China didn’t make any friends this week. Beijing spies on every street corner with a service literally named “Skynet”.
The Pentagon wants a strong Taiwan. The US Navy plans to challenge China’s man-made military airport-seaport islands. Most people don’t know exactly where the islands are since they aren’t listed on many maps. But if you happen to have a recent Chinese passport, the islands would fall within the nine-dash line, along with Taiwan, parts of the Philippines, and a number of other territories we thought belonged to other countries.
Local Pacific politics are another big question mark this week. Malaysia’s PM is having “royal” trouble, literally. Taiwan’s failing KMT-Nationalist party seems to be cannibalizing their own Presidential front-runner. Who knows what will happen or even if it will matter.
Old guard and Establishment parties are facing the masses en masse. It’s not just happening in the Pacific, but also in the Americas and Europe. · · · →
The unstated reason Chinese Pres. Xi snubbed Zuckerberg is probably for his age. Chinese think a man can’t do business until he’s at least in his 40’s and “is old enough to grow a mustache”. Whatever the reason, China having a Facebook page that Chinese can’t see, arriving in America with CEO’s fawning over him, it’s clear that China’s culture hasn’t changed and Xi is deeply entrenched in it. That should scare Americans because Chinese friendships can easily be used as fronts to get what they want, with unapologetic and total deception.
Zuckerberg’s Mandarin has terrible pronunciation. The crowd that applauds him is not giving a warm affirmation of quality and appreciation as an American audience would, but are “being polite”, giving the response they “should” when someone displays even the smallest attempt at their mother language. The more “happy” the crowd seems, actually, the worse his performance. If Zuck’s Mandarin was really good, the crowd would have been silent and wide-eyed. · · · →
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
What Would Taiwan Actually Gain from Reunification with China? · · · →
It all happened in a week. Man-made land isn’t sovereign land says UN. 12 nautical miles is “sovereign”. US Navy to park inside 12 miles of China’s man-made islets in the making; a volatile military standoff is inevitable. A US invitation to Beijing for annual Navy practice must also invite Taiwan! Beijing rebukes.
Taiwan’s controlling, Beijing-friendly KMT-Nationalist party has no strong Presidential candidate; opposition DPP has one front-runner with party-wide support. Beijing won’t be happy.
US unveils new multi-purpose drones. China enacts old multi-warhead nukes. Japan was never a better friend to the US, says Kerry.
Kerry and Xi smile for the camera in a series of meetings resemblant of pre-WWII Europe; USA Today reports Xi describing the situation as “stable”, a description that wouldn’t necessary if it were true.
US House passes RIMPAC Taiwan rule
…If Beijing practices with US Navy, so can Taiwan, Beijing won’t be happy. And…
China Making Some Missiles More Powerful
…NY Times, diagrams and explanation of MIRV and timeline
What’s Going On with President Ma? · · · →
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. · · · →