• Leaked Map Shows China Plans to Invade S. Taiwan After Taking Kinmen, Penghu (2020-01-20)
    (Taiwan News, By Keoni Everington) A photo surfaced Sunday (Jan. 19) on Weibo showing People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers sitting next to a map of Taiwan that appears to indicate a southerly route for China's invasion of Taiwan, first going through Kinmen and Penghu, before landing troops in southern Taiwan. <Accessed 2020-01-20> 
  • Japanese Petition Against China's Unification of Taiwan (2020-01-20)
    (Taiwan News, By Ching-Tse Cheng) Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) gathered on the streets of Tokyo Sunday (Jan. 19) to urge support for a petition against Chinese General Secretary Xi Jinping's (習近平) visit to Japan and Beijing's attempt to unify Taiwan. <Accessed 2020-01-20> 
  • Taipei March Urges Protection for HK Protesters (2020-01-20)
    (Taipei Times, By Wu Su-wei and Dennis Xie) About 100 people marched in Taipei yesterday, demanding that the government amend the law to ensure the rights and well-being of pro-democracy Hong Kong protesters if they come to Taiwan. <Accessed 2020-01-20> 
  • MOFA Official Meets with Marshall Islands President (2020-01-20)
    (CNA, By Emerson Lim) Deputy Foreign Minister Hsu Szu-chien (徐斯儉) met with Marshall Islands President David Kabua on Monday after attending his inauguration to reaffirm their shared values and deepen bilateral relations. <Accessed 2020-01-20> 
  • Taiwan Not Part of China as Claimed by Myanmar, Beijing: MOFA (2020-01-19)
    (CNA, By Emerson Lim) Taiwan's foreign ministry on Sunday pushed back against a joint statement between Beijing and Myanmar that said Taiwan was undisputedly part of China's territory. <Accessed 2020-01-20> 
  • President Tsai Appoints New Chief of the General Staff (2020-01-15)
    (CNA, By Matt Yu and Emerson Lim) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) appointed Commander of the Republic of China (ROC) Navy Admiral Huang Shu-kuang (黃曙光) to the post of Chief of the General Staff Wednesday. Huang will succeed Shen Yi-ming (沈一鳴), who was killed in a Jan. 2 military helicopter crash, effective Jan. 16, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said in a statement that day. <Accessed 2020-01-20> 
  • President Reassures Public After Anti-Infiltration Act Takes Effect (2020-01-15)
    (CNA, By Yeh Su-ping, Wen Kuei-hsiang, Wang Yang-yu, and Joseph Yeh) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Wednesday attempted to reassure the public that the Anti-infiltration Act will not affect nationals who conduct legal exchanges with Chinese counterparts, after officially promulgating the act into law earlier in the day. <Accessed 2020-01-20> 
  • Seven Quit Top KMT Committee (2020-01-15)
    (Taipei Times, By Ann Maxon) Seven Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Central Standing Committee members, including legislators Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) and Chiang Wan-an (蔣萬安), have announced their resignations from the committee to reform the party following its defeats in Saturday’s elections. <Accessed 2020-01-20> 
  • China's Response to Tsai's Cross-Strait Proposals Impractical: MAC (2020-01-15)
    (CNA, By Miao Zong-han, Huang Li-yun, Yeh Su-ping, and Chiang Yi-ching) Taipei said Wednesday that China's reaffirmation of the "1992 consensus" earlier in the day in response to President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) proposal for positive cross-strait interactions was not in keeping with the democratic wishes of the Taiwan people. <Accessed 2020-01-20> 
  • AIT Head Highlights U.S.-Taiwan Shared Future Entering 2020 (2020-01-17)
    (CNA, By Emerson Lim and Elaine Hou) American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director Brent Christensen praised the strong partnership and close people-to-people ties between the United States and Taiwan as 2020 gets underway at a conference in Taipei on Friday. Speaking at the fourth Digital Dialogues Public Forum, Christensen said the AIT's theme for 2020, "Real Friends, Real Progress," underscored the strength of the relationship. <Accessed 2020-01-20> 
  • Petition to Recall Han Passes 1st-Phase Requirement (2020-01-17)
    (CNA, By Elaine Hou, Chen Chao-fu, and Elizabeth Hsu) The number of the signatures submitted for a high-profile petition to recall Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) has passed the threshold for the first step of a recall process, the Central Election Commission (CEC) announced Friday. A total of 28,560 signatures were verified as valid, higher than the required minimum of 22,814 for the petition, the commission said. <Accessed 2020-01-20> 
  • Tsai Ing-wen BBC Interview a Shift in Taiwan’s Cross-Strait Policy (2020-01-18)
    (Taiwan News, By David Spencer) She has just won a landslide election victory, secured a mandate for her diplomatic stand against the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) bullying, and now President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) appears to be taking a more robust stand on cross-strait relations. <Accessed 2020-01-19> 
  • Military Confirms US Warship Transited Strait (2020-01-18)
    (Taipei Times/CNA) The Ministry of National Defense and the US Seventh Fleet yesterday confirmed that a US Navy warship has sailed through the Taiwan Strait, less than one week after the presidential and legislative elections on Saturday last week. <Accessed 2020-01-19> 
  • KMT to Mull Cross-Strait Policy (2020-01-18)
    (Taipei Times, By Ann Maxon) The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) would decide whether to improve or abandon the so-called “1992 consensus” after considering the opinions of party members and the public, Acting KMT Secretary-General William Tseng (曾銘宗) said yesterday. <Accessed 2020-01-19> 
  • Talks Held with US in Guatemala (2020-01-18)
    (Taipei TImes, Lin Chia-nan) The first quadrilateral talks between Taiwan, the US, Guatemala and Honduras took place on Tuesday in Guatemala during Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu’s (吳釗燮) visit to the nation’s Central American allies, Wu wrote on Twitter yesterday. <Accessed 2020-01-19> 
  • Prosecutors Probe Vote-Buying in New Taipei City, Yunlin (2020-01-18)
    (Taipei Times, By Jason Pan) Law enforcement agencies on Thursday detained 21 people for questioning following raids at four locations in New Taipei City after they received allegations of vote-buying by a candidate in last Saturday’s legislative elections. <Accessed 2020-01-19> 
  • Foreign Minister Ends 5-Day Visit to Central American Allies: MOFA (2020-01-18)
    (CNA, By Elaine Hou and Matthew Mazzetta) Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) on Friday concluded a five-day visit to Guatemala and Honduras, reaffirming Taiwan's ties with two of its Central American diplomatic allies, following the Jan. 11 reelection of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), the foreign ministry said Saturday. <Accessed 2020-01-19> 
  • U.S. Senate's Taiwan Caucus Congratulates Tsai on Reelection (2020-01-18)
    (CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh, Chen Yun-yu and Ko Lin) Members of the Taiwan Caucus in the United States Senate on Friday sent a congratulatory letter to President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on her reelection to a second term in the Jan. 11 presidential election. <Accessed 2020-01-19> 
  • 2020 Elections: Majority Favors Cross-Strait Dialogue: Poll (2020-01-16)
    (Taipei Times, Lin Chia-nan) A majority of respondents in a post-election opinion poll urged President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to initiate a cross-strait dialogue, while Beijing’s latest moves indicate that it might be considering softening its Taiwan policy, the pan-green Cross-Strait Policy Association said yesterday. <Accessed 2020-01-16> 
  • 2020 Elections: Wu Quits Over KMT Election Defeats (2020-01-16)
    (Taipei Times, By Shih Hsiao-kuang) Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) yesterday offered his resignation to the KMT Central Standing Committee, while the party listed in a report seven major reasons for its defeat in Saturday’s elections. <Accessed 2020-01-16> 
  • Former NATO Chief Praises Taiwan’s Handling of Fake News (2020-01-16)
    (Taiwan News, By Matthew Strong) Taiwan is a positive example of how to deal with external fake news trying to influence domestic politics, former Northern Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told a meeting in India Wednesday. <Accessed 2020-01-16> 
  • Taiwan Already ‘Independent,’ Tsai Warns China (2020-01-16)
    (Taipei Times/CNA) China must rethink its hardline stance toward Taiwan, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said in a BBC interview that aired yesterday, adding that the nation is already independent and that any invasion would be “very costly” for Beijing. <Accessed 2020-01-16> 
  • European Parliament Passes Articles Supporting Taiwan (2020-01-16)
    (CNA, By Emerson Lim) The European Parliament (EP) on Wednesday passed two resolutions that include articles expressing support for Taiwan's meaningful participation in international organizations. <Accessed 2020-01-16> 
  • U.S.-China Trade Deal to Have Limited Effect on Domestic Economy: MOEA (2020-01-16)
    (CNA, By Liao Yu-yang and Matthew Mazzetta) The first phase of a trade agreement signed by the United States and China Wednesday will have only a limited impact on Taiwan's economy, according to an initial assessment by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA). <Accessed 2020-01-16> 
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  • Taiwan Needs More Than Election Victories to Fend Off China (2020-01-21)
    (Foreign Policy, By Philip Caruso) Taiwan’s military is largely based outside of the urban areas in which 79 percent of Taiwan’s population lives, which would be the focus of any PLA invasion. Delaying the PLA in Taiwan’s cities will in turn require willing Taiwanese citizens to prepare for and resist those attacks. <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • Has the US Lost Myanmar to China? (2020-01-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Hunter Marston) Now that Myanmar is once again facing international isolation following the violent expulsion of more than 700,000 Muslims of the Rohingya minority ethnicity between 2012-17, Aung San Suu Kyi’s government finds itself more reliant on Beijing’s graces than ever. <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • Xi Seeks to Boost Belt and Road With Myanmar Visit (2020-01-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Eleanor Albert) Renewing ties between the two neighbors appears to be beneficial for both leaders as Xi Jinping seeks to revitalize projects linking China to the Bay of Bengal under his Belt and Road Initiative and as Aung San Suu Kyi looks to bolster diplomatic ties amid the West’s condemnation and isolation over the treatment of Rohingya, an Muslim ethnic minority in southwestern Rakhine state. <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • China’s Media Go Global But Struggle With Credibility (2020-01-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Jo Kim) Given the CCP’s history of using the media as revolutionary and governance tools, the globalizing Chinese media outlets have faced difficulties in abandoning the paternalistic mindset that dictates the top-down, one-way characteristic of its messages. As China expert David Shambaugh puts it, China’s state media “basically have taken their domestic propaganda template and tried to go global with it.” <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • What the Year of the Rat Holds for China (2020-01-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Tuan N. Pham) China will try to arrest and further mitigate the setbacks of 2019, regroup and reset in 2020, and then get back on the path of national rejuvenation when the strategic environment becomes favorable again. For Beijing, it is about the long game. <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • The Phase One Trade Deal: What’s in It for China? (2020-01-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Fatih Oktay) However, these considerations only provide breathing space for China. After the election, if Trump wins, he is likely to bring back into spotlight the more important issue of state involvement in the economy and technological development in China, and intensify the technology war. If Trump does not win, it is likely to be worse for China. <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • China’s 2019 Economic Growth Weakened Amid Trade War (2020-01-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Joe McDonald) China’s economic growth sank to a new multi-decade low in 2019 as Beijing fought a tariff war with Washington, but forecasters said a U.S.-Chinese trade truce might help to revive consumer and business activity. <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • Xi Jinping Kicks off Myanmar State Visit (2020-01-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Aung Shine Oo and Pyae Sone Win) The visit nominally marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Myanmar, but also carries the promise of significantly boosting China’s profile and future investments. <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • Exporting China’s Social Credit System to Central Asia (2020-01-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Yau Tsz Yan) But data from these cameras are certainly helpful in generating a base set of information which China can easily access, for more than speeding tickets. Just as it is impossible for Chinese nationals to hide, many countries are becoming entangled. It is not easy for a government to say no if China is offering these systems for free, or half the price. <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • Lockheed Martin Awarded $32.9 Million Pentagon Contract for Taiwan’s F-16 Upgrade Program (2020-01-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Franz-Stefan Gady) U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin has won a $32.9 million contract modification for logistics support to the Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) F-16 Peace Phoenix Rising program, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced on January 14. <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • Taiwan Holds Latest Military Drills Following Elections (2020-01-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Associated Press) “Taiwan is a sacred and inseparable part of China,” TAO spokesman Ma Xiaoguang said in a statement. “Our determination to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity is rock-solid and we will not permit any person, any organization, any political party, at any time, by any method to break away any part of China.” <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • The Taiwan Election’s Other Big Winner: Ko Wen-je’s Taiwan People’s Party (2020-01-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) The Taiwan People’s Party (TPP), created last August by Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je, gained five legislative seats after winning almost 1.6 million votes (11.2 percent) in Taiwan’s party list contest. <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • China Hopes UN Meeting Spurs India-Pakistan Talks on Kashmir (2020-01-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Edith M. Lederer) China’s U.N. ambassador warned Wednesday against further escalation between India and Pakistan over the disputed Kashmir region and expressed hope that a Security Council meeting called by Beijing will encourage both countries to seek a solution through dialogue. <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • China, US Sign ‘Historic’ Trade Deal (2020-01-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) The “Phase One” U.S.-China trade deal was officially inked on Wednesday, in a ceremony featuring U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He. A White House press release touted the deal as a “historic agreement” that “will begin to rebalance our vital trade partnership with China” and “will be an incredible boost for American businesses, farmers, manufacturers, and innovators.” <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • What’s Next for Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy in Tsai’s Second Term? (2020-01-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Prashanth Parameswaran) But beyond that, there is room for some expansion of policy areas that would enhance the NSP’s attractiveness to the region relative to those of other Indo-Pacific actors by playing to Taiwan’s strengths, be it on education, democracy, or approaches to certain non-traditional security challenges. <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • James Soong: The End of an (Authoritarian) Era in Taiwan (2020-01-21)
    (The Diplomat, By James Baron) This neatly captures the warped logic of the KMT old guard. It explains how a man like Soong, who thrived under an autocratic system of government, can play the victim, cast democratically elected presidents as tyrants, and hold forth on democratic values, as he has done in each election he has been involved in. <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • Russia Says US Indo-Pacific Strategy is to Contain China (2020-01-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Ashok Sharma) “Why do you need to call Asia-Pacific as Indo-Pacific? The answer is evident — to exclude China. Terminology should be unifying, not divisive,” Lavrov said in remarks at the Raisina Dialogue. <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • Treading Choppy Waters: Cross-Strait Relations in Taiwan’s 2020 Presidential Election (2020-01-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Pam Kennedy) In the next four years, both sides of the strait will need to proceed with care. Beijing must understand that January 11 signaled voters’ approval for Tsai to implement her policies, including on cross-strait relations, despite (and to some extent because of) outside pressure. Whether or not Beijing sees this democratic process as legitimate, it cannot avoid the reality that voters did not prefer a closer relationship with the mainland this time. <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • Are China’s South China Sea Artificial Islands Militarily Significant and Useful? (2020-01-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) China’s artificial islands have for too long been taken as the physical manifestation of Beijing’s irredentism and revisionism in the South China Sea and while their primary purpose may be the assertion of dubious sovereignty claims, they’re more likely than not to be a serious capability in wartime. It’s past time for the conventional wisdom on the South China Sea to take this seriously. <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • Washington’s War on Huawei Is Causing Angst in Madrid (2020-01-21)
    (Foreign Policy, By Mario Esteban, Miguel Otero-Iglesias) Against this backdrop, Spanish leaders do not want to take sides between the United States and China, but, if forced, in a bipolar world in which the EU has not developed strategic autonomy yet, Spain would side with the United States because of economic and strategic interests, in addition to obvious affinities when it comes to democratic values. <Accessed 2020-01-21> 
  • China’s Improving Economic Data Masks Deeper Problems (2020-01-16)
    (New York Times, By Alexandra Stevenson) China’s economy, a major engine of global growth, still faces some of its biggest challenges since it began opening up to the outside world four decades ago. <Accessed 2020-01-18> 
  • Germany Investigates 3 Suspected of Spying for China (2020-01-16)
    (New York Times, By Melissa Eddy) German authorities raided the homes and offices of three people suspected of spying for the Chinese government, officials said on Thursday, giving no details about their identities or the nature of the alleged espionage. <Accessed 2020-01-18> 
  • A Trade Deal Meant to Heal Rifts Could Actually Make Them Worse (2020-01-16)
    (New York Times, By Keith Bradsher) What it does not do is tackle the root causes of the trade war. <Accessed 2020-01-18> 
  • China Renews Its ‘Belt and Road’ Push for Global Sway (2020-01-15)
    (New York Times, By Keith Bradsher) Now the program, called the Belt and Road Initiative, has come roaring back. <Accessed 2020-01-18> 
  • U.S. Energy Industry Looks for Clarity in China Trade Deal (2020-01-15)
    (New York Times, By Clifford Krauss) The American energy industry offered cautious praise Wednesday for the signing of an initial trade deal with China, but executives expressed disappointment that it seemed to lack a commitment to remove Chinese tariffs that have hampered their sales over the last two years. <Accessed 2020-01-18> 
  • Hong Kong Denies Entry to Human Rights Watch Director, Group Says (2020-01-12)
    (New York Times, By Neil Vigdor and Austin Ramzy) The head of an international human rights group who had planned to criticize China’s growing global influence at an event in Hong Kong said he was barred from entry on Sunday in the latest sign of eroding freedoms in the city. <Accessed 2020-01-18> 
  • China and Russia’s Push to Develop Hypersonic Weapons Raises Fears of Arms Race with US (2020-01-19)
    (South China Morning Post, By Minnie Chan) Recent breakthroughs in the development of hypersonic weapons have heightened fears about a new arms race between China, Russia and the US, with some defence observers calling for new international arms control agreements. <Accessed 2020-01-18> 
  • Beijing Should Tell Taiwan and Hong Kong What It Has to Gain from Them (2020-01-18)
    (South China Morning Post, By Rana Mitter) Beijing has never made a clear case as to how it would integrate a lively liberal democracy into its polity, and plenty of Taiwanese have seen what they view as the erosion of such freedoms in Hong Kong as an example of how Beijing’s promises can’t be guaranteed. <Accessed 2020-01-18> 
  • Has the US Already Lost the Battle for the South China Sea? (2020-01-18)
    (South China Morning Post, By John Power) Washington’s strategic advantage in the waterway, which holds massive untapped oil and gas reserves and through which about a third of global shipping passes, has diminished so much, according to some experts, that it is powerless to prevent Beijing from restricting access during peacetime and could struggle to gain the upper hand even in the event of an outright conflict with Chinese forces. <Accessed 2020-01-18> 
  • China Tells European Union It Won’t Miss Out Because of Trade Deal with US (2020-01-17)
    (South China Morning Post, By Wendy Wu) China has sought to reassure European businesses that they will not be disadvantaged by Beijing’s recent trade deal with Washington, according to local diplomats and other sources. <Accessed 2020-01-18> 
  • China Tells US to Respect Its Territorial Integrity after USS Shiloh Sails through Taiwan Strait (2020-01-17)
    (South China Morning Post, By Sarah Zheng) China said it closely followed and monitored a US Navy warship sailing through the Taiwan Strait on Friday, calling on the US to respect China’s territorial integrity. <Accessed 2020-01-18> 
  • Former US Defence Official Calls US Arms Sales to Taiwan A Catalyst for Cross-Strait Dialogue (2020-01-17)
    (South China Morning Post, By Mark Magnier) US military sales to Taiwan are a force for stability and a catalyst for cross-Strait dialogue, allowing Taipei to negotiate with Beijing “without a gun to their heads”, said a recently departed senior US defence official and prime architect of the US Indo-Pacific strategy. <Accessed 2020-01-18> 
  • Taiwan’s Victorious President Tsai Ing-wen Meets US and Japanese Envoys to Repeat Calls for Closer Ties (2020-01-12)
    (South China Morning Post, By William Zheng and Liu Zhen) Fresh from her landslide election victory, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen met the de facto US and Japanese envoys in Taiwan on Sunday, as Beijing warned other countries to abide by the principle there is only one China. <Accessed 2020-01-18> 
  • US–China Trade Deal Disappoints (2020-01-19)
    (East Asia Forum, By Jeffrey J Schott) Champagne corks popped on 15 January as US and Chinese officials signed phase one of their bilateral trade deal. But the celebration seems premature — the deal is flawed and likely to disappoint. <Accessed 2020-01-18> 
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