The word for the week is “rhetoric”. There has been a lot of talk and analysis of the situation with China and Southeast Asia. China continues to bully. The US calls for calm.
In Asian thinking, China’s aggression is “polite”. It serves as a kind of warning. Beijing expects the West to run away like Chinese employees flee when the boss clears his throat. But anyone who understands the West knows that won’t happen, especially with the US. In America, if the boss clears his throat once, a union forms. If he clears his throat twice, the union goes on strike. Beijing is confused, however, since the US is neither fleeing nor striking. The Yank’s strength remains, literally, below the surface. With US submarines, China’s navy doesn’t stand a chance.
Only more recently has Beijing discovered US activity in the air and on the seas. For Asian culture, it’s uncontrollably irritating to see how close another sovereign State is. That aggravation has driven Beijing to miscalculate the situation.
This week, most of what happened was just “talk”. The US had the annual talk with China, though nothing has come of it yet. There were a lot of analyses, but not much in the way of new decisions or demonstrations. The biggest change is that the Pentagon has asked that there be no more changes in Southeast Asia.
Or, maybe there is another change. All of a sudden, Taiwanese are asking, “What is Hamas?” Typically, Taiwanese are unaware of Israel. While Israel has made headlines many times in the past, those headlines made their way to Taiwan this time. This is interesting. If Taiwan is becoming aware of Israel, then Taiwan is getting much closer to the US than Beijing may realize. Taiwan could end up destabilizing Beijing Communism like Israel destabilizes Statist Islam.
China faces truth
…Old story, but China didn’t learn
…Taiwan increasing their military surveillance area.
Role of the US
…The jury is still out on what exactly came out of the annual talks between the US and China. And it’s complicated.
Hong Kong’s impact in the area
Israel making headlines in Taiwan
- China’s mixed messages to Taiwan, Hong Kong (japantimes.co.jp)
- ‘Inevitable that China is going to be a dominant power in this region’ (manilatimes.net)
- China official on key Taiwan trip says comes with sincerity – Reuters (reuters.com)
- Chinese military growing in size and reach, Pentagon report shows (washingtontimes.com)
- Sinosphere Blog: Taiwan Protest Leaders Blocked From Visiting Hong Kong (sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com)
- China Times: Taiwan will not become a ‘second Hong Kong’ – Focus Taiwan News Channel (focustaiwan.tw)
- Geography Of Power Across Taiwan Strait (eurasiareview.com)