Cadence of Conflict: Asia, January 30, 2017

The conflict in the Pacific is turning into a brick wall at the speed of sound. Trump vowed to deny China access to islands that don’t exist on household globes and maps. China is run by a party that has never lost—or won—in its 70 years of existence. Beijing wants Washington to recognize “one China”, but that “China”, regardless of which claimant defines it, is engaged in a publicly-funded military war between two political parties. There are two versions of “China”, officially, and no one knows which version to believe since neither waring party has declared victory in their 70 year war. Given the outstanding ambivalence, Trump may have just declared his own definition of victory for them.

When London meets a spontaneous cloud of smog, the comparison is to China. We all know who Londoners are thinking about and what they are thinking about them. So, while Trump makes headlines in China, China made headlines in London. Just as “election recount” is linked to US Democrats and “unfair press” is linked to US Republicans, four topics link to China in the Western mind: pollution, economics, military, and territory claims.

To compound China’s precarious position, the EU is making demands about a lawyer’s human rights. The lawyer was reportedly tortured. In rare form, the EU is demanding that he be released and the situation investigated. The “tortured lawyer” report comes in the midst of a Chinese crackdown the VPNs Chinese people use to connect to social media banned by Beijing. China can’t maintain battles on so many fronts, not with a new Sheriff in the White House who isn’t afraid to make orders of his own. That deal where the Chinese were going to pour money into Hollywood—it’s had a few wrenches thrown into its gears. It’s funny how the Chinese block media in their own country, then their investment in American media also gets blocked, in a more round-about way, of course.

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Cadence of Conflict: Asia, December 7, 2015

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, December 7, 2015

A day which shall live in infamy.

While the world pauses to remember the day the US was provoked into entering WWII, the headlines paused over China the week before. All eyes, including Thailand’s, are on violence from the Mid East.

China and Taiwan swap spies. US and China swap hackers. China and Russia swap satellites. Reporters swap sympathies and memos. And everyone is supposed to think that there will be peace that lives alongside infamy. But that’s only for those who forget.

Though quietly at times, the Cadence marches on toward Pacific conflict.

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November 26, 2015

Internet v FCC goes back to DC Cirtuit, judges, review, background, the scoop (WP)

Russia responds to Turkey by bombing ISIL, review of situation (Yahoo-Reuters)

Russia’s & Turkey’s very peaceful response, de-escalation anticipated (Guardian)

History: The Statue of Liberty Was Originally a Muslim Woman (Smithsonian.com)

Speaking of Turkey…

Happy Thanksgiving: Truth, History & Ideologies (Jesse Steele)

Have a Happy, Politics-Free Thanksgiving (National Review)

How to Talk to Your Relatives About Politics at Thanksgiving (NY Times)

How to talk to your family about politics this Thanksgiving (WP)  · · · →

October 23, 2015

Paul Ryan gets 70% ‘Freedom Caucus’ vote – CNN

Ryan a Non-Conservative, ‘heavy handed’? -USA Today

…meanwhile…

President’s security in decline, sleep at post, long reported history – WA Post

Russia pwns in Syria

Texas raids Planned Parenthood -UK G

Clinton hearing – WA Times

…Hillary emails, rawr, zzzZZZZ – RT

Google defiant, won’t de-list entire sites – TC

Good news: Hiring at Google is picking back up – QZ

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