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Cross-Strait Relations
 China's Move to Lure Taiwan's Allies Unhelpful to Regional Peace: AIT (2018-05-01)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) The American Institute of Taiwan said that China's efforts to get Taiwan's diplomatic allies to switch recognition to Beijing was destructive to regional peace and would not contribute the status quo. A spokesperson said that the US believes that only dialogue across the Taiwan Strait could lead to regional peace and stability. This statement follows the severance of diplomatic relations between the Dominican Republic and Taiwan and the establishment of relations between Santo Domingo and Beijing. <Accessed 2018-05-02>

US Expresses Concerns Over China's Belittling of Taiwan (2018-05-01)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Frances Huang) The US State Department has raised concerns over China's poor treatment of Taiwan after China's Civil Aviation Administration sent notices to both United Airlines and American Airlines over the listing of Taiwan as a country on both their websites. China demanded the removal of anything claiming Taiwan, Hong Kong SAR, or Macau SAR as separate countries from the PRC. Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has asked US airlines to not give in to pressure from anyone. <Accessed 2018-05-02>

Taiwan Urges Beijing to Stop Undermining Cross-Strait Peace (2018-05-01)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan) The Presidential Office has asked Beijing to stop any behavior that may poorly affect the peaceful relationship between China and Taiwan. The Office said that China is flexing its military and manipulating the "one China" policy in order to intimidate Taiwan and threaten relations between the two sides of the Strait. This comes immediately following the severance of diplomatic relations between the Dominican Republic and Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-05-02>

Annexing Taiwan is China's National Strategy: Premier (2018-05-02)
(CNA, By Ku Chuan and Evelyn Kao) Premier William Lai has said that China's national policy and strategy is to continue its efforts to lure away Taiwan's diplomatic allies and block the nation's participation on the international stage. Lai also said he hoped the ruling and opposition parties would work together and the public support the government as it responds to the growing threat posed by China, which seeks to reduce the ranks of the nation's diplomatic allies to the detriment of Taiwan's national interests. <Accessed 2018-05-08>

Taiwan Public Opinion and National Security (2018-05-04)
(China-US Focus, By Dennis V. Hickey) The Taiwan National Security Survey (TNSS), which is conducted by the prestigious Election Study Center of Taiwan’s National Chengchi University, under the auspices of the Program in Asian Security Studies at Duke University, is a scientific poll. Since 2002, this survey has been conducted eleven times, most recently during November-December 2017. The results are illuminating, and they do not always fit the narrative of Taiwan’s politicians and pundits. <Accessed 2018-05-04>

U.S. Urges Cross-Strait Dialogue to Resolve Differences (2018-05-04)
(CNA, By Chang Ke-yi and Y.F. Low) American Institute in Taiwan Chairman James Moriarty said the United States is concerned about increased tensions across the Taiwan Strait over the past year and encourages Beijing and Taipei to demonstrate patience, flexibility, and creativity in resolving their differences. Washington urges China to work to restore productive dialogue and to avoid further escalating or destabilizing moves. <Accessed 2018-05-08>

Could China Flash Invade Taiwan? (2018-05-02)
(The Diplomat, By Ian Easton) The People's Republic of China has secretly made plans for flash invading Taiwan in the past. However, such an attack would only work if the PRC had the full element of surprise and Taiwan was caught completely off-guard. However, although the potential for invasion is low, Taiwan should do its part in preparing for a conflict should such an event happen. <Accessed 2018-05-07>

Majority of Taiwanese Think China is Unfriendly: Poll (2018-05-04)
(CNA, By Chiu Po-sheng and Flor Wang) In a recent poll, nearly 80 percent of Taiwanese people think China is unfriendly toward Taiwan, following a setback for Taiwan in a diplomatic tug-of-war with the mainland. 64.4 percent of the respondents say that China's efforts to squeeze Taiwan in the international community will only push Taiwan further away from it. <Accessed 2018-05-08>

Forget North Korea: The Real War Threat in Asia is Over Taiwan (2018-05-04)
(National Interest, Robert E. McCoy)While the media continue to focus on developments from the recent summit between Pyongyang and Seoul and the upcoming meeting between Pyongyang and Washington, Beijing has taken advantage of the diversion to increase pressure on Taiwan. In a recent speech, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned that Beijing is ready to fight its enemies in a "bloody battle" to regain its past glory. In addition, Taiwan has begun to openly discuss full independence, and Xi noted that a resolution to this problem cannot wait until the future. <Accessed 2018-05-08>

China, Taiwan, and the Art of Stealing Allies (2018-05-04)
(National Interest, J. Michael Cole) The Taiwanese government on the morning of May 1 announced that it was severing official diplomatic ties with the Dominican Republic after it confirmed reports Dominican officials were in Beijing to establish diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The decision by the Dominican Republic comes after seventy-seven years of official diplomatic relations with the Republic of China (ROC) and leaves Taiwan with nineteen official diplomatic allies. <Accessed 2018-05-08>

Taiwan Wants American M1 Abrams Tanks. And the Reason is China. (2018-05-05)
(National Interest, Zachary Keck) Taiwan wants to purchase two battalions of M1A2 Abrams tanks from the United States. These tanks would provide the last line of defense against a Chinese invasion. The M1A2 is the third iration of the M1 Abrams tanks, and has undergone many changes, most notable of which is the Inter-Vehicle Information System (IVIS) which allows for the continuous and automatic exchange of information between vehicles. <Accessed 2018-05-08>

China's Actions Alarming: AIT Head (2018-05-06)
(Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman James Moriarty has said that Beijing’s increased pressure on Taiwan has raised concerns among observers in the US, which could be the reason for the US Congress’ unanimous passage of the Taiwan Travel Act in March. Citing some examples, Moriarty said that Washington is concerned by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s increased activities around Taiwan, its lack of transparency about its growing military capabilities and strategic intentions, and its continuing unwillingness to renounce the use of force against Taiwan. Equally alarming is Beijing’s unilateral launch of northbound flights on the M503 route in January, as well as the Dominican Republic’s sudden switch of diplomatic recognition to China this week. <Accessed 2018-05-08>

Talks Needed to Avoid Cross-Strait Conflicts: President (2018-05-07)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan) President Tsai Ing-wen expressed her desire for cross-strait talks with no preconditions in an effort to prevent conflicts between the two sides. She referred to the way the North and South Korean leaders met to discuss their differences and come to an agreement as a reference for how the leaders of either side of the Taiwan Strait should behave. She said that the two sides must clear misunderstandings in order to lead to peace. <Accessed 2018-05-08>

Chinese-Branded Cell Phones Banned in Taiwan's Military (2018-05-07)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Flor Wang) The Minister of National Defense announced that Chinese-branded cell phones would be completely banned from use in the Taiwanese military due to a potential security flaw. Two Chinese brands, Huawei and ZTE, were accused of having a possible security threat, and the two brands have also been banned from use within the United States military. <Accessed 2018-05-08>

Chip Designer Mediatek Gets Taiwan Nod to Export Goods to ZTE (2018-05-07)
(Reuters, By Jess Macy Yu and Jeanny Kao) Taiwanese chip designer Mediatek Inc has received an export permit from the government to sell components to ZTE Corp, a Chinese telecoms equipment maker subjected to restrictions in the United States. <Accessed 2018-05-08>

Taiwan Blames China for Absence from U.N. Health Meeting (2018-05-08)
(Reuters, By Jess Macy Yu) China is disregarding the health of the people of Taiwan by blocking the island’s participation in an annual U.N. health meeting later this month, the Taiwan government said. Taiwan’s China policy-making body said late on Monday the exclusion of Taiwan from the World Health Assembly (WHA) for a second consecutive year showed Beijing’s lack of will to improve relations. <Accessed 2018-05-08>

US and International Airlines Risk Curbs on Mainland Operations if They Refuse to Obey Beijing’s ‘One-China’ Rules in Taiwan Row (2018-05-08)
(South China Morning Post, By Liu Zhen and Catherine Wong) Foreign airlines risk restrictions on their permission to operate in mainland China if they fail to back the government’s stance on “one-China” as tensions between Beijing and Washington magnify national sentiment. <Accessed 2018-05-08>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
 US Declines to Exempt Taiwan from Steel, Aluminum Tariffs (2018-05-01)
(CNA, By Rita Cheng, Frances Huang, Liao Yu-yang and Kuan-lin Liu) Taiwan will not currently be receiving an exemption from the tariffs levied on steel and aluminum imports by the United States. The top trade negotiator in Taiwan said that the government will work to discover why the US did not issue Taiwan an exemption and will also continue to make an effort to earn such an exemption. Canada, Mexico, and the European Union were all granted exemptions from the tariffs. <Accessed 2018-05-02>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
 India Will Not Bow to China's Pressure Over Ties with Taiwan: Scholar (2018-05-01)
(CNA, By Charles Kang and Ko Lin) A professor at the Centre for East Asian Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi said that India's economic and trade relations with Taiwan will not stop due to increasing pressure from China. He says that India can learn from Taiwan in the fields of economics and technological development. He further discussed the territorial disputes between India and China as other reasons for not leaving the agreement. <Accessed 2018-05-02>

Education Ministry Willing to Assist Dominican Students in Taiwan (2018-05-01)
(CNA, By Chen Chih-chung and Evelyn Kao) The Ministry of Education is willing to assist Dominican students who wish to continue studying in Taiwan despite the severance of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Taiwan's diplomatic allies have a program in place with Taiwan known as the Taiwan Scholarship Program where students from the allies may receive funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to supplement their education in Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-05-02>

Full Text of Statement on Cutting Ties with Dominican Republic (2018-05-01)
(CNA, By Frances Huang) Following the cutting of diplomatic relations between Taiwan and the Dominican Republic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released a full statement addressing the issue. The statement highlights China's lack of reliability in providing the financial incentives promised to the countries that switch diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing. <Accessed 2018-05-02>

Dominican Republic Envoy Apologizes over Diplomatic Break with Taiwan (2018-05-01)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) The Ambassador to Taiwan from the Dominican Republic, Angel Soto Jimenez, offered a personal apology following the announcement that the Dominican Republic would switch its diplomatic recognition of China from Taipei to Beijing. He said he would convey to the Dominican Republic's government Taiwan's strong protest to the issue. Soto was allegedly not previously informed of the government's decision to switch allegiance. <Accessed 2018-05-02>

EU Supports Taiwan's Participation in WHO (2018-05-01)
(CNA, By Tang Pei-chun and Evelyn Kao) The European Union has expressed its encouragement for Taiwan to participate in the World Health Organization and related conferences, including the World Health Assembly. They said that Taiwan's participation would be of interest to both the EU and the entire world. Taiwan still has not received an invitation to the conference due to increasing Chinese pressure. <Accessed 2018-05-02>

Taiwan Cuts Ties With Dominican Republic (2018-05-01)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Taiwan and the Dominican Republic have ended formal diplomatic relations. The Dominican Republic has switched its allegiance from Taiwan to Beijing after mounting Chinese pressure upon Taiwan. Taiwan will also cease all bilateral cooperation with the Dominican Republic. Taiwan is now left with 19 diplomatic allies around the world. <Accessed 2018-05-02>

Tsai Thanks Visiting Dignitaries for Supporting Taiwan (2018-05-01)
(Taipei Times/CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen thanked US Representative Ruben Gallego for the United States's support in Taiwan's bids for participation in international cooperative organizations. She also thanked the US government for the commitment to the Taiwan Relations Act and the passage of the Taiwan Travel Act, describing the US as a strong partner. She also thanked the Haitian Foreign Minister for his country's strong support of Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-05-02>

ROC Flags Removed By Force at Culture Event in Jordan (2018-05-02)
(Taipei Times, By Lu Yi-hsuan and William Hetherington) Republic of China (ROC) flags were forcefully removed at an international culture event in Jordan on Saturday under pressure from China. This event had a total of 25 nations represented, and Taiwan's representative office in Jordan had confirmed beforehand that ROC flags would be allowed to be displayed. The event organizers went to the Taiwanese booth and tore down the nation’s flags, the office said, adding that the flags were thrown to the ground and trampled on in the process. <Accessed 2018-05-08>

Diplomatic Policy Needs Change, Lawmakers Say (2018-05-02)
(Taipei Times, By Sean Lin) Lawmakers across party lines yesterday called for a new diplomatic strategy to curb a “domino effect” after the Dominican Republic shifted diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing. The incident was particularly ironic considering that Taiwan this year gave the Dominican Republic 50 high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles, or Humvees, with a two-year warranty that reportedly cost NT$70 million (US$2.36 million), said Lee Yen-hsiu, the caucus secretary-general of the Chinese Nationalist party (KMT). <Accessed 2018-05-08>

Historic Low Number of Taiwan's Allies Begs New Diplomatic Approach (2018-05-02)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) According to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs source, China has promised the Dominican Republic more than US$3 billion in loans to support its infrastructure projects, leading the Caribbean country to cut its 77-year ties with the Republic of China (Taiwan). The promised money is an astronomical sum for Taiwan, which has only around NT$26 billion (US$89 million) for its diplomatic budget each year. Foreign Minister Joseph Wu formally severed ties Tuesday. <Accessed 2018-05-08>

The Dominican Republic Abandons Taipei for Beijing (2018-05-02)
(The Diplomat, By Charlotte Gao) The Dominican Republic has split diplomatic ties with Taiwan, instead choosing to recognize and establish ties with Beijing. Taiwan condemned the use of dollar diplomacy by China to poach its diplomatic allies over the past few years. Taiwan is now left with only 19 diplomatic allies around the world. <Accessed 2018-05-07>

One More Down, 19 to Go: Beijing's Diplomatic Isolation of Taipei Continues (2018-05-02)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) Taiwan now is left with only 19 diplomatic allies around the world as China continues to poach its allies through dollar diplomacy. Taiwan also refuses to engage in checkbook diplomacy as it knows that it cannot compete with Beijing's massive economic power. Taipei has managed to stand strong and resist Beijing's coercive efforts, however. <Accessed 2018-05-07>

Taiwan’s National Health Insurance: A Model for Universal Health Coverage (2018-05-02)
(The Diplomat, By Chen Shih-Chung) Taiwan has managed to provide universal healthcare for all its citizens since 1995. Its model should be seen as a model for all of the world to turn to when trying to figure out healthcare for each country's citizens. This goes right in line with the World Health Organization's goals. However, political obstruction continues to prevent Taiwan from being invited to this year's World Health Assembly conference despite Taiwan's contributions to world health. <Accessed 2018-05-07>

Taiwan Touts Cooperation Projects with Allies as its Diplomatic Edge (2018-05-03)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Evelyn Kao) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs compared Taiwan and China's different strategies for diplomatic relationships by describing Taiwan's strength as commitments to cooperative projects and bilateral trade ties while China relied on economic power. A spokesperson said that Taiwan was working to consolidate its diplomatic ties with allies following the Dominican Republic's diplomatic switch of recognition from Taipei to Beijing. <Accessed 2018-05-04>

Dominican Students in Taiwan Request Continued Financial Support (2018-05-03)
(CNA, By Flor Wang) Several Dominican students have written to the Dominican government asking for continued financial support for their studies regardless of if they transfer to China or stay in Taiwan. Taiwan currently has a program in place for students from its diplomatic allies to receive funding from the Taiwanese government, but the future effect of this program is under question following the severance of diplomatic ties between the Dominican Republic and Taiwan. The students will continue to receive funding for at least the rest of the semester. <Accessed 2018-05-04>

Taiwan's Diplomatic Setback Can Help Build National Consensus: Scholar (2018-05-03)
(CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Flor Wang) Taiwan Foundation for Democracy Vice President Yan Jiann-fa said that the split between the Dominican Republic and Taiwan could help Taiwanese people better understand cross-strait issues and help form a unified Taiwanese consensus on Taiwanese sovereignty within the population. He said that Taiwan would do well to reach out to more world powers and convince them to walk away from China's framework for diplomacy. According to him, maintaining cross-strait status quo is, for now, the best thing that could be done to maintain peace. <Accessed 2018-05-04>

Taiwanese Rally at Embassy (2018-05-03)
(Taipei Times, By William Hetherington) Several Taiwanese gathered around the Taiwanese embassy in the Dominican Republic to show support for Taiwan in light of the decision for the two countries to break diplomatic ties with one another. The Ambassador to the Dominican Republic also mentioned that Taiwan would continue to protect the interests of Taiwanese expatriates despite the split. However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that they will immediately cease cooperative projects with the Dominican Republic. <Accessed 2018-05-04>

Taiwan Celebrates Weather Alliance (2018-05-03)
(Taipei Times, By Shelley Shan) Taiwan reaffirmed its commitment to cooperation with the Solomon Islands regarding issues of weather forecasting and earthquake detection. Both countries face similar issues from weather and earthquakes, despite their distance. The Solomon Islands is one of Taiwan's diplomatic allies in Oceania. <Accessed 2018-05-04>

Losing Allies May Forge Sovereignty Support: Scholar (2018-05-04)
(CNA) Yan Jiann-fa, the vice president of the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, said the severance of diplomatic ties between Taiwan and the Dominican Republic can help Taiwanese better understand cross-strait relations and might also be conducive for forging a Taiwan-centric consensus on the issue of independent sovereignty. He said Taiwan has chosen to side with the “alliance,” which is led by the US and includes Europe and Japan, at a time when competition has erupted between China and the US. <Accessed 2018-05-08>

Taiwan's Ties With Diplomatic Allies Stable: Foreign Minister (2018-05-04)
(CNA, By Chen Chun-hua and Ko Lin) Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said that ties between Taiwan and its diplomatic allies, including the Holy See, are stable. Regarding the Dominican Republic's severance of diplomatic ties with Taiwan earlier in the week, Wu said the foreign ministry became aware of the rocky situation two years ago and tried everything to maintain healthy relations with the Caribbean country. <Accessed 2018-05-08>

Taiwan Seeks Further Cooperation with Asian Development Bank (2018-05-05)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim and Lee Hsin-Yin) At a meeting of the ADB Board of Governors, the Finance Minister of Taiwan said that he hopes to see greater cooperation between Taiwan and the Asian Development Bank. He wants to see more Taiwanese nationals being employed by the Bank as well as further promotion of the New Southbound Policy. <Accessed 2018-05-07>

Taipei Urges World Community to Defy China Over Taiwan Designation (2018-05-06)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Shih Hsiu-chuan) Following a statement from the United States government criticizing China's request that American airlines not list Taiwan as a country on their websites, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday expressed thanks to Washington and urged the international community to resist such demands made by Beijing. <Accessed 2018-05-08>

Taiwan Won't Try to Form Diplomatic Ties With New Allies: FM (2018-05-08)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said Taiwan won't attempt to establish formal diplomatic relations with any new countries despite just losing a longtime ally in the Caribbean. The ministry will continue to solidify ties with its existing diplomatic allies and let them know that the assistance offered by Taiwan can actually help their people, leaving them more willing to continue to be friends with Taiwan, Wu contended. <Accessed 2018-05-08>

MOFA to Launch New Indo Pacific Section (2018-05-08)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) is preparing to set up a new Indo-Pacific section that will be responsible for Australian, New Zealand and Indian affairs, as part of Taiwan's implementation of its New Southbound Policy, said Foreign Minister Joseph Wu. The new section, which will come under MOFA's Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, is being established in keeping with current geopolitical trends and with the goal of enhancing Taiwan's ties in the region. <Accessed 2018-05-08>

Taiwan Will Not Succumb to Defeatism: President (2018-05-08)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan) In a pre-recorded interview with TTV and Unique Broadcasting, Tsai said Taiwan must do everything in its power to deal with those challenges and that will take the determination of both its leader and people not to give into defeatism. <Accessed 2018-05-08>
U.S.-China Relations
U.S.-China Trade Talks End With Strong Demands, But Few Signs of a Deal (2018-05-04)
(New York Times, By Keith Bradsher) Senior Chinese and American officials concluded two days of negotiations on Friday with no deal and no date set for further talks, as the United States stepped up its demands for Chinese concessions to avert a potential trade war. <Accessed 2018-05-08>

Lasers and Missiles Heighten U.S.-China Military Tensions (2018-05-04)
(New York Times, By Steven Lee Myers) Tensions between the United States and China flared on two military fronts as Washington accused the Chinese of harassing American pilots flying over the African nation of Djibouti and warned of consequences to the deployment of missiles on artificial islands China has built in disputed waters in the South China Sea. <Accessed 2018-05-08>

United States ‘Ups the Trade Ante’ with Attack on China’s ‘Orwellian’ Demands on Airlines, Analysts Say (2018-05-06)
(South China Morning Post, By Sarah Zheng) The White House on Saturday condemned China’s Civil Aviation Administration for ordering 36 foreign carriers, including US airlines, to remove references on their websites or in other material that suggested Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau were part of countries independent from China. The White House said the demands were “Orwellian nonsense” and US President Donald Trump “will stand up for Americans resisting efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to impose Chinese political correctness on American companies and citizens”. <Accessed 2018-05-08>

TSMC Chair Fears US-China Trade Friction Will Hit Apple Supply Chain
 (2018-05-07)
(CNA, By Chang Chien-chung and Frances Huang) The Chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. expressed his concerns that the trade disputes between the United States and China would affect demand for Taiwanese semiconductors, which are used in Apple products. Final products are often assembled in China, so both China and Taiwan could be negatively affected by the trade disputes. <Accessed 2018-05-08>

China Accuses US of Hostage-Taking at the WTO (2018-05-08)
(Reuters) The United States is threatening the World Trade Organization with “three hard blows”, including taking the system of judicial appointments hostage, China’s Ambassador to the WTO, Zhang Xiangchen, told its membership on Tuesday. <Accessed 2018-05-08>

U.S. and China Each Say the Other Is Wrecking the WTO (2018-05-08)
(Reuters, By Tom Miles) China and the United States blamed each other on Tuesday for risking the destruction of the World Trade Organization, with Beijing’s ambassador decrying U.S. hostage-taking and Washington’s envoy calling China’s claims “Alice in Wonderland”. <Accessed 2018-05-08>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
 China Hooks New Ally with US$3 Billion in Loans: Source (2018-05-01)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) A Ministry Foreign Affairs sources said that China has offered the Dominican Republic over US$3 billion in development loans to cut ties with Taiwan and establish them with China. The source said that the Dominican Republic has been building up to severing ties with Taiwan since 2016, when they began meeting with Chinese representatives. Taiwan was informed of the Dominican Republic's decision to switch from Taipei to Beijing this morning at 7:00am. <Accessed 2018-05-02>

Tech Giants Feel the Squeeze as Xi Jinping Tightens His Grip (2018-05-02)
(New York Times, By Raymond Zhong and Paul Mozur) As Mr. Xi starts his second term, the Chinese government, which once viewed the internet primarily as a threat to its stranglehold on information, is harnessing big tech companies’ capital and knowledge to realize its broader goals for the country. At a time when the Trump administration is moving to counter China’s tech prowess, Beijing’s heavier hand could pose its own threat to the country’s competitiveness, and to the innovation that has transformed Chinese firms into global heavyweights. <Accessed 2018-05-08>

Xi Jinping and the Third Chinese Revolution (2018-05-02)
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) Elizabeth Economy of the Council on Foreign Relations discusses Xi Jinping's rhetoric and what he hopes to accomplish for China's place in the world in light of the next five years of his tenure as President of China. <Accessed 2018-05-07>

China Could Get a Lot More Than We Think from a Deal with the Vatican (2018-05-04)
(The Diplomat, By Gabriel Alvarado and Greg Levesque) However, there are more benefits for China beyond religious control. For example, a deal with the Vatican could pressure them to switch diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing. Bilateral and behind-the-scenes negotiations only goes to benefit China, but not necessarily the Vatican. <Accessed 2018-05-07>

Winning Hearts on China’s Belt and Road (2018-05-04)
(The Diplomat, By Gatra Priyandita and Trissia Wijaya) Despite the prospects of economic investment and growth, the Belt and Road Initiative has a bad image issue that many parties are using to criticize governments who turn towards Chinese investment. Chinese firms play a large part in fixing this issue: they must focus on improving their image in Southeast Asia as well as the image of China as a whole. In order to improve their image, Chinese firms must show that they understand the history, culture, and customs of various Southeast Asian countries. <Accessed 2018-05-07>

Former Chinese Rising Star Sun Zhengcai Sentenced to Life in Prison for Graft (2018-05-08)
(South China Morning Post, By Matt Ho) Sun Zhengcai, a former political high-flyer once tipped to be among China’s next generation of leaders, was sentenced to life in prison for bribery in a northern city on Tuesday. <Accessed 2018-05-08>

Is the EU Trying to Derail China’s European Ambitions with Its New Connectivity Plan for Asia? (2018-05-08)
(South China Morning Post, By Keegan Elmer) The European Union is keen to push ahead with plans for greater connectivity between Europe and Asia as a way to counter China’s ambitious trade and infrastructure development programme known as the “Belt and Road Initiative”, according to diplomatic observers. <Accessed 2018-05-08>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

Now is Not the Time to Back Down in the South China Sea
 (2018-05-02)
(The Diplomat, By Tuan N. Pham) China has been building up its military presence in the South China Sea and, at this point, has enough of a presence to easily enforce its claims of sovereignty over the area. This, combined with a relative retreat of the United States from global issues, leads Beijing to believe that the US will soon back down in the SCS and leave room for Beijing to take over, but the US should not back down at this time in the SCS. Backing out now would give Beijing the room to control the South China Sea and embolden its belief that it is a global power that can intimidate others. <Accessed 2018-05-07>

U.S. Says Will Be Consequences for China's South China Sea Militarization (2018-05-03)
(Reuters, By David Brunnstrom and Idrees Ali) The United States has raised concerns with China about its latest militarization of the South China Sea and there will be near-term and long-term consequences, the White House said on Thursday. <Accessed 2018-05-08>

Japan and China ‘Won’t Mention Disputed Islands’ in Sovereignty Hotline Talks, Avoiding Potential Rough Waters (2018-05-07)
(South China Morning Post, By Catherine Wong/Kyodo) Japan and China are unlikely to mention that the waters and airspace around a group of disputed uninhibited islets subject to a bilateral communication mechanism aimed at averting unintended clashes, a Japanese government source said on Monday. <Accessed 2018-05-08>

The Korean Peninsula

Wary of Being Left Out, Japan Will Host Chinese and South Korean Leaders (2018-05-01)
(New York Times, By Motoko Rich) Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on Tuesday during a visit to Amman, Jordan, that he would host President Moon Jae-in of South Korea and Premier Li Keqiang of China in Tokyo on May 9. The meeting would put Japan back into the diplomatic fray after it had looked increasingly isolated, with the primary discussions about North Korea progressing without it. <Accessed 2018-05-08>

Trump’s Talk of U.S. Troop Cuts Unnerves South Korea and Japan
 (2018-05-04)
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun and Motoko Rich) These forces have been the bedrock of the 65-year-old alliance between Seoul and Washington since the 1950-53 Korean War, serving as a bulwark against North Korean aggression and preserving a shaky peace that allowed South Korea to build its economy into a global powerhouse. Now their presence is being questioned by President Trump, who is skeptical of maintaining a costly American military presence overseas, and by North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, who called last week for a peace treaty formally ending the Korean War. <Accessed 2018-05-08>

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un Likely to Meet in Singapore for Historic Talks in June (2018-05-06)
(South China Morning Post, By Sarah Zheng) The US and North Korean leaders are likely to meet in Singapore in mid-June, according to South Korean media reports, as tensions ease on the Korean peninsula following the first inter-Korean summit in over a decade. US President Donald Trump had floated the idea of holding the historic talks in the deeply symbolic setting of the demilitarised zone along the border between North and South Korea, but the two sides have instead chosen city state Singapore as a third-party host, unnamed sources told both the Chosun newspaper and Yonhap news agency. <Accessed 2018-05-08>

Seoul Offers Kim Jong-un Grand Bargain to Link North and South Korean Economies with China (2018-05-07)
(South China Morning Post, By Lee Jeong-ho) President Moon Jae-in gave the North’s leader Kim Jong-un a USB drive containing a “New Economic Map of the Korean Peninsula” at the fortified border village of Panmunjom on April 27. The initiative included three economic belts – one connecting the west coast of the peninsula to China, making the region a centre of logistics; one connecting the east coast to Russia for energy cooperation and one on the current border to promote tourism. <Accessed 2018-05-08>

China Set to Strengthen Economic Ties with Japan, South Korea amid Trade Row with United States (2018-05-08)
(South China Morning Post, By Laura Zhou and Lee Jeong-ho) Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the China-Japan-South Korea trilateral summit in Tokyo on Wednesday to discuss economic cooperation among the three regional powerhouses. The annual summit, which was first held in 2008 but has been repeatedly postponed in recent years due to historical and territorial disputes between the three nations, comes amid an apparent detente on the Korean Peninsula, although North Korea is expected to remain high on the agenda. <Accessed 2018-05-08>

More than Meets the Eye to Japan–China–South Korea Leaders’ Trilateral (2018-05-08)
(East Asia Forum, By David Kim) Long term, Moon and Abe will have to address the potential ramifications of diminished US troop presence on their home turf and the strategic and political implications that will have on the future security and stability of the Asia-Pacific region. Moving forward, Japan and South Korea’s best bet may be to form their own version of a Northeast alliance structure. <Accessed 2018-05-08>

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New Publication A New Era in Democratic Taiwan: Trajectories and Turning Points in Politics and Cross-Strait Relations, Edtied by Jonathan Sullivan and Chun-Yi Lee (Routledge)
New Publication Assessing the Presidency of Ma Ying-jiu in Taiwan: Hopeful Beginning, Hopeless End? Edited by André Beckershoff and Gunter Schubert (Routledge)
New Publication Understanding China’s New Diplomacy: Silk Roads and Bullet Trains by Gerald Chan (Edward Elgar Publishing)
New Publication Connecting Taiwan: Participation – Integration – Impacts, Edited by Carsten Storm (Routledge)
New Publication Government and Politics in Taiwan, 2nd Edition by Dafydd Fell (Routledge)
New Publication China's Asia: Triangular Dynamics since the Cold War by Lowell Dittmer (Rowman and Littlefield)
New Publication "Theoretical Underpinnings of Global Social Contract" by Takashi Inoguchi in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Empirical International Relations Theory by William R. Thompson (ed.)
New Publication Young China: How the Restless Generation Will Change Their Country and the World by Zak Dychtwald (St. Martin's Press)
New Publication Takashi Inoguchi and Ankit Panda (2018) "Japan's Grand Strategy in the South China Sea: Principled Pragmatism," in Anders Corr, ed., Great Powers, Grand Strategies: The New Game in the South China Sea (Naval Institute Press, PP. 199-223)
New Publication "Understanding President Trump's Taiwan Policy" by John F. Copper (American Journal of Chinese Studies)
New Publication "Prospects for Taiwan Maintaining Its Autonomy under Chinese Pressure" by Denny Roy (Asian Survey)
New Publication Takashi Inoguchi and Richard Estes: "The History of Well-Being in East Asia: From Global Conflict to Global Leadership" in The Pursuit of Human Well-Being: The Untold Global History by Estes, Richard J. and Sirgy, Joseph (eds.) (Springer)
New Publication Taiwan at a Tipping Point: The Democratic Progressive Party's Return to Power by John F. Copper (Rowman and Littlefield)
New Publication Taiwan and China: Fitful Embrace by Lowell Dittmer (ed.) (University of California Press) 
New Publication Learning from Fukushima: Nuclear Power in East Asia by Peter Van Ness and Mel Gurtov (eds.) (Australian National University Press)
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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