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Cross-Strait Relations
Taipei Elementary Schools Attend Exchange in China (2018-07-03)
(CNA, By Kuo An-chia and Johnathan Chin) Despite increasing concerns and reports of controversy surrounding the Cross-Strait Angels of Peace Exchange Program, three Taipei public elementary schools have decided to participate in the program in Shanghai this year. Both Taiwanese and Chinese organizers for the program promise not to include controversial slogans and phrases that would appear politically motivated. <Accessed 2018-07-04>

China's IC Development Threatens Taiwan's Trade Secrets: Report (2018-07-03)
(CNA, By Ozzy Yin and Frances Huang) According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, China's action of stealing semiconductor trade secrets and talents poses serious threats to Taiwanese companies. The report further added that despite Taiwanese official records showing that technology theft cases have been increasing in recent years, Taiwanese authorities have not filed charges against the perpetrators. <Accessed 2018-07-04>

US-China Trade War Threats Prompt Taiwan Firms to Consider Moving Away from Mainland (2018-07-04)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwanese businesses are weighing up whether to move manufacturing operations from the Chinese mainland if the US trade dispute worsens. Such a move would be hugely expensive, but the island’s companies are likely to be one of the main losers in the event of a full-blown trade war between the world’s two largest economies. <Accessed 2018-07-07>

Taiwan's DPP Website Hacked By Chinese Hackers (2018-07-04)
(Taiwan News, By Sophia Yang) DDP's official website was attacked by Chinese hackers early Tuesday morning, and the website was replaced with pictures and words reading "Go Go Tsai Ing-wen, we Chinese netizens love you. You have to run for re-election and then invite U.S. troops to post on the island." in simplified Chinese characters. The hackers also left a message threatening to attack the KMT's website and mocked how bad the DPP website's cyber security work is. <Accessed 2018-07-04>

Phrases from Ko's Shanghai Speech not in NSC Draft (2018-07-05)
(CNA, By Lee I-chia) Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je admitted that the two phrases "the two sides of the [Taiwan] Strait are one family" and "a community with a shared destiny" that was added to his speech at the twin-city forum Shanghai in July 2017 were not included in the draft submitted to the National Security Council (NSC). Ko explained that his intention to add the controversial phrases was to ease the mounting cross-strait tensions. <Accessed 2018-07-06>

Taiwan Protests Name Change on Air India's Website (2018-07-05)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Flor Wang) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has filed a protest with Air India due to the name change from Taiwan to Chinese Taipei. China has threatened to take "further measures" in the event these international carriers do not make the change. MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee said that MOFA will pay close attention to this issue to protect Taiwan's dignity and sovereignty. <Accessed 2018-07-06>

Former KMT Chief Lien Chan to Meet with Xi in Beijing  (2018-07-06)
(CNA, By Yu Kai-hsiang and Flor Wang)
Former KMT Chairman Lien Chan and President Xi Jinping will meet when Lien, along with a fifty member delegation, visits Beijing next week. The details of what Taiwan’s former vice president and China’s current president will discuss are unknown, but Lien’s spokesperson stated that Lien’s goal is to promote cross-Strait peace and the livelihood of Taiwanese people. <Accessed 2018-07-06>

Former KMT Chair Leads Youth Delegation to Cross-Strait Forum in China (2018-07-06)
(CNA, By Wu Jui-chi and William Yen)
Former KMT chairperson Hung Hsiu-chu and 200 Taiwanese youths left for China today to participate in the first cross-strait youth development forum, which aims to facilitate conversation and understanding between Taiwanese and Chinese youth. Hung also commented on the KMT’s recent attempts to improve cross-Strait ties among recent growing tensions. <Accessed 2018-07-06>

Eswatini to Skip Chinese Africa Summit  (2018-07-06)
(Taipei Times, By Liu Yi-hsuan and Sherry Hsiao)
King Mswati III of Eswatini has informed Taiwan although it has not yet received an invitation to the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, held in Beijing every three years, that if it were to be invited it would not attend. Eswatini is Taiwan’s only remaining ally in Africa, following Beijing’s pressure on Taiwan’s diplomatic allies to cut ties with Taipei. <Accessed 2018-07-06>

Taiwan Name-Change by Air India Unrelated to One China Policy: Report (2018-07-07)
(CNA, By Charles Kang and Ko Lin) According to a major Indian news outlet, Air India did not change Taiwan's name to Chinese-Taipei because of the one China policy. The Indian foreign ministry explained that the reason behind the name-change was to advice Air India to abide by the "international nomenclature". <Accessed 2018-07-08>

China Overreacts to U.S. Navy Transit through Taiwan Strait: MAC (2018-07-08)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan and Shine Chen)
Following comments made by China’s Taiwan Affairs Office Director regarding the U.S.’s recent involvements with Taiwan, Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council responded by pointing to China’s recent actions as the cause for any disruptions in cross-Strait status quo. The MAC said that these actions are China’s attempts to coerce Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-07-09>

MAC Urges Beijing to Release Taiwanese Activist, Chinese Dissidents (2018-07-09)
(CNA, By Chai Sze-chia and Ko Lin) The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) has asked the Chinese government to release detained Taiwanese and Chinese human rights activists. The MAC further urged the Chinese government to respect people's freedom of speech and freedom of thought, as well as embracing the people's demand for political reform and democracy. <Accessed 2018-07-10>

MAC Minister to Speak at Cross-Strait Relations Symposium in U.S. (2018-07-10)
(CNA, By Chai Sze-chia and William Yen)
The Heritage Foundation and the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy will jointly host a symposium, the Opportunities and Challenges of Cross-Strait Relations symposium, next week in Washington, D.C. Mainland Affairs Council Minister Chen Ming-tong will attend and speak at this symposium, which is focused on the discussion of cross-Strait relations, U.S.-Taiwan-China relations, and China’s domestic situation. <Accessed 2018-07-11>

Former Vice President Lien to Embark on Visit to Beijing (2018-07-11)
(CNA, By Li Shu-hua and Hsu Hsiao-ling) Former Vice President and Kuomintang (KMT) Chairperson Lien Chan is scheduled for a nine-day visit to Beijing. The former Vice President's office stated that Lien has expressed hope that his upcoming Beijing trip will foster greater cross-strait relations. <Accessed 2018-07-12>

U.S.-Taiwan Relations
Departing AIT Head Honored by Taiwan (2018-07-03)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan) The director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Kin Moy was honored for his achievements in fostering and promoting positive US-Taiwan relations. Moy remarked that the U.S. will continue to support Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-07-04>

MAC Minister to Discuss Cross-Strait Policy in U.S: MAC (2018-07-05)
(CNA, By Chai Sze-chia and William Yen) Minister Chen Ming-tong will be visiting the United States later this month according to the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC). While the MAC did not disclose further details of Chen's trip, MAC spokesman Chiu Chui-cheng said that Chen's US trip would include talks on cross-strait policies and relations. <Accessed 2018-07-06>

‘I Will Always be the Biggest Fan of U.S.-Taiwan Relations’: Moy (2018-07-06)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh)
Ahead of his official departure from his post, the U.S.’ American Institute in Taiwan’s outgoing ambassador, Kin Moy, said Friday that no matter his future position, he will always support and promote U.S.-Taiwan relations. He also praised the incoming director who will fill his position, Brent Christensen, as a great fit for the job. <Accessed 2018-07-06>

Two U.S. Navy Vessels Sail through Taiwan Strait: MND (2018-07-08)
(CNA, By Matt Yu, Yeh Su-ping and Ko Lin) According to Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND), two U.S. Navy vessels crossed into the Taiwan Strait. The Presidential Office further stated that Taiwan is committed to safeguard the peace in the Asia-Pacific region. <Accessed 2018-07-08>

Beijing Hits Out at Washington for ‘Playing Taiwan Card’ after US Warships Sail through Strait (2018-07-08)
(South China Morning Post, By Laura Zhou and Kinling Lo) Beijing’s top Taiwan affairs official hit out at the United States on Sunday for playing the “Taiwan card” amid heightened tensions over trade, a day after two US warships passed through the Taiwan Strait. <Accessed 2018-07-11>

Pentagon Defends US Warships in the Taiwan Strait, Shrugs at China’s Outcry (2018-07-10)
(South China Morning Post, By Zhenhua Lu) The US Defence Department said on Monday that sending two US warships through the Taiwan Strait this weekend was “legally permissible” after China accused the US of playing the “Taiwan card” as the two countries’ trade dispute heated up. Colonel Robert Manning, director of the Pentagon’s press operations, said at a briefing that the warships’ passage through the strait was in international waters so that “the United States Navy has got the right to transit”. <Accessed 2018-07-11>

AIT, MOFA Mourn Death of Former AIT Director Johnson (2018-07-11)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Former American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director Darryl N. Johnson has passed away on June 24. AIT and Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) mourn Johnson's passing. During Johnson's term as AIT Director from 1996 to 1999, he has helped build positive U.S.-Taiwan relations, including witnessing Taiwan's first direct presidential election of President Lee Teng-hui. <Accessed 2018-07-12>

Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Military Equipment on Its Way Back to Taiwan After Break with Burkina Faso (2018-07-04)
(Taiwan News, By Matthew Strong) The MND said on Tuesday that a cargo of military hardware on its way to Burkina Faso, including three helicopters and 50 Humvees, will return to Taiwan in late August following the break in relations between the two countries. Military officials were unwilling to tell lawmakers whether the hardware would be sent to another destination or handled domestically. <Accessed 2018-07-04>

Travelers, Cargo from Southbound Nations Increasing (2018-07-06)
 (Taipei Times, With CNA)
According to data from Taoyuan International Airport Corp, Taiwan’s travel and trade air traffic between it and nations involved in Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy has been steadily increasing since 2016. This report reflects positively on the success of the policy, which aims to improve Taiwan’s relations with sixteen key nations in the region. <Accessed 2018-07-06>

Premier Urges Japan to Support Taiwan's CPTPP Bid (2018-07-07)
(CNA, By Chen Chi-fon and Lee Hsin-Yin) As part of Taiwan and Japan's increasing focus on Southeast Asia's development, Premier Lai Ching-te said that he hopes there will be more industrial and economic exchanges between Taiwan and Japan. Lai further expressed Taiwan's hope that Japan will support Taiwan's membership for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). <Accessed 2018-07-08>

KMT Plans to Send Standing Committee on Road Show, Hopes to Flip Five Localities (2018-07-08)
(Taipei Times, By Shih Hsiao-Kuang)
Ahead of Taiwan’s November local elections, the KMT is planning to send the Standing Committee on a trip to different regions where the DPP is seeking reelection in an effort to flip these counties and cities. The KMT aims to flip at least five of the regions, all of which it has assessed to determine the likelihood of DPP reelection. <Accessed 2018-07-09>

Army Mulls Spending US$900 Million on M1A2 Tanks (2018-07-09)
(CNA, By Lu Hsin-hui and Joseph Yeh) According to a military source, Taiwan's military has allocated a budget of NT$30 million to purchase M1A2 battle tanks from the US. Apart from the M1A2 tanks, the Army has also proposed to purchase other military equipment to replace or upgrade existing armaments. <Accessed 2018-07-10>

Region Eyes Taiwan's Military Medicine (2018-07-09)
(Taipei Times, By Lo Tien-pin and Sherry Hsiao) Taiwan's achievements in military medicine has attracted positive responses and interests among states in the Asia-Pacific region. Although Taiwan would not be able to participate in this year's Asia-Pacific Military Health Exchange in Xian, China, several countries which have participated in these military medical exchanges previously have assured Taiwan that they will continue to engage Taiwan in discussions. <Accessed 2018-07-10>

Taiwan Donates US$1 Million to Help Demining Work in Iraq, Syria  (2018-07-10)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Ko Lin)
As part of its commitment to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, a coalition of 68 member countries led by the U.S., Taiwan has donated US$1 million, which will go to private contractors’ demining work. Taiwan’s representative to the U.S., Stanley Kao, said that Taiwan, remains committed to international humanitarian work as a member of the international community. <Accessed 2018-07-11>

Japanese Prime Minister Expresses Gratitude to Taiwan for Flood Aid (2018-07-10)
(CNA, By Yang Ming-chu and William Yen)
Following Japan’s deadly heavy rains and flooding, President Tsai Ing-wen promptly extended her condolences and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs pledged 20 million Japanese Yen for flood relief. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Tuesday tweeted, in Chinese and Japanese, his gratitude for Taiwan’s actions and donations. <Accessed 2018-07-11>

Foreign Minister to Visit El Salvador, Belize (2018-07-11)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Ministry of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu has been invited by El Salvador Acting Foreign Minister Carlos Castaneda and Belize Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington to visit El Salvador and Belize. According to the statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Wu will meet with several top and senior government officials during his trip. <Accessed 2018-07-12>

Envoy to Eswatini Recovering: Ministry (2018-07-11)
(Taipei Times, By Julianna Lai) Ambassador to Eswatini Thomas Chen, the only Taiwanese ambassador in Africa, is recovering well from a stroke last month. In light of Beijing using investments and loans to attract African countries, Chen is under intense pressure to strengthen Taiwan's foreign relations. Eswatini's King Mswati III has assured Taiwan that he will continue to maintain a good Taiwan-Eswatini relationship. <Accessed 2018-07-12>
U.S.-China Relations
 China Issues Travel Warning Against US, Citing ‘Frequent’ Shootings, Robberies, and Thefts (2018-07-05)
(The Diplomat, By Charlotte Gao) China has issued a travel warning for Chinese citizens traveling to the United States, warning them that public security in the U.S. is not at a good level. The move follows the United States issuing a similar warning for U.S. citizens traveling to China. Several news outlets have reported that the decision was politically motivated. <Accessed 2018-07-05>

US, China Deliver on Threats as ‘Biggest Trade War in Economic History’ Starts at High Noon (2018-07-06)
(South China Morning Post, By Orange Wang and Amanda Lee) The “biggest trade war in economic history” began on Friday, China said after Washington and Beijing traded 25 per cent tariffs on US$34 billion worth of each other’s goods, while analysts warned the dispute was set to run and run. Wei Jianguo, a former deputy Chinese commerce minister, said the conflict would affect the global value chain and people should not expect a swift resolution. <Accessed 2018-07-07>

How the ‘Biggest Trade War in Economic History’ Is Playing Out (2018-07-06)
(New York Times) It’s official: The United States and China are in a trade war after the Trump administration imposed tariffs at 12:01 a.m. Friday on $34 billion worth of Chinese products. Beijing immediately retaliated with its own penalties. The Chinese government is targeting a range of American products with tariffs, including pork, soybeans and automobiles. <Accessed 2018-07-07>

China's Possible Next Steps in the Trade War (2018-07-07)
(The Diplomat, By Victor Ferguson) As the US-China trade war grows in intensity, China has several instruments of coercion it can use. These include customs delays, discriminatory application of regulatory rules, licensing requirements, controls on outbound tourism, and unofficial boycotts. These qualitative measures will not be painless for China, but Beijing tends to choose goods that can be easily substituted with Chinese alternatives. <Accessed 2018-07-10>

Nixon's China Sell-Out (2018-07-10)
(The Diplomat, By Bonnie Girard) Nixon's goals in changing the U.S. policy towards the PRC included increasing U.S. flexibility in the international arena, catching Russia's attention, and getting help in ending the Vietnam War. However, Vietnam was less on Nixon's mind compared to the overall global balance of power. While many people understand the cost that was Taiwan's place in the world, the price in the form of dead soldiers and civilians in Vietnam is not considered. <Accessed 2018-07-10>

Understanding Donald Trump May Help to Avoid US-China Trade War (2018-07-10)
(IPP Review, By John F. Copper) To understand the predicted crisis that did not happen and what might come, one should try to grasp President Trump’s thinking on the matter and China’s response and then decide whether or not the bad things wrongly forecasted have been delayed and are yet to occur and Armageddon is just over the horizon. <Accessed 2018-07-10>

ZTE Executives Meet with US Commerce Department Officials to Work Out Final Details of Compliance Deal (2018-07-11)
(South China Morning Post, By Jodi Xu Klein and Robert Delaney) ZTE Corp, the Chinese telecommunications giant accused of violating US sanctions against North Korea and Iran, met with US Commerce Department officials to work out details of a final compliance deal that will help restart its business, according to five people with knowledge of the matter. <Accessed 2018-07-11>

New Round of U.S.-China Trade War Rattles Global Markets (2018-07-11)
(New York Times, By Alexandra Stevenson) President Trump’s escalating trade war with China weighed on global markets on Wednesday. The selling extended to early trading on Wall Street, though declines in the United States weren’t as steep as those in Europe and Asia. <Accessed 2018-07-11>

China and the United States Must Avoid a New Cold War (2018-07-11)
(East Asia Forum, By Wang Yong) In economic and trade negotiations, China should adhere to its principles and respond to unreasonable US demands with strength. At the same time, China must deepen reforms and expand its opening up to consolidate the common interests that are the foundation of China–US relations. <Accessed 2018-07-11>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
China's Domestic Politics

Liu Xia, Detained Widow of Nobel Peace Laureate, Leaves China (2018-07-10)
(New York Times, By Jane Perlez) The ailing widow of Liu Xiaobo, the Chinese democracy advocate and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who died of cancer last year under police guard, left China for Europe on Tuesday after a high-level diplomatic campaign by the German government. <Accessed 2018-07-11>

China's Foreign Relations

China Launches 2 Type 055 Destroyers Simultaneously
 (2018-07-04)
(The Diplomat, By Franz-Stefan Gady) The People's Liberation Army Navy has two Type 055 guided-missile destroyers on order, both of which were launched in Dalian on July 3. It is a larger version of the Type 052D Luyang III-class guided-missile destroyer, but the US Department of Defense classifies it as a cruiser, not a destroyer. <Accessed 2018-07-04>

China Is Working on a New Fighter Jet for Aircraft Carriers to Replace Its J-15s (2018-07-04)
(South China Morning Post, By Minnie Chan) China is developing a new fighter jet for aircraft carriers to replace its J-15s after a series of mechanical failures and crashes, as it tries to build up a blue-water navy that can operate globally, military experts and sources said. <Accessed 2018-07-07>

Why the Civil Nuclear Trap Is Part and Parcel of the Belt and Road Strategy (2018-07-05)
(The Diplomat, By Sam Reynolds) Civil nuclear energy requires public costs and infrastructure investments that many developing countries cannot afford, so they should avoid them when China claims that they're for public benefit instead of simply for Chinese strategic goals. China will happily promote the benefits of nuclear power plants, but they will neglect to mention the true costs of their implementation and maintenance. China and BRI-related countries should focus on increasing the potential for other renewable energy sources. <Accessed 2018-07-05>

China Proposes Stronger Ties with EU to Counter US Trade Threats (2018-07-05)
(South China Morning Post, By Keegan Elmer) Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has called on the European Union to expand its cooperation with China to counter the United States in the escalating trade war as the start date for American tariffs approaches. <Accessed 2018-07-07>

Japan and China's 'Tactical Detente' (2018-07-06)
(The Diplomat, By Daniel Hurst) The recent warming of Japan-China ties should not be seen as a full improvement, but as a less-than-durable detente. China is attempting to engage with Japan as its relationship with the United States falters; China knows time is on its side. How long the detente lasts depends on how long the US-China relationship stays in its current state. <Accessed 2018-07-06>

China’s Polar Strategy: An Emerging Gray Zone? (2018-07-06)
(The Diplomat, By Rebecca Pincus) China seeks to use the pathways along the Earth's poles to increase its global power while the rest of the world pays attention to its actions in the South China Sea and Indian Ocean. In January 2018, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) was expanded to include a polar component, officially known as the Polar Silk Road. As China increases its presence in the polar regions, the US seems to be pulling back -- or, at the very least, neglecting them. <Accessed 2018-07-06>

Are Arms Exports a Tool of Chinese Foreign Policy? (2018-07-07)
(East Asia Forum, By Lucie Béraud-Sudreau and Meia Nouwens) Chinese arms sales appear to be more transactional than an instrument of foreign policy. For instance, there has been no uptick in Chinese arms deliveries to core Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) partner countries since this initiative was announced in 2013. <Accessed 2018-07-11>

Amid US-China Trade War, Beijing Worries About Its Financial Sector (2018-07-09)
(The Diplomat, By Charlotte Gao) China's currency and stock market have been facing increasing pressure since the start of the US-China trade war. China's Financial Stability and Development Committee has created a three-year action plan to address new issues within China's fiscal policy. However, the trade war is not the catalyst for China's unpredictable stock market; analysts have warned about changes for years. <Accessed 2018-07-10>

Can China Mediate Between Pakistan and India? (2018-07-09)
(The Diplomat, By Samuel Ramani) China has taken a much larger role in defending regional stability in South Asia, especially as evidenced by comments made at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in early June. Reducing tensions between India and Pakistan could allow China to better develop the Belt and Road Initiative, including the institution of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as well as potentially collaborate on instituting peace in Afghanistan. <Accessed 2018-07-10>

China and Germany Band Together against US on Trade, But It’s ‘Tenuous’ (2018-07-09)
(South China Morning Post, By Keegan Elmer) Beijing was keen to portray two export powerhouses standing together against unilateralism and protectionism when Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met in Berlin on Monday, but analysts say simmering tensions remain. <Accessed 2018-07-11>

Could the China-EU High Summit Preserve the Global Trade Order? (2018-07-09)
(The Diplomat, By Shi Zhiqin) The China-EU summit has the opportunity to demonstrate to the world that international trade remains stable as the US-China trade war grows more serious. While China and the EU have clashed numerous times on the extension of the Belt and Road Initiative into Europe, the two sides have also collaborated on issues benefiting both themselves and the international community as a whole. <Accessed 2018-07-10>

China's Xi Pledges $20 Billion in Loans to Revive Middle East (2018-07-09)
(Reuters) Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday pledged a package of $20 billion in loans, and about $106 million in financial aid, to Middle East nations, as part of what he called an “oil and gas plus” model to revive economic growth in the region. <Accessed 2018-07-11>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

Managing Fisheries in the South China Sea’s Troubled Waters (2018-07-05)
(East Asia Forum, By Zhang Hongzhou) Fishery disputes are on the rise in the South China Sea and could aggravate regional tensions if left unaddressed. But the establishment of a regional fisheries management body would be no cure-all for the region’s resource disputes or the deeper geopolitical issues at play. <Accessed 2018-07-11>

The Korean Peninsula

How North Korean Denuclearization Would Be Good for China's National Security and Global Standing (2018-07-05)
(South China Morning Post, By Kristian McGuire) Beijing has long feared that the U.S. and its allies' efforts to counter the North Korea threat might be a stalking horse for a China containment campaign. China needs the Kim regime to relinquish its nukes in order to gain a greater sense of security and bolster its image as an effective leader in its region. <Accessed 2018-07-10>

North Korea Invites Chinese President Xi Jinping to National Day Celebrations in Pyongyang
 (2018-07-07)
(South China Morning Post, By Lee Jeong-ho) North Korea has invited Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit Pyongyang in September for its national day as relations between the two countries gain pace. An unnamed North Korean official told South Korean reporters on Friday that Pyongyang had sent an invitation to Xi to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the country’s foundation on September 9. <Accessed 2018-07-07>

North Korea Criticizes ‘Gangster-Like’ U.S. Attitude After Talks With Mike Pompeo (2018-07-07)
(New York Times, By Gardiner Harris and Choe Sang-Hun) North Korea accused the Trump administration on Saturday of pushing a “unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization” and called it “deeply regrettable,” hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said his two days of talks in the North Korean capital were “productive.” <Accessed 2018-07-07>

Pompeo Sharpens Tone on North Korea: ‘The World Is a Gangster’ (2018-07-08)
(New York Times, By Gardiner Harris) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shot back at North Korean officials for characterizing American diplomatic behavior as gangster-like, saying on Sunday that if that was true, then “the world is a gangster.” <Accessed 2018-07-11>

19 Summoned for Questioning over North Korea Fuel Component Sales (2018-07-09)
(CNA, By Wang Yang-yu and Evelyn Kao) In light of allegations of fuel component sales to North Korea, 19 people have been summoned for questioning by the Taipei District Prosecutors Office. During a search of customs brokerages and shipping companies, law enforcement authorities discovered documentary evidence pertaining to the fuel sales transactions. <Accessed 2018-07-10>

Trump Suggests China Might Be Interfering in U.S.-North Korea Talks (2018-07-09)
(Reuters, By Susan Heavey and David Brunnstrom) President Donald Trump suggested on Monday that China might be seeking to derail U.S. efforts aimed at denuclearizing North Korea, but said he was confident that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would uphold a pact the two agreed last month. <Accessed 2018-07-11>

North Korean Waitresses’ Defection May Have Been Forced, U.N. Official Says (2018-07-10)
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) A United Nations official on Tuesday called for an investigation into whether 12 North Korean waitresses were brought to South Korea against their will, saying that some had told him they had not known where they were going when they made the journey in 2016. <Accessed 2018-07-11>

Other Regional Issues

Asia after the Liberal International Order
 (2018-07-10)
(East Asia Forum, By Amitav Acharya) Instead of helping the West to resurrect the liberal order, Asia will lead the transition to a different type of world order. The remnants of the liberal order will have to come to terms with a Chinese-led order and other regional orders around the world in what I call a decentered and post-hegemonic ‘multiplex world’. <Accessed 2018-07-11>

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