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China and Russia to challenge US Air Force supremacy in East Asia?


Reuters reported on Nov 16 that the “U.S. military will withdraw hundreds of troops focused on counterterrorism operations in Africa over the next several years to support the Pentagon’s increased focus on countering threats from China and Russia, officials said on Thursday. ‘This realignment specifically projects to reduce forces by about 10 percent over the … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, November 20, 2017


Trump visited China in friendship and peace. His granddaughter sang in Mandarin. Her video was played at a high profile state banquet. Everyone seemed happy. In South Korea, President Moon, likely to go down in history as a failed diplomat-wannabe, rehashed South Korean hard feelings against the Japanese. His country— threatened by his enemy to … Continue reading

Devastating coral loss in South China Sea


Scientists are warning of another “devastating” loss of coral due to a spike in sea temperatures. They say 40% of coral has died at the Dongsha Atoll in the South China Sea. Nothing as severe has happened on Dongsha for at least 40 years, according to experts. Anne Cohen of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in … Continue reading

Australia is the leader in the Asia-Pacific region, not China or Japan


Forbes recently wrote that the leading power in East Asia will be Japan, not China. While this is probably true, Australia should not be forgotten as already being the de facto leader in the greater Asia-Pacific region, and could be a greater power than Japan or future economic giant India, who are both contenders as … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, June 13, 2016


Taiwan has a new Sheriff. Former President Ma, whose regime pursued secret talks with China, wanted to visit Hong Kong just after leaving office. Remember, on the books, Taiwan is still at war with China. Since 2003, former Taiwan presidents must file 20 days before international travel as a matter of national security. Ma filed … Continue reading

China plans massive sea lab 10,000 feet underwater in South China Sea


China is speeding up efforts to design and build a manned deep-sea platform to help it hunt for minerals in the South China Sea, one that may also serve a military purpose in the disputed waters. Such an oceanic “space station” would be located as much as 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) below the surface, according … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, February 22, 2016


China is deploying weapons. The US is responding with pressure—mostly economic, some political, always involving alliances. Money and trade are atop the list. China’s unusual manipulation of its money is documented and under more scrutiny than ever. According to Chinese State-run media, China has weapons on disputed islands by right. According to the government, US … Continue reading

Ghost cities show China crisis, but is the Chinese furniture market still interesting?


Yujiapu is one of the most impressive ghost cities in China. An almost empty agglomerate of half-finished buildings and skyscrapers modelled on Manhattan’s skyline. Many say it’s one of the most scary landmark of China’s failed ambitions: a ghost city that was once supposed to become a world financial centre. Many others say it’s an … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, December 14, 2015


As elections push forward in Taiwan and Malaysia, China faces it’s own political issue: Military reform. The report from Reuters demonstrates two things. Firstly, we see that China’s military does, in fact, need reform. This is evidenced by the 300k military jobs cut since September. With an obviously larger shakeup coming, it is clear that … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, December 7, 2015


A day which shall live in infamy. While the world pauses to remember the day the US was provoked into entering WWII, the headlines paused over China the week before. All eyes, including Thailand’s, are on violence from the Mid East. China and Taiwan swap spies. US and China swap hackers. China and Russia swap … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, November 24, 2015


In the recently reported war games, the Pentagon probably did not consider the largest army in the world: America’s hunters. Most states have an army of hunters larger than most countries. And, if we combine that with all the bullets owned by the Weather Channel (pork-barrel spending?) and all the location data provided by the … Continue reading

Can China’s consumers save the world economy?


Long the place that makes stuff and doesn’t consume much, China is set to redress the balance. And thus, some say, rescue the troubled global economy. But it’s a stretch to think that Beijing’s plan — shifting the export-driven country from emphasizing manufacturing and infrastructure to relying on public consumption – will spread sweet prosperity … Continue reading

US navy will challenge Chinese territorial claims in South China Sea


The US navy is preparing to send a surface ship inside the 12-nautical-mile territorial limit China claims for its man-made island chain, an action that could take place within days but awaits final approval from the Obama administration, according to military officials who spoke to Navy Times. Plans to send a warship through the contested space … Continue reading

China wants great power without great responsibility


Forty-three years after Richard Nixon made his famous visit to China, that country has seemingly decided to take a page from the former U.S. president’s Treasury Department. As China lowers the value of the yuan, the country’s economic policy makers are mimicking the blasé attitude of Nixon-era Treasury chief John Connally, who dismissed international complaints … Continue reading

China concerned that India shows no clear interest in the New Silk Road initiative


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: A report on news.sohu.com expresses China‘s concern that India, the largest country in South Asia, still fails to show any clear interest in China’s Silk Road economic Belt and 21st century maritime Silk Road, despite China’s repeated invitations. The projects, … Continue reading

Baby gender inequality set to improve in India and China


The simple selfie stick is turning into a wand of prophetic political propensities due to untiring efforts of its major user…the present Prime Minister of India. In his latest social message to his country people, Narendra Modi, urged parents to post selfies with their daughters. This advice was to give political and social mileage to … Continue reading

China’s aggression is a godsend for the United States


In colonial texts about China, the ruling mandarins were often described as inscrutable—cunning, and full of intricate stratagems born of the world’s oldest bureaucracy. The opacity of its Communist leaders helped perpetuate some of those stereotypes, but they are truly nonsense. The Chinese government makes mistakes, even big ones, like its baffling ocean dispute in … Continue reading

India and China- A hope for the future


The India–China relationship has always been troubled, but the visuals of Prime Minister Modi’s visit to China were certainly heartwarming. President Xi returned Mr Modi’s gesture of breaking the protocol to receive him. That aside, 24 deals were signed between the sides. The visit did turn out to be ‘successful’ considering the fact that deals … Continue reading

Putting China’s debt into perspective


China’s total debt quadrupled between 2007 and 2014, which was about one-third of the $57 trillion in debt added globally during that period. Can this possibly be safe? To answer this question, the McKinsey Global Institute devotes an entire chapter to China’s debt in the new report Debt and (not much) deleveraging. The key issue … Continue reading

Construction of Pan-Asian railway in SE Asia restarts due to China’s Silk Road initiative


The following is based on a translation from Chinese media: CCTV says in its report today that there has been renewed effort by the Chinese government to restart the 10-year idle Pan-Asia Railway Network Agreement, thanks to China’s One Belt, One Road initiative. One Belt, One Road is a Chinese framework for organising multinational economic … Continue reading

The Domino Theory: Asia’s growing China problem


Asia has a China problem. Beijing has just initiated its biggest cut in bank reserve requirements since 2008, a move that underscores just how worried it is about its economy. But the cut is also a stark wake-up call for neighbours that have gotten used to riding China’s boom. For years, China’s steady growth served as a welcome antidote … Continue reading

US, Australia and Philippines start war games in South China Sea amid China tensions


More than 11,000 soldiers from the Philippines, U.S. and Australia began joint drills in the South China Sea, as the Philippines’ military chief called China’s building work on disputed reefs “worrisome” and a source of friction with its neighbours. The reclamation “will cause tensions among claimant countries not only because it could deter freedom of … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, April 7, 2015


When viewing China as a corporate conglomerate attempting a hostile takeover, with the goal of complete market monopoly in every sector, Asia’s conflict only starts to make sense. But the problem goes deeper. According to credible, anonymous reports, there are “mental health conditions” that are frequent in Chinese-Asian culture. Specifically is the belief that, “If … Continue reading

China’s coming war with Asia


China recently announced its military budget this year would increase by 10 per cent, to about $US141 billion ($180bn), marking the 21st consecutive year in which its military spending has grown by a double-digit increment. It is now the second biggest military spender in the world, after the US. The difference is the US has … Continue reading

China and Africa forge new trade alliances on ancient routes


Africa Brings New Trade and Challenges to World Economies. China and India’s new-found interest in trade and investment with Africa—home to 300 million of the globe’s poorest people and the world’s most formidable development challenge—presents a significant opportunity for growth and integration of the Sub-Saharan continent into the global economy. These two emerging economic “giants” … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, February 16


Propaganda turn of the tide. For years, Chinese have attended international circles, promulgated their talking points, and convinced others to unwittingly do the same. But, recent reports explain that having traffic lights and convincing drivers to stop at them are two different things China’s military has some technology, flaunts technology it does and doesn’t have, … Continue reading

China’s wage inflation forcing foreign firms to look at Southeast Asia


The economic turbulence in China has another hidden layer to it – losing jobs to Southeast Asia as multinational companies relocate their manufacturing units to those countries as a way to enhance cost efficiency. “I definitely think Southeast Asia is a threat to China’s job market,” said Christine Wright, Asia managing director of recruitment agency … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, February 9


Three trends spanned the Pacific this week: journalism, entrepreneurs, and 2016 elections. News of ISIS spreads across Asia Pacific, including videos of a man being burned alive. China barks at century-old Taiwanese government leaders about standing up to the young Communist regime. Taiwanese local leaders respond that Beijing should learn to move past the past … Continue reading

The China threat: America must stop failing to call out Beijing’s bad behaviour for fear of antagonising China


Between complacency and confrontation there is a responsible way forward that keeps the Asia-Pacific a big enough place to accommodate the vital interests of both Beijing and Washington. The heavy lifting will have to be done by the United States. That’s okay. The work will make America a stronger nation and a better Asian ally. … Continue reading

The Russian Far East: Russia’s land, China’s funds


The Russian Far East has always been a strategically important region to Russia because of its rich mineral resources and access to the Pacific Ocean, though it is largely neglected and underdeveloped compared to other regions in Russia.  More than 66 percent of Russian gold production comes from six eastern regions, including Amur, which is … Continue reading

China prepares for war


The following are the views of the original author, and not necessarily those of China Daily Mail: Apart from their frantic dredging and island-building in the South China Sea, China is now also building an air and naval base in the Nanji Islands (27° 27’ N, 121° 04’ E) which is the closest part of … Continue reading

The things China banned in 2014, including adultery, Ramadan, and puns


In 2013, China’s Communist Party, led by Xi Jinping, silenced human rights defenders and popular internet voices, while also setting new austerity rules for party members. This year, the crackdown became even more expansive, as Xi worked overtime to oust corrupt officials and jail moderate critics. But it also started to get decidedly weird, as China rolled out restrictive new … Continue reading

China’s charm offensive: $3 billion attempt to buy good relations with South East Asia


After his successful charm offensive in central and eastern Europe, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang directed the same offensive at South East Asia. According to a Reuters report, the Chinese government’s mouthpiece Xinhua said in its report yesterday that Li has offered more than $3 billion in loans and aid to neighbours Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand … Continue reading

How to deal with Chinese assertiveness: it’s time to impose costs


China’s reemergence as a wealthy and powerful nation is a fact. In recent decades its rise has been unprecedented, moving from the tenth-largest economy in 1990, to the sixth-largest economy in 2001, to the second-largest economy in 2010. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), China now surpasses the United States in terms of purchasing … Continue reading

Why China will never be Asia’s dominant power


China may be Asia’s economic powerhouse but it won’t become the region’s dominant power, according to a new report. “In examining the factors that go towards the development of Chinese national power-and its ability to use it to achieve national objectives-predictions about a Chinese superpower with the ability to dominate Asia would be premature, if … Continue reading

Massive spending won’t make China’s Asia dream come true; money can’t buy respect


After two years of waxing poetic at home about a “China Dream,” Xi Jinping wants to enchant the entire Asia region—and is dangling $1.25 trillion to make sure he does. “China’s development will bring huge opportunities and benefits to the Asia-Pacific and the world, President Xi told business leaders in Beijing on Sunday. “We are … Continue reading

Why are China and East Asia unable to capitalise on their successes?


Asia needs ASEANisation not Pakistanisation of its continent Speculations over the alleged bipolar world of tomorrow (the so-called G-2, China vs. the US), should not be an Asian dilemma. It is primarily a concern of the West that, after all, overheated China in the first place with its (outsourced business) investments. Hence, despite a distortive … Continue reading

China seeks to be centre of Asian Union, world’s largest Free Trade Zone


As far back as January 2012, I pointed out “China’s desire to establish an East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere,” which Japan shed a lot of blood to establish decades ago, but failed. ASEAN plus China, Japan and Korea (APT – ASEAN Plus Three) will be its embryo. If Australia and New Zealand, who both already have free trade … Continue reading

India, Japan and U.S. conduct naval drills; seen as a signal to China


Traffic at the Maritime Self-Defence Force base at Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, is typically dominated by Japanese and U.S. warships, but in July it saw an unusual variety of vessel. An Indian frigate and destroyer docked en route to joint exercises in the Western Pacific. The INS Shivalik and INS Ranvijay’s appearance at the port near … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, July 28


The snowball has begun. In the past, the escalation might be seen as linear. This week, that changed. Though the curve is slight, it’s clearly curving. Beijing and Hong Kong are mutually paranoid; Beijing is paranoid of the West and Hong Kong is paranoid of Beijing. One Hong Kong newspaper, House News 主場新聞, started in … Continue reading

Intelligence committee chairman says US needs to be more aggressive with China over territorial claims


The United States must respond more aggressively to China’s territorial claims in Asia, an influential U.S. Republican said on Thursday, warning that failure to do so would bring “death by a thousand cuts.” Mike Rogers, chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives‘ intelligence committee, said Washington should be less concerned with Chinese sensibilities when dealing … Continue reading

A new power structure in Asia: India + China + Japan


India under the leadership of Narendra Modi may be able to ease the symbolic tension between China and Japan, and also rise quickly to join them to co-lead a new age of politico-economic vicissitude in East-to-South Asia in the wake of the diminishing influence from the United States. Geo-economics is the foundation of this emerging … Continue reading

China’s last foot-binding survivors


Foot binding, the cruel practice of mutilating the feet of young girls, was once pervasive in turn-of-the-century China, where it was seen as a sign of wealth and marriage eligibility. For a millennium—from the 10th to 20th centuries—the practice flourished on and off, deeply ingrained in Chinese society. Even after it was outlawed in 1912, … Continue reading

The Cham: Vietnam’s descendants of ancient rulers of South China Sea


In Vietnam, roughly 160,000 members of the Cham ethnic minority, whose forebears dominated the South China Sea for more than a millennium, are quietly watching on the sidelines of the escalating conflict in the waters they may have a historical claim to: Tensions in the South China Sea reignited last month, when China deployed a … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, June 16


More “Pacific Mussolini;” China finally makes the first move by appealing to the UN. No one can say there isn’t a Pacific problem any more, and most of the world will blame China. Chinese media: China will challenge the US in South China Sea Sunflower Facebook Page: A roundup of recent events …More on the increasing … Continue reading

Does China care about its international image?


China values its national interests, including sovereignty, over its international image. China’s global image faces challenges — but if asked to choose between its national interests and preserving its national image, China would choose the former A recent poll conducted by the BBC World Service shows that China’s international image is not that great around the … Continue reading

China denounces Japan’s protest over military jets close brush


China said on Thursday that Japan‘s accusations of Chinese fighter jets flying “abnormally close” to Japanese military aircraft over the East China Sea were aimed at deceiving the international community. Japan protested after Chinese warplanes flew “abnormally close” to Japanese military aircraft over the East China Sea on Wednesday. China’s Defence Ministry said Japan’s repeated … Continue reading

India’s Modi calls for greater cooperation with China, as India aims to rival China economically


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged greater cooperation with China on Monday and said he planned to visit Beijing soon, underlining his administration’s promise to make a new beginning with the country’s giant neighbor. India and China have rapidly expanded commercial relations in recent years but political ties remain difficult, after a dispute over their … Continue reading

Hong Kong Legislative Council Stormed


Unarmed protesters overran security and occupied another legislature, this time over construction projects and what is reported to be something like “crony capitalism”. Here is a link to a video from Apple Daily and another link to an article from Taiwan’s Sunflower Facebook Page. The complete Facebook article: A group of demonstrators stormed Hong Kong’s … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, June 2


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… An international case seems to be developing, not only against China, but also casting doubt on the current ruling regime in Taiwan: Amnesty says [Taiwan] nation must still … Continue reading

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