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2020-02-08 | NO.44(3) epaper |
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Cross-Strait Relations
KMT’s Hau Calls for Party to be Tougher with China (2020-02-02)
(Taipei Times, By Shih Hsiao-kuang and Jake Chun) The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) must remain strong when dealing with China, because the party is bound to the continued existence of the Republic of China (ROC), former KMT vice chairman Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) said yesterday. <Accessed 2020-02-02>

Taiwan Calls China 'Vile' for Restricting Island's Access to WHO on Coronavirus
(Reuters, By Ben Blanchard) Taiwan’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday China is “vile” for restricting the island’s access to WHO during the coronavirus outbreak, adding to tensions with Beijing over the growing health crisis. <Accessed 2020-02-04> 

Virus Outbreak: MOFA Slams Beijing’s ‘Misleading’ Lies (2020-02-05)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) yesterday accused the Chinese government of lying and misleading other nations into blocking Taiwanese flights or tourists, after Italy, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Mongolia imposed bans amid 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) fears. <Accessed 2020-02-10>

Chinese Banned From Entering Taiwan (2020-02-06)
(Taipei Times, By Lee I-chia) From today, all Chinese nationals are banned from entering Taiwan, while people who have traveled to China, Hong Kong or Macau in the previous 14 days are to be put under mandatory home quarantine for 14 days after returning to Taiwan, the Central Epidemic Command Center announced yesterday. <Accessed 2020-02-04>

Taiwan to Halt Direct Ferry Services to Chinese Cities From Monday (2020-02-08)
(CNA, By Wang Shu-fen and Ko Lin) All direct ferry services between Taiwan proper and the Chinese provinces of Fujian and Zhejiang will be halted from Monday due to the growing threat posed by the Wuhan coronavirus, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Saturday. <Accessed 2020-02-08> 
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
U.S. Condemns ICAO for Blocking Supporters of Taiwan (2020-02-02)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Chiang Yi-ching) The U.S. State Department condemned the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on Saturday for blocking Twitter users who criticized the ICAO for excluding Taiwan, calling the action "outrageous" and "unacceptable." <Accessed 2020-02-02> 

Taiwan's Vice President-Elect Meets U.S. National Security Officials (2020-02-06)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Chiang Yi-ching) Vice President-elect Lai Ching-te (賴清德) met with White House National Security Council officials Wednesday in Washington, D.C., the highest-level Taiwanese official to meet with such officials since the U.S. switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979. <Accessed 2020-02-10>

U.S. Calls on WHO to Engage Directly with Taiwan (2020-02-07)
(CNA, By Tang Pei-chun and William Yen) The United States called on the World Health Organization (WHO) during a meeting Thursday to directly engage with Taiwan to better aid the global effort against the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) which has been declared a global health emergency. <Accessed 2020-02-10>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics

Legislator Chiang Chi-chen Registers for KMT Chairmanship Election (2020-02-03)
(CNA, By Fan Cheng-hsiang and Chiang Yi-ching) Legislator Chiang Chi-chen (江啟臣) became the first candidate to officially register to compete in the upcoming election for Kuomintang (KMT) party chairman Monday, and shared in interviews his plans on reform, as well as Taiwan's relations with China and the U.S. <Accessed 2020-02-10>

Behind the Democratic Progressive Party’s Convincing 2020 Win (2020-02-04)
(East Asia Forum, By Fang-Yu Chen, Austin Wang, Charles K S Wu, and Yao-Yuan Yeh) Xi Jinping’s push for unification, protests in Hong Kong, the DPP’s promotion of liberal values, the ‘sense of urgency’ among a younger generation in Taiwan and an opposition party that is increasingly alienated from the public all contributed to Tsai’s victory. <Accessed 2020-02-08>

Taiwan's Foreign Relations

Petition for Ties with Taiwan Gets Support in New Zealand (2020-02-03)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan and Emerson Lim) A petition urging the New Zealand government to establish diplomatic ties with Taiwan garnered more than 65,000 signatures on the website of New Zealand's parliament as of Monday evening when the endorsement period ended. <Accessed 2020-02-10>

Taiwan Asks Italy to End Coronavirus-Based Flight Ban (2020-02-04)
(Bloomberg, By Alberto Brambilla) Taiwan is urging Italy to reconsider a three-month flight ban to and from the island, an official at Taiwan’s representative office in Rome said, saying that Italy is treating it as a part of China. <Accessed 2020-02-04> 

Eswatini Ties Strong in Spite of PRC (2020-02-04)
(Taipei Times/CNA) Eswatini remains a staunch ally despite China’s political and economic pressure, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said late on Sunday, after Beijing reportedly threatened to cut business ties with the African nation if it maintained diplomatic ties with Taiwan. <Accessed 2020-02-04> 

Bangladesh Urged to Remove Taiwan from China Travel Ban (2020-02-04)
(CNA, By Ku Chuan, Wang Shu-fen and Evelyn Kao) Taiwan's foreign ministry said Tuesday it has contacted the Bangladesh government to explain Taiwan is not part of the People's Republic of China and urging the removal of Taiwanese from the country's entry ban on Chinese nationals amid fears over the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus. <Accessed 2020-02-04> 

Taiwanese Need to Provide Travel History to Enter the Philippines (2020-02-04)
(CNA, By William Yen) From Saturday, Taiwanese wishing to visit the Philippines will be asked to provide a recent travel history when applying for a visa following the extension of a travel ban on foreign travelers who have been to China or its special administrative regions within the last three weeks, according to the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO). <Accessed 2020-02-04>

Amid Coronavirus Panic, Taiwan Scrambles to Distinguish Itself From China (2020-02-06)
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) “Taiwan is Taiwan. Taiwan is not a part of the People’s Republic of China,” Wu said, according to Reuters. <Accessed 2020-02-06>

Taiwan's Foreign Minister Blasts WHO for Shifting Designations (2020-02-06)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) Taiwan's foreign minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) on Thursday blasted the World Health Organization (WHO) for repeatedly giving Taiwan "inappropriate designations" and reiterated that Taiwan is not part of China. <Accessed 2020-02-10>

EU Parliamentary Friendship Group Backs Taiwan's WHO Bid (2020-02-08)
(CNA, By Tang Pei-chun and Ko Lin) A pro-Taiwan group in the European Parliament (EP) on Thursday expressed support for Taiwan's bid to join the World Health Organization (WHO), amid mounting concerns over the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak which is spreading rapidly around the world. <Accessed 2020-02-08> 

The Geo-Technological Triangle Between the US, China, and Taiwan  (2020-02-08)
(The Diplomat, By Hannah Kirk) In July 2018, U.S. Congress passed a bipartisan bill known as the Microchips Act precisely to defend against external threats to the semiconductor supply chain. Subsequent rounds of tariffs and sanctions have further pressured technology companies in both countries, with Taiwan stuck in the middle. <Accessed 2020-02-08>
U.S.-China Relations
Pompeo, in Kazakhstan, Warns of China’s Growing Reach (2020-02-04)
(The Diplomat, By Matthew Lee) U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday pressed Kazakhstan to be wary of Chinese investment and influence, urging the Central Asian nation and others to join calls demanding an end to China’s repression of minorities. <Accessed 2020-02-04>

Coronavirus: Chinese Consul General in New York Thanks NBA for Its Donation to Help Fight Outbreak (2020-02-05)
(South China Morning Post, By Cissy Zhou) Chinese consul general Huang Ping expressed gratitude to the United States, and especially the NBA, for providing support for China’s efforts to combat the coronavirus outbreak that is spreading around the globe. <Accessed 2020-02-08>

Huawei Sues Verizon for Patent Infringement, Including Network Communications Technology (2020-02-06)
(South China Morning Post, By Zen Soo) Huawei Technologies on Thursday filed a lawsuit against US mobile network operator Verizon seeking compensation for what it said were infringements of its intellectual property rights, ratcheting up legal tensions between the Chinese telecommunications giant and the US. <Accessed 2020-02-08>

China Cuts Tariffs on $75 Billion in U.S. Goods. That Was the Easy Part.
(New York Times, By Carlos Tejada) The move signals Beijing’s intention to fulfill a trade pact with Washington, but it must make big purchases of American products while dealing with the coronavirus outbreak. <Accessed 2020-02-08>

The US Needs a Better Strategy for China
(The Diplomat, By Ian J. Lynch) Revamped American public diplomacy needs to adapt to the digital age. While U.S. public diplomacy must expose and condemn Beijing’s efforts to undermine freedom and democracy at every turn, CNAS rightly argues that it will be even more important for it to highlight the quality and quantity of American economic and development assistance initiatives. <Accessed 2020-02-06>

Refocusing the China Debate: American Allies and the Question of US-China “Decoupling” (2020-02-07)
(Brookings, By Lindsey Ford) "Competition” does not necessarily require a unified vision of the sources of Chinese conduct, but it does require a deeper consensus on how the United States will define its own role in the Indo-Pacific region and a firmer consensus with allies and partners about how to align our political and economic strategies. <Accessed 2020-02-08>

First American Dies of Coronavirus, Raising Questions About U.S. Response (2020-02-08)
(New York Times, By Raymond Zhong and Edward Wong) The United States has no plans to conduct additional evacuations from China though some Americans are asking for help. <Accessed 2020-02-08>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Domestic Politics in Mainland China

The “Democratic Life Meetings” of the Chinese Communist Party Politburo (2020-01-29)
(Jamestown Foundation, By John Dotson) If the heavily scripted and top-down model presented by the Politburo is any indication, the true purpose of “democratic life meetings” is to promote greater political orthodoxy: such meetings are democratic only in the sense of Leninist “democratic centralism” (民主集中制, minzhu jizhongzhi), in which higher-level party leadership decisions are communicated to, and made binding upon, all party members. <Accessed 2020-02-08>

The Wuhan Virus Could Hurt the Party’s Legitimacy
(Foreign Policy, Taisu Zhang) Whereas the domestic response during those other episodes was often muted due to a combination of censorship and apathy, or genuinely pro-government sentiment, the coronavirus epidemic has clearly struck much closer to the public’s bottom line, leading to widespread displays of anger and frustration that one rarely sees these days in the tightly censored world of Chinese internet expression. <Accessed 2020-02-04>

China’s Military Advancements in the 2010s: Air and Ground (2020-02-06)
(The Diplomat, By Rick Joe) The first decade of the 21st century has seen the Chinese military (People’s Liberation Army or PLA) undergo a number of major changes, which many observers around the world have kept a keen eye on. Indeed, among the world’s major military forces, the breadth and speed with which the PLA and the Chinese military industry have changed from the beginning of 2010 to the end of 2019 is quite remarkable. <Accessed 2020-02-06>

Where’s Xi? China’s Leader Commands Coronavirus Fight From Safe Heights (2020-02-08)
(New York Times, By Chris Buckley and Steven Lee Myers) Xi Jinping has backed out of the spotlight as the country faces its worst crisis in years, reflecting the political risks he faces if efforts to contain the virus fail. <Accessed 2020-02-08>

An Epidemic of Wuhan Virus Misinformation Is Spreading Online (2020-02-08)
(Foreign Policy, By Justin Ling) Nevertheless, some scandalous stories have broken through, such as the death of a disabled child under quarantine, and some state-backed claims have seen significant and successful pushback. Overseas Chinese groups on uncensored apps such as WhatsApp, however, are full of wild claims about the extent of the virus. <Accessed 2020-02-08>

Wuhan Whistleblower Doctor Dies of Coronavirus (2020-02-08)
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) Sure enough, Li was visited by police and forced to sign “an official letter of criticism” for having “severely disturbed the social order” by making false postings online. He later posted a photograph of the document on his Weibo account. <Accessed 2020-02-08>

China’s Military Put to the Crisis Test in Coronavirus Call-up (2020-02-09)
(South China Morning Post, By Minnie Chan) The coronavirus crisis has prompted one of the Chinese military’s biggest mobilisations of medical personnel in decades, putting its crisis management skills to the test. <Accessed 2020-02-08>

Beijing and Hong Kong

Hong Kong to Quarantine Travelers Coming From Mainland China (2020-02-05)
(Bloomberg, By Iain Marlow and Stephen Tan) Hong Kong’s leader said the city will quarantine people arriving from mainland China, including Hong Kong residents and visitors entering via its international airport, as authorities step up efforts to halt the spreading coronavirus outbreak. <Accessed 2020-02-10>

In Hong Kong, the Coronavirus Strikes a Wounded City (2020-02-07)
(New York Times, By Alexandra Stevenson, Austin Ramzy and Tiffany May) The territory was already reeling from political discord and recession. Now the outbreak is fanning fears of global isolation and worsening mistrust between citizens and their leaders. <Accessed 2020-02-08>

China's Foreign Relations

Knock-On Effects of China’s Coronavirus May Be Worse Than Thought (2020-02-04)
(Foreign Policy, By Keith Johnson, James Palmer) The knock-on effects of the virus and China’s dramatic response are daily making themselves felt, from disrupted air travel to rattled supply chains and plummeting commodity prices that are dampening growth prospects from Southeast Asia to South America and beyond. <Accessed 2020-02-04>

Expanding Influence: China’s Evolving Trade Agreements in the Asia-Pacific (2020-02-06)
(The Diplomat, By Michael Sampson) Aside from deepening economic cooperation resulting from its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China has concluded and extended a number of important regional trade agreements in the last two decades. Both these developments, along with the U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), have been widely interpreted as indicating China’s growing regional influence. <Accessed 2020-02-06>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
The Korean Peninsula

How Is the Coronavirus Shaping South Korea’s Cooperation With China and Northeast Asia? (2020-02-06)
(The Diplomat, By Jaeho Hwang) Seen from this perspective, it was the right decision for both the Korean government and the private sector to provide China with 3 million masks, and the petition for the government to ban the entry of Chinese citizens to South Korea can be conformed to meet international norms and WTO regulations. <Accessed 2020-02-06>

Other Regional Issues

PacNet #6 – Three Scenarios for the Quad and for ASEAN (2020-02-06)
(Pacific Forum, By Amanda Trea Phua and Sarah Teo) Here, we discuss three possible scenarios in which the Quad may evolve, and how ASEAN should respond. <Accessed 2020-02-08>

US-Malaysia Security Cooperation in the Headlines with Aircraft Mission Systems Transfer (2020-02-06)
(The Diplomat, By Prashanth Parameswaran) Last week, details emerged regarding the transfer of aircraft mission systems from the United States and Malaysia. The development spotlighted an aspect of cooperation between the two countries in the defense realm amid wider challenges in the broader bilateral relationship. <Accessed 2020-02-06>

As US-China Rivalry Heats Up, the Days of Not Choosing Sides May Soon Be Over for Southeast Asia (2020-02-07)
(South China Morning Post, By Chong Ja Ian) Both powers have given Asean states reason to doubt their commitment to the region. Under pressure to align with the interests of one or the other, Southeast Asia’s policy of studied neutrality looks increasingly untenable <Accessed 2020-02-08>

Duterte Seeks Military Pact Exit as U.S. Touts ‘Strong’ Ties (2020-02-07)
(Bloomberg, By Cecilia Yap and Jeff Kearns) President Rodrigo Duterte plans to order the termination of a longstanding military pact with the U.S., the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported, though the U.S. State Department reiterated that relations between the nations remain strong. <Accessed 2020-02-10>

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