::: TSR Weekly Report
2017-12-11 | NO.41(49) epaper |
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New Publication "Prospects for Taiwan Maintaining Its Autonomy under Chinese Pressure" by Denny Roy (Asian Survey)
Cross-Strait Relations
Taiwan Protests After Culture Official Denied Entry to Hong Kong (2017-12-06)
(CNA) Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council lodged a protest with the Hong Kong government after a Taiwanese Culture Official Chang Tieh-chih was denied entry. Chang was invited to speak at a cultural exchange forum for participants from Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Taipei to promote cooperation.

China Unhappy as Philippines Signs Investment Deal with Taiwan
(Reuters) China said on Friday it was seriously concerned about the Philippines signing a bilateral investment agreement with self-ruled Taiwan, claimed by China as its own with no right to any official foreign ties. Taiwan’s de facto ambassador to the Philippines signed the agreement in Manila on Thursday with his Philippine counterpart, according to Taiwan’s government.

Panama to Discuss China Trade Pact after Ditching Ties with Taiwan (2017-12-08)
(Reuters) Panama and China will begin negotiations in June next year to sign a free-trade deal, the two countries’ trade ministers said on Thursday, consolidating a relationship that has strengthened after the Central American nation ditched ties with Taiwan. Panama’s decision in June to end diplomatic links with Taiwan was a major victory for Beijing as it lures away the dwindling number of countries that have formal relations with the island China claims as its own. A senior Chinese diplomat said last month China would provide Panama with whatever help it needs.

Visa Denials Due to Cooling China Ties: Academics (2017-12-08)
(Taipei Times, By Jake Chung) China has denied entry to multiple Taiwanese officials, showing its reluctance to encourage Taiwanese hopes that unofficial channels are still open. Professor Kou Chien-wen at National Chengchi University said academics at government-backed think tanks have also been barred from traveling to China, and Chinese academics who planned to attend seminars in Taiwan have canceled their plans in compliance with Chinese policy.

Taiwan Responds to Chinese Diplomat's Threat with Call for Peace (2017-12-09)
(CNA) MOFA spokesperson Andrew Lee said that the Taiwanese government was actively working towards peaceful cross-strait relations and, while distancing itself from forceful resistance, would not buckle to pressure. This comes as a response to a Chinese diplomat's threat that China would respond with military action if the US Navy were allowed to dock ships in Taiwan. The US passed the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which would allow for the US to consider setting up new ports of call at Taiwanese ports.
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
"Treason" Proposal Passes Committee (2017-12-05)
(Taipei Times, By Chen Wei-han) The Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee approved draft resolutions of new laws that would enable indictments of people accused of spying for China under foreign aggression charges. Another resolution allowing political parties to be charged with organized crime also passed. While these are already considered criminal under the National Security Act, the punishment of a maximum of five years in prison is regularly criticized as too lenient.

Taiwan Votes to Erase Chiang Kai-shek’s Authoritarian Legacy with New Law
(Agence France-Presse) Tributes to Taiwan’s former dictator Chiang Kai-shek will be removed across the island after lawmakers voted in favour of the mandatory axing of symbols of its authoritarian past.The so-called transitional justice bill, which was passed late on Tuesday, means that streets and schools will be renamed and statues taken down. It also paves the way for a full investigation into Chiang’s “White Terror” – a purge of his political opponents between 1947 and his death in 1975.

No Plan to Remove Chiang Kai-shek Statues or Change Names: Officials (2017-12-06)
(CNA) Taiwan government officials said no roads or schools named after Chiang Kai-shek will be renamed after the passage of the Act on Promoting Transitional Justice despite rumors stating otherwise. Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung said the act is meant to bring reconciliation rather than create divisions among the people.

Trade Mission in Nigeria to Keep All of Its Staff: MOFA
(CNA) The trade mission in Nigeria is currently due for a relocation from the capital, Abuja, to Lagos, and it will maintain its current level of staff at the mission following the move. The Nigerian government had ordered the relocation in the first place, and the announcement to keep the staff numbers the same seemed at odds with the initial demand. The former office director had left Nigeria at the demands of the Nigerian government in March of this year.

Taiwan, Philippines Sign MOU For Cooperation on Insurance Supervision (2017-12-08)
(CNA) Taiwan and the Philippines have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to promote bilateral cooperation in the cross-border supervision of the insurance business. This MOU involves cooperation in information and data sharing, on-the-spot inspection, and the preservation of confidential data.

No Plans to Move Office to Jerusalem, MOFA Official Says (2017-12-08)
(CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) recognizes Jerusalem as the capital, but has no plans to move its representative office in Israel from Tel Aviv. MOFA is keeping a close watch on developments after US President Donald Trump announced he recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

MOFA Fighting to Repatriate Fraud Suspects Held in Spain (2017-12-08)
(Taipei Times, By Lu Yi-hsuan) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that it will continue to work with the Ministry of Justice and the National Policy Agency to repatriate the 218 Taiwanese held in Madrid for telecom fraud. The Spanish Cabinet decided to sent all the Taiwanese suspects to China after their trials in Spain.

KMT to Back New Immigrants in 2018 Elections (2017-12-09)
(Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) The KMT will be nominating "new immigrants" to run for positions in the six special municipality elections to be held in 2018. They have historically made statements geared towards the KMT position of protecting new immigrant rights.

Ministry Hopes to Replicate Science Parks Overseas (2017-12-09)
(CNA) The Ministry of Science and Technology will be replicating some of its science parks in Southeast Asia to assist Taiwanese businesses in finding opportunities in the region. They hope that the establishment of these parks will offer employment opportunities for both Taiwanese workers and local workers in each country. These projects will be tied back to the objectives of the New Southbound Policy.

Visitors to Palau Now Required to Sign Eco-Pledge On Arrival: MOFA (2017-12-09)
(CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has reminded Taiwanese travelers that, upon arrival in Palau, they are to sign an eco-pledge promising to act in a responsible way to work towards Palau's environmental and cultural preservation. The oath will be stamped in visitors' passports. The policy went into effect on December 7.

Taiwan's 'New Southbound Policy' Scores Win in the Philippines (2017-12-09)
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) Through the signing of a new investment transparency agreement between the Philippines and Taiwan this week, President Tsai Ing-wen gains a valuable victory towards the New Southbound Policy. The deal came to light despite heavy Chinese pressure upon the Philippines. Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte has also historically pursued closer relations with China, but those views apparently have not crossed over to a trade relationship with Taiwan.

Transitional Justice Act: Interview: Wu Says Act Can Collect 'Hidden' Records, Increase Trust (2017-12-10)
(Taipei Times, By Su Yung-yao and William Hetherington) In an interview with Liberty Times, Academia Historica Director Wu Mi-cha said the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) should respond to the transitional justice act by drawing upon historical records, thereby releasing to the public previously hidden documents of the Chiang Kai-shek era. Wu says doing so will be evidence of a truly mature democracy, adding to the trust people have of their government. The transcript in Chinese can be found here.

Taiwan Can Contribute to "Free and Open Indo-Pacific" Plan: Tsai (2017-12-11)
(CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen said that Taiwan would be able to contribute to the United States's plan of a "free and open Indo-Pacific." She told American Institute of Taiwan Chairman James Moriarty that Taiwan will go all out to defend the fundamental international order. Moriarty stated that a component of the plan was to protect all partner nations, which would include Taiwan.

Taiwan, Dominican Republic Crack Fraud Ring Targeting Chinese (2017-12-11)
(CNA) Taiwan and the Dominican Republic worked together to discover and take down a telecom fraud ring preying on Chinese nationals as well as to capture 31 Taiwanese suspects potentially involved in the case. The investigation will look into fraud, tax evasion, money laundering, and other possible crimes. Dominican police were willing to help as the organization was centered on their territory.

Taiwan Asks Japan for Support in Seeking Membership of CPTPP (2017-12-11)
(CNA) Taiwan is seeking to join the Comprehensive Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership, a new regional partnership seeking to replace the Trans-Pacific Partnership after the US withdrew from the agreement earlier this year. Taiwan has asked Japan to support its efforts to potentially join the deal, as Japan is now spearheading efforts to pass the agreement. At the meeting where the request was made, the Taiwanese-Japanese relationship was praised for eliminating several issues plaguing the two countries.

Visiting AIT Chairman Given Explanation of Transitional Justice (2017-12-11)
(CNA) James Moriarty, the chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan, was given an explanation of the Transitional Justice Act during his visit to the Legislative Yuan. He also discussed Taiwan's relationship with the United States and relations with Southeast Asia in a closed-door meeting with both DPP and KMT lawmakers. Moriarty will be in Taiwan until December 16.

Taiwan Donates US$100,000 to Help Vietnamese Storm Victims (2017-12-11)
(CNA) Taiwan donated US$100,000 to Vietnam to assist in relief efforts caused by Typhoon Darney, which struct Vietnam last month. The Taiwanese representative to Vietnam stated that he hopes that Taiwanese assistance will show Taiwan's commitment to the country and will bring the two countries closer together. Bui Thi Thanh, vice president of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee, also said that he hoped to see relations between Taiwan and Vietnam improve.

Malaysia's Bersih 2.0 Wins Taiwan's Democracy Award (2017-12-11)
(CNA) The Malaysia-based Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections, also known as Bersih 2.0, won the Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award. The chairperson for the organization stated that receiving the award was recognition for the strides Malaysia has made towards democracy and human rights. The chairperson for the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy further stated that fair and clean elections are the key to any successful democracy.

Illiberal Democracies Rising: RSF (2017-12-11)
(Taipei Times, By Chen Wei-han) Reporters Without Borders chairman Pierre Haski said yesterday that the rise of populism in many countries has caused a rise in illiberal democracies around the world. He further said that countries like Taiwan should maintain systems of free press, welfare systems, and a vibrant democratic culture. He specifically called out the policies and rhetoric of US President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as examples of manipulating national fears to promote xenophobia.

Human Rights Museum to be Opened on May 17 (2017-12-11)
(Taipei Times, By Su Fang-ho and Jonathan Chin) Minister of Culture Cheng Li-chiun announced that a National Human Rights Museum would be formally founded in New Taipei City and on Green Island on May 17. The announcement was made at an event marking International Human Rights Day in Taipei. The establishment of such a museum is meant to demonstrate the administration's belief that addressing the issues surrounding past human rights breaches should begin at the state level.

Aboriginal Campaigners Plant Lilies on 291st Day of Protest Against Land Policy (2017-12-11)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) Several campaigners of Aboriginal descent planted Taiwanese indigenous lilies in front of 228 Memorial Park in Taipei to mark International Human Rights Day. Several campaigners have camped out in front of the Presidential Office Building in protest of government regulations over Aboriginal lands, specifically that of only considering government-owned land under Aboriginal lands and specifically excluding privately-owned land.
PLA, Military Balance and Arms Sales
China-Built World’s Largest Amphibious Aircraft ‘Ready for Flight’ (2017-12-06)
(The Diplomat, By Franz-Stefan Gady) The Jiaolong (Water Dragon) AG600 seaplane will be making its maiden flight soon. China's newest amphibious aircraft has passed its preliminary technical quality assessment and is geared to be the world's largest seaplane. It will primarily be used for firefighting and marine searches.

South China Sea Militarization: Fighters in the Paracels and Combat Logistics (2017-12-06)
(The Diplomat, By Steven Stashwick) China's deployment of J-11 fighter jets to Woody Island shows its confidence of its ownership of the region, specifically over the Paracel Islands. The islands are strategically positioned around the middle of the South China Sea, and Western powers are sensitive to their militarization. However, their isolation also provides a challenge to their defense if military action were to be taken there.

Xi’s Consolidation of Power at the 19th Party Congress: Implications for PLA Aerospace Forces (2017-12-07)
(Jamestown Foundation, By Derek Grossman and Michael S. Chase) Xi appears to value the status afforded to China and to him of mirroring or even surpassing U.S. military capabilities, including in the air and space domains. Xi’s anti-corruption campaign enables him to ruthlessly weed out those who do not carry out his orders, or those who are actually too corrupt to effectively fill these roles. Xi’s speech and the new membership of the CMC signal that the PLAAF, PLARF, and PLASSF are likely rising in prominence—an important development in a traditionally army-centric military.

Chinese Military Aircraft Conduct Drill Near Taiwan (2017-12-09)
(CNA) A fleet of PLA aircraft on Saturday morning carried out a military exercise over the Miyako Strait according to the Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense. The ministry will continue to monitor the situation, but they have stated that there were no threats posed to Taiwan during the drill.

What Are the Differences between China’s Two Aircraft Carriers? (2017-12-11)
(South China Morning Post, By Minnie Chan) China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier, the Type 001A, is expected to start blue-water trials soon, according to state media and mainland military websites. The 001A, which started preliminary trials in Dalian in the northeast of China in November after its launch on April 26, has a similar design to the country’s first carrier the Liaoning.

Taiwan Formally Commissions Black Hawk Combat Team (2017-12-11)
(CNA) The Taiwanese army has completed flight testing and initial combat capabilities for and has officially certified the new UH-60M Black Hawk combat team. These helicopters, purchased from the United States, are famous for their adaptability to numerous different environments. The helicopters will be delivered through 2020.
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

China, Japan Close to Setting Up Hotline to Avoid Sea, Air Clashes: Sources (2017-12-06)
(Kyodo) Japan and China have largely agreed on how to implement a maritime and air communication mechanism aimed at averting unintended clashes in and above the East China Sea, sources said. The move towards an agreement comes despite strained relations between the two sides over the disputed Diaoyu Islands, known in Japan as the Senkaku, in the East China Sea. The mechanism – a form of hotline between defence officials of the two countries – is expected to be put into practice in the near future after a decade of negotiations.

Japan, China Agree to Implement East China Sea Crisis Management Hotline (2017-12-07)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that a crisis management and communication tool that will be used to avoid sea and air clashes in certain areas of the East China Sea will soon be active and operational. The introduction of the hotline shows Japan and China's new interest in repairing relations and restoring cooperation between the two countries, a goal detailed at the CCP's 19th Party Congress.

The Korean Peninsula

US Must Pressure China on N Korea: US Ex-Official
(CNA) Institute for Korean-American Studies fellow Joseph Bosco said on Tuesday that the US needs to make a stronger effort to convince China to work towards the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. He explained that North Korea's most recent missile launch shows that President Xi Jinping has not taken enough steps to curb the North Korean missile program. His suggestion was for the US to begin by continuing talks with Taiwan, which initially was a point of contention between China and the US at the start of US President Donald Trump's term.

North Korea Not an Adversary: Minister (2017-12-05)
(Taipei Times, By Lu Yi-hsuan and Jonathan Chin) Minister of National Defense Feng Shih-kuan stated yesterday that China poses a much bigger threat to Taiwanese security than North Korea currently does. He reassured the public that the Taiwanese military has the capability to detect and defend against North Korean missiles, should they come anywhere near Taiwan. He maintained that North Korea was not an adversary, although he did mention that Taiwan would offer humanitarian aid to any country affected by hostilities.

Chinese Living on North Korean Border Told to Prepare for Nuclear Disaster by State Newspaper (2017-12-06)
(South China Morning Post, By Kristin Huang) A state-run newspaper in northeast China published a full-page article advising local residents on how to cope with a nuclear attack – a sign of Beijing’s concern about a possible disaster in the Korean peninsula. Wednesday’s article in J ilin Daily, published in a province that borders North Korea, ran under the headline “Knowledge about Nuclear Weapons and Protection”, came as sabre rattling continues to escalate following Pyongyang’s repeated nuclear and missile tests – the latest one last week.

China’s Navy Puts on Show of Strength for North Korea ... and United States’ East Asia Alliance (2017-12-08)
(South China Morning Post, By Minnie Chan) More than 40 warships from China’s navy took part in a major exercise in the East China Sea on Thursday, just days after reports that the country’s air force had carried out similar high-level drills, and as tensions remain high over the North Korean nuclear crisis. The vessels, from the North Sea, East Sea and South Sea fleets, demonstrated the navy’s growing anti-missile and emergency response capabilities in “all-weather conditions”, according to a report published on its website.

Fearing the Worst, China Plans Refugee Camps on North Korean Border (2017-12-11)
(New York Times, By Jane Perlez) A Chinese county has a blueprint in place if a crisis in North Korea results in thousands of refugees crossing the border.

North Korean Submarine Missile Threat Prompts U.S.-Led Military Drills (2017-12-11)
(New York Times, By Gerry Mullany) The joint exercises are in response to growing concerns that North Korea is making progress developing hard-to-detect submarine-launched missiles.

Other Regional Issues

E.U. and Japan Reach Deal to Keep ‘Flag of Free Trade Waving High’
(New York Times, By Prashant S. Rao and Jack Ewing) The agreement would cover more than a quarter of the world’s economy. Leaders on both sides said it carried strategic as well as economic importance.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in Seeks to Reconcile with Beijing after Tensions Flared over THAAD (2017-12-11)
(Agence France-Presse) South Korean President Moon Jae-in hopes to “normalise” ties with giant neighbour China on his first state visit to the country this week, his office said on Monday, after Beijing was infuriated by a US missile system deployment. Seoul and Washington decided to install the powerful US THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defence) system in the South earlier this year to guard against threats from the nuclear-armed North. Beijing saw it as a threat to its own security and reacted furiously, slapping a string of measures against South Korean businesses and banning group tours to the South, in moves seen as economic retaliation.
U.S.-China Relations
China’s Trade Gap with US Nears Record Level Despite Trump’s Call for Action (2017-12-08)
(South China Morning Post, By Frank Tang) China’s trade surplus with the US widened to the second highest total on record, according to Chinese customs data released on Friday. The trade gap between the world’s two largest economies has been a frequent cause of complaint for US President Donald Trump, who visited China last month. The surplus recorded in the first 11 months of this year has already surpassed the total for the whole of 2016, according to the data released from China’s General Administration of Customs.
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Domestic Politics in Mainland China

Inside China’s Big Tech Conference, New Ways to Track Citizens
(New York Times, By Paul Mozur) The technologies for tracking citizens, and their wide acceptance in China, were on display at the World Internet Conference.

Is Wang Huning Trying to Hide His Light? (2017-12-05)
(The Diplomat, By Charlotte Gao) Wang Huning's first few weeks in office as part of the new Standing Committee have shown him struggling to maintain a low profile while overseeing the country's propaganda and media departments. An example shows the foreign media covering Wang's speech in front of the World Internet Conference in much further detail than the Chinese media. Thanks to Chinese media controls, Xi Jinping always takes precedence over Wang.

Beijing Extends Powers of State Security Agents under Counter-Espionage Law (2017-12-06)
(South China Morning Post, By Nectar Gan) China has issued new rules that extend the powers of its state security agents and elaborate on acts punishable under its counter-espionage law. The legislation came into force in November 2014, the first in a series of new laws brought in under President Xi Jinping to guard against perceived threats to national security, covering areas from cyberspace to terrorism.

China's Foreign Relations

Beijing Warned Its Tough Internet Controls May Hurt Foreign Relations
(South China Morning Post, By Wendy Wu and Jun Mai) China has used a high-profile tech conference attended by top executives from the likes of Apple and Facebook to tout its tough model of cyber governance, but foreign delegates at the event warned Beijing’s policies could harm its relations with the rest of the world.

China Scolds Australia Over Its Fears of Foreign Influence (2017-12-06)
(New York Times, By Damien Cave) The Chinese Embassy accused Australian officials of damaging “mutual trust,” a day after laws were proposed to curb interference by other countries in Australian politics.

China Says It’s Open for Business. Foreign Firms Find It’s Not That Simple. (2017-12-06)
(New York Times, By Alexandra Stevenson) Chinese officials reiterated a welcoming message to corporate leaders at a conference on Wednesday, but the reality on the ground is more complex.

Yan Xuetong on How Germany and China Should Rethink the Global Order (2017-12-06)
(The Diplomat, By Körber-Stiftung) Yan Xuetong, the director of the Institute of International Relations at Tsinghua University in Beijing, discusses his views on German-Chinese cooperation in the international arena, especially considering issues such as North Korea.

China and Germany: So Far, Yet So Close (2017-12-06)
(The Diplomat, By Shashi Tharoor) As President Donald Trump has distanced the United States from the global stage, China and Germany are expected to step up and take charge as the leaders of the world. There have been plenty of signs showing Germany and China growing closer, and they are further pushed closer by their rocky relationships with President Trump. However, Germany still has several reasons to keep a distance from Beijing.

China Presents its Take on Human Rights at Global Forum in Beijing (2017-12-07)
(Associated Press) Hundreds of participants attended the opening of a human rights forum in Beijing on Thursday in the latest instalment of China’s energetic drive to showcase what it considers the strengths of its authoritarian political system under President Xi Jinping.

Xi’s One Belt One Road: A Plan Too Big to Fail? (2017-12-08)
(The Diplomat, By Lee YingHui) Many experts argue that the inclusion of Xi Jinping into the CCP Constitution elevates him to the status of his predecessors Deng Xiaoping and Mao Zedong. The Belt and Road Initiative stands as Xi's biggest contribution to furthering Chinese ideals, especially in a global context. Despite some setbacks, the Initiative demonstrates China's capability of carefully calculating its investments without putting too many resources into one objective, considering some have theorized that the plan may eventually grow too big to fail.

Did Canada's Trudeau Really Fail in His Trip to China? (2017-12-08)
(The Diplomat, By Charlotte Gao) While many media outlets viewed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's visit to China as a success for both Canada and China, some media outlets have mocked Trudeau for not opening free trade talks with China. However, the failure to do so shows Canada's commitment to its progressive ideals (including human rights and clean growth among others) at the negotiating table. These stand in stark contrast to the United States's positions under President Donald Trump.

China Protests as Indian Drone Crashes Across the Line of Actual Control (2017-12-08)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) The PLA on Thursday expressed its dissatisfaction and opposition to an Indian unmanned drone entering Chinese airspace on a training mission. India's Ministry of Defense released an official statement clarifying that ground operators had lost control with the drone and that it did crash in disputed territory, but that the Indian Ministry immediately reached out to China to alert them. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs have lodged a diplomatic protest with India regarding the incident.

Yang Jiechi: Xi Jinping’s Top Diplomat Back in His Element (2017-12-08)
(Jamestown Foundation, By Yi Wang) Admittedly, Yang is not nearly as versatile as some of his predecessors, but a unique convergence of circumstances has enabled Yang to turn his weakness to good advantage. With Xi himself bonding well with Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Yang’s Japanese-speaking successor, working on Japan, Yang can afford to focus on his specialty in getting the US relationship right.

The CCP Plants the China Dream Abroad (2017-12-09)
(The Diplomat, By David Gitter) China has been restructuring as much power as it can to better spread the CCP message, both internally and externally. This will come both through the spread of the Belt and Road Initiative throughout Asia as well as the spread of the CCP's "socialist" development model to developing states. The CCP has devoted numerous resources and lots of energy to cementing its new role in the world order.

China Denies Using LinkedIn to Recruit German Informants (2017-12-11)
(New York Times, By Javier C. Hernández and Melissa Eddy) German intelligence services said that more than 10,000 citizens were targeted, adding to anxieties about Beijing’s efforts to infiltrate foreign governments and businesses.

China's Foreign Minister Reflects on 2017 in Chinese Foreign Policy (2017-12-11)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi analyzed Chinese foreign policy initiatives throughout 2017 at a recent speech at the Symposium on International Developments and China’s Diplomacy. He specifically mentioned the initiatives brought about as a result of the 19th Party Congress and further developments regarding the Belt and Road Initiative. He also expressed his views on China's support and promotion of globalization.

China, Russia Kick Off Anti-Ballistic Missile Defense Exercise (2017-12-11)
(The Diplomat, By Franz-Stefan Gady) The Chinese Ministry of Defense issued a statement saying that China and Russia had begun a joint anti-ballistic missile defense computer-simulated exercise that coincides with a two-day joint military exercise being held by the United States, South Korea, and Japan. The Chinese statement says that the exercise is meant to work towards further Russian-Chinese cooperation and understanding regarding air defense. Both countries insist that the exercises will not target any third parties.

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