Work on Disputed Islands Monitored (2015-03-27) (Taipei Times) The government is closely monitoring a flurry of construction work by rival claimant nations in South China Sea islands and reefs, National Security Bureau Director-General Lee Shying-jow said, although he disagreed with calls to bolster Taiwan’s military built-up in the disputed region.
Taiwan's Defensive Air Superiority Challenged (2015-03-27) (CNA) Taiwan's advantage over China in term of air defense may have been lost as the People's Liberation Army recently added a fleet of new airborne early warning and control system aircraft to its Air Force, a global defense magazine reported.
Chen Chu Denies Reports of ‘1992 Consensus’ Issue (2015-03-26) (Taipei Times) Speaking at a press conference in Beijing, China’s TAO spokesperson Fan Liqing said China welcomes all organizations, government agencies at different levels and individuals from Taiwan, as long as they support the “1992 consensus,” oppose Taiwanese independence, and agree with the idea that Taiwan and China are “one country.”
China Supports Ex-VP's Idea of Kinmen Forum (2015-03-26) (CNA) China has expressed approval of an idea from former Vice President Vincent Siew of Taiwan to hold a cross Taiwan Strait forum in Kinmen, based on the approach of the Boao Forum for Asia, according to China's Taiwan Affairs Office spokeswoman Fan Liqing.
Ma Makes Unexpected Visit to Singapore (2015-03-25) (Taipei Times) President Ma Ying-jeou made an unexpected visit to Singapore to pay tribute to the late Singaporean prime minister Lee Kuan Yew.
IBM to Share Technology with China in Strategy Shift: CEO (2015-03-25) (Reuters) The IBM CEO's remarks were among the clearest acknowledgements to date by a high-ranking foreign technology executive that companies must adopt a different tack if they are to continue in China amid growing political pressure.
China's South China Sea Claim Has No Legal Basis: Widodo (2015-03-24) (Reuters) Indonesian President Joko Widodo said one of China’s main claims to the majority of the South China Sea has no legal basis in international law, but that Jakarta wants to remain an “honest broker” in one of Asia’s most sensitive territorial dispute.
DPP Will Strive to Maintain Status Quo: Tsai (2015-03-22) (China Post) The DPP will do its utmost to maintain the cross-strait status quo, DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen said in response to Barbara Schrage, former managing director of the American Institute in Taiwan, who has asked the DPP to state its China policy ahead of the 2016 presidential and legislative elections.
Chinese Foreign Policy Comes of Age (2015-03-27) (New York Times, By Andrew Small) Beijing, long content to sit on the sidelines of security issues beyond its borders, has finally come to see inaction as an even greater risk. Its growing willingness to use its political relationships, military assets and economic power to strategic ends is evidence that it is behaving more and more like a normal great power.
National Interests Trump Ideology (2015-03-25) (Taipei Times, By Chao Chien-ming) The Ma government no longer has any grand plans or ideals for administration. Ma’s handling of the lawsuit against Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng shows that he cares more about his historical legacy than the interests of the KMT or the nation.
No Beef, No TPP Entry: US (2015-03-23) (Taipei Times, By William Lowther) Taiwan will never be allowed into the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement until it removes restrictions on the import of US beef and pork, a conference on US-Taiwan relations was told.
Ex-US Official Out of Order: DPP (2015-03-22) (Taipei Times) Former AIT managing director Barbara Schrage drew criticism for remarks about Democratic Progressive Party Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen’s China policy.
Young People Identify As Taiwanese, Survey Shows (2015-03-25) (Taipei Times) Nearly 90 percent of younger people in the nation identify themselves as Taiwanese, with about 40 percent of them wishing to maintain the “status quo” across the Taiwan Strait while retaining the option to declare independence, according to a survey released by the China Youth Corps.