Peshawar Lancers Redux: Asia

Chinese troops in biological warfare outfits sealed off two provinces under orders from the government. Testing for the virus had begun and only military and medical personal were allowed into the sealed off zone. All roads and rail transportation were cut. Only food, Medicine . and heating supplies were allowed in. The air force was ordered to shoot down any unauthorized flights ou of or into the infected zones.
Russia reported 4 new cases in Siberia and Mongolia 12.
The Chinese President was meeting with the Heads of all of the Medical schools to see what might be done to increase the number of trained Medical personnel. He was told that it takes time to train people and cutting too many corners would result in mistakes and deaths. As a stop gap measure they had listen to a proposal to allow highly trained nurses to take on more of the functions of a doctor. This had been presented by the Royal Hawaiian Department of Health.
The Republic of China had finally gained control of the virus and was in better shape. The death toll was high with 500,000 having died as a result of the virus. Evidence now clearly showed that it was a man made virus. The President was still pushing for the addition of massive additional medical personnel and the construction of many more hospitals.
Four Japanese citizens were selected to travel to the moon and stay there for four months to conduct some test. The Terran Space Authority was in conjunction with NASA taking applications from around the world to fill 125 positions at the Kennedy Lunar Base for the next year.
The Republic of China and the Republic of Vietnam had an ongoing border dispute that in addition to the land border also involved claims regaing the South China Sea. The failure to resolve the issue was resulting in an escalation of violence. . There had now been several armed clashes at sea resultin in 2 vietnamese fishing vessels being sunk. Vietnam was turning to Hawaii, France and Japan for assistance.
The Vietnamese had brought the issue up to the Commonwealth of Nations but had received very lukewarm support from France. In fact France had a big arms sale to the Chinese Government. So Japan supported Vietnam in this diplomatic move. Hawaii was trying to stop the conflict from growing and finally President Longstreet weighed in on the issue.
Two Japanese companies were working on contracts with American Companies to develop a new light weight space communication system.
Japan was pressing the Hawaiians and the Americans to sell them more advanced aircraft for their carriers as they did not trust the Russians and had doubts about the Chinese.
Japan was pleased that the Hawaiians were backing their request to the Americans to buy the Super Hornet for their carriers.