::: TSR Weekly Report
2014-08-24 | NO.18(33) epaper |
U.S. “Pivot” to Asia and Sino-U.S. Engagement
Pentagon Says Chinese Fighter Jet Confronted US Naval Plane (2014-08-23)
(New York Times, Helen Cooper) A Chinese fighter jet flew within 30 feet of a Navy surveillance and reconnaissance plane this week in international airspace just off the Chinese coast, the Pentagon said.

China Denies Confrontation with U.S. Surveillance Plane
(New York Times, By Chris Buckley) The Chinese government rejected the Pentagon’s claim that a People’s Liberation Army fighter jet had buzzed dangerously close to an American surveillance plane in international airspace, and it warned that frequent surveillance flights were risking an accident near the Chinese coast.

Pivoting away from Asia (2014-08-12)
(LA Times, By Gary Schmitt) A true rebalancing is neither possible, given the state of today's U.S. military, nor likely to be sustainable if planned defense cuts are not reversed. The reality is that the United States cannot rebalance on the cheap.

The US and China: Sliding from Engagement to Coercive Diplomacy (2014-08-04)
(PacNet #63, Pacific Forum, CSIS, By David M. Lampton) If Beijing wants to improve relations with Washington, the easiest, quickest, and most mutually beneficial path is to improve relations with its own periphery.

Response to PacNet#63 “The US and China: Sliding from Engagement to Coercive Diplomacy” (2014-08-19)
(PacNet #63R, Pacific Forum, CSIS, By Joseph Bosco and David Lampton) It was Beijing‟s military buildup, expansionist rhetoric, and aggressive actions that engendered the “insecurities” of other countries, not the other way around.
Cross-Strait Issues
Confusion Over MAC Official's Leaving (2014-08-19)
(Taipei Times) A council spokeswoman said Chang Hsien-yao had left ahead of a probe into his work and the statement saying he left for ‘family reasons’ was to protect him. 

Fired for Knowing Too Much: Ex-Deputy Minister (2014-08-20)
(China Post) In a television interview following his “forced” resignation, Former Mainland Affairs Council Deputy Minister Chang Hsien-yao said that he has prepared a suicide letter as he felt he was fired for “knowing too much.”

Chang Probed Over Classified Info Leaks (2014-08-21)
(Taipei Times) The Minitry of Justice’s Investigation Bureau said allegations brought by the Mainland Affairs Council against former deputy council minister Chang Hsien-yao involved leaks of classified information to China, as other sources said that Chang could face trial for treason.

High Prosecutors' Office Refuses Case (2014-08-22)
(Taipei Times) The Taiwan High Prosecutors’ Office turned down a request to get involved in the investigation into former Mainland Affairs Council deputy minister Chang Hsien-yao on allegations of treason.

Chang Decries Treason Charges As ‘White Terror’ (2014-08-22)
(China Post) Former MAC Deputy Minister Chang Hsien-yao held his first press conference in the wake of his resignation and said that the treason allegations against him are an instance of “white terror.”

TAO Urges Restraint by Media in MAC Drama (2014-08-23)
(China Post) TAO) spokesman Ma Xiaoguang said that mainland China has taken notice of the reports on former MAC Deputy Minister Chang Hsien-yao, urging the media not to make irresponsible and groundless claims detrimental to cross-strait relations.

Economy Needs More Reform, Not More China (2014-08-20)
(Taipei Times, By Wu Rong-yi) The Taiwanese government should carry out structural reforms to meet the conditions for joining regional trade pacts such as the under-negotiation Trans-Pacific Partnership, so as to diversify the risk that comes from being overly reliant on the Chinese market.

Taiwan's Identity Crisis (2014-08-18)
(The National Interest) To think that we have reached a post-identity moment in Taiwan is misguided. Taiwan’s status is too fragile and too contested for that: The latent identity cleavage exists, and at some point, it will resurface as a major driver of Taiwanese mass political behavior and elite political competition.
PLA, Military Balance and Arms Sales
Putting Precision in Operations: Beidou Satellite Navigation System (2014-08-22)
(China Brief 14(16), Jamestown Foundation, By Kevin McCauley) As Beidou achieves global coverage at the end of this decade, the PLAAF, PLAN and SAF will be able to rely on a secure indigenous system as operational areas move further from China’s borders.

Defense Budget Shrinks in Draft
(Taipei Times) National defense spending in the government’s annual budget for next year stands at 2.34 percent of projected GDP, its lowest share since President Ma Ying-jeou took office in May 2008.

Nation Has ‘a Need’ for Fighter Planes: Ministry of Defense
(Taipei Times) Taiwan continues to hope for jet fighters with stealth, short take-off and vertical landing capabilities, a senior defense official said, adding that the US-made F-35 is one option that fits the bill. 
Taiwan's Domestic Issues and Foreign Relations
Changes to Electoral System Needed (2014-08-18)
(Taipei Times, By Christian Fan Jiang) The reason change is necessary is that history has showed that the current semi-presidential system in combination with the nation’s authoritarian past creates an incompetent “emperor,” and that the public’s hands are tied due to the guaranteed term in office. 

Population Trend Worrying: Report (2014-08-20)
(Taipei Times) Working-age population will peak next year, and the nation will become ‘aged’ in 2018 and ‘super aged’ in 2025, with high dependency.

Taiwan Unfazed by China's Opposition to free-trade agreement with Malaysia (2014-08-22)
(Taipei Times) Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia Huang Huikang openly expressed Beijing’s opposition to any move by Malaysia to sign an FTA with Taiwan.
China's Rise and Its Domestic Issues
New Map Shows China's True Expanse, General Says (2014-08-22)
(Sinosphere, By Edward Wong) Maj. General Luo Yuan, a well-known commentator who advocates aggressive positions on foreign policy, said the new vertical map showed that China’s territory is much more expansive than what most Chinese understand it to be. 

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