China Warns against Foreign Meddling in Hong Kong (2014-08-31) (AP) China warned against foreign meddling in Hong Kong's politics ahead of an expected announcement to recommend highly contentious restrictions on the first direct elections for the leader of the Chinese-controlled financial hub.
China Calls on Japan to Break with Militarism (2014-08-31) (AP) China's governmentcalled on Japan to "break clean with militarism" after Tokyo confirmed that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a note earlier this year to a ceremony honoring more than a thousand World War II-era war criminals praising their contributions.
Chang Leaked Secrets in 2 Stages: TDPO (2014-08-30) (China Post) Former MAC Principal Deputy Minister Chang Hsien-yao and his assistants were held by the Taipei District Prosecutors' Office for questioning for 12 hours over the case of leaked state secrets.
China Dismisses Claim It Breached Taiwan Airspace (2014-08-28) (Reuters) China has rejected Taiwan’s claim that two Chinese military aircraft had breached Taiwan’s air defense identification zone four times, saying that it was a “routine flight” in “the relevant airspace.”
Size of the ROC's Armed Forces Is to be Cut Further (2014-08-28) (CNA) A planned program to further cut the country's military personnel to below 200,000 by the end of 2019 will be formally implemented from next year, as Taiwan moves forward with its efforts to streamline the military, Defense Minister Yen Ming said.
Ministry Warns of China's Might (2014-08-31) (Taipei Times) PLA is capable of seizing Taiwanese islands, paralyzing the country’s defensive capabilities with cruise and short-range ballistic missiles, as well as by launching amphibious and airborne raids, to take Taiwan proper before forces from other nations could respond, the Ministry of National Defense said.
Beijing Abandons Pragmatism on Hong Kong (2014-08-31) (Wall Street Journal, By Andrew Brownie) Deng Xiaoping understood Hong Kong's distrust of Communism and let the city keep its British-style courts and administration. Today's Chinese leadership shows far less inclination for such pragmatism.
Taiwan Groups See Red Flag in Hong Kong Election Ruling (2014-08-31) (Wall Street Journal, By Jenny W. Hsu) Beijing's decision to restrict who can run to be Hong Kong's leader was closely watched by civic groups across the Taiwan Strait, where ties with some Hong Kong political factions have strengthened.
Beijing Rules out Open Election in Hong Kong (2014-08-31) (Wall Street Journal, By Brian Spegele, Chester Yung, and Isabella Steger) China's government ruled that candidates for the Hong Kong's top leadership post must be approved by a committee heavily loyal to Beijing, providing a clear demarcation of how far it will allow democracy to proceed in the territory.
On Hong Kong, Democracy and Protecting the Rich (2014-08-29) (Sinosphere, By Michael Forsythe and Keith Bradsher) In an unusual theoretical leap for a state that is still at least nominally socialist, a top Chinese academic who works closely with the central government in Beijing said democracy in Hong Kong must be limited in order to protect the interests of its capitalist class.
Hong Kong Told to Strive for a ‘Less Perfect’ Democracy (2014-08-29) (New York Times, By Michael Forsythe, Keith Bradsher, and Alan Wong) On the eve of a decision by Beijing on rules for elections in Hong Kong, a top Chinese scholar presented a series of justifications for why the territory’s more than seven million people should temper demands for Western-style democracy, insisting that a “less perfect” version of democracy is better than none at all.
Japan's Premier Supported Ceremony for War Criminals (2014-08-28) (New York Times, By Martin Fackler) Japan’s conservative prime minister, Shinzo Abe, sent a message of support earlier this year to a ceremony honoring more than 1,000 Japanese who died after convictions for war crimes, a government spokesman said.