::: TSR Weekly Report
2020-06-06 | NO.44(20) epaper |
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Cross-Strait Relations
Taiwan Says It Will Draft Plan to Help Hong Kongers as National Security Law Looms (2020-06-01)
(The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) Beijing’s plan to impose a national security law on Hong Kong has reopened a debate over how Taiwan should help Hong Kongers intending to seek asylum or residency. <Accessed 2020-06-01>>

73 Percent of Taiwanese Say China's Government Not a 'Friend': Survey
(CNA, By Miao Zong-han and Matthew Mazzetta) 73 percent of Taiwanese say the Chinese government is not a "friend" of Taiwan's, a 15 percent increase from the previous year, according to the results of a survey released Tuesday. <Accessed 2020-06-03>

Thousands Attend Taipei Vigil to Commemorate Tiananmen Square Massacre (2020-06-04)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) Thousands of people attended a vigil in Taipei Thursday to commemorate the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in China, demanding the Chinese government redress the wrongs of the incident. <Accessed 2020-06-04> 

President Hopes Tiananmen History Will Not be Forgotten (2020-06-04)
(CNA, By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Chiang Yi-ching) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said that she hopes history can be remembered in every corner of the world on Thursday, the 31st anniversary of China's Tiananmen Square massacre on June 4, 1989. <Accessed 2020-06-04> 

Is the ‘1992 Consensus‘ Fading Away in the Taiwan Strait? (2020-06-05)
(The Diplomat, By Derek Grossman) Beijing and Taipei‘s nebulous common understanding is not what it used to be. <Accessed 2020-06-05>

New SEF Chair Says Taiwan and China Can Work for People's Interests (2020-06-05)
(CNA, By Miao Zong-han and Kay Liu) Despite tense relations between Taiwan and China in the past four years, newly appointed Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman David Lee (李大維) said the two sides can work together for the people's best interests. <Accessed 2020-06-06>

Chinese Dredging Vessel Detained in CGA Operation (2020-06-05)
(Taipei Times, By Sean Lin) The Coast Guard Administration (CGA) yesterday announced that it had dispatched ships to intercept Chinese dredging vessels operating in the nation’s territorial waters near Penghu and detained 10 crew members, who were transported to Kaohsiung. <Accessed 2020-06-06>

Hong Kongers Planning Taiwan ‘Thank You’ Event (2020-06-06)
(Taipei Times, By Wu Cheng-feng and Dennis Xie) Groups made up of Hong Kong students in Taipei are to hold an event on Tuesday to thank Taiwanese for supporting the territory and to draw attention to the importance of unity against Beijing’s ever-increasing oppression of the two regions. <Accessed 2020-06-07> 
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
MediaTek Denies Helping Huawei Skirt U.S. Sanctions (2020-06-02)
(CNA, By Chang Chien-chung and Frances Huang) MediaTek Inc., the largest integrated circuit designer in Taiwan, said Tuesday that it is not involved in any arrangement to help Huawei Technologies Inc. of China obtain chips from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), in contravention of United States sanctions. <Accessed 2020-06-03>

‘Lose, Lose, Lose’: Trump’s Decision to Quit WHO ‘May Sink Taiwan Hopes of Role in Agency’ (2020-06-02)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the World Health Organisation would only result in a lose-lose-lose situation for Washington, Taiwan and the global health body, analysts said on Tuesday. <Accessed 2020-06-08>

U.S. Destroyer Transits Taiwan Strait on June 4 (2020-06-05)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Elizabeth Hsu) A United States destroyer transited the Taiwan Strait on routine operations on Thursday, the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in China, according to Taiwan's defense ministry and the U.S. 7th Fleet. <Accessed 2020-06-06>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics

Ex-NIA Director Leaves KMT for Position at TPP (2020-06-01)
(Taipei Times, By Sherry Hsiao) Former National Immigration Agency (NIA) director-general Hsieh Li-kung (謝立功) yesterday announced that he is to leave the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) to join the Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) as secretary-general. <Accessed 2020-06-06>

Interior Ministry Proposes Sweeping Changes to Election Laws (2020-06-04)
(CNA, By Wang Cheng-chung and Matthew Mazzetta) Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior on Thursday proposed wide-ranging changes to the nation's election laws, with provisions aimed at stamping out disinformation and foreign political interference. <Accessed 2020-06-04> 

Taiwan to Loosen COVID Social Distancing Restrictions, Announces Global Assistance Measures (2020-06-05)
(The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) The country, which has confirmed just 443 cases of COVID-19, is set to ease social distancing seating restrictions in public places. <Accessed 2020-06-05>

Virus Outbreak: Border Controls to Remain: CECC (2020-06-06)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) Nearly 40 percent of the nation’s imported COVID-19 cases were intercepted at the border, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday, adding that maintaining strict border controls remains an important policy. <Accessed 2020-06-06> 

Voters in Taiwan Oust a Pro-China Mayor (2020-06-06)
(New York Times, By Chris Horton and Amy Chang Chien) The mayor, Han Kuo-yu, had tried to win the presidency just months ago on a Beijing-friendly platform. His removal in a recall vote reflects a stunning reversal and a hardening of Taiwan’s attitude toward China. <Accessed 2020-06-08>

Taiwan's Foreign Relations

Taiwan Looking for Closer Exchanges with India in Post-COVID-19 Era (2020-06-01)
(CNA, By Charles Kang and Joseph Yeh) Taiwan is looking forward to enhance closer trade and economic ties with India in the post-COVID-19 pandemic era, the country's top envoy to the South Asian country said during a recent interview. <Accessed 2020-06-06>

Italy Hopes to Resume Tourism, Trade with Taiwan as Lockdown Ends (2020-06-01)
(CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Ko Lin) The Italian Economic, Trade and Cultural Promotion Office on Monday expressed hope that tourism and trade between Italy and Taiwan can soon be revitalized as the European nation prepares to end a nationwide lockdown on Wednesday. <Accessed 2020-06-06>

Taiwan, Japan, US Seek to Step up Cooperation
(Taipei Times, By Lu Yi-hsuan) Taiwan, the US and Japan yesterday issued a joint statement announcing that they would seek greater cooperation under the Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF) as they marked its fifth anniversary. <Accessed 2020-06-03>

Health of Public Priority in Border Opening Plan: MOFA (2020-06-02)
(CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Emerson Lim) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) gave its assurance Tuesday that the country's health will remain a priority amid the COVID-19 pandemic when the government discusses mutual relaxation of border restrictions with other countries. <Accessed 2020-06-03> 

Coronavirus, China-US Trade War Spark Surge of Taiwanese Investments Onshore (2020-06-03)
(South China Morning Post, By Ralph Jennings) China’s lure as the world’s factory is losing its shine for Taiwanese companies, which are increasingly put off by rising costs, trade war tariffs on US-bound exports and supply chain vulnerabilities exposed by the coronavirus pandemic. <Accessed 2020-06-08>

Virus Outbreak: MOFA Thanks Paraguay, US for Evacuation Help (2020-06-04)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) yesterday thanked the Paraguayan and US governments for helping arrange a charter flight to evacuate 21 Taiwanese who had been stranded in the nation due to border closings, who are expected to return home today. <Accessed 2020-06-04> 

Taiwan Is Sharing Its Expertise around the World, despite Beijing’s Efforts to Keep It Quiet (2020-06-07)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) While Beijing has been busy pressuring nations to sever their diplomatic ties with Taiwan in recent years, the self-ruled island has been steadily strengthening its links with dozens of countries via a knowledge-sharing initiative with the US and Japan. <Accessed 2020-06-08>
U.S.-China Relations
China Says US Action on Hong Kong ‘Doomed to Fail’ (2020-05-31)
(Associated Press, By Ken Moritsugu) The mouthpiece newspaper of China’s ruling Communist Party said that the U.S. decision to end some trading privileges for Hong Kong “grossly interferes” in China’s internal affairs and is “doomed to fail.” <Accessed 2020-06-01>

Should the United States Punish China for Aggression Toward India and Hong Kong?
(Foreign Policy, By Emma Ashford, Matthew Kroenig) As Beijing flexes its muscle from Hong Kong to Ladakh, the U.S. government must decide how to respond. <Accessed 2020-06-01>

As Protests Engulf the United States, China Revels in the Unrest (2020-06-02)
(New York Times, By Javier C. Hernández) Chinese officials and state media are seizing on the moment to tout Beijing’s authoritarian system and condemn American hypocrisy — a narrative that ignores many of their own issues. <Accessed 2020-06-08>

China Steps Back in Airline Dispute With the Trump Administration (2020-06-03)
(New York Times, By Niraj Chokshi, Ana Swanson and Vivian Wang) Beijing will allow limited flights by international carriers to resume after the White House threatened to block Chinese passenger jets from flying to the U.S. <Accessed 2020-06-08>

Exclusive: U.S. to Impose Restrictions on Additional Chinese Media Outlets - Sources (2020-06-03)
(Reuters, By Patricia Zengerle, Matt Spetalnick, Humeyra Pamuk, and David Brunnstrom) The United States is expected to designate at least four additional state-run Chinese media outlets as foreign embassies, increasing restrictions on their operations on American soil, three people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. <Accessed 2020-06-06>

New U.S. Restrictions on 33 Chinese Firms and Institutions Take Effect June 5 (2020-06-03)
(Reuters, By David Shepardson and Karen Freifeld) The U.S Commerce Department said on Wednesday that new restrictions on 33 Chinese firms and institutions it announced last month will take effect Friday. <Accessed 2020-06-06>

China Puts the Final Kibosh on Trump’s Trade Deal (2020-06-05)
(Foreign Policy, By Keith Johnson) By reportedly halting major agricultural purchases, Beijing makes it likely U.S.-China relations will dramatically worsen. <Accessed 2020-06-05>

Can US-China-Russia Arms Control Really Work? (2020-06-05)
(The Diplomat, By Robert Farley) Trilateral arms control may be imaginable, but that doesn’t mean it’s likely. <Accessed 2020-06-05>

The 3 Flashpoints That Could Turn a US-China ‘Cold War’ Hot (2020-06-05)
(The Diplomat, By Daniel Russel) Beware the crisis hiding in plain sight. <Accessed 2020-06-05>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Mainland China

COVID-19 and Trust in the Chinese Government: What Do We Actually Know? (2020-06-01)
(The Diplomat, By Allison Quatrini) We need to be cautious about survey data exploring the Chinese public’s attitudes toward their government. <Accessed 2020-06-01>>

How Chinese Nationalism Is Changing (2020-06-01)
(The Diplomat, By Brian Wong) Chinese nationalism used to be aimed at both domestic and foreign audiences. Not anymore. <Accessed 2020-06-01>

LM-5 and LM-5B: Giant Leaps for China’s Space Dream (2020-06-05)
(East Asia Forum, By Vidya Sagar Reddy) These projects will allow China to attain a semblance of parity with the United States while retaining its lead over Asian peers in pursuit of a space dream. <Accessed 2020-06-08>

Has China Gone into Stealth Mode with Its Military-civil Fusion Plans? (2020-06-05)
(South China Morning Post, By Matt Ho) But this year when Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivered his government work report and development plan to the National People’s Congress, there was no mention of the core Chinese military modernisation policy that has alarmed Washington. <Accessed 2020-06-08>

Xi Jinping’s Tiananmen Family Lessons (2020-06-05)
(Foreign Policy, By Joseph Torigian) The Chinese leader learned one key thing from his father: The party comes first. <Accessed 2020-06-05>

Is China Changing Its Thinking on Data Localization? (2020-06-05)
(The Diplomat, By Xiaomeng Lu) What to make of new provincial cross-border data flow proposals. <Accessed 2020-06-05>

Hong Kong and Macau

The End of Hong Kong As We Know It (2020-06-01)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) What lies ahead for Hong Kong? <Accessed 2020-06-01>

China’s Crackdown in Hong Kong Won’t Spare Foreigners (2020-06-01)
(Foreign Policy, By Drew Thompson) Business as usual is over in the city, whether companies like it or not. <Accessed 2020-06-01>

China’s Surging Nationalism Has Claimed Hong Kong (2020-06-01)
(Foreign Policy, By Hilton Yip) The new national security measures won’t be the end of Beijing’s belligerence. <Accessed 2020-06-01>

Why China May Call the World’s Bluff on Hong Kong (2020-06-03)
(New York Times, By Alexandra Stevenson and Vivian Wang) For Beijing, the damage to the city and its own reputation from seizing greater control may be worth it. <Accessed 2020-06-08>

Hong Kong Leader Accuses Foreign Critics of Double Standards (2020-06-03)
(Associated Press) Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam accused foreign critics on Wednesday of displaying “blatant double standards” over moves by Beijing to strengthen control over the semi-autonomous territory. <Accessed 2020-06-06>

Defying Beijing, Thousands in Hong Kong Hold Tiananmen Vigil (2020-06-04)
(New York Times, By Javier C. Hernández, Austin Ramzy and Tiffany May) Residents across the city gathered to commemorate the victims of China’s 1989 crackdown, despite a police ban. Hours earlier, the city made mocking China’s anthem a crime. <Accessed 2020-06-08>

UK Offers Hong Kongers a Potential Exit Strategy (2020-06-05)
(The Diplomat, By Eleanor Albert) The U.K., along with Taiwan and the U.S., is discussing making it easier for Hong Kongers to migrate ahead of a looming national security law. <Accessed 2020-06-05>

Top US, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand Officials Discuss Hong Kong (2020-06-05)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) The five countries discussed Hong Kong alongside other global issues. <Accessed 2020-06-05>

China's Foreign Relations

Chinese Aggression Presents an Opportunity for India (2020-06-01)
(The Diplomat, By Niranjan Marjani) New Delhi should not miss the openings created by Beijing’s aggression across a range of issues. <Accessed 2020-06-01>

National People’s Congress Reveals the Disconnect in China’s Global Authority (2020-06-01)
(East Asia Forum, By the Editorial Board) Globally, the NPC decisions will put in place economic reforms and measures that will be critically important to reviving China’s economy and that of its economic partners. Just as importantly though, the Hong Kong law could have negative ramifications for China’s global political authority, which may be felt for decades to come. <Accessed 2020-06-08>

Cambodian Leader Denies China’s Navy Granted Basing Rights (2020-06-01)
(Associated Press, By Sopheng Cheang) Cambodia’s leader declared Monday that China has not been given exclusive rights to use a naval base on the country’s southern coast, and that warships from all nations, including the United States, are welcome to dock there. <Accessed 2020-06-06>>

COVID-19 Is Not Hurting China’s Diplomacy in at Least One Region: South America (2020-06-01)
(The Diplomat, By Lukas Mejia and Marine Ragnet) Amid U.S. retrenchment, China rises as an alternative for South America – even amid the pandemic. <Accessed 2020-06-01>

China in Europe: All for One and One for All? (2020-06-01)
(The Diplomat, By Agnes Szunomar) Chinese infrastructure-building attempts in Central and Eastern Europe are different in each country. So is the response from host governments. <Accessed 2020-06-01>

PacNet #32 – China’s Post-Covid Geopolitical “Either/Or” (2020-06-04)
(Pacific Forum, By Thitinan Pongsudhirak) At issue is whether China’s virus-fighting assistance and its post-Covid position in the world is accepted or resisted. <Accessed 2020-06-08>

Leading Face of Chinese Diplomacy Gets Enhanced UN Role to Help Beijing Win Over World (2020-06-05)
(South China Morning Post, By Catherine Wong) Beijing has given one of the most visible faces of Chinese diplomacy a key role at the mission to the United Nations as Beijing seeks to expand its international influence. <Accessed 2020-06-08>

What Are the Implications of China’s Growing Security Role in Central Asia? (2020-06-05)
(The Diplomat, By Ian J. Lynch) China’s rise in Central Asia has been swift. <Accessed 2020-06-05>

China Delayed Releasing Coronavirus Info, Frustrating WHO (2020-06-05)
(The Diplomat, By Associated Press) An AP investigation finds that the WHO internally worried that China cost the world valuable time by not sharing enough information. <Accessed 2020-06-05>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

Taiwan Set to Commission Its Largest Patrol Ship to Strengthen South China Sea Claims (2020-06-01)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwan is expected to commission its first 4,000-tonne coastguard offshore patrol vessel early next year to strengthen the island’s presence in the disputed South China Sea, which has become a flashpoint amid growing confrontation in the region between mainland China and the United States. <Accessed 2020-06-08>

South China Sea: United States Urges United Nations to Reject China’s Claims
(South China Morning Post, By Kristin Huang) The United States has added its voice to growing calls at the United Nations objecting to China’s claims over the strategically important and resource-rich South China Sea. <Accessed 2020-06-08>

PLA Holds High Altitude Exercise as China-India border Tensions Continue (2020-06-03)
(South China Morning Post, By Teddy Ng and Minnie Chan) Chinese troops in Tibet held an infiltration exercise to test their combat readiness at night in a high altitude area, amid border tensions between China and India. <Accessed 2020-06-08>

Why Another Sino-Indian War Is Unlikely (2020-06-05)
(The Diplomat, By Ameya Pratap Singh) Current tensions are concerning, but the situation is much different today than in 1962. <Accessed 2020-06-05>

Why Did the Chinese Coast Guard Pursue a Japanese Fishing Boat in the East China Sea? (2020-06-05)
(The Diplomat, By Tetsuo Kotani) Beijing’s behavior is increasingly ominous. <Accessed 2020-06-05>

Taiwan Reiterates Sovereignty Rights Over Diaoyutai Islands
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Saturday reiterated Taiwan's sovereignty rights over the Diaoyutai Islands, called Senkaku Islands by Japan, amid a reported plan by a Japanese local government to change their district name. <Accessed 2020-06-07> 

The Korean Peninsula

North Korea Lashes Out at U.S., Saying China Is Eclipsing It (2020-06-04)
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) The North compared the United States to a setting sun, taking notice of the unrest over George Floyd’s killing. It also threatened to scrap deals with South Korea. <Accessed 2020-06-08>

Other Regional Issues

Seas Around Taiwan to be Center of Military Movements: Defense Analyst (2020-05-31)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Emerson Lim) The seas around Taiwan, including the Miyako Strait, the Bashi Channel, the East China Sea, the South China Sea and the Philippine Sea, are expected to become the focus of increased military movements, according to a Taiwanese defense analyst. <Accessed 2020-06-01>

Trump Suggests a G7 Expansion to Include Australia, India, and South Korea. Is That Realistic? (2020-06-05)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) Will the G-7 see expansion? <Accessed 2020-06-05>

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