Cadence of Conflict: Asia, November 4, 2019

The crud is hitting the fan on China and the fake trade war. The US and China were ready to sign, until they weren’t. They were going to sign at APEC in Chile, but Chilean society’s peace seems to be mirroring that of Hong Kong. Protests seem to be getting in the way of many things related to China.

While a small part of a trade deal might be signed between the US and China, the World Trade Organization approved Chinese sanctions against the US to the tune of $3.6B USD. The ruling was based on things like “zeroing” and “anti-dumping”. Basically, the WTO thinks it’s fair for Chinese factories to sell a product in China for $50, then sell the same product in America for $25 to get a monopoly in America. The US government doesn’t agree.

Hong Kong protests are worse all around. “About 200” people were arrested just this past weekend. One Mandarin-speaking pro-Beijinger started knifing people, then bit off a man’s ear before being arrested. China’s solution to the protests about Chinese intervention is to intervene more and to “improve” the non-autonomy methods of Hong Kong, which was supposed to have autonomy and still doesn’t. Hong Kong CEO Carrie Lam envisions a new Hong Kong that the world will trust and love, based on Chinese intervention and strict law enforcement everywhere.

Taiwan gains more international sympathy. The US is introducing yet another law, more or less aimed at stepping-up Taiwan’s presence on the world stage—while at the same time seeking to resolve a disagreement that purportedly started over trade.

Great Pacific

Huawei Soars In Russia As Putin Engages In New ‘Technological War’ // Forbes

US to investigate TikTok over national security concerns, sources say // CNBC

Chinese Aircraft Carriers May Enter Indian Ocean: Top US Navy Commander // New Delhi TV

Trade & Tech

Huawei CEO: ‘US companies will suffer the most’ // Euronews

Russia and Huawei team up as tech cold war deepens // Nikkei Asian Review


Trump said the first part of mini China trade deal could be signed in Iowa this month // Markets Insider

China, US to sign trade deal on Nov. 17 in win for Trump // Fox Business

Exclusive: U.S.-China trade deal may not be ready for signing in Chile // Yahoo News

China Wins WTO Case to Sanction $3.6 Billion in U.S. Trade // Yahoo News

Chinese shoppers say they would shun American brands during the world’s busiest 24 hours of online shopping // SCMP

‘Defend China’s honour’: Beijing releases new morality guidelines for citizens // Guardian

US considers extending tariff exclusions on Chinese imports // CNBC


US Senate passes bill on Taipei’s allies // Taipei Times

Australian petition to recognize Taiwan garners thousands of signatures // Taiwan News

Hong Kong

About 200 Arrested as Hong Kong Protesters, Police Clash // Yahoo News

Hong Kong protests: Knife attacker bites man’s ear after stabbing four // BBC News

China Says It Will Roll Out ‘National Security’ Steps for Hong Kong // NY Times

Hong Kong protests plunge city into recession // CNN

Hong Kong protester who desecrated Chinese flag ‘out of fun’ gets 200 hours’ community service // SCMP

Hong Kong Bars Joshua Wong, a Prominent Activist, From Seeking Election // NY Times

If Beijing does not budge, the struggle for Hong Kong will last decades // Guardian


Trade war: Can Vietnam replace China as a global manufacturing hub? // CNBC


Tho, nothing about Japan’s self-healing hull…
Forget the F-35: China Will Fear America’s 6th Generation Fighter // National Interest