::: TSR Weekly Report
2019-07-06 | NO.43(27) epaper |
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Cross-Strait Relations
Lawmakers to Vote on CCP Event Rules (2019-07-01)
(Taipei Times, By Hsieh Chun-lin and Jonathan Chin) The Taiwanese legislature intends to vote this week on a new amendment that would ban former high ranking government officials and retired defense officers from attending Chinese state events. The restrictions would apply to military officers with the rank of lieutenant general or above and government officials with the rank of deputy minister or above. <Accessed 2019-07-07>

DPP Voices Support for Democracy in Hong Kong (2019-07-01)
(CNA, By Flor Wang and Ku Chuan) The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has publicly announced its full support of the pro-democracy movement and protests in Hong Kong. The secretary-general of the DPP spoke with protest leader Joshua Wong before a Hong Kong protest expected to draw half a million participants. Wong urged 2020 Taiwanese presidential candidates to direct attention towards the issue of Hong Kong and the recent protests. <Accessed 2019-07-08>

Taiwan Bars Retired Top Officials from ‘Political Events’ Backed by Beijing
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwan’s legislature has approved a bill that restricts retired senior officials from attending political events organised by Beijing in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau, a move critics say is an abuse of human rights. The passage of the bill on Wednesday is the latest in a series of legislative efforts that advocates said was meant to stem Beijing’s influence and safeguard the security of the self-ruled island. <Accessed 2019-07-06>

Legislature Approves Bill to Bar Ex-Officials from China Activities (2019-07-03)
(CNA, By Chen Chun-hua and Evelyn Kao) The Legislative Yuan approved a proposed amendment this Wednesday, banning retired military and government officials from attending Chinese political events. The new restrictions apply to major-generals and above as well as to deputy chiefs and chiefs of ministries involved in security or foreign affairs. The law also bans those with access to classified information from traveling to China for three years after leaving their government position or retiring. <Accessed 2019-07-08>

MAC Slams Taipei Mayor’s ‘One Big Family’ Remark in Shanghai  (2019-07-04)
(CNA, By Stacy Hsu)
During the opening of the 10th Shanghai-Taipei twin-city forum on Thursday, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je commented that Taiwan and China were “one big family” and should work not to allow their cooperation to be hindered. The Mainland Affairs Council responded saying that Ko’s characterization was inaccurate, as proven by recent developments in cross-Strait relations, such as China’s intimidation tactics. <Accessed 2019-07-06>

Taiwan Monitors Alleged PLA Submarine Movements Near Offshore Island (2019-07-04)
(CNA, By Wang Cheng-chung and Joseph Yeh)
Following the alleged spotting of a Chinese submarine off the coast of Taiwan’s offshore islands early Thursday, the Ministry of National Defense assured the public that it monitors Taiwan’s sea, land, and airspace. It also said that it would continue to closely watch the area and would take any measures necessary if there was a threat to Taiwan’s security. <Accessed 2019-07-06>

China Is ‘Systematically’ Installing Officials: MOFA (2019-07-05)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) China is growing its international influence by intentionally embedding Chinese officials in international organizations with the purpose of influencing their operation, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). The statement comes after Chinese delegates and officials in multiple international organizations have attempted to downgrade or ban Taiwanese participation. MOFA has urged other nations to not remain silent on the issue. <Accessed 2019-07-08>

Possible Taiwan Presidential Candidate Ko Wen-je Meets Head of Mainland China’s Taiwan Affairs Office
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) A possible candidate in Taiwan’s presidential elections met the man in charge of handling the Chinese mainland’s affairs with the self-ruled island on Friday in what observers say was a calculated but daring move to show off his credentials as someone Beijing can trust. <Accessed 2019-07-06>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
High-powered Talks between US, Taiwanese Defence Officials ‘Could Become the New Normal’ (2019-07-04)
(South China Morning Post, By Kristin Huang) High-level meetings between defence officials from the United States and Taiwan could become the “new normal” as the Pentagon seeks to increase its involvement with the self-ruled island, but US President Donald Trump is still seen as a “restraining force” on the issue, an American think tank has said. <Accessed 2019-07-06>

AIT’s Christensen Warns of Foreign Meddling in Polls (2019-07-06)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan)
American Institute in Taiwan Director Brent Christensen at the opening of the Taiwan Internet Governance Forum said that Taiwan needs to be cautious of foreign interference during and leading up to the upcoming presidential and legislative elections. He warned of malign foreign intervention and misinformation and specifically mentioned China’s 5G capabilities. <Accessed 2019-07-06>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
 FM Discusses Taiwan’s Fight for Democracy at Copenhagen Summit  (2019-06-30)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh)
Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu spoke at the Copenhagen Democracy Summit on June 27 about Taiwan’s democratic values and commitment to freedom and human rights. He insisted that Taiwan’s democracy has and will hold strong despite threats from China. He also said that Taiwan wants to be a “beacon light of hope” for the people of Hong Kong and others whose democracy was being threatened. <Accessed 2019-07-02>

Taiwanese President to Go on ‘Democracy Mission’ to Caribbean Allies, with Stops in the United States (2019-07-01)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen will visit four Caribbean allies next week, a trip that will include four days in transit in the United States. Tsai will leave on July 11 for a 12-day visit in Haiti, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and St Lucia, stopping in two US cities for two nights each on her way to Haiti and back from St Lucia. <Accessed 2019-07-06>

Taiwan's New Chief of Military Staff Takes Office (2019-07-01)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Chung Yu-chen) Vice Defense Minister Shen Yi-ming has been appointed as the new chief of the general staff as of Monday, following the retirement of former chief Li Hsi-ming. President Tsai stated that she has instructed Shen to begin the reformation of the Taiwanese defense forces as well as to protect and promote regional security and peace. <Accessed 2019-07-07>

Terry Gou Denounces Use of Force Against Protestors in Hong Kong  (2019-07-02)
(CNA, By Yu Hsiang, Wang Cheng-chung, and Ko Lin)
Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Chairman and presidential nominee hopeful Terry Gou on Tuesday condemned the use of force by the Hong Kong government against protestors on Monday. Hong Kong police used batons, shields, and tear gas to combat the large group of demonstrators. Gou said that the situation in Hong Kong, in regards to the massive protests against a proposed extradition bill, is an example of the failure of the “one country, two systems” model. <Accessed 2019-07-02>

Taiwan Expresses Concern over its Nationals Being Sent to China  (2019-07-02)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh)
In response to the Prague High Court’s decision to send eight Taiwanese fraud suspects to China, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed its concerns to both the European Union and the Czech Ministry of Justice. The eight Taiwanese suspects were originally arrested after Chinese police authorities asked Interpol to issue a red notice in the Czech Republic. <Accessed 2019-07-02>

Taiwan Politicians Continue to Align Themselves with Hong Kong Protestors (2019-07-06)
(The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen remarked that the Hong Kong protesters' demands were "justifiable" and urged the Hong Kong government to listen to the people of Hong Kong. The protests in Hong Kong are a reminder to the Taiwanese people of the consequences that would unfold if Taiwan is ruled under China's "one country, two systems" political formula. <Accessed 2019-07-06>
U.S.-China Relations
What the US and China Each Got Out of the Trump-Xi Meeting in Japan (2019-07-01)
(Brookings, By Ryan Hass) This generally positive but non-specific characterization likely reflects that both leaders covered a range of issues in a short period of time, and did so without the benefit of detailed preparatory negotiations to define outcomes that both leaders could affirm. Even so, a few early takeaways from the meeting are visible. <Accessed 2019-07-06>

Trump Says New Round of Trade Talks With China Already Has Begun (2019-07-01)
(Bloomberg, By Shannon Pettypiece) Renewed trade negotiations between the United States and China have already begun as of Monday, according to President Trump. The announcement comes after China and the U.S. reached a trade-war truce during the G20 summit this year, agreeing to restart trade negotiations. <Accessed 2019-07-07>

Li Keqiang, Chinese Premier, Reaches Out to Trump and Business (2019-07-02)
(New York Times, By Keith Bradsher) In meetings during the World Economic Forum in the Chinese port city of Dalian, Premier Li Keqiang, China’s No. 2 official, promised to cut tariffs, loosen limits on foreign investment, protect intellectual property and allow foreign companies to apply for China’s generous subsidies for research and development. <Accessed 2019-07-06>

Tsai’s Transit in U.S. Consistent with ‘One-China Policy’: U.S.
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Joseph Yeh)
A State Department spokesperson told CNA Monday that the transit of President Tsai Ing-wen and other Taiwanese authorities through the United States does not violate the one-China policy. The representative also said that the U.S. has made no changes to its one-China policy or Taiwan Relations Act. <Accessed 2019-07-02>

China Lodges Protest Against Taiwan President’s U.S. Visits  (2019-07-02)
(Taiwan News, By Teng Pei-ju)
Following the announcement that President Tsai Ing-wen will spend four nights in the United States on her way to visit Caribbean allies, China has lodged a protest with the U.S. government. Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said Monday that it sees this transit as a violation of the “One-China Principle”. Beijing has filed complaints with the U.S. for allowing Taiwan’s presidents to make stopovers in the past. <Accessed 2019-07-02>

Xi-Trump Talks: Post-Osaka Outlook (2019-07-06)
(The Diplomat, By Mercy A. Kuo) The outcome from the meeting between U.S. President Donald J. Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G-20 summit in Osaka is that U.S.-China discussions will continue. The U.S. agreed not to impose the 25 percent tariffs on the remaining $300 billion of Chinese exports while China agreed to purchase a huge amount of U.S. agricultural exports. <Accessed 2019-07-03>

China is Not An Enemy (2019-07-06)
(The Washington Post, By M. Taylor Fravel, J. Stapleton Roy, Michael D. Swaine, Susan A. Thornton and Ezra Vogel) Several members from the scholarly, foreign policy, military and business communities remarked that many actions from the U.S. contributed to the rising tension in the U.S.-China relations. They proposed seven propositions for a more effective U.S. policy toward China. They urged the U.S. to cooperate with other countries and international organizations, and to encourage China's participation in a new or modified international order. <Accessed 2019-07-04>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
‘One Country, Two Systems’ — and Deep Division (2019-06-27)
(East Asia Forum, By Peter TY Cheung) It will take a new mindset for both the Chinese and HKSAR governments to address these systemic challenges. The ability of the leadership in both places to explore a pragmatic and innovative solution is unclear, especially when Beijing considers the international environment to be threatening. <Accessed 2019-07-06>

China’s Geostrategic Conception of the Developing World
(East Asia Forum, By Joshua Eisenman) Increasingly, China is facing pushback in some developing countries, and the extent to which its current strategy translates into global influence will depend largely on whether its ‘win–win’ engagement lives up to its billing. <Accessed 2019-07-06>

Hong Kong Protesters Storm Legislature, Dividing the Movement
(New York Times, By Javier C. Hernández) Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators marched in peaceful protest on Monday as Hong Kong commemorated its return to China in 1997, but the city was shaken by images of a smaller group of activists who broke into the legislature, smashed glass walls and spray-painted slogans in the inner chamber. <Accessed 2019-07-06>

As Protests Rock Hong Kong, Xi Jinping’s View of History Shows He Will Dig In
(New York Times, By Steven Lee Myers) It was the latest signal that Mr. Xi has no intention of bowing to the protesters’ demands for greater rights. On the contrary, the storming of Hong Kong’s legislature on Monday night seems to have given ammunition to hard-liners and prompted the sharpest denunciations in Beijing so far, suggesting the ruling Communist Party’s patience was wearing thin. <Accessed 2019-07-06>

Hong Kong Protests Enter a New Phase (2019-07-04)
(East Asia Forum, By Ray Yep) There is little sign of weariness among Hong Kong’s protesters after consecutive marches of millions against a controversial extradition law on 6 and 15 June. Instead, the crowd is becoming more creative and spontaneous with a wide array of tactics being used to pile pressure on the government — and further escalation is inevitable unless its demands are met. <Accessed 2019-07-06>

Hong Kong Police Announce First Arrest in Storming of Legislature
(New York Times, By Amy Qin and Tiffany May) The Hong Kong police have announced their first arrest in connection with Monday’s assault on the territory’s legislative building, as protesters gird themselves for the possibility of more detentions and what they fear will be a citywide dragnet. <Accessed 2019-07-06>

Britain and China Continue to Row over Hong Kong as Jeremy Hunt Warns Beijing Not to ‘Repress’ Protests (2019-07-04)
(South China Morning Post, By Kinling Lo) Britain and China continued to trade barbs over Hong Kong on Thursday with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt warning Beijing not to respond with “repression”. Meanwhile, the Chinese foreign ministry accused both Hunt and Boris Johnson, his rival for the leadership of the ruling Conservative Party, of making “irresponsible” remarks and questioning whether they had coordinated their attacks. <Accessed 2019-07-06>

Tensions Boil Over on Hong Kong Handover Anniversary
(The Diplomat, By Ken Moritsugu) On the anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China, a group of protesters broke into the legislature's main building to protest against the extradition bill. The protesters called for a democratic election of Hong Kong's leader, and demanded for the resignation of Hong Kong's current leader Carrie Lam and the withdrawal of the controversial extradition bill. <Accessed 2019-07-02>

Navigating around the Chinese Hegemon on the Horizon (2019-07-06)
(East Asia Forum, By Xiang Gao) The international community should broaden and deepen this normative engagement with China to include collective security and ‘high politics’ issues, with the renewed notion of ‘state responsibility’ in support of the value of human rights and democracy. <Accessed 2019-07-06>

Why are Migrant Workers Joining the Hong Kong Protests? (2019-07-06)
(The Diplomat, By Michael Beltran) Many migrant workers in Hong Kong, mainly from Indonesia and the Philippines, have joined the Hong Kong protesters to protest against the controversial extradition bill. Many of the migrant workers are concern with China's display of authoritarian actions in their home countries and its increasing power in the Asia-Pacific region. <Accessed 2019-07-06>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

Davids and Goliath: Time for Southeast Asian Fishery Cooperation in the South China Sea
(CSIS, By Nguyen Thanh Trung) It is therefore time for Southeast Asian claimants, especially Vietnam, the Philippines, and Indonesia to form a regional fisheries management regime. The absence of such as regime has only served to push fishers from these three countries into more confrontations with each other’s patrol ships as well as China’s in a race for depleted fish stocks. <Accessed 2019-07-06>

China Denies U.S. Accusations of South China Sea Missile Tests (2019-07-05)
(Reuters, By Ben Blanchard) The United States has accused China of recently conducting missile tests in the South China Sea. China has denied the allegations, stating however that the Chinese military did conduct routine live ammunition firing drills near Hainan island. The Pentagon has condemned China for the missile launch, claiming that China has violated its pledges to not militarize the South China Sea.
<Accessed 2019-07-08>

The Korean Peninsula

Trump’s Gamble with Kim Yet to Yield Results (2019-06-30)
(East Asia Forum, By Alexandra Bell) The United States now finds itself in a very familiar place — one in which Washington and Pyongyang talk right past each other and the North Korean nuclear arsenal continues to quietly advance. With the clock ticking, there are a growing number of issues that stand in the way of a grand bargain. <Accessed 2019-07-06>

Trump Steps Into North Korea and Agrees With Kim Jong-un to Resume Talks
(New York Times, By Peter Baker and Michael Crowley) President Trump on Sunday became the first sitting American commander in chief to set foot in North Korea as he met Kim Jong-un, the country’s leader, at the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone, and the two agreed to restart negotiations on a long-elusive nuclear agreement. <Accessed 2019-07-06>

The Trump-Kim DMZ 'Handshake Summit': What it Changes and What it Doesn't Change
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) The meeting between U.S. President Donald J. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did not contribute much on the denuclearization issue as the negotiating positions between both countries continue to diverge. Critics remarked that the DMZ summit was nothing more than a simple photo-op. <Accessed 2019-07-02>

2 Meetings Reveal Trump's Different Approaches to China and North Korea (2019-07-06)
(The Diplomat, By Bonnie Girard) While U.S. President Donald Trump toned down the pressure on China, Trump extended a White House invitation to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump's approaches toward China and North Korea demonstrated that he has an understanding of the importance of the "giving face" tool used in China and most Asian countries. <Accessed 2019-07-05>

DMZ Summitry and the Fall of the Korean Wall (2019-07-06)
(The Diplomat, By Jongsoo Lee) The June 30 meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump, North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in demonstrated that North Korea's possible transition to a "normal country" continues. While the June 30 events did not show huge progress on denuclearization, they showed that the personal relationship between Trump and Kim is the driving force behind U.S.-North Korea relations. <Accessed 2019-07-06>

Other Regional Issues

Washington’s Fragile Economic Plans for the Indo-Pacific (2019-07-03)
(East Asia Forum, By Kaewkamol Pitakdumrongkit) FOIP differs from the policy approach of previous administrations as it rests on an assumption that the United States and China are locked in strategic competition. This approach means that FOIP also contains economic elements as manifested in 5G technology rivalry and trade wars. <Accessed 2019-07-06>

Explained: the Difference between the RCEP and the CPTPP
(South China Morning Post, By Meaghan Tobin) The RCEP should not be confused with the CPTPP, or the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. <Accessed 2019-07-06>

Russia-India-China Trilateral Grouping: More than Hype?
(The Diplomat, By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan) The Russia-India-China (RIC) trilateral meeting at the G-20 Summit demonstrated a renewed effort to counter the U.S.-led international order. Furthermore, the RIC meeting this year was hailed as a huge success for developing economies, particularly in opposing protectionism and emphasizing the importance for free and open markets. Chinese President Xi Jinping called for a multilateral world order and urged both Russian and Indian leaders to assume "global responsibility". <Accessed 2019-07-06>

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