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Cadence Column: Asia, June 3, 2019


The “Symphony Asian Mad Scientist Theorem” continues to play out. Trump engaged North Korea in talks that led to a calm without North Korea changing its DNA. Trump eventually reminded North Korea what everyone knew would be necessary to reach an agreement and North Korea stomped off. Now, Trump comes off a marathon of wider-scope … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, November 19, 2018


In Taiwanese politics, a mayor candidate’s comments about his own benefits from drinking honey-lemonade sparked retribution from the medical community. After a lump under his eye went away, apparently from a vegetarian and honey-lemonade diet, he actually said so. A professional from a hospital was quick to weigh in. It’s understandable. If people learned that … 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

China’s shared bikes as one of the ‘four new inventions’ in foreigners’ eyes


High-speed rails, Alipay, shared bikes and online shopping are China’s new four great ‘inventions’, said a number of foreign youngsters in China, mostly students from the Third World countries, when responding to a survey by the Silk Road Research Institute of Beijing Foreign Studies University. Perhaps, commercially or scientifically speaking, these items are not ‘invented’ … 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

Cadence Column: June 27, 2016


China seems to be the talk of town, especially with hitting. China cyberattacks hit the US less, but more strategically, says a study. A hailstorm tornado hit China and killed 98, critically wounded 200 and injured another 600 in a farming and factory village. Chinese bank management hit employees on stage at a training session … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, June 6, 2015


China moves more and more with money. The economy is crashing, largely due to the Communist doctrine that citizens do not own land—something we rarely read about. China also gears up for both war and investment contingency. BRICS was ratified this week. New national “interests” rhetoric and policy came from Beijing, implying war against Taiwan … Continue reading

US to base four warships in Singapore as China flexes military muscles


Four US warships designed to fight in coastal areas similar to south-east Asian waters will operate out of Singapore by 2018, a senior US Navy official said Tuesday, further underscoring Washington’s military tilt to Asia. The “rotational deployment” of the vessels, called littoral combat ships (LCS), comes as China continues to flex its muscles in … Continue reading

ASEAN members developing lucrative weapons industry in response to China


There was an article on development of the weapons industry in Southeast Asia, ascribing it to the fear of China’s rise among countries there. However, we can blame China for the rising military budgets and purchases of weapon there, but not the development of the weapons industry. It is only natural that when the emerging … Continue reading

US warns China that Washington will not remain passive if aggression continues


The United States has warned China to stop using “destabilising” tactics in its bid to claim parts of the South China Sea. US defence secretary Chuck Hagel made the comments at an Asia-Pacific security forum in Singapore, also attended by Australia’s Defence Minister, David Johnston. China is locked in territorial disputes with Vietnam, the Philippines, … Continue reading

Japanese investment in Southeast Asia surged last year to almost three times amount invested in China


Japanese companies‘ investments in Southeast Asia surged last year to almost three times the amount invested in China, after relations between Beijing and Tokyo soured in 2012 and Chinese labor costs rose, a government agency of Japan said on Friday. Japanese companies invested 2.33 trillion yen ($22.8 billion) in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines … Continue reading

Malaysia joins forces with Philippines and Vietnam against China in sea dispute


The submerged reef would be easy to miss, under turquoise seas about 80 km (50 miles) off Malaysia’s Borneo island state of Sarawak. But two Chinese naval exercises in less than a year around the James Shoal have shocked Malaysia and led to a significant shift in its approach to China‘s claims to the disputed … Continue reading

China’s supposed top world education ranking is designed to deceive


The Program of International Student Assessment (PISA) scores for 15 year olds around the world were recently released. While these scores do offer some indication as to how students from a given country compare, we should be reticent to make took much of these scores. Shanghai in particular is a city where much ado has been made about apparently high … Continue reading

Hong Kong signs up for Australian undergraduate study and internship plan


Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has signed up the fourth and final destination, Hong Kong, for next year’s trial of the government’s New Colombo Plan, which will send Australian undergraduates into the region for study, internships and long-term diplomacy. “Australian students will benefit from the opportunity to study at Hong Kong’s world-class institutions and the … Continue reading

China not disputing Japan’s sovereignty over Okinawa


China does not dispute Japanese sovereignty over Okinawa and recent comments in Chinese newspapers merely reflects the views of some academics, a senior Chinese military leader said on Sunday. “China’s position has not changed… Scholars can put forth any idea they want and they do not represent the views of the Chinese government,” the deputy … Continue reading

China and Taiwan cross-strait representative offices: One offensive, the other defensive


Great progress has been made in the talks on mutual establishment of representative offices across the Taiwan Strait. Now both sides have begun to make preparations. We can foresee that in the future, the mainland’s agency stationed in Taiwan will bring its great economic power into play by performing its service functions and launching peaceful … Continue reading

Moody’s lowers China outlook after Fitch downgrade


Moody’s Investors Service on Tuesday affirmed China’s government’s bond rating of Aa3 but cut the outlook to stable from positive, the second pessimistic revision by a foreign ratings agency this month. Last week, Fitch Ratings cut China’s long-term local currency credit rating to A-plus from AA-minus, citing concerns about the risk that excessive local government … Continue reading

Hong Kong lawyer declared brain dead awakes after calls to pull plug


Lawyer Suzanne Chin is convinced that what happened to her four years ago is nothing short of a miracle. The mother of two was living and working in Hong Kong when she suffered a heart attack, was hospitalised in a coma and declared brain dead. The head of the intensive care unit, two neurologists and … Continue reading

India concerned by China’s management of Pakistan port


China’s role in operating a strategically important port in Pakistan is a matter of concern for India, its defence minister said on Wednesday, as New Delhi and Beijing jostle for influence in the region. Indian policy-makers have long been wary of a string of strategically located ports being built by Chinese companies in its neighbourhood, … Continue reading

The way forward for China’s economy


China and Europe must end their business-as-usual stance this year and get their houses in order for a better future, said experts at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies’ regional outlook forum 2013 in Singapore. While China had, last year, averted an expected hard landing due to its slowing economy, China expert Shen Jianguang said it … Continue reading

In China, can investors trust that books aren’t cooked?


Profile: Carson Block, the 36-year-old short seller whose Muddy Waters fund is embroiled in a knock-down, drag-out fight with Singapore-based Olam International Ltd. The story’s not just essential background to the Olam fight that has been in the news recently; it’s a must-read for anyone with any involvement in Chinese stocks. Block has made his reputation mainly … Continue reading

To feed its millions, China needs to look to the world’s oceans


  China is facing increasing difficulties in feeding its growing population, which is at the same time becoming more affluent. Although China has achieved nine consecutive years of increases in grain production, from 2003 to 2012, its grain demand and supply gap continues to widen. In the first ten months of 2012, China’s cereal imports … Continue reading

Singapore concerned over China’s South China Sea rule


Singapore expressed concern on Monday over China‘s plan to board and search ships sailing in what it considers its territory in the South China Sea, as tension grows over Beijing’s sovereignty claims in busy Southeast Asian waters. “Singapore is concerned about this recent turn of events,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in response to … Continue reading

Will China soon become a democracy?


The Chinese are getting richer – but not necessarily democratic. Hu Jintao, the outgoing President of the Republic of China, has had few surprises in his farewell address. The core message was: continued rapid economic growth and one-party rule. And by 2020, the average income is doubled. Will the Chinese Communist Party manage to continue … Continue reading

Is English or Mandarin the language of the future?


The assumption that Mandarin will grow with China’s economic rise may be flawed. Consider Japan which, after spectacular post-war economic growth, became the world’s second-biggest economy. The Japanese language saw no comparable rise in power and prestige. The same may prove true of Mandarin. The character-based writing system requires years of hard work for even … Continue reading

China: Communist Party journal suggests it could learn from Singapore’s PAP


SCMP reports from Beijing: “Weeks ahead of the Communist Party’s once-in-a-decade reshuffle, the party’s leading policy journal has called on leaders to look to Singapore for an example of how to run the country.” Mao Zedong had this Mao Zedong Thought; Deng Xiaoping, Deng Xiaoping theory; Jiang Zemin, Three Represents; and Hu Jintao, the Outlook … Continue reading

More US firms may shift some business from China to ASEAN


A growing number of U.S. companies plan to shift some operations from China to Southeast Asia in the next two years as confidence in countries such as the Philippines improves, a survey by the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore showed. AmCham Singapore said on Thursday its survey of 356 senior executives working for U.S. … Continue reading

Sydney vies to be latest offshore yuan market


SCMP’s George Chen says on June 28, “Australia‘s main financial centre is in talks to follow London and Singapore, and Beijing and Hong Kong are said to be receptive to the idea”. An unidentified source says, “Beijing has made clear to Australian officials that although London has launched the first offshore yuan market outside Hong … Continue reading

Li Keqiang primed to succeed Wen Jiabao as Premier of China


The state media’s unusually extensive coverage of Li Keqiang‘s European tour showed the vicepremier remains well positioned to succeed Wen Jiabao as premier despite rumours to the contrary, analysts said. State broadcaster CCTV featured several lengthy and detailed reports on Li’s nine-day trip during its prime-time news programmes, while the overseas edition of People’s Daily … Continue reading

U.S. plans 10-month warship deployment to Singapore


The first of a new class of U.S. coastal warships will be sent to Singapore next spring for a roughly 10-month deployment, the Navy said on Wednesday, spotlighting a move that may stir China’s fears of U.S. involvement in South China Sea disputes. Deployment of the shallow-draft ship “Freedom” will help refine crew rotations, logistics … Continue reading

Temasek seeks $2.4 billion with China bank stake sales


Temasek Holdings TEM.UL is selling about $2.4 billion worth of stakes in two of China’s largest banks, as the Singapore state investor reshuffles its financial sector portfolio. Temasek, which is the single-biggest shareholder in Standard Chartered Bank, is offering about $1.2 billion in Hong Kong-listed shares of China Construction Bank and another $1.2 billion of … Continue reading

Wilmar founder triples stake in Singapore’s Perennial


Wilmar International’s billionaire founder Kuok Khoon Hong has tripled his stake in a China property trust and set up a S$500 million ($400 million) investment firm with a former CapitaLand executive, raising his exposure to the real estate sector. Kuok, Singapore’s second richest man according to Forbes, increased his deemed interest in Perennial China Retail … Continue reading

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