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  • Taiwanese March in New York to Appeal for U.N. membership (2018-09-23)
    (CNA, By Ozzy Yin and Evelyn Kao) Participants led by Taiwanese legislators marched across Manhattan to the United Nations Plaza, voicing for Taiwan's recognition in the international space and its membership in the U.N. The purpose of the march was also to urge like-minded nations and the U.N. to support Taiwan. Since 1971, when Taiwan was expelled from the U.N., it has persistently tried to join the U.N. but has continuously failed due to China's efforts to isolate Taiwan globally. <Accessed 2018-09-24> 
  • U.K. Trade Policy Minister in Taiwan for Talks (2018-09-23)
    (CNA, By Ku Chuan and Shih Hsiu-chuan) The British Office in Taipei announced that George Hollingbery, the U.K. Minister for Trade Policy at the Department for International Trade, is in Taiwan to attend the 21st annual trade talks between the two nations. According to the British Office, both nations will discuss measures to improve greater access for the U.K.'s food and drink and pharmaceutical industries. The British Office Taipei and Taiwan Financial Services Roundtable will also sign a memorandum of understanding, which aims to increase Taiwan-U.K. cooperation and financial technology. <Accessed 2018-09-24> 
  • Feature: China Ramps Up Cyberattacks Against Taiwan (2018-09-23)
    (Taipei Times/Bloomberg) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Economic Affairs announced that there is a high possibility that China, Russia, and North Korea will use Taiwan to test out their hacking techniques prior to using them against other countries. Taiwan has succeeded in fending off more than 300 cyberattacks just last year. Recently, the government announced that it plans to provide government cybersecurity training program for companies and NGOs. <Accessed 2018-09-24> 
  • Vatican Deal Unlikely to Spur Religious Freedom in China: Expert (2018-09-23)
    (CNA, By Chang Shu-ling and Flor Wang) According to two professors from two universities in Hong Kong, the China-Vatican agreement will not increase religious freedom in China. One of the professors remarked that since the agreement did not specifically mention anything about underground bishops in China, who are faithful to the Vatican, it remains to be seen how China will handle underground Catholic Church in China and whether China will ask them to be members of the Beijing-backed Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association. <Accessed 2018-09-24> 
  • Ko Says No to Being Led Around by China (2018-09-23)
    (Taipei Times, By Lee I-chia) While stressing that Taiwan should not be completely controlled by China and its policies, Taipei Major Ko Wen-je suggested that the Taiwanese government could consider treating residency permit cardholders as green card holders in the U.S. New Power Party Legislator Freddy Lim responded to Ko's suggestion by drawing a distinction between the two cards, explaining that since China wishes to take possession of Taiwan, Beijing's residency cards for Taiwanese should not be treated as akin to U.S. green cards. <Accessed 2018-09-24> 
  • Allies Urge Move to Central America (2018-09-21)
    (Taipei Times/CNA) In light of the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) is making it a top priority to boost Taiwanese investment in Central America. According to the Department of International Cooperation and Economic Affairs Director-General Phoebe Yeh, the government hopes that Taiwanese companies will consider moving their manufacturing bases to Central America as they could gain better access into the American market and take advantage of the free-trade deals between the U.S. and Central America. <Accessed 2018-09-22> 
  • St. Kitts Marks 35 Years of Alliance and Independence (2018-09-21)
    Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) Taiwan and Saint Kitts and Nevis celebrated the 35th anniversary of their diplomatic relations and the Caribbean nation's 35 years of independence in Taipei recently. Saint Kitts and Nevis has been a strong supporter of Taiwan's global presence and participation in international organizations. Saint Kitts and Nevis Senior Minister Vance Amory said that because his nation values democracy and independence, Saint Kitts and Nevis will not fall into China's dollar diplomacy trap. <Accessed 2018-09-22> 
  • Taiwan Delighted to See Inter-Korean Dialogue Easing Regional Tension (2018-09-21)
    (CNA, By Elaine Hou and Elizabeth Hsu) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that Taiwan is happy to see the easing of tension between North Korea and South Korea with the signing of a joint declaration recently. In the joint declaration, both sides pledge to end military confrontation and commit to exchanges and cooperation, while North Korea promises to abandon its nuclear efforts. <Accessed 2018-09-22>  
  • U.S. Will Team Up with Allies to Tackle Cyber Attacks: Bolton (2018-09-21)
    (CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Flor Wang) John Bolton, National security adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, announced that the U.S. will work with its allies and Taiwan to address cyber attacks from hostile nations, criminals, and terrorists. Bolton remarked that it is crucial for the U.S. and its allies to establish a strong structure of international alliances to counter cyber attacks. Taiwan has been a victim of cyber attacks from China recently ahead of its November local elections according to Bloomberg News. <Accessed 2018-09-22> 
  • Top Parties' Picks Corrupt, NPP Says (2018-09-21)
    (Taipe Times, By Ann Maxon) After reviewing more than 1000 DPP and KMT candidates for the upcoming local elections in November, New Power Party (NPP) found that majority of both parties' candidates have been involved in corruption. While NPP questioned the credibility and qualifications of these candidates, Citizens' Congress Watch executive director Chang Hung-lin suggested that the Central Election Commission should file the corruption records of these candidates and prevent them from boasting about their accolades. <Accessed 2018-09-22> 
  • President Tsai Warns Agains China’s ‘Spreading of Fake News’ (2018-09-20)
    (CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Flor Wang)
    While speaking with an Atlantic Council delegation Thursday, President Tsai Ing-wen thanked Phillip Breedlove for his dedication to U.S.-Taiwan relations and expressed her hope for Taiwan’s increased participation with the U.S. under the Indo-Pacific strategy. She also reiterated that Taiwan would not yield to Chinese bullying and warned that the international community should be weary of “fake news” spread by China. <Accessed 2018-09-20> 
  • Vatican-China Deal Will Not Affect Ties with Taiwan (2018-09-20)
    (CNA, By Joseph Yeh)
    Deputy Foreign Minister Kelly Hsieh said Thursday that Taiwan will not be affected by the possible agreement between the Holy See, Taiwna’s only European diplomatic ally, and China, as it will only address religious affairs. Hsieh said that Taiwan has been assured by the Vatican that the agreement will have no bearing on Taiwan-Vatican diplomatic affairs. However, Taiwan will continue to monitor the talks for developments. <Accessed 2018-09-20> 
  • MAC Warns of Disadvantages of Studying in China (2018-09-20)
    (CNA, By Chai Sze-chia and Flor Wang)
    Amid growing numbers of Taiwanese students going to study in China, the Mainland Affairs Council has become concerned about the possible political barrier and the declining enrollment rate in Taiwanese universities. MAC Deputy Minister Chen Ming-chi said Thursday that the MAC is taking steps to educate Taiwanese students on the disadvantages of studying in China by posting information on their website. <Accessed 2018-09-20> 
  • Frank Hsieh Says He Will Not Resign (2018-09-20)
    (Taipei Times, with CNA)
    In the wake of heavy criticism of Taiwan’s Osaka office’s post-typhoon response and the consequent suicide of Su Chii-cherng, Representative to Japan Frank Hsieh has come under fire, with many demands that he steps down. He has since said that he will not resign and instead chooses to address misconceptions about the Osaka office’s response and Su’s suicide. He pointed to Chinese netizens as a source of false information following the typhoon. <Accessed 2018-09-20> 
  • Residency Cards Pose Threat to Sovereignty: Kuan (2018-09-19)
    (Taipei Times, By Chiu Yan-ling and Johnathan Chin) In light of China's recent policy to issue Chinese residency cards to Taiwanese, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Kuan Bi-ling warned that the Chinese residency status would make Taiwan appear to be subordinate to China. Kuan further stated that Taiwanese lawmakers and officials are considering taking steps to denaturalize Taiwanese registering for the cards and it is imperative that Taiwan adopts strict measures to prevent Chinese infiltration. <Accessed 2018-09-20> 
  • Polls Could Signal Changing Sentiment for Unification (2018-09-19)
    (Taipei Times, By Shelley Shan) In a recent poll conducted by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation, less than 50 percent of respondents supported an independent Taiwan while the percentage of respondents favoring pro-unification is higher than those who preferred maintaining the "status quo". According to political commentator Chan Hsi-kui, the results from the poll demonstrate that Taiwanese are dissatisfied with the way President Tsai Ing-wen has been handling the cross-strait relations. <Accessed 2018-09-20> 
  • Diplomatic Issues Not Addressed in China-Vatican Agreement: Report (2018-09-19)
    (CNA, By Huang Ya-shih and Elizabeth Hsu) An American Jesuit journal revealed that issues on diplomatic relations between China and the Vatican will not be addressed in the China-Vatican agreement. According to the report, the agreement mainly addresses the issue of the nomination of bishops, with both parties having a say over the selection of candidates, but with the Pope making the final decision in the appointment of bishops for the Catholic Church in China. However, the Communist-owned Global Times newspaper reported that the appointment of bishops must receive Beijing's approval and mandated by the Pope. <Accessed 2018-09-20> 
  • President Vows to Strengthen Security Networks (2018-09-19)
    (CNA, By Huang Li-yun and Evelyn Kao) Speaking at an international police cooperation forum, President Tsai Ing-wen said that Taiwan will take the lead to work with other nations to strengthen cross-border security networks. Although curbing transnational telecommunications fraud poses challenges, Tsai stated that fighting fraud is one of the government's top priorities. This could be seen in the government's efforts to fight fraud, such as strengthening international collaboration and signing agreements to combat human trafficking, increase police cooperation, and prevent money laundering. <Accessed 2018-09-20> 
  • Palau Women's Forum Attended for First Time by Cabinet Spokeswoman (2018-09-19)
    (CNA, By Ku Chuan and Evelyn Kao) During her speech for the opening ceremony of the annual Mechesil Belau Conference in Palau, Cabinet spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka thanked Palau for supporting Taiwan regardless of China's mounting pressure. Kolas also urged Pacific island nations to work together to defend themselves against powerful forces. <Accessed 2018-09-20> 
  • DPP's Approval Rating Has Hit 'Rock Bottom' (2018-09-19)
    (Taipei Times, By Sean Lin) In a recent survey reported by the Taiwan Competitiveness Forum, respondents were dissatisfied with the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) performance. Among some of the crucial issues that respondents were upset with were the rising cost of living, the poor handling of cross-strait issues by the DPP, and the nation's current environmental condition that has gotten worse. <Accessed 2018-09-20> 
  • Lawmakers Weigh in on Fake News, Diplomat Suicide (2018-09-19)
    (Taipei Times, By Sean Lin) Taiwanese lawmakers are considering to make amendments to the National Security Act amid the recent suicide incident of Su Chii-cherng, director-general of the Osaka branch of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office. Su committed suicide due to the criticism he received over his office's incompetence to provide emergency assistance to Taiwanese in the aftermath of Typhoon Jebi. Executive Yuan deputy spokesman Ting Yun-kung said that fake news from overseas could potentially jeopardize national security and must therefore be taken seriously. <Accessed 2018-09-20> 
  • Taiwan, Nicaragua to Simplify Document Procedures: MOFA (2018-09-19)
    (CNA, By Ku Chuan and William Yen) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that Taiwan and Nicaragua have signed an agreement that will remove the requirement to re-verify public documents between Taiwan and Nicaragua. The agreement aims to make exchanges between citizens in both nations more convenient and less costly as the procedures to legalize documents would be simplified. <Accessed 2018-09-20> 
  • Tsai’s Approval Rating Drops to 31.2% (2018-09-18)
    (Taipei Times, By Shelley Shan)
    Recent events such as President Tsai Ing-wen’s visit to flood victims in Chiayi and the severing of diplomatic ties with El Salvador have negatively impacted President Tsai’s approval rating, indicated a recent poll by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation. The poll included questions about Tsai’s character, resulting in the most negative responses regarding her character and her ability to work with other major political parties. In addition, the poll collected domestic opinions on cross-Strait related issues. <Accessed 2018-09-19> 
  • Allies Asked to Speak for Taiwan at U.N. General Assembly: MOFA (2018-09-18)
    (CNA, By Elaine Hou and Ko Lin)
    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday that Taiwan’s government has asked its allies to speak on Taiwan’s hope of joining U.N. events at the ongoing United Nations General Assembly, in addition to asking their permanent representatives to the U.N. to appeal to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres about the issue. Taiwan has sent representatives to New York to have its voice heard, despite its exclusion from the U.N. <Accessed 2018-09-19> 
  • RSF Urges U.N. to Grant Access to Taiwanese Reporters (2018-09-18)
    (CNA, By Joseph Yeh)
    In response to the exclusion of Taiwanese reporters from the United Nations General Assembly, Reporters Without Borders urged the U.N. to accredit Taiwanese journalists despite China’s pressure. Christophe Deloire, the secretary-general of RSF, said that denying Taiwanese reporters the right to cover the General Assembly was in violation of Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. <Accessed 2018-09-19>
  • Taiwan Calls for EU Support Amid China’s Intensified Suppression (2018-09-18)
    (CNA, By Lu Hsin-hui and Ko Lin)
    President Tsai Ing-wen met with a visiting European Parliament delegation Tuesday. She thanked them for their support of Taiwan and reiterated Taiwan’s willingness to work towards regional stability, in addition to asking for support from democratic allies amid more intense pressure from China. <Accessed 2018-09-19> 
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  • A Boiling Pot: The CCP’s Increasingly Intrusive Surveillance in Tibet (2018-09-22)
    (The Diplomat, By Tenzin Tsultrim) While international awareness regarding the Chinese Communist Party's surveillance efforts in Xinjiang is spreading, the intensity behind surveillance in Tibet has grown as well. The CCP sees assimilation of ethnic minorities into one "Chinese" identity as a crucial goal. The increasing surveillance issues in Tibet may become a point of future unrest in China. <Accessed 2018-09-23> 
  • What the China-Vatican Deal Means for Taiwan (2018-09-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Gary Sands) The Vatican continues to recognize Taiwan over China, but some fear that that may soon change as the Vatican and China approach an agreement on the position of Catholic bishops in China and their allegiance to either a state-backed church or to Rome. High-ranking officials in the Vatican state that the deal will have no political or diplomatic connotations. However, if China and the Vatican establish diplomatic relations, this would be the biggest blow to Taiwan this year, following Taiwan's loss of three diplomatic allies this summer alone. <Accessed 2018-09-23> 
  • Less Visible Aspects of Chinese Military Modernization (2018-09-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Shahryar Pasandideh) Most of the coverage regarding China's military improvements tends to revolve around its new technologies and equipment, but we should also focus on how China is improving its existing technologies to better address its current issues and threats. Upgrading existing warships and aircraft has significant impacts on Chinese military policy and how China views external threats. By building on existing platforms, China can improve its military strength without drawing attention from international observers. <Accessed 2018-09-23> 
  • US, China Both Remain Defiant as Trade War Deepens (2018-09-20)
    (The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) As the United States and China have both introduced new rounds of tariffs, the possibility of trade talks has once again been dismissed for the time being. The new tariffs, while very much in line with President Trump's argument against unfair trade practices, are also largely in part due to China's retaliatory tariffs, and the President says that the cycle will continue. Now that the tariffs cover a much larger set of imported goods, U.S. customers could start to see higher prices for commonly sold goods. <Accessed 2018-09-23> 
  • Will Taiwan Trap Itself Into ‘One China’ Again? (2018-09-20)
    (The Diplomat, By Lin Fei-fan) Ko Wen-je, the current mayor for Taiwan currently campaigning for reelection, argues that both sides of the Taiwan Strait belong to one family, and this remains inherently a pro-China policy, falling in line closely with what Beijing wants Taiwanese people to believe. It stands in contrast to a growing belief within the Taiwanese population of a free and independent Taiwan, separate from China. While accommodating China and falling in line with their desires might serve Taiwanese security in the short run, the long-term implications could be complex. <Accessed 2018-09-23> 
  • Europe's Answer to China's Belt and Road (2018-09-19)
    (The Diplomat, By Fraser Cameron) The European Commission's " Connectivity Strategy" to link China and Europe can be considered Europe's response to China's Belt and Road Initiative. It focuses on sustainable development, labor rights, a level playing field, and avoiding financial dependencies, as these are some of the aspects of BRI that most concern European leaders. <Accessed 2018-09-23> 
  • Declare End to Korean War, South’s Leader Urges U.S. (2018-09-20)
    (New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) President Moon Jae-in said that Kim Jong-un, the North’s leader, saw a formal end to the conflict as an important step toward denuclearization. <RSS, Accessed 2018-09-20> 
  • China’s Sea Control Is a Done Deal, ‘Short of War With the U.S.’ (2018-09-20)
    (New York Times, By Hannah Beech) A U.S. military flight over the South China Sea brings harsh Chinese challenges in officially international space. Officers say a new era of risk is here. <RSS, Accessed 2018-09-20> 
  • North Korea’s New Nuclear Promises Fall Short of U.S. Demands (2018-09-19)
    (New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun and David E. Sanger) Kim Jong-un agreed to “permanently dismantle” key facilities in a bid to ease tensions with South Korea, but his offers stop short of denuclearization. <RSS, Accessed 2018-09-20> 
  • With a Submarine, Japan Sends a Message in the South China Sea (2018-09-18)
    (New York Times, By Motoko Rich and Makiko Inoue) A Japanese submarine participated in war games in the crucial waters and is now visiting Vietnam, signaling a more assertive pushback against China. <RSS, Accessed 2018-09-20> 
  • Kim Jong-un Will Visit South Korea, Leaders Announce (2018-09-18)
    (New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) The promised trip would be the first ever by a North Korean leader. Mr. Kim also promised to dismantle missile facilities in the presence of outside inspectors. <RSS, Accessed 2018-09-20> 
  • China Accuses Taiwan of Using Students for Espionage (2018-09-17)
    (New York Times, By Sui-Lee Wee and Chris Horton) “Taiwan calls on China to rein itself in from this precipice as quickly as it can,” the island’s government responded, accusing Beijing of hypocrisy. <RSS, Accessed 2018-09-20> 
  • Russia-China Military Cooperation ‘Could Worry Europe’ (2018-09-14)
    (South China Morning Post, By Kristin Huang) Russia’s military exercises with China this week, though focused on countering the United States, could raise security concerns among European nations, which are now watching to see how Beijing and Moscow might challenge other world powers, military experts have said. <Accessed 2018-09-20> 
  • EU and China Need Closer Ties Urgently to Offset Trade Disruption, Says Bloc’s New Ambassador in Beijing (2018-09-14)
    (South China Morning Post, By Catherine Wong) The European Union and China must urgently strengthen relations to “alleviate the disruption” to the global economy, the EU’s new top envoy to China has said, as Beijing’s trade war with the US continues. Nicolas Chapuis, the new EU ambassador to China, also called for progress in discussions between China and the EU about reform of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), ongoing negotiation of a China-EU investment treaty and an agreement on protecting the intellectual property of European and Chinese products. <Accessed 2018-09-20> 
  • China and California Rise above US Trade War for Action on Climate Change (2018-09-14)
    (South China Morning Post, By Li Jing) China and California are seeking to push past the trade war to shore up their joint front in the fight against climate change, with a three-day summit in San Francisco this week. <Accessed 2018-09-20> 
  • Taiwan Officials in New York on United Nations Charm Offensive (2018-09-17)
    (South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwan is launching a fresh charm offensive in its bid to rejoin the United Nations, or at least its agencies, amid sour China-US relations and growing concerns over Chinese economic and military expansion in the Indo-Pacific region. Two of the self-ruled island’s cabinet officials – Environmental Protection Administration deputy minister Thomas Chan and State Minister Audrey Tang – have flown to New York to promote Taiwan’s achievement of the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs), even though the island is not a UN member. <Accessed 2018-09-20> 
  • Senior Vatican Officials Tell Taiwan 'Not to Over-Interpret' Deal with Mainland on Bishop Appointments (2018-09-19)
    (South China Morning Post, By Nectar Gan) Taiwan has received assurances from the Holy See that a potential deal with mainland China over the appointment of bishops would not have “political or diplomatic connotations” for the self-ruled island, Taiwan’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday. <Accessed 2018-09-20> 
  • China On Board with Japan, United States and South Korea on North’s Denuclearisation, US State Department Says (2018-09-19)
    (South China Morning Post, By Zhenhua Lu) China is on board with the United States, South Korea and Japan on North Korean denuclearisation, the US State Department said on Tuesday, despite US President Donald Trump accusing China of holding back the process. “South Korea, China and Japan all stressed the common objective of denuclearisation and the path forward on achieving that objective,” Heather Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman, said at a press briefing about US special representative Stephen Biegun’s trip to Asia last week. <Accessed 2018-09-20> 
  • Foreign Warships in South China Sea ‘Causing Trouble’, Beijing’s Ambassador to Britain Says (2018-09-20)
    (South China Morning Post, By Catherine Wong) Big countries from outside the region are abusing their freedom of navigation rights and causing trouble in the South China Sea, Beijing’s ambassador to Britain said, in a clear jab at Western nations’ recent operations in the disputed waterway. <Accessed 2018-09-20> 
  • European Union Has a Plan for Asian Infrastructure But Will It Collide with China’s Belt and Road? (2018-09-20)
    (South China Morning Post, By Keegan Elmer) The European Union has put forward its own infrastructure and investment plan for Asia with emphasis on sustainability and rules-based investment – aspects which China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” has been accused of lacking. The EU’s investment in Asia could increase up to fourfold in its next budget, strengthening its presence in the region, which is in need of 1.3 trillion euros (US$1.5 trillion) for infrastructure investment a year, according to EU officials. <Accessed 2018-09-20> 
  • US Slaps Sanctions on Chinese Military Unit for Buying Russian Jets, Missiles (2018-09-21)
    (South China Morning Post, By James Wilkinson) The US government has slapped punitive sanctions on a key unit of the Chinese military for buying Russian fighter jets and surface-to-air missiles. Washington said that the purchases by the Equipment Development Department (EDD) of China’s Ministry of Defence violated US sanctions on Russia. Both the EDD and its director, Li Shangfu, have been named in the sanctions. <Accessed 2018-09-20> 
  • Xi Reasserts Control Over PRC Politics As Trade War Deepens (2018-09-19)
    (Jamestown Foundation, By Willy Wo-Lap Lam) Since returning to Beijing on August 16 after two weeks of informal meetings at the seaside Beidaihe resort, however, Xi has restored enough authority to reassert his ultra-conservative line on socialist-style economic policy, imposing ideological conformity within the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and challenging America’s position as the pre-eminent world leader. <Accessed 2018-09-20> 
  • Duterte’s China Policy Isn’t Paying Off (2018-09-18)
    (East Asia Forum, By Renato Cruz De Castro) These developments will hopefully make President Duterte reflect on whether it is prudent for his country to pursue an appeasement policy on an emergent power that appears willing to pursue an expansionist policy in the South China Sea at all costs. <Accessed 2018-09-20> 
  • What’s with the Recent Tension in US-China Relations? (2018-09-18)
    (IPP Review, By John F. Copper) In the past few months, US-China relations have sunk to a state somewhere between frosty and hostile. This marks a major change since President Trump visited China in November 2017. There are several reasons for this, one of which is not often noted. <Accessed 2018-09-18> 
  • Maritime Security Cooperation in the South China Sea: Sailing In Different Directions (2018-09-17)
    (The Diplomat, By Mark J. Valencia) The Southeast Asian claimants of the South China Sea, China, and the United States each have a different approach to addressing what sort of security threat faces the region as well as how to address said threat. Several practical issues exist among the group, too -- many of them lack trust within one another and have different scales of involvement with the issue. While building trust is the logical first step, it may still be too far a step for some countries to immediately take. <Accessed 2018-09-18> 
  • Vostok 2018: Russia and China’s Diverging Common Interests (2018-09-17)
    (The Diplomat, By Zi Yang) This year's Russian Vostok exercises are the largest they've been since 1981, a clear signal that Russia is building up its eastern flank in light of deteriorating relations with the West. China also sent several troops to participate in some of the joint exercises, showing greater China-Russia cooperation in military efforts due to their shared concerns. However, this media image of a unified Russia and China works in their advantage, because they want to put on a show of unity, despite the fact that the two powers have their differences. <Accessed 2018-09-18> 
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          (The Diplomat, By Mercy A. Kuo) Roi Feder, the Managing Director for APCO Worldwide in Tel Aviv, discusses the role of Israel in China's Belt and Road Initiative and how it affects the United States and other involved countries. <Accessed 2018-09-23> 
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