::: TSR Weekly Report
2014-08-17 | NO.18(32) epaper |
South China Sea Disputes
A View from the Sea, As China Flexes Muscle (2014-08-09)
(New York Times, By Austin Ramzy) The placement of the rig indicates the will of China’s leadership to push maritime claims, Ian Storey said. “Clearly this was sanctioned at the highest level of the Chinese government,” he said. “This is another indication of how Xi Jinping has very quickly consolidated his power in China and is calling the shots.”

Kerry Calls for Talks to Dissolve Tensions Over China Sea
(AP, By Matthew Lee) Speaking to the foreign ministers of China and the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Kerry said it's not enough to simply continue working on a long-delayed binding code of conduct for the South China Sea where many have competing claims to territory. 

The New Normal in Asia (2014-08-12)
(Wall Street Journal, By Michael Auslin) Only a risky and concerted push by the region's militarily capable powers, such as by forcibly preventing Beijing from building the announced lighthouses, could send a signal that its behavior must change. Given that the odds of that happening are infinitesimally small, the new normal in Asia will see China's presence increase in once-disputed waters.
Diaoyutai Disputes Resurface; Japan Policy
John Kerry Praises Taiwan, Japan for Pact on Sea Claims (2014-08-15)
(Taipei Times) US Secretary of State John Kerry urged claimants to territory in the East and South China seas to create negotiating space for resolution of the issues and he cited the efforts of Taiwan and Japan as examples.

China, South Korea Furious Over Japan's War Shrine Visits (2014-08-16)
(AP) China and South Korea reacted strongly to visits by two Japanese Cabinet ministers to a Tokyo shrine that honors war dead, although Japan’s prime minister stayed away.
U.S. Pivot to Asia and Sino-U.S. Engagement
Barack Obama Talks to The Economist (2014-08-02)
(The Economist)  Obama spells out the thinking behind US policy towards China. One needs to be firm with China because, he told the Economist, “they will push as hard as they can until they meet resistance…. There have to be mechanisms both to be tough with them when we think that they’re breaching international norms, but also to show them the potential benefits over the long term.“

Taking Break from Crises Elsewhere, Kerry Turns to Asia and Pacific
(New York Times, By Michael R. Gordon) After months of crisis diplomacy over the Middle East and Ukraine, Secretary of State John Kerry said that President Obama had asked him to redouble his diplomatic efforts in Asia and the Pacific through the remainder of his administration. 

In China's Shadow, U.S. Courts Old Foe Vietnam (2014-08-17)
(New York Times, By Jane Perlez) An old enemy of Washington, Vietnam is now envisioned as a new partner that will acquire American weapons and help offset the power of China.

The Right Order (2014-08-11)
(PacNet #66, Pacific Forum, CSIS, By Matthew P. Goodman) The BRICS Bank is a wake-up call to the advanced countries of North America, Europe, and East Asia. They should strengthen their own economic management to avoid recurring financial and fiscal crises and do more to share power in the Bretton Woods institutions.
DPP Searches for New China Stance; Cross-Strait Issues
China Factor Is the Most Pressing Issue for the Nation: Tsai (2014-08-13)
(Taipei Times) The “China factor” is a challenge Taiwan will have to face continuously in the future, Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen said.

Taiwan Still a Regular Target of Mainland China Hacking Attempts: Official (2014-08-14)
(CNA) Chinese cyber-attacks on Taiwan persist even as ties across the Taiwan Strait have improved, the head of Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology said.

Lu Advocates Referendum on ROC Peace, Neutrality (2014-08-15)
(CNA) Former Vice President Annette Lu said that she will push for a national referendum to declare Taiwan a peaceful and neutral nation.

ECFA Benefited Trade Little: Ministries (2014-08-17)
(Taipei Times) While President Ma Ying-jeou’s administration has been trumpeting the expected economic benefits of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement, which was signed in 2010, the latest statistics from the Ministry of Audit and the Ministry of Finance show otherwise.

Don't Let Taiwan Fall Behind, But at What Cost? (2014-08-13)
(The Diplomat, By J. Michael Cole) The problem with the Wall Street Journal’s position, and this is not an uncommon error, is that it treats relations between Taiwan and China as if those were between two equals that recognize each other’s existence.

MAC Principal Deputy Minister Resigns for Family Reasons: Cabinet (2014-08-17)
(China Post) Many have speculated that Chang's exit was due to a series of demonstrations against the meeting between Wang and his Chinese counterpart Taiwan Affairs Office Minister Zhang Zhijun at the end of June.
Military Balance and Arms Sales
Taiwan No Longer Wants to Buy F-16C/Ds: Report (2014-08-12)
(China Post) Taiwan is no longer interested in buying the advanced F-16C/D fighter jets from the United States, a source told local media. 
Taiwan's Domestic Issues and Foreign Relations
Ma Calls for End to Cross-Party Enmity (2014-08-12)
(Taipei Times) President Ma Ying-jeou called for end to “vicious political infighting” among the nation’s politicians while urging legislators to speedily ratify the cross-strait service trade agreement. 

Taiwan Mood Barometer Survey, First Half of August 2014 (2014-08-13)
(TISR) Over the first ten days of August, President Ma Ying-jeou's approval rating dipped below 20 percent again after spiking 6.2 percentage points in late July, according to the latest Taiwan Mood Barometer Survey (in Chinese).

Surveys Provide Warning Signals for DPP: Think Tank (2014-08-16)
(Taipei Times) The DPP cannot afford to be “over-optimistic” about its prospects in the Nov. 29 elections, Taiwan Brain Trust executive director Liu Shih-chung said.

Taiwan's Top Diplomat Seeks U.S. Help in Emerging from China's Shadow (2014-08-11)
(Washington Times, By Guy Taylor and Patrice Hill) The top Taiwanese diplomat in Washington made a passionate plea for U.S. leaders to more vocally support Taiwan’s inclusion in key Western-backed institutions on the world stage — especially as the tiny island democracy engages in increasingly complex economic ties with China.

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