Cadence of Conflict: Asia, March 23, 2020

China’s in trouble—deep trouble. America pauses with the same hush of silence that swept the country from the outskirts of Washington to New Orleans in 1812, gathering around the radio in 1941, or staring at the same TV images on repeat in 2001. While America pauses and reflects, China accuses, taunts, and threatens, as if the world wasn’t already angry enough about the jobs lost to a Communist country that promotes leaders for party loyalty rather than governing competence.

There is no PR campaign, no cooperation, no compensation that can buy back decades of ill will. That ill will against China was only fueled by governments and leaders who allowed themselves to be trodden on, quite an evil thing the West did to set China up for such embarrassment. But, the Communist Chinese do themselves no service by fitting the stereotype handed to them.

While China faces Western scorn, Taiwan shines like Venus at twilight. They have the breakout under control almost as much as they have public panic on mute. The Taiwanese premier jokes about everyone having only one butt hole, then encourages everyone to buy, buy, buy—it helps the economy, after all, and there is plenty of supply. While Taiwan clips right along, clamping down as needed, China’s jealousy only simmers and froths. The Communists across the Straight want the results of capitalism and competence, without any of the actions or guiding virtues.

When scorn and jealousy mix and reach a critical boiling point, like fudge, China will start to harden. If these are the days when China invades Taiwan, a roused and ready America won’t be the only thing stopping them. Taiwanese are already well-stocked at home from a virus that China perceivedly  caused. They can stay at home. They have the defenses and pantries to hold out for America, who is alive and well and hungry to kick someone’s butt.

Great Pacific

Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan: the real coronavirus world leaders // SCMP


Coronavirus: Boca law firm sues Chinese government over its role in pandemic // Palm Beach Post

China hints at denying Americans life-saving coronavirus drugs // Fox News

Coronavirus: Donald Trump returns to blaming Beijing for the pandemic, accusing it of a cover-up // SCMP

WHO officials warn US President Trump against calling coronavirus ‘the Chinese virus’ // CNBC

China Announces That It Will Expel American Journalists // NY Times


Why Taiwan blames Britain for their second wave of infections // The Spectator

‘Buy as much as possible’ – Taiwan sees boon to panic buying // Yahoo News

School in N. Taiwan halts classes after two students contract Wuhan virus // Taiwan News

Taiwan air force scrambles again to warn off Chinese jets // Aljazeera

Taiwan’s transparent virus response born out of 1990 protests // Nikkei Asian Review

Hong Kong

Coronavirus: Hong Kong records 48 new cases in biggest daily jump yet as experts warn about imported infections // SCMP

Coronavirus: Hong Kong hedge fund manager who ‘wiped licked fingers on MTR handrail’ in viral video incurs internet’s wrath // SCMP

‘Running from a war’: Post reporter finds her way home to Hong Kong on anxiety-ridden flight and through airport chaos as coronavirus hammers travel // SCMP

Korean Peninsula

South Korea military accuses North Korea of firing two suspected short-range ballistic missiles // CNN


Why the world is waking up to Vietnamese coffee // CNN

Military Faceoff

Because it lowers conflict…
China is putting a bulls-eye on U.S. Navy warships with electromagnetic weapons // WA Times