Japan gets US nod to respond in Pacific warfare, no longer needing Pentagon permission. An otherwise introspective week with analytical articles and lack of startling headlines, probably because Michael Cole wrote little.
China copied military tech, again, and claimed it’s superior to the US, again. Chinese corruption and environment shared headlines, again. More articles agree with foreseeable change in Taiwan’s 2016 politics; Beijing is angry, again. Reports show China’s influence in money and trade, again, this time, wine and Wal-Mart.
The Battle for Taiwan’s Soul: The 2016 Presidential Election
…This could mean war! US and Beijing attempts to influence Taiwan’s elections probably won’t work; likely DPP victory in 2016
Chu trumpets fake ‘consensus’
…Taiwan’s own media openly calls KMT-Nationalist rhetoric “fake”
U.S., Japanese Officials Announce New Defense Guidelines
…Buried in the details, Japan can respond if China attacks Japan or one of its “friends” [such as Taiwan].
China’s advanced J-11D heavy fighter jet takes maiden flight
Crackdown on corruption at Chinese environmental risk assessment agencies
…Corruption and environment cross paths again in China. · · · →
Nepal needed immediate help after an earthquake, but Nepal turned away Taiwan’s aid from fear of Beijing; India, China, and Pakistan were invited to the party. Russia agrees to sell missiles to China, setting off alarms, some too loud, others not loud enough. Eyes are turning to Taiwan.
Some claim that the West would not defend Taiwan if attacked by China because Taiwan isn’t important enough. But, others explain that losing Taiwan would encourage Beijing to go farther. Regardless, China’s growing reputation precedes it more and more. And more eyes turn to a growing shadow that creeps toward Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Don’t Let China Swallow Taiwan
…It would only encourage China to continue. Know why!
Hundreds of Chinese Cities Don’t Meet Air Standards, Report Finds
Iran backs pipeline to China under ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative: ambassador
ASEAN avoids confronting Beijing
…Taiwan was ready to help Nepal in the aftermath of the recent earthquake, but Beijing said no. · · · →
China’s economy is getting “worserer and worserer”. Their progress seems to have been hyped. Then again, that could be said of everyone. Banking is all over the news—all over. But the real reasons for such economic conflict and shuffling between West and East remains unsaid. The US is spread too thin. Taiwan is focusing on military. And Japan is focusing on ISIS. Banking doesn’t seem like much news… Then again, maybe the excess of worldwide headlines about banking should be very big news in itself. Maybe the headlines aren’t as excessive as the iceberg beneath the surface.
China ‘suspends until further notice’ bank technology restrictions opposed by the US
…Indicating the real reason for China’s new bank?
…And a great excuse for the West to leave China, which already seems to be happening…
China’s incredible shrinking factories
…Taiwanese are pulling out of the Mainland.
HSBC speeds up exit from emerging markets
…More bank pulling and shifting
China GDP growth lowest since 2009
…And the Premiere is even talking about it…
Downward pressure on China’s economy ‘increasing’, admits premier
We Traveled Across China and Returned Terrified for the Economy
…Notice in the video, he says that “it” is good in the long term, though he never clarifies what “it” is. · · · →