AIT Head Lauds Taiwan’s Leadership On Efforts To Combat Human Trafficking (2016-07-28) (Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) Ahead of World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on Saturday, American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Acting Director Robert Forden yesterday applauded Taiwan’s leadership for its regional and international anti-trafficking efforts, but reminded the country that its top ranking “does not mean everything is perfect.”
Clinton Would Not Change US’ Taiwan Policy: Aide (2016-07-27) (Taipei Times, By William Lowther) “Secretary Clinton supports the current administration’s policy on China and Taiwan, and will continue to do so,” senior campaign foreign policy adviser Jake Sullivan said.
Talks On Maritime Cooperation With Tokyo Postponed (2016-07-27) (Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu)The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said that the first dialogue between Taipei and Tokyo on maritime cooperation, which was scheduled to be held by the end of this month, has been postponed to allow more time to prepare.
President Thanks Solomon Islands Leader For Support (2016-07-26) (China Post/CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday expressed appreciation to Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare for his country's solid and long-term support of Taiwan in the international community.
Overseas Chinese To Boost 'New Southbound Policy' (2016-07-26) (China Post/CNA) The long-term efforts by the Overseas Community Affairs Council to nurture overseas Chinese students and establish contacts with Taiwanese businessmen in Southeast Asia will be a major boost to the country's "New Southbound Policy," an official said Monday.
Draft Report Attributes Missile Firing To Errors (2016-07-25) (Taipei Times, By Jonathan Chin) A confluence of human errors were to blame for the accidental firing of a missile that sank a Taiwanese fishing boat near Penghu on July 1, the Chinese-language United Daily News reported yesterday.The newspaper said it was given access to the working draft of the military’s report on the incident, which it characterized as “in a mostly finished form.”
MAC Appeals To Beijing To Recognize Taiwan's Good Will (2016-07-25) (China Post/CNA) Taiwan hopes China can understand that its recognition of the historical fact that understandings were reached between the two sides in 1992 is an important and friendly declaration, a Taiwanese official said Friday.
US Urges Taiwan-China Communications (2016-07-24) (Taipei Times/CNA) The US on Thursday urged Taiwan and China to keep channels of communication open after President Tsai Ing-wen expressed hope in a Washington Post interview that China would show more flexibility in dealing with cross-strait relations.
Navy Refutes Delay In US Weapons Sales Order (2016-07-24) (China Post, By Sun Hsin Hsuan) Navy Command Headquarters (MND) Saturday quashed reports suggesting that the delivery of a U.S. arms sales order to Taiwan had been postponed, claiming that Taipei maintains stable relations with Washington.
ASEAN Representatives Back Southbound Policy (2016-07-18) (Taipei Times, By Lu Yi-hsuan) ASEAN countries have “strong feelings” about President Tsai Ing-wen’s proposed “new southbound policy,” Singapore Trade Office in Taipei Representative Wong Wie Kuen said, adding that he hopes the Legislative Yuan would pass relevant laws as soon as possible.
DPP Moves Toward Striking Independence Clause (2016-07-18) (China Post, By Stephanie Chao) The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Sunday decided to further review a motion to abolish the Republic of China (R.O.C.) as well as a motion to abolish the DPP charter's Taiwan independence clause.
A Closer Look At President Tsai Ing-wen's New Southbound Policy (2016-07-18) (China Post, By John Liu) The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is Taiwan's second largest trade partner. Trade between Taiwan and Southeast Asia has been steadily increasing. Between 2001 and 2015, the amount grew from about US$30 billion to nearly US$80 billion.
Lawmaker Delegation Set To Visit Taiping Island Wednesday (2016-07-19) (China Post/CNA) Kuomintang lawmaker Chiang Chi-chen announced that a delegation of legislators is set to visit Taiping Island on Wednesday following a controversial ruling by an arbitration court that touched on the island's status. He regretted, however, that Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan will not be taking part after Chiang had urged him in a Facebook post on Sunday to visit the Taiwan-held island in the Spratlys to reassert Taiwan's sovereignty there.
Taiwan And NASA Work Together On Lunar Lander (2016-07-19) (China Post/CNA) Several Taiwanese research institutions have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to jointly develop an unmanned lunar lander.
Fishermen To Sail For Taiping Island (2016-07-19) (China Post, By Yuan-Ming Chiao) Fishermen from southern Taiwan vowed to take to the seas to safeguard "ancestral assets and sovereignty" in the South China Sea, Monday. The action is being spearheaded by Pingtung area fishermen, involving an estimated ten trawlers ranging from 20 to 50 tons, scheduled to set sail for the South China Sea island of Taiping on Wednesday. Retired serviceman in Kaohsiung have also expressed their intent to participate in the mission.
Lawmakers Demand Military Support For Taiping Protest (2016-07-19) (China Post, By Stephanie Chao) Kuomintang (KMT) lawmakers urged the government Tuesday to deploy the military to protect the nation's South China Sea claims and to accompany fishermen planning a protest trip to Taiping Island.
Cabinet Urges S. China Sea Negotiations (2016-07-20) (China Post, By Yuan-Ming Chiao) The government stressed the need for multilateral negotiations in the South China Sea on Tuesday, one day before separate groups of lawmakers and fishermen were scheduled to travel to Taiwan-controlled Taiping Island.
Foreign Ministry Working To Ensure ICAO Attendance (2016-07-20) (Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said it is working to make sure that Taiwan receives an invitation to this year’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly, adding that preparations have been made to avoid a dispute like the one that preceded the World Health Assembly (WHA) meeting in May.
Legislators Visit Taiping To Assert Claim (2016-07-21) (China Post, By Joseph Yeh) A delegation of Republic of China (Taiwan) lawmakers visited the Taiwan-controlled Taiping Island Wednesday to assert the country's South China Sea claims after an arbitration court last week controversially deemed the territory a rock rather than an island.
PLA Reforms Short-Term Boon For Taiwan: Expert (2016-07-21) (Taipei Times, By William Lowther) Phillip Saunders, the Director of the Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs at the US National Defense University explained at a conference in Washington that recent reforms within the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) are — in the short term — good news for Taiwan. He said the reforms are to be “very disruptive” for the Chinese military, therefore “the PLA will be less likely to undertake a major operation.”
Tsai Rejects Itu Aba Ruling In US Interview (2016-07-23) (Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) President Tsai Ing-wen reiterated Taiwan’s stance of not accepting an international court’s ruling on the South China Sea in an interview with the Washington Post, calling for a peaceful resolution of the disputes.
Tsai Rejects Deadline For Accepting '92 Consensus' (2016-07-23) (China Post, By Stephanie Chao) In a Q&A posted on the Washington Post website, senior associate editor Lally Weymouth asked whether it was true that mainland China leader Xi had set a certain deadline by which he wanted President Tsai to agree to the "1992 Consensus." In response, Tsai said, "it isn't likely that the government of Taiwan will accept a deadline for conditions that are against the will of the people." Taiwan’s Presidential office refutes claims that President Tsai Ing-wen rejected the "1992 Consensus" in that interview.
Top Chinese Admiral: China Ready to Counter ‘Any Aggression’ in South China Sea (2016-07-20) (The Diplomat, By Franz-Stefan Gady) “We will never stop our construction on the Nansha [Spratlys] Islands halfway… the Nansha Islands are China’s inherent territory, and our necessary construction on the islands is reasonable, justified, and lawful,” Admiral Wu Shengli, Commander of the People’s Liberation Army Navy, said, according to Xinhua News Agency.
Thinking Strategically on the Pacific Islands (2016-07-27) (PacNet #60, CSIS, By David W. Hamon) A comprehensive Pacific Island strategy must include allies, friends, and “donors,” especially Japan, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, the European Union, and other international organizations.
A Communist Insider Turned Exile, and the Secrets He Never Shared (2016-07-28) (Sinosphere, By Didi Kirsten Tatlow) “One time he and I had lunch, and he told me not to worry too much. Beijing had already brought about 50,000 people into Hong Kong to work in all sectors of life — the civil service, the professions.” If Britain pulled out before the handover, he said, “these people would just take over.”
China Talks about Harmony, But Feeds Global Disorder (2016-07-27) (The National Interest, By Gregory J. Moore) It seems that there are two possible explanations for the disjuncture between China’s harmonious rhetoric and its more assertive, even aggressive, foreign-policy turn in recent years. One is the so-called fundamental attribution error, or the tendency to assume good intentions of and give the benefit of the doubt to oneself and one’s friends, but to assume the worst about enemies and unfamiliar others. The other possibility is that the harmonious rhetoric is simply a farce.
Hong Kong Graft Buster’s Exit Stirs Fears Over Agency’s Independence (2016-07-27) (New York Times, By Michael Forsythe) The resignation of Rebecca Li has raised questions about the organization’s independence and impartiality, clouding the reputation of one of Hong Kong’s most respected institutions and stirring fears about whether this may be the latest example of Chinese control eroding the city’s autonomy.
China Clamps Down on Online News Reporting (2016-07-26) (New York Times, By Michael Forsythe) China has ordered several of the country’s most popular internet portals to halt much of their original news reporting, in a move that could confine an even larger share of the journalism in the country to Communist-controlled mouthpieces ahead of an important party meeting next year.
Does China Think America Is Using a 'Wedge Strategy'? (2016-07-27) (The National Interest, By Lyle J. Goldstein) Ling Shengli also sees a need to further develop more confrontational wedge strategies as well. He suggests, for example, that China can apply pressure against the U.S. alliance partners: “. . . using America’s fear that a conflict will get out of control to drive a wedge in between the United States and its alliance partner.”
The Wisdom of The Hague’s South China Sea Decision (2016-07-19) (Wall Street Journal, By Jerome A. Cohen) It took the stunning Philippine arbitration case against China brought in 2013 to illustrate the value that international legal institutions can have for weak countries with no other defense against overwhelming power.
China Flies Nuclear-Capable Bomber Over Disputed Feature in South China Sea (2016-07-19) (The Diplomat, By Franz-Stefan Gady) “To effectively fulfill its mission, the air force will continue to conduct combat patrols on a regular basis in the South China Sea,” PLAAF Senior Colonel Shen Jinke said. “The PLA Air Force will firmly defend national sovereignty, security, and maritime interests, safeguard regional peace and stability, and cope with various threats and challenges,” he added.
China Has Much to Gain From the South China Sea Ruling (2016-07-18) (The Diplomat, By Mark E. Rosen) Taiwan is legally complicit in this matter because Taipei made a bad tactical decision to have its Ministry of Foreign Affairs issue a detailed statement on the matter on March 21, 2016 which the tribunal, and the Philippines, agreed would be given due consideration. By making this very late and detached intervention, Taipei gave the Tribunal the legal green light that they needed to consider Itu Aba’s status.
Seeking a US-China Consensus in the South China Sea (2016-07-19) (The Diplomat, By Chen Xiaochen) I would argue it is one of the problems with the S&ED — too enthusiastic about a long list of outcome, leaving no time or credit for frank discussion of strategic issues. Hence, I suggest the S&ED mechanism in future should adhere to its original purpose by focusing more on core issues of strategic importance. Let the strategic dialogues be frank and honest; let them focus more on strategic issues even is that means fewer outcomes for the media to broadcast.
America Can't Dump Taiwan (2016-07-19) (The National Interest, By Peter Navarro) At the end of the time, it’s time for America to fully and firmly recommit to an island that is indeed both a beacon of democracy and critical to the U.S. defense strategy in Asia. The chessboard is now clear on the matter of the dangers posed to the region by a rising China, and we need to stop sacrificing friends like Taiwan to placate what is increasingly morphing from a trading partner and strategic rival into a hostile enemy.
Look Out, Asia: China's Peaceful Rise is Over (2016-07-18) (The National Interest, By Doug Bandow) Beijing is not the first rising power to challenge a system seemingly biased against it. The young American republic responded truculently to Great Britain as the former negotiated the border with Canada, causing London to back down.
Why Offshore Balancing Won't Work (2016-07-18) (The National Interest, By James Holmes) Offshore balancing: a superior U.S. grand strategy! Unless you try to execute it—in which case doubt abounds. A strategy that’s not actionable is no strategy at all.
Shaping China’s Response to the South China Sea Ruling (2016-07-18) (The National Interest, By Bonnie S. Glaser) An escalatory response by China is more likely if Beijing feels cornered by the US and its allies. For this reason, it is essential that the Philippines be humble in victory and that other countries resist the temptation to shame and isolate China.
Distinct Stance On Ruling Vital: Academics (2016-07-21) (Taipei Times, By Abraham Gerber) The government should be flexible in its response to last week’s South China Sea arbitration ruling to differentiate its stance from China’s, pan-green academics said yesterday, while criticizing calls by former president Ma Ying-jeou to declare an exclusive economic zone around Itu Aba Island (Taiping Island).
3 Convicted Over Their Roles in Sprawling Hong Kong Street Protests (2016-07-21) (New York Times, By Alan Wong and Michael Forsythe) Three leaders of Hong Kong’s huge student-led demonstrations in 2014 were found guilty on Thursday of charges stemming from their roles in events that set off 79 days of defiant street protests for freer elections in the self-governing Chinese territory.
Is China Stealing Jobs? It May Be Losing Them, Instead (2016-07-23) (New York Times, By Michael Schuman) In a 2015 study, the Boston Consulting Group said the costs of manufacturing in China’s major export-producing zone were now almost the same as in the United States, after taking into account wages, worker productivity, energy costs and other factors.
How Bad Is Taiwan's Economy (2016-07-22) (The Diplomat, By Frank S.T. Hsiao) When we look at the international data, and compare Taiwan’s economic performance with other countries, especially with some of the most advanced European countries, we find quite a different picture.
China's Secret Weapon in the South China Sea: Cyber Attacks (2016-07-22) (The Diplomat, By Anni Piiparinen) The countries with competing claims to the disputed waters – the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Brunei – remain willfully unprepared to counter Chinese cyber units, and need to begin seriously investing in sophisticated cyber defenses through increased national investments, regional initiatives, and strengthened international alliances.
Assessing The US-China Strategic And Economic Dialogue (2016-07-20) (The Diplomat, By Mercy A. Kuo) Buy-in from the American public is of crucial importance. Our populations must support a growing relationship that works well for both societies. This is especially important today given the headwinds of isolationism and populism in the United States.