The two presidents of the two governments of China met in Singapore. The exiled government was protested on the island where it remains in exile. It was a wild week. Taiwan’s president, Ma, defended the importance of dialog while nearly every branch of his government clashed with protests.
The meeting comes at the brink of significant change. Taiwan is about to undergo a historic turnover of political powers. This may be the last chance the fading KMT-Nationalist establishment has for high-profile dialog with their Communist arch enemy in Beijing.
While China appears as strong as it is controversial, the US whispers about undisclosed technologies that the Communists will not want to encounter in the Pacific. Everyone has his story.
China mostly talked this week. And they plan to talk more next week with Obama about Taiwan’s elections. Taiwan now allows 5,000 new Chinese visitors per day and China will give Taiwanese electronic passes in their visits. This raises questions about why China wants so many people in Taiwan while making Taiwanese in China easier to track. US experts think that Taiwan will be more difficult to defend from a Chinese invasion over the coming years.
Japan’s National Diet gave the nod for international military action for the first time in seven decades. China had some words about that too, having more to do with Japan’s military staying at home than with China’s military staying at home.
Thousands pour through Austria seeking shelter
…Europe is not the only continent with more international visitors
Okinawan governor to revoke permit for U.S. base relocation work
Japanese, China express opposition to law change
Japan enhances military’s role as contentious legislation passed
Support for Abe sags even further in more polls
China says Japan security law ‘threat’ to regional peace
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A week of political campaigns. Imagine if John McCain were under review to be kicked out of the Republican Party for not supporting big money enough, there was no strong Republican Candidate, Hillary was already the Democratic nominee, and McCain said, “If the RNC orders me to, it would be my duty to run for President.”
That’s what happened in Taiwan this week. Wang Jin-pyng, Speaker of Taiwan’s puppet Legislator (which cannot introduce its own legislation) is hated by party bosses of his own KMT-Nationalist party. And he offered to run if the party asks him to, which, of course it won’t. That party never supports any good ideas, especially good ideas that would win favor with the people. They have been too interested in winning the favor of the Beijing Communists. Wang would be the best candidate since the party has destroyed itself with all the footsie-footsie games it played with China over the years, especially over the last decade. · · · →
The US flies over China’s man-made islets, China is is not happy. China wants Taiwan to fight to protect China’s sovereignty, which China may think includes their man-made islets. The UN does not recognize man-made islands as a rightful claim to sovereign waters, but that is exactly what China is doing. The US won’t have it.
Chinese professors are accused of stealing US technology, the Pentagon is involved. Asia in general, except China, is irritated with Chinese and American meddling in Taiwan’s presidential elections.
Taiwanese protesting China were beaten by tattooed men in black clothes. China’s economy may not be the best, but it’s banks may be, at least Forbes thinks so. Everyone seems to have an opinion on everyone else these days. For better or worse, no one seems to want to stay home.
Exclusive: China warns U.S. surveillance plan
…CNN video from the spy plane
The US Position on the ‘1992 Consensus’: Why it Matters
Stay out of Taiwan presidential race
…Editorial from Japan Times
Chinese banks took the four top spots in Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful companies
China signs US$27 billion oil, trade deals with Brazil
Two Chinese professors ‘stole US technology’
Anti-China demonstrators attacked by black-clad men
…After catching the black-clad men, the police let them go
China rejects Taipei’s defiance on law
Ma’s disapproval rating near 70%: polls
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Taiwan makes headlines in KMT-Nationalist-related corruption, KMT president hopeful Chu reportedly speaking as if Taiwan is part of China, and China “droning” up to attack.
The Pentagon reports China preparing to bomb Taiwan, saying “Preparing for potential conflict in the Taiwan Strait remains the focus and primary driver of China’s military investment,” weighing cost and benefit like a business transaction.
Russia invited China to V-Day’s military saber-rattle parade. Japan rattles their own sabers, buying Osprey helicopters from the US and being as loud about it as possible.
China slams Japan for not being sincere enough in apologizing for WWII… While Beijing prepares to start WWIII over an island half the size of Lake Michigan.
China preparing for Taiwan conflict: report
U.S. May Sell 100 Ospreys Abroad: Official
…including India, Singapore, Australia, Japan
Chu goes there?
…AP reporter in Beijing forced to retract… journalism’s inside baseball
If the Unthinkable Occurred: America Should Stand Up to China over Taiwan
China planning to build 42,000 drones, report says
A Rather Lackluster Performance by Xi During Meeting with Chu
…Chinese President Xi, Taiwan President hopeful shake hands… Why would this picture make anyone in Taiwan want to vote KMT-Nationalist? · · · →
Japan gets US nod to respond in Pacific warfare, no longer needing Pentagon permission. An otherwise introspective week with analytical articles and lack of startling headlines, probably because Michael Cole wrote little.
China copied military tech, again, and claimed it’s superior to the US, again. Chinese corruption and environment shared headlines, again. More articles agree with foreseeable change in Taiwan’s 2016 politics; Beijing is angry, again. Reports show China’s influence in money and trade, again, this time, wine and Wal-Mart.
The Battle for Taiwan’s Soul: The 2016 Presidential Election
…This could mean war! US and Beijing attempts to influence Taiwan’s elections probably won’t work; likely DPP victory in 2016
Chu trumpets fake ‘consensus’
…Taiwan’s own media openly calls KMT-Nationalist rhetoric “fake”
U.S., Japanese Officials Announce New Defense Guidelines
…Buried in the details, Japan can respond if China attacks Japan or one of its “friends” [such as Taiwan].
China’s advanced J-11D heavy fighter jet takes maiden flight
Crackdown on corruption at Chinese environmental risk assessment agencies
…Corruption and environment cross paths again in China. · · · →