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Maverick is not such a maverick that he'd stand up to China in the new Top Gun.

‘Top Gun’ appears to bow to China’s communist party by changing Maverick’s jacket

Now Maverick's patch has flags that look conspicuously like the Japanese and Taiwanese flags, but somehow different.
China's national flag is raised during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the National Stadium, August 8, 2008. The stadium is also known as the Bird's Nest.

China warns the US not to ‘play with fire’ over a $2.2 billion sale of tanks and missiles to Taiwan

The US also hosted Taiwan's elected leader in New York. China says the US moves are nothing more than "a vain plot to suppress China."
People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers take part in a performance during an open day of Stonecutters Island naval base, in Hong Kong, China, June 30, 2019.

A top Chinese diplomat warns of ‘disastrous’ consequences of the US making China an enemy

This came as the Trump administration approved the sale of $2.2 billion worth of arms to Taiwan, enraging the Chinese government.

The US just sold over $2 billion worth of arms to Taiwan — and Beijing isn’t happy

China has always claimed control of Taiwan but has never ruled it, while the US is committed to help Taiwan defend itself under the Taiwan Relations Act.

Hong Kong protests dealt China’s all-powerful Xi Jinping an embarrassing blow that could sting for a while

It's a stinging blow to Chinese President Xi Jinping, who enjoys absolute power on the mainland, but not in China's more far-flung provinces.
About 1,519 Taipei residents have at least $30 million in assets.

What it’s like living as a millionaire in Asia’s ‘stealthy rich city,’ where the ultra-wealthy own more than 5 homes each and ...

Taipei is ranked the ninth in the world by number of ultra-high-net-worth individuals, but the Taiwanese don't flaunt their wealth.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, in November 2017.

Forget the trade war — a bigger conflict between the US and China is playing out right under our noses

By selling $2 billion worth of weapons to Taiwan, the US is continuing to put pressure on China's stated "red line" — the "One China" policy.

The US just quietly challenged China on something Beijing promised to go to war over

No US president for decades has been so supportive of Taiwan, and the US and China now find themselves in uncharted territory.
Two newlywed men walk on a giant rainbow flag at a pro same-sex marriage party after registering their marriage in Taipei, Taiwan May 24, 2019.

Taiwan just held the first gay weddings in all of Asia. But the country’s new law doesn’t apply to all same-sex couples.

Taiwan held its first same-sex weddings on Friday. But the new law only applies to people from Taiwan or other countries with marriage equality.