US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday warned an “increasingly aggressive” China not to attempt to change the status quo around Taiwan, saying to do so would be a “serious mistake.”
“What we’ve seen, and what is of real concern to us, is increasingly aggressive actions by the government in Beijing directed at Taiwan, raising tensions in the [Taiwan] Straits,” Blinken told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
He added that the United States has a long-standing commitment to Taiwan “to make sure that Taiwan has the ability to defend itself, and to make sure that we’re sustaining peace and security in the Western Pacific.”
Blinken would not be drawn on whether Washington would respond militarily to any Chinese action involving Taiwan.
But he added: “All I can tell you is it would be a serious mistake for anyone to try to change the existing status quo by force.”
The United States has been concerned for some time about the buildup of Chinese forces in the region, including aggressive actions in the region’s oceans and military overflights in skies near Taiwan.
Taiwan, a self-governing democracy, is considered by Beijing a territory awaiting reunification, by force if necessary.
Hydrogen fuel cell technology (HFCT) is expanding rapidly in many sectors.
For example, Volvo and Daimler have now partnered to speed up the transition away from diesel trucks and towards fuel cell electric vehicles in the European Union.
German carmaker BMW plans to unveil a limited series hydrogen fuel cell SUV in 2022, and French aerospace giant Airbus is investing heavily in mature fuel cell propulsion systems for the zero-emission aviation market.
Even hydrogen-powered trains are now in operation in Europe.
Well, get ready for a new twist.
According to a report in FreightWaves.com, Hypower Lab, a South Korean-based hydrogen company, in concert with Russian researchers, has announced it will work to commercialize a hydrogen fuel cell drone.
The R&D firm claims that using fuel cells can increase the flying time of a drone more than four times over traditional lithium-ion batteries. It also envisions the drones being used for parcel delivery, agriculture, freight and even passenger transportation.
Hypower is working with the fuel cell research center under the Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics (IPCP) of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), the report said.
Yury Dobrovlsky, who leads the IPCP RAS research center, said the combination of Russian hydrogen fuel cell technology and Korean artificial intelligence technology will lead to mass production of the drone at competitive prices.
“We will lead the popularization of drone aircraft in the delivery drone commercialization market that needs around 3 million commercial drones in 2025 by establishing the hydrogen fuel cell mass production system exclusively for drones in South Korea,” he said.
The companies will work to develop drones for multiple applications in both Russia and South Korea, the report said.
The drone, which has a flight time of over three hours, Hypower said, features a 12-liter fuel canister with 4.8 hours of battery life.
Hypower is not the only company working on hydrogen-powered drones.
Doosan Mobility Innovation (DMI) announced it too had successfully tested a hydrogen-powered drone in a humanitarian delivery, the report said.
In February, DMI said it would seek European Union approval for its hydrogen fuel cell powerpack for drones later this year. The pack provides 2.6 kilowatts of power for two hours of flight time.
DMI plans to sell its product in Europe, Korea, the US and China.
To help solve the problem of transporting hydrogen to drones, Intelligent Energy, a UK-based company, has developed a hydrogen transport cylinder — the IE-Soar — that features a high-pressure valve, the report said.
The valve is a key enabler and will make it simple for customers to get their full cylinders where they need them and ready to use, company officials said.
Currently, the legal transport of hydrogen in Europe and the US is limited.
“We know our fuel cells are the ideal choice for UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) operators requiring longer flight time,” Andy Kelly, head of UAV product development at Intelligent Energy, said.
“However, it is important that we support [these efforts] with the peripherals required to get operational. This valve is a key enabler and will make it simple for our customers to get their full cylinders where they need them and ready to use.”
Hydrogen is combined in the fuel cell with oxygen from the air to produce electricity; as long as hydrogen fuel is provided to the cell, the battery generates power.
This makes them valuable for long-range missions such as gathering aerial data or performing long-range deliveries and inspections, or for applications requiring larger drones and payloads.
Hydrogen batteries also work well in extreme cold weather, can be refueled in minutes and don’t emit greenhouse gasses like long-range, gas-powered drones do.
Leigh Sales has accused Scott Morrison of having a history of ‘blame shifting’ and ‘ducking responsibilities’ when it comes to Government scandals and blunders.
During a wide ranging interview on ABC’s 7.30 Report, Sales questioned the prime minister about his response to the 2019/20 bushfires, Brittany Higgins’ alleged rape and the bungled Covid vaccine rollout.
‘When it comes to taking responsibility, [Australians] have seen vaccine stumbles, not your fault, “it’s a supply issue”. Quarantine, “mostly a problem for states”. Bushfires, “I don’t hold a hose”. Brittany Higgins, “I was in the dark”,’ she said.
‘Covid deaths in aged care, “mostly the fault of state governments”. Christian Porter, “I don’t need to drill into the particulars”. Minister’s breaching standard, “I reject that anybody ever has”.
During an interview on ABC’s 7.30 Report, Sales questioned the prime minister about his response to the 2019/20 bushfires, Brittany Higgins’ alleged rape and the bungled Covid vaccine rollout
Mr Morrison defiantly responded: ‘That’s your narrative, Leigh, but that’s not one that I share’ when grilled over the Government’s scandals
‘Does it add up to a tendency to blame shift and duck responsibility wherever possible?’
Appearing to prove Sales’ point, Mr Morrison defiantly responded: ‘That’s your narrative, Leigh, but that’s not one that I share’.
Sales hit back, telling the PM she had simply ‘spelt out the facts’.
‘There will be an opportunity for Australians to express their view when the election finally comes,’ Mr Morrison said.
‘Right now I’m fighting the virus and keeping Australians in jobs and I’m seeking to provide the best possible support for their health in response to the COVID crisis. I’ll get on with my job and I’ll let you get on with yours.
‘At the height of the pandemic where we looked into the abyss, my government took action we saved lives and we saved livelihoods.’
He continued to spruik the Government’s commitment to mental health and ADF funding, action on floods in north Queensland, and disaster relief preparation.
Mr Morrison also said Tuesday night’s budget suggestion that the population would be fully vaccinated by the end of 2021 was merely a goal and not not a certainty.
‘There is a general assumption of a vaccination program likely to be in place and by the end of this year,’ he said,
Sales questioned the prime minister about his response to Brittany Higgins’ alleged rape in a minister’s office in Parliament House in 2019
‘But what that means is that there is an understanding that over the course of this year, the vaccination program will continue to roll out. And will reach as many Australians as we possibly can.’
When Sales questioned Mr Morrison on the slow rollout: ‘Does the buck stop with you on the success or otherwise of the vaccine rollout?’
‘Leigh, everything stops with me. I’m the Prime Minister at the end of the day,’’ he said.
‘The Budget rests on many things. It is important we get it done. The vaccination program, as it set out in the budget papers, assumes it’s likely this will be in place by the end of the year.
‘That could happen with two doses, one dose. It could be months either side of that and that will not have a material impact on what’s in this Budget and it would be a mistake to think it did.’
A striking property made from galvanised steel has been inspired by its bushfire-ravaged surroundings near the stunning Great Ocean Road in Victoria.
The property was built in the ‘vulnerable’ fire zone following the 2015 Christmas Day bushfires, and it is perched 100m above sea level at the top of a ridge in Wye River.
Architect Chris Connell told Daily Mail Australia the design was inspired by the modernist movement in architecture, and it seeks to fuse the traditional Australian fibro beach shack with post-WW1 Californian modernism.
A striking property named Cumulus House is made from galvanised steel has been built and inspired by its bushfire-ravaged surroundings in Victoria near the Great Ocean Road
The property sits among the ‘vulnerable’ flame zone perched 100m above sea level at the top of a ridge in Wye River, a small coastal village on the Great Ocean Road
The home features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, open-plan kitchen, a spacious living area and 180-degree balcony views
Behind the minimalistic steel facade lies a geometric rectangular floorplan with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, an open-plan kitchen, a spacious living area and 180-degree balcony views.
The elegantly arranged single-level home welcomes guests via a generous two-metre wide corridor with bedrooms to either side accessed by full height sliding doors that provide a diagonal view through the living spaces.
The 173sqm property, completed in mid-2020, is made from galvanised steel and fibre cement sheets to achieve the striking minimalistic design.
The total value of the property has not been disclosed.
Architect Chris Connell said the ‘stand-out’ features would undoubtedly be the four-sided fireplace and the expansive 12-metre wide north facing deck with ocean and valley views
The house acts as a blank canvas to ensure attention isn’t drawn away from the beautiful surroundings
The location would be ideal for couples and families alike, or those who are seeking privacy
Mr Connell said the ‘stand-out’ features included the four-sided fireplace and the 12-metre wide north facing deck with ocean and valley views.
The house has been designed as a ‘blank canvas’ to ensure attention isn’t drawn away from the beautiful surroundings.
‘The house is simple. It’s not covered with art. We’ve created a canvas here but the painting is actually out there,’ Mr Connell said.
Mr Connell has over 40 years’ experience in the architecture and interior design industry as well as the furniture industry
The outside deck area with a balcony overlooking the stunning landscape
Mr Connell said he and the team at Chris Connell Deign are more than happy with the final result. The total value of the property has not been disclosed
Mr Connell said he and the team at Chris Connell Deign were more than happy with the final result.
‘We like the austere, discrete elevation the house presents to the street, and the four-sided fireplace how it draws one from the entrance down the wide corridor to the main living area where the full width of the building and the view is revealed,’ he said.
Mr Connell has over 40 years’ experience in the architecture and interior design industry, as well as the furniture industry.
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