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  • 6 Allies Speak Up for Taiwan at Interpol General Assembly in Chile (2019-10-19)
    (CNA, By Elaine Hou and Ko Lin) Six of Taiwan's diplomatic allies have spoken out in support of the country at the just concluded general assembly of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) held in Chile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Saturday. <Accessed 2019-10-19>  
  • U.S. Organizes Meeting to Help Taiwan Keep Its Allies (2019-10-19)
    (CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Frances Huang) The United States held a meeting on Thursday that brought together Taiwan's representative to the United States Stanley Kao (高碩泰), as well as several officials from the U.S. State Department and representatives from seven of Taipei's diplomatic allies, in an effort help Taiwan keep its rapidly disappearing allies in the Western Hemisphere. <Accessed 2019-10-19> 
  • Chinese Tourist Numbers Declined 68% Last Month (2019-10-19)
    (Taipei Times/CNA) About 44,000 Chinese tourists visited Taiwan last month, down 68 percent from a year earlier, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Deputy Minister Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正) said on Thursday, citing figures from the National Immigration Agency. The decline follows Beijing’s August announcement that it would temporarily stop issuing travel permits for independent travel to Taiwan. <Accessed 2019-10-19> 
  • China Pushes Back Against U.S. Rule Monitoring Diplomatic Visits (2019-10-17)
    (Bloomberg, By Staff Writer) The U.S. State Department’s new requirement that China give official notice before its diplomats visit universities and research institutions or meet with local government officials violates the Vienna Convention governing relations between countries, according to the Chinese embassy in America. <Accessed 2019-10-19> 
  • China Says It’s Working on Trade Agreement Text With U.S. (2019-10-17)
    (Bloomberg, By Staff Writer) Chinese officials are working on the text of an agreement on trade in close contact with U.S. negotiators, and have begun discussions on the next stage, Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng said at a regular briefing in Beijing Thursday. <Accessed 2019-10-19> 
  • Parliamentarians in EU Launch Formosa Club to Support Taiwan (2019-10-17)
    (CNA, By Emerson Lim and Tang Pei-chun) A group composed of members of the European Parliament and three other national parliaments in Europe was established Wednesday to support Taiwan in the face of China's growing suppression, Taiwan's foreign ministry said Thursday. <Accessed 2019-10-19> 
  • National Security Official Calls for Deal with US on Combating Disinformation (2019-10-17)
    (Taipei TImes/CNA) National Security Bureau Deputy Director-General Vincent Chen (陳文凡) on Tuesday called on the US to sign a memorandum of understanding with Taiwan as part of a joint effort to combat disinformation. Discussing China’s influence operations against Taiwan at a US conference, Chen said that Beijing has for years attempted to influence Taiwan’s major elections. <Accessed 2019-10-19> 
  • Senior U.S. Diplomat Condemns Beijing's Bullying of Taiwan (2019-10-17)
    (CNA, By Stacy Hsu and Chiang Yi-ching) The top U.S. diplomat for East Asia, David Stilwell, condemned Beijing's bullying of Taiwan Wednesday and pledged continued U.S. support for Taiwan's defense needs. <Accessed 2019-10-19> 
  • U.S. to Issue LOA to Finalize M1A2 Tank Sale Soon: Taiwan (2019-10-15)
    (CNA, By Matt Yu and Joseph Yeh) The United States will soon send Taiwan a letter of offer and acceptance (LOA), a contract between the U.S. military and a foreign military sale customer, to officially seal the M1A2 tank sale, Taiwan's defense ministry said Tuesday. <Accessed 2019-10-19> 
  • Hong Kong Protesters Vow to Hit the Streets in Major 'Illegal' March (2019-10-18)
    (Reuters, By Jessie Pang and Twinnie Siu) Hong Kong pro-democracy campaigners on Friday vowed to stage a major march at the weekend despite police ruling the rally illegal, setting the scene for possibly more unrest in the Chinese-ruled city, battered by months of violent protests. <Accessed 2019-10-18>
  • Lam Forced From HK legislature as Lawmakers Protest (2019-10-18)
    (Taipei Times, By Staff Writer) Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (林鄭月娥) yesterday was again forced from the Hong Kong Legislative Council because of protests by opposition members following a bloody attack on a leader of the protest movement. <Accessed 2019-10-18> 
  • Taiwan to Remain in American Visa Waiver Program: MOFA (2019-10-18)
    (CNA, By Elaine Hou and Matthew Mazzetta) Taiwan has received confirmation that it will remain a part of the American visa waiver program (VWP), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced on Friday. <Accessed 2019-10-18> 
  • Han Takes Leave to Focus on his Presidential Run (2019-10-16)
    (Taipei Times, By Ann Maxon) Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) yesterday announced that he is taking a leave of absence, starting today and lasting until the Jan. 11 elections, to focus on his presidential campaign. <Accessed 2019-10-16> 
  • Legislator Calls for Strict Regulation of Chinese Media (2019-10-16)
    (Taipei Times, By Ann Maxon) Independent Legislator Freddy Lim (林昶佐) yesterday urged Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) to ensure that the Ministry of Culture introduces rules to regulate Chinese media outlets interviewing Taiwanese, and that relevant agencies enforce rules to safeguard personal information accessed by apps developed by foreign companies. <Accessed 2019-10-16> 
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  • Trump's Devastating Silence on China's Human Rights Abuses (2019-10-19)
    (The Diplomat, By Naz El-Khatib and Ashley Wood) Trump’s promise laid bare the reality that his brand of “toughness” has matters completely backward when it comes to China. Instead of championing universal human rights and countering authoritarianism, Trump has deprioritized human rights and lent credence to authoritarian rhetoric. This fundamental weakness in Trump’s approach is not just a moral failing, but a strategic one that erodes our most enduring competitive advantage: Our values. <Accessed 2019-10-19> 
  • Taiwan Can Profit from the US-China Tech War (2019-10-19)
    (The Diplomat, By Victor (Lin) Pu) The reason for the U.S. government to blacklist Hikvision and other Chinese entities is not merely for concerns of U.S. national security, but in response to the human rights abuses in Xinjiang. To some extent, this move is also aimed at limiting the export of Chinese digital authoritarianism. If Taiwan can reposition its industrial and national security policies smoothly, it would make a profit amid the escalating tech war and beyond, as well as play a prominent role on the front-line against digital authoritarian China. <Accessed 2019-10-19> 
  • U.S. Congressman Accuses China of 'Visa Blackmail' Due to Planned Taiwan Visit (2019-10-19)
    (The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) Maloney called China’s move an “extraordinary step,” and it would mark a major shift in policy if Beijing refuses to grant visas to U.S. politicians who have visited Taiwan. Maloney said that, after making clear the delegation would not cancel its stop in Taiwan, Chinese officials “demanded that I issue a statement endorsing Beijing’s version of the ‘one China policy’” – which dictates that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is the only legitimate and sovereign China. <Accessed 2019-10-19> 
  • Xi's Visit Exposes the Limits of China-Nepal Strategic Convergence (2019-10-19)
    (The Diplomat, By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan) All this suggests that mutual interests by itself may not be sufficient to power China-Nepal relations. Negotiating the terms of actual deals, domestic national concerns, as well as the fear of getting dragged into the Sino-Indian competition, are all likely to limit how close India’s neighbors such as Nepal will get to China. <Accessed 2019-10-19> 
  • Chinese Propaganda Has No Place on Campus (2019-10-19)
    (Foreign Policy, By Andreas Fulda) Confucius Institutes at universities can be likened to Perry Link’s “anaconda in the chandelier”—his metaphor for the power of censorship in China. While the anaconda may not move, its shadow nevertheless induces fear among staff, students, and university managers alike, and they react accordingly. Mindful of the importance of international student recruitment, there is little appetite among university administrators to jeopardize the steady stream of fee-paying international students from mainland China. <Accessed 2019-10-19> 
  • Can Beijing and Hong Kong Rejuvenate 'One Country, Two Systems'? (2019-10-19)
    (The Diplomat, By Brian Wong) The problem with an excessively rigid understanding of 1C2S is that it offers no helpful answers as to how such de facto system convergences should be managed – if at all. Many Hong Kongers thus perceive these to be signs of the “1C” dominating over the “2S,” whereas the central government is induced by the promise of 1C2S to view such sociocultural tensions as merely expected transitory costs as the “2S” become subsumed under the “1C” flag. Neither interpretation does the complex reality justice. <Accessed 2019-10-19> 
  • China's Economic Slowdown Deepens, Weighing on Global Growth (2019-10-19)
    (The Diplomat, By Joe McDonald) China’s economic growth sank to a new multi-decade low in the latest quarter as a trade war with Washington deepened a slump that is weighing on the global economy. <Accessed 2019-10-19> 
  • Perceiving China's Influence in the Pacific: The Case of Solomon Islands (2019-10-19)
    (The Diplomat, By Denghua Zhang) While much of the debate is on the potential domino effect, a careful reading of the report produced by the Solomon Islands parliamentary bi-partisan task force, a key player appointed by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in June to review the country’s relations with China and Taiwan, and the statement by Sogavare on the switch, reveals a lot about local perceptions of China’s rise and changing geopolitics in the region. <Accessed 2019-10-19> 
  • Why Trade Wars are Inevitable (2019-10-19)
    (Foreign Policy, By Michael Pettis) In this globalized system, rising income inequality is both the cause and a consequence of international trade competition. <Accessed 2019-10-19> 
  • Xinjiang Backlash is Hitting Chinese Firms Hard (2019-10-19)
    (Foreign Policy, By Charles Rollet) For years, U.S. tech companies exported advanced technology to this horrific system, but because of the blacklist such sales now require stringent U.S. Commerce Department licenses that operate under a “presumption of denial.” The measures were reinforced by the announcement of U.S. visa restrictions on unnamed government and Chinese Communist Party officials involved in the Xinjiang crackdown. <Accessed 2019-10-19> 
  • Taiwan Needs a Maoist Military (2019-10-19)
    (Foreign Policy, By James R. Holmes) Rather, they must adapt Mao Zedong’s war-making methods—techniques meant to empower the weak to prevail over the strong in a trial of arms. Once military commanders accept—and come to feel in their guts—that Taiwan is now the weaker contender in the Taiwan Strait, they will learn to think in Maoist terms. Strategy, operational concepts, and weaponry for turning the tables on the strong will come naturally to them. <Accessed 2019-10-19> 
  • High Expectations as China's Xi Lands in Nepal (2019-10-15)
    (The Diplomat, By Peter Gill) The large-scale, feverish preparations for Xi’s arrival indicate the importance the Nepali government has placed on the visit. Kathmandu hopes to sign a number of agreements to begin infrastructure projects funded under Xi’s signature Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). <Accessed 2019-10-15> 
  • The Leaders of the World's Two Biggest Countries Meet - and Come Away with Little Progress (2019-10-15)
    (Foreign Policy, By Sumit Ganguly) In the coming years, India will not be able to deal with China on equal terms. However, if it can deftly handle the delicate issue of the Tibetan diaspora in India and simultaneously fashion a closer, predictable security partnership with the United States, it may not have to simply exchange pleasantries and satisfy itself with hesitant progress at a future summit. <Accessed 2019-10-15> 
  • Trade War Pauses Leaves Few Happy (2019-10-15)
    (Foreign Policy, By Keith Johnson, James Palmer) U.S. President Donald Trump’s mini-deal with China to keep the trade war from spiraling further bucked up stock markets and will likely defer another tariff escalation—but it will also disappoint nearly everyone, including both U.S. businesses and consumers forced to pay billions more for imported goods and China hawks in his own administration who hoped to use U.S. leverage to force real changes to China’s economic model. <Accessed 2019-10-15> 
  • Why Huawei Isn't So Scary (2019-10-15)
    (Foreign Policy, By Elsa B. Kania, Lindsey R. Sheppard) Although Huawei may assert that it has already taken an unbeatable lead in 5G infrastructure, judging who’s truly ahead in the field means looking at multiple criteria. Such indicators can include commercial contracts, deployed performance, integration with network infrastructure, and real technological innovation. <Accessed 2019-10-15> 
  • The Pretend Trade Deal (2019-10-15)
    (Foreign Policy, By Christopher Balding) The bigger problem is the United States and China agree on almost nothing. They do not agree on the problems, how to solve them, or even what the broad objectives should be. China does not accept the U.S. position that domestic subsidies and industrial policy are negotiable topics, while the United States does not accept the Chinese position that Huawei is a trade issue. <Accessed 2019-10-15> 
  • From 'Land-Locked' to 'Land-Linked': China's Xi Goes to Nepal (2019-10-15)
    (The Diplomat, By Eleanor Albert) Leaders from the two countries signed 20 agreements to boost connectivity, trade, economic assistance, and security relations. China and Nepal also agreed to upgrade their ties to a strategic partnership, with Xi vowing to “help Nepal realize its dream of becoming a land-linked country from a land-locked one.” <Accessed 2019-10-15> 
  • China's Xi Visits Nepal, Elevating Ties to 'Strategic Partnership of Cooperation' (2019-10-15)
    (The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) China’s Xinhua state news agency underscored that the visit’s overarching purpose was the upgrading of the bilateral diplomatic relationship. China and Nepal agreed to regard their relationship as a “strategic partnership of cooperation.” <Accessed 2019-10-15> 
  • Blizzard and Mei: Makings of Online Protest (2019-10-15)
    (The Diplomat, By Layne Vandenberg) If Mei comes to widely symbolize revolution, freedom, and democracy, China’s censors may have no choice but to remove the game entirely to maintain control over the messages reaching its population. By hijacking Mei as a Chinese Overwatch “Hero,” users — both in Hong Kong and abroad — have made a fictional character a tangible part of the movement. <Accessed 2019-10-15> 
  • Can the Chennai Connect Keep India-China Relations on Track? (2019-10-15)
    (The Diplomat, By Vinay Kaura) Both leaders asserted that enhanced cooperation will reduce the trust deficit between them. But it is easier said than done. The two countries will need to move beyond just statements because there is a very little change in the language of the press statement from Wuhan. <Accessed 2019-10-15> 
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