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New Publication Understanding China’s New Diplomacy: Silk Roads and Bullet Trains by Gerald Chan (Edward Elgar Publishing)
Cross-Strait Relations
 IATA Asks for Political Disputes to Spare Airlines (2018-05-30)
(CNA, By Lee Hsin-Yin)
Following Beijing’s recent pressure on the International Air Transport Association (IATA) regarding the online designations of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau as countries, and Taiwan’s consequent response both denouncing China’s actions and appealing to IATA, IATA has made a statement of its own. IATA asserted its compliance with global standards and wish to be left out of international political debates, urging countries to resolve the disputes on their own. IATA also requested a timeframe extension from China and recommended that the issue of names and designations of states should create an international standard to span all markets. <Accessed 2018-05-30>

MAC Pans BBC's Reference to "Taiwan Defectors" (2018-05-31)
(CNA, By Miao Zong-han and Kuan-lin Liu) Following a BBC Chinese article describing people who leave Taiwan to find jobs in China and renounce their Taiwanese citizenship in order to obtain PRC citizenship as "Taiwan defectors," the Mainland Affairs Council has criticized the BBC's judgment and word choice. They claim that the Taiwanese government believes in the right to emigration and human rights as Taiwan is a free democracy. <Accessed 2018-06-02>

Asia-Pacific Countries Concerned Over Beijing's Actions: President (2018-05-31)
(CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Kuan-lin Liu) President Tsai Ing-wen said in a Presidential Office statement that neighboring countries are growing worried over Beijing's continuous suppression of Taiwan. This would be because the regional balance of power could be altered if China attempts to unilaterally change the current cross-strait status quo. The President said that while she has done her best to maintain the status quo and keep peace, China has not done the same. <Accessed 2018-06-02>

Amid Taiwan Tensions, Airline Spat Shows Sino-US Failure to Communicate (2018-05-31)
(Jamestown Foundation, By Matt Schrader) For many years the deliberate ambiguity, even vagueness, of the US’s position has been useful. It has allowed both sides to sidestep the thorny question of Taiwan’s status as economic ties have flourished. But as the PRC’s relationships with both Taiwan and the US grow more tense, and the US moves towards a firmer stance, such a large degree of ambiguity may no longer be beneficial. <Accessed 2018-06-04>

Taiwan Suffers Further Diplomatic Isolation (2018-06-01)
(IPP Review, By John F. Copper) Given that Taiwan’s and China’s stances on the matter of Taiwan’s diplomatic relations and its status in the international community are far apart, it appears the feud over Taiwan’s ambassadorial ties will go on even though Taiwan’s cause is based on its progressive ideology — not on a realistic view of international relations — and has little hope of succeeding. <Accessed 2018-06-01>

Taiwan Plans Sculpture Honoring Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel-Winning Activist
 (2018-06-01)
(New York Times, By Chris Horton) In a move likely to anger Beijing, a sculpture commemorating Liu Xiaobo, the Chinese Nobel Peace Prize winner, will be unveiled in Taiwan’s capital in July to honor the democracy activist, who died last year in a Chinese prison. The sculpture, to be unveiled on July 13, the anniversary of Mr. Liu’s death, will be placed near the Taipei 101 skyscraper, one of the most popular areas in the city for Chinese tourists to visit and take photographs. <Accessed 2018-06-05>

President Delivers June 4 Message to Chinese People  (2018-06-04)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan)
President Tsai Ing-wen today addressed the 29th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Incident with a Facebook post for Chinese citizens, highlighting Taiwanese democracy, lack of censorship, human rights initiatives, and her hope for China to embrace similar democratized practices. This post came at the same time as the DPP statement asserting that Taiwan would not stop sharing its democratic values with Chinese citizens. <Accessed 2018-06-04>

China Rebukes Taiwan President for Tiananmen Comments (2018-06-05)
(Reuters) China rebuked Taiwan’s president on Tuesday for “irresponsible remarks” about the 1989 Tiananmen protests, saying Taiwan should stop harping on about the same old thing, after she called on the island’s giant neighbor to embrace democracy. <Accessed 2018-06-05>

Taiwan Urges Beijing to Respect Human Rights (2018-06-03)
(CNA, By Chai Sze-chia and Evelyn Kao) The Mainland Affairs Council called on Beijing to respect human rights along with asking Beijing to release Taiwanese human rights activist Lee Ming-che, who has been detained in Mainland China since early 2017. MAC had made a statement prior to the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square incident and said that the Chinese government still has not revealed the truth about what happened. They said that while China's power has grown, it has not improved its human rights record or made progress towards democracy. <Accessed 2018-06-03>

KMT Lawmakers Meet With TAO Head (2018-06-03)
(Taipei Times, By Cheng Hung-ta and Tseng Wei-chen) 10 Chinese Nationalist Party members met with the Minister of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, Liu Jieyi. The Minister said that the 31 Incentives offered to Taiwanese citizens were meant to help reunite Taiwan with the Mainland. The KMT lawmakers also asked that China maintain the rights of Taiwanese businesspeople and students in an effort to further cross-strait relations. <Accessed 2018-06-05>

Australia’s Qantas Will ‘Meet Requirements’ of Beijing’s Request about Taiwan References (2018-06-04)
(South China Morning Post, By Danny Lee) Australia’s Qantas is the latest airline to bow to demands from Beijing to refer to Taiwan as being part of China. Foreign airlines in recent months have been ordered to respect China’s territorial claims and not give the impression that Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau are independent territories in a letter sent to 36 foreign carriers by the Civil Aviation Administration of China in April. <Accessed 2018-06-05>

Australia Criticizes China Pressure for Qantas to Change Website on Taiwan (2018-06-04)
(Reuters, By Colin Packham) Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Tuesday criticized China for pressuring Qantas Airways Ltd to change its website to refer to Taiwan as a Chinese territory, in comments likely to ramp up tensions between the two countries. <Accessed 2018-06-05>

Tsai Urges China to Heal Tiananmen Injustices (2018-06-05)
(Taipei Times/CNA, By William Hetherington) President Tsai Ing-wen asked China over Facebook to right the wrongs committed during the Tiananmen incident. She said that China has the unique ability to address the issues and use it as a stepping stone towards democracy. She compared it to Taiwan's 228 Incident and the Kaohsiung Incident as issues that Taiwan has faced, but Taiwan introduced reforms to better cement democracy as an institution. <Accessed 2018-06-05>

KMT Delegates Arrive in Xiamen (2018-06-05)
(Taipei Times/CNA) A delegation of Chinese Nationalist Party members have arrived in Xiamen for the 10th Straits Forum this week. Vice Chairman Hau Lung-bin will be meeting with Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference National Committee Chairman Wang Yang as well as the director of the Taiwan Affairs Office. The entire delegation will also meet with various Taiwanese business owners in Xiamen. <Accessed 2018-06-05>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
 Taiwan Eyes Golden Opportunity to Take Part in RIMPAC Exercise: MND (2018-05-30)
(CNA, By Liu Lee-jung and Joseph Yeh)
The U.S. recently disinvited China from participating in its biannual Rim of the Pacific naval exercise, which China has previously participated in twice, due to the South China Sea dispute. Defense Minister Yen De-fa said today he is hopeful that this year Taiwan will finally be able to participate in the large scale exercise, which it has strived to do for many years and has already sent its formal request asking to participate. DPP lawmaker Tsai Shih-ying attributes Taiwan’s previous absences to Chinese objections and threats. <Accessed 2018-05-30>

Taiwan Denies Report of U.S. Help to Build Submarines (2018-05-30)
(CNA, By Claudia Liu and Flor Wang)
Yen De-fa, Taiwanese Defense Minister, disputed a claim made by news organization Up Media that Taiwan would be getting help from U.S. specialists on submarine construction. Despite the submarine story being false, Yen did express Taiwan’s gratitude for the U.S.’s recent increase in Taiwan-friendly defense related bills and its intent to further U.S.-Taiwan defense talks. <Accessed 2018-05-30>

VP Thanks AIT For Contributions to Bilateral Ties (2018-05-31)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Vice President Chen Chien-jen thanked the American Institute in Taiwan for its commitment to diplomacy and bilateral ties between Taiwan and the United States over the last several decades. The opening of the new AIT Building will represent a new chapter in Taiwan-US relations. <Accessed 2018-06-02>

President Meets US Senator (2018-06-01)
(CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Flor Wang) President Tsai Ing-wen met with US Senator David Perdue, who stopped in Taiwan as part of his Asia tour in order to show support for Taiwan in light of growing pressure from China. The two thanked each other for their respective governments' commitments to the other, and Tsai told Perdue that she looks forward to future cooperative efforts between the two. <Accessed 2018-06-02>

Taiwan Remains Off US Metal Tariff Exemption List (2018-06-01)
(CNA, By Rita Cheng, Wei Shu and Frances Huang) The US Department of Commerce said that Taiwan would still be excluded from the exemption list for US metal tariffs. Many Taiwanese businesses are now looking to diversify their customer base so that the impact of US tariffs will not hit as hard. President Tsai Ing-wen had asked the US to exempt Taiwan as she received a delegation of representatives from the US last week. <Accessed 2018-06-02>

Academics Urge US Support for Taiwan (2018-06-01)
(Taipei Times, By Nadia Tsao and Jonathan Chin) A senior fellow from the Brookings Institution said that Beijing's attempts to suppress Taiwan and change the status quo should be protested by the US government. He said that protesting this and preventing Beijing from changing the status quo is in the United States's best interests as well. <Accessed 2018-06-02>

New AIT Office Shows US-Taiwan "Enduring Friendship": Washington (2018-06-05)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Frances Huang) The US Department of State said that the new compound for the American Institute in Taiwan was a testament to the strong friendship between the United States and Taiwan. The new compound is set to open in early September. A spokesperson fro the State Department said that the two partners enjoy close cooperation on a wide range of global issues. <Accessed 2018-06-05>

New AIT Compound Expected to Open in September: Moy (2018-06-05)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) American Institute in Taiwan Head Kin Moy said that the new compound for the US representative office would be open sometime early September. There will be a dedication ceremony next week, although the office will not open for another few months. The new office is targeted to meet growing demand and will help both Taiwanese and Americans in Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-06-05>

Taiwan Welcomes Reported Shift in US Arms Sales Policy (2018-06-05)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Evelyn Kao) The Ministry of National Defense praised an apparent change in US policy towards arms sales for Taiwan, which would allow the US to approve arms sales on a case-by-case basis. The Ministry said that the change would allow it to better predict the timing of arms sales and better track military spending. <Accessed 2018-06-05>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
 Taipei Mayoral Election Becomes 3-way Race as DPP Names Nominee (2018-05-30)
(CNA, By Yeh Su-ping, Liu Chien-pang, and Shih Hsiu-chuan)
The Democratic Progressive Party recently announced it would no longer be supporting current Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je, who won the 2014 mayoral election as an independent with the DPP’s support, and would instead nominate its own nominee this year. Today that nominee was named as Pasuya Yao, who will be facing both Ko Wen-je and KMT opponent Ting Shuo-chung. Different polls show Yao currently trailing the competitors, but he, Tsai Ing-wen, and the rest of the DPP remain confident in his ability to win the election. <Accessed 2018-05-30>

No Offices to be Opened in Ex-Allied Nations: Ministry  (2018-05-30)
(Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced yesterday that it will not be opening commercial representative offices in the Dominican Republic or Burkina Faso, the latest nations to sever ties with Taiwan in favor of Beijing. Once the embassies in each nation are dissolved, the personnel located at the embassies will be either return to Taiwan or be relocated to surrounding nations to further Taiwan’s international aid work. <Accessed 2018-05-30>

Taiwan Provides Tailor-Made Development Aid: President  (2018-05-30)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan)
President Tsai Ing-wen received Marco Vinicio Cerezo Arevalo, secretary-general of the Central American Integration System (SICA), today to discuss Taiwan and SICA’s longstanding relationship, past achievements, and Taiwan’s aid potential. Tsai compared Taiwan’s ability to provide situationally specific aid to different countries to a garment maker who can tailor work to each friend’s needs. <Accessed 2018-05-30>

Taiwan to Loan NT$4.5 Billion to Haiti For Infrastructure: MOFA (2018-05-31)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Kuan-lin Liu) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Taiwan would be providing Haiti with a large loan from Taiwanese banks to develop its infrastructure in an attempt to refute any claims that the country would be returning to checkbook diplomacy. This would give jobs for Taiwanese businesses overseas while also allowing Taiwan to help a diplomatic ally. A ministry spokesperson denied that this was a move towards checkbook diplomacy. <Accessed 2018-06-02>

International Support at WHA a New High: Minister (2018-05-31)
(Taipei Times, By Lee I-chia and Stacy Hsu) The Minister of Health and Welfare said that this year's World Health Assembly brought the strongest show of support for Taiwan's participation in international organizations from foreign nations. A Taiwanese delegation was sent to Geneva to participate in bilateral negotiations and advocate for Taiwan's right to participate, despite Taiwan not receiving an invitation to participate for the second year in a row. While the WHO has not yet said whether or not they will accept Taiwan's offer of a $1 million donation to fight the Ebola virus, Taiwan says that it has at least extended its goodwill. <Accessed 2018-06-02>

PNG Demands New Name for Taiwan Office (2018-06-02)
(Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu)
Following pressure from China, Papau New Guinea has insisted that Taiwan change the name of its representative office there. This makes PNG the sixth country that has been pressured into demanding a name change. <Accessed 2018-06-02>

Foundation Launched to Deepen Taiwan's Engagement in Asia (2018-06-01)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Flor Wang) The government has launched the Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation (TAEF), a new organization designed to boost Taiwan's engagement with other Asian countries in conjunction with the New Southbound Policy. It will first focus on ties with Southeast Asia, South Asia, Australia and New Zealand. <Accessed 2018-06-02>

Foreign Ministry Appoints New Deputy Foreign Minister, France Rep (2018-06-01)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and William Yen) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is appointing a new deputy foreign minister, Hsu Szu-chien, according to an anonymous source. The current deputy foreign minister, François Chih-chung Wu, will be sent to France as Taiwan's representative, while the current representative to France will be brought back home to Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-06-02>

Taiwan to Kick Off Biggest Military Exercise with Live-Fire Drills (2018-06-03)
(CNA, By Yu Kai-hsiang and Elizabeth Hsu) The annual Han Kuang military exercises are set to launch on Monday. Live-fire exercises will be taking place until Friday as the Taiwanese military simulates battle scenarios. This year also includes scenarios involving civilian-made drones, the first time civilians are included in any form as part of the drills. <Accessed 2018-06-05>

King's Visit Means Stronger Ties: Eswatini Ambassador (2018-06-03)
(Taipei Times/CNA) The Eswatini Ambassador to Taiwan said that the King of Eswatini's planned visit to Taiwan showcases the country's commitment to its relationship with Taiwan, despite Beijing's advances. The remarks were made to dismiss rumors that the Kingdom of Eswatini, who has enjoyed diplomatic relations with Taiwan for over 50 years, would soon cut ties and switch recognition to China. <Accessed 2018-06-05>

Vice Premier Pushes for Start to Talks on Investment Agreement with EU (2018-06-04)
(CNA, By Liao Yu-yang and Frances Huang)
On Monday at the kickoff of Taipei’s European Innovation Week, Vice Premier Shih Jun-ji outlined the mutual benefits and opportunities for a bilateral investment agreement between the European Union and Taiwan, strongly encouraging the beginning of negotiations. The event includes seminars on various topics, while also promoting an increase of European business opportunities in Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-06-04>

Annual Han Kuang Live-Fire Military Drills Kick Off (2018-06-04)
(CNA, By You Kai-hsiang and Flor Wang)
Today marked the beginning of Taiwan’s annual Han Kuang live-fire military drills. In addition to the regular goals of testing and improving defense capabilities, the drill has a specific goal this year of preparing for the possibility of a Chinese attack, while also amping up the role of civilian and reserve personnel. <Accessed 2018-06-04>

Taiwan Hosts Exchange Workshop on Air Quality Management  (2018-06-04)
(CNA, By Wu Hsin-yun and Ko Lin)
Today marked the beginning of the three-day Air Quality Management Policy Exchange Workshop, which includes representatives from ten Asian nations, aims to use shared knowledge to combat air pollution. The event is jointly hosted by Taiwan and United States’ respective Environmental Protective Agencies, as part of their International Environmental Partnership. <Accessed 2018-06-04>

Taiwan's New Envoy to France Hoping for Closer Economic Exchanges (2018-06-05)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Deputy Foreign Minister Francois Chih-chung Wu, who was just appointed as Taiwan's new representative to France, said that his primary concern as representative would be to strengthen economic and trade ties with France. He will assume the post in mid-July. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has not yet announced why the switch in representation is taking place. <Accessed 2018-06-05>
U.S.-China Relations
 US Should Do More to Push Back Against China: Former AIT Head (2018-05-31)
(CNA, By Rita Cheng and Kuan-lin Liu) The Former Chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan said that the US should push back against China's recent attempts to suppress Taiwan on the international stage. He suggested the US sending a Cabinet official to Taiwan to negotiate a new bilateral trade deal. <Accessed 2018-06-02>

U.S.-China Trade Talks End in an Impasse (2018-06-03)
(New York Times, By Keith Bradsher) The United States and China ended trade talks in Beijing on Sunday without any announced deals and with Chinese officials refusing to commit to buying more American goods without a Trump administration agreement not to impose further tariffs on Chinese exports. <Accessed 2018-06-05>

ZTE Drops Communist Party Chief to Reverse US Import Ban (2018-06-04)
(South China Morning Post, By Li Tao) A demoted executive at ZTE has been replaced as Communist Party secretary at the firm, according to people familiar with the matter, the latest in a series of personnel changes as the Chinese telecommunications company seeks to persuade the US to lift an export ban that has forced it to shut down major operations. <Accessed 2018-06-05>

U.S. Army Veteran Tried to Spy for China, Officials Say (2018-06-05)
(New York Times, By Mike Ives) Mr. Hansen, 58, a fluent Mandarin speaker who first visited China in 1981, has allegedly received at least $800,000 in “funds originating from China” since May 2013. On Saturday, Mr. Hansen was arrested in Seattle and charged with attempted espionage, in what appears to be another high-profile mole hunt by F.B.I. investigators intent on uncovering Chinese spying against the United States. <Accessed 2018-06-05>

Ahead of Trade Talks, Trump Slaps More Tariffs on China (2018-05-31)
(The Diplomat, By Charlotte Gao) Although the United States initially announced that the trade disputes with China would be going "on hold," President Donald Trump decided to announce a new set of tariffs that would be instituted upon Chinese goods. This follows Trump's pattern of raising the stakes of negotiation prior to an actual negotiation. <Accessed 2018-06-05>

The US Needs a Reality Check on China's Belt and Road (2018-05-31)
(The Diplomat, By Hunter Marston) Many US-based analysts have not been taking the spread of China's Belt and Road Initiative seriously. However, policy leaders would be wise not to brush off the challenges to US power abroad that the Initiative poses. It also must reaffirm US economic power and confidence in investments. <Accessed 2018-06-05>

Brace Yourselves: The US-China Trade War Is About to Begin (2018-06-05)
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) Despite attempts at negotiation, no lasting settlement was reached in the earlier trade disputes between the United States and China, as the US announced new tariffs quickly after a tentative agreement had been announced. China has threatened to pull out of existing negotiated agreements if the Trump administration carries through with these announcements. However, the Trump administration says that the cost of not responding to trade imbalances with China outweighs the economic impact of these trade barriers. <Accessed 2018-06-05>

What Does China’s Belt and Road Initiative Mean for US Grand Strategy? (2018-06-05)
(The Diplomat, By Thomas P. Cavanna) The US response to an increasingly powerful China has been overwhelmingly based on military and not enough on economics, which is how China has been rising. As a result, the Belt and Road Initiative threatens the US-led hegemonic order that has existed since World War II. The US should focus less on the military balance of the Asia-Pacific region and reexamine the geopolitics of Eurasia and how the US plays into the region. <Accessed 2018-06-05>

The South China Sea Conundrum for the United States (2018-06-05)
(The Diplomat, By Robert Farley) The United States does not have any significant resource industry in the South China Sea, and it does not face any massive threat from China's increasing encroachment in the area that it did not already face before. It can claim that China is expanding illegally by building military installations, but this will not stop China from building said installations. The United States needs to take a new perspective and decide what matters in their relationship with China. <Accessed 2018-06-05>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Beijing and Hong Kong

Hong Kong Marks Tiananmen Crackdown, as China Ignores Event (2018-06-04)
(New York Times, By Angie Chan) Tens of thousands of pro-democracy activists turned out in Hong Kong Monday to commemorate the 29th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing, observing an event that goes largely unmentioned in mainland China. This year’s vigil focused on freeing “dissidents imprisoned or under home arrest” in addition to pushing for greater democracy in mainland China. <Accessed 2018-06-05>

China's Foreign Relations

The Many Sides of Tentative Sino-Japanese Rapprochement
 (2018-05-31)
(Jamestown Foundation, By Willy Wo-Lap Lam) It must be noted, however, that links between Asia’s two richest countries are still far from the previous high point in relations reached during former president Hu Jintao’s landmark visit to Japan in 2008. Moreover, the major reasons behind the warming up of ties have to do with the deteriorating relationship between China and the US as well as dramatic developments in the Korean Peninsula. <Accessed 2018-06-04>

What China’s Upcoming Space Station Means for the World (2018-06-02)
(The Diplomat, By Namrata Goswami) The invitation from China for any country in the world to cooperate on its upcoming space station is a jab at the United States, who passed a law saying that NASA and other government-owned space agencies are not allowed to cooperate with Chinese companies in any way. However, the Chinese have claimed that the ban has forced them to improve their own technology, which they have done so over the last few years. China is using its space station along with the Belt and Road Initiative to showcase itself as a possible mediator and leader of a new world order. <Accessed 2018-06-05>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

Mattis Accuses Beijing of ‘Intimidation and Coercion’ in South China Sea (2018-06-01)
(New York Times, By Thomas Gibbons-Neff) Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis harshly criticized the Chinese government on Saturday for its continuing militarization of a string of islands in the South China Sea, calling the new presence of advanced military equipment and missiles there a flagrant show of military power. <Accessed 2018-06-05>

France, Britain to Sail Warships in Contested South China Sea to Challenge Beijing
 (2018-06-04)
(South China Morning Post, By Liu Zhen) France and Britain will sail warships through the South China Sea to challenge Beijing’s expanding military presence in the disputed waters, their defence ministers said on Sunday. <Accessed 2018-06-05>

China’s Latest Moves to Control the South China Sea (2018-06-05)
(East Asia Forum, By Sam Bateman) China now has the potential capability to oppose all air and sea movement within or through the Spratlys, though this capability would be undermined in practice by the fact that these reefs are highly vulnerable and could readily be neutralised in any ‘hot war’ stituation. <Accessed 2018-06-05>

The Korean Peninsula

Trump Announces Summit Meeting With Kim Jong-un Is Back On (2018-06-01)
(New York Times, By Peter Baker) President Trump will fly to Singapore this month after all for a landmark summit meeting with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, but he now anticipates a more drawn-out negotiation than once envisioned and indicated that he will stop increasing pressure on the regime while talks proceed. <Accessed 2018-06-05>

China’s Trade With North Korea Is Set to Soar With a Trump-Kim Deal
 (2018-06-05)
(New York Times, By Jane Perlez) Should a deal emerge from the Trump-Kim meeting on June 12 in Singapore, China is ready to extend its dominance over the North’s small and decrepit economy, where signs of an emerging market economy are also strengthening China’s hand. <Accessed 2018-06-05>

Don’t Forget: North Korea Is a Country, Too (2018-06-02)
(The Diplomat, By Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein) The last few months have shown unbelievably massive changes in North Korean foreign relations, especially regarding those with the United States. However, there are large expectations placed on North Korea, and analysts seem to forget that North Korea is also a country with its own strategic interests. Denuclearization, while encouraged, would take away a key tool from North Korea that they may plan to use to demand legitimacy. <Accessed 2018-06-05>

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