In case you thought Trump was joking about buying Greenland! (PS, the Other Other last frontier is the Antarctic - where they recently discovered a large canyon under the glaciers)
The pipeline is a major piece of energy infrastructure that can't be sanctioned or controlled by the US.
Shifting some manufacturing jobs to Taiwan isn't an isolationist act - it's temporary management of a multi-national economic project. They aren't consolidating business into Taiwan, they're also spreading into Southeast Asia. And as soon as its politically viable to work in China again, they will.
The US has to "protect" Taiwan, and Hong Kong, but the reason there's so much anxiety in the West about them shows that China's gravity is too strong to overcome. Any type of internal economic growth of Taiwan can be utilized by China. And the fact that Taiwanese companies are more integrated into SE Asia doesn't change that, because China itself is even more integrated in SE Asia.
Gamers are starting to blame China more for their consumerist gripes, but movie fans started it.
Whenever a bad movie does well in China, the American press sneers at China for their shit taste, but whenever a bad movie doesn't do well in China, it is either under-reported and ignored, or, in fact, also turned against China.
Americans notice that Hollywood movies are getting dumber and worse, and the easiest connection to make is to the increased input from China in Hollywood. In reality, they're both symptoms of a bigger problem: Hollywood is the global hegemonic film center, and it is always, constantly profit-seeking.
In this newsletter, I link to some news around the web you may (or may not) have missed, but should know nonetheless!
Curated list of the recent news you should know!
Will the future of nation-states entail strategic border changes between semi-autonomous "countries" within larger countries?
Macau represents a strange, semi-corporate, semi-state entity. This is expressed in its strange boundaries, which include a small, densely populated peninsula, and several islands that are now connected through land reclamation, and bits of leased land on the nearby Hengqin New Area (which in itself is a series of islands connected by reclaimed land).