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  • US-China Trade Dispute Boosting Free-Trade Zone Business at Airports, Seaports  (2019-06-14)
    (Taipei Times, By Shelley Shan)
    The Ministry of Transportation and Communications’ Department of Aviation said Thursday that the U.S.-China trade dispute has partially contributed to a trade volume increase at Taiwan’s free-trade zones in the first quarter of the year. This increase is likely due in part to Taiwanese companies abroad moving their operations back to Taiwan in an effort to avoid U.S.-China trade issues-related tariffs. <Accessed 2019-06-18> 
  • Solomon Islands Officials’ Visit to China Not Linked to Ties  (2019-06-18)
    (CNA, By Joseph Yeh)
    A Solomon Islands senior government delegation that visited China last week was only there to study timber trade, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The visit caused concern over whether or not the Solomon Islands will maintain its diplomatic relations with Taiwan or switch to ties with China. However, MOFA insisted that the ties between Taiwan and the Solomon Islands remain stable and that the visit was purely related to business. <Accessed 2019-06-18> 
  • Taiwan Can Count on U.S.’ Commitment to a Shared Future: AIT Director  (2019-06-18)
    (CNA, By Joseph Yeh)
    American Institute in Taiwan director Brent Christensen assured Taiwanese people Tuesday that the U.S.’ is strongly committed to future cooperation with Taiwan and that he is optimistic about the future of the U.S.-Taiwan relationship. He also mentioned that the U.S.’ concerns lie with China’s economic practices, such as “market distorting subsidies, threats, theft of intellectual property, and lack of a market oriented approach”. <Accessed 2019-06-18> 
  • Hong Kong May Face Dark Future Despite Lam’s Apology: DPP (2019-06-18)
    (CNA, By Stacy Hsu)
    Despite Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s apology for and suspension of the controversial extradition bill, Democratic Progressive Party Secretary-General Lo Wen-jia said that he remains worried for Hong Kong’s future. Lo said that he hopes Hong Kong citizens can have courage and count on Taiwan for support as that he is worried Hong Kong’s leaders only compromised because of backlash but will find a new way to control society in the future. <Accessed 2019-06-18> 
  • DPP to Officially Nominate Tsai as Candidate in 2020 Election  (2019-06-18)
    (CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Elizabeth Hsu)
    The Democratic Progressive Party will formally nominate President Tsai Ing-wen as its party’s candidate at a Wednesday meeting of its Central Executive Committee, after which Tsai will deliver a speech at the DPP headquarters. Tsai defeated former Premier Lai Ching-te in the DPP primary with a support rating of 35.67 percent versus Lai’s 27.48 percent. <Accessed 2019-06-18> 
  • Tsai Meets with Brookings Head, Hopes for Progress on Ties (2019-06-18)
    (CNA, By Stacy Hsu)
    President Tsai Ing-wen met with a delegation from Washington-based policy think tank the Brookings Institution on Tuesday. In her speech, Tsai thanked Brookings President John Allen for his help in securing Taiwan’s place in the U.S.-led Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS and looked to the future of the U.S.-Taiwan relationship as both sided celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act. <Accessed 2019-06-18> 
  • KMT’s Tseng, Chinese Official Urge Closer Ties (2019-06-17)
    (Taipei Times, By Ann Maxon) Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Vice Chairman Tseng Yung-chuan and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Chairman/Politburo Standing Committee member Wang Yang made calls for the return to the "1992 consensus" at the 11th Straits Forum yesterday. Tseng and Wang urged China and Taiwan to increase cross-strait exchanges on the basis that both sides belong to "one China." Tseng stated that the KMT will strive to maintain the "1992 consensus" and oppose Taiwanese independence. <Accessed 2019-06-17>
  • China's President Xi to Visit North Korea This Week (2019-06-17)
    (Reuters, By Tony Munroe and Huizhong Wu) Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to visit North Korea for two days at the invitation of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The meetings between the two nations come weeks before the G20 summit being held in Japan at the end of June. Xi will be the first Chinese president to visit North Korea in 14 years; Kim, however, has made multiple visits to China since 2018. <Accessed 2019-06-17>
  • Taiwan's Legislature Expresses Support for Hong Kong People (2019-06-17)
    (CNA, By Fan Cheng-hsiang and Emerson Lim) A resolution passed in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan expressed the legislature's support for Hong Kong citizens amidst protests over the controversial extradition bill. The resolution called on the Hong Kong government to withdraw the bill and better consider the concerns of the protesters. The legislature also urged the Taiwanese government to take action to help Hong Kong protesters. <Accessed 2019-06-17> 
  • Duterte Calls for Calm Over Chinese Sinking of Fishing Boat (2019-06-17)
    (Washington Post/Associated Press) Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte urged the end of public outcry and tensions after a Chinese vessel hit and sank a Filipino fishing boat in the South China Sea on June 9, calling the incident an accident. Other government officials and opposition politicians, however, have criticized China for the incident and have demanded greater action from the Filipino government. China has denied that the collision was on purpose. <Accessed 2019-06-17>
  • 'One Country, Two Systems' Won't Work in Taiwan: Former AIT Head (2019-06-17)
     (CNA, By Lee Hsin-Yin) Former American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman Richard Bush expressed his view that the "One Country, Two Systems" formula will not work in Taiwan at a forum this Monday. Bush also stated that escalating tension in the Asia-Pacific region can be attributed to the United States' and China's changing regional roles. The U.S. has become more security orientated while nations in the region look to China for economics, according to Bush. <Accessed 2019-06-18>
  • Ministry Eyeing Cooperation with New U.S. Diplomat (2019-06-15)
    (Taipei Times/CNA) The United States has appointed David Stilwell to Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Stilwell, in his confirmation hearing, made calls for China to reopen peaceful dialogue with Taiwan. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) yesterday stated that it looks forward to working with Stilwell to develop closer Taiwan-United States cooperation. <Accessed 2019-06-16>
  • Hong Kong’s Leader, Yielding to Protests, Suspends Extradition Bill (2019-06-15)
    (NY Times, By Keith Bradsher and Alexandra Stevenson) Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Saturday announced a temporarily suspension of the controversial extradition bill. Sources close to the Hong Kong government claim that the suspension is intended to slow and weaken opposition to the bill, at which point the bill can be reintroduced. Protest and activist groups however have continued to call for a full withdraw of the bill, not just a temporarily suspension. <Accessed 2019-06-15> 
  • Tsai Wins DPP Primary, Beating Lai by 8.2 Points (2019-06-13)
    (CNA, By Stacy Hsu) President Tsai Ing-wen will represent the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in Taiwan's 2020 presidential election, defeating her one competitor, former Premier Lai Ching-te, in polls conducted this week. This was the first time in which a sitting DPP president seeking reelection faced internal competition in the primaries. <Accessed 2019-06-13>
  • German Parliamentarians Urge Support for Taiwan Amid Hong Kong Turmoil (2019-06-13)
    (CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Members of the German parliament, on a visit to Taiwan, urged increased global support for Taiwan during Hong Kong protests and on issues of human rights. The delegation called for more exchanges between Germany, Taiwan, and the European Union. The group also stressed the need for Taiwan's inclusion in international organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO). <Accessed 2019-06-14>
  • Tsai Urges Hong Kong Government to Hold Dialogue with Protesters (2019-06-13)
    (CNA, By Stacy Hsu) In a press conference, President Tsai called on the Hong Kong government to start talks with protesters in regard to the proposed extradition bill after Hong Kong police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters yesterday. The Hong Kong government has postponed its review of the bill due to the protests. <Accessed 2019-06-14>
  • Groups Protest at HK Office in Taipei (2019-06-13)
    (Taipei Times, By Ann Maxon) Various civic groups and students protested outside the Hong Kong Economic, Trade, and Cultural Office in Taipei yesterday. The protesters gathered in opposition to the Hong Kong extradition bill, particularly against proposed amendments that would also allow Hong Kong to arrest and extradite visitors in the city to China. The groups again urged the Taiwanese government to prepare countermeasures to the bill. <Accessed 2019-06-14> 
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  • Xi Jinping is (Finally) Visiting North Korea (2019-06-18)
    (The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) According to Chinese state media, Chinese President Xi Jinping has accepted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's invitation to visit North Korea from June 20 to 21. The meeting between Xi and Kim might have further implications on the U.S.-China discussions if Xi and U.S. President Donald Trump were to meet during the G-20 summit in Japan from June 28 to 29. <Accessed 2019-06-18> 
  • China Blinks on Hong Kong - This Time (2019-06-18)
    (The Diplomat, By Ken Moritsugu) Hong Kong's chief executive Carrie Lam's decision to suspend the extradition bill could be seen as a sign that there are limitations to how hard Chinese President Xi Jinping's government can be when being pressured. Activists and protesters urged the Hong Kong government to withdraw the bill entirely and called for Lam's resignation. Regardless of the demands from the protesters, China might not be deterred from controlling Hong Kong. <Accessed 2019-06-18> 
  • The Dangerous Reprise of Chinese Korean War Propaganda (2019-06-17)
    (The Diplomat, By Andrew Kuech) In light of the ongoing trade war between the United States and China, the Chinese government has brought back the Korean War-era "Resist America, Aid Korea" campaign as one of its latest attempts to stir up long-suppressed populist animosity toward the United States. The current "Resist America, Aid Korea" campaign aims to remind the Chinese people of China's victory against American provocation and frame China's troubles as an epochal struggle against U.S. expansionism. <Accessed 2019-06-17> 
  • How Hong Kong’s Leader Made the Biggest Political Retreat by China Under Xi (2019-06-15)
    (New York Times, By Keith Bradsher) Yet on Saturday, she was forced to suspend indefinitely her monthslong effort to win passage of a bill that would have allowed her government to extradite criminal suspects to mainland China, Taiwan and elsewhere. Mrs. Lam’s decision represented the biggest single retreat on a political issue by China since Xi Jinping became the country’s top leader in 2012. <Accessed 2019-06-17> 
  • Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s Leader, Retreats, but Her Critics Want More (2019-06-15)
    (New York Times, By Alexandra Stevenson and Tiffany May) But for most of the bill’s opponents, Mrs. Lam’s promise to indefinitely postpone the legislation was insufficient, signaling that the fight was not over for the embattled leader and foreshadowing more upheaval in the semiautonomous territory, where many still fear the bill could extend China’s reach. <Accessed 2019-06-17> 
  • Hong Kong Protests Raise Stakes for Xi’s Hard-Line Agenda (2019-06-13)
    (New York Times, By Chris Buckley and Steven Lee Myers) Yet again and again, instead of moving toward compromise or change, Mr. Xi and his subordinates have made hard-line decisions that have compounded and complicated pressures on the ruling Communist Party. <Accessed 2019-06-17> 
  • As China Looms, Australia’s Military Refocuses on Pacific Neighbors (2019-06-11)
    (New York Times, By Jamie Tarabay) But as Australian forces wind down their presence in Afghanistan and Iraq, where they have served alongside American troops since the early 2000s, they are renewing their focus on Australia’s island neighbors, which have become a different kind of battleground as China seeks to expand its influence in the region. <Accessed 2019-06-17> 
  • China’s New Abnormal: European Patrols in Disputed Southeast Asian Waters (2019-06-15)
    (South China Morning Post, By Richard Heydarian) China is no longer just facing resistance from the United States, but also transatlantic allies with growing strategic interests in the Indo-Pacific. <Accessed 2019-06-17> 
  • Hong Kong Extradition Bill Complicates an Already Tense US-China Relationship (2019-06-15)
    (South China Morning Post, By Teddy Ng and Liu Zhen) The row between Beijing and Washington over Hong Kong has exacerbated tensions between the two powers, but observers say neither side wants to push too hard because of the high cost involved. <Accessed 2019-06-17> 
  • China ‘Has Overtaken Russia’ as a Maritime Power, Boosted by Joint Naval Drills (2019-06-16)
    (South China Morning Post, By Kristin Huang) China has surpassed Russia as a maritime power, boosted by years of joint drills between the two navies, according to military analysts. Such exercises had helped China to become a relatively advanced naval power, and Russia was watching on warily as Beijing continued a push to modernise its military, they said. <Accessed 2019-06-17> 
  • Taiwanese Companies Hit by US-China Trade War Lured back Home by Taipei (2019-06-15)
    (South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen announced the incentive scheme last year and it came into effect in February. Since then, 66 companies have benefited from the programme – and committed to invest NT$330 billion in the self-ruled island – and the government said it was reviewing many more applications. <Accessed 2019-06-17> 
  • China Summons US Envoy in Protest over Washington’s Condemnation of Hong Kong Extradition Bill (2019-06-14)
    (South China Morning Post, By Kinling Lo) China summoned a US envoy in Beijing on Friday to protest against Washington’s condemnation of Hong Kong’s controversial extradition bill. <Accessed 2019-06-17> 
  • Taiwan’s Kuomintang to Send Delegation to Mainland China Forum despite ‘Warning’ from Taipei (2019-06-12)
    (South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwan’s main opposition party Kuomintang (KMT) will send a delegation to a cross-strait forum in mainland China this weekend despite warnings from the island’s government that it risks being disbanded if it engages in political talks or signs any agreements during the event. <Accessed 2019-06-17> 
  • US Releases Photo of Taiwanese Major General at Indo-Pacific Military Talks (2019-06-10)
    (South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) The US Pacific Marine Corps has released photos showing a Taiwanese major general and a flag with the island’s emblem at an annual gathering of military leaders from the Indo-Pacific region, in another move certain to infuriate Beijing. <Accessed 2019-06-17> 
  • No Appetite for a ‘New Cold War’ in Asia (2019-06-09)
    (East Asia Forum, By Amy King) Regional states will need to be prepared to take a leaf out of Lee Hsien Loong’s book and call out the misbehaviour of both the United States and China when they diverge from regional norms, and to work together to develop new norms on security and economic issues that remain under-regulated. <Accessed 2019-06-17> 
  • Both Sides to Blame for the US–China Confrontation (2019-06-10)
    (East Asia Forum, By the Editorial Board) But much more will be needed — across issues ranging from cyber to maritime security and trade — if the region is to avoid the worst consequences of the growing confrontation between the United States and China. Sitting back and waiting for Trump and Xi to find common ground is no longer an option. <Accessed 2019-06-17> 
  • The Fight Isn’t Over for Same-Sex Marriage Activists in Taiwan (2019-06-10)
    (East Asia Forum, By Pan Wang) The campaign is not simply a case of split opinions on marriage — it touches on the paradoxes of democracy in Taiwan, including conflicted party identities that intertwine with religion and the clash of opposing political ideologies. <Accessed 2019-06-17> 
  • The Rules-Based Maritime Order Is Not Completely Adrift (2019-06-12)
    (East Asia Forum, By See Seng Tan) This reflected the shared commitment among the world’s maritime practitioners to the rules-based order. Their readiness to privilege peace-based principles over power is the best antidote to an Asia Pacific maritime domain increasingly marked by mistrust and tension. <Accessed 2019-06-17> 
  • Why The US May Lose Taiwan to Beijing Economically (2019-06-15)
    (The Diplomat, By Charles I-hsin Chen) While the United States has increased its security commitment to Taiwan, it is equally imperative that the United States gives considerable attention to its economic ties with Taiwan. The United States could avoid losing Taiwan to China economically by renewing its Taiwan policy, restoring its economic diplomacy and revising its Indo-Pacific strategy. <Accessed 2019-06-15> 
  • The Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit Kicks Off in Bishkek (2019-06-14)
    (The Diplomat, By Catherine Putz) As the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit commences on June 14, it appears that while the SCO's Shanghai Spirit managed to curb the conflict between the members, there still remains friction between India and Pakistan who became formal members in 2017. Meanwhile, SCO members are silent on Xinjiang's camps in China, particularly with Kyrgyzstan's President Sooronbay Jeenbekov stating that it is China's own "internal matter". <Accessed 2019-06-14> 
  • The Risks of a 'Total' US-China Competition (2019-06-14)
    (The Diplomat, By Robert Farley) While it may be too soon to initiate a warning that a New Cold War could be looming, it is crucial to clarify and explain the stakes of competition between the United States and China. Despite real differences between the United States and China, it is undeniable that the social, political and economic ties between both countries since the 90s, has greatly transformed their economies. <Accessed 2019-06-14> 
  • What China is Saying About the Hong Kong Protests (2019-06-14)
    (The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) While the recent mass protests in Hong Kong against the extradition bill received major news coverage around the globe, the Chinese media outlets have been downplaying the protests. On mainland China, Chinese media outlets reported that the majority of Hong Kong citizens supported the extradition bill and that the violent minority protesting the bill is linked to "foreign forces". However, a recent survey from the Public Opinion Program of the University of Hong Kong (HKUPOP) reported that 60% of respondents do not favor extraditing Hong Kong people to mainland China. <Accessed 2019-06-14> 
  • Trump Versus the Democrats on China (2019-06-13)
    (IPP Review, By John F. Copper) Looking deeper into what might otherwise be common grounds with President Trump and an issue that might bring the two together, there are good reasons to believe the two are not at all of the same mind. <Accessed 2019-06-14> 
  • Tiananmen June 4, 1989: Taiwan's Reaction (2019-06-10)
    (Taiwan Insight, By John F. Copper) High officials criticized the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist Party and denied Taiwan had any involvement in starting what occurred. But in retrospect what Taiwan did not do was as important, arguably more important, than what it did do. <Accessed 2019-06-14> 
  • Violence Erupts During Latest Anti-Extradition Protest in Hong Kong (2019-06-13)
    (The Diplomat, By Christopher Bodeen) Hong Kong students pledged to continue protesting the proposed extradition bill despite clashes with the police. The latest protest in Hong Kong presents a challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping, who has remarked that he would tolerate such challenge to the Communist Party's authority. Currently, the status of the legislative process for the bill remains unclear. <Accessed 2019-06-13> 
  • Largest Japanese Warship Joins US Supercarrier for Bilateral Deployment in South China Sea (2019-06-13)
    (The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) The United States and Japan released statements that the United States' Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier strike group carried out bilateral exercises with Japan's largest warship this week in the South China Sea. According to the U.S. Navy, the ships carried out communication checks, tactical maneuvering drills and liaison officer exchanges to handle common maritime security priorities and enhance interoperability at sea. <Accessed 2019-06-13> 
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