Duterte Says He Won't Sever Philippine-US Ties (2016-10-23) (China Post/AFP)Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Saturday he would not sever his nation's alliance with the United States, as he clarified his announcement that he planned to "separate."
HK Warns Taiwan Not To Meddle (2016-10-23) (Taipei Times, By Jake Chung) The Hong Kong government on Friday issued a statement calling on Taiwan to refrain from interfering in the territory’s internal affairs.
KMT Caucus Calls For Adherence To '1992 Consensus' (2016-10-22) (China Post/CNA) The legislative caucus of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) has urged party members to abide by the principle of the "1992 Consensus" when attending a cross-Taiwan Strait forum early next month.
Duterte Sows Foreign Policy Confusion (2016-10-22) (Taipei Times/AFP) Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s shock “separation” from the US has thrown Philippine foreign policy into confusion, with the Americans saying they are baffled and some of his top aides contradicting him.
NZ Official Cancels Meeting With Two HK Advocates (2016-10-22) (Taipei Times/Reuters) New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Bill English canceled a meeting with two senior Hong Kong democracy supporters this week on advice from his foreign office, he said yesterday, underscoring a delicate relationship with China.
Duterte Aligns With China (2016-10-21) (Taipei Times/Reuters) Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday announced his “separation” from the US, declaring that it had “lost” and he had realigned with China as the two nations agreed to resolve their South China Sea dispute through talks.
Another ‘Failed’ N Korea Missile Test Detected (2016-10-21) (Taipei Times/AFP) North Korea yesterday conducted what appeared to be its second failed test in a week of a powerful medium-range missile that experts say could be operationally deployed as early as next year.
Chinese Forbidden From Making Donations To KMT (2016-10-20) (Taipei Times, By Yang Chun-hui, Chen Yu-fu and Jake Chung) Under the terms of the Political Donations Act, any individual, legal entity, organization or other establishment in China cannot make donations to political parties in Taiwan, the Ministry of the Interior said on Tuesday.
Hung Makes ‘No Promises’ Over Xi Talks (2016-10-20) (Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu yesterday dismissed a link between her scheduled meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping early next month and a potential re-election bid, while reiterating that she has made no promises as to what she is going to talk about at the meeting.
President Hopeful For more Trade Cooperation With Belize (2016-10-20) (China Post/CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen underscored Wednesday the importance she attaches to Taiwan-Belize relations and expressed hope that the two nations can seek increased trade and economic cooperation in the future.
UN Denounces Failed North Korea Missile Test (2016-10-19) (Taipei Times/AFP) The UN Security Council on Monday denounced North Korea’s latest test of a powerful missile, which one leading US expert warned could be put into operational service as early as next year.
China Might Allow Fishing In Scarborough: Sources (2016-10-19) (Taipei Times/Reuters) China will consider giving Philippine fishermen conditional access to disputed waters in the South China Sea after the presidents of the two countries meet in Beijing this week, two Chinese sources with ties to the leadership said.
HK Activist Urges Taiwan To Strive For Independence (2016-10-19) (Taipei Times, By Chen Wei-han) Hong Kong activist Ray Wong, who is visiting Taiwan to seek allies for Hong Kong’s independence movement, yesterday urged Taiwan to connect with people suppressed by China and to not to give up the goal of independence, despite the relative freedom the nation enjoys.
Hung Urged To Affirm 'Separate Interpretations' In Meet (2016-10-19) (China Post, By Stephanie Chao) Kuomintang (KMT) lawmakers urged party Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu on Tuesday to "resolutely" advocate "separate interpretations of one China" and to mention the "Republic of China" as she prepares for her upcoming meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Hung Calls For Party Consensus, Flexibility In China Talks (2016-10-19) (China Post, By Yuan-Ming Chiao) Kuomintang (KMT) Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu on Wednesday called for party members to close ranks ahead of her planned trip to Beijing next month and blasted allegations that China was giving the opposition financial assistance.
Japanese Actress To Tout Tourism (2016-10-18) (Taipei Times, By Shelley Shan) Japanese actress Masami Nagasawa is to be the spokesperson for the Tourism Bureau’s campaign to promote travel in Taiwan to Japanese, the bureau announced yesterday, adding that it is targeting female tourists aged 20 to 35.
Japan Mulls Accelerating Defense Spending: Sources (2016-10-18) (Taipei Times/Reuters) Japan might accelerate about US$1 billion of planned spending to upgrade its ballistic missile defenses in the wake of rocket tests suggesting North Korea is close to fielding a more potent medium-range missile, three government sources told reporters.
Tokyo Denies Talks With Russia On Disputed Islands (2016-10-18) (Taipei Times/Reuters) A Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman yesterday said that Tokyo was not discussing with Moscow the joint administration of disputed islands held by Russia in the hope of unblocking an issue that has bedeviled their relations for 70 years.
Philippines ‘Separation’ From U.S. Jilts Hillary Clinton, Too (2016-10-22) (New York Times, By Mark Landler) “The real destructiveness of this is signaling to the region that the oldest American ally can potentially be snared or lured into nonaligned status,” Jeffrey A. Bader, a former China adviser to Mr. Obama, said.
Rodrigo Duterte and Xi Jinping Agree to Reopen South China Sea Talks (2016-10-21) (New York Times, By Jane Perlez) No major agreements were announced, but the two sides said they would resume talks on their disputes in the South China Sea. That subject is of great interest to Washington as it copes with China’s expansion in the waterway and with recent statements by Mr. Duterte distancing the Philippines from the United States, a treaty ally.
Economists Question China’s Consistent Growth Numbers (2016-10-19) (Wall Street Journal, By Mark Magnier) Fresh doubts emerged over the reliability of Chinese statistics on Wednesday after officials said the economy grew 6.7%—for the third consecutive quarter. It was the first time since Beijing started releasing quarterly figures in 1992 that it had achieved such a feat of consistency.
In China, Rodrigo Duterte and Philippines May ‘Pivot’ Away From U.S. (2016-10-18) (New York Times, By Jane Perlez) President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines has said he wants to reduce American military influence in his country and build closer ties with China. But he has stopped short of offering to do what China would like most: scrapping an accord that gives the United States access to five military bases in the Philippines.
Most Filipinos Trust US Much More Than China: Poll (2016-10-19) (Taipei Times/Reuters) People in the Philippines still trust the US far more than China, an opinion poll showed yesterday, despite Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent outpouring of anti-US rhetoric and his sudden overtures toward old rival Beijing.