China has lured a second diplomatic ally from Taiwan in the past week: the South Pacific nation of Kiribati. These diplomatic successes come as China prepares to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China on October 1. Analysts say the impending anniversary is having an effect on how Beijing is handling tensions with not just Taipei, but also Hong Kong and Washington.
In today’s Taiwan Insider, Hong Kong-based columnist and renowned journalist Frank Ching gives us insight into how China may deal with the Hong Kong protests. He also talks about what he thinks might happen in Hong Kong on National Day.
-an explainer on the founding of the PRC and the impact on the ROC
-The Taiwan Insider team unpacks itself for the #tetrischallenge
-Natalie schools Andrew and Leslie on Confucius ahead of his birthday