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Cadence Column: July 4, 2016


We see the psychology of Chinese cultural leadership on full display. China stopped communicating with Taiwan. An accidental firing of a live missile, killing one and injuring two, on a parked Taiwanese naval corvette was judged to indicate a “loose screw” in Taiwan’s military leadership. The KMT-Nationalists from Mainland China have been managing Taiwan’s military … Continue reading

Taiwanese warship accidentally fires missile towards China


A Taiwanese warship has mistakenly launched a supersonic “aircraft carrier killer” missile towards China, the navy said, as ties between the island and its once bitter rival deteriorate. The domestically developed Hsiung-feng III missile flew about 45 miles before plunging into waters off Penghu, a Taiwanese-administered island group in the Taiwan Strait. The Taiwanese navy … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, December 29, 2015


China steps up its game again. While companies won’t be required to give Beijing power to indiscriminately snoop the web, they are on notice to cooperate with coming procedures if they are asked. This time wasn’t the first, but it’s a little more clear, a little more friendly, and a little more toothy than the … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, November 30, 2015


Strength against China grows. The people of Taiwan don’t hate China; they want friendship with China. This makes them stronger than people who want subordinates and acquisitions. Communist Beijing and pro-China-control Taipei seem out of touch. Research consistently demonstrates that a sizable majority of Taiwanese identify themselves as quite distinct from China. The KMT-Nationalist establishment … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, November 9, 2015


The two presidents of the two governments of China met in Singapore. The exiled government was protested on the island where it remains in exile. It was a wild week. Taiwan’s president, Ma, defended the importance of dialog while nearly every branch of his government clashed with protests. The meeting comes at the brink of … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, September 21, 2015


China mostly talked this week. And they plan to talk more next week with Obama about Taiwan’s elections. Taiwan now allows 5,000 new Chinese visitors per day and China will give Taiwanese electronic passes in their visits. This raises questions about why China wants so many people in Taiwan while making Taiwanese in China easier … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, August 31


Kim’s dismissal of top military leaders mirrors the downfalls of history. Top leaders are Kim’s strongest supporters. North Korea’s power could be imploding. “One Korea” could happen peacefully. Japan prepares to make it’s military more deployable. The US gave the nod in recent months. Now, the Japanese government is ready to follow suit. Japan has … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, August 24, 2015


North Korea does it’s annual late summer saber-rattling while the US and South Korea run their annual pre-autumn laps on the peninsula. Everyone’s in an uproar and “this time” it could be dangerous—again. Back to school. China’s market slows while it’s naval activity rises. Chinese business is no longer the talk of town, though banking … Continue reading

China warns Taiwan against return to ‘evil ways’ of independence


China‘s top policy maker on Taiwan warned the self-ruled island on Thursday it would soon have to choose between continuing the peaceful development of ties, or returning to the “evil ways” of independence, which would threaten the peace. The harsh comments came as a 73-year-old Taiwan politician announced he would run for president in January, … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, May 25, 2015


The US flies over China’s man-made islets, China is is not happy. China wants Taiwan to fight to protect China’s sovereignty, which China may think includes their man-made islets. The UN does not recognize man-made islands as a rightful claim to sovereign waters, but that is exactly what China is doing. The US won’t have … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, January 12


Power shuffling and truth-spinning throughout Asia—heads roll and chests puff-out as waning establishments grab for anything to stay afloat. China bails the floundering Communist oil world then doubles its amphibious infantry without a way to transport them. North Korea issues friendly threats to the US. Hong Kong Umbrella Movement leaders are brought to open court … Continue reading

China doubles its amphibious infantry for potential Taiwan invasion


China’s military has doubled the size of its Amphibious Mechanised Infantry Division (AMID) from about 30,000 to 60,000 men for a potential conflict in the East and South China seas as well as with Taiwan, according to Taiwan-based news site Want China Times. The AMIDs are fit for a large-scale amphibious invasion, but China still … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia-America, December 15


Hong Kong’s Umbrella movement has completely shifted out of the public eye. Beijing and Hong Kong authorities will likely view this as a victory, while the West and the East Asian region know that steam does not vanish merely because it escapes the pot. America’s Republican party seems that they haven’t learned from Taiwan’s failing … Continue reading

Top China official met by protests in Taiwan, called “communist bandit”


China’s top official in charge of relations with self-ruled Taiwan said on Friday that he understood and respected the choices of its people, as he was met by noisy protests in the traditionally anti-China far south of the island. Zhang Zhijun, director of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, is making the first trip by the head … Continue reading

Taiwan’s KMT party exhibits pre-Nazi-like behaviour


Mitch Yang, spokesman for the 1996 Taiwanese student protest in Los Angeles when China launched a missile during Taiwan’s first Presidential election, has been warning about this sort of thing. “I see a strong similarity between what Ma is doing and what happened in Germany when Nazis… eventually, gradually, turned the country into a dictatorship,” Yang said. … Continue reading

Taiwan: Puppet democracies are for children – Washington “adults” don’t understand


Taiwan’s government does not have a robust system of checks and balances as the US does. Instead, has the near identical system of making laws as China’s government: new law doesn’t come from Congress or the President, but from the “Premiere”, a non-elected bureaucrat who heads the Executive branch comprised of other non-elected bureaucrats—in Taiwan … Continue reading

Sunflower students to leave Taiwan’s legislature Thursday


Taiwan legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) announced this morning that he would conduct no further discussions in the legislature concerning trade with China until a new law was passed providing oversight affecting all international trade agreements. This type of legislation, supporting the DPP (民進黨) and Sunflower movement’s request for transparency, would be a significant change in Taiwan’s legislative process. … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, March 31


China and the West want China and the West to know that they are in a prelude to war. Here are a few reasons why from recently… The Hidden Agenda of President Ma’s ‘Economics First, Politics Later’ Cross-Strait Policy Explanation of why Ma is so dangerous. Foundation to file lawsuits over crackdown The unspoken legal … Continue reading

Taiwan to review limits on Chinese mainland students


Taiwan to reconsider controversial restrictions on learners from the mainland as talent drain and low birthrate take toll on enrolment. The administration of Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou is considering loosening controversial restrictions on mainland college students as a talent drain and low birthrate reduce the number of local students. A review of the so-called “three … Continue reading

Taiwan opposition party blocks China reciprocal offices


Main opposition party says it will reject draft legislation that would allow semi-official bodies to open branches in Taiwan and on mainland Taiwan’s main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has pledged to stop Beijing-friendly President Ma Ying-jeou from allowing cross-strait semi-official organisations to set up reciprocal branch offices. Joseph Wu Jau-shieh, executive director of the … Continue reading

China and Taiwan cross-strait representative offices: One offensive, the other defensive


Great progress has been made in the talks on mutual establishment of representative offices across the Taiwan Strait. Now both sides have begun to make preparations. We can foresee that in the future, the mainland’s agency stationed in Taiwan will bring its great economic power into play by performing its service functions and launching peaceful … Continue reading

In passport row, Taiwan is stickin’ it to China


China hasn’t started a military war with Taiwan – as has been feared since the 1940s – but a battle that began on paper last month has met with a fiery pulp-and-ink response that could burn a hole in goodwill between the two once-hostile governments. Pictures on Beijing’s latest passports show a map of China … Continue reading

Visiting China mainland students unfairly punished by Taiwan politics


Asked for their first impressions of Taiwan after stepping on a university campus here, many mainland students happily reply “friendly and free”. Wait a few months, however, and some of those same students might have a much less flattering description: “narrow-minded and biased”. Who could blame them? Taiwan has been anything but hospitable to mainland … Continue reading

Taiwan DPP heavyweight arrives in Beijing


According to Singtao Daily, former Taiwanese Democratic Progressive Party chairman Frank Hsieh arrived in Beijing from Xiamen. He was met at the airport by Liu Junchuan, chief of the Liaison bureau of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council and Ma Yuping, Director of Beijing’s Taiwan Office. SCMP says in its report: “Hsieh visited … Continue reading

Warming-up between Taiwan’s pro-independence DPP and mainland China


Hong Kong’s Singtao Daily reports, “Since its defeat in the presidential election, pragmatism in dealing with the cross-strait issue has become the mainstream view in Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).” It decided to bring back its China Affairs Department that was shut down in 2007 and readjust its strategy related to Mainland China. Hung Chi-chang, … Continue reading

One China two areas, says Ma in inaugural speech


According to Hong Kong media, Taiwan’s president reiterated his policy of “one China, two areas” in his inaugural speech. Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou was inaugurated for his second term on May 20. According to SCMP, Ma “struck a cautious note yesterday in delivering his cross-strait policy that promises little change” in response to Beijing’s hope … Continue reading

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