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2013-01-27 | NO.17(4) epaper |
Diaoyutai Disputes Resurface and Japan Policy
Spiraling Surprises in Sino-Japanese Tensions (2013-01-18)
(China Brief 13(2), Jamestown Foundation, By Peter Mattis) Chinese surprise at Japanese actions suggests one of two possibilities: either Beijing has made a decision to pressure Japan irrespective of the possibility of success or that there is a major information processing problem that is keeping away or politicizing information that should be reaching the leadership. 

Warning Shot Talk Angers China (2013-01-21)
(AP) Chinese media has responded to Japan saying it may use tracer fire to warn off foreign aircraft by quoting military experts who said China would return fire. 

Foreign Minister Vows Taiwan Won’t Back Down on Diaoyutais
 (2013-01-23)
(CNA) Lin's remarks came after tensions in the region escalated after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talked about Washington's policy toward the island group in a Jan. 18 news conference.

Japan Makes Overture to China in Islands Dispute (2013-01-23)
(New York Times) A member of Japan’s coalition government arrived in Beijing with a letter for the head of the Communist Party, Xi Jinping, from the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, to try to help calm an escalating dispute between the two countries over contested islands in the East China Sea.

Japan Turns Taiwan Activists Back from Disputed Islands (2013-01-24)
(BBC) A small boat carrying Taiwanese activists trying to reach a group of East China Sea islands at the heart of a territorial dispute has been forced back by the Japanese coastguard.

Chinese Leader Takes Conciliatory Tone in Meeting with Japanese Lawmaker (2013-01-26)
(New York Times) China’s new leader, Xi Jinping, offered Japan a conciliatory tone during a meeting with a senior Japanese politician in what appeared to be an effort to reduce the escalating tensions between the countries over islands in the East China Sea.

Japan Envoy Says Territory Disputes with China Can be Resolved (2013-01-25)
(Reuters) Japan believes tensions with China fanned by a dispute over a group of uninhabited islands can be resolved, a special envoy from Tokyo said after meeting China's president-in-waiting, Xi Jinping. 

U.S. Central to ‘Abe Doctrine’ in PM’s Lost Policy Speech
 (2013-01-22)
(Japan Real Time Report, By Alexander Martin) Strengthening ties with the U.S., Japan’s main ally, is the central plank of a “lost” policy speech by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in which he sets out his principles of diplomacy. 
South China Sea Disputes
Philippines Takes China to UN Over Disputed Waters (2013-01-23)
(AFP) The Philippines has taken China to a UN tribunal to challenge its claim to most of the South China Sea.  
U.S. Pivot to Asia and Sino-U.S. Engagement
Work with China, Don’t Contain It (2013-01-26)
(IHT, By Joseph S. Nye Jr.) After the 2008-9 financial crisis, some Chinese mistakenly believed that America was in permanent decline and that this presented new opportunities. A result was that China worsened its relations with Japan, India, South Korea, Vietnam and the Philippines — a misstep that confirmed that “only China can contain China.” 

Rethinking Our China Strategy (2013-01-27)
(LA Times, By Gary Schmitt and Dan Blumenthal) U.S. policy of engagement with Beijing has not been as effective in shaping its rise to superpower status as Washington had hoped.
DPP Searches for New China Stance; Cross-Strait Issues
DPP’s Hsu Tain-Tsair Visits China (2013-01-21)
(Taipei Times) The move has raised eyebrows because the legislator and former Tainan mayor has long been a staunch supporter of Taiwanese independence. 

Mainland an ‘Unavoidable’ Market: DPP Heavyweight (2013-01-22)
(CNA) A Taiwanese opposition party politician, known for being pro-independence, said during his first visit to China that the country is an “unavoidable” and “undeniable” market for Taiwan. 

Former Opposition DPP Lawmaker Pans Party’s China Policy (2013-01-27)
(China Post) The DPP suffers from “ostrich syndrome” in their handling of cross-strait policy, said a former DPP lawmaker. 

China, Taiwan Sign Yuan-Clearing Deal (2013-01-25)
(Wall Street Journal) Taiwan and China formally established a direct yuan-clearing system between them, marking another step in China's internationalization of its currency and increasing economic ties between them. 
Military Balance and Arms Sales
Taiwan Working on New ‘Cloud Peak’ Missile (2013-01-21)
(DefenseNews) Taiwan’s military is developing an offensive surface-to-surface missile with a 1,200-kilometer range that could cover China’s central and southern regions, including Shanghai. 

Taiwan to Receive First P-3C Anti-Submarine Aircraft by Year End (2013-01-26)
(CNA) Taiwan will take delivery of the first batch of 12 submarine-hunting aircraft purchased from the United States by the end of this year, which will beef up the country's anti-submarine capabilities, the Navy said.
Taiwan's Domestic Issues and Foreign Relations
 Redefining the Meaning of ‘Chinese’ (2013-01-24)
(New York Times, By Didi Kirsten Tatlow) China cannot, for now, show the world that a Chinese society can be open, tolerant and democratic. But Taiwan can.

Wang and King Outline Goals of US Ties (2013-01-23)
(Taipei Times) US-Taiwan trade talks and Taiwan’s participation in international organizations will be the major focus of bilateral relations between Taipei and Washington in the near future, Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng said. 

New Head of U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Visits Taiwan (2013-01-26)
(CNA) The new chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs arrived in Taiwan for a three-day visit to discuss bilateral ties and trade issues, the AIT said. 

China's Rise and Its Domestic Issues
China’s Information Challenge (2013-01-23)
(New York Times, By Ian Bremmer) China’s battle with information will delay the reforms that China needs in order to reach the next stage of its development. And it will encourage China’s leaders to divert public anger toward outsiders, in part by taking more assertive — sometimes aggressive — actions in East and Southeast Asia. 

China to Pursue Renminbi Internationalization on Market-Oriented Basis: Senior Official (2013-01-27)
(Xinhua) China is determined to pursue the internationalization of its currency, the renminbi or yuan, on a market-oriented basis without intentionally promoting it, Yi Gang, a vice governor of China's central bank, told Xinhua in an interview. 
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