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Cadence Column

Cadence Column: Asia, November 12, 2018


Cadence

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Xi Jinping announced yet another new policy for China: Blaming other countries is wrong, each country must deal with its own economic and environmental issues without the problem being someone else’s fault. While this 180° new direction should be welcoming to foreign companies whose intellectual property was taken by China, along with the neighboring lands that China has no presence in, yet threatened to invade, such as Taiwan, Xi gave no particular details as to how he planned to adjust China’s current action plan. In fact, Xi’s announcement came as if it was not any change at all, but a continuation of the current policy, that taking unoccupied territory and accumulating foreign technology without payment was necessary for China’s economic and environmental well being within its borders. Perhaps his intention was to further confuse the West about China’s international policy or perhaps he has made himself even more understandable than he ever has before. We’ll have to wait and see what actions follow to interpret Xi’s meaning.

China is growing its ties with Israel, for the time being. An infrastructure deal is said to be the kind that will irritate US President Trump. China, however, should be more concerned. Israel has some of the best counter-intel gathering in the world. If China does use the building contracts as an opportunity to spy, after Israel has a chance to respond, it might be the Chinese who break contract. Israel is one nation that China won’t be able to bully. As stubborn as ancient Asian worldviews can still be today, Israeli culture can be more stubborn. It’s not about race, it’s about two cultures about to collide. ‘Tis folly to double-cross a nation whose name means “wrestles with God”; and the name is not a reference to wrestling with China.

This week, Taiwan and Hong Kong did what they do best more than they have done before. When a Financial Times writer is banned from Hong Kong because he intends to interview an author—and that author’s speaking engagements are shut down after Chinese requests—the wisdom of Roger Branigin returns to the western readership: “I never argue with a man who buys ink by the barrel.” China wasn’t satisfied to argue with an author who is more famous for it, but now wants to argue with more in the ink business. But, that wasn’t the most significant development of the week. Taiwan is labeled as the “island of hope” for Asia at an international forum for Human Rights hosted in Taipei.

Analysis ‘Trump Will Be Furious’: Tension Between U.S. and Israel Over China Infrastructure Projects | Haaretz

MND eyes US-made helicopters, mines | Taipei Times

US to highlight Taiwan’s positive role as TRA turns 40 | Taipei Times

China unveils new ‘Heavenly Palace’ space station as ISS days numbered | phys.org

Ma’s ‘three noes’ hurt Taiwan: Tsai | Taipei Times

China, US trade barbs on trade, territorial claim | Yahoo – AFP

China, US sparring continues over South China Sea | Yahoo – AP

US, China trade barbs over S China Sea | Taipei Times – Reuters

US, China meet to find path forward from their disputes | Yahoo – AFP

Backlash over FT journalist denied entry to Hong Kong | Yahoo – AFP

Exiled Chinese author in Hong Kong urges ‘courage’ to defend free speech | Yahoo – AFP

Taiwan an ‘island of hope’: forum | Taipei Times

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