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South China Sea Disputes
US Legislator Seeks Curbs to China's Rising Belligerence (2014-07-12)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said the US must push back and change China’s calculation that it is acceptable to encroach on its neighbors for the purpose of gaining territory and resources.

Halt Maritime Activity: US
 (2014-07-13)
(AP) The US Department of State proposed that Asian nations not build new outposts or expand existing ones in the South China Sea to help lower the risk of a conflict as tensions mount in its resource-rich waters.

Taiwan Echoes US Call for Calm in S. China Sea
 (2014-07-13)
(China Post) Taiwan has reiterated its sovereignty over disputed waters in the South China Sea, but also echoed the U.S. government's latest call on all claimants to exercise self-restraint to reduce tensions in the region. 

Vietnam's Overdue Alliance with America (2014-07-13)
(New York Times, By Tuong Lai) Ours is a small country. We Vietnamese cannot and must not entrust our future to anyone, but we urgently need strategic allies at a moment in history when our priority is to defeat our present-day enemy: China.
Diaoyutai Disputes Resurface and Japan Policy
Japan's Abe Declares Peace Goals in Historic Australia Visit (2014-07-09)
(AFP, By Glenda Kwek) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared his determination to pursue peace in Asia, as he strengthened defense ties with Australia and signed an ambitious free-trade agreement. 
U.S. Pivot to Asia and Sino-U.S. Engagement
What You Need to Know about the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (2014-07-07)
(Brookings, By Richard C. Bush III, David Dollar, Cheng Li and Jonathan D. Pollack) Since 2009, the S&ED has offered a platform for both countries to address bilateral, regional and global challenges and opportunities, and this year’s meeting comes at a critical time to stabilize the U.S.-China relationship.

Chinese President's One-Man Show Complicates Diplomacy 
 (2014-07-08)
(New York Times, By Jane Perlez) Mr. Xi reigns supreme on the Standing Committee, which consists of the seven top leaders of the Chinese Communist Party, and none of the others appear to be involved with foreign policy.

China's Maritime Claims ‘Problematic’
 (2014-07-10)
(AFP) Beijing's claim to almost the whole of the South China Sea is “problematic” and the Asian giant's actions have raised tensions, a senior U.S. official said on the eve of high-stakes talks. 

China, US Say Committed to Managing Differences (2014-07-10)
(Reuters) China and the US need to manage their differences, the leaders of both countries said at the start of annual talks expected to focus on cybersecurity, maritime disputes, the Chinese currency and an investment treaty.

Kerry Presses China to Abide by Maritime Laws to Ease Tensions (2014-07-10)
(New York Times, By Jane Perlez) In a closed-door session at a high-level gathering of Chinese and American officials, Secretary of State John Kerry urged China to follow maritime law in nearby seas to reduce regional tensions, a senior American official said.

US-China Annual Talks End with No Surprises (2014-07-11)
(Reuters) China and the US agreed to boost military ties and counter-terrorism cooperation during high-level annual talks in Beijing, but there was little immediate sign of progress on thorny cybersecurity or maritime issues.

Kerry Assures China That the U.S. Can Have Many Allies in Asia (2014-07-11)
(New York Times, By Jane Perlez) Seeking to put the best face on a difficult relationship with Beijing, Secretary of State John Kerry said that the United States and China could find ways to manage their differences and had more in common than not.
DPP Searches for New China Stance; Cross-Strait Issues
Taiwan Trade Talks Still on Table: MOC Vice Minister (2014-07-10)
(China Post) Despite Taiwan's imposing of a rule to monitor the proceedings during the Cross-Strait Trade in Service Agreement talks, negotiation on the trade agreement was not put on hold, China's Ministry of Commerce's Vice Minister Gao Yan said.

China and Hong Kong Make Up 22% of Foreign Trade in First Five Months
 (2014-07-10)
(China Post) Mainland China and Hong Kong accounted for 21.6 percent of Taiwan's total foreign trade in the first five months of the year, showing no significant change in their share of Taiwan's total export value. 

Beijing Will Learn to Deal with DPP: Tsai (2014-07-11)
(Taipei Times) If the DPP is able to do well in the seven-in-one elections in November, Beijing would have no option but to adjust its strategy toward the party, DPP Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen said in an interview.

Independence Support Up (2014-07-12)
(Taipei Times) A poll by National Chengchi University’s Election Study Center showed that a record-high 23.8 percent of respondents support Taiwanese independence, while a record-low 32.7 percent regard themselves as both Chinese and Taiwanese.
PLA and Military Balance
China Leads in Cyberwarfare: Forum (2014-07-09)
(Taipei Times) Chinese state-sponsored hackers have not only infiltrated the nation’s military, government and private Web sites, but they have also become a vital tool for Beijing as it wages worldwide cyberwarfare against its opponents, academics said. 

Military Extends UAV Deployment Area (2014-07-13)
(Taipei Times) The military said it is able to effectively detect military deployments in China through the use of UAVs, after it expanded detection zones from airspace over eastern and southern Taiwan to airspace over the Taiwan Strait.
Taiwan's Domestic Issues and Foreign Relations
Think Tank Key to Development (2014-07-08)
(Taipei Times, By Wang Jenn-hwan) Every major country in the world has a mix of think tanks researching and debating national development strategy. Taiwan lacks this kind of network.

Party Identification Tracking Analysis in Taiwan, June 2014 (2014-07-06)
(TISR) Taiwan Indicators Survey Research released its June survey results (in Chinese) on the public's party identities. Of those surveyed, 31.6% self-identified as supporters of the KMT or other Pan-Blue parties, up 1.1 percentage points from May's number.

Learning from Severed Ties with Ex-African Ally
 (2014-07-08)
(China Post) Though the Gambian president Yahya Jammeh is to take the most blame for the falling-out, MOFA and Taiwan's embassy in Banjul both should also take partial responsibility for the incident as they have both shown little alertness. 

Taiwan's Investment in EU Still Low: EU (2014-07-10)
(Taipei Times) Although Taiwanese investment in the huge market almost tripled from 301 million euros in 2011 to 818 million in 2012, that is dwarfed by other investors.
China's Rise and Its Domestic Issues
Xi Jinping and Mao's Playbook (2014-07-10)
(Wall Street Journal) Beijing's high-profile anticorruption campaign is a tool for supreme leader Xi Jinping to remove his political opponents and consolidate power. That is the conventional wisdom among ordinary Chinese and Sinologists. But the purge has wider significance that suggests how the Communist Party reacts to stress by reverting to type. 
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