Cadence of Conflict: Asia, May 20, 2019

Of course China wanted to “re-negotiate”. Chinese culture, whether in government or business, seeks to sign a contract first, then negotiate the terms after. In America it’s called “reneging”. In China is called “that strange, silly, sign a contract game the Americans require that makes no sense”. Trump has known that since he had his ties made in China, maybe earlier.

Now, the American provocation machine is in full-swing. An executive order banning Huawei and a DOJ prosecution of Chinese hackers—all while planning another meeting in Japan next month—this isn’t failed diplomacy. In the past month, China lobbed one too many objections to US action, thus providing the telemetry the US needed for the final calibrations on the Chinese irritation machine. That machine is up and running and won’t stop. It will keep producing irritation at the speed of a 5G network.

As said last week, the problem of the F-35 was already known because the US was no longer interested in searching. This week, we found out the specifics: a fuel tube. Now, we just need to wait for distribution and replacement to get set up.

North Korea

North Korea calls coal ship seizure a ‘robbery,’ says it betrays spirit of US summit agreement | Fox News

North Korea demands return of ship seized by US | BBC News


Newt Gingrich: China and how we got it wrong | Fox News

China’s currency is a strong barometer on US-China trade | CNBC

Cramer: Some CEOs think Trump is ‘stupid’ on China trade war | CNBC

U.S.-China Trade Talks Stumble on Beijing’s Spending at Home | NY Times

China’s new tariffs are hitting US farmers at ‘every single angle’ | CNBC

China’s arsenal in the trade war against the United States | CNA

Trump vs. Xi in the China trade war—and it’s personal | CNN

Trump declares emergency over threats to US tech amid Huawei concerns | CNBC

Huawei: China threatens to retaliate over US sanctions | BBC News

Justice Department Indicts Chinese Hackers Allegedly Behind Anthem Breach | MITechNews


Pilot ejects before F-16 crashes into warehouse | Fox 5 San Diego

F-16 fighter jet crashes into California building | NY Post

An Ordinary Bird Brings Down the World’s Most Advanced Warplane | Popular Mechanics

India Claims It Can Track China’s New J-20 Stealth Fighter | National Interest

Probe finds F-35’s first crash was caused by manufacturing defect, in revelation that could affect Japan plans to buy aircraft | Japan Times