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  • US Gives Tsai Permission to Transit Through Territory (2017-10-22)
    (Taipei Times, By William Hetherington) The United States has agreed to let President Tsai Ing-wen pass through Guam and Hawaii on her way to visit allies in the Pacific in November. The only way for the Tsai to set foot on U.S. soil is to do so under the pretense of a transit stop, adding a layer of importance to the diplomatic allies in the Pacific. 
  • No Consensus on "1992 Consensus": Lai (2017-10-21)
    (Taipei Times, By Chen Yu-fu and Jonathan Chin) Premier William Lai stated yesterday that the biggest issue with the 1992 Consensus is that there is no agreement as to what it defines or whether or not it actually exists. He made these remarks in response to KMT demands that President Tsai Ing-wen acknowledge the 1992 Consensus to resume cross-strait negotiations with the PRC government. He argued that the public is split on the interpretation of the 1992 Consensus, claiming that both sides of the Taiwan Strait had their own perspective. 
  • Petition to Jump Time Zone Passes Official Threshold (2017-10-21)
    (Taipei Times, By Jonathan Chin) The National Development Council stated that a petition to change Taiwan's time zone ahead one hour has gathered enough signatures to warrant official consideration. Taiwan currently shares a time zone with Beijing, but it used to be one hour ahead, sharing a time zone with South Korea and Japan. The petition stated that switching time zones would serve as a reminder that Taiwan was not subordinate to the Beijing government.
  • Flag Not "Removed" From Web Site, Was Never There: MOFA (2017-10-21)
    (Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied that they had removed the national flag from their website, claiming that the flag was not even on their site during President Ma Ying-jeou's administration. The statement comes as a response to KMT claims that the Ministry is accommodating President Tsai Ing-wen attempts to distance Taiwan from China.  
  • Xi to Push Unification: Academic (2017-10-20)
    (Taipei Times, By William Hetherington) Professor Chao Chun-shan of the Tamkang University Institute of China Studies believes Xi Jinping's comments at the 19th Party Congress indicate his plans to ramp up unification efforts. Xi insisted upon the "one China" principle as the basis for cross-strait relations and included Taiwan in his discussion about rejuvenating the Chinese people. 
  • The US Calls on Taipei, Beijing to Settle Differences (2017-10-20)
    (CNA) The United States has asked the two sides of the Taiwan Strait to engage in constructive dialogue to seek peaceful resolution of their differences. The U.S. reaffirmed its commitment to the "one China" policy, the Three Joint Communiques, and the Taiwan Relations Act. 
  • Premier Lai Reiterates 6 Resolutions in Response to China President Xi (2017-10-20)
    (CNA) Premier William Lai has reaffirmed Taiwan's six resolutions in hopes of maintaining peace across the Taiwan Strait. These resolutions include protecting Taiwan's sovereignty, freedom, and human rights; remaining committed to the economy; deepening peaceful development in cross-strait interaction; and safeguarding the right of Taiwan's people to determine their own future. 
  • KMT Chairman Wu Den-yih Reiterates Call for Ties Based on "1992 Consensus" (2017-10-19)
    (Taipei Times, By Chen Wei-han) KMT Chairman Wu Den-yih said that cross-strait relations should be based on the 1992 Consensus, reiterating the sentiment of Chinese President Xi Jinping on the issue. He reaffirmed his belief that the 1992 Consensus represented the "One China" principle that has defined the KMT's view of cross-strait relations for decades. Cross-strait relations and discussions have lately come to a halt due to the CCP's refusal to communicate with the DPP. 
  • No Chance of Tsai-Trump Meeting on Trip: Minister (2017-10-19)
    (CNA) Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lee dismissed any chance of President Tsai Ing-wen meeting with US President Donald Trump on her upcoming trip to Pacific diplomatic allies. Her trip may potentially take her on a transit stop in Hawaii. The Taiwanese government has yet to announce the final transit stops for Tsai's trip as they are still waiting on approval from Washington to stop in US territories. 
  • Ministry Wary of Dominican Relations (2017-10-19)
    (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been closely monitoring Taiwan's relationship with the Dominican Republic after seeing signs that the Dominican Republic may be growing closer to Beijing. KMT Legislator Johnny Chiang said that the Dominican Foreign Minister met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi last month and did not voice his support for Taiwan at the meeting. However, the Ministry also stated that there was no immediate threat of the Dominican Republic severing ties with Taiwan. 
  • Over 36% Rise in Tourist Arrivals from Southeast Asia: Report (2017-10-18)
    (CNA) Tourism from the countries registered under Taiwan's New Southbound Policy between January and August has shown a 36.04 percent increase from the same period last year. Between January and August, 1.4 million tourists arrived in Taiwan from these countries, the largest proportion being from Vietnam and the Philippines. 
  • Taiwan, U.S. Sign MOU on Defense Affairs (2017-10-18)
    (CNA) The Taiwan Defense Industry Association and the U.S.-Taiwan Business Council President have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to promote U.S. defense cooperation with Taiwan. Through this MOU, the two organizations will extend exchanges on defense issues, foster cooperation on the defense industry and business, and start discussions on national security needs and weapons procurement. 
  • Taiwan Urges New Model for Cross-Strait Ties (2017-10-18)
    (CNA) In response to Xi Jinping's remarks at the 19th Party Congress on the "one China" principle, the Presidential Office in Taiwan has urged the two sides to show wisdom, determination, and patience to create a new model for bilateral ties. The Mainland Affairs Council said Xi's message of advocating the "one China" principle and "one country, two systems" with Hong Kong will have problems winning the hearts of the Taiwanese people. 
  • Xi Stresses "One China Principle," "1992 Consensus" at CPC Congress (2017-10-18)
    (CNA) At the 19th Party Congress, Chinese President Xi Jinping reasserted his commitment to the "1992 Consensus" and the "one China" principle. This congress is considered the most significant political gathering in China since Xi came to power in 2012 and is a strong indicator of what Xi's future policy toward Taiwan will be. 
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  • China’s New Antipollution Push Could Cool Its Growth Engine (2017-10-23)
    (New York Times, By Keith Bradsher) Chinese officials face tough choices as they move to clean up skies and rivers, an effort that some say could put downward pressure on the economy. 
  • Xi Jinping Pushes China’s Rise Despite Friction and Fear (2017-10-22)
    (New York Times, By Jane Perlez) Mr. Xi has enjoyed remarkable success expanding Chinese global influence, benefiting from President Trump’s election. But he is also facing pushback to his assertive approach to foreign policy. 
  • In China’s Coal Capital, Xi Jinping’s Dream Remains Elusive (2017-10-21)
    (New York Times, By Chris Buckley) Mr. Xi has promised a new “China dream” of prosperity. But in the nation’s hinterlands, locals say there’s a stark disconnect between the bright promises and their hardscrabble reality. 
  • China Wrongly Detained 3 Human Rights Activists, U.N. Experts Say (2017-10-20)
    (New York Times, By Nick Cumming-Bruce) Hu Shigen, Zhou Shifeng and Xie Yang were imprisoned for subversion. U.N. experts say their rights were violated. 
  • Ousted Chinese Official Is Accused of Plotting Against Communist Party (2017-10-20)
    (New York Times, By Austin Ramzy) Allegations offer new details of charges against Sun Zhengcai and pit him against not just the Communist Party but China’s leader, Xi Jinping. 
  • The Ultimate Honour: Will Xi Jinping be Elevated to the Same Status as Mao Zedong? (2017-10-23)
    (South China Morning Post, By Choi Chi-Yuk and Sidney Leng) Communist Party delegates from the rank-and-file to the top levels have backed calls for Xi Jinping’s name to be added to the party’s constitution – a move that would put him on a par with Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. The focal point of Tuesday’s closing ceremonies for the party congress will be the exact wording of the amendment to the party’s constitution that will enshrine Xi’s dogma – the “Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” – into the document. 
  • China to Keep Wary Watch on Abe’s Push to Change Pacifist Constitution (2017-10-23)
    (South China Morning Post, By Kristin Huang) The big electoral win on the weekend for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party will give a short-term boost to ties with China but Beijing will keep a wary eye on any moves in Tokyo to alter the pacifist constitution. Before the election, Abe made friendly overtures to China including a rare appearance at a Chinese embassy event last month to celebrate China’s national day. But a day after the LDP and a small coalition partner secured at least 312 of the 465 seats in Japan’s lower house, Abe signalled a push to revise the US-drafted constitution. 
  • Paracel Island Cruises Prove an Undisputed Hit with Chinese Holidaymakers (2017-10-23)
    (South China Morning Post, By Laura Zhou) Cruises around the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea are growing in popularity among Chinese holidaymakers, according to the official in charge of the disputed territory. Since the start of the year, 59 groups have set sail for the archipelago, Tian Xiangli, party chief of Sansha, said on the sidelines of the 19th national congress in Beijing. That represented a 20 per cent increase in both tour and passenger numbers from last year, he said, without giving an absolute figure for the latter. 
  • China Urges the US to Abandon ‘Biased Views’ After Tillerson’s Reprimand (2017-10-20)
    (The Diplomat, By Charlotte Gao) Following US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's sharp critique of China in a speech at CSIS, the Chinese government made a statement asking the US to "abandon its biased views of China." Tillerson accused China of undermining the international order to advance its own foreign policy goals. The Chinese Foreign Ministry's response, in a sharply contrasting tone, encouraged cooperation between China and the United States. 
  • Can We Preserve Asia’s ‘Long Peace’? (2017-10-18)
    (East Asia Forum, By Kevin Rudd) An expanding East Asia Summit, perhaps one day evolving into a wider East Asian community or an Asia Pacific community, will not exist as a substitute for evolving and existing alliance structures. But it could well help take the sharper edges off what is currently unfolding, as well as slowly evolving concepts of common security, military transparency and common military exercises which could over time help preserve the ‘long peace’ from which we have collectively benefited since the end of the last Korean War. 
  • Is the Trump Administration About to Take On China's Belt and Road Initiative? (2017-10-19)
    (The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) Rex Tillerson's speech this week on India offered a new insight into how the Trump Administration plans to counter China's Belt and Road Initiative, a plan that both the US and India have been wary of since its inception. Tillerson mentioned the concept of a "free and open Asia-Pacific" numerous times in his speech, and Trump may even mention the matter at an upcoming speech in Vietnam. Much of what has been revealed about this countering strategy reflects the ideals of the Obama administration's views on Asia. 
  • Taiwan Calls for New Cross-Strait Relations After Xi’s Strong Speech (2017-10-19)
    (The Diplomat, By Charlotte Gao) Chinese President Xi Jinping's speech at the start of the 19th Party Congress contained strong rhetoric against Taiwan, demanding that Taiwan recognize the 1992 Consensus that has defined cross-strait relations since its creation. The Mainland Affairs Council responded by urging Beijing to find a new way to approach cross-strait relations. The current party in power in Taiwan, the DPP, has yet to acknowledge the 1992 Consensus. 
  • China’s Xi Approaches a New Term With a Souring Taste for Markets (2017-10-16)
    (Wall Street Journal, By Lingling Wei) Going into his second term, Mr. Xi finds relying on markets too risky and state capitalism a better model. When the Chinese leadership talks of reform today it doesn’t mean economic liberalization as it did in, say, the era of Deng Xiaoping. It means fine-tuning a government-led model. 
  • Xi Jinping’s Marathon Speech: Five Takeaways (2017-10-18)
    (New York Times, By Chris Buckley and Keith Bradsher) President Xi Jinping of China gave a 205-minute speech to open the Communist Party congress. Here is what mattered. 
  • Xi Jinping Opens China’s Party Congress, His Hold Tighter Than Ever (2017-10-17)
    (New York Times, By Chris Buckley) Warning of deep and complicated changes but describing the outlook as “extremely bright,” the president is set to make himself the indispensable man. 
  • U.S. Evacuation Drills in South Korea Heighten Fears of Military Action (2017-10-16)
    (New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) The military’s plan to practice evacuating noncombatants, despite being a routine exercise, raises concerns because of heightened tensions with North Korea. 
  • Xi Vows Wider ‘Open Door’ Policy Amid Foreign Demands for More Market Access (2017-10-18)
    (South China Morning Post, By Jane Cai and Wendy Wu) Chinese President Xi Jinping has again promised greater market access to foreign investors to shore up confidence in his country amid louder complaints from Washington to Brussels about Beijing’s protectionism. In his marathon speech at the start of the Communist Party’s twice-a-decade national congress on Wednesday, Xi said China would significantly lower the threshold for entrance to China’s markets, protect the legal interests of foreign businesses in China, and treat locally registered companies in an equal and fair way. 
  • China-led AIIB Ushers in Afghanistan as China Seeks to Expand its Influence (2017-10-16)
    (South China Morning Post, By Kinling Lo) The China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has formally granted Afghanistan full membership, taking the lender’s membership to 80. The Afghan finance ministry said on Saturday it received a certificate of membership from the Beijing-based multilateral bank on the sidelines of a meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington. 
  • What Will Xi Do to Deng’s Legacy? (2017-10-18)
    (East Asia Forum, By Sourabh Gupta) From his commemoration of Deng’s famous economic-reform minded ‘southern tour’ to the November 2013 Third Plenum reforms to his ongoing anti-corruption campaign, Xi has styled himself as Deng’s successor in ways no party leader has over the past quarter-century. Having been anointed ‘core leader’ much before Jiang ever managed or Hu even sought, will Xi become the greatest consolidator of Deng’s political legacy? Or will he set in motion its slow unravelling? 
  • Taiwan’s Southward Integration Faces a Long Uphill Battle (2017-10-17)
    (East Asia Forum, By Kwei-Bo Huang) It is very likely that aggravated cross-Strait relations will be inimical to the success of the NSP. Tsai was adamant in early 2016 that Taiwan’s diplomacy ‘would rely on its own power, not China’s goodwill’. If Tsai keeps this stance when it comes to Taiwan’s foreign and cross-Strait relations, the prospect of the NSP’s success will become even smaller. 
  • What China Can Learn from Its First 18 Party Congresses (2017-10-18)
    (The Diplomat, By Sergey Radchenko) The Chinese Communist Party, which is now 96 years old, can learn much by analyzing the history of the Party Congresses up until the present date. While at first they represented tumultuous times in Chinese history, occurring on an irregular schedule, they became more regular following the Chinese Civil War. The biggest takeaway from the regular Party Congresses following the Civil War is that they are not good indicators as to what the future of Chinese politics may hold. The Party Congresses should be seen as milestones in Chinese history, not directional signs. 
  • Xi’s Legacy and the Party Congress (2017-10-16)
    (East Asia Forum, By the Editorial Board) For China to deal with its new circumstances and responsibilities in the world one thing is clear: the Party will have to change again or it will fail the nation’s new ambitions, including those that Xi has helped define. It may seem now that things can stay the same as they look right now but there is a powerful dynamic that says they can’t. How change is managed next will determine how and whether the CCP can continue to play a positive role in China’s future that most in China are persuaded it has thus far. 
  • China's 19th Party Congress Sends a Message to Chinese Media (2017-10-18)
    (The Diplomat, By Charlotte Gao) No common people have been allowed into Tiananmen Square, where the Great Hall of the People is located, since the start of the 19th Party Congress, demonstrating the extraordinary security measures Beijing is taking to ensure the safety of those attending. Journalists attending must also go through numerous security checks before being granted access. Even after security, journalists have been dealing with a less-than-friendly face of the CCP. 
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