If ever there were a time when two nations didn’t want to get along, it is now. If ever there were a time when a growing group of nations decided that a single other nation never wanted to get along, it is now.
China’s security law affecting Hong Kong, defining what is a crime in every sovereign, non-China territory of the world—in a word “pretentious”. No nation’s government should ever allow a foreign government to define what is a crime within its own borders, especially a single government acting unilaterally and without counsel.
Human Rights involve laws that China directly agreed to in joining the United Nations. Human Rights sanctions over forced sterilization among Uighurs in Xinjiang in no way compare to Beijing dictating it is a crime for someone in New Zealand to voice support for free elections in Hong Kong. The Confucian-Communist Chinese don’t see the difference. They view sterilizing Uighurs as fair and international sanctions for doing so as unfair. It’s not a lie or polite statement—they really see things that way.
So, banning TikTok won’t give the Chinese any second thoughts about their aspirations and actions. Taiwan’s first democratically elected president passed away this week at 97 and the US lauded his achievement. China won’t see any need to change so as to cooperate with our democratic world today; they will only see it as an insult to China’s entitlement to greatness.
The Taiwanese chip maker TSMC provides 20% of the worlds microchips at quality of which China cannot produce any. If China invaded Taiwan and TSMC had to cease operations, China would suppose that the ability to make these chips would instantly transfer to China, where China could pick up the slack, so there would be no threat to the global tech industry.
Now, the US introduces a bill with bipartisan support for military action already approved for the US to defend Taiwan against China specifically. It’s not hard to know how China will respond. With every step, China has the same response: China’s right; the rest of the world is wrong. It’s not hard to know how the rest of the world interprets that kind of response.
Former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui foresaw Hong Kong’s troubles // Taiwan News
“But China’s ambition is not only for Taiwan. It’s all of Asia—and the whole world.”
China Set Its Sights on Taiwan After Hong Kong Crackdown // Bloomberg
Hardline only grows…
Pompeo on US crackdown of Chinese government // YouTube @ Fox News
Official: Pompeo’s words cannot alter general course of Sino-U.S. ties // CGTN (China Govt)
Flashback: “The only way to truly change Communist China is to act not on the basis of what Chinese leaders say, but how they behave.”
Pompeo: We must distrust and verify. // YouTube @ Just The News
TikTok: Pompeo says Trump to crack down on Chinese software in coming days // BBC News
Chinese virologist claims coronavirus came from PLA lab // Taiwan News
UK and China relationship ‘seriously poisoned’, says Beijing’s ambassador // BBC News
Videos show Chongqing hit by biggest flood of year // Taiwan News
China’s Claims to the South China Sea Are Unlawful. Now What? // NY Times
Stanford researcher and others allegedly concealed Chinese military ties // paloaltoonline.comPpalo Alto Online
China is rewriting the facts about Covid-19 to suit its own narrative // Guardian
Is TikTok Spying On You For China? // Forbes
States are warning people about suspicious packages of seeds that appear to be from China // CNN
US congressman introduces Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act // Taiwan News
White House, Cornell University praise Lee Teng-hui // Taipei Times
TSMC walks tightrope between US and China as Intel falls behind // CNN
New Zealand should open up for Taiwanese travelers // Taiwan News
Hong Kong ‘issues arrest warrants’ for exiled democracy activists // Aljazeera
Benny Tai: Hong Kong university fires professor who led protests // BBC News
Hong Kong mulling postponing LegCo’s September election // Taipei Times
Japan’s air force faces a ‘relentless’ burden, imposed by China // CNN
A North Korean coronavirus outbreak might be the biggest threat Kim Jong Un has ever faced // CNN
Kim Jong Un says there will be ‘no more war on this earth’ thanks to North Korea’s nuclear weapons // CNN