Taiwan: Trump Call Was Not China 'Policy Shift' (2016-12-06) (USA Today, By Donna Leinwand Leger) "One phone call does not mean a policy shift," Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen told USA TODAY. "We all see the value of stability in the region."
Taiwan Firm Takes Out 'One China' Ad (2016-12-06) (China Post, By Stephanie Chao) The Presidential Office denounced what it described as Chinese "political intervention" after restaurant chain Hai Pa Wang placed an advertisement in a local paper pledging support for the "one China" principle. Hai Pa Wang's ad stated the company's unequivocal support for the "one China" principle in bold red letters, also denying rumors the firm maintained close relations with the family of President Tsai Ing-wen.
Beijing Silent After Latest Trump Taunts On Twitter (2016-12-06) (Taipei Times/AFP) China was silent yesterday after US president-elect Donald Trump’s latest Twitter tirade, with analysts suggesting Beijing was scrambling to work out what the outburst could mean for relations with Washington.
China Lodges Complaint To US (2016-12-05) (China Post/AFP) Beijing has lodged a protest with the United States over the call, the foreign ministry said in a statement Saturday.
Significant Progress Made In Ties With The US: Envoy (2016-12-05) (Taipei Times, By Peng Wan-hsin and Jonathan Chin) Friday’s telephone call between President Tsai Ing-wen and US president-elect Donald Trump marked significant progress in Taiwan-US relations, Taiwan’s Representative to the US Stanley Kao said on Saturday.
US House Passes Taiwan-US Military Exchanges Draft (2016-12-04) (Taipei Times/CNA) The US House of Representatives on Friday passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, which for the first time included a section on senior military exchanges with Taiwan.
Trump-Tsai Call Risks Beijing's Ire (2016-12-04) (China Post and AP) In a break with decades-long diplomatic tradition, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump spoke directly with President Tsai Ing-wen, a move that drew an irritated response from China and looked set to cast uncertainty over U.S. policy toward Asia. In first comments apparently meant to downplay the significance of the call, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the call was "just a small trick by Taiwan" that he believed would not change U.S. policy toward China.
Trump ‘Sensitive’ To Manila’s War On Drugs, Duterte Says (2016-12-04) (Taipei Times, New York Times) Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday said that US president-elect Donald Trump had endorsed his anti-drug campaign, telling Duterte that the Philippines was conducting it “the right way.”
North Korea 'Categorically Rejects' UN Sanctions (2016-12-03) (China Post/AP) North Korea says a sweeping new round of U.N. sanctions aimed at choking its nuclear program by cutting off as much of a quarter of its foreign trade revenue is an "abuse of power" and will be met with tough countermeasures.
Tourist Data Touted As Success Of ‘New Southbound Policy’ (2016-12-03) (Taipei Times/CNA) Visitor numbers from countries targeted by the government’s “new southbound policy” showed double-digit growth since its introduction in September, boding well for the future of the tourism industry, which has been suffering from a decline in the number of Chinese tourists, the Office of Trade Negotiations said in a statement yesterday.
Trump Upends US Foreign Policy With Taiwan Call (2016-12-03) (China Post/AFP) US President-elect Donald Trump broke with decades of foreign policy to speak with the president of Taiwan, prompting Beijing Saturday to accuse Taipei of a ploy but saying the move would not affect US-China ties.
In Move Certain To Enrage Beijing, Trump, Tsai Discuss Issues Including Economy, Defense (2016-12-03) (China Post/CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump have spoken over the phone and discussed issues including economy and defense, the Presidential Office said Saturday. In the conversation that lasted more than 10 minutes late Friday, Tsai asked for U.S. support in Taiwan's bid for more international participation, the office said. The Trump transition team also said the US president-elect spoke with Tsai on the phone Friday in what is described as "a first since the diplomatic ties between the United States and Taiwan were cut off" nearly 38 years ago.
Ministry Welcomes Bill For Taiwan-US Military Exchanges (2016-12-02) (Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday welcomed the US Senate’s and the US House of Representatives’ call for military exchanges between senior Taiwanese and US officials in the US National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the 2017 fiscal year, expressing gratitude to the US Congress for its continuous efforts to promote military cooperation between Taiwan and the US.
After the Call: Does Taiwan Have a Plan for the Trump Years? (2016-12-05) (The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda)Taiwan’s intent with this call may have been to push back against Beijing, showing that the false dichotomy of choosing between the “Taiwanization” mandate and the economic development mandate could be redressed by pursuing closer ties with the United States. China, based on its reaction to the call, may have gotten precisely this message.
Lee Kuan Yew’s Legacy for China-Singapore Relations (2016-12-05) (The Diplomat, by Chen Nahui and Xue Li) Throughout that process, Singapore and China have understood friendship differently. China fondly imagined that ethnic supremacy grounded an unquestionable Sino-Singapore friendship. However, LKY always examined Singapore’s alliances through the lens of Singapore’s interests.
In a Fortnight: China Hails Progress Toward Military Reforms, Improved Jointness (2016-12-05) (China Brief/Jamestown Foundation, By Peter Wood) Though the reforms have made major progress toward streamlining the command structures, commentaries and editorials in official publications calling for the PLA to “cast off” old concepts about the predominance of the Ground Forces (PLAGF) are further indication that the transition has not gone smoothly. Joint operations, the ability of the Army, Air Force, Navy and Rocket Forces to work together in coordinated campaigns, also remains a key bottleneck for the PLA.
Taiwan Celebrates Trump Call—Cautiously (2016-12-04) (Wall Street Journal, By Jenny W. Hsu) Taiwan appeared careful not to gloat about the call, precisely because it worries that might goad Beijing into taking retaliatory action. Taiwanese presidential office spokesman Alex Huang said at a news conference that improving ties with Washington and Beijing was “equally important” to Taiwan and the endeavors didn’t conflict.
Trump’s Taiwan Play (2016-12-04) (Wall Street Journal) Beijing says denying sovereignty for Taiwan is a core interest. But the U.S. has a core interest in preventing North Korea from threatening the world with nuclear-armed missiles. The rest of Asia has a core interest in preventing China from unilaterally asserting its dominance over the East and South China Seas. Respect for core interests goes both ways.
America’s Dangerous Drift on Taiwan (2016-12-04) (Wall Street Journal, By Rupert Hammond-Chambers) America’s relationship with Taiwan is a good example of the drift in U.S. interests. The Obama administration likes to declare that we are experiencing the “best relationship ever.” But this assessment is predicated on an expectation that neither the U.S. nor Taiwan has ambitions for their relationship. Both have been far too preoccupied with their ties with China—a focus that has emboldened Beijing and fostered instability in the Taiwan Strait.
Hong Kong Government Seeks to Remove 4 More Lawmakers From Office (2016-12-02) (New York Times, By Alan Wong and Michael Forsythe) Hong Kong’s government drastically escalated a dispute over lawmakers’ oaths of office on Friday, asking a court to disqualify four additional legislators, after an extraordinary intervention last month by Beijing led to the removal of two pro-independence politicians.
Donald Trump’s Call With Taiwan Leader Raises Fresh Uncertainty Over U.S.-China Relations (2016-12-03) (Wall Street Journal, By Jeremy Page, Chun Han Wong, and Josh Chin) Some U.S. experts and Trump supporters take the view that Chinese help on North Korea has been minimal and that it wouldn’t be in Beijing’s interests to withhold cooperation. Those people also say Friday’s call served as an early message of support to U.S. allies and a warning to Beijing to rein in its assertive policies in the region, but Mr. Trump could still pursue close relations with China once in office.
Taiwan May Be First in Asia to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage (2016-11-19) (New York Times, By Chris Horton) In Asia, Taiwan is an island of relative acceptance for gays, lesbians and those of other sexual orientations. In some Asian countries, including Brunei, homosexual acts are illegal.
Trump Risks Showdown with China After Call with Taiwan (2016-12-02) (CNN, By Stephen Collinson, Nicole Gaouette and Elise Labott) President-elect Donald Trump spoke with Taiwan's President Friday, threatening to ignite a diplomatic showdown with China even before he takes office.
Trump Speaks With Taiwan’s Leader, an Affront to China (2016-12-02) (New York Times, By Mark Landler and David E. Sanger) Diplomats with ties to Taiwan said it was highly unlikely that the Taiwanese leader would have made the call without arranging it in advance. Ms. Tsai’s office confirmed that it had taken place, saying the two had discussed promoting economic development and “strengthening defense.” Taiwan’s Central News Agency hailed the call as “historic.”