea of closer ties with Taiwan is not unprecedented. He expects things will normalize, but not before some stormy seas.
“The Chinese will go ballistic," Green said. “They will have to, and they will warn the US publicly and will find ways to warn them privately, about this."
Richard Bush, the former managing director of the American Institute in Taiwan, which is the official channel of US interests on the island, said the call is a significant development. But he said it isn’t “technically" a breach of the unofficial status of Washington-Taipei relations because Trump isn’t yet in the White House.
“China has a couple of options here," he said. “It could choose to be unhappy about this, but not make it a big issue. The other way they could see it is the first step in a kind of probe towards moving towards an official relationship."
He added: China “might calculate that it is better to react vigorously and strongly with the first step rather than wait for the situation to get worse."
Mike Pillsbury, a China adviser to Trump during the campaign who served under Presidents Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush and Obama, suggested people were over-reacting. He said Trump’s call is like many of the dozens he has made and taken since Election Day with world leaders.
“It shouldn’t be seen as a departure from norms," Pillsbury said. “We should have warmer ties with Taiwan. And it can be done without alienating Beijing. Indeed over the last decade, Taipei has pursued closer relations with the mainland. We too can do both. The zero sum mentality is an old way of thinking."
But Pavel, of the Atlantic Council, said that Trump isn’t even president yet and therefore shouldn’t make new policy.
“We can only have one president at a time," Pavel said.
And if Trump’s move was deliberate, it should have been preceded by other policy measures to prepare the ground.
It’s not the first time a Trump call to a foreign leader has raised eyebrows. Indeed, Murphy told CNN that his tweets referred not just to Trump’s Taiwan call, but also to an invitation to visit the US that Trump extended to Rodrigo Duterte, the controversial president of the Philippines, along with communication with Pakistan.

Call with Pakistan

On Wednesday, Trump called Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. According to the Prime Minister’s office, Trump told Sharif that he is a “terrific guy," that his country is “amazing with tremendous opportunities," and that he would “love" to come to Sharif’s “fantastic country" for a visit.
That would mark the first presidential visit to Pakistan in more than a decade. Previous presidents have withheld such a gesture in part because of security concerns, but also due to tensions between the two countries. The US has expressed repeated concerns over Pakistan’s support for militants along the border with Afghanistan. Relations became even chillier after the discovery that Osama bin Laden had been hiding in northeastern Pakistan and, later that year, Islamabad shut off NATO supply routes to Afghanistan.
In that call, Trump also apparently told the Pakistani leader that he is “ready and willing to play any role that you want me to play to address and find solutions to the outstanding problems."
Southeast Asia experts and political analysts expressed concern that India would interpret that as an attempt to mediate India’s dispute with Pakistan.
“Our relationship with Pakistan is one of the most sensitive and difficult relationships in the world," CNN political analyst David Gergen said about the call with Sharif. Usually, a president would make that call with aides and national security advisers nearby, Gergen said.
“You’d carefully think through any call like that, you’d make your two or three points, [then] over and out," he said. “Especially don’t leave them in a position where they could put out something so gushing that it hurts your relationship with India."
Sadanand Dhume, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, said that in India, “as in many parts of Asia, people are very unsettled by a sense of uncertainty" about the Trump presidency. But he added that policy makers in Delhi “are taking that phone call with Nawaz Sharif neither seriously or literally, so talk of this potentially derailing India US relations are premature."
“People are talking about that call," he said, “but basically it’s a party joke. It’s entertainment. It’s unbelievable. No one doubts Trump really said it."


(ABCNews) Trump Speaks With Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen, Breaking Policy


Trump Speaks With Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen, Breaking Policy

PHOTO: Taiwan President Tsai Ying-wen in Taipei, Taiwan, May 20, 2016; President-elect Donald Trump in Cincinnati, Dec. 1, 2016. Ashley Pon/Getty Images; John Minchillo/AP Photo
WATCH Donald Trump Begins ‘Thank You Tour’ of Key Swing States

President-elect Donald Trump today spoke with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen by phone, according to the Trump transition team, breaking with decades of delicate U.S. policy on China.

Since 1979, a phone call between a U.S. president-elect and a Taiwanese leader has never been publicly reported, according to Center for Strategic and International Studies China expert Bonnie Glaser.

During the conversation, the Taiwanese president offered her congratulations and Trump offered the same to her for her election victory this year, according to a Trump team press release. They discussed the “close economic, political, and security ties between Taiwan and the United States," the Trump transition team said.

That the conversation took place at all is “highly unusual" and “significant," said Dr. Claude Rakisits, of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, an expert in U.S.-South Asian affairs.

“The fact that Trump actually spoke with Taiwan [president] would irritate the communist leaders in China, in Beijing, because they would wonder, ‘Is this an indication of the sort of relationship that one could expect between the U.S. and China during his presidency?'"

Taiwan’s status has been a sensitive topic in the United States’ relationship with China. The U.S. has maintained a “one China" policy since establishing diplomatic relations with Beijing in 1979, meaning that it has not recognized Taiwan as its own country, but rather as a part of China.

But the U.S. does maintain a “robust unofficial relationship" with Taiwan and commits to defending it in the event of a Chinese attack.

Since it split from the Chinese mainland in a 1949 civil war, Taiwan has maintained that it is an independent nation, despite China’s and the United States’ denial of this claim, and has seen a growing body of support among Taiwanese youth.

A spokesperson for the National Security Council said there is “no change to our longstanding policy on cross-Strait issues. We remain firmly committed to our ‘one China’ policy based on the three Joint Communiques and the Taiwan Relations Act."

In the past, President-Elect Donald Trump has voiced support for a weapons deal with Taiwan, advocating a tough stance against China.

Why is @BarackObama delaying the sale of F-16 aircraft to Taiwan? Wrong message to send to China.


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8 Ways (Besides Handstand) to Use a Wall in Your Yoga Practice


8 Ways (Besides Handstand) to Use a Wall in Your Yoga Practice

From opening the body to stabilizing a pose, there are many ways the wall can assist you in your yoga practice. Discover 8 ways to modify, deepen, and explore poses with this prop everyone has at home.

Let’s take a minute to talk about the wall. It’s a yogi’s best friend—there to catch your heels when you kick up into Handstand and support your legs when you need to rest and restore in Viparita Karani. From opening the body to stabilizing a pose, there are many ways the wall can assist you in your yoga practice. Even better, it can be a great teacher in your home practice.

Here, discover 8 ways to modify, deepen, and explore poses with this prop everyone has at home.

  • Forward Fold Against a Wall

    Forward Fold Against a Wall

    Think you’ve just about reached your limit in Standing Forward Bend? Then it’s time to take your butt to a wall and explore new depths in your Uttanasana.

    Standing in front of a wall, facing away from it, come into a forward fold with your feet hip-width apart and knees bent. Bring your butt against the wall. Press down through the inner edges of your feet, as you begin to lift your sitting bones higher up the wall to straighten your legs. To go deeper, step back until your heels are touching the baseboard.

    Another way to deepen your Uttanasana: Face the wall and fold forward, walking your upper back against the wall to coax your chest closer to your legs. Engage your leg muscles, press down through your inner feet to lift your sitting bones higher, and lengthen your sternum toward the tops of your feet.

  • Revolved Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose with Top Foot Anchored

    Revolved Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose with Top Foot Anchored

    A combination of balancing and twisting that requires a decent amount of hamstring length to perform, Revolved Hand-to-Big-Toe is a complicated pose. Stabilizing your top foot against a wall allows you to experience and explore the pose in all of its nuances, while receiving all of the same benefits.

    Coming into the pose with the lifted foot flat against the wall can be tricky, but once you’re there you’ll love the stability it gives you to stand tall and twist. Stand facing the wall at about a leg’s length away from the wall with your feet outer hip-width apart. With your hands on your hips, bend both knees and bring the ball of your right foot up onto the wall as high as you can get it. Then start to straighten both legs, pulling back through the outer edge of your lifted right hip as you press your heel into the wall. Reach your arms up overhead, press down through your bottom heel and lift up through your spine. Exhale and twist right, bringing your right arm back and left arm toward the wall (don’t worry about touching your left fingers to the wall). Drop down through your outer right hip as you lengthen your side bodies and twist over your right leg.

  • Twisted Half Moon Pose with Top Foot Anchored

    Twisted Half Moon Pose with Top Foot Anchored

    This is the same idea as Revolved Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose. Stabilizing the lifted leg in Twisted Half Moon Pose is going to allow you to experience and explore the pose more deeply—giving you a much better idea of what it takes to do it away from the wall.

    With two blocks, stand about a leg’s length away from the wall with your back to it and feet parallel and inner hip-distance apart. Bend your knees and fold forward into Uttanasana. Inhale, straighten your arms, lengthening halfway out until your back is flat. Place your hands on blocks directly beneath your shoulders. Lift your left leg back and up, placing the foot on the wall behind you parallel to the floor, as best you can. Check that your left toes are pointing straight down and not out to the left. With your left hand on the block under your left shoulder, bring your right hand to your outer right hip. With your right hand press your outer right hip back toward the wall behind you. Inhale and lengthen your sternum forward; exhale and slowly begin to twist right, taking your right shoulder further back. When you’re ready take your right arm up to the sky. Push your back foot into the wall and practice lifting your torso up away from the floor and leaning back away from your standing leg. Take a few breaths and bring your lifted food to the floor to return to a forward fold.

  • King Arthur’s Pose

    King Arthur’s Pose

    Need a deeper thigh stretch? Look no further — King Arthur’s Pose (only done at the wall) is indeed the ruler of intense quad openers.

    Be nice to your knees and place a folded blanket or mat down on the floor at the base of a wall for padding. Then come onto your hands and knees with the soles of your feet against the wall behind you. Bring your right knee to the base of the wall, pointing your right foot and shin straight up it. Step your left foot outside your left hand on the floor in front of you, coming into a Low Lunge with your left heel flat and left knee stacked over ankle. (If you have tighter hips try coming into the pose with your hands on a pair of blocks instead of the floor.) Bring your elbows up onto your front knee. Press your hips back toward the wall. As you’re ready, pull your waistline back and begin to lift up through your chest, placing your hands on your left knee and straightening your arms. Lengthen down through your tailbone as you lightly lift your low belly and extend up through your spine.

    To deepen the stretch, bring your butt all the way back to the wall behind you with the inner edge of your right foot outside your outer right hip before bringing your torso upright. Root down through your front heel, as you use your hands against your front knee to press your shoulders back to the wall. If the shoulders touch the wall, extend your arms overhead and press the backs of both hands into the wall. Lengthen your tailbone and draw your low ribs in. Breathe.

  • Side Plank Variations with Bottom Foot Wedged Against Baseboard

    Side Plank Variations with Bottom Foot Wedged Against Baseboard

    Whether you’re working on Kapinjalasana, full Vasisthasana, Visvamitrasana, or any number of Side Plank Pose variations, letting the wall support and stabilize your bottom foot can be a game changer. Allow the rest of the pose to unfold from there.

    To keep things simple, let’s try a modified version of Kapinjalasana (Partridge Pose). With the short edge of your mat against a wall, come into Downward-Facing Dog with your heels up the wall. Bring your left leg over to touch your right. Spread your fingers, root down through the inner edge of your right hand, pointing your right index finger straight forward or slightly to the right. Roll to the outer edge of your right foot, coming into a Side Plank with both feet on the wall. Continue to root down through the inner edge of your bottom hand and lift your right chest up toward your chin. Lift your hips up away from the floor and back toward the wall. Press the sole of your right foot firmly into the wall and play with lifting your left leg up and grabbing your foot behind you with your left hand. Root down through your bottom hand and foot as you press your left foot into your left hand, bowing open.

  • Core Work in L-Shape

    Core Work in L-Shape

    While we promised no handstands, I had to sneak in this killer core workout on your hands in L-Shape (technically still not a Handstand).

    For those not familiar with L-Shape here’s how you set it up: Come onto all fours with your hands under shoulders, knees under hips and the soles of your feet pressing into the base of the wall. Tuck your toes under on the floor and straighten your legs, coming into a shortened version of Down Dog at the wall. Then take one foot up the wall with your toes curled under at about the height of your hips. Begin to straighten the raised leg, pressing the sole of your foot into the wall, and sending your hips over your shoulders as you bring the second leg up to join the first. Once you’re comfortable in L-Shape with your hands, shoulders, and hips stacked, draw your floating ribs in toward your core and slowly begin to lift one leg toward the ceiling, stopping when your heel is directly over your tailbone. Keeping your lifted leg straight, lower your leg back down, pulling back through your core and brushing the sole of your foot along the wall on its way down. Now bend your top knee and tap your bottom toes on the floor before taking the leg all the way back up to the sky. Press down strongly through your inner palms, move slow, and stay integrated. Repeat three 3 on each leg before come down.

  • Monkey Pose with Back Foot Anchored

    Monkey Pose with Back Foot Anchored

    Anchoring your back foot against a wall in Hanumanasana does two things: (1) it helps stabilize your pelvis by keeping your back leg internally rotated; and (2) it gives you a boundary to press into, which in return helps you deepen the pose.

    Fold a mat in half and place it on the floor at the base of the wall with a flatly folded blanket directly in front of it. Come into a Low Lunge with your left knee on the mat, left foot pressing into the wall behind you, and your right heel on the blanket. Slowly start to press your front heel forward, deepening into the pose. Then pause and reorganize. Spread your right toes, press forward through the mound of the big toe as you pull back through the pinkie-side of your front foot and draw your outer right hip back. Press the inner edge of your back foot into the wall with your heel pointing straight up, as you turn your outer left hip forward and down, and slowly press your front heel forward, lengthening out toward Hanumanasana. Pay attention to your back foot and leg, keeping an internal rotation to your back leg and outer left hip forward. Once you’ve come as far down into the pose as you’d like, keep pressing through the inner edge of your back foot and strongly draw back through your front heel and outer right hip. Take 5 breaths and slowly pull back through your front heel to exit the pose.

  • King Cobra with Shins Up the Wall

    King Cobra with Shins Up the Wall

    Dream of dropping your head back onto your toes in King Cobra Pose? Then head to a wall with your mat and learn what it takes to stabilize, lengthen, lift, and curl into this deep backbend—and make the seemingly impossible possible.

    Start lying facedown with your knees inner hip-distance apart at the base of the wall and shins straight up the wall, bringing your legs as close to 90 degrees as possible. Place your palms flat on the mat beneath your elbows on either side of your low ribs. Spreading your fingers, press your palms down and draw the heads of your arm bones away from the floor. At the same time, push your thigh bones down into the floor and shin bones into the wall behind you, helping to stabilize your low back. Keeping all of that, begin to press down and resist back against the mat with your palms as your lift your chest away from the floor. Push down through your knees and lightly draw your pubic bone in and up, and lengthen your spine. Lifting up through the sides of your chest, broaden your collarbones, engage the bottom tips of your shoulder blades down your back and forward through your heart center, curling your sternum forward and up. Lengthen the sides of your neck as you bring your head back toward your feet. Take a few breaths. If you experience any pain in your low back, gently come out of the pose. To release bring your head back up to neutral, gazing straight ahead, and slowly begin to re-bend the elbows along the sides of your body as you lower your torso back to the floor.

  • About Our Writer

    About Our Writer

    Meagan McCrary is a 500 E-RYT and writer with a passion for helping people find more comfort, clarity, compassion, and joy on the mat and in life. She’s the author of Pick Your Yoga Practice: Exploring and Understanding Different Styles of Yoga, an encyclopedia of modern yoga systems, as well as a contributor at yogajournal.com. Living in Los Angeles, Meagan teaches at various Equinox Sports Clubs and at Wanderlust Hollywood.

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Want to make your city healthier? Plant a tree


Want to make your city healthier? Plant a tree

This article is published in collaboration with Project Syndicate.
People take a stroll on a sunny autumn day down a tree-lined path in Bordeaux, southwestern France, October 5, 2014  REUTERS/Regis Duvignau (FRANCE - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY) - RTR490CK

There is a beautifully simple action that leaders can take: plant more trees.
Image: REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
Written by
Pascal MittermaierGlobal Managing Director for Cities, The Nature Conservancy
Thursday 3 November 2016
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Last May, I had the dubious fortune of visiting Mumbai, India during the city’s hottest month on record. Temperatures remained at over 40°C (104°F) for days at time. The difference between standing in the shade of a tree and standing in full sunlight was like night and day.

Such heat waves are not merely uncomfortable. They pose a serious health threat – one that is often overlooked when addressing extreme weather.

In fact, heat waves account for more deaths than any other type of weather-related event, killing more than 12,000 people worldwide each year. The danger is particularly pronounced in cities, where the “urban heat island” effect results in temperatures as much as 12°C higher than in less-developed areas nearby. And the issue is not confined to tropical cities like Mumbai. In August 2003, a devastating heat wave across Europe killed more than 3,000 people in Paris alone.

Making matters worse, cities tend to have higher rates of air pollution, especially fine particulate matter (PM) resulting from the combustion of fossil fuels and biomass, which contributes to up to three million deaths every year. For many city residents, the greatest health and safety threat is the air around them.

Image: WHO

Already, the World Health Organization estimates that 92% of the world’s population is exposed to dangerous air pollution. Given rapid urbanization – up to 70% of all people will live in cities by 2050 – the rate of exposure to higher levels of pollution is rising rapidly.

But urbanization doesn’t have to create a health crisis. In fact, there is a beautifully simple action that municipal leaders can take to reduce both extreme heat and air pollution: plant more trees.

Trees and other vegetation naturally cool the air around them by shading surfaces and releasing water vapor. Moreover, their leaves act as filters, reducing PM levels in the surrounding 30 meters (nearly 100 feet) by as much as one-quarter. It is a one-two punch of environmental action.

My organization, The Nature Conservancy, has carried out a study of 245 citiesaround the world that stand to benefit from tree-planting initiatives, estimating their potential return on investment in terms of both temperature and PM. Given that the most significant effects of trees are highly localized, we found that densely populated megacities in Pakistan, India, and other parts of South and Southeast Asia would benefit most.

The highly localized effects of trees mean that planting them can provide highly targeted benefits, even in cities that ostensibly have plenty of green space. Consider Louisville, Kentucky.

With its lush parks and shaded neighborhoods, it would appear to have little in common with Mumbai or Karachi. Yet there are neighborhoods in Louisville with minimal tree cover, making the city one of the fastest-growing heat islands in the United States – and prompting The Nature Conservancy to initiate a targeted tree-planting effort.

Countless other neighborhoods worldwide could benefit from similar initiatives. Areas with vulnerable populations – near schools and hospitals, for example – are particularly good candidates for such efforts. Trees can even be used as a natural screen against pollution from highways or industrial areas.

Worldwide, $100 million of annual investment in tree-planting initiatives could provide as many as 68 million people with significant reductions in PM levels, while also providing 77 million people a reduction of 1°C in air temperature. An investment equivalent to $4 per person could save 11,000-36,000 lives annually and reduce adverse health effects for tens of millions of people.

That return on investment is comparable to estimates for other strategies, such as industrial scrubbers, limits on automobile traffic, and use of light-colored building materials that absorb less heat. All of these strategies have a part to play; trees alone won’t solve all of our heat and air-quality issues. But only tree-planting addresses bothurban heat and air pollution.

Trees also offer a host of other benefits for cities. They provide habitat for wildlife, reduce storm-water runoff, and sequester carbon from the atmosphere, which helps to mitigate climate change. There is also a growing body of researchshowing that exposure to trees and other vegetation has a positive effect on mental health, especially for children. All of these co-benefits speak to the wisdom of greater investment in trees and urban green infrastructure such as parks and rain gardens.

The Sustainable Development Goals, which include a dedicated goal for sustainable cities, have established rising temperatures and urban air quality as urgent global issues. Both will be discussed extensively at the annual United Nations Climate Change Conference, which starts next week in Marrakech, Morocco. But these are also local issues, experienced very differently in each city – and even in each neighborhood.

As global action on climate change and sustainability moves forward, municipal leaders can take their own steps, starting with a targeted, localized, and replicable tree-planting strategy that improves the health and wellbeing of their residents. Time to get planting.


Written by

Pascal Mittermaier, Global Managing Director for Cities, The Nature Conservancy

This article is published in collaboration with Project Syndicate.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author alone and not the World Economic Forum.


Luxury Villa With Fantastic Views Over the Hills of Mallorca


Luxury Villa With Fantastic Views Over the Hills of Mallorca

Location: Puerto de Andratx, Mallorca, Spain
Area: 9,580 sqft
Price: $10.1 million
Photo courtesy: Marco Richter

This exclusive villa with separate guest house is situated on a plot of 2.500 m² (26,910 ft²) and offers a living area/floor space of 890 m² (9,580 ft²) divided in 6 bedrooms with bathroom en suite, luxury kitchen, laundry room, storage, 2 living rooms, dining area with fireplace and a garage. The outdoor areas comprise open and covered terraces, well-maintained garden areas with automatic irrigation, a 12m x 4m (39ft x 13ft) swimming pool and a patio. This property is offered furnished.

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Ginger is one of the amazing healthiest spices on the planet, and its innumerate health benefits have been used for centuries.

Therefore, if you have not included it in your diet, yet, we will give you several good reasons to do so! Eating ginger every day for a 30 days can be very beneficial for your health. You will notice the following huge changes in your health:

Helps digestion

Numerous people suffer from dyspepsia, or chronic indigestion, which causes discomfort and stomach pain. Yet, ginger is extremely effective in helping digestion and emptying of the stomach.

Ginger regulates blood sugar and lowers the risk of heart disease

It prevents diabetes, regulates blood sugar, and lowers the risk of developing type 2diabetes and heart disease.

Alleviates muscle pain

Numerous studies have shown that ginger efficiently soothes the pain in the muscles.

Lowers cholesterol levels

Its consumption successfully reduces cholesterol levels.

Fights infections

Its active ingredient, gingerol, lowers the risk of infections, and effectively treats them, as it protects the body from viruses and bacteria, and helps you fight off respiratory infections.

Prevents and treats arthrosis

This common chronic disease leads to stiffness and pain in the joints. On the other hand, the use of ginger has been shown to reduce these symptoms.

Soothes menstrual pain

Ginger is useful in the case of numerous diseases and pain. To treat menstrual pain, all you need to do is to avoid commercial medication but to take a gram of powdered ginger on a daily basis during the first few days of the menstrual cycle.

Treats nausea

You can effectively treat nausea, morning sickness, motion sickness, and nausea due to chemo if you take 1 – 1.5 gram of ginger daily.

Prevents cancer

Ginger also contains another potent ingredient, known as 6-Gingerol, which efficiently prevents cancer.

Source: https://www.healthyfoodplans.net


Place a Few of These Leaves in the Corners of Your House and You Will Never See a Roach Again !!!


Place a Few of These Leaves in the Corners of Your House and You Will Never See a Roach Again !!!

Cockroaches are found anywhere in the world due to their adaptability which is extremely established. This species is one of the most resistant ones in the world, because they can survive high levels of radiation and can even live without food for more than a month at a time.

These types of insects are omnivores and eat both plants and animal-based foods. This is why cockroaches are found everywhere, as they feed on nearly everything they find. In the droppings of cockroaches, there are chemical trace markers.

They leave these markers so that other cockroaches can easily find sources of water or food. This is the main way of communication between the cockroaches which is also one of the reasons why they are able to infest an area very quickly. It is quite remarkable. Still, you should not worry if they have infested your home, because there is a way for you to eliminate these nasty bugs at last for good!

Place a Few of These Leaves in the Corners of Your House and You Will Never See a Roach Again !!!

If you are trying to get rid of the cockroaches from your home, we suggest that you try this trick which has been proven to be efficient. It is especially convenient if you have children or pets, as you will avoid the commercial and dangerous toxins from the store-bought products.

The Surprisingly Powerful and Natural Cockroach Repellent

The best natural cockroach repellent is bay leaves. The leaves of this plant are not able to kill them, but still, they are able to drive them away quickly since the cockroaches cannot bear their smell. All you have to do is to place laurel branches in every corner of your house. You should place about ten bay leaves in the garden or in your kitchen, and you will never see cockroaches strolling around in that area anymore.

Bay leaves are ideal for regions where food is being stored, including the kitchen or the pantry. They are especially great because they are completely safe and do not contain any toxins whatsoever. Also, we suggest that you place bay leaves in your garden, which especially goes for people who have pets. This is a way for you to make sure that you will get rid of the cockroaches without putting your kids or pets in danger.

Use the bay leaves fresh or dry, it is up to you. Still, we recommend that you use the dry ones, as you can easily crush them and make a powder. Also, they produce a much stronger smell compared to the fresh ones, especially if you burn them.


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