We are now living on a planet that seems to be burning. The horrific scenes of a city swallowed by firestorms in Nicholas Cage’s 2009 movie “Knowing” now appear less surreal than they used to. This summer, Shenzhen has been sweltering under extreme heat wave conditions, with the mercury hitting 40.2 degrees Celsius on July 25 — the highest ever recorded for July in Shenzhen. Many parts of China have been suffering from heat waves, with more than 900 million people, about 65% of the population, living under some kind of heat warning within a month’s period following June 13.
The 2016 documentary “The Coming War on China” by investigative journalist and filmmaker John Pilger shows that the United States has been encircling China with a “noose” of military bases since the Korean War.
In his latest apology to customers last Monday, Xia Qianliang, the general manager of renowned knife manufacturer Zhang Xiao Quan, said his company is mulling to replace the knives purchased in China in the past five years that accidentally broke, either from their company or an agreed-upon brand.