Cadence of Conflict: Asia, March 9, 2020

Things are fairing worse and worse for China, but better and better for Taiwan.

The KMT-Nationalist party is abandoning its long-standing agreement to cooperate with the Chinese Communists, much how the American Democratic party is abandoning socialism within its ranks. Taiwan’s handling of the 2019-nCoV Wuhan virus is top notch, possibly the best in the world. The irony is that Taiwan is not a member of the WHO, for mere reasons of political pressure from China. The world will interpret Taiwan’s absence from the WHO through the poor response to the virus from WHO members. And the world will, accordingly, blame China not only for the virus, but for the lack of Taiwan’s valued input in the WHO.

This week, when things seemed as though they couldn’t get worse in China, a hotel collapsed, which housed many people being observed for the virus. Not all had been diagnosed, but at least 10 are dead from the collapse.

Interestingly, this does not fair well for Taiwan. The more respect Taiwan earns from the international community, and the more spite China earns from the international community, the more envy will boil and bubble as China froths with rage against Taiwan. China’s government is not functioning with any trace of sobriety. Recent events are pushing the Chinese government over the edge in their ancient desire to invade Taiwan. While that would leave them vulnerable at home and hated even more throughout the world, such things never stopped them before and certainly aren’t stopping them now.

Great Pacific

Second coronavirus death reported in the US, health officials confirm // CNBC

Two persons test positive for coronavirus in Australia, Taiwan after travel to PH // CNN Philippines

Trade & Tech

This Is Huawei’s Alarming New Surprise For Google: Here’s Why You Should Be Concerned // Forbes


Last week…
Chinese woman describes Wuhan virus patients being burned alive // Taiwan News

From weeks ago…
How China rounds up coronavirus suspects: Shocking video shows woman screaming in a metal box // Daily Mail

China seeks to control UN Agency that oversees intellectual property, US pushes back // Fox News

China coronavirus quarantine hotel collapse kills 10 // Aljazeera

Coronavirus: China hotel collapses trapping 70 people // Independent

Chaguan – China’s propagandists are trapped by their own rhetoric // The Economist

China’s coronavirus recovery is ‘all fake,’ whistleblowers and residents claim // The Week

China demands US response over CIA hacking claims // BBC News

China’s Coronavirus Crisis Is Just Beginning // NY Times

U.S. to put personnel cap on CCP-controlled media // Taiwan News


Chinese warplane’s radar locked onto Taiwanese fighter jet // Taiwan News

‘Provocative’ China pressures Taiwan with fighters, fake news amid virus outbreak // Yahoo News

Organ harvesting charges against Taipei mayor dismissed // Taiwan News

Taiwan reins in spread of coronavirus as other countries stumble // Aljazeera

Taiwan’s KMT to drop Beijing-friendly policy to regain voter trust // Financial Times

Pelosi Statement on Passage of TAIPEI Act //

Chinese Trolls Are Spreading Coronavirus Disinformation In Taiwan // BuzzFeed News

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Protests Go On Despite Coronavirus // YouTube @ China Uncensored

Coronavirus: Hong Kong anti-government protests and violent clashes return amid Covid-19 epidemic // SCMP

Is Covid-19 the final nail in the coffin for Hong Kong’s Soho bar and restaurant district? // SCMP

Hong Kong hit by travel restrictions from countries with close business and tourism ties, as coronavirus fears spread // SCMP

Hong Kong protests: Dutch tourist among four charged over weekend disturbance in Mong Kok // SCMP

Coronavirus: more than 100 Hong Kong restaurants refuse to serve customers from mainland China, investigation reveals // SCMP

Korean Peninsula

North Korea fires two unidentified projectiles // CNN

Beauty is protest for young North Korean women // CNN

S.Korea Coronavirus Outrage Triggers 1.4 Million-Strong Impeachment Vote // CCN