China didn’t make any friends this week. Beijing spies on every street corner with a service literally named “Skynet”.
The Pentagon wants a strong Taiwan. The US Navy plans to challenge China’s man-made military airport-seaport islands. Most people don’t know exactly where the islands are since they aren’t listed on many maps.
But if you happen to have a recent Chinese passport, the islands would fall within the nine-dash line, along with Taiwan, parts of the Philippines, and a number of other territories we thought belonged to other countries.
Local Pacific politics are another big question mark this week. Malaysia’s PM is having “royal” trouble, literally. Taiwan’s failing KMT-Nationalist party seems to be cannibalising their own Presidential front-runner. Who knows what will happen or even if it will matter.
Old guard and Establishment parties are facing the masses en masse. It’s not just happening in the Pacific, but also in the Americas and Europe.
And, North Korea has nuclear missiles… again.
…Literally called “Skynet”
Source: Pacific Daily Times
- KMT Candidate Speaks with Beijing Accent to Try and Win Support (thenanfang.com)
- New Australian PM urges Beijing to cool tensions in South China Sea (japantimes.co.jp)
- China renews islands claim as US think-tank warns on airstrip (freepressjournal.in)
- Chinese Jet in Second Near-Collision with U.S. Spy Plane (conservativebyte.com)
- Chinese Jet in Second Near-Collision with U.S. Spy Plane (nworeport.me)
- Will Chinese Aircraft Carriers Become A ‘Nightmare’ For US Navy? (outcastradio.net)
- New US Navy Intelligence and Cyber Czar (matthewaid.com)
- The South China Sea is Not Beijing’s Next Battlefield (nationalinterest.org)
- Cadence of Conflict: Asia, August 24, 2015 (chinadailymail.com)
- Cadence of Conflict: Asia July 20, 2015 (chinadailymail.com)
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