Cadence of Conflict: Asia, March 11, 2019

China doesn’t get the message, likely because China is too self-absorbed in its own culture. Detaining Canadians will provoke Canadians to support action against China to have the detained Canadians released—even supporting military action. When the US and China finally officiate their conflict, Canada may join the fray, all thanks to Beijing belligerence.

The Western press inches up its hardline against China every day. Even Europe reports on social media censorship in China. This comes on the 60th anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising. China closed visits to Tibet for this reason. But, that doesn’t matter since Taiwan could see a visit from the US Secretary of Health and Human Services as well as the Dalai Lama.

Speaking of Taiwan, the self-ruled island is arming to the teeth. They just put in a request with the US, asking whatever military equipment they should buy so their military will be stronger than China’s.

Northern Korea has all the indications of someone whispering in their ears, encouraging and emboldening against peace with the US. After Trump met with Kim, after he returned home to the States to find a message that Kim would be less cooperative, Kim had spent significant time in China. Now, we have more indications that North Korea is continuing missile tests. The bigger problem in Korean North is that the people know the Hanoi Summit did not get economic sanctions lifted—Northern Koreans are learning the truth, despite controls on speech and information.

Now, Pakistan has put China in a precarious spot. The recent “explosive” squabble between Pakistan and India attracted Western eyes. It’s great that Pakistan wants to go after terror cells within its borders, but it’s terrible that Pakistan doesn’t go after terror cells that launch attacks against India. Pakistan buys weapons from both the US and China. The US won’t sell fighter jets to Pakistan for use against India; China would—or would it? If China did, then China would be backing the backing of terrorism.  So, little, tiny Pakistan has tipped the balance against China by being friendly with China as a weapons buyer.

So, all Chinese eyes are on Pakistan—and India and North Korea and Taiwan.

North Korea

North Korea ‘poised to conduct new missile test’ | Telegraph

Activity at North Korea’s SECOND missile site could mean ‘preparation for launch’ | Mirror

Activity At 2nd North Korean Missile Site Indicates Possible Launch Preparations | NPR

North Korea maintains repression, political prison camps – UN expert | Yahoo – Reuters

Trump says he would be disappointed if North Korea resumed testing | Yahoo – Reuters


China backs Huawei not to be ‘silent lamb’ in US legal fight | AFP

China accuses detained Canadians of stealing state secrets | AP

China accuses US of ‘double standards’ over Huawei | Taipei Times

Huawei goes on legal warpath with twin North American suits | Gulf News

Huawei and CFO Meng Wanzhou fight US extradition with lawsuits | Kit Guru

Trade tensions are easing. But the US crackdown on Huawei is just beginning | CNN


US’ Ted Yoho plugs WHA role | Taipei Times

Senators urge visit by Trump official | Taipei Times

Tibetan uprising: Groups call for Dalai Lama visit | Taipei Times

Premier warns mayor to stay in lane on China trip | Taipei Times

Kaohsiung confirms possible panda gift from zoo in China | Taipei Times

Taiwan trying to consolidate ties with allies: minister | Taipei Times

Nation protests WHO denigration: Wu | Taipei Times

New fighter jets requested from US | Taipei Times

Wang Jin-pyng announces bid to be president | Taipei Times

Democratic, free Taiwan matters:EU lawmakers | Taipei Times

Curbs on foreign equipment unveiled | Taipei Times


View: India has a sudden chance to change China’s Pakistan math forever | Economic Times

China closes Tibet to visitors on 60th anniversary of uprising | Aljazeera

China and the U.S. are close to striking a currency deal | The Week

China chat log leak shows scope of surveillance | France 24

In sensitive year for China, warnings against ‘erroneous thoughts’ | Yahoo – Reuters

Google Employees Uncover Ongoing Work on Censored China Search | Intercept

Venezuela power flickers after worst blackout in decades | Yahoo – Reuters

Venezuela crippled by power blackout, China warns over foreign meddling | Thompson Reuters

China’s new bank lending falls sharply in February from record high | SCMP