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2019-09-14 | NO.43(37) epaper |
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Cross-Strait Relations
How Would Beijing Assess Taiwan's election of 2020? (2019-08-11)
(UDN, By Su Chi) How would Beijing assess Taiwan's 2020 presidential election? First, whether and how the US intervenes is the key. Second, Beijing will assess whether the new situation is irreversible. Third is the electoral outcome's impact on the internal political situation in the mainland <Accessed 2019-09-17>.

Taiwan Calls for Details of Citizen Detained in China
(CNA, By Wen Kuei-hsiang, Shen Peng-ta, Wang Yang-yu, Yeh Su-ping, and Evelyn Kao) Taiwan's government demanded Beijing Wednesday to give a full account of the detention of Lee Meng-chu (李孟居), a Taiwanese citizen who went missing after reportedly crossing the border from Hong Kong to Shenzhen last month. <Accessed 2019-10-26>

Pro-Hong Kong Rally Planned for Sept. 29 in Taipei (2019-09-11)
(Taipei Times, By Chung Li-hua and Sherry Hsiao) Several groups are planning a rally outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei on Sept. 29 to support protests in Hong Kong in support of democracy, organizers said on Monday. <Accessed 2019-10-26>

Taiwanese Man Who Disappeared in China Is Under Investigation, Beijing Says (2019-09-11)
(New York Times, By Mike Ives) A Taiwanese man who disappeared during a visit to China is being investigated for suspected activities that “endanger national security,” the Chinese authorities said on Wednesday, the latest twist in a mystery that may dovetail with months of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. <Accessed 2019-09-14>

Defense Report Details Coastal Strategy to Repel Chinese Forces (2019-09-11)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Joseph Yeh) Taiwan's latest defense report, released Wednesday, made public for the first time the military's plans to repel invading Chinese forces along the coast of Taiwan proper as part of the country's new defense strategy adopted since President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) took office in 2016. <Accessed 2019-10-12>

Taiwanese National Still Missing More Than a Year After Entering China (2019-09-13)
(CNA, By Yang Sheng-ju and Chi Jo-yao) Taiwan's semi-official Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) confirmed Friday that a Taiwanese national is still missing more than a year after entering China, following an incident this week in which another Taiwanese citizen was detained there. <Accessed 2019-10-26> 

What Next for Hong Kong Protesters Left in Limbo in Taiwan? (2019-09-13)
(South China Morning Post, By Mimi Lau) Most of the young Hong Kong protesters who fled to Taiwan after storming the city’s legislature in July have returned to Hong Kong, with others wondering what their next step in exile will be. <Accessed 2019-09-14>

Pledges by China Often Benefit Interests of Only Few: MOFA (2019-09-13)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Ko Lin) China likes to brag about its lavish financial pledges and flashy infrastructure aid, but often they end up benefiting the personal gains of only a few unscrupulous politicians, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) warned Friday. <Accessed 2019-10-12>

Beijing Targets Haiti as Bid to Isolate Taiwan from Its Diplomatic Allies Heads to the Caribbean (2019-09-14)
(South China Morning Post, By Kristin Huang) The Caribbean nation of Haiti has become the latest target for Beijing as it seeks to isolate Taiwan from its dwindling diplomatic allies around the world. <Accessed 2019-09-14>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
Taiwan Steps into Trade War Breach for US, Saying It Will Buy US$3.6 Billion in American Agricultural Products (2019-09-12)
(South China Morning Post, By Mark Magnier) In a bid to drive home the message that Taiwan is a reliable US partner at a time of deep and growing distrust between Beijing and Washington, Taipei has announced plans to buy US$3.6 billion worth of American farm products, including soybeans, corn, wheat and meat products. <Accessed 2019-09-14>

U.S. Concerned at Taiwan's Falling Number of Diplomatic Allies (2019-09-12)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Evelyn Kao) A U.S. official on Wednesday expressed concern over reports the Solomon Islands is considering a shift in diplomatic ties from Taiwan to China, saying that maintaining diplomatic partners is one way for Taiwan to ensure it is not isolated from the international community and ensure peace and stability in the region. <Accessed 2019-10-12>

AIT Praises Taiwan at Inaugural Forum (2019-09-13)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) The first session of the Taiwan-US Consultations on Democratic Governance in the Indo-Pacific Region began yesterday at the American Institute in Taiwan’s (AIT) new compound in Taipei, with the AIT saying that promoting Taiwan as a model of good governance is one of the forum’s goals. <Accessed 2019-10-26>

PacNet #52 - Debunking Myths about US-Taiwan Arms Sales (2019-09-13)
(Pacific Forum, By Fang-Yu Chen, Charles K.S. Wu, Yao-Yuan Yeh, Austin Wang, Kuang-Shun Yang) This article identifies several of the widespread misperceptions and disinformation about US arms sales to Taiwan and explains why they do not hold water. <Accessed 2019-09-14>

Bill for Purchase of F-16s Likely to be Passed in October: Lawmaker (2019-09-14)
(CNA, By Wang Yang-yu, Justin Su, and Ko Lin) A draft bill that would pave the way for Taiwan to buy a new fleet of advanced F-16 fighter jets from the United States is expected to be passed in the Legislature by the end of October, a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker said Saturday. <Accessed 2019-10-12>

Taiwan, U.S. Sign MOU to Facilitate Consular Assistance (2019-09-14)
(CNA, By Chaing Chin-yeh and Frances Huang) Taiwan and the United States on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding to facilitate consular assistance and institutionalize consular functions for better protection of Taiwanese and American nationals in each country. <Accessed 2019-10-12>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics

Foxconn’s Terry Gou Quits Kuomintang, Paving Way for Taiwan Presidency Bid as An Independent (2019-09-12)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwanese billionaire-turned-politician Terry Gou has quit the Kuomintang, dealing a blow to the island’s embattled opposition party, which had urged the Foxconn founder to give up on his plan to run for the presidency. <Accessed 2019-09-14>

KMT Decries Gou's Decision to Break Away (2019-09-12)
(CNA, By Flor Wang and Liang Pei-chi) The main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) and several of its prominent lawmakers on Thursday denounced a decision by Terry Gou, founder of Hon Hai Precision Co., to quit the party, reportedly to run as an independent in the 2020 presidential election. <Accessed 2019-10-12>

Han Says ‘Face-Saving’ Foreign Policy Useless (2019-09-13)
(Taipei Times, By Ann Maxon and Jason Pan) Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) yesterday said that if elected president, he would promote foreign policy aimed at bringing substantial improvements to the nation’s economy, instead of policy aimed at “saving face.” <Accessed 2019-10-26>

Defense Ministry Budgets NT$10.6bn for Submarines (2019-09-14)
(Taipei Times, By Aaron Tu, Huang Hsin-po, and Jonathan Chin) The Ministry of National Defense is to allocate an estimated NT$10.6 billion (US$341.33 million) for a domestic submarine program, its budget report for next year said. <Accessed 2019-10-26> 

Taiwan's Foreign Relations

President Accepts Credentials from New Nauruan Ambassador (2019-09-09)
(CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Evelyn Kao) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) accepted the credentials of the new ambassador of Nauru to Taiwan, Jarden Kephas, at the Presidential Office Monday. <Accessed 2019-10-26>

New Group to Promote Taiwan’s Global Health Work (2019-09-09)
(Taipei Times, By Lee I-chia) The Taiwan Association for Global Health Diplomacy (臺灣世衛外交協會) in Taipei yesterday announced its official founding, saying that one of its main goals is to earn international support for Taiwan’s admission into the WHO. <Accessed 2019-10-26>

President Receives Solomon Islands FM Amid Rumors of Shaky Ties (2019-09-09)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen met with Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele on Monday. Manele's visit comes amid speculation of the Solomon Islands potentially switching diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China. During the meeting, Tsai emphasized the two nations' long-standing ties and highlighted Taiwan's contributions to the Solomon Islands. <Accessed 2019-09-18>

Taipei-Honiara Relations Facing Challenges: Taiwan Foreign Minister (2019-09-11)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) said Wednesday that Taiwan has been working with like-minded countries on how to help with the national development of the Solomon Islands amid challenges in the relations between the two sides. <Accessed 2019-10-12>

Taiwan an Exceptional Partner to Solomon Islands: U.S. Ambassador (2019-09-11)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan and Evelyn Kao) Taiwan has been an exceptional partner to the Solomon Islands, and the United States supports the continuation of diplomatic relations between the two countries, the American ambassador to the Solomon Islands said Wednesday. <Accessed 2019-10-12>

New Southbound Policy: Ministry Looking to Improve Exchanges (2019-09-11)
(Taipei Times, By Han Cheung) The Ministry of Education is looking to improve international academic exchanges as a part of Taiwan's New Southbound Policy through the allocation of additional funds and the integration of the various programs. The ministry has also been working to create new academic programs in collaboration with foreign nations and universities as well as attempting to incentivize Taiwanese students to study abroad in partner countries. <Accessed 2019-09-18>

Taiwan Hosts top Solomon Islands Officials Amid Reports of a Diplomatic Switch to Beijing
(The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen hosted Solomon Islands foreign minister Jeremiah Manele in Taipei on Monday. There have been reports that Solomon Islands is deciding to switch allegiance to China. Manele did not affirm ties between Solomons and Taiwan but remarked that Solomons is reviewing all of its overseas missions and relations. <Accessed 2019-09-12>

The ‘New’ Taiwan beyond Cross-strait Relations (2019-09-12)
(East Asia Forum, By Alan Hao Yang and Jeremy Huai-Che Chiang) Despite this pressure, a ‘new’ Taiwan has emerged that is increasingly willing to think beyond cross-strait mechanisms and to embrace a new regional role. This new Taiwan embodies progressive liberal values while seeking to display a stabilising role in the emerging Indo-Pacific theatre. <Accessed 2019-09-14>

Solomons Task Force Recommends Switch from Taiwan to Beijing (2019-09-13)
(Reuters, By Jonathan Barrett) A Solomon Islands task force recommended to the government on Friday that the South Pacific archipelago sever its long-standing ties with Taiwan and normalize diplomatic relations with Beijing. <Accessed 2019-10-26>

Solomon Islands Hopes Decision on Ties with Taiwan by Sept. 21 (2019-09-13)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan, Chiang Chin-yeh, and Frances Huang) The Solomon Islands said Friday it hopes to make a decision by Sept. 21 on whether to switch recognition to China and cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan. <Accessed 2019-10-12>

New Head of EU Mission in Taipei Eager to Start Work (2019-09-14)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Ko Lin) Filip Grzegorzewski, the new head of the European Union mission in Taipei, said in a Facebook video Friday that he was eager to start working to promote ties between the two sides. <Accessed 2019-10-26>
U.S.-China Relations
The U.S.-China Cold War is a Myth (2019-09-08)
(Foreign Policy, By Hunter Marston) The security environment is far more benign than that of the Cold War, and middle powers—countries with more moderate power and influence—have far more agency to shape great-power competition to suit their interests. <Accessed 2019-09-26>

U.S.-China Trade War and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (2019-09-10)
(The Diplomat, By Jin Kai) Now, we see the commencement of a fourth industrial revolution, and with the exhilarating innovative combination of virtual technology, quantum technology, and intelligent technology particularly on the basis of high-speed Internet of Things (IoT), the fourth industrial revolution may once again “revolutionize” human’s understanding of the world and itself. <Accessed 2019-09-25>

Trump Delays China Tariff Increase as Trade Talks Approach (2019-09-11)
(Bloomberg, By John Harney and Yinan Zhao) President Donald Trump said he was postponing the imposition of 5% extra tariffs on Chinese goods by two weeks, a move that delays the next escalation of the trade war and brightens the backdrop for upcoming negotiations. <Accessed 2019-10-26>

China Lifts Tariffs on Some U.S. Goods in Modest Olive Branch to Trump (2019-09-11)
(New York Times, By Alexandra Stevenson) Beijing extended a modest olive branch to President Trump on Wednesday amid the continuing trade war between the United States and China, publishing a short list of products to be spared from retaliatory tariffs on American-made goods. <Accessed 2019-09-14>

Trump Can't Decide What He Wants from China (2019-09-12)
(Foreign Policy, By Geoffrey Gertz) The basic question is this: Does the Trump administration want deeper economic integration between the United States and China, or to unwind the existing interdependence of the world’s largest economies? This is arguably the biggest question in American foreign policy today, and the Trump administration has provided conflicting signals on its ultimate motivations. <Accessed 2019-09-25>

US Huawei Problem Goes Far Beyond Trade, Security Official Says (2019-09-12)
(South China Morning Post, By Keegan Elmer) A State Department official has underlined US national security concerns about Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, stressing that problems with the company go far beyond the current trade dispute between the two countries. <Accessed 2019-09-14>

China Welcomes Donald Trump’s ‘Goodwill’ Act of Postponing US Tariff Increase until After National Day (2019-09-12)
(South China Morning Post, By Orange Wang) On Wednesday, Trump confirmed he will delay a planned increase in tariffs from 25 per cent to 30 per cent on US$250 billion of Chinese goods at the request of Vice-Premier Liu He to avoid escalating trade tensions ahead China’s National Day on October 1, which is also the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. <Accessed 2019-09-14>

Trade Tensions Ease as China Drops Some Pork and Soybean Tariffs (2019-09-13)
(New York Times, By Alexandra Stevenson) China will exempt some American soybeans, pork and other agricultural products from additional tariffs, state media reported on Friday, in the latest move by Beijing to ease trade tensions with the United States. <Accessed 2019-09-14>

US Marines ‘Remind China of America’s Military Edge’ with Asia-Pacific Drills (2019-09-13)
(South China Morning Post, By Minnie Chan) US Marines have conducted airfield- and island-seizure drills in the East and South China seas in what observers say is meant to remind Beijing of US military supremacy in the Asia-Pacific. <Accessed 2019-09-14>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Beijing and Hong Kong

Protesters Besiege Hong Kong After Rally Near U.S. Consulate (2019-09-08)
(New York Times, By Mike Ives and Austin Ramzy) A pro-democracy demonstration on Sunday near the United States Consulate in Hong Kong quickly devolved into vandalism and street chaos, suggesting that protesters were not mollified by a recent concession from the city’s leader. <Accessed 2019-09-14>

Hong Kong Tells US to Stay Out; Students Form Protest Chains
(Associated Press, By Eileen Ng) Thousands of students formed human chains outside schools across Hong Kong on Monday to show solidarity after violent weekend clashes between police and activists seeking democratic reforms in the semiautonomous Chinese territory. <Accessed 2019-09-28>

Hong Kong Protesters, Without an Anthem to Sing, Create One Online (2019-09-12)
(New York Times, By Daniel Victor) Some protesters have said the Cantonese-language song makes them feel the way people abroad feel when they hear their own anthems: a sense of collective pride in their home. <Accessed 2019-09-14>

How Hong Kong Got to This Point (2019-09-12)
(Brookings, By Richard C. Bush) At this point, with Carrie Lam’s concessions, it is time for Hong Kong radicals, in the interests of Hong Kong society as a whole, to demonstrate conciliation. The problems facing Hong Kong are legion but they can only be resolved if violence ends and dialogue begins. <Accessed 2019-09-14>

China's Foreign Relations

Twists in the Belt and Road (2019-09-01)
(China Leadership Monitor, By Ryan Manuel) It has moved from a geoeconomic export policy to part of China’s toolkit in the current US trade war. But there is no indication that the structural problems will be addressed, thus limiting the BRI’s ability to achieve its goals, and as such, pushback will continue. <Accessed 2019-09-16>

Recalibration and Adaptation: China’s Relations with her Key Neighbors during the Trump Era
(China Leadership Monitor, By Yun Sun) In an era defined by U.S.-China great power strategic competition, a central theme of Xi’s foreign policy has been a recalibration and realignment of relations with Asian countries in order to effectively counter the U.S. role in Asia. As a result, China has adapted its policy to pursue a closer alignment with a like-minded Russia, to improve relations with India to prevent a potential U.S.-India alliance in Asia, to steer the souring relations with Japan toward cooperation, and to consolidate Southeast Asia as part of China’s sphere of influence. <Accessed 2019-09-16>

China's Accidental Belt and Road Turns Six (2019-09-09)
(Foreign Policy, By Salvatore Babones) China’s all-embracing Belt and Road Initiative—its master plan for reorienting the economic networks of Afro-Eurasia around a Chinese core—turns six this week. <Accessed 2019-09-26>

China’s Role in Global Finance Has Changed Radically, but for How Long? (2019-09-09)
(East Asia Forum, By the Editorial Board) Within the space of just 15 years, China has gone from being the largest net lender to the world to now being a net borrower. The implications for the global economy, and China’s role within that economy, could be significant. <Accessed 2019-09-14>

China Expected to Allow Green Bonds to Fund Clean Coal Projects in Potential Blow to Climate Change Fight (2019-09-12)
(South China Morning Post, By Li Jing) China’s central bank is expected to take the controversial decision to include clean coal projects in the official catalogue of items that are allowed to be financed by green bonds, a technical but significant move that could put its environmental financing standards at odds with the European Union and even affect global efforts in fighting climate change. <Accessed 2019-09-14>

China Lost the United States First (2019-09-12)
(Foreign Policy, By Austin Lowe) The current climate in U.S.-China relations is far colder. But the shift has been driven by the Chinese government long before U.S. President Donald Trump began his trade war. <Accessed 2019-09-25>  

Chinese Report ‘Names and Shames’ Fortune 500 Firms for Mislabelling Its Territories (2019-09-12)
(South China Morning Post, By Jun Mai) A group of Chinese scholars will publish a report in November identifying companies on the Fortune Global 500 list that they say do not properly label Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau as territories of the People’s Republic of China. <Accessed 2019-09-14>

What Drives Chinese Arms Sales in Central Asia? (2019-09-12)
(The Diplomat, By Yau Tsz Yan) In Russia’s backyard, but increasingly a Chinese security interest, Central Asia provides a critical glance at the expansion of Beijing’s military assertiveness. <Accessed 2019-09-25>

Incoming EU Chief Ursula von der Leyen Vows to ‘Define’ Relations with Increasingly Assertive China (2019-09-12)
(South China Morning Post, By Stuart Lau) The European Union’s new top official vowed in her debut press conference to “define” the bloc’s future relationship with a “more self-assertive” China. European Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen spoke to reporters in Brussels on Tuesday as Sweden, an EU member with strained China relations, is to unveil a new strategic paper on the Asian superpower this week. <Accessed 2019-09-14>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

Duterte's Fifth China Visit: Heavy on Promise, Light on Results (2019-09-08)
(The Diplomat, By Erin Cook) Despite promising to discuss the South China Sea matter directly with Chinese President Xi Jinping while visiting China, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's fifth visit to Beijing did not result in much progress. Xi affirmed that China will not recognize the 2016 arbitration ruling. <Accessed 2019-09-08>

Beijing Deploys Drones for South China Sea Surveillance
(South China Morning Post, By Liu Zhen) A network of drones has been deployed by Beijing to watch over the islands and reefs of the disputed South China Sea. <Accessed 2019-09-14>

Chinese Lawfare, Resource Disputes and the Law of the Sea (2019-09-11)
(East Asia Forum, By Douglas Guilfoyle) Disputing maritime claims is a legal struggle carried out in the realm of ideas. Chinese lawfare is not simply window dressing for a maritime ‘land-grab’. It is part of the land-grab itself. <Accessed 2019-09-14>

Taiwan Urges Support for Freedom of Navigation in South China Sea
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) on Wednesday called on all nations in the region to recognize freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea, amid Beijing's maritime expansion and militarization efforts in the contested waters. <Accessed 2019-10-26>

China ‘Expels Trespassing’ US Navy Destroyer from Waters off Paracel Islands (2019-09-14)
(South China Morning Post, By Shi Jiangtao) China’s defence ministry said it “expelled” a US destroyer near the Paracel Islands on Friday, describing the American patrol in the disputed South China Sea as an “act of trespass”. <Accessed 2019-09-14>

The Korean Peninsula

North Korea Launches 2 More Projectiles, Its 8th Weapons Test Since July (2019-09-09)
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) North Korea launched two short-range projectiles on Tuesday, hours after proposing to reopen denuclearization talks with the United States this month. <Accessed 2019-09-14>

Other Regional Issues

Heavy Traffic in South China Sea: US Vies with China in Joint Naval Drills with Asean Members (2019-09-07)
(South China Morning Post, By Richard Heydarian) Beyond Sino-American competition, however, this is primarily about the Asean “omni-balancing” strategy of reaching out to as many major powers as possible to enhance their own strategic autonomy. <Accessed 2019-09-14>

Is Southeast Asia Winning the US-China Trade War? Not So Fast
(The Diplomat, By Alec Lei) For Southeast Asia to truly reap the benefits of the trade war and hedge against its attendant risks, it will have to step up its commitment to multilateralism, proactively invest in infrastructure and production capacity, and increase regional supply chain integration. <Accessed 2019-09-26>

Breaking the Impasse in Japan–South Korea Relations (2019-09-10)
(East Asia Forum, By Kazuhiko Togo) If confiscation takes place, Japan may well react with a fifth blow of severe counter-measures. In that sense, Japan–South Korea relations may be in ‘a silence before the arrival of an avalanche’. How should the two states proceed? <Accessed 2019-09-14>

Will China Take Advantage of the Japan-South Korea Security Rift? (2019-09-10)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) While the Seoul-Beijing relationship was strained over a 2016-17 dispute over missile defence and the Tokyo-Beijing relationship over the status of disputed islands in the East China Sea, China might find that as South Korea and Japan drift apart, it can step in to make the most of the situation. <Accessed 2019-09-25> 

The ASEAN-U.S. Maritime Exercise and Maritime Security (2019-09-11)
(CSIS, By Lalit Kapur) The AUMX, like the ASEAN–China maritime exercise last year, acts as a building block to enhance great power influence in ASEAN while also boosting the capabilities of Southeast Asian states to deal with low-grade maritime challenges. <Accessed 2019-09-14>

Warship Route ‘Most Direct’: Canada (2019-09-12)
(Taipei Times/Reuters) The Canadian government on Tuesday confirmed that a Royal Canadian Navy ship had sailed through the Taiwan Strait, three months after a similar operation and amid strained ties between Beijing and Ottawa. <Accessed 2019-10-26> 

U.S., Philippines Boost Military Pact With More Drills Planned (2019-09-13)
(Bloomberg, By Cecilia Yap) The U.S. and the Philippines have agreed to enhance defense cooperation, increasing joint security activities next year amid tension in the South China Sea. <Accessed 2019-10-26>

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