During World War II, Japan’s Emperor Hirohito directed the looting of the national treasures in 13 nations his army had conquered. This included the wealth of Britain, Netherlands, and France, which had moved some of their gold to Asian colonies for safety. What happened to these treasures, estimated at around $100 billion in 1945 dollars? This loot was combined with treasure seized from the Germans to create a vast slush fund called the Black Eagle Trust, which was used to finance clandestine activities of the CIA. These funds allowed the creation of a huge organized crime syndicate in Asia that supplement their funds via drug and arms trafficking, and government contract and bank fraud.
The second video concerns Chinese soldiers on their way to the disputed border with India went viral. The young recruits were seen crying and singing a Chinese military song called ‘Green Flowers in the Army’. Taiwanese media mocked the Chinese army over the video, insinuating that the emotional outburst was a sign of fear. Chinese state-backed media house Global Times countered the allegation, claiming that the video was shot when the soldiers had bid farewell to their families. GT said that the circumstances of the video were ‘completely contrary’ to the ‘mood’ created by Taiwanese media. China is currently locked in a military stand-off with Taiwan, much like India in Ladakh. The tension at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) has persisted for months despite talks at multiple levels. Violent clashes in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley on June 15 led to both sides losing soldiers. Recently, warning shots were also fired, after a gap of decades.