Japan signals a ‘sense of crisis’ over Taiwan — this is why it is worried about China’s military aims

Japan is showing increased support for Taiwan in the face of relentless pressure from China. Here’s why Taiwan matters so much to Tokyo and what it’s prepared to do about it.
— Read on theconversation.com/japan-signals-a-sense-of-crisis-over-taiwan-this-is-why-it-is-worried-about-chinas-military-aims-164562

The Road Ahead for Taiwan-US Relations – The Diplomat

Increased U.S. support has raised hopes in Taiwan – and some of those expectations may be difficult for Washington to meet.
— Read on thediplomat.com/2021/07/the-road-ahead-for-taiwan-us-relations/

How To Lose A War Over Taiwan—Get Hacked, Panic

When Ian Sullivan fights a war over Taiwan on the side of the Taiwanese and their allies, he loses big. But the severity of his defeat belies just how close the fighting is until the very end.

The decisive battle isn’t on the ground or the sea or in the air, according to Sullivan. It’s online. Chinese hackers delay American reinforcements just long enough for Beijing’s troops to flatten Taipei.

Sullivan’s war isn’t real, of course. It’s a simulation based on Next War: Taiwan, a tabletop war game from GMT Games.

But as a simulation, it’s a surprising one. Despite decades of intensive modernization, a bold—some might say “reckless”—brute-force strategy and a firepower advantage in key phases of the fighting, China loses many of the most important pitched battles.

China ultimately wins the war not because it dominates the battlefield, but because it manages to delay U.S. reinforcements—oh, and it’s willing to wreck Taipei, kill countless civilians and target Taiwanese politicians.
— Read on www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2021/07/06/how-to-lose-a-war-with-china-over-taiwan-get-hacked-panic/

China sentences Canadian to death on drugs charge – BBC News

The man has been accused of producing ketamine as relations between the countries remain fraught.
— Read on www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-53521589

Meanwhile CCP operations are causing massive flow of heroine into Canada. Democracy and Autocracy.

Taiwan is the new West Berlin in the cold war of ideas | TheArticle

As President Xi has warned, “anyone who attempts to split any region from China will perish, with their bodies smashed and bones ground to powder”. Britain and its allies must be equally resolute. Taiwan must not be allowed to fall to the CCP and its destructive Marxist-Leninism.

Like West Berlin during the Cold War, Taiwan is not just a fount of conflict: it’s a well of hope and optimism that there is a better path. And it’s not the only place where Britain should lend a hand.
— Read on www.thearticle.com/taiwan-is-the-new-west-berlin-in-the-cold-war-of-ideas

Pakistan Is Cracking Down on Uyghur Muslims Who Fled China – VICE

Pakistan Is Cracking Down on Uyghur Muslims Who Fled China – VICE
— Read on www.vice.com/amp/en/article/akgee4/pakistan-is-cracking-down-on-uyghur-muslims-who-fled-china

Tighter China Rules to Spawn Unwieldy Fintech Behemoths

China’s steps to tighten regulation will likely force fintechs to build the world’s largest financial crime operations – if they haven’t started already.
— Read on www.finews.asia/finance/34516-china-rules-fintech-alibaba-jack-ma

China is Treading Where Even Angels Fear To Dare: OpEd

China is Treading Where Even Angels Fear To Dare: OpEd
— Read on www.google.ca/amp/s/eurasiantimes.com/china-is-treading-where-even-angels-fear-to-dare-oped/?amp

The Taliban loves China’s money, but can it forget its Muslim gulags? – Nikkei Asia

Brahma Chellaney is a geostrategist and author of nine books, including “Asian Juggernaut: The Rise of China, India and Japan.”On the day two airplane
— Read on asia.nikkei.com/Opinion/The-Taliban-loves-China-s-money-but-can-it-forget-its-Muslim-gulags

Crypto Rebels | WIRED

It’s the FBIs, NSAs, and Equifaxes of the world versus a swelling movement of Cypherpunks, civil libertarians, and millionaire hackers. At stake: Whether privacy will exist in the 21st century.
— Read on www.wired.com/1993/02/crypto-rebels/