President Plans More Troops on Itu Aba (2016-05-01) (Taipei Times) As tensions rise in the South China Sea, President Ma Ying-jeou plans to send additional troops to reinforce the nation’s sole foothold in the Spratly Islands, government officials said, adding that short-range anti-aircraft missiles could be positioned on the island for the first time.
No ‘Preset Stance’ on Pork with Ractopamine: Tsai (2016-05-01) (CNA) President-elect Tsai Ing-wen said her administration will achieve its goals through communication and negotiation, and during that process, it will consider the development of the domestic pig farming industry, food safety and international standards.
Taipei Summons Japanese Representative (2016-04-30) (AFP) Taiwan summoned Japan’s representative to protest its seizure of a Taiwanese fishing boat in an area where Tokyo claims exclusive rights, while Taipei is sending two vessels to the waters around the disputed atoll to defend the rights of the nation’s fishermen.
US Opposes Chinese Coercion (2016-04-30) (Taipei Times, By William Lowther) US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Washington wanted to make sure that Taiwan could not be coerced by China to do things “against the will of its people.”
China Blocks U.S. Navy Flotilla's Visit to Hong Kong (2016-04-30) (New York Times, By Michael S. Schmidt and Michael Forsythe) The Chinese government on Thursday denied a Navy flotilla access to the port in Hong Kong, the latest sign of escalating tension between the United States and China.
US Pork Decision Lies with Leaders: AIT (2016-04-29) (Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) American Institute in Taiwan Director Kin Moy said that the decision to open the Taiwanese market and allow the import of US pork containing ractopamine residue should be made by the nation’s leaders in consultation with the public, but added that adjustments are necessary to build trade ties with the international community.
President Obama: The TPP Would Let America, Not China, Lead the Way on Global Trade (2016-05-02) (Washington Post, By Barack Obama) Today, some of our greatest economic opportunities abroad are in the Asia-Pacific region, which is on its way to becoming the most populous and lucrative market on the planet. Increasing trade in this area of the world would be a boon to American businesses and American workers, and it would give us a leg up on our economic competitors, including one we hear a lot about on the campaign trail these days: China.
Spooked by Beijing, India Embraces Closer U.S. Ties (2016-05-02) (Foreign Policy, By Keith Johnson and Dan de Luce) With a still-unresolved border dispute simmering between the two countries, and with recent Chinese moves in the South China Sea providing an alarming glimpse of what a rejuvenated Beijing is really after, India seems closer than it has in years to embracing closer ties with the United States by jettisoning decades of non-aligned foreign policy.
Here's Why Tsai Must Endorse 1992 Consensus (2016-05-04) (China Daily, By Dennis V. Hickey) The election campaign is now over and Tsai will assume the island's leadership on May 20. She could use the opportunity to explicitly endorse the 1992 Consensus. And she has five reasons to do so.
Itu Aba Might Be Key to Philippines v. China (2016-04-30) (The Diplomat, By John Ford) Because China will still be able to maintain its claim to the Spratlys even if it loses the case, the decision on what maritime entitlements individual features have will matter a great deal. If even one of the Spratlys is found to be an island entitled to a 200 mile EEZ, China will be able to plausibly claim that it owns that feature and the 200 mile entitlement that comes with it, a claim that, while not as large as the nine-dash line, would still be quite substantial.
Cross-Strait Relations: Not a One-Way Street (2016-04-22) (Brookings, By Richard C. Bush III) Beijing is publicly demanding a high degree of clarity from President-elect Tsai. She has accommodated to an extent in her references to the 1992 Consensus and the “core connotation,” but probably feels constrained on how much further she can shift, for political and substantive reasons.
China Gives Police Broad Powers Over Foreign Nonprofits (2016-04-28) (Wall Street Journal, By Josh Chin) The Obama administration reacted quickly and sternly to the law’s passage, warning that while it was better than earlier versions, it would constrict contacts between individuals and groups in the U.S. and China.
‘Mighty Current’: Beijing’s Creeping Control over Hong Kong Media (2016-04-29) (The Diplomat, By Madeline Earp) The sale of the South China Morning Post illustrates the changing dynamics of the information marketplace, and augurs more Freedom of the Press declines to come. But the case of the booksellers, by showing the impact of such dynamics on individuals at work and on vacation, demonstrates what personal freedoms have already been lost. More censorship, and more self-censorship, seem likely to follow.
Rescind China's Invitation to Join RIMPAC (2016-04-14) (PacNet #35, Pacific Forum, CSIS, By Shirley Kan) PLA presence at the premier maritime warfare exercise remains sensitive, because of concerns about protecting US and allied technology, tactics, techniques, and procedures; preventing disclosure of defense articles and services; complying with US laws; and including China but excluding Taiwan despite US assistance to Taiwan against China’s threats.
DPP's Oversight Bill Flawed, Sunflower Activist Says (2016-04-25) (Taipei Times) Prominent Sunflower movement activist Lin Fei-fan said in a recent interview with ‘Liberty Times’ that the DPP's draft act on monitoring cross-strait agreements is plagued by major flaws, and called on the DPP to hold talks with New Power Party and activists to give the international community more clarity on Taiwan’s diverse opinions on the issue.