China Won't Yield on Disputes with Neighbors, Foreign Minister Says (2014-03-08) (New York Times, By Edward Wong) The Chinese foreign minister took a strong stand on China’s growing territorial disputes with neighboring nations, saying, “There is no room for compromise” with Japan and China will “never accept unreasonable demands from smaller countries,” an apparent reference to Southeast Asian nations.
Taiwan Could Withstand Attack for a Month: Yen (2014-03-07) (Taipei Times) Taiwan’s military will be able to withstand a Chinese attack for one month, Minister of National Defense Yen Ming told the legislature’s Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee.
MND Pushes for Indigenous and US-Made Subs (2014-03-07) (China Post) Taiwan has been pushing the United States to sell diesel-powered submarines and studying the feasibility in building its own ones simultaneously, Defense Minister Yen Ming said.
Ma-Xi Meeting Could Be ‘Domestic’: MAC (2014-03-06) (Taipei Times) The APEC leaders’ summit in Beijing this year would be the most suitable occasion for a meeting between President Ma Ying-jeou and Chinese President Xi Jinping because it would allow China to interpret the gathering as a “domestic affair,” MAC Deputy Minister Lin Chu-chia said.
Chinese Could Be Ready to Invade in 2020: MND (2014-03-06) (Taipei Times) China is boosting its combat capabilities to the point at which it could mount a full cross-strait attack in 2020, according to a new report from the Ministry of National Defense.
Beijing Open to Ma-Xi Meeting in a ‘Third Location’ (2014-03-05) (Taipei Times) There is plenty of “room for imagination” about a proposed summit between the leaders of China and Taiwan, including the possibility of holding the meeting in a “third location,” China’s ARATS Vice Chairman Sun Yafu said.
Increase Defense Budget to 3% of GDP, DPP Says (2014-03-05) (Taipei Times) DPP released the party’s “blue paper” on defense policy, urging the government to speed up the development of submarines and increase its military spending to 3 percent of the country’s GDP in light of China’s growing military strength.
DPP Wants to Renegotiate Service Pact (2014-03-04) (Taipei Times) With the legislature set to review a controversial service trade agreement with China during the current session, the DPP said it was aiming to force a renegotiation of the accord.
Mearsheimer is Dangerously Optimistic (2014-03-08) (The Diplomat, By James R. Holmes) Mearsheimer’s claim that China’s military power is significantly inferior to the U.S. misses the point.
Xi's Reform Agenda: Promises and Risks (2014-03-06) (China-US Focus, By Cheng Li) How can we reconcile the fantastic opportunities and potentially enormous risks that lie ahead for the world’s second-largest economy? Contrary to the widespread pessimism that currently holds sway, I am optimistic for several reasons.
Defense Talks in US Productive: DPP (2014-03-07) (Taipei Times, By William Lowther) DPP officials held a series of meetings this week in Washington to discuss national security issues with US academics, politicians and members of US President Barack Obama’s administration.
The Black Box of China's Military (2014-03-07) (Foreign Policy, By Isaac Stone Fish) Beijing is spending hundreds of billions of dollars on defense, but no one quite knows what they're up to.
Why Taiwan Matters (2014-02-28) (National Interest, By Iskander Rehman) Abandoning Taiwan would likely fail to improve the Sino-U.S. relationship. In addition, the abandonment of Taiwan might considerably enhance China’s geostrategic position in Asia and endanger that of the United States and its allies. Last but not least, forsaking the small island democracy would severely erode American credibility in the Indo-Pacific, add fuel to an ongoing regional arms race, and encourage nuclear proliferation. (cf. Say Goodbye to Taiwan, By John Mearsheimer, The National Interest)
Party Identification Tracking Analysis in Taiwan, February 2014 (2014-03-05) (TISR) Taiwan Indicators Survey Research released its February survey results (in Chinese) on the public's party identities. Of those surveyed, 29.2% self-identified as supporters of the KMT or other Pan-Blue parties, 32.2% expressed support for the DPP or other Pan-Green parties, and 36.8% self-identified as independent.