Cadence of Conflict: Asia, December 12, 2016


It’s clear that China doesn’t want Trump to become the next US president. Beijing’s concerns over US politicians’ views has the Chinese media in full-swing.

Rather than being worried about a Chinese influence in US elections, the deeper concern is with Russia. But, if the Russians hacked the election to help Trump, that would mean the Russians were working against the will of their new best friends in China. Since unproven suspicions are on the table, let’s invent a more unfounded suspicion: The Chinese hacked the election to support Hillary and made it look like the Russians did it—but that couldn’t be true. One suspicion has seemingly faked evidence, the other has a motive, neither is substantial. In the end, one thing is clear: Asia wishes it could influence US elections more than it can. And, here we are.

Japan’s conflict with China also escalates. Chinese money is moving out of China. And, Trump’s battle of Boeing is, of course, influence by Boeing’s presence in China. The world has become significantly smaller, but that news only hit headlines this week.

Trump & Boeing: It’s not about Air Force One, it’s about China | CNN

State Media Says China Must ‘Wage Resolute Struggle’ Against Donald Trump’s Views on Taiwan | TIME

Chinese media hit out at Trump over ‘One China’ comments | CNBC

Japan protests against China’s allegations of dangerous conduct by fighter jets | Reuters

Philippines’ Duterte agrees to buy Chinese firearms | RT

Small Investors Join China’s Tycoons in Sending Money Abroad | NY Times