Cadence of Conflict: Asia, November 11, 2019

Hong Kong has presented the world with the ethical question of confronting bullies. Say there is a bully at school who quietly eats whosever lunch he wants, stealing anyone’s homework he wants, until one day someone says something and the bully gets violent. In theory, most people agree that the bully started it. But in practice, when it comes time to stand up to the bullies of life, even the biggest Braveheart fans place the blame for the fight on the one who had the conscience to stand up to the bully. So, are Hong Kong protestors to blame for not going along to get along while China quietly violates its treaty with the UK, denies human rights, and refuses to regulate police conduct?

China says restoring social order in Hong Kong is the “most pressing issue”, but obviously not as important as destroying anything that stands in the way of Chinese Communist hegemony.

In a double-standard, Taiwan is having to adjust its laws to deal with Chinese interference. The CCP is paying news outlets to spread its propaganda in Taiwan. It got caught having a fake news site and is now resorting to outsourcing. The Taiwanese don’t think that publishing what China tells someone to publish is “free speech”.

Xi Jinping’s decision to keep Carrie Lam as CEO of Hong Kong only makes sense, notwithstanding it proves interference by pure definition. The Chinese Communist Party would never dispose of such an efficient creator of chaos. Chaos is always the first phase of the CCP taking over a resistant people; the second phase is to send in the military and—well, do what China’s military does so well. While the Western press explains keeping Carrie as a way to avoid opening a can of worms, the Chinese have much more sinister intentions as history proves.

More crud hit the fan this week, over and over, again and again, evermore. A college student not connected with a nearby protest tried to escape a parking lot just after police fired tear gas, then fell to his death. As expected, police denied any wrongdoing.

A woman rumored to be only 16 years old passed a police station Tsuen Wan where she claims to have been ordered inside, then gang raped by four masked men. Meeting some of the criteria of a rape victim, she found she was pregnant a few weeks after the incident, the young woman was reportedly suffering from depression, and had an abortion last Thursday. The investigation is ongoing, but, in the current atmosphere, police have done little elsewhere to stop such stories from being believable.

Over the weekend, police arrested six lawmakers who effectively filibustered Carrie Lam’s annual report back in May. Six reporters wore Chinese letters on hardhats at a police press conference, spelling a Cantonese request to investigate police. This was in response to two reporters having been arrested. The police department sent formal objection letters to the six reporters’ press agencies. Lawmakers and journalists should be immune to such arrests in order to prevent political interference. But, Hong Kong police no longer wear ID tags on their uniforms, and China says the unrest in Hong Kong started because police don’t have enough power.

Western foreigners visiting Hong Kong have started to join protests. It’s arguably bad form, though it indicates that the world feels a sense of solidarity in standing up to China’s bullying anywhere and everywhere it happens. China sees it as proof of interference while the West sees it as successful marketing from the Hong Kong protesters. The problem with China’s “interference proof” argument is that foreign attendees after the fact do not prove any causality before the fact. But, when being a mouthpiece rather than a think tank has been the habit for so long, Chinese wouldn’t understand the difference.

Great Pacific

Japan’s fears Chinese military might is becoming unassailable // Express

Trade & Tech

India says no to joining the RCEP pact involving major Asian economies // CNBC


Trump says China supply chain ‘broken like an egg’ but trade talks going well // Guardian

Trump says no full ‘rollback’ of China tariffs // BBC News

China tariff rollback faces fierce opposition in the White House // CNBC

Don’t expect a ‘phase two’ US-China trade deal: analyst // Yahoo News

US backs infrastructure scheme to rival China’s Belt and Road // Financial Times

At China International Import Expo (CIIE)…
China’s Xi calls for ‘consultation and cooperation’ to resolve international disputes // CNBC


Some sites acting as mouthpieces for China: source // Taipei Times

Taiwan’s first native tea wakes after thousands of years of sleep // Taiwan News

China’s Tencent halts NBA live broadcast over Taiwanese flag // Taiwan News

UN recognizes Taiwan as biggest winner from US-China trade war // Taiwan News

Taiwan elections 2020: Resilient economy amid US-China war helps Tsai // CNBC

Hong Kong

HK protesters vandalize subway, mall // Taipei Times

Thousands mourn student as HK lawmakers arrested // Taipei Times

Woman files complaint against Hong Kong police over alleged rape in station // HKFP

Foreigners who fly in to join Hong Kong protests say they’re not interfering, just ‘showing solidarity across borders’ // SCMP

Hong Kong student’s death sparks impromptu protests and vigils // BBC News

Hong Kong Student Death Fuels Anger Before Weekend Protests // Yahoo News

Mainland Chinese are being attacked in Hong Kong – Black terror // The Economist

Boy, 16, is first to be convicted of possessing laser pointer at Hong Kong protests // SCMP

Hong Kong student dies after fall in a parking garage during weekend protests // CNN

Hong Kong police send complaint letters to news outlets after reporters protest at press con // HKFP

China Vows Tougher Security in Hong Kong. Easier Said Than Done. // NY Times

Water cannons deployed in Tsim Sha Tsui as Hong Kong protesters wearing ‘V for Vendetta’ masks test new ‘flash mob’ tactic of assembling at short notice // SCMP

Xi Jinping demands end to violent Hong Kong protests in surprise meeting with Carrie Lam // CNN

Daughter of Maxim’s founder hits out again at Hong Kong protesters, saying she has lost hope in the next two generations // SCMP

Carrie Lam urged to resign at meeting with Han Zheng // The Standard

Hong Kong: Xi Jinping is sticking by Carrie Lam, here’s why // CNN

China urges ‘tougher line’ in Hong Kong after attack on Xinhua // Aljazeera

Hong Kong protests unnerve Singapore’s ruling class // Financial Times

Censorship of Hong Kong protests spreads to UK cake contest // Quartz

Beijing should clarify what happens to Hong Kong after 2047, to ease the fear and uncertainty // SCMP

Hong Kong Protesters Call for U.S. Help. China Sees a Conspiracy. // NY Times