Top Story – Communist China creates “air defense zone” above Senkaku Islands: The Japanese were none too happy with their islands being roped into the Chinese Communist regime’s zone (Japan Times). American officials also expressed alarm (Politico), as did Taiwan’s opposition Democratic Progressive Party (Taipei Times). It should be noted (but, sadly, it’s not) that Zhongnanhai made this move as the rest of the world occupied by nuclear talks with the regime’s allies in Tehran. Also reporting: BBC, Epoch Times, Ricochet

Communist China turning the economic screws on Taiwan: The regime is pushing Taiwan to approve the cross-strait services agreement, despite it having been rushed before the true effect on Taiwan’s economy was known (Taipei Times).