Cadence of Conflict: Asia, February 8, 2016


TPP passed. That’s another Obama deal likely be reviewed by his soon-to-be successor. And that time is coming soon and certain. Not only are the United States proving their plurality of powers, so is the Pacific. Taiwan’s earthquake was a scary demonstration.

The 4:00am Kaohsiung 6.4 was indeed scary to locals at the many wreckage sites. But it was scarier for older structures, including political and economic. A strange selection of buildings fell while most were unharmed. Dishonesty is under investigation by no less than four prosecutors. And Taiwan’s spirit is stronger than it ever has been, something Beijing has never stared more clearly in the eye.

Controversial as TPP is, and as likely as it will be altered, it nails a big “No China Allowed” sign on the tree fort. With Taiwan proving its own, investigating bad dealings likely to implicate Mainland cronyism, further weakening the lame duck Nationalists even further… Even Obama’s “never let a good crisis go to waste” policy must be reviewed. Strength in the Pacific is forcing strength on the rim. The conflict is turning the tide.

Earthquake in Taiwan | Pacific Daily Times

…Story from on the ground


Quake death toll in Tainan rises to 29 | Taipei Times

Tainan prosecutors launch probe into fallen building | Taipei Times

Rescuers in Taiwan pull out survivors from quake rubble | AP

…Over 100 missing, 18 dead

Taiwan earthquake: Incredible drone footage shows devastation as rescuers comb collapsed apartment blocks | Mirror

Transport systems disrupted | Taipei Times


New Zealand hosts signing of TPP agreement | Taipei Times

UN condemns NKorea launch, pledges significant new sanctions | AP

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