• Rumors Chou Hsi-wei to be KMT Secretary-General (2017-06-25)
    (Taipei Times, By Sean Lin) Chinese Nationalist Party chairman-elect Wu Den-yih is reportedly considering asking former Taipei County commissioner Chou Hsi-wei to be the party’s secretary-general, adding variables to the staffing at KMT headquarters and next year’s New Taipei City mayoral election. With Wu preparing to assume chairmanship of the KMT on Aug. 20, a rumor this week emerged that he is considering naming Chou as the party’s secretary-general because he favors New Taipei City Deputy Mayor Hou Yo-yi over Chou to run for New Taipei City mayor next year. 
  • China Deploys New Anti-submarine Aircraft to Fringes of South China Sea (2017-06-22)
    (Defense News, By Mike Yeo) According to satellite photos taken on May 10 and May 20 by commercial satellite imagery company DigitalGlobe, four Shaanxi Y-8Q turboprop have been deployed by the PLA to their Lingshui Air Base on Hainan Island. Also found were three Harbin BZK-005 high-altitude, long-range UAVs, the largest number of BZK-005s to have been seen at Lingshui since they were first noted in 2016.
  • Frank Hsieh Meets with Japanese Diplomats in Tokyo (2017-06-24)
    (CNA) The representatives in charge of the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association from both Taiwan and Japan met to discuss ways to improve bilateral relations. Topics that were discussed included cross-strait relations, Taiwan's role in international organizations, and economic cooperation. 
  • Air Force Confirms Another Missile Glitch During Drill (2017-06-24)
    (CNA) During a military drill yesterday, another glitch occurred as a missile fell into the sea off the coast of southeastern Taiwan after veering off course and exploding. The air force will conduct a thorough review to detect what the exact problem was. 
  • Pro-Independence Position Remains Unchanged: Lai (2017-06-24)
    (CNA) The mayor of Tainan William Lai confirmed his position regarding China, stating that he loves Taiwan as much as he feels an affinity for China. He believes Taiwan should work toward achieving a friendship with China while also keeping in mind Taiwan's interests, maintaining that a pro-independence stance does not necessarily contradict with obtaining a friendship with China. 
  • US Opposed to Change in ‘Status Quo’ Across Strait (2017-06-23)
    (CNA) The US would not want to see either Taiwan or China make any moves that would be considered destabilizing, US Acting Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton told a foreign press briefing on the US-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue that was held on Wednesday in Washington. 
  • Air Force Reports Another Missile Glitch (2017-06-23)
    (CNA) The Air Force confirmed another missile glitch during a military drill in Pingtung County on Friday, one day after two MIM-23 Hawk missiles veered off course after launch, as part of the same annual military exercise to test precision weapons at a military base in the southern county. After the incidents, the Air Force pledged on Friday to undertake a comprehensive review of procedures and make improvements. 
  • Don't Become a Tool of China, Taiwan Tells Panama (2017-06-23)
    (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday urged Panama not to allow itself to become a tool used by China to isolate Taiwan internationally, and said the president of the Central American country had misrepresented the reasons behind the severance of diplomatic links with Taiwan. Panama's decision to cut ties left Taiwan with only 20 diplomatic allies in the world, 11 of which are in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Pentagon Report Highlights Chinese Submarine Buildup (2017-06-20)
    (Asia Times, By Bill Gertz) With the PRC steadily developing its naval forces, one cause of concern is the development of more modern and increasingly quiet submarines. The PRC has been constructing more submarines of all types, producing more anti-ship cruise missile submarines, long-range cruise missle submarines, nuclear submarines, and submarines with the capability to carry ICBMs. Particularly concerning to the US are the Jin-class ballistic missle submarine. According to the US DoD, these ICBM-fielding submarines and their JL-2 missiles are capable of reaching the continental United States.
  • US Reiterates Interest in Stable Cross-Strait Relations (2017-06-22)
    (CNA) The United States has reaffirmed its commitment to stability in cross-strait relations and would not like to see either side make a move that would be considered destabilizing for the region. Therefore, the U.S. continues to uphold the "One China" policy, the Taiwan Relations Act, and the current status quo. 
  • It's On: Taipei, Shanghai to Hold Forum in China July 2 (2017-06-22)
    (CNA) Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je and his Shanghai counterpart Ying Yong will hold a forum in Shanghai on July 2. Though members of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) are considering paying their own way to attend as well, they have been warned against attending because the Communist Party of China is currently unlikely to engage with members of the DPP. 
  • Analysis: Internal DPP Conflicts Over Independence Re-Emerge (2017-06-22)
    (Taipei Times, By Chen Wei-han) The former premier of Taiwan Yu Shyi-kun has welcomed Panama's severance of diplomatic ties with Taiwan, seeing it as an opportunity for Taiwan to abandon its association with the ROC framework and giving it a chance to create its own Taiwanese republic. On the other hand, many DPP politicians are beginning to lean toward a more centrist platform, willing to abandon the independence clause of the DPP in return for friendlier relations with China that would put Taiwan in a better position for future negotiations. This change of DPP policy has constantly been a source of conflict within the party. 
  • Panama President Stands By Decision to Cut ROC Ties (2017-06-22)
    (CNA) The current president of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, stands by its decision to switch its diplomatic ties to China. It had been impressed with China's economic growth and its ability to boost the economic system within Panama. Varela had been satisfied with the diplomatic truce former President Ma Ying-jeou created with China, but now that President Tsai Ying-wen has damaged the truce, Varela decided to pull out of the diplomatic relationship, a possibility he had warned Tsai about during her visit to Panama last year. 
  • Orion Squadron to be Activated near Double Ten (2017-06-21)
    (Taipei Times, By Lo Tien-pin and Jonathan Chin) The air force is to formally activate a squadron of Lockheed P-3C Orion aircraft in October after training for ground personnel is completed and the last of the 12 aircraft ordered from the US are delivered next month, a Ministry of National Defense official said yesterday. The activation of a complete Orion squadron would upgrade anti-submarine capabilities, which military leaders have said are critical for the nation’s defense. 
  • Are Pan-Green Mayors Undermining the President's China Policy? (2017-06-20)
    (China Post, By Yuan-Ming Chiao) Certain mayors in Taiwan such as Ko Wen-je of Taipei and William Lai of Tainan seem to be taking actions regarding cross-strait policy that undermine the message of the Tsai Administration. Mayor Ko has decided to attend the cross-strait cities forum, which may foreshadow potential tears in its cooperation with the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Mayor Lai has made statements that seem to resonate with the Chinese Nationalist Party more than the DPP. All of this leads to the conclusion that Tsai Ing-wen will have a difficult time creating a cross-strait policy that is able to include all parties.
  • Missile Interception Test Successful, Air Force Says (2017-06-20)
    (CNA) The air force has announced that it was able to successfully intercept a surface-to-air missile with another missile over Pingtung County. Despite media claims that the military was firing Patriot III and Sky Bow III missiles, the air force insists that the missiles used in yesterday's test were a Patriot II and Sky Bow II missile. 
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  • Did Beijing Just Gain Panama and Lose Taipei? (2017-06-24)
    (South China Morning Post, By Cary Huang) Losing ties with Panama may serve to remind all political parties to recalibrate the island’s approach to sovereignty. The development will also encourage pro-independence forces to push Taiwan as an independent state unassociated with the ROC. 
  • Has China Developed the World’s Most Powerful Submarine Detector? (2017-06-24)
    (South China Morning Post, By Stephen Chen) Chinese scientists claim to have made a major breakthrough in magnetic detection technology that could bring unprecedented accuracy to the process of finding hidden metallic objects – from minerals to submarines. 
  • Pride of PLA Navy to Make Port Call in Hong Kong (2017-06-23)
    (South China Morning Post, By Kristin Huang and Minnie Chan) The People’s Liberation Army is to make its most visible ­appearance in Hong Kong in 20 years, marking the handover anniversary with an unprecedented port call by its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, sources told the South China Morning Post. 
  • Landslide in China Is Feared to Have Buried Over 100 People (2017-06-23)
    (New York Times, By Chris Buckley) In a village in Sichuan Province, an avalanche of mud and rocks buried as many as 40 homes in a village, officials said. 
  • Europe and Japan Near Trade Deal as U.S. Takes Protectionist Path (2017-06-23)
    (New York Times, By Hiroko Tabuchi and Jack Ewing) The European Union and Japan are close to an agreement that would bring together two giants encompassing a quarter of the world’s economy. 
  • President Xi Jinping’s Visit to Hong Kong for 20th Anniversary of Handover Confirmed – Details of His Packed Itinerary Revealed (2017-06-23)
    (South China Morning Post, By Clifford Lo) It’s confirmed. Xi Jinping will visit Hong Kong for the first time since becoming president in 2013 to join the 20th anniversary marking the handover and has a packed itinerary that includes touring the People’s Liberation Army garrison and a high-profile infrastructure project, the Post has learned. 
  • Graft-buster Drops Probe into Incoming Leader Carrie Lam’s Role in HK$3.5 billion Palace Museum Deal (2017-06-23)
    (South China Morning Post, By Danny Mok) Hong Kong’s graft-buster has dropped its investigation into incoming leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s role in a contentious deal with Beijing officials to build a local version of the Palace Museum, according to the legislator who filed a complaint against her. 
  • What Exactly is Hong Kong’s Executive Council and Why Does It Matter? (2017-06-23)
    (South China Morning Post, By Joyce Ng) Exco is the top policy-making body of the Hong Kong government. It does not function like a close-knit body as in democracies like Britain, but the chief executive nonetheless treats it as his or her de facto cabinet. Over the years, it has occasionally been a source of political drama. 
  • South Korea Tests Missile Capable of Striking Any Part of the North (2017-06-23)
    (New York Times, By Choe Sang-hun) President Moon Jae-in of South Korea attended the test firing of a new ballistic missile that he believes can add leverage to talks with the North over its nuclear program. 
  • Xi Jinping Is Set for a Big Gamble With China’s Carbon Trading Market (2017-06-23)
    (New York Times, By Chris Buckley) A carbon trading program is shaping up as a big policy retort to President Trump’s decision to quit the Paris accord. But getting local industries on board will be a challenge. 
  • Former State Department Security Officer Accused of Spying for China (2017-06-22)
    (New York Times, By Charlie Savage) Investigators say the man, Kevin Patrick Mallory, had classified documents and apparently incriminating messages on a device he brought back from Shanghai. 
  • Shares Plunge as China Voices Concern Over ‘Systemic Risks’ (2017-06-22)
    (New York Times, By Sui-lee Wee) Without naming specific companies, a senior banking official said that regulators were looking into the affairs of large companies that could trouble Chinese banks. 
  • China ‘Willing to Work With US’ to Ease Tensions Over North Korea, Top Diplomat Tells Trump (2017-06-23)
    (AFP) China’s top diplomat told Donald Trump that Beijing was willing to keep working with Washington to defuse tensions on the Korean peninsula, days after the US leader implied that Chinese efforts had failed. The meeting between State Councillor Yang Jiechi and Trump at the White House on Thursday also came after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged China to step up diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea over its nuclear weapons. 
  • The Case for Congagement with China (2017-06-22)
    (The National Interest, By Zalmay Khalilzad) As the title suggests, the US' best course of action to address a rising China is a strategy that combines both containment and engagement. This would require striking a balance with Sino-American relations, where the US would show China that the US is open to cooperation and mutual accommodation, but also display to them that Chinese steps toward regional hegemony would be met with resistance by both the US and the US' allies and partners.
  • China v US: Who Needs Allies? (2017-05-29)
    (The Interpreter, By Hugh White) In the case of the US versus the PRC, the US appears to have a network of allies throughout  the Western Pacific, while the PRC seems to only have North Korea. This, however, is not necessarily a bad thing for the PRC, as it has no need to project its power to far-flung regions of the world, just throughout its own region.  The US, on the other hand, requires allies in the region in order to secure bases to project power. However,  the costs of having to intervene on behalf of allies outweighs the benefits of having said allies.
  • One China, Dual Recognition: A Solution to the Taiwan Impasse (2017-06-20)
    (The Diplomat, By Edward A. McCord) With the amount of states that recognize Taiwan hovering at 20 and slowly dwindling, there may be another solution that allows for international recognition of Taiwan. This lies in the interpretation of the 1992 Concensus, which calls for a recognition of "one China". The remaining states that carry on official relations with Taiwan could offer dual recognition of both the PRC and of Taiwan under the notion that both are internationally recognized administrations within the territory of "one China". The US could also move to support this and convince the PRC to accept dual recognition. The PRC may refuse the offer, but the states that would offer dual recognition have little to lose with the offer, as they lack formal ties to the PRC. 
  • China Cancels Military Meeting With Vietnam Over Territorial Dispute (2017-06-21)
    (New York Times, By Mike Ives) The public sign of discord is highly unusual for the two Communist neighbors, and it comes as Beijing seeks to expand its influence in the South China Sea. 
  • U.S. Pressed to Pursue Deal to Freeze North Korea Missile Tests (2017-06-21)
    (New York Times, By David E. Sanger and Gardiner Harris) Versions of the proposal, which would require the United States to reduce its military footprint on the Korean Peninsula, have been floated by Beijing and Seoul. 
  • China’s Trump Honeymoon: Unexpected, and at Risk of Ending (2017-06-21)
    (New York Times, By Steven Lee Myers) President Trump said that Beijing had failed to rein in North Korea, an assertion that could lead to tougher American stances on trade, currency and the South China Sea. 
  • Otto Warmbier, American Student Released From North Korea, Dies (2017-06-19)
    (New York Times, By Sheryl Gay Stolberg) Mr. Warmbier, 22, returned to the United States in a coma last week after brutal treatment by the North Korean government, his family said. 
  • Some Global Investors See Fresh Worries in an Old Problem: China (2017-06-18)
    (New York Times, By Michael Schuman) Two years after a Chinese stock market crash, a weakened currency and rising debt sent jitters around the world, some investors are getting nervous again. 
  • U.S. Accuses Chinese Company of Money Laundering for North Korea (2017-06-16)
    (New York Times, By Jonathan Soble) Prosecutors accused Mingzheng of operating as a front for a North Korean state-run bank and said they were seeking $1.9 million in civil penalties. 
  • Why Did China Detain Anbang’s Chairman? He Tested a Lot of Limits (2017-06-14)
    (New York Times, By Keith Bradsher and Sui-lee Wee) Wu Xiaohui often skirted the mostly unwritten rules on what Chinese companies are allowed to do, from big deals to an effort to court President Trump’s son-in-law. 
  • As Sailors’ Bodies Are Flown to U.S., Fitzgerald Inquiries Intensify (2017-06-20)
    (New York Times, By Motoko Rich) The United States Navy and Coast Guard, and the Japanese authorities, ramped up their investigations in the collision of a cargo vessel and an American warship. 
  • Beijing Courts Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner to Forge Closer Ties With US, Analysts Say (2017-06-21)
    (South China Morning Post, By Catherine Wong) Beijing is courting Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner to build closer ties with the United States and lay the groundwork for US President Donald Trump’s upcoming trip to China, analysts say. They were commenting after US officials said China had invited Trump’s daughter Ivanka and his son-in-law Kushner – both of whom have official jobs in the White House – to visit Beijing later this year. 
  • US and China Vow to Halt North Korea Nuclear Threat (2017-06-22)
    (South China Morning Post, By Zhenhua Lu) China and the US, in high-level security talks on Wednesday, called on North Korea to halt its missile and nuclear programme despite US President Donald Trump’s tweeted claim a day earlier that China’s efforts to rein in DPRK have “not worked out”. 
  • China and US Kick Off Security Talks Amid Tensions on Korean Peninsula (2017-06-21)
    (South China Morning Post, By Shi Jiangtao) China and the United States held their first diplomatic and security dialogue in Washington on Wednesday amid rising tensions on the ­Korean peninsula. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis hosted Chinese foreign policy chief Yang Jiechi and PLA General Fang Fenghui, vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission for the talks at the State Department. The diplomatic and security dialogue is one of four high-level mechanisms established during the Mar-a-Lago meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump in Florida in April. 
  • Most Taiwanese Consider Taiwan, China Separate Countries, Poll Suggests (2017-06-21)
    (Kyodo) Three quarters of Taiwanese people think Taiwan and China are two separate countries, while only about 14 per cent believe they are both part of one nation, according to the results of a survey released on Tuesday. The poll, commissioned by the pro-government Ketagalan Foundation and the Taiwan Brain Trust, also showed that about 54 per cent of those polled prefer independence for the self-ruled island if the status quo across the Taiwan Strait cannot be maintained. About 24 per cent prefer unification and the rest revealed no preference. 
  • In Unusual Move, Xi Appoints Top Party Leader to Lead Daily Affairs of Key Committee (2017-06-21)
    (South China Morning Post, By Choi Chi-Yuk) Chinese President Xi Jinping has taken an unusual step by appointing a member from the top echelons of the Communist Party to a role managing the day to day operations of a committee tasked with integrating military and civilian investment and technology. 
  • US Warns Chinese Firms with Ties to North Korea May Still Face Sanctions (2017-06-20)
    (South China Morning Post, By Zhenhua Lu) The US will keep the option of sanctions against Chinese companies with alleged links to North Korea’s missile and nuclear programmes on the table, a senior US diplomat said on Monday, aiming to push China to increase pressure on Pyongyang ahead of a US-China security dialogue in Washington this week. “We continue to urge China to exert its unique leverage as North Korea’s largest trading partner, including by fully implementing all the UN Security Council sanctions,” said Susan Thornton, acting assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, during a press briefing. 
  • US in Trade Talks with Asian Nations to Replace TPP, Commerce Secretary Says (2017-06-20)
    (South China Morning Post, By Robert Delaney) The US has started trade talks with multiple countries in Asia to find an alternative to the failed Trans-Pacific Partnership, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said. “We expressed a willingness on the US’ part to indulge in bilateral talks with Japan” on a trade agreement, Ross told reporters at the annual SelectUSA investment conference in Washington, organised by the Commerce Department. 
  • China Falls Short on Curbing North Korea, Trump Says (2017-06-20)
    (New York Times, By Mark Landler and Gardiner Harris) The president’s statement was an extraordinary admission of failure of his strategy for dealing with the North, leaving him with unpalatable options. 
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