Cadence of Conflict: Asia, August 26, 2019

The Hong Kong police have lost public trust. They’ve cried, “Victim!” after their injuries were proven to be from self defense when they were the assailants. They illegally shot tear gas canisters as harmful projectiles in violation of international law and from windows high enough to kill someone if a canister landed on someone’s head. One girl lost an eye because the police shot rubber bullets at the crowd at point blank range and one bullet passed through her protective face mask. Yet, the police claim that rubber bullets don’t cause harm.

Now, peace turns to instant violence just because these police arrive. Or, perhaps it’s because they arrive, then start pounding their batons against their shields as if they were Roman soldiers about to charge.

At the Yuen Long MTR Station in a somewhat remote part of Hong Kong’s New Territories, protestors were loud, but not violent, until the police showed up. From well-earned fear, protestors tore up the place to block the police from blinding someone else. Trash cans and other furnishings were turned on side, fire extinguishers made a smokescreen, and the students pulled down a gate to block the way between themselves and the violent police of Hong Kong.

The greatest mistrust of Hong Kong police isn’t their violence, but their inaction. The great criminals control the government. Perhaps protestors believe the police should enforce the Basic Law by forcefully unseating CEO Carrie Lam for violating the Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1984. But, they don’t because they have become a tool of Beijing’s interference, proven most by the usual Human Rights violations of Beijing.

But, Hong Kongers’ fears are still greater, sharing an overlap with US President Trump. China wants to Sinicize the world, as the 2008 Olympics opening ceremony showed—as Hong Kong and Taiwan show—as America’s economy shows.

As if Hong Kong’s problems haven’t shown enough about the greater threats looming over the world from the Far East, South Korea’s vindictive administration keeps making trouble. This week, South Korea ended an intel sharing agreement with Japan, then stepped up military drills near an island disputed by Japan.

Trade & Tech

China and the US ratchet up trade war in a day of retaliation // CNN

U.S. Companies Greet Latest Trump Tweets With Concern and Confusion // Morningstar

Is It Time to Forget about Huawei? // EE Times

One Week Left Before Nearly All ‘Made In China’ Is Tariffed // Forbes

Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei lays out ‘battle’ strategy amid US pressure // CNBC

Trump To Suddenly Throw Lifeline To Huawei, Report Says, Saving Huawei Mate 30 Pro (Updated) // Forbes

White House sends more mixed signals on China’s Huawei // Taiwan News

Trump says Tim Cook made ‘good case’ that trade war helps Samsung over Apple // The Verge


Qatar Withdraws Support for China Over Its Treatment of Muslims // Bloomberg

China threatens sanctions on US firms linked to Taiwan warplanes sale // Yahoo News

‘I am the Chosen One,’ Trump proclaims as he defends China trade war // CNBC

China lashes out at Taiwan over Hong Kong asylum offer // Yahoo News


MOFA condemns Chinese harassment of Taiwanese restaurant in Santiago // Taipei Times

AIT touts US-Taiwan security cooperation with visit to naval base // Taiwan News

Hong Kong

Hong Kong police draw guns, arrest 36 from latest protest // AP

Hong Kong police draw guns, use water cannon in clashes // Aljazeera

China admits detaining staffer at UK Consulate in Hong Kong // Taiwan News

Money, muscle, media: how China has handled Hong Kong protests // Yahoo News

A Generation With No Future Erupts in Hong Kong Protests // Bloomberg

Chinese artist arrested over T-shirt design referencing Tiananmen Square // Taiwan News

Hong Kong protest suddenly turns chaotic // NBC News

Hong Kong protests: Carrie Lam speaks about economic impact, Shenzhen // CNBC

China warns Canada to stop meddling in Hong Kong // AP

Hong Kong protesters flood city streets for largest rally in weeks // Yahoo News

Hong Kong Immigration to Taiwan Surges as Protests Grind On // Bloomberg

Guardian reporters called spies…
‘They are fighting for nothing’: the view on Hong Kong protests from Shenzhen // Guardian


Korean Peninsula

US bans North Korea visits for another year // NY Post


China Missiles Could Overwhelm U.S. Military in Asia in ‘Hours’, Says Think Tank // Bloomberg