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  • U.S. Naval Vessels in West Pacific to Maintain Regional Peace: MND (2018-11-19)
    (CNA, By Matt Yu and Joseph Yeh) Taiwan's Minister of National Defense Yen De-fa announced that the U.S. has deployed two aircraft carriers to the West Pacific in its effort to maintain regional peace. Yen further remarked that the decision by the U.S. to send the two warships has nothing to do with the upcoming November local elections. Meanwhile, Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer stated that the presence of the aircraft carriers demonstrate the freedom and rights of U.S. Navy to operate where international law permits. <Accessed 2018-11-20> 
  • Singapore Prime Minister Holds Talks with Taiwan's Envoy at APEC (2018-11-19)
    CNA, By Rita Chang and Evelyn Kao) Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong stated that he had talks with Morris Chang, Taiwan's representative at the 2018 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders summit. However, both Taiwan and Singapore did not disclose the conversations between Lee and Chang. Chang also met U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. <Accessed 2018-11-20> 
  • Nationality Act Does Not Restrict New Citizens' Right to Vote: MOI (2018-11-17)
    (CNA, By Liu Lee-jung and Chi Jo-yao) The Ministry of the Interior (MOI) announced that the Nationality Act does not prevent newly naturalized citizens from voting for 10 years. The Ministry further explained that the Nationality Act only forbids new citizens from holding public offices. <Accessed 2018-11-18> 
  • Taiwan's APEC Rep Holds Talks with U.S. Vice President Pence ((Update) (2018-11-17)
    (CNA, By Liao Yu-yang and Frances Huang) Although Morris Chang, Taiwan's representative to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) met with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) did not state what Chang and Pence discussed. However, in a Bloomberg report, Pence was quoted as saying that the both parties talked about economics while MOFA twitted that Chang and Pence's discussion touched on strengthening regional ties in shaping the digital future. <Accessed 2018-11-18> 
  • Taiwan Rep Interacts with Foreign Leaders at APEC Summit (2018-11-17)
    (CNA, By Liao Yu-yang and Frances Huang) Morris Chang, Taiwan's representative to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), met and interacted with foreign leaders prior to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Dialogue. However, it was reported that during a photo session, Chang did not interact with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Although Taiwan is a full member of APEC, Taiwan's presidents could not attend the leaders' summit due to opposition from China, and has to send a proxy instead. <Accessed 2018-11-18> 
  • Elections: 'We Care' Rally Planned in Kaohsiung (2018-11-17)
    (Taipei Times, By Ko Yu-hao and Wang Jung-hsiang) Civic Groups are planning to hold a rally in Kaohsiung to counter the negativities that have overshadowed the city's mayoral election. The rally aims to create a conducive environment for the people in light of the upcoming local elections as well as for them to show their support and love for Kaohsiung through positive actions and not by spreading fake news or hatred. <Accessed 2018-11-18> 
  • Elections: Prosecutors Looking into Reports of Rice-for-Votes Scheme (2018-11-17)
    (Taipei Times, By Jason Pan) Prosecutors are investigating into allegations of vote buying with rice by staff working for Republican Party Hsinchu County commissioner candidate Hsu Hsin-ying. According to officials from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), more than 1,000 families have received donations exceeding the NT$30 legal limit on campaign gifts. The DPP strongly asked the judiciary to investigate the matter since there are evidence and witnesses pertaining to the matter at hand. <Accessed 2018-11-18> 
  • 2018 ELECTIONS: Pro-China Group Fielding Candidate in Taipei, Allegedly Supported by Beijing (2018-11-14)
    (Taipei Times, By Jason Pan)
    On Tuesday, the Ministry of Justice’s Investigation Bureau began investigating allegations of vote-buying and receiving funds from Beijing by a pro-China group, the Concentric Patriotism Association, in the upcoming local elections. The Taiwanese police said they have evidence of Beijing sending at least NT$35 billion to pro-China groups and candidates in Taiwan in an effort to sway the election results. <Accessed 2018-11-14> 
  • 8 Allies Write Letters to Interpol in Support of Taiwan: MOFA (2018-11-16)
    (CNA, By Elaine Hou and William Yen)
    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Friday that eight of Taiwan’s diplomatic allies, Nicaragua, Belize, Honduras, Solomon Islands, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and eSwatini have all sent separate letters in support of Taiwan’s bid to Interpol. any countries, including the U.S., have come out in support for Taiwan’s participation in the Interpol General Assembly, which was initially declined by Interpol. <Accessed 2018-11-17> 
  • Taiwan’s Liberalization Recognized by CPTPP Members: Minister (2018-11-16)
    (CNA, By Liao Yu-yang, Pan Tze-yu, and Elizabeth Hsu)
    Taiwanese delegates lobbied for Taiwan’s inclusion in the newly formed trade bloc, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Forum. Taiwan’s Minister without Portfolio John Deng said that CPTPP representatives recognized Taiwan’s liberalization and briefed delegates on the necessary preparations to join the bloc. <Accessed 2018-11-17> 
  • U.K. Minister Recognizes Taiwan’s Contributions in Combatting Crime (2018-11-16)
    (CNA, By Flor Wang)
    Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, a senior British official, released a written statement on Thursday expressing the U.K.’s support for Taiwan’s participation in the Interpol General Assembly and recognizing Taiwan’s contributions to fighting international crime. The U.K. has voiced its support but has yet to make any representations to secure Taiwan’s observer status. Taiwan’s representative to the U.K., David Lin, thanked the U.K. for its support of Taiwan’s international participation. <Accessed 2018-11-17> 
  • Taiwan Proposal for Loans to SMEs Gains Support at APEC Meeting (2018-11-16)
    (CNA, By Liao Yu-yang and Flor Wang)
    The joint proposal by Taiwan and Russia to offer loans to women running small businesses reportedly received strong support at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. The proposal was endorsed by eight APEC member countries, including China. Bob Chen, director-general of the Department of International Organizations in MOFA, acknowledged how the APEC framework could help facilitate positive interaction between Taiwan and China. <Accessed 2018-11-17> 
  • China Using Fake News to Undermine Taiwan's Democracy: U.S. Report (2018-11-15)
    (CNA, By Liao Han-yuan and Ko Lin) According to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC), China is using its United Front work and other political warfare activities to undermine Taiwan's democracy. Peter Mattis, a research fellow at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, remarked that China is seeking to create a 'fake civl society' to sabotage Taiwan's democratic system and destabilize the Taiwanese society. <Accessed 2018-11-16> 
  • UK Discussing Taiwan's Interpol Bid: Lawmaker (2018-11-15)
    (Taipei Times/CNA London) The British government is currently discussing Taiwan's bid to participate in the Interpol General Assembly with international partners. British Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service Nick Hurd remarked that the British Government supports Taiwan's participation at the Interpol as Taiwanese could make substantial contributions in combatting international organized crimes. <Accessed 2018-11-16> 
  • No Sign that US is Planning Drills: Defense Minister (2018-11-15)
    (Taipei Times/CNA) Taiwan's Minister of National Defense Yen De-fa announced that there is no indication that the US is planning drills in the South China Sea. Yen further remarked that Taiwan does not receive any military deployment from the US in advance and that Taiwan respects the rights and freedom of navigation defended by the US. <Accessed 2018-11-16> 
  • Report Warns of Eroding U.S. Military Supremacy (2018-11-15)
    (CNA, By Rita Cheng and Flor Wang) A report by the National Defense Strategy Commission contended that the United States' military superiority is declining. Consequently, the report expressed grave concern that the U.S. might not be able to deter or force China or Russia to back down should the former decided to attack Taiwan or the latter decided to attack the Baltic states. <Accessed 2018-11-16> 
  • French Politician Calls for Taiwan's Inclusion in Interpol (2018-11-15)
    (CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Jean-Francçois Cesarini, a member of the French National Assembly and chairman of its Taiwan-France Friendship Group, expressed support for Taiwan's bid to participate in the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol). Cesarini remarked that political factors should not be used to prevent Taiwan's participation in international organizations. He further stated that France needs to work with both Taiwan and China amid China's efforts to isolate Taiwan internationally. <Accessed 2018-11-16> 
  • Beijing to Allow Family to Visit Lee Ming-che: Taiwan Affairs Office Says (2018-11-15)
    (Taipei Times/CNA, Beijing) According to China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) spokesman Ma Xiaoguang, China would allow Taiwanese democracy advocate Lee Ming-che's family to visit him in jail. Lee was sentenced to five years imprisonment last year due to his remarks about democracy, freedom of speech and human rights in China. Meanwhile, Lee's wife, Lee Ching-yu, stated that Beijing still has not explain why Lee was transferred back to the Hunan prison from Hebei. <Accessed 2018-11-16> 
  • Supporters, Opponents Debate Gay, Lesbian Education Referendum (2018-11-15)
    (CNA, By Chen Chih-chung and Chi Jo-yao) During a forum on Thursday, supporters and opponents debate on whether to include or exclude gay and lesbian education from the national curriculum. Yang Chun-tzu, executive director of the National Alliance of Presidents of Parents Associations (NAPPA), argued that it is not right for elementary and junior high school students to learn about homosexuality, especially during the unstable puberty stage. However, Chen Ming-yen, managing supervisor of the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights (TAPCPR), stressed the importance of gender equity education in teaching students to respect different gender identities. <Accessed 2018-11-16> 
  • Taiwan Remains Strong in Research and Global Talent: President (2018-11-14)
    (CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and William Yen) While receiving representatives and dignitaries from foreign national scientific and research institutions at the Presidential Office, Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen prided Taiwan's capability and importance in research, innovation, and global talent. The president also expressed hope that Taiwan will continue to offer its expertise on current pressing global issues, such as energy conservation, carbon emissions, sustainability, and artificial intelligence. <Accessed 2018-11-14> 
  • New US House Equally Friendly Toward Taiwan (2018-11-14)
    (Taipei Times/CNA) Taiwan's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Kelly Hsieh remarked that the new Democrat-controlled US House of Representative will not affect Taiwan-U.S. relations. Hsieh further stated that since both Democrats and Republicans in Congress have always supported Taiwan, the recent midterm election results would not hurt Taiwan's relations with the U.S. Meanwhile, Vice Minister of Economic Affairs Wang Mei-hua stated that the Taiwanese government is making every effort to provide a conducive environment for Taiwanese companies that are thinking of returning to Taiwan amid the trade war between the U.S. and China. <Accessed 2018-11-14> 
  • NCC Urged to Stop Fake Election News (2018-11-14)
    (Taipei Times, By Shelley Shan) Lawmakers on the legislature's Transportation Committee urged the National Communications Commission (NCC) to punish broadcast media for spreading fake election news. Several DPP Legislators remarked that news outlet hardly verify information before publishing them and the government is not up to date in terms of legislation against the publication and dissemination of fake news. <Accessed 2018-11-14> 
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  • U.N. Rights Officials Criticize China Over Muslim Internments (2018-11-13)
    (New York Times, By Nick Cumming-Bruce) Human rights officials and experts condemned regulations on Chinese re-education camps as a violation of international law and criminalized basic rights. <RSS, Accessed 2018-11-16> 
  • Australia’s Prime Minister ‘Surprised’ by State’s Secret Deal With China (2018-11-13)
    (New York Times, By Jamie Tarabay and Vicky Xiuzhong Xu) The state of Victoria signed on with China’s Belt and Road initiative at a time when intelligence officials are concerned about Beijing’s influence. <RSS, Accessed 2018-11-16> 
  • U.S. Navy Carrier Suffers Second Aircraft Crash in Weeks (2018-11-12)
    (New York Times, By Jane Perlez) An F/A-18 Super Hornet, assigned to the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan, on Monday crashed into the sea northeast of the Philippines. The two aviators inside the plane were rescued. <RSS, Accessed 2018-11-16> 
  • Ma Jian, Exiled Chinese Novelist, Hails Appearance as Victory for Rights (2018-11-10)
    (New York Times, By Mike Ives) The temporary cancellation of his appearance at a literary festival had been seen as the latest sign of erosions of freedom in Hong Kong. <RSS, Accessed 2018-11-16> 
  • Risking Beijing’s Wrath, Taiwan to Vote on Removing ‘China’ from Name of Its 2020 Olympic team (2018-11-11)
    (South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwanese are to vote this month over whether the self-ruled island should compete in the next Summer Olympics under the name “Taiwan,” in a highly controversial referendum that would not only provoke Beijing but also put the island’s government in a political dilemma if passed. The referendum asks whether Taiwan should compete in the 2020 Games in Tokyo and other international sporting events under that name, rather than “Chinese Taipei” – a title that has been used since 1981. <Accessed 2018-11-16> 
  • Locked in a Trade War, China and United States Try to Rally Support in Asia (2018-11-12)
    (South China Morning Post, By Kristin Huang) China and the United States are competing in a new round of diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific this week, as leaders from the world’s two biggest economies try to rally support at key international meetings. With Beijing battling slowing growth and the fallout from a trade war with the US, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang landed in Singapore on Monday for a five-day visit that will include the annual summit for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean). <Accessed 2018-11-16> 
  • South China Sea: Beijing Hopes for Maritime Accord with Asean Neighbours in Three Years (2018-11-13)
    (South China Morning Post, By Catherine Wong) China aims to complete negotiations on a code of conduct for the disputed South China Sea region within three years as Beijing pursues a stable relationship with its neighbours. Premier Li Keqiang made the commitment on Tuesday in Singapore before attending the annual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean). <Accessed 2018-11-16> 
  • Vietnam Reduces Reliance on China, Ratifies New Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal (2018-11-13)
    (South China Morning Post, By Keegan Elmer) Vietnam has moved to reduce its economic reliance on China and mitigate the risk of the US-China trade war by ratifying an 11-country trade deal. The nation’s lawmaking body approved the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership on Monday, following Australia’s ratification on October 31. <Accessed 2018-11-16> 
  • Asian Mega Free-Trade Deal Stalls in Singapore despite China’s Push against Protectionism (2018-11-13)
    (South China Morning Post, By Catherine Wong) China’s attempt to seal Asia’s biggest trade deal stalled at a regional summit in Singapore, despite Beijing’s efforts to counter American protectionism and the absence of US President Donald Trump. After a fruitless meeting on Monday, trade ministers from Asean’s member countries and the bloc’s six dialogue partners – Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, and New Zealand – pushed back further talks on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) until next year. <Accessed 2018-11-16> 
  • Preparing Asia for the Next Financial Crisis (2018-11-14)
    (East Asia Forum, By Yasuto Watanabe) The ASEAN+3 region now accounts for more than a quarter of world GDP and 30 per cent of global trade. But the expansion in international trade and the increasing complexities in financial networks and other activities are increasing the risks of volatile capital inflows and outflows. <Accessed 2018-11-16> 
  • No Time for APEC to Be Asleep at the Wheel (2018-11-12)
    (East Asia Forum, By the Editorial Board) The fundamental objective of APEC leaders must be to find circuit breakers to quell the policy turbulence that’s shaking the region. To get the region back on track it needs to break major deadlocks on trade, finance and growth. <Accessed 2018-11-16> 
  • What Does the 1992 Consensus Mean to Citizens in Taiwan? (2018-11-10)
    (The Diplomat, By Austin Wang, Charles K.S. Wu, Yao-Yuan Yeh, & Fang-Yu Chen) As Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen refuses to acknowledge the conditions set by the 1992 Consensus, Beijing has refused to communicate with Taiwan on cross-strait negotiations or issues. However, within the debate on whether or not President Tsai should acknowledge it or not, there lies another debate on whether or not Taiwanese citizens actually understand what the Consensus entails. Taiwanese people have no consensus on the true meaning of the 1992 Consensus. <Accessed 2018-11-13> 
  • The US and China Are Talking Again, But 'Competition' Is Set to Continue (2018-11-12)
    (The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) The United States and China have completed the second annual diplomatic and security dialogue in the midst of several complex issues within their relationship, even beyond the trade war. The two countries still shared military and economic exchanges, and the Dialogue was also even called off at one point. While the Dialogue represents an acceptance of increasing competition between the United States and China, the two demonstrate that they are still capable of communication. <Accessed 2018-11-13> 
  • For China, How Much Will the Outcome of the US Mid-Term Elections Matter? (2018-11-10)
    (The Diplomat, By Dingding Chen) Three possibilities exist for the U.S.-China relationship in light of new leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives. These are the maintenance of the status quo, greater deterioration of the relationship, or mild improvement of relations. Due to domestic factors in the United States, mild improvement is the most likely outcome, although theoretically all three are very possible. <Accessed 2018-11-13> 
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