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2019-09-28 | NO.43(39) epaper |
Note to Readers
New Publication Hans Stockton and Yao-Yuan Yeh (eds.), Taiwan: The Development of an Asian Tiger (Lynne Rienner Publishers)
Cross-Strait Relations
Taiwan’s New Risk: Four Seas + Four Independences (2019-09-15)
(UDN, By Su Chi) The recent behavior of the Tsai administration toward Hong Kong’s turmoil seems to indicate that it cares more about winning the January 2020 election than the new strategic risk for Taiwan.

Lee Ching-yu Calls for Husband Lee Ming-che to be Released for Funeral  (2019-09-24)
(Taipei Times, By Lu Yi-hsuan) Lee Ching-yu, the wife of Taiwanese democracy advocate Lee Ming-che, yesterday urged Chinese authorities to allow her jailed husband to attend a family funeral in Taiwan, adding that she would be willing to stay in prison until his return. <Accessed 2019-09-24>

Beijing Confirms It Has Detained Taiwanese Business Leader Missing for 14 Months (2019-09-25)
(South China Morning Post, By Teddy Ng) A business leader from Taiwan has been detained by mainland Chinese authorities and is being investigated over “activities endangering national security”, the mainland’s Taiwan Affairs Office confirmed on Wednesday. <Accessed 2019-09-25>

China Confirms Arrest of Taiwanese National a Year After the Fact (2019-09-25)
(CNA, By Chiu Kuo-chiang, Miao Zong-han, and Joseph Yeh) Chinese authorities confirmed for the first time on Wednesday the arrest of a Taiwanese scholar for alleged "criminal behavior jeopardizing China's national security," more than a year after his family reported him missing after entering China. <Accessed 2019-09-28>

China Will Try to Snatch More Allies From Taiwan Before 2020: NSC (2019-09-25)
(CNA, By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Elizabeth Hsu) China is continuing its efforts to peel off Taiwan's diplomatic allies in an all-out attempt to influence Taiwan's 2020 general elections and may convince other countries to switch sides before the end of the year, following its success with two Pacific nations last week, the National Security Council (NSC) said in report released Wednesday. <Accessed 2019-09-28>

China Rejects Lee Ming-che Funeral Leave  (2019-09-26)
(Taipei Times, By Ann Maxon)
China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) yesterday rejected a request from Lee Ching-yu that her husband, democracy advocate Lee Ming-che, be given funeral leave to attend his father’s funeral in Taiwan. Granting Lee Ming-che funeral leave “would contravene related laws,” office spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang told a routine news conference in Beijing yesterday. <Accessed 2019-09-26>

DPP Passes Resolution Against ‘One Country, Two Systems’ (2019-09-28)
(CNA, By Wen Kuei-hsiang, Yeh Su-ping, and Lee Hsin-Yin)
The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) passed a resolution during its annual national congress Saturday, reaffirming its stance against China's "one country, two systems" formula. The resolution is aimed at sending a message to the world that the party strongly opposes the "one country, two systems" principle formulated by former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping during the early 1980s, said DPP Chairman Cho Jung-tai. <Accessed 2019-09-30>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
Taiwan to Test Cyber Defense in First Joint Exercise with U.S. (2019-09-22)
(CNA, By Ku Chuan and Joseph Yeh)
Taiwan will soon test its cyberwar defense capabilities in the first-ever Cyber Offensive and Defensive Exercises to be held with the United States in November, Vice Premier Chen Chi-mai told CNA Sunday.<Accessed 2019-09-24>

Diplomatic Losses: U.S. to review TAIPEI ‘Consequences’ Bill  (2019-09-22)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) A draft US act, the Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI), which is to “impose consequence on nations downgrading ties with Taiwan,” will be reviewed at a US Senate committee next week, US Senator Cory Gardner’s office wrote on Twitter yesterday. <Accessed 2019-09-25>

Taiwan Plans to Buy Paladin Howitzers from U.S.: Defense Minister (2019-09-23)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Emerson Lim) Defense Minister Yen De-fa confirmed Monday that Taiwan has requested the purchase of M109A6 Paladin self-propelled howitzers from the United States, in a bid to beef up its defense capabilities. During a hearing of the legislative Foreign and National Defense Committee, Yen said the Paladin has the specifications, such as a quick reload and big firepower, to meet Taiwan's needs for territorial defense. <Accessed 2019-09-28>

Taipei Official Attends U.S.-Organized Event at U.N. Headquarters  (2019-09-24)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim and Elaine Hou) The head of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in New York attended a religious freedom event organized by the United States that was held at the United Nations headquarters in New York Monday. <Accessed 2019-09-24>

Taiwan Makes Large Corn, Soybean Purchase Pledge: Illinois Governor (2019-09-24)
(Reuters, By Karl Plume and Caroline Stauffer) Taiwan has committed $2.2 billion to purchase Illinois soybeans, corn and corn products over the next two years, Governor JB Pritzker said on Tuesday, as U.S. farmers struggle to find new markets because of the U.S.-China trade war. <Accessed 2019-09-24>

U.S. Senator Vows to Continue Push for Tsai to Visit Washington (2019-09-25)
(CNA, By Stacy Hsu and Frances Huang) Cory Gardner, a pro-Taiwan American senator, said Tuesday that he will continue his efforts to push for a visit by President Tsai Ing-wen to Washington. <Accessed 2019-09-28>

Taiwan Loses 2 Diplomatic Allies, Wins US support Ahead of Crucial Presidential Election (2019-09-26)
(The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) Tsai has faced criticism for losing allies to Beijing in the past, but the defections of the Solomon Islands and Kiribati have allowed her to emphasize her efforts to strengthen unofficial ties with the United States and European Union nations. <Accessed 2019-09-25>

U.S. State Department Official to Visit Taiwan Soon (2019-09-27)
(CNA, By Stacy Hsu and Flor Wang) Sandra Oudkirk, a senior official in the U.S. State Department, said Thursday that she will visit Taiwan in two weeks' time in a show of support, after Taiwan's recent loss of two diplomatic allies to China. <Accessed 2019-09-27>

U.S. Senate Committees Passes TAIPEI Act  (2019-09-26)
(CNA, By Stacy Hsu, Wen Kui-hsiang and Emerson Lim)
The United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on Wednesday passed the Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act aimed at supporting Taiwan's international presence. <Accessed 2019-09-26>

U.S. Remains Largest Debtor to Taiwan as of End-June (2019-09-28)
(CNA, By Wu Chia-jung and Frances Huang)
The United States remained the largest debtor to Taiwan as of the end of June, with the local banking sector's exposure to U.S. entities on the rise, despite continued trade tension between the U.S. and China, according to the central bank. <Accessed 2019-09-30>

Diplomatic Relations: U.S. Department of State Official Plans to Visit Taiwan (2019-09-28)
(Taipei Times, with CNA)
Senior US Department of State official Sandra Oudkirk on Thursday said that she would visit Taiwan in two weeks. “I’m the US senior official for APEC, so in my APEC capacity I’ll be traveling to Taiwan to consult with them on APEC-related issues,” Oudkirk said at a joint hearing for the US House of Representatives committees on Natural Resources and Foreign Affairs. <Accessed 2019-09-30>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics

Hong Kong Protesters, Chinese Hawks and US Allies: the Key Players in Taiwan’s Election (2019-09-22)
(South China Morning Post, By Cary Huang) Never before have Washington or Beijing been so important for Taiwanese voters amid Xi’s rising rhetoric on reunification and the threat of force he made in a keynote policy statement this year. Whether Washington and Beijing can make a breakthrough in their year-long tariff war in the coming months will also affect Taiwan’s presidential race. <Accessed 2019-09-25>

Taiwan's 1st Indigenous Advanced Jet Trainer Makes Public Debut
 (2019-09-24)
(Kyodo News) Taiwan's first prototype of indigenous advanced jet trainer made its public debut on Tuesday, the first completion of a major project of President Tsai Ing-wen's "design and build at home" policy for military equipment. <Accessed 2019-09-24>

NPP to Refrain from Selecting Candidate for Presidential Poll (2019-09-25)
(Taipei Times, By Ann Maxon) The New Power Party (NPP) yesterday announced that it would not nominate a candidate for next year’s presidential election. The decision was reached by the party’s decisionmaking committee at a meeting earlier yesterday, NPP Secretary-General Wu Pei-yun told a news conference at party headquarters. <Accessed 2019-09-28>

Taiwan Will Not Tolerate Violence Against Freedom of Speech: Tsai  (2019-09-26)
(CNA, By Chen Chih-Chung and Chi Jo-yao)
President Tsai Ing-wen said Thursday that Taiwan will not tolerate violence targeting individuals exercising their freedom of speech, in the wake of several incidents at Taiwanese universities, where expressions of support for the ongoing protests in Hong Kong have resulted in scuffles and violence. <Accessed 2019-09-26>


Taiwan's Foreign Relations

Taiwan's Diplomatic Partners

Kiribati Says National Interest behind Cutting Taiwan Ties in Favor of China (2019-09-21)
(Reuters, By Lidia Kelly) The Pacific island nation of Kiribati acted in its best national interest when it severed ties with Taiwan and re-established diplomatic relations with China, the office of Kiribati’s president said on Saturday. <Accessed 2019-09-24>

Diplomatic Losses: KMT Warns Tsai to Fix Policy, or More Allies Go 
 (2019-09-22)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan)
If President Tsai Ing-wen’s administration does not adjust its cross-strait policy, or Taipei and Washington establish formal ties, Taiwan might lose more diplomatic allies, despite its friendly relations with the US, the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) National Policy Foundation said yesterday. <Accessed 2019-09-24>

Government to Reallocate Solomons, Kiribati Funds to Pacific Allies  (2019-09-22)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Joseph Yeh)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) is scheduled to appropriate funding originally allocated to the Solomon Islands and Kiribati and disperse it to Taiwan's remaining four Pacific allies after the two island-states decided to end diplomatic ties earlier this week, according to a diplomatic source. <Accessed 2019-09-24>

Taiwan is a State: Solomon Islands Parliamentary Committee Head (2019-09-22)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan and Evelyn Kao)
The head of the Foreign Relations Committee in the Solomon Islands Parliament on Sunday criticized his government's decision to establish diplomatic relations with China based on the "One China Principle," saying "Taiwan is in fact a State.” <Accessed 2019-09-24>

Diplomatic Ties: Solomons a China Prestige Issue: Report (2019-09-24)
(Taipei Times, By Aaron Tu and Jonathan Chin)
For China, winning over the Solomon Islands from Taiwan was a matter of prestige and a geographically strategic move, an analyst said in the latest issue of Defense Security Weekly, an Institute for National Defense and Security Research publication. <Accessed 2019-09-24>

Marshall Islands Shows Support for Taiwan after Neighbors Favor China (2019-09-25)
(Reuters, By Swati Pandey) The Marshall Islands confirmed it was maintaining diplomatic ties with Taiwan on Wednesday, a welcome show of support for President Tsai Ing-wen who has seen two other Pacific nations drop ties in favor of China in a matter of weeks. <Accessed 2019-09-25>

Ministry Thanks Allies, Others for Support at ICAO (2019-09-25)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday thanked 12 allies and like-minded countries for supporting Taiwan’s participation in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) assembly in Canada, although it was again rejected entry this year. A UN specialized agency, the ICAO is holding its 40th three-yearly assembly in Montreal until Friday next week. <Accessed 2019-09-28>

Allies Voice Support for Taiwan’s Inclusion in U.N. Activities  (2019-09-26)
(CNA, By Ozzy Yin and William Yen)
Three countries with formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan voiced support Wednesday, the second day of the General Debate of the 74th general assembly of the United Nations, for Taiwan to be allowed to take part in U.N. activities. Speaking at the week-long debate of the U.N. Assembly held in New York, leaders from Guatemala, eSwatini and Palau urged the world organization to allow Taiwan to participate in U.N. specialized bodies. <Accessed 2019-09-26>

Taiwan Weighs Options After Diplomatic Allies Switch Allegiance (2019-09-26)
(Aljazeera, By Randy Mulyanto)
Taiwan calls it China's "dollar diplomacy", but after a month in which it lost two formal diplomatic allies to the mainland in the space of a week, the island is increasingly reliant on an informal network of international trade and military ties to shore up its position on the international stage. <Accessed 2019-09-26>

Two Taiwan Allies Face Pressure to Switch Allegiance: U.S. Official (2019-09-27)
(CNA, By Stacy Hsu and Chi Jo-yao) The Marshall Islands and Palau, two allies of Taiwan, face great pressure from China to change their allegiance, a U.S. official said Thursday. <Accessed 2019-09-27>

China Restores Ties with Kiribati, Site of Space Tracking Station (2019-09-27)
(Reuters, By Michelle Nichols) China and the Pacific island state of Kiribati restored diplomatic ties on Friday after the former diplomatic ally of Taiwan abandoned Taipei. <Accessed 2019-09-27>

Diplomatic Relations: Palau, Marshall Islands Ties Stable: MOFA  (2019-09-28)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan)
Taiwan’s relations with Palau and the Marshall Islands remain stable, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday, thanking US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Randall Schriver for his concern. <Accessed 2019-09-30>

Taiwan’s Contributions Can Benefit Developing Nations: Allies (2019-09-28)
(CNA, By Ozzy Yin, Elaine Hou, and Ko Lin)
Three Caribbean nations reiterated calls Friday to the United Nations not to exclude Taiwan from the world governing body, as the country is willing and able to contribute to the organization's work, from which many developing countries can benefit. <Accessed 2019-09-30>

U.S. Urges Tuvalu to Cooperate with Taiwan to Push for Democracy  (2019-09-28)
(CNA, By Stacy Hsu and Frances Huang)
U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo on Friday encouraged to Tuvalu to work with Taiwan to push for democracy in the Pacific region as international media reported recently that the selection of a new prime minister in the South Pacific country could complicate its diplomatic relationship with Taiwan. <Accessed 2019-09-30>

Four Allies Back Taiwan at U.N. (2019-09-30)
(Taipei Times, with CNA)
Representatives of four of Taiwan’s diplomatic allies on Saturday spoke out for the nation on the fifth day of the UN General Assembly’s general debate, bringing the number of allies that have done so to 11, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday. <Accessed 2019-09-30>


Other Developments in Taiwan's Foreign Relations

Legislature Touts Diplomatic Successes (2019-09-23)
(Taipei Times, By Lu Yi-hsuan and Jonathan Chin) The Legislative Yuan has over the past three years made diplomatic strides, reaching out to the legislative bodies of Western democracies, especially European countries, Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan said. Su made the remarks in a recent interview with the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister newspaper). <Accessed 2019-09-28>

Taiwan Expresses Regret Over Expelling of Delegation in Iraq (2019-09-23)
(CNA, By Huang Tzu-chiang, Tsai Peng-min, and Ko Lin) Taiwan trade official Walter Yeh expressed his regret Monday over the Iraqi government's recent move to expel a visiting Taiwanese business delegation from the country. The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) was abruptly notified that the delegation's visas had been canceled a few days after its members had arrived in the country, said Yeh, TAITRA's president and chief executive. <Accessed 2019-09-28>

Taiwan and Italy Announce Airport Immigration Clearance Partnership (2019-09-27)
(Taipei Times\CNA) Taiwan and Italy formally announced mutual access to automated immigration clearance yesterday, making Taiwan the eighth non-EU country granted the privilege by Italy. Minister of the Interior Hsu Kuo-yung and Italian Representative to Taiwan Davide Giglio made the announcement at a ceremony held alongside a border management seminar at which more than 200 international guests participated. <Accessed 2019-09-27>

Taiwan Included in Saudi Arabia E-Visa Program (2019-09-27)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Elizabeth Hsu) Taiwan will be included in Saudi Arabia's convenient electronic travel authority (e-Visa) program, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Friday, touting the measure as facilitating tourism exchanges between the two nations. Saudi Arabia announced the e-Visa measure that day, opening its doors to tourists from 49 countries and territories. <Accessed 2019-09-27>

False Information on the Rise in Taiwan: Academic (2019-09-28)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan)
False information in Taiwan spread by foreign governments has increased from 2011, Sweden-based academic Staffan Lindberg said in Taipei yesterday, adding that it is important for media to fact check stories to counter the trend. <Accessed 2019-09-30>
U.S.-China Relations
Great Power Rivalry

US Seeing China as a Threat Hinders Relations, Says Foreign Minister Wang Yi
 (2019-09-25)
(South China Morning Post, By Jodi Xu Klein) Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said the United States’ misperception of China as a threat is the key hindrance to a healthy relationship between the countries. <Accessed 2019-09-25>

The United States Can't Cede the U.N. to China (2019-09-26)
(Foreign Policy, By Michael McCaul) The U.S. delegation and those of its allies must make their presence known at the General Assembly. They cannot cede leadership to China and should seek to helm these important agencies themselves. <Accessed 2019-09-25>

Huawei Says It Has Begun Producing 5G Base Stations without U.S. Parts (2019-09-26)
(Reuters, By Sijia Jiang) Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] said it has started making 5G base stations without U.S. components and that total production of 5G base stations should more than double next year as more countries introduce the technology. <Accessed 2019-09-27>

China Aims to Join U.S.-spurned Arms Treaty as Soon as Possible (2019-09-27)
(Reuters, By Ben Blanchard) China wants to join as soon as possible an international arms treaty that the United States has spurned, the Foreign Ministry said on Saturday, adding it was China’s responsibility to take part as a member of the international community. <Accessed 2019-09-27>

China Doesn’t Want to Supplant the US, but It Will Keep Growing, Beijing Says (2019-09-27)
(South China Morning Post, By Kinling Lo) China has “no intention” of challenging or replacing the United States on the world stage, but the superpower should not try to block its continued development, Beijing said in a white paper on Friday. <Accessed 2019-09-27>


The U.S.-China Trade War

China Scores Businesses, and Low Grades Could Be a Trade-War Weapon (2019-09-22)
(New York Times, By Alexandra Stevenson and Paul Mozur) China is funneling vast amounts of public and private data into huge databases aimed at tightening its control over its nearly 1.4 billion people. But the business world has become its biggest target. <Accessed 2019-09-25>

Trump Considers Delisting Chinese Firms from U.S. Markets: Sources
 (2019-09-27)
(Reuters, By Alexandra Alper and David Lawder) President Donald Trump’s administration is considering delisting Chinese companies from U.S. stock exchanges, three sources briefed on the matter said on Friday, in what would be a radical escalation of U.S.-China trade tensions. <Accessed 2019-09-27>

In Swipe at Trump, China Tells U.N. Tariffs Could Plunge World into Recession (2019-09-27)
(Reuters, By David Lawder and David Brunnstrom) The Chinese government’s top diplomat said on Friday that tariffs and trade disputes could plunge the world into recession and Beijing was committed to resolving them in a “calm, rational and cooperative manner.” <Accessed 2019-09-27>


The United States, China, and the Hong Kong Protests

Chinese Diplomat Slams US for ‘Negative and Disgraceful Role’ in Hong Kong Protests
 (2019-09-26)
(South China Morning Post, By Simone McCarthy) A top Chinese diplomat in Hong Kong has lashed out at US politicians and officials for pushing legislation to support democracy in the city, calling the move “the epitome of hegemony” and warning that its passage would hurt American interests. <Accessed 2019-09-25>

US’ Revised Hong Kong Democracy Bill Targets Chinese State Media over ‘Harassment’ of Protesters (2019-09-28)
(South China Morning Post, By Robert Delaney) The latest version of US legislation aimed at supporting democratic freedoms in Hong Kong targets media outlets affiliated with China’s government and seeks to bar the exportation of crowd control and surveillance equipment to the city, expanding the scope of a proposed law that has ratcheted up tension between Washington and Beijing. <Accessed 2019-09-27>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Domestic Politics in Mainland China

Economic Policy and Governance

Expanding Cyber Demands Embolden China's Homegrown Cybersecurity Darlings (2019-09-26)
(The Diplomat, By Mohammed Shihab) Labeling the directives as defensively oriented, China is building a welcoming ecosystem for its homegrown darlings as it seeks to expand its cybersecurity capacities. As the country's ambitious Made in China 2025 takes off and the government invests heavily into smart manufacturing and smart cities, tech and cybersecurity are equally vital sides of the same transformative coin. <Accessed 2019-09-25>

Barred From Owning Land, Rural Chinese Miss Spoils of Country’s Success (2019-09-26)
(New York Times, By Ian Johnson) But every year, the gap between village and city remains stubbornly wide. Many blame this on the fact that farmers are not allowed to own land, a policy that goes back to one of the founding decisions of the Communist revolution. <Accessed 2019-09-26>

Human Rights

U.S. Terrorism Policy Paved the Way for China's Represssion (2019-09-26)
(Foreign Policy, By Bradley Jardine) While members of Congress have publicly denounced Beijing's brutal campaign in recent months, U.S. President Donald Trump has remained silent. The White House's Islamophobic rhetoric and harsh treatment of Muslims have also further undermined America's moral standing in the region. But the policies that emboldened China to build detention camps began long before Trump. <Accessed 2019-09-25>

China Central Television: A Long-standing Weapon in Beijing's Arsenal of Repression (2019-09-26)
(The Diplomat, By Sarah Cook) As the 70th anniversary of Communist Party rule in China approaches on October 1, it is worth reexamining CCTV's role not only in helping to prop up party legitimacy and promote the reputation of its leaders, but also in doing the party's "dirty work" by defaming and inciting hatred against perceived foes. <Accessed 2019-09-25>

Military Affairs

China’s National Day Parade to Showcase Advances in Nuclear Deterrence (2019-09-22)
(South China Morning Post, By Minnie Chan) The parade, to be held on October 1 to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic, will highlight the military modernisation – particularly in nuclear deterrence – that has taken place since President Xi Jinping came to power in late 2012, according to military experts. <Accessed 2019-09-25>

Mass Show of Advanced Military Aircraft Set for China’s National Day Parade (2019-09-27)
(South China Morning Post, By Minnie Chan) Three types of the new generation “20” series warplanes – five J-20 stealth fighter jets, three Y-20 transport planes and six Z-20 helicopters – will join airborne squadrons in the parade, according to a fly-past schedule obtained by the South China Morning Post. <Accessed 2019-09-27>

Communist Party Politics

Xi Signals a New Round of “Struggle” Against Foes in the Party (2019-09-26)
(Jamestown Foundation, By Willy Wo-Lap Lam) To further consolidate his position as the “eternal core” of the CCP, Xi is also set to unleash struggle campaigns against the paramount leader’s enemies within the higher echelons of the party. <Accessed 2019-09-26>

China Needs Strong Leadership or Will 'Crumble,' Policy Paper Says (2019-09-26)
(Reuters, By Ben Blanchard and Gao Liangping) China needs the strong, unified leadership of the Communist Party or the country will “crumble,” the government said in a policy paper released on Friday ahead of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic. <Accessed 2019-09-27>


Beijing and Hong Kong

Today, Hong Kong. Tomorrow, Taipei (2019-09-26)
(The Diplomat, By Michael Sobolik) Indeed, whatever happens in Hong Kong, Taiwan will be the Party’s next and final campaign. Unlike Xinjiang, Tibet, and Hong Kong, Taiwan’s sovereignty is disputed. <Accessed 2019-09-25>

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam Sticks to Her Guns on Police Inquiry but Vows No More Protesters Will Be Taken to San Ling Uk Holding Centre (2019-09-27)
(South China Morning Post) Ordinary Hong Kong citizens on Thursday took the city’s embattled leader at her word about being willing to listen to them in her first town hall dialogue in more than three months of anti-government protests and violence, condemning her failures and demanding solutions to end a crippling political and social crisis. <Accessed 2019-09-26>

‘One Country, Two Nationalisms’: The Identity Crisis Behind Hong Kong’s Turmoil (2019-09-27)
(New York Times, By Max Fisher) Hong Kong’s eruption into monthslong protests may have been the result not only of Beijing’s overreach, but also of seismic changes in Hong Kong identity itself, according to new research and opinion polling. <Accessed 2019-09-27>

In Hong Kong, Unity Between Peaceful and Radical Protesters. For Now. (2019-09-27)
(New York Times, By Austin Ramzy) During the more than 100 days of the anti-government protests, the various camps — from the most peaceful to the most confrontational — have generally avoided publicly criticizing each others’ actions. The approach has persisted despite the steady flare-ups of violence including this past weekend, when protesters threw bricks and gasoline bombs. <Accessed 2019-09-27>


China's Foreign Relations

European Businesses Urge EU to Take ‘Defensive’ Measures against China’s State-Owned Enterprises (2019-09-24)
(South China Morning Post, By Keegan Elmer) In a report released on Tuesday, the European Union Chamber of Commerce said there was a pressing need for China to reform the sector and to implement a system of “competitive neutrality” where state, private and foreign firms were treated equally. <Accessed 2019-09-25>

The Belt and Road Initiative Adds More Partners, But Beijing Has Fewer Dollars to Spend (2019-09-26)
(Jamestown Foundation, By Cecilia Joy-Perez) However, even as BRI publicity is being ramped up, and the initiative seeks to expand into telecom and other strategically important sectors, the PRC’s foreign investment spending is not keeping up with these trends. <Accessed 2019-09-26>

How China Challenges the EU in the Western Balkans
 (2019-09-26)
(The Diplomat, By Austin Doehler) Despite this assumed interest, rather than bolstering the EU membership prospects of the countries of the Western Balkans, China’s BRI is detrimental to this process. The BRI hampers Western Balkan-EU integration in three primary ways: trapping countries into debt (so-called “debt trap diplomacy”), lowering environmental standards, and perpetuating corruption. <Accessed 2019-09-25>

China-Thailand Submarine Deal in the Headlines with Keel-Laying Ceremony (2019-09-26)
(The Diplomat, By Prashanth Parameswaran) Earlier this month, a keel-laying ceremony was held in China for the first submarine ordered by Thailand in a landmark deal that initially made the headlines back in mid-2015. Though this is just one development within the wider agreement, it nonetheless marks yet another incremental inroad in the China-Thailand submarine deal. <Accessed 2019-09-25>

Confucius Institutes and the Corporate Sector: An Emerging Avenue for Chinese Communist Party Foreign Influence? (2019-09-26)
(Jamestown Foundation, By Sarah Cook and Flora Yan) Over the past decade, CIs have increasingly tried to establish ties with the corporate sector, offering various services to foreign businesses and more recently, working with a select group of Chinese companies on joint initiatives to be implemented at CIs globally. <Accessed 2019-09-26>

Vietnam Confronts China, Alone (2019-09-27)
(The Diplomat, By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan) It appears unlikely that Vietnam will be able to get any stronger support from its partners in the region and outside. It is also unlikely that Vietnam will be able to resist China on its own. Beijing appears to have correctly calculated that it does not have to fear any serious, united opposition. <Accessed 2019-09-27>

In Counterweight to China, EU, Japan Sign Deal to Link Asia (2019-09-27)
(Reuters, By Robin Emmott) The European Union and Japan signed an infrastructure deal on Friday to coordinate transport, energy and digital projects linking Europe and Asia, seeking an alternative to Chinese largesse that has raised suspicion in Brussels and Tokyo. <Accessed 2019-09-27>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

Should Vietnam Bring the South China Sea to the United Nations? (2019-09-24)
(CSIS, By Pham Ngoc Minh Trang) It has been suggested that Vietnam should do more to bring China’s “bullying behavior” in the South China Sea to the attention of the international community. With the UN General Assembly (UNGA) meeting this month in New York, is now the time for Vietnam to bring this issue to the United Nations? <Accessed 2019-09-25>

Beijing Deploys New Deepwater Drilling Rig in South China Sea (2019-09-25)
(South China Morning Post, By Laura Zhou) China has deployed a deepwater oil rig in the South China Sea, according to a state media report. <Accessed 2019-09-25>

Chinese Coastguard Ships ‘Deliberately Visible in South China Sea to Assert Sovereignty’ (2019-09-27)
(South China Morning Post, By Teddy Ng) Some Chinese coastguard vessels deployed in the South China Sea have deliberately made themselves visible to rival claimants of the contested waters by turning on tracking signals – a move analysts described as an attempt to assert sovereignty. <Accessed 2019-09-27>


The Korean Peninsula

Kim Jong-un Visits South Korea? The South Says It Could Happen (2019-09-24)
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) Kim Jong-un could meet again with President Trump and even visit South Korea in November if expected talks between Pyongyang and Washington make progress on eliminating North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, South Korean intelligence officials told lawmakers on Tuesday. <Accessed 2019-09-25>

Only 17 Pct of Fund Needed for Humanitarian Aid to N.K. Donated: OCHA (2019-09-26)
(Yonhap) Only 16.7 percent of the funding required for U.N. agencies' humanitarian activities in North Korea this year has been donated so far, U.N. data showed Thursday. <Accessed 2019-09-25>


Other Regional Issues


The US Dollar: America’s Currency, Asia’s Problem? (2019-09-23)
(East Asia Forum, By the Editorial Board) Given this track record, it is little surprise there is growing dissatisfaction with the US dollar’s dominance in the global economy, a dissatisfaction which Trump is worsening. <Accessed 2019-09-30>

Semiconductor Tech War Underlies the Japan–South Korea Trade Dispute
 (2019-09-24)
(East Asia Forum, By June Park) At the centre of this conflict is the advent of tech wars and the race for supremacy in the semiconductor industry in the age of artificial intelligence (AI). <Accessed 2019-09-30>

Abe, Trump Reach Trade Deal, Japan Exempt from Higher Auto Tariffs
 (2019-09-26)
(Kyodo News, By Noriyuki Suzuki) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump signed off on a bilateral trade agreement Wednesday that cuts tariffs on farm and industrial products, with both hailing it as mutually beneficial. <Accessed 2019-09-25>

The United States Should Help Mongolia Stand Up to China (2019-09-27)
(Foreign Policy, By Michael J. Green) Similarly, the lack of a coherent U.S. multilateral trade strategy with Asia and Europe leaves Beijing with far greater latitude to pursue predatory economic policies that hurt countries whether they are in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal or not. And more robust and consistent U.S. support for democracy, governance, and human rights touches on Mongolia's survival. <Accessed 2019-09-27>

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