Taiwan makes headlines in KMT-Nationalist-related corruption, KMT president hopeful Chu reportedly speaking as if Taiwan is part of China, and China “droning” up to attack.
The Pentagon reports China preparing to bomb Taiwan, saying “Preparing for potential conflict in the Taiwan Strait remains the focus and primary driver of China’s military investment,” weighing cost and benefit like a business transaction.
Russia invited China to V-Day’s military saber-rattle parade. Japan rattles their own sabers, buying Osprey helicopters from the US and being as loud about it as possible.
China slams Japan for not being sincere enough in apologizing for WWII… While Beijing prepares to start WWIII over an island half the size of Lake Michigan.
China preparing for Taiwan conflict: report
U.S. May Sell 100 Ospreys Abroad: Official
…including India, Singapore, Australia, Japan
Chu goes there?
…AP reporter in Beijing forced to retract… journalism’s inside baseball
If the Unthinkable Occurred: America Should Stand Up to China over Taiwan
China planning to build 42,000 drones, report says
A Rather Lackluster Performance by Xi During Meeting with Chu
…Chinese President Xi, Taiwan President hopeful shake hands… Why would this picture make anyone in Taiwan want to vote KMT-Nationalist? · · · →
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
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China made two well-crafted blunders which Beijing likely considers a success. China called for US arms sales to Taiwan to cease, then Xi went to Macau where democracy supporters could protest him more directly at the second inauguration of Macau’s CEO. Macau’s protest was reportedly led by Jason Chao (周庭希).
Japan removed the most at-risk fuel rods from Fukushima, a preventative measure. Jack Ma (马云), the Chinese businessman with an “American dream” who founded Alibaba, gave counter-intuitive wisdom to Taiwanese—the kind of ideas one would expect from Americans, but not from old guard Mandarin-speaking business owners.
Taiwan now has approval from Obama to purchase four US Perry-class frigates, sparking China’s formal complaint. Perhaps Beijing overlooked the fact that their complaint grants the US expanded permission to file future formal complaints with China. Taiwan is also building a lighthouse on the disputed “Itu Aba” Taiping Island (太平島) adjacent to a runway which is being engineered for military air support. · · · →
After political defeat in the US, Obama looks to China. Taiwan’s Ma gets snubbed by China in the shadow of APEC. HK’s Umbrella Movement inches toward the discovery that they weren’t shaping Beijing policy as much as they have already helped shape the world’s policy toward Beijing—a lesson Beijing still hasn’t caught up to.
In a week with few developments, a few links say it all. That’s election season in the US and Asia as the summit approaches.
China’s neighbours embrace asymmetric warfare
Say It Loud: Language and Identity in Taiwan and Hong Kong
TAIWAN INSIDER Vol. 1 No. 7
…a good read to see what happened over the last week.
To China, Shift in Obama’s Political Fortunes Eclipses U.S. Economic Gains
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