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Cadence of Conflict: Asia, January 28, 2019


The West ramped up rhetoric against China this past week. Even George “Socialist” Soros trashed the Chinese government, yet tried to court favor with the Chinese people. Such an attempt aims to divide government and people. Opinion pieces from renowned news outlets openly accuse China of aggression. We did not see such a harsh tone … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, December 3, 2018


Taiwan President Tsai Ing-Wen apologizing after a mid-term defeat at the provincial level will not demonstrate strength on her part, but she shows respect and stability in maintaining her appointees and policy toward China. Having not stood her ground on information about proposal that would have set Taiwan’s team name at the Olympics in Japan … Continue reading

Cadence Column: July 11, 2016


Abe’s landslide re-election in Japan, a US shield deployment in South Korea, and $2B USD pumping into Taiwan’s navy won’t exactly be sweet music to countries on the other side of the line. China isn’t in a position to make demands. Though, Beijing has denounced Hague’s coming trial often and loudly. Beijing doesn’t know what … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, January 12, 2016


China’s economic shaking may have had more of a placebo than newspapers let on. Devalued Chinese yuan does not contribute to lower oil prices as much as the decisions of the Arabs. Even if it has a factor, lower oil prices are healthier for economies as it keeps costs lower. Perhaps China’s slowdown is good … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, November 16, 2015


The week buzzed about China’s currency while the US spotlight made an unusual stop on Taiwan. Marco Rubio mentioned Taiwan, something significant for an experienced Senator and presidential candidate on the campaign trail. Quartz gave a shout over Taiwanese presidential hopeful, Tsai, in her response to the negative Facebook comments from China (where Facebook happens … Continue reading

U.S. think tank says seven wings of U.S. air force can wipe out half attacking Chinese fighter jets on Taiwan Strait in a week


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: China’s mil.huanqiu.com has published a report about U.S. National Interest’s article on California think tank RAND’s new briefing paper on U.S. air war with China when China attacks Taiwan. It provides quite a detailed summary of the article and then … 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

South China Sea dispute: lucky China, unlucky Philippines


I write this post due to Mr. Jose Mario Dolor De Vega’s furious response to my post China boasts of strategy to ‘recover’ islands occupied by Philippines at China Daily Mail on May 28. First, I should make clear that the strategy mentioned in the post is neither my strategy nor China’s strategy as proved by … Continue reading

Taiwan opposition party blocks China reciprocal offices


Main opposition party says it will reject draft legislation that would allow semi-official bodies to open branches in Taiwan and on mainland Taiwan’s main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has pledged to stop Beijing-friendly President Ma Ying-jeou from allowing cross-strait semi-official organisations to set up reciprocal branch offices. Joseph Wu Jau-shieh, executive director of the … Continue reading

China and Taiwan: Provoked to grab for power


Whether it’s true or not, China appears to the International community as an aggressor. For half a century, Beijing supported the Kim Dynasty of North Korea. Now, that decision is “blowing up” in Beijing’s face, so to speak. Countries are asking, “Why would Communist China support a North Korea that would do this if China truly wants … Continue reading

China, Iran and North Korea form a nuclear stew


Relations between China and North Korea seem, cosmetically, to be getting chillier. China joined the unanimous U.N. Security Council vote for sanctions in response to North Korea’s most recent nuke test. However, that vote was taken after China had successfully demanded that they not be too hurtful and that further negotiations be the principal objective. … Continue reading

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