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Cross-Strait Relations
Political Warfare Requires Readiness (2018-07-10)
(Taipei Times, By Kerry Gershaneck) China’s propaganda organs 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 2018-07-11>

China Likely to Tone Down Rhetoric in Lien-Xi Meeting: Scholars (2018-07-12)
(CNA, By Chai Sze-chia and Ko Lin)
Taiwanese scholars discussed Thursday the upcoming meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and former Kuomintang Chairman Lien Chan. They expect Xi will use the meeting to send a message of improving cross-Strait relations aimed at the U.S. to prevent the U.S. from using Taiwan as leverage against China in the midst of growing U.S.-China tensions. <Accessed 2018-07-12>

U.K. Insists on its Terminology for Taiwan Amid Chinese Threat (2018-07-12)
(CNA, By Tai Ya-chen and Joseph Yeh)
Following China’s continued pressure on international airlines regarding the online designation of Taiwan, Mark Field, minister of state for the U.K.’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, stated Tuesday that the U.K. would not change its policy regarding Taiwan’s distinction and expressed the U.K.’s dismay with China’s pressure. Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Andrew Lee Thursday thanked Field for this statement and assured the public that Taiwan would not submit to China’s pressure. <Accessed 2018-07-12>

Lien Raises Four Proposals in Closed-Door Meeting with Xi (2018-07-13)
(CNA, By Miao Chung-hen and Flor Wang) During the closed-door meeting between former Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Lien has proposed for both Taiwan and China to find common ground under the "one China" principle that will establish peaceful exchanges between both sides in the interests of the people. While Lien expressed that the deadlock in the cross-strait relations in recent years is a cause for concern, Xi remarked positively about an eventual peaceful unification. <Accessed 2018-07-14>

New York Community's Switch from ROC to Chinese Flag not a Trend, Officials Say (2018-07-13)
(Taipei Times, By Lu Yi-hsuan and Johnathan Chin) The New York City's Soo Yuen Benevolent Association has decided to switch from the ROC flag to the People's Republic of China (PRC) flag as its members have become predominantly Chinese. In light of this decision, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Department of North American and the Overseas Community Affairs Council have expressly stated that this switching of flag will not deter the government's stance for a democratic and free Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-07-14>

Ex-Olympic Committee Member's Motives Questioned (2018-07-15)
(Taipei Times, By Chung Li-hua and Sherry Hsiao) The letter that former Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (CTOC) member Yao Yuan-chao sent to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), making reference of a local alliance pushing for a name change from Chinese Taipei to Taiwan, has caused former Sports Administration director-general Yang Chung-ho to question Yao's intentions. In the letter, Yao remarked that a name change would provoke crisis in the Taiwan Strait. <Accessed 2018-07-16>

Taiwan Still Willing to Engage in Communications with China: Tsai (2018-07-17)
(CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Ko Lin) During a meeting with visiting European Parliament representatives, President Tsai Ing-wen expressed her gratitude to EU Parliament for supporting Taiwan. President Tsai remarked that Taiwan will be not threatened by China and will continue to defend Taiwan's democracy and sovereignty. <Accessed 2018-07-18>

Taiwan's Military Monitoring PLA Movements Closely:MND (2018-07-17)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Ko Lin) Starting Wednesday, China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) will begin its six-day live fire exercises. Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) has reassured the public that the exercises do not endanger Taiwan's security and safety. <Accessed 2018-07-18>

Beijing Slammed for Using ‘Carrot and Stick’ Coercion to Change Taiwanese ‘Status Quo’ by Top Island Official (2018-07-19)
(South China Morning Post, By Zhenhua Lu) Taiwan’s mainland affairs chief has denounced China’s “carrot and stick strategies” as an attempt to coerce the self-ruled island into changing the “status quo”, but has said Taipei is willing to settle its differences with Beijing in “good faith” via dialogue. <Accessed 2018-07-18>

Beijing Launches Live-Fire Drill to ‘Test Combat Strength against Taiwan’ (2018-07-19)
(South China Morning Post, By Kristin Huang) Beijing is testing its miliary muscle in a six-day, live-fire drill over an area “roughly the size of Taiwan” in the East China Sea, just days after President Xi Jinping pledged to work for peaceful cross-strait development. Analysts said the exercise was in line with Beijing’s effort to increase military readiness while showing resolve to defend the “one China” policy, under which Beijing sees Taiwan as a breakaway province awaiting reunification. <Accessed 2018-07-18>

Chinese President Xi Jinping Takes Pacifying Line on Taiwan as Hawks Call for Force (2018-07-19)
(South China Morning Post, By Minnie Chan) Chinese President Xi Jinping has struck a more conciliatory note in his latest meeting with a former senior Taiwanese politician in a bid to pacify the island’s public, as voices grow on the mainland to reunify the two sides of the strait by force, analysts said. <Accessed 2018-07-18>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
AIT Director Moy Sends Final Farewell Message to Taiwan  (2018-07-14)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and William Yen)
Kin Moy and his family left Taiwan to return to the U.S. on Saturday. He posted a video online fondly reflecting on his time in Taiwan, recalling the successful efforts of U.S.-Taiwan citizens to improve U.S.-Taiwan relations. <Accessed 2018-07-15>

Taiwan Lawmakers to Visit U.S.
 (2018-07-15)
(CNA, By Wang Cheng-chung and Evelyn Kao) Taiwan's lawmakers are scheduled for a six-day trip to the U.S. During the trip, they will be meeting U.S. government officials and members of Congress. According to Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker Liu Shih-fang, both nations will be discussing issues on the Taiwan Travel Act and the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. <Accessed 2018-07-16>

Mainland Affairs Council Minister Heads to U.S. (2018-07-16)
(CNA, By Chai Sze-chia and Flor Wang)
Mainland Affairs Council Minister Chen Min-tong departed for a nine-day trip to the United States to discuss Taiwan’s cross-Strait policy and improve Taiwan-U.S. communication. He will speak at a seminar jointly held by the MAC and the Heritage Foundation, in addition to meeting with various U.S. officials and think tank members. <Accessed 2018-07-16>

MAC Says Trip to Gain US Support (2018-07-17)
(Taipei Times/CNA) Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Chen Ming-tong's 9-day visit to the U.S. aims to enhance U.S.-Taiwan communication. MAC further explained that in light of China's increasing aggression to isolate Taiwan, it is crucial for U.S. to understand and support Taiwan's cross-strait policy. <Accessed 2018-07-18>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
 Premier Explains Cabinet Reshuffle (2018-07-12)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan)
Premier Lai Ching-te Thursday discussed the reasoning for the recently announced Cabinet reshuffle. The reshuffle included the replacement of four Ministers: Interior Minister, Minister of Justice, Minister of Transportation and Communications, and Finance Minister. A key purpose for the reshuffle, according to Lai, is the governments shift from policy formulation to policy implementation. <Accessed 2018-07-12>

Legislative Yuan Becomes Observer at PARLACEN (2018-07-13)
(Taipei Times, By Sean Lin) Taiwan's Legislative Yuan has become one of Central American Parliament's (PARLACEN) permanent observer. During the signing ceremony, PARLACEN President Tony Raful expressed that PARLACEN stands with Taiwan and supports Taiwan. As a permanent member of PARLACEN, Taiwan will have more opportunities to work closely with PARLACEN's six member states on economy, trade, politics, and social development, including promoting democracy and peace. <Accessed 2018-07-14>

Apache Attack Helicopters to be Commissioned Tuesday: MND (2018-07-13)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and William Yen) The Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced that Taiwan's Army is set to hold an official ceremony on the commission of its Apache attack helicopters. Military spokesman Chen Chung-Chi said that the newly acquired helicopters from the United States have demonstrated high performance and effectiveness on land, air, and asymmetric warfare during military exercises and training programs. <Accessed 2018-07-14>

Taiwan Donates 20 Million Japanese Yen to Japan Flood Relief (2018-07-14)
(CNA, By Yang Ming-chu and Lee Hsin-Yin) Japan has received 20 million Japanese yen from Taiwan as donation for Japan's recent flood disaster. Taiwan's envoy to Japan Frank Hsieh has expressed that Taiwan and Japan have, in the past, provided disaster reliefs, support, and assistance to each other. Hsieh further added that this has helped foster good relations between both nations. <Accessed 2018-07-14>

Haiti Prime Minister's Resignation to not Affect Ties with Taiwan (2018-07-15)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokesman Andrew Lee remarked that the resignation of Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant will not hurt Taiwan-Haiti relations. Lee further reassured by stating that Haiti president Jovenel Moïse's visit to Taiwan in late May demonstrates the continued strong relations between both nations. <Accessed 2018-07-16>

Proposal to Replace DPP's Taiwan Independence Platform Shot Down (2018-07-15)
(CNA, By Wang Cheng-chung and S.C. Chang) The proposal to maintain the status quo across the strait was turned down during the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) annual congress. Party delegate Hsu Han-sheng remarked that the proposal was necessary to cement DPP's victory in the upcoming November local government elections, including elevating DPP's image of maintaining a peaceful cross-strait relations. <Accessed 2018-07-16>

DPP Outdoes KMT on Reform but not on Ability to Govern: Survey (Update) (2018-07-15)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan) A nationwide survey conducted by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation reported that respondents felt the KMT can better govern Taiwan compared to the DPP. Nonetheless, respondents felt that the DPP is better at representing the interests of Taiwanese. Furthermore, respondents were found to be "neutral or independent" instead of displaying partisanship. <Accessed 2018-07-16>

Tsai Rehashes Promises to Young People (2018-07-15)
(CNA, By Lu Hsin-hui, Yeh Su-ping and Evelyn Kao) During the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) annual congress, President Tsai Ing-wen has put forward several policies to demonstrate DPP's promises to the younger generation. Some of the policies include a tax reform package, improvements in the labor's working conditions, and raising Taiwan's minimum wage. <Accessed 2018-07-16>

KMT Launches Campaign with Promises (2018-07-15)
(Taipei Times, By Shih Hsiao-kuang and William Hetherington) During the Chinese Nationalist Party's (KMT) campaign rally for the upcoming November local elections, KMT Chairman Wu Den-yih has asked the nation to support and give the KMT party another opportunity to serve the people. Wu further criticized Presiden Tsai Ing-wen for not keeping her campaign promises. <Accessed 2018-07-16>

What’s Next for Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy With ASEAN? (2018-07-11)
(The Diplomat, By Prashanth Parameswaran) The New Southbound Policy's goals of expanding relations with Taiwan's neighboring countries, especially ASEAN states, is beginning to see its rhetoric converted to reality, albeit slowly. It still faces several key challenges before its full realization. Taiwan's leadership is aware of many of these challenges and is taking all measures to address them. <Accessed 2018-07-15>

NPP Executive Chairman Blasts Corruption Ruling  (2018-07-16)
(Taipei Times, By Ann Maxon)
Following the Taipei District Court’s decision to grant a reprieve of her two year prison sentence to KMT member and former Taipei City Councilor Chin Li-fang, New Power Party Chairman Huang Kuo-chang criticized the decision, calling it ‘ridiculous’. He added that he hopes the prosecutor has lodged an appeal and accused the judiciary system of a lack of transparency. <Accessed 2018-07-16>

Taiwan's New Southbound Policy In Line with U.S. Indo-Pacific Policy (2018-07-17)
(CNA, By Charles Kang and Ko Lin) In a conference organized by the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS) in Delhi, senior advisors from the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) remarked that Taiwan's New Southbound Policy plays a critical role in helping Taiwan establish relations with other nations in light of China's escalating influence to isolate Taiwan. They further asked countries in the region to carefully assess whether to stand by or stand up to China's actions. <Accessed 2018-07-18>

Apache Choppers Key Part of Deterrence Strategy: Tsai (2018-07-17)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) In a recent commissioning ceremony for Taiwan's Apache attack helicopters, President Tsai Ing-wen highlighted the significance of the helicopters' capabilities to defend Taiwan, including preventing hostile forces from entering Taiwan. President Tsai also expressed the government's full support behind the military to boost the helicopters' abilities. <Accessed 2018-07-18>

Taiwan Stands Up 1st Apache AH-64E Attack Helicopter Brigade (2018-07-17)
(The Diplomat, By Franz-Stefan Gady) The Ministry of National Defense announced that the Taiwanese Army had new Boeing AH-64E Apache “Guardian” heavy attack helicopters as part of a new commission. They will play a crucial part in Taiwan's multiple deterrence strategy as they are stationed in northern Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-07-17>

Taiwan President Invited to Paraguay Presidential Inauguration (2018-07-18)
(Taiwan News, By Scott Morgan) According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, President Tsai Ing-wen will be formally invited to attend the inauguration of Paraguay president-elect Mario Abdo Benítez on August 15. Paraguay, the only South American country recognizing Taiwan, has been a diplomatic ally of Taiwan since 1957. <Accessed 2017-07-18>

Majority Backs Ma Probe: Survey (2018-07-18)
(Taipei Times, By Jason Pan)
A poll by the Taiwan NextGen Foundation found that 67.7% of respondents supported the Taipei District Prosecutor’s Office’s indiction of former President Ma Ying-jeou, while 49.3% believe that he is guilty. Foundation director Wang Chih-sheng reported that the results were heavily skewed by political affiliation. <Accessed 2018-07-18>

Local Elections: KMT Launches Campaign Web Site  (2018-07-18)
(Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu)
The KMT launched a website dedicated to the upcoming local elections, which includes pages containing information about each of the nearly 1,000 candidates. The website also includes weather and power supply information and a place for the public to make donations. <Accessed 2018-07-18>

Ma Reports His Indictment to KMT Top Brass (2018-07-18)
(CNA, By Lee Shu-hua, Lu Hsin-hui, Frances Huang, Elizabeth Hsu, and S.C. Chang)
Former President Ma Ying-jeou Wednesday took his case to the KMT’s Central Standing Committee regarding his recent indictment for breach of trust. He accused the prosecutors of acting on political motivations but remained confident that he will be proven innocent once the evidence becomes public. <Accessed 2018-07-18>
U.S.-China Relations
How Rare Earths (What?) Could Be Crucial in a U.S.-China Trade War (2018-07-11)
(New York Times, By Alexandra Stevenson) And in one of its more strategic weapons, Beijing could use its dominance to cut off key parts of the global supply chain. China is the major supplier of a number of mundane but crucial materials and components needed to keep the world’s factories humming. <Accessed 2018-07-14>

U.S.-China Trade War to Hit Taiwan: Experts
 (2018-07-12)
(CNA, By Chu Tze-wei and Shih Hsiu-chuan) As the United States planned to impose 10 percent tariffs on another US$200 billion of Chinese exports, Taiwanese economic experts called on the government to devise strategies to contain the fallout and uncertainties from the U.S. trade war with China, which they said is certain to impact Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-07-12>

Taiwan Must be Prepared Amid U.S.-China Trade War: TAITRA (2018-07-14)
(CNA, By Rita Cheng and Flor Wang) In light of the ongoing U.S.-China trade war, Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) vice chairman Liu Shih-chung has called for Taiwan to be prepared. However, Liu also reassured that Taiwan need not panic as Taiwan's New Southbound Policy in 2016 has allowed Taiwan to diversify its export markets. <Accessed 2018-07-14>

Can Beijing Use China-US Trade Dispute to Boost Economic Ties with Other Countries? (2018-07-19)
(South China Morning Post, By Wendy Wu) China’s tit-for-tat trade dispute with the United States provides it with the ideal opportunity to push ahead with free-trade agreements with other countries, according to a former senior government official and industry analysts. <Accessed 2018-07-18>

China Overloading Poor Nations with Debt, Top U.S. Official Says (2018-07-19)
(Reuters, By Joe Bavier) China is saddling poor nations with unsustainable debt through large-scale infrastructure projects that are not economically viable, the head of the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) said on Monday. <Accessed 2018-07-18>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
China's Domestic Politics

What Hong Kong Crackdown on Pro-Independence Party Means for Freedom in the City (2018-07-19)
(South China Morning Post, By Alvin Lum, Kimmy Chung, and Jeffie Lam) An unprecedented move by Hong Kong authorities on Tuesday to ban a small-time pro-independence party is being seen as a warning against separatist politics in keeping with the “red line” drawn by Beijing, but critics have raised the alarm over the perceived threat to freedom of speech and expression in the city. <Accessed 2018-07-18>

China's Foreign Relations

How Germany Won Freedom for the Widow of China’s Most Famous Dissident
 (2018-07-11)
(New York Times, By Jane Perlez and Ian Johnson) The decision by the Chinese government to release Ms. Liu days before the anniversary of her husband’s death sprang from the passionate interest in her fate by Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, who requested Ms. Liu’s release during a meeting with her Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, an unusual move by a Western leader. <Accessed 2018-07-14>

Is There Really a ‘China Model’?
 (2018-07-13)
(The Diplomat, By Bonnie Girard) China markets its model for development as a superior version to the one marketed by the United States, but it presents a fallacy in that China itself does not follow the economic system it advocates for. Parts of "the China model" would be nearly impossible to replicate without widespread political reforms in developing countries. The "China model" cannot stand on its own; it is tied to "Chinese characteristics." <Accessed 2018-07-14>

What's Next for the China-CEE 16+1 Platform?
 (2018-07-13)
(The Diplomat, By Bartosz Kowalski) Following the most recent summit of China and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) in Sofia, Croatia will be hosting the summit next year before it heads back to China in 2020. The summits have seen much greater trade exchanges in favor of Beijing as well as increased political influence, so observing the geopolitical shifts in the area is important. <Accessed 2018-07-14> 

Chinese Navy Surveillance Vessel Observes RIMPAC 2018 Exercises
 (2018-07-14)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) sent a Type 815 vessel to observe the Rim of the Pacific exercises this year. While China has participated in the naval exercises in the past, this year they were not invited at the decision of U.S. President Donald Trump. The U.S. Pacific Fleet said that they hoped that the Chinese vessel would remain out of the waters used for the naval exercises. <Accessed 2018-07-14>

China’s Planned Nuclear Icebreaker (2018-07-17)
(The Diplomat, By Trym Aleksander Eiterjord) China has commissioned the construction of its first multipurpose nuclear-powered icebreaker. While the Polar Research Institute of China insists that research in Antarctica remains the primary goal of China's icebreaker fleet, Chiang has looked into the possibilities of a Northern Shipping Route or resource extraction in the Arctic. The new icebreaker brings many questions as to its specific purpose but addresses numerous Chinese goals. <Accessed 2018-07-17>

Why Japan–China Relations are Back on Track (2018-07-18)
(East Asia Forum, By Katsuji Nakazawa) It is perhaps somewhat ironic that the authoritarianism in China that allowed a constitutional amendment to lift presidential term limits has led to the current stability in China’s relations with Japan. The international circumstances surrounding China are also developing to the advantage of Japan–China relations. <Accessed 2018-07-18>

China, EU Vow to Work More Closely to Defend Global Trade Order (2018-07-19)
(South China Morning Post, By Wendy Wu) China and the European Union pledged to work more closely to defend the global trading system on Monday, although both sides said they were not seeking a coalition to counter Washington. Leaders met at the annual China-EU summit in Beijing just hours ahead of US President Donald Trump’s meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Helsinki – and just after Trump described the EU and China as “foes” of the US on trade and the economy. <Accessed 2018-07-18>

China, EU Reaffirm Paris Climate Commitment, Vow More Cooperation (2018-07-19)
(Reuters) China and the European Union on Monday reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris climate change pact and called other signatories to do the same, saying action against rising global temperatures had become more important than ever. <Accessed 2018-07-18>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

Is China Using Force or Coercion in the South China Sea? (2018-07-11)
(The Diplomat, By Constantinos Yiallourides) The United States, Japan, and Australia all use the word "coercion" to describe China' actions in the South China Sea because coercion is one of the criteria that can determine whether or not a state is in violation of international law. Whether or not China is using force according to Article 2 of the UN Charter can determine what responses may be taken to address China. However, this does not determine whether or not states are prepared to take such actions. <Accessed 2018-07-15>

The Korean Peninsula

China Is Standing in the Way of North Korea Negotiations
 (2018-07-13)
(The Diplomat, By Willis L. Krumholz) As China loosens its sanctions implementation and allows North Korea access to much-needed foreign currency reserves, the United States has another obstacle to achieving resolutions with North Korea. A unified Korean Peninsula could prove a threat to Chinese regional objectives. However, this does not mean denuclearization is impossible, as long as the U.S. goes into negotiations with realistic expectations. <Accessed 2018-07-14>

How China Hopes to Profit from Its Close Ties to North Korea (2018-07-19)
(South China Morning Post, By Lee Jeong-ho) China’s economic support will give the country a clear advantage over other major players in the region – South Korea, Japan, Russia, and the United States – which have lost or never had a viable economic partnership with North Korea. While the United Nations sanctions prevent individuals and companies doing business with North Korea, there are grey areas that China can explore. <Accessed 2018-07-18>

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