::: TSR Weekly Report
2014-08-11 | NO.18(31) epaper |
South China Sea Disputes
China Rejects Philippine Proposal on South China Sea Disputes (2014-08-10)
(Wall Street Journal, By Chun Han Wong) China rejected the Philippines' proposed freeze on perceived provocative acts that recently stirred tensions in contested Asian waters, signaling its preference to tackle South China Sea disputes with diplomatic efforts that have made little progress in the last decade.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Defends Lighthouse Decision
(Reuters) The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has defended the government’s decision to build lighthouses on disputed islands in the South China Sea, saying the facilities are to help navigation. 

China's Maritime Offensive Not about Oil: US Ex-Official (2014-08-09)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) A former US National Security Council director for Southeast Asia contends that Beijing is pushing for regional control, not resources. It's Not about the Oil--It's about the Tiny Rocks, by Holly Morrow
Diaoyutai Disputes Resurface and Japan Policy
PRC Listed As Top Concern in Japanese Defense Paper (2014-08-06)
(AFP) Japan warned that China’s “dangerous acts” over territorial claims in the East China Sea could lead to “unintended consequences” in the region, as fears grow of a potential military clash. 

Taiwan and Japan Show How to Settle Rows: Paal (2014-08-06)
(Taipei Times) The former AIT director lauded Ma’s East China Sea peace initiative and said Taiwan’s defense is important to regional stability.
U.S. Pivot to Asia and Sino-U.S. Engagement
Why Help China's Military Progress? (2014-08-07)
(New York Times, By Steve Cohen) The head of China’s navy, Adm. Wu Shengli, recently asked his American counterpart, Adm. Jonathan Greenert, to allow Chinese officers assigned to its new aircraft carrier to board an American carrier to learn about maintenance and operational procedures. United States policy makers are considering the request. It is a bad idea.

India and the U.S. to Step Up Defense Relations
(Wall Street Journal, By Santanu Choudhury) India and the U.S. said that they want to step up joint military exercises and also work together to develop and manufacture weapons. 

Cross-Strait Issues
Talks Over Cross-Strait Trade in Goods Pact to Start This Month: Minister (2014-08-06)
(China Post) Vice Economics Minister Cho Shih-chao said that representatives from both sides of the strait have decided to begin negotiations over the cross-strait trade in goods pact by the end of August. 
PLA and Military Balance
China Completes Naval Counter-mine Exercise: US (2014-08-06)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) China has completed a naval exercise in the South China Sea that could help it to counter Taiwanese defenses in the event of an invasion.

Taiwan, China Conduct Joint Maritime Rescue Drill
(CNA) Taiwanese and Chinese rescue teams conducted a joint drill in the waters off the Taiwan-controlled Matsu islands to practice search and rescue operations for maritime disasters. 

RIMPAC Bid Backed by US Legislator (2014-08-09)
(Taipei Times) US House Committee on Armed Services Chairman Howard McKeon voiced his support for Taiwan’s efforts to participate in the RIMPAC international military group exercise and for the transfer of US technology to help Taiwan build its own submarines.
Taiwan's Domestic Issues and Foreign Relations
Party Identification Tracking Analysis in Taiwan, July 2014 (2014-08-07)
(TISR) Taiwan Indicators Survey Research released its July surveyresults (in Chinese) on the public's party identities. Of those surveyed, 29.5% self-identified as supporters of the KMT or other Pan-Blue parties, down 2.1 percentage points from June's number.

Taiwan Leaves Itself Behind
(Wall Street Journal) Taiwan's leaders have warned for years that economic isolation will damage the nation's competitiveness. Now their worst fears may be coming true, and the consequences of resisting freer trade and economic reform are becoming clear.

Taiwan Exploits Fishing Rights: Carribbean Politician
(China Post) The two main political parties in St. Vincent have restated their commitment to maintaining diplomatic ties with Taiwan, following a suggestion by an opposition politician that the eastern Caribbean nation was giving Taipei “fishing rights” in return for a “wax apple.”

Kiribati President Begins Six-Day Visit to Taiwan (2014-08-05)
(CNA) Kiribati President Anote Tong has commenced a six-day visit to Taiwan, during which he will meet with President Ma Ying-jeou and attend a meeting of the Asian-Pacific Parliamentarians' Union, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

Honduras May Send New Ambassador to Taiwan: MOFA (2014-08-08)
(China Post) Taiwan's Central American ally Honduras is expected to send a new ambassador to Taiwan “in the near future,” a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said.
China's Rise and Its Domestic Issues
What Should Follow Xi's Tiger Hunt? (2014-08-04)
(Project Syndicate, By Minxin Pei) The question today is not whether Xi has amassed enough authority to effect change in China (he has), but whether he has built a coalition capable of advancing his declared goal of reviving pro-market reforms.

Elites Trembles As Xi Cleans House (2014-08-05)
(Wall Street Journal, By Andrew Browne) There are strong indications this isn't a power struggle of the kind that has periodically sundered the Communist Party's top ranks; it's a purge. That has led to a debate among China watchers whether the campaign will be extended to other former leaders and their families. 

Can China Legitimate Its Would-Be Hegemony in Asia? (2014-08-07)
(The Diplomat, By Robert Kelly) To date, the CCP has no real legitimating language of power for its neighborhood. Hence, for all its might, it continues to stand alone. Finding that legitimating framework, lifting China above just being a grievance-fueled regional bully, is the next large debate in Chinese foreign policy.

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