Chu Aims to Clarify ‘One China’ Remark (2015-05-06) (Taipei Times) KMT Chairman Eric Chu said that when he talked about “one China” during his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, he was referring to the Republic of China.
US Cautiously Welcomes Chu's Meeting with Xi (2015-05-06) (Taipei Times, By William Lowther) The US has cautiously welcomed Monday’s meeting between KMT Chairman Eric Chu and Chinese President Xi Jinping, but has refused to comment on any details.
Xi Touts ‘One China’ with Solicitous Chu (2015-05-05) (Taipei Times) KMT Chairman Eric Chu said in Beijing that he hopes Taiwan and China will continue to work together based on the so-called “1992 consensus” and help increase cooperation between future generations.
Few Surprises at Chu-Xi Meeting (2015-05-05) (China Post) KMT Chairman Eric Chu and CCP leader Xi Jinping met yesterday morning at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, with Chu maintaining the party line in advocating continued economic cooperation with the economic giant under the “1992 Consensus.”
DPP Slams Chu's ‘Consensus’ Talk (2015-05-05) (Taipei Times) KMT Chairman Eric Chu’s remark that “both sides of the Taiwan Strait belong to one China” has surpassed President Ma Ying-jeou in courting China by recasting the so-called “1992 consensus” under Beijing’s “one China” framework, the DPP said.
Parties, Groups Reach Accord on Amending Constitution (2015-05-03) (Taipei Times) A number of political parties and civic groups have reached agreement on a two-stage constitutional reform process that aims to defer the most controversial issues until a second round.
DPP Rejects Unofficial Ties with CCP: Spokesperson (2015-05-03) (Taipei Times) Responding to KMT Chairman Eric Chu’s statement that the DPP is failing to develop a DPP-CCP relationship, the DPP reiterated its stance that cross-strait ties should be based on a government-to-government relationship.
Discussion of Peace Pact Not on Xi Agenda: Chu (2015-05-03) (China Post) KMT Chairman Eric Chu said he will not touch on the possibility of signing a cross-strait peace agreement in his upcoming meet with his Chinese Communist Party counterpart Xi Jinping.
Gov't Touts Benefits of ‘1992 Consensus’ (2015-05-03) (CNA) The Presidential Office reiterated the importance of the so-called “1992 Consensus,” saying that the consensus has brought about a “super-stable status quo” of cross-Taiwan Strait peaceful development over the past seven years.
Parties Unveil Constitutional Reform Plans (2015-05-02) (Taipei Times) The Chinese Nationalist Party and the Democratic Progressive Party caucuses unveiled their respective proposed amendments to the Constitution.
China Decries New US-Japan Defense Guidelines (2015-05-01) (The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) The vociferous reaction of China is only to be expected, but Japan and the United States both apparently tried to do damage control by briefing China on the new defense guidelines.
China Takes Stock of U.S.-Japan Alliance As Abe Speaks to Congress (2015-05-01) (China Brief 15(9), Jamestown Foundation, By Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga) The People's Daily published an article focusing first and foremost on the issue of Abe’s historical memory, but, notably, there was little direct editorial commentary on his speech.
Game Change in the Western Pacific Region and ROC's Self-Defense Effort (2015-05-01) (China Brief 15(9), Jamestown Foundation, By Andrew Nien-Dzu Yang) Both the United States and Taiwan should seek a window of opportunity to reset U.S.-Taiwan defense communication to evaluate Taiwan’s military transformation, based on the 2013 QDR, and at the same time identify areas of military and security cooperation to strengthen Taiwan’s traditional share of the regional security responsibility, namely TADIZ, to fill the gap in the U.S. efforts to rebalance toward Asia.
Once Concerned, China Is Quiet about Trans-Pacific Trade Deal (2015-04-29) (New York Times, By Keith Bradsher) Senior Chinese officials have started to soften on the Trans-Pacific Partnership in recent months. In October, Zhu Guangyao, a vice finance minister, said that the pact would be “incomplete” without China, and hinted that China might want to participate someday.
Chinese and Russian Navies to Hold Joint Drills in Mediterranenean (2015-05-01) (New York Times, By Jane Perlez) The Chinese Navy will hold joint exercises with Russia in the Mediterranean in May, China’s Defense Ministry said, a further indication of the closer ties between the two countries and of the navy’s increasing ambitions.
Shinzo Abe's Speech to Congress Brings Military Alliance Closer (2015-04-30) (Wall Street Journal, By Toko Sekiguchi and Yuka Hayashi) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Washington, D.C. and his speech to Congress will help bolster the U.S.-Japan military alliance, analysts said, although the lack of significant new language on Japan’s wartime actions left some disappointed.
Shinzo Abe's Sorry Apology (2015-05-01) (Foreign Policy, By Sung-yoon Lee and Zach Przystup) Abe’s visit will likely grow into a diplomatic irritant for U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration because of the prime minister’s omissions and equivocations related to Japan’s war crimes against other Asian countries in the first half of the 20th century.