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Cadence Column: Asia, November 12, 2018


Xi Jinping announced yet another new policy for China: Blaming other countries is wrong, each country must deal with its own economic and environmental issues without the problem being someone else’s fault. While this 180° new direction should be welcoming to foreign companies whose intellectual property was taken by China, along with the neighboring lands … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, November 30, 2015


Strength against China grows. The people of Taiwan don’t hate China; they want friendship with China. This makes them stronger than people who want subordinates and acquisitions. Communist Beijing and pro-China-control Taipei seem out of touch. Research consistently demonstrates that a sizable majority of Taiwanese identify themselves as quite distinct from China. The KMT-Nationalist establishment … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, September 21, 2015


China mostly talked this week. And they plan to talk more next week with Obama about Taiwan’s elections. Taiwan now allows 5,000 new Chinese visitors per day and China will give Taiwanese electronic passes in their visits. This raises questions about why China wants so many people in Taiwan while making Taiwanese in China easier … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, October 20


Paula Bronstein, award-winning photojournalist, was arrested in Mong Kok, HK, for standing on a car to take a photo. Standing on a car, by HK law, is a greater crime than unsheathing a samurai sword in a theater. So, the new question is: How can HK’s Beijing-appointed government defend its sense of “justice”? In the … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, September 29


Inside Report—Hong Kong has one problem that is unaddressed in the media: Hong Kong can’t and doesn’t have its own military. Military service is the unwritten rule of any democracy. As much as Hong Kong needs freedom, they aren’t big enough to have their own military. That creates many problems and misunderstandings. Hong Kong has … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, September 8


The Taiwan military rhetoric of last week was compounded by a food oil scandal affecting many large Taiwan food suppliers. The ultimate effect will hurt the pockets of the de facto pro-Beijing KMT Nationalist party controlling Taiwan. As the spirits of Hong Kong and Taiwan strengthen together, from valuable mistakes, Beijing faces a new weapon: … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, August 25


Asia has a bigger problem now: A Beijing spy investigation. This could tip the balance in the US military favor because the Western public doesn’t like Beijing spies. Beijing is unlikely to back down. Even in online gaming, the Chinese have trouble knowing when they are losing. They are also easy to provoke on accident. … 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

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

Taiwan: Ma tax scandal could suggest prejudice, concern


The Taipei Times has noted new claims and information about a tax scandal orbiting Taiwan President Ma (馬英九). The article from the previous day was in response to a Next Magazine article explaining that Ma may be liable for at least $1 million USD in taxes owed to the IRS. Ma was not accused of cheating on his tax returns; he has simply been mentioned by an … Continue reading

Taiwan: Sunflower movement demonstrators face persecution


In addition to retaliation from the police (and possibly from the judiciary), persecution and character assassination of those associated with protests has taken on many forms. Those following our fan page and recent events in Taiwan will no doubt be aware of the abuse of power by police. The arrest, interrogation and subsequent release of … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, May 5


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… Trade protest has curbed cross-strait ties: US report North Korea testing engines for ICBM, stokes nuclear fears The road to a better democracy – article from DPP’s US … Continue reading

Taiwan demonstrations continue: western media forgets


As the Sunflower Movement stated upon leaving Taiwan‘s legislative chamber, they would return. The movement never had “tunnel vision”, but was focused on a long list of grievances. The secret “black box” trade negotiation between China and US Military ally Taiwan was only the one straw on the camel’s back. In this recent round of government … Continue reading

Taiwan’s KMT party exhibits pre-Nazi-like behaviour


Mitch Yang, spokesman for the 1996 Taiwanese student protest in Los Angeles when China launched a missile during Taiwan’s first Presidential election, has been warning about this sort of thing. “I see a strong similarity between what Ma is doing and what happened in Germany when Nazis… eventually, gradually, turned the country into a dictatorship,” Yang said. … Continue reading

‘Sunflower’ students change history


Read the new eBook about the last 21 hours of the Sunflower Movement occupancy. The Sunflower movement made history this month. As Taiwan’s government was deviating from the will of its people, unarmed students disrupted the legislature by occupying it for three weeks. An unplanned, flash-mob protest met outside the legislature on March 18. Both the students … Continue reading

Taiwan’s ‘White Justice’ Breeds Confusion


Reporting 250,000+ “likes” on a suspicious Facebook page and 500 affirming phone calls for a police chief, Fang Yang-ning (方仰寧), on an island of with 23 million people is not newsworthy. Yet, it is being disseminated by the government and being reported in the Taipei Times. This actually suggests that authorities possess undisclosed research data that indicates government support is … Continue reading

Taiwan: Puppet democracies are for children – Washington “adults” don’t understand


Taiwan’s government does not have a robust system of checks and balances as the US does. Instead, has the near identical system of making laws as China’s government: new law doesn’t come from Congress or the President, but from the “Premiere”, a non-elected bureaucrat who heads the Executive branch comprised of other non-elected bureaucrats—in Taiwan … Continue reading

Sunflower students to leave Taiwan’s legislature Thursday


Taiwan legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) announced this morning that he would conduct no further discussions in the legislature concerning trade with China until a new law was passed providing oversight affecting all international trade agreements. This type of legislation, supporting the DPP (民進黨) and Sunflower movement’s request for transparency, would be a significant change in Taiwan’s legislative process. … Continue reading

Sunflower Movement: A day on the ground in Taiwan protest (photos)


The sun sets on several thousand gathered in Taipei. Police stand guard with riot shields and batons blocking roads and entrances. Streets overflow with students—some standing, most sitting on cardboard, Mylar heat blankets, or interlocking foam pads. Tents and booths line walkways. Traditional Taiwanese food vendors sit at the outskirts. Projection screens and stages can … Continue reading

College students are China’s hope for democracy; Over 100,000 protest in Taiwan


We Chinese are proud of our college students. They are the driving force of Chinese history. See how similar the Taiwan college students’ campaign to defend Taiwan’s democracy is to the Chinese college students’ campaign for democracy at Tiananmen Square 25 years ago. They are so disciplined and well-organised, strong but peaceful. They are so … Continue reading

Debunking myths: Was CIA involved with Taiwan’s demonstrations?


OPINION—While I’m sure some of our friends at CIA would be insulted if I said that they weren’t involved in everything that happens in the world, I suspect that Intelligence participation in the Taipei protests are minimal at most. This comes from a basic understanding of exactly how much Ma, Taiwan‘s President, has isolated himself and exactly … Continue reading

Analysis: Taiwan President Ma may have sold US military tech


In an analysis of publicly-known events, there may be an explanation for the US Military being years late on the Air Defense upgrades of Taiwan‘s Air Force. The decision was made in 2011 when Taiwan’s Air Force could have been doubled for arguably less money. Rather than keeping the older F-16 A/B jets and doubling Taiwan’s Air Force … Continue reading

Taiwan legislature “occupied/retaken”: USA media ignores


Students have taken over Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan meeting chamber for over 106 hours. 12:00pm Friday marked the deadline the student-led mass gave to Taiwan’s dominant party, the KMT, to acknowledge and respond positively to their demands. The unarmed assortment of young Taiwanese took action in the wake of the pending Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement (CSSTA), after a … Continue reading

Taiwan could resist a Chinese invasion for just one month


The clock is ticking – China grows more powerful by the day as Taiwan withers. In early March, Taiwan’s defense minister Yen Ming estimated the island nation could resist a Chinese onslaught “at least one month” – and that’s assuming other countries aid in Taipei’s defense. The one month figure is chilling, but not surprising, … 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

Japan shocks China on Senkakus


Japan gives priority to Senkakus issue over fishing interests. It will continue to face territorial claims from China and Taiwan, despite having knocked a wedge between them by making concessions to Taipei in a fishing agreement over waters surrounding the disputed Senkaku Islands. Japan and Taiwan signed the fishing agreement on April 10, sidestepping sovereignty over … Continue reading

China: What would it take?


A friend recently asked me, “Hypothetically, what would it take to tip the tables, break the silence, and move from military escalation in East Asia into either war or peace?” It was actually quite an easy question to answer. The same event could push the tide either way, though there’s no way of knowing in … Continue reading

True agenda of China publicly released – seven years ago!


According to a BBC interview with Sha Zu Kang, Chinese Ambassador to United Nations (Geneva) in 2006, Beijing’s policy toward Taiwan, and the priority of that policy among Beijing’s other objectives, is as unmistakable as it is severe. Here are some selections from Sha Zu Kang’s comments… …Taiwan is the most important issue, that is to … Continue reading

Twelve reasons an invasion of Taiwan is untenable


That’s not to say someone won’t try. And the obvious country in question is China, of course. One non-factor is the growing number of Americans living within Taiwan. Based on Taiwan’s National Immigration Agency, in 2009, Americans made up approximately 2.5% of the island nation’s 350,000 alien residents. While that number has grown since, and … Continue reading

Taiwan to deploy additional ‘carrier killers’


Taiwan is arming more of its fleet with its new ‘carrier killer‘ anti-ship missiles as the mainland conducts further sea trials of its first aircraft carrier, local media in Taipei said Monday. Five of the Taiwanese navy’s eight Perry-class frigates have been armed with the supersonic Hsiung Ffeng (Brave Wind) III weapons, the Taipei-based China … Continue reading

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