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Cross-Strait Relations
Taiwan Fully Monitoring All Shipping in Taiwan Strait (2018-07-19)
(CNA, By Yu Kai-hsiang, Elaine Hou and Flor Wang) According to a spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense (MND), Taiwan's military is closely monitoring all foreign ships and planes coming near the Taiwan Strait. Taiwan is also strengthening its defense in light of China's growing threat. <Accessed 2018-07-20>

Taiwan Urges China to Work Out Rules for Interaction with China
 (2018-07-20)
(Taiwan News/CNA) Speaking at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Chen Ming-tong stressed on dialogues between Taiwan and China as the best solution to resolve the cross-strait tension. Chen further added that neither the Taiwanese government nor the people of Taiwan will give up Taiwan's freedom, democracy, and sovereignty. Chen also remarked that despite attracting global recognition for its progressive economic developments, the "China model" has no room for public opinion and accountability. <Accessed 2018-07-20>

China Unable to Take Taiwan by Force if U.S. Intervenes: U.S. Expert (2018-07-20)
(CNA, By Rita Cheng and Elizabeth Hsu)
Speaking at a seminar hosted by the Global Taiwan Institute Thursday, American expert on East Asian affairs Roger Cliff spoke on the current military balance in the Taiwan Strait. He said that although the military balance tilts in China’s favor, China still would not be able to take Taiwan by force assuming that the U.S. intervenes on Taiwan’s behalf. He also warned about four possible scenarios in which China might still decide to use force against Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-07-20>

Strait Talk: Are China and Taiwan on the Brink of Conflict? (2018-07-21)
(South China Morning Post, By Rana Mitter) Yet even if Xi is seeking to calm down the hawks in Beijing, it’s unlikely that a newly assertive China will let the Taiwan question go. A more considered view of what “unification” would actually mean, for China as well as Taiwan, is urgently overdue. <Accessed 2018-07-25>

Is Taiwan Warming to Mainland China as Beijing Turns Up the Heat? (2018-07-22)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Analysts say the mainland’s soft power was playing a role. The growing popularity of mainland television programmes, as well as rising demand for mainland smartphones and other IT products, plus economic sweeteners from Beijing have greatly reduced resentment. <Accessed 2018-07-25>

MAC Urges Positive Take on Cross-Strait Ties (2018-07-22)
(Taipei Times, with CNA)
Following the Taiwan Affairs Office’s criticism of Mainland Affairs Council minister Chen Ming-tong’s speech on cross-Strait affairs, the MAC has expressed that to hopes the TAO could react positively to the message, in addition to its hope that China accurately interprets the message. In his speech, Chen suggested that both sides domestically reach a consensus before working together in peaceful dialogue, which Taiwan is willing to participate in without preconditions. <Accessed 2018-07-22>

Academics Urge Action on PRC Airlines (2018-07-22)
(Taipei Times, By Chung Li-hua and Sherry Hsiao)
Ahead of China’s Wednesday deadline for 44 airlines to change Taiwan’s online designation, some Taiwanese academics have recommended that Taiwan’s government draws a line and takes action against China. They feel that if no action is taken now, China will continue to push in the future, most likely in areas regarding travel documents and visas, which will cause more harm to the Taiwanese public. <Accessed 2018-07-22>

Chinese Academic: MAC Speech an ‘Improvement’ (2018-07-22)
(Taipei Times, By Sherry Hsiao, with CNA)
Following Mainland Affairs Council Minister Chen Ming-tong’s speech Wednesday in Washington, during which Chen reflected on cross-Strait relations and reiterated that Taiwan would not relinquish its sovereignty, East China Normal University professor Bao Chengke commented on Chen’s message. He called Chen’s speech an improvement in terms of the “one China” concept, but Bao ultimately saw the speech as a message aimed at the U.S. painting China as the side interrupting the status quo. <Accessed 2018-07-22>

Tsai: Ensuring Strong National Defense 'Our Responsibility' (2018-07-23)
(CNA, By Lu Hsin-hui and Evelyn Kao) During a trip to Taitung, President Tsai Ing-wen stated that the Taiwanese government is fully committed to ensure that Taiwan has the capacity to defend herself from external threats and forces. Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) further expressed faith in the cooperation between democratic nations and Taiwan in protecting regional peace and stability. <Accessed 2018-07-24>

China-based Pair Found Guilty of Spying for Beijing (2018-07-26)
(Taipei Times, By Jason Pan) Two persons accused of illegally obtaining a copy of President Tsai Ing-wen's 2016 Double Ten National Day speech were found guilty by Taipei's Shilin District Court. According to the court, although both defendants failed to procure a copy of the speech, their action was punishable as it could threaten Taiwan's national security. <Accessed 2018-07-26>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
 American Official Deems Taiwan Partner in U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy (2018-07-19)
(CNA, By Rita Cheng and Evelyn Kao) U.S. assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific affairs Randall Schriver acknowledged Taiwan as a vital partner in promoting freedom in the Indo-Pacific region. Schriver stated that the U.S. will continue to work with Taiwan under the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) guidelines so that Taiwan can defend itself in light of China's increasing military exercises to coerce Taiwan and its actions to isolate Taiwan in the international space. <Accessed 2018-07-20>

U.S. Naval Ships have Right to Traverse Taiwan Strait: Official (2018-07-19)
(CNA, By Rita Chen and Flor Wang) U.S. assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs Randall Schriver commented that since Taiwan Strait is an area of international waters, the U.S. has rights to send naval vessels and aircraft carriers through it. Schriver further added that the U.S. will consider selling defensive weapons to Taiwan under the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) so that Taiwan can defend itself in light of China's growing military coercion on Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-07-20>

Retired General Likely to Fill U.S. State Department Post Responsible for Taiwan Policy (2018-07-20)
(Taiwan News, By Duncan DeAeth) Brigadier General David Stilwell, who reportedly views China as a strategic competitor of the U.S., is considered to be the likely replacement for outgoing Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton. The replacement is expected to take over at the beginning of August. <Accessed 2018-07-20>

DPP Lawmaker Thanks U.S. Congressmen for Support of Taiwan  (2018-07-20)
(CNA, By Chen Chun-hua and Flor Wang)
DPP legislator Yu Wan-ju Friday expressed her gratitude for the U.S. congressmen whom she has visited on her trip to the U.S. for their support of Taiwan. She called them allies and friends who are committed to helping Taiwan’s increased international participation as well as U.S.-Taiwan relations. <Accessed 2018-07-20>

What Would the US Do if Beijing Decided to Take Taiwan by Force? (2018-07-22)
(South China Morning Post, By Denny Roy) Polls in the United States show only a minority of Americans would favour US military personnel fighting to defend Taiwan. Members of Congress, however, are more supportive. <Accessed 2018-07-25>

Taiwan Needs U.S. Military Support to Defend Itself: Official (2018-07-23)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) During a CNN interview, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu stated that a strong U.S.-Taiwan relation is crucial in light of China's growing military confrontation despite expressing concerns that Taiwan might not receive U.S. military assistance in the event the conflict escalates. Nonetheless, Wu is confident that the U.S.-Taiwan relationship is becoming stronger and Taiwan will not yield under military threats from China. <Accessed 2018-07-24>

Ex-U.S. Defense Secretary Visits Taiwan to Speak at Security Forum (2018-07-23)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) According to Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), former U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter's attendance at the Ketagalan Forum on security talks in Taipei demonstrates a strong and positive Taiwan-U.S. relation. Taiwan's New Southbound Policy, China's challenges to democracy, and the Indo-Pacific Strategy are among some of the key issues that will be discussed at the Forum. <Accessed 2018-07-24>

Taiwan Part of Indo-Pacific Strategy Network: Ex-U.S. Defense Chair  (2018-07-24)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh)
Speaking in Taipei Tuesday, former U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said Taiwan was a part of the network of countries included in the U.S.’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy. The strategy aims for promoting security in the region based on rules rather than coercion. Carter also said he is a strong promoter of the U.S.’s traditional policies regarding Taiwan, including a string, unofficial relationship. <Accessed 2018-07-24>

Taiwan Urged to Think Creatively on “Indo-Pacific” Strategy (2018-07-24)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan)
Michael Pillsbury, a U.S. expert on China, spoke at the Ketagalan Forum: 2018 Asia Pacific Security Dialogue, where he said that Taiwan should think creatively about the United States’ new “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” strategy in the next six months. He said Taiwan should creatively express its interest to be involved in the strategy ahead ofTrump’s upcoming second State of the Union address. <Accessed 2018-07-24>

Consensus Reached on US Defense Bill with Support for Taiwan's Self-Defense (2018-07-25)
(Taipei Times/CNA) Despite having different wordings on the bill in support of Taiwan in the National Defense Authorization Act, both US Senate and House of Representatives were unanimous in providing support to strengthen Taiwan's self-defense capabilities. According to sources familiar with the matter, the final version of the bill will mirror that of the Senate's. <Accessed 2018-07-26>

Giving In to China, U.S. Airlines Drop Taiwan (in Name at Least) (2018-07-25)
(New York Times, By Sui-Lee Wee) Bowing to pressure from China, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines began to remove references to Taiwan, of which Taipei is the capital city, as a separate country from their websites Wednesday. <Accessed 2018-07-25>

Taiwan Leader Now Expected to Stop in US Cities of Houston and Los Angeles during South American Trip, Sources Say (2018-07-25)
(South China Morning Post, By Zhenhua Lu) Washington has agreed to let Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen pass through the US cities of Houston and Los Angeles during her to South America for Mario Benitez’s inauguration as president of Paraguay next month, sources told the South China Morning Post. <Accessed 2018-07-25>

Taiwan Thanks U.S. for Congressional Support (2018-07-26)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh, Yeh Su-ping and Flor Wang) Taiwan graciously thanked the U.S. Congress after the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives came to a unanimous decision to support Taiwan's self-defense capabilities in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Meanwhile, the Presidential Office views a strong U.S.-Taiwan relationship as crucial to maintain stability and peace in the East Asia region. <Accessed 2018-07-26>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
 Progressive Coalition Eyes Council Seats  (2018-07-20)
(Taipei Times, By Ann Maxon)
The Social Welfare State Front, the coalition comprised of the SDP, Taiwan Radical Wings, and Green Party Taiwan, yesterday discussed its goals for the upcoming local elections. The front is aiming for three councilor seats each in Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Tainan, and Kaohsiung. The front was founded on the shared platforms of improving public housing, childcare, and transportation, as well as subsidizing start-ups. <Accessed 2018-07-20>

Prosecutors Defend Indictment of Ma (2018-07-20)
(Taipei Times, By Jason Pan)
In response to Ma Ying-jeou’s address to the KMT Central Standing Committee, during which he questioned the legitimacy of the evidence used to indict him, the prosecutors released a statement assuring the fairness and non bias of the case. They cited specific evidence used in the case and accused Ma of using inflammatory statements against the prosecutors. <Accessed 2018-07-20>

Jury Proponents Call For US-Style Elected Justices (2018-07-21)
(Taipei Times, By Jason Pan) The Taiwan Jury Association has put forward a proposal for judges in Taiwan to be elected by the people, mirroring the American judicial elections system. Association chairman Chang Ching commented that judicial elections could potentially help to remove unqualified and corrupted judges. <Accessed 2018-07-22>

Justice Commission Looks Into Suspect Political Cases (2018-07-21)
(Taipei Times, By Chen Yu-fu and Sherry Hsiao) The Transitional Justice Commission is currently investigating five cases that happened during the White Terror era and related to the Kaohsiung Incident. Victims of these five cases were either murdered due to political reasons or accused of being communist spies or murderers. <Accessed 2018-07-22>

Taiwan to Build 400 Shelters for Philippine Conflict Victims (2018-07-21)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim and Ko Lin) The Taiwan government and the Taiwan Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation are collaborating on a humanitarian project to build shelters for the Marawi conflict victims. The people of Marawi were displaced by the pro-ISIS group Maute in May last year. <Accessed 2018-07-22>

Palau Ambassador Calls for Strategies to Counter China (2018-07-23)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Ko Lin) Palau's ambassador to Taiwan Dilmei Louisa Olkeriil firmly reiterated her country's continued support for the long-standing diplomatic relations between Palau and Taiwan. Olkeriil further urged other nations to stand up to China's intimidation. <Accessed 2018-07-24>

Taiwan's Fiscal 2019 Budget to increase Defense by 2.17%: Sources (2018-07-23)
(Taipei Times, By Lee Hsin-fang and Jake Chung) According to sources, the Executive Yuan’s annual expenditure for fiscal 2019 is expected to total NT$2 trillion (US$65.11 billion), with national defense spending increasing by 2.17 percent, or NT$7.1 billion, compared with fiscal 2018. <Accessed 2018-07-25>

Taiwan Committed to Increasing Defense Spending: President  (2018-07-24)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan)
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen pledges Tuesday to increasing Taiwan’s defense budget in response to the United States State Department’s suggestion that Taiwan increase its military spending. Tsai also stated, however, that she believes the best way to ensure a prosperous future for Taiwan is by strengthening international partnerships. <Accessed 2018-07-24>

Tsai Says Shared Values Trump Coercion (2018-07-25)
(Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) Speaking at the Ketagalan Forum: 2018 Asia Pacific Security Dialogue, President Tsai Ing-wen stated that the government is committed to defend Taiwan in light of China's growing political and military pressure to isolate Taiwan. Former US secretary of defense Ash Carter who attended the Forum expressed his support for the Taiwan Relations Act and a strong US-Taiwan relations. <Accessed 2018-07-26>

Tsai Pledges Taiwan's Continued Fight for Regional Security and Democracy (2018-07-25)
(Taipei Times/CNA) During her opening speech at the Ketagalan Forum which was attended by experts on regional security issues, President Tsai Ing-wen expressly stated that the government is seriously committed to strengthen Taiwan's defense capabilities. Tsai further added that nations having shared core values with Taiwan, such as democracy and respect for a rule-based international order, could work together to overcome military and economic coercions. <Accessed 2018-07-26>

Taiwan Won't Disappear because of Beijing's Bullying: MOFA (2018-07-25)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Flor Wang) Amid China's pressure on international carriers to remove references to Taiwan as a separate country, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has strongly stated that China's aggression will not change the fact that Taiwan is a democratic country. At the same time, MOFA asked other like-minded nations to stand with Taiwan against China's pressure and expressed Taiwan's unwavering pursuit of democracy. <Accessed 2017-07-26>

Marshall Islands President Heine to Arrive in Taiwan Thursday: MOFA (2018-07-26)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Hsu Hsiao-ling) President Hilda C. Heine of the Marshall Islands will be on a one-week visit to Taiwan to expand the bilateral cooperation between her country and Taiwan. According to MOFA, both nations have had closed bilateral cooperations since 1998. <Accessed 2018-07-26>
U.S.-China Relations
China's Latest Military Drill Aimed at Rattling U.S., Japan: Expert (2018-07-19)
(CNA, By Lu Hsin-hui and Evelyn Kao) While the Global Times stated that China's recent live-fire military exercise in the East China Sea was to send warning signals to Taiwan, a security expert in Taiwan remarked that the military drill was a display of China's military strength to Japan. The expert further added that the drill was carried out in response to the presence of U.S. warships in the South China Sea and the Taiwan Strait. <Accessed 2018-07-20>

Was China’s RIMPAC Exclusion an Opening Salvo or a Wasted Shot? (2018-07-20)
(East Asia Forum, By Lindsey W Ford) To achieve any of those aims, the United States will have to get serious about implementing a coordinated diplomatic, economic and military strategy — not just tactical moves like FONOPs and excluding China from RIMPAC. <Accessed 2018-07-25>

Trump’s Trade War on China Is About More Than Trade
 (2018-07-20)
(The Diplomat, By Liu Wei) The trade war Donald Trump has launched against China goes far beyond trade. History shows that despite previous trade disputes and a trade deficit, a trade war has never been launched between the two. The U.S. may just be reacting to the Chinese model of development and its spread. The context of the trade war within the scope of broader U.S.-China relations must also be considered. <Accessed 2018-07-19>

Congress Caves to Trump in Fight Over China’s ZTE (2018-07-25)
(Foreign Policy, By Lara Seligman) Lawmakers handed U.S. President Donald Trump a win this week, backing down on threats to reinstate harsh penalties on Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE Corp. for having violated sanctions against Iran and North Korea. <Accessed 2018-07-25>

China Said to Quickly Withdraw Approval for New Facebook Venture (2018-07-25)
(New York Times, By Paul Mozur) The decision to take down the approval, the person added, came after a disagreement between officials in Zhejiang and the national internet regulator, the Cyberspace Administration of China, which was angry that it had not been consulted more closely. <Accessed 2018-07-25>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
 China's BRI Bet in the Middle East (2018-07-18)
(The Diplomat, By Bonnie Girard) During the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF), Beijing announced that they would distribute about $20 billion in loans to various Arab countries. They come as part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which faces criticism both from the West and from involved countries. The political consequences of BRI involvement in the Middle East create the greatest uncertainties. <Accessed 2018-07-19>

How China Is Winning Over the Middle East (2018-07-21)
(The Diplomat, By Deborah Lehr) Chinese President Xi Jinping visited the United Arab Emirates recently, where the two countries established a "comprehensive strategic partnership" and elevated their relationship to new heights. The relationship between China and the Middle East has lately been expanding beyond oil sales and is quickly growing to include infrastructure agreements as part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). However, China's strategic goals may be difficult to achieve in a region plagued with instability. <Accessed 2018-07-24>

China, UAE Upgrade Partnership During Xi's Visit (2018-07-21)
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) During a visit to the UAE by President Xi Jinping, China and the UAE agreed to begin a "comprehensive strategic partnership," complete with the UAE's reaffirmation of commitment to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The BRI's popularity with the UAE is significant because the Middle East has been a key focus for the Initiative, as political instability and war have often posed a challenge to economic growth and integration. This was the first visit to the UAE by a Chinese President in almost 30 years. <Accessed 2018-07-24>

Governing a Rich China is Challenge of the Next Decade (2018-07-22)
(East Asia Forum, By Ross Garnaut) The biggest risks for the decade ahead lie in the possibility of mismanagement by China and other major states of adjustment to China’s emergence as the world’s largest economy and, by many measures, its most powerful state. <Accessed 2018-07-25>

Xi and the Trade War: The Curse of the Strong Leader (2018-07-23)
(The Diplomat, By Kerry Brown) Xi Jinping has grown to be considered "a strong leader" in comparison to the indecisive Hu Jintao. Xi has a much more central role in policy matters than several other popular Chinese strongmen, but that could be seen as a sign of vulnerability that compensates for other shortcomings. The issues that China currently handles with the United States may outline these shortcomings and consequences of a strongman philosophy. <Accessed 2018-07-24>

China and Rwanda to Seal Belt and Road Deals on Xi Jinping’s Strategic Influence Tour of Africa (2018-07-23)
(South China Morning Post, By Laura Zhou) China and Rwanda are expected to sign more than a dozen trade and investment deals during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit as Beijing seeks to cement its strategic influence in Africa and the Middle East. <Accessed 2018-07-25>

China’s Reform Momentum and Global Security (2018-07-23)
(East Asia Forum, By the Editorial Board) China’s commitment to the rules-based economic order through maintaining the momentum of its own reform as the United States seems bent on destroying it is a critical and present test of whether we might dare to hope that the pillars of international cooperation, essential to our future prosperity and security, are not torn down. <Accessed 2018-07-25>

National Ambitions Meet Local Opposition Along the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (2018-07-24)
(The Diplomat, By Michael Kovrig) Most parties in Pakistan's national elections believe that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will prove beneficial for both countries and the South Asian region as a whole, but the sentiment is not always shared among local communities. Specifically in Gwadar, which would be converted to a commercial port under CPEC's plan, local leaders are concerned about the lack of consultation and worry about displacement of their populations. However, instead of addressing the sources of the concerns, the Pakistani government has responded by cracking down on dissent. <Accessed 2018-07-24>

China Sees Undermining Democracies as Standard Practice: Experts (2018-07-25)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan) Speaking at the Kegatalan Forum, experts on China and regional security highlighted the pivotal role that Taiwan could play in helping other democratic nations understand China's strategies in undermining democracy and intervening in other nations. Experts have also underscored several tactics that China has undertaken to spread its influence. One of the experts warned that a good US-Taiwan relationship could increase China's aggression towards Taiwan <Accessed 2017-07-26>

Moscow and Beijing Have Tehran’s Back (2018-07-25)
(Foreign Policy, By Dina Esfandiary and Ariane Tabatabai) In fact, Beijing and Moscow were Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s first ports of call on his mini-diplomatic tour to ensure the nuclear agreement’s continued implementation after U.S. withdrawal, continuing a long Iranian tradition of looking to the two as a bulwark against Western unreliability. <Accessed 2018-07-25>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

Taiwan Asserts Sovereignty over Diaoyutai
 (2018-07-19)
(Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) responded to Japan's announcement to include Japan's legitimacy on Diaoyutai Islands in its school curriculum by reasserting Taiwan's legitimate claim on the Islands. Taiwan has been advocating for peaceful resolution to resolve the East China Sea disputes between China and Japan, where both also claim territorial sovereignty. <Accessed 2018-07-20>

The Korean Peninsula

U.S. Rebuffed at U.N. on North Korea Sanctions Enforcement (2018-07-19)
(New York Times, By Rick Gladstone) United Nations diplomats said the Russians and Chinese used their power to delay action on an American complaint to a Security Council sanctions panel that accused the North Koreans of importing up to triple the amount of refined petroleum allowed this year. <Accessed 2018-07-25>

North Korea Starts Dismantling Key Missile Facilities, Report Says
 (2018-07-23)
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) North Korea has started dismantling a missile-engine test site, as President Trump said the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, promised he would during their historic summit meeting in Singapore in June, according to an analysis of satellite imagery of the location. <Accessed 2018-07-25>

PacNet #49 - DPRK Nuclear Issue After Trump-Kim Summit and the Future of the ROK-US Alliance (2018-07-23)
(CSIS, By Taewoo Kim) Today the alliance stands on “people-to-people” relations, a broad and multifaceted foundation that has flourished since 1950. The future of the alliance should be decided primarily on the basis of “people-to-people” relations. <Accessed 2018-07-25>

Other Regional Issues

US-China Trade War Not the Only Headwind For Asia
 (2018-07-23)
(The Diplomat, By Anthony Fensom) The increasingly prominent U.S. - China trade war may signal a new stage of economic slowdown for Asia. Chinese export rates, which indirectly affect many Asian economies, could drop, which would also harm the growth rates of other economies. Furthermore, the risks of financial volatility throughout Asia have shifted to the downside. <Accessed 2018-07-24>

PacNet #50 - BET on Southeast Asia: Bending BRI to US Advantage (2018-07-24)
(CSIS, By Karl Friedhoff) Instead, the United States, along with its allies and partners, should seek to co-opt the infrastructure funded and built by China to project US strengths throughout the region. <Accessed 2018-07-25>
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