::: TSR Weekly Report
2020-05-16 | NO.44(17) epaper |
Note to Readers
New Publication Elizabeth Freund Larus, Politics and Society in Contemporary China, 2nd edition (Lynne Rienner Publishers)

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Cross-Strait Relations
China Tries to Calm ‘Nationalist Fever’ as Calls for Invasion of Taiwan Grow (2020-05-10)
(South China Morning Post, By Minnie Chan) Beijing is trying to calm rising nationalist sentiment after a growing chorus of voices called for China to take advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic by invading Taiwan. <Accessed 2020-05-18>

WHO-China MOU a Hurdle to Taiwan's WHA Participation: FM
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Joseph Yeh) Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) on Monday cited a secret memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed between China and the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2005 as directly impacting the country's participation at the annual World Health Assembly (WHA) and in related WHO events. <Accessed 2020-05-18>

China Uses Pandemic to Boost Military Pressure on Taiwan
(Foreign Policy, By Jack Detsch) A U.S. congressional report warns of aggressive actions by the People’s Liberation Army against Taipei. <Accessed 2020-05-12>

Poll: Taiwanese Distance Themselves from Chinese Identity (2020-05-12)
(Associated Press) About two-thirds of Taiwanese don’t identify as Chinese, according to a survey released Tuesday that highlights the challenge China would face in bringing the self-governing island under its control. <Accessed 2020-05-12> 

Taiwanese Have More Positive View of U.S. Than China: Survey (2020-05-12)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Elizabeth Hsu) People in Taiwan rate the United States more positively than China, by more than 30 percentage points, a survey released by the nonpartisan American think tank Pew Research Center on Tuesday showed. <Accessed 2020-05-12> 

Interior Ministry Urged to Halt eID Implementation (2020-05-14)
(Taipei Times, By Jason Pan) A coalition of civic groups and lawmakers yesterday raised concerns about the security of the government’s planned electronic identification card (eID) project over links to China and demanded its implementation be delayed. <Accessed 2020-05--14> 

KMT Chairman Urges Beijing to End Threat of Taking Taiwan by Force (2020-05-15)
(CNA, By Yu Hsiang and Kay Liu) Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Chiang Chi-chen (江啟臣) on Friday called on China to stop threatening Taiwan with force and President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to better manage relations with Beijing. <Accessed 2020-05-18>

China Is Still Wary of Invading Taiwan (2020-05-16)
(Foreign Policy, By Drew Thompson) Despite a faltering United States, Beijing is unlikely to cross the Taiwan Strait during the pandemic. <Accessed 2020-05-16>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
Semiconductor Companies Consider New Plants in the U.S. (2020-05-10)
(Associated Press) Intel and a Taiwanese company are talking to the Trump administration about building new semiconductor plants in the United States amid concern about relying on suppliers in Asia for chips used in a wide variety of electronics. <Accessed 2020-05-12>

Pompeo Urges Tedros to Invite Taiwan to WHA as More Countries Join Campaign
(The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) Australia and New Zealand have hopped on board a growing U.S.-backed campaign for Taiwan to participate in the World Health Assembly as an observer. <Accessed 2020-05-12>

U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Help Taiwan Regain WHA Observer Status (2020-05-12)
(CNA, By Stacy Hsu and Joseph Yeh) The United States Senate on Monday passed a bill that asks Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to come up with a strategy to help Taiwan regain observer status at the World Health Assembly (WHA) to be held later this month. <Accessed 2020-05-12> 

Coronavirus: WHO Put Nations at Risk by Excluding Taiwan from Knowledge Sharing, US Report Says (2020-05-13)
(South China Morning Post, By Sarah Zheng) Taiwan’s exclusion from the World Health Organisation (WHO) during the coronavirus pandemic endangered its citizens and undermined global information sharing, a US congressional report said, as pressure mounts for the island to be granted observer status at the health agency’s upcoming forum. <Accessed 2020-05-18>

US Navy Warship Transits Taiwan Strait as PLA Starts Live-fire Drills (2020-05-14)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) The United States sent a warship through the Taiwan Strait on Thursday as the Chinese military embarked on more than two months of live-fire naval drills off the mainland’s northern coast. <Accessed 2020-05-18>

T.S.M.C. Is Set to Build a U.S. Chip Facility, a Win for Trump (2020-05-14)
(New York Times, By Don Clark and Ana Swanson) The White House has called for building up U.S. manufacturing and criticized a tech supply chain centered in China. <Accessed 2020-05-18>

Veterans Affairs Hopes to Fill Its US Posts by Year’s End (2020-05-15)
(Taipei Times/CNA) The government plans to station two retired senior military personnel at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Washington to enhance exchanges, Veterans Affairs Council Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) said on Wednesday. <Accessed 2020-05-18>

205 U.S. Lawmakers Write to WHO Chief, Supporting Taiwan's WHA Bid (2020-05-15)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Emerson Lim) A total of 205 members of the United States House of Representatives on Friday signed a letter urging the World Health Organization (WHO) director-general to invite Taiwan to attend this year's World Health Assembly (WHA). <Accessed 2020-05-18>

The Precarious Triangle: China, Taiwan, and United States (2020-05-16)
(The Diplomat, By Zoe Leung) Taiwan has become the most dangerous flashpoint in U.S.-China relations. <Accessed 2020-05-16>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics

Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen Enters Second Term with a Strong Political Mandate, but No Room for Complacency (2020-05-13)
(Brookings, By Ryan Hass) As President Tsai looks ahead to another four years in office, she has little room for complacency. <Accessed 2020-05-18>

Culture Minister Quits, Six Others to Keep Posts in New Cabinet (2020-05-15)
(CNA, By Flor Wang, Wang Cheng-chung, and Wen Kuei-hsiang) As of Friday afternoon, much of the new Cabinet lineup consisted of familiar faces, with six Cabinet members set to stay in their posts and other posts being taken by incumbent deputy ministers or ministers without portfolio. <Accessed 2020-05-18>

Bill to Remove ‘Unification’ Axed (2020-05-16)
(Taipei Times, By Sean Lin) Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Tsai Yi-yu (蔡易餘) yesterday retracted a proposal to remove “unification of the nation” from the Act Governing Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (台灣地區與大陸地區人民關係條例), citing concern over the proposal throwing cross-strait ties off balance ahead of President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) re-inauguration on Wednesday next week. <Accessed 2020-05-16> 

Taiwan Presidential Office Hacked, Documents Linked to Power Struggle Leaked (2020-05-16)
(Taiwan News, By Sophia Yang ) Taiwan's Presidential Office has allegedly been hacked and minutes from meetings were sent to reporters, including discussions about how to deter President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) rival William Lai (賴清德) in the 2019 party primary. <Accessed 2020-05-16> 

Taiwan's Foreign Relations

Japan Voices Support for Taiwan's Attendance as WHA Observer (2020-05-11)
(CNA, By Chiang Yi-ching) Japan on Monday voiced support for Taiwan's inclusion in the upcoming World Health Assembly (WHA), the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO). <Accessed 2020-05-18>

New Zealand Sticks with Support for Taiwan at WHO Despite Chinese Rebuke
(Reuters, By Praveen Menon) New Zealand’s foreign minister on Tuesday said the country has to stand up for itself after China warned its backing of Taiwan’s participation at the World Health Organization (WHO) could damage bilateral ties. <Accessed 2020-05-18>

No Crisis in Diplomatic Relations with Paraguay: Foreign Minister (2020-05-11)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Joseph Yeh) There is "no crisis" regarding Taiwan's diplomatic ties with Paraguay, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) said Monday after a number of senators in Taiwan's only diplomatic ally in South America recently voted in favor of changing diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing. <Accessed 2020-05-18>

New Ambassador to Paraguay Assumes Post Amid Questions (2020-05-11)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Chiang Yi-ching) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has confirmed that José Han (韓志正) assumed his post as Taiwan's new ambassador to Paraguay on Monday, amid questions over the timing of his appointment. Han is the former head of Taiwan's representative office in Colombia. <Accessed 2020-05-18>

Taiwan’s Medical Diplomacy in the Caribbean: A Final Stand Against Beijing?
(The Diplomat, By Jared Ward) Taiwan’s aid in the COVID-19 fight could be its best chance at keeping its remaining diplomatic allies. <Accessed 2020-05-12>

Virus Outbreak: MOU Affects Participation at WHA: Foreign Minister (2020-05-12)
(Taipei Times/CNA) A secret memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed between China and the WHO in 2005 directly affects Taiwan’s participation in the annual World Health Assembly (WHA) and other WHO-related events, Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) said yesterday. <Accessed 2020-05-12>

Taiwan Decries WHO's Statement of 'No Mandate' for Invitation (2020-05-12)
(CNA, By Tang Pei-chun and Emerson Lim) Taiwan on Tuesday took issue with a statement by the World Health Organization (WHO) the previous day, which said that it had "no mandate" from its members to invite Taiwan to the annual meeting of its decision-making body this year. <Accessed 2020-05-12> 

Taiwan's Diplomatic Allies Call for Review of Its Exclusion from WHA (2020-05-13)
(CNA, By Tang Pei-chun, Tai Ya-chen, and Chiang Yi-ching) With the 73rd session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) five days away, 14 of Taiwan's diplomatic allies have put forth a proposal for the issue of Taiwan's exclusion to be put on the agenda. <Accessed 2020-05-18>

CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan, Australia to Team up on COVID-19 Drug Study (2020-05-14)
(CNA, By Su Szu-yun and Evelyn Kao) Taiwanese and Australian university researchers will work together on developing new drugs with potential efficacy against various viruses, including the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the COVID-19 disease, Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) said Thursday. <Accessed 2020-05-14> 

Taiwan Says WHO has 'Forgotten' Neutrality by Barring Island (2020-05-14)
(Reuters, By Yimou Lee) The World Health Organization (WHO) has “forgotten” its professionalism and neutrality in locking Taiwan out of the body for political reasons, Taiwan Vice President Chen Chien-jen said on Thursday. <Accessed 2020-05-14> 

EU Health Ministers Urged to Support Taiwan's Participation in WHA (2020-05-14)
(CNA, By Tang Pei-chun and Emerson Lim) A total of 102 European Parliament (EP) legislators on Wednesday urged European Union (EU) health ministers to help facilitate the participation of Taiwan's health minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) at the upcoming World Health Assembly (WHA) as an observer. <Accessed 2020-05-14> 

Virus Outbreak: WHA Invitation Looks Unlikely (2020-05-16)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) Taiwan has garnered unprecedentedly strong support for joining next week’s World Health Assembly, though its bid might not succeed under China’s influence and the WHO’s partial stance, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday. <Accessed 2020-05-16> 

CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan Holds Virtual Forum with 13 Countries on COVID-19 (2020-05-16)
(CNA, By Chang Ming-hsuan and Ko Lin) Taiwan on late Friday held a virtual forum with 13 like-minded countries including the United States, Japan and Canada to discuss COVID-19 prevention and control strategies. <Accessed 2020-05-16>
U.S.-China Relations
China’s Poor Purchasing Performance: How Should the United States Respond? (2020-05-08)
(CSIS, By Scott Kennedy) Instead, it means tilting the overall playing field in America’s favor, which would translate into a greater opportunity to advance U.S. interests on the full range of economic issues it faces with China, including promoting U.S. exports. <Accessed 2020-05-18>

U.S.-China Institutional Competition—Part II: China
(UDN, By Su Chi) China's system featuring "development without democracy" is officially called "socialism with Chinese characteristics” by Beijing. In the West it is generally referred to as "state capitalism." I’d like to dissect it into three parts: "Of the State", "By the Party," and "For the People.” <Accessed 2020-05-16>

Arkansas Professor Is Accused of Hiding Chinese Funding (2020-05-11)
(New York Times, By Matt Farwell and Katie Benner) The case was the latest example of the Justice Department’s efforts to combat Chinese influence on American campuses. <Accessed 2020-05-18>

China Warns of Countermeasures to New U.S. Rule for Chinese Reporters (2020-05-11)
(Reuters, By Se Young Lee and Ryan Woo) China warned on Monday that it will take countermeasures in response to a U.S. decision to tighten visa terms for Chinese journalists and urged the United States to immediately “correct its mistake”. <Accessed 2020-05-18>

The US, China, and the Perils of Post-COVID Decoupling
(The Diplomat, By Yan Liang) Resorting to economic nationalism is the wrong lesson to take from the pandemic. <Accessed 2020-05-12>

Making China Pay Would Cost Americans Dearly (2020-05-13)
(Foreign Policy, By Doug Bandow) There are smart ways to face Beijing’s challenges, but a reckless and politicized response isn’t among them. <Accessed 2020-05-13>

US Says Chinese Hackers Might Be Targeting Virus Researchers (2020-05-13)
(Associated Press, By Ben Fox) Organizations conducting research into COVID-19 may be targeted by computer hackers linked to the Chinese government, according to the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. <Accessed 2020-05-18>

From ‘Respect’ to ‘Sick and Twisted’: How Coronavirus Hit U.S.-China Ties (2020-05-15)
(New York Times, By Chris Buckley and Steven Lee Myers) A sharp escalation of tensions over the handling of the pandemic has raised the specter of a new Cold War. <Accessed 2020-05-18>

US Plans to Further Restrict Huawei’s Development of Semiconductors Using American Technology (2020-05-15)
(South China Morning Post, By Jodi Xu Klein) The Trump administration announced on Friday its plan to further restrict the ability of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies to develop semiconductors using American technologies. <Accessed 2020-05-18>

US Destroyer Spotted off Coast of Shanghai as PLA Navy Begins 11-week Exercise in Yellow Sea (2020-05-15)
(South China Morning Post, By Kristin Huang) A US Navy destroyer was spotted sailing through the Yellow Sea off the coast of Shanghai on Friday morning, in a move one observer described as the United States “playing with fire”. <Accessed 2020-05-18>

Restricting Chinese Journalist Visas Will Not Stop China’s Propaganda Campaigns (2020-05-16)
(The Diplomat, By Chauncey Jung) China’s state media have the resources to carry on. It’s the Chinese journalists affiliated with independent media who will suffer the most. <Accessed 2020-05-16>

Why the US Campaign Against Huawei Backfired (2020-05-16)
(The Diplomat, By Thomas D. Lairson, David Skidmore, and Wu Xinbo) Why is it that even a government as powerful as the United States is unable to impose its will on a single technology firm? <Accessed 2020-05-16>

China Asks United States to Stop 'Unreasonable Suppression' of Huawei (2020-05-16)
(Reuters, By Pei Li and Ryan Woo ) China’s foreign ministry said on Saturday the United States needed to stop the “unreasonable suppression” of Chinese companies like Huawei, and a Chinese newspaper said the government was ready to retaliate against Washington. <Accessed 2020-05-16> 

Battle Looms at WHO Meeting as Pressure Mounts on China over Coronavirus Inquiry (2020-05-17)
(South China Morning Post, By Kinling Lo and Keegan Elmer) But all eyes will be on how countries – including the US, Australia, Canada, France and Germany – pursue an investigation into China’s handling of the pandemic within the framework of the global health body. <Accessed 2020-05-18>

China–US Blame Game Hampers COVID-19 Response (2020-05-17)
(East Asia Forum, By Suisheng Zhao) The world is entangled in the blame game between China and the United States as it confronts the largest public health threat in a century. <Accessed 2020-05-18>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Mainland China

Here’s How Wuhan Plans to Test All 11 Million of Its People for Coronavirus (2020-05-14)
(New York Times, By Sui-Lee Wee and Vivian Wang) The Chinese city’s goal is unrivaled in scale. But a top expert has questioned the need for it, given the low number of infections. <Accessed 2020-05-18>

China’s Long March Rocket Program Sees Both Dramatic Successes and Failures in Spring 2020 (2020-05-15)
(Jamestown Foundation, By John Dotson) It remains to be seen to what extent these two failed missions will impact the PRC’s ambitious launch schedule projected at the outset of the year. <Accessed 2020-05-18>

AI-Powered Propaganda and the CCP’s Plans for Next-Generation “Thought Management” (2020-05-15)
(Jamestown Foundation, By Devin Thorne) If successful, AI will amplify the Party’s voice and boost its influence over public opinion. <Accessed 2020-05-18>

Chinese Private Security Contractors: New Trends and Future Prospects (2020-05-15)
(Jamestown Foundation, By Sergey Sukhankin) This article seeks to provide insights into the growth of China’s private security industry, which to date has not been as closely examined. <Accessed 2020-05-18>

What Will the Chinese Navy’s Next Frigate Look Like? (2020-05-16)
(The Diplomat, By Rick Joe) The U.S. Navy has chosen its next frigate; what will China’s look like? <Accessed 2020-05-16>

China’s Dual-Capable Missiles: A Dangerous Feature, Not a Bug (2020-05-16)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) The DF-26 IRBM’s ability to operate conventional and nuclear warheads creates dangerous inadvertent escalation risks. <Accessed 2020-05-16>

Hong Kong and Macau

Pro-Democracy Legislators in Hong Kong Need International Support (2020-05-12)
(The Diplomat, By Joy Park) The CCP is taking advantage of the the coronavirus crisis to execute its vision of completely stripping Hong Kong of its remaining freedoms. <Accessed 2020-05-12>

Lawmakers Ejected in Scuffles at Hong Kong’s Legislature (2020-05-12)
(The Diplomat, By Zen Soo) The fracas, centered on control of the House Committee, pitted pro-democracy and pro-Beijing faction against each other. <Accessed 2020-05-12>

Hong Kong Leader Rejects Protesters' Call for Independent Police Probe (2020-05-15)
(Reuters, By Jessie Pang and Sarah Wu) The Beijing-backed leader of Hong Kong ruled out on Friday an independent inquiry into allegations of police brutality against pro-democracy protesters, though she did accept a watchdog’s recommendations on tear gas and training. <Accessed 2020-05-18>

China's Foreign Relations

Countering China’s Influence Operations: Lessons from Australia (2020-05-08)
(CSIS, By Amy Searight) But in contrast to many countries in China’s immediate neighborhood that lack strong institutions and commitment to rule of law, transparency, and democratic norms, advanced democracies such as Australia have some advantages to bring to this challenge and should leverage their strengths to combat malign influence. <Accessed 2020-05-18>

China’s COVID-19 Diplomacy Backfires in the Philippines (2020-05-12)
(The Diplomat, By Mong Palatino) A music video ode to “friendly neighbors across the sea” can’t patch over growing discontent with China in the Philippines. <Accessed 2020-05-12>

EU Says Its Envoy Erred After China Demanded Cuts to Op-ed (2020-05-12)
(The Diplomat, By Lorne Cook) In an op-ed to mark 45 years of EU-China relations, a reference to the coronavirus originating in China was removed at Beijing’s request. <Accessed 2020-05-12>

Australia and China Trade Blows Over Calls for a Coronavirus Inquiry (2020-05-12)
(The Diplomat, By Joshua Mcdonald) The contention over a COVID-19 inquiry follows months of deteriorating relations between Canberra and Beijing. <Accessed 2020-05-12>

EU Investment Deal with China Likely to Hinge on Three Key Elements, Says European Trade Official (2020-05-14)
(South China Morning Post, By Stuart Lau) The European Union’s top trade diplomat in Beijing hinted on Wednesday that the bloc might not sign off an investment agreement with China by the December deadline without key demands on market access and state subsidies being met. <Accessed 2020-05-18>

PacNet #26 – Interpreting China’s “Wolf-Warrior Diplomacy” (2020-05-14)
(Pacific Forum, By Zhiqun Zhu) Dubbed “wolf-warrior diplomacy,” this new approach seems popular inside China and reinforces a presumed transition of Chinese diplomacy from conservative, passive, and low-key to assertive, proactive, and high-profile. <Accessed 2020-05-18>

Chinese Corrals Pacific, Caribbean Support Ahead of World Health Meeting (2020-05-15)
(Reuters, By Kristy Needham) Beijing has hosted a teleconference with its Pacific island nation allies to discuss COVID-19 aid and publicised their pledge to support the “One China” principle and “oppose any attempt” to politicise the coronavirus pandemic. <Accessed 2020-05-18>

“Land Apart, Shared Sky”: Sino-Japanese Relations Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic (2020-05-15)
(Jamestown Foundation, By Oana Burcu and Weixiang Wang) Amid these circumstances both governments have chosen to maintain friendly relations, regardless of the virus outbreak and other incidents that in the past might have unleashed nationalistic fervor. <Accessed 2020-05-18>

Budapest Stands with Beijing in Opposing Taiwan’s Membership of World Health Organisation (2020-05-15)
(South China Morning Post, By Keegan Elmer) Hungary supports Beijing’s efforts to prevent Taiwan taking part in the upcoming World Health Assembly (WHA), according to a Chinese statement issued after a telephone conversation between the two countries’ foreign ministers. <Accessed 2020-05-18>

Why China’s Technology Theft Poses a Bigger Challenge Than That of the Soviet Union (2020-05-16)
(The Diplomat, By Robert Farley) China can better incorporate what it takes to “catch up.” <Accessed 2020-05-16>

What to Make of India and China’s Latest Border Clash (2020-05-16)
(The Diplomat, By Ameya Pratap Singh) More important than the latest spat are the structural factors that prevent a final resolution of the border issue. <Accessed 2020-05-16>

France Tells China to Focus on Virus, not Sales to Taiwan (2020-05-16)
(Taipei Times/Reuters) France on Wednesday dismissed China’s warnings about selling arms to Taiwan, saying it was implementing existing deals and that Beijing should focus on battling the COVID-19 pandemic. <Accessed 2020-05-16> 

China Trying to Divide and Rule in Europe, EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell Says (2020-05-16)
(South China Morning Post, By Stuart Lau) The European Union’s foreign policy chief has accused China of trying to exploit differences of opinion among the bloc’s 27 member states for its own ends, while promoting a unique version of multilateralism. <Accessed 2020-05-18>

China’s Djibouti Naval Base Increasing Its Power (2020-05-16)
(East Asia Forum, By Jean-Pierre Cabestan) But Beijing is moving carefully, focussing on strengthening its economic footprint in the Horn of Africa without directly challenging the United States and learning step-by-step how to become a full-fledged great power. <Accessed 2020-05-18>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

US-China Tensions in South China Sea Fuelled by Increase in Military Operations (2020-05-10)
(South China Morning Post, By Kristin Huang) The United States has ramped up its military operations in waters close to China this year as the risk of confrontation between the two nations continues to grow. <Accessed 2020-05-18>

Contingency Plans in Place for Chinese Drills in South China Sea
(CNA, By Matt Yu, Lai Yen-hsi and Emerson Lim) Taiwan said Tuesday that contingency plans are in place for its outlying islands in the South China Sea, following a Japanese media report that the Chinese military is planning to conduct drills in the area to simulate the seizure of one of the islands. <Accessed 2020-05-12> 

China’s Chance to Demonstrate Leadership in the South China Sea (2020-05-12)
(The Diplomat, By Harrison Prétat) It’s not too late for Beijing to flip the script in the South China Sea—should it choose to. <Accessed 2020-05-12>

Japan Protests China Coast Guard Harassment of Fishing Vessel Near Senkaku Islands (2020-05-12)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) China Coast Guard ships chased a Japanese fishing vessel, Japanese authorities said. <Accessed 2020-05-12>

US B-1B Bombers Conduct Indo-Pacific Activities (2020-05-12)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) American B-1Bs conducted flights through the East and South China Seas in recent weeks. <Accessed 2020-05-12>

Chinese Ship Leaves Malaysian Waters After Month-Long South China Sea Standoff (2020-05-15)
(Reuters, By Rozanna Latiff) A Chinese survey ship that had been involved in a month-long standoff with a Malaysian oil exploration vessel in the South China Sea has left Malaysia’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), shipping data showed on Friday. <Accessed 2020-05-18>

Under Cover of Pandemic, China Steps Up Brinkmanship in South China Sea (2020-05-16)
(Foreign Policy, By Robert A. Manning, Patrick M. Cronin) Beijing has increased pressure on its nervous neighbors in its quest to dominate the entire South China Sea. <Accessed 2020-05-16>

The Korean Peninsula

Moon Jae-in Holds His North Korea Bet (2020-05-12)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) As he heads into the last two years of his term, Moon Jae-in looks to continue his North Korea policy. <Accessed 2020-05-12>

Other Regional Issues

China and Gulf Security: Conspicuous By Its Absence (2020-05-12)
(The Diplomat, By Bonnie Girard) Countries from Europe to East Asia are conducting patrols to ensure safe shipping lanes through the Gulf. Why isn’t China taking part? <Accessed 2020-05-12>

US-China Rivalry after COVID-19: Clues and Early Indications from Southeast Asia (2020-05-14)
(Brookings, By Jonathan Stromseth) Although the pandemic does not appear to be reshaping the regional order in fundamental ways, it could well accelerate preexisting trends and bolster China’s position. <Accessed 2020-05-18>

The United States Should Not Align With Russia Against China (2020-05-16)
(Foreign Policy, By Matthew Kroenig) Authoritarians make bad allies—and Washington already has the stable and democratic friends it needs. <Accessed 2020-05-16>

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