The words “China” and “tariffs” are appearing in headlines together again. Cambodia is seen as a Chinese puppet in ASEAN. And, one dissenting opinion from Forbes claims that tariffs are only about consumers, not about jobs and whole economies. Contrary to China’s unspoken messages, Beijing asks for more economic cooperation, but Europe is stealing the limelight.
If China were truly interested in global economic growth, they should move their shadow away from the economic shipping lanes in the South China sea. But, that idea doesn’t exactly come to mind to the Communist worldview, which presumes that success is bestowed rather than sown and reaped.
Taiwan’s order of 50 some amphibious vehicles from the US has been delayed until 2020, three and a half years. Yet, the US called on Taiwan to create a vehicle for a lunar landing. One would think that Taiwan might build 50 some lunar landing vehicles for Taiwanese use under water, especially since the specs should not be as complex, but that was not reported. Perhaps the US could divert NASA resources to Taiwan’s security to ensure that the lunar vehicle supplier is not crushed by an invasion from China, but that was not reported either.
Source: Pacific Daily Times
- U.S. reiterates support for South China Sea arbitration, peaceful resolution | Reuters (firstpost.com)
- China angry at Japan’s ‘meddling’ in South China Sea (globalnation.inquirer.net)
- U.S. warns China of countermeasures if it provokes on S. China Sea (english.kyodonews.jp)
- China slams South China Sea case as court set to rule (smh.com.au)
- ASEAN must play role in resolving South China Sea rows: Singapore (japantimes.co.jp)
- It looks like even Beijing isn’t sure what it is trying to achieve in the South China Sea (businessinsider.com)
- China’s South China Sea Diplomacy: Some Lessons from Africa (dinmerican.wordpress.com)
- Hague court to rule in July on challenge to China’s sea claims (stripes.com)
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