The main topic in the press, though strange: China vs the Environment. Hong Kong’s democracy movement progresses, their opposition (mostly professors and members of government) also get louder. The US even piped in, stating that they were likely to endorse Taiwan’s pro-Beijing controlling KMT party. While the US is most likely trying to say whatever makes Beijing happy, the KMT became extremely unpopular during August and early September with scandals becoming public. US statements about the elections in Taiwan would likely enrage the Taiwanese public, leading voters of both Hong Kong and Taiwan to view all three governments being against them. While China was considered viz the environment, the people in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the Philippines (the volatile zone) are being pitted against all the governments’ controlling parties, US included. This could add a new dynamic to the swelling conflict.
…Article on how the KMT Nationalists and Chinese Communists are playing footsie, but may never be friends.
…This would not be any change at all in the US position of constantly supporting the KMT, publically anyway. On the surface, the US would be biding time, supporting the party that Beijing loves and would delay conflict with China. This would make the US seem peace-friendly.
Same week that US speculates on 2016 elections in Taiwan, the opposition party has a new blog.
…But the controlling party has the same ugly old website, with no mention about their event to get votes. Instead, most of the many, many posts this last week address scandals that happened under their watch, along with issues relating to their unpopular relationship with mainland China.
…And Taiwan’s president and unpopular controlling party launches a campaign to get more supporters.
…Compares Taiwan to Hong Kong
Covering their tracks begins…
…A HK prof chides students who oppose Beijing policy, comparing them to the Red Guard of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. This is not organize advise from a professor, it’s a spit in the face.
China and the Environment: A One-week Trend in the Press
In case you can’t tell from these seven titles posted in the last week, someone discussed China and climate in Nottingham this week…
And in New York…
Source: Pacific Daily Times
- Taiwan Backs Democracy Movement in Hong Kong (voanews.com)
- Taiwan and Hong Kong Must Lead on Democracy, Not Follow China (usnews.com)
- China and Taiwan walking the line of rapprochement (eastasiaforum.org)
- China anti-dissent playbook may fail in Hong Kong (nzherald.co.nz)
- Chuck Chiang: Beijing’s hard-line stand on election means uncertainty for Hong Kong (vancouversun.com)
- China asserts paternal rights over Hong Kong in democracy clash; tells Hong Kong it must obey (chinadailymail.com)
- A showdown is looming in Hong Kong, with China threatening to send in its army (chinadailymail.com)
- Prelude to Conflict: Asia, September 8 (chinadailymail.com)
- Prelude to Conflict: Asia, August 11 (chinadailymail.com)
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