Cadence of Conflict: Asia, March 14, 2016


China is cracking down! All enemies are in the crosshairs: Facebook pages, SCMP news articles, terrorists, religions, demonstrators, “separatists”, “hostile forces”, the Dalai Lama… the usual suspects.

Northern Korea has the sky in its crosshairs, and it doesn’t miss. Now, Kim wants to aim at Manhattan. China didn’t talk about that, specifically, but, Japan isn’t happy. The North announced their plan to “liquidate” Southern assets remaining in their possession, though they didn’t specify any potential buyers.

Taiwan’s military may have squandered efforts last week in the raid of three documents about the KMT’s “White Terror”. Another man claims to have 1,000 such documents, including pre-execution photos of prisoners. He told the public that the soon-to-be-no-longer-KMT military may have been looking in the wrong place for self-inditing documents. He asked to be contacted. At press time, no word yet on any reply.

Press Censorship

SCMP website blocked in China | Bangkok Post

SCMP’s online presence in mainland China completely wiped out | Shanghiist

South China Morning Post – Facebook Page

China to lift ban on Facebook – but only within Shanghai free-trade zone | SCMP

…SCMP article about China and Facebook from 2013

Leading HK newspaper’s social sites blocked, Beijing defends its decision | Taipei Times


China pledges new push against ‘hostile forces,’ separatists | WA Post

China makes pledge to confront ‘hostile forces,’ separatists | Taipei Times


North Korea fires missiles, to ‘liquidate’ South Korean assets | Yahoo-Reuters

North Korea claims it could wipe out Manhattan with a hydrogen bomb | Chicago Tribune


Collector has over 1,000 White Terror documents | Taipei Times

Commission suspends CNS review until after May 20 | Taipei Times

…Basically, Taiwan gives review of Morgan Stanley’s purchase of the Asian giant to incoming president