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  • Xi Warns China Facing ‘Grave Situation’ (2020-01-26)
    (Taipei Times) Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) yesterday convened a Chinese Communist Party politburo meeting in Beijing, saying the nation is facing a grave situation, while Hong Kong declared the outbreak an “emergency” — the territory’s highest warning tier — as authorities ramped up measures to reduce the risk of further infections from a new coronavirus. <Accessed 2020-01-26> 
  • WUHAN VIRUS / Taiwan Confirms Fourth Case of New Coronavirus Infection (2020-01-26)
    (CNA, By Yu Hsiao-han and Y.F. Low) A Taiwanese woman who had recently been to the Chinese city of Wuhan was diagnosed Sunday with the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), the fourth such confirmed case in Taiwan. <Accessed 2020-01-26> 
  • US Designates Envoy to Counter 'Malign Influences' From China at UN (2020-01-24)
    (Taiwan News, By Sophia Yang) Washington has appointed a senior envoy to counterbalance China's malign influence in the United Nations (UN) and other international bodies as a course correction for President Trump's retreat from multilateralism over the past three years, and a new military strategy is to be implemented by the Pentagon in the face of challenges from China and Russia, Reuters reported. <Accessed 2020-01-24> 
  • Ministry Protests China Listing in WHO Report (2020-01-24)
    (Taipei Times, By By Lin Chia-nan and Chen Ching-min) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday lodged a protest with the WHO for listing a coronavirus infection in Taiwan as part of China’s infection cases. <Accessed 2020-01-24> 
  • Chinese Warplanes Pass Through Bashi Channel (2020-01-24)
    (Taipei Times/Reuters) Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force aircraft yesterday passed through the narrow Bashi Channel to the south of Taiwan on a long-range exercise, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) said, the first publicized drills near the nation since elections earlier this month. <Accessed 2020-01-24> 
  • Taiwan Only Affected Country Not Invited to WHO Coronavirus Discussion (2020-01-22)
    (Taiwan News, By Matthew Strong) Taiwan is the only country with a case of China coronavirus that has not been invited to a World Health Organization (WHO) discussion of the outbreak, reports said Wednesday (Jan. 22). <Accessed 2020-01-22> 
  • Tsai Could Meet Xi, But Only as Equals (2020-01-22)
    (Taipei Times/CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Monday said that she would consider meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) as long as it was on an equal footing. <Accessed 2020-01-22> 
  • Tsai Writes to Pope Francis About Chinese Pressure (2020-01-22)
    (Taipei Times/Reuters) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has written to Pope Francis to complain about Chinese pressure on the nation, saying that Beijing aims to threaten its democracy and freedom. <Accessed 2020-01-22> 
  • Australia Denies Using Chinese Spy Case to Influence Taiwan Elections (2020-01-22)
    (CNA, By Chen Yun-yu, Elaine Hou and Emerson Lim) The Australian representative office in Taipei said Tuesday that its government's disclosure of a case involving a self-confessed spy from China, who was seeking asylum in Canberra late last year, was not aimed at influencing Taiwan's general elections, as has been alleged. <Accessed 2020-01-22> 
  • President Urges China to Share Wuhan Virus Information (2020-01-22)
    (CNA, By Justine Su, Chen Chun-hua and Evelyn Kao) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) called on China Wednesday to inform Taiwan about the spread of a deadly new coronavirus in the Chinese city of Wuhan and said the World Health Organization (WHO) should not exclude Taiwan from the global efforts to contain the virus. <Accessed 2020-01-22> 
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  • In Coronavirus, a ‘Battle’ That Could Humble China’s Strongman (2020-01-26)
    (New York Times, By Steven Lee Myers and Chris Buckley) With Xi Jinping firmly in control, the Chinese government has stepped up its response to the Wuhan crisis, but the effort has been plagued by bureaucracy and a lack of transparency. <Accessed 2020-01-26> 
  • North Korean Leader’s Aunt Re-emerges After Husband’s Execution (2020-01-25)
    (New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) Kim Kyong-hui resurfaces as Kim Jong-un emphasizes his bloodline to consolidate his people’s loyalty. <Accessed 2020-01-26> 
  • China Poised to Buy More From U.S., at the Expense of U.S. Allies (2020-01-23)
    (New York Times, By Keith Bradsher) The trade truce may have eased tensions between the world’s two largest economies, but European and Latin American officials are worried it will come at a cost. <Accessed 2020-01-26> 
  • Efforts to Denuclearize North Korea Will Continue Despite Hard-Line Minister, U.S. Says (2020-01-22)
    (New York Times, By Lara Jakes and Edward Wong) Privately, some American officials acknowledge that the administration has gotten nowhere in negotiations, and that there is no sign the North will give up its nuclear weapons. <Accessed 2020-01-26> 
  • Ex-President of Interpol Is Sent to Prison for Bribery in China (2020-01-21)
    (New York Times, By Chris Buckley) Meng Hongwei, once a high-ranking Chinese police official, was sentenced to 13 and a half years. His wife has said he is the victim of a political vendetta. <Accessed 2020-01-26> 
  • Trump’s China Deal Creates Collateral Damage for Tech Firms (2020-01-20)
    (New York Times, By Ana Swanson and Cecilia Kang) Micron secured some gains from the China deal but it may end up suffering bigger losses from the broader U.S.-China battle. <Accessed 2020-01-26> 
  • Yellow or Blue? In Hong Kong, Businesses Choose Political Sides (2020-01-19)
    (New York Times, By Hannah Beech) Shops and restaurants are now being labeled either yellow, to note support for the city’s protest movement, or blue, in support of the police. The move is having a big economic impact. <Accessed 2020-01-26> 
  • Taipei Complains to World Health Organisation after Coronavirus Case Is Classed as ‘Taiwan, China’ (2020-01-23)
    (South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwan has complained about being classed as part of China by the World Health Organisation after reporting its first case of the novel coronavirus case that has claimed 17 lives and infected hundreds more. <Accessed 2020-01-26> 
  • Chinese Military Aircraft Fly Close to Taiwan, Island’s Defence Ministry Says (2020-01-23)
    (South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) A group of military aircraft from mainland China flew close to the southernmost tip of Taiwan on Thursday, just a week after President Tsai Ing-wen angered Beijing by saying the island was an independent country. <Accessed 2020-01-26> 
  • Exclusive: US Navy Footage of Warships’ Near Collision in South China Sea (2020-01-23)
    (South China Morning Post, By John Power) A newly-released US Navy video of the tense encounter between a Chinese and US warship in the South China Sea in late 2018 offers an indication of how seriously the Chinese side were prepared for a collision with the US vessel in the contested waterway. <Accessed 2020-01-26> 
  • US-China Trade Deal Won’t Affect European Firms in China, Xi Jinping Tells Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron (2020-01-22)
    (South China Morning Post, By Stuart Lau) Chinese President Xi Jinping has sought to reassure European companies that their interests in the world’s second-largest economy will not suffer as a result of Beijing’s trade deal with the United States, while also calling for fair treatment of Chinese firms operating in Europe. <Accessed 2020-01-26> 
  • Korean Peninsula Peace Prospects Unravelling in 2020 (2020-01-25)
    (East Asia Forum, By Charles K Armstrong) After US President Donald Trump’s ‘fire and fury’ threats of late 2017 gave way to summit diplomacy in early 2018, the prospects for peace on the Korean Peninsula looked bright. But by the end of 2019 these hopes had dimmed, and as 2020 dawns, peace prospects appear to be unravelling altogether. <Accessed 2020-01-26> 
  • The Case for a Taiwan Sovereign Wealth Fund (2020-01-23)
    (East Asia Forum, By Shaokai Fan) As President Tsai Ing-wen begins her second term, her government should strongly consider both the financial possibilities and the wide-ranging intangible benefits that an SWF can bring. <Accessed 2020-01-26> 
  • Taiwan's January 2020 Election: The American Factor in President Tsai and the Democratic Progressive Party's Big Win (2020-01-23)
    (Taiwan Insight, By John F. Copper) It coincides closely with President Tsai’s Ing-wen popularity leaping from a very low point in the wake of the 2018 mid-term election to winning numbers, and her re-election by a good margin in January this year. Clearly the US with Donald Trump as president was in some part accountable for both. <Accessed 2020-01-26> 
  • U.S. State Department Appoints Envoy to Counter Chinese Influence at the U.N. (2020-01-23)
    (Foreign Policy, By Colum Lynch) U.S. State Department has appointed a new special envoy with a mandate to stall China’s growing influence at the United Nations and other international organizations that the Trump administration has, until now, largely snubbed or ignored, according to several U.S. sources. <Accessed 2020-01-23> 
  • Southeast Asia and the Major Powers: How Does Public Opinion Matter? (2020-01-23)
    (The Diplomat, By Prashanth Parameswaran) Last week, the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) released the latest iteration of a survey of Southeast Asian elites. Beyond the findings themselves, the survey spotlighted the broader question of how elite and mass opinion matters when it comes to major power competition in Southeast Asia as well as foreign policy calculations more generally. <Accessed 2020-01-23> 
  • Internationalized Autonomy: Re-Discovering the West’s Stake in Hong Kong (2020-01-23)
    (The Diplomat, By Brian C.H. Fong) Instead, it is a much more complicated geopolitical issue involving great power competition — the across-the-board opposition from Western countries (such as the G-7 members) against the Extradition Bill, the rise of the Hong Kong issue as a factor in U.S.-China trade negotiations, the enactment of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act by the U.S. Congress, among others, have all pointed to the international dimension of Hong Kong’s autonomy. <Accessed 2020-01-23> 
  • China’s Belt and Road: Is Asia Getting More Cautious? (2020-01-23)
    (The Diplomat, By Prashanth Parameswaran) Getting a sense of regional reactions is challenging given the diversify of responses we have seen, the evolution of the BRI itself, which remains quite amorphous in some senses amid the periodic reports we see, and the relative availability of alternatives offered by other countries such as Japan. Indeed, regional engagement with the BRI is best seen not as a linear process, but a more dynamic one in response to changes in these variables and more. <Accessed 2020-01-23> 
  • What Does Xi’s Myanmar Visit Mean for India’s China Anxieties? (2020-01-23)
    (The Diplomat, By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan) From New Delhi’s perspective, both are problematic. India has taken a strong position against Belt and Road and it worries about the strategic implications of any Chinese bases in the Bay of Bengal under guise of infrastructural projects. <Accessed 2020-01-23> 
  • China Sentences Ex-Interpol Chief to 13 Years for Bribes (2020-01-23)
    (The Diplomat, By Associated Press) China has sentenced the former president of Interpol, Meng Hongwei, to 13 years and six months in prison on charges of accepting more than $2 million in bribes. <Accessed 2020-01-23> 
  • The Globalization of China’s Media Controls: Key Trends from 2019 (2020-01-23)
    (The Diplomat, By Sarah Cook) A new Freedom House report published this week — Beijing’s Global Megaphone — describes the full array of CCP media influence tactics, presenting evidence of both their growing impact and the pushback they have generated, whether from governments, independent media, technology firms, or civil society. <Accessed 2020-01-23> 
  • Pomp and Circumstance: Interpreting the Signing Ceremony of the US-China Trade Deal (2020-01-23)
    (The Diplomat, By Bonnie Girard) Liu’s rank has been a source of criticism against the United States president. Why did Trump agree to sign a deal with someone not equal to his own political status? Why didn’t the two key American negotiators, Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. trade representative, or Steve Mnuchin, the U.S. treasury secretary, sign the deal, with Trump looking benevolently on? <Accessed 2020-01-23> 
  • Taiwan Needs More Than Election Victories to Fend Off China (2020-01-21)
    (Foreign Policy, By Philip Caruso) Taiwan’s military is largely based outside of the urban areas in which 79 percent of Taiwan’s population lives, which would be the focus of any PLA invasion. Delaying the PLA in Taiwan’s cities will in turn require willing Taiwanese citizens to prepare for and resist those attacks. <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • Has the US Lost Myanmar to China? (2020-01-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Hunter Marston) Now that Myanmar is once again facing international isolation following the violent expulsion of more than 700,000 Muslims of the Rohingya minority ethnicity between 2012-17, Aung San Suu Kyi’s government finds itself more reliant on Beijing’s graces than ever. <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • Xi Seeks to Boost Belt and Road With Myanmar Visit (2020-01-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Eleanor Albert) Renewing ties between the two neighbors appears to be beneficial for both leaders as Xi Jinping seeks to revitalize projects linking China to the Bay of Bengal under his Belt and Road Initiative and as Aung San Suu Kyi looks to bolster diplomatic ties amid the West’s condemnation and isolation over the treatment of Rohingya, an Muslim ethnic minority in southwestern Rakhine state. <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • China’s Media Go Global But Struggle With Credibility (2020-01-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Jo Kim) Given the CCP’s history of using the media as revolutionary and governance tools, the globalizing Chinese media outlets have faced difficulties in abandoning the paternalistic mindset that dictates the top-down, one-way characteristic of its messages. As China expert David Shambaugh puts it, China’s state media “basically have taken their domestic propaganda template and tried to go global with it.” <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • What the Year of the Rat Holds for China (2020-01-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Tuan N. Pham) China will try to arrest and further mitigate the setbacks of 2019, regroup and reset in 2020, and then get back on the path of national rejuvenation when the strategic environment becomes favorable again. For Beijing, it is about the long game. <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • The Phase One Trade Deal: What’s in It for China? (2020-01-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Fatih Oktay) However, these considerations only provide breathing space for China. After the election, if Trump wins, he is likely to bring back into spotlight the more important issue of state involvement in the economy and technological development in China, and intensify the technology war. If Trump does not win, it is likely to be worse for China. <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • China’s 2019 Economic Growth Weakened Amid Trade War (2020-01-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Joe McDonald) China’s economic growth sank to a new multi-decade low in 2019 as Beijing fought a tariff war with Washington, but forecasters said a U.S.-Chinese trade truce might help to revive consumer and business activity. <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • Xi Jinping Kicks off Myanmar State Visit (2020-01-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Aung Shine Oo and Pyae Sone Win) The visit nominally marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Myanmar, but also carries the promise of significantly boosting China’s profile and future investments. <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • Exporting China’s Social Credit System to Central Asia (2020-01-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Yau Tsz Yan) But data from these cameras are certainly helpful in generating a base set of information which China can easily access, for more than speeding tickets. Just as it is impossible for Chinese nationals to hide, many countries are becoming entangled. It is not easy for a government to say no if China is offering these systems for free, or half the price. <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • Lockheed Martin Awarded $32.9 Million Pentagon Contract for Taiwan’s F-16 Upgrade Program (2020-01-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Franz-Stefan Gady) U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin has won a $32.9 million contract modification for logistics support to the Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) F-16 Peace Phoenix Rising program, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced on January 14. <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • Taiwan Holds Latest Military Drills Following Elections (2020-01-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Associated Press) “Taiwan is a sacred and inseparable part of China,” TAO spokesman Ma Xiaoguang said in a statement. “Our determination to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity is rock-solid and we will not permit any person, any organization, any political party, at any time, by any method to break away any part of China.” <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • The Taiwan Election’s Other Big Winner: Ko Wen-je’s Taiwan People’s Party (2020-01-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) The Taiwan People’s Party (TPP), created last August by Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je, gained five legislative seats after winning almost 1.6 million votes (11.2 percent) in Taiwan’s party list contest. <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • China Hopes UN Meeting Spurs India-Pakistan Talks on Kashmir (2020-01-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Edith M. Lederer) China’s U.N. ambassador warned Wednesday against further escalation between India and Pakistan over the disputed Kashmir region and expressed hope that a Security Council meeting called by Beijing will encourage both countries to seek a solution through dialogue. <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • China, US Sign ‘Historic’ Trade Deal (2020-01-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) The “Phase One” U.S.-China trade deal was officially inked on Wednesday, in a ceremony featuring U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He. A White House press release touted the deal as a “historic agreement” that “will begin to rebalance our vital trade partnership with China” and “will be an incredible boost for American businesses, farmers, manufacturers, and innovators.” <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • What’s Next for Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy in Tsai’s Second Term? (2020-01-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Prashanth Parameswaran) But beyond that, there is room for some expansion of policy areas that would enhance the NSP’s attractiveness to the region relative to those of other Indo-Pacific actors by playing to Taiwan’s strengths, be it on education, democracy, or approaches to certain non-traditional security challenges. <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • James Soong: The End of an (Authoritarian) Era in Taiwan (2020-01-21)
    (The Diplomat, By James Baron) This neatly captures the warped logic of the KMT old guard. It explains how a man like Soong, who thrived under an autocratic system of government, can play the victim, cast democratically elected presidents as tyrants, and hold forth on democratic values, as he has done in each election he has been involved in. <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • Russia Says US Indo-Pacific Strategy is to Contain China (2020-01-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Ashok Sharma) “Why do you need to call Asia-Pacific as Indo-Pacific? The answer is evident — to exclude China. Terminology should be unifying, not divisive,” Lavrov said in remarks at the Raisina Dialogue. <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • Treading Choppy Waters: Cross-Strait Relations in Taiwan’s 2020 Presidential Election (2020-01-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Pam Kennedy) In the next four years, both sides of the strait will need to proceed with care. Beijing must understand that January 11 signaled voters’ approval for Tsai to implement her policies, including on cross-strait relations, despite (and to some extent because of) outside pressure. Whether or not Beijing sees this democratic process as legitimate, it cannot avoid the reality that voters did not prefer a closer relationship with the mainland this time. <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • Are China’s South China Sea Artificial Islands Militarily Significant and Useful? (2020-01-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) China’s artificial islands have for too long been taken as the physical manifestation of Beijing’s irredentism and revisionism in the South China Sea and while their primary purpose may be the assertion of dubious sovereignty claims, they’re more likely than not to be a serious capability in wartime. It’s past time for the conventional wisdom on the South China Sea to take this seriously. <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • Washington’s War on Huawei Is Causing Angst in Madrid (2020-01-21)
    (Foreign Policy, By Mario Esteban, Miguel Otero-Iglesias) Against this backdrop, Spanish leaders do not want to take sides between the United States and China, but, if forced, in a bipolar world in which the EU has not developed strategic autonomy yet, Spain would side with the United States because of economic and strategic interests, in addition to obvious affinities when it comes to democratic values. <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
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