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Note to Readers
New Publications
 Connecting Taiwan: Participation – Integration – Impacts, Edited by Carsten Storm (Routledge)  
 A New Era in Democratic Taiwan: Trajectories and Turning Points in Politics and Cross-Strait Relations, Edited by Jonathan Sullivan and Chun-Yi Lee (Routledge)  
 Assessing the Presidency of Ma Ying-jiu in Taiwan: Hopeful Beginning, Hopeless End? Edited by André Beckershoff and Gunter Schubert (Routledge)  
Cross-Strait Relations
TSU Calls on DPP to Promote Proposed Referendum Using 'Taiwan' at Games (2018-08-01)
(Taipei Times, By Ann Maxon) Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) has urged the ruling party, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), to support civic groups' referendum to use the name 'Taiwan' instead of 'Chinese Taipei' for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. TSU Chairman Lau Yi-te criticized Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen for not taking a firmer stance against China's aggression and bullying towards Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-08-02>

46% Supports Tsai to Negociate with Beijing on the Premise of "One-China Principle"
 (2018-08-02)
(Formosa Magazine) According to a new poll conducted by Formosa Magazine in Jul. 2018, 46% of the respondents supported that President Tsai’s Administration negotiates with mainland China on the premise of recognizing “One-China Principle”, an increase of 10.1% compared to Feb. 2017, while 36% did not support this, a drop of 10.5% during the same period. This indicates that Taiwanese attitude towards “One-China Principle” has gradually changed due to Beijing’s continuing pressure to isolate Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-08-02>

China’s Efforts Coercive, AEI Fellow Says (2018-08-02)
(Taipei Times, By Nadia Tsao and William Hetherington)
Michael Mazza, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute think tank, published an opinion piece Tuesday titled “China’s Airline Censorship over Taiwan Must Not fly”, in which he asserted that governments rather than companies should take actions against China’s international pressure on Taiwan. He also called Chinese actions an attack on democracy. <Accessed 2018-08-05>

Vietnam Denies Giving Taiwanese Firm Approval to Fly Island’s Flag to Distance Itself from Anti-Chinese Sentiment (2018-08-03)
(South China Morning Post, By Keegan Elmer and Lawrence Chung) Vietnam has denied claims that it approved a Taiwanese firm’s decision to fly the island’s flag at its premises to distance itself from widespread anti-Chinese sentiment in the country. Beijing complained to the Vietnamese government after a number of firms from the self-ruled island said they had flown the flag to protect their premises and staff during anti-China protests. <Accessed 2018-08-04>

Why Is China Bullying Taiwan? (2018-08-03)
(The Diplomat, By Chih-Cheng Chang) China has gone to great lengths to isolate Taiwan on the international stage since the election of the DPP's President Tsai Ing-wen in 2016. China keeps bullying Taiwan not to win over the hearts of Taiwanese people, but to weaken the legitimacy of the Taiwanese government. Tsai must work to unite the Taiwanese people against this existential threat. <Accessed 2018-08-06>

China’s New J-16 Advanced Fighter Jet ‘Targeting Taiwan’ May Soon be Combat Ready (2018-08-04)
(South China Morning Post, By Liu Zhen) China’s air force has said its new advanced fighter jet, which analysts say was developed to target Taiwan, will soon be combat ready. The announcement came as the air force said a squadron of J-16s – described as 4.5-generation fighter jets – had conducted a combat training exercise along with J-10, J-11B and Su-30 aircraft. <Accessed 2018-08-04>

Taiwan Will Not Yield an Inch to Chinese Pressure: President (2018-08-05)
(CNA, By Lu Hsin-hui and Shih Hsiu-chuan) Speaking at a DPP campaign trail in Tainan, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen firmly stated that Taiwan will continue to stand firm and will not submit to China's aggression and actions in isolating Taiwan in the international space. Tsai also praised the current administration's success in handling Taiwan's domestic issues amid China's pressure. <Accessed 2018-08-06>

Parties Should Stop Playing on Fear: Ko (2018-08-05)
(Taipei Times, By Lee I-chia) In responding to both DPP and KMT's comments on cross-strait relations, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je has urged all parties not to politicize on the growing tension between Taiwan and China. Taipei's mayoral candidates held different views on cross-strait relations with Ko reaffirming his stand on reducing tension and conflict between both nations, DPP candidate Pasuya Yao proclaiming that Taiwanese should have the freedom to identify Taiwan as their "favorite country" and KMT candidate Ting Shou-chung viewing people from both nations as belonging to one family. <Accessed 2018-08-06>

Kinmen to Downplay System Lauch (2018-08-05)
(Taipei Times, By Chung Li-hua) Despite the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) urging Kinmen's County Government to postpone the initiation ceremony for the channeling of water from China's Fujian Province to Kinmen, the County Government went ahead with the ceremony as scheduled. A national security officer expressed concerns over Kinmen's reliance on water supply from China and proposed to increase more national security measures in Kinmen. <Accessed 2018-08-06>

Taipei May Hit Back at Airlines that Complied with ‘Taiwan, China’ Demand (2018-08-07)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwan’s transport ministry is said to be considering taking “countermeasures” against foreign airlines that have yielded to Beijing’s demand that they refer to the island as part of China on their websites. <Accessed 2018-08-08>

Report: Taiwanese Air Force's New Stand-Off Cruise Missile Is Operational (2018-08-07)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) The new Wan Chien cruise missile has been declared fully operational. The missile will be able to aim at targets across the Taiwan Strait without leaving Taiwanese airspace. It will likely serve Taiwan's area denial objectives and anti-ship roles. <Accessed 2018-08-07>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
 Pro-Taiwan 2019 NDAA Defense Bill Ready for Trump's Signature (2018-08-02)
(Taiwan News, By Keoni Everington) The U.S. Senate passed its final version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the fiscal year of 2019, which includes a passage on Taiwan in Section 1243, reaffirming provisions to improve Taiwan's defense capabilities to counter China's increasing military muscle. <Accessed 2018-08-03>

How Donald Trump’s Taiwan Hands Approach Cross-Strait Tensions as Tsai Ing-wen Lands in America (2018-08-08)
(South China Morning Post, By Zhenhua Lu) As Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen prepares to pass through two American cities on her way to and from Latin America beginning on Sunday, a look at US President Donald Trump’s new line-up of Taiwan hands shows two top officials who have expressed willingness to revisit US policy toward the self-ruled Chinese island. <Accessed 2018-08-08>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
 Taiwan to Help Haiti Build Electricity Grid (2018-08-01)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) According to a senior government source, Taiwan's plan to help Haiti build new or upgrade its electrical substation would be the first project under Taiwan's Official Development Assistance (ODA). The government did not disclose the amount for the loan as the deal has not yet been finalized. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu clarified that Taiwan's decision to provide financial aid to its allies should not be seen as a competition with China to win over foreign allegiance. <Accessed 2018-08-02>

Soldiers Held for Corruption (2018-08-01)
(Taipei Times, By Jason Pan) Seven military personnel and four licensed contractors are facing corruption and bribery charges under the Anti-Corruption Act according to Prosecutor Chen Chien-liang. Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense remarked that such acts whereby officers accept bribes for personal profits are unethical and could seriously damage the armed forces' reputation. Therefore, the Ministry would take strict actions against officers who have violated the law. <Accessed 2018-08-02>

President Addressed Transitional Justice at 2018 Austronesian Forum (2018-08-01)
(CNA, By Sophia Yeh and Elizabeth Hsu) Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Austronesian Forum, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen assured the public that the government is working towards promoting transitional justice for the indigenous people albeit at a slow pace. President Tsai further expressed her hope for greater communication and cooperation among the Austronesian peoples that will help them to better appreciate and understand their different cultures and languages. <Accessed 2018-08-02>

Germany's New Top Representative to Taiwan Takes Office (2018-08-01)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Thomas Prinz is officially replacing Martin Eberts as the new director general of the German Institute in Taiwan. Prinz said that he anticipates to cooperate with Taiwan, foreign partners, and other German organizations in Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-08-02>

New ROC Ambassador to eSwatini to Take Office in Late August  (2018-08-02)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh)
Following the health related departure of the former ambassador to eSwatini, Thomas Chen, a new ambassador has been appointed and will be sent to eSwatini to assume theist in late august. The new ambassador will be Jeremy Liang, who is the incumbent head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’s Department of Protocol. <Accessed 2018-08-05>

KMT Says DPP Campaign Not Backed by Facts (2018-08-03)
(Taipei Times, By Sean Lin) Speaking at a news conference in Taipei, acting KMT Culture and Communications Committee Director-General Tang Te-ming expressed doubts on the positive performance that the ruling party DPP is reportedly claiming. Tang drew comparison between the performances of current president Tsai Ing-wen and former presidents Chen Shui-bian and Ma Ying-jeou on three issues, namely Taiwan's diplomatic relations, Taiwan's national defense strategy, and cross-strait relations.<Accessed 2018-08-04>

Games Incident a Boost for Mayor: Poll (2018-08-03)
(Taipei Times, By Shelley Shan) The Cross-Strait Policy Association poll that surveyed the people of Taichung found that majority of the respondents viewed the cancellation of Taichung's rights to host the East Asian Youth Games as unreasonable and will support their city to continue the construction of the sports venues for the Games. Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung's re-election bid appears promising compared to his competitor from KMT as Lin held an international news conference to voice for the reinstatement of Taichungs' rights to host the Games. <Accessed 2018-08-04>

DPP Rejects 'Discriminatory Comments' Against Chinese Spouses (2018-08-03)
(CNA, By Sophia Yeh and Elizabeth Hsu) In responding to a recent Facebook post by DPP lawmaker Tsai Yi-yu approving the 'different treatment' on residency status between Chinese spouses and other foreign spouses of Taiwanese, DPP spokeswoman Wu Su-yao clarified that DPP does not practice discrimination against Chinese spouses of Taiwanese. In fact, according to Wu, the ruling party has been tirelessly working to implement measures that assist new immigrants to settle well in Taiwan since president Tsai Ing-wen took office in May 2016. <Accessed 2018-08-04>

New Southbound Policy Bearing Fruit: Philippines Envoy (2018-08-05)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Joseph Yeh) Chairman and resident representative of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Angelito Banayo remarked positively on Taiwan's New Southbound Policy as Philippines and Taiwan continue to increase their cooperation in several fields. Banayo further praised the Taiwanese government's current policy to strengthen cooperation and exchanges between Taiwan and its neighbors in the south, especially in light of the trade war between the U.S. and China. <Accessed 2018-08-06>

Manila Thanks Taipei for Arrest, Deportation of Filipino Fugitive (2018-08-05)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Joseph Yeh) On behalf of the government of the Philippines, chairman and resident representative of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Angelito Banayo thanked the Taiwanese government for successfully apprehending and deporting a Filipino fugitive. While praising the effectiveness of Taiwan's police and justice system, Banayo further expressed regret that the Filipino government decided to deport Taiwanese fraud suspects to China in April. <Accessed 2018-08-06>

Taiwan's Flag Flies at Paris Gay Games Opening (2018-08-06)
(CNA, By Emmanuelle Tzeng and Elizabeth Hsu) During the opening ceremony of the 2018 Gay Games in Paris, the Taiwanese team and teams from other nations waved the Republic of China (Taiwan) flag despite China's strong opposition against Taiwan to compete in international events under the name 'Taiwan'. The head of the Taiwanese team Yang Chih-chun stated that teams from other nations requested for the ROC flag as they wished to show their support for Taiwan and the Taiwanese team. <Accessed 2018-08-06>

Numbers Show DPP Good at Economy: President (2018-08-06)
(CNA, By Lu Hsin-hui and Shih Hsiu-chuan) During a campaign rally in Kaohsiung, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen praised the ruling administration's success in boosting the nation's economy, employment rate, and stock exchange index. In her speech, Tsai made mention of existing data as evidence that the DPP could deliver on its promises to improve the nation's economy compared to the KMT. <Accessed 2018-08-06>

French Politician Writes Song for Taiwan (2018-08-06)
(CNA, By Tzeng Yi-shiuan, Chen Chun-hua and Shih Hsiu-chuan) The deputy of the French National Assembly and head of the French Senate's Taiwan Friendship Group Jean-François Cesarini wrote a song titled "Taiwan" and presented it to Taiwan's Legislative Speaker Su Jia-Chyuan. Su became the first legislative speaker from Taiwan to visit the French National Assembly last month. While the song "Taiwan" expresses French's view of Taiwan as a country, Cesarini remarked that France does not wish to take sides but understands the importance of cooperation with both Taiwan and China. <Accessed 2018-08-06>

Reconceiving Taiwan as a Pacific Island Country (2018-08-02)
(The Diplomat, By Janice Feng) The claim that "Taiwan has always been a Chinese state" is untrue and erases the history of Taiwan's indigenous peoples and the lack of nominal claims that the KMT has held over Greater China. People have lived in Taiwan and associated themselves with the Taiwanese name long before Han settlers came to Taiwan. We should be aligning Taiwan's struggles with other progressive decolonization and independence movements around the world, <Accessed 2018-08-05>

Taiwan Allocates 21.3% of Proposed Defense Budget to Indigenous Arms (2018-08-06)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan)
President Tsai Ing-wen Monday discussed Taiwan’s new national spending budget, specifically the changes to the defense budget. 21.3% will now be allocated to developing indigenous defense systems. There is also an increase military investment spending. The changes in the defense budget are aimed at increasing Taiwan’s warfare capability. <Accessed 2018-08-06>

Taiwan Still Mulling Countermeasures to Name Change by Airlines (2018-08-06)
(CNA, By Wang Shu-feng and Flor Wang)
The Ministry of Transportation and Communications said Monday that although Taiwan has already asked the international airlines that changed Taiwan’s online designation to change it back, it is currently trying to decide how to proceed further. It is considering countermeasures that it could take. <Accessed 2018-08-06>

Lawmakers Warn Against Rash Response to Name Change by Airlines (2018-08-06)
(CNA, By Wang Cheng-chung and Flor Wang)
KMT lawmakers Monday warned the government to be cautious when choosing to take countermeasures against foreign aviation companies. They warned that countermeasures may only end up hurting Taiwanese airline passengers and Taiwan’s international image. <accessed 2018-08-06>

International Cooperation Leading to Submarine Breakthroughs: Tsai (2018-08-06)
(CNA, By You Kai-hsiang and Shih Hsiu-chuan)
President Tsai Ing-wen said at a speech at the Navy Command Headquarters Monday that international cooperation and domestic efforts have led to breakthroughs in building up Taiwan’s indigenous defense industry. There is a specific focus on submarines, frigates, and military aircrafts. <Accessed 2018-08-06>

Lai Defends Inaction on Olympics Drive (2018-08-07)
(Taipei Times, By Chen Yu-fu and Jonathan Chin) Amid criticisms from netizens that the current government DPP appeared to be shying away from backing the referendum calling for Taiwan's national sports team to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics under the name "Taiwan", Premier William Lai explained that the Taiwanese government has to abide by the Lausanne Agreement. Under the Lausanne Agreement, Taiwan will participate in the Olympics under the name "Chinese Taipei". Lai further assured the public that the Taiwanese government will not yield to China's pressure and suppression. <Accessed 2018-08-08>

Ko Avoids Answers as Poll Again Favors Him for President (2018-08-07)
(Taipei Times, By Lee I-chia) A recent poll conducted by Want Want China Times Group showed that the majority of respondents overwhelmingly favored Taipei Major Ko Wen-je as a presidential candidate for the 2020 presidential election. However, speaking to reporters at a discussion forum in Taipei, Ko remarked that he never expressed any desire to run for president. Meanwhile, some politicians viewed his popularity as merely serving some people's interests and as an amusement to the younger generation who do not wish to be embroiled in the dispute between the DPP and KMT. <Accessed 2018-08-08>

China Youth Corps Determined to be KMT-Affiliated, All Assets Frozen (2018-08-07)
(CNA, By Lee Shu-hua and Elizabeth Hsu) After a series of investigation conducted by the Cabinet's Ill-gotten Party Assets Committee, The China Youth Corps has been confirmed to be affiliated with the Chinese Nationalist Party KMT. The Committee will move to freeze the CYC's assets. In its defense, the CYC explained that the Corps' operations do not involve party affairs as the CYC is an NGO and thus not affiliated with the KMT. <Accessed 2018-08-08>

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen Heads to Latin America to Shore Up Diplomatic Ties (2018-08-08)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen will head to Paraguay and Belize – two of the island’s remaining 18 formal allies – on Sunday, in her fifth state visit, described by her government as a “Journey of Joint Celebration”, but seen by analysts as cementing ties in the face of a growing diplomatic squeeze by Beijing. <Accessed 2018-08-08>
U.S.-China Relations
PacNet #53 - Washington Has Turned on China. Have Americans? (2018-07-31)
(CSIS, By Craig Kafura) While elite rhetoric around the US-China relationship has changed significantly in recent years, public views remain more moderate. Polling data from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs shows the US public is divided, neither embracing nor rejecting China. <Accessed 2018-08-08>

Google, Seeking a Return to China, Is Said to Be Building a Censored Search Engine
 (2018-08-01)
(New York Times, By Li Yuan and Daisuke Wakabayashi) Google withdrew from China eight years ago to protest the country’s censorship and online hacking. Now, the internet giant is working on a censored search engine for China that will filter websites and search terms that are blacklisted by the Chinese government, according to two people with knowledge of the plans. <Accessed 2018-08-04>

U.S. Is Expanding Power to Block Chinese Firms. HNA Was Already No Match.
 (2018-08-02)
(New York Times, By David Barboza and Michael Forsythe) But in late April, HNA scrapped its bid for SkyBridge Capital. Both companies realized that they wouldn’t get the green light from regulators. Chinese companies, once among the most prolific deal-makers in the world, are increasingly running into regulatory roadblocks, particularly in the United States. <Accessed 2018-08-04>

China Threatens New Tariffs on $60 Billion of U.S. Goods
 (2018-08-03)
(New York Times, By Keith Bradsher and Cao Li) China threatened on Friday to tax an additional $60 billion a year worth of imports from the United States if the Trump administration imposes its own new levies on Chinese goods. The threat comes just two days after President Trump ordered his administration to consider increasing the rate of tariffs it has already proposed on $200 billion a year of Chinese goods — everything from chemicals to handbags — to 25 percent from 10 percent. <Accessed 2018-08-04>

Democratic Candidates Told Not to Use ZTE, Huawei Devices: Source (2018-08-03)
(Reuters) The Democratic National Committee warned party candidates running in November elections not to use devices made by Chinese telecommunications companies ZTE Corp and Huawei Technologies because they pose a security risk, a Democratic source said on Friday. <Accessed 2018-08-04>

US 2019 Defense Bill Calls for Public Reporting on China's Militarization Activities in the South China Sea (2018-08-03)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes language calling for greater transparency from the Department of Defense on Chinese militarization activities in the South China Sea. As public information becomes more readily available, greater analysis and reporting may come out of it. The NDAA also says that China must cease land reclamation efforts and remove all weapons from the South China Sea before the PLA can be reinvented to the RIMPAC exercises. <Accessed 2018-08-06>

Hidden Spies: Countering the Chinese Intelligence Threat (2018-08-03)
(The Diplomat, By Melodie Ha) While the Trump administration's new policies claim that limiting visas for Chinese students will help maintain American superiority within technological progress, the policy will actually push away a source of intellectual capital that often assists Americans in developing these new technologies. The new policy aims to slow China's technological gains and to push back against the Made In China 2025 strategy. The new policy will end up encouraging Chinese students to take their talents to other countries, leaving the United States falling behind in the technological arms race. <Accessed 2018-08-06>

Can the US Compete With China in Southeast Asia? (2018-08-07)
(The Diplomat, By Dingding Chen and You Wang) The Trump Administration's Indo-Pacific Strategy, focusing on open and transparent investments, stands in direct contrast to the Belt and Road Initiative. Southeast Asia is becoming increasingly likely a battleground of competition between the U.S. and Chinese investment strategies. China has advantages in the region related to economics and geography while the United States wins in geopolitics and leadership. <Accessed 2018-08-07>

PacNet #55 - Why China Discounts the Indo-Pacific Quad (2018-08-07)
(CSIS, By Joel Wuthnow) Rather than raising alarm bells as they did over the original Quad a decade ago, Chinese officials and analysts have generally brushed it aside. The key reason is the assumption that economic reliance of Quad members on China will limit the grouping’s future development. <Accessed 2018-08-08>

The Truth about US–China Trade (2018-08-07)
(East Asia Forum, By Wang Yong) Indeed, despite what the President says, trade between the United States and China is free and fair. Although as a developing country China has higher tariffs on US goods than the United States does on Chinese goods, its tariffs are still lower than those of many other developing countries, including India’s. <Accessed 2018-08-08>

China to Slap Additional Tariffs on $16 Billion of U.S. Goods (2018-08-08)
(Reuters, By Ryan Woo and David Lawder) China is slapping additional tariffs of 25 percent on $16 billion worth of U.S. imports from fuel and steel products to autos and medical equipment, the Chinese commerce ministry said, as the world’s largest economies escalated their trade dispute. <Accessed 2018-08-08>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Will Djibouti Become Latest Country to Fall Into China’s Debt Trap? (2018-07-31)
(Foreign Policy, By Amy Cheng) As Chinese President Xi Jinping continues to push lending to developing countries, policy analysts are sounding alarm bells about the fate of smaller nations biting off more than they can chew—and the strategic possibilities opening to China as a result. <Accessed 2018-08-04>

EU and Chinese Foreign Ministers Reaffirm Commitment to Multilateralism and Free Trade (2018-08-03)
(South China Morning Post, By Sarah Zheng) China and the European Union pledged to work together to promote free trade during a key regional summit in Singapore, on the heels of the trade detente between Europe and the US that left Beijing the central focus of US President Donald Trump’s global crusade on trade. <Accessed 2018-08-04>

Iran's Foreign Minister Says China 'Pivotal' to Salvaging its Nuclear Deal (2018-08-03)
(Reuters) Iran’s foreign minister said on Friday China was “pivotal” to salvaging a multilateral nuclear agreement for the Middle Eastern country after the United States pulled out of the pact earlier this year. <Accessed 2018-08-04>

In Xi’s China, the Center Takes Control of Foreign Affairs (2018-08-01)
(The Diplomat, By Helena Legarda) The new Central Foreign Affairs Commission is now China's central government's foreign policy wing and strengthens the role of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) within foreign policy decisionmaking. The previous Leading Small Group on foreign affairs was often seen as inefficient, and the symbolic value of the upgrade to a commission may show the importance China places on foreign policy. A greater level of authority granted to the Commission may lead to more coordinated efforts at policymaking. <Accessed 2018-08-05>

China’s New Foreign Policy Setup (2018-08-01)
(The Diplomat, By Thomas Eder) Earlier this year, President Xi Jinping mentioned he wants to lead the world towards global governance reform instead of just working towards the end goal, suggesting a larger shift in Chinese foreign policy. Increased party control over foreign affairs policymaking and the appointment of those close to Xi into roles of greater responsibility suggest the same signals. The government also focuses on placing more diplomatic support behind Chinese foreign policy goals. <Accessed 2018-08-05>

Army Day in China Exposes Xi Jinping’s PLA Challenges (2018-08-02)
(The Diplomat, By Bonnie Girard) Army Day 2018 took significant meaning from the facts that Xi Jinping challenged the financial interests of the PRC Army and that Xi is challenged by the rank of the same PLA. Xi Jinping made a public statement on July 31 that the army would cease all commercial activities by the end of the year, which will be a challenge handed down from several generations of Chinese leaders. Xi will also have to learn how to handle the greater numbers of veterans and soldiers protesting against the Party forgetting the people who led it to power. <Accessed 2018-08-06>

In Pursuit of Global Know-how: China’s New Area Studies Policy (2018-08-03)
(The Diplomat, By Margaret Myers and Ricardo Barrios) China has made an effort to push area studies within higher education institutions to better support its increased focus in international affairs. The overall goal is to inform China's overseas engagement, although the project is still academic in substance. China's area studies push is greatly modeled after the United States' own push for area studies after World War II. <Accessed 2018-08-06>

CCP Wants to Enhance ‘Patriotism’ Among China's Intellectuals (2018-08-06)
(The Diplomat, By Charlotte Gao) A new Chinese Communist Party initiative targets China's intellectual population in an effort to raise efforts of patriotism. The notice attempts to convince intellectuals to support the Party before anything and to promote the ideals of the Party. The notice does not mention why the CCP launched the project at this time. <Accessed 2018-08-07>

Foreign Aid With Chinese Characteristics (2018-08-07)
(The Diplomat, By Jacob Mardell) The China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA) is China's new agency designed to improve coordination of China's foreign aid. However, China's form of distributing foreign aid is much more focused on "win-win" cooperation, bringing it more closely in line with President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative goals than various other countries' foreign aid objectives. This has created a sort of "foreign aid with Chinese characteristics" that CIDCA is in charge of coordinating. <Accessed 2018-08-07>

PacNet #56 - Reading the Belt and Road Tea Leaves: Aggression, Exploitation, or Prosperity? (2018-08-08)
(CSIS, By Karl Hendler) Xi and Pompeo offer two different visions of the future for the Asia/Indo-Pacific. They ostensibly espouse many of the same values and goals but originate from opposite perspectives about which country should take a leading role. <Accessed 2018-08-08>

China Offers Further Evidence Secretive Annual Leadership Meet is Happening (2018-08-08)
(Reuters) Chinese state media on Wednesday offered further evidence that a secretive annual conclave of senior leaders is being held at the seaside resort of Beidaihe, saying that Premier Li Keqiang had met a United Nations official there. <Accessed 2018-08-08>

Chinese President Xi Jinping to Visit Philippines as Relations between Two Sides Warm (2018-08-08)
(South China Morning Post, By Teddy Ng and Catherine Wong) Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to visit the Philippines before the end of the year in the latest sign of improved relations between the two sides, the foreign minister of the Southeast Asian nation said. <Accessed 2018-08-08>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

China and Asean Reach ‘Milestone’ Draft Deal on South China Sea Code of Conduct (2018-08-02)
(South China Morning Post, By Catherine Wong and Kinling Lo) After more than a decade of talks, a bloc of Southeast Asian nations and China have agreed on a draft code of conduct that will lay the foundation for negotiations over the disputed South China Sea. Observers said the agreement showed that China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) could make progress through talks despite rising regional tensions, but they also warned that there was still a long way to go until a final deal. <Accessed 2018-08-04>

Taiwan Willing to Participate in Talks Over South China Sea: MOFA
 (2018-08-03)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Ko Lin) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokesman Andrew Lee stated that Taiwan should be included in negotiations and talks over the South China Sea disputes as Taiwan is not only one of the key members of the international community but also has the ability to handle any disputes over the South China Sea. Taiwan's exclusion from the multilateral negotiation between China and ASEAN member states was due to China's action to isolate Taiwan in the international space. <Accessed 2018-08-04>

Beijing Vows to Keep Military Presence in South China Sea as US Pledges US$300 Million for Security (2018-08-04)
(South China Morning Post, By Catherine Wong and Kinling Lo) Beijing on Saturday vowed to maintain its military presence in the South China Sea, insisting the US is “the biggest force for militarisation in this region” after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pledged US$300 million to boost security in the Indo-Pacific. The investment is part of US efforts to counter China’s influence in the region, but Beijing and regional analysts said the amount was too small to have any real impact. <Accessed 2018-08-04>

How the French Military’s ‘Political Messengers’ are Countering Beijing in the South China Sea (2018-08-05)
(South China Morning Post, By Mathieu Duchatel) The first signal is directed at China. It can be summarised in one word: “counter-intimidation”. In the context of China’s use of military power to create a fait accompli in the South China Sea, it is seen as important to convey to Beijing that the French military will operate in the space allowed by international law – without interference from China. <Accessed 2018-08-04>

The Korean Peninsula

U.S. Isn’t Holding Up Its End of Nuclear Deal, North Korean Envoy Charges
 (2018-08-04)
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) North Korea’s top diplomat accused the United States of failing to live up to President Trump’s agreement with its leader, Kim Jong-un, warning on Saturday that the country would not start denuclearizing unless Washington took reciprocal actions. <Accessed 2018-08-04>

China May Seek to End US Military Presence in Korean Peninsula after South Opens Door to Greater Role for Beijing in Peace Talks (2018-08-05)
(South China Morning Post, By Lee Jeong-ho) China is looking to increase its involvement in talks to bring about a formal end to the Korean war and may seek greater concessions from the United States after a shift in the South’s policy opened the door for a greater role for Beijing. <Accessed 2018-08-08>

Taiwan Prepares for CPTPP with Mock Negotiations: Premier (2018-08-07)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan) The Taiwanese government is looking forward to joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in its second round of negotiation talks that is scheduled to take place at the end of this year or early 2019. In preparing for Taiwan's admission to CPTPP, Taiwan has been tirelessly prepping itself in all possible negotiation settings so that Taiwan would be well-prepared when invited to join the regional trade bloc. <Accessed 2018-08-08>

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New Publication China's Strategic Multilateralism: Investing in Global Governance by Scott L. Kastner, Margaret M. Pearson, and Chad Rector (Cambridge University Press)
New Publication A New Era in Democratic Taiwan: Trajectories and Turning Points in Politics and Cross-Strait Relations, Edtied by Jonathan Sullivan and Chun-Yi Lee (Routledge)
New Publication Assessing the Presidency of Ma Ying-jiu in Taiwan: Hopeful Beginning, Hopeless End? Edited by André Beckershoff and Gunter Schubert (Routledge)
New Publication Understanding China’s New Diplomacy: Silk Roads and Bullet Trains by Gerald Chan (Edward Elgar Publishing)
New Publication Connecting Taiwan: Participation – Integration – Impacts, Edited by Carsten Storm (Routledge)
New Publication Government and Politics in Taiwan, 2nd Edition by Dafydd Fell (Routledge)
New Publication China's Asia: Triangular Dynamics since the Cold War by Lowell Dittmer (Rowman and Littlefield)
New Publication "Theoretical Underpinnings of Global Social Contract" by Takashi Inoguchi in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Empirical International Relations Theory by William R. Thompson (ed.)
New Publication Young China: How the Restless Generation Will Change Their Country and the World by Zak Dychtwald (St. Martin's Press)
New Publication Takashi Inoguchi and Ankit Panda (2018) "Japan's Grand Strategy in the South China Sea: Principled Pragmatism," in Anders Corr, ed., Great Powers, Grand Strategies: The New Game in the South China Sea (Naval Institute Press, PP. 199-223)
New Publication "Understanding President Trump's Taiwan Policy" by John F. Copper (American Journal of Chinese Studies)
New Publication "Prospects for Taiwan Maintaining Its Autonomy under Chinese Pressure" by Denny Roy (Asian Survey)
New Publication Takashi Inoguchi and Richard Estes: "The History of Well-Being in East Asia: From Global Conflict to Global Leadership" in The Pursuit of Human Well-Being: The Untold Global History by Estes, Richard J. and Sirgy, Joseph (eds.) (Springer)
New Publication Taiwan at a Tipping Point: The Democratic Progressive Party's Return to Power by John F. Copper (Rowman and Littlefield)
New Publication Taiwan and China: Fitful Embrace by Lowell Dittmer (ed.) (University of California Press) 
New Publication Learning from Fukushima: Nuclear Power in East Asia by Peter Van Ness and Mel Gurtov (eds.) (Australian National University Press)
New Publication Playing with Fire: The Looming War with China Over Taiwan by John Copper (Praeger Security International Series)
Upcoming Conference China Defense & Security Conference 2017 (Jamestown Foundation)
New Publication Imagining Taiwan: The Nixon Administration, the Developmental States, and South Vietnam’s Search for Economic Viability, 1969–1975 by Simon Toner (Diplomatic History)
New Publication Religion and the Regime: Cooperation and Conflict in Contemporary Russia and China by Karrie J. Koesel (World Politics)
New Publication Primordialism, Instrumentalism, Constructivism: Factors Influencing Taiwanese People’s Regime Acceptance of Mainland China’s Government by Chia-Chou Wang (Journal of Contemporary China)
TSR received a favorable review by the Foreign Affairs (July/Aug 2000)
The Best of Asia-Pacific Web Award
TSR was honored with a Four-Star rating by the Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library. 
 

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