• Taiwan Ranked at Bottom on Climate (2019-12-12)
    (Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) Taiwan’s overall rating fell three places from last year in the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) and it is grouped with Saudi Arabia and the US as the bottom three performers, an annual report released on Tuesday showed. <Accessed 2019-12-12> 
  • Enact Refugee Law to Help Hong Kong, Taiwan Presidential Hopeful Says (2019-12-12)
    (New York Times/Reuters, By Ben Blanchard) Taiwan should enact a refugee law to help the people of Hong Kong, the main opposition candidate to be Taiwan's next president said on Thursday, a move that could complicate his stated desire to improve strained relations with Beijing. <Accessed 2019-12-12> 
  • China Says Anti-Infiltration Bill Causing 'Alarm, Panic' (2019-12-12)
    (Taipei Times/Reuters) A proposed anti-infiltration bill that the government says is needed to combat Chinese influence is spreading alarm among the Taiwanese business community in China, Beijing said yesterday. <Accessed 2019-12-12> 
  • Prague Poised to Establish City-to-City Ties with Taipei (2019-12-12)
    (CNA, By Flor Wang and Lin Yu-li) The city council of Prague in the Czech Republic passed a motion to establish "sisterhood ties" with Taipei Thursday. <Accessed 2019-12-12> 
  • Different Priorities for Tsai, Han in U.S. Relations: Former AIT Chair (2019-12-12)
    (CNA, By Chiang Ching-yeh and Matthew Mazzetta) Taiwanese presidential candidates Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) have different priorities in their relations with the United States, former American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman Richard Bush said Wednesday. <Accessed 2019-12-12> 
  • Tuvalu Voices Support for Taiwan at U.N. Climate Change Conference (2019-12-12)
    (CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan and Evelyn Kao) Tuvalu Prime Minister Kausea Natano spoke up for Taiwan Wednesday at the 25th United Nations Climate Change Conference, in support of the nation's participation in the annual meeting. <Accessed 2019-12-12> 
  • Tsai Tells US Official of Trade Deal Hopes (2019-12-10)
    (Taipei Times/CNA, By Su Yung-yao) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday expressed hope that a bilateral trade agreement (BTA) could be signed between Taiwan and the US. <Accessed 2019-12-10> 
  • 2020 Elections: Fewer China-Based Voters Expected (2019-12-10)
    (Taipei Times, By Yang Chun-hui and Lin Liang-sheng) The number of China-based Taiwanese businesspeople returning home to vote in next month’s elections is expected to be lower than for previous elections, a person familiar with the matter said on Sunday.<Accessed 2019-12-10> 
  • US Hopeful about Taiwan's Diplomatic Relations with Pacific Island States (2019-12-10)
    (Taiwan News, By Ching-Tse Cheng) The deputy director of the U.S. Department of State, Jennifer Spande, said Monday (Dec. 9) that the U.S. government remains hopeful about expanding Taiwan's diplomatic circle among Pacific Island countries. <Accessed 2019-12-10> 
  • AP Interview: Taiwan May Help if Hong Kong Violence Expands (2019-12-10)
    (Associated Press, By Adam Schreck) Taiwan’s top diplomat said Tuesday that his government stands with Hong Kong citizens pushing for “freedom and democracy,” and would help those displaced from the semi-autonomous Chinese city if Beijing intervenes with greater force to quell the protests. <Accessed 2019-12-10> 
  • Bill Passed to Establish Human Rights Committee Under Control Yuan (2019-12-10)
    (CNA, By Wang Yang-yu and Matthew Mazzetta) Taiwan's legislature on Tuesday voted to establish a National Human Rights Committee under the Control Yuan, a body with wide-ranging government oversight powers. <Accessed 2019-12-10> 
  • Bill Asks Pentagon to Form US-Taiwan Cybersecurity Group (2019-12-10)
    (CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Joseph Yeh) A conference agreement version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal 2020 suggests the U.S. government should study the feasibility of forming a U.S.-Taiwan working group to coordinate responses to cybersecurity issues, among other recommendations designed to enhance defense and security cooperation between the two countries. <Accessed 2019-12-10> 
  • President Pitches Bilateral Trade Pact in Meeting with U.S. Official (2019-12-09)
    (CNA, By Yeh Su-ping, Emerson Lim, and Evelyn Kao) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) expressed hope Monday during a meeting with a high-level U.S. Department of Commerce official that Taiwan and the United States can sign a bilateral trade agreement to add new impetus to bilateral economic growth. <Accessed 2019-12-09>  
  • Taiwan Donates US$550,000 to APEC for Regional Economic Integration (2019-12-09)
    (CNA, By Kuo Chao-ho and Joseph Yeh) Taiwan on Monday donated US$550,000 to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to support the forum's initiatives in advancing economic integration and sustainable growth across the region, according to the nation's representative office in Malaysia. <Accessed 2019-12-09> 
  • China Not Trustworthy: Ex-AIT Director (2019-12-09)
    (Taipei Times/CNA, By Lu Yi-hsuan) “China is not to be trusted,” former American Institute in Taiwan director Stephen Young said in Taipei yesterday, using Beijing’s dealings with the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong as an example. Young made the remark at a forum in Taipei on Taiwan-US relations hosted by the Taiwan Thinktank and the Washington-based Global Taiwan Institute. <Accessed 2019-12-09> 
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  • Beijing's Animosity Toward Taiwan's DPP is Bad for Everyone (2019-12-14)
    (The Diplomat, By Jeremy Huai-Che Chiang) Thus, in Beijing’s mind, being consistently unbending toward DPP positions should be able (and is seen as the only way) to send a strong signal to the DPP and ultimately force them to concede. <Accessed 2019-12-14> 
  • The US-China Trade Deal is Finally Here (2019-12-14)
    (The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) The United States and China announced on December 13 that they have reached agreement on their “phase one” trade deal, a major development in the 20-month trade war. In exchange for tariff relief, China will increase its purchases of U.S. goods and address U.S. concerns relating to intellectual property (IP) protection, currency manipulation, and agriculture, among others. <Accessed 2019-12-14> 
  • Why a 'Phase One' Deal Won't Solve the US-China Trade War (2019-12-14)
    (The Diplomat, By Daisuke Minami) Still, expectations for the deal, even if concluded, are low, because it focuses on tariff reduction and farm goods purchase and leaves the contentious issues like China’s industrial policies and domestic subsidies for later deals. <Accessed 2019-12-14> 
  • Taiwan Pushed to the Sidelines as COP25 Climate Summit Concludes (2019-12-14)
    (The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) This year, as it does annually, Taiwan sent a delegation of public and private sector representatives to participate in sideline events and exhibitions. But its delegation did not make it inside, where Natano told the conference it should recognize Taiwan’s contributions to addressing climate change. <Accessed 2019-12-14> 
  • The Americans Are Coming? Washington's China Pushback and Its Uncertainties (2019-12-14)
    (The Diplomat, By Jin Kai) For the United States, the “shadows” cast by China’s ambitious growth are spreading almost everywhere, and Washington is taking actions on a wide range of political, economic, cultural, social, and ideological issues. That seems to suggest that it’s the Americans that are coming this time, with a so-called “whole-of-government” pushback on China. <Accessed 2019-12-14> 
  • China is Taking Patents Seriously. The World Should Take Notice. (2019-12-14)
    (The Diplomat, By Bonnie Girard) Probably few have considered, however, that the BRI would also offer an opportunity for China to inspect and absorb for its own benefit the patent and IP protection schemes in all of the BRI target countries to which it is extending its financial and political reach. <Accessed 2019-12-14> 
  • Taiwan's 2020 Presidential Elections (2019-12-14)
    (The Diplomat, By Yoshiyuki Ogasawara) A Tsai win would obviously be a setback to Beijing’s policy towards Taiwan, but it would not mean an easing of Taiwan Strait tensions. On the contrary, Beijing will react by ratcheting up the pressure on Taiwan in hopes of achieving something before the centenary celebration of the CCP’s foundation in 2021. Neighboring countries including Japan must be aware of this, and prepare for cross-Strait turbulence. <Accessed 2019-12-14> 
  • Smuggling Out the Truth: The Story of the Xinjiang Papers and China Cables (2019-12-14)
    (The Diplomat, By Ben Lowsen) For them as much as for anybody else, these leaks come as a surprise. Indeed, they are a testament to the courage of some within the PRC, an indication of how bad Beijing’s human rights abuses must be, and possibly a crack in the façade of Xi Jinping’s power over China. <Accessed 2019-12-14> 
  • Kazakhstan on China's Diplomatic Silk Road (2019-12-14)
    (The Diplomat, By Catherine Putz) Interviewees, the report states, said this disconnect — success in bolstering support among political elites and lagging behind in “strengthening ties with the average Kazakh” — stems from “‘a fundamental misunderstanding of Kazakhstan in China,’ arguing that Beijing fails to anticipate and respond when decisions taken by political elites are seen by the public as benefiting Beijing at the expense of Kazakh people.” <Accessed 2019-12-14> 
  • Taiwan’s January 2020 National Election: The View from One-Month Prior (2019-12-12)
    (Asia Dialogue, By John F. Copper) Arguably the most important factor leading to these predictions is that the DPP is unified and the KMT is not; or at least the DPP is facing fewer centrifugal forces. This has historically been a good predictor of winners and losers. <Accessed 2019-12-14> 
  • Taiwan's Usually Obscure Party Lists Swing its Legislative Election (2019-12-12)
    (The Diplomat, By Lev Nachman and Brian Hioe) A week later, the KMT and DPP’s positions began to switch. The KMT fell in the polls and today continues to drop. The DPP’s odds of maintaining their legislative majority drastically increased because of a feature of Taiwanese politics that many are not familiar with: the party list. <Accessed 2019-12-12> 
  • The Cruel Fate of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor in China (2019-12-12)
    (The Diplomat, By Peter Humphrey) As of December 10, two Canadians will have been held for an entire year in abominable, isolated conditions in the claws of the Chinese Communist Party’s secret police. <Accessed 2019-12-12> 
  • Hong Kong's Leader Again Rejects Concessions after Massive Weekend Protest (2019-12-12)
    (The Diplomat, By Associated Press) Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Tuesday again ruled out further concessions to protesters who marched peacefully in their hundreds of thousands this past weekend, days before she is to travel to Beijing for regularly scheduled meetings with Communist Party leaders. <Accessed 2019-12-12> 
  • China's Central Role in Denmark's Arctic Security Policies (2019-12-12)
    (The Diplomat, By Mingming Shi and Marc Lanteigne) As explained by Lars Findsen, head of the DDIS, challenges to the security of the Arctic, including because of China’s growing presence there, prompted the decision to begin this year’s risk assessment with that region. In Copenhagen’s view, China has become the third player, along with Russia and the United States, in what is shaping up to be an emerging great power competition in the Arctic. <Accessed 2019-12-12> 
  • China's Response to US Hong Kong Democracy Act Shows Deep Insecurities (2019-12-12)
    (The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) For now, there’s little clarity on how China’s sanctions against those organizations will be enforced. China has made clear that it is upset about the U.S. standing up for democracy in Hong Kong, but that much was apparent even before the events sparked by the signing of the act. <Accessed 2019-12-12> 
  • When 'Chinese People's Feelings' are the Only Feelings that Matter (2019-12-12)
    (The Diplomat, By Jo Kim) With the call for the “fostering of Chinese spirit, Chinese values, and Chinese strength” under the guidance of the “four confidences,” the process to restore China’s long-lost dignity has transitioned to a clear, nationalist campaign for global respect – evident in China’s now frequent self-identification as a daguo (大国, great power or great nation). <Accessed 2019-12-12> 
  • The Belt and Road: Calculating Winners and Losers (2019-12-12)
    (The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) But because the BRI is a relatively new concept and few of its projects have been completed, it’s difficult to actually put a numerical value on the benefits – for China or for any other country. Without a way to quantify the costs and benefits, it’s hard to definitively answer the question of which countries stand to come out ahead – and which might be better off bowing out. <Accessed 2019-12-12> 
  • A Manufacturing Exodus in China - Fact or Fiction? (2019-12-12)
    (The Diplomat, By Dingding Chen and Yu Xia) The U.S.-China trade war has now dragged on for more than a year, and a preliminary trade deal between the two sides appears to be on the brink of being reached soon. An initial trade deal could involve a rollback of tariffs that has been slapped on roughly $360 billion worth of Chinese goods and $160 billion worth of Chinese imports. <Accessed 2019-12-12> 
  • Japan's Options in the South China Sea (2019-12-12)
    (The Diplomat, By Yoji Koda) The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) possesses overwhelming military capabilities in the South China Sea (SCS). And it is clear that no single nation in this region, Japan included, is able to match those capabilities. <Accessed 2019-12-12> 
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