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Cross-Strait Relations
MAC Minister, Mayor Meet on Cross-Strait Ties (2019-01-24)
(Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu)
Mainland Affairs Council Minister Chen Ming-tong and Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu held their first public meeting in an effort to bring Taiwan’s KMT and DPP closer together to exchange ideas about cross-Strait affairs. Chen asked Han’s support in beginning strategic dialogue with Chinese President Xi Jinping in order to prevent Chinese annexation of Taiwan. One topic that was avoided during the sometimes heated meeting was the subject of the “1992 Consensus”, which is supported by the KMT but not the DPP. <Accessed 2019-01-28>

Taiwan at Risk of Paralysing Cyberattacks from Mainland China, Security Think Tank Warns (2019-01-28)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwan’s internet system is vulnerable to attacks from mainland China that could paralyse the self-ruled island, a government think tank has warned. In the latest edition of its “Defence Situation Monthly” newsletter, the Institute for National Defence and Security Research said Taiwan’s connections to international communications cables and its .tw root domain address were at risk. <Accessed 2019-02-05>

Xi Trying to Divert Attention: Academic
 (2019-01-28)
(Taipei Times, By Peng Wan-hsin) Wu Jieh-min, an associate research fellow at Academia Sinica, remarked that Taiwan need not worry about Chinese President Xi Jinping's proposal to unify Taiwan and China under the "one country, two systems" political formula since China is preoccupied with its own problems. Wu explained that China is using psychological warfare in trying to gain cooperation from Taiwan. <Accessed 2019-01-28>

Wife of Rights Activist Jailed in China Barred from Prison Visits  (2019-01-28)
(CNA, By Chai Sze-chia and Flor Wang)
The Taiwan Association for China Human Rights said Monday that Lee Ching-yu, wife of Taiwanese democracy advocate Lee Ming-che, has been informed by the Chishan Prison in Hunan Province that she will not be allowed to visit her jailed husband for a three month period. This comes in response to Lee’s news conference on December 24, during which she recalled the inhumane practices of Chishan Prison, which it called “distortion of facts” and “politically motivated misinformation”. <Accessed 2019-01-28>

Prison Suspends Lee Ching-yu's Visits Until April (2019-01-29)
(Taipei Times, By Lu Yi-hsuan and Sherry Hsiao) Chinese prison authorities have banned Lee Ching-yu from visiting her husband Lee Ming-che, a human rights advocate currently jailed in Chisan Prison in China's Hunan Province. The decision to ban Lee's visit came after Lee publicly made false statements about her husband's condition in prison. <Accessed 2019-01-30>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
 Former AIT Director Says 'One China' Misleading (2019-01-28)
(Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) Former American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) director William Stanton remarked that the "one China" formula is misleading since Taiwan was never part of China. Stanton urged the US government to refrain from adhering to the Three Joint Communiques and stated that the US should establish exchanges of high-level officials between Taiwan and the US under the Taiwan Travel Act. <Accessed 2019-01-28>

Presidential Bid Rumors Fly as Ko's US Trip Fixed (2019-01-28)
(Taipei Times, By Lee I-chia) There have been rumors that Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je is running for Taiwan's president in the 2020 presidential election since his visit to Israel was announced by the Taipei City Government. The city government also announced that Ko will be visiting New York, Boston, Atlanta and Washington during his US trip in March. On his Facebook Live stream, Ko stated that during the US trip, he will be visiting local biotechnology firms and start-ups, and meeting with Taiwanese students and residents. <Accessed 2019-01-28>

U.S. Naval Officer Reaffirms Right of Passage in Taiwan Strait (2019-01-29)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-ye and Evelyn Kao) Chief U.S. Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson reaffirmed the rights of U.S. warships to pass through the Taiwan Strait as it is international waters. Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Christopher Logan, a Pentagon spokesman, stated that the routine transit of U.S. Navy ships through Taiwan Strait signals the United States' commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. <Accessed 2019-01-30>

White House Map Showing Taiwan as Separate from China Catches the Eye of Island’s Internet (2019-01-30)
(South China Morning Post, By Laura Zhou) The map was displayed on Monday during a press conference by White House national security adviser John Bolton and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. The pair were discussing sanctions on a Venezuelan state oil company after the US declared it would no longer recognise Nicolas Maduro as president. <Accessed 2019-02-05>

Taiwan Committed to Economic, Trade Liberalization: President Tsai (2019-01-31)
(CNA, By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Shih Hsiu-chuan) During a meeting with Edwin J. Feulner Jr., the co-founder of the Heritage Foundation, president Tsai Ing-wen remarked that Taiwan has been taking great strides to ensure that Taiwan is committed to an open trade and economic environment. Tsai further stated that the Taiwanese government will continue to strengthen Taiwan's democracy and rule of law. Meanwhile, Feulner expressed his support for a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) between the U.S. and Taiwan, which would benefit both nations' economies. <Accessed 2019-02-01>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
 Taiwan Can Learn from Israel, Germany on Transitional Justice: VP (2019-01-28)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) During the International Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony in Taipei, Vice President Chen Chien-jen remarked that Taiwan could learn from Israel and Germany's efforts in the area of transitional justice. Chen stated that Taiwan can learn from Israel on how to use past suffering as a form of educational resources to instill tolerance, while learning from Germany in recognizing past mistakes and having the courage to expose historical facts. <Accessed 2019-01-28>

Three Allies Back Taiwan's WHA Participation at WHO Board Meeting (2019-01-28)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) eSwatini, Haiti and Paraguay, Taiwan's three diplomatic allies, expressed their support for Taiwan's participation in the World Health Assembly (WHA) during a World Health Organization (WHO) board meeting. In defending their suport of Taiwan's participation in the WHA, both eSwatini and Paraguay cited Taiwan's efforts and contributions in the area of health care. <Accessed 2019-01-28>

Taiwan Pledges to Work with Paraguay on Trade, Infrastructure (2019-01-28)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Shih Hsiu-chuan)
President Tsai Ing-wen welcomed a visiting delegation from Paraguay, Taiwan’s only remaining diplomatic ally in South America, on Monday. The delegation is led by Silvio Ovelar, president of the Chamber of Senators of Paraguay. Tsai pledged to enhance bilateral cooperation between Taiwan and Paraguay, specifically in the areas of trade, investment, and infrastructure. <Accessed 2019-01-28>

Deploying Surface-to-Air- Missiles Top Defense Priority: Tsai (2019-01-29)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) During a visit to Chengkungling military base in Taichung, Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen asked the Ministry of National Defense (MND) to make deploying surface-to-air missiles as the military's top priority. Tsai's proposal aims to boost Taiwan's defense and the military's ability to respond to China's threat. <Accessed 2019-01-30>

DPP to Name Presidential Candidate in April (2019-01-29)
(Taipei Times, By Yang Chun-hui and Sherry Hsiao) During a radio interview, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairman Cho Jung-tai said that the DPP will announce the party's candidate for the 2020 presidential election by the middle of April. According to media reports, besides current President Tsai Ing-wen, other potential candidates include former premier William lai and Premier Su Tseng-chang. <Accessed 2019-01-30>

New Mongolian Envoy to Take Office Next Month: MOFA (2019-01-29)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced on Tuesday that Lkhagvasuren Zolzaya, the new Mongolian representative to Taiwan, will take office next month. Liu Bang-zyh, head of the MOFA's Department of West Asian and African Affairs, said that he hopes the new Mongolian representative will continue to strengthen bilateral ties between both nations on various areas. <Accessed 2019-01-30>

Presidential, Legislative Elections to be Held Concurrently in 2020 (2019-01-31)
(CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Flor Wang) The Central Election Commission (CEC) announced on Thursday that the 2020 presidential election and the legislative election will be held concurrently. The date for the elections will be set later. Both the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the Kuomintang (KMT) are in favor of the decision. <Accessed 2019-02-01>

EU Committed to Closer Engagement with Taiwan: Official (2019-02-01)
(CNA, By Tang Pei-chun and Chi Jo-yao) Christos Stylianides, the EU commissioner of humanitarian aid and crisis management, stated that the EU is committed to establish closer ties with Taiwan. The EU commissioner further added that since both EU and Taiwan are like-minded, EU strongly respects Taiwan's democratic governance, rule of law and system of human rights. Stylianides also mentioned that despite lacking an official diplomatic recognition, EU has always encouraged Taiwan's active role in international affairs. <Accessed 2019-02-01>

World Mayor's Conference Supports Taiwan's Global Participation (2019-02-01)
(CNA, By Chiang Chinye and Chi Jo-yao) The World Conference of Mayors, Inc. (WCM) passed a resolution on Wednesday in Miami to express support for Taiwan's participation in international organizations. The WCM stated that Taiwan has always maintained a long-term relationship with WCM members. The WCM also considers Taiwan to be an important source of contribution to the international community. <Accessed 2019-02-01>

Taiwan Calls on WHO to Grant Full Participation (2019-02-01)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Chung Yu-chen) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has appealed to the World Health Organization (WHO) to grant Taiwan full participation. MOFA remarked that Taiwan's consistent adherence to the principle of mutual benefit and contributions to medical and health care achievements to countries in need warrant Taiwan's participation at the WHO. MOFA further added that Taiwan is fully prepared to work alongside other nations in promoting the wellbeing of the international community. <Accessed 2019-02-01>

New Legislative Session to Start Feb. 15 (2019-02-01)
(CNA, By Chen Chun-hua, Fan Cheng-hsiang, Wang Yang-yu and Chung) On February 15, the new legislative session will begin. During the new legislative session, Premier Su Tseng-chang will be giving an administrative report and answering questions from lawmakers. Legislative Speaker Su jia-chyuan said that several amendments, such as imposing heavier penalties for child abuse and improving Taiwan's economic growth will be proposed during the session. <Accessed 2019-02-02>

Taiwan's TAEF 'Best New Think Tank' in Leading Global Ranking (2019-02-01)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan) The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP), an internationally influenced think tank ranking system, ranked the Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation (TAEF) the "Best New Think Tank". The ranking recognizes the TAEF's work and high level international engagement. The TAEF, focusing on Taiwan's New Southbound Policy (NSP), was launched to help boost Taiwan's relations with 18 countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia, Australasia, and other key regional players. <Accessed 2019-02-02>

All 'Terror' Victims to be Pardoned (2019-02-02)
(Taipei Times, By Chen Yu-fu and Jake Chung) The Transitional Justice Commission has voted to offer redress for Taiwan's White Terror era. The commission announced that a ceremony will be held on May 31 to pardon all victims of the 228 Incident. The 228 Incident was a military crackdown conducted by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) regime, which resulted in thousands of people killed.<Accessed 2019-02-01>

Transitional Justice Not Aimed at Spurring Animosity: Culture Minister (2019-02-02)
(CNA, By Wang Yi-ju and Evelyn Kao) Minister of Culture Cheng Li-chiun said that transitional justice is not meant to create animosity in the society. Cheng explained that the government's transitional justice efforts aim to rectify the wrongs of the past, and it is only when we understand past mistakes that social justice can be reinstated. <Accessed 2019-02-01>

Taiwan's 20th Century Brush With a Nuclear Capability (2019-01-30)
(The Diplomat, By Robert Farley) Taiwan's interest in a nuclear program is longstanding, ever since the PRC tested a nuclear weapon in the 1960s and Taiwan was unsure of the United States's generosity in extending the nuclear umbrella. While the United States was concerned until the late 1980s, Taiwan turned over heavy water and other potentially supporting equipment to ease these concerns. Taiwan was keeping its options open, but the United States handled its concerns discreetly. <Accessed 2019-02-02>
U.S.-China Relations
 US-China Spat to Shift to Tech Sector (2019-01-28)
(Taipei Times, By Johnathan Chin) The Mainland Affairs Council's (MAC) advisory committee said that the trade dispute between the US and China is shifting to the technology sector. The MAC urged Taiwan to continue its efforts to participate in free-trade pacts and to take full advantage of Taiwan's rich experience in manufacturing to facilitate Internet of Things development. <Accessed 2019-01-28>

US Intelligence Chiefs Warn Senators that China Continues to Grow as a Security Threat (2019-01-29)
(South China Morning Post, By Owen Churchill) United States intelligence and national security chiefs issued a harsh warning on Tuesday about China’s cyberespionage and counter-intelligence threats, a day before high-stakes trade talks between the two countries are set to begin in Washington. <Accessed 2019-02-05>

Chinese Influence, American Interests (2019-01-30)
(The Diplomat, By Mercy A. Kuo) Dr. Larry Diamond shares his thoughts on Chinese influence upon U.S. technological developments. <Accessed 2019-02-02>

Will US Indictments Against Huawei Hurt US-China Trade Talks? (2019-01-30)
(The Diplomat, By Charlotte Gao) The United States has laid out 23 charges against Huawei, according to the Department of Justice. The company has denied any wrongdoing. These charges might hamper the ongoing and upcoming U.S.-China trade discussions, but China still seems eager to continue discussions. <Accessed 2019-02-02>

US-China: A New Consensus for Strategic Competition in Washington (2019-01-30)
(The Diplomat, By Satoru Mori) The relationship between the United States and China sometimes sees adherence to a cycle of sorts, where tensions rise and then stabilize as the two sides find avenues of cooperation. The U.S. Government is taking a new full-force approach in its challenges to China in the latest period of tensions, however. If the American public decides that China is one of the United States's greatest threats, the U.S. Government will be able to engage in greater strategic competition with China. <Accessed 2019-02-02>

The Art of the Balance: Japan, China and the United States (2019-01-30)
(The Diplomat, By Catherine Putz) From Japan's point of view, finding a balance between a growing and increasingly threatening China and a potentially unreliable United States is difficult. Economically speaking, China is an indispensable partner for Japan. However, given the Trump administration's "America First" policy outlook, Japan may find trouble when relying on the United States for defense and security. <Accessed 2019-02-02>

Diplomatic Novice Picked for Top Communist Party Job at China’s Foreign Ministry amid Deteriorating Relations with US (2019-01-30)
(South China Morning Post, By Shi Jiangtao and Jun Mai) Beijing has taken the unprecedented move to elevate a veteran personnel cadre – and diplomatic novice – to be the foreign ministry’s Communist Party chief, amid growing international tensions and a sharp deterioration in relations between China and the United States. <Accessed 2019-02-05>

Why 5G, a Battleground for US and China, Is Also a Fight for Military Supremacy (2019-01-31)
(South China Morning Post, By Liu Zhen) Apart from its tremendous commercial benefits, 5G – the fifth generation of mobile communication – is revolutionising military and security technology, which is partly why it has become a focal point in the United States’ efforts to contain China’s rise as a tech power and its allegations against Chinese companies. <Accessed 2019-02-05>

Trump Optimistic on Trade Deal With China, but May Keep Tariffs Anyway (2019-01-31)
(New York Times, By Alan Rappeport and Mark Landler) President Trump expressed optimism Thursday about reaching a landmark trade deal with China, but said in an interview that he would consider leaving in place some tariffs on Chinese goods even if the two sides strike an agreement. <Accessed 2019-02-05>

Donald Trump Launches Charm Offensive, Calling Liu He One of the World’s ‘Most Respected Men’ (2019-02-01)
(South China Morning Post, By Sarah Zheng) US President Donald Trump proclaimed Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He “one of the most respected men” in the world on Thursday, as both sides signalled progress in two days of trade talks ahead of a March 1 deadline to avert further tariffs. <Accessed 2019-02-05>

China, US Cautiously Optimistic After Latest Trade Talks (2019-02-01)
(The Diplomat, By Darlene Superville and Paul Wiseman) The United States and China have both shown that while trade talks have not resulted in a final deal between the two countries yet, progress has been made. New tariffs have been at a standstill for several months now, but if a deal is not made by March 1, the United States would greatly increase import taxes on Chinese goods. President Trump has expressed interest in meeting with President Xi to finalize a deal as well. <Accessed 2019-02-02>

China Opposes US Withdrawal from Nuclear Arms Treaty with Russia, Calls for Negotiation (2019-02-02)
(South China Morning Post, By Laura Zhou) China on Saturday said it opposed the United States’ decision to withdraw from a nuclear arms treaty with Russia and called on the two nations to negotiate for a solution. <Accessed 2019-02-05>

Backchannels to Beijing Close as Detentions Raise Fears among Old China Hands (2019-02-02)
(South China Morning Post, By Kinling Lo) Some of the West’s most experienced “China hands” plan to steer clear of the country as the detention of two Canadians in December raises concerns among former envoys about their safety. <Accessed 2019-02-05>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
How the French are Waking Up to the Rise of Chinese Power (2019-01-27)
(South China Morning Post, By Philippe Le Corre) No matter what the political and economic uncertainties might be, citizens are becoming accustomed to a growing and assertive China. A recent survey conducted in France by Kantar Public for the think tank Institut Montaigne suggested that French people are increasingly aware of this rise, and not necessarily in a negative way. <Accessed 2019-02-05>

Hong Kong Activists Derides China's 'One Country, Two Systems'
 (2019-01-29)
(CNA, By Miao Zong-han and Shih Hsiu-chuan) During a forum hosted by the College of Social Sciences of National Chengchi University in Taipei to discuss prospects for democracy and Hong Kong's 2014 pro-democracy movement, several prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activists called out China's "one country, two systems" political formula a "joke". The activists also encouraged more future exchanges between Taiwan and Hong Kong to discuss prospects for democracy, even if they face oppression from China. <Accessed 2019-01-30>

China Violating 'Two Systems': Attorney (2019-01-29)
(Taipei Times, By Ann Maxon) According to Hong Kong Democratic Party founder and attorney Martin Lee, China's "one country, two systems" political formula contradicts former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping's proposal that allows Hong Kong to be autonomous. Lee urged China to give Hong Kong its democracy back and adhere to Deng's initial proposal for Hong Kong. <Accessed 2019-01-30>

China’s New Maximalism in Three Slogans (2019-01-30)
(The Diplomat, By Ben Lowsen) Three new slogans put forth by the Chinese Communist Party have contributed to a rise in Chinese maximalism, a rhetorical boom reflecting a stronger push in the party line. These involve bringing back older phrases, such as Deng Xiaoping's "keep a low profile" while also adding on the idea of doing "something good." They also discuss escalating local military defenses to global operations and finding a common destiny for all Chinese people to discover a sense of community. <Accessed 2019-02-02>

China’s Busy Year in the Arctic (2019-01-30)
(The Diplomat, By Trym Aleksander Eiterjord) China released its first official Arctic Ocean policy in early 2018, laying out the country's interests in the region and establishing its goals of becoming a "near-Arctic power" and integrating the Polar Silk Road into the larger Belt and Road Initiative. China has shown its greater commitment to the region and its growing power as an actor through its various conquests and developments in the Arctic Ocean throughout the past year. <Accessed 2019-02-02>

We Need to Talk about Huawei: Europe Debates Ban on Chinese Tech Giant over Fears of Back Doors in 5G Networks (2019-01-31)
(South China Morning Post, By Keegan Elmer and Wendy Wu) But while European Union officials, and some member states, have heeded US warnings that Huawei may be a back door for Chinese spying on the West, major European telecoms firms reliant on the company’s products have called for caution on banning Chinese suppliers. <Accessed 2019-02-05>

What Does Qi Yu’s Surprising Appointment Mean for China’s Foreign Ministry? (2019-02-01)
(The Diplomat, By Charlotte Gao) China's Foreign Ministry has appointed Qi Yu the new secretary of the Foreign Ministry's Party Committee. Given that he has no apparent foreign policy experience, experts predict that he will be in charge of personnel management within the Ministry. His appointment could signal a greater level of party control over China's foreign relations. <Accessed 2019-02-02>

Sun Bo, Who Led Project to Build China’s Own Aircraft Carrier, Will Face Court on Corruption Indictment (2019-02-01)
(South China Morning Post, By Minnie Chan) The former general manager of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation, the company that developed and built the Type 001A, China’s first home-grown aircraft carrier, has been officially charged with corruption and abuse of power, state media reported on Friday. <Accessed 2019-02-05>

China Slowdown Rains on Party’s Parade (2019-02-01)
(The Diplomat, By Anthony Fensom) In an interview conducted by Pacific Money, Robert Mann, a senior portfolio manager at Nikko Asset Management, explains his outlook on China's recent economic slowdown. <Accessed 2019-02-02>

China's Slowdown Is Starting to Hit Where It Hurts: Employment (2019-02-02)
(The Diplomat, By Yu Zhongxin) While many different industries have denied an economic downturn in China, resource data tells a different story. The manufacturing industry in particular has seen a massive rise in unemployment. The pressure on employment is on the rise, and China must now address both its domestic and foreign instability, now extending further to the domestic economic front. <Accessed 2019-02-02>

Why a Leaner, Meaner PLA Must Be Sensitive to Worries about China’s Military Rise (2019-02-02)
(South China Morning Post, By Collin Koh) The PLA of the future would be more capable of projecting its power to promote and secure China’s national interests in the region and on a global scale. The implication for Southeast Asia – within China’s envisaged “southern periphery” – is without doubt significant, and presents a somewhat mixed picture. <Accessed 2019-02-05>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

US Naval Chief: American and Chinese Navies in Talks to Cut Risk of South China Sea Miscalculation
 (2019-01-29)
(South China Morning Post, By Zhenhua Lu) The US and Chinese navies are engaged in “continuous dialogue” to reduce the risk of a military miscalculation in the South China Sea, according to the US naval operations chief. Addressing the Washington-based Brookings Institution on Monday, Admiral John Richardson said the dialogue was to open communication to avoid a potentially disastrous blunder. <Accessed 2019-02-05>

China Builds Rescue Centre on Artificial Spratly Island in South China Sea (2019-01-30)
(South China Morning Post, By Liu Zhen) China has added a maritime rescue centre to its facilities on an artificial island in the South China Sea, pressing on with plans to turn the outpost into the biggest logistics hub in the disputed waters. <Accessed 2019-02-05>

How Washington’s Ambiguity in South China Sea Puts the Philippine-US Alliance at a Crossroads (2019-01-31)
(South China Morning Post, By Richard Heydarian) Instead, it seems even the Philippine defence establishment, which has been the bedrock of the bilateral alliance, is showing growing frustration over American strategic ambivalence. <Accessed 2019-02-05>

The Korean Peninsula

U.S. Appears to Soften Timing for List of North Korea’s Nuclear Assets
 (2019-01-31)
(New York Times, By Edward Wong) A top American diplomat signaled on Thursday that the United States might no longer demand that North Korea turn over a complete inventory of its nuclear assets as a first step in the denuclearization process that President Trump is pursuing. <Accessed 2019-02-05>

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