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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, 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, 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, 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

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

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 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

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

Xi Jinping’s rise in China threatens human rights and worries neighbours


The Chinese president Xi Jinping’s swift ascent to power raises human rights concerns and has caused anxiety among China’s neighbours, President Barack Obama warned on Wednesday. Obama told members of the Business Roundtable that Xi “taps into nationalism that worries his neighbours” and that his consolidation of power carries inherent dangers “on issues of human … 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 resolves to resist China’s embrace; says no to unification


Hong Kong is a cautionary tale for Taipei: this is what happens if you get too close to Beijing. If you want a symbol of peaceful rebellion against the immovable force that is Beijing, your first thought might be the umbrella. The flimsy parasol, wielded by Hong Kong students to protect themselves against pepper spray … Continue reading

China’s Nationalist Party ‘blows up’ at Kaohsiung


It started in 1990. Some may say it was in 1949 when the Chinese Nationalists retreated to Taiwan and imposed their tyranny and the governmental system that Chinese Communists would soon copy in Beijing. But this started in 1990 when CPC (中石化) built a gas line in Kaohsiung. Gas lines can rust if not buried … 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

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, June 16


More “Pacific Mussolini;” China finally makes the first move by appealing to the UN. No one can say there isn’t a Pacific problem any more, and most of the world will blame China. Chinese media: China will challenge the US in South China Sea Sunflower Facebook Page: A roundup of recent events …More on the increasing … Continue reading

Taipei’s strong message to Beijing: China has no place in making decisions affecting Taiwan


A strong statement by the government rebutting China’s position on Taiwan’s future represents an effort to shore up public support for President Ma Ying-jeou‘s China policy, an expert on cross-Taiwan Strait relations said Saturday. The administration’s strong assertion that Taiwan’s future should be decided by its 23 million residents also reflects a bottleneck in the … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, June 9


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… Chinese pressure forces minister to change plans …China now controlling flight connections for Taiwan officials. Beijing rejects tribunal request for plea response Legal authorities are ‘abusing powers’ …More … Continue reading

Taiwan: Ma tax scandal could suggest prejudice, concern


The Taipei Times has noted new claims and information about a tax scandal orbiting Taiwan President Ma (馬英九). The article from the previous day was in response to a Next Magazine article explaining that Ma may be liable for at least $1 million USD in taxes owed to the IRS. Ma was not accused of cheating on his tax returns; he has simply been mentioned by an … Continue reading

Petition: Protect Students and America from China’s Military


A new petition has been created to raise awareness in America about some deeper military questions that should be asked in the wake of Taiwan’s “Sunflower Movement”. The petition calls on Congress to investigate the secret meetings between Taiwan and China to determine whether subjects relating to the military were discussed. There is no information that can confirm … Continue reading

Taiwan’s Jiang could face international trial for using force on ‘Sunflower’ movement protesters; executive-legislative conflict indicates rising dictators


After keeping their promise to Taiwan Legislative Yuan Speaker, Wang Jin-pyng (王金平), the students in the “Sunflower” movement who had occupied the nation’s legislature since March 19 demonstrated evidence that contradicts a long-standing, worldwide precedent in court rulings, police action, and decisions made by executive heads of state. This incident may be history’s first evidence, … 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

Sunflower Movement: A day on the ground in Taiwan protest (photos)


The sun sets on several thousand gathered in Taipei. Police stand guard with riot shields and batons blocking roads and entrances. Streets overflow with students—some standing, most sitting on cardboard, Mylar heat blankets, or interlocking foam pads. Tents and booths line walkways. Traditional Taiwanese food vendors sit at the outskirts. Projection screens and stages can … 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

Debunking myths: Was CIA involved with Taiwan’s demonstrations?


OPINION—While I’m sure some of our friends at CIA would be insulted if I said that they weren’t involved in everything that happens in the world, I suspect that Intelligence participation in the Taipei protests are minimal at most. This comes from a basic understanding of exactly how much Ma, Taiwan‘s President, has isolated himself and exactly … Continue reading

Analysis: Taiwan President Ma may have sold US military tech


In an analysis of publicly-known events, there may be an explanation for the US Military being years late on the Air Defense upgrades of Taiwan‘s Air Force. The decision was made in 2011 when Taiwan’s Air Force could have been doubled for arguably less money. Rather than keeping the older F-16 A/B jets and doubling Taiwan’s Air Force … Continue reading

Taiwanese official snubs China; says aloud formal title of Taiwan during mainland visit


A senior Taiwanese envoy raised eyebrows on the mainland on Tuesday when he used the island’s official name during a landmark ceremonial visit to Sun Yat-sen’s resting place. Wang Yu-chi, the head of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, used the phrase Republic of China at the Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum in Nanjing, where Beijing and Taipei government … 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

China and it’s neighbours: A tale of two fishing boats


Is the Chinese government’s uneasy friendship with North Korea costing it the public’s confidence? A curious confluence of recent events involving two fishing vessels suggests that might be the case. The crisis began in the waters of Scarborough Shoal, a set of fish-laden reefs and small rocky islands west of the Philippines and the source of territorial … Continue reading

China and Taiwan: Provoked to grab for power


Whether it’s true or not, China appears to the International community as an aggressor. For half a century, Beijing supported the Kim Dynasty of North Korea. Now, that decision is “blowing up” in Beijing’s face, so to speak. Countries are asking, “Why would Communist China support a North Korea that would do this if China truly wants … Continue reading

Japan shocks China on Senkakus


Japan gives priority to Senkakus issue over fishing interests. It will continue to face territorial claims from China and Taiwan, despite having knocked a wedge between them by making concessions to Taipei in a fishing agreement over waters surrounding the disputed Senkaku Islands. Japan and Taiwan signed the fishing agreement on April 10, sidestepping sovereignty over … Continue reading

Taiwan to aim missiles at China


Taiwan is set to produce 50 medium-range missiles next year that will target military bases in southeast China, a media report says. The article on Monday came after former defence minister Michael Tsai revealed in a recently published book that the island successfully created medium-range guided missiles that could be used against rival China back … Continue reading

China: What would it take?


A friend recently asked me, “Hypothetically, what would it take to tip the tables, break the silence, and move from military escalation in East Asia into either war or peace?” It was actually quite an easy question to answer. The same event could push the tide either way, though there’s no way of knowing in … 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

Wang Dan on humour: Taiwan’s Ma Ying-jeou better than China’s Hu Jintao


Ming Pao says, according to Taiwan’s BCC News Network, “June 4 student leader Wang Dan said that Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou often tells some bad jokes, but is at least better than Mainland Chinese leader Hu Jintao, who never tells any joke.” Wang Dan is now a guest assistant professor at Taiwan’s Tsinghua University. He … 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

Taiwan to deploy additional ‘carrier killers’


Taiwan is arming more of its fleet with its new ‘carrier killer‘ anti-ship missiles as the mainland conducts further sea trials of its first aircraft carrier, local media in Taipei said Monday. Five of the Taiwanese navy’s eight Perry-class frigates have been armed with the supersonic Hsiung Ffeng (Brave Wind) III weapons, the Taipei-based China … Continue reading

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