Cadence of Conflict: Asia, September 12, 2016


North Korea launched “another” nuke test. The announcement made sure that the North Koreans knew that it didn’t harm the environment. The Philippines released photos proving that China was doing what it had already been found guilty of and yet didn’t care.

Obama and China pointed fingers at each other this week. Reportedly, yet unconfirmed, China had a few more fingers to point than Obama. And, none of this is news, yet it continues to get reported week after week.

Instead, the news has quite a different tone:

A young woman walked a young man like a dog in Fuzhou before he stood up and they entered a shopping center together. China has finished the world’s “tallest” bridge, yet we won’t be able to cross it for several months. Research shows that about 20% of Taipei has been built on unstable ground and the Taipei mayor cares about the report of the ground as much as China cares about the verdict at sea. And, the most interesting news of all is that, while democracy ideologies have not found their way into North Korea, Green Peace’s ideologies have.

China: ‘world’s highest bridge’ nears completion in Guizhou | Guardian

Causing a commotion: Chinese ‘dog’ walker stops city traffic as she leads man on his hands and knees | SCMP

Taipei map shows areas at risk of soil liquefaction | Taipei Times

North Korea claims success in fifth nuclear test | BBC

Obama warns China over South China Sea ruling | Yahoo ­– AFP

Obama warns China over South China Sea ruling | Space War

Philippines accuses Beijing of secret island building, releases photos of Chinese boats at disputed Scarborough Shoal | SCMP

LOOK: Philippines accuses China of secret island building | Inquirer