::: TSR Weekly Report
2019-11-16 | NO.43(46) epaper |
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New Publication John Franklin Copper, Taiwan: Nation-State or Province? (7th Edition) (Routledge)
New Publication Peter Mattis and Matthew Brazil, Chinese Communist Espionage: An Intelligence Primer (U.S. Naval Institute Press)
Cross-Strait Relations
President Denounces Hong Kong Authorities Over Police Shooting (2019-11-11)
(CNA, By Huang Jui-hung and Chiang Yi-ching) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) denounced the Hong Kong government and Beijing in a Facebook post Monday after Hong Kong police shot a protester with live rounds earlier in the day. <Accessed 2019-11-11>

Taiwan and Mainland Chinese Aviation Authorities Row over Extra Flights for Lunar New Year (2019-11-12)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Aviation authorities in Taiwan and mainland China have traded barbs over the number of cross-strait flights during Lunar New Year – which falls two weeks after the island’s presidential election. <Accessed 2019-11-26>

Missing Taiwanese Professor Shih Cheng-ping Detained in Mainland China over ‘Threat to National Security' (2019-11-13)
(South China Morning Post, By Linda Lew) A former Taiwanese professor missing since August last year has been detained in mainland China, the authorities confirmed on Wednesday. <Accessed 2019-11-26>

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen Urges Hong Kong’s Leaders to Pull City ‘Back from the Brink’ (2019-11-13)
(South China Morning Post, By Sarah Zheng) Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday urged the Hong Kong government to bring the city “back from the brink”, after likening the chaotic clashes on a university campus to the “white terror” that once gripped the self-ruled island. <Accessed 2019-11-26>

Taiwan Rebukes Beijing's New 26 Measures for Cross-Strait Exchanges (2019-11-14)
(The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) China’s Taiwan Affairs Office said on Monday the new measures are aimed at facilitating “economic and cultural exchanges” between Taiwan and China. The measures include offering consular services and temporary passports to Taiwanese citizens and opening doors for Taiwanese companies to invest in Chinese projects. <Accessed 2019-11-14>

Hundreds of Taiwanese Students Head Home after Campus Clashes in Hong Kong (2019-11-14)
(South China Morning Post, By Sarah Zheng and Kinling Lo) Hundreds of Taiwanese students studying in Hong Kong will return home, authorities on the island said after a university campus in the city became a battleground for clashes between anti-government protesters and police. <Accessed 2019-11-26>

Will Hypersonic DF-17 Missile Transform Beijing’s Taiwan Strategy? (2019-11-16)
(South China Morning Post, By Minnie Chan) China’s DF-17 hypersonic boost-glide missile may be powerful enough to penetrate US missile shields in the region, transforming Beijing’s previously defensive strategy of containing independence-leaning forces in the Taiwan Strait. <Accessed 2019-11-26>

Hong Kong Firm that Lost Taipei Twin Towers over ‘Links to Mainland China’ Appeals Decision (2019-11-17)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) A Hong Kong-based investment company that was blocked from developing a multibillion property development in Taiwan on the grounds it had close links with mainland China says it is appealing the decision and may take the case to court. <Accessed 2019-11-26>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics
New Deep-Green Alliance to Back Tsai (2019-11-11)
(Taipei Times, By Jason Pan) The “Defend Democracy Safeguard Taiwan Alliance” (守民主護台灣大聯盟) was launched yesterday by several prominent people in the Taiwan independence movement to consolidate deep-green camp support for President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) re-election campaign. <Accessed 2019-11-11>

Election Campaigns at Midpoint (2019-11-12)
(Taipei Times, By John Copper) In answer to the first question, the polls indicate that President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) are ahead. So does an examination of the problems facing the DPP and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and their respective candidates. <Accessed 2019-11-14>

Veteran Taiwan Politician James Soong to Seek Presidency in Blow to Beijing’s Hopes for Unified Challenge to Tsai Ing-wen (2019-11-13)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Veteran Taiwanese politician James Soong Chu-yu announced on Wednesday that he would make a fourth attempt to seek the presidency in a blow to Beijing’s hopes for a unified mainland-friendly challenge to President Tsai Ing-wen. <Accessed 2019-11-26>

Taiwan Presidential Hopeful Han Kuo-yu Says ‘No Peace Deal with Beijing until Threats End’ (2019-11-15)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwanese presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu said on Thursday that if elected he will not sign a peace agreement with Beijing until it renounces the use of force against the democratic island. <Accessed 2019-11-26>

Taiwan's Han Kuo-yu Picks Running Mate as Scandals, Controversies Swirl (2019-11-16)
(The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu announced on Monday that former premier Chang San-cheng would be his running mate, kicking off a week marked by a property acquisition scandal and controversial remarks by Han and his wife. <Accessed 2019-11-16>

Taiwan's Foreign Relations
More International Cyberdrills Mulled (2019-11-11)
(Taipei Times, By Lee Hsin-fang) The first Taiwan-US cyberexercises that concluded on Friday might be held again next year, an official said on Saturday on condition of anonymity. Taiwan has been holding the Cyber Offensive and Defensive Exercises (CODE) every two years since 2013, but this year was the first time that foreign teams have participated, with more than 10 nations sending participants for the five-day program. <Accessed 2019-11-11>

US Warship Sails through Taiwan Strait in ‘Routine’ Operation (2019-11-13)
(South China Morning Post, By Sarah Zheng) A US Navy warship sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Tuesday in what it called a “routine” operation, continuing an exercise by Washington to exert influence in the region and in a tense period ahead of Taiwan’s critical presidential election. <Accessed 2019-11-26>
U.S.-China Relations
Does Trump Have a China Trade Deal Yet or What? (2019-11-14)
(Foreign Policy, By Keith Johnson) The U.S.-China trade war has brought years of rising tariffs, product boycotts, bankrupt farms, and general malaise to the global economy. Yet both sides may be close to finalizing an initial agreement to essentially call a truce, which could end the tariff escalation and revitalize some U.S. exports to China. Ahead of next year’s election, where do things stand with the Trump administration’s toughest trade fight? <Accessed 2019-11-14>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Domestic Politics in Mainland China
Chinese Firms Can't Avoid Being Party Tools (2019-11-14)
(Foreign Policy, By Martin Thorley) Consider what any country would look like if the higher echelons of a single, tightly organized political party controlled the judiciary, the media, the police force, the armed forces, education, all unions, major companies, and major religious groups. These groups proceed according to their own desires and aims—but recognize their own dependence on the CCP and thus not only bend toward what they believe leaders want but are also pliant when direct demands are made of them. The CCP does not control them directly—but they must do as they are told when told by the party. <Accessed 2019-11-14>

From Hong Kong to the Military: the Communist Party’s Top New Talking Points (2019-11-15)
(South China Morning Post, By Kinling Lo) Two weeks after China’s ruling Communist Party held its top policy-setting meeting, a group of hand-picked officials were sent out on a mission to promote the “spirits” of the secretive session to bureaucrats across the country. <Accessed 2019-11-26>

5 Takeaways From the Leaked Files on China’s Mass Detention of Muslims (2019-11-16)
(New York Times, By Austin Ramzy) Internal Chinese government documents obtained by The New York Times have revealed new details on the origins and execution of China’s mass detention of as many as one million Uighurs, Kazakhs and other predominantly Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region. <Accessed 2019-11-26>

Beijing and Hong Kong
Lam Says She Hopes City Will Hold Elections: Hong Kong Update (2019-11-11)
(Bloomberg, By Dominic Lau, Natalie Lung, and Iain Marlow) Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said she hoped the city would hold district elections this month even as protesters disrupted the morning commute Tuesday for a second straight day, blocking subway lines and clashing with police. <Accessed 2019-11-11>

Hong Kong: The New Berlin Wall (2019-11-14)
(The Diplomat, By Benedict Rogers) Is it therefore any wonder that the people of Hong Kong have completely lost trust in those who govern them? They have a legislature that is only partly directly elected, with a majority of pro-Beijing members, and whose pro-democracy members are harassed, intimidated, disqualified, or jailed. They have a chief executive foisted upon them by Beijing through a sham electoral college, who does not listen to them, proposes legislation that erodes their rights, condones police brutality, and destroys Hong Kong’s autonomy. <Accessed 2019-11-14>

Hong Kong Justice Secretary Teresa Cheng Injured in London while Surrounded by Protesters (2019-11-15)
(South China Morning Post, By Stuart Lau) Hong Kong’s justice minister hurt her arm in a fall while on an official trip in London on Thursday, in what was the first physical confrontation between a cabinet official and Hong Kong protesters. <Accessed 2019-11-26>

Hong Kong Violence Escalates as Police and Protesters Clash at University (2019-11-17)
(New York Times, By Edward Wong, Mike Ives, Tiffany May and Katherine Li) Hundreds of Hong Kong activists armed with firebombs and bows-and-arrows on Monday battled riot police who have laid a days-long siege to a university, the most violent confrontation yet in a half-year of protests. <Accessed 2019-11-26>

China's Foreign Relations
Why Is China Detaining More Foreigners? (2019-11-14)
(The Diplomat, By Shin Kawashima) Why does the Ministry of State Security detain foreign researchers? Of course, any detention may be a retaliatory measure, at a time when quite a few Chinese are suspected overseas of spying and information-gathering amid the confrontation between the United States and China. Or perhaps it’s the clampdown on speech and thought that has taken place under the Xi Administration, which that also affects Taiwanese and others visiting mainland China on short or long term stays. <Accessed 2019-11-14>

China's Surveillance State has Eyes on Central Asia (2019-11-16)
(Foreign Policy, By Bradley Jardine) While the project could enhance digital connectivity in impoverished states such as Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, critics charge that it may also spread authoritarianism and increase dependence on Chinese loans. According to a recent report, 71 percent of Huawei’s “Safe City” agreements are with countries that have a dubious track record on freedom and human rights. Such technology has also given China’s elite remote access to personal data around the world, including in parts of Latin America that are already under the Chinese Communist Party’s watch. <Accessed 2019-11-16>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

What Would a Vietnam South China Sea Legal Challenge Mean? (2019-11-14)
(The Diplomat, By Prashanth Parameswaran) The idea of a legal aspect to Vietnam’s South China Sea approach is not entirely new. Vietnam, like the other three smaller Southeast Asian claimants relative to China – Brunei, Malaysia, and the Philippines – has repeatedly made reference to international law, even as it advances other aspects of its South China Sea approach including advancing diplomacy through the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), engaging with major powers including China, and building up its own military capabilities. <Accessed 2019-11-14>

China Warns Vietnam to Not 'Complicate' South China Sea Dispute by Seeking Legal Arbitration (2019-11-14)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) The two countries experienced their most serious face-off in the South China Sea since 2014 this summer after a Chinese seismic survey ship conducted weeks of activities in Vietnam’s claimed exclusive economic zone despite protests from Hanoi. Both countries claim the Paracel Islands and the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. <Accessed 2019-11-14>

Vietnam Needs to 'Struggle' more in the South China Sea (2019-11-16)
(The Diplomat, By Derek Grossman) Now that the months-long standoff between China and Vietnam has finally ended at the disputed Vanguard Bank, it makes sense to take stock of how Hanoi’s security strategy fared in countering Chinese coercion in the South China Sea. Vietnam seeks simultaneous “cooperation and struggle” with all countries — including, most significantly, China — in a highly calibrated and nuanced approach to secure Vietnamese national interests. <Accessed 2019-11-16>

The Korean Peninsula

North Korea Says U.S. Sought More Talks, but Calls It a ‘Trick’ (2019-11-14)
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) North Korea said on Thursday that the United States had proposed resuming talks on denuclearization in December, but warned that Pyongyang was not interested unless Washington was ready to meet its terms. And a top envoy said he believed the proposal was merely “a trick to earn time.” <Accessed 2019-11-26>

Other Regional Issues

Is BRICS Losing its Shine for China? (2019-11-16)
(The Diplomat, By Eleanor Albert) Economic dynamics are not the sole factor dividing BRICS either. The grouping is subject to political divergences, not least stemming from domestic politics. <Accessed 2019-11-16>

The Transatlantic Alliance and the China Challenge: Current Trends and Future Developments (2019-11-16)
(The Diplomat, By Prashanth Parameswaran) Nonetheless, Pompeo’s trip also reinforced the fact that transatlantic collaboration on China is not without its challenges. While aspects of China’s behavior have indeed been causing concern in both the United States and parts of Europe, there continue to be differences in how both sides perceive those concerns depending on the issue in question, with a case in point being Germany’s evolving approach to China and 5G which Pompeo repeatedly referred to during his trip. <Accessed 2019-11-16>

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