::: TSR Weekly Report
2019-03-23 | NO.43(12) epaper |
Note to Readers
Cross-Strait Relations
 City-to-City Exchanges China's Key Strategy Toward Taiwan: Scholar (2019-03-18)
(CNA, By Miao Zhong-han and Emerson Lim) According to Taiwanese scholar Andy Chang, China will use city-to-city exchanges as a key strategy toward Taiwan. Chang further remarked that this strategy is meant to realize Chinese President Xi Jinping's goal to promote unification of Taiwan and China in light of the increasing tension between the two sides. At present, the city-to-city exchanges focus on tourism, investment, and trade in agriculture and fishery products from Taiwan to China. <Accessed 2019-03-18>

Overseas Agency on Alert Against China (2019-03-21)
(Taipei Times, By Lu Yi-hsuan and William Hetherington) The Overseas Community Affairs Council Minister Wu Hsin-hsing announced that the council had been collecting opinions from the overseas communities and discovered that most were against China's "one country, two systems" political formula. Wu further stated that the council should send representatives overseas to talk about democracy, freedom and protection of human rights in Taiwan to present a more balanced view of the cross-strait relation. <Accessed 2019-03-22>

Taipei Mayor Shares Views on Cross-Strait Ties in U.S. (2019-03-21)
(CNA, By Flor Wang, Rita Cheng, and Liang Pei-chi) During a speech at the Heritage Foundation, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je remarked that Taiwan must be wise in its dealing with China amid tension between the two sides. Ko identified the lack of mutual trust between Taiwan and China as the biggest problem plaguing both nations. Ko further suggested that Taiwan should cling to the US and Japan, and at the same time be friendly toward China. <Accessed 2019-03-22>

Big Majority Reject 'One Country, Two Systems': Survey (2019-03-22)
(CNA, By Miao Zong-han and Emerson Lim) A survey released by the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) showed that the majority of Taiwanese disagree with China's "one country, two systems" political formula. The respondents believe that Taiwanese should be the one to decide on Taiwan's future. Nearly 90 percent of the respondents wished to keep the current status quo across the Taiwan Strait. <Accessed 2019-03-22>

Are Taiwan’s Citizens Willing to Fight Against China? (2019-03-22)
(The Diplomat, By Yao-Yuan Yeh, Charles K.S. Wu, Austin Wang, and Fang-Yu Chen) China's declaration that it was willing to use force to reunify Taiwan with the Mainland set the stage for Taiwan's response; largely, it showed that Taiwan would not take the threat quietly. A recent survey shows that there is no correlation between the number of deaths that Taiwanese citizens would tolerate in a war and the support for such a war with China. However, it still shows that many Taiwanese citizens are willing to bear a strong cost for a war with China against reunification. <Accessed 2019-03-23>

Tsai, DPP Slam Kaohsiung Mayor Over Meeting With China Official  (2019-03-23)
(CNA, By Miao Zong-han, Yeh Su-ping, Wen Kuei-hsiang, Stanley Cheung, and Ko Lin)
President Tsai Ing-wen and other DPP officials criticized Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu for his decision to meet with the Liaison Office of the Central People’s government in Hong Kong Director Wang Zhimin. Tsai said that this meeting could be used by Taiwan to promote the imposition of “one country, two systems” in Taiwan, as the LOCPG HK is the institution that represents this same imposition in Hong Kong. Han resounded that the conversation did not cover sensitive topics but rather focused on lighter topics ands that it was an all around pleasant meeting. <Accessed 2019-03-25>

China’s Media Influence Campaign Poses Threat to Press Freedom: RSF (2019-03-25)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh)
Reporters Without Borders released a report Monday titled “China’s Pursuit of a New World Media Order”. The report warns of China’s media and information tactics and the threat it poses to press freedom around the world. The report discusses RSF’s investigation into Chinese media practices, such as its interaction with foreign media, buying advertising, and modernizing TV broadcasting. The report refers to China’s spread of disinformation about Taiwan as an example of the effects of these practices, and it even attributes Taiwanese diplomat Su Chii-cherng’s suicide to this disinformation. <Accessed 2019-03-25>

U.S.-Taiwan Relations
 Taipei Mayor Defines U.S. Trip as 'Journey of Learning' (2019-03-18)
(CNA, By Liang Pei-chi, Ozzy Yin and Elizabeth Hsu) Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je, while arriving in New York on Saturday, remarked that his visit to the U.S. is a "journey of learning". During his visit to the U.S., Ko will also be visiting Atlanta, Boston and Washington D.C. When asked whether he will be running for president in Taiwan's 2020 presidential election, Ko responded by asking reporters to ask him the question again in June. <Accessed 2019-03-18>

Taiwan Not Ruled By Law, Ko Tells Students in US (2019-03-19)
(Taipei Times, By Lee I-chia) During an interactive session with Taiwanese students in New York, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je remarked that Taiwan is not ruled by law and has never been a country of honesty. Ko remarked that several cities and counties are facing bankruptcy despite having all the monitoring and financial policies in place. Ko further added that because most policies require time to produce the desirable outcomes, people should not insist on immediate changes. <Accessed 2019-03-20>

Taiwanese Group Urges U.S. to Scrutinize Taipei Mayor (2019-03-19)
(CNA, By Chiang Ching-yeh and Chung Yu-chen) The Taiwan Association of America sent a letter to American Institute in Taiwan Chairman James Moriarty to voice concern over Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je's negative views on U.S.-Taiwan relations. In the letter, the association mentioned how Ko appears to move closer to the Chinese government's united front agenda while he questions the U.S. government's efforts in helping Taiwan to defend itself against China's aggression over the years. <Accessed 2019-03-20>

Taiwan, U.S. Launch Indo-Pacific Democratic Governance Consultations (2019-03-19)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Taiwan and the U.S. have launched a new series of consultations, titled "Indo-Pacific Democratic Governance Consultations". According to Brent Christensen, the director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), the new dialogue seeks to boost U.S.-Taiwan exchanges and establish bilateral projects to help regional partners. Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu remarked that this initiative demonstrates that Taiwan is a perfect ally for the U.S. in pursuing a free and open Indo-Pacific region. <Accessed 2019-03-20>

President Tsai Confirms Taiwan Seeking to Buy F-16Vs from U.S. (2019-03-19)
(CNA, By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Joseph Yeh) President Tsai Ing-wen announced that the Taiwanese government has decided to purchase F-16 Viper fighter jets from the U.S. and the Ministry of National Defense (MND) has submitted a Letter of Request to the U.S. Tsai further added that the decision to purchase the advanced fighter jets is to strengthen Taiwan's defense capabilities in protecting the peace and stability in the region. <Accessed 2019-03-20>

AIT Director: People Should 'Think Outside the Box' (2019-03-20)
(CNA, By Tsai Peng-min and Evelyn Kao) During the opening of the 2019 American Innovation Center (AIC) Innovation Forum, director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Brent Christensen urged people to "think outside the box". Christensen further added that the 2019 forum seeks to explore emerging technologies and how people can imagine these technologies. <Accessed 2019-03-21>

Taipei Mayor Holds Closed-Door Meeting with U.S. Officials (2019-03-20)
(CNA, By Flor Wang, Liang Pei-chi, Chiang Chin-yeh and Elaine Hou) Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je held a closed-door meeting with U.S. officials in Washington on Tuesday. During the meeting, Ko discussed with U.S. officials on how to boost U.S.-Taiwan relations. Meanwhile, in responding to questions from reporters, Ko remarked that it is crucial to boost Taiwan's economy and national defense, and there is no need to confront China. <Accessed 2019-03-21>

Taipei Mayor lauds Sister-City Ties with Atlanta (2019-03-21)
(CNA, By Liang Pei-chi and Emerson Lim) In commemorating the 40th anniversary of the sister-city ties between Taipei and Atlanta, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je expressed hope that both cities will continue to maintain the friendship and work together. Ko, in citing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s efforts to achieve racial equality peacefully, promised to establish a just and equal society in Taipei. <Accessed 2019-03-22>

Taiwan, US Plan New, 'More Direct' Talks This Fall (2019-03-19)
(The Diplomat, By Ralph Jennings) In an effort to counter China's increasing pressure on Taiwan, the United States and Taiwan will hold talks in September including a senior U.S. official traveling to Taiwan. The United States has not announced whether or not the talks are meant to push for China to make changes to its policies. The United States also emphasized that it believes that it is possible to hold a good relationship with both China and Taiwan at the same time. <Accessed 2019-03-23>

U.S. Lawmaker Urges Washington to Take on One-China Principle (2019-03-22)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Frances Huang)
U.S. Congressman Steve Chabot on Thursday proposed a resolution that encourages the Y.S. to counter the one-China principle through a two-pronged approach. The first aspect involves the U.S. officially recognizing Taiwan’s legitimacy, and the second aspect involves making decisions about Taiwan’s future in collaboration with Taiwanese leaders under the Taiwan Relations Act. Additionally, the bill would encourage other countries not to accept the one-China principle. <Accessed 2019-03-25>

Two U.S. Vessels Pass Through Taiwan Strait Sunday: MND (2019-03-25)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh)
Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense confirmed Monday that two U.S. vessels, one Navy and one Coast Guard, traveled through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday and that Taiwan was aware of the situation. A Reuters report quoted the U.S. military in saying that this passage of vessels demonstrated the “U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific”. This was the third passage of American military vessels though the Taiwan Strait this year. <Accessed 2019-03-25>

Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
 Taipei Mayor Criticized for Revealing Planned FAPA Visit (2019-03-18)
(CNA, By Lin Hon-han and Evelyn Kao) The Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA) criticized Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je for disclosing a planned private visit to FAPA. According to Mike Kuo, president of the pro-Taiwan independence group that is based in Washington, Ko's act of revealing his visit to FAPA could create controversy within FAPA and cause misunderstanding among those who support Taiwan. <Accessed 2019-03-19>

British Office Taipei Calls for Taiwan to End Death Penalty (2019-03-18)
(CNA, By Chen Chun-hua and Ko Lin) The British Office Taipei has urged Taiwan to abolish the death penalty on the basis of human rights. The U.K.'s representative to Taiwan Catherine Nettleton remarked that capital punishment has no place in a democratic society in which human rights are respected. Reports compiled by London-based Death Penalty Project (DPP) and Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty (TAEDP) showed that death penalty that might be improperly enforced could result in unsafe or wrongful convictions. <Accessed 2019-03-19>

Former Premier Lai Registers for DPP Presidential Primary (2019-03-18)
(CNA, By Chen Chun-hua, Ku Chuan, Wen Kuei-hsiang and Evelyn Kao) Former Premier Lai Ching-te has registered on Monday for the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) primary 2020 presidential election. Lai described himself as a "pragmatic advocate of Taiwan independence" and remarked that since the DPP adheres to a democratic primary process, his decision to compete against President Tsai Ing-wen will not cause division in the party. <Accessed 2019-03-19>

Taiwan Will Not Accept 'One Country, Two Systems': President (2019-03-18)
(CNA, By Ku Chuan and William Yen) In commemorating the 5th anniversary of the Sunflower Student Movement, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen posted on Facebook, stating that Taiwan will not accept China's "one country, two systems" political formula as long as she is president. Tsai also announced that she will be registering this week for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) primary for next year's presidential election. <Accessed 2019-03-19>

Never Dream One Can Change A Country Overnight: Taipei Mayor (2019-03-18)
(CNA, By Liang Pei-chi, Ozzi Yin and Elizabeth Hsu) In speaking with New York University students on Sunday, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je remarked that it would be difficult to think that one could change the entire country or the world overnight. Ko also remarked that since he is an independent mayor, he has no political baggage and his attitude toward both Kuomintang (KMT) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) city councilors is the same. <Accessed 2019-03-19>

Ship for Testing Weapons Ready by Year-end: CSIST (2019-03-18)
(Taipei Times, By Lo Tien-pin and Jake Chung) According to the Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology (CSIST), the catamaran-style warship that serves as a surface-weapons testing platform will be ready by year-end. CSIST remarked that the testing platform will reduce the time needed for researching and developing surface weapon systems as well as allowing the military to test other systems and surface equipment. <Accessed 2019-03-18>

No Absolute Winner in Legislative By-Elections: Parties (2019-03-18)
(CNA, By Chen Chi-fong and Evelyn Kao) Representatives from both the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and opposition Kuomintang (KMT) announced that there were no outright winners for either the DPP or the KMT in the legislative by-elections that took place in four cities and counties on Saturday. The DPP retained two legislative seats and the KMT lost one of the two seats it held previously. <Accessed 2019-03-18>

NCC Shuts Down Chinese Web Site (2019-03-18)
(Taipe Times, By Liu Li-jen, Lee Hsin-fang and William Hetherington) The National Security Council confirmed on Friday that a web site that was disseminating information about China's "31 incentives" was shut down for national security concerns. The web site was said to violate Article 34 of the Act Governing Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area. Taiwanese legislators remarked that information posted on the site could give Taiwanese the wrong idea that it was approved by Taiwanese authorities. <Accessed 2019-03-18>

Taiwan Requests Correction of Taiwanese Entertainers' References (2019-03-18)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Evelyn Kao) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has urged the organizer of an event to correct the references of several Taiwanese celebrities listed on TC Candler's list of the 100 most beautiful and handsome faces for the Asia-Pacific and China region. MOFA remarked that when Taiwanese are referred to as Chinese, this action has "deeply hurt the Taiwanese people's feelings" and will increase tension between Taiwan and China. <Accessed 2019-03-18>

Eswatini Health Minister Visits Taiwan (2019-03-18)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that Eswatini Minister of Health Lizzy Nkosi has arrived in Taiwan for a five-day visit. The purpose of Nkosi's visit is to enhance bilateral exchanges in health and medical care between both nations, as well as in helping Taiwan's bid to attend this year's World Health Assembly (WHA). <Accessed 2019-03-18>

KMT Heavyweights Back Han for President (2019-03-18)
(Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) Many Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) members have urged the party's headquarters to nominate Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu as KMT's 2020 presidential candidate. Former president Ma Ying-jeou remarked that Han would receive the party's support if KMT would be able to return to power. <Accessed 2019-03-18>

DPP Brass Express Mixed Feelings About Lai's Run (2019-03-19)
(Taipei Times, By Su Yung-yao and Hsieh Chun-lin) Several Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) mayors expressed mixed feelings about former premier William's Lai decision to seek the party's presidential nomination for the 2020 presidential election. Some mayors expressed concern that Lai's announcement could cause division among party members, while others demonstrated confidence in the party's well-developed mechanism for presidential nominations. <Accessed 2019-03-20>

Lai Could Win in Any Scenario: Tsai's Odds Bad in Any Race, Think Tank Says (2019-03-19)
(Taipei Times, By Sherry Hsiao) A recent public opinion poll released by Taiwan Brain Trust showed that former premier William Lai is leading President Tsai Ing-wen by more than 20 percent. The poll also reported that Tsai would lose in any hypothetical three-way race against independent Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je and a third candidate from the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT). <Accessed 2019-03-20>

Ex-Premier Jiang Defends Protesters' Forced Removal (2019-03-19)
(Taipei Times, By Chen Yu-fu) During an interview with Taipei-based radio station POP Radio, former premier Jiang Yi-huah remarked that he did not regret removing protesters from the Executive Yuan compound during the Sunflower Movement in 2014. Jiang further added that while some physical coercion was unavoidable, he had instructed the National Police Agency and police officers to minimize any physical conflict while evicting protesters. <Accessed 2019-03-20>

Tsai to Transit in Hawaii After Visit to Pacific Allies (2019-03-19)
(CNA, By Wen Kuei-hsiang, Ku Chuan and Elizabeth Hsu) Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen is scheduled to visit three Pacific allies, Palau, Nauru, and the Marshall Islands. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Tsai will make a stopover in Hawaii on her return trip to Taiwan. During the trip, the president is scheduled to speak at the Parliament of Nauru and the Pacific Women Leaders' Coalition Conference. <Accessed 2019-03-20>

Tsai Focuses on National Issues Amid Presidency Challenges (2019-03-19)
(CNA, By Liao Yu-yang, Chang Jung-hsiang, Wen Kuei-hsiang, Elaine Hou and Chung Yu-chen) During the opening of the Taiwan Cyber Security Summit, President Tsai Ing-wen called on her administration to focus on national issues. Meanwhile, former Premier Lai Ching-te, who registered for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) 2020 presidential nomination, remarked that he decided to compete in the primary due to DPP's grassroots supporters. <Accessed 2019-03-20>

DPP Lawmakers Throw Support Behind Tsai (2019-03-20)
(Taipei Times, By Hsieh Chun-lin and Wliiam Hetherington) More than 30 Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers expressed their support for president Tsai Ing-wen's re-election in 2020. DPP Legislator Chen Ming-wen remarked that Tsai needs all the support as she has been facing growing threats and challenges from China, especially amid China's intention of imposing the "one country, two systems" political formula on Taiwan. <Accessed 2019-30-21>

Lai Says Primary Should Focus on Taiwan's Values (2019-03-20)
(Taipei Times, By Wang Chieh, Liu Wan-chun and Johnathan Chin) During a visit to Tainan's Tiantan Tiangong Temple, former premier William Lai told reporters that the primary's focus should be on Taiwan's democratic values, not the party, faction or a single person. Lai further added that his decision to run for the party's presidential primary was made for national interest, not for personal gain. <Accessed 2019-03-21>

Deputy Foreign Minister Meets With Senior U.S. Official (2019-03-20)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Chung Yu-chen) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced on a Facebook post that Taiwan's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Hsu Szu-chien met with U.S. National Security Council Senior Director Matt Pottinger in the Solomon Islands. During the meeting, Hsu and Pottinger talked about how both nations can boost cooperation and promote a free and open Indo-Pacific region. <Accessed 2019-03-21>

Swedish Envoy Seeking Taiwanese Investment in Sweden (2019-03-21)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Sweden's new representative to Taiwan Håkan Jevrell remarked that he is hopeful that both nations can cooperate in various areas and seeks to encourage more investments between both sides. The envoy further added that he hopes to improve Sweden's visibility in Taiwan and that his office has much work to do to demonstrate Taiwan's strength to Sweden. <Accessed 2019-03-21>

Taiwan Can Play Proactive Role in International Community: Tsai (2019-03-21)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Emerson Lim) In a Facebook post, Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen stated that Taiwan has the capacity to be proactive in the international community. Tsai cited several of Taiwan's key achievements in foreign affairs to demonstrate Taiwan's ability. The president remarked that those achievements demonstrate Taiwan's strong partnership with the U.S. and ability to be a key democratic ally in the Indo-Pacific region.<Accessed 2019-03-21>

President Tsai Arrives in Palau (2019-03-21)
(CNA, By Wen Kuei-hsiang and William Yen) Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen arrived in Palau on Thursday. The president and her delegation were warmly welcomed by Palau Minister of State Faustina Rehuher-Marugg, Palau Vice President Raynold Oilouch, residents and members of the local Taiwanese business community. <Accessed 2019-03-22>

President Vows to Make Taiwan Shine on Global Stage (2019-03-21)
(CNA, By Chiu Chun-chin and Chung Yu-chen) Before embarking on her trip to Palau, Nauru, and the Marshall Islands, Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen promised to make Taiwan shine on the world stage. The president remarked that her trip aims to boost cooperation between Taiwan and its allies and strengthen Taiwan's participation in the international community. <Accessed 2019-03-22>

President Tsai Registers for DPP Presidential Primary (2019-03-21)
(CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Evelyn Kao) On Thursday, Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen registered her candidacy for the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) primary presidential election next year. The president remarked that she is seeking re-election because she hopes to take up the responsibility for Taiwan as Taiwan moves on to face further internal and external challenges. <Accessed 2019-03-22>

Ties with Solomon Islands Stable: Deputy Foreign Minister (2019-03-22)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Taiwan Deputy Foreign Minister Hsu Szu-chien announced on Thursday that Taiwan's diplomatic relations with the Solomon Islands continue to be strong and stable. Hsu's announcement came amid rumors that the Solomon Islands might switch diplomatic ties from Taiwan to China. Hsu further added that the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between both nations demonstrate the solid ties between Taiwan and the Solomon Islands. <Accessed 2019-03-22>

DPP Members Must Stop Choosing Sides: Chairman (2019-03-22)
(Taipei Times, By Yang Chun-hui and William Hetherington) Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Cho Jung-tai has urged party officials to remain neutral regarding the party's presidential candidates. Cho remarked that the party has a well-established democratic nomination process to prevent infighting and factionalism. Cho also urged all party members to be fair and transparent in performing their duties to present the DPP as a capable party. <Accessed 2019-03-22>

KMT Hopefuls Should Negotiate Candidate: Director (2019-03-22)
(Taipei Times, By Jake Chung) The Chinese Nationalist Party's (KMT) Organizational Development Committee director Lee Che-hua urged the party's Central Standing Committee to negotiate a candidate for the 2020 presidential election instead of holding a primary. Lee remarked that the KMT should nominate a strong candidate since the party could be competing with former premier William Lai. <Accessed 2019-03-22>

Taiwan’s Presidential Race Has a Surprise Contender: Tsai Ing-wen's Former Premier (2019-03-21)
(The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) Former Premier William Lai announced his intention to run against incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen in the Democratic Progressive Party Primary for the upcoming 2020 Presidential election in Taiwan. He has been a vocal supporter for Taiwanese independence in the past, in contrast to Tsai's centrism towards maintaining the cross-strait status quo, as she has done for her term so far. Lai has not done much to differentiate himself from Tsai otherwise yet, but he has pledged to support Tsai should she win the primary. <Accessed 2019-03-23>

Four Overseas Taiwanese Firms to Invest NT$17Billion in Taiwan (2019-03-23)
(CNA, By Liao Yu-yang, Wei Shu, and Frances Huang)
The Ministry of Economic Affairs reported that four Taiwanese firms that currently operate in China, Long Chen Paper Co., Sercomm Corp., Unicon Taiwan, and a printed circuit board supplier, will be shifting some of their investments from China to Taiwan. This is in an effort to avoid negative impacts from the U.S.-China trade dispute and at the suggestion of the MOEA. In total, this movement is expected to create 3,300 new jobs and bring in about NT$17billion in investment. <Accessed 2019-03-25>

Nauru Parliament Passes Resolution to Reject ‘One China’ Principle (2019-03-25)
(CNA, By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Evelyn Kao)
Nauru’s Parliament passed a resolution Monday rejecting China’s “one China” principle and “one country, two systems” framework, in addition to opposing Chinese military intimidation of Taiwan and recognizing Taiwan as an independent nation. Nauru President Baron Divavesi Waqa is the first foreign leader of a country to publicly reject the “one country, two systems” framework. <Accessed 2019-03-25>

Taiwan, Nauru Sign Sea Patrol Cooperation Agreement  (2019-03-25)
(CNA, By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Elizabeth Hsu)
Taiwan’s Coast Guard Administration Director-General Chen Guo-en and Nauru Police Commissioner Corey Caleb signed a marine patrol collaboration pact on Monday in the presence of Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and her Nauruan counterpart Baron Divavesi Waqa. The agreement allows Taiwan’s Coast Guard to conduct onboard inspections of Taiwanese vessels or vessels from other allies with such agreements in the Pacific. The agreement also includes the exchange and training of personnel from both countries. <Accessed 2019-03-25>

U.S.-China Relations
 Yukon Huang on China's Foreign Investment Law and US-China Trade Friction (2019-03-19)
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) Yukon Huang, senior fellow with the Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, discusses China's recent foreign investment law and the future of the U.S.-China trade war in light of the law. <Accessed 2019-03-23>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
 China-El Salvador Relationship Wobbles (2019-03-18)
(The Diplomat, By Charlotte Gao) President-elect Nayib Bukele of El Salvador visited the United States earlier this week and publicly criticized China during his trip. He has also said that he does not know whether or not he will continue El Salvador's diplomatic relations with China, which were only established seven months ago as El Salvador switched its recognition away from Taiwan. Bukele insists that China and El Salvador can only remain diplomatic allies if the relationship is based on mutual respect. <Accessed 2019-03-23>

China’s Next Phase of Militarization in the South China Sea (2019-03-20)
(The Diplomat, By Scott N. Romaniuk and Tobias Burgers) China has stopped its land acquisition efforts towards the southern parts of the South China Sea, but the next stage of its strategy may be to use military force to consolidate its gains in the region. China continues to demonstrate its determination to achieve regional dominance. However, given other issues with China and its foreign policy, China's actions in the South China Sea have been left relatively untouched by the media. <Accessed 2019-03-23>

Vatican Renews Overtures to China Ahead of Xi’s Italy Visit (2019-03-21)
(The Diplomat, By Nicole Winfield) As President Xi Jinping visits Italy this week, the Vatican has announced that Xi is free to visit at any point, although both sides would have to demonstrate a clear willingness to meet. The Vatican and China have not held diplomatic relations in nearly fifty years. While their split over the status of Catholics in China has drawn the two further apart, the two countries have been working closely to make amends in recent years. <Accessed 2019-03-23>

China’s Reputation for Long-Range Planning Is Wildly Exaggerated (2019-03-22)
(The Diplomat, By David Skidmore) While foreign leaders often praise China for its long-term strategic planning abilities, China's ability to see far into the future is wildly exaggerated. China often praises its short-term achievements even if the long-term models for their plans are not sustainable. Americans should not look to China for inspiration in long-term planning; rather, it should find how to improve its own democratic institutions to allow for future achievements. <Accessed 2019-03-23>

China’s Weaponization of Market Access Might Backfire (2019-03-22)
(The Diplomat, By Xiaochen Su) China has begun going after Canadian sellers in the Chinese market, including the suspension of canola sales by a Canadian firm, accusing the firm of bringing in pesticides in the product. This is a tactic that China uses to encourage pro-China policies in foreign governments by leveraging access to the Chinese market. However, given the relative unpredictability of Chinese policies regarding market access, foreign firms remain somewhat on edge, and China must make a clearer distinction between politics and economics if they wish to continue using this tactic. <Accessed 2019-03-23>

Why China Still Isn't Winning its War on Pollution (2019-03-23)
(The Diplomat, By Grace Guo) During the Two Sessions meetings, China has emphasized the progress it has made in environmental strides and air quality improvements. However, progress has still been limited to fairly small regions and should not be seen as an overall great movement forward. China should not necessarily be seen as a role model for environmental cleanup just yet, as the label may be premature. <Accessed 2019-03-23>

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