Clinton Would Not Change US’ Taiwan Policy: Aide (2016-07-27) (Taipei Times, By William Lowther) “Secretary Clinton supports the current administration’s policy on China and Taiwan, and will continue to do so,” senior campaign foreign policy adviser Jake Sullivan said.
Talks On Maritime Cooperation With Tokyo Postponed (2016-07-27) (Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu)The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said that the first dialogue between Taipei and Tokyo on maritime cooperation, which was scheduled to be held by the end of this month, has been postponed to allow more time to prepare.
President Thanks Solomon Islands Leader For Support (2016-07-26) (China Post/CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday expressed appreciation to Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare for his country's solid and long-term support of Taiwan in the international community.
Overseas Chinese To Boost 'New Southbound Policy' (2016-07-26) (China Post/CNA) The long-term efforts by the Overseas Community Affairs Council to nurture overseas Chinese students and establish contacts with Taiwanese businessmen in Southeast Asia will be a major boost to the country's "New Southbound Policy," an official said Monday.
Draft Report Attributes Missile Firing To Errors (2016-07-25) (Taipei Times, By Jonathan Chin) A confluence of human errors were to blame for the accidental firing of a missile that sank a Taiwanese fishing boat near Penghu on July 1, the Chinese-language United Daily News reported yesterday.The newspaper said it was given access to the working draft of the military’s report on the incident, which it characterized as “in a mostly finished form.”
MAC Appeals To Beijing To Recognize Taiwan's Good Will (2016-07-25) (China Post/CNA) Taiwan hopes China can understand that its recognition of the historical fact that understandings were reached between the two sides in 1992 is an important and friendly declaration, a Taiwanese official said Friday.
US Urges Taiwan-China Communications (2016-07-24) (Taipei Times/CNA) The US on Thursday urged Taiwan and China to keep channels of communication open after President Tsai Ing-wen expressed hope in a Washington Post interview that China would show more flexibility in dealing with cross-strait relations.
Navy Refutes Delay In US Weapons Sales Order (2016-07-24) (China Post, By Sun Hsin Hsuan) Navy Command Headquarters (MND) Saturday quashed reports suggesting that the delivery of a U.S. arms sales order to Taiwan had been postponed, claiming that Taipei maintains stable relations with Washington.
Tsai Rejects Itu Aba Ruling In US Interview (2016-07-23) (Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) President Tsai Ing-wen reiterated Taiwan’s stance of not accepting an international court’s ruling on the South China Sea in an interview with the Washington Post, calling for a peaceful resolution of the disputes.
Tsai Rejects Deadline For Accepting '92 Consensus' (2016-07-23) (China Post, By Stephanie Chao) In a Q&A posted on the Washington Post website, senior associate editor Lally Weymouth asked whether it was true that mainland China leader Xi had set a certain deadline by which he wanted President Tsai to agree to the "1992 Consensus." In response, Tsai said, "it isn't likely that the government of Taiwan will accept a deadline for conditions that are against the will of the people." Taiwan’s Presidential office refutes claims that President Tsai Ing-wen rejected the "1992 Consensus" in that interview.
Top Chinese Admiral: China Ready to Counter ‘Any Aggression’ in South China Sea (2016-07-20) (The Diplomat, By Franz-Stefan Gady) “We will never stop our construction on the Nansha [Spratlys] Islands halfway… the Nansha Islands are China’s inherent territory, and our necessary construction on the islands is reasonable, justified, and lawful,” Admiral Wu Shengli, Commander of the People’s Liberation Army Navy, said, according to Xinhua News Agency.
A Communist Insider Turned Exile, and the Secrets He Never Shared (2016-07-28) (Sinosphere, By Didi Kirsten Tatlow) “One time he and I had lunch, and he told me not to worry too much. Beijing had already brought about 50,000 people into Hong Kong to work in all sectors of life — the civil service, the professions.” If Britain pulled out before the handover, he said, “these people would just take over.”
Hong Kong Graft Buster’s Exit Stirs Fears Over Agency’s Independence (2016-07-27) (New York Times, By Michael Forsythe) The resignation of Rebecca Li has raised questions about the organization’s independence and impartiality, clouding the reputation of one of Hong Kong’s most respected institutions and stirring fears about whether this may be the latest example of Chinese control eroding the city’s autonomy.
China Clamps Down on Online News Reporting (2016-07-26) (New York Times, By Michael Forsythe) China has ordered several of the country’s most popular internet portals to halt much of their original news reporting, in a move that could confine an even larger share of the journalism in the country to Communist-controlled mouthpieces ahead of an important party meeting next year.
Does China Think America Is Using a 'Wedge Strategy'? (2016-07-27) (The National Interest, By Lyle J. Goldstein) Ling Shengli also sees a need to further develop more confrontational wedge strategies as well. He suggests, for example, that China can apply pressure against the U.S. alliance partners: “. . . using America’s fear that a conflict will get out of control to drive a wedge in between the United States and its alliance partner.”
Is China Stealing Jobs? It May Be Losing Them, Instead (2016-07-23) (New York Times, By Michael Schuman) In a 2015 study, the Boston Consulting Group said the costs of manufacturing in China’s major export-producing zone were now almost the same as in the United States, after taking into account wages, worker productivity, energy costs and other factors.
China's Secret Weapon in the South China Sea: Cyber Attacks (2016-07-22) (The Diplomat, By Anni Piiparinen) The countries with competing claims to the disputed waters – the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Brunei – remain willfully unprepared to counter Chinese cyber units, and need to begin seriously investing in sophisticated cyber defenses through increased national investments, regional initiatives, and strengthened international alliances.
Assessing The US-China Strategic And Economic Dialogue (2016-07-20) (The Diplomat, By Mercy A. Kuo) Buy-in from the American public is of crucial importance. Our populations must support a growing relationship that works well for both societies. This is especially important today given the headwinds of isolationism and populism in the United States.