Taiwan to Cooperate with Finland to Fight Fraud (2017-01-21) (China Post by Joseph Yeh) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced a joint effort by Taiwan and Finland to fight customs fraud within the two countries. The agreement was signed on a three-day visit of a Taiwanese delegation to Finland. The agreement will help enhance collaborative efforts between the two countries and lead to more transparent trade.
Taiwan's President Congratulates Trump on Inauguration Day (2017-01-21) (China Post/CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen offered her congratulations to US President Donald Trump after his inauguration. She emphasized her commitment to US - Taiwan relations and expressed her desire for an even closer bond between the two countries. Donald Trump has come under fire from Beijing due to his statements regarding the potential changes in the one-China policy his administration may make.
Trump Cannot "Sell Out" Taiwan's Interests: Former Premier (2017-01-21) (China Post/CNA) Former Premier Yu Shyi-kun stated that US President Donald Trump will not betray or abandon Taiwan according to US law set in 1979. The law states that the United States will maintain unofficial ties of a commercial and cultural nature after switching diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to the PRC. Yu was in Washington, DC to attend Donald Trump's inauguration.
Trump's "America First" Could Affect Taiwan's Exports (2017-01-21) (China Post/CNA) The Ministry of Economic Affairs issued a statement saying US President Donald Trump's policy of "America First" may damage Taiwanese exports. Trump is leaning towards a protectionist standpoint, which would damage Taiwanese exports as the United States is one of the largest purchasers of Taiwanese goods. The director of the MOEA's statistics stated that Taiwan cannot afford to ignore this possibility even if Trump's policy would not be able to be put into effect until later.
Trump Urged Not to Treat Taiwan as a Bargaining Chip (2017-01-20) (China Post/CNA) An opinion piece in the Washington Post urged US President Donald Trump to stand up to Beijing over Taiwan issues and to bring the one-China policy back into the spotlight. The article warned of the dangers behind Trump's willingness to negotiate changes to the one-China policy. Beijing has shown anger towards Donald Trump for these remarks and has often stated they will not tolerate any changes to the one-China policy.
Tsai Reiterates Stance on Maintaining Cross-Strait Peace (2017-01-20) (China Post/CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen wrote a letter to Pope Francis detailing her stance on maintaining democracy in Taiwan and peace with the PRC. She cited the fact that both sides of the Taiwan Strait currently live in stability and stated her desire to maintain peaceful relations. The Vatican City is the only country in Europe with full diplomatic relations with Taiwan.
Taiwan Urges US Support in Maintaining Cross-Strait Relations (2017-01-19) (China Post/CNA) The Mainland Affairs Council asked US President Donald Trump's administration to maintain its support of peaceful cross-strait relations and asked to ensure that Taiwan would not be used as a bargaining chip between the US and the PRC. Donald Trump has said before that he may reconsider the current One-China Policy, leading to criticism and anger from Beijing.
Taiwan Should Keep Its Hands Off Washington's China Policy: Ex-Premier (2017-01-19) (China Post/CNA) Former Premier Yu Shyi-kun stated that Taiwan should not involve itself in Washington's affairs with the PRC and asked Washington to stick to its 1979 Taiwan Relations Act. He reminded the US that the One-China Policy is a United States policy and not a Taiwanese one. Yu is the leader of the Taiwanese delegation to witness US President Donald Trump's inauguration.
Foxconn's US Plans Concern Beijing (2017-01-18) (Taipei Times/Bloomberg) Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn currently has a plan to expand operations in the United States following US President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration on January 20, but this has drawn criticism and concern from Beijing as Foxconn is one of China's largest employers, as the company operates factories in various cities across China. The Chairman of Foxconn replied by saying no plans were final until he could examine the policies of the upcoming administration, which claims will work hard to return jobs for US companies back to the United States.
AIIB President Jin: Door Will Remain Open For US To Join (2017-01-17) (China Post/China Daily) One year after opening with 57 charter members, the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank would still welcome the US to join its ranks, the bank's president Jin Liqun has said. He added that senior officials in the US government, including both Democrats and Republicans, have shared with him their praise for the new institution.
Philippines Protests China’s Weapons On Artificial Islands (2017-01-17) (Taipei Times/AP) The Philippines has filed a low-key diplomatic protest with China after a US think thank reported that Beijing appears to have installed anti-aircraft and anti-missile weapons on its artificial islands in the strategically vital South China Sea, the country’s top diplomat said yesterday.
Xi Says Globalisation Here To Stay As Trump Readies For Office (2017-01-17) (China Post/AFP) China's President Xi Jinping warned Tuesday against scapegoating globalization for the world's ills or retreating behind protectionist walls, days before Donald Trump takes office. In what amounted to a rewriting of the global economic order, led for decades by the United States, Xi used his debut speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos to insist that globalization was irreversible despite a populist backlash in the West.
Japan, Australia to Enhance Military Ties to Maintain Security (2017-01-16) (Taipei Times/Bloomberg) Japan and Australia have decided on a new agreement to better address issues of coordination regarding the South China Sea and North Korea. The two will focus on military ties, including the conducting of more military exercises between the two countries. This also comes as part of an ongoing tour by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to reaffirm a commitment to trade and prosperity.
Evaluating the US-China Cybersecurity Agreement, Part 3 (2017-01-21) (The Diplomat, By Gary Brown and Christopher D. Yung) Although few have been willing publicly to draw conclusions one way or the other, at least one prominent cybersecurity firm believes Chinese corporate espionage aimed at U.S. companies has dramatically decreased. Still, it remains to be seen what effect the 2015 agreement will have on long-term Sino-American relations.
Trump’s misguided brinkmanship on China (2017-01-14) (Brookings Institution, By Richard C. Bush) Donald Trump's reported remarks to the Wall Street Journal that, with China, "Everything is under negotiation," signal a dangerous brinkmanship. Bringing core assumptions of the bilateral relationship into question is a flawed approach from the start, explains Richard Bush.
Trump should draw on Obama’s lessons to deal with North Korea (2017-01-13) (Brookings Institution, By Jonathan D. Pollack) Trump will inherit the thorny North Korea issue from the Obama administration. However, Pyongyang is now measurably more dangerous than when President Obama entered office, Jonathan Pollack explains. What will Trump's team do?
Tillerson offers reassurance on Asia—But will it stand? (2017-01-12) (Brookings Institution, By Mireya Solís and Richard C. Bush) In his Senate confirmation testimony on January 11, Rex Tillerson broke from President-elect Trump's trade orthodoxy regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership and offered reassurances regarding U.S. alliances in Asia. Mireya Solís and Richard Bush examine whether his positions will stand in a Trump administration.
How Can China Guide Economic Globalization? (2017-01-20) (The Diplomat, By Yi Peng) China, as the world’s second largest economy, is becoming more and more important in terms of its role and responsibility in economic globalization and global governance, another irresistible trend. China will definitely provide new ideas for the further development and progress of human society.
Three Contradictions in Trump’s China Policy (Thus Far) (2017-01-18) (Fairbank Center, By Alastair Iain Johnston) If Trump DOES try to credibly reassure China that he would indeed dial back relations with Taiwan in return for “good behavior”, then what is Trump telling the Taiwanese? It would seem that in Trump’s view, Taiwan’s future is a legitimate pawn in his transactional approach to relations with China. But if Trump does not intend to use Taiwan so strategically, then he is unlikely to generate the leverage over China that he needs and wants.
Duterte’s Pivot to Putin (2017-01-19) (CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, By Richard Javad Heydarian) Comparatively less attention, however, has been given to rapidly warming ties between Manila and Moscow — the other pillar of Duterte’s strategic diversification policy.
The Future of the Asia-Pacific Security Architecture, as Seen by China (2017-01-17) (The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) Last week, for the first time ever, the Chinese Foreign Ministry released a white paper outlining its policies on “Asia-Pacific Security Cooperation.” Though the document attracted few headlines, it represents an important articulation of the themes that may come to drive Chinese foreign policy in the Asian region in the coming years.