Cadence of Conflict: Asia, May 10, 2021

China’s rocket disintegrated as it returned to the atmosphere. It was almost metaphoric. Many objected to China’s plan to let this rocket make re-entry where it did, and China didn’t care. It worked out, but didn’t help China listen to others any. And, it didn’t help other nations gain any respect for China. In a sense, China’s international reputation is disintegrating just like its rocket did.

A handful of nations are holding a summit about Xinjiang. China responded to the planned meeting as expected. The meeting is going forward as expected.

Now, Chinese companies are running out of semiconductors. They can’t get the good tech they need and they don’t know how to create it themselves. Perhaps China could benefit from some freedom, respect for rights, and a few other Western values from the countries whose free, happy people were free and happy enough to develop that tech China needs. But, far be it for anyone to offer any suggestion to China.

Trade & Tech

China’s progress in advanced semiconductor technology slows // Nikkei Asian Review


Most of Chinese rocket burns up during re-entry // Taipei Times

Warnings came…
‘Out-of-control’ Chinese rocket falling to Earth could partially survive re-entry // Guardian

Debris from Chinese rocket burned up during reentry, space agency says // Global News (CA)

IOC statement on the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 // Olympics

China urges U.N. states not to attend Xinjiang human rights event, warns of more confrontation // CNBC

G7 ends talks with criticism of China and Russia // Aljazeera


CCP raising tensions on purpose: MAC // Taipei Times

Taiwan’s Tsai wins Canadian government-backed award that Ottawa reportedly tried to block // CNN


Philippines foreign minister issues expletive-laced tweet over China sea dispute // Yahoo News

Military Faceoff

British Carrier Strike Group arrives in Scotland // UK Defense Journal

Taiwan’s first upgraded and modified Catamaran Corvette started Sea Trial // Naval News

USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Arrives at HII to Start its Refueling and Complex Overhaul // Naval News

The F-35’s Carrier Variant Is Finally Going to Sea // Popular Mechanics

Royal Navy Sends A Strong Warning To China // gCaptain