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Cross-Strait Relations
 WMO Comes Under Fire Over Photo Designation (2018-09-05)
(Taipei Times, By Shelley Shan) The Central Weather Bureau will assist its assistant technician Fu Yi-feng to file a complaint to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) for changing the name "Taiwan" to "Taiwan, Province of China" for a photograph Fu submitted to the organization for its photography competition. In the event they refuse to change the name back to "Taiwan", The Bureau said that they plan to request WMO to remove Fu's photograph from its website. <Accessed 2018-09-06>

Taiwan Important for Understanding China’s ‘Economic Bullyism’: Expert (2018-09-06)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan)
Kerry Brown, a professor of Chinese Studies at King’s College London, delivered a speech in Taipei Wednesday, during which he described the importance of Taiwan in understanding China’s “economic bullyism” tactics and other countries’ responses to them. He also discussed China’s goals for the century, China’s international relations, and common cross-Strait issues. <Accessed 2018-09-07>

MAC Report Criticizes Beijing's 31 Measures (2018-09-07)
(Taipei Times, By Sherry Hsiao) The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) warned Taiwanese to be vigilant and mindful of the potential risks that come with China's 31 measures. The 31 measures is China's recent strategy to attract Taiwanese professionals and businesses to work and invest in China. Although there are no statistical evidence currently to show the impact of the 31 measures, MAC stated that they could threaten national security and deprive Taiwanese of their freedom and human rights. <Accessed 2018-09-08>

Forum Warns of Residency Card Trap (2018-09-08)
(Taipei Times, By Chung Li-hua and Jake Chung)
The National Tsing Hua University’s Center for Contemporary China in Hsinchu held a conference Friday, during which various professors and directors discussed the new Chinese residency card system. The speakers said that the new residency card offers very few new benefits to Taiwanese nationals and that the card is really a political tool. They also said that they felt students and teachers would be most greatly affected by the new card. <Accessed 2018-09-09>

Chinese Kansai Evacuation Story 'Fake News': DPP (2018-09-09)
(Taipei Times, By Lee Hsin-fang and William Hetherington) A recent news claiming that the Chinese consulate in Osaka sent buses to help evacuate Chinese citizens trapped in Kansai International Airport is confirmed to be fake. A Taiwanese traveler stated that it was impossible for buses to reach the airport as the bridge to the airport was damaged. A Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) official criticized China for using fake news as one of its "united front" tactics to create social unrest. <Accessed 2018-09-10>

Penalties Sought for Chinese Residency (2018-09-10)
(Taipei Times, By Chiu Yen-ling)
DPP Legislator Wang Ding-yu drafted an amendment which would revoke the household registration of Taiwanese nationals who obtain the new Chinese residency cards. However, Wang said that if those affected by the amendment renounced the Chinese cards, they could have their rights restored. Other parties are considering proposing similar amendments, as many lawmakers feel there need to be some legal ramifications for Taiwanese who obtain the cards. <Accessed 2018-09-10>

Pacific Islands New Diplomatic Battleground for China and the West (2018-09-10)
(South China Morning Post, By Lee Jeong-ho) Pacific island countries have become a new diplomatic battleground as China and Western nations vie for influence in the region, and as Beijing ramps up efforts to squeeze Taiwan’s international space. <Accessed 2018-09-13>

MAC Warns Against China’s Residence Permits for Taiwanese (2018-09-12)
(CNA, By Miao Zong-han and Romulo Huang)
The Mainland Affairs Council on Wednesday issues a statement condemning China’s new residence permits, which it said are a political ploy aimed at weakening Taiwan’s sovereignty. The MAC also warned Taiwanese who are applying for the permit against the potential downsides, in addition to disputing the Chinese report saying that 22,000 Taiwanese had already applied for the permits. <Accessed 2018-09-12>

‘Why Are Taiwan and Hong Kong Separate from China?’: Chinese Raise Ruckus over Apple’s iPhone Presentation (2018-09-13)
(South China Morning Post, By Zhuang Pinghui) A publicity event for Apple’s new smartphones that referred to “Hong Kong”, “Taiwan” and “China” as separate markets – rather than parts of a single country – has sparked fresh fury in certain quarters of the Chinese media and among some internet users over what they perceive as the latest example of a foreign firm’s lack of respect for the nation’s sovereignty. <Accessed 2018-09-13>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
U.S. Senators Introduce Bill to Help Taiwan Keep Diplomatic Allies (2018-09-06)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh)
U.S. Senators Cory Gardner, Ed Markey, Marco Rubio, and Bob Menendez introduced the Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act. The act is intended to get Washington’s help in promoting Taiwan’s international standing and maintaining strong relations with its remaining allies. The legislation would also give the U.S. State Department the right to reduce relations with foreign governments that take adverse actions towards Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-09-07>

 Chairman of Taiwan Caucus to Head U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (2018-09-07)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Ko Lin) U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe, the Senator who is replacing Senator John McCain as the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is a loyal supporter of a strong U.S.-Taiwan relations. Inhofe wrote a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump, advocating for the sales of F-35 fighter jets to Taiwan as well as greater cooperation between Taiwan and the U.S. <Accessed 2018-09-08>

TAIUNA to Appeal in the U.S. for Taiwan to be Part of the U.N. (2018-09-08)
(CNA, By Chiu Chun-chin and William Yen) Speaking at an interview prior to the delegation's departure to the U.S., the Taiwan United Nations Alliance (TAIUNA) President Michael Tsai remarked that the delegation hopes to draw U.S. authorities and global community's attention to the plight of Taiwanese for Taiwan to re-enter the United Nations (UN). Tsai also proposed that Taiwan and the U.S. should bolster their diplomatic, security, and military cooperation and make the Taiwan-U.S. relations official. <Accessed 2018-09-08>

U.S. Calls Back Ambassadors Over Severing of Ties with Taiwan (2018-09-08)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh, Yeh Su-ping, and Y.F. Low)
In relation to the countries recent cutting of ties with Taiwan, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Panama’s U.S. Ambassadors have been called back for consultations about the severing of ties and the institutions and economies of those nations. Taiwanese representatives have not commented on the matter, saying the government will not comment on “individual measures”. <Accessed 2018-09-09>

Is the US Ready to Stand Up for Taiwan Against China? (2018-09-10)
(The Diplomat, By Charlotte Gao) Following their host countries' switch in diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China, the United States has recalled its ambassadors to the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Panama. Last month, President Tsai Ing-wen made a high-profile stopover in the United States, and the increasing diplomatic pressure from China seems to be a response to her visit. The White House has also issued a statement expressing its displeasure with the choice for these countries to switch recognition. <Accessed 2018-09-11>

U.S. Reaffirms Support for Taiwan After Recall of Ambassadors (2018-09-12)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh, Rita Cheng, and Evelyn Kao)
At a press conference held Tuesday, the U.S. State Department reiterated its support for Taiwan, which it sees as a “democratic success story”. State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said that the U.S. will continue to support Taiwan in the international arena, as it is a valuable member of the international community. <Accessed 2018-09-12>

US Diplomat Recall ‘a Message to Beijing over Poaching Taipei’s Allies’ (2018-09-13)
(South China Morning Post, By Kinling Lo) Washington was sending a message to Beijing that pressuring countries to cut diplomatic ties with Taipei will have consequences when it recalled three ambassadors last week, the US representative in Taiwan said on Thursday. <Accessed 2018-09-13>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
 Alliance to Push UN Bid for 15th Year (2018-09-05)
(Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) Despite not moving forward in pushing for Taiwan's UN membership at the General Assembly this year, the Taiwanese government expressly supports the Taiwan United Nations Alliance's initiative to voice for Taiwan's UN membership in the US this month. The delegation plans to meet with Taiwanese expats and US lawmakers during their 10-day trip in the US. Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Secretary-General James Lee stated that the government and the Alliance share a common aspiration, which is to garner international support for Taiwan's UN participation and Taiwan's global recognition. <Accessed 2018-09-06>

MOFA to Consolidate Ties with Eswatini (2018-09-05)
(Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that it would strengthen diplomatic ties with Eswatini. The announcement came after China announced that it would provide US$60 billion to financially support African projects. Meanwhile, Department of West Asian and African Affairs Director-General Liu Bang-zyh said that the ministry has confidence in Taiwan's relations with Eswatini. <Accessed 2018-09-06>

Military Police to Buy 445 Kestrel Missile Launchers (2018-09-05)
(Taipei Times, By Lo Tien-pin and Johnathan Chin) In preparation to better defend Taipei against China's People's Liberation Army (PLA), Taiwan's Military Police Command plans to purchase 445 Kestrel missile launchers. The missile launchers would enable the military police to defend Taipei against airborne, airmobile or special operations attacks, as well as launching mobile counterattacks. <Accessed 2018-09-06>

President Tsai Touts Closer Links with Guatemala (2018-09-05)
(CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Elizabeth Hsu) President of the Congress of Guatemala Álvaro Arzú Escobar is on a five-day visit to Taiwan. During a meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen at the Presidential Office, the Taiwanese president highlighted the collaborative efforts between the two nations, which have also helped to strengthen Taiwan's bilateral ties with Guatemala. The president also commended the Guatemalan Congress for his support of Taiwan-Guatemala relations. <Accessed 2018-09-06>

Jailed Ex-President Did Not Violate Medical Parole Terms: Authority (2018-09-05)
(CNA, By Yang Ming-chu and Evelyn Kao) According to Taichung Prison, former President Chen Shui-bian did not violate his medical parole term during an unofficial forum with reporters and leaders who are Chen's Japan-based supporters, as Chen was in Kaohsiung and did not "actively give the interview". The unofficial forum reported that Chen suggested for a national referendum to be held, affirming that Taiwan does not want to be part of China. <Accessed 2018-09-06>

President Expressed Sympathy to Japan After Typhoon Jebi (2018-09-05)
(CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Evelyn Kao) On her Twitter post, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen expressed her condolences to the families of the victims of Typhoon Jebi, which killed 11 and injured more than 600 people. The president also tweeted that Taiwan feels and understands what the Japanese people are going through currently and will "get through it together" with Japan as Taiwan is also a nation that is prone to natural disasters. <Accessed 2018-09-06>

Taiwan Offers Visa-Free Treatment to Russians (2018-09-06)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh)
On Thursday, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that in an effort to increase exchanges with Russia, Russian nationals will be able to enter Taiwan without a visa for visits of up to fourteen days. The visa-free treatment for Russians will run on a trial basis until next summer and then will be reevaluated. Taiwanese travelers do not have visa-free entry in Russia. <Accessed 2018-09-07>

Hundreds of White Terror Convictions to be Quashed (2018-09-07)
(Taipei Times, By Chen Yu-fu and Johnathan Chin) Taiwan's Transitional Justice Commission announced that the convictions of almost 1,000 people who were on trial for the White Terror incident will be quashed. The Commission further added that cases that were not considered as political crimes would be reviewed sometime in the future. <Accessed 2018-09-08>

Government Advised to Promote Taiwan Studies Worldwide (2018-09-07)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan) Gunter Schubert, Director of the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan at University of Tubingen, proposed the establishment of a Taiwan Foundation during the third World Congress of Taiwan Studies in Taipei. The Foundation would help international universities to create faculty positions for Taiwan studies scholars and encourage these universities to promote Taiwan studies in their institutions. This is crucial for the promotion of Taiwan studies due to the lack of long-term funding schemes for research and teaching on Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-09-08>

Taiwanese Diplomat Flies to Hokkaido After Criticism (2018-09-07)
(CNA, By Yang Ming-chu, Wang Cheng-chung and Elizabeth Hsu) Frank Hsieh, Taiwan's Representative to Japan, flew to Hokkaido after accusations were made against the diplomat on social media for his failure to provide immediate assistance to Taiwanese stranded in Osaka due to the flood caused by Typhoon Jebi. Hsieh was also criticized by the Kuomintang party for ignoring Taiwanese people in need of assistance. <Accessed 2018-09-08>

Japan’s Prime Minister Thanks Taiwan For Quake, Typhoon Concerns (2018-09-08)
(CNA, Huang Ming-hsi and Frances Huang)
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe posted a message online in Chinese thanking Taiwan for its concern for Japanese citizens following the series of natural disasters that hit Japan recently. Abe’s message was in response to President Tsai Ing-wen’s message on Twitter sending her condolences and offering Taiwan’s assistance. <Accessed 2018-09-09>

Is Taiwan Becoming a Surveillance State? Privacy Advocates Sound Alarm (2018-09-09)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) According to a recent report by the Taiwan Association for Human Rights (TAHR), the self-ruled island has violated digital human rights by quietly conducting communications surveillance over the past few years to obtain social networking content and metadata, ostensibly to help investigate crimes. <Accessed 2018-09-13>

Unjust Sentences to be Repealed by May (2018-09-09)
(Taipei Times, By Chen Yu-fu) The Transitional Justice Commission announced that all miscarriages of justice that happened during the authoritarian period are to be officially repealed before June 2019. The Commission's deputy chairman Chang Tien-chin remarked that the Commission is committed to ensure justice is served. Meanwhile, National Human Rights Museum director Chen Chun-hung announced that a website featuring historical sties of injustice is scheduled to be launched end of this year. <Accessed 2018-09-10>

KMT Protests Japanese Right-Winger 'Assaulting' Comfort Woman Statue (2018-09-11)
(Taipei Times, By Lu Yi-hsuan) A Japanese right-wing group representative was caught on video kicking the statue of a "comfort woman" in Tainan. This incident has resulted in a protest by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), the Tainan Association for Comfort Women's Rights and pro-unification groups. The protesters protested outside the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association in Taipei, demanding the perpetrator to apologize and urging Taiwan's Representative to Japan Frank Hsieh to submit a formal complaint with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. <Accessed 2018-09-12>

Tourists Return Home From Hokkaido (2018-09-11)
(Taipei Times/CNA, Tokyo) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that Taiwanese tourists stranded in Hokkaido due to the earthquake that hit the island have safely returned home. A Japanese reporter stated that Taiwan was the only foreign representative that set up an emergency response center to assist Taiwanese in the wake of the natural disaster. <Accessed 2018-09-12>

Taiwan's Stance on Comfort Women Issue Unchanged: Foreign Ministry (2018-09-11)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou, Yang Ming-chu, Wang Cheng-chung, Wu Hsin-yun and Elizabeth Hsu) In light of the recent incident where a Japanese activist was caught on camera kicking the statue of a "comfort woman" in Tainan, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) affirmed the government's continued effort to seek justice for Taiwanese women who were forced to work as "comfort women" during World War II. MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee said that while the government continues to negotiate with Japan on this matter, the government also hopes that it will not affect Taiwan-Japan relations. <Accessed 2018-09-12>

Taiwan, Poland Hold Economic Forum, Sign Cooperation Agreement (2018-09-11)
(CNA, By Liao Yu-yang and Frances Huang) Durign the Taiwan-Poland 8th economic consultation forum, both nations signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU). According to Taiwan's Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs Kung Ming-hsin, the MOU will help enterprises from both nations to understand each other's market, which would potentially generate greater opportunities for cooperation. <Accessed 2018-09-12>

Taiwan to Boost Military Budget for F-16 Upgrades (2018-09-10)
(The Diplomat, By Franz-Stefan Gady) The Ministry of National Defense will be increasing the budget to allow for the upgrade of the Air Force's 144 Lockheed Martin F-16 A/B Fighting Falcon combat aircraft. The Air Force is primarily interested in improving its air-to-air missile systems and is also considering domestic alternatives. <Accessed 2018-09-11>

MOFA Tries to Cool Furor Over Statue Incident  (2018-09-12)
(Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu)
In response to the recent incident in which a Japanese man kicked a “comfort women” statue in Tainan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has commented, saying the Ministry denounces any kind of destructive behavior by nationals of any country. It also said it hoped the incident would not harm Taiwan-Japan relations, in addition to saying it supports people’s right to express their opinion in a peaceful manner. <Accessed 2018-09-12>
U.S.-China Relations
Beyond Defining a ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific’ (2018-09-06)
(The Diplomat, By Abigail Grace) After a year past the introduction of the United States, Japan, Australia, and India's collective "Free and Open Indo-Pacific" (FOIP) strategy, observers continue to debate whether it forms a truly regional strategic partnership or is solely a U.S.-led Chinese containment strategy. The partner nations' governments need to work with one another to create cooperative strategies to pursue an effective partnership. However, it is time to stop discussing what sort of strategy the FOIP might be and instead focus on discussing what indicators might be used to track its success. <Accessed 2018-09-08>

US-China Trade War: Eye on Exports (2018-09-06)
(The Diplomat, By Mercy A. Kuo) Senior Currency Strategist for DailyFX Ilya Spivak offers some thoughts on the U.S. - China trade war and how it might affect global commerce in the long term. <Accessed 2018-09-08>

U.S. and India, Wary of China, Agree to Strengthen Military Ties (2018-09-06)
(New York Times, By Maria Abi-Habib) The agreement allows the sale of high-tech American weaponry to India. The two countries are trying to curb China’s growing influence. <RSS, Accessed 2018-09-13>

Trump Has No Intention of Making a Trade Deal With China (2018-09-07)
(The Diplomat, By Kyle M. Griffin) China will not succumb to Washington's unyielding trade demands because for the CCP to do so would be to lead China back into a new "century of humiliation" in the eyes of the Chinese people. However, the United States also appears to refuse to compromise, despite the repeated insistence that the purpose of negotiations between the two sides is to find a compromise. This suggests that maybe U.S. President Donald Trump does not have any intention of finding a compromise on the trade disputes with China. <Accessed 2018-09-08>

Textile, Electronics And Bike Firms Mull Relocation From China: MOEA (2018-09-09)
(CNA, By Liao Yu-yang and Evelyn Kao) A recent survey from the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) reported that the U.S.-China trade war will have a greater impact on the textile, electronics and bicycle industries, but not Taiwan's petrochemical, steel/aluminum and machinery manufacturers. While Economic Minister Shen Jong-chin remarked that the trade war causes Taiwanese businesses to move their operations out of China, director general of the MOEA's Department of Investment Services, Chang Ming-pin, said that most Taiwanese businesses could leave China due to China's declining operating environment. <Accessed 2018-09-10>

U.S. Weighs Sanctions Against Chinese Officials Over Muslim Detention Camps (2018-09-10)
(New York Times, By Edward Wong) The economic penalties would be one of the first times the Trump administration has taken action against China on human rights violations. <RSS, Accessed 2018-09-13>

US Envoy Recall Shows Strategic Concern: Pundits (2018-09-11)
(Taipei Times, By Lu Yi-hsuan and Sherry Hsiao) The US Department of State has summoned its ambassadors to El Salvador, Panama, and the Dominican Republic for consultations according to the Department's spokesperson Heather Nauert. Although the Department's decision demonstrates an increased support from the US toward Taiwan and its concern over Beijing's influence in the region, this move could potentially complicate matters according to two Taiwanese scholars. <Accessed 2018-09-12>

Trade War Thaw? Beijing Welcomes Surprise US Offer to Resume High-Level Talks (2018-09-13)
(South China Morning Post, By Amanda Lee) China and the United States moved closer on Thursday to resuming high-level trade negotiations, in a promising sign that the rapid escalation of their trade war could be slowed or even halted. However, it was unclear whether either side was willing to offer sufficient concessions to end the dispute. <Accessed 2018-09-13>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Are Chinese Loans To Africa Good or Bad? That’s The Wrong Question. (2018-09-05)
(The Diplomat, By Hannah Wanjie Ryder) The debate in how effective or problematic Chinese aid to Africa rages on. However, there may be solutions for improvement. While Chinese aid is not necessary all bad, it can be greatly improved, and African nations should increase their accountability standards and prioritize their most profitable projects first. <Accessed 2018-09-08>

China’s Plan for Conquest of the South Pacific (2018-09-07)
(Asia Times, By Kerry K Gershaneck) Beijing’s militarization of islands and features it claims in the South China Sea is by now widely seen as a threat to freedom of navigation in one of the world’s most strategically important waterways. What’s gone less noticed, however, is how Beijing could use those emerging forward bases to project power into the South Pacific, where critics say Beijing harbors “neo-colonial” ambitions and the United States maintains crucial naval and air force bases on Guam. <Accessed 2018-09-07>

Why Is China's Top Military Official Visiting Central Asia? (2018-09-07)
(The Diplomat, By Catherine Putz) The Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission, Xu Qiliang, will be visiting Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan in early September. He will be meeting with upper-level military officials to promote military cooperation between China and Central Asia as well as deepen the strategic trust between the countries. All three countries hold comprehensive strategic partnerships with China. <Accessed 2018-09-08>

Xi to Meet Putin at Russia’s Eastern Economic Forum Amid Tensions With US (2018-09-07)
(The Diplomat, By Charlotte Gao) President Xi Jinping will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Eastern Economic Forum on September 11-12, 2018, held in Vladivostok, Russia. The Deputy Foreign Minister of China emphasized that the China-Russia relationship has evolved this year to new levels of development and cooperation. China and Russia have also grown closer in light of growing tensions between both countries and the United States. <Accessed 2018-09-08>

China Debates the Belt and Road (2018-09-08)
(The Diplomat, By Hannah Feldshuh) While the Chinese government hails the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as an unprecedented plan to improve Chinese bilateral ties with global partners and drive global development, Western leaders and academics view it with suspicion and distrust. However, this global divide does not fully encapsulate the discussions regarding BRI and its implementation taking place within China, as several academics question its viability and the methods of implementation the CCP are pursuing. As international criticism rises, though, domestic expression will become much more restricted as the Chinese government puts on a stronger face of promotion for the BRI. <Accessed 2018-09-08>

Can China Bring Peace to Africa? (2018-09-10)
(The Diplomat, By Semungus H. Gebrehiwot and Biruk M. Demissie) Beijing hosted the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in early September, bringing together the leaders of all African countries except Eswatini to discuss strategic cooperation between China and the African continent. Africa is now on the verge of change and development, but it would not have come this far out of its postcolonial stage without China. However, China's military cooperation with Africa cannot be understated and will also contribute to security on the continent. <Accessed 2018-09-11>

China Launches First Domestically Built Polar Icebreaker (2018-09-11)
(The Diplomat, By Franz-Stefan Gady) China launched its first domestically-built conventionally-powered icebreaker, the Xuelong 2, in Shanghai on September 10. It will now undergo several sea trials with a goal of being fully operational by mid-2019. The two Chinese polar icebreakers are both considered civilian ships under the Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC). <Accessed 2018-09-11>

Xi Is Attending the Eastern Economic Forum. What Took Him So Long? (2018-09-12)
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) President Xi Jinping is in Vladivostok for the Eastern Economic Forum for the first time ever, marking his third meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin this year. Despite China's seemingly increasingly good relationship with Russia, Chinese representation at the EEF has historically only been to send low-level officials, so sending President Xi himself shows a noticeable change. The worsening U.S.-China relationship most likely explains this shift. <Accessed 2018-09-11>

Corruption Is Wasting Chinese Money in Africa (2018-09-13)
(Foreign Policy, By Salem Solomon and Casey Frechette) But two decades of financial data, evolving business and cultural ties, and the latest news from the just-concluded Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Beijing suggest that the China-Africa relationship defies simple characterization. There may be an overarching Africa policy. But on the ground, China is engaged in a diverse set of bilateral ties, with the benefits for African countries driven in large measure by how well their leaders defend national interests. <Accessed 2018-09-13>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
  • A Role for China in Breaking US-North Korea Stalemate (2018-09-06)
    (Asia Times, By Kristian McGuire) China may be able to help the US and North Korea overcome the current impasse in their negotiations by acting as a guarantor for an agreement on next steps. <Accessed 2018-09-10> 

AG600 Home-Grown Aircraft: Beijing Ups the Stakes in South China Sea with Successful Trials
 (2018-09-08)
(South China Morning Post, By Kristin Huang) Beijing’s military ambitions in the South China Sea were given a boost this week after the country’s first domestically developed amphibious aircraft was reported to have successfully completed a series of on-water tests. While its main role is to support maritime search-and-rescue missions, military observers said the new AG600 could also be used to transport troops or even conduct surveillance in the disputed waters. <Accessed 2018-09-13>

ASEAN and China Should Seize the Opportunity in the South China Sea (2018-09-11)
(East Asia Forum, By Sourabh Gupta) ASEAN and China enjoy a window of opportunity over the next few years to prove that maintaining stability and safeguarding maritime rights in their shared periphery are not incompatible goals. They should seize it. <Accessed 2018-09-13>

ASEAN and the Challenge of a Multipolar World (2018-09-12)
(East Asia Forum, By Ja Ian Chong) Short of a rapid and successful reboot, a more contested world with multiple powerful actors is likely to intensify ASEAN’s drift toward the margins, and with it the scope for its members to pursue their interests and soften major power rivalries. <Accessed 2018-09-13>

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