SciFriday: King of the East

China’s President Xi Jinping was given a third term in office at the recent Chinese Communist Party congress, elevating him to the status of Mao Zedong, the leader of communist China from 1949 until his death in 1976.

We discuss an article by a Chinese expat who believes China might use a targeted bioweapon against Taiwan and whether that could even work, given that the island’s population is genetically very similar to mainland China, and reasons other than national pride that the Chinese Communist Party may want to take control of Taiwan.

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