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Southeast Asia overtook US as China’s 2nd major trade partner, and why it matters


“The U.S. is losing importance as a trading partner of China as their tariff war drags on, dropping a notch to third place in the first half of 2019 to trail the European Union and Southeast Asia…” reported by Nikkei Asian Review on July 13. “… Trade with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations grew … Continue reading

Is America fighting China without understanding history?


At the basement floor of the Chinese National museum in Beijing, there’s a curated collection of China’s imperial history from antiquity to the fall of the Qing Dynasty. The basement is where a multitude of visitors from around the country gather, entry is free for foreigners. At the end of the collection, is a British … Continue reading

US’ Bible shortage (caused by Trump’s tariff) reminds the world of CCP’s Marxist doctrine


‘USA Today’ reported on July 8: “… Religious publishers say President Donald Trump’s most recent proposed tariffs on Chinese imports could result in a Bible shortage. That’s because millions of Bibles – some estimates put it at 150 million or more – are printed in China each year …” While the Chinese factories print Bibles … Continue reading

Huawei employees admit links to China’s military and intelligence, British report claims


Throughout the conflict between Washington and Huawei, a central theme has been the alleged connections between the company and state defense and intelligence agencies in China. The theory goes that the company has links and is obliged, under Chinese national security legislation, to collaborate with the state when asked to do so—and, where the company … Continue reading

Africa News explains why Africa will choose Huawei


Africanews’ June 6 article “Why Africa will choose Beijing in ongoing US-China trade war” provides valuable information to support my May 22 comment here that Africans have a decisive role in shaping Huawei’s global future. “… Much of the continent’s telecommunications backbone has been built and is still being built by Huawei. Should Huawei get … Continue reading

China-Japan relations won’t be altered by Trump’s ridiculous ‘unfair military alliance’ remark


Tokyo (and probably the whole world) was shocked when Bloomberg News reported on June 25 that: “President Donald Trump has recently mused to confidants about withdrawing from a longstanding defense treaty with Japan, according to three people familiar with the matter, in his latest complaint about what he sees as unfair U.S. security pacts… “… … Continue reading

U.S. blacklists more Chinese tech companies over national security concerns


The Trump administration added five Chinese entities to a United States blacklist on Friday, further restricting China’s access to American technology and stoking already high tensions before a planned meeting between President Trump and President Xi Jinping of China in Japan next week. The Commerce Department announced that it would add four Chinese companies and … Continue reading

Chinese president’s dream: world domination by mid century


Geopolitical events increasingly indicate that an “alliance of evil” would emerge between Russia and China as President Xi Jinping seeks world domination, retired Army Lt. Col. Bob Maginnis said on Saturday. “I identify 16 indicators in an alliance of evil that we’ve seen time and again over the last few years and they tend to be increasing,” he … Continue reading

The Regan-Liu (Fox-CGTN) Debate did have winners


The essay title “A debate with no winner” was used to describe the “first time in history” TV live debate between Fox Business Network’s Trish Regan and China Global TV Network (CGTN)’s Liu Xin by The Star Online on June 3. Was there really no winner? The background to this debate, briefly speaking, is that: … Continue reading

US-China ‘trade’ war, if not ended soon, may spill over to ‘finance’


“On the international monetary front, the key problem was the acute dollar shortage in post-war Europe … In the effort to reconstruct a viable Western Europe, the United States conceded degrees of protection and discrimination in trade that were incompatible with its original blueprint …” Ian Clark, a Fellow of the British Academy and a … Continue reading

China’s top negotiator underperformed his job in the China-US trade talk


Liu He, China’s Vice Premier and the top negotiator for the current China-US trade talk, did not do his job good enough as he either said too much yes during the face-to-face talks, or significantly underestimated the ultimate terms, including the last-minute requests, demanded by the Trump administration. As I said last year, Trump could … Continue reading

US using Iran to punish China for supporting Venezuela


The Trump administration announced on April 22 that “buyers of Iranian oil must stop purchases by May 1 or face sanctions …” reported by CNBC on April 23. “The move, which took many market participants by surprise, ends six months of waivers which had allowed Iran’s eight biggest buyers of crude to continue to import … Continue reading

RAND: “Russia can be contained, but China cannot.” Really?


A recent research conducted by RAND Army Research Division says that “Russia is not a peer or near-peer competitor but rather a well-armed rogue state that seeks to subvert an international order it can never hope to dominate. In contrast, China is a peer competitor that wants to shape an international order that it can … Continue reading

A map ‘error’ solidifies China’s resoluteness to support Russia to confront US over Venezuela


Surprise?! Ten weeks after the US-backed Juan Guaidó declared himself the ‘interim president’ of Venezuela on Jan 23, Nicolás Maduro’s government is still alive. What is diplomatically significant is that on March 26, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang dared to say at the daily press briefing that “… Latin American affairs are not a … Continue reading

Bahrain, US 5th Fleet’s headquarters, signs 5G with Huawei


“Bahrain, headquarters of the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, plans to roll out a commercial 5G mobile network by June, partly using Huawei technology despite the United States’ concerns the Chinese telecom giant’s equipment could be used for spying. Washington has warned countries against using Chinese technology, saying Huawei could be used by Beijing to spy … Continue reading

U.S. warns Italy against joining China’s ‘One Belt One Road’


A spokesman for the White House’s group of national security advisors warned Rome that “Italy is a major global economy and great investment destination. No need for Italian government to lend legitimacy to China’s infrastructure vanity project…” Euronews reported on March 9. Reuters further reported on March 15 that Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte “… … Continue reading

Beijing is staring at Bernie Sanders’ and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ ‘socialist’ agenda


U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said, “Workers are often paid far less than the value they create.” What a shock! The Business Insider immediately pointed out on March 10 that this is “essentially a restatement of Karl Marx’s Labour Theory of Value, which suggests that economies run into trouble when workers can’t afford to buy the … Continue reading

China in deeper trouble if Trump not granted Nobel Peace Prize


U.S. President Donald Trump wants the Nobel Peace Prize. The Norwegian committee would owe him this honor if the Trump administration could really complete a denuclearization deal with North Korea. According to a Feb 19 Reuters news, Trump does not need Prime Minister Abe’s nomination, he “has already been nominated by two Norwegian lawmakers. ‘We … Continue reading

Xi Jinping’s global domination dreams hit a wall amid growing backlash against China


With the shock election of anti-globalist Donald Trump to the US presidency still fresh in their minds, international leaders watched with anticipation as Chinese President Xi Jinping stepped up to the podium at Davos in January 2017. Xi’s speech in favor of globalization and free trade was met with praise by governments and businesses across … Continue reading

US-India hybrid war against China-Pakistan


When it comes to economic breadth and technology innovation, the Unites States is clearly the winner. The incredible US historical credentials across all disciplines have allowed it to dominate the world. It is instilled in the Americans’ DNA that they are a nation, which is hard to match and impossible to beat. If there is … Continue reading

US-China arms race has begun with space weapons


The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) released a 125-page report on Jan 15, 2019 which suggested that “China’s military rise is well-planned, and Chinese leaders are following a strategy they believe will lead to greater power and influence both regionally and globally …” While the report in pdf is unavailable online for unknown reasons at … Continue reading

Analyst says US pulls out of INF pact because of China


Both Washington and Moscow have officially suspended compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. China is to blame, according to a Feb 4 Aljazeera report: “… The pact banned all ground-based missiles with ranges between 500km and 5,500km, ridding Europe of an entire category of destabilizing weapons — nearly 3,000 ground-launched intermediate ballistic and … Continue reading

Everyone finally agrees China can’t be allowed to take over the world


Oh my, how times have changed. Huawei executives doing the perp walk. American universities shuttering Confucius Centers. Voters in the Maldives, Sri Lanka and elsewhere rejecting leaders who have cozied up to China. Malaysia and others demanding better deals from Beijing or otherwise trying to dig their way out of the Chinese debt trap. The … Continue reading

‘Divide and conquer’: China puts the pressure on to isolate US from allies


As tensions between China and the US mount over trade and the extradition of a senior Huawei executive, Beijing has reserved its most colourful language for America’s allies. On Tuesday, China’s ministry of foreign affairs called on Canada to “stop pulling chestnuts out of the fire for the US” after the unsealing of a 13-count … Continue reading

As Venezuela crisis splits the world into three blocs, it is a great lesson of multi-polarity for China


Take a look at this interesting map. Both BBC News and Big Think present a world map respectively showing different countries’ diplomatic responses to the current Venezuela crisis in which Washington “has urged the world to pick sides — Maduro or Guaidó (it is another worldwide take-side game alongside the Huawei 5G network issue). As … Continue reading

Businesses struggle as cracks appear in China’s economy


Cracks are opening in China’s mighty economy: investors are backing away from deals, factories are moving abroad and companies are shedding jobs. The world’s second-largest economy is losing steam, hitting its slowest growth in almost three decades last year, and flagging further in recent months. While gross domestic product grew at 6.6 per cent in … Continue reading

Sino-American trade war – the dust has not yet settled


The headlines are full of news of a trade war between the United States and China. Every day you read or watch some news in order to fill the blanks in or to have some knowledge about current affairs. And you’ve probably heard by now that China and U.S have announced tariffs on many of … Continue reading

China is losing the trade war in nearly every way


China is still the world’s No. 2 economy and is still the monster of emerging markets, but regardless of those bonafides, Xi Jinping’s country is losing the trade war in nearly every way imaginable. The arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in Canada last month for breaking U.S. sanctions law, followed by the firing of … Continue reading

China’s 2018 book sales still just half of the US’ 2017 figure


China’s book retail sales recorded a total of USD13. 1 billion in 2018, a remarkable 11.3% year-on-year increase, “said a report issued at the Beijing Book Fair.” Sales via online channels took up 64% of the total, a leap of 24.7% from 2017. Compared to the US book industry’s USD26.23 billion in net revenue for … Continue reading

We shall never ever take sides: on the question of choosing between two monsters, China and United States


My attention was caught by that very provocative and utterly accurate political cartoon posted by the New York Times Opinion Section (Nov 27th) wherein it depicted there that the people of Southeast Asia in an apparent dilemma on who are they going to choose to throw their lot and support. It categorically pointed there, should … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, January 14, 2019


China is preparing for war. It has said so in public. It has demonstrated so with militarization of “Made in China” islands that didn’t exist a decade ago. It has shown intent by showing no sense of limits in cyber-warfare, technology acquisition, and oppression of the press. Facebook and Twitter users are only a “security … Continue reading

China may replace Britain as the 2nd greatest global power soon: UK report


“China poses the single biggest threat to Britain’s position as one of the great super-powers …” reported by The Telegraph on 4 Jan 2019 which quoted a report published by the Henry Jackson Society (HJS). Founded by a US Senator who “strongly supported civil rights and protecting the environment — while also maintaining a strong … Continue reading

The myth about Chinese monetary policy


Government policies always generate conflicts of interests within society, monetary policy is no exception. Foreign policies, to some extent, are the reflection and extension of domestic governance. Domestic monetary policy, no matter how elusive and insignificant to some people, provides the currency for Chinese government’s outreaching tentacles around the world. On October 7, 2018, the … Continue reading

The Hyper-sonic Arms Race


‘US unable to defend against Russian and Chinese hypersonic weapons, report warns’ — Fox News, by quoting an official Dec 2018 report submitted to the Congress, picked the threat of hypersonic weapons among various items as the headline of its Dec 18 article. This article says, “ … ‘China and Russia are pursuing hypersonic weapons … Continue reading

Harvard’s cry wolf: ‘The worrisome Saudi-China deal’


The Petrodollar is said to be under threat. The ‘Harvard Political Review’ published an article on Dec 18, saying that “China has taken steps to negotiate a potential economic deal that could harm United States’ economic, social, and political supremacy. The deal regards increased Chinese influence over oil and the petrodollar …” “…Recent conversations between … Continue reading

Egyptian oranges and the US-China trade war


A US Department of Agriculture’s Dec 15 report (EG/18031) states that ‘FAS Cairo forecasts a 5.1 percent increase in area planted and 9.6 percent increase in production based on growing demand for Egyptian oranges. Russia, Saudi Arabia, Netherlands and China will likely remain the top import destinations for Egyptian oranges …” Since 2-3 years ago, … Continue reading

As the 5G race matters, arresting Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou is just a pawn move


The CNN provides a background report on the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of Huawei. A web link there brings you back to a Reuters report dated Jan 31, 2013: “London (Reuter) — A Hong Kong-based firm that attempted to sell embargoed HP computer equipment to Iran … has much closer ties to China’s … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, December 10, 2018


The “Huawei arrest” sends yet another a irritatingly mixed message to China. China believes that a “strong response” concerning Taiwan will convince the US to back away from support for Taiwan. Conveniently for China, the recent provincial elections in Taiwan seem encouraging and Beijing has reached out to Taiwanese cities that just elected pro-Beijing party … Continue reading

In South China Sea, US is said to be in the ‘Lippmann gap’


By summoning the 1943 concept ‘Lippmann Gap’, which was used by Samuel Huntington in 1988 to assess the post-WWII American foreign policy. Lindsey Ford, a former senior advisor on Asia-Pacific affairs in the Department of Defense 2009-15, argues that this gap is happening in East Asia. The Lippmann Gap argument suggests that, according to Huntington, … Continue reading

The Soybean Trade Triangle: Argentina, China and U.S.


Do not get dizzy with this triangular trading game. Bloomberg reported on Nov 27 that “Argentina replaces China as (the) biggest US soybean buyer”, compared with “none in the same year-ago period, USDA data show …” On the other hand, “Argentina’s soybean exports will grow 15.4 million tonnes in the 2018-9 harvest season … That … Continue reading

China is creating concentration camps in Xinjiang. Here’s how we hold it accountable.


China continues to see the uproar over its creation of concentration camps holding as many as 1 million ethnic Uighurs and others as a public-relations problem. In recent days, the government issued another white paper claiming it is protecting religious freedom and culture in the autonomous northwestern province of Xinjiang, despite evidence that it has … Continue reading

China and Russia to challenge US Air Force supremacy in East Asia?


Reuters reported on Nov 16 that the “U.S. military will withdraw hundreds of troops focused on counterterrorism operations in Africa over the next several years to support the Pentagon’s increased focus on countering threats from China and Russia, officials said on Thursday. ‘This realignment specifically projects to reduce forces by about 10 percent over the … Continue reading

Chinese president tells military to prepare for war


Chinese media is reporting President Xi Jinping has told his military commanders to “concentrate preparations for fighting a war” as tensions continue to grow over the future of the South China Sea and Taiwan. China Central Television presented a speech from President Xi, who earlier this year claimed the position in perpetuity, at the weekend … Continue reading

Is US-China ‘AI Cold War’ happening?


“The AI Cold War that could doom us all” is a long Oct 23 essay published by WIRED, a Hi-Tech website. It begins with the stories that the artificial intelligence system AlphaGo, developed by Alphabet which is the parent company of Google, defeated a world champion Go player in 2016 and then another champion in … Continue reading

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

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 Column: 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

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

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

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