::: TSR Weekly Report
2020-09-26 | NO.44(36) epaper |
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Cross-Strait Relations
Taiwan Has Enough Missiles to Defend Itself at Present: MND (2020-09-21)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) Taiwan has enough long-range precision missiles to defend itself against a possible attack from China, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Monday, rebutting reports that drills found Taiwan's missile supply to be inadequate. <Accessed 2020-09-21>

CPPCC Head a No-Show at Cross-Strait Gathering (2020-09-21)
(Taipei Times/CNA) It was learned that Beijing decided not to send CPPCC Chairman Wang Yang (汪洋) to the forum and to have Liu Jieyi (劉結一) receive the delegation after the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) decided not to send an official delegation this year over what most Taiwanese viewed as a demeaning remark by the host of a China Central Television (CCTV) program. <Accessed 2020-09-21>

Retired Military Man Given Two Years for Spying for China (2020-09-25)
(CNA, By Flor Wang and Hung Hsueh-kuang) A retired Taiwanese military man who was given a suspended sentence after being found guilty of spying for China and attempting to build a spy network in Taiwan has been given a 27-month jail term for the crimes on appeal. <Accessed 2020-09-26>

Taiwan Holds Anti-Landing Drill on Frontline Island with China (2020-09-25)
(Reuters) Taiwan’s armed forces have held anti-landing drills on one of its offshore islands close to China amid rising tensions with Beijing, the island’s defence ministry said on Friday, showing images of a cannon firing and soldiers loading the guns. <Accessed 2020-09-26>

Chinese Ship Lingering Off East Coast as Taiwan Holds Missile Tests (2020-09-25)
(CNA, By Flor Wang and Lu Tai-cheng) A Chinese intelligence vessel remains deployed in waters off Taiwan's eastern coast as Taiwan hold missile tests in the area. <Accessed 2020-09-26>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
Taiwan’s US Representative Clarifies Twitter Profile after Media Storm (2020-09-21)
(South China Morning Post, By Sarah Zheng) Taiwan’s representative to the US Hsiao Bi-khim has clarified that she is not an official ambassador, despite describing herself as such in her Twitter online bio at a time of increasing criticism from Beijing over official exchanges between Washington and Taipei. <Accessed 2020-09-30>

US Envoy to United Nations Meets With Taiwan Official in New York
(The Diplomat, By Edith M. Lederer) The “historic” meeting comes amid a growing U.S. campaign to give Taiwan a voice in international bodies. <Accessed 2020-09-24>

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen Vows to Bolster Island’s Global Supply Chain in Semiconductors (2020-09-24)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has vowed to help the island’s key semiconductor industry maintain its international lead in an apparent push with the United States and other like-minded countries to restructure the global supply chain and end reliance on mainland China. <Accessed 2020-09-30>

Taiwan Not After Formal US Ties Right Now: Minister (2020-09-25)
(Taipei Times/CNA, By Dennis Xie) Taiwan is presently not seeking formal ties with the US, despite a significant improvement in relations between the two sides, Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) said in an interview published on Tuesday. <Accessed 2020-09-26>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics

KMT Submits Petition for Referendum on Government Pork Policy (2020-09-23)
(CNA, By Chen Chun-hua, Yeh Su-ping, and Matthew Mazzetta) The opposition Kuomintang (KMT) submitted a petition Wednesday in the first formal step toward holding a referendum on the government's decision to allow imports of American pork containing a banned livestock drug. <Accessed 2020-09-24>

Lee Teng-hui’s Memorial Service Provides Catalyst for Diplomatic Outreach to Taiwan
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) In addition to a U.S. under secretary of state, a former Japanese prime minister was also in attendance. <Accessed 2020-09-24>

Taiwan's Foreign Relations

Taiwan President, Gay Rights Fighter on Time's List of Influential Figures (2020-09-23)
(CNA, By Yeh Su-ping, Wu Hsin-yun, and Joseph Yeh) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Taiwanese gay rights activist Chi Chia-wei (祁家威) have been included in Time magazine's 2020 list of the 100 most influential people in the world, which was released Tuesday. <Accessed 2020-09-24>

Taiwan, Paraguay Sign Agreement to Promote Technical Cooperation (2020-09-25)
(CNA, By Yang Shu-ching and Ko Lin) Taiwan and Paraguay on Thursday signed a letter of intent (LOI) aimed at promoting technical cooperation between the two countries, during a meeting held remotely via video conferencing. <Accessed 2020-09-26>

Haiti, Nauru Speak Up for Taiwan in U.N. Debate (2020-09-25)
(CNA, By Ozzy Yin and Emerson Lim) The leaders of Haiti and Nauru on Thursday thanked Taiwan for its assistance in fighting COVID-19 and voiced general support for Taiwan on the third day of the general debate of the 75th U.N. General Assembly. <Accessed 2020-09-26>
U.S.-China Relations
N.Y.P.D. Officer Is Accused of Spying on Tibetans for China (2020-09-21)
(New York Times, By Nicole Hong) Prosecutors said the officer told Chinese consulate officials that he could provide sensitive information about the internal operations of the Police Department. <Accessed 2020-09-28>

China Blasts US House Bill, Denies Forced Labor in Xinjiang
(Associated Press) China on Tuesday lashed out at the passage of a bill by the U.S. House of Representatives that threatens sanctions over the alleged use of forced labor in China’s Xinjiang region, calling the accusation a lie. <Accessed 2020-09-24>

From the Deal to Decoupling: Trump’s Evolution on China (2020-09-24)
(The Diplomat, By Bonnie Girard) How far can the administration push without completely upending the foundations of the U.S.-China relationship? <Accessed 2020-09-24>

Head of US Nuclear Forces Warns of Growing, Modernizing Chinese Nuclear Threat (2020-09-24)
(The Diplomat, By Steven Stashwick) Admiral highlights new missiles capable of hitting the U.S. and expects Chinese arsenal to double. <Accessed 2020-09-24>

As Decoupling Grows, the West Risks Losing Insight Into China (2020-09-24)
(Foreign Policy, By Jimmy Zhang) A collapsing relationship could create a lost generation of experts. <Accessed 2020-09-24>

The United States Needs a New Strategic Mindset (2020-09-24)
(Foreign Policy, By Zachery Tyson Brown) Its leaders should start taking an infinite perspective. <Accessed 2020-09-24>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Mainland China

Critic of Chinese Leader Sentenced to 18 Years in Graft Case (2020-09-24)
(The Diplomat, By Joe McDonald) Real estate mogul Ren Zhiqiang had been outspoken on issues from censorship to COVID-19. Now he’s in prison on corruption charges. <Accessed 2020-09-24>

Night Images Reveal Many New Detention Sites in China’s Xinjiang Region (2020-09-24)
(New York Times, By Chris Buckley and Austin Ramzy) China said it was winding down its “re-education” camps for Uighurs and other minorities, but researchers found evidence that incarceration is on the rise. <Accessed 2020-09-28>

China Gives Unproven Covid-19 Vaccines to Thousands, With Risks Unknown (2020-09-26)
(New York Times, By Sui-Lee Wee) The world still lacks a proven coronavirus vaccine, but that has not stopped Chinese officials from trying to inoculate tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of people outside the traditional testing process. <Accessed 2020-09-28>

Hong Kong and Macau

Hong Kong Police Arrest Activist for Violating 2019 Mask Ban (2020-09-24)
(New York Times, By Elaine Yu) Joshua Wong, one of Hong Kong’s most visible pro-democracy activists, suggested that the authorities had political motives for charging him, at a time when the coronavirus has made mask-wearing ubiquitous. <Accessed 2020-09-28>

China's Foreign Relations

China, Vatican Expected to Renew Bishops Deal Despite Pressure from US, Observers Say
(South China Morning Post, By Mimi Lau) Beijing and the Vatican are expected to renew an agreement on the appointment of Catholic bishops in China, despite US pressure for the Holy See to take a more critical position in the negotiations, observers say. <Accessed 2020-09-30>

Sino-Russian Economic Cooperation in Central Asia is Not What It Seems to Be (2020-09-24)
(The Diplomat, By Varshini Sridhar) China and Russia are partners in Central Asia, but their cooperative efforts are not as robust as they often claim. <Accessed 2020-09-24>

China’s Stake in the Afghan Peace Process (2020-09-24)
(The Diplomat, By Sohrab Azad) As U.S. troops leave, China’s influence will grow. <Accessed 2020-09-24>

2 Recent Alleged Episodes of Chinese Espionage Raise Worrying – and Difficult – Questions (2020-09-24)
(The Diplomat, By Abhijnan Rej) The arrest of an Indian journalist and ongoing investigation of a Brussels-based think tanker point to growing Chinese intelligence push across several civil societies. <Accessed 2020-09-24>

As China Opens Embassy in Solomon Islands, A Bitter Feud over Values Fuels Separatist Bid (2020-09-25)
(South China Morning Post, By John Power) The planned vote, which Malaita’s Premier Daniel Suidani says could take place within weeks, marks the culmination of a long-running bitter feud between provincial and central authorities related to government representation and lagging development. <Accessed 2020-09-30>

Japan Is Paying Firms to Make Things at Home. But China’s Pull Is Still Strong. (2020-09-26)
(New York Times, By Ben Dooley and Makiko Inoue) Japan is attempting a delicate balancing act as the pandemic has underlined the risks of the world’s economic reliance on Beijing. <Accessed 2020-09-28>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
The Korean Peninsula

North Korea’s Evolving Cyber Warfare Strategy (2020-09-24)
(East Asia Forum, By Michael Raska) While South Korea and the United States focus on North Korea’s growing nuclear weapons and ballistic missile capabilities, the alliance must increasingly prioritise countering the development of North Korea’s cyber capabilities. <Accessed 2020-09-30>

Kim Jong-un Offers South Korea Rare Apology for Killing of Official
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) “I am deeply sorry that an unexpected and unfortunate thing has happened in our territorial waters,” the North Korean leader said in a message, according to officials in the South. <Accessed 2020-09-28>

Other Regional Issues

Russia Rejects U.S. Terms, Sees 'Minimal' Chance to Extend New START Nuclear Pact (2020-09-21)
(Reuters, By Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber) Russia sees minimal chances of extending the New START treaty with the United States - their last major nuclear arms pact - as it does not accept conditions set out by Washington, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying on Monday. <Accessed 2020-09-24>

PacNet #54 – It’s Not About Stuff: Why US-Japan Defense Cooperation Will Grow (2020-09-25)
(Pacific Forum, By John Wright) In this time of political uncertainty in both nations, we must remember that US-Japan defense cooperation is not all about stuff and money; it is about the strategic nature of the partnership—a pair of like-minded nations pooling resources to secure mutual national interests. <Accessed 2020-09-30>

US–China Rivalry Ramps Up Pressure on the Pacific Islands (2020-09-25)
(East Asia Forum, By Denghua Zhang) As the US–China geostrategic competition intensifies, Pacific island countries find themselves caught in the middle. <Accessed 2020-09-30>

Indo-Pacific Strategy Gains Support as China’s Assertiveness Fuels Fears (2020-09-26)
(South China Morning Post, By Kristin Huang) Asia-Pacific nations are adjusting their defence strategies and looking to strengthen security ties with the United States, as anxiety grows over China’s assertiveness and a potential conflict between the two superpowers, analysts say. <Accessed 2020-09-30>

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