Cadence of Conflict: Asia, November 2, 2020

China, China, China. What is the world to think? As a condition of formalizing relations between the United States and Communist-controlled China, US law mandated weapons sales to Taiwan. Now, China is angry that the US upheld this law. Would they prefer the US to break the agreement and shift formal relations back to Taiwan?

In response to the required weapons sales, China sanctioned Boeing’s weapons sector, which China buys nothing from. The sanctions did not cover the sector of Boeing where China buys the planes that its Confucian-Communist-oppressed culture does not know how to build. Now, Beijing argues that military planes must fly through Taiwan-controlled airspace and over the island of Taiwan. And, if Taiwan were to fire upon these planes, it would mean war. Do the Chinese believe that the world believes that?

If two countries have a territory dispute, but are not engaged in an armed conflict, then one side of the dispute sends military equipment and personnel into territory controlled by the other side of the dispute, the rest of the world will see the invader as the perpetrator and villain of any armed contest that ensues. If China doesn’t back off, the world will blame China. This is not an opinion or preference; it is a fact of the future based on history, but Confucian-Communists can’t see the difference between history, opinion, and propaganda. And, that makes anticipating the future nearly impossible for them. China will be shocked by what was obvious to everyone else. It has always been that way.

China is not only fighting Taiwan nor only India nor only Japan. China is fighting the world. And, China doesn’t know China can’t win against the world. These are dangerous times. That’s the one thing everyone knows.

Trade & Tech

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Canada judge blocks attorney general’s attempt to dismiss Meng Wanzhou’s arguments // Guardian

UMC agrees deal that helps US pursue Chinese firm // Taipei Times


China now waging ‘gray zone’ war to enforce claim of South China Sea through PH, says ex-AFP chief // INQUIRER (Philippines)

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FBI, DOJ announce indictment against 8 Chinese operatives // Fox News


EU lawmakers back Taiwan WHA bid // Taipei Times

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Taiwan Arms Sale Could ‘Destroy Half of Any Chinese Invasion Force’ // YouTube @ China Uncensored

Record 200 Days With No Local Case Makes Taiwan World’s Envy // Bloomberg

Taiwan aims missiles at China to foil invasion plans // Taiwan News

China says ‘fighter jets of the PLA must fly over the island of Taiwan’ // Taiwan News

China sanctions major US defence companies after arms sales to Taiwan // Guardian

China threatens to send warplanes over Taiwan if USAF flies over country // Taiwan News

Hong Kong

Hong Kong teenage activist detained after reportedly planning to claim asylum at US consulate // CNN