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Recent Publication
Jonathan Hillman, The Emperor's New Road: China and the Project of the Century (Yale University Press)(Interview Discussion)

M. Taylor Fravel, 
Active Defense: China's Military Strategy Since 1949 (Princeton University Press) (Podcast Discussion) 

T.Y. Wang and Su-feng Cheng. 2021. “COVID-19 and the Anatomy of the Rally Effect in Taiwan.” Asian Survey, v.61, no.3: 388-410. 
Cross-Strait Relations
China, Taiwan Spar Again Over Vaccines, Accuse Each Other of Politicking (2021-05-31)
(Reuters) China and Taiwan traded more accusations on Monday about COVID-19 vaccines, with Beijing saying they should not be a political tool while Taiwan's ruling party said China was the "black hand" preventing it accessing shots internationally.
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
Taiwan Diplomats in U.S. Get Upgraded Tax Exemption Card (2021-05-31)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) Taiwanese personnel in the U.S. have received new personal tax exemption cards in recent months, with the issuing authority changed from the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) to the State Department.

Three U.S. Senators to Visit Taiwan on Sunday
 (2021-06-05)
(CNA, By Chung Yu-chen, Wen Kui-hsiang, and Emerson Lim) United States senators Tammy Duckworth, Dan Sullivan and Christopher Coons will travel to Taiwan on Sunday, according to the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), the de facto U.S. embassy in Taiwan.
 
U.S.' Vaccine Donation a Sign of Strong Support for Taiwan: MOFA (2021-06-06)
(CNA, By Wang Cheng-chung, Matt Yu, Chung Yu-chen and Joseph Yeh) The United States' pledge to donate 750,000 COVID-19 vaccines to Taiwan has sent a strong and clear message of its support for the country, and the government is grateful for that, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Sunday.

The US Must Defend Taiwan – From COVID-19 (2021-05-29)
(The Diplomat, By Dennis V. Hickey) It is clear that Taiwan now confronts an enormous threat to its security, social system, and economic system — COVID-19. Given the TRA’s call for Washington to take “appropriate action” when the island is threatened, the U.S. needs to do whatever it takes to help Taiwan’s people obtain vaccines now — before it’s too late.
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics
Formosa Poll May 2021 (2021-06-04)
(Formosa) According to the Taiwan Mood Barometer Survey conducted by Formosa in late May, 48.1% of respondents indicated that they trusted President Tsai Ing-wen (a decrease of 8.9 percentage points since the previous survey), while 48.9% indicated that they were satisfied with Tsai’s performance (a decrease of 7.1 percentage points since the previous survey). 46.3% indicated that they were satisfied with the performance of Premier Su Tseng-chang (a decrease of 2.4 percentage points since the previous survey).

It’s Not Just China: Population, Power Generation, Political Polarization, and Parochialism Are Also Long-term Threats to Taiwan’s Success and Survival (2021-06-01)
(China Leadership Monitor, By Syaru Shirley Lin) Taiwan has four major structural issues that urgently require solutions, including population decline, power generation, political polarization, and parochialism. If they are not successfully addressed, a marginalized and divided Taiwan may find itself falling deeper into China’s orbit.

Taiwan's Foreign Relations 
Germany Says has been Helping on Taiwan's BioNTech Vaccine Deal (2021-06-02)
(Reuters) Germany’s top diplomat in Taipei said his government has been helping in talks between Taiwan and drugmaker BioNTech SE to supply COVID-19 vaccines, after Taiwan said a deal fell apart earlier this year due to Chinese “intervention”.

CORONAVIRUS/Japan to Provide Vaccines to Taiwan As Soon As Friday: Reports (2021-06-03)
(CNA, By Yang Ming-chu and Emerson Lim) Japan's government is ready to announce the provision of 1.2 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to Taiwan as soon as Friday, a report from the country's public broadcaster NHK said on Thursday.

MOFA Thanks Ally’s President for Supporting Taiwan (2021-06-04)
(Taipei Times, By Kayleigh Madjar) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) yesterday thanked Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei for his “unwavering support” of the two nations’ friendship, after he denied plans to seek Chinese vaccines or establish ties with Beijing.
U.S.-China Relations
Gov’t Use of Chinese Drones in Limbo as Congress Weighs Ban (2021-06-01)
(Associated Press, By Matt O'Brien) A measure moving through Congress would impose a five-year ban on U.S. government purchases of drones manufactured or assembled in China. It reflects bipartisan concerns that devices made by companies such as DJI, which is based in Shenzhen, China, could facilitate Chinese spying on critical infrastructure.

Biden Expands Trump-Era Ban on Investment in Chinese Firms Linked to Military (2021-06-03)
(New York Times, By David E. Sanger and David McCabe) The new order expands on an earlier, Trump-era blacklist and brings to 59 the total number of Chinese firms banned from U.S. investment. The move intensifies a commercial and ideological battle between Beijing and Washington, one that Mr. Biden has termed the struggle between “autocracy and democracy.”

US, Japan Reaffirm Alliance Amid China Territorial Claims (2021-06-01)
(Associated Press, By Mari Yamaguchi) The new head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command held talks with top Japanese officials on Tuesday and reaffirmed their alliance amid China’s increasingly assertive claims to contested areas in the region, officials said.

For State Department’s No. 2, Another Turn at High-Stakes Diplomacy (2021-06-04)
(New York Times, By Lara Jakes) Wendy Sherman is best known for negotiating the Iran nuclear deal. Now, as the first woman to serve as deputy secretary of state, she has a big role in confronting another adversary: China.
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
China's Domestic Politics
China Says It Will Allow Couples to Have 3 Children, Up From 2 (2021-05-31)
(New York Times, By Sui-Lee Wee) The announcement by the ruling Communist Party represents an acknowledgment that its limits on reproduction, the world’s toughest, have jeopardized the country’s future. The labor pool is shrinking and the population is graying, threatening the industrial strategy that China has used for decades to emerge from poverty to become an economic powerhouse.

Threading the Needle: Balancing Security and Development in the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-06-01)
(China Leadership Monitor, By Minxin Pei ) As delineated in Beijing’s 14th Five-Year Plan, which was unveiled in mid-March of this year, China will invest in efforts designed to strengthen its economic security and better protect its economy from external economic threats. These initiatives include science and technology self-sufficiency, secure supply chains in its manufacturing economy, growth sustained by domestic demand, and food and energy security. Chinese leaders may have underestimated the potential costs of strengthening national security at the expense of global integration. Beijing’s disappointing records in executing industrial policy and rebalancing its economy also raise doubts whether it will be able to meet its ambitious goals.

The Myth of Authoritarian Superiority: China’s Response to Covid-19 Revisited (2021-06-01)
(China Leadership Monitor, By Yanzhong Huang) Although the cover-up and inaction contributed to emergence of the crisis, China’s initial mishandling suggests that an authoritarian state is highly susceptible to any disruptions or shocks. To some extent, the policy blunders in late January 2020 intensified the crisis facing the Chinese leaders​hip. The zero-infections policy introduced after April 2020 encourages an at-all-costs and by-all-means approach that is ​currently experiencing diminishing returns and hindering China’s mass vaccination efforts.

What Do Chinese People Think Is Happening in Xinjiang? (2021-06-03)
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) Conversations about the Uyghurs and Xinjiang with people in China.

Hundreds Gather Near Hong Kong Park Despite Vigil Ban (2021-06-04)
(Associated Press, By Zen Soo) Hundreds of people gathered near a Hong Kong park Friday despite a ban on an annual candlelight vigil to remember China’s deadly crackdown in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, and the arrest earlier in the day of an organizer of previous vigils.

Microsoft’s Bing Briefly Blocked ‘Tank Man’ on Tiananmen Anniversary (2021-06-05)
(New York Times, By Paul Mozur) Users outside China said the site had failed to call up videos and images of the iconic figure from the 1989 crackdown. The company blamed an “accidental human error.”

China's Foreign Relations 
Polish Trial Begins in Huawei-Linked China Espionage Case (2021-06-01)
(Reuters, By Alicja Ptak and Justyna Pawlak) An espionage trial involving a former Polish secret services agent and an ex-employee of Huawei begins in a Warsaw court on Tuesday as some European states consider whether to exclude the Chinese group's equipment from their 5G telecom networks.

Budapest Protest Against China's Fudan University Campus
 (2021-06-05)
(BBC) Thousands of people marched through Budapest to protest against plans to open a Chinese university campus in the Hungarian capital. Opponents of the project say it will undercut the country's own higher education and increase the influence of China's Communist authorities.
Military Balance
US Special Forces to Train Taiwan Soldiers After Annual War-Games (2021-05-31)
(Taiwan News, By Kelvin Chen) The Ministry of National Defense (MND) said that multiple U.S. special forces units will arrive in the country to train with their Taiwan counterparts following the Han Kuang 37 military exercise.

Chinese Military Early Warning Plane Enters Taiwan's ADIZ
 (2021-06-04)
(CNA, By Chung Yu-chen and Emerson Lim) A Chinese military aircraft entered the southwest corner of Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) Friday, the second day in a row such incursions have taken place.

Understanding China’s Aerial Incursions Into Taiwan’s ADIZ (2021-06-03)
(The Diplomat, By Adrian Ang U-Jin and Olli Pekka Suorsa) China’s incursions are meant more as a signal to the United States than a military threat to Taiwan.
Regional Issues
Malaysia to Summon Chinese Envoy Over Jets Intrusion (2021-06-01)
(Associated Press) Malaysia’s government will issue a diplomatic protest against an “intrusion” by 16 Chinese military aircraft into its airspace, the foreign minister said.

US Official Warns Cambodia Over China Ties, Human Rights (2021-06-03)
(The Diplomat, By Sebastian Strangio) Can Washington promote human rights and draw Cambodia out of Beijing’s orbit – at the same time?

Time for a ‘Semi-Quad’ Alliance (2021-06-03)
(The Diplomat, By Che-Jen Wang) The U.S., Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea must work together to safeguard global supply chains for semiconductors.
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