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Cadence Column: Asia, June 26, 2017


The big favor the US is about to ask from China about Korea is simple: Time’s up, stay out of our way. The Kim Dynasty keeps a sharp eye on information and a sharp sword at the throat of those well informed, be they informants or informees. China has not yet made a final decision … Continue reading

Germany warns that liberal world order would end if US cedes leadership to China and Russia


Germany’s veteran finance minister, Wolfgang Schaeuble, urged the U.S. to limit Russian and Chinese influence or risk bringing about “the end of our liberal world order.” The comments by Schaeuble, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet since she took office in 2005, are one of the strongest expressions of concern among European policy makers … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, June 19, 2017


The big danger brewing in the Pacific this week was not about who was right and wrong, but about optics and perspective. American college student Otto Warmbier came back from North Korea in a kind of coma. Almost every news story about Otto provides some background of his arrest and sentencing for taking a North … Continue reading

China marks South China Sea claims with coast guard, marine militias


China’s growing use of non-conventional means to assert control over the South China Sea is raising concerns among neighboring countries and regional military planners. Analysts say that in “front line” flash points in the vast waterway, Beijing is deploying coast guard ships and armed fishing vessels instead of its regular navy vessels. China claims sovereignty … Continue reading

The Indian film ‘Dangal’ is red hot in China


The Chinese box office of the Indian film ‘Dangal’, which is based on a true story about how a father trained his daughter to succeed as a medal winning wrestler, has since 5 May 2017 recorded a wonderful USD179.8 million (still in release). The Chinese wonders include: [1] It outran the film’s domestic US$84.4 million … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, June 12, 2017


Most of the news this week was rehashed hype. North Korea is making progress with missiles. This is nothing new. The US presence in South Korea is controversial among South Koreans. This is nothing new. But, the reminders keep coming in and politics never misses opportunity. South Korea’s new president, Moon, is undergoing his own … Continue reading

Australian taxes helping to finance Chinese military capability


For several years the Chinese party-state has been pursuing a co-­ordinated program to acquire from abroad advanced military and ­industrial technology, and to do so by fair means or foul. It now emerges that Australian universities inadvertently are helping to give China the technological leadership it craves. The Australian Research Council is funnelling Australian taxpayer … Continue reading

China is setting up military bases in Pakistan


China is set to expand its military capabilities across the globe, with new overseas bases in countries like Pakistan, as the world’s largest army seeks an increased role in defending China’s interests abroad, a report by the Pentagon has said. China spent $180bn on the People’s Liberation Army last year, according to the annual report … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, June 5, 2017


At this year’s Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, China sent a lower-ranking delegation than in years past. Previously, China’s representative was a deputy chief from Joint Staff; this year Beijing sent a lieutenant general. India did not attend. US Defense Secretary Mattis commented that China’s man-made islands undermine stability and that China has contempt for other … Continue reading

America warns China about South China Sea claims


U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has delivered a warning to China over their ridiculous claims in the South China Sea. In his speech to the Shangri-La Dialogue, sponsored by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Mattis launched into sharp criticism of what he called Beijing’s disregard for international law by its “indisputable militarisation” of artificial … Continue reading

China to build a new Conservatoire in Lebanon – for Maher Zain?


Lebanon’s Ministry of Culture “has signed an agreement with China for a grant of $35 million to develop the National Conservatoire for Music in Dbayeh, including several music halls for training purposes, as well as an amphitheater for concerts, with a capacity of 1,400 seats.” What a wonderful news! The first time I learnt something … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia May 29, 2017


The situation in the Western Pacific grows more precarious. Muslims have taken over some territory in the Philippines. Martial law has been declared in those areas. The Philippines’ president, Duterte, has offered to resign if he can’t keep the peace. For a long time, the Filipino people have wanted respect as a sovereign nation, hungering for … Continue reading

America’s South China Sea operation a sign of support to Philippines


The move of the US Navy to sail near Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands shows Washington’s support for the Philippines‘ claims over the South China Sea. US officials earlier confirmed that guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey sailed within six nautical miles of Mischief Reef, one of China‘s artificial islands in the disputed waters. Beijing has … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, May 22, 2017


The big question surrounding the time of North Korea’s end will be logistics. It won’t be about tactics or the “most diplomatic-surgical way” to end the volatile regime. While the scene is that of the super villain who has strapped himself into a chair, booby-trapped with trip wires and armed with explosives, even more important … Continue reading

Chinese jets intercept US aircraft over East China Sea, US says


Two Chinese Sukhoi Su-30 jets have conducted an “unprofessional” intercept of a US aircraft, the US military said. One of the Chinese jets came as close as 150ft (45m) to the US WC-135 plane and flew upside down above it, according to US officials cited by CNN. The US says the plane was on a … Continue reading

All women are welcome to China’s beaches with a face mask of any kind


The hot summer, after the Dragon Boat Festival on May 30, will ‘formally’ begin in China. One of the places for fun is the beach. It has been increasingly popular in the beaches here since the early 2010s that women wear masks to protect themselves from UV so as to keep their face skin smooth … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, May 15, 2017


Make no mistake; when the Chinese advocate “globalism”, they don’t envision a world with multiple governments nor do they envision a world government run by the West. They don’t talk about their end game, nor does anyone else. When China talks regional alliances, they envision choreographed unison along the path. Regional alliances would be a … Continue reading

China is trying to reshape the world In China’s image


China is one of the few countries in the world today with money to spend, and Xi Jinping is ready to write some cheques. China’s president will host almost 30 world leaders in Beijing on Sunday at the first Belt and Road Forum, the centerpiece of a soft-power push backed by hundreds of billions of … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, May 8, 2017


The US media is pulling out a trump card that has been hiding in the deck since 2016. Otto, a traveling student, was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor by the Kim dynasty for touching a government propaganda poster. Now, his parents are near tears on national television as released film of the large … Continue reading

Chinese Kung Fu and Confucianism are not ‘Killer Apps’


A Chinese ‘tai chi’ master was defeated by a free-combat fighter in just 10 seconds in a race held in Chengdu last week. In my Dec 2016 article “No Chinese ‘Kung Fu’ in Hong Kong riot”, I was one of the very few people who straightforwardly pointed that ‘kung fu’ is by its nature slow … Continue reading

China compiles its own Wikipedia, but public can’t edit it


It’ll be free. It’ll be uniquely Chinese. It’ll be an online encyclopedia to rival Wikipedia — but without the participation of the public. And don’t expect entries on “Tiananmen Square 1989” or “Falun Gong spiritual group” to come up in your searches, either. Scholars and experts hand-picked by Beijing to work on the project say … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, May 1, 2017


The news would have us think that China’s reverse-engineered copy of a Soviet-made diesel aircraft carrier is nuclear-powered and in full commission. It’s not. It’s simply being towed from one construction site to another. But, it is another milestone step in progress and the West needs to pay close attention. With all the excitement over … Continue reading

China could accept US strike on North Korea as prelude to Chinese occupation


A Chinese state-run newspaper said Saturday that China would not engage militarily if the US conducted a surgical strike on North Korea’s nuclear facility, noting it would only resort to diplomatic channels to oppose such a move. Beijing’s position was stated in an editorial in the state-run Global Times, a tabloid controlled by China’s Communist Party. … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, April 24, 2017


All eyes on Korea means all eyes on China, which means all eyes on Trump. What’s at stake?—not nuclear war, not regional war, not freedom for northern Koreans, but a trade deal with China. At least, that’s the story if you ask the money channels. China is a “gold mine for innovation”, the hope for … Continue reading

‘Dr Strange’ in Hong Kong and the time loop of fights


The 2016 movie ‘Doctor Strange’ recorded a worldwide box office gross of US$677.6 million to which mainland China and Hong Kong contributed $109 mn and $8 mn respectively (Mojo data). In this story, the Ancient One’s group runs three Sanctums to guard the Earth against the Dark Dimension. Aside from New York and London, the … Continue reading

China puts bombers on high alert at North Korea’s border


Chinese air force land-attack, cruise-missile-capable bombers were put “on high alert” on Wednesday as the US sees evidence that the Chinese military is preparing to respond to a potential situation in North Korea, a US defense official tells CNN. The official said the US has also seen an extraordinary number of Chinese military aircraft being … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, April 17, 2017


It’s over. North Korea has been defrocked form among Communist nations. Russia and China aren’t trying to send any kind of message to the US by sending intel-gathering vessels to monitor the Vinson. Spectating usually indicates some kind of support. The “Ruskies” and “Chi-Coms”, as some affectionately call them, kicking back with coke and popcorn … Continue reading

Drafting peace in the Pacific


We no longer live in a world without alliances. Yes, individual nations retain sovereignty within their borders. However, the days are over when a single nation will boss and police an entire region alone. One nation can no longer take out an “enemy” in another nation as the “lone ranger”. Any nation that tries will … Continue reading

China have fished their waters dry, so now raiding other nations’ seas


The growth of China’s middle class over the past 15 years or so has driven up demand for all sorts of luxury goods in the country. For example, there’s been a growing interest in high-quality seafood—which comes at a most inopportune time. Efforts to boost China’s marine economy in recent decades, including offshore drilling and … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, April 3, 2017


China continues an uphill battle with the Western media. Sunflower students were cleared of all charges in their occupation of their nation’s legislature three years ago, almost to the day. Joined by leaders Lin and Chen, Joshua Wong from Hong Kong’s Umbrella movement urged the release of a Taiwanese college instructor, Lee Ming-che, from China’s … Continue reading

What it means to China after Trump says America respects all nations’ own path


By saying that “… America respects the right of all nations to chart their own path. My job is not to represent the world. My job is to represent the United States of America…” in his first Joint Address to the Congress [Note 1], President Donald Trump not just elaborates his ‘America First’ doctrine but … 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

Cadence Column: Asia, March 20, 2017


North Korea made headlines again. Reports have it that North Korea performs a routine ritual of saber rattling every spring. It’s definitely “saber spring” in “Kim world”. Trump thinks the Great Successor is a naughty boy, behaving very “badly”. China’s answer is to educate the US on calmness and diplomacy, while continuing to build weaponized … Continue reading

America planning big new arms sales to Taiwan despite China’s concerns


The Trump administration is crafting a big new arms package for Taiwan that could include advanced rocket systems and anti-ship missiles to defend against China, U.S. officials said, a deal sure to anger Beijing. The package is expected to be significantly larger than one that was shelved at the end of the Obama administration, the … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, March 13, 2017


Forget Japanese waters, headlines worry about North Korea and Hawaii. South Korea has their own two cents to add over the assassination of Kim Jong-un’s half brother at Kuala Lumpur International. China says that North Korea and the US are like two trains headed on a collision course. China has a kind of “plan” to … Continue reading

China hypocritically attacks US over human rights violations


China lashed out at the United States for its “terrible human rights problems” in a report on Thursday, adding to recent international criticism of Washington on issues ranging from violence inflicted on minorities to U.S. immigration policies. The U.S. State Department‘s annual report on rights in nearly 200 countries last week accused China of torture, … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, March 6, 2017


China took the bait once again. Whether independence for Hong Kong and Taiwan would be better or worse, that independence becomes more likely every time the topic even comes up, no matter how much dissent the idea receives. Within China’s borders, the “all press is good press” principle may seem to work differently, but when … Continue reading

China dismisses human rights activists’ torture claims as ‘fake news’


Chinese state media has said that a prominent Chinese rights activist had made up “fake news” of torture to grab international headlines, but his defenders said the accusations were a coordinated attempt to smear his name. State media said disbarred lawyer Jiang Tianyong, 46, was behind news reports of police torturing another detained rights activist, … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, February 27, 2017


Americans love flags. The over-sized flag, the “Star Spangled Banner”, was a strategic tool of Fort McHenry at the Battle of Baltimore and the US national anthem itself is named after the flag. If the United States ever truly intended to communicate that it believes Beijing seats the rightful government over the island of Taiwan, … 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 Column: Asia, February 20, 2017


Keeping 70 years of war on the books is not only a bad idea, it is a hazard. That period is longer than copyright laws and ten times longer than debts can be collected and taxes audited. At some point, old debts are better to be sold off to keep the books clear of overdue … Continue reading

Australia has not changed their position on the South China Sea, despite what media says


A recent article in the Australian Financial Review claims that Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has changed her position on the South China Sea, and that Australia is now more in step with China’s stance. This is not necessarily true, and seems to reflect the desires of some elements of Australian business to portray Australia … Continue reading

China, America and insecurities that threaten the world


Donald Trump needs to stop playing on Twitter and act like a leader of the free world, for everyone’s sake Since being elected just three months ago, Donald Trump has made 46 child-like Twitter attacks on American allies and well-respected Americans, including Australia, Germany, the U.S. court system, Meryl Streep and Arnold Schwarzenegger. These attacks seem … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, February 13, 2017


After three weeks, President Trump finally had his phone call with Chinese President Xi. The report is that Trump will uphold the United States’ long-standing “One China” policy, in which China proper and the island of Taiwan are one country and that country’s government seat is in Beijing. The effect is that the United States … Continue reading

The leading power in East Asia will be Japan, not China


By 2040, Japan will rise as East Asia’s leading power. This is one of our most controversial forecasts at Geopolitical Futures. Our readers know that GPF is bearish on China. And while some may disagree on that point, they usually see that the reasoning is sound. China will face serious problems in coming years… problems that will … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, February 6, 2017


Zuckerberg, king of messages and speaker of Mandarin, fails to get China’s main message. China doesn’t want Facebook’s mission. Facebook helps people talk to each other and know what’s going on. With all that’s already going on, China sees information as a serious threat to its goals. JP Morgan manged to get a deeper foot … Continue reading

America’s chief strategist: ‘We’re going to war in the South China Sea … no doubt’


The United States and China will fight a war within the next 10 years over islands in the South China Sea, and “there’s no doubt about that”. At the same time, the US will be in another “major” war in the Middle East. Those are the views – nine months ago at least – of … Continue reading

China says war with US becoming practical reality


War with the US under Donald Trump is “not just a slogan” and becoming a “practical reality”, a senior Chinese military official has said. The remarks were published on the People’s Liberation Army website, apparently in response to the aggressive rhetoric towards China from America’s new administration. They communicated a view from inside the Central … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, January 30, 2017


The conflict in the Pacific is turning into a brick wall at the speed of sound. Trump vowed to deny China access to islands that don’t exist on household globes and maps. China is run by a party that has never lost—or won—in its 70 years of existence. Beijing wants Washington to recognize “one China”, … Continue reading

China ‘deploys long-range nuclear-capable missiles’ in response to Donald Trump’s ‘aggression’


China has moved long-range missiles to the Russian border from where they could reach the USA, apparently in response to President Donald Trump’s “aggression”, unconfirmed reports say. The missiles, which can carry ten nuclear warheads up to 8,700 miles, have reportedly been moved to Heilongjiang province in north-east China. A leading English language newspaper in the communist … Continue reading

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