When President Xi Jinping called on January 2 for Taiwan’s ”reunification” with China, it was not the first time a Chinese leader threatened to use military might to force the island nation’s incorporation with the mainland. But when Xi told his military forces a few days later to make preparations for an all-out war, the call to arms was clearly different from previous threats made against the island Beijing views as a renegade province. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox Xi is emerging as modern China’s third communist strongman, and as with the previous two autocrats, national unity is a main prerogative. Mao Zedong, the founder of the Communist Party-created People’s Republic, brutally brought Tibet under China’s central rule. Deng Xiaoping, the Party’s second strongman leader, oversaw the negotiated takeover of former British Hong Kong and Portuguese Macau. Xi evidently believes that one of the … [Read more...] about Why a China invasion of Taiwan would fail
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China-US relations are rapidly deteriorating across many fronts. Prominent and worrying are their increasingly acrimonious military-to-military relations, particularly in the South China Sea. Now the US Navy is proposing a major show of force over several days in the Taiwan Strait and against China’s claims and actions in the South China Sea. Given the context, this could result in military confrontation, and even conflict. This proposal is in keeping with the recent more aggressive US policy and actions against China in the South China Sea. The first indication that a new policy was coming surfaced on May 3 when the White House announced that there would be “near-term and long-term consequences” for China’s “militarization” there. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox The Pentagon then rescinded its invitation to China to participate in the 2018 Rim of the Pacific Exercise because … [Read more...] about A coming US-China showdown in the South China Sea?
VILNIUS: The Vatican on Saturday signed a landmark agreement giving it a long-desired say in the appointment of bishops in China, though critics labelled the deal a sellout to the Communist government.The provisional agreement, signed in Beijing by deputy foreign ministers from both sides, was announced as Pope Francis visited Lithuania on a four-day trip to the Baltic countries.It gives the Holy See a decisive role in the appointment of all bishops in a country whose around 12 million Catholics have been split between an underground Church swearing loyalty to the Vatican and the state-supervised Catholic Patriotic Association.The Vatican said the accord, a breakthrough after years of negotiations, was "not political but pastoral."A Holy See statement did not mention Taiwan, which the Vatican recognises diplomatically and which China sees as a renegade province.However, diplomats have said the accord was a possible precursor to a resumption in diplomatic relations with Beijing after 70 … [Read more...] about Vatican, China sign landmark accord on appointing bishops
Simultaneously inviting China to talks in Washington and imposing tariffs on an additional US$200 billion worth of Chinese imports is a sign that the White House might be in a state of disarray. It is no secret that the “realists” or “adults” in the Trump administration, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, do not see eye to eye with the “hardliners,” Robert Lighthizer, John Bolton and Peter Navarro on trade and possibly geopolitics. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox For example, Mnuchin and Navarro were reported to have argued in Beijing over negotiation tactics and contents. Navarro was said to be frustrated because he thought Mnuchin was not “tough” enough on the host country. Up to now, the “hardliners” seem to be in charge of trade and foreign policies. Things might have changed in the White House policy influence pecking order. Navarro and … [Read more...] about Trump playing the China card to boost sinking popularity
US President Donald Trump should negotiate a trade agreement with China instead of mounting a trade war against it. Blaming China for America’s (and his own) policy failures will make America suffer, not “Great Again.” His policies – imposing 25% tariffs on Chinese “imports,” playing the Taiwan card and increasing the military presence in the “Indo-Pacific region” – are not going to make China blink. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox Further, authorizing his top diplomat, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, to announce an initial investment of US$113 million to build infrastructure in the Indo-Pacific is becoming a joke in the region. ‘Make America Suffer Again’ Here are the reasons Trump’s China policies will only make America suffer. First, Trump is barking at the wrong tree. America’s economic woes are of its own doing: relocating manufacturing offshore and automation … [Read more...] about Trump should give up his ‘wars’ and talk to China