Top Diplomat Joins US Commemoration of WWII (2015-09-04) (CNA) In a highly symbolic move, the nation’s representative to the US attended an event in Washington to commemorate the Allied Forces’ victory in the Pacific and the end of World War II, which the Chinese ambassador refused to attend.
China Announces Cuts of 300,000 Troops at Military Parade Showing Its Might (2015-09-04) (New York Times, By Edward Wong, Jane Perlez, and Chris Buckley) President Xi Jinping of China announced that he would reduce the country’s military personnel by 300,000, using a parade marking 70 years since the end of World War II to present the People’s Liberation Army as a force for peace and regional stability.
Ma Dismisses Lien's Japan War Claims (2015-09-03) (Taipei Times) President Ma Ying-jeou expressed regret over a claim by Beijing that Chinese Communist Party forces played a significant role in the victory in the Second Sino-Japanese War.
TSU, DPP Pan Military Parade Attendance (2015-09-03) (Taipei Times) The Taiwan Solidarity Union and the Democratic Progressive Party panned retired officials — including three retired military officers — for planning to attend a military parade in Beijing today.
KMT Candidate Hung Says She Will Pause Her Campaign (2015-09-03) (China Post) KMT 2016 presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu announced on her Facebook page late last night that she is going to stop daily campaign activity for a while, to consider what to do in the future.
In a First, Chinese Navy Sails off Alaska (2015-09-03) (New York Times, By Helene Cooper) Five Chinese Navy ships were sailing in international waters of the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska, in what Pentagon officials said was the first such foray by Beijing.
China Parade Draws Putin, but Few Other Major World Leaders (2015-09-02) (AP) Russian President Vladimir Putin, South Korean President Park Geun-hye and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon shine at the top of China’s guest list for tomorrow’s grand commemorations of the 70th anniversary of Japan’s defeat in World War II. After them, the wattage gets pretty low.
KMT, CCP Defeated Japan: Lien Chan (2015-09-02) (Taipei Times) Former vice president Lien Chan said during a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing that the KMT under the leadership of former president Chiang Kai-shek engaged directly with Japanese troops in major battles, handing the latter a major setback, and that CCP troops led by former Chinese leader Mao Zedong also tied down the enemy behind their lines and eventually defeated the Japanese aggressors.
Report Outlines Possible PLA Attacks (2015-09-01) (Taipei Times) MND reports said China is concerned about the outcome of Taiwan’s presidential and legislative elections in January next year, and its People’s Liberation Army has therefore conducted a series of military drills in recent months simulating an invasion of Taiwan, known as “Operation Decapitation,” in which airborne paratroopers and special forces practiced descending on the Presidential Office Building in Taipei City in a rapid assault.
Lien Chan's China Plans ‘Inappropriate’: President (2015-08-30) (Taipei Times) President Ma Ying-jeou said that it is “not appropriate” for former vice president Lien Chan to attend a military parade in China that is to be held to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
Australian Minister Eyes Closer Security Ties with US (2015-08-30) (Reuters) Australia will seek to broaden and deepen its security ties with the US in the decades ahead as the rise of China and other Asia-Pacific powers risks fueling instability in the region, Australian Minister for Defence Kevin Andrews said.
China's Leaders Face Hard Decisions (2015-08-31) (Project Syndicate, By Michael Boskin) China must avoid reverting to greater state control of the economy — a possibility glimpsed in the authorities’ ham-fisted response to the correction in equity prices. That approach needs to be abandoned once and for all, before it does any more damage to China’s quest for long-term stability and prosperity.
For China, a Plunge and a Reckoning (2015-08-28) (Wall Street Journal, By Orville Schell) As large, dynamic and successful as China has become, it still exists in a global context—and remains vulnerable to myriad forces beyond the party’s control. It must take the chip off its shoulder, recognize that it is already a great power and begin to put its people, its Pacific neighbors and the U.S. at ease.
Poll Finds Hung Support Declining (2015-08-30) (Taipei Times) According to a poll conducted by Taiwan Indicators Survey Research (TISR), Hung’s support has dropped to 12.7 percent. Of those surveyed, 37.3 percent said they would vote for DPP presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen, while PFP presidential candidate James Soong garnered 19.1 percent.