A week of political campaigns. Imagine if John McCain were under review to be kicked out of the Republican Party for not supporting big money enough, there was no strong Republican Candidate, Hillary was already the Democratic nominee, and McCain said, “If the RNC orders me to, it would be my duty to run for President.”
That’s what happened in Taiwan this week. Wang Jin-pyng, Speaker of Taiwan’s puppet Legislator (which cannot introduce its own legislation) is hated by party bosses of his own KMT-Nationalist party. And he offered to run if the party asks him to, which, of course it won’t. That party never supports any good ideas, especially good ideas that would win favor with the people. They have been too interested in winning the favor of the Beijing Communists. Wang would be the best candidate since the party has destroyed itself with all the footsie-footsie games it played with China over the years, especially over the last decade. · · · →
Everyone is writing a lot of papers to each other, just like before WWII. Much of this has to do with who claims what territory, which affects how one nation identifies another, which affects peace and stability. Letters can change all of that.
By not normalizing relations with the government it expelled, China has kept a war on the books for over 65 years. This defines China’s military and government as an occupying force. They could end that war and legitimize their claim to the mainland, but they want to keep the war going until they control all land they have ever claimed. No one knows how long that will take.
War games happen in stages, time limits, and windows of opportunity. The times are shifting and, once China has the chance to take some of the islands in the Pacific, other factors will have changed, thereby outdating their battle plans. · · · →
The US flies over China’s man-made islets, China is is not happy. China wants Taiwan to fight to protect China’s sovereignty, which China may think includes their man-made islets. The UN does not recognize man-made islands as a rightful claim to sovereign waters, but that is exactly what China is doing. The US won’t have it.
Chinese professors are accused of stealing US technology, the Pentagon is involved. Asia in general, except China, is irritated with Chinese and American meddling in Taiwan’s presidential elections.
Taiwanese protesting China were beaten by tattooed men in black clothes. China’s economy may not be the best, but it’s banks may be, at least Forbes thinks so. Everyone seems to have an opinion on everyone else these days. For better or worse, no one seems to want to stay home.
Exclusive: China warns U.S. surveillance plan
…CNN video from the spy plane
The US Position on the ‘1992 Consensus’: Why it Matters
Stay out of Taiwan presidential race
…Editorial from Japan Times
Chinese banks took the four top spots in Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful companies
China signs US$27 billion oil, trade deals with Brazil
Two Chinese professors ‘stole US technology’
Anti-China demonstrators attacked by black-clad men
…After catching the black-clad men, the police let them go
China rejects Taipei’s defiance on law
Ma’s disapproval rating near 70%: polls
What Would Taiwan Actually Gain from Reunification with China? · · · →
American spying diminishes trust among allies in Europe. White House nuke deal diminishes trust in the Middle East.
America watched the Blessing of the Bikes in Baldwin, MI; and curse of the bikers in Waco, TX.
Taiwan’s left party (democracy, freedom) has a sole front runner, their right (fascist, Beijing-friendly) party has none. America’s left party (democratic, Marxist) has a sole front-runner, their right has too many. America’s fate is tied to Taiwan in the Pacific with China as much as it is with party politics, so it seems… and it also seems to be tied to a stage being set for revival.
Germans are still digesting their complicity with America’s digital spy agency
White House: Gulf leaders not snubbing President Obama
…Shep: “If it walks like a snub and it talks like a snub, it’s a snub, isn’t it?”
US House passes RIMPAC Taiwan rule
…If Beijing practices with US Navy, so can Taiwan, Beijing won’t be happy. · · · →