::: TSR Weekly Report
2014-09-07 | NO.18(35) epaper |
U.S. “Pivot” to Asia and Sino-U.S. Engagement
Hong Kong's Democrats Clamor for Spot on Crowded U.S. Agenda (2014-09-05)
(New York Times, By Mark Landler) Administration officials say Ms. Rice will raise American concerns about the standoff in Hong Kong when she meets with Chinese leaders. 

Commitments on Three Fronts Test Obama's Foreign Policy (2014-09-03)
(New York Times, By David E. Sanger) New defensive initiatives, in Asia and Europe and against Islamic extremists, are bound to upend President Obama’s military budget plans and challenge his military doctrine.

US Alliances Key to Thwarting China: Report (2014-09-07)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) A new report by a member of the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission urges US President Barack Obama to immediately improve alliances and partnerships in East Asia — including with Taiwan — to help curb Chinese aggression.
Regional Issues
US Warned to ‘Keep Perspective’ on Disputes (2014-09-04)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) Three top US experts say the US should not regard the South China Sea disputes as signaling an incipient cold war with Beijing or as the central strategic issue in US-China relations. Keeping the South China Sea in Perspective 

Revision of Article 9 and Its Implications (2014-09-02)
(PacNet #70, Pacific Forum, CSIS, By Kazuhiko Togo) The very motive for the revision of the interpretation-–correcting the current asymmetry--cannot but be understood as an aspiration to put Japan on genuine equal footing with the US.
DPP Searches for New China Stance; Cross-Strait Issues
Beijing Calls on Taiwan to Respect HK Decisions (2014-09-04)
(Taipei Times) China’s TAO responded to Taiwan’s support for Hong Kong’s pursuit for democracy, voiced by both President Ma Ying-jeou and DPP Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen, with a call for Taiwan to respect the “successful implementation of the one country, two systems policy.” 

APEC Invitation Not a Downgrade: MOFA (2014-09-05)
(China Post) An invitation to this year's APEC leadership meeting sent by the Chinese government to Taiwan did not downgrade the nation's sovereignty status, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Trade Progress Depends on Taiwan: Official (2014-09-06)
(Taipei Times) China’s top negotiator with Taiwan said that the “ball is in Taiwan’s court” regarding the signing of a bilateral trade-in-goods agreement.

Poll Results ‘Have Message’ for DPP (2014-09-05)
(Taipei Times) A vast majority of Taiwanese polled in a recent survey see themselves as “ethnically Chinese,” the Taiwan Competitiveness Forum said.
PLA, Military Balance and Arms Sales
China Currently Incapable of Launching Full Attack on Taiwan Proper: MND (2014-09-02)
(CNA) China's military is capable of seizing Taiwan-held islands near the mainland and taking over islets in the disputed South China Sea area, but cannot yet launch a full scale attack on Taiwan proper, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense said.

Far-Reaching Military Cutbacks Listed in Plan
(Taipei Times) While drones and cyberwar assets are set to increase, traditional hardware and staffing levels fall in planned defense ministry cutbacks. 

Military Widens Combat Exercises (2014-09-03)
(Taipei Times) The military is for the first time to incorporate cyberwarfare and civilian planes in its annual Han Kuang series of exercises later this month at various air bases and maritime areas.

Weapons Sales to Taiwan Likely on US-China Agenda (2014-09-06)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) US National Security Adviser Susan Rice is to fly into Beijing tomorrow for three days of talks with top Chinese officials on a range of security issues that is likely to include US arms sales to Taiwan.
Taiwan's Domestic Issues and Foreign Relations
Taiwan Mood Barometer Survey, Second Half of August 2014 (2014-08-29)
(TISR) Over the latter days of August, President Ma Ying-jeou's approval rating dropped another 2.7 percentage points bringing it to 17.2 percent, according to the latest Taiwan Mood Barometer Survey (in Chinese).

Party Identification Tracking Analysis in Taiwan, August 2014 (2014-09-05)
(TISR) Taiwan Indicators Survey Research released its August survey results (in Chinese) on the public's party identities. Of those surveyed, 28.2% self-identified as supporters of the KMT or other Pan-Blue parties, down 1.8 percentage points from July's number.

Taiwan Monitors TAO Chief's US Tour
(China Post) Taiwan is closely monitoring the ongoing U.S. visit of China's top official in charge of relations with Taiwan, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said. 

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