If China thinks that the poll numbers looking low or that the unrest in America means the Xi doctrine has a widening path on the road ahead, they should think again. But, being Confucian Communist, that’s hard.
Trump actually may be ahead of where he was when he ran against Hillary. And, if the one president who could stand up to China were really on the outs, the last thing America’s government would want is for the news media to report on it. It’s a rouse. America and Trump are far better positioned to take on China than it appears.
Mayor Han of Kaohsiung in Taiwan just faced a recall election and he got spanked. In a vote of 939k to 25k, the China hopeful from the grand old KMT-Nationalist Party faced a humiliation that the rest of the party might never overcome. He challenged Taiwan’s president in the general election and lost, now his own district dumped him. It wasn’t just a statement about him or his party; it was a statement against China. He ran on a platform of reuniting with China.
Hong Kong is another hot spot for bad press. While Hong Kong could never stop China alone, Hong Kongers have been a platform on which China showed the world how China does things. The world isn’t having it.
We’re past the point of common sense and diplomatic moves. Nothing China even could do even would change anyone’s opinion. The world already has its mind made up.
Overreach bolsters tech demand
Protests In Hong Kong And Minneapolis Show The Need For Privacy And Bitcoin // Forbes
Trade & Tech
The case to extradite Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou from Canada to the United States can continue, judge rules // CNN
UK to decide on Huawei 5G ban // BBC News
US to impose restrictions on more Chinese media outlets // Taiwan News
Chinese Government Buildings in Africa Used as a Way to Spy // christianitydaily.com
Government Buildings in Africa Are a Likely Vector for Chinese Spying // Heritage Foundation
Bill that could delist Chinese companies from U.S. stock exchanges to see ‘swift passage’ in House, analyst says // MarketWatch
All about the whole thing…
The US is Getting SERIOUS About China // YouTube @ China Uncensored
China asks state firms to halt purchases of U.S. soybeans, pork, sources say // CNBC
Smear piece: American YouTuber inside China spreading CCP anti-democracy sentiment
China propagandist Nathan Rich’s criminal record revealed // Taiwan News
Is Beijing preparing to decouple from the US? // SCMP
Defeat! 939k : 25k
Kaohsiung voters recall Han Kuo-yu // Taipei Times
Taiwan opposition candidate Han Kuo-yu removed as mayor of Kaohsiung after heavy defeat in recall election // SCMP
Crackdown and pushing out spies:
Taiwan offering up to NT$20,000 reward for info on foreigners who overstay visas // Taiwan News
Taiwan remains sanguine despite Beijing sabre-rattling // Financial Times
Taiwan recall vote stirs acrimony, brings new problems for KMT // Yahoo News
Pro China sentiment
Never bet against China // SCMP
Tiananmen vigil as it happened: thousands of Hongkongers defy ban to mark anniversary of June 4 crackdown // SCMP
Hong Kong leader calls out ‘double standards’ on national security, points to U.S. // Yahoo News
Hong Kong Police Block Tiananmen Square Vigil, Citing Coronavirus // NPR
Podcast episode: Basic Law recap & history
Hong Kong: the end of one country, two systems? // Guardian
Hong Kong facing ‘Tiananmen Square’ moment – as plea is made for UN intervention // Express
Security Law Sends Hong Kong Residents Dashing for the Exit // Bloomberg
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