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  • Canadian Official Says Position on Taiwan Unchanged (2018-05-17)
    (Taipei Times/CNA TORONTO) The Canadian government issued a statement saying that its position on Taiwan has not changed. This comes in light of a Taiwanese protest of Air Canada, who recently changed the listing of Taipei on their website to "Taipei, CN," implying that Taiwan is a part of China. An official from the Canadian foreign affairs office further said that Canada does not wish to see Beijing put pressure on private enterprises. <Accessed 2018-05-17> 
  • Taiwan's Goodwill Toward China Has its Limits: MAC Chief (2018-05-17)
    (CNA, By Miao Zong-han and Flor Wang) The Mainland Affairs Council Minister said that although Taiwan would continue to show goodwill towards China, they would not do so "without limit." He said that the government will respond in whatever ways they find necessary should Taiwan's security be threatened. He also said that he hopes both sides of the Taiwan Strait could sit down and negotiate in good faith with no political preconditions. <Accessed 2018-05-17> 
  • Association of Taiwan Journalists Protests Exclusion from WHA (2018-05-17)
    (CNA, By Kuan-lin Liu and Yin Chun-chieh) The Association of Taiwan Journalists lodged an official protest with the United Nations after being refused press access for the World Health Assembly conference later this month. No explanation has been given as to why two CNA reporters had their request for access denied. <Accessed 2018-05-18> 
  • At Least 25 Countries to Voice Support for Taiwan's WHA Bid (2018-05-17)
    (CNA, By Wang Cheng-tsung and Flor Wang) A Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said that at least 25 countries would advocate on behalf of Taiwan in favor of Taiwan's participation in the World Health Assembly conference. These countries include Taiwan's diplomatic allies as well as several other friendly countries. <Accessed 2018-05-18> 
  • 172 US House Members Call for Taiwan's Inclusion in WHA (2018-05-17)
    (CNA, By Rita Cheng, Elaine Hou and Evelyn Kao) A group of 172 US representatives from both political parties have sent a letter to the World Health Organization director calling for Taiwan's participation as an observer in the World Health Assembly conference. Taiwan did not secure an invitation to the conference prior to the registration deadline. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed its gratitude for the statement of support. <Accessed 2018-05-18> 
  • Foreign Ministry Dismisses Rubio's Concerns Over Allies (2018-05-17)
    (Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) After US Senator Marco Rubio said that Paraguay may be the next country to break diplomatic ties with Taiwan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stated that ties between Taiwan and Paraguay remain strong and stable. A spokesperson said that Taiwan would continue to consolidate its diplomatic relationships despite Beijing's recent poaching of several allies. <Accessed 2018-05-18> 
  • Taiwan Seeks 'Correction' after Air Canada Lists Taipei as Part of China (2018-05-15)
    (Reuters, By Allison Lampert and Jess Macy Yu) Taiwan’s foreign ministry has asked Air Canada (AC.TO) for a “speedy correction” following the airline’s decision to list Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, as a part of China on its booking website, according to a statement from the ministry on Tuesday. <Accessed 2018-05-16>
  • Former Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou Sentenced to 4 Months in Prison for Leaking Information (2018-05-15)
    (South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwan’s former president Ma Ying-jeou has been sentenced to four months in prison for leaking classified information, in a ruling that could deter other leaders of the self-ruled island from consulting their aides for fear of violating the law, observers said. <Accessed 2018-05-15> 
  • Denying Taiwanese Reporters WHA Access "Unacceptable": IFJ (2018-05-15)
    (CNA, By Lee Hsin-Yin) The president of the International Federation of Journalists said that the WHA denying Taiwanese journalists access to the proceedings would be a massive suppression of press freedom. He said that the decision could pave the way for "censorship," where reporters are turned away for reasons beyond their nationality. <Accessed 2018-05-17> 
  • Taiwan Asks Allies to Talk to WHO on Press Access to Annual Assembly (2018-05-15)
    (CNA, By Ku Chuan and Ko Lin) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it would ask Taiwan's diplomatic allies and friendly countries to speak on behalf of Taiwan regarding Taiwan's press access to the World Health Assembly. The application for two CNA reporters to attend was denied by the United Nations. The same application was turned down last year as well, and although no progress has been made, MOFA will continue its attempts to secure press access. <Accessed 2018-05-17> 
  • China Urged Not to Interfere After Taiwanese TV Series Suspended (2018-05-15)
    (CNA, By Sabine Cheng and Evelyn Kao) The Ministry of Culture said that they hoped China did not interfere in the decision for a Taiwanese TV network to pull a drama from air allegedly following complaints from Chinese internet users. The network said that there was no political influence in their decision to pull the series. <Accessed 2018-05-17> 
  • The MOFA Challenge: Getting Diplomats to Speak ASEAN Languages (2018-05-15)
    (CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Very few Taiwanese diplomats are trained to speak the languages of Southeast Asia, despite the massive number of Southeast Asians who work or live in Taiwan. Through more study programs and better inclusion in job requirements, MOFA has addressed the language gap between diplomats and Southeast Asian citizens, slowly working to close the gap and better teach the languages. The New Southbound Policy has also encouraged people to learn these languages in order to better focus on the targeted countries of the policy. <Accessed 2018-05-17> 
  • Taiwanese Bishops Visit Pope Francis, Give Updates on Taiwan (2018-05-15)
    (CNA, By Huang Ya-shih and Kuan-lin Liu) Several delegates from the Chinese Regional Bishops' Conference met with Pope Francis on Monday. They discussed with him public sentiments as well as Taiwan's position on the international arena and invited the Pope to visit Taiwan as soon as possible. The Pope said that he well understands Taiwan's unique position. <Accessed 2018-05-17> 
  • Tsai Urges PRC to Rebuild Mutual Trust (2018-05-15)
    (Taipei Times/CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen said once again that she would be open to meeting with President Xi Jinping as long as no political preconditions were set for such a meeting. She commented that if North and South Korea could meet to discuss differences, the two sides of the Taiwan Strait could do so as well. She also said that acknowledging the 1992 Consensus would be an issue that would jeopardize Taiwanese sovereignty. <Accessed 2018-05-17> 
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  • Trump Asked Commerce Chief to Look into Limits on China's ZTE: White House (2018-05-14)
    (Reuters) President Donald Trump asked Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to look into U.S. restrictions placed on Chinese telecommunication company ZTE Corp (000063.SZ), a White House spokesman said on Monday, calling the limits “an issue of high concern for China.” <Accessed 2018-05-16> 
  • China Accuses EU of Taking WTO Back to 'Law of Jungle' (2018-05-15)
    (Reuters) China accused the European Union on Tuesday of risking a return to the “law of the jungle”, telling a dispute hearing at the World Trade Organization that it was astonished by what it called the EU’s disregard for the WTO’s rulebook. China’s statement came during a major trade dispute in which Beijing is trying to force the United States and the EU to treat China like any other “market economy”, rather than claiming it unfairly subsidises its exports on a large scale. <Accessed 2018-05-16> 
  • Modi and Xi Reset China–India Relations (2018-05-14)
    (East Asia Forum, By the Editorial Board) The informal summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the end of April saw a reset in the tone of the two countries’ bilateral relations, with significant progress on the management of their border problems and some opening towards opportunities for increased economic cooperation. <Accessed 2018-05-16> 
  • China’s State Media is Going Global (2018-05-13)
    (East Asia Forum, By Zi Yang) In an era where foreign media has little to no influence in China due to the information lockdown, the CPD’s expansion and the creation of the Voice of China signals that China is getting ready to extend its capabilities in reengineering global opinion. <Accessed 2018-05-16> 
  • The BRI Needs Fewer Chinese Characteristics (2018-05-09)
    (East Asia Forum, By Linda Lim) Xi Jinping’s signature Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has attracted a great deal of global attention. But China’s eagerness for infrastructure projects may not mesh with locals’ needs and could heighten political risk for host governments who collaborate with it. <Accessed 2018-05-16> 
  • Taiwan’s Diplomatic Status Erodes Again (2018-05-15)
    (Taiwan Insight, By John F. Copper) The Tsai administration’s dilemma is that it might prevent further losses by improving cross-Strait relations. That would likely entail abandoning its opposition to the 1992 Consensus. But President Tsai would risk sacrificing her voter base which she needs to help her party in the coming local elections in November. <Accessed 2018-05-16> 
  • How PRC Diplomatic Messaging Impedes Its Foreign Policy Objectives (2018-05-09)
    (Jamestown Foundation, By Zhibo Qiu) The MFA has not taken substantial measures to combat the political resistance and bureaucratic inertia to institutional changes, to more provide competitive compensation and incentive programs for diplomatic jobs, or to provide diplomats more operational space for diplomatic flexibility and creativity. But there are concrete steps can be taken to improve the situation. <Accessed 2018-05-16> 
  • Taiwan Has a Plan to Find (And Destroy) China's Stealth Fighters (2018-05-15)
    (National Interest, Asia Times) The Taiwanese military will deploy mobile passive radar systems to fend off stealth aircraft from China after rumors Beijing may dispatch its J-20 fighters to circumnavigate the island. The ministry-affiliated Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology has been working on incorporating Western military technologies into its mobile passive counter stealth aircraft radar system for years, which would be able to detect targets at long range. <Accessed 2018-05-15> 
  • What Makes America the Most Powerful State in Asia? (2018-05-07)
    (The Diplomat, By Catherine Putz) The differences between hard power and soft power only exist to better explain how states use power, but do not adequately explain how states obtain power. Several factors, many of which the US demonstrate, go into determining how much power a state actually has. A major part of this is a global network of allies and partners, one which the US is much more successful in over China. <Accessed 2018-05-15> 
  • In the Era of Great Power Competition, the US Needs to Step Up Its Game (2018-05-08)
    (The Diplomat, By Ben Cipperley) China has not backed down on its claims of sovereignty over the South China Sea or the increasing militarization of the area. The US has also said it will compete with China, but it has remained quiet regarding the increases in military activity in the South China Sea. The US should increase the pressure it puts on China through increased naval activities and take back control over the narrative on the region's development. <Accessed 2018-05-15> 
  • The Greater Danger of US-China Trade Tensions (2018-05-09)
    (The Diplomat, By Ali Wyne) An issue with the potential for a full trade war between China and the United States is that if a trade war arises, the interdependence between the two countries that keeps the two in check could fall apart. The first round of new negotiations were not successful, so not many people believe the future rounds will be successful either. Due to a Chinese increased focus on domestic economic production, the primary outcome concerns of a trade war are more strategic than economic in nature. <Accessed 2018-05-15> 
  • Is the South China Sea Dispute a Foregone Conclusion? (2018-05-10)
    (The Diplomat, By Jansen Tham) A vast increase in Chinese military buildup around the South China Sea has suggested that the territorial disputes in the South China Sea have become a foregone conclusion. Beijing's preoccupation with security, America's silence regarding China's rise, and ASEAN's concessions to China in order to keep peace support this theory. Southeast Asian states must realize the trade-offs made in order to keep the peace in the short term. <Accessed 2018-05-15> 
  • Why Is China Attacking US Aircraft? (2018-05-10)
    (The Diplomat, By Ben Lowsen) China allegedly has been targeting US aircraft in Djibouti with a high-powered laser, which could lead to deadly incidents if true, but China denies the accusation. However, China listing excuses instead of outright condemning the accusations is suggesting that China is annoyed with US pilots' flight practices as well, which does not excuse targeting them with lasers. The international community needs to hold China to the same standards that China claims to support. <Accessed 2018-05-15> 
  • China Flies Su-35 Fighters Over Bashi Channel for First Time (2018-05-12)
    (The Diplomat, By Franz-Stefan Gady) The People's Liberation Army Air Force sent a Sukhoi Su-35S jet as a convoy for several bombers around the island of Taiwan on May 11. The Taiwanese Air Force responded by scrambling its own bombers, but they also said that nothing out of the ordinary took place and that they were monitoring the situation closely. <Accessed 2018-05-15> 
  • Defense Minister: Taiwan Is Seeking F-35 Stealth Fighter (2018-05-15)
    (The Diplomat, By Franz-Stefan Gady) The Defense Minister of Taiwan has once again expressed interest in Taiwan obtaining the F-35B, a stealth fighter jet capable of short take-off and vertical landing. It has not made an official request to the US to purchase the aircraft yet. The US also has not committed to selling any aircraft to Taiwan at this point, although the possibility remains open. <Accessed 2018-05-15> 
  • North Korea Threatens to Call Off Summit Meeting With Trump (2018-05-15)
    (New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun and Mark Landler) North Korea threw President Trump’s planned summit meeting with its leader, Kim Jong-un, into doubt on Tuesday, threatening to call off the landmark encounter to protest a joint military exercise of the United States and South Korea. The warning, delivered early Wednesday in North Korea via its official government news agency, caught Trump administration officials off guard and set off an internal debate over whether Mr. Kim was merely posturing in advance of the meeting in Singapore next month or was erecting a serious new hurdle. <Accessed 2018-05-15> 
  • Gap, Wary of Crossing China, Apologizes for T-Shirt’s Map (2018-05-15)
    (New York Times, By Tiffany Hsu) Chinese social media users on Monday posted photos of the shirt, which did not include Taiwan, parts of Tibet and islands in the South China Sea that, in Beijing’s view, belong to China. Within hours, Gap posted a statement on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo in which it said it was “extremely sorry” for the shirt’s “erroneous” design. <Accessed 2018-05-15> 
  • China Launches Its First Domestically Made Aircraft Carrier (2018-05-13)
    (New York Times, By Steven Lee Myers) China launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier to begin sea trials on Sunday, reaching another milestone in the expansion of the country’s navy. The aircraft carrier, as yet unnamed, left its berth at a shipyard in the northeastern port of Dalian after a blow of its horn and a display of fireworks, according to reports in state news media. <Accessed 2018-05-15> 
  • Chinese Army Promotes New Political Commissar at Hong Kong Garrison (2018-05-16)
    (South China Morning Post, By Ng Kang-chung) A senior role overseeing ideological work at the Chinese army’s Hong Kong garrison has been filled, after almost half a year vacant. Major General Cai Yongzhong has been promoted to political commissar at the garrison. <Accessed 2018-05-15> 
  • China’s Vice-President Wang Qishan Given Key Foreign Policy Role (2018-05-15)
    (South China Morning Post, By Sarah Zheng, Nectar Gan, and Teddy Ng) China’s vice-president Wang Qishan has been given a central diplomatic role, it emerged on Tuesday, following official confirmation of his attendance at the inaugural meeting of a key Communist Party body on foreign affairs. Wang’s membership of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission, headed by President Xi Jinping, was stated in a report by Xinhua. <Accessed 2018-05-15> 
  • Navy and Ground Troops to Join Air Force in Drills around Taiwan as China Increases Pressure on President Tsai Ing-wen (2018-05-14)
    (South China Morning Post, By Minnie Chan) Mainland China’s military will step up the pressure on Taiwan with more military exercises designed to send a warning to the island’s independence-leaning president, defence experts have said. Their comments follow the People’s Liberation Army’s increasingly aggressive “island encirclement” drills over Taiwan, which on Friday saw the air force sending its planes in opposite directions around the island for the first time. <Accessed 2018-05-15> 
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  • Government's Cross-Strait Policies Have Majority Public Support: Poll (2018-05-17)
    (CNA, By Miao Zong-han and Kuan-lin Liu) A public opinion survey commissioned by the Mainland Affairs Council revealed that over 70 percent of the public supports the government's policies to protect Taiwanese sovereignty. Furthermore, over 70 percent also are in favor of maintaining the cross-strait status quo. MAC said that some of these views have translated into anti-Beijing sentiments regarding recent events. <Accessed 2018-05-18> 
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      • China’s New World Order: Partners and Profit (2018-05-09)
        (The Diplomat, By Mercy A. Kuo) Shaun Rein details how China shapes its new world order in light of the Belt and Road Initiative as well as how the US should address its role in a China-centric world order. <Accessed 2018-05-15> 
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