::: TSR Weekly Report
2013-01-06 | NO.17(1) epaper |
South China Sea Disputes
China Says “Board and Search” Sea Rules Limited to Hainan Coast (2013-12-31)
(Reuters) Contentious new rules allowing Chinese police to board vessels deemed breaking the law off Hainan are only valid within a narrow coastal zone, the government said, seeking to calm regional tensions.

Vietnam Ocean Rights Draw Taiwan Protest (2013-01-04)
(China Post) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a strong protest against a newly adopted Vietnamese law that lays claim to two disputed island chains in the South China Sea. 
Diaoyutai Disputes Resurface and Japan Policy
China’s Rules of the Game (2013-01-03)
(National Interest, By Brett Shehadey) Unfortunately, the game of “Go” may be too devious and simplistic for the regional or international players to respect.

Japan Set to Boost Defense: Media (2013-01-06)
(Reuters) Japan’s government is likely to increase defense spending for the first time in 11 years, as newly elected Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledges a sterner response to a territorial dispute over the Diaoyutai Islands with China. 
Regional Issues
Eve of Disaster (2013-01-04)
(Foreign Policy, By Charles Emmerson) To take an example of one of the more plausible shocks we now face, a miscalculation in the South China Sea could easily set off a chain of events not entirely dissimilar to a shot in Sarajevo in 1914, with alliance structures, questions of prestige, escalation, credibility, and military capability turning what should be marginal to global affairs into a central question of war and peace.

Four Surprises That Could Rock Asia in 2013
(Foreign Policy, By Michael Mazza) There are quieter threats to Asia, potentially more explosive than a North Korean missile. Here are four underappreciated threats to the world’s most populous region. 
Cross-Strait Issues
Ma to Pursue Cross-Strait Peace, Reform (2013-01-02)
(Taipei Times) President Ma Ying-jeou pledged in his New Year’s Day address to maintain peace across the Taiwan Strait and called on Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, China’s next leader, to work with him in promoting peaceful cross-strait development.

Chinese Visitors to Taiwan Reach Record High in 2012 (2013-01-03)
(CNA) The number of Chinese nationals visiting Taiwan in 2012 reached a record high of over 2.23 million, an increase of 49 percent from the previous year. 
Military Balance and Arms Sales
Long-range Radar Budget Surges by NT$10 Billion (2013-01-06)
(China Post) Legislator Lin Yu-fang said the U.S.' decision to cooperate closely with Taiwan in deploying the radar clearly demonstrates that Taiwan's strategic position in Asia is closely related to the core interests of the U.S. The data recorded by the system can be shared by both parties, Lin added.

Taiwan Upgrades Dozens of Fighter Jets
(AFP) Taiwan plans to complete the first stage of an ambitious plan to upgrade its fighter jet force by the end of 2013, in an effort to maintain a credible deterrent against China into the 2030s.

Defense Ministry Denies Halving Missile Production (2013-01-03)
Taipei Times) The Ministry of National Defense denied that it had decided to halve the production of an indigenous air-to-ground missile because of an offer by the US to sell Taiwan joint direct attack munitions (JDAM).

Military of Defense Gets New Look for the New Year (2013-01-01)
(Taipei Times) The Ministry of National Defense will celebrate the new year with a streamlined and more efficient organizational system that is scheduled to be implemented today, along with its all-volunteer military.

Lieutenant Accused of Leaking Secrets to Stay in Custody (2013-01-05)
(Taipei Times) Chien, allegedly came into contact with the Chinese Ministry of State Security via an introduction by a retired military officer and was paid by China to provide military secrets, later joining the Chinese Communist Party and recruiting members for the party within Taiwan.

Taiwan's Domestic Issues and Foreign Relations
As Taiwan’s Links with Mainland Grow, So Do Concerns (2013-01-01)
(IHT Rendezvous, By Didi Kirsten Tatlow) Why does this all matter? Well, it matters a lot to some people in Taiwan, who treasure their freedom. To the world, which watches as China rises, it matters too — a unified China would be a behemoth with around $3.7 trillion in foreign exchange reserves.

TIFA, TPP Top Agenda for Ties with US: King (2013-01-03)
(China Post) The top priority for the future development of Taiwan-United States relations should be the resumption of long-stalled Taiwan-U.S. Trade and Investment Framework Agreement talks and the nation's ultimate inclusion to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Taiwan's top envoy to U.S. said. 
China's Rise and Its Domestic Issues
Chinese Journalists Mount Rare Protest Over an Alleged Act of Government Censorship (2013-01-05)
(Washington Post, By Keith B. Richburg) Chinese journalists reacted furiously to what they said was heavy-handed official censorship of a New Year’s message from a popular Guangdong newspaper, setting up a crucial early challenge for new leader Xi Jinping. 

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