‘No way to stop it’: millions of pigs culled across Asia as swine fever spreads

Experts say region is losing the battle to stop the biggest animal disease outbreak the planet has ever faced South-east Asia is battling to contain the spread of highly contagious African swine fever, known as pig Ebola, which has already led to the culling of millions of pigs in China and Vietnam. in Hong Kong two separate cases led to there being no fresh pork in the country for a week. White disinfectant powder is sprinkled on the soil around a pig farm in northern Chinas Hebei province. Photograph: Sam McNeil/AP But Pfeiffer was not optimistic Thailand which has more than 2m pigs could resist the pandemic spreading from neighbouring Vietnam and Cambodia, or China, for much longer, saying it …

Revealed: new evidence of China’s mission to raze the mosques of Xinjiang

Guardian and Bellingcat investigation finds more than two dozen Islamic religious sites partly or completely demolished since 2016 Around this time of the year, the edge of the Taklamakan desert in far western China should be overflowing with people. For decades, every spring thousands of Uighur Muslims would converge on the Imam Asim shrine, a group of buildings and fences surrounding a small mud tomb believed to contain the remains of a holy warrior from the eighth century. Pilgrims from across the Hotan oasis would come seeking healing, fertility, and absolution, trekking through the sand in the footsteps of those ahead of them. It was one of the largest shrine festivals in the region. People left offerings and tied pieces …

China will build string of military bases around world, says Pentagon

Locations could include Middle East, Pakistan, and western Pacific to protect Belt and Road Initiative, report says The US Defense Department expects China to add military bases around the world to protect its investments in it ambitious One Belt One Road global infrastructure program, according to an official report released on Thursday. Beijing currently has just one overseas military base, in Djibouti, but is believed planning others, including possibly Pakistan, as it seeks to project itself as a global superpower. Chinas advancement of projects such as the One Belt, One Road Initiative (OBOR) will probably drive military overseas basing through a perceived need to provide security for OBOR projects, the Pentagon said in its annual report to Congress on Chinese …