• Minister Cites China's Strict Criteria for Trade Imbalance (2018-03-20)
    (Taipei Times, By Lee I-chia) Minister of Culture Cheng Li-chiun said China has a strict examination procedure for foreign film and television dramas, which creates an import-export imbalance within the film and television industry between China and Taiwan. Now with the 31 incentives, aimed at the film and television industry, the trade imbalance could grow, but it also shows that China is in need of talent from Taiwan. 
  • Taiwan Trying Hard to Avoid Exclusion from 2018 WHA: Source (2018-03-20)
    (CNA, By Joseph Yeh) The chances of Taiwan receiving an invitation to the 2018 World Health Assembly (WHA) seem even slimmer than last year, but Taiwan continues to make strong efforts to seek support from its diplomatic allies. The World Health Organization (WHO), however, is being pressured by China to exclude Taiwan from the WHA. The current WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is also known to be friendly to China. 
  • U.S. Reaffirms One-China Policy as China Protests Travel Act (2018-03-20)
    (CNA, By Leaf Chiang, Rita Cheng, and Christie Chen) The United States on Monday reiterated its commitment to the one-China policy in response to Beijing's protests over the recent passing of the Taiwan Travel Act in the U.S. The U.S. Department of State spokesperson said the U.S. considers Taiwan to be a vital partner, a democratic success story, and a force for good in the world. 
  • Deputy U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Visits Taiwan (2018-03-20)
    (CNA, By Joseph Yeh) The Deputy Assistant Secretary in the U.S. State Department's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Alex Wong arrived in Taiwan for a three-day visit. He is the first U.S. official to visit Taiwan after the U.S. signed the Taiwan Travel Act into law on Saturday. This trip, however, had been planned for a long time and was not a response to the Taiwan Travel Act. 
  • Premier Reaffirms Government's Stance on 1992 Consensus (2018-03-20)
    (CNA, By Justin Su and Evelyn Kao) Premier Lai Ching-te reaffirmed the government's stance on the 1992 consensus, saying that if China sees the consensus as the only key able to open the door to the development of cross-strait relations, that will not be accepted in Taiwan. Taiwan is open to creating more opportunities to improve flexibility of cross-strait exchanges, but that is impossible if China closes the door for exchanges and visits. 
  • NGOs Mark Anniversary of Taiwanese Activist's Detention in China (2018-03-19)
    (CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan) Several NGO groups have appealed to President Tsai Ing-wen to increase efforts to bring home Lee Ming-che, a Taiwanese human rights activist detained upon entry to China one year ago. He was sentenced to five years in prison in China on charges of "subversion of state power." NGO groups have further appealed to the UN Human Rights Council to ensure the well-being of Lee. 
  • Taiwan Delegation Seeks Business Opportunities in Manila (2018-03-19)
    (CNA, By Emerson Lim and Evelyn Kao) Several Taiwanese suppliers have gone to Manila to explore various business opportunities in the Philippines. Their trip has consisted of meeting with buyers and potential partners. The delegation head has stated that Taiwan should view Southeast Asia as another potential market for sales rather than a production location. 
  • Taiwan Seeking Closer Tech Cooperation with Israel (2018-03-19)
    (CNA, By Chu Tse-wei and Frances Huang) Science and Technology Minister Chen Liang-gee said that he hopes Taiwan and Israel will be able to cooperate in the future on innovation and the technology sector. He wants to establish a technology office at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Tel Aviv to further promote this idea. 
  • Xi's Consolidation of Power Not Beneficial to Taiwan: NSB Head (2018-03-19)
    (CNA, By Joseph Yeh) The National Security Bureau chief said that Chinese President Xi Jinping's latest move to consolidate power and eliminate Presidential term limits in China would be harmful to Taiwan in the long term. In contrast to several reports that the removal of a limited timeframe for Xi to act on Taiwanese matters, he believes that that would not be the case. He says now that no one can stop Xi if he puts greater pressure on Taiwan. 
  • Taiwan's China Policy Agency Hoping to Work with Beijing Counterpart (2018-03-19)
    (CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan) The new head of the Mainland Affairs Council, Chen Ming-tung, said that he hopes that he will be able to work with his Beijing-based counterpart for the benefit of both sides of the Taiwan Strait. China, however, has not released any comment since the appointing of new ministers. 
  • Politicians Warn Against Entering China-US Spat (2018-03-19)
    (Taipei Times, By Chen Wei-han) Foundation on Asia-Pacific Peace Studies chairman Hsu Hsin-liang said that Taiwan should not involve itself in the unfolding dispute between China and the United States, but Taiwan should keep working towards regional peace and stability. He said that the situation would not become a full war, however, regardless of if that would be military action, a trade war, or a diplomatic dispute. 
  • MAC Expresses Hope for Better Relations with Xi (2018-03-18)
    (Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) expressed hope that Chinese President Xi Jinping could work with the Taiwanese government to facilitate a new pattern of amicable cross-strait exchanges. MAC made these comments after Xi received unanimous support of 2,970 votes re-electing him for a second presidential term. 
  • Ex-DPP, NSC Heads Urge President Not to Overly Rely on U.S. (2018-03-18)
    (CNA, By Joseph Yeh) A former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairman and an ex-National Security Council (NSC) chief called Sunday on the government not to rely overly on the United States and to distance itself from China. Ex-DPP Chairman Hsu Hsin-liang said it is difficult to ignore such a huge market, referring to the 40 percent of Taiwan's exports flowing to China, but Taiwan cannot take sides between two world superpowers. Taiwan must gain the best interests from both China and the United States. 
  • President Thanks US Counterpart for Signing Travel Act (2018-03-17)
    (CNA, By Kuan-lin Liu and Yeh Su-ping) President Tsai Ing-wen thanked US President Donald Trump on Twitter for signing the Taiwan Travel Act, and she said that she looks forward to future cooperation between the two countries. Depending on US interpretation, the Taiwan Travel Act may pave the way for future exchanges. 
  • US President Signs Taiwan Travel Act Despite Warnings from China (2018-03-17)
    (CNA, By Rita Cheng, Leaf Chiang and Christie Chen) Despite Chinese warnings against doing so, US President Donald Trump has signed into law the Taiwan Travel Act. The bill would allow for high-ranking Taiwanese officials to visit Washington, D.C. on official visits. The bill previously unanimously passed the House and Senate before being presented to the President. 
  • Former US Deputy State Secretary Recommends Trump-Tsai Meeting (2018-03-17)
    (CNA, By Rita Cheng, Leaf Chiang and Kuan-lin Liu) Former US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said that Donald Trump and Tsai Ing-wen should meet up to discuss common issues shared by both countries in a journal published by a think tank. While the recommendation would be in line with the recently-passed Taiwan Travel Act, it would have massive implications for US-China relations, already rocky since President Trump accepted a congratulatory phone call from President Tsai immediately following his election. 
  • US Taiwan Travel Act has Symbolic Meaning for Taiwan, China: Experts (2018-03-17)
    (CNA, By Kuan-lin Liu, Yeh Su-ping and Zhai Su-cha) Several experts have said that US President Donald Trump's signing of the Taiwan Travel Act is a symbolic gesture of support for Taiwan. The passage of the bill shows a departure from traditional US relations with Taiwan, and the bill was signed despite strong opposition from Beijing. The bill may be seen as a signal to China that US-Taiwan relations are different now compared to anytime in the past. 
  • Taiwan to Send High-Level Official to US for Tariff Negotiations (2018-03-17)
    (CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Kuan-lin Liu) Taiwan will be sending a high-level official from the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) to discuss with the US government an exemption for Taiwan's steel and aluminum exports to the US. The visit will take place before March 23, which is when the tariffs are scheduled to go into effect. The only exemptions so far have been granted to Canada and Mexico, and those are contingent upon renegotiation of certain NAFTA issues. 
  • Taiwan Vows to Strengthen Ties with US After Trump Signs Travel Act (2018-03-17)
    (CNA, By Elaine Hou and Frances Huang) A Presidential Office spokesperson thanked the US for approving the Taiwan Travel Act and said that Taiwan and the US should work together for the mutual benefit of both countries. Taiwan will also work to preserve regional peace and stability as a close ally of the US. 
  • Incentives are Global Trend: Academics (2018-03-17)
    (Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) Several academics have responded to claims that Beijing's 31 Incentives to attract Taiwanese to the Mainland will lead to brain drain by saying that the trend for similar incentives has been global. They cited several similar incentives offered by other large nations to show that the incentives were not solely a Chinese tool. 
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  • What the West Doesn’t Get About Xi Jinping (2018-03-20)
    (New York Times, By Kevin Rudd) Perhaps the greatest analytical error across the West has been the view that Xi Jinping would want to continue to sustain the liberal, international rules-based order once its economic power began to rival that of the United States. China has long said that it sees the existing order as one invented by the victors of the last world war, one in which China did not have a seat at the table. 
  • Japan Buckles Up to Join China’s Belt and Road (2018-03-20)
    (East Asia Forum, By Shutaro Sano) Engaging with the BRI allows Tokyo to pursue some of its important economic goals through greater overseas infrastructure investment. The Initiative may also motivate Japanese companies to seek greater business opportunities along the BRI route. Japan’s own regional connectivity projects can complement the BRI and strengthen regional integration in the Indo-Pacific. 
  • What Is Xi Doing to the World? (2018-03-19)
    (East Asia Forum, By Rosemary Foot) On some policy issues, China only seeks a larger voice and role within existing institutions and thus does not constitute a major challenge. In other areas, it is working to aid the decline in certain normative values, arguing that it is the strong and developed state — a state like China — that is the best guarantee of world order, and that prioritising development is key to the security of the individual. 
  • Xi’s New Power and China’s Economic and Social Goals (2018-03-19)
    (East Asia Forum, By the Editorial Board) More centralised political control will certainly help manage some of the challenges better, including the pernicious problem of spiralling local government debt. But there will be many inside China as well as outside who worry about how Xi’s political enthronement could chafe against the dynamism of the markets that have underpinned the Chinese economic miracle thus far and are essential to achieving the goals of China’s third phase of development. 
  • Xi, Unlimited? (2018-03-18)
    (East Asia Forum, By Ryan Manuel) Consolidating Xi’s power under the Party might make more people follow what he has to say. But it will also mean that more people will expect him to solve China’s many problems, and, as those expectations grow, Xi could well have driven away the officials and others who have precisely the knowledge and the entrepreneurship that he needs to solve problems that face China now. 
  • China Upgrades Diplomacy While the US Pulls Back (2018-03-20)
    (The Diplomat, By Helena Legarda) Several changes to Chinese policy revealed at the National People's Congress shows that President Xi Jinping is fully committed to his goal of making China a global power by 2049. The reforms come in line with China's promotion of the Belt and Road Initiative, and they also tail the United States's relative retreat from the global stage. China has been steadily improving its foreign affairs budget as the US slashes the State Department budget. 
  • China’s Private Army: Protecting the New Silk Road (2018-03-20)
    (The Diplomat, By Alessandro Arduino) The Belt and Road Initiative, due to its massive scope and scale, requires lots of work to adequately defend the projects across both land-based and maritime-based routes. Given that it is primarily an economic and political issue, the question of security for the BRI is very different from traditional security threats and responses, one that the PLA may not be adequate or suitable to respond to. Private security companies possibly may be a viable alternative. 
  • China’s New ‘Helmsman’ Turns a Congress Into a Coronation (2018-03-20)
    (New York Times, By Chris Buckley) President Xi Jinping’s speech on the last day of the National People’s Congress in Beijing was heavy on patriotism and underscored his dominance. 
  • U.S. and South Korea to Resume Joint Military Exercises (2018-03-19)
    (New York Times, By Helene Cooper and Choe Sang-hun) On April 1, the countries will resume the annual drills that they suspended during the Olympics and Paralympics, the Pentagon announced Monday. 
  • Five Important Takeaways From China’s National People’s Congress (2018-03-19)
    (New York Times, By Chris Buckley) Lawmakers revoked term limits for Xi Jinping and made other changes that will shape China for years. Here’s how The Times covered the annual session. 
  • Xi Taps Harvard-Educated Adviser to Tighten Grip on China’s Economy (2018-03-19)
    (New York Times, By Alexandra Stevenson) Liu He, long seen as a leader in Beijing’s effort to cure the country’s debt addiction, has been given unprecedented sway over its financial levers. 
  • North Korea-Sweden Talks Focus on ‘Peaceful Solution’ to Nuclear Conflict (2018-03-17)
    (New York Times, By Christina Anderson) The Swedish and North Korean foreign ministers concluded three days of talks, discussions which may help facilitate a meeting between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. 
  • China’s Xi Starts New Term, With Trusted Deputy to Deal With Trump (2018-03-16)
    (New York Times, By Chris Buckley) President Xi Jinping’s new vice president, Wang Qishan, is likely to have a powerful say in grappling with the United States over trade disputes. 
  • Spies, Not Diplomats, Take Lead Role in Planning Trump’s North Korea Meeting (2018-03-16)
    (New York Times, By Mark Landler) The C.I.A.’s emergence as the primary player speaks to the influence of Mike Pompeo, the agency’s director, who has been nominated to replace Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson. 
  • China’s Communist Party Centralizes Power Over Finance and Pollution Control (2018-03-12)
    (New York Times, By Keith Bradsher and Chris Buckley) Beijing plans to reorganize its financial, environmental and anti-corruption agencies as President Xi Jinping solidifies his hold on official levers. 
  • US Official Set to Arrive in Taipei as Washington Makes Swift Use of New Taiwan Travel Act (2018-03-20)
    (South China Morning Post, By Minnie Chan) In a move that looks certain to raise the ire of Beijing, a senior US official was set to arrive in Taiwan on Tuesday, just days after US President Donald Trump approved a travel bill allowing American representatives to meet their counterparts on the self-ruled island. Alex Wong, deputy assistant secretary of state in the East Asian and Pacific Affairs Bureau, will visit Taipei from Tuesday to Thursday, after holding meetings in Singapore, according to the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), an NGO established under the auspices of the US government. 
  • China ‘No Threat’ to Other Nations, President Xi Jinping Says, in Thinly Veiled Message to US (2018-03-20)
    (South China Morning Post, By Sarah Zheng) Without naming the United States, Chinese President Xi Jinping hit out at those who perceived China’s rise as a threat, as the curtain fell on the annual meeting of the National People’s Congress, the country’s legislature, in Beijing. “Our development poses no threat to other countries,” he said in a speech, characterised by its strikingly nationalistic tone. “Only those who’re given to threatening other people will perceive other people as a threat.” 
  • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang Rejects Claims Beijing is Trying to Buy Global Influence (2018-03-20)
    (South China Morning Post, By Kinling Lo) Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Tuesday rejected suggestions that China was leveraging its economic strength to gain political influence on the world stage. In answer to a question posed at a press conference at the end of the National People’s Congress in Beijing, Li said that such an interpretation would be a “misreading or misunderstanding”, and that China was on the path of “peaceful development”. 
  • China, US Flex Muscles at G20 Meeting as Trade War Looms (2018-03-20)
    (Agence France-Presse) Tensions over trade surfaced on the first day of a G20 meeting of finance ministers on Monday as the United States and China – whose differences are fuelling fears of a trade war – flexed their muscles in the Argentine capital. The meeting of the world’s leading economies in Buenos Aires comes days before US tariffs on steel and aluminium are due to come into force on Friday for all countries except Canada and Mexico. 
  • Xi Jinping Warns China Will Crush ‘Any Attempt to Separate an Inch of Territory of Our Great Country’ in Keynote Speech (2018-03-20)
    (South China Morning Post, By Josephine Ma) The nationalist theme continues with comments about Hong Kong and Taiwan and a promise to crush any efforts to “divide the nation”, which is greeted with loud applause. “Every inch of the territory of our great country cannot be separated from China,” he said. 
  • Who Will Be Beijing’s Point Man on Hong Kong? One of the Big Unanswered Questions from China’s Political Event of the Year (2018-03-19)
    (South China Morning Post, By Sarah Zheng and Kinling Lo) As the biggest event on China’s political calendar comes to a close, several key questions remain unanswered, including who will oversee Hong Kong in the coming term. This year’s session of the National People’s Congress ends on Tuesday after two weeks of meetings in Beijing that have seen the passage of historic constitutional amendments to end presidential term limits and the fortification of the Communist Party in governance. 
  • Meet the Team China Expects to Unknot Ties with the United States (2018-03-19)
    (South China Morning Post, By Teddy Ng and Liu Zhen) China has unveiled most of the main players charged with handling the vexed Sino-US ties, with the elevation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi to state councillor at the national legislature’s annual meeting in Beijing on Monday. Wang’s rise to state councillor – a position not previously held by a serving foreign minister – is among a number of moves expected to raise the profile of diplomats in the nation’s decision-making structure as North Korea, Taiwan and the South China Sea – and the US – loom as more urgent priorities. 
  • Xi Jinping and Angela Merkel Look to G20 to Tackle Steel Overcapacity as Trump Wields Tariffs (2018-03-18)
    (Reuters) German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed overcapacity in world steel markets and agreed on Saturday to work on solutions within the framework of the G20 group of industrialised nations, Merkel’s spokesman said. In a telephone discussion, the two newly re-elected leaders emphasised close ties between the two countries, both facing planned US steel and aluminium tariffs, and agreed to deepen their strategic partnership, Steffen Seibert said in a statement. 
  • Beijing ‘Strongly Dissatisfied’ as Trump Signs Taiwan Travel Act (2018-03-17)
    (South China Morning Post, By Laura Zhou) US President Donald Trump on Saturday defied a warning from Beijing and signed a measure allowing American officials to step up exchanges with Taiwan, a move analysts said will strain already tense Sino-US relations. Trump’s endorsement of the Taiwan Travel Act comes as Beijing and Washington are in a stand-off over trade and Beijing’s attempts to boost its influence worldwide, with the US House of Representatives proposing that China’s cultural outposts in the US be registered as foreign agents. 
  • Chinese Hackers Accused of Targeting US Defence Firms Linked to South China Sea (2018-03-16)
    (Bloomberg) Chinese hackers launched a wave of attacks on mainly US engineering and defence companies linked to the disputed South China Sea, the cybersecurity firm FireEye claimed on Friday. The suspected Chinese cyber-espionage group dubbed TEMP. Periscope appeared to be seeking information that would benefit the Chinese government, said FireEye, a US-based provider of network protection systems. 
  • Is Beijing Planning to Take Taiwan back ... by Force? (2018-03-15)
    (South China Morning Post, By Minnie Chan) Beijing is mapping out specific tactics to lure Taiwan into its orbit and possibly pave the way for forcible seizure of the self-ruled island, although there is no timetable for such a drastic move, according to a senior mainland Taiwan affairs adviser. Li Yihu, dean of Peking University’s Taiwan Studies Institute, said Beijing was reinforcing its “carrot and stick” approach to dealing with Taiwan’s independence forces after passing historic constitutional amendments on Sunday to remove presidential term limits on the mainland.  
  • The Taiwan Travel Act in Context (2018-03-19)
    (The Diplomat, By Gerrit van der Wees) The Taiwan Travel Act was first introduced to fix some of the communication problems that came about as the Taiwan Relations Act was passed in the 1990s. Its unanimous passage in both the House and Senate is also of importance, showing bipartisan cooperation in Washington, DC on a crucial issue. This act shows a step towards treating Taiwan as a real country and is important for normal relations with Taiwan. 
  • The Expected and Unexpected of China's Government Appointments (2018-03-19)
    (The Diplomat, By Charlotte Gao) Yang Xiaodu's appointment to the post of National Supervisory Commission director was completely unexpected. Yang, Zhao Leji, and Wang Qishan will have to cooperate to push President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption agenda throughout the CCP. The triad of leaders shows that the campaign will soon penetrate into the financial and economic sectors. 
  • Taiwan, Japan Amend Bilateral East China Sea Fisheries Agreement (2018-03-19)
    (The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) A committee formed between Japan and Taiwan met last week in Taipei to discuss bilateral fishing rights near the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands. New regulations will be implemented in April to improve upon the existing agreement, first signed in 2013. 
  • How China Would Invade and Conquer Taiwan (And Here's How to Stop It) (2018-03-19)
    (National Interest, By Ian Easton) The narrative portrayed by China is that it is running out of patience and will likely invade Taiwan in the early 2020s. However, the reality is that President Xi Jinping is more likely to draw out the tension and escalate the war of nerves across the strait. They will continue to use disinformation to drain Washington's confidence in Taiwan and amplify subversive activities to diminish Taiwan's own confidence. In the case of invasion, however, Taiwan will have approximately four weeks of advanced warning, and given the asymmetry of size and economy, Taiwan will have to mobilize the entire country. Taiwan must be on the lookout for any warning signs like troop movements, reserve mobilization, and media signaling. Lastly, Taiwan must have access to regular and dependable arms sales. 
  • How Should the US Engage China in Space? (2018-03-17)
    (The Diplomat, By Adam Yang) In order to gain some insight into China's plans for outer space research and its endeavor into the field, US researchers and policymakers should examine China's ventures into maritime exploration to find answers. The US should engage China in space without alienating it, especially given that several interests are shared between the two countries. 
  • Revealed: The Old American Tank Taiwan is Modernizing to Fight China in a War (2018-03-17)
    (National Interest, By Charlie Gao) The M60 "Patton" tank was phased out of American service in the 2000s, but Taiwan has proposed an upgrade package that includes a new fire control system, sighting systems, and environmental control systems that can be implemented on the M60 in 2020. 
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  • Tsai Still Low, but Lai Rebounds in Poll (2018-03-20)
    (Taipei Times, By Chen Wei-han) In a recent poll, President Tsai Ing-wen's approval rating remained low at 33.5 percent, while Premier William Lai regained popularity after his controversial labor law amendments with an approval rating of more than 50 percent. Tsai's disapproval rating increased by 0.4 percent, reaching 47.1 percent. The poll also found that 57.3 percent were dissatisfied with Tsai's handling of cross-strait affairs. 
  • Working Overseas Still Attractive to Most Taiwanese: Poll (2018-03-19)
    (CNA, By Chiu Po-sheng and Frances Huang) An online poll found that almost 9 out of 10 Taiwanese either have experience working abroad or are willing to do so. The largest reason people are interested in working overseas is that doing so often offers better pay than they can find in Taiwan. Plenty of people were interested in working in China prior to the incentives being announced, primarily due to no large linguistic or cultural barriers. 
  • One-Third of Taiwanese See China's Incentives as Positive: Poll (2018-03-19)
    (CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan) A new survey conducted by the Taiwan Public Opinion Foundation showed that roughly 38 to 40 percent of young people, those with tertiary education, and middle class citizens in Taiwan found the newly announced incentives to move to China for work as attractive. Others also see the incentives as a gesture of goodwill from China to continue cross-strait negotiations. 
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