China made two well-crafted blunders which Beijing likely considers a success. China called for US arms sales to Taiwan to cease, then Xi went to Macau where democracy supporters could protest him more directly at the second inauguration of Macau’s CEO. Macau’s protest was reportedly led by Jason Chao (周庭希).
Japan removed the most at-risk fuel rods from Fukushima, a preventative measure. Jack Ma (马云), the Chinese businessman with an “American dream” who founded Alibaba, gave counter-intuitive wisdom to Taiwanese—the kind of ideas one would expect from Americans, but not from old guard Mandarin-speaking business owners.
Taiwan now has approval from Obama to purchase four US Perry-class frigates, sparking China’s formal complaint. Perhaps Beijing overlooked the fact that their complaint grants the US expanded permission to file future formal complaints with China. Taiwan is also building a lighthouse on the disputed “Itu Aba” Taiping Island (太平島) adjacent to a runway which is being engineered for military air support. · · · →
Hong Kong’s Umbrella movement has completely shifted out of the public eye. Beijing and Hong Kong authorities will likely view this as a victory, while the West and the East Asian region know that steam does not vanish merely because it escapes the pot.
America’s Republican party seems that they haven’t learned from Taiwan’s failing KMT-Nationalists. The recent bait-and-switch involving two tea party Republicans plucked the ceiling off of corporate campaign donation limits. This means that the GOP knows they need the tea party vote, but hope to use corporate dollars to overcome the people. The problem is that the KMT’s corptocracy failed on November 29 at Taiwan’s local elections. Now, the highest leader the KMT can find to lead their stock-holding political party is the mayor of New Taipei—comparable to if Republican’s had to turn to a Chicago suburb’s mayor for an RNC leader during the W. years, rather than the President being the leader as is normally the case. · · · →
Progress toward foreseeable nation-wide revival in America has moved a lot since the last edition of the Encore in August. Michael’s Brown’s police shooter had just been named by the department. The first Ebola victim had been cured. Protests were beginning in Pakistan. And ISIS was on the rise.
Now, this recent Ebola episode seems to have peaked, as police-related “excessive force” protests are still peaking, being reported from New York to Chicago, even DC. Mike Bickle was approached by an influential man with four US Presidents calling the nation to pray. Limbaugh appeared in a rare interview on FOX to discuss the recent national turmoil. Yet, leaders in media and Chicago clergy paint the protests as “race” related rather than “excessive force” and Drudge headlines focused on sex scandals over the weekend. Where have national priorities gone?
Financially, America is spread so thin that it will take a miracle if the nation’s ability to keep world peace doesn’t evaporate within the next two years. · · · →
Taiwan’s landslide election was more historic than the Democrats’ whompping early November. The vote didn’t reject Taiwan’s KMT-Nationalist party as much as it rejected Beijing. One big factor ignored by media: Clearing HK demonstrators in Mong Kong two days before Taiwan elections solidified voters’ decision: The KMT’s de facto agenda of “Taiwan SAR” is unacceptable.
Taiwan’s Premiere “resigned” and President Ma “accepted” it. Rolling the head of the second in command is an old Chinese power tactic. Ma borrowed from the same playbook in his second election when he chose a new Vice President—the man who happened to be governor of Kaohsiung when the 24-year-old gasline was installed, which blew up a few months ago, killing 30 people, wounding 300, and turning one of the city’s beautiful streets into a WWI style trench. Even if Ma resigns as KMT Chairman, as Monday rumors claim, that would only embolden the East Asian culture of Taiwan, which loves the public beating. · · · →
After political defeat in the US, Obama looks to China. Taiwan’s Ma gets snubbed by China in the shadow of APEC. HK’s Umbrella Movement inches toward the discovery that they weren’t shaping Beijing policy as much as they have already helped shape the world’s policy toward Beijing—a lesson Beijing still hasn’t caught up to.
In a week with few developments, a few links say it all. That’s election season in the US and Asia as the summit approaches.
China’s neighbours embrace asymmetric warfare
Say It Loud: Language and Identity in Taiwan and Hong Kong
TAIWAN INSIDER Vol. 1 No. 7
…a good read to see what happened over the last week.
To China, Shift in Obama’s Political Fortunes Eclipses U.S. Economic Gains
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