Taipei Still At Odds With Japan On ‘Comfort Women’ (2016-08-31) (Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) The government has yet to find common ground with the Japanese government on the issue of reparations for Taiwanese “comfort women,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday.
Taiwan And India To Sign Aviation And Farming Pacts (2016-08-31) (China Post, By Doris Chen) Taiwan and India are expected to sign aviation and agricultural cooperation pacts next month as part of the latest achievement in the government's ongoing push for its "New Southbound Policy," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced Tuesday.
US-based Global Taiwan Institute To Open Soon: Sources (2016-08-30) (Taipei Times, By Nadia Tsao and Jonathan Chin) The Global Taiwan Institute (GTI), a new research institute said to be the biggest US-based think tank focusing on Taiwan to date, is scheduled to open on Sept. 14, sources said.
MOFA Emphasizes Close Ties With Vatican (2016-08-29) (China Post/CNA) With the Vatican signaling that it is hoping to improve ties with mainland China after decades of tension, the Foreign Ministry said Sunday that it would follow developments in the matter closely, adding it will continue efforts to strengthen bilateral relations with the Holy See. The deputy foreign minister went so far as to suggest that warming Vatican-China ties can be positive for Taiwan.
Hungary Parliamentarians To Improve Ties With ROC (2016-08-29) (China Post/CNA) A delegation from the Hungarian Parliament is visiting Taiwan to improve exchanges with their counterparts in Taiwan and explore the feasibility of bilateral cooperation in the areas of economics and trade, according to a statement released Sunday by Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
China Urged To Rethink Obstructionism (2016-08-29) (Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) An article presented at a forum in Taipei yesterday urged Beijing to reconsider its “outdated strategy” to block Taiwan from joining international organizations.
President Demands A New Strategy For Defense By Jan. 2017 (2016-08-26) (China Post, By Joseph Yeh) President Tsai-Ing-wen Thursday called on the Defense Ministry to develop a new defense strategy for the nation's armed forces during her first inspection tour to the annual Han Kuang military exercises in Pingtung.
St. Vincent Gov't Reaffirms Ties with ROC (2016-08-26) (China Post, By Kenton X. Chance) The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Tuesday reaffirmed its commitment to maintaining its 35-year-old, unbroken diplomatic relationship with the R.O.C. (Taiwan) after the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) announced that it would switch its diplomatic allegiance to Beijing if elected to office.
For a Grand Bargain with China (2016-08-23) (The Diplomat, By Amitai Etzioni) China might agree to help the U.S. in key matters (including slowing down its own military buildup because of its own domestic needs) if the U.S. would allow China to gain an increase in influence in the countries on its border and the U.S. stopped its military buildup on China’s borders. Or agree to some other such grand bargain. Whatever the specifics, such a bargain must constitute a win-win for both powers and other nations in the reason, while affording China some leeway as a rising regional power – without the U.S. seeming to appease it.
It’s Time for China Analysts to Stop Talking Past One Another (2016-08-24) (Foreign Policy, By Scott Kennedy) The conflict over China’s trajectory pits three camps against each other: optimists, debt hawks, and policy critics. Their disagreements turn on their varying confidence in the Chinese government’s ability to manage the economy and alternative assessments about the threat that rising debt levels pose to the economy.
The New Face of Chinese Nationalism (2016-08-25) (Foreign Policy, By Lotus Ruan) While less known to Westerners than the so-called 50 cent party, a much-reviled online group that praises the ruling Communist Party (whose members may be paid, at least indirectly, for their support), the Little Pink group is gaining momentum in China’s online spaces. While many 50-centers may actually be government workers, and skew male, Little Pink members are known to be predominately young women, both in China and abroad, who genuinely believe that they have a sense of duty to guard their country against unwelcome opinions or criticism.
Survey Results on Assessments of President Tsai and Premier Lin Chuan (2016-08-31) According to results from the Taiwan Mood Barometer Survey (TMBS) that was conducted by Taiwan Indicators Survey Research (TISR) in the last week of August 2016, 53.4% of respondents indicated trust in President Tsai Ing-wen, while 32.9% indicated that they did not trust Tsai. 42.8% indicated that they were satisfied with Tsai’s performance, whereas 45% indicated that they were dissatisfied. This is the first time that the percentage of respondents indicating dissatisfaction with Tsai has been higher than the percentage indicating satisfaction. 35.3% of respondents indicated that they were satisfied with the performance of Premier Lin Chuan, whereas 46.5% indicated that they were dissatisfied.
37.3% of respondents indicated that they were satisfied with the performance of Premier Lin Chuan, while 40.4% indicated that they were not satisfied. This is the first time that the percentage indicating dissatisfaction with the Premier’s performance has been higher than the percentage indicating satisfaction.
INTERVIEW: Taiwan Needs To Attract Investors: Premier (2016-08-30) (Taipei Times/Liberty Times) Saying that the nation’s economy needs to be revived and citing a need for greater investment, Premier Lin Chuan told ‘Liberty Times’ (sister paper of the ‘Taipei Times’) reporters Tzou Jiing-wen, Lee Hsin-fang and Cheng Chi-fang that the Executive Yuan hopes to plant the seeds of growth with the ‘five major innovative industries’: Taiwan as Asia’s Silicon Valley, mechanisms for the development of intellectual prowess, ‘green’ technology, biotechnology and national defense
US-China Relations: The Long View (2016-08-24) (The Diplomat, By Mercy A. Kuo) Why should we worry? Because the strategic rivalry between China and the United States has not yet been stabilized. Neither side is handling this fluid situation with the skill and constancy necessary to strengthen confidence in the future of the relationship. Mutual suspicions abound, and this nurtures public attitudes that can be inconsistent with longer term policy objectives.