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Hong Kong Ensnared In U.S.-China Showdown

The Trump administration’s declaration  that the United States no longer considers Hong Kong autonomous from China, given Beijing’s increasingly aggressive policies there, could pave the way for reprisals from Washington and a potentially dramatic reshaping of Asia’s economic geography. The U.S. announcement was made a day before China’s parliament approved a new security law for the semi-autonomous region that gave Beijing broad powers to crush dissent there.

Read Here – Foreign Policy

Also Read: ASEAN, India Unlikely To Pressure Beijing Over Hong Kong National Security Law

Tsai Ing-Wen Re-Elected As Taiwan President As Rival Concedes Defeat

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen won a second term on Saturday with a victory over Han Kuo-yu, in an election that had been cast as a referendum on the island’s approach to Beijing. Tsai, from the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), had been a hot favourite to see off the challenges of Han, from the mainland-friendly Kuomintang (KMT) party, and  James Soong Chu-yu, from the People First Party.

When It Comes To China, Local And National Priorities Don’t Always Align

The security, economic and social rationale of both central and municipal governments are understandable. However, this difference of interests on China between a capital and local governments is a not a new phenomenon and it exists globally. Such a split can also be seen in China itself, where local government priorities may differ from those mandated by Beijing.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

Xi Singles Out Hong Kong, Macau And Taiwan As Major Risks For Chinese Communist Party

Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan have been singled out by Chinese President Xi Jinping as major risks and challenges that Communist Party members must “struggle against”. In a speech to officials on Tuesday, Xi listed a number of challenges facing the country, even putting this specific category ahead of “foreign affairs” despite the global economic and strategic challenges China faces, including the trade war with the United States.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

China At 70 Faces Three Challenges: Taiwan, The US And Hong Kong. Can Xi Jinping Deliver?

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Beijing is busy preparing for this momentous occasion, carefully planning which weapons to display in the annual military parade, but even these celebrations cannot distract the people from the slew of issues currently facing the nation. 

Read Here – South China Morning Post

Decades Of Being Wrong About China Should Teach Us Something

Today, as policy makers and commentators confidently assert that trade wars are easy to win or that hot wars with China are either impossible or inevitable, the experience of being proved wrong again and again should remind us that events will, more than likely, not turn out as predicted.

Read Here – The Atlantic

China ‘Won’t Bow To US Pressure And Is Ready To Fight To The End’ If A Trade War Breaks Out

China has insisted that it will not succumb to US pressure to change its industrial policy nor offer major concessions on the bilateral trade deficit. A Chinese government official close to the high-level trade talks with America said that Washington should not set any preconditions for negotiations, adding that China had sufficient strength to fight to the end if a trade war broke out.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

Asian Sub Spending Spree Raises Risks Of Mistakes, Escalation

For more than a decade, Asian countries have been on a submarine spending spree. Some countries are updating obsolete vessels while others are purchasing submarines for the first time. This trend has largely been driven by growing concerns nations have over maintaining a deterrent against an increasingly assertive China broadly, but also rivalries with neighbours and a desire to maintain technological parity with rivals.

Read Here – The Cipher Brief

Also read:  Why Subs? To Send Neighbors a Powerful Message – “Stay Outta My Yard”

Asia’s Other Revisionist Power

Just as Chinese revisionism alarms Washington, the United States’ posture stokes fear in Beijing and beyond. As Trump begins his presidency, he would do well to understand this fear. The risk of crises, and even war, will grow if Trump introduces instability into areas of the relationship that posed few problems under previous U.S. administrations.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

China’s Big Sticks

The Trump administration’s China-bashing strategy is based on the mistaken belief that a newly muscular US has all the leverage in dealing with its presumed adversary, and that any Chinese response is hardly worth considering. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Read Here – Project-Syndicate

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