Cadence of Conflict: Asia, January 23, 2017

No one supports the Trump protests as strongly and loudly as China. They object, threaten, parade, demonstrate, opine, taunt, drill, march, and they do so despite response from America’s “riot police”, in the case of the Pacific, the US Navy. China is also getting closer to Hollywood, to the tune of $1B USD in a Paramount deal. China is reportedly dumping money into its stock market. China has a lot in common with just under half of America. Taiwan, siding with just over half, officially congratulated Trump. As of Friday, Trump had 56% popularity when he took oath, not counting China or Taiwan.

Taiwan is making upgrades. Just after Trump was inaugurated, and about the same time Taiwan officially congratulated him and Pence, Taiwan finalized the purchase of a high-tech military communication system that would, among many things, allow Taiwan’s Navy to communicate directly with the US Navy 7th Fleet’s command center.

Taiwan is also making a deal with Uber, to allow Uber-summoned taxis, just after Taiwan hiked it’s “unlicensed” driver fine to almost $800K USD. Taiwan has fined Uber over $2.3M USD and its drivers over $700K USD. With Taiwan’s new “unlicensed” taxi fine, Taiwan could earn all it has earned on Uber drivers in the past with just a single Uber driver offense. Yes, while Uber gave up on butting-heads with China and China doesn’t give up butting heads with Trump, Taiwan is one of those head-butting Uber. All four of them are still butting heads. It’s definitely been a week of the butt-head convention in “the Chinas”.

Trump Takes Office with 56% Approval Rating | Daily Wire

Donald Trump inauguration: Chinese media warns of ‘dramatic changes’ and ‘fires being lit’ as President takes office | Independent

Government congratulates US President Trump | Taipei Times

Purchase of US naval system finalized | Taipei Times

China party paper says no ‘provocation’ can stop its military drills | Yahoo – Reuters

China Said to Intervene in Stock Market as Xi Attends Davos | Bloomberg

China to develop prototype super, super computer in 2017 | Yahoho – AFP

Paramount Gets China Infusion: $1 Billion, 3-Year Slate Co-Financing Deal With Shanghai Film Group & Huahua Media | Deadline Hollywood

Uber Taiwan to launch service using taxis | Taipei Times

The Real Reason Uber Is Giving Up in China | Harvard Business Review