::: TSR Weekly Report
2020-05-23 | NO.44(18) epaper |
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Cross-Strait Relations
China Touts 11 New ‘Incentives’ (2020-05-17)
(Taipei Times, By Chung Li-hua) The Chinese government on Friday unveiled 11 measures to help Taiwanese businesses operating in China combat COVID-19 and resume production. <Accessed 2020-05-25>

China’s Provocations Around Taiwan Aren’t a Crisis
(Foreign Policy, By Bonnie Glaser, Matthew P. Funaiole) Despite alarm bells in Washington, the risk of action is low. <Accessed 2020-05-19>

Beijing Is Pushing the Taiwanese Toward Independence Hard and Fast (2020-05-19)
(Foreign Policy, By Joshua Eisenman, Sean King) If Chinese leaders really want peaceful unification, they need a mutually respectful approach. <Accessed 2020-05-19>

Taiwan President Rejects Beijing Rule; China Says 'Reunification' Inevitable (2020-05-19)
(Reuters, By Yimou Lee and Ben Blanchard) Taiwan cannot accept becoming part of China under its “one country, two systems” offer of autonomy, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Wednesday, strongly rejecting China’s sovereignty claims and likely setting the stage for an ever worsening of ties. <Accessed 2020-05-25>

No Mutual Trust Across Taiwan Strait: China Scholars (2020-05-20)
(CNA, By Miu Tsau-han and Frances Huang) Commenting on Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) inaugural speech Wednesday, Chinese scholars said there still is a lack of mutual trust between Taiwan and China. <Accessed 2020-05-25>

Presidential Inauguration: Groups Lament Cross-Strait ‘Status Quo’ (2020-05-21)
(Taipei Times, By Wu Su-wei and William Hetherington) Pro-independence political parties yesterday lamented Tsai’s adhering to the “status quo” and 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) in her second inaugural address. <Accessed 2020-05-25>

Page Has Turned on ‘1992 Consensus’: MAC (2020-05-22)
(Taipei Times/CNA) “A page in history has already been turned” on the issue of the so-called “1992 consensus” in cross-strait relations, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Chen Ming-tong (陳明通) said yesterday at a legislative committee meeting, when commenting on China’s response to President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) inaugural address the previous day. <Accessed 2020-05-25>

Few Mentions of Taiwan in Annual Speech by Chinese Premier: Scholars (2020-05-22)
(CNA, By Lai Yen-hsi and Matthew Mazzetta) Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (李克強) made scant mention of Taiwan in an important annual speech Friday, reflecting China's focus on its economy as it juggles a trade war with the United States and the ongoing impact of COVID-19, according to scholars of cross-strait relations. <Accessed 2020-05-25>

Chinese Government Drops References to ‘Peaceful’ Reunification with Taiwan (2020-05-22)
(South China Morning Post, By Kristin Huang) Beijing has hardened its rhetoric towards Taiwan, removing references to “peaceful reunification”, in the government’s annual work report. <Accessed 2020-05-26>

Over 5,000 Hong Kongers Granted Permits to Reside in Taiwan in 2019 (2020-05-23)
(CNA, By Wang Cheng-chung and Frances Huang) More than 5,000 people from Hong Kong were granted residence permits in Taiwan in 2019, up over 40 percent from a year earlier, at a time of concern over deteriorating democracy in the Chinese territory in the wake of a tightening grip by China, according to data released Saturday by the Ministry of the Interior. <Accessed 2020-05-25>

Taiwan to Fire Up Missile Programme as Tsai Puts Focus on Asymmetric Warfare against Mainland China (2020-05-23)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwan is expected to step up the development of missiles able to strike mainland China in the face of growing military threats by Beijing. <Accessed 2020-05-26>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
U.S. Is Using Taiwan as a Pressure Point in Tech Fight With China (2020-05-19)
(New York Times, By Ana Swanson, Paul Mozur and Raymond Zhong) The Trump administration is challenging Chinese access to Taiwan’s high-tech supply chain — and, by extension, Beijing’s influence over the island it claims as its territory. <Accessed 2020-05-23>

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Slams ‘Spiteful’ Taiwan Exclusion from World Health Assembly (2020-05-19)
(South China Morning Post, By Stuart Lau) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has slammed the “spiteful” rejection of Taiwan to attend the World Health Organisation’s annual meeting as an observer, despite the island’s success in tackling Covid-19. <Accessed 2020-05-26>

U.S. Praises Taiwan's Coronavirus Response, Hails 'Shared Vision' (2020-05-19)
(Reuters, By Lisa Lambert) U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday congratulated Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-Wen on her re-election, praised the country’s coronavirus response and called it a reliable partner, in a statement that sharply contrasted with recent U.S. criticism of China, which claims Taiwan as a province. <Accessed 2020-05-25>

U.S. to Sell Taiwan $180 Million of Torpedoes, Angering China (2020-05-20)
(Reuters, By Ben Blanchard) The U.S government has notified Congress of a possible sale of advanced torpedoes to Taiwan worth around $180 million, further souring already tense ties between Washington and Beijing, which claims Taiwan as Chinese territory. <Accessed 2020-05-25>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics

Taiwan Leader Tsai Ing-wen’s Office Targeted in Suspected Cyberattack (2020-05-18)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Hackers have reportedly targeted the office of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, days before the inauguration for her second term in office, in an incident that highlights the security threat facing the island’s government amid growing tensions with mainland China. <Accessed 2020-05-26>

Presidential Office Names Its New Secretary-General
(Taipei Times, By Su Yung-yao, Chen Yu-fu, and Dennis Xie) Former legislative speaker Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) is to become the Presidential Office secretary-general when President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) begins her second term tomorrow, Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (黃重諺) said yesterday. <Accessed 2020-05-25>

Full Text of Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen's Second-Term Inaugural Address
(CNA) The following is the full text of President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) inaugural address to start her second term, as released by the Presidential Office Wednesday. <Accessed 2020-05-25>

Holdovers Means New Cabinet Looks Much Like Old One (2020-05-20)
(Taipei Times, By Sean Lin) The new Cabinet lineup announced by the Executive Yuan yesterday features many familiar faces from Premier Su Tseng-chang’s (蘇貞昌) Cabinet that resigned on Thursday last week. <Accessed 2020-05-25>

Tsai Resumes Chairmanship of DPP (2020-05-20)
(CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Evelyn Kao) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) took up leadership of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) again on Wednesday, after her inauguration earlier in the day for a second four-year presidential term. <Accessed 2020-05-25>

Taiwan’s President Begins Her Second Term with a Call for Unity (2020-05-21)
(Brookings, By Richard C. Bush) Her 2020 address was different, both a mid-term report and statement of mid-course corrections. <Accessed 2020-05-26>

In Second Inaugural Address, Tsai Lays Out Plans to Prepare Taiwan for a Changing Global Economy (2020-05-21)
(South China Morning Post, By Sarah Zheng) Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen will head into her second term with a renewed focus on building the island’s economy and governance reform, analysts said, while navigating the challenges of cross-strait tensions with Beijing. <Accessed 2020-05-26>

Strong Public Support for New Constitution: Pro-independence Group (2020-05-21)
(CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Chiang Yi-ching) There is strong support in Taiwan for the establishment of a new constitution, according to a pro-Taiwan independence group which cited the results of a survey it carried out. <Accessed 2020-05-25>

Court Rejects Han’s Attempt to Halt Vote (2020-05-23)
(Taipei Times, By Jason Pan) The Taipei High Administrative Court yesterday rejected an appeal by Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) to block a recall vote against him. <Accessed 2020-05-23>

Taiwan's Foreign Relations

TMUH Team Helps Eswatini Combat COVID-19 Outbreak (2020-05-17)
(Taipei Times, By Wu Liang-yi and Dennis Xie) A medical team from Taipei Medical University Hospital (TMUH) has begun a one-month aid project in Eswatini, which has reported more than 100 cases of COVID-19, hospital superintendent Chen Ray-jade (陳瑞杰) said on Tuesday. <Accessed 2020-05-25>

‘New York Times’ and Others Apply to Station in Taiwan (2020-05-17)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) Seven more foreign news outlets have applied to open bureaus in Taiwan this year, including the New York Times, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Friday, following China’s expulsion of US journalists in March. <Accessed 2020-05-25>

Discussion of Taiwan's Status in WHA to be Pushed Until End of Year
(CNA, By Tang Pei-chun, Tai Ya-chen and Chiang Yi-ching) Discussion on the issue of Taiwan's status in the World Health Assembly (WHA) will be postponed to later in the year when the WHA resumes, the president of this year's assembly, Keva Lorraine Bain, said on Monday. <Accessed 2020-05-18> 

CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan a 'Distinct Global Leader' in COVID-19 Fight: Saint Vincent (2020-05-18)
(CNA, By Kay Liu) Saint Vincent and the Grenadines praised Taiwan's efforts in the global fight against the COVID-19 conoravirus pandemic and its health diplomacy in a statement made available to CNA Monday. <Accessed 2020-05-18> 

How COVID-19 Challenges Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy (2020-05-19)
(The Diplomat, By Jeremy Huai-Che Chiang) The pandemic will inevitably affect Tsai’s signature foreign policy — but not necessarily for the worse. <Accessed 2020-05-19>

14 Countries Voice Support for Taiwan's WHA Participation: MOFA (2020-05-19)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) A total of 14 countries directly expressed support for Taiwan's bid to participate in the World Health Assembly (WHA) as it opened its two-day virtual session Monday after Taiwan was excluded from the proceedings. <Accessed 2020-05-25>

Taiwan and the WHO: Ambassador Stanley Kao (2020-05-19)
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) As the WHA opens, Taiwan’s top representative in the United States talks about his country’s representation in the global health body. <Accessed 2020-05-19>

President Tsai Protests Taiwan's Exclusion From WHA (2020-05-19)
(CNA, By William Yen) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Tuesday expressed a "solemn protest" against the World Health Organization's refusal to invite Taiwan this year to join the annual meeting of its decision-making body. <Accessed 2020-05-25>

92 Foreign Dignitaries Congratulate President Tsai Via Video (2020-05-20)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) A total of 92 foreign dignitaries, including officials with the United States government, have congratulated President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on her inauguration for her second term through video messages, Taiwan's foreign ministry said Wednesday. <Accessed 2020-05-25>

Is Taiwan Looking to Diversify Its Defense Partnerships?  (2020-05-21)
(The Diplomat, By Eleanor Albert) While the U.S. remains far and away Taiwan’s biggest source of arms, other countries could be important partners as well. <Accessed 2020-05-21>

Minister Vows No Fewer Diplomatic Allies in Tsai's Second Term (2020-05-21)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) Minister of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) vowed Thursday to keep Taiwan's current diplomatic allies intact, one day after President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) commenced her second term and amid a threat from China's state-run mouthpiece to leave Taiwan with no formal allies. <Accessed 2020-05-25>

Czech Senate Supports Leader's Proposed Visit to Taiwan (2020-05-21)
(CNA, By Lin Yu-li and Joseph Yeh) The Senate of the Czech Republic passed a resolution on Wednesday that criticizes Chinese interference in in Czech's internal affairs while supporting a possible visit by its new Senate leader to Taiwan. <Accessed 2020-05-25>

Ties with Nicaragua, Paraguay Remain Strong: MOFA (2020-05-22)
(Taipei Times/CNA, By Dennis Xie) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) yesterday reassured the public regarding the nation’s ties with Nicaragua and Paraguay amid concerns of souring relations as the two countries’ presidents did not send congratulatory videos for President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) inauguration. <Accessed 2020-05-25>

Global Support for Taiwan at Record High: Former U.S. Official (2020-05-22)
(CNA, By Flor Wang and Chiang Chin-yeh) Randall G. Schriver, a former United States assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific security affairs, said Thursday that Taiwan has won huge global support because of its handling of the COVID-19 outbreak, despite China's suppression. <Accessed 2020-05-25>
U.S.-China Relations
China Warns US of ‘All Necessary Measures’ Over Huawei Rules (2020-05-17)
(Associated Press) China’s commerce ministry says it will take “all necessary measures” in response to new U.S. restrictions on Chinese tech giant Huawei’s ability to use American technology, calling the measures an abuse of state power and a violation of market principles. <Accessed 2020-05-25>

Sino–US Rivalry Bedevils Global COVID-19 Cooperation (2020-05-18)
(East Asia Forum, By the Editorial Board) Yet a V-shaped economic recovery, in China or globally, is a faint hope without the invigoration of international cooperation in beating or managing COVID-19 and economic recovery policy strategies. <Accessed 2020-05-26>

TSMC Stops New Huawei Orders After U.S. Restrictions: Nikkei
(Reuters, By Shubham Kalia) Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd has stopped new orders from Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] in response to Washington’s move aimed at further limiting chip supplies to the Chinese company, the Nikkei reported on Monday, citing multiple sources. <Accessed 2020-05-18> 

U.S.-China Feud Over Coronavirus Erupts at World Health Assembly (2020-05-18)
(New York Times, By Andrew Jacobs, Michael D. Shear and Edward Wong) China’s president pledged $2 billion to fight the virus, a move the United States criticized as an effort to head off scrutiny of its handling of the pandemic. <Accessed 2020-05-23>

The Great Decoupling (2020-05-16)
(Foreign Policy, By Keith Johnson, Robbie Gramer) Washington is pressing for a post-pandemic decoupling from China. But the last big economic split brought on two world wars and a depression. What’s in store this time? <Accessed 2020-05-16>

The Sane Way to Challenge Xi Jinping’s China (2020-05-19)
(Foreign Policy, By Doug Bandow) The new nationalism and repression is a real challenge, but the United States needs to be smart. <Accessed 2020-05-19>

The 5 Ways U.S.-China Competition Is Hardening (2020-05-19)
(Foreign Policy, By Charles Edel, Mira Rapp-Hooper) The pandemic has accelerated preexisting tensions—and there’s no slowdown in sight. <Accessed 2020-05-19>

Beijing Warns of Action against Washington after Pompeo Congratulates Taiwan’s Tsai (2020-05-20)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung and Sarah Zheng) The US’ high-profile support for Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has become a new flashpoint in increasingly hostile US-China relations, with Beijing warning it will take action against Washington. <Accessed 2020-05-26>

US Semiconductor Giant Shuts China Factory Hailed as ‘a Miracle’, in Blow to Beijing’s Chip Plans (2020-05-20)
(South China Morning Post, By Sidney Leng) US chip giant GlobalFoundries has halted operations at a joint venture factory in China, the company has confirmed, dealing a potential blow to China’s bid to own a bigger slice of the global semiconductor market. <Accessed 2020-05-26>

Destined for Conflict? Xi Jinping, Donald Trump and the Thucydides Trap (2020-05-21)
(South China Morning Post, By Shi Jiangtao) While observers generally agree that an all-out war between the nuclear-armed nations is improbable, there are potential risks for a limited military conflict. <Accessed 2020-05-26>

Trump Stumbles in Effort to Confront China at WHO (2020-05-21)
(Foreign Policy, By Colum Lynch) U.S. fails to gain support for an immediate investigation into coronavirus origins and for bringing Taiwan on as observer. <Accessed 2020-05-21>

The New US-China Battlefield Over the COVID-19 Narrative: Poland (2020-05-22)
(The Diplomat, By Paulina Uznanska and Marian Fila) Largely via Twitter, the U.S. and Chinese ambassadors to Poland have engaged in a fierce debate over COVID-19. <Accessed 2020-05-22>

Pompeo: China Measure a ‘Death Knell’ for Hong Kong Autonomy (2020-05-22)
(Associated Press, By Eric Tucker) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday condemned China’s effort to take over national security legislation in Hong Kong, calling it “a death knell for the high degree of autonomy” that Beijing had promised the territory. Pompeo called for Beijing to reconsider the move and warned of an unspecified U.S. response if it proceeds. <Accessed 2020-05-25>

The US Pulls Pensions Out of China. What’s the End Game? (2020-05-23)
(The Diplomat, By Bonnie Girard)Coming as part of a sea change in Trump’s rhetoric toward China, this could be the start of a larger strategy. <Accessed 2020-05-23>

Trump’s China Trade Deal Is as Dead as Can Be (2020-05-23)
(Foreign Policy, By Jason Bordoff) His much-touted trade victory has crashed and burned with the coronavirus pandemic. <Accessed 2020-05-23>

US Slaps Sanctions on 33 Chinese Companies and Institutions, Dialling Up the Tension amid the Lowest Point in US-China Relations (2020-05-23)
(South China Morning Post, By Cheryl Arcibal) The United States government has slapped sanctions on 33 Chinese companies and institutions, putting them on two so-called entity lists as it dials up the hostility during the lowest point in US-China relations in decades. <Accessed 2020-05-26>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Mainland China

25 Years After ‘Disappearing’ Tibetan Panchen Lama, China Is No Nearer to Its Goal (2020-05-19)
(The Diplomat, By Sophie Richardson) In 1995, Chinese authorities took a 6-year-old Tibetan child, identified as the Panchen Lama reincarnate, from his home. He hasn’t been seen since. <Accessed 2020-05-19>

A Closer Look at the PLARF’s DF-26 (2020-05-19)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) One feature on the DF-26 emphasizes its dual-capable nature. <Accessed 2020-05-19>

In China’s Crisis, Xi Sees a Crucible to Strengthen His Rule (2020-05-20)
(New York Times, By Steven Lee Myers and Chris Buckley) China’s leader is using the country’s success — and the criticism against it — to urge the party and the people to weather tough days ahead. <Accessed 2020-05-23>

Chinese Navy Set to Retire Last Type 051 Destroyer
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) Zhuhai, the last serving Type 051G guided-missile destroyer in the PLAN, is set for retirement. <Accessed 2020-05-21>

China, Faced With Challenges, Mounts Show of Strength at Congress Session (2020-05-21)
(New York Times, By Keith Bradsher and Chris Buckley) Beijing broke with precedent in abandoning an annual growth target for 2020, a sign of the difficulties of restarting its economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. <Accessed 2020-05-23>

Hong Kong and Macau

Hong Kong Needs to Defend Its Education System (2020-05-19)
(The Diplomat, By Chauncey Jung) The self-autonomous city’s education system is the latest battleground to resist China’s influence campaign. <Accessed 2020-05-19>

Hong Kong Opposition Slams China National Security Law Move (2020-05-22)
(Associated Press, By Zen Soo) Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers sharply criticized China’s move to take over long-stalled efforts to enact national security legislation in the semi-autonomous territory, saying it goes against the “one country, two systems” framework under which Beijing promised the city freedoms not found on the mainland. <Accessed 2020-05-25>

‘I Am Just Hong Kong’: A City’s Fate in China’s Hands (2020-05-23)
(New York Times, By Hannah Beech) The territory’s fate is once again being decided in faraway halls of power, as Beijing moves forward with plans to strip some of the autonomy the territory was supposed to enjoy for 50 years after Britain returned it to China in 1997. <Accessed 2020-05-23>

China Deploys Propaganda Machine to Defend Move Against Hong Kong (2020-05-23)
(New York Times, By Javier C. Hernández) State-run news media depicted the proposed national security laws as necessary to protect the rule of the Communist Party. <Accessed 2020-05-23>

Hong Kong Braces for Protests on Heels of Proposed National Security Laws (2020-05-23)
(Reuters, By Anne Marie Roantree) Hong Kong braced on Sunday for its first protests since Beijing’s controversial plan to directly impose national security laws on the city, in what could provide a litmus test of public opposition to China’s tightening grip over the financial hub. <Accessed 2020-05-25>

China's Foreign Relations

Playing with Fire: Italy, China, and Europe (2020-05-01)
(Brookings, By Giovanna De Maio) On top of these existing issues, the devastating economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic (a 9.1% drop in GDP for 2020 is forecast by the International Monetary Fund) risks pushing Italy further into China’s arms. <Accessed 2020-05-26>

China’s Diplomatic Response to COVID-19
(East Asia Forum, By Jia Qingguo) Looking ahead, China’s diplomacy is likely to continue unchanged for the foreseeable future — fending off Western attacks and endorsing international efforts to fight the pandemic. <Accessed 2020-05-26>

The Kremlin’s Disinformation Playbook Goes to Beijing (2020-05-19)
(Brookings, By Jessica Brandt and Torrey Taussig) As the U.S. and Europe struggle to contain the virus at home, Russia and China are seizing the moment to enhance their international influence through information operations. <Accessed 2020-05-26>

China’s Diplomats Are Going on the Offensive in Brazil
(Foreign Policy, By Oliver Stuenkel) In response to the Brazilian government’s anti-China rhetoric, Beijing has decided to take on a more confrontational diplomatic role. <Accessed 2020-05-19>

Don’t Let China Steal Your Steel Industry (2020-05-19)
(Foreign Policy, By Elisabeth Braw) Beijing is rapidly becoming the dominant player in an industry vital to defense and technology companies. If the United States and Europe aren’t careful, they will become dependent. <Accessed 2020-05-19>

Pakistan Discovers the High Cost of Chinese Investment (2020-05-19)
(The Diplomat, By Hussain Haqqani) A new report sheds light on the true costs of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor for Pakistan. <Accessed 2020-05-19>

Decoding Xi Jinping’s Speech at the World Health Assembly (2020-05-19)
(The Diplomat, By Valérie Niquet) China is on the defensive amid a global backlash, trying to move the narrative toward Xi’s “shared future for mankind.” <Accessed 2020-05-19>

China Supports Investigation of WHO and Coronavirus Pandemic (2020-05-19)
(South China Morning Post, By Linda Lew and Kristin Huang) Member states of the World Health Organisation, including China, backed a call on Tuesday for an independent investigation into the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 318,000 people around the world. <Accessed 2020-05-26>

The Power and Limits of China’s ‘Mask Diplomacy’ (2020-05-22)
(East Asia Forum, By Dylan MH Loh) Perhaps, what matters most for Beijing is how its own citizens view its crisis management efforts and entrenching the dependencies of countries already close to China. <Accessed 2020-05-26>

US Sanctions Prompt China to Cut Most Iran Oil Supplies, Officially at Least (2020-05-23)
(The Diplomat, By Yigal Chazan) Declared imports have nosedived, but Beijing seems unwilling to shut off completely deliveries from its strategic partner. <Accessed 2020-05-23>

Exposing the Fragility of EU–China Relations (2020-05-23)
(East Asia Forum, By Tim Rühlig) Only if Europe finds consensus over policy prioritises and instruments along these three criteria can it positively shape its China relationship with autonomy. <Accessed 2020-05-26>

China Has Two Paths To Global Domination (2020-05-23)
(Foreign Policy, By Hal Brands and Jake Sullivan) The question of which of these roads China should take is a pressing one for Beijing’s strategists, who will face tough decisions about what to invest in—and what fights to avoid—in the coming years. And the question of what road China will take has profound implications for American strategists—and, ultimately, the rest of the world. <Accessed 2020-05-23>

International Opposition Mounts against China’s Proposed Security Law for Hong Kong (2020-05-23)
(South China Morning Post, By Stuart Lau) As China took the first step to impose a new national security law on Hong Kong, international opposition grew on Friday, with the foreign ministers of Britain, Australia and Canada issuing a joint statement of alarm about the move and the European Union calling for the need to preserve the city's high degree of autonomy. <Accessed 2020-05-26>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

No Indication China Able to Establish South China Sea ADIZ (2020-05-18)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Joseph Yeh) There is no indication China will be able to declare an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the contested South China Sea in the near term, a senior Taiwanese defense official said Monday. <Accessed 2020-05-18> 

Assessing China’s Assertiveness at Commodore Reef (2020-05-19)
(The Diplomat, By Christian Vicedo) Implications for the future of international law and good order at sea in the South China Sea. <Accessed 2020-05-19>

The Korean Peninsula

Taiwan Tells U.S. It is Complying with North Korea Sanctions (2020-05-19)
(Reuters, By Ben Blanchard) Taiwan is complying with international sanctions against North Korea, a senior Taiwanese security official told the United States’ deputy representative for North Korea on Tuesday, having previously been called out for breaking them. <Accessed 2020-05-25>

Don’t Let Tension With China Ruin US-North Korea Diplomacy
(The Diplomat, By Christopher Mott) Present tensions between Washington and Beijing shouldn’t be allowed to derail work toward peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. <Accessed 2020-05-23>

North Korea's Kim, in First Appearance in Weeks, Vows to Bolster Nuclear 'Deterrence' (2020-05-23)
(Reuters, By Hyonhee Shin) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hosted a meeting to discuss the country’s nuclear capabilities, state media said on Sunday, marking his first appearance in three weeks after a previous absence sparked global speculation about his health. <Accessed 2020-05-25>

Other Regional Issues

Australian World Health Assembly Effort to Promote Inquiry on COVID-19 Origins Wins Wide Support (2020-05-19)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) More than 100 countries have supported the Australian draft resolution calling for an impartial, international inquiry. <Accessed 2020-05-19>

The Trump administration and the “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” (2020-05-01)
(Brookings, By Lindsey Ford) Despite dramatic shifts in many aspects of U.S. foreign policy after the 2016 election, there are notable areas of continuity between the Trump administration’s Indo-Pacific concept and the Asia policies of previous administrations. <Accessed 2020-05-26>

The Trump Administration Must Maintain America’s Indo-Pacific Basing Posture (2020-05-19)
(The Diplomat, By Melinda Madden) With Japan, the administration stands to damage relations at precisely the wrong time. <Accessed 2020-05-19>

Managing the Coronavirus: What the World Can Learn From Asia-Pacific Responses (2020-05-22)
(The Diplomat, By Eik Swee) What are the dilemmas governments must navigate in responding to the pandemic? <Accessed 2020-05-22>

Time Running Out on the Last US-Russia Nuclear Arms Treaty (2020-05-23)
(Associated Press, By Deb Riechmann) Time is running out on an arms control treaty that, if it’s allowed to expire, will leave the world with no legal restrictions on U.S. and Russian nuclear weapons for the first time in nearly half a century. <Accessed 2020-05-25>

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