::: TSR Weekly Report
2021-06-19 | NO.45(25) epaper |
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Cross-Strait Relations
Taiwan Wants German Vaccines. China May Be Standing in Its Way (2021-06-16)
(New York Times, By Raymond Zhong and Christopher F. Schuetze) For months, Taiwan has been unable to purchase doses of the BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, and the island’s leaders blame “Chinese intervention.” China, which regards Taiwan as its own territory, calls this accusation “fabricated out of nothing.” 

Macau Follows Hong Kong with Suspension of Its Taiwan Office (2021-06-16)
(Reuters, By Yimou Lee and Ben Blanchard) Macau's government said on Wednesday it would suspend operations at its representative office in Taiwan, following in the footsteps of Hong Kong, which made a similar move last month in response to Taipei's support for pro-democracy activists there.
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
Taiwan, US Trade Officials Set to Meet in ‘Coming Weeks’ (2021-06-16)
(The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) Trade talks might be back on the agenda, picking up the momentum from a flurry of late action by the Trump administration.

US Sends Taiwan 2.5 Million Vaccine Doses, Tripling Pledge (2021-06-20)
(Associated Press) The U.S. sent 2.5 million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Taiwan on Sunday, tripling an earlier pledge in a donation with both public health and geopolitical meaning.
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics
Is Taiwan's Democracy Also Critically Ill? (2021-06-13)
(UDN, By Su Chi) There are now two types of criticisms against President Tsai: First, why has she failed her baseline responsibility of protecting public health? Second, why has she not responded directly and thoroughly to public concerns? The complaints of “irresponsibility” and irresponsiveness” point to a deeper question: Is Taiwan's democracy also seriously ill?

Taiwan's Foreign Relations 
G7 Communique Underscores Importance of Cross-Strait Peace, Stability (2021-06-13)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim and Y.F. Low) A communique from the Group of Seven summit in the United Kingdom on Sunday highlighted the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, among a range of other pressing global issues.

U.S., Japan, Taiwan Host Global Discussions on Trade Secrets Protection
(CNA, By Chung Yu-chen and Emerson Lim) A virtual global workshop on trade secrets protection and digital piracy prevention got off the ground Thursday, hosted by offices representing the United States, Japan and Taiwan.

Taiwan to Send Medical Team to Somaliland (2021-06-17)
(CNA, By Chung Yu-chen and Teng Pei-ju) Taiwan will dispatch a medical mission to the self-governing African territory of Somaliland, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Wednesday in a statement, without providing a timeline for the mission. The plan is part of a medical cooperation agreement Taiwan and Somaliland inked Wednesday, according to the statement, which was issued after the signing ceremony.

Canada Bill Aimed at Boosting Ties with Taiwan Passes 1st Reading
(CNA, By Hu Yu-li and Elizabeth Hsu) Proposed legislation aimed at creating a legal framework for efforts to strengthen relations between Canada and Taiwan unanimously passed its first reading in the Canadian House of Commons Thursday.
U.S.-China Relations
U.S.-China Spat Over Taiwan Extends to Vaccine Diplomacy (2021-06-16)
(Foreign Policy, By Jack Detsch) The United States is providing hundreds of thousands of vaccines right in China’s front yard.

With Focus on China, US Senate Passes Major Industrial Policy Bill (2021-06-16)
(The Diplomat, By Robert Farley) If the bill ultimately passes both houses of Congress, it will represent a major shift in how the United States government manages its relations with the tech sector.

Pentagon Completes China Policy Review (2021-06-16)
(The Diplomat, By Steven Stashwick) The internal assessment will inform ongoing strategy development.

Critical Entities Targeted in Alleged China Cyberspying (2021-06-16)
(Taipei Times/AP News) A cyberespionage campaign blamed on China was more sweeping than previously known, with suspected state-backed hackers exploiting a device meant to boost Internet security to penetrate the computers of critical US entities.

The F.C.C. proposes further restrictions on Chinese telecom equipment. (2021-06-17)
(New York Times, By Cecilia Kang) The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday proposed further restrictions on purchases of telecommunications equipment that pose national security risks, strengthening its opposition to Chinese providers of 5G wireless and other technologies.
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
China's Domestic Politics
The Soviet Origins of Xi’s Xinjiang Policy (2021-06-16)
(The Diplomat, By Christopher Vassallo) Behind the CCP’s horrific crackdown in Xinjiang is a desperate drive to avoid the mistakes that led to the USSR’s collapse.

In the ‘Three-Child’ Era, China Must Confront Embedded Misogyny (2021-06-16)
(The Diplomat, By Jiayuan Wang) Loud encouragement for women to have more children, coupled with a rise in rhetoric equating femininity with weakness, could be a damaging combination for women’s rights in China.

China Passes New Law on ‘Countering Foreign Sanctions’ (2021-06-16)
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) The law provides a legal framework for China to retaliate against foreign sanctions targeting its companies and individuals.

Editors of Hong Kong Newspaper Arrested Under Security Law (2021-06-17)
(Associated Press, By Zen Soo) Hong Kong police used a sweeping national security law Thursday to arrest five editors and executives of a pro-democracy newspaper on charges of colluding with foreign powers — the first time the legislation has been used against the press in yet another sign of an intensifying crackdown by Chinese authorities in the city long known for its freedoms.

Hong Kong Seeking Closer Integration with Mainland China, Lam Says (2021-06-20)
(Reuters) Hong Kong's strategy to strengthen the city's global financial hub status is through greater integration with mainland China, now that Beijing has helped restore "stability" in the city, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Sunday.

China's Foreign Relations 
China, Its Military Might Expanding, Accuses NATO of Hypocrisy (2021-06-15)
(New York Times, By Steven Lee Myers) In a sign of rising tensions, Beijing deployed 28 Chinese fighter jets and other aircraft over waters south of Taiwan hours after a U.S. carrier group sailed into the South China Sea.

Good China-Russia Relations Are Here to Stay
(The Diplomat, By Janko Šćepanović) A Russia-U.S. détente is unlikely to happen any time soon.
Military Balance
China Sends Record 28 Fighter Jets Toward Taiwan (2021-06-14)
(Associated Press) China flew a record 28 fighter jets toward the self-ruled island of Taiwan on Tuesday, the island’s defense ministry said, the largest such display of force since Beijing began sending planes on a near daily basis last year.

Why Chinese Military’s Latest Taiwan Sortie Suggests PLA Is Expanding Scope of Combat Training (2021-06-16)
(SCMP, By Kristin Huang) The PLA’s largest sortie into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone marked another step forward by the Chinese military because it was the first of its kind on the eastern side of the island, according to military analysts.

Seven Chinese Military Planes Enter Taiwan's ADIZ (2021-06-18)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Emerson Lim) Seven Chinese military aircraft, including fighter jets, entered Taiwan's southwestern air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Thursday, the fourth consecutive day in which such incidents took place.

Three Chinese Military Vessels Spotted Off East Coast of Taiwan (2021-06-19)
(CNA, By Tyson Lu and Teng Pei-ju) Three Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) vessels sailed through the Pacific Ocean off the coast of eastern Taiwan's outlying Green Island on Friday, Taiwan's military personnel said Saturday.

Taiwan, US Sign Arms Procurement Deals (2021-06-18)
(Taipei Times with CNA) Taiwan has signed two procurement contracts with the US, purchasing two weapons systems to boost its defense capabilities, the Ministry of National Defense said yesterday.

As Astronauts Dock, China Takes Up Long-Term Residence in Orbit (2021-06-17)
(New York Times, By Steven Lee Myers and Kenneth Chang) Three Chinese astronauts docked with the country’s still-under-construction space station on Thursday, beginning what their government expects will be a decade or more of continuous presence by Chinese astronauts in Earth’s orbit.
Regional Issues
G7 Leaders Offer United Front as Summit Ends, but Cracks Are Clear (2021-06-13)
(New York Times, By David E. Sanger and Michael D. Shear) Biden and other Western leaders had tough words for Russia and China after wrapping up a meeting in England, but they had trouble finding common ground on some big issues.

Shifting Focus, NATO Views China as a Global Security Challenge (2021-06-14)
(New York Times, By Steven Erlanger and Michael D. Shear) NATO leaders expressed a new concern about China’s growing military might, signaling a fundamental shift in the attentions of an alliance devoted to protecting Europe and North America — not Asia.

What the G-7 Summit in Cornwall Means for Asia (2021-06-16)
(The Diplomat, By Duncan Bartlett) Besides seeing a stronger stance emerge on China, the summit had implications for the North Korea issue as well as Japan-South Korea relations.

Biden’s Multilateral Approach to China Is Paying Off (2021-06-16)
(The Diplomat, By Gray Sergeant) The G-7 summit was testament to how far U.S. allies have moved on the China issue.

Singapore’s Lee Advises Australia to Engage With China (2021-06-16)
(The Diplomat, By Sebastian Strangio) The past year has seen a chill descend over relations between Canberra and Beijing.

Australia Takes China to WTO over Wine Duties, Says Open to ‘Direct Engagement’ (2021-06-20)
(Taipei Times) Australia is to take China before the WTO over Beijing’s imposition of crippling tariffs on Australian wine exports, it announced yesterday, in the latest sign of worsening tensions between the two countries.

Philippines Again Suspends Scrapping of Troop Pact with U.S. Amid China Dispute (2021-06-14)
(Reuters, By Idrees Ali and Karen Lema) The Philippines has again suspended a decision to scrap a crucial agreement governing the U.S. troop presence in the country, its foreign minister said on Monday, amid continuing maritime pressure from China.

Look for an Increasingly Active Canada in the South China Sea (2021-06-16)
(The Diplomat, By Jacob Benjamin) A number of factors are pushing Ottawa to increase both its rhetoric about and naval presence in the disputed water.

5G and the Contested China-India Border (2021-06-16)
(The Diplomat, By Tenzin Dalha) China’s rapid 5G build-up has come to Tibet. That will have security implications for India.

Is Nepal Now Courting India and Ignoring China?
(The Diplomat, By Bindesh Dahal and Arun Budhathoki) As Oli steers his party to the right to woo India’s ruling BJP, China is courting Nepal’s left wing.

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