That Taiwan trip

Featured image According to Senator Tom Cotton, the leak of Nancy Pelosi’s planned trip to Taiwan “came straight from “the White House.” The AP reported yesterday that Taiwan was omitted from the itinerary of her Asian trip, but security concerns must have had something to do with that. Today comes word that Taiwanese and US officials expect her to visit Taiwan. The Wall Street Journal reports that Pelosi is indeed planning to »

The Fire Next Time

Featured image In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Western businesses abandoned Russia in droves. There was little pain, since investments in Russia’s economy have generally been modest. But the London Times asks a good question: what if China invades Taiwan? The headline is, “Western companies face ‘existential crisis’ as fears grow of Chinese invasion of Taiwan.” Days after the Ukraine conflict erupted, Apple, BMW, McDonald’s and other Western giants lined »

Walk right back

Featured image “President” Biden made big news this morning with his announcement that the United States would defend Taiwan in the event of an invasion by China. See the triple-bylined AP story “Biden: US would intervene with military to defend Taiwan.” The AP reports from Tokyo: President Joe Biden said Monday that the U.S. would intervene militarily if China were to invade Taiwan, saying the burden to protect Taiwan is “even stronger” »

China’s star wars threatened by. . .Elon Musk?

Featured image Red China is unhappy with Elon Musk. His SpaceX satellites supposedly are threatening the safety of China’s space station. China has complained to the United Nations about two “close encounters” this year between SpaceX’s Starlink satellites and China’s space station. In addition, it is calling for a boycott of Tesla. According to the Washington Post, Musk has long been considered a hero in China. Tesla even received official approval to »

Team Biden’s Taiwan map flap

Featured image According to this report, the White House cut off the video feed of a Taiwanese official after she showed a map that labeled Taiwan in a different color than China. Taiwanese Digital Minister Audrey Tang’s map was shown for about a minute at Joe Biden’s “Summit for Democracy” before the video feed of her presentation was removed, say people apparently familiar with the situation. Taiwan’s presentation showed a color-coded map »

Who does Xi think he is? [with comment by Paul]

Featured image I overheard Rep. Nancy Mace on one of the Sunday morning shows referring to the visit of a bipartisan delegation to meet with the President of Taiwan last week. They were warned by Chinese emissaries not to do it. Once they did it, they were advised by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian of “wantonly” challenging the “one-China principle,” who insisted the trip “has aroused the strong indignation of 1.4 »

China’s “Sputnik moment”

Featured image China is developing a hypersonic missile designed to evade American nuclear defenses. This summer, it conducted two tests of that missile. The U.S. knew about the tests, but our military officials were silent on the subject until last week. After the Financial Times reported the Chinese tests, presumably based on a leak, our government finally discussed this development. Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley called it “very close” to a “Sputnik »

Taiwan: How China Would Attack

Featured image Earlier this week, the Chinese Communists sent 150 fighter aircraft and bombers into Taiwan’s air space, an unprecedented provocation. The London Times considers the reality of a possible Chinese attack on Taiwan. First, what about those fighter and bomber missions? The incursion of 150 Chinese fighter aircraft and bombers inside Taiwan’s air defence identification zone over four days this week was a test of Beijing’s war plan for invading the »

What about the “Taiwan agreement”?

Featured image Winston Churchill’s career in politics was dogged by the gibe “What about the Dardanelles?” I wondered if anyone in the White House press corps might ask the psychedelic White House pspokesman Jen Psaki “What about the ‘Taiwan agreement’?” That would be the non-existent “Taiwan agreement” to which President Biden referred in comments on Wednesday. (The official White House transcript of Biden’s remarks referring to the “Taiwan agreement” is posted here.) »

Clueless Joe Biden and the “Taiwan Agreement”

Featured image Last night, Joe Biden addressed the growing tension between Red China and Taiwan that Red China sparked with its aggressive military moves and gestures. Biden said: I’ve spoken with [Chinese ruler] Xi about Taiwan. We agree, we will abide by the Taiwan agreement. That’s where we are and I made it clear that I don’t think he should be doing anything other than abiding by the agreement. Sounds okay. China »

Bring Taiwan in from the cold

Featured image China’s behavior during the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak has been disgraceful — marked by deceit and an unwillingness to cooperate with the rest of the world until it was too late. In addition, there’s reason to believe that the virus originated in a Chinese lab that did not meet safety standards. By contrast, Taiwan’s behavior has been exemplary. According to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the U.S., Taiwan »