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Cross-Strait Relations
Exclusive: China Shuns U.S. Request for Talks on Airline Website Dispute over Taiwan (2018-06-27)
(Reuters, By Matthew Miller, Michael Martina, and David Shepardson) China has rejected U.S. requests for talks over how U.S. airlines and their websites refer to Chinese-claimed Taiwan, according to sources, including a U.S. official, adding to tensions in a relationship already frayed by a major trade dispute. <Accessed 2018-07-02>

China Has Not Won Hearts and Minds: Former US Official
 (2018-06-27)
 (Taipei Times/CNA) A former US government official said that despite Beijing's best efforts, China has failed to win the hearts and minds of the Taiwanese people. Beijing has been engaging in military, diplomatic, and economic pressure with Taiwan's allies in an effort to isolate Taiwan from the global stage, and they refuse to deal with the DPP-led government due to President Tsai Ing-wen's refusal to acknowledge the 1992 Consensus. He also said that Taiwan may not be fully prepared to respond to China in the event of a military attack. <Accessed 2018-06-28>

Taiwan Will Not Tolerate Fake News Reporters from China: MAC (2018-06-27)
(CNA, By Scarlett Chai and S.C. Chang) The Mainland Affairs Council has said that they will not allow Chinese journalists who misreport the news and spread misinformation to work in Taiwan. While they fully support free press, they also want objective news reporting. The MAC said that they wish to see balanced news reporting so that readers will be able to better understand Taiwan and relations across the Strait. <Accessed 2018-06-28>

Ball in Taiwan's Court if Ties to Move Forward: China (2018-06-27)
(CNA, By Chou Hui-ying and S.C. Chang) A spokesman from the Taiwan Affairs Office said that Taiwan must respond if relations between the two sides of the Strait are to move forward. He was commenting on President Tsai Ing-wen's offer to meet with President Xi Jinping as long as there are no political preconsiderations. He said that China remains firm on the 1992 Consensus and opposed to Taiwanese independence. <Accessed 2018-06-28>

Taiwanese Take to Street in Brussels to Protest China's "Bullying" (2018-06-27)
(CNA, By Tang Pei-chun and Evelyn Kao) Taiwanese marched in the streets of Brussels to protest increasing Chinese pressure on Taiwan, both directly and via the international arena. About 250 people showed up to express their support. The march was held to ensure to the international community that Taiwan's voice would be heard. <Accessed 2018-06-28>

Chinese Reporter Barred for 'Fake News' (2018-06-29)
(Taipei Times/AFP, Taipei) Ye Qinglin, a Chinese reported from Southeast Television in China's Fujian Province has been recently barred by Taiwan authorities to continue working in Taiwan. According to the Mainland Affairs Council, Ye is being barred from re-entering Taiwan because he has been found to report false information in the past that potentially caused cross-strait disputes. <Accessed 2018-06-30>

Leasing Taiping Island to U.S. 'fake news': think tank (2018-06-29)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Flor Wang) the Institute for National Defense and Security Research (INDSR), a Taipei-based think tank, said that Taiwan did not make any plans to lease Taiping Island to the U.S. as well as other countries. Meanwhile, Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Andrew Lee urged all parties involved to stop spreading this fake information which could potentially cause dispute between Taiwan and China. <Accessed 2018-06-30>

MAC Pushing for Tsai-Xi Meeting (2018-07-02)
(CNA, By Chen Chun-hua and Flor Wang)
Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Chen Ming-tong on Monday expressed both his condemnation of China’s recent coercion and his hope for a meeting between President Tsai Ing-wen and President Xi Jinping. He assured that the MAC will continue to push for that goal with no conditions. Beijing has not yet responded to the MAC’s requests. <Accessed 2018-07-02>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
 Presidential Office Welcomes Incoming AIT Head of Taipei Office (2018-06-27)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan) President Tsai Ing-wen expressed a welcoming message to Brent Christensen, the new director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). The Presidential Office expressed hopes for deepening bilateral cooperation and expressed thanks to departing director Kin Moy. <Accessed 2018-06-28>

AIT Source Mum on Report that US could Send Marine Corps Security Detachment (2018-07-01)
(Taipei Times/CNA) The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) declined to comment on reports regarding US Marines' deployment at AIT's new complex in Taipei. While the posting of US Marines would potentially indicate a positive Taiwan-US relations, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Lu Kang said that the US should adhere to Beijing's "one China" rule and should not establish any official ties with Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-07-02>

Legislators Praise Outgoing AIT Director as Good Friend of Taiwan (2018-07-02)
(CNA, By Justin Su and Ko Lin)
Ahead of outgoing director of the American Institute in Taiwan, Kin Moy's, departure from office in mid-July, he received great praise and appreciation from Taiwanese legislators across party lines. They recalled many of Koy’s accomplishments in furthering U.S.-Taiwan relations, in addition to looking ahead to welcoming incoming AIT director, Brent Christensen. <Accessed 2018-07-02>

Taiwan’s Apache Choppers to be Commissioned July 11: Defense Ministry (2018-07-02)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh)
Almost four years after purchasing thirty Apache attack helicopters from the U.S., Taiwan’s Army has completed the pilot training and combat capability verification necessary to officially commission the fleet, which will occur on July 11. There will be a ceremony on July 11, but it is not yet confirmed whether President Tsai Ing-wen or U.S. representatives will be in attendance. <Accessed 2018-07-02>

Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy Meets the US Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy (2018-06-28)
(The Diplomat, By Chen-Sheng Hong and Logan Pauley) Taiwan's New Southbound Policy could clash with the United States's Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy, but the two could coordinate strategies for the betterment of both partners. Taiwan could form strong relationships with other regional powers, which would benefit Washington by allowing them to have a valuable partner in the region. However, if Taiwan works with Washington, it runs the risk of becoming a bargaining chip in the US-China relationship. <Accessed 2018-07-03>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
 Foreign Minister Calls for Security Dialogue with Japan (2018-06-27)
(CNA, By Yang Ming-chu and Evelyn Kao) Foreign Minister Joseph Wu has suggested a security dialogue with Japan as both Taiwan and Japan have now come under serious military threats from China. A newspaper which interviewed him said that such an exchange would be a rare move, as Taiwan and Japan do not hold diplomatic relations. Wu said that the lack of diplomatic relations should not be a hindrance, pointing to the defensive ties Taiwan has with the United States as an example. <Accessed 2018-06-28>

Taiwan Hopes to Join CPTPP As Soon As Possible: Top Negotiator (2018-06-27)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Frances Huang) John Deng has said that Taiwan hopes to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, where he believes that Taiwan can live up to the standards of the agreement. Taiwan is seeking support from the current members of the agreement before it joins. The deal arose after the United States withdrew from the original Trans-Pacific Partnership. <Accessed 2018-06-28>

President Tsai Expresses Confidence in Taiwan’s Economy (2018-06-28)
(CNA, By Liao Yu-yang and Ko Lin)
President Tsai Ing-wen Thursday named indicators that Taiwan’s economy has been moving in a positive trajectory since the beginning of her presidency. Tsai also addressed the government’s recent controversial pension system, saying that people will look back on the changes as good for Taiwan in the future. <Accessed 2018-06-30>

DPP Issues Warning to Members to Fall in Line for Elections (2018-06-28)
(Taipei Times, By Yang Chun-hui and Jake Chung)
Following Jeff Wu’s announcement last week that he was leaving the DPP to run on his own for country commissioner, the DPP has warned DPP members by reminding them of Article 15 of the party’s disciplinary regulations. The public is also waiting to see if the DPP takes disciplinary actions against Lan Shih-tsung, a DPP member who announced his support for Ko Wen-je, rather than the DPP’s nominee for Taipei mayor. <Accessed 2018-06-30>

Independence Groups Urge Taipei Voters to Shun Ko (2018-06-28)
(Taipei Times, By Jason Pan)
Taiwanese National Party Chairman Tsai Jin-long, Taiwan Government Party Chairman Peter Ku, and other independence supporters, protested Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je, saying that he has collaborated with “black and red forces”. These forces refer to gangs and China-backed organizations. <Accessed 2018-06-30>

Taiwan Extends Visa-Free Program (2018-06-29)
(Taipei Times/CNA) Taiwan's Minister Without Portfolio Chang Ching-sen announced that Taiwan will be extending the trial period for its visa-free program to the Philippines, Thailand, and Brunei by one year until July 31, 2019. However, due to illegal immigration and security concerns, the Taiwanese government has decided not to extend the visa-waiver trial program to other countries. <Accessed 2018-06-30>

Taiwan, S Korea Launch E-Gate Clearance Program (2018-06-29)
(Taipei Times/CNA) In light of the increasing number of tourists traveling between Taiwan and South Korea, both nations have announced to launch an automated immigration clearance program. Taiwanese and South Korean visitors can now register for the automated immigration clearance program, thereby allowing tourists from both nations to enjoy faster immigration clearance. According to Taiwan's Minister of interior Yeh Jiunn-rong, this program demonstrates that Taiwan's border management and e-Gate system are at par with international standards. <Accessed 2018-06-30>

Taiwan Offers Cooperation in Fire Service Training with Philippines (2018-07-01)
(CNA, By Ku Chuan and Evelyn Kao) As part of Taiwan's New Southbound Policy (NSP), the Taiwanese government plans to initiate a fire service training program with the Philippines to train firefighters from Southeast Asia. According to John Deng, Taiwan's top trade negotiator and minister without portfolio, if the program is successful, it could potentially help promote the exports of Taiwanese firefighting equipment. <Accessed 2018-07-02>
U.S.-China Relations
Ambassador Says U.S. Unconvinced China Willing to Make Fast Progress on Trade (2018-06-28)
(Reuters, By Michael Martina) The United States is not convinced China is willing to make sufficient progress on trade, the U.S. ambassador to China said on Friday, as the world’s two biggest economies remain locked in spiraling disputes. <Accessed 2018-07-02>

China's ZTE Shakes Up Board in Bid for U.S. Ban Lift
 (2018-06-28)
(Reuters, By Sue-Lin Wong and Sijia Jiang) Chinese telecoms giant ZTE Corp announced a new board on Friday in a radical management shakeup as part of a $1.4 billion deal with the United States, moving it closer towards getting a devastating American supplier ban lifted. <Accessed 2018-07-02>

The U.S. Can’t Afford to Demonize China
 (2018-06-29)
(Foreign Policy, By Michael D. Swaine) The United States and China’s lengthy track record of constructive engagement is disintegrating at an alarming rate, requiring a major correction by both sides. Despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s occasional talk of his “truly great” connection with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Xi’s constant references to “win-win” outcomes all round, recent policies and actions — especially on the U.S. side — have created an enormously destructive dynamic in the relationship. <Accessed 2018-07-02>

Get Ready for Short-Term Trade Pain, US Tells American Companies in China
 (2018-06-29)
(South China Morning Post, By Wendy Wu and Laura Zhou) US officials have warned American companies operating in China of pain ahead as the first round of tariffs looms in an expected trade war between the two countries, sources said. <Accessed 2018-07-02>

U.S. Commerce Department Says Export Controls to Align with Security Review Legislation (2018-06-29)
(Reuters, By David Lawder) The U.S. Commerce Department said on Friday it has begun a review of export controls that will be aligned with new legislation to strengthen national security reviews of foreign acquisitions of American firms, rather than China-specific curbs. <Accessed 2018-07-02>

More Americans Evacuated From China Over Mysterious Ailments
 (2018-06-30)
(New York Times, By Steven Lee Myers) The State Department has evacuated at least 11 Americans from China after abnormal sounds or sensations were reported by government employees at the United States Consulate in the southern city of Guangzhou, officials said, deepening a mystery that has so far confounded investigators. <Accessed 2018-07-02>

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis’ Visit to Beijing Did Little to Soothe Tensions (2018-06-30)
(South China Morning Post, By Ankit Panda) Mattis’ trip could have gone much worse than it did, but one is left with the sense that the visit did little to divert the United States and China away from a trajectory of increased friction and overt competition. <Accessed 2018-07-02>

Senior U.S. Diplomat for Asia Susan Thornton to Retire in July (2018-06-30)
(Reuters, By Lesley Wroughton) The senior U.S. diplomat for Asia, Susan Thornton, will retire at the end of July, the State Department said on Saturday, in the midst of critical negotiations with North Korea and China. <Accessed 2018-07-02>

A Difficult Trajectory Ahead for US-China Military-to-Military Ties (2018-07-01)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) Jim Mattis, on his first visit to China, came to ensure that the US-China relationship progressed forward. Meeting with the Defense Minister and President of China, he did not shy away from controversial topics, including regional security issues, such as those in the South China Sea. However, the visit did little to change the tensions between the US and China. <Accessed 2018-07-03>

Mattis' Visit to China: Agree to Disagree? (2018-06-29)
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) US Defense Secretary James Mattis's trip to China comes amongst increasing tensions between the US and China. The trip and the meetings throughout were reported to have been positive and constructive, and President Xi Jinping reportedly reaffirmed that the US and China's mutual interests were far greater than their differences. However, Mattis also did not hesitate to confront China on regional security issues and other differences in opinion. <Accessed 2018-07-03>

A Fellow Named Chaos Goes To China (2018-06-26)
(The Diplomat, By Bonnie Girard) US Defense Secretary James Mattis began his first trip to China in Beijing. China's negotiating strategy, one of passive-aggressiveness, differs greatly from that of Mattis, who goes by the callsign "Chaos." How the Chinese will react to Mattis is left for the future. <Accessed 2018-07-03>

Assessing Media Coverage of the US-China Trade War (2018-06-27)
(The Diplomat, By Mercy A. Kuo) Phillip Yin discusses the coverage of the US-China trade disputes in popular media in the United States. <Accessed 2018-07-03>

Trump Moves to Block China Mobile's U.S. Entry on Security Concerns (2018-07-02)
(Reuters, By Brenda Goh and Sijia Jiang) The U.S. government has moved to block China Mobile (0941.HK) from offering services to the country’s telecommunications market, recommending its application be rejected because the firm posed national security risks. <Accessed 2018-07-03>

China Issues U.S. Travel Warning amid Trade Tensions (2018-07-03)
(Reuters) China’s embassy in Washington has issued a security advisory to Chinese nationals traveling to the United States, the latest such warning as trade tensions escalate between the two countries. <Accessed 2018-07-03>

US Temporarily Lifts Ban on ZTE while Lawmakers’ Debate on Its Punishment Continues (2018-07-04)
(South China Morning Post, By Jodi Xu Klein) The Trump administration has temporarily lifted part of a ban it had placed on ZTE Corp, allowing the Chinese telecommunications giant resume some of its business activities while the Congress continues to weigh penalties on the company. <Accessed 2018-07-03>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Domestic Politics in Mainland China

Where is Chinese Governance Headed? (2018-07-01)
(East Asia Forum, By Zha Daojiong) In March 2018, China’s constitutional amendments made headlines around the world. Among other things, the amendments removed the two-term limit on China’s presidency. By and large, the mood outside of China is one of serious questioning. <Accessed 2018-07-02>

The Challenge of China’s Governance
 (2018-07-02)
(East Asia Forum, By the Editorial Board) But above all else, ‘facts, not dreams’ should direct dealings between the United States and China, Paulson concludes. China is very different from the United States, and Americans ‘cannot be guided only by the understandable desire that it become more like us’. The need is to know as much as possible about what is going on inside China and be self-confident and realistic enough to focus on what is doable. <Accessed 2018-07-02>

Beijing and Hong Kong

MAC Urges China to Keep Promise on Hong Kong Democracy
 (2018-07-01)
(CNA, By Chia Sze-chia and Hsu Hsiao-ling) The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) has asked China to abide by its "one country, two systems" policy by allowing Hong Kong to continue maintaining its democratic system, rule of law, and freedom of speech. MAC's concern comes in light of Hong Kong's deteriorating human rights records. <Accessed 2018-07-02>

Thousands Protest in Hong Kong on Anniversary of Handover to China (2018-07-01)
(New York Times, By Angie Chan) Thousands of Hong Kong residents marched on Sunday to observe the 21st anniversary of the territory’s return to China from Britain, a public demonstration of their dissatisfaction with the local government and their fears about the Chinese Communist Party’s growing influence in the territory. <Accessed 2018-07-02>

Taiwanese, Hong Kong Activists Unite in Criticism of China (2018-07-01)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan) During a press conference in Taipei, marking the 21st anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China, Taiwanese and Hong Kong activists expressed their concerns over China's failure to keep its promises in maintaining Hong Kong's autonomy and democracy. International Monitor of Hong Kong Civil and Political Rights' leader Leung Man-to announced the group's plans to publish semiannual reports to monitor Hong Kong's human rights condition in light of Hong Kong's poor human rights records in recent years. <Accessed 2018-07-02>

China's Foreign Relations

No Reason for Air India to Change Name: Expert (2018-06-27)
(CNA, By Charles Kang and William Yen) An Indian university professor has said that there is no reason Air India should change its designation for Taiwan to be a part of China while China does not recognize India's sovereignty claims. India's communiques with China do not recognize the One China policy, and the two countries share territorial disputes over the state of Arunachal Pradesh, which China recognizes as South Tibet. India's Ministry of External Affairs has not yet announced if the airline will change the designation of Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-06-28>

The Belt and Road Bubble Is Starting to Burst (2018-06-27)
(Foreign Policy, By David G. Landry) Regardless of Chinese firms’ motives for undertaking such risky projects abroad, failed investments are now fixtures of China’s foreign investment portfolio. Furthermore, many of these projects are on the books of the Chinese policy banks that finance them. <Accessed 2018-07-02>

China’s Djibouti Military Base the First of Many (2018-06-27)
(East Asia Forum, By Jeffrey Becker and Erica Downs) Not only is China’s base in Djibouti poised to serve as a launch pad for China’s navy to play a larger role in the region, but also perhaps as a ‘laboratory’ where China’s navy can learn from experience about using foreign military facilities to protect overseas Chinese citizens and commercial interests. Such lessons might influence where China builds its next overseas base, in the likely event that it does so. <Accessed 2018-07-02>

China Assures EU of Good Intent at Eastern Europe Summits (2018-06-28)
(Reuters) China recognizes that there are worries about its cooperation with Central and Eastern European countries, but is not seeking to undermine the European Union, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Friday ahead of a leaders’ summit in Bulgaria. <Accessed 2018-07-02>

China Taps the Brakes on Its Global Push for Influence (2018-06-29)
(New York Times, By Keith Bradsher) The value of the deals that Chinese companies are striking under the country’s big global plan — called the Belt and Road Initiative — is smaller than a year ago, according to new data. Chinese officials themselves are sounding a cautious note, voicing worries that Chinese institutions need to be careful how much they lend under the program — and make sure their international borrowers can pay it back. <Accessed 2018-07-02>

How China Wins Friends and Influences People (2018-06-27)
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) A new report from AidData attempts to judge how well China has expanded its influence over East Asia and the Pacific, as well as how it does so. The report reveals that money is not the end-all tool of Chinese diplomacy, and it aims its strongest public diplomacy efforts at developed countries. Growing Chinese influence does not solely represent a greater Chinese effort -- it also means that other governments are stepping down. <Accessed 2018-07-03>

Ukraine’s Path to Nato Complicated by Close Ties to China (2018-07-03)
(South China Morning Post, By Jack Laurenson) But as politicians and the public reaffirm their commitment to membership of the transatlantic alliance, some observers see a challenge on the horizon: Ukraine has also become an important strategic partner for China. <Accessed 2018-07-03>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

Japan Protests over China Drilling Vessel in Disputed Waters (2018-06-28)
(Reuters) Japan has protested to China for allowing a gas drilling vessel to operate in disputed waters in the East China Sea, the government said on Friday. <Accessed 2018-07-02>

The World is Pushing Back in the South China Sea
 (2018-06-29)
(East Asia Forum, By Tuan N Pham) The region and the world have come to the realisation that Beijing’s actions in the SCS are dangerously undermining the extant global order that China itself has benefited from. Other countries must now be more assertive to encourage and challenge China to become a more responsible global stakeholder that contributes positively to the international system. <Accessed 2018-07-02>

Snubbed in World’s Biggest War Game, Will Beijing Make Waves in South China Sea?
 (2018-07-01)
(South China Morning Post, By Bhavan Jaipragas) The resource-rich Spratly and Paracel archipelagos may be the main sticking points in the South China Sea territorial dispute, and this week the world’s two major powers were shadowboxing over the issue thousands of kilometres away in Beijing and the Western Pacific. <Accessed 2018-07-02>

China’s ‘Political Warfare’ Aims at South China Sea (2018-07-03)
(Asia Times, By Kerry K Gershaneck) China’s propaganda organs are doing precisely what propaganda organs are designed to do: implement, including via threats, Beijing’s “political warfare” – a little understood but vital weapon in China’s growing arsenal aimed at achieving regional and global hegemony. <Accessed 2018-07-03>

The Korean Peninsula

North Korea's Kim asked China to Bring Early End to Sanctions: Yomiuri
 (2018-06-30)
(Reuters) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un asked Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting in Beijing in June to work towards bringing an early end to economic sanctions imposed on his country, Japan’s Yomiuri newspaper reported on Sunday. <Accessed 2018-07-02>

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