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Cross-Strait Relations
 MAC Questions Effectiveness of Xiamen Incentives (2018-04-11)
(CNA, By Yang Shen-ju and Kuan-lin Liu) The Mainland Affairs Council said that they do not believe that the initiatives unveiled by Xiamen City are as attractive as they may be at first glance. The incentives unveiled are to attract Taiwanese businesses and citizens to come settle and work in the Mainland. MAC said that it will analyze the offered incentives to see whether they will really work. <Accessed 2018-04-12>

Xiamen Comes Up with More Incentives to Woo Taiwanese People (2018-04-11)
(CNA, By Flor Wang) The city of Xiamen has unveiled several new incentives to attract Taiwanese workers and businesses to come to Mainland China for their business. These include funding for studies and subsidies for businesses. These incentives are in line with similar central Chinese government policies, which include the prior introduction of incentives to attract Taiwanese to the Mainland. <Accessed 2018-04-12>

US License Approval for Taiwan Submarine Plan Draws China's Ire (2018-04-11)
(CNA, By Lawrence Chiu and Evelyn Kao) China has responded unfavorably to the US decision to grant Taiwan a license to technology necessary for Taiwan to begin building its own submarine fleet. China opposes any military-related exchanges between Taiwan and the US, and a spokesman from the Taiwan Affairs Office said that the US should observe the One China policy and stay out of military affairs. The US, however, claims that the technology was granted under the terms of the Taiwan Relations Act. <Accessed 2018-04-12>

Taiwan to Respect Local Businesses' Decisions to Invest in China (2018-04-11)
(CNA, By Liu Kuan-ting and Kuan-lin Liu) Minister of Economic Affairs Shen Jong-chin said that if Taiwanese businesses should choose to invest in China, Taiwan would respect their choice to do so. This comes as a response to China announcing that they would expand their markets and allow easier access. These new policies for a greater open market combined with the 31 incentives previously unveiled to attract Taiwanese to Mainland China have led to some questioning the future of cross-strait business. <Accessed 2018-04-12>

Facing China's Drill, Taiwan Should "Play Cool": Ex-US Defense Chief (2018-04-13)
(CNA, By Christie Chen) The former US Defense Secretary said that Taiwan should not take any rash actions against China as long as China respects Taiwan's sovereignty during their recently announced drills in the Taiwan Strait. He also said that the sale of F-35 fighter jets to Taiwan may not be necessary. <Accessed 2018-04-14>

Military Review Not Attempt to Upstage Xi: President Tsai (2018-04-13)
(CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Flor Wang) President Tsai Ing-wen announced that recent Taiwanese military drills were not attempts at upstaging Chinese President Xi Jinping, who also announced that China would be conducting military drills in the Taiwan Strait. She said that there would be no need for anyone to "overreact" to the drills. Tsai is fully confident in the military's ability to respond should anything happen, <Accessed 2018-04-14>

Taiwan President Joins Naval Drill a Day after Huge China Exercise (2018-04-13)
(Reuters, By Fabian Hamacher) Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen presided over a military drill by the self-ruled island’s navy on Friday for the first time since she took office in 2016, a day after diplomatic rival China held a large-scale naval display. Taiwan’s drill did not involve live fire. Beijing announced plans to hold live-fire military drills in the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday. <Accessed 2018-04-16>

PLA to Conduct Live-Fire Drill in Strait Next Week (2018-04-13)
(Taipei Times, By Aaron Tu and Jonathan Chin) The Chinese People's Liberation Army will be conducting a live-fire military drill in the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday of next week. The news comes on the tails of announced military drills from Taiwan and the United States. The Taiwanese military will be monitoring the area and the situation. <Accessed 2018-04-14>

Countermeasures to PRC Incentives Needed: Survey (2018-04-13)
(Taipei Times, By Ann Maxon) A new survey done by National Chengchi University’s Election Study Center showed that over 70 percent of Taiwanese believe that the government should do more to counter the PRC incentives attracting Taiwanese to the Mainland. The Mainland Affairs Council said that they will work towards preserving cross-strait peace and stability. <Accessed 2018-04-14>

Beijing Ready to Snuff Out Any Separatist Move, and Live-Fire Drill in Taiwan Strait Is Proof, Official Says (2018-04-16)
(South China Morning Post, By Minnie Chan) The live-fire exercise that mainland China’s navy plans to hold in the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday is designed to show that Beijing will not tolerate any moves by separatist forces to divide its territory, a top Taiwan affairs official said on Monday. Speaking on the sidelines of a cross-strait forum in Zhengzhou, capital of Henan province, Liu Jieyi, head of the mainland-based Taiwan Affairs Office, criticised Taiwanese Premier William Lai for advocating independence for the self-ruled island, and warned that any attempts to achieve it would fail. <Accessed 2018-04-17>

Defense Ministry Downplays Chinese Military Exercise (2018-04-16)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Flor Wang) Defense security officials in Taiwan said the Chinese military exercise will have no major impact on Taiwan, and therefore Taiwan has not upgraded its combat readiness. This military exercise is similar to those of China in the past, being confined to only a small area. <Accessed 2018-04-17>

PLA Exercise a Form of Psychological Warfare: Security Expert (2018-04-16)
(CNA, By Flor Wang and Lu Hsin-hui) Chang Jung-feng, a former deputy secretary-general of the National Security Council, said the live-fire military exercises to be held by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) are just a form of psychological warfare employed by China to put pressure on Taiwan. Chang says the 1996 exercises were far more ambitious and simulated missile attacks to destroy Taiwan's airports. <Accessed 2018-04-17>

China's Worst Fear: Can America Turn Taiwan Into a Submarine Power? (2018-04-17)
(National Interest, By Zachary Keck) After the U.S. State Department approved a marketing licenses that allows U.S. defense companies to sell Taiwan the technology it needs to build submarines, China's condemnation was immediate. It called for a halt to all forms of military links between the U.S. and Taiwan, including all weapons sales. Previously, Taiwan had no foreign sellers available and began to develop and indigenous program for submarine designs. The costs, however, are unsustainable, so the more help Taiwan receives from the United States, the better. <Accessed 2018-04-17>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
 President Tsai Urges Close Monitoring of US-China Trade Situation (2018-04-11)
(CNA, By Lu Hsin-hui and Kuan-lin Liu) A spokesman said that President Tsai Ing-wen has instructed several teams to observe the US-China trade dispute so that the Taiwanese government may be able to respond and assist impacted industries should anything impact Taiwan. Taiwan will also be promoting its New Southbound Policy and Five Plus Two policies to minimize the fallout from any potential developments in the dispute. <Accessed 2018-04-12>

US Grants Licenses to Help Taiwan Build Fleet of Attack Subs (2018-04-11)
(The Diplomat, By Franz-Stefan Gady) The US Department of State approved the licensing of specific technologies to Taiwan that would allow Taiwan to build its own fleet of submarines. The Taiwanese Presidential Office applauded the action and thanked the US for its strong friendship and commitment to Taiwan while Beijing publicly condemned the granting of the license, saying the US should stay out of Taiwanese military affairs. <Accessed 2018-04-16>

Pompeo Asserts Importance of US Arms Sales to Taiwan (2018-04-13)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Flor Wang) Mike Pompeo, currently designated to become the next US Secretary of State, said that arms sales to Taiwan are consistent with the One China Policy and are of utmost importance. He also did not give an answer when asked about how high of a level authorization would be allowed to visit Taiwan in accordance with the Taiwan Travel Act. These questions came up during his confirmation hearing within the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. <Accessed 2018-04-14>

MND May Raise Reciprocal Port Calls With U.S. Navy in the Future (2018-04-14)
(CNA, By Liu Lee-jung and Kuan-lin Liu) The Ministry of National Defense has downplayed media reports stating Taiwan is actively seeking exchanges of port calls with the U.S. Navy. These port calls have not taken place since diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Taiwan were severed, but they emerge as a possibility after U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). <Accessed 2018-04-17>

Perry Tells Taiwan to "Play it Cool" (2018-04-14)
(Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) Former US Secretary of Defense William Perry urged the Taiwanese government to “play it cool” ahead of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) planned live-fire drill in the Taiwan Strait next week. He said this exercise is called a drill, and to accept it as a drill and nothing else. <Accessed 2018-04-17>

Taiwan-US Defense Industry Forum to be Held in Kaohsiung in May (2018-04-15)
(CNA, By Yu Kai-hsiung and Elizabeth Hsu) Taiwan and the US will be holding a conference for the defense industry for the first time this year in Kaohsiung, where several issues relating to the industry will be discussed. The two countries have met several times annually in the US, but this will be the first meeting of the newly-proposed twice-annual meetings so that Taiwan may host the US once a year as well. The US will host Taiwan for the second conference of the year later this year. <Accessed 2018-04-16>

Ministry Denies Pushing Port Calls with the US (2018-04-15)
(Taipei Times/CNA) The Ministry of National Defense dismissed rumors that it would meet with the US Navy and establish new ports of call. These have not happened since the US and Taiwan ended diplomatic relations, but the potential has arisen since the passing of the National Defense Authorization Act in the US. The ministry did say it would approach any military discussions with the US at the right time. <Accessed 2018-04-16>

President Lauds U.S. License Approval for Taiwan Submarine Plan (2018-04-16)
(CNA, By Lu Hsin-hui and Evelyn Kao) President Tsai Ing-wen said U.S. government's approval for granting marketing licenses for American firms to sell Taiwan the technology it needs to build its own submarines will help Taiwan defend itself and help maintain peace and prosperity across the Taiwan Strait. <Accessed 2018-04-17>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
 Taiwan to Summon Philippines Envoy to Protest Manila Deportations (2018-04-11)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that they will summon a representative from the Philippines to protest the decision to deport 78 Taiwanese fraud suspects to China. The representative office for the Philippines claims that the decision was made after the suspects were caught with joint cooperation between the Philippines and China. They said that the suspects all reside in China and therefore should face trial there. <Accessed 2018-04-12>

MOFA Denies Donating US$1.7 Million to Swaziland for Celebrations (2018-04-11)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) The foreign minister said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not donate US$1.7 million to the Kingdom of Swaziland to help it prepare for celebrations of its 50th anniversary of independence. Swaziland is a diplomatic ally of Taiwan and President Tsai Ing-wen will visit the country later this month on an official visit. MOFA will pay for parts of the celebration, but the sum paid does not add up to the reported number. <Accessed 2018-04-12>

Trio of Navy Ships Arrive in Nicaragua (2018-04-11)
(Taipei Times/AFP) Three Taiwanese navy ships have arrived in Nicaragua to highlight diplomatic ties between Taiwan and Central American nations. This comes in light of growing Chinese pressure on the international arena to switch diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing. The ships will stay in Nicaragua for three days. <Accessed 2018-04-12>

Vatican Urged Not to Sign 'Devil's Pact' (2018-04-14)
(Taipei Times, By Shih Hsiao-kuang and Sherry Hsiao) Academics in Taiwan urged the Pope not to choose a "devil's pact" with the modern theocratic government" of China. The Department of Public Administration at Chung Hua University said that a modern theocracy has already formed in China, using the so-called "Xi Jinping Thought" to command the psychology of Chinese and anyone who may challenge the party-state's authority. <Accessed 2018-04-17>

President Calls for Careful Monitoring of China, Syria (2018-04-14)
(CNA, Yeh Su-ping and Kuan-lin Liu) President Tsai Ing-wen ordered national security officials to keep a close watch on actions by China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) and the ongoing civil war in Syria to protect Taiwan's political, economic and security interests. Tsai issued four orders: have a comprehensive grasp of the PLA's actions, clear up stories with false information, monitor the situation in Syria, and work with relevant agencies to prepare for possible countermeasures. <Accessed 2018-04-17>

Taiwan Supports Sanctions Against Syria for Chemical Attacks: MOFA (2018-04-14)
(CNA, By Liu Lee-jung and Kuan-lin Liu) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Saturday condemned the Syrian government's chemical attacks on its civilians and voiced its support for global sanctions against such crimes. Andrew Lee, the spokesman for MOFA, said Taiwan strongly opposes and condemns any government that uses chemical weapons and other weapons of mass destruction to hurt innocent people, and supports the international community's adoption of necessary sanctions. <Accessed 2018-04-17>

Taiwan Replaces HK as Asia's Bastion of Free Speech: NY Times (2018-04-15)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) A New York Times article calls Taiwan "Asia's bastion of free speech," reportedly replacing Hong Kong in the role. The article cites the decision for Reporters Without Borders to open their Asian bureau in Taipei after rejecting Hong Kong as the biggest signal of the transition. The article further claims that Beijing's increased control over expression in Hong Kong since the end of British rule has contributed to the decline of free speech in Hong Kong and making Taiwan more attractive for free speech. <Accessed 2018-04-16>

Premier Reiterates Taiwan-Independence Approach as "Pragmatic" (2018-04-15)
(CNA, By Ku Chuan and Evelyn Kao) Premier William Lai defended his beliefs in Taiwanese independence with three characteristics, calling it pragmatic. He emphasizes his belief in Taiwan's already existing sovereignty, the fact that the Taiwanese people have the right to call for independence, and that Taiwan's strength is being built up so that people support the movement. Beijing views Lai as being fully pro-independence, which they do not support. <Accessed 2018-04-16>

Nation to Support Syrian Sanctions (2018-04-15)
(Taipei Times/CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Taiwan would support the institution of sanctions against the Syrian government as a response to their use of chemical attacks on their own population. A spokesperson said Taiwan has always respected human rights and expects others to do the same. Taiwan is also willing to provide further humanitarian assistance to Syrians if necessary. <Accessed 2018-04-16>

The Great East Japan Earthquake and Japan-Taiwan Relations (2018-04-12)
(The Diplomat, By Shin Kawashima) Japan and Taiwan have had a bilateral relationship based on an incredible friendship since the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. Relations have improved, especially on the policy side, ever since, despite the fact that Japan and Taiwan do not have fully bilateral diplomatic relations with one another. However, an import ban on foods from Fukushima soils the otherwise close relationship, <Accessed 2018-04-16>

U.S.-China Relations
Pre-suasion: How the PRC Controls the Message on a Sino-US Trade War (2018-04-09)
(Jamestown Foundation, By Matt Schrader) Pre-suasion as practiced by the CCP is a powerful tool for building consensus, particularly where foreign policy is concerned. It allows the Party to privilege supportive voices, and channel debate away from a direct examination of the wisdom of central government decisions. It is a powerful weapon in any international dispute, and one of the biggest reasons that a genuine trade war with China could develop into a prolonged battle of attrition. <Accessed 2018-04-16>

With Eye toward China, U.S. Congress Eyes Development Finance Overhaul (2018-04-11)
(Reuters, By Patricia Zengerle) The U.S. Congress is developing legislation to overhaul the way the government lends money for foreign development projects, something lawmakers said on Wednesday was necessary to counter China’s growing influence. The House of Representatives is expected in the coming weeks to vote on, and likely pass, the Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development Act and would create a new organization - the U.S. Development Finance Institution (DFI) - consolidating the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and other development finance organizations. <Accessed 2018-04-16>

E.U. Likes Trump’s Stance on China, but Hates His Methods (2018-04-11)
(New York Times, By Steven Erlanger) The European Union is also fed up with China’s closed markets and trade manipulation. But it thinks the answer is negotiation, not a trade war. <RSS, Accessed 2018-04-17>

Zhiwei Zhang on How China Could Respond to US Tariffs (2018-04-11)
(The Diplomat, By Maurits Elen) Zhiwei Zhang, chief China economist at Deutsche Bank, explains how various scenarios within the US-China trade disputes may unfold and discusses how to measure the economic imbalance between the US and China without solely considering trade. <Accessed 2018-04-16>

Ring Of Fire: Tremors and Eruptions in the US-China Trade War
 (2018-04-12)
(The Diplomat, By Roncevert Ganan Almond) The US-China trade disputes reflect the struggle that both countries face in an increasingly technologically developed world and competing strategies in the new global economy. Understanding the history of previous trade issues and their falling apart is crucial to understanding the latest developments. The trade disputes can also be related back to two different ideologies at every level: individual leaders as well as full state ideologies. <Accessed 2018-04-16>

U.S. Inspects Chinese-Funded Vanuatu Wharf Ahead of Military Exercise (2018-04-14)
(Reuters, By Alison Bevege and Tom Westbrook)) The United States has conducted a survey of a Chinese-funded wharf in Vanuatu ahead of a military exercise by U.S. forces planned for the South Pacific later this year, the U.S. Marine Corps said on Saturday. The wharf had been the subject of reports in Australia’s Fairfax Media that China wanted to establish a permanent military base in the Pacific island nation. <Accessed 2018-04-16>

Another Messy Falling Out in China–US Relations (2018-04-15)
(East Asia Forum, By Yao Yang) The right long-term response is to continue China’s reform and opening policy, which has been critical to China’s 40 years of high growth. This was exactly the message sent by President Xi Jinping in his Boao speech on 10 April. Reform and opening will not only defeat Trump’s excuse for the trade war, but also create conditions favourable for China’s technological upgrading. <Accessed 2018-04-17>

U.S. Bans American Companies from Selling to Chinese Phone Maker ZTE (2018-04-16)
(Reuters, By Steve Stecklow and Karen Freifeld) The U.S. Department of Commerce has banned American companies from selling components to leading Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp for seven years for violating the terms of a sanctions violation case, U.S. officials said on Monday. <Accessed 2018-04-16>

Trump Says Russia, China Playing 'Currency Devaluation Game' (2018-04-16)
(Reuters) U.S. President Donald Trump accused Russia and China on Monday of devaluing their currencies while the United States raises interest rates. <Accessed 2018-04-16>

China–US Trade Face-off (2018-04-16)
(East Asia Forum, By the Editorial Board) We need to stand firm now in the face of the threat to the global trade regime. The dynamic of Asian growth depends importantly upon keeping with the reform agenda and encouraging entrenchment and deepening — including by China, the Southeast Asian economies and India — of the open rules-based international trading system. <Accessed 2018-04-17>

China Taking Direct Aim at US with Indo-Pacific Trade Strategy, Expert Says (2018-04-17)
(South China Morning Post, By Frank Tang and Sarah Zheng) Beijing’s plan to open up “China’s Hawaii” as a gateway for Indo-Pacific investment and economic ties is an attempt to counter the United States’ efforts to form alliances against China in the region, analysts say. The Hainan plan, unveiled by President Xi Jinping in Haikou, the provincial capital, on Friday, will have “genuine value” for China’s trade with countries in the Southeast Asian and Pacific regions, according to Iris Pang, chief Greater China economist with banking and financial services provider ING. <Accessed 2018-04-17>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Can China Realize Africa’s Dream of an East-West Transport Link? (2018-04-09)
(Jamestown Foundation, By Cobus van Staden) Any East-West connection across the width of Africa would function as a de facto extension of the Belt and Road Initiative to the Atlantic Ocean. Such a connection would significantly increase Chinese presence on the continent, especially if Djibouti is its eastern anchor, because also houses China’s first overseas military base. While this might worry Western powers, Africa would arguably see it as a small price for a long-cherished dream. <Accessed 2018-04-16>

China’s Top News Apps Fall Victim to Government Ban — Again
 (2018-04-11)
(The Diplomat, By Charlotte Gao) Four of China's most popular news apps were unable to be downloaded from Chinese app stores on April 9, and Chinese media revealed that they would not be available for download for a temporary period of time. One of the companies was hit particularly hard, and other policy changes caused the company to shut down in the following days. These are far from the first news apps to feel the effects of Chinese censorship. <Accessed 2018-04-16>

IMF Lagarde Says Belt and Road Progressing but Warns of Debt Risks (2018-04-11)
(Reuters) International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said on Thursday China’s Belt and Road initiative is showing signs of progress but warned of potential debt risks for partner countries involved in joint projects. One challenge is to ensure that Belt and Road only travels where it is needed, and the second is to focus on sound fiscal policies, Lagarde said in prepared comments in a speech at a Belt and Road conference in Beijing on Thursday. <Accessed 2018-04-16>

Australian PM Says Foreign Interference Bill Has Soured Ties with China (2018-04-11)
(Reuters, By Colin Packham) Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull acknowledged on Thursday that legislation aimed at preventing foreign interference in politics had soured ties with China, putting a biennial Australia-China trade fair in jeopardy. Relations between Australia and its largest trading partner have been strained over the past year, partly over Australian concern about rising Chinese influence, which led to the introduction of legislation banning foreign political donations. <Accessed 2018-04-16>

Germany Risks Losing Key Technology in Chinese Takeovers: Spy Chief (2018-04-11)
(Reuters, By Andrea Shalal) Germany’s head of domestic intelligency agency on Wednesday urged vigilance about increased moves by Chinese companies to invest in and acquire high-technology German companies, warning the loss of key technologies could harm the German economy. Hans-Georg Maassen said intelligence officials had been initially puzzled by a sharp drop in Chinese cyber espionage activities about two years ago, but then realized Beijing was simply using other, legal tools such as direct takeovers, to gain access to German know-how. <Accessed 2018-04-16>

Duterte's China Convergence Continues (2018-04-13)
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte visited China last week to discuss several issues. It is clear that he is willing to compromise in the South China Sea with China in exchange for economic support from China. Most of the issues discussed with China were regarding economic and business deals, and the two countries seem to have opened a new chapter in their relationship since President Duterte took office. <Accessed 2018-04-16>

What Might a Chinese World Order Look Like? (2018-04-13)
(The Diplomat, By Xue Li and Cheng Zhangxi) A China-led world order would be radically different from the current US-led one, based on the principle of "li." The system would not be based on power, but rather on bilateral relationships based in Chinese history and tradition. It would still be fully compatible with the structure of the world today. <Accessed 2018-04-16>

China Says Syrian Strikes Violate International Law, Urges Dialogue (2018-04-14)
(Reuters) China’s foreign ministry said on Saturday that it believes a political settlement is the only way to resolve the Syrian issue and called for a full, fair and objective investigation into suspected chemical weapon attacks in Syria. <Accessed 2018-04-16>

Japan, China Agree Trade War Will Harm Global Economy (2018-04-15)
(Reuters) Japan and China agree that a trade war will have serious consequences for the world economy, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said on Monday after a high-level economic dialogue between the world’s third- and second-largest economies. <Accessed 2018-04-16>

Xi Jinping and the Removal of Presidential Term Limits in China (2018-04-17)
(IPP Review, By Dennis V. Hickey) In short, the harsh indictment of the decision to end presidential term limits in China reflects a degree of hypocrisy on the part of many who criticize the measure. But there is more going on here. Namely, it is clear that some critics have little knowledge of China or its political system. <Accessed 2018-04-17>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

After China's Massive Drill, U.S. Patrols Disputed South China Sea (2018-04-10)
(Reuters, By Karen Lema) The USS Theodore Roosevelt’s presence in the South China Sea comes days after China’s massive air and naval drills in the area, in what some analysts described as an unusually large display of Beijing’s growing naval might. <Accesse 2018-04-16>

Vietnam Weighs Law for Coast Guard to Open Fire to Protect Sovereignty
 (2018-04-11)
(Reuters) Vietnam wants to give its coast guard more flexibility to open fire at sea, amid tension in the busy South China Sea waterway, a draft law released on Wednesday showed. The law, expected to be voted by lawmakers at the end of this year, would allow greater assertiveness in disputed waters by the coast guard, now armed with modern U.S. and Japanese patrol boats, in a policy likely to alarm neighboring China. <Accessed 2018-04-16>

China's Xi Presides over Large-Scale Naval Display in South China Sea
 (2018-04-12)
(Reuters) President Xi Jinping presided over the Chinese navy’s largest-ever military display on Thursday, state media reported, the country’s latest show of force in the disputed South China Sea. State broadcaster China Central Television showed footage of Xi boarding the destroyer Changsha before sailing to an unspecified location in the South China Sea and watching the procession, which involved more than 10,000 naval officers, 76 fighter jets, and a flotilla of 48 warships and submarines. <Accessed 2018-04-16>

The Korean Peninsula

U.S. and North Korea in ‘Detailed’ Talks on Trump-Kim Meeting, South Says (2018-04-11)
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-hun) Officials have been discussing the date, venue and agenda for discussions between President Trump and Kim Jong-un, said President Moon Jae-in of South Korea. <RSS, Accessed 2018-04-17>

North Korean Leader Meets Chinese Senior Official, Fetes Chinese Art Troupe
 (2018-04-14)
(Reuters) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met Chinese senior diplomat Song Tao and feted a Chinese art troupe led by Song, North Korean state media said on Sunday, indicating closer ties with China after Kim’s surprise visit to Beijing last month. <Accessed 2018-04-16>

Kim Jong-un Plans Formal Nod to Denuclearization, South Korea Says (2018-04-17)
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-hun) The statement of willingness is expected to be part of a joint declaration by the North Korean leader and President Moon Jae-in of South Korea. <Accessed 2018-04-17>

Other Regional Issues

Trump Proposes Rejoining Trans-Pacific Partnership (2018-04-12)
(New York Times, By Ana Swanson) The president said his advisers would look into rejoining a trade deal he withdrew from last year, as the White House tries to help farmers who will be hurt by its trade measures. <RSS, Accessed 2018-04-17>

Trump Weighs Return to Trans-Pacific Partnership. Not So Fast, Say Members. (2018-04-13)
(New York Times, By Keith Bradsher) Even longtime allies expressed skepticism after the American president’s comments, saying compromise would have to come from the United States. <Accessed 2018-04-17>

EU Fighting a Lone Battle for Human Rights in Asia (2018-04-14)
(East Asia Forum, By Fraser Cameron) Despite these difficulties, the European Union cannot give up on its treaty-based normative agenda and should continue to link trade deals to human rights and speak out on abuses. It has already issued three critical statements on China in 2018. But its human rights advocacy may have to arrive in a different form: there is likely to be less lecturing and more focus on practical issues such as training judges and journalists, supporting law schools and exchanging information on good governance. <Accessed 2018-04-17>

Trump Says U.S. Could Rejoin TPP If Deal Improved. How Hard Would It Be?
 (2018-04-16)
(Reuters, By Fathin Ungku and Charlotte Greenfield) U.S. President Donald Trump said last week he would reconsider joining the landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, if it were a “substantially better” deal than the one offered to President Barack Obama. Here is a look at the state of play in the negotiations and the conditions needed to be in place for the United States to join an agreement Trump scrapped as soon as he took office. <Accessed 2018-04-16>

Asia Pacific Pivots Beyond a Trump-led America (2018-04-17)
(East Asia Forum, By Pradumna B Rana and Xianbai Ji) The advantages of dual membership are access to Chinese and Indian markets through RCEP and valuable exposure to high-quality trade rules through the CPTPP. Countries would not have to choose sides between the Japan- and Australia-led CPTPP and the ASEAN-led RCEP. Ironically, President Trump may have done more to promote regional and interregional cooperation in the Asia Pacific than the region would have achieved independently. <Accessed 2018-04-17>

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New Publication Playing with Fire: The Looming War with China Over Taiwan by John Copper (Praeger Security International Series)
Upcoming Conference China Defense & Security Conference 2017 (Jamestown Foundation)
New Publication Imagining Taiwan: The Nixon Administration, the Developmental States, and South Vietnam’s Search for Economic Viability, 1969–1975 by Simon Toner (Diplomatic History)
New Publication Religion and the Regime: Cooperation and Conflict in Contemporary Russia and China by Karrie J. Koesel (World Politics)
New Publication Primordialism, Instrumentalism, Constructivism: Factors Influencing Taiwanese People’s Regime Acceptance of Mainland China’s Government by Chia-Chou Wang (Journal of Contemporary China)
TSR received a favorable review by the Foreign Affairs (July/Aug 2000)
The Best of Asia-Pacific Web Award
TSR was honored with a Four-Star rating by the Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library. 
 

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