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Cross-Strait Relations
 The China Factor in Taiwan’s Local Elections (2018-12-06)
(The Diplomat, By Michelle Tsai) Given that the recent elections in Taiwan have gone overwhelmingly in favor of the pro-China KMT, China will likely take greater measures to pressure the ruling DPP by cooperating closely with the towns and counties that are now majority KMT. Changing tactics of Chinese interference in Taiwanese elections as well as the growing trend of Taiwanese voters to identify as independent are both trends to watch in future elections. Local elections have shown that economic issues are of great importance to voters this year, so China will likely use economic incentives to influence the upcoming presidential elections. <Accessed 2018-12-10>

China to Add Pressure on Ko at Cities Forum: Academic (2018-12-09)
(Taipei Times, By Chung Li-hua and Jake Chung) An anonymous academic remarked that China would put pressure on Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je to take a stance on cross-strait issues during the twin-city forum in Taipei later this month. The academic further stated that although the Taipei Mayor did not make any mention about the "1992 consensus", he did court China by stating that "the two sides of the Taiwan Strait belong to one family". <Accessed 2018-12-10>

Shanghai Officials Visit Taipei to Prepare for Twin-City Forum (2018-12-09)
(CNA, By Chen Yen-chun and Elizabeth Hsu) Seven Chinese local government officials are in Taiwan for a meeting to plan the annual Taipei-Shanghai twin city forum, which is scheduled to be held in Taiwan in December. Shanghai Municipal Taiwan Affairs Office Director Li Wenhui told reporters that he will be meeting Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je and their meeting would discuss "anything" related to the forum. <Accessed 2018-12-10>

Taiwan Says There Is No Plan for a Total Ban on Huawei Products (2018-12-11)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwan on Tuesday said a ban on the government sector using equipment from mainland Chinese telecoms firms would continue, but rejected calls by lawmakers to entirely block the use of Huawei Technologies products on the island. <Accessed 2018-12-17>

Baker's Statement on 'one China' Due to Political Pressure: President (2018-12-12)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan) In responding to a statement made by award-winning baker Wu Pao-chun, who stated that he is proud to be Chinese and that he supports the "1992 consensus", Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen remarked that the Taiwanese public will not give in to political pressure. The president does not blame Wu for making that statement but stated that China has been using its political power to influence commercial activities worldwide. The president also remarked that China's constant threat against Taiwan is the reason that is obstructing positive cross-strait exchanges. <Accessed 2018-12-12>

Taiwan Needs Global Backing to Counter China: U.S. Scholar (2018-12-12)
(CNA, By Ozzy Yin and Flor Wang)
Thomas J. Shattuck, a U.S. scholar at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, published an article Monday reflecting on Taiwan’s past year in foreign policy. He recommended that in order to combat ongoing Chinese threats, Taiwan needs to gain more international backing aside from just the United States. He also reflected on the positive trajectory of U.S.-Taiwan relations in the past year, which he attributes partly to Beijing’s actions towards Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-12-15>

European Parliament Calls for Resumption of Cross-strait Talks (2018-12-13)
 (CNA, By Tang Pei-chun, Elaine Hou and Y.F. Low) During a European Parliament (EP) plenary session, the EP passed a resolution asking China and Taiwan to resume cross-strait dialogue. During the session, the EP also reaffirmed the European Union's support for Taiwan's participation in international organizations. Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its thanks to the EU for their continued support for Taiwan and stated that Taiwan will continue to strengthen its relations with the EU and other like-minded nations. <Accessed 2018-12-14>

Amid Military Reform, China Unlikely to Attack Taiwan Soon: Report (2018-12-14)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) A newly founded Institute for National Defense and Security Research (INDSR) reported that China's ongoing reform in its People's Liberation Army (PLA) does not mean that China will attack Taiwan. In the report, the INDSR stated that peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait is crucial and the U.S. has continuously support Taiwan's contribution to the Indo-Pacific strategy that is expected to balance the cross-strait situation. <Accessed 2018-12-14>

China Approves Request by Jailed Activist's Wife to Visit: MAC (2018-12-14)
(CNA, By Miao Zong-han and Ko Lin) Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) announced on Thursday that China has approved Taiwanese democracy activist Lee Ming-che's wife to visit Lee in China. Since October, Lee's wife's request to visit Lee has been rejected by the Chinese authorities. Lee was sentenced to five years imprisonment for "subversion of state power" in November last year. <Accessed 2018-12-14>

‘Grave Concern’ as Cambodia Deports Taiwanese Alleged Scammers to China (2018-12-15)
(The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) Cambodia has deported 46 Republic of China citizens to Mainland China instead of sending them to Taiwan, leading to a statement of regret from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Cambodia sent those accused of telecom fraud to China over Taiwan in support of the One China policy, and Cambodia considers China a close ally. The case opens up questions regarding Taiwan's ability and authority to participate in Asian legal justice cases. <Accessed 2018-12-15>

Retired Chinese Official to Pay Respects to Former SEF Chief (2018-12-16)
(CNA, By Miao Zong-han and Ko Lin) Chen Yunlin, the former president of the Beijing-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, would visit Taiwan to pay his respects to Chiang Pin-kung, former Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman. The Chinese government's Taiwan Affairs Office announced that Chen would visit Taiwan as a private citizen and friend of Chiang. Former SEF Secretary-General Kao Wen-cheng stated that the Taipei-based SEF will be assisting Chen's visit. <Accessed 2018-12-16>

No Wonder Drug to Help Taiwan in U.S.-China Trade War: Minister  (2018-12-16)
(CNA, By Pan Tzu-yu and Elizabeth Hsu)
Finance Minister Su Jain-rong said in an interview with CNA that Taiwan will undoubtedly feel the impact of the U.S.-China trade war and that there is no “wonder drug” to ease its impact. He attributed this to Taiwan’s interconnectedness with the Chinese and U.S. markets and Taiwanese industries’ inability to adjust their structures quickly enough. His suggestion was that Taiwan should invest in the development of next-generation industries. <Accessed 2018-12-16>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
 Taiwan is a Model of Women’s Empowerment in Politics: AIT Chief (2018-12-10)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh)
American Institute in Taiwan Director Brent Christensen at the opening of a women’s empowerment workshop held in Taiwan Monday praised Taiwan’s example of women’s leadership and equal representation. He pointed out President Tsai Ing-wen’s success and lauded the number of Taiwanese female legislators. Pat Schroeder, a former U.S. congresswoman, also spoke and admitted that the U.S. should look to Taiwan’s example in this area. <Accessed 2018-12-10>

Taiwan Should Avoid Provoking Beijing: U.S. Scholar (2018-12-11)
(CNA, By Lee Hsin-Yin) American political scholar Graham Allison remarked that Taiwan should refrain from provoking China if it does not wish to lose the support from the U.S. Allison also described the current U.S.-China relations as falling into a "Thucydides's Trap", where war is the end result when one great power threatens to replace the other. <Accessed 2018-12-12>

Taiwan, US to Hold Joint Workshop on Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (2018-12-14)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) announced that Taiwan and the United States will be holding a joint workshop under the U.S.-Taiwan Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF) on Friday. The workshop will train professionals from 12 countries across the Indo-Pacfic region on disaster relief and humanitarian assistance. <Accessed 2018-12-14>

AIT Will Not Move to New Neihu Compound by Year-end (2018-12-16)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Frances Huang) Amanda Mansour, an American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) spokeswoman, announced that the AIT will not be moving to its new compound in Taipei's Neihu District by the end of this year due to administrative delays. Mansour further stated that once the relocation is completed, AIT will inform the public. The new Neihu AIT complex will accommodate all of AIT's operations. <Accessed 2018-12-16>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
 Taiwan’s Direct Democracy Experiment Stumbles at the Polls (2018-12-06)
(The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) The recent elections in Taiwan reflect the potential for smaller interest groups, whose voices have been increasingly heard by the recent changes to the requirements for public referendums, to outnumber the concept of majority rule. This is in particular highlighted by Taiwanese voters' responses to questions regarding same-sex marriage. Several observers argue that boiling complex issues down to "yes" or "no" questions results in undemocratic systems that do not effectively address what voters wish to decide. <Accessed 2018-12-10>

Taiwan Exonerates 1,505 Victims of Political Persecution (2018-12-09)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan) According to Taiwanese authorities, as many as 1,505 victims of political persecution in Taiwan were exonerated. Vice President Chen Chien-jen, who attended the ceremony, stated that although many of the victims have passed away, it is the government's responsibility to make restitution to them and also to ensure that transitional justice is served. Chen further remarked that this also allows the Taiwanese people to learn from past mistakes to protect freedom and democracy. <Accessed 2018-12-10>

Bid to Curb 'Fake News' May Impact Freedom of Speech: Professor (2018-12-09)
(CNA, By Chiang Ming-yen and William Yen) Lai Hsiang-wai, a professor at National Taiwan University of Arts (NTUA), remarked that Taiwan's free speech on the internet could be affected if the government decided to revise the law that allows for fines against social media platforms for failing to remove false information. Professor Lai further remarked that the government should provide readers with the correct information and at the same time, allowing readers themselves to make judgements whether the news are fake or not. <Accessed 2018-12-10>

 Taiwan to Upgrade Navy Ships' Self-Defense System Against Air Threats (2018-12-09)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Evelyn Kao) Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced that the government has allocated NT$2 billion to upgrade the electronic warfare system on its Kidd-class guided missile destroyers. The upgraded destroyers would have greater capabilities to counter threats from more complex radar-guided anti-ship missile systems. <Accessed 2018-12-10>

Taiwan Admitted into APEC Privacy System (2018-12-10)
(CNA, By Pan Chi-yu and Flor Wang)
The National Development Council announced Monday that Taiwan has been admitted into the APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules system, which is aimed at building trust and security in cross-border data transmission. The NDC said Taiwan’s entry will help Taiwan build up its international image in cross-border data protection and help Taiwanese businesses foreign opportunities. <Accessed 2018-12-10>

SEF Mourns the Death of its Former Chairman Chiang Pin-kung (2018-12-10)
(CNA, By Miao Zhong-han and William Yen)
Taiwan’s Straits Exchange Foundation released a statement Monday expressing its condolences for the death of former chairman Chiang Pin-kung, who served as chairman for four years. The SEF listed his accomplishments as chairman in dealing with cross-Strait matters and praised his kindness. <Accessed 2018-12-10>

Taiwan Ranks 10th in Human Freedom Index (2018-12-11)
(CNA, By Hu Yu-li and Frances Huang) Canada's Fraser Institute announced that Taiwan is rank 10th in the latest Human Freedom Index. The Fraser Institute stated that despite constantly receiving military threats from China, Taiwan remains steadfast in ensuring and promoting freedom and democracy for its people. <Accessed 2018-12-12>

Japan Disappointed Over Taiwan Referendum Result: Envoy (2018-12-12)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Mikio Numata, Japan's top envoy to Taiwan, expressed his government's disappointment over the food imports ban referendum result in Taiwan's recent local elections last month. Nonetheless, Numata stated that his government will continue to promote bilateral cooperation with Taiwan. Taiwan's Premier Lai Ching-te also expressed hope that both nations will continue to strengthen bilateral ties on various issues. <Accessed 2018-12-12>

Taiwan Hopeful of Canadian Foreign Investment Protection Agreement (2018-12-12)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) thanked Canada for considering a bilateral foreign investment protection pact with Taiwan. MOFA released a statement stating that both nations will continue to discuss plans for the pact in order to create a conducive investment environment for companies from both nations. <Accessed 2018-12-12>

Chinese Pressure Could be Behind Uruguay Visa Decision: MOFA (2018-12-12)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) A spokesperson from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated that Uruguay's decision to temporarily suspend the visa-free treatment for Taiwanese citizens could result from China's pressure. Joanne Ou, MOFA's deputy spokesperson, remarked that the pressure from China could be due to the close interactions and ties between senior officials from both nations. <Accessed 2018-12-12>

Taiwan Trying to Amend Ties with Japan Following Referendum (2018-12-12)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh)
Minister without Portfolio John Deng said Tuesday that Taiwan’s government will continue to work to amend ties with Japan after Japanese disappointment with the November 24 referendum results. Deng said that the results have seriously harmed Taiwan-Japan bilateral relations and Taiwanese regional participation opportunities but maintains that the government has to abide by the referendum results. <Accessed 2018-12-15>

KMT Candidate Vows to Continue Fight for Fairness in Taipei Election (2018-12-14)
(CNA, By Liu Chien-chung and Flor Wang) The Kuomintang (KMT) candidate for the recent Taipei mayoral elections, Ting Shou-chung, announced at a news conference that he will continue to fight for fairness in the election. Ting stated that recount showed several irregularities in the voting process and he also received several reports from his supporters about irregularities at Taipei's polling stations. <Accessed 2018-12-14>

11 Allies Support Taiwan Interpol Participation: MOFA (2018-12-14)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced on Thursday that as many as 11 allies of Taiwan have expressed support for its participation in the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol). However, the newly appointed Interpol president, Kim Jong-yang, remarked that although he is willing to provide assistance for Taiwan's voice to be heard at the Interpol, his assistance could be curtailed, as admission issue is within the purview of the general secretariat. <Accessed 2018-12-14>

Ko to Meet Tsai, Officials at Taipei Post Office (2018-12-14)
(Taipei Times, By Lee I-chia) The Taipei City Government announced that Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen and her Cabinet officials are scheduled to meet with Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je and city government officials at the Taipei Post Office on Thursday. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss public issues that require cooperation between the central and city governments. <Accessed 2018-12-14>

Foundation Head to Run for DPP Chair (2018-12-14)
(Taipei Times, By Yang Chun-hui, Peng Wan-hsin and Sherry Hsiao) Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation chairperson Michael You announced that he will be running for the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) chairperson. During a news conference in Taipei, You remarked that the problem is with the party's leadership ability and core values, and that he is willing to shoulder the responsibility to realize the dreams and expectations of Taiwanese and the nation's future generations. <Accessed 2018-12-14>

Taiwan, Indonesia to Sign MOU on Migrant Worker Rights (Update) (2018-12-14)
(CNA, By Jay Chou, Chi Jo-yao and Wu Hsin-yun) Taiwan and Indonesia will be signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Friday. The renewed MOU includes the recruitment, placement and protection of Indonesian migrant workers in Taiwan. Indonesian Minister of Manpower (MOM) Hanif Dhakiri and Taiwan's Labor Minister Hsu Ming-chun will witness the signing of the MOU. <Accessed 2018-12-14>

Cabinet Proposes Law Amendments to Counter Disinformation (2018-12-14)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan) During a press conference, Minister without Portfolio Lo Ping-chen announced that the Cabinet has approved several draft amendment bills. The amended bills seek to increase penalties or impose punishment for the dissemination of false information on natural disasters, agricultural product prices, infectious diseases, food safety and nuclear accidents. <Accessed 2018-12-14>

EU Resolution Supports Bigger Role for Taiwan (2018-12-14)
(Taipei Times, With CNA)
On Wednesday, the European Union Parliament adopted Resolution 2018/2097(INI) on the Annual Report on the Implementation of the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy. This resolution encourages the strengthening of regional security in the Indo-Pacific, the resumption of cross-Strait dialogue, Taiwan’s international participation, and a maintaining of the status quo in the East and South China Seas. <Accessed 2018-12-15>

Taipei Vote Recount Ends in Ko’s Favor (2018-12-14)
(Taipei Times, By Wen Yu-te, Yang Hsin-hui, and Jake Chung)
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je remained in his position following the recount of the Taipei mayoral election. His competitor, KMY candidate Ting Shou-chung both paid for the recount and has filed to invalidate the election. Ting’s possible evidence in the lawsuit would come from five alleged illegal acts during the election. <Accessed 2018-12-15>

Cabinet Approves Draft Bills to Ban Foreign Funds in Taiwan Elections (2018-12-14)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Christie Chen)
On Thursday, the Cabinet approved two draft amendments to the Civil Servants Election and Recall Act and the Presidential and Vice Presidential Election and Recall Act, which prohibit political ads paid for by foreign funds. These amendments aim to counter the surge of disinformation and foreign influence present in Taiwan’s elections. There will be stricter regulations regarding transparency of advertisers and sources of funding, with a possible fine of NT$10 million if violated. <Accessed 2018-12-15>

KMT Lawmaker Denies Presidency Plan Behind Poll Idea (2018-12-16)
(Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lin Wei-chou dismissed speculation that he proposed for the KMT to pick the party's 2020 presidential candidate through public opinion polls. Lin denied the speculation in light of the op-ed in the Chinese-language United Daily News, which reported Lin making that statement. Lin was also alleged to have made the proposal as a way of getting back at KMT Chairman Wu Den-yih, who did not elect Lin as the KMT's Hsinchu County commissioner candidate in the recent local elections. <Accessed 2018-12-16>

DPP Lawmakers Ask Cabinet to be Included in Decisions (2018-12-16)
(Taipei Times, By Hsieh Chun-lin)
The Democratic Progressive Party has continued to evaluate the failures of its policies following its losses in the local elections. DPP lawmakers have suggested to the Cabinet that a possible solution to better represent public opinion would be to have more collaboration between Cabinet officials and lawmakers’ opinions before launching major policies. <Accessed 2018-12-16>

Support for Lai Overwhelming: Cabinet  (2018-12-16)
(Taipei Times, By Lee Hsing-fang)
Following Premier William Lai’s reiteration of his desire to step down to take responsibility for the results of the local elections, senior DPP members, business leaders, and civic groups have shown support for him and their desire for him to stay on. They have said that his staying on would benefit economic development and help maintain government policy continuity. Executive Yuan Secretary-General Cho Jung-tai said he had never seen that united of support for an official. <Accessed 2018-12-16>
U.S.-China Relations
Huawei Executive Granted Bail by Canadian Court (2018-12-11)
(New York Times, By Kate Conger) Meng Wanzhou, a top executive of the Chinese technology company Huawei, was granted bail of 10 million Canadian dollars, or about $7.5 million, while awaiting extradition to the United States from Canada, a judge ruled on Tuesday. <Accessed 2018-12-17>

Top Chinese and US Envoys Discuss Next Step in Trade War Talks (2018-12-11)
(South China Morning Post, By Kinling Lo) Despite tension over the arrest of a Huawei executive in Canada at Washington’s request, Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer discussed the plans over the phone on Tuesday morning in a sign that the two nations still want to engage in trade talks. <Accessed 2018-12-17>

University of Michigan Says It Will Cut Ties with China’s Confucius Institute (2018-12-11)
(South China Morning Post, By Lee Jeong-ho) The University of Michigan said on Monday that it would end its contract with China’s controversial Confucius Institute next year. It said that it had decided not to renew the agreement for a third term when the partnership expires in 2019 and that Hanban, the Confucius Institute’s Chinese headquarters, had been informed. <Accessed 2018-12-17>

Will Beijing Keep the Huawei Case Separate From US-China Trade Negotiations?
 (2018-12-12)
(The Diplomat, By Charlotte Gao) The arrest of Meng Wanzhou comes alongside the trade dispute between China and the United States, and it may throw trouble into negotiating an end to the disputes. However, there are no signs suggesting that negotiations will end as a result of the Meng case. The Chinese propaganda machine suggests that they wish to pursue the Meng issue as a political topic, while the trade disputes are entirely economic in nature. <Accessed 2018-12-15>

A Chinese Tycoon Sought Power and Influence. Washington Responded. (2018-12-12)
(New York Times, By Alexandra Stevenson, David Barboza, Matthew Goldstein and Paul Mozur) Ye Jianming, a fast-rising Chinese oil tycoon, ventured to places only the most politically connected Chinese companies dared to go. But what he wanted was access to the corridors of power in Washington — and he set out to get it. <Accessed 2018-12-17>

The Long Arm of the US Law: A New ‘Gray Zone’ Tool Against China? (2018-12-12)
(The Diplomat, By Jin Kai) The arrest of Meng Wanzhou demonstrates the incredibly far reach of the United States justice system. Given the U.S. insistence and commitment to protecting its "fundamental legal principles," Washington has the reach to exert its laws anywhere in the world it views as threatening such interests. The arrest of Meng Wanzhou could show more serious consequences as both the United States and China work to end their current trade disputes. <Accessed 2018-12-15>

Beijing No Longer Requires Local Governments to Work on ‘Made in China 2025’, but Hi-Tech Ambitions Remain (2018-12-13)
(South China Morning Post, By Orange Wang) China has stopped requiring local governments to work on the “Made in China 2025” strategy, the latest directive issued by the central Chinese government to local authorities showed, in a clear sign that Beijing is toning down a policy that has become a centrepiece of its rivalry with the US. However, China will continue to pursue its ambition of becoming an industrial and technological power, with the directive making clear that the initiative has been dropped in name only. <Accessed 2018-12-17>

Clashes Over Trade and Detentions: What China, the U.S. and Canada Are Fighting Over (2018-12-13)
(New York Times, By Austin Ramzy) The growing tensions over trade between the United States and China temporarily eased after a meeting between President Trump and China’s top leader, Xi Jinping, earlier this month. But at the same time distrust between the two countries, and now Canada, has escalated over the detentions of a leading Chinese executive in Canada and two Canadians in China. <Accessed 2018-12-17>

FBI Counter-Intelligence Official Warns US to Unite against Chinese Espionage Threats (2018-12-13)
(South China Morning Post, By Owen Churchill) Calling China “the most severe counter-intelligence threat facing our country today”, a senior FBI official told US lawmakers on Wednesday that the American government, along with the business and academic communities, must adopt a more integrated approach to Beijing’s commercial espionage efforts. <Accessed 2018-12-17>

Why 5G Is the Next Front of US-China Competition (2018-12-13)
(The Diplomat, By Jansen Tham) Several developments regarding 5G technology, especially regarding Huawei's role in creating and promoting it, have suggested that 5G will be the next arena for U.S.-China technological conflict. Largely due to the cyberthreat and potential for influence, Beijing and Washington both view gaining an advantage in 5G technology is crucial to winning future conflicts in technology. Peripheral countries must also be careful to avoid becoming pawns in such a conflict. <Accessed 2018-12-15>

As China and US Talk Trade, the European Union Watches and Wonders if Peace Will Be Bad for Business (2018-12-14)
(South China Morning Post, By Wendy Wu) The European Union is keeping an eye on trade negotiations between China and the United States as it fears that when peace between the world’s largest two economies is restored, it will be at the EU’s cost, Chinese observers and a government source said. <Accessed 2018-12-17>

 Taiwan Should Keep low Profile as U.S.-China Tension Soars: Ex-AIT Chief (2018-12-16)
(CNA, By Christie Chen) Douglas Paal, a former director of the American Institute in Taiwan's (AIT) Taipei office, advised Taiwan to keep a low profile as U.S.-China tension continues to escalate. Paal also advised Taiwan to negotiate a bilateral free trade agreement with the U.S. as the agreement would help Taiwan's economy, and to be wise and "judge carefully" when approached by Washington with requests to do things. <Accessed 2018-12-16>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
 Canada Arrests Huawei Executive; China Demands Her Immediate Release (2018-12-06)
(The Diplomat, By Charlotte Gao) The Chief Financial Officer of Huawei and daughter of Huawei's founder, Meng Wanzhou, has been arrested in Canada and is set to be extradited to the United States, where she is accused of evading U.S. sanctions upon Iran. China has demanded her release and claims she did not violate any American or Canadian laws. Worth noting is the fact that Meng was arrested on the same day as President Trump and President Xi's bilateral meeting in Argentina. <Accessed 2018-12-10>

China's Stealth Fighter: It’s Time to Discuss J-20’s Agility (2018-12-07)
(The Diplomat, By Rick Joe) Following the J-20 aircraft's appearance at the Zhuhai Airshow, observers are now able to detail what role the aircraft will play within the PLA Air Force. Official statements fall in line with theories that it is an air superiority fighter jet. <Accessed 2018-12-10>

What China’s New E-Commerce Law Could Mean for IP Protection (2018-12-08)
(The Diplomat, By Joe Knotts) The new e-commerce law in China is Beijing's latest action to address Western calls for increased intellectual property protection, a key point of Donald Trump's trade dispute with China. The new law would better protect domestic markets and Chinese consumers from fake and potentially dangerous goods. However, the platform the law is based on remains relatively vague. <Accessed 2018-12-10>

China Stays Quiet on Detained Canadian as Huawei CFO Is Released on Bail (2018-12-13)
(The Diplomat, By Ken Moritsugu and Christopher Bodeen) Meng Wanzhou was released on bail on December 12, but at the same time, China detained a former Canadian diplomat, Michael Kovrig. The Canadian Embassy has not heard any word about him, but observers believe that his detention is potential retaliation for Meng's arrest. Many media sources have not reported Kovrig's detention in China. <Accessed 2018-12-15>

Can China Be the Saving Grace at COP24? (2018-12-13)
(The Diplomat, By Prarthana Basu) Despite past successes and good levels of cooperation, the countries that have gathered for COP24 this year risk not achieving the same level of cooperation. As the United States has not worked nearly as well with other major oil producers, the world has slowly turned to China to lead. However, even with China's efforts, it may not be enough to address climate change in time to prevent disasters. <Accessed 2018-12-15>

Pastor Charged With ‘Inciting Subversion’ as China Cracks Down on Churches (2018-12-13)
(New York Times, By Ian Johnson) An outspoken Chinese pastor and his wife face up to 15 years in prison after being charged with inciting to subvert state power, a sign that Chinese authorities are intensifying a crackdown on religious groups, one of the most serious in recent decades. <Accessed 2018-12-17>

China Detains 2 Canadians for Allegedly Endangering National Security (2018-12-14)
(The Diplomat, By Charlotte Gao) Two Canadian citizens have been detained in China, accused of threatening national security. The two allegedly have ties to North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un. World observers believe that the detention of the two Canadian citizens is retaliation for the arrest of Meng Wanzhou. <Accessed 2018-12-15>

Explaining China’s Huawei Backlash (2018-12-14)
(The Diplomat, By Bonnie Girard) Meng Wanzhou's arrest has led to outrage from both Canadians as well as the Chinese people. To the Chinese, Huawei represents China's rise and return to power, and Meng's arrest throws that into disarray. However, there is much more to the story than meets the eye, and the Chinese people may be creating a hero to fill a void. <Accessed 2018-12-15>

China’s Economy Slows Sharply, in Challenge for Xi Jinping (2018-12-14)
(New York Times, By Keith Bradsher and Ailin Tang) China’s economy has slowed sharply in recent months, presenting perhaps the biggest challenge to its top leader, Xi Jinping, in his six years of rule. <Accessed 2018-12-17>

China’s Response to Belt and Road Backlash (2018-12-15)
(East Asia Forum, By Ye Yu) The general response from Beijing so far has been to dismiss international suspicions — Xi explained that the BRI is not a ‘Chinese conspiracy’ during the Bo’ao Forum for Asia in April 2018 — and to improve its strategies for managing sustainable development. <Accessed 2018-12-17>

The Globalization of China’s Media Controls: Key Trends From 2018 (2018-12-15)
(The Diplomat, By Sarah Cook) Several global trends demonstrate the Chinese Communist Party's ability to spread its propaganda around the world even as it tightens control over the media at home. Beijing has improved its ability to influence foreign powers' views of Chinese power over the past few years through greater media influence. However, some of these methods may be detrimental to democracy and good governance. <Accessed 2018-12-15>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

The Geopolitics of Oil and Gas in the South China Sea
 (2018-12-12)
(The Diplomat, By Mercy A. Kuo) Eufracia Taylor and Hugo Brennan, two analysts at Verisk Maplecroft, express their views on the geopolitical implications of Chinese exploration for oil and gas in the South China Sea. <Accessed 2018-12-15>

Other Regional Issues

Upgrade Would Arm Japan With First Aircraft Carriers Since World War II
 (2018-12-11)
(New York Times, By Rick Gladstone) Japan took a step on Tuesday toward expanding its military capabilities by advancing plans for aircraft carriers that can launch fighter jets. The plans, contained in a draft of new defense guidelines approved by the governing parties, would effectively arm Japan with its first aircraft carriers since World War II, with potential striking powers well beyond Japanese territory. <Accessed 2018-12-17>

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New Publication Social Movements in Taiwan’s Democratic Transition: Linking Activists to the Changing Political Environment, 1st Edition by Yun Fan (Routledge)
New Publication A Question of Time: Enhancing Taiwan’s Conventional Deterrence Posture by Michael A. Hunzeker and Alexander Lanoszka (Center for Security Policy Studies, George Mason University)
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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