• Steve Chabot Elected Co-Chair of U.S. Congressional Taiwan Caucus (2019-01-20)
    (CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Y.F. Low) U.S. Representative Steve Chabot has been elected as the new co-chair of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus (CTC). Chabot introduced the Taiwan Travel Act to the House of Representatives in 2017, which was then signed into law in 2018 by President Donald Trump. The Act encourages frequent high-level exchanges between U.S. and Taiwanese officials. <Accessed 2019-01-20> 
  • KMT: Party Denies Wu Planning China Trip (2019-01-20)
    (Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) Taiwan's Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) denied a report by media stating that KMT Chairman Wu Den-yih was planning a trip to China with 15 KMT mayors and county commissioners when his three-year travel ban is lifted in May. The KMT stated that no such planning was ever made. According to the media report, the supposedly planned trip was for a KMT-Chinese Communist Party forum to discuss cross-strait relations, which has been suspended for the past two years. <Accessed 2019-01-20> 
  • Taiwan Invests US$150 million in Paraguay (2019-01-20)
    (CNA, By Elaine Hou and Chung Yu-chen) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that Taiwan is planning to invest US$150 million in Paraguay for a five-year finance cooperation projects. The money is to be used toward developing Paraguay's social assistance, education, housing and infrastructure. <Accessed 2019-01-20> 
  • McDonald's China Expressed Regret Over Ad Incident in Taiwan (2019-01-20)
    (CNA, By Yang Sheng-ju and Frances Huang) McDonald's in China expressed regret over its advertisement posted on Youtube that labelled a female student's nationality as Taiwan. The ad resulted in strong protests from Chinese netizens who accused McDonald's of supporting Taiwan's independence. McDonald's in China stated on its Weibo page that the company supports the "one China" position, and China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. <Accessed 2019-01-20> 
  • MAC Says Chinese Minister Deceitful (2019-01-19)
    (Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) alleged that China's Taiwan Affairs Office Minister Liu Jieyi is deceiving the Taiwanese public by stating at an event in Beijing that China's "one country, two systems" political formula will not change Taiwan's democracy, freedom and social system. The MAC made reference to China's authoritarian control over Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet and remarked that Taiwanese would not accept China's political formula. <Accessed 2019-01-20> 
  • Nationality, New Constitution Preferred, Poll Shows (2019-01-19)
    (Taipei Times, By Su Fun-her and Johnathan Chin) A recent poll conducted by the Taiwan New Constitution Foundation, showed that 80 percent of Taiwanese viewed Taiwan and China as separate nations. 72 percent of the respondents expressed support for a new constitution to reflect Taiwan's political status. The survey also reported that 82 percent of the respondents identified themselves as Taiwanese. <Accessed 2019-01-20> 
  • Ma Says He Might Visit China After Travel Ban Lifted (2019-01-18)
    (Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) During a radio interview with UFO Network, former president Ma Ying-jeou stated that he might visit China after the travel ban expires this May. Ma also criticized Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen for her mishandling of the "1992 consensus" dilemma. <Accessed 2019-01-18> 
  • 75% of Taiwanese Reject Beijing's View of '1992 Consensus': Poll (2019-01-18)
    (CNA, By Miu Tsung-han and Frances Huang) According to the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), a recent survey showed that 75% of Taiwanese people do not recognize the "1992 consensus" defined by China's political formula of the "one China principle" and the "one country, two systems". The survey also reported that 89% of the Taiwanese people stated that the 23 million Taiwanese should decide on Taiwan's future and cross-strait relations. MAC spokesperson Chiu Chui-cheng urged the Taiwanese public not to accept China's proposals. <Accessed 2019-01-18> 
  • Taiwan Condemns China's 'Evil Intent' to Downgrade Nation (2019-01-18)
    (CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Taiwan called out the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences' (CASS) threat to punish as many as 66 foreign companies which do not label Taiwan as part of China's territory an "evil intent". Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) urged the international community to come together to stand up against China's bullying. <Accessed 2019-01-18> 
  • U.S. Voices Opposition to Changing Cross-Strait Status Quo (2019-01-18)
    (CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Chi Jo-yao) During a recent meeting with Li Zuocheng, a member of China's Central Military Commission, Chief U.S. Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson remarked that the U.S. opposes any unilateral action to change the cross-strait status quo by either Taiwan or China and continues to adhere to its "One China Policy". Meanwhile, China's Ministry of National Defense stated that during the meeting, Li stated that since the Taiwan issue is an internal affair, there should not be any external interference. <Accessed 2019-01-18> 
  • Japanese Defense Minister Calls for Peaceful Cross-Strait Resolution (2019-01-18)
    (CNA, By Rita Cheng and Evelyn Kao) During his recent trip to the U.S., Japan's Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya stated that Japan hopes that cross-strait issues could be resolved through peaceful discussion and action. Iwaya also expressed his concerns about China's unilateral action to change the cross-strait status quo which is not in line with the existing international order. <Accessed 2019-01-18> 
  • Taiwan to Closely Monitor CPTPP Membership Discussions: MOFA (2019-01-18)
    (CNA, By Joseph Yeh) An official from Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that Taiwan will closely monitor the upcoming meeting of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) which will focus on the rules of membership expansion. Phoebe Yeh, director-general of MOFA'S Department of International Cooperation and Economic Affairs, stated that Taiwan is still in discussion with Japan for Taiwan's CPTPP membership. <Accessed 2019-01-18> 
  • Taiwan Must Cope Firmly with Changing Circumstances: Tsai (2019-01-16)
    (CNA, By Wang Cheng-chung and Evelyn Kao) During an inspection tour of the Army Defense Command in Hualien and Taitung, Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen remarked that the government will continue to protect the nation's sovereignty, democracy and security. Tsai also stated that the government must be able to adapt to the changing circumstances amid China's pressure. <Accessed 2019-01-16> 
  • Taiwan Opts Against WHA Participation Push at WHO Board Meet (2019-01-16)
    (CNA, By Joseph Yeh) According to Bob Chen, director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Department of International Organization, the ministry has decided not to ask Taiwan's diplomatic allies and other countries to voice for Taiwan's participation in the World Health Assembly (WHA) at the World Health Organization's (WHO's) executive board session this month. However, the ministry has decided to ask Taiwan's allies and friendly nations of WHO members to voice for Taiwan's participation in May if Taiwan's admission is again denied. <Accessed 2019-01-16>  
  • Fujian, Kinmen Ties Lauded by County Magistrate (2019-01-16)
    (CNA, By Huang Huei-min and William Yen) Kinmen's county magistrate Yang Cheng-wu welcomed a plan proposed by governor Tang Dengjie of China's Fujian Province to establish cross-strait cooperation projects between Fujian and Taiwan's Kinmen and Matsu. However, Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) released a statement commenting that the proposal is under the central government's jurisdiction and requires careful assessment. <Accessed 2019-01-16> 
  • Ex-HK Lawmaker Urges Unity in Taiwan Amid China Threat  (2019-01-16)
    (CNA, By Miao Zong-han and Flor Wang)
    Raymond Wong Yuk-man, a former member of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council at a seminar on Wednesday urged Taiwan to observe the example of the “one country, two systems” formula’s application in Hong Kong as a warning. He called the formula a “nightmare” and insisted that Taiwanese people, regardless of political affiliation, be firm in their opposition of China’s increasing pressure and prepare possible responses based on Hong kong’s experience. <Accessed 2019-01-16> 
  • DPP Election Losses Reflect Unmet Public Expectations: Party Official (2019-01-16)
    (CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Chung Yu-chen)
    The new secretary-general of the Democratic Progressive Party, Lo Wen-jia, had his first day in office Wednesday. During his first day, he reflected on the November local elections and said that the results reflected the public’s dissatisfaction with the DPP, which, he said, should work to rectify the public’s unhappiness with the party in order to prevent another huge loss for the DPP next year. In order to regain favor from the public, Lo said the party needs to reflect on the specific issues the public sees and work to improve in those areas. <Accessed 2019-01-16> 
  • SEF Reiterates It Has Final Say on Cross-Strait Matters (2019-01-16)
    (CNA, By Miao Zong-han and Chung Yu-chen)
    In response to a proposal between China’s Fujian Province and Kinmen’s county magistrate regarding cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation, Taiwan’s Straits Exchange Foundation reiterated that only it had final say on all cross-Strait agreements and negotiations. SEF spokesperson Kuan An-lu urged not to believe the words of a local authority as any final decision or agreement. The Mainland Affairs Council also issued a statement saying the proposal needed assessment by Taiwan’s central government. <Accessed 2019-01-16> 
  • Scottish Lawmakers Thanked for Support of Tsai’s Opposition (2019-01-16)
    (Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu)
    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday thanked eight Scottish parliamentarians in the Cross-Party Group who submitted and supported a motion last week expressing their support for Taiwan, in respond to President Xi Jinping’s January 2nd speech about reunification. The motion stated regret for Xi’s words and support for President Tsai Ing-wen’s refusal to accept unification, in addition to calling for more peaceful cross-Strait interactions. Scotland’s Cross-Party Group continues to push to deepen Scotland-Taiwan ties. <Accessed 2019-01-16> 
  • Support of 'One China' Questioned (2019-01-14)
    (Taipei Times, By Peng Wan-hsin) US Representative Steve Chabot has urged the new Congress and President Donald Trump's administration to rethink United States' support for the one China policy and to strongly maintain that the Taiwanese government is the legitimate representative of a democratic Taiwan. Chabot further remarked that it is the Taiwanese people that should decide Taiwan's future and not Chinese President Xi Jinping. <Accessed 2019-01-14> 
  • Su Tseng-chang Gets Mayors' Backing (2019-01-14)
    (Taipei Times, By Ho Yu-hau and Huang Chien-hao) Mayors in Taiwan's six special municipalities have expressed support to the appointment of Premier-to-be Su Tseng-chang and his team. The mayors praised Su for his rich experience, decisiveness, vision for policymaking, boldness and efficiency. <Accessed 2019-01-14> 
  • U.S. Tells China to Stop Coercion, Resume Dialogue with Taiwan (2019-01-10)
    (CNA, By Joseph Yeh)
    The American Institute in Taiwan spokesperson Amanda Mansour said Thursday that the U.S. has reiterated its desire that cross-Strait tensions are resolved peacefully and has urged China to stop coercion and resume cross-Strait dialogue. Since Xi Jinping’s speech, other U.S. officials have also expressed similar statements. <Accessed 2019-01-10> 
  • Cabinet Approves Plan to Boost Economy by Spurring Domestic Demand (2019-01-10)
    (CNA, By Ku Chuan and Evelyn Kao)
    On Thursday, the Cabinet approved an economic growth program proposed by the National Development Council, according to Cabinet spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka. Kolas said that the main factor to boost Taiwan’s economic growth will be boosting domestic demand amid uncertainty regarding trade with the United States and China. In order to boost domestic demand, the government plans to increase people’s disposable income in order to promote domestic investment and consumption. <Accessed 2019-01-10> 
  • Legislature Approves NT$1.998 Trillion Government Budget for 2019 (2019-01-10)
    (CNA, By Fan Cheng-hsiang and Christie Chen)
    On Thursday, the Legislative Yuan passed the central government’s budget proposal for 2019 of NT$1.998 trillion, which is a 1.19 percent cut from the original estimate. However, the KMT’s proposals to cut budgets for the Central Election Commission, Ill-Gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee, and Transitional Justice Commission did not pass. <Accessed 2019-01-10> 
  • KMT to Establish ‘Exchanges Center” (2019-01-10)
    (Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu)
    The KMT announced Wednesday that it intends to establish a new center aimed at promoting exchanges between the KMT and the Chinese Communist Party. KMT Mainland Affairs Committee director Chou Jin-shine proposed the idea, which was met with support from local KMT leaders, to promote bilateral cross-Strait city and township exchanges. KMT Chairman Wu Den-yih said he hopes this center can help promote cross-Strait relations based on the original “1992 consensus”. <Accessed 2019-01-10> 
  • Ma Not Ruling Out Presidential Run; Defends ‘Consensus’ (2019-01-12)
    (Taipei Times, By Shih Hsiao-kuang and Jonathan Chin)
    Former President Ma Ying-jeou said on a radio show on Friday that the Taiwanese public wants him back in the Presidential Office, although he kept quiet about whether or not he would seek a nomination for next year’s presidential election. He urged that Taiwan should return to its previous relationship with China based upon the previously agreed upon “1992 consensus”. He said that he is currently working on developing policy solutions to Taiwanese issues. <Accessed 2019-01-14> 
  • Cabinet Resigns as Premier Lai Says He Has ‘No Regrets’ (2019-01-12)
    (Taipei Times, By Sean Lin)
    Premier William Lai and his Cabinet resigned en masse on Friday, following the Democratic Progressive Party’s defeat in the November local elections. Lai reflected on his time as Premier and said that he hopes to continue working towards “making Taiwan great” in the future, which he believes he can only do by resigning. Lai also said he has no regrets about his time as Premier, which he believes helped develop the nation, boost the economy, and nourish the nation. <Accessed 2019-01-14> 
  • Su Tseng-chang Takes Up Post as Premier (Update) (2019-01-14)
    (CNA, By Wang Cheng-chung, Matt Yu, Ku Chuan and Evelyn Kao)
    New Premier Su Tseng-chang and his new Cabinet were sworn in to office on Monday following the resignation of former Premier Lai Ching-te and his Cabinet. During the ceremony, Su acknowledged the contributions Lai made and committed himself and his Cabinet to work on the existing foundation to continue making improvements, focusing on the areas of constitutional reform, political culture, and cross-Strait issues. <Accessed 2019-01-14> 
  • Su Thanks Tsai for Letting Him Assemble Cabinet Quickly  (2019-01-14)
    (CNA, By Ku Chuan, Matt Yu, and Evelyn Kao)
    Premier Su Tseng-chang said at his first Cabinet meeting today that he was appreciative of President Tsai Ing-wen’s trust in him, which allowed him to assemble his Cabinet in only two days. Su said that Tsai entrusted him with full authority to both select the Cabinet lineup and make and promote policy. He said him and his Cabinet will all take responsibility and work towards the policies of the Cabinet. <Accessed 2019-01-14> 
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  • Why Are Chinese Courts Turning to AI? (2019-01-19)
    (The Diplomat, By Meng Yu and Guodong Du) China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) has been promoting a system of "similar judgment for similar cases," a goal they hope to achieve using artificial intelligence (AI) technology. The system has already become an important part of the Judicial Accountability System. So far, AI has only been used to determine whether or not a judge's ruling is reasonable given past precedents. <Accessed 2019-01-19> 
  • Coping With the Challenge of China’s Growing Space Power (2019-01-18)
    (The Diplomat, By Lincoln Hines) China has become the world's second largest spender on space capabilities in its conquest to become "a space power in all respects," and the program is driven by both motives of seeking status among global peers as well as state security. Given the military applications of space technology as well as the status seeking nature of the project, China's pursuit could pose serious implications for the U.S.-China relationship. U.S. policymakers need to be aware of China's motivations in order to properly respond without destabilizing the relationship. <Accessed 2019-01-19> 
  • China’s Economy Czar to Visit Washington for Trade Talks (2019-01-18)
    (The Diplomat, By Joe McDonald) The top trade envoys from both the United States and China will meet in Washington by the end of January, showing a possible sign of progress in trade negotiations between the two countries. While neither side has indicated a desire to change their basic positions, the March 1 deadline on the 90-day tariff ceasefire is too soon to solve the problems within the U.S.-China relationship according to several economists. Observers claim that the two top officials meeting show that enough progress has been made that high-level decisions can now occur. <Accessed 2019-01-19> 
  • Taiwan’s Newly Reshuffled Cabinet Looks a Lot Like Its Old Cabinet (2019-01-17)
    (The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) The most notable change within the new Taiwanese cabinet, reshuffled Friday in an effort to rejuvenate the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) after a disappointing election cycle in late 2018, was Su Tseng-chang replacing outgoing Premier William Lai. Su promised that the DPP would communicate and respond to the public's demands, making it a top priority for the Party. Su will most likely begin his time as Premier by focusing on short-term goals for the Party, such as wealth redistribution. <Accessed 2019-01-19> 
  • China and the US Are Destined for Peace, Not for War (2019-01-17)
    (The Diplomat, By Jin Kai) The temporary truce between the United States and China provides much-needed relief in a long trade battle. Despite the Trump administration "flipping the card" on the relationship between the two countries and bringing up longstanding trade issues, the two great powers are not meant to go to war with one another, and geopolitical issues surrounding the two remain complex. Given how much the two share in terms of national interests, war remains unlikely and the two will instead choose to cooperate and maintain peace. <Accessed 2019-01-19>  
  • An American Consensus: Time to Confront China (2019-01-17)
    (The Diplomat, By Zoe Leung and Michael Depp) In response to China's propagation of its own model of development around the world, the United States has changed the nature of the U.S.-China relationship from one of careful cooperation to one of all-out confrontation. Congress, which has always been more anti-China than the White House, has been able to pass new anti-China measures now that the perspective of Chinese hostility is mutual between the legislature and the executive. As the relationship changes, despite a lack in escalation of hostilities, the U.S. perspective will remain competitive instead of cooperative. <Accessed 2019-01-19> 
  • Explaining China’s Latest Catch in Africa (2019-01-16)
    (The Diplomat, By Oana Burcu and Eloïse Bertrand) Burkina Faso's switch in diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing represents much more than just checkbook diplomacy -- it represents peer pressure from others on the African continent as well as domestic politics. Burkina Faso has historically switched often between recognizing the two powers, usually to serve in its own self-interests. However, while the financial aspect is motivating, Burkina Faso has also faced pressure from neighboring African states, especially from within the Sahel, to improve security cooperation measures funded and encouraged by China. <Accessed 2019-01-19> 
  • Heads of US and Chinese Navy Meet in Beijing (2019-01-16)
    (The Diplomat, By Steven Stashwick) The U.S. Chief of Naval Operations met with the People's Liberation Army Navy Commander in Beijing on January 14 for talks regarding encouraging cooperation and interactions between the two navies at sea. U.S. Admiral John Richardson will be in China for three days and plans to meet with Chinese defense leadership, defense attaches from various partner nations, and to visit the PLA headquarters and Research Center. <Accessed 2019-01-19> 
  • China’s Plan to Break off US Allies (2019-01-16)
    (The Diplomat, By Tao Peng) By handling Meng Wanzhou's arrest gently with the United States while remaining strict with Canada, China hopes that Canada will not follow the United States in a confrontational approach towards China and assist the United States in creating a global offensive against China. China is essentially forcing U.S. allies to choose sides in a conflict, either standing with Washington or shying away from the dispute. China's actions against Canada serve the goal of deterring other U.S. allies from angering China. <Accessed 2019-01-19> 
  • When Will Xi Jinping Travel to North Korea? (2019-01-14)
    (The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) During Kim Jong-un's fourth visit to Beijing in early January 2019, Xi Jinping accepted an invitation to visit North Korea soon, just as he had done during Kim's first visit in March 2018. While there is no indication that Xi will visit North Korea soon, the two countries are set to celebrate 70 years of diplomatic relations this year, and the leaders may potentially use the occasion to meet in Pyongyang. A member of the Politburo Standing Committee or a similar high-level Chinese official visiting Pyongyang prior to Xi visiting may also remain possible. <Accessed 2019-01-19> 
  • Huawei Fires Employee Arrested in Poland on Spying Charges (2019-01-12)
    (New York Times, By Raymond Zhong) The Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has fired an employee who was arrested in Poland on charges of spying for the Chinese government, saying in a statement late Saturday that the worker had brought “disrepute” to the company. Huawei said that the alleged actions that the employee, Wang Weijing, had been accused of had nothing to do with the company. <Accessed 2019-01-18> 
  • Twitter Users in China Face Detention and Threats in New Beijing Crackdown (2019-01-10)
    (New York Times, By Paul Mozur) The Chinese police, in a sharp escalation of the country’s online censorship efforts, are questioning and detaining a growing number of Twitter users even though the social media platform is blocked in China and the vast majority of people in the country cannot see it. <Accessed 2019-01-18> 
  • China’s Ambassador to Canada Blames ‘White Supremacy’ in Feud Over Arrests (2019-01-10)
    (New York Times, By Raymond Zhong) China’s ambassador to Canada has said that “Western egotism and white supremacy” were behind calls for Beijing to release two detained Canadians, further straining relations between the countries after the arrest in Canada last month of a Chinese technology executive. <Accessed 2019-01-18> 
  • U.S.-North Korea Summit Looks Imminent, South Korean Leader Says (2019-01-10)
    (New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) President Moon Jae-in of South Korea said Thursday that the visit to China this week by the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, heralded an imminent second summit meeting between Mr. Kim and President Trump to negotiate the terms of denuclearizing the North. <Accessed 2019-01-18> 
  • Talks to End U.S.-China Trade War Now Shift to Make-or-Break Rounds (2019-01-09)
    (New York Times, By Keith Bradsher) Three days of trade negotiations between midlevel American and Chinese officials ended in Beijing on Wednesday afternoon with progress in identifying and narrowing the two sides’ differences but little sense of when they might reach a deal. <Accessed 2019-01-18> 
  • With Kim’s Visit, China Shows U.S. It Has Leverage on Trade (2019-01-08)
    (New York Times, By Keith Bradsher and Choe Sang-Hun) Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, arrived by train in Beijing on Tuesday to meet with Mr. Xi during the second day of talks nearby between midlevel trade negotiators from China and the United States. Though the government said the events were unconnected, Mr. Kim’s surprise visit was an unmistakable reminder that China could complicate the Trump administration’s pursuit of other goals — including ridding the North of nuclear weapons — if the two powers fail to strike a deal on trade. <Accessed 2019-01-18> 
  • North Korea’s Envoy to Italy Disappears, Raising Suspicions of a Defection (2019-01-03)
    (New York Times, By Motoko Rich and Su-Hyun Lee) North Korea’s acting ambassador to Italy disappeared from the embassy in Rome in November, apparently in a defection attempt, according to a South Korean lawmaker briefed by intelligence officials. <Accessed 2019-01-19> 
  • Is Xi Jinping’s Taiwan Reunification Push Hastening a US-China Clash? (2019-01-13)
    (South China Morning Post, By Shi Jiangtao) Government advisers and analysts warn that the deadlocked cross-strait relations are entering a dangerous period, with an expectation of escalating tensions in the months ahead as an increasingly isolated Taipei tilts further towards Washington, seeking a hedge against Beijing’s aggressive pressure campaign. <Accessed 2019-01-18> 
  • Taiwan’s New Premier Su Tseng-chang Faces ‘Tough Task’ to Help Win Back Public Trust (2019-01-11)
    (South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwan has named a new premier who will be tasked with helping President Tsai Ing-wen fight an uphill battle in next year’s polls amid tense cross-strait relations and fallout from the US-China trade war. Su Tseng-chang, 71, who has previously been Taiwan’s premier and chairman of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, was appointed by Tsai after outgoing premier William Lai Ching-te and the entire cabinet resigned on Friday. <Accessed 2019-01-18> 
  • Donald Trump Won’t Be at Davos, But Trade Talks Could Go On Without Him (2019-01-11)
    (South China Morning Post, By Catherine Wong) US President Donald Trump may have missed a chance to meet Chinese Vice-President Wang Qishan after he pulled out of the World Economic Forum in Davos, but analysts say trade talks between the two sides remain on track. <Accessed 2019-01-18> 
  • Xi Jinping’s Taiwan Comments Likely to Scuttle Talks, Analysts Say (2019-01-06)
    (South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Official talks between Taiwan and mainland China are unlikely to be held in the foreseeable future now that an understanding intended to allow the two sides to ditch their differences has been redefined, leaving the self-ruled island with no room to manoeuvre, observers said. <Accessed 2019-01-18> 
  • When Approaching Reunification with Taiwan, What Lessons Can Beijing Learn from Its Experiences with Hong Kong? (2019-01-06)
    (South China Morning Post, By Tammy Tam) But when it comes to Taiwan, the crux of the question should be this: does it necessarily mean replicating the Hong Kong model for the self-ruled island with a population of more than 25 million? The answer is no, and the reason is simple: Hong Kong and Taiwan are so different in many ways. <Accessed 2019-01-18> 
  • China Says UN Officials Can Visit Xinjiang as Long as They ‘Avoid Interfering in Domestic Matters’ (2019-01-07)
    (South China Morning Post, By Nectar Gan) UN officials are welcome to visit Xinjiang as long as they obey Chinese law and follow the procedures, China said on Monday as it seeks to counter a global outcry over its mass internment programme in the far western region. <Accessed 2019-01-18> 
  • Taiwan Launches into Combat Training with Plans for Live-Fire Drill to Fend Off Mainland China Attack (2019-01-10)
    (South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwan will stage a live-fire drill on the island next week, the first in a series of exercises this year to test the military’s ability to fend off an attack from mainland China. According to a notice from the 10th Army Corps, a drill simulating an invasion via the city of Taichung will be held in Fanzailiao in central Taiwan early on January 17. <Accessed 2019-01-18> 
  • Chinese Investors ‘Facing Severe Situation in the US’ (2019-01-10)
    (South China Morning Post, By Frank Tang) Chinese firms have been warned that the investment environment in the United States is rapidly deteriorating in a report that also called for more government protection for the country’s increasing overseas interests. In its sixth annual report evaluating country-specific investment risks, the Institute of World Economics and Politics, a government think tank under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, ranked the United States investment environment as number 14 out the total of 57 countries, a drop of 10 places from a year ago. <Accessed 2019-01-18> 
  • Local Elections Strike a Heavy Blow for Taiwan’s DPP (2019-01-16)
    (East Asia Forum, By Jean Yu-Chen Tseng) The results of the 2018 local elections reflect growing public dissatisfaction with the DPP administration’s performance over the past two years. They foretell a challenging future for Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, whose approval rating has remained low at around 30 per cent for years, as she readies for her 2020 re-election campaign. <Accessed 2019-01-18> 
  • The Meng Case: Extraterritorial Kidnapping or Rule of Law? (2019-01-08)
    (East Asia Forum, By Ivy Lee) Sadly, if the United States is successful in imposing these secondary sanctions, it may demonstrate that might makes right. And the Meng case may come to signify how being a superpower makes it easier for the United States to contravene the rule of law. <Accessed 2019-01-18> 
  • The Costs of Containing China (2019-01-09)
    (East Asia Forum, By Hugh White) So the new Cold War with China will play out primarily as a bilateral military contest. The two sides will not necessarily go to war, but each side’s capacity to convince the other that they are willing to go to war will determine which of them prevails. <Accessed 2019-01-18> 
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    The Taiwan National Security Surveys (2002 – 2019) were conducted by the Election Study Center of the National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan under the auspice of the Program in Asian Security Studies (PASS) at Duke University. For more detailed information about each of the surveys, please visit the PASS website http://sites.duke.edu/pass/ . <Accessed 2019-01-15>
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          New Publication "Prospects for Taiwan Maintaining Its Autonomy under Chinese Pressure" by Denny Roy (Asian Survey)
          New Publication Takashi Inoguchi and Richard Estes: "The History of Well-Being in East Asia: From Global Conflict to Global Leadership" in The Pursuit of Human Well-Being: The Untold Global History by Estes, Richard J. and Sirgy, Joseph (eds.) (Springer)
          New Publication Taiwan at a Tipping Point: The Democratic Progressive Party's Return to Power by John F. Copper (Rowman and Littlefield)
          New Publication Taiwan and China: Fitful Embrace by Lowell Dittmer (ed.) (University of California Press) 
          New Publication Learning from Fukushima: Nuclear Power in East Asia by Peter Van Ness and Mel Gurtov (eds.) (Australian National University Press)
          New Publication Playing with Fire: The Looming War with China Over Taiwan by John Copper (Praeger Security International Series)
          Upcoming Conference China Defense & Security Conference 2017 (Jamestown Foundation)
          New Publication Imagining Taiwan: The Nixon Administration, the Developmental States, and South Vietnam’s Search for Economic Viability, 1969–1975 by Simon Toner (Diplomatic History)
          New Publication Religion and the Regime: Cooperation and Conflict in Contemporary Russia and China by Karrie J. Koesel (World Politics)
          New Publication Primordialism, Instrumentalism, Constructivism: Factors Influencing Taiwanese People’s Regime Acceptance of Mainland China’s Government by Chia-Chou Wang (Journal of Contemporary China)
          TSR received a favorable review by the Foreign Affairs (July/Aug 2000)
          The Best of Asia-Pacific Web Award
          TSR was honored with a Four-Star rating by the Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library. 

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