::: TSR Weekly Report
2020-02-12 | NO.44(4) epaper |
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Cross-Strait Relations
Virus Outbreak: People Who Transit Through China to Be Quarantined (2020-02-09)
(Taipei Times/CNA) Starting tomorrow, travelers who have transited through China, Hong Kong or Macau on their way to Taiwan would be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival, the Central Epidemic Command Center said. <Accessed 2020-02-10>

Taiwan Shadows Chinese Aircraft
(Taipei Times/Reuters) The air force yesterday scrambled to intercept Chinese jets that flew around Taiwan in a move denounced by the Ministry of National Defense as a threat to regional peace and stability. <Accessed 2020-02-10> 

Taiwan Revises Entry Policy for Children with Chinese Nationality
(CNA, By Chang Ming-hsun, Wu Hsin-yun and Evelyn Kao) Taiwan on Wednesday barred entry of children of Taiwanese or Chinese nationals, with only Chinese passports, reversing a new policy announced a day earlier that allowed the entry of those children. <Accessed 2020-02-12> 

The Coronavirus Outbreak Presents an Opportunity for Cross-Strait Rapprochement (2020-02-11)
(The Diplomat, By Jo Kim) As the new coronavirus continues to rampage within China, hardliners in Beijing should be more accepting of extending an olive branch to Taiwan to prevent future pandemics from crippling China’s already slowing economy and social stability – the foundations of the Chinese government’s legitimacy. <Accessed 2020-02-11>

Taiwan Scrambles Fighters to Intercept Chinese Military Aircraft (2020-02-11)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) Taiwan’s air force — officially known as the Republic of China Air Force — scrambled fighters on Sunday to intercept Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) aircraft that Taipei said flew around the island. Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense condemned Beijing’s move as a threat to peace in the region. <Accessed 2020-02-11>

Virus Outbreak: China’s Permission Not Needed for WHO Forum: MOFA (2020-02-13)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) Taiwan did not need China’s permission to join a WHO expert forum, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday, blasting China for politicizing a public health issue to shift global attention away from its failure to contain an outbreak of COVID-19. <Accessed 2020-02-13>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
US States Urged to Resist Pressure on Taiwan (2020-02-10)
(Taipei Times/AFP) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday urged US governors to resist Chinese pressure to shun Taiwan, as he warned that Beijing was increasingly taking its diplomatic battle to the local level. <Accessed 2020-02-10> 

US Sends Surveillance Planes over Taiwan Strait after Chinese War Games (2020-02-12)
(South China Morning Post, By Minnie Chan) The United States Air Force sent two surveillance planes over the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, following two days of mainland Chinese war games near Taiwan. <Accessed 2020-02-16>

Taiwan Offered Observer Status in U.S.-Led Religious Freedom Alliance (2020-02-13)
(CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Evelyn Kao) Taiwan has been invited to join the newly formed International Religious Freedom Alliance as an observer, alongside the United States and 26 other countries that have full membership, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Wednesday. <Accessed 2020-02-13>

Speaker Urges US to Recognize Taiwan (2020-02-14)
(Taipei Times, By Sean Lin and Peng Wan-hsin) Hopefully, the US would recognize Taiwan and establish formal diplomatic ties with the nation, Legislative Speaker Yu Shyi-kun (游錫堃) said yesterday at a meeting with American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director Brent Christensen. <Accessed 2020-02-14> 

Ted Cruz Introduces Draft 'Taiwan SOS Act' (2020-02-14)
(CNA, By Stacy Hsu, Chen Yun-yu and Elizabeth Hsu) United States Senator Ted Cruz introduced Thursday a bill that would allow Taiwanese diplomats and military people to display Taiwan's flag and wear their uniform while in the U.S. on official business. <Accessed 2020-02-14>

U.S. Warship Sails Through Taiwan Strait: MND (2020-02-15)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Matthew Mazzetta) A United States warship sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Saturday, marking the third appearance by U.S. military forces in the area this week, following two recent incidents in which Taiwan had to scramble its F-16 fighter jets to monitor the movements of Chinese warplanes, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND). <Accessed 2020-02-15>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics

Han Recall Petition Drive Nears Own Signature Goal (2020-02-15)
(Taipei Times, By Huang Chia-lin and Dennis Xie) A petition to recall Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) has garnered 270,639 signatures since it began on Jan. 29, bolstering confidence that a goal of 300,000 would be met this weekend before the documents are submitted to the Kaohsiung Election Commission, petition organizers said yesterday. <Accessed 2020-02-15>

Taiwan's Foreign Relations

Taiwanese Experts to Participate Online in WHO Global Forum (2020-02-09)
(CNA, By Tang Pei-chun and Chiang Yi-ching) Taiwanese experts will participate online in a World Health Organization (WHO) forum next week to combat the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak, a WHO official said Saturday, although Taiwan is fighting for greater inclusion. <Accessed 2020-02-10>

Taipei to Ask Seoul to Correct Wuhan Virus Information on Taiwan (2020-02-11)
(CNA, By Liao Han-yuan, Chen Yun-yu, and Frances Huang) Taipei will ask Seoul to correct information reported by a government-funded news agency after it said Taiwan is one of the possible places where the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is spreading within communities, a spokeswoman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday. <Accessed 2020-02-12>

The World Can Benefit From Taiwan’s WHO Participation (2020-02-11)
(The Diplomat, By Eric Li-Luan Chu) Unfortunately, Taiwan is excluded from WHO participation. So long as Taiwan is absent from the WHO, not only is the healthcare of the Taiwanese people at risk, but the world’s medical community suffers from the loss of a great asset. <Accessed 2020-02-11>

Taiwan, Czechia Taxation Agreement to Take Effect in 2021: MOFA (2020-02-13)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) An agreement between Taiwan and the Czech Republic on the avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion is expected to be implemented on Jan. 1, 2021, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday. <Accessed 2020-02-13>

Taiwan Mulls Countermeasures If Philippines Doesn't Lift Entry Ban (2020-02-13)
(Reuters, By Fabian Hamacher and Ben Blanchard) Taiwan is considering countermeasures if the Philippines does not lift a ban on Taiwanese citizens visiting the country over fears about the coronavirus, the island’s foreign ministry said on Thursday. <Accessed 2020-02-13>
U.S.-China Relations
U.S. Charges Chinese Military Officers in 2017 Equifax Hacking (2020-02-10)
(New York Times, By Katie Benner) The indictment suggests that the breach was part of a series of thefts by China to use the data to target American officials. <Accessed 2020-02-16>

China Denies Cybertheft Following Equifax Accusations
(Associated Press) China denied involvement in any hacking activities on Tuesday after the United States indicted four members of the Chinese military for allegedly breaking into the computer networks of the Equifax credit reporting agency and stealing the personal information of tens of millions of people. <Accessed 2020-02-12>

U.S. Charges Huawei With Racketeering, Adding Pressure on China (2020-02-13)
(New York Times, By David McCabe, Nicole Hong and Katie Benner) The U.S. government has charged Huawei and two of its subsidiaries with federal racketeering and conspiracy to steal trade secrets from American companies, a significant escalation in the Trump administration’s legal fight with the Chinese telecommunications company. <Accessed 2020-02-16>

U.S. Faces Tough ‘Great Game’ Against China in Central Asia and Beyond (2020-02-13)
(New York Times, By Edward Wong) The Trump administration sees former Soviet republics in the heart of Asia as critical battlegrounds in the struggle with China over global influence. But American policies could fall short. <Accessed 2020-02-16>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Domestic Politics in Mainland China

The coronavirus outbreak has exposed the deep flaws of Xi’s autocracy (2020-02-10)
(The Guardian, By Richard McGregor) It is wise to be cautious about the political impact of a single event or, in this case, one person’s death, especially in China, which is ruled by an opaque Communist party. After all, can a virus that has so far claimed more than 700 lives, fewer than in a normal flu season in many countries, really hold the future of China in its thrall? <Accessed 2020-02-10>

Coronavirus and China’s Decision-Making in a Crisis (2020-02-11)
(The Diplomat, By Matthew Sullivan) The CCP regime under Xi Jinping, coming out of the whirlwind of international and domestic challenges, is in a brittle place in terms of its political capital should the regime fail to either conjure an effective response and resolution to the crisis or maintain the Party’s face and legitimacy. <Accessed 2020-02-11>

Xinjiang’s Hui Muslims Were Swept Into Camps Alongside Uighurs (2020-02-11)
(Foreign Policy, By Gene A. Bunin) Reports from individuals on social media and from religious freedom activist outlets have further suggested that the Hui are being interned en masse and being subjected to much of the same mistreatment as reported for the other ethnic groups. <Accessed 2020-02-11>

China’s Leader, Under Fire, Says He Led Coronavirus Fight Early On (2020-02-15)
(New York Times, By Amy Qin) Xi Jinping was aware of the outbreak nearly two weeks before he first spoke publicly about it. It could draw him directly into questions about whether officials did too little, too late. <Accessed 2020-02-16>

Beijing and Hong Kong

China Upgrades Hong Kong Affairs with New Chief (2020-02-13)
(South China Morning Post, By William Zheng and Echo Xie) Beijing has for the first time put a state leader, Xia Baolong, in charge of the cabinet-level office that oversees Hong Kong affairs, strengthening direct supervision over the implementation of its policies in the city while reducing incumbent chief Zhang Xiaoming’s authority in an unexpected demotion. <Accessed 2020-02-16>

China's Foreign Relations

Risk Mitigation and Huawei: The UK Makes a Choice (2020-02-11)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) The debate over the UK’s decision to allow Huawei to participate in the construction of 5G infrastructure is far from over, but London’s decision likely captures the decision-making process that several other countries will go through in the coming months and years. <Accessed 2020-02-11>

US Warns Europe Not to Follow China in the ‘Wrong Direction’ (2020-02-15)
(South China Morning Post, By Stuart Lau) The White House is keen to keep Europe onside amid its intensifying rivalry with China in areas such as cybersecurity, technology and trade, and on Saturday both the Defence Secretary Mark Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used the Munich Security Conference to highlight their concerns. <Accessed 2020-02-16>

Russia and China Pledge to Maintain Special Relationship despite Moscow’s Slow Response to Coronavirus (2020-02-16)
(South China Morning Post, By Liu Zhen) China and Russia have promised to maintain their special relationship and close exchanges amid the Covid-19 outbreak. <Accessed 2020-02-16>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
North Korea’s Internet Use Surges, Thwarting Sanctions and Fueling Theft (2020-02-09)
(New York Times, By David E. Sanger) North Korea has vastly expanded its use of the internet in ways that enable its leader, Kim Jong-un, to evade a “maximum pressure” American sanctions campaign and turn to new forms of cybercrime to prop up his government, according to a new study. <Accessed 2020-02-16>

Philippines Notifies US of Intent to End Major Security Pact
(Associated Press, By Jim Gomez) The Philippines notified the United States on Tuesday it would end a major security pact allowing American forces to train in the country, in the most serious threat under President Rodrigo Duterte to their 69-year treaty alliance. <Accessed 2020-02-12>

What Iran’s Attacks on American Bases Tell Us About China’s Missile Program (2020-02-14)
(The Diplomat, By Christopher K. Colley) Considering China’s previous assistance to Iran’s missile programs, a reasonable assumption can be made that if Iranian missiles are capable of successfully hitting targets within a few meters, Chinese missiles should be able to equal, if not surpass, Iranian accuracy. <Accessed 2020-02-14>

Maritime Security in the Asia-Pacific: Measuring Challenges and Progress (2020-02-14)
(The Diplomat, By Jay Benson) Only by seeking to measure maritime security dynamics in uniform and rigorous ways can we begin to understand the scope of the challenges, progress toward goals, and areas of greatest need for increased partnership and capacity building. <Accessed 2020-02-14>

PacNet #7 – A Better Regional Defense Posture for the US and Its Allies (2020-02-14)
(Pacific Forum, By Gibum Kim) There are, however, issues the US and allies must resolve to maintain and strengthen regional tailored deterrence architecture. <Accessed 2020-02-16>

Managing Asia’s Coronavirus Response (2020-02-16)
(East Asia Forum, By Sara E Davies) There are three important messages that can be learned from this outbreak that are particularly relevant for Asia. <Accessed 2020-02-16>

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