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China's Leadership Succession
Many Urge Next Leader of China to Liberalize (2012-10-22)
(New York Times, By Edward Wong) A number of prominent people orbiting Mr. Xi are urging the party to adopt more liberal policies to regain the legitimacy it enjoyed when it was a revolutionary force. 

China Hints at Reform by Dropping Mao Wording (2012-10-23)
(Reuters, By Sui-Lee Wee) The subtle dropping of references to late Chinese leader Mao Zedong from two policy statements over the last few weeks serves as one of the most intriguing hints yet that the ruling Communist Party is planning to move in the direction of reform. 

China Announces Major Reshuffle of People’s Liberation Army (2012-10-23)
(Telegraph, By Malcolm Moore) China has begun a wholesale reshuffle at the top of the PLA which will eventually see seven of the country’s top ten generals replaced as the world’s largest military continues its dramatic modernization. 

China’s Other Transition: Military to be Led by New Generation (2012-10-24)
(Washington Post, By Keith B. Richburg) Along with China’s transition to new political rulers next month, sweeping change is also coming to the leadership of the People’s Liberation Army with the elevation of a new generation of commanders in the world’s largest military. 

China Open Letter Oppose Bo Xilai Parliament Expulsion (2012-10-24)
(BBC) A group of Chinese leftists have written an open letter asking parliament not to expel disgraced Communist party official Bo Xilai.

China Paves Way for Prosecuting Disgraced Politian Bo Xilai (2012-10-27)
(Reuters) China's largely rubber stamp parliament has expelled disgraced former senior politician Bo Xilai, state news agency Xinhua said, paving the way for formal criminal charges to be laid against him.

China Starts Formal Criminal Probe into Politician Bo Xilai (2012-10-28)
(Reuters) China moved quickly to announce it had formally begun a criminal probe into disgraced former senior politician Bo Xilai, hours after expelling him from the largely rubber stamp parliament and so removing his immunity from prosecution. 

Billions in Hidden Riches for Family of Chinese Leader (2012-10-26)
(New York Times, By David Barboza) Many relatives of Wen Jiabao, including his son, daughter, younger brother and brother-in-law, have become extraordinarily wealthy during his leadership, an investigation by The New York Times shows. 

China Blocks and Criticizes Investigation into Premier  (2012-10-27)
(New York Times) A spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry criticized a decision by The New York Times to publish a lengthy investigation into assets accumulated by the family of Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, saying that the article “smears China and has ulterior motives.” 

Chinese Premier’s Family Disputes Article on Riches (2012-10-28)
(New York Times) The statement was not a sweeping denial of the article. The statement acknowledged that some family members were active in business and that they “are responsible for all their own business activities.” 

Obtaining Financial Records in China (2012-10-27)
(New York Times, By David Barboza) Thirty years of economic reform — and government policies aimed at attracting foreign investment — have created a set of government agencies that keep records on private corporations and their major shareholders.

South China Sea Disputes
Academics Renew Calls for Cross-Strait Territorial Ties (2012-10-28)
(Taipei Times) Academics from both sides of the Taiwan Strait recently renewed calls for cooperation between Taiwan and China in managing the situation in the South China Sea. 
U.S. Pivot to Asia and Sino-U.S. Engagement
US Alliance Paramount but China Needs Its Space Too (2012-10-29)
(The Australian) The paper stresses the need for deepening defense engagement with the US and other key allies and sees Australia's future security as depending also on a range of measures including improved regional co-operation based on the EAS and a need to support China's role in the region's strategic, political and economic development. 

China’s Take on U.S. Foreign Policy Debate (2012-10-23)
(Wall Street Journal, By Josh Chin) Zhu Feng, an expert on U.S.-China relations at Peking University in Beijing, said he didn't expect much official reaction from Mr. Obama's use of the word "adversary" to describe China, saying it reflect broad attitudes in Washington toward Beijing. 

Diaoyutai Disputes Resurface
ROC Reaffirms Diaoyutais Sovereignty As Japan Admits China Row (2012-10-22)
(CNA) Taiwan reiterated its sovereignty over the Diaoyutai Islands in light of reports of an official admission by Japan that it has a sovereignty dispute with China over the island group in the resource-rich. 

Dispute with Japan Takes Toll on Chinese Workers (2012-10-23)
(Wall Street Journal) The worries and challenges of workers in Guangzhou illustrate the risks Beijing faces as its dispute with Japan over a group of islands drags on. 

Japan, China Diplomats Meet amid Territorial Dispute (2012-10-25)
(Wall Street Journal) The Japanese and Chinese governments are intensifying back-channel efforts to mend their tattered bilateral ties, after weeks of public bickering surrounding disputed islands. 



DPP Searches for New China Stance; Cross-Strait Issues
Hsieh’s China Platform Has No Chance: Su Huan-chih (2012-10-22)
(Taipei Times, Oct. 22, 2012) Former premier Frank Hsieh’s “constitutions with different interpretations” will have no chance of becoming the consensus within the DPP because it is still within the “one China” framework, former Tainan County commissioner Su Huan-chih said. 

DPP Still Lacks China Affairs Chief Consensus (2012-10-22)
(China Post) The DPP remains at the planning stage concerning moves to revive the party's China Affairs Committee, even after former Premier Frank Hsieh's successful visit to mainland China.

Analysts Praise Hsieh’s Visit to China at Forum (2012-10-26)
(Taipei Times) Analysts at a forum gave former premier Frank Hsieh’s China visit positive responses and said it could be the catalyst for the transformation of the DPP’s China policy and pave the way for Beijing’s eventual recognition of the Republic of China. 

Former Premier Calls for Change in China Approach (2012-10-27)
(Taipei Times) The DPP should hold debates on its China policy to build consensus among its members, a senior aide to the former premier said. 

DPP Heavyweights Differ on China Over Differing Goals (2012-10-28)
(CNA) Frank Hwieh thinks DPP needs to discuss its cross-Taiwan Strait policy to have a chance in 2016, while Su Tseng-chang thinks the economy is the most important issue and sees domestic issues as crucial to winning the seven-in-one elections in 2014. 

Bar Chinese Firms from Security Telecoms: NSB (2012-10-23)
(Taipei Times) A top national security official said the government should restrict Chinese investment in domestic information and communications infrastructure concerning national security. 


PLA and Military Balance
China’s Naval Upgrade Key Issue for US Defense: Report (2012-10-25)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) A US congressional report says the US’ response to China’s naval modernization could affect the “likelihood or outcome” of a military conflict over Taiwan.
Taiwan's Foreign Relations
EU, Taiwan Could Begin with Smaller Trade Accords: Enovy (2012-10-25)
(CNA) The European Union and Taiwan could strengthen bilateral trade ties by starting talks on more specific agreements before moving toward a comprehensive free trade agreement, the EU's trade representative in Taiwan said. 

Taiwan Inc.: A Home for Global Business (2012-10-25)
(AEI, By Dan Blumenthal, Gary J. Schmitt, Michael Mazza, and Derek Scissors) With Taiwan as a commercial hub, more people would recognize the island’s importance, more expatriates would live there, and more people in the United States and around the world would have a stake in its success. This would help enhance Taiwan’s security.

Attention to Security Is Required in a New World (2012-10-26)
(Taipei Times, By Yao Chung-yuan) Communication channels between the government’s national security units are flawed, and that a thorough review and improvements are urgently needed.  
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