A report came in: Taiwan is tied with Israel for the world’s 13th most powerful military. It will be interesting to see whether China discusses this over tea with the Britons next week.
Bon Jovi had been booted from China for paying homage to the Dalai Lama when they added Taiwan to their itinerary, only to get booted from Taipei by a typhoon that never arrived. A presidential hopeful in Taiwan may get booted from her own party. Internal politics plague Taiwan’s pro-Beijing KMT-Nationalist party one quarter before the presidential election. Food and auto issues plague TPP in Japan. China simmers.
Though more Mezzo Piano Adagio this week than previous, the Cadence continues. China is probably busy after all it learned from meeting the enemy and its funding enterprises face-to-face.
Britain to host Chinese leader on first state visit
HUGE BREAKING: Hung to be pulled in favor of Chu
Taiwan has world’s 13th strongest military: report
Farglory, Taipei Dome architects to face committees
…Symbol of Taiwan’s failed KMT-Nationalist party: an arena with no foundation, about to have licenses revoked
Storm brews over second typhoon day
…The storm that cancelled Bon Jovi’s concert in Taiwan
Bon Jovi press statement (video)
TPP talks stuck on auto, drug and dairy issues
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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 to track. US experts think that Taiwan will be more difficult to defend from a Chinese invasion over the coming years.
Japan’s National Diet gave the nod for international military action for the first time in seven decades. China had some words about that too, having more to do with Japan’s military staying at home than with China’s military staying at home.
Thousands pour through Austria seeking shelter
…Europe is not the only continent with more international visitors
Okinawan governor to revoke permit for U.S. base relocation work
Japanese, China express opposition to law change
Japan enhances military’s role as contentious legislation passed
Support for Abe sags even further in more polls
China says Japan security law ‘threat’ to regional peace
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China managed to stay out of the lime light this week, while its satellites shined. There seemed to be some chest thumping. Chinese police ordered local Taiwanese police to investigate a Taiwanese suspect without going through their normal international channels.
According to a statement from Zhang Xiaoming, chief of the Hong Kong liaison office from Beijing, the Hong Kong CEO has supremacy over the other branches, which have separation of powers “under the leadership of the executive”. On the surface this seems to run contrary to HK’s Basic Law as well as other statements from Beijing officials. HK remains under Beijing ultimately and there doesn’t seem to be much evidence of power abuse. But, they are thumping their chests.
Singapore remains free and independent, with more seats up for grabs and more voters than any time in history. Japan is having a bad year with a flood; 3,000 evacuated. North Korea thinks it is humanitarian and that the UN is wrong. · · · →
China’s pushing into the water. Beijing celebrated America’s victory over Japan in 1945. The Communists who took over China four years later seemed to take much of the credit. And, they are still angry that, even after 66 years, they don’t control Taiwan. A “victim of its own propaganda”, Beijing believes Taiwan doesn’t want to fly the Communist flag from lack of “communication” rather than, perhaps, Communism being communicated all to well. So, Communist China’s PLAN (People’s Liberation Army Navy) is going to Alaska where Russia has more interests than China. So, is China a victim of it’s own propaganda—or of someone else working behind the scene?
China also seems to be having trouble on the money front. Even as its currency plummets, the world’s currency doesn’t. G-20 only loses trust in China.
Respect for Russia, however, is unchanged. Russia is playing some of its own games that will echo in the Pacific waters. · · · →
Kim’s dismissal of top military leaders mirrors the downfalls of history. Top leaders are Kim’s strongest supporters. North Korea’s power could be imploding. “One Korea” could happen peacefully.
Japan prepares to make it’s military more deployable. The US gave the nod in recent months. Now, the Japanese government is ready to follow suit. Japan has maintained a “defense-only” military as a condition of the WWII surrender. Soon, Japan will be able to aid in regional conflict, such as with Korea or, say, Taiwan and Beijing.
China’s spotlight is more of a laser. Taiwanese officials take domestic flack over attending a Chinese V-Day celebration. The US isn’t happy about spying. China isn’t happy about reporting. Sanctions are on the way.
U.S. developing sanctions against China over cyberthefts
China says 197 punished in crackdown on online rumors
Thousands protest Abe, security bills at Diet rally
…Soon to be allowed to deploy troops for wider range of reasons
North, South Korea agree to defuse crisis after marathon talks
North Korea’s Kim ousts top officials, credits nuclear weapons with securing deal
South Korea Red Cross proposes family reunion talks with North
North Korea agrees to talks with South on family reunions
Why Taiwanese leaders should skip the Victory Day parade in Beijing
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