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Looking at the US-China Trade War from a Micro-Perspective: The Aluminum Imports


On July 6, U.S. initiated $34 billion worth of tariffs on imports from China, officially marking the largest trade war since the Great Depression. Among the imported goods levied, including auto parts, jet engine parts and other machinery, aluminum and other metals have long been the targets of U.S. tariffs. But this time, aluminum has … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, July 16, 2018


Global trade has become too congested and inbred. Enemies make vital weapons parts for each other—well, enemies of the US make vital weapons parts for the US, but don’t return the favor. Western companies outsourced to developing markets, then were surprised at workplace hazards, loss in consumer trust, and didn’t seem to anticipate that by … Continue reading

Cultural weakness makes China weak for World Cup


Here is some interesting data from Al Jazeera News about China and World Cup 2018 in Moscow: [1] In 2014, Chinese football fans bought 7,400 tickets but the figure jumped to 40,000 in 2018. [2] Russian media estimated 100,000 visitors from China during the World Cup. [3] The average Chinese fan will spend around $7,500 … Continue reading

Trump insists on $200 bn, after his easy US-China trade war victory


On May 19, the White House, after a 2-day US-China meeting on trade, issued a statement saying that there “was a consensus on taking effective measures to substantially reduce the United States trade deficit in goods with China … China will significantly increase purchases of United States goods and service. This will help support growth … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, July 2, 2018


NBC reported news of recent months to counter news of recent weeks. It wouldn’t be the first time NBC had a precarious definition of “news”. Intelligence reports about very specific details of possible uranium production were broken as “news” by NBC. Bloomberg and others reported that NBC reported it. Taipei Times reported that Bloomberg reported … Continue reading

Identity Politics pushing CEE nations to co-map out a new Eurasia with China and SCO


Using xenophobia or even Islamophobia to label the ethno-nationalistic movements in Central-Eastern Europe (CEE) is misleading. f they are anti-foreign, how come the CEE governments and peoples are so passionate with the 16+1 commitment with China as well as some co-development programs with certain Asian countries such as Japan and Vietnam? True, the CEE nations … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Is it curious that Ronnie O’Sullivan has applied for Chinese citizenship?


“The snooker legend, Ronnie O’Sullivan, 42, has applied for citizenship in China because he’s had enough of living in Britain,” the Daily Star reported on 17 June 2018 Sunday. “ … he said: ‘Have you noticed China like to make friends with other countries? Maybe the UK and America could take a leaf out of … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, June 18, 2018


Trump has stopped military exercises near North Korea, but he has not initiated any plans to withdraw troops. His reason for stopping the exercises is that they are provocative and expensive. He has a point: If the heads of state are talking then we are less in need of fighting practice in a scenario where … Continue reading

What next to China after the Trump-Kim Summit may be a war


The Singapore-based Channel NewsAsia reported this on June 11: “When North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hitched a ride on an Air China plane to his summit with Donald Trump in Singapore, the signal was clear: Beijing remains Pyongyang’s diplomatic wingman” (while the Trump-Kim summit result carries a heavy-weight message to East Asia and the … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, June 11, 2018


The historians and experts are all hysterical about the historic meeting between Trump and Kim. They warn that JFK appeared too week while Nixon’s aggression didn’t intimidate. No one can win in the eyes of the hindsight expert who sees himself as the smartest guy in the room. But, history has already been made: Trump … Continue reading

The Chinese influence in New Zealand … for four votes


“… failure to respond to interference attempts by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) should endanger New Zealand’s membership (of the ‘Five Eyes’, an intelligence-sharing alliance among the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand since 1955), Peter Mattis, a former CIA China expert testified to the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission” in April. With … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, June 4, 2018


North Korea inches further and further toward talks with the US. China fears this. If Kim Jong-Un get in the same room as the man who wrote The Art of the Deal, North Korea could become a stronger ally to the US than even South Korea overnight. That would likely lead to a quick reunification … Continue reading

Is Modi joining the Indo-Pacific containment of China, or not?


An informal India-China summit between the two leaders was held on April 27-28, 2018. Although it did not capture much attention of the Western mainstream media, it has signified a decisive, if not yet a U-turn, change to the India-China relationship. Let us have a quick look at the background. Firstly, a 73-day military standoff … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, May 28, 2018


The US “disinvited” two countries this week, not only North Korea, but also China from the biannual naval exercises in Hawaii. Both “disinvitations” were a rescinding of a previous invitation after less than friendly saber rattling from the former invitee. Kim Jong Un’s loud mouth is widely known, so the North Korean “disinvitation” came as … Continue reading

How China may benefit from Trump’s pullout from the Iran deal


Almost all the leading mainstream media across the Atlantic Ocean express worries about the U.S.-Europe ties after President Trump announced his withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal on May 8. The influential der Spiegel of Germany says “Trump strikes a deep blow to Trans-Atlantic ties”. The Observer editorial at the Guardian talks about “Europe’s duty … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, May 21, 2018


Talk only went so far this week. I looks as if North Korea might not be dismantling its nukes, but hiding them, then threatening to close talks when exposed for this, then threatening to cancel the summit for some other list of excuses. The big question on Kim Jong-Un backing out on the talks relates … Continue reading

‘China Threat’ helps make Trump a great president


Further to the Pew Research’s 2014 finding that “…The ‘China threat’ in particular looms large in many American minds”, a new study finds that “trade and China”, alongside “immigration”, carried heavy weight in having Donald Trump elected as the President in 2016. The research paper approved on March 26, 2018 by the Proceedings of the … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, May 14, 2018


Disassembling nuke sites prior to meeting Trump may seem like a “save of face” for Kim Jong-Un, but it’s actually a statement of Trump’s influence. If Trump wasn’t an influence, then Kim wouldn’t be doing what Trump has been demanding for a long time. No doubt, North Korea and its pro-Communist supporters in the Liberal … Continue reading

US-China trade deal obstructed by dispute over Taiwan


The US-China negotiation atmosphere was not bad 2 days before the American team, which was headed by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, went to China. When the delegation team landed on Beijing on May 3 Thursday, “Trump tweeted: ‘Our great financial team is in China trying to negotiate a level playing field on trade! I look … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, May 7, 2018


This was week of talk. A delegation from Washington went to talk with China. Trump talked about talking nice while talking. Economic talking heads are talking about the talks and everybody’s talking about it. Once the delegation that went to Beijing to talk gets back, they will talk with Trump. Warren Buffet even had some … Continue reading

Trump to win more trophies from China in the 2018 trade war


US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is said to be visiting China beginning from May 3 Thursday. It means the trade war negotiation is about to enter into the direct bargaining stage and, if done smoothly, a deal would be finalized very quickly. Trump’s victory appears to be too easy and more fruitful than anticipated. The … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, April 30, 2018


One easy way to understand, at most “anticipate, but at least be unsurprised by developments in Korea and China is the “PDT Symphony Mad Asian Scientist Theorem”. This “Mad Scientist” theorem is not fact and likely untrue, but if applied, events somehow make sense. The theorem is as follows. Let’s say there is a mad … Continue reading

World politics after the US ban on selling chips to ZTE


China would return to 2G telecom if there were a total ban of selling chips by the Western countries to this developing country, according to an analyst in Hong Kong, because China’s self-developed attainments in this sector still lag behind in terms of decades. It is absolutely correct to say that the ZTE chip crisis … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, April 23, 2018


The US is arming East Asia and disarming North Korea. China is a spectator in the Western game. Reports and gossip about the latest North Korean promise to disarm ensnared many in the media. The South Korean Kumbaya singing President Moon Jae-in was quick to give his “peace in our time” report that North Korea … Continue reading

Businesses don’t like it, but the Australian government is dead right about China


Business and China Lobbyists can jump up and down, but the government has handled the aggressive and brutal Chinese dictatorship well. The China Lobby has various groupings, and a strictly accurate China Lobby Watch should note which wing is behind which statements. Today, it’s the business wing pushing the pro-Beijing line. The Financial Review‘s Jennifer Hewett … Continue reading

Why can the 3:1 ratio of China/US Investing in Renewable Energy be worrisome?


The title of this Apr 9 Quartz article — “For every $1 the US put into adding renewable energy last year, China put in $3” — draws our attention to the tip of an iceberg about the competition for leading the global technological innovations. The article says that “around 26% of the country (i.e. China)’s … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, April 16, 2018


The war with China is becoming the war with Russia and China, it’s economic, it’s culminating, and Britain is double-involved. Since the strike on Syria, Russia is angry and thumping the drums. They promised retaliation before. After, they really promised really retaliation next time. It almost seems that Trump is testing Russian and Chinese leadership—and … Continue reading

China again threatening to invade Philippines island of Pagasa


It appears that China, emboldened by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s kowtowing to China, is once again planning to invade the Philippines island of Pagasa. China’s plans to invade Pagasa, known as Zhongye by the Chinese, were first revealed in a world exclusive by China Daily Mail in January 2014. This led to representations by the … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, April 9, 2018


China has been a source of great change. Taiwan has received a license from the United States to build its own submarines. Wang, a legislature who sits on the Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee said that friendliness from the US is the highest it has ever been. Japan just commissioned its first marine force … Continue reading

China to build Kra Canal across Thailand to bypass Malacca Strait


According to The Diplomat’s article “Thailand’s Kra Canal: China’s Way Around the Malacca Strait” on April 6, the 200-year-old dream about the canal might finally become a reality under China’s Belt and Road. The article says, “Most recently, the Thai-Chinese Cultural and Economic Association and the European Association for Business and Commerce participated in a … Continue reading

Is China really out to rule the world? The Greentown ‘Ruling Class’


Is China educating an elite class of students with the plan of seeding them into positions of power in Western democracies? In his book Silent Invasion, Professor Clive Hamilton talks about a meeting in 2004 where Chinese Communist Party Secretary Hu Jintao instructed envoys from around the world that Australia was to be brought under China’s … Continue reading

Sea trial of China’s first homegrown aircraft carrier


SCMP says in its report “China’s first home-grown aircraft carrier set to carry out maiden sea trial” on Sunday that, according to anonymous Chinese naval sources, China’s first homegrown Type 001A aircraft carrier will conduct its maiden sea voyage in April. The report says, “Last month, Liu Zheng, chairman of Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (DSIC), … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, April 2, 2018


China and the US have fixed their rudders on a ramming course. The only remaining question will be over whose hull is stronger. The “yuge” US trade deficit with China is purported to be $375B USD. Bloomberg was sure to point out that the figure is inflated, some way or another. Xinhua news reports that … Continue reading

Trump will win the US-China trade war easily


Beijing will accept a new US-China trade deal which is dictated by Trump. The American oilseeds for producing cooking oil, navigational instruments for building cargo vessels (dry bulk or container ships), intermediate producer goods for manufacturing … (see the picture shown above) are at this moment irreplaceable items that China needs to import from the … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, March 26, 2018


China has out-shined. In the game of power, that’s an execution wish. With an aging population, an irritated neighborhood, a loudly whining generation of kids in Hong Kong drawing media attention, and the taste of freedom provided by trade with the outside world, China’s Communist party is trouble where the West is concerned. China’s ruling … Continue reading

Nobody knows anything about China


As a foreigner in China, you get used to hearing the retort “You don’t know China!” spat at you by locals. It’s usually a knee-jerk reaction to some uncomfortable modern issue or in defense of one of the many historical myths children in the mainland are taught as unshakeable facts about the world. But it’s … Continue reading

This ‘futurist’ is wrong about China’s future


Kevin Kelly, co-founder and editor of the futuristic Wired magazine, “sees China playing a big role in our future” because, as reported by Forbes on March 19, “Kelly sees two cultural changes happening in China that are helping push the country to the point where it can have a consistent delivery of goods: • A … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, March 19, 2018


Unlike much of the Western press, Pacific Daily Times does not side with governments, political parties, or socio-economic ideologies. The Times only sides with history, that by learning from history much of the future is foreseeable. Foreseeability, based on history, is the only bias at Pacific Daily Times. Foreseeability is not preference, hopes, or will—good … Continue reading

Parallels between the Ming dynasty and Xi Jinping’s “anti-corruption campaign”


Of all the civilisations of premodern times, none appeared more advanced, none felt more superior, than that of China. Its considerable population, 100-130 million compared with Europe’s 50-55 million in the fifteenth century; it’s remarkable culture; it’s exceedingly fertile and irrigated plains, linked by a splendid canal system since the eleventh century and its unified … Continue reading

Control over South China Sea: its historical burden and future


Control over the sea waters relies heavily on relative technological superiority because, unlike the control over a piece of land, you cannot simply station a large quantity of soldiers on the water surface permanently, nor settling civilians on it. Therefore, President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines wisely points out that the competition for controlling the … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, March 12, 2018


As talks between Kim and Trump march forward, China is resigned to the new situation at its eastern border and is focusing on other areas, specifically trade. In truth, China’s main trade opponent is not the US, but Vietnam. Vietnam’s main edge in trade will be that it is less expensive. Vietnam is, in many … Continue reading

China’s ‘Rose’ in 1940-50s and ‘Wolf Warrior in 2010s


Two Chinese movies are fostering destructive effects on cultural development and sublimation in China despite their recent box office success. The ‘Wolf Warrior 2’ made a so-called world total of USD867.6 million of which $2.7 million is from the United States and $854.2 from the mainland. Another film ‘Operation Red Sea’ came to the market … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, March 5, 2018


China’s changes include finances as well as politics. As the US unrelentingly inches toward absolute denuclearization of North Korea—one way or another—China delays solidarity at the UN. China has no lack of mixed messages in other areas, such as Taiwan. Stepping up military drills near Taiwan while becoming more economically friendly to Taiwanese isn’t exactly … Continue reading

China’s two-term limit removal and a war in 2020-5?


The CCP’s proposal to remove the two-term limits on the state’s president and vice-president, which is a disrespect of Deng Xiaoping’s will, has definitely generated various negative influences onto China as well as the world: [a] paving a route towards lifelong dictatorship, [b] causing high risk to both domestic and foreign investors in China’s economy, … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, February 26, 2018


It’s hitting the fan. China is homing-up and the US is “posseing” up. CFIUS is expanding its scope and China just required Apple to send its iCloud encryption keys to servers on the mainland. Both moves are more about caution than provocation. The US is stepping up patrols to enforce the trade block on North … Continue reading

Duterte in between China and Quad


“Australia, the United States, India and Japan are talking about establishing a joint regional infrastructure scheme as an alternative to China’s multibillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative in an attempt to counter Beijing’s spreading influence …” reported by Reuters on Feb 19, 2018. These four countries are commonly referred to as the “Quad”, the driving force … Continue reading

Competition for Maldives between India and China: a “Global Threat”?


“Trouble in Maldives Paradise could become a Global Threat: A power struggle in the tiny nation could pull India and China into conflict”, says The New York Times Editorial on Feb 11, 2018. Is it really so? Imagine you were the government leader of Maldives which, according to many scientific reports and actual measurements, is … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, February 12, 2018


There are those who know Asia and those who don’t. There are those who know political gaming and those who don’t. Last week, Symphony said that China wouldn’t compromise in a “Sino-Vatico” deal. This week, a retired bishop in Hong Kong said basically the same thing: That if the pope vetoes Beijing too often, Beijing … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, February 5, 2018


Writing about China is difficult. On one side there is the Western push toward the false narrative that “all things China are bad”, then on the other side pulls gravity from an invisible black hole gobbling up the truth. China is a yeah-boo, more yeah and more boo than most other countries. Anyone expecting a … Continue reading

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