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2018-10-09 | NO.42(19) epaper |
Note to Readers
 
New Publication China's Strategic Multilateralism: Investing in Global Governance by Scott L. Kastner, Margaret M. Pearson, and Chad Rector (Cambridge University Press)
Cross-Strait Relations
 Taiwan to Take Delivery of First Batch of Four Upgraded F-16s in 2019 (2018-10-03)
(CNA, By Yiu Kai-hsiang and Evelyn Kao) During a legislative session, a military official announced that Taiwan's Air Force is scheduled to receive its first batch of four upgraded F-16 fighter jets, which will be delivered in 2019. The upgraded fighter jets have passed the combat flight testing and are presently undergoing ground testing by Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. (AIDC). <Accessed 2018-10-04>

China’s ‘Little Tricks’ Won’t Hamper Taiwan in APEC: Foreign Minister  (2018-10-04)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh)
Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said Thursday in an interview with CNA that despite China’s “little tricks” aimed at inhibiting Taiwan’s participation in the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting, Taiwan’s will continue to be an active member of APEC and will attend the meeting. He cited China’s attempts to block Taiwan’s proposals in APEC and request that Taiwan be referred to as “Chinese Taipei” in APEC documents as examples of China’s “little tricks”. <Accessed 2018-10-04>

China's Military Threat Against Taiwan Growing: U.S. Report (2018-10-05)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Elizabeth Hsu) A recent 2019 Index of U.S. Military Strength report, published by the Washington-based conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation, warned that China's increasing military strength will threaten Taiwan and America's interest in a stable and peaceful Western Pacific. The report stated that China might resort to more extreme measures than just intimidating Taiwan with its live-fire drills and bomber flights if U.S. presence is absent. <Accessed 2018-10-06>

Taiwan Military Capable of Protecting Nation: Defense Minister (2018-10-05)
(CNA, By Wang Cheng-chung and Frances Huang) Taiwan's Minister of National Defense Yen De-fa reassured the Taiwanese people that the ministry is capable of defending the nation and protecting the people. Yen made the statement amid reports that the U.S. is sending its ships around Chinese-claimed territory in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait as a show of force. <Accessed 2018-10-06>

Chinese Official Denied Visit After Flouting Regulations  (2018-10-06)
(Taipei Times, with CNA)
China’s Taiwan Affairs Office Vice Director, Li Xiaodong, was denied entry into Taiwan after he refused to meet with Mainland Affairs Council officials, which is an official requirement of entry. This requirement is a new measure taken by Taiwan in the face of rising cross-Strait tensions. Li was leading a delegation of several think tanks. The rest of the delegation complied with requirements and was allowed entry. <Accessed 2018-10-07>

President Tsai ‘Very Mature’ In Cross-Strait Ties: Ex-U.S. Official (2018-10-06)
(CNA, By Rita Cheng and Frances Huang)
Susan Thornton, former U.S. acting assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, said on Friday that President Tsai has been very mature in her handling of cross-Strait affairs. She said she thinks maintaining status quo, reacting calmly, and maintaining communication are key. She also commented on Vice President Pence’s recent comments about China. <Accessed 2018-10-07>

Taiwan Showing Goodwill to China But Will Not Give In: Official (2018-10-07)
(CNA, By William Yen) During a Double Ten Day event, acting head of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Hong Kong, Kao Ming-tsun, commented that the Taiwanese government has always aspired to maintain a stable and peaceful cross-Taiwan Strait relations that would avoid any confrontation. Kao praised Taiwan's democratic success which has received global recognition. <Accessed 2018-10-08>

MAC Mulls More China ID Restrictions (2018-10-09)
(Taipei Times, By Ann Maxon) The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) will be cooperating with other government agencies to come up with regulations pertaining to Taiwanese holders of China's residency card. Tentatively, the governmeng might bar Taiwanese holding China's residency card from holding public office, joining the police or army, standing in elections, or working in intelligence services. MAC Minister Chen Ming-tong cautioned against China's political agenda in implementing the residency cards to Taiwanese. <Accessed 2018-10-10>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
 Wyoming Opens Asia-Pacific Trade Office in Taipei (2018-10-03)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Wyoming Asia-Pacific Trade Office, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead announced that the foreign trade office in Taipei is Wyoming's first in 30 years. Mead commented that it was Taiwan's democracy and advanced technology and Taiwanese's warmth and hospitality that made them decided to open the Wyoming Asia-Pacific Trade Office in Taiwan. The Wyoming Governor also expressed hope that the office will increase closer trade, investment, cultural and educational exchanges between both sides. <Accessed 2018-10-04>

Taiwan’s Safety Benefits the U.S.: Defense Minister (2018-10-04)
(Taipei Times, with CNA)
Minister of National Defense Yen De-fa said Wednesday that protecting Taiwan is in the U.S.’s national interest because the U.S. values the peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific region, which Taiwan plays a role in maintaining. Yen also said that the military has been closely monitoring the actions of the People’s Liberation Army. <Accessed 2018-10-04>

U.S. Will Not Use Taiwan as Bargaining Chip: Foreign Minister Wu (2018-10-04)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh)
Foreign Minister Joseph Wu addressed recent concerns that the U.S. would use Taiwan as a bargaining chip in U.S.-China negotiations. He dismissed the concerns, highlighting the U.S.’s history of supporting Taiwan and the many senior officials of the Trump administration who are advocates of Taiwan. He also said Washington officials have assured Taiwan that it would not become a bargaining chip, and Wu said he believes the U.S. will not change this position. <Accessed 2018-10-04>

Taiwan Thanks Pence for His Support (2018-10-06)
(Taipei Times, By Peng Wan-hsin, Su Fun-her, and Sherry Hsiao, with CNA)
Taiwan’s government and Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday thanked U.S. Vice President Mike Pence for his support of Taiwan’s democracy and international participation, which he expressed on Thursday speaking at the Hudson Institute. Pence also expressed the U.S.’s discontent with China’s pressure on Taiwan’s diplomatic allies. <Accessed 2018-10-07>

Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Vice President Chen to Attend Canonization of Pope Paul VI (2018-10-02)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan)
Next week, Vice President Chen Chien-jen will lead a Taiwan delegation to attend the canonization ceremony of Pope Paul VI and six others. Foreign Minister Kelly Hsieh said that President Tsai is sending this delegation to demonstrate the value Taiwan places on Taiwan-Vatican diplomatic ties, following the agreement between China and the Vatican. Chen said he will congratulate the Vatican and Pope Francis and invite the Pope to visit Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-10-03>

Taiwan to Provide Rescue and Relief Aid to Quake-Hit Indonesia (2018-10-02)
(CNA, By Yu Hsiao-han, Lin Chang-shun, and Elizabeth Hsu)
In response to Indonesia’s call for assistance in the aftermath of the September 28 earthquake and tsunami, Taiwan is preparing to send a rescue team of rescue workers and dogs. The fire department is currently waiting government approval to send the team. There have also been relief efforts made by non-governmental organizations. <Accessed 2018-10-03>

Taiwan is One of U.K.’s ‘Best Trade Partners’: President Tsai  (2018-10-02)
(CNA, By Lu Hsin-hui and Romulo Huang)
While speaking with members of a British parliamentary delegation, President Tsai highlighted the recent prosperous developments in trade between the United Kingdom and Taiwan, including the discussions on energy and agriculture cooperation. She also indicated to an increase in visits between officials and dignitaries from each side recently. <Accessed 2018-10-03>

CEC Denies Political Bias Against KMT (2018-10-02)
(Taipei Times, By Ann Maxon)
Central Election Commission Chairman Chen In-chin on Monday responded to the accusations of KMT legislators that the Central Election Commission was colluding with the DPP to prevent a KMT referendum and their calls for Chen to step down. He assured that the CEC was politically neutral and treats every referendum by the same standards. The KMT is planning on filing a lawsuit against the government for violation of Article 35 of the Referendum Act. <Accessed 2018-10-03>

Alliance Sends Car to Promote Its Referendum  (2018-10-02)
(Taipei Times, by Lin Chia-nan)
The Formosa Alliance, a cross-party alliance that was created to campaign for an independence referendum, dispatched a car which will travel across Taiwan for 19 days to campaign for an independence referendum. Leaders of the Formosa Alliance spoke out against Chinese pressure and said now was the time to defend Taiwan’s sovereignty. The alliance is planning a rally on October 20. <Accessed 2018-10-03>

Cabinet Reviewing Legislation to Combat Fake News
 (2018-10-03)
(Taipei Times, By Wang Chun-chi and Jake Chung) Although there is no agency in Taiwan that has jurisdiction over Internet-related policies at the moment, Premier Lai assured a Taiwanese lawmaker during a question-and-answer session that the Executive Yuan is planing to rectify the current situation. Lai remarked that China is the main source of threat to Taiwan and the Taiwanese government will go all out to stop China from spreading fake news that will cause unrest among the people of Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-10-04>

Vatican Official Who Signed Deal with China Attends Taiwan Party (2018-10-03)
(CNA, By Huang Ya-shih and Evelyn Kao) Vatican's deputy foreign minster, Antoine Camilleri, the minister who signed the Vatican-China agreement, recently attended a party organized by Taiwan's embassy to the Holy See to celebrate the National Day of the Republic of China. Camilleri's attendance at the party reaffirmed the Holy See's commitment to continue bilateral relations with Taiwan according to Taiwan's ambassador to the Vatican Matthew S.M. Lee. Lee also remarked that the Vatican-China agreement only concerns religious affairs in China and does not involve political matters. <Accessed 2018-10-04>

Guatemala Ties 'Stable', Ministry Says (2018-10-03)
(Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) Despite not having signed a letter of support with Taiwan's other diplomatic allies, writing its own letter of support, or voicing for Taiwan's participation in the UN during UN's General Assembly, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs reassured the Taiwanese people that the Taiwan-Guatemala relations continue to be stable. The Ministry explained that Guatemala's failure to openly voice support for Taiwan at the UN's General Assembly was because it was preoccupied with its own domestic issues. <Accessed 2018-10-04>

Taiwan to Address Challenges Posed by Economic Nationalism at APEC: Rep (2018-10-03)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan) Retired founder of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), Morris Chang, has been appointed by President Tsai Ing-wen to represent Taiwan at this year's Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). Tsai remarked that Chang was chosen as Taiwan's representative because of his many excellent contributions to Taiwan's digital economy and technology sector. Chang stated that during the APEC forum, he will discuss with world leaders on how to deal with the challenges posed by economic nationalism. <Accessed 2018-10-04>

8 Allies Deliver Letter to UN Expressing Support for Taiwan (2018-10-03)
(CNA, By Yi Chun-chieh and Joseph Yeh) 8 representatives from Belize, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Haiti, Kiribati, the Vatican and eSwatini demonstrated their support for Taiwan's participation in the United Nations' agencies, meetings and conferences by signing a letter of support to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The representatives support Taiwan as Taiwan has made important contributions to the world such as achieving the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, climate change, infrastructure and technology. <Accessed 2018-10-04>

DPP Responds to Accusations of Meddling By CEC (2018-10-04)
(Taipei Times, By Su Fun-her and Jake Chung)
In response to the KMT’s accusations that the DPP conspired with the Central Election Commission against the KMT, the DPP fired back at their Wednesday caucus. DPP Legislator Ho Hsin-chun said the KMT’s actions should be considered forgery, which hurts democracy. <Accessed 2018-10-04>

Ko Accuses US Author of Slander (2018-10-05)
(Taipei Times, By Lee I-chia) In light of the accusation against Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je by US author Ethan Gutmann, Ko's campaign spokesperson Lin Kun-feng and lawyer Lu Cheng-yi will proceed to file a complaint with the Taipei District Prosecutor's Office and sue Gutmann for defaming Ko. Ko is accused of acting as a middleman for Taiwanese to have organ transplants in China. <Accessed 2018-10-06>

Tsai Apologies to Political Victims After Convictions Rescinded (2018-10-05)
(CNA, By Lu Hsin-hui and Flor Wang) Following the decision by the Transitional Justice Commission to rescind the convictions of Taiwan's political victims during the martial law period, President Tsai Ing-wen conveyed her apologies to the political victims and their families. Compensation and certificates to restore the victims' reputations were presented to their families. <Accessed 2018-10-06>

Taiwan-Palau Ties Remain Friendly and Stable: MOFA (2018-10-06)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Romulo Huang)
In response to a report saying Palau-Taiwan ties could be changed in coming years, Andrew Lee, speaking for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that the relationship remains friendly and smooth. Lee said that MOFA will continue to cooperate with Palau and will increase communications with the nation to further the bilateral cooperation and friendship. <Accessed 2018-10-07>

Taiwan to Donate US $1m to Indonesia (2018-10-06)
(Taipei Times, with CNA)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Friday that Taiwan would donate US$1 million in relief funds to the Indonesian government to help them in reconstruction efforts following the earthquake that hit an Indonesian island last month. The Ministry of Health and Welfare also has two open bank accounts which are taking donations from Taiwanese residents to be sent to Indonesia for relief efforts. <Accessed 2018-10-07>

Saint Lucia Prime Minister in Taiwan for National Day Celebrations (2018-10-07)
(CNA, By Ku Chun and Elizabeth Hsu) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that Saint Lucia's prime minister, Allen Michael Chastanet, is in Taiwan to celebrate the Republic of China's National Day on October 10. MOFA praised the Taiwan-Saint Lucia close relations and stated that both nations will continue to develop projects that will strengthen their ties and benefit their peoples. <Accessed 2018-10-08>

Paraguayan President in Taiwan for State Visit (2018-10-07)
(CNA, By Ku Chuan and Shih Hsiu-chuan) Paraguay's President Mario Abdo Benítez is in Taiwan on a state visit as well as for Taiwan's National Day celebrations. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that during president Benítez's visit, he will be hosting an investment fair to promote business opportunities in Paraguay to Taiwanese investors and have a meeting with president Tsai Ing-wen and sign a joint statement. The Paraguayan president will also receive the Order of Brilliant Jade with Grand Cordon from president Tsai and an honorary doctorate degree from National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. <Accessed 2018-10-08>

Taiwan, Japan Need More Security Information Sharing: Official (2018-10-07)
(CNA, By Ku Chuan and William Yen) During an interview with CNA, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu suggested that Taiwan and Japan must increase security information exchanges between both nations. Wu's warning came amid China's increased military drills in the region which, according to Wu, could threaten Taiwan as well as Japan due to their close proximity. <Accessed 2018-10-08>

'Hidden' Advice in Resignation for DPP: Tang (2018-10-08)
(Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) has called Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen's administration to draw lessons from Transitional Justice Commission Chairman Huang Huang-hsiung's resignation. Acting KMT Culture and Communications Committee Director-General Tang Te-ming urged the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to stop using transitional justice as a political tool. <Accessed 2018-10-08>

President Offers Help After Earthquake in Haiti (2018-10-08)
(CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Evelyn Kao)
President Tsai Ing-wen expressed her condolences to Haiti after an earthquake hit the country Saturday. The Presidential Office said that the government has offered assistance to Haiti if needed and is seeking information regarding any Taiwanese casualties. <Accessed 2018-10-08>

St. Kitts Governor-General in Taiwan for National Day Celebrations (2018-10-08)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh)
Sir Tapley Seaton, governor-general of St. Kitts and Nevis, arrived in Taiwan Monday for a five-day visit, during which he will attend Taiwan’s National Day celebrations, attend banquet hosted by President Tsai Ing-wen and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, and visit the International Cooperation and Development Fund. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Seaton will also participate in cultural activities. <Accessed 2018-10-08>

Referendum Petition on Name Change Passes Signature Threshold: CEC (2018-10-08)
(CNA, By Lee Shu-hua and Frances Huang)
The Central Election Committee said Monday that the petition regarding Taiwan’s name change for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has gathered more than the required number of signatures. The referendum, if approved, would ask voters whether Taiwan should use the name “Taiwan”, rather than “Chinese Taipei” to participate in international sporting events. <Accessed 2018-10-08>

Nearly Two Dozen Foreign Companies Pledge to Invest in Taiwan (2018-10-08)
(CNA, By Liao Yu-yang and Frances Huang)
Twenty-three foreign companies signed letters of intent with the Ministry of Economic Affairs at the Taiwan Business Alliance Conference in Taipei Monday. The letters of intent indicate that the companies have committed to invest at least US$1.75 billion in Taiwan over the next three years. The foreign investments are expected to create many advantages for Taiwan’s economy, including creating more domestic jobs and boosting Taiwan’s international competitiveness. <Accessed 2018-10-08>

Taiwan, Paraguay Sign Joint Statement to Consolidate Ties  (2018-10-08)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan)
President Tsai Ing-wen and President Mario Abdo Benitez signed a joint statement Monday to reaffirm and deepen ties between Paraguay and Taiwan. The statement is aimed at furthering bilateral investment, trade, and infrastructure until 2023. Both presidents remarked that relations between the two countries were based upon their common democratic beliefs and principles. <Accessed 2018-10-08>

400-Plus Foreign Dignitaries to Attend National Day Festivities (2018-10-09)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Andrew Lee announced that as many as 416 foreign dignitaries from 56 delegations around the world will be attending the Double Ten Day celebrations to celebrate the Republic of China's 107th anniversary. Among some of the distinguished guests attending the National Day celebrations are President Mario Abdo Benitez of Paraguay, governor-general of the Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis Sir Tapley Seaton, prime minister Allen Michael Chastanet of Saint Lucia, and the head of the Christian Democrats (DCU) of Germany Dirk Toepffer. <Accessed 2018-10-10>

Taiwan to Encourage Quality Investment in St. Lucia: Tsai (2018-10-09)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan) During a meeting with Prime Minister Allen Michael Chastanet of St. Lucia, President Tsai Ing-wen announced that the Taiwanese government will promote infrastructure investment in St. Lucia to top Taiwanese manufacturers in an effort to strengthen ties between Taiwan and St. Lucia. Prime Minister Chastanet stated that St. Lucia will continue to voice for Taiwan's participation in global forums. <Accessed 2018-10-10>

St. Lucia to Maintain Support for Taiwan: Prime Minister (2018-10-09)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) During a military ceremony, St. Lucia prime minister Allen Michael Chastanet expressed his country's continued support for Taiwan's rights to participate in the international space due to the common values and interests that both nations share. The prime minister applauded Taiwan's achievements and remarked that Taiwan has earned its rights to participate at global forums and organizations. <Accessed 2018-10-10>

Paraguayan President Abdo, Tsai Observe Military Drill (2018-10-09)
(CNA, By Yu Kai-hsiang and Shih Hsiu-chuan) President Tsai Ing-wen and President Mario Abdo Benitez of Paraguay attended an air and ground military drill at the Army's Aviation and Special Forces Command base in Lungtan, Taoyuan. According to Ministry of National Defense spokesman Chen Chung-chi, the drill was staged as a demonstration to allow the military to prepare for its quarterly training project and combat readiness against foreign threats. <Accessed 2018-10-10>

Japanese Representative Disappointed at Food Import Referendum (2018-10-09)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and William Yen) Chief Representative Mikio Numata expressed disappointment that the referendum proposal on whether to ban food and agricultural imports from certain areas in Japan was accepted by Taiwan's Central Election Committee (CEC). Numata remarked that the banning on food imports issue is being used for political agenda instead of being subjected to control measures based upon sound scientific and professional judgments. He further urged the Taiwanese population to make a rational choice and stated that he will try to prevent the KMT from sabotaging the good relations that both nations have established. <Accessed 2018-10-10>

CEC Approves 7 Referendums Alongside Local Elections (2018-10-09)
(CNA, By Liu Lee-jung and Elizabeth Hsu) Taiwan's Central Election Commission (CEC) announced that it has approved seven referendum proposals which will be held in tandem with local government elections in November. The approved referendum proposals seek to ask whether to ban food and agricultural imports from nuclear-disaster areas in Japan, support the government's plan to build or expand coal-fired power plants, support the right to same-sex marriage, allow sex-education in schools to include information about homosexuality, and use the name "Taiwan" instead of "Chinese Taipei" for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. <Accessed 2018-10-10>

Taiwan Appoints New Ambassador to Belize (2018-10-09)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Ko Lin) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that Remus Chen will be replacing Liu Keh-yue as Republic of China (Taiwan) ambassador to Belize. Meanwhile, Taiwan's representative to Seattle Yao Chin-hsiang will be replacing Chen as the director-general of MOFA'S Department of North American Affairs. <Accessed 2018-10-10>

Paraguay Official Resigns After Sexual Misconduct Claim in Taipei (2018-10-09)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokesman Andrew Lee announced that Vega has resigned over a complaint of sexual harassment against him. During his visit to Taiwan to attend a National Immigration Agency (NIA) international training program, Vega was accused of sexually harassing an interpreter assigned to him. The victim lodged a report with the Taipei District Prosecutor's Office but withdrew it later after reaching an agreement with Vega. <Accessed 2018-10-10>

President to Lay Out Strategies for Taiwan in National Day Speech (2018-10-10)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan) For her National Day speech on October 10, President Tsai Ing-wen will introduce three major strategies to reinforce Taiwan's resilience to face the challenges in a changing environment and play a role as a responsible and reliable stakeholder in the global community, according to a spokesman for the Presidential Office. The three major strategies that the President will introduce include enhancing national security, strengthening economic power and providing a comprehensive social security network. According to Alex Huang, Tsai will reassure the global community that Taiwan will not yield in to external pressure but will continue to stand firm instead. <Accessed 2018-10-10>

Taiwan Donates US$500,000 for Indonesian Post-Quake Relief (2018-10-10)
(CNA, By Jay Chou and Elizabeth Kao) Taiwan's representative to Indonesia, Chen Chung, made a donation of US$500,000 to Indonesia on behalf of the Taiwanese government to support Indonesia's relief efforts and help the victims to resume back to their normal lives. Besides financial assistance, Taiwan is collecting supplies and other basic necessities for the earthquake victims. <Accessed 2018-10-10>
U.S.-China Relations
 Ties with China Not Worsening: U.S. Defense Secretary (2018-10-03)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Evelyn Kao) U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis stated that the existing tension between the U.S. and China has not hurt bilateral ties between both nations, and that both nations will find solutions to work out the economic, diplomatic, and security issues facing them. Mattis also confirmed that the U.S. continues to adhere to its one China policy. <Accessed 2018-10-04>

Pence’s China Speech Seen as Portent of ‘New Cold War’ (2018-10-05)
(New York Times, By Jane Perlez) China could respond to Vice President Mike Pence’s tough speech by spending more on its military or withdrawing support for sanctions against North Korea. <RSS, Accessed 2018-10-11>

U.S. Condemns China for Threatening Cross-Strait Stability (2018-10-05)
(CNA, By Rita Cheng, Yeh Su-ping and Y.F. Low) During his speech at the Hudson Institute on U.S. policy toward China, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence criticized China for using its economic leverage to spread its influence globally and destabilizing the peace across the Taiwan Strait. Pence also criticized China for meddling in America's public opinion as a strategy to strike back against U.S. President Donald Trump's firm position toward China on trade issues. Taiwan's Presidential Office thanked the U.S. government for supporting Taiwan's presence in the international space. <Accessed 2018-10-06>

Harsh U.S. Rhetoric Attempt to Get Beijing's Attention: Experts (2018-10-05)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Ko Lin) Taiwanese experts commented that the United States Vice President Mike Pence's remarks of China's "debt diplomacy" tactic to spread its influence globally was an attempt to draw China's attention. One Taiwanese expert remarked that the criticism reflected America's grievances against China, while another contended that the criticism was a message to China that the U.S. will not allow China to continue its aggression globally. However, another expert cautioned that the rhetoric should not be seen as the U.S. voicing its support for Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-10-06>

US-China Trade Tariffs: Impact on Shipping Industry (2018-10-03)
(The Diplomat, By Mercy A. Kuo) Basil M. Karatzas, the CEO of Karatzas Marine Advisors & Co. explores how the shipping industry has been affected by the U.S.-China tariffs and trade disputes. <Accessed 2018-10-06>

Chinese Students in the US: Beware of Deteriorating US-China Relations (2018-10-03)
(The Diplomat, By Charlotte Gao) The Financial Times accused Senior Advisor to the President Stephen Miller of asking President Donald Trump to ban Chinese students from studying in the United States in order to defend against the threat of intelligence theft. The news has been widely shared on Chinese social media. While the United States will likely not adopt such a measure, Chinese students in the United States should understand that they are at the forefront of the rising tensions between the two countries. <Accessed 2018-10-06>

Pence on Political Interference: ‘China Wants a Different American President’ (2018-10-05)
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) In a speech highly anticipated since U.S. President Donald Trump accused China of attempting to interfere in the 2018 midterm elections, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence made an incredibly critical speech regarding Chinese politics. He repeated several claims the administration has already made. While he suggested that cooperation and reduction of tensions were still possible, the speech he made does not seem to give indications of actions leading towards calmer ties. <Accessed 2018-10-06>

China-US Relations: What’s Next? (2018-10-05)
(The Diplomat, By Mark J. Valencia) China sees the flurry of provocation from the United States in recent months as a step up in the tense relationship between the two countries. The deterioration of the current status quo could escalate into harsh consequences. Compromises between the two might need to be made in order to dispel tensions and reduce hostilities. <Accessed 2018-10-06>

Red Scarves and Iowa Newspapers: China’s Propaganda in Action (2018-10-05)
(The Diplomat, By Bonnie Girard) Observing Chinese media in Shandong Province and comparing it to the use of Chinese propaganda in the U.S. state of Iowa allows one to see the disparity between the effects of Chinese media between two very different environments with different levels of freedom for the press. In Iowa, China cannot gain trust with threats. They demonstrate that they do not understand Americans, their society, and their culture, and therefore they cannot effectively influence them. <Accessed 2018-10-06>

CAATSA's Out of the Bag: Sanctions, Intellectual Property, and US-China Relations (2018-10-09)
(The Diplomat, By Robert Farley) The implementation of the CAATSA sanctions from the United States upon China exercises the United States' s considerable financial and legal muscles, but it also challenges a traditional value of other countries' sovereignty. China is growing cognizant of the consequences of the latest U.S. actions. China may soon decide that they need to respond and challenge the United States's hegemony in the financial and legal fields. <Accessed 2018-10-09>

US Midterm Elections and Trump Hating China: What’s Really Going On? (2018-10-09)
(IPP Review, By John F. Copper) In his book The Art of the Deal, Trump made an issue of the huge trade deficit the US had with China and the corrosive effects this had on America. But he did not blame China for this; he castigated American leaders for allowing it to happen and all that came with it: the loss of American’s jobs, the shuttering of American companies, and an unbearable US debt. <Accessed 2018-10-10>

What Does 'Competition' Between the United States and China Really Mean? (2018-10-08)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) U.S.-China relations have been declining more rapidly than ever in the last few weeks. Military talks, strategic talks, and economic talks have all been called off. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence delivered a high-level address regarding several issues in the Sino-American relationship, and the speech foreshadows Pence's upcoming trip to Asia. <Accessed 2018-10-09>

Trump Reaches for Checkbook Diplomacy to Counter China (2018-10-08)
(Foreign Policy, By Keith Johnson) In a stark reversal, the “America First” administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has ramped up Washington’s ability to compete with China in financing development around the world, pushing back against what administration officials have called Beijing’s “debt trap diplomacy.” <Accessed 2018-10-11>

Mike Pompeo and His Chinese Counterpart Trade Harsh Words (2018-10-08)
(New York Times, By Jane Perlez) A sharp exchange between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Foreign Minister Wang Yi stripped away the usual diplomatic veneer. <RSS, Accessed 2018-10-11>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
 The World According to China (2018-10-03)
(The Diplomat, By Bradley A. Thayer and John M. Friend) What kind of world does China wish to create by 2049, when the People's Republic turns 100? It will be defined by realization of Chinese power as China becomes the world's most important economic and political power. As China grows, the idea that China will force others to accept the China Order grows more and more likely. <Accessed 2018-10-06>

Hong Kong Plans to Expel a Financial Times Editor (2018-10-05)
(New York Times, By Austin Ramzy) The newspaper said Hong Kong will not renew a work visa for Victor Mallet, heightening fears of deteriorating media freedoms in the semiautonomous Chinese city. <RSS, Accessed 2018-10-11>

China’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative’: After Five Years, Is the Bloom Off the Rose? (2018-10-07)
(South China Morning Post, By Kristin Huang and Laura Zhou) China credits President Xi Jinping’s massive infrastructure plan, the “Belt and Road Initiative”, with sparking a surge in the construction of railways, roads, bridges and ports across more than 65 countries and regions. Five years after its launch, however, a litany of risks and criticism and a changing strategic environment have the country’s top leaders wondering just how far this grand and ambitious enterprise can go. <Accessed 2018-10-11>

Meng Hongwei and the Rule of Law With Chinese Characteristics (2018-10-09)
(The Diplomat, By Bonnie Girard) Meng Hongwei's detention means that his fate is sealed: he will be found guilty of corruption, regardless of if actually true or not, and either sentenced to jail or executed. However, if such a prediction were incorrect, it could change a fundamental aspect of the world's view of China's lack of a justice system. This does not mean Meng is innocent; only that he will likely not face a fair trial. <Accessed 2018-10-09>

Abrupt Detention of Meng Hongwei Further Damages China's International Reputation (2018-10-09)
(The Diplomat, By Charlotte Gao) Ever since INTERPOL President Meng Hongwei disappeared in China several days ago, China has suffered a significant blow to its international image. International journalists and commentators suggested that this was a reminder of daily life in China and how personal freedoms very much do not exist. The question is not one of whether or not Meng committed a crime -- it is whether or not he will receive a proper trial. <Accessed 2018-10-09>

China Quietly Detains Interpol President Meng Hongwei (2018-10-08)
(The Diplomat, By Charlotte Gao) On October 7, the Chinese Communist Party confirmed that they had detained INTERPOL President Meng Hongwei. The official statement mentioned that he would be under investigation for illegal activities, without providing any specifics. Meng's wife has reached out to the international press for assistance in bringing his case to public light. <Accessed 2010-10-09>

No Place for Real Marxists in Communist China (2018-10-06)
(The Diplomat, By Palden Sonam) The super-rich in China have grown to be accepted by the CCP since the leadership of Jiang Zemin, a stark contrast from the original ideology of the CCP founded in 1921. China still views Marx as fundamental in its development and holds him and his teachings in great regard, but the CCP's policies in practice are very different from Marxism as originally described. Several students are beginning to realize this truth. <Accessed 2018-10-09>

Interpol Chief Meng Hongwei Quits and Is Detained by China (2018-10-07)
(New York Times, By Edward Wong and Alissa J. Rubin) Days after he was reported missing, a Chinese agency announced it had Mr. Meng under investigation. Hours earlier, his wife said he had sent her an emoji of a knife. <RSS, Accessed 2018-10-11>

Chinese ODI Needs to Get Its Act Together (2018-10-08)
(East Asia Forum, By Xie Ping) A successful Chinese outward investment strategy could help drive future global growth. But failure to address the current issues would not only be a huge waste, it could also fuel suspicion about China’s intentions and destabilise the already brittle global trade and investment policy environment. <Accessed 2018-10-11>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
US Navy Plans Major Show of Strength in South China Sea as Warning to Beijing (2018-10-04)
(South China Morning Post, By Teddy Ng) The United States Pacific Fleet has drawn up a plan for a major show of force as a warning to China that will indicate its determination to counter Beijing’s military activity, it was reported on Thursday amid rising tension over the disputed South China Sea. The plan would see planes and ships passing close to Chinese-claimed waters in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait in a freedom of navigation operation, CNN reported, citing several unnamed US defence officials. <Accessed 2018-10-11>

Beijing’s Challenge to US Warship in South China Sea ‘Deliberate and Calculated’, Observers Say
 (2018-10-05)
(South China Morning Post, By Kristin Huang and Keegan Elmer) China was making a clear and deliberate statement that it will not tolerate challenges to its sovereignty when it sent a destroyer to “confront” a US warship in the South China Sea on Sunday, military and diplomatic analysts said. The incident happened when a Chinese Luyang-class destroyer sailed within 41 metres (135 feet) of the USS Decatur in an operation described by Washington as “unsafe and unprofessional” and by Beijing as a necessary defence of its territory. <Accessed 2018-10-11>

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