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Cadence of Conflict: Asia, April 25, 2016


North Korea launched a missile that travelled 1/10 the distance it needs to. Pyongyang considered it a “success”. China has come to a consensus about it’s activity in the South China Sea. The consensus did not include all ASEAN nations. And, the US continues to disagree with the consensus. The City Council Speaker of a … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, March 7, 2016


China’s political Two Sessions just finished. It is good to see concern for responsibility, enforcement, growth, and grace within China’s governance. Clean air was on the agenda. 300,000 soldiers have been cut from active duty, mostly non-infantry. The military did not get the 2.5% budget increase it wanted, only 1.5%. A number of generals are … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, January 12, 2016


China’s economic shaking may have had more of a placebo than newspapers let on. Devalued Chinese yuan does not contribute to lower oil prices as much as the decisions of the Arabs. Even if it has a factor, lower oil prices are healthier for economies as it keeps costs lower. Perhaps China’s slowdown is good … 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, December 14, 2015


As elections push forward in Taiwan and Malaysia, China faces it’s own political issue: Military reform. The report from Reuters demonstrates two things. Firstly, we see that China’s military does, in fact, need reform. This is evidenced by the 300k military jobs cut since September. With an obviously larger shakeup coming, it is clear that … 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 16, 2015


The week buzzed about China’s currency while the US spotlight made an unusual stop on Taiwan. Marco Rubio mentioned Taiwan, something significant for an experienced Senator and presidential candidate on the campaign trail. Quartz gave a shout over Taiwanese presidential hopeful, Tsai, in her response to the negative Facebook comments from China (where Facebook happens … 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, November 2, 2015


In pre-WWII terms, last week, North Korea tried a “Hitler” in Southern seas and got sent home running. This week, the US did a sail by and China pulled a “France”. It’s clear who’s boss of the Pacific. At least that’s what the Pentagon will think. China’s response, though proof that it lacks strength, neither … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, October 19, 2015


China may have been pushed to the breaking point. America may have called the Communist bluff. With all of the “yesmen” required for a totalitarian regime to continue, Michael Cole points out that the majority members of the Communist party probably don’t support an invasion of Taiwan (the largest Chinese contention in the Pacific.) Reportedly, … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, October 12, 2015


China didn’t make any friends this week. Beijing spies on every street corner with a service literally named “Skynet”. The Pentagon wants a strong Taiwan. The US Navy plans to challenge China’s man-made military airport-seaport islands. Most people don’t know exactly where the islands are since they aren’t listed on many maps. But if you … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, September 28, 2015


The unstated reason Chinese Pres. Xi snubbed Zuckerberg is probably for his age. Chinese think a man can’t do business until he’s at least in his 40’s and “is old enough to grow a mustache”. Whatever the reason, China having a Facebook page that Chinese can’t see, arriving in America with CEO’s fawning over him, … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, September 14, 2015


China managed to stay out of the lime light this week, while its satellites shined. There seemed to be some chest thumping. Chinese police ordered local Taiwanese police to investigate a Taiwanese suspect without going through their normal international channels. According to a statement from Zhang Xiaoming, chief of the Hong Kong liaison office from … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: September 7, 2015


China’s pushing into the water. Beijing celebrated America’s victory over Japan in 1945. The Communists who took over China four years later seemed to take much of the credit. And they are still angry that, even after 66 years, they don’t control Taiwan. A “victim of its own propaganda,” Beijing believes Taiwan doesn’t want to … 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

Taiwan warns officials not to attend Chinese WWII parade


Taiwan warned officials and veterans Friday not to attend a military parade organised by China to mark Japan’s defeat in the Second World War, as the former bitter rivals vie over the history of the conflict. Beijing claims Communist troops sealed victory against the Japanese in 1945 while Taiwan argues the nationalist Kuomintang (KMT) army … 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, July 13, 2015


With China’s economy failing, the Chinese KMT-Nationalist party living in exile at Taiwan may have made a mistake in trying to merge the fates of the New Taiwan Dollar with the Chinese Yuan. Election time in Taiwan could mean a political “pay day”. China is in financial crisis. Weapon sales from the US to Taiwan … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, June 8, 2015


A week of political campaigns. Imagine if John McCain were under review to be kicked out of the Republican Party for not supporting big money enough, there was no strong Republican Candidate, Hillary was already the Democratic nominee, and McCain said, “If the RNC orders me to, it would be my duty to run for … Continue reading

China condemns US for supplying weapons to ISIS


The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese media: The US reports that it is rushing weapons to Iraq to fight against ISIS, but Chinese media condemns the US, saying they are giving weapons to ISIS to fight against the US and its allies. Huanqiu.com published quite a few photos of … 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

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, May 11, 2015


Taiwan makes headlines in KMT-Nationalist-related corruption, KMT president hopeful Chu reportedly speaking as if Taiwan is part of China, and China “droning” up to attack. The Pentagon reports China preparing to bomb Taiwan, saying “Preparing for potential conflict in the Taiwan Strait remains the focus and primary driver of China’s military investment,” weighing cost and … Continue reading

Taiwan’s leader uses term “Republic of China” to mainland China’s leader Xi Jinping, despite threats by China to invade Taiwan if they ever use that name


The following is based on a translation from Chinese media: Taiwan’s United Daily News says in its report on the meeting between the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader Xi Jinping and Taiwan’s KMT leader Eric Chu today that Zhu mentioned the “Republic of China” in the face of Xi Jinping. There is a strict understanding that Taiwan … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: May 4, 2015


Japan gets US nod to respond in Pacific warfare, no longer needing Pentagon permission. An otherwise introspective week with analytical articles and lack of startling headlines, probably because Michael Cole wrote little. China copied military tech, again, and claimed it’s superior to the US, again. Chinese corruption and environment shared headlines, again. More articles agree … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, May 30, 2015


China continues to takeover the Pacific with ships and reclaimed reefs. Taiwan’s DPP continues to knock down statues of KMT-Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek, which further indicates that Taiwan’s popularity favors national sovereignty. The same sympathy continues to slant in Hong Kong. China inaugurates its controversial flight M503, seven kilometers from Taiwan’s airspace, the Taiwanese aren’t … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, February 9


Three trends spanned the Pacific this week: journalism, entrepreneurs, and 2016 elections. News of ISIS spreads across Asia Pacific, including videos of a man being burned alive. China barks at century-old Taiwanese government leaders about standing up to the young Communist regime. Taiwanese local leaders respond that Beijing should learn to move past the past … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, January 26


US Congress questions HK: Beijing vets HK politicians; is HK not China? “Experts” say Washington appeases Beijing, but the big issue: Don’t pee in the international pool, consider HK’s Hague membership. Washington and Beijing have only found excuses to raise Pacific tensions, including China’s nine-dash line and Kerry’s extradition request of espionage witness, Snowden. Appeasing … 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

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, December 29


Taiwan hit headlines again this week. More popular than New York, London, and Paris for New Years Eve. Home to a just-finished military head quarters after an 18-year construction project. An ever unpopular President facing oil-food scandal bribery allegations. And, now, object of all China’s military fears, as obviously false Chinese media propaganda tells. Taipei … Continue reading

China protests planned U.S. sale of warships to Taiwan


China sharply criticised on Friday a decision by Washington to sell four used warships to Taiwan, the self-ruled island it considers part of its territory. President Obama signed legislation on Thursday approving the sale of four Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigates, the first military hardware sale to Taiwan since 2011, when the United States transferred upgrades … 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

China, Taiwan each making efforts to absorb the other peacefully


When I was young, there was serious tension between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan. Mao even bombarded Taiwan’s islands near the mainland, and according to Henry Kissinger might have triggered a nuclear war. Deng Xiaoping stopped the bombardment and tried to ease tension in order to attract Taiwanese investment. Seeing Taiwanese businessmen’s contributions to China’s … Continue reading

Taiwan declares itself an independent country, despite threats of war from China if it did so


Taiwan’s premier, Jiang Yi-huah, said Friday the government will not hold a referendum on independence similar to the one held Thursday in Scotland. Unlike Scotland, the Republic of China (Taiwan) is an independent and sovereign state, and there is no reason to announce independence or decide to separate from another nation, he said. There is … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, September 22


When Ma stepped on board Taiwan’s frigate and smiled for the camera, he wasn’t smiling for the Taiwanese, he was smiling for Washington. Beijing has harboured too much friendliness with the KMT Nationalists and not enough with Taiwan’s DPP. Washington’s comments last week about supporting the KMT in 2016 will change that to shape both … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, September 15


The main topic in the press, though strange: China vs the Environment. Hong Kong’s democracy movement progresses, their opposition (mostly professors and members of government) also get louder. The US even piped in, stating that they were likely to endorse Taiwan’s pro-Beijing controlling KMT party. While the US is most likely trying to say whatever … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, August 25


Asia has a bigger problem now: A Beijing spy investigation. This could tip the balance in the US military favor because the Western public doesn’t like Beijing spies. Beijing is unlikely to back down. Even in online gaming, the Chinese have trouble knowing when they are losing. They are also easy to provoke on accident. … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, August 11


“Introspection”- The escalation went underground this week as nations look inside themselves. It all began August 1. A gas line explosion in Taiwan could change politics forever. Earthquake, a factory explosion, protests, and anti-Muslim laws in China. Manila finally jails the 12 Chinese fisherman who entered Filipino seas and ran aground the 400-year-old reef. Ebola … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, July 28


The snowball has begun. In the past, the escalation might be seen as linear. This week, that changed. Though the curve is slight, it’s clearly curving. Beijing and Hong Kong are mutually paranoid; Beijing is paranoid of the West and Hong Kong is paranoid of Beijing. One Hong Kong newspaper, House News 主場新聞, started in … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, July 7


This week’s international smack-talk of China took a more academic tone. China’s evidential first enemy: the global super-giant (little old Taiwan), still not thwarted by the near-2,000 missiles aimed at the island, is appearing in more and more news articles and sections. One news site discusses Taiwan’s economy and demographics. Documented rising sea levels (3 … Continue reading

Taiwan demonstrations continue: western media forgets


As the Sunflower Movement stated upon leaving Taiwan‘s legislative chamber, they would return. The movement never had “tunnel vision”, but was focused on a long list of grievances. The secret “black box” trade negotiation between China and US Military ally Taiwan was only the one straw on the camel’s back. In this recent round of government … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, April 28


Taiwanese protest leader visits AC; urges vigilance to protect democracy Wei Yang US-Japan treaty applies to islands: Obama KMT legislator Lin calls Japanese stupid, rigid …Pro-China Taiwan controlling faction, KMT, insults US ally over Nuke Plant issue, Fukushima Protests back anti-nuclear hunger strike This is becoming a big issue in Taiwan, and now and is … 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

College students are China’s hope for democracy; Over 100,000 protest in Taiwan


We Chinese are proud of our college students. They are the driving force of Chinese history. See how similar the Taiwan college students’ campaign to defend Taiwan’s democracy is to the Chinese college students’ campaign for democracy at Tiananmen Square 25 years ago. They are so disciplined and well-organised, strong but peaceful. They are so … 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 legislature “occupied/retaken”: USA media ignores


Students have taken over Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan meeting chamber for over 106 hours. 12:00pm Friday marked the deadline the student-led mass gave to Taiwan’s dominant party, the KMT, to acknowledge and respond positively to their demands. The unarmed assortment of young Taiwanese took action in the wake of the pending Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement (CSSTA), after a … 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

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