Cadence of Conflict: Asia, October 1, 2018

When China cancelled a meeting in Washington, the Chinese thought they were sending a message; Washington thought they wouldn’t be sending any more messages at all. The Chinese government wants mutual respect, trade that results in equal numbers, and that countries not be bullied into taking sides in a China-US disagreement. Though China lobbed this new policy in a complaint against the US, there have yet to be steps or specific commitments on how China will hold up its side of this new policy. It will be difficult to get clarification without communication.

US tariffs are unfair. It’s so obvious that it doesn’t need to be proven. China has a right, after all—and everyone should agree—to develop itself as a nation. China’s right to have any and all resources given to it from everywhere in the world, to whatever extent is needed for development, is an entitlement China has by birth and is already universally accepted around the world. Those in the US who oppose this obvious consensus are a rogue fringe not deserving of academic mention.

But, Taiwan is being a big bully—a meanie-face. By not rebuking the US for considering a third of a billion dollar arms sale to Taiwan, the Taiwanese are spitting in Beijing’s face once again. As if that bullying wasn’t enough, Taiwan is also planning a new place to park its helicopters. Of all the audacity!

Hong Kong, however, stands no chance against the great and mighty China. By banning a pro-independence party, the Hong Kong government sure showed them! There’s no possible hope for any kind of backlash or rise in sympathy, once the rightful leaders have made their all-powerful will known in the fully self-governed special administrative region of Hong Kong.

In a first, Hong Kong bans pro-independence political party | AP

US mulls US$330m arms sale to Taiwan | Taipei Times

Army to build new helicopter facilities | Taipei Times

China says U.S. trying to force it to submit on trade as new tariffs kick in | Yahoo – Reuters

US-China tensions spilling over into the military arena | AP

Allies speak up for Taiwan at UN | Taipei Times

Changhua County razes temple turned into CCP shrine | Taipei Times

Trump to world leaders: China out to meddle in 2018 election | AP

Trump admits friendship with China’s Xi could be over | Yahoo – AFP

US B-52s fly near contested islands amid China tensions | CNN

China criticizes US B-52 bomber missions as ‘provocative’ | CNN

Premier seeks easing of rules barring English | Taipei Times

Trump says he believes nuclear deal with North Korea possible | Economic Times

Higher fines for illegal PRC investment | Taipei Times

Leaders of four allies speak for Taiwan at UN | Taipei Times

China Blasts U.S. Over Trump’s Allegations of Election Meddling | Bloomberg