Cadence of Conflict: Asia, January 16, 2017

China had so much going for it. Billions of US dollars had gone across the Pacific. The Olympics went to Beijing, where the world watched a one-hour history introduction about China leading into one world with one dream. Hong Kong was regained and prospering. But, like Captain Ahab determined to take revenge on the whale, China is about to lose everything over a few islands that either have never flown the Chinese flag or never existed until a few years ago.

Trump has out-smarted everyone he has come across. He knows more about China than China knows about him. When Trump had his ties made in China, he learned a lot about them and could stop giving them money any time he wanted—he had the power the whole time. If China defeats Trump, they will be the first. But, this Chinese government has never lost a battle because the only war they fought in—the Communist Revolution—they still haven’t declared victory over. They are just too new to the game.

This week, China rattled sabers around Taiwan, drawing out Taiwan’s defenses. And, Trump drew out China’s press statements in his defense of Taiwan. Normally, China can sing loud bravado and get things done wherever their flag flies. But, the rest of the world doesn’t dance to Beijing’s tune. The Chinese just don’t know that yet, but they seem determined to find out. And, it looks like they’re going to.

China hits back at Trump, says one-China policy is ‘non-negotiable’ | Fox News

China state media call Trump’s Taiwan strategy ‘despicable’ | Yahoo – AP

Chinese bomber flies round contested Spratlys in show of force: U.S. official | Yahoo – UNTV News

Taiwan scrambles jets, navy as China aircraft carrier enters Taiwan Strait | Yahoo – Reuters

Taiwan Scrambles Fighters as China’s Aircraft Carrier Enters Taiwan Strait | The Diplomat