::: TSR Weekly Report
2013-02-03 | NO.17(5) epaper |
Diaoyutai Disputes Resurface
A Maritime Balkans of the 21st Century?  (2013-01-30)
(Foreign Policy, By Kevin Rudd) These are no ordinary times in East Asia. With tensions rising from conflicting territorial claims in the East China and South China seas, the region increasingly resembles a 21st-century maritime redux of the Balkans a century ago -- a tinderbox on water.

China Leader Affirms Policy on Islands (2013-01-30)
(New York Times, By Chris Buckley) China will never bargain over what it deems to be “core” territorial and security interests, the country’s top leader, Xi Jinping, said in his first published speech setting out his foreign policy views since taking over as head of the Communist Party.

Japan’s Leader Expresses Willingness to Meet Chinese Counterparts
(New York Times) Japan’s new prime minister, Shinzo Abe, said he is willing to meet with Chinese leaders to cool tensions in an emotional island dispute, saying the two Asian neighbors should not let the row further damage their huge economic relationship.

US Report Raises Questions Over Cross-Strait Ties (2013-01-30)
(Taipei Times) A new report from the Congressional Research Service raises a potentially difficult question for Taipei about its current relationship with Beijing.

DPP Members Split Over Ma’s Handling of Dispute (2013-01-30)
(Taipei Times) While agreeing that a Taiwanese boat protest must have the president’s tacit approval, DPP members differed on its effect on international relations.

Taiwan President Urges Sharing East China Sea Resources
(VOA) Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou is urging his powerful neighbors China and Japan to end their islands dispute and share resources in the hotly contested sea between them. Taiwan also claims sovereignty over the Japanese-controlled islands and wants three-way talks on natural resources.
South China Sea Disputes
Manila Ups the Ante in the South China Sea (2013-02-01)
(China Brief 13(3), Jamestown Foundation, By Ian Storey) While a final decision by the tribunal is likely to be several years away, in the short term, the Philippine gambit almost certainly will provoke an indignant response from Beijing, exacerbate strains in Sino-Philippine relations and set back efforts by the ASEAN to negotiate a binding code of conduct on the South China Sea with China.  
Cross-Strait Issues
Less Support for Independence: Poll (2013-02-01)
(Taipei Times) An opinion poll found that support for independence has fallen to its lowest level in three years, despite a majority of Taiwanese remaining opposed to unification with China. 
PLA, Military Balance and Arms Sales
The Y-20: China Aviation Milestone Means New Power Projection (2013-01-28)
(China Real Time Report, By Andrew Erickson and Gabe Collins) The Y-20’s first flight suggests that China is on the way to joining the U.S., Russia and Ukraine as the fourth nation to independently develop and fly a heavy military transport aircraft. Its development represents a meaningful step toward China being able to develop a more robust ability to project aerial power.

Expert Says US Facing More Challenges in Asia
(Taipei Times) Rick Fisher said China could be projecting military power globally and moving to buildup a military presence on the moon by the mid-2020s. 

Ma Uses US Delegation Visit to Push for Subs
(Taipei Times) President Ma Ying-jeou told a US congressional delegation that Taiwan badly needs a new generation of submarines to beef up its naval fleet.

Taiwan Needs New F-16s: US Congressman (2013-01-29)
(China Post) A visiting U.S. congressman supported calls for the U.S. to sell new F-16 fighters and submarines to Taiwan in order to meet its defensive needs. 
Taiwan's Foreign Relations
Bill to Boost US-Taiwan Ties Tabled in Washington (2013-01-28)
(Taipei Times) US Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s proposed Taiwan policy act calls for Taipei to be treated like other US allies and for the authorization of arms sales. 

AIT Chair Burghardt Arrives in Taiwan for Five-Day Visit
(China Post) Raymond Burghardt, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Institute in Taiwan has arrived in Taipei for a five-day-trip, the AIT announced.

Ma Pushes for TIFA Talks in Meeting with Burghardt (2013-01-31)
(Taipei Times) President Ma Ying-jeou renewed his call for the US to put bilateral trade negotiations back on track and resume talks under the TIFA during a meeting with AIT Chairman Raymond Burghardt.

Visit Related to Security: AIT Chairman
(Taipei Times) American Institute in Taiwan Chairman Raymond Burghardt said that the main purpose of his visit was related to security issues and on developing security relations between the US and Taiwan. 

TIFA Talks to Resume by the End of March
(China Post) Long-suspended Taiwan-U.S. bilateral trade talks under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement will resume this March, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced.

DPP Chief Heading to Tokyo Next Week (2013-01-29)
(Taipei Times) The party reiterated its position that the Diaoyutais belong to Taiwan and that the issue should be resolved through diplomatic negotiations.

Taiwan Important Partner: Japanese Foreign Minister
(CNA) Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Taiwan is an “important partner” of his country, as evidenced by the close economic ties and people-to-people exchanges between the two sides.
China's Rise and Its Domestic Issues
Chinese Company Will Run Strategic Pakistani Port  (2013-02-01)
(New York Times, By Declan Walsh) Pakistan is handing management control of Gwadar, a strategic but commercially troubled deep-sea port, to a Chinese company. 

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