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Clause 32 of the USMCA is another big victory over China for Trump


The ‘Clause 32’ in the latest USMCA (US-Mexico-Canada Agreement) masterminded by President Trump, according to Neil MacDonald (a Canadian analyst), specifies that “… if Canada wants a trade deal with China, it has to notify the Americans about any negotiations, and tell them the substance of those negotiations, and submit the text of any deal, … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, October 15, 2018


It happened this week. The US finally said outright exactly what Cadence has been saying for years, the strategy in play. According to a Reuters article via Yahoo News, US security adviser John Bolton said, “If they’re put back in the proper place they would be if they weren’t allowed to steal our technology, their … Continue reading

US Vice President Pence’s ‘remarks’ on China hollow out US-China relation – except the Taiwan issue


Vice President Pence’s speech on Oct 4 has delivered a clear cut-off line of the policy orientation towards China between Trump’s ‘America First’ doctrine and those of past administrations since Nixon. Perhaps, one of the decisive factors impacting a young elite’s future success, worldwide speaking, in the coming 20 years is whether he/she is able … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, October 8, 2018


China’s political, socioeconomic worldview is that of a zero-sum game. It has played its socioeconomic game that way for decades. Now, it must empty its reserve coffers to keep its zero-sum game strategy from sinking too fast. This means that it can’t use those coffers if a military conflict arose. The United States knows this. … Continue reading

As Intel and Alibaba team up, why should Jack Ma retire?


“Intel and Alibaba Cloud have announced,” quoted from a Hi-Tech news website published on Sep 21, “the launch of the Joint Edge Computing Platform, an open architecture for Internet of Things (loT) applications that integrates AI (Artificial Intelligence) and cloud technologies for edging computing.” On Oct 1, another Hi-Tech specialist reported that “Alibaba is committing … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, October 1, 2018


When China cancelled a meeting in Washington, the Chinese thought they were sending a message; Washington thought they wouldn’t be sending any more messages at all. The Chinese government wants mutual respect, trade that results in equal numbers, and that countries not be bullied into taking sides in a China-US disagreement. Though China lobbed this … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, September 24, 2018


Google has gone off the deep end. The level of insanity matches The Bridge over the River Kwai. Actually helping China spy—Are Google execs loopy? From a Chinese company inside China that would make sense. But, Google is American. As if helping a non-ally spy isn’t enough, social media giants are already in trouble over … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, September 17, 2018


The US is not sending a contingency of Marines to Taiwan to protect it’s envoy. This announcement came after reports that the US had such plans. After discussing the non-existence of the plans for deployment, the State Department also discussed that it does not discuss plans for security or other strategies. Perhaps the real strategy … Continue reading

A hazardous signal to China as US recalled top diplomats from Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Panama over Taiwan


AP news on Sept 7: “The United States has recalled its envoys to the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Panama after decisions by those nations to cut ties with Taiwan in favor of diplomatic relations with China. “The State Department says it has called back Ambassador … ‘to discuss ways in which the United States … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, September 10, 2018


Right or wrong, the US-China tariff war was always coming. Stupid American companies flew into the campfire of Chinese manufacturing like moths into a flame. China was smart inasmuch as they did not become dependent on the outsourced labor, which was always going to ever-only be temporary. China has wasted no time, building infrastructure, such … Continue reading

Would increasing Interracial Marriages help boost China’s rise?


“Interracial marriages between Chinese and Africans are on the rise as a direct result from China’s increasing investment in, and trade with Africa. More than a million Chinese migrants now work and live on the African continent, while the number of Africans in China is thought to be around half that.” Aljazeera News reported on … Continue reading

El Salvador is the latest US-China battlefield ahead of Taiwan warfare


This White House Press Secretary Aug 23 statement criticises in the first paragraph that “the Government of El Salvador announced it would discontinue its decades-long diplomatic relations with Taipei in favor of establishing diplomatic relations with Beijing. “The leaders of El Salvador’s governing party have made this decision, which will have implications for decades to … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, August 27, 2018


The Pacific is heating up bigtime. Just after Kim Jong Un meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Trump calls off a cabinet member’s visit to Pyongyang the day after the new North Korean envoy was announced. What was that all about? Consider China. China has been moving in on Taiwan aggressively, both through marketing and … Continue reading

Bolton says China meddling in US elections


National Security Adviser John Bolton told ABC News at an interview on Aug 19 Sunday that he had “sufficient national security concern about Chinese meddling” into the 2018 U.S. midterm elections. When Martha Raddatz, ABC News’ Chief Global Affairs Correspondent, pressed him by asking “have you seen anything in the past specifically to China?”, it … Continue reading

Is China powerful enough to change the world order?


As the US president Donald Trump got his trade deal lately with the European Union president Jean-Claude Juncker, it seems that all those recent tensions between the world’s largest economy and the EU has come to an end. To China, the tactic of establishing commercial and economic ties to hedge the risks of waging a … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, August 20, 2018


The silent war between the Koreas is shifting to family reunions. Families split by the war are having a get-together today in the North. Trump has a deal with Kim Jong Un. Peace is moving forward, and Korean reunification along with it. Reunification is one of China’s values and things look great as they are. … Continue reading

Beijing joins the ‘Trump-Putin Helsinki Summit is Yalta 2.0’ Debate


An AFP article published on July 1 is probably the first one comparing the Trump-Putin Helsinki summit to the 1945 Yalta Conference where President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Premier Joseph Stalin agreed on certain post-WWII arrangements among themselves personally. Since then, a series of comments went on to argue that the … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, August 13, 2018


China’s situation isn’t getting easier. Taiwan now has tested a new missile, boasting ability to fire within China’s mainland, being capable of destroying military targets on both land and sea. This is no laughing matter. On the economic front, Beijing has a hard-headed counterpart in the White House, Donald Trump. He shows no indication of … Continue reading

China to move troops to Syria?


The US-based Stratfor reported on August 3, 2018 that “Chinese Ambassador Qi Qianjin reportedly stated that the Chinese ‘military is willing to participate in some way alongside the Syrian army that is fighting the terrorists in Idlib and in any other part of Syria,’ while military attaché Wong Roy Chang reportedly said the Chinese military … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, August 6, 2018


Apple sales are up in China, which creates a problem on two fronts. First, the doomsayers were wrong about tariffs crashing economies. If the tariffs aren’t making a difference according to the globalist economists, then why did they object? They’re the “experts”, after all. Shouldn’t they have foreseen that tariffs wouldn’t matter? The second problematic … Continue reading

Cracks appear in ‘invincible’ Xi Jinping’s authority over China


Rumours have swirled in Beijing in recent weeks that China’s seemingly invincible leader, Xi Jinping, is in trouble, dogged by a protracted trade war with the US, a slowing economy and a public health scandal involving thousands of defective vaccines given to children. Xi’s name seemed to have disappeared for a while from the cover … Continue reading

Wake-up call to Chinese film makers’ Hollywood dream


‘Asura’, which is “supposed to be China’s ‘Lords of the Rings’” with US$100 million production cost, was removed from the cinemas after 3 days on mainland as its opening weekend generated only $7mn ticket revenue. Despite a dream team for production — Charlie Iturriaga (Deadpool, Furious 7) in charge of visual effect, Oscar winner Ngila … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, July 30, 2018


The “China miracle” was nothing more than smoke and mirrors as big companies of the West took advantage of Chinese people seeking a living and Western consumers seeking lower prices. Everyone lost. There was no “miracle”. The fad for cutting costs and quick investment returns nickeled and dimed away quality, eventually pushing bean counters to … Continue reading

Trump-Putin Helsinki summit is a big deal to China, too


The 2-hour talk in private between Trump and Putin without any American official except Trump’s interpreter is the major reason why the Trump-Putin Helsinki summit is exceptionally important. Further provoked by what Trump said at the press conference after the summit, the American critics bombarded their president on all kinds of media, and the harshest … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, July 23, 2018


Central planning has only so much room for slight of hand tricks to keep up its sleeve. When the going gets tough, everyone goes home. For China, that means devaluing its currency, a complaint Trump has long lobbed against the trade giant. Maintaining good relations with Apple and almost achieving the manufacturing capability long held … Continue reading

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

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