Taiwanese Military Attend Conference of US Marines (2015-05-22) (Taipei Times) Political pundits said the Taiwanese delegation’s trip to Hawaii is significant and positive development, since Taiwan has not been invited to attend large international military events in the past decade.
US to Help Plan, Appraise Han Kuang Drills: Source (2015-05-19) (Taipei Times) The US is to advise Taiwan’s armed forces in planning and assessing the upcoming Han Kuang military exercises in a contract negotiated through Taiwan’s defense attache in Washington.
Vietnam Rejects Bans on South China Sea Fishing (2015-05-19) (Reuters) Vietnam said it resolutely opposes a temporary Chinese ban on fishing in parts of the Gulf of Tonkin, the latest in a series of sovereignty disputes in and around the South China Sea.
PRC Has Qualms Over Representative Offices: Ma (2015-05-19) (China Post) President Ma Ying-jeou stated during a meeting with members of the domestic and foreign press yesterday that Chinese authorities fear that the establishment of its representative offices in Taiwan could be used as possible gathering areas for student demonstrators.
Taiwan Studies Funding Goes to 11 More Countries (2015-05-19) (CNA) The Ministry of Education added 15 universities in 11 countries to the funding list of its "Taiwan Studies" project, seeking more international partnerships to promote worldwide research interest in Taiwan.
Ma Dismisses Lame-Duck Label (2015-05-19) (Taipei Times) Marking the seventh year of his presidency, Ma Ying-jeou said the US approved more than US$18.3 billion in arms sales to Taiwan during his tenure.
US Official Backs Taiwan TPP Bid (2015-05-17) (Taipei Times, By William Lowther) US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia Danny Russel said that both sides were working hard on a US-Taiwan Trade and Investment Framework Agreement and were looking closely at a Bilateral Investment Agreement.
KMT Nomination Close without Chu (2015-05-17) (Taipei Times) The 27-day period for aspirants for the KMT's presidential nominee primary to pick up registration forms closed, with none of the applicants perceived as a strong candidate, leaving the embattled party languishing over its possibilities for the election next year.
Taiwan's Yuan Deposits Hit New High (2015-05-17) (CNA) The statistics compiled by the central bank showed that the balance of yuan deposits received by banks in Taiwan totaled 330.13 billion yuan (US$53.25 billion) as of the end of April, up 5.54 billion yuan or 1.7 percent from a month earlier.
At a Crossroads: What Is the Future of U.S.-China Relations? (2015-05-21) (The National Interest, By Elizabeth C. Economy) Three recent, thoughtful reports/papers by Robert Blackwill and Ashley Tellis, Kevin Rudd, and Michael Swaine, respectively, attempt to address the question of future Sino-U.S. relations. Each adopts a different approach and arrives at different conclusions.
China's Emerging Vision for World Order (2015-05-21) (The National Interest, By Timothy R. Heath) Greater Chinese collaboration with the United States on global issues offers hope for progress on a small number of international issues, including humanitarian assistance and climate change. Tremendous effort will be required, however, to ensure that the broader competitive dynamics do not overwhelm that cooperation.
Xi Jinping's High-Risk Policy Needs a National Security Commission (2015-05-05) (YaleGlobal, By David M. Lampton) China's expanding global influence requires a broadly conceived central foreign and security policy coordination mechanism of increasing sophistication, a mechanism that can provide top leaders with options, help establish priorities, evaluate costs and gains, and enforce implementation on a fractious bureaucracy and society.
Time to Stand Up to China in the South China Sea (2015-05-17) (National Interest, By Michael Mazza) A new willingness to stand up to Beijing in a meaningful way—a readiness that has been noticeably absent over the past year—would calm nerves in allied capitals.
Is It Time to Meet China Halfway? (2015-05-12) (The National Interest, By Lyle J. Goldstein) Scholars who research US-China relations on both sides of the Pacific are nearly universal in concluding that such a catastrophic conflict today is far from inevitable. But what they have not done thus far is to provide concrete intellectual paradigms and accompanying policy proposals to lead this troubled relationship away from the brink of disaster.
Through Beijing's Eyes: How China Sees the U.S.-Japan Alliance (2015-05-12) (The National Interest, By Bonnie S. Glaser and Brittney Farrar) From China’s perspective, rather than demonstrating the power of reconciliation, the revision of the U.S.-Japan defense guidelines “is a worry for all nations with direct experience of these countries’ previous overseas military escapades.”
Is America about to Make a Fatal Mistake in the South China Sea? (2015-05-18) (National Interest, By Ted Galen Carpenter) Instead of becoming more deeply entangled in the South China Sea quarrel, the United States needs to take a step back. It is one thing to make clear to Beijing that Washington will never countenance China transforming 80 percent of that area into Chinese territorial waters. It is quite another matter to implicitly back rival claimants and become a military participant in the underlying feuds.
China Making Some Missiles More Powerful (2015-05-17) (New York Times, By David E. Sanger and William J. Broad) After decades of maintaining a minimal nuclear force, China has re-engineered many of its long-range ballistic missiles to carry multiple warheads, a step that federal officials and policy analysts say appears designed to give pause to the United States as it prepares to deploy more robust missile defenses in the Pacific.
China Stands by Its Claims Over South China Sea Reefs (2015-05-17) (New York Times, By Andrew Jacobs) China’s top diplomat, emerging from talks here with Secretary of State John Kerry, suggested that Beijing had no intention of scaling back island-building efforts in the South China Sea that have aggravated tensions in waters claimed by a number of neighboring governments.