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Note to Readers
Recent Publication Gerald Chan, China’s Maritime Silk Road: Advancing Global Development? (Edward Elgar Publishing)
Cross-Strait Relations
Mainland Affairs Council Mum on HK Activists Who Entered Taiwan in July (2020-09-13)
(Taipei Times, By Chung Li-hua) The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) yesterday cautioned against unnecessary conjecture and said it would not comment on a media worker claiming that he had helped smuggle Hong Kong activists into Taiwan. <Accessed 2020-09-13>

'National Dignity' Most Important Consideration: Presidential Office (2020-09-13)
(CNA, By Wu Jui-chi and Evelyn Kao) There is nothing more important than defending national dignity, a Presidential Office spokesman said Sunday, urging the main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) to reconsider whether to attend a forum in China later this month. <Accessed 2020-09-13>

Taiwan's KMT Calls Off Mainland China Trip Over CCTV Headlines
 (2020-09-14)
(SCMP, By Lawrence Chung) The cancellation was prompted by uproar on the self-ruled island over a headline on a mainland CCTV current affairs programme on Thursday, which read: “With the [Taiwan] strait on the brink of war, this man [Wang] is coming to beg for peace.” <Accessed 2020-09-14>

Cross-Strait Ties Need Equality: KMT Chairman (2020-09-16)
(CNA) Cross-strait exchanges should be based on mutual respect and held on an equal footing, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) said yesterday, a day after the party pulled out of a forum in China because of what it perceived as a demeaning remark by a Chinese commentator. <Accessed 2020-09-21>

MND Website Makes Chinese Military Intrusions Public (2020-09-17)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Joseph Yeh) Taiwan's military on Thursday opened a section on its website in which it makes public the latest movements of the Chinese military near Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ), in a move to keep the public better informed about China's military maneuvers. <Accessed 2020-09-21>

Taiwan Scrambles Fighters as Chinese Jets Again Fly Near Island (2020-09-19)
(Reuters, By Ben Blanchard) Taiwan’s air force scrambled jets for a second consecutive day on Saturday as multiple Chinese aircraft approached the island and crossed the sensitive midline of the Taiwan Strait, with the island’s government urging Beijing to “pull back from the edge.” <Accessed 2020-09-21>

Taiwan Says 46 Incidents Involving Chinese Planes in Last 9 Days (2020-09-25)
(Aljazeera) China has threatened or entered into Taiwan’s airspace 46 times in the past nine days, the island’s defence ministry said, as Beijing ratchets up pressure on the island it considers part of its territory. <Accessed 2020-09-28>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
China Warns of 'Serious Damage' to U.S. Relations If Economic Meeting with Taiwan Isn't Canceled (2020-09-14)
(AP) Taiwanese media reported that U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith Krach is planning to visit the island later this week for an economic and commercial dialogue with Taiwan’s government. <Accessed 2020-09-16>

US Envoy Begins Second Recent High-Level Visit to Taiwan (2020-09-17)
(Associated Press, By Huizhong Wu) U.S. Under Secretary of State Keith Krach arrived in Taiwan on Thursday for the second visit by a high-level American official in two months, prompting a stern warning and threat of possible retaliation from China. <Accessed 2020-09-21>

U.S. Pushes Large Arms Sale to Taiwan, Including Jet Missiles That Can Hit China (2020-09-17)
(New York Times, By Edward Wong) The administration is proposing the packages as President Trump’s strategists try to paint him as being tough on China despite soft actions earlier. <Accessed 2020-09-22>

The End of Strategic Ambiguity in the Taiwan Strait
 (2020-09-18)
(The Diplomat, By Eric Chan) The collapse of confidence in long-term advantage means the era of strategic ambiguity is over. <Accessed 2020-09-18>

US Representative Introduces Bill to Re-Establish Ties (2020-09-19)
(Taipei Times/CNA) Legislation introduced on Thursday in the US urged Washington to re-establish formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, and to end its “outdated and counterproductive one China policy.” <Accessed 2020-09-21>

U.S. Senator Introduces Bill to Protect Taiwan from China's Aggression (2020-09-19)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Frances Huang) The proposed Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act seeks to establish "limited authorization for the (American) President to use military force for the specific purpose of securing and protecting Taiwan against armed attack," according to a statement posted Thursday on Scott's website. <Accessed 2020-09-21>

U.S. Under Secretary of State Krach Wraps Up Taiwan Visit (2020-09-19)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim and Pan Tzu-yu) American Under Secretary of State Keith Krach concluded a low-keyed visit to Taiwan Saturday afternoon, departing with his delegation less than 48 hours after they arrived for the memorial service of former President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝). <Accessed 2020-09-21>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
KMT Calls for Support of Referendum on US pork (2020-09-13)
(Taipei Times, By Chen Yun and William Hetherington) The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday began a nationwide drive to drum up support for its proposed referendum to ban imports of US meat products containing ractopamine. <Accessed 2020-09-13>

Taiwan Says It Has Vatican Assurances on China Accord
 (2020-09-15)
(Reuters) The Vatican has asked Taiwan not to worry about the extension of a deal between the Vatican and China on the appointment of bishops as it was a religious matter and not a diplomatic one, the island’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday. <Accessed 2020-09-21>

Face Masks Donated by Taiwan to Australia Arrive in Victoria (2020-09-15)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Kay Liu) A total of 500,000 surgical face masks donated by Taiwan to Australia arrived Monday in the state of Victoria, the hardest-hit Australian area in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Tuesday. <Accessed 2020-09-21>

Somaliland's Legislature Supports Taiwan Relations Act: Envoy (2020-09-15)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) Somaliland's legislature has endorsed the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), an American law that governs the United States' unofficial ties with Taiwan, according to the Somaliland representative to Taipei Mohamed Omar Hagi Mohamoud. <Accessed 2020-09-21>

EU to Pitch Investment Opportunities to Taiwan at Forum
 (2020-09-17)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) Member states of the European Union will co-host an investment forum in Taipei on Sept. 22 to introduce Europe's investment environment to Taiwanese companies, the European Economic and Trade Office (EETO) in Taiwan announced Thursday. <Accessed 2020-09-21>

Former Japanese PM to Lead Delegation Attending Lee's Memorial (2020-09-17)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) A Japanese delegation led by former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori is scheduled to arrive in Taiwan Friday to attend the official memorial for former President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) on Saturday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday. <Accessed 2020-09-21>

BirdLife Boosts Out Taiwanese Group Over Politics (2020-09-16)
Taipei Times, By Dennis Xie) A Taiwanese bird protection group yesterday said that it has been kicked out of BirdLife International — a global conservation partnership — after it refused to sign a statement saying it would never advocate independence. <Accessed 2020-09-21>

Recover Better Together: Taiwan Can Help
 (2020-09-18)
(The Diplomat, By Jaushieh Joseph Wu) “Working together for the greater good is how the world will defeat COVID-19,” Taiwan’s foreign minister writes – and Taiwan must be a part of that effort. <Accessed 2020-09-18>
U.S.-China Relations
Chinese Military Calls US Biggest Threat to World Peace (2020-09-13)
(Associated Press) The statement by China’s Defense Ministry follows the Sept. 2 release of the annual Defense Department report to Congress on Chinese military developments and goals that it said would have “serious implications for U.S. national interests and the security of the international rules-based order.” <Accessed 2020-09-13>

Trump's Ambassador to China Unexpectedly Retiring Before Election Amid High Tensions
 (2020-09-14)
(NBC, By Linda Givetash) The U.S. ambassador to China, Terry Branstad, will resign ahead of November's presidential election as high tensions continue to beset the two countries. <Accessed 2020-09-14> 

US Tariffs on China Are Illegal, Says World Trade Body (2020-09-15)
(Associated Press, By Jamey Keaten) A World Trade Organization panel ruled Tuesday that Trump administration tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods are illegal, vindicating Beijing even if the United States has all but incapacitated the WTO’s ability to hand down a final, binding verdict. <Accessed 2020-09-21>

China-Backed Hackers Broke Into 100 Firms and Agencies, U.S. Says (2020-09-16)
(New York Times, By Katie Benner and Nicole Perlroth) In indictments against five Chinese nationals, the Justice Department described sophisticated attacks to hijack networks and extort universities, businesses and nonprofits. <Accessed 2020-09-22>

U.S.-China Investment Flows Slide to Nine Year-Low as Bilateral Tensions Escalate (2020-09-17)
(Reuters) Investment between the United States and China tumbled to a nine-year low in the first half of 2020, hit by bilateral tensions that could see more Chinese companies come under pressure to divest U.S. operations, a research report said. <Accessed 2020-09-21>

China Sends Warning to Taiwan and U.S. with Big Show of Air Power (2020-09-18)
(New York Times, By Steven Lee Myers) China sent 18 fighter jets and bombers into the Taiwan Strait on Friday in a robust show of force that a military official in Beijing said was a warning to Taiwan and the United States about their increasing political and military cooperation.<Accessed 2020-09-18>

Head of US Nuclear Forces Warns of Growing, Modernizing Chinese Nuclear Threat (2020-09-18)
(The Diplomat, By Steven Stashwick) Admiral highlights new missiles capable of hitting the U.S. and expects Chinese arsenal to double. <Accessed 2020-09-18>

US Public Opinion Is Changing the Relationship With China (2020-09-18)
(The Diplomat, By Justin Conrad) It is no longer politically wise to characterize China as a partner or friend. <Accessed 2020-09-18>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Mainland China

The Vagaries of Crime and Punishment in China (2020-09-18)
(The Diplomat, By Jerome A. Cohen) As the crackdown against dissidents continues, we still don’t know how Beijing decides the victims, timing, and type of detention. <Accessed 2020-09-18>

China Has Built a Massive Global Database for Hybrid Warfare, International Media Reports (2020-09-18)
(The Diplomat, By Abhijnan Rej) The revelations that Chinese tech firm Zhenhua has built a database of 2.4 million individuals for intelligence operations are significant though unsurprising. <Accessed 2020-09-18>

Hong Kong and Macau

Hong Kong Says Will Not Interfere with Chinese Law Enforcement Arrest of 12 Residents at Sea (2020-09-13)
(Reuters) Hong Kong’s government stood fast in its refusal to interfere with the arrest of 12 residents seeking to flee to Taiwan by sea, despite pleas from families for assistance, saying the crime falls under mainland Chinese jurisdiction. <Accessed 2020-09-13>

How Identity Politics Overshadowed Hong Kong
 (2020-09-18)
(The Diplomat, By Jin Kai) An interview with Wong Tsz Yuen, senior reporter at Phoenix TV, on the past, present, and future of Hong Kong through the lens of “identity politics.” <Accessed 2020-09-18>

China's Foreign Relations

China's Influence on the Global Human Rights System (2020-09-15)
(Brookings, By Sophie Richardson) Is the Chinese government’s greater engagement with international institutions a gain for the global human rights system? A close examination of its interactions with United Nations human rights mechanisms, pursuit of rights-free development, and threats to the freedom of expression worldwide suggests it is not. <Accessed 2020-09-14>

China, Seeking a Friend in Europe, Finds Rising Anger and Frustration (2020-09-17)
(New York Times, By Steven Lee Myers) Beijing’s hopes of using Europe as a counterweight to the United States have faltered as country after country confronts China over trade, Hong Kong, human rights and other issues. <Accessed 2020-09-22>

China’s Two-Pronged Diplomacy (2020-09-18)
(The Diplomat, By Brian Wong) A charm offensive or wolf warrior diplomacy? Both, actually, are a key part of China’s diplomatic strategy. <Accessed 2020-09-18>

China Announces Regulations for ‘Unreliable Entity’ List (2020-09-19)
(Associated Press, By Zen Soo) China’s Ministry of Commerce on Saturday issued regulations for its “unreliable entity” list, aimed at foreign companies it says endanger its national sovereignty, security or development interests. <Accessed 2020-09-20>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Indonesian Patrol Confronts Chinese Ship in Economic Zone (2020-09-15)
(Associated Press, By Edna Tarigan) An Indonesian patrol ship confronted a Chinese coast guard vessel that spent almost three days in waters where Indonesia claims economic rights and are near the southernmost part of China’s disputed South China Sea claims. <Accessed 2020-09-21>

Is China Escalating Tensions With Japan in the East China Sea? (2020-09-18)
(The Diplomat, By Mike Mochizuki and Jiaxiu Han) A closer look at the latest developments in the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands dispute. <Accessed 2020-09-18>

Germany’s Indo-Pacific Vision: A New Reckoning With China or More Strategic Drift? (2020-09-18)
(The Diplomat, By Coby Goldberg) Like Monday’s summit, Berlin’s regional strategy tinkers around the edges of trade policy without risking the cost of a full-fledged strategic reckoning with China. <Accessed 2020-09-18>

Too Old to Fight? Will Demographic Shifts Alter Asia’s Geostrategic Landscape?  (2020-09-18)
(The Diplomat, By Robert Farley) The demographic situation in the Asia-Pacific is quite unlike that of any other epoch of geostrategic competition. <Accessed 2020-09-18>

Contact: James Lee, Senior Editor 

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