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2019-05-11 | NO.43(19) epaper |
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Cross-Strait Relations
May Fourth Movement: Taiwan Must Beware the CCP, Top Historian Says (2019-05-06)
(Taipei Times/CNA) Historian Yu Ying-shih warned that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is Taiwan's biggest threat. Yu remarked that Taiwanese do not comprehend the threat and think that Taiwan only compromises with China for economic concerns. Yu further stated that communist China does not want democracy and uses the May Fourth patriotism to conceal its one-party dictatorship. <Accessed 2019-05-06>

Extradition Law could Hurt Hong Kong: MAC
 (2019-05-06)
(Taipei Times/Reuters) According to Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Deputy Minister Chiu Chui-cheng, Hong Kong's extradition law with China could hurt Hong Kong's freedom and rule of law. Chiu asked the Hong Kong government to give careful consideration to the people's concerns concerning the extradition law. <Accessed 2019-05-06> 

Recognise Taiwan’s Title and Then We’ll Talk, Foxconn Billionaire Terry Gou Tells Beijing (2019-05-06)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Foxconn’s billionaire chairman and aspiring Taiwanese presidential candidate Terry Gou has called on Beijing to recognise the “Republic of China”, Taiwan’s official title. Gou also said he had no plan to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping, countering critics who claim he would sell out the self-ruled island because of his multibillion-US dollar manufacturing empire on the mainland. <Accessed 2019-05-11>

Taiwan Offers Glimpse of Home-built Submarine Designed to Deter Beijing (2019-05-09)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwan has revealed details of its home-built submarine as President Tsai Ing-wen vowed to bolster the self-ruled island’s navy power to counter possible attacks from the mainland. <Accessed 2019-05-11>

Taiwanese Independence Cannot Work, KMT's Wang Tells Minister from China
 (2019-05-09)
(Taipei Times, By Ann Maxon) During a meeting with China's Taiwan Affairs Office Minister Liu Jieyi, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Wang Jin-pyng remarked that Taiwanese independence can never work and that he believed "Chinese people are one family sharing the same roots". Wang further added that the 1992 consensus has ensured a stable cross-strait relationship and both nations can build a new consensus to establish new opportunities for peaceful relations. <Accessed 2019-05-10>

ROC and PRC Belong to One Chinese Nation: Terry Guo (2019-05-10)
(CNA, By Chung Jung-feng and Emerson Lim) During an interview, Taiwanese business tycoon Terry Guo remarked that he supports the Koumintang's (KMT) position on the 1992 consensus and that the Republic of China (ROC) and the People's Republic of China (PRC) are under one Chinese nation. Guo also stated that Taiwan's future leader should find a balanced and peaceful resolution to work with China and the U.S. <Accessed 2019-05-10>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
U.S. Reaffirms Support for Taiwan's International Participation (2019-05-07)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh, Fan Cheng-hsian, Chen Chun-hua, Chen Wei-ting and Evelyn Kao) A State Department spokesperson stated in an e-mail that the US Department of State reaffirmed its support for Taiwan's efforts to participate in the annual World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, in light of China's attempt to exclude Taiwan from attending the WHA. The State Department spokesperson remarked that it is in the interest of the global community for Taiwan to be able to contribute to the well-being of the world. <Accessed 2019-05-08>

U.S. Congress Members Express Support for Taiwan (2019-05-09)
(CNA, By Flor Wang and Chiang Chin-yeh) Members of the U.S. Congress expressed their support for Taiwan during a celebration at Taiwan's representative office in Washington to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA). House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated that the TRA has established an "unshakable bond" between both nations and the recent Taiwan Assurance Act further demonstrates U.S.' commitment to Taiwan. <Accessed 2019-05-10>

US Training Ground for Taiwanese F-16 Pilots to be Relocated by 2021 (2019-05-09)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Joseph Yeh) The training ground for Taiwanese F-16 pilots will be relocated from Luke Air Force Base in Arizona to Tucson International Airport by 2021. A source familiar with national security issues stated that the United States' decision to make the training of Taiwan fighter pilots known publicly demonstrates the close military relationship between the US and Taiwan. <Accessed 2019-05-10>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
External Factors in Taiwan’s 2020 Election (2019-04-28)
(United Daily News, By Su Chi) Now, although the election of January 2020 is still some months away, four salient external changes will surely make it an entirely different election. <Accessed 2019-05-10>

Cabinet to Settle Changes to State Secrets Act
 (2019-05-06)
(Taipei Times, By Sean Lin) Taiwanese lawmakers will decide on Tuesday on the proposed amendments to the Classified National Security Information Protection Act. The proposed amendments aim to safeguard national interest and uphold security. One of the proposals include revising the prison term for people leaking state secrets to other countries or hostile forces. <Accessed 2019-05-06>

Government System Needs Change: Ma (2019-05-06)
(Taipei Times, By Huang Hsin-po) Former president Ma Ying-jeou proposed to merge the Cabinet with the Presidential Office. Ma suggested that Taiwan could have a system that either makes the Executive Yuan subordinate to the Presidential Office or have the president preside over Cabinet-level meetings. Ma remarked that the existing semi-presidential system makes it difficult to apportion accountability. <Accessed 2019-05-06>

Taiwan Reworks Mainland China Travel Ban and Treason Rules in Run-up to 2020 Presidential Election (2019-05-07)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwan’s legislature has revised a set of security-related laws in what analysts see as a move to thwart the Beijing-friendly Kuomintang (KMT) from playing the cross-strait card during January’s presidential election next year. The legislature amended two laws – one extending a travel ban on former senior officials from going to mainland China and the other to expand the scope of treason under the criminal procedures law to include collusion with the mainland, Hong Kong and Macau. <Accessed 2019-05-11>

Legislature Amends Treason Law to Include Collusion with China (2019-05-07)
(CNA, By Wang Yang-yu and Evelyn Kao) The Legislative Yuan passed an amendment to the Criminal Code to widen the scope of treason to include collusion with mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and any overseas enemy force or its agent. Before the amendment, treason was referred to as collusion with an "enemy state". According to Taiwanese lawmakers, the amendment would strengthen the protection of Taiwan's national security interests. <Accessed 2019-05-08>

Travel Restriction on Officials Handling Classified Data Extended (2019-05-07)
(CNA, By Wang Yang-yu, Yu Hsiang and Emerson Lim) The Legislature amended the Classified National Security Information Protection Act to extend the travel restriction of government officials who have had access to classified information from three to six years. The opposition party Kuomintang (KMT) remarked that the amendment was politically motivated to target KMT members and that the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) does not trust its own citizens. <Accessed 2019-05-08>

Tsai Seeks Belgian Aid as WHA Nears (2019-05-07)
(Taipei Times/CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen expressed hope that Belgian Senate President Jacques Brotchi would ask the Belgian government to support Taiwan's efforts to participate in the World Health Assembly (WHA). In light of China's growing suppression of Taiwan, Tsai stated that Taiwan will continue to strengthen cooperative ties with its diplomatic allies. <Accessed 2019-05-08>

Greater Chinese Pressure on WHA Means Greater Resentment: President (2019-05-07)
(CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Ko Lin) Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen stated that Taiwan has every right to attend the annual World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva. Tsai further added that there should be no political boundaries on universal healthcare and China's attempt to exclude Taiwan from the WHA will not prevent Taiwan's commitment to global health. <Accessed 2019-05-08>

Medical Community Supports Second Term for Tsai (2019-05-09)
(CNA, By Flor Wang and Wen Kuei-hsiang) Taiwan's medical community announced its support for President Tsai Ing-wen and has asked the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to skip the primary. Several chairmans from the nation's various medical associations stated that Tsai remains Taiwan's best choice to lead the country and to safeguard Taiwan's democracy, freedom and independence. <Accessed 2019-05-10>

Former Premier Lai Meets with Japanese Parliamentarians in Tokyo (2019-05-09)
(CNA, By Yang Ming-chu and Evelyn Kao) Former Premier Lai Ching-te had a meeting with several Japanese parliamentarians to promote economic and cultural exchanges between Taiwan and Japan. During the meeting, Lai stated that Taiwan should improve its national security while maintaining peace across the Taiwan Strait and regionally. <Accessed 2019-05-10>

Germany, Australia Voice Support of Taiwan's WHA Bid (2019-05-09)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Germany and Australia expressed their support for Taiwan's participation in the upcoming annual World Health Assembly (WHA). The German Institute Taipei praised Taiwan's efforts and contributions toward global health issues. Similarly, the Australia Office Taipei applauded Taiwan's contributions to global health and remarked that Taiwan should receive access to the global health system. <Accessed 2019-05-10>

Solomon Islands Ties are 'Shipshape,' Ministry Says (2019-05-10)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) During a meeting in Taipei of the Legislative Yuan's Foreign and National Defense Committee on Monday, Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu stated that relations between Taiwan and the Solomon Islands are stable. There have been speculations that the Solomon Islands might be switching diplomatic recognition to China. <Accessed 2019-05-10>

Gou Supports ‘Consensus’ (2019-05-10)
(Taipei Times, By Ann Maxon)
Presidential hopeful and Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Chairman Terry Gou said Thursday that if he were elected, he would support the “1992 consensus”, the term referring to an agreement between the KMT and China that there is one China but that they each disagree on what “China” means. He said that his reasoning in supporting the ‘1992 consensus” is that if Taiwan accepts it, Beijing will stop blocking Taiwan’s international participation efforts, which would ultimately create more opportunity for Taiwan. <Accessed 2019-05-11>

Bill Setting Foundation for Cultural Sector Clears Legislature (2019-05-10)
(CNA, By Fan Cheng-hsiang, Hung Chien-lun, and Ko Lin)
The Legislative Yuan enacted a new bill on Friday called the “Culture Basic Law’. The law is aimed at promoting the development and enrichment of Taiwan’s cultural sector. The law requires the government to create incentives, subsidies, investments, and other policies aimed at promoting cultural development. <Accessed 2019-05-11>

Renewed U.S.-China Trade War Has Limited Impact on Taiwan: President  (2019-05-10)
(CNA, By Stacy Hsu)
While speaking at a press conference at the Presidential Office Friday, President Tsai Ing-wen insisted that the new round of U.S.-China tariffs will have limited impact on Taiwan’s economy, which she said has a strong enough foundation to withstand the conflict. However, she said that Taiwanese businesses overseas should return home as the trade battle impacts the global market. She also pushed for Taiwan to sign a bilateral trade agreement with the U.S. and discouraged the country from establishing a free economic zone. <Accessed 2019-05-11>

Tsai Plans to Counter China with Law (2019-05-11)
(Taipei Times, By Lee Hsin-fang and Johnathan Chin) At a news conference, president Tsai Ing-wen stated that Taiwan would need a robust government and a united society to defend the nation's sovereignty and democracy. Tsai also urged the Taiwanese public to be vigilant of China's efforts to pressure Taiwan and disturb the peace in the Taiwan Strait. <Accessed 2019-05-12>

Lawmakers in Czech Republic, Peru Back Taiwan's WHA Participation (2019-05-11)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Ko Lin) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that lawmakers from the Czech Republic and Peru voiced their support for Taiwan's participation in the upcoming annual World Health Assembly (WHA). Lawmakers from both countries stated that Taiwan should not be excluded from the global health body. <Accessed 2019-05-12>
U.S.-China Relations
China, Russia and the United States Contest a New World Order (2019-05-05)
(East Asia Forum, By Dmitri Trenin) The historical norm of competition among great powers is back. US–China and US–Russia rivalries will probably grow in intensity until a new balance is established. <Accessed 2019-05-11>

U.S.-China Trade Talks to Resume Despite Trump’s Tariff Threat
 (2019-05-07)
(New York Times, By Keith Bradsher and Ana Swanson) China’s top trade negotiator is heading to Washington for two days of trade talks, despite President Trump’s threat to impose new tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of Chinese goods. <Accessed 2019-05-11>

China, Defiant but Careful, Promises Aggressive Response to Tariffs
 (2019-05-10)
(New York Times, By Raymond Zhong) The Chinese government issued a muted response on Friday after President Trump raised tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. China’s Ministry of Commerce vowed to retaliate, although it did not say how or when. <Accessed 2019-05-11>

U.S.-China Trade War to Push Companies Back to Taiwan: Think Tank
 (2019-05-11)
(CNA, By Pan Tzu-yu, Tsai Peng-min, Chiu Po-sheng and Frances Huang) Gordon Sun, director of the Taiwan Institute of Economic Research's (TIER) Economic Forecasting Center, speculated that as the trade friction between the U.S. and China continues to rise, Taiwanese firms may be forced to return to Taiwan. Sun advised Taiwanese firms in China to cut down their share of production in Chinese factories but not to withdraw from China completely. <Accessed 2019-05-12>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
China’s Calculus after the INF Treaty (2019-05-08)
(East Asia Forum, By Wu Riqiang) The question of whether China should join the INF Treaty is frequently mentioned in US policy debates. The answer is a clear no. <Accessed 2019-05-11>

Chinese Ex-Interpol President Meng Hongwei to Face Trial in Tianjin
 (2019-05-10)
(South China Morning Post, By Matt Ho) Meng Hongwei, the Chinese former president of Interpol, has been formally charged and will face trial in Tianjin, the country’s top prosecutor said on Friday. <Accessed 2019-05-11>

China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Raises US$2.5 Billion from Bond Sale in London (2019-05-10)
(South China Morning Post, By Wendy Wu and Meaghan Tobin) Following the success of its inaugural US dollar-denominated bond issue in London on Thursday, the president of the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) said the lender was open to the idea of local currency bond issues in the future. <Accessed 2019-05-11>

Havoc in Hong Kong Legislature Over Extradition Bill (2019-05-11)
(New York Times, By Austin Ramzy) Anger over a proposal that would let people suspected of crimes be extradited to mainland China led to pandemonium in Hong Kong’s legislature on Saturday, as lawmakers scuffled and at least one was carried out of the chamber on a stretcher. <Accessed 2019-05-11>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

Beijing ‘Warns Off’ US Warships in South China Sea as Tensions Rise (2019-05-06)
(South China Morning Post, By Catherine Wong) China expressed its “strong opposition” on Monday after two US warships sailed near disputed islands in the South China Sea. It is the third time this year that Washington has challenged Beijing’s maritime claims in the region amid escalating rivalry between the two powers. <Accessed 2019-05-11>

US Coastguard to Play Bigger Role in Curbing Beijing’s Ambitions in the South China Sea
 (2019-05-09)
(South China Morning Post, By Lee Jeong-ho) Washington hopes to give the US Coast Guard an increased role in the South China Sea as part of a drive to curb Beijing’s ambitions, but commanders warn that budgetary constraints may hamper the service’s effectiveness. <Accessed 2019-05-11>

The Korean Peninsula

New North Korea Concerns Flare as Trump’s Signature Diplomacy Wilts
 (2019-05-09)
(New York Times, By David E. Sanger, William J. Broad, Choe Sang-Hun and Eileen Sullivan) The menacing signals from both sides were further evidence that Mr. Trump, less than a year into his initiative to deal one on one with a North Korean autocrat, has run headlong into the roadblocks that doomed the efforts of his four immediate predecessors. <Accessed 2019-05-11>

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