Prelude to Conflict: Asia, March 16


China and the West want China and the West to know that they are in a prelude to war. Here are a few reasons why from recently…

Missile downed Malaysia Airlines jet? Follows near miss by North Korean rocket last week

…Blaming N Korea could be a prelude to a war with N Korea, with sweeping ramifications.

…Blaming Terrorists launching a MANPADS could be a prelude to a complex war in the region.

Missing MAS flight: Authorities not ruling Uighur link out

…Muslims in China

…Theories keep coming in.

Taiwan would not survive month of attack, NSB says

…And other security risks in Taiwan concerning China.

Say goodbye to Taiwan, say goodbye to peace

…An opinion/review article on an opinion/report article with “saber rattling” language in the title.

Vietnam’s Balancing Strategy

…Vietnam is included in those stepping up their game in both diplomacy and readiness. Beijing is also facing an increasing number of worthy enemies. The article also reflects politically incorrect statements, overtly expressing that Beijing can’t be trusted—inflammatory in nature, yet becoming commonplace. These are elements in many preludes to conflict.

Tensions rise between HK, Beijing

…A very thorough article with some perspective from Taiwan, another friction point. Given Beijing’s reputation of pride-rooted “quick with the temper, slow with the mind”, it is foreseeable that Beijing’s anger with HK may cause China to forget its promise not meddle in HK for 50 years, causing much more distrust of China from the Western world.

Chair Su praises DPP-LI cooperation with visit of LI deputy vice president

…Taiwan’s pro-independence party strengthening international ties will up the stakes

China tries a new role in the missing plane saga—Asia’s policeman

…An uninvited show of strength, a faux pax of diplomacy

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