Cross-Strait Ties 'Not Ideal Enough': Premier (2017-02-21) (China Post/CNA) The Tsai Ing-wen administration has hoped for positive interactions between Taiwan and China since it took office on May 20 last year, but the situation has not been "ideal enough," Premier Lin Chuan said Tuesday. The government will continue its efforts in this area with the hope of engaging in interactions with China 'under the principles of equality and dignity, while building mutual trust and generating good will through contacts between the two sides.'
Ministry Pans Spain over Deportation of Taiwanese (2017-02-20) (Taipei Times by a staff writer with CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement expressing concerns after Spain deported a group of telecom fraud suspects to China. The deportation, which contained 269 people of Chinese and Taiwanese descent, was negotiated by Beijing for all of them to be sent to China. The MFA stated that this infringed upon the rights of Taiwanese citizens.
Appointments at Chinese Think Tanks Preparation For US Policy Shift: Analysts (2017-02-20) (Taipei Times by a staff writer with CNA) A top analyst at Taiwan's Prospect Foundation suggested that recent appointments at think tanks surrounding Taiwanese policies in China are parts of efforts by Beijing to prepare for a potential shift in relations with the United States. These ideas come following suggested actions from US President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly stated he may reconsider the current US stance on China.
Tsai's New Minister May Be Ready to Adjust Course (2017-02-20) (China Post by Christine Chou) After her newly-implemented labor bill drew major backlash, President Tsai Ing-wen stated that she will be making changes to the bill. The Labor Minister will be meeting with major business leaders to negotiate changes to the bill.
Government Approval Ratings See Rare Spike (2017-02-20) (China Post by the news staff) Approval ratings for the President and Premier of Taiwan have gone up slightly during the month of February in contrast to the sharp drop in ratings since inauguration. The surveys were conducted by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation.
Government Coy on Tsai-Xi Meeting (2017-02-20) (China Post by the news staff) The President's Office refused to comment on the rumors and reports of a potential meeting between Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Rumors have been circulating around the country of the two world leaders meeting.
Foreign Minister Says China Ready To Work With US (2017-02-19) (Taipei Times/AFP) Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi told US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Beijing is ready to work with the administration of US President Donald Trump. These remarks come after President Donald Trump infuriated Beijing by calling the 'One China' policy into question, a position he has since revised. Wang and Tillerson met on Friday at a G20 gathering of foreign ministers — the highest-level Sino-US encounter since Trump was elected.
Delegation Meets US Official, Legislators (2017-02-17) (Taipei Times by Nadia Tsao and Jake Chung) A Taiwanese delegation met a US official centered in East Asian Affairs at the US State Department on Wednesday. They claimed that the meeting represented more stable relations between the US and Taiwan. This marked the first time Taiwanese legislators could meet US officials in the State Department as part of a group.
Legislators' Visit to India Prompts Chinese Protest (2017-02-17) (Taipei Times/Reuters) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that China has filed a diplomatic protest with India following a delegation of Taiwanese legislators visiting India. While the Indian Ministry of External Affairs labeled it an informal visit, China expressly stated they owned the sole representation of a Chinese government in India. A DPP official stated the lawmakers were in India to bolster economic ties between India and China.
Tibetans Advocate Residency Changes (2017-02-17) (Taipei Times by Lee Hsin-fang) Exiled Tibetans married to Taiwanese citizens petitioned the Taiwanese government to allow them to apply for residence permits without obtaining an Indian police clearance certificate. They felt as if the law discriminates against Tibetans living in Taiwan.
US Marines to be Stationed at New AIT Building in Taipei: Former Director (2017-02-17) (China Post by Joseph Yeh) The former director of AIT stated that US Marines would be stationed at the new building for AIT once it opens later this year. This move would be made as a sign of respect and perseverance between the US and Taiwan's relations. No Marines have been posted in Taipei since the US and Taiwan severed relations in 1979 and the US began its diplomatic relationship with Beijing.
A Lethal Bird Flu Returns to China (2017-02-17) (Council on Foreign Relations, By Laurie Garrett) For now, international authorities can aid public health leaders in China and other affected nations in their efforts to limit spread within bird flocks and track human cases. An influenza pandemic can only occur if the virus acquires the genetic capacity to infect the upper human lung and spread, via coughing and sneezing, from one person to another.
China Suspends All Coal Imports From North Korea (2017-02-18) (New York Times, By Choe Sang-hun) The move is part of an effort to enact United Nations Security Council sanctions aimed at stopping North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic-missile program.
Why African Nations Welcome China (2017-02-16) (The Diplomat, By Michiko Kitaba) Personally, I believe that respect for China also includes elements of “aspiring towards the developmental state.”
The Bull in the China Shop (2017-02-14) (Hoover Institution, By Alan D. Romberg) As Tsai Ing-wen continued to struggle with implementation of her ambitious reform programs—losing public support in the process—Beijing maintained pressure to accept the “1992 Consensus” or some other expression of “one China.” Everything became substantially more complicated with Tsai’s congratulatory phone call to Donald Trump and Trump’s subsequent tweets and media statements putting the U.S. “one China policy” on the auction block.
The Right Way to Confront China (2017-02-16) (The Diplomat, By Tyler Roylance) Recent moves toward a more traditional China policy are welcome, but not enough to meet the challenge from Beijing.
The Future of NGOs in US-China Relations (2017-02-22) (The Diplomat, By Mercy A. Kuo) This conversation with Travis Tanner, president of the U.S.-China Strong Foundation based in Beijing, is the 80th in “The Trans-Pacific View Insight Series.”
Shanghai to Silicon Valley: California in US-China Relations (2017-02-15) (The Diplomat, By Mercy A. Kuo) This conversation is with Matt Sheehan – founder of the Chinafornia newsletter, a newly-launched newsletter on interlinkages between California and China; former China correspondent for The Huffington Post and The World Post; and author of a forthcoming book, Chinafornia: Working With Chinese Investors, Immigrants and Ideas on U.S. Soil – is the 79th in “The Trans-Pacific View Insight Series.”