Some Far East news items

President Tsai Ing-wen completes her term in office.

Taiwan's steely leader rewrote the book on how to deal with China

In Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan found an unlikely champion. During her two terms, she carefully yet confidently reset the relationship with Beijing, which has claimed the independently governed island as its own for 75 years.

She stood up to an increasingly authoritarian and aggressive China under Xi Jinping; she held on to a vital US alliance under Donald Trump and buttressed it under Joe Biden. At home, she expanded the island’s defence and legalised same-sex marriage, the latter a first for Asia...

...Tsai has her detractors. Beijing is no fan, and neither are the many older Taiwanese, who want better relations with China, where they have family and business interests. Domestically, she has been criticised for not doing enough for the economy – the rising cost of living, unaffordable housing and a lack of jobs cost her party young voters in January's election.

And her biggest critics fear that she has made the island of 23 million more, rather than less, unsafe...

I left out the cutesy comment about her cat in this excerpt. I visited Taiwan once for several days. I could hear BBC broadcasts almost wherever I went. Not exactly an unbiased source.

The US isn't even on the list. I saw a report elsewhere that Chinese shipbuilding capacity was 200x that of the US.

For new generation of Chinese artists, discontent is disobedience

The meteoric rise of Zhang Fangzhao with his hit song “Factory” highlights how many young people in China feel little hope of a better future

The author is a South Korean labor activist with an internationale ideological Marxist approach. I question his tactics if not his motivation. The byline is incorrect in my point of view. My studies of modern history and political science lead me to believe that this development in China is a classic example of the "revolution of rising expectations." It is the very appearance of massive development in China that is causing the dissatisfaction by overworked young people "forced" out of the countryside by economic conditions in an attempt to find opportunity in the cities. It seems to me this is an internal Chinese problem, although young people in South Korea have had similar experiences in the last several decades. Another aspect of this is the author's effort to marginalize "national identity" in favor of labor objectives shared in various East Asian marketplaces. He didn't comment on the Warner Group connection. Warner apparently produced the video.

I actually enjoyed the music video. Would the US allow a Chinese owned corporation to publish a video critical of social and economic conditions in the US on a major social media platform? Anyway good English subtitles on this-

源于乡土的呐喊,根植于心底的诉说。 河南说唱之神全新单曲《工厂》官方MV正式上线
A cry originating from the countryside, a statement rooted in the heart. The official MV for the new single "Factory" by the God of Henan Rap is officially launched

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the self entitled 'leader of the free world'
can not compete with the world's ship builders

trying to make up the difference by hiring outside
countries, like So. Korea, make up the deficit is not
a good look for the empire. We will never compete
with China in that spectrum. Already sold-out.
We are not the champions of world the anymore.

thanks for the updates

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@QMS

Chinese shipbuilding capacity over 200 times greater than US, Navy intelligence says

The slide's authenticity was confirmed by a Navy spokesperson, who cautioned that it was not meant to be an in-depth analysis.

"The slide was developed by the Office of Naval Intelligence from multiple public sources as part of an overall brief on strategic competition," the spokesperson told Fox News Digital. "The slide provides context and trends on China’s shipbuilding capacity. It is not intended as a deep-dive into the PRC (People's Republic of China) commercial shipbuilding industry."

The slide shows that Chinese shipyards have a capacity of about 23.2 million tons compared to less than 100,000 tons in the U.S., making Chinese shipbuilding capacity more than 232 times greater than that of the U.S.

There are a lot of reports of this nature when I checked the google. I don't think this "gap" can be filled any time soon. I guess we're supposed to panic, and shovel more money to the pentagon.

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語必忠信 行必正直

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the list and yet we are a thalassocracy?

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Neither Russia nor China is our enemy.
Neither Iran nor Venezuela are threatening America.
Cuba is a dead horse, stop beating it.

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@earthling1

Live and learn. I thought I knew a lot about gunboat diplomacy, but I've never heard that word before. Thanx earthling1!

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working out for you? Reality sucks. Wink

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at the hand of reality (when the buibble bursts, the balloon goes up, and the house of cards falls) is going to be biblical in heft.

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Twice bitten, permanently shy.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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During her two terms, she carefully yet confidently reset the relationship with Beijing, which has claimed the independently governed island as its own for 75 years.

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China has claimed *Taiwan* as its own for *900* years.
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As for shipbuilding:

The fact is, China's wooden-masted sailing ships ruled the high seas when Europe was still trying to figure our how to build barges. And, of course, the Chinese have records of visiting the Americas, which has been populated by humans (via Asia, Mongolia) for 55,000 years.

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