Cadence of Conflict: Asia, January 28, 2019

The West ramped up rhetoric against China this past week. Even George “Socialist” Soros trashed the Chinese government, yet tried to court favor with the Chinese people. Such an attempt aims to divide government and people. Opinion pieces from renowned news outlets openly accuse China of aggression. We did not see such a harsh tone from the mainstream press in the West even one year ago. Today, it’s becoming commonplace to bash China.

The US sent two Naval vessels through the Taiwan Strait this week. Now, the US is preparing extradition of the Huawei executive currently in Canadian custody. With threats of turning the tariffs back on, it should be more apparent that the US never planned to grant China any of its ambitions in the first place. Not only has the US been playing China like a flute, the Chinese haven’t known—or have they?

Everyone seems to be biding time, both the US and China. China’s main focus has been readying government and military. The US focus seems to have been public sentiment against China. Perhaps both sides have been playing each other, but the US has been making a play of its own—that we can see.


North Korean base serves as missile headquarters – think tank | Yahoo – Reuters

US sails two warships through Strait | Taipei Times

Meet China’s J-20 ‘Heavy’ Stealth Fighter: An F-22 or F-35s Worst Nightmare? | The National Interest

Talks: Trade & Huawei

China reacts to US plans to bring Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou to the US | Business Insider

Canadian ambassador says detained Huawei CFO has strong case | CNN

Canada’s ambassador to China retracts controversial remarks on Huawei case | CNN

US turns down China offer of preparatory trade talks | FT

US cancels trade planning meeting with China, source says | CNBC

Opinion & China

It’s Not Lack Of Trust But China’s Outrageous Behavior That’s The Problem | Forbes

China’s Xi Jinping ‘most dangerous’ to free societies, says George Soros | BBC

China charges Australian-Chinese writer Yang Hengjun with espionage |

Inside China

China’s Xi Jinping warns over economy in high-level meeting: report | MarketWatch

China’s Xi Warns Party of ‘Serious Dangers’ as Risks Mount | Bloomberg

China’s Xi Warns Party of ‘Serious Dangers’ as Risks Mount | Yahoo – Bloomberg

Chinese President Xi Jinping warns against ‘black swans’, ‘grey rhinos’ amid economic downturn |

China’s Plan for Tech Dominance Is Advancing, Business Groups Say | WSJ

China 2018 GDP: China reports economic growth for fourth quarter, year | CNBC

China’s slowing economy will make it harder for its companies to pay debts, ratings agencies say | CNBC


US bill unburies Taiwan-WHA issue | Taipei Times

Survey exposes shifting identity | Taipei Times

Fake IDs made in China a national threat: lawmaker | Taipei Times