You know that point… where you’ve been trying to persuade a friend to get smart, think about his actions, and change his ways… and you’ve finally convinced him to open his eyes and he sees his situation… but then he looks at you as if he’s been violated… then he shrinks back into his emotional cave, stops listening, buckles down, and walks away?
We reached that point this week with China.
More importantly, we reached another point with Taiwan: shock and realization.
In China’s defense, the Communists don’t want Hong Kongers to have “buyer’s remorse” similar to what many Americans and Taiwanese feel for their presidents. But, more from Chinese domineering culture than from Communism ideology, Beijing’s solution is to seize control from the people, rather than allowing the people to learn from their consequences of their voting.
Chinese reportedly violated Taiwan’s airspace, then denied it, then moved military vehicles through busy streets of Hong Kong. Taiwan’s military publishes a regular report that contradicts all other rhetoric of Taiwan’s President: China is dangerous. Taiwan’s opposition party also calls for fundamental military reform. Military-related papers, both from the military itself and the DPP opposition party, made a stark contrast against Taiwan politics as usual. All this, in the context of a military coup in Lesotho, whose prime minister has shut down parliament in the shadow of a pending vote of no confidence.
Taiwan says 1. they “regret” the 2017 Beijing vetting of Hong Kong candidates, 2. that a former minister leaking secrets to Beijing is described as a pest, 3. that the leaker has not harmed relations with China, 4. that Taiwan’s relationship with China is strong and healthy, and 5. that Beijing could attack Taiwan at any time. It is as if Taiwan is “dismantling”, like in the movie I [heart] Huckabees, or is entering a self-contradicting state of shock, like the college grad who cried like a child after his dad ran his XBOX games over with the lawn mower.
…article from The Diplomat on the overall situation, details, history, and analysis.
…Pre-planned meeting, but incidental timing for information released to the press.
Israel in Taiwan
Taiwan’s “Leak” Investigation
…“negative impact” to be specific. Note, the day before, Chang was a “pest” and took 70 minutes at a press conference to discuss the situation and the context of continuing cross straight Taiwan-China relations.
…China moves military vehicles inside Hong Kong, right through busy streets.
…So it begins.
…That China believes it interference with Hong Kong is unacceptable, unless Beijing is the one interfering.
Mixed Messages within Taiwan
…Directly in contrast, on the same front page on the same day as the following two articles…
…The Taiwan military published a periodical report describing China’s military abilities to attack Taiwan. This comes in stark contrast to the rhetoric and policies of Taiwan’s President, Ma, and Premier, Jiang. Taiwan’s defense ministry is the only ministry not controlled by Taiwan’s Premier. Ma and Jiang’s popularity have been reported to be as low as 11% within the last six months . This story was published on the same front page on the same day as the following article, about a potential military coup in Lesotho after the Prime Minister suspended parliament to during a pending vote of no confidence. It seems that the only group in Taiwan concerned about Taiwan’s security more than the Sunflower Movement is Taiwan’s military. Read between the headlines. If Taiwan’s government intends to tell the public that they operate as a team then they are failing…
Shock and Propoganda
…Economically, sanctions against Russia supposedly help China.
…A wired blogger describes the history of Taiwan and that the idea of “National Unity” between China and Taiwan (such as the ‘one nation, two systems’ policy of the US) is nothing more than Chinese imperialist propoganda. Taiwan is and never was any part of China, neither in culture nor nationality, any more than Hawaii should be claimed by the Japanese.
…Academicians’ heads are spinning over military changes in Japan. New research begins.
…Taiwan’s opposition party also discusses national defense.
…In the context of regional instability, Taiwan’s ruling KMT party is diligently working to address important issues: a new cultural center.
- China warns against foreign meddling in Hong Kong (nzherald.co.nz)
- Hong Kong’s democracy in peril as China clamps down (miamiherald.com)
- Chinese army vehicles cause alarm in Hong Kong (news.yahoo.com)
- HK activists to occupy finance district (manilatimes.net)
- Armored China vehicles cause alarm in Hong Kong (manilatimes.net)
- Protesters condemn Hong Kong ruling (bbc.co.uk)
- Taiwan says spying allegations won’t hurt China ties (sinodaily.com)
- Taiwan scrambles jets after China planes ‘breach Taiwanese airspace’ (independent.co.uk)
- China ‘violated Taiwanese airspace’ (bbc.co.uk)
- War in the Taiwan Strait: Would China Invade Taiwan? (nationalinterest.org)