Tension and thought. China plans to dispatch drones to watch disputed islands in the Pacific. The US is set to introduce a new war ship. Oliver Stone says viewing China’s activity as dangerous is dangerous. A co-founder of Qunar (Chinese travel agency giant) says it’s never been a better time to start a company in China, as long as you’re not a “foreigner”, then it gets more complicated.
Pundits seem to be making headlines more than policymakers. Other than a few hums and crackles, all quiet on the surface this week. Sometimes a large ebb in the tide indicates an approaching tsunami.
…He commented in HK while finishing his new movie, Snowden, supporting China’s actions in the region.
…Part of Taiwan government “sneaks” in Chinese ships to work on wind farms, allegedly circumventing inspection requirements.
…Petty politics at it’s best. According to this politician in a floundering party, students are being manipulated by the party that is gaining popularity.
…The other side of Alibaba. Reportedly, Alibaba founder, Ma, supported Beijing’s action against students in Tienanmen Square in 1989 and has been involved in counterfeit products being sold on one of his online platforms. Students on one of Taiwan’s top schools want transparency in the administration’s decision to grant Ma an honorary doctorate in education.
- ‘Doraemon’ film sets box office record in China (ajw.asahi.com)
- China planning to build base to monitor Senkaku Islands (english.kyodonews.jp)
- Philippines, US defense chiefs to meet over sea dispute (worldbulletin.net)
- Success of Doraemon film in China reflects thaw in ties with Japan: expert (japantimes.co.jp)
- Obama weakness may result in US-China confrontation (thecommentator.com)
- Why Japan should put boots on the ground on the Senkaku Islands (strifeblog.org)
- China is gambling Obama doesn’t have will to respond to its massive land grab (conservativeangle.com)