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Taiwan Target of Global Technology

by Oui Sun Jul 3rd, 2022 at 08:43:45 PM EST

Taiwan cracks down on China poaching tech talent

2 charts show how much the world depends on Taiwan for semiconductors | CNBC - Mar 16, 2021 |

Taiwan's outsized role in chipmaking has come under the spotlight as a global shortage of semiconductors forced several automakers to halt production.
Countries including the U.S. and Germany reached out to Taiwan to help alleviate bottlenecks in the production of chips. The shortage was a result of increased demand for electronics during the Covid-19 pandemic, and was exacerbated by former President Donald Trump's trade war with China.

Taiwan dominates the foundry market, or the outsourcing of semiconductor manufacturing. Its contract manufacturers together accounted for more than 60% of total global foundry revenue last year, according to data by Taipei-based research firm TrendForce.

Much of Taiwan's dominance can be attributed to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd or TSMC, the world's largest foundry that counts major technology firms such as Apple, Qualcomm and Nvidia as its clients. TSMC accounted for 54% of total foundry revenue globally last year, TrendForce data showed.

Semiconductors are critical components that power electronics from computers and smartphones to the brake sensors in cars. The production of chips involves a complex network of firms that design or make them, as well as those that supply the technology, materials and machinery to do so.

Why Russia Can't Replace TSMC

In late February 2022, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company or TSMC announced that it would halt shipments to Russia per a new round of sanctions.

The TSMC halt ended shipments from fabless companies like Baikal, MCST, Yadro and STC Module. Intel and AMD have stopped their shipments to Russia as well.

In recent years, Russia has been looking to create their own supply of semiconductors. While there are some interesting domestic design successes, domestic capacity to manufacture those designs have been falling farther and farther behind.

We find ourselves living in strange times. In this video, we are going to do an overview of Russia's ever-worsening domestic semiconductor manufacturing industry.

Trump Puts Max Pressure On Ally PM Rutte

Even a Rutte promise to help bomb Iran, won't cut dice in today's dilemma.

ASML delivery 5th generation definitely blocked by White House of Joe Biden

Chinese ambassador warns Dutch government against restricting ASML supplies | Nasdaq / Reuters |

Trade relations between China and the Netherlands would be damaged if Dutch semiconductor equipment supplier ASML is not allowed to ship its newest machines to China, Beijing's ambassador to the Netherlands was quoted as saying.

Reuters reported that the Netherlands had withheld the licence ASML needs to export its newest machines to China following pressure from the U.S. government.

ASML, one of the Netherlands' largest companies, is a near monopolist in lithography, an essential step in the manufacture of computer chips.

Dutch company caught in crossfire of Sino-US feud for tech supremacy ...

ASML can export DUV (deep ultraviolet) lithography machines from the Netherlands to China without a US license.

Darson said that ASML will do its best to continue to provide services and support for all customers as much as possible.

Peter Wennink, President and CEO, ASML Holding NV, member Bilderberg Group

With the end of the era of Germany's Angela Merkel, lost the EU-27 a leader that stood for sovereignty and economic decision-making for Europe's interest. Trump and Biden hated her for it.

Merkel pushes EU-China investment deal over the finish line despite criticism | Politico - Dec. 29, 2020 |

For critics, it's a rushed deal that's too soft on labor rights. For Angela Merkel, it's a strategic win and icing on the cake of Germany's Council of the EU presidency.

EU diplomats and officials say the German chancellor played a crucial role in finalizing the long-delayed EU-China investment agreement, which has taken more than seven years of negotiations. Those talks are set to be wrapped up Wednesday in a high-level videoconference between Brussels, Berlin and Beijing, just before Germany hands over the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU to Portugal at the end of the week.

The video call with Merkel, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel and Chinese President Xi Jinping is scheduled for 1 p.m. Brussels time Wednesday, the EU confirmed late Tuesday.

The leaders plan to give political endorsement to the deal, which would then still have to be legally revised, translated into different languages, and be officially approved by EU governments and the European Parliament as well as potentially national parliaments -- a process that would take until early 2022 at least.

The European Commission said the agreement was a success story because it not only increases market access for European investors in China and tackles forced technology transfer, non-transparent subsidies and state-owned enterprises, but also commits China to "make continued and sustained efforts" to ratify international conventions on banning forced labor.

However, some EU countries like Belgium and the Netherlands [??] have raised concerns about the EU's ability to address human rights issues under the agreement.

Others like Poland are questioning why the EU is rushing ahead to seal the deal with China without waiting for the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, whose transition team has already voiced concerns about the deal.

Strong criticism is also coming from the European Parliament. "The Commission has folded on the issue of workers' rights," said Green MEP Reinhard Bütikofer, the chair of Parliament's delegation for relations with China. Bütikofer said that simple commitments on abandoning forced labor were not enough: "It is ridiculous to try selling that as a success."

European Parliament votes to freeze China investment deal | Axios -  May 2021 |


The Inevitable Rivalry -- America, China, and the Tragedy of Great-Power Politics


Further historic background ...

China's Rise: Diverging U.S.-EU Perceptions and Approaches | SWP Berlin - August 2005 |


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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 7th, 2022 at 12:48:16 PM EST

Freedom rings! Liz performs solely with well being of country in mind. 🤥

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 7th, 2022 at 12:51:21 PM EST
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Thanks to Carrie, Boris got the redecoration Downing Street 10 done for future generation prime ministers. Boris still paying monthly installments on his building loan. 😅

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 7th, 2022 at 12:52:45 PM EST
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Perhaps his friend Lebedev has a wonderful village cottage to let in Wales.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jul 8th, 2022 at 12:08:02 PM EST
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#borders #sovereighty #uncharter

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 7th, 2022 at 12:54:33 PM EST

Provoking Beijing - Pelosi Stunt in 1991 - coverage @MofA

Pelosi has been hostile to the Chinese government for more than 30 years

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 28th, 2022 at 05:31:45 PM EST
Americans Create Stir With Tian An Men Memorial : China: Three members of Congress stage a brief ceremony for victims of 1989 protest. Police detain some journalists | LA Times - Sept. 5, 1991 |

Several visibly nervous young police officers then sought, with little success, simultaneously to disperse the crowd, keep the American politicians from leaving and prevent television crews from continuing to record the scene.

Reps. Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), Ben Jones (D-Ga.) and John Miller (R-Wash.) were allowed to walk away after a few minutes of confusion that was aggravated by the language barrier. Some American television journalists were detained for about 90 minutes.

The three began their demonstration near the Monument to the People's Heroes, in the center of the huge square; each of them held a white artificial rose. White, in China, is the color of mourning.

"These three flowers symbolize liberty, justice and democracy," Jones said, looking into the television cameras that the Americans had alerted. "Those who died here on June 4, 1989, did not die in vain. They were martyrs to these principles that we all hold dear, and they were catalysts to the extraordinary changes that we see taking place throughout the world.

Olympics 2008: Pelosi urges world to condemn China over crackdown in Tibet | The Guardian - March 22, 2008 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 28th, 2022 at 05:33:06 PM EST
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U.S. Congress Group Honors Beijing Dead | WaPo - Sept. 5, 1991 |

The incident came as the legislators were concluding an unusual visit organized by two dissident Chinese groups in exile -- the Massachusetts-based Democracy for China Fund and the Hong Kong Alliance for a Democratic China.

In their talks, the legislators told officials from the Justice, Public Security and Foreign ministries that the battle over most-favored-nation trading status for China is far from over. Democratic changes in the Soviet Union are likely to increase pressure in Congress to strip China of the trade status or at least impose tough human rights conditions on renewing it, they said.

"More and more in the Congress, there is the feeling that we have been pursuing a double standard . . ." said Miller at a press conference before the incident at the square. "Given the recent tremendous changes in the Soviet Union, for us to be in the position of saying the Soviet Union should not have MFN but China, which has not made these political changes, should, is becoming less and less defensible."

Most-favored-nation status grants countries the lowest possible import duties to the United States. According to one U.S. estimate, loss of such status would cost China about three-fourths of its exports to the United States -- a total estimated at $20 billion this year -- because of sharply increased tariff rates.

1) MFN: How It Lowers Your Shopping Bill. Adding tariffs and the upheaval of goods and logistics during the Corona pandemic is the major factor of today's inflation and rising cost of living. The War in Ukraine tops it off and most likely extends the economic hostilities for years.

'Huge Blow': Hong Kong Civil Society Group Disbands | VOA News - Sept. 25, 2021 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 28th, 2022 at 05:33:57 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jul 29th, 2022 at 01:05:51 PM EST
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House Democratic leadership will announce legislation in August banning lawmakers from trading stocks | CNN |

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 28th, 2022 at 08:07:31 PM EST
Nancy Pelosi in her own words ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 28th, 2022 at 08:09:15 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 28th, 2022 at 08:22:55 PM EST
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Where do the vigilantes flee to "safety"? UP- or DOWN-stream?

Fatal flaws in the quest to secure chip supply chains

by Cat on Fri Jul 29th, 2022 at 10:26:01 AM EST
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Jay Tee Hsu, head of semiconductors and materials at the Boston Consulting Group, said even the goal of achieving 70%-80% self-sufficiency is "extremely difficult." ... It can be extremely difficult for any country or region to secure all the fronts."

"It's not just the factories that make the chips, but everything that goes into it," said Jens Liebermann, head of global business management for semiconductors and electronic materials at BASF, the German chemical group. "All materials, chemicals, gases and raw materials for them. Everything must be in place. It all comes down to where is the source, where is the raw material, where is the production, and who can handle the logistics?"

Morris Chang, a semiconductor industry elder who founded and previously led TSMC, was most forthright in his US address.

"If you want to rebuild the full US semiconductor supply chain, you can't do that," he told an industry forum last year. "Even after you spend hundreds of billions of dollars, you will still find that the supply chain is incomplete, and you will find that it will be very costly, much more expensive than what you have now."

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jul 29th, 2022 at 12:26:09 PM EST
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ASML: Be Careful About Chip Gear Ban Against China

The DUV tools are a generation behind the state-of-the-art EUV systems that the likes of Intel, TSMC, and others are buying to build chips using the world's most advanced process nodes. These range from Apple's M2 chip for Macs and Qualcomm's X70 modem for 5G phones to Nvidia's H100 GPUs for data centers, Marvell's Octeon 10 DPU, and NXP's S32 series for cars, which all use TSMC's EUV-based 5-nm process.

DUV is invaluable for virtually everything else, including chips based on 28-nm or larger nodes that have been in severely short supply for over a year, snagging production of everything from cars to phones and even ASML's chip-making gear.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jul 29th, 2022 at 12:27:27 PM EST
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Democrats catching up after 25 years ... don't do stupid things said Barack Obama.

Nancy gets key ally to show bi-partisan force in her effort to antagonize China ... what is diplomacy for?

I'll join Pelosi in Taiwan: Pompeo

UA & TW : Military joint exercises is for defensive goals only.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jul 29th, 2022 at 12:57:35 PM EST
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The Avoidable War by former Australian PM Kevin Rudd

THE DEFINING ISSUE OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS IN THE 21ST CENTURY is the rivalry between a rising China and a ruling United States. The impact of this rivalry is redefining the international order, of which the United States has been the principal architect and guardian. Readers who want an in- depth briefing on this challenge have a treat in store. Within the covers of this publication, longtime China watcher and former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has provided an analytic snapshot that would normally only be available to the president or prime minister of a major nation. In substance, it would be the envy of the best professional intelligence agency.

Rudd's portrait of today's relationship between the established and emerging superpowers reflects a lifetime of studying China and the United States, informed by ongoing conversations with leaders in Beijing and Washington. Following in the footsteps of Lee Kuan Yew and Henry Kissinger, Rudd has established relationships with leaders in both governments and societies, allowing him to provide insights to each about the other and to offer candid views from an independent third-party perspective.

To this role, Rudd brings unique qualifications. A proud Australian, he is geographically Asian, on the one hand, and culturally Western, on the other. Having mastered Mandarin and English in his youth, he has been able to speak to both Chinese and Americans in the nuance of their native languages. For American policymakers, Australia occupies a special place as one of America's most reliable allies--indeed, it is the only nation that has fought alongside the United States in every one of its wars since World War I. Chinese respect Australia as a big country that is, for all of its Western characteristics, unquestionably anchored in Asia.

As a young Foreign Service Officer, Rudd was posted to China in the 1980s. From there, he rose to become his nation's Foreign Minister, Leader of the Opposition, and, ultimately, Prime Minister from 2007 to 2010 and again in 2013. During his tenure as Prime Minister, Rudd hosted Xi Jinping, then China's Vice President, for a 10-day visit to Australia in 2010. These experiences in "doing" have informed his analysis of international challenges, refining his sense of connections between domestic politics and foreign policy. They have also given him a sense of the special perspective that a head of state brings to that undertaking.

The year 2018 marked a sea change in Washington's conventional wisdom about China. In a major speech in October of that year that will be noted for years to come, Vice President Mike Pence summarized the Donald Trump administration's "emergent strategy" to address the China challenge. As Pence announced, the Trump administration is determined to fight back on all fronts in what it sees as a Cold War that China has been waging against the United States for the past quarter century without any U.S. response.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 1st, 2022 at 05:18:03 PM EST
Watched a long interview with Kevin Rudd, one single person who has kept close contact with all relevant leaders in the Far East. The reunification will come when the time is to China's advantage. Time planning the year 2049 according to the CCP calendar. The end of this decade, China aims to be the world's equal economic power with the US. No sense to let other issues get in the way, there will be no premature military conflict initiated by China.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 1st, 2022 at 07:17:48 PM EST
Turning the clock back to the end of World War II and remembering the Chinese Civil War 1946-49.

Civil war broke out in 1946, ending in a victory by Mao Zedong's Communist forces and the creation of the People's Republic of China. From 1949 until his death, Chiang led the Chinese Kuomintang KMT government in exile in Taiwan

From 1972 onward, however, Taiwan's preferred status (especially in relation to the United States) was threatened by improving U.S.-China relations. In 1979, four years after Chiang died, the United States broke off diplomatic relations with Taiwan and established full relations with the People's Republic of China.

Overview of Chinese history 1911 - 1949 | Khan Academy |

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 1st, 2022 at 07:18:53 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 1st, 2022 at 07:37:32 PM EST
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The Russia 🇺🇦 crisis, in Asia the One China 🇨🇳 crisis ... so many known unknowns. Nancy Pelosi willing to be martyred as John the Baptist?

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 1st, 2022 at 11:30:44 PM EST
25 Years as China grows stronger ...

President Bill Clinton reassured Beijing of Washington's acceptance that Taiwan was part of China

Republican Speaker of House Newt Gingrich visits Beijing before visit of Taiwan.

House Speaker Newt Gingrich, meeting with Chinese leaders in Beijing today | CNN - March 28, 1997 |

Li Ping described Gingrich's visit as "an opportunity in which we can enhance mutual understanding."

Gingrich is leading an 11-member congressional delegation to talk with Chinese leaders about several issues, including trade, human rights and the future of Hong Kong after July 1, when it returns to Chinese rule. The U.S. has pressed China to maintain Hong Kong's free market environment and its citizens' basic freedoms.

"Every evidence we get is that they want to make this work," Gingrich said of the Hong Kong transfer of power. He described the Chinese leaders as serious, respectful and friendly in the discussions. "Their interest is building a relationship," he said.

The Chinese are hosting back-to-back U.S. delegations. Vice President Al Gore left China today, wrapping up a four-day visit to discuss many of the same issues and lay the groundwork for a 1998 visit to China by President Bill Clinton.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 2nd, 2022 at 10:01:44 AM EST
The U.S. and age of disengagement by comparison to Clinton's presidency.

China's President Jiang Wins Gingrich's Vote on Capitol Hill Visit | LA Times - Oct. 31, 1997 |

Gingrich's stance is particularly significant because he presides over the House, whose members over the last eight years have been the driving force behind legislative measures aimed at China.

The Senate has been consistently less willing to support such legislation, including failed efforts to restrict China's trade benefits.

For the last two years, Gingrich has tried to maintain a careful balance between Republican conservatives who seek a more confrontational U.S. stance against China and business-oriented Republicans who favor a policy of engagement.

He has also talked several times to former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, who has argued that China is too important to alienate.

The House speaker, who visited China last spring, said he plans to return next summer--to visit Tibet.

"I hope he [Jiang] and the Dalai Lama will be there to meet me," he said.
It was difficult to tell whether Gingrich intended these last words to be taken seriously. The Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader, has not set foot in Tibet since he fled into exile in 1959, and Beijing has been unwilling to allow even his picture to be displayed there.

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China announces series of exercises in S. China Sea as Taiwan issue raises tensions | Radio Free Asia - July 29, 2022 |

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China explains why U.S. should be responsible for Taiwan Straits tensions | CGTN |

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 2nd, 2022 at 03:17:57 PM EST

Google translation:

    #Taiwan #Taiwan #China #Pelosi
    I believe in my motherland 🇨🇳
    Just let the bullets fly for a while
    The wise master should be concerned about it, and the good generals should be careful.
    The Lord cannot raise his army in anger, nor can he attack and fight in anger.
    Move for profit, stop for profit.
    Anger can be rejoiced, anger can be revived, a fallen country cannot be revived, and the dead cannot be brought back to life.
    Therefore, the wise master should be careful, and the good general will warn him.
    This is the way to secure the whole army

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 2nd, 2022 at 05:36:26 PM EST

Foreign Affairs Committee of CPPCC National Committee issues statement on Pelosi's visit to China's Taiwan region

There is only one China in the world. Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory. The Government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legal government representing the whole of China. The Taiwan question is China's internal affairs.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 2nd, 2022 at 05:56:14 PM EST
"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 2nd, 2022 at 06:08:54 PM EST
Pelosi positioned as a freedom fighter

Al Jazeera's Shihab Rattansi speaking from Washington, DC, said by visiting Taiwan, Pelosi was being portrayed as a "freedom fighter" for democracy.

"As soon as she arrived, various tweets, articles, statements emerged positioning Pelosi as a freedom fighter in the battle against autocracy on behalf of democracy," he said, which she likened to her trip to Ukraine back in May.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 3rd, 2022 at 09:30:28 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 3rd, 2022 at 02:27:20 PM EST
America Loses Its Face Mask of Good Intentions

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Well known in her role as Dutch minister of defense and the decision to purchase the F-35. Lockheed Martin lands €4.5bn Dutch deal for F-35 fighter jets.

Ministers ignore vote, JSF jet fighter could carry nuclear weapons

The Joint Strike Fighter may be used to carry nuclear weapons in the future, according to defence minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and foreign affairs minister Frans Timmermans. Last year a majority of MPs supported a motion stating the F-35 jet fighter should have no nuclear role. However, Hennis and Timmermans have now decided to set the motion aside because of the Netherlands' role within NATO.

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From MofA ...

How Pelosi's Visit Hurts Taiwan

When Nancy Pelosi made her 'woke' flight to Taiwan the U.S. seemed to hope for a Chinese military reaction to it. It positioned an aircraft carrier and two amphibious landing ships in the region. It also shipped additional fighter planes to Japan and South Korea.

Chinese military exercises will now be held around the island without regard for what Taipei claims as its borders. These missile launches, sea and air maneuvers will not be threatening enough to cause a dangerous military confrontation. But they will be repeated over the next years and will steadily move closer and closer to Taiwan's coast.

The median line between China and Taiwan, never officially recognized but adhered to, will now be ignored.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Aug 4th, 2022 at 05:32:06 PM EST
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Median Line Is Non-existent In One China Policy

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Aug 4th, 2022 at 05:34:19 PM EST
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Opinion on the challenge #taiwan

Parroting @G7 communique ...

Taiwan's UN Dilemma: To Be or Not To Be | Brookings - 2012 |

Complaint of armed invasion of Taiwan (Formosa)

U.S. 7th Fleet prevented the liberation of Formosa by the Republic of China ... for 22 years Formosa was member of the UN until 1971 and ping-pong diplomacy by the Nixon administration.

When the PRC won the `China' seat at the UN | Sept. 1971 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Aug 4th, 2022 at 04:32:27 AM EST

Empire Building South-East Asia

Japan's constitution and Article 9 guarantee for Pacifism died along with the death of Abe.

Death throes of an empire: nationalist spirit with advances in technology giving an edge relative to neighbouring states leads to feeling of superiority, dehumanizing other people as inferior.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Aug 4th, 2022 at 05:16:19 PM EST

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