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Cadence Column: Asia, Jun 25, 2018


China is facing money problems, as the Western press continues to document in detail. China’s economy is largely based on real estate. China’s unusual form of communism includes laws that govern economics—especially with real estate, of course—and these laws are unusual in much of the rest of the world. As a result, people in China need to borrow money for things they normally wouldn’t borrow money for. The repayment schedules are also strange.

The only way that a real estate business can stay afloat is if the prices of real estate keep rising. The more it rises, the more it needs to rise. Money doesn’t fall from trees, but in China it needs to keep falling from somewhere in order to keep this vicious cycle spinning faster and faster. Eventually, the speed of the spinning wheel will exceed the strength of the wheel and it will all fly apart.

Then, we have China’s strategy in the South Sea—also involving real estate. The man-made islands are complete. It all happened while the West watched closely and did nothing to stop it. They are heavily fortified and militarized.

Trump reminds the world that we aren’t out of the woods yet with North Korea, Democrats misinterpret that as a contradiction—as if one step of progress means it’s all over. Japan is ending its drills. The Korean problem is simmering down and Taiwan is escalating.

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Now, we have the US strengthening its ties with Taiwan, the linchpin of the Pacific. Diplomats are visiting. Congressmen are calling for Taiwan’s membership in sovereign-state-only organizations such as the UN. And, the Taiwan “Independence Party” welcomes US military cooperation.

Why would the US make such a bold move to side with Taiwan? Consider the US president’s financial background: real estate. Trump understand’s the economic crisis brewing in China. No one has said so, but the pieces line up. The US is positioning Taiwan as the main frontal push against China while the “attack from behind”, as it were, is economics.

China is beefing up cyber attacks on Taiwan. US aircraft flying near the man-made islands are being hit by blinding flashes of light from the ground and from “fishing” boats, disrupting aviation. Using lasers such ways is illegal in war as both the US and China have signed agreements to.

China is also using drones that look like flying birds, but China wasn’t the first. This technology has been used before. Interestingly, China has maintained a policy that tech manufactured in China must be shared with China’s government. It would be even more interesting to see if any research surfaces on how many patent royalties China might owe for tech used to surveil its own people—surveillance only enabled by tech giants who caved into China’s demands. But, due to the Tump administration, all that’s coming to a grinding halt. If China wants better tech to spy on its own people, it’s going to need to develop that tech on its own.

Those man-made islands in the South Sea were allowed to be built for a reason. Could they have been intended all along to become “booty” that will be “owned” by the West as Hong Kong was after the Opium Wars? Hong Kong just might be included if China is forced into concessions, especially with all the “ra-ra” fuss among spoiled Hong Kong students. The US strategy indicates many lofty “hopefuls” in the queue, should the status quo shift—in what direction no one knows. It seems that the Trump administration has aims much higher than merely settling disputes in Korea.

China takes surveillance to new heights with flock of robotic Doves, but do they come in peace? | SCMP

Japan to scrap evacuation drills for NKorean missile threat | AP

US lawmaker calls for formal ties with Taiwan | Taipei Times

PRC eyeing ‘status quo’ shift, US says | Taipei Times

Trump Plans New Curbs on Chinese Investment, Tech Exports to China | WSJ

Taiwan hit by jump in cyber attacks from China | Financial Times

Trump says North Korea still ‘extraordinary threat’ | BBC

Chinese fishing boats are blinding US military pilots with lasers | News.com.au

China’s economic statistics show troubling inconsistencies | Nikkei Asian Review

China’s Yuan Sinks to Five-Month Low on Worsening Trade Outlook | Bloomberg

Why China Can’t Fix Its Housing Bubble | Bloomberg

China to Unleash $108 Billion in Reserve Cut for Some Banks | Bloomberg

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2 thoughts on “Cadence Column: Asia, Jun 25, 2018

  1. So pitiful to read an article by an author, wracked with painful frustration at a growing China, penning a transparent piece to console & delude himself based, not on facts, but on his own hopes & dreams!

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    Posted by TSENG Kin-Wah | June 25, 2018, 3:52 pm

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