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2014-09-15 | NO.18(36) epaper |
South China Sea Disputes
Ministry to Complete a Map of Disputed Islands (2014-09-11)
(Taipei Times) The Ministry of the Interior said it is set to complete a project to map the disputed South China Sea region that will label the islands that are claimed by the Republic of China and various other countries.

Academics Slam US Expert's Maritime Ideas (2014-09-14)
(Taipei Times) US analysts called on Taiwan to base its territorial claims in the South China Sea on international law and emphasized the nation’s likely role as a “balancer” in the US’ “pivot” toward Asia.
Diaoyutai Disputes Resurface
TSR Interview with Douglas Paal (2014-09-09)
(Taiwan Security Research, By Kristian McGuire) Taiwan Security Research's Kristian McGuire speaks with Douglas Paal, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former director of the American Institute in Taiwan, about the current state of the East China Sea Peace Initiative, Taiwan's place in the United States' Asia strategy, and more in this TSR exclusive interview.

Signs of Hope in Chinese Attitudes toward Japan (2014-09-11)
(Sinosphere, By Jane Perlez) People in Japan overwhelmingly have a poor opinion of China and vice versa. However, in 2013, 77.5 percent of the Chinese respondents cited the ownership of the disputed islands, known as the Diaoyu in China and as the Senkaku in Japan, as their prime concern. This year a lower percentage, 64.8, named the islands as the main cause for worry. The 10th Japan-China Public Opinion Poll
U.S. “Pivot” to Asia and Sino-U.S. Engagement
China Asks U.S. to End Close-Up Military Surveillance (2014-09-10)
(New York Times, By Jane Perlez) The United States should halt its “close-in” aerial and naval surveillance of China, a senior Chinese military officer told Susan E. Rice, President Obama’s national security adviser. 

The China Policy of Wishful Thinking (2014-09-11)
(Wall Street Journal, By Michael Auslin) Is Barack Obama's China policy one of cold and calculated realpolitik, or mushy wishful thinking? In Beijing this week, his top national security aide Susan Rice all but ignored controversial topics while feeding the dream that Beijing and Washington can create a "new type of great power relationship."

Malaysia Risks Enraging China by Inviting U.S. Spy Flights (2014-09-14)
(New York Times, By Jane Perlez) Malaysia’s reported invitation to the United States to fly spy planes out of East Malaysia on the southern rim of the South China Sea seems likely to intensify China’s anger at American surveillance of the strategic waterway and its disputed islands, analysts say.
Cross-Strait Issues
Taiwan to Seek Tariff Cut in Four Sectors during Talks with China (2014-09-08)
(CNA) Taiwan will seek tariff reductions in the display, machinery tool, petrochemical and automobile sectors during the next round of talks with China, as both sides seek an agreement on trade in goods, according to an unnamed economic official. 

No Breakthrough as Taiwan, PRC Wrap Up Trade Talks (2014-09-13)
(Taipei Times) Taiwan wrapped up the latest talks with China over a trade in goods agreement, but no significant breakthrough on further tariff reductions was made.
Military Balance and Arms Sales
Savings on Military Staff to Enable an Increase in Weapons Spending: Ma (2014-09-10)
(China Post) President Ma Ying-jeou said that the nation's defense budget for 2015 includes the first drop in expenditure for military personnel in recent years, making room for more to be spent on advanced weaponry. 

Top US Admiral Cagey on Submarines (2014-09-10)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) US Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert said that he had talked with Taiwanese military officials about Taiwan building its own diesel submarines. 

Little Progress Made on Sub Program in US (2014-09-13)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) There was a flurry of activity in Washington this week surrounding Taiwan’s submarine program — but little indication of much real progress.

US Arms Sales Likely Next Year, but No Subs, Jets (2014-09-14)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) There may be a new round of US arms sales to Taiwan next year, it was predicted at a Washington conference on cross-strait relations.

Taiwan's Domestic Issues and Foreign Relations
Taiwan Mood Barometer Survey, First Half of September 2014 (2014-09-12)
(TISR) The steady decline in President Ma Ying-jeou's approval rating continued over the first ten days of September, according to the latest Taiwan Mood Barometer Survey (TMBS) (in Chinese).

Few in Taiwan Trust NSC Secretary-General (2014-09-12)
(TISR) Despite President Ma Ying-jeou's recent statements expressing confidence in Secretary-General of the National Security Council King Pu-tsung, only 15.1 percent of Taiwanese trust the secretary-general, according to data from the latest Taiwan Mood Barometer Survey (in Chinese).

US May Try to Sway Vote: Ex-AIT Head
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) Former American Institute in Taiwan chairman Richard Bush said that the US was likely to try to “influence” Taiwan’s 2016 presidential elections.

History and Possibility of Taiwan-Japan Relations
(The Diplomat, By Lorand C. Laskai) In Japan, the rise of the right-wing government of Shinzo Abe and his effort to reawaken the slumbering giant with an active foreign policy could very mean overtures to Taiwan, which is at an important geopolitical crossroads for Japan. 
China's Rise and Its Domestic Issues
Just How Secure Is Xi Jinping? (2014-09-12)
(The Diplomat, By Aaron L. Friedberg) The existence and persistence of rumors of coups and plots points to a deeper truth: China is now caught up in a high-stakes political drama unlike anything the nation has seen since the aftermath of the Tienanmen Square incident in 1989.

China Offers Russia ‘Helping Hand’ in Xi, Putin Talks
(AFP) Chinese President Xi Jinping called for Beijing and Moscow to offer each other a “helping hand” in the face of external challenges. 

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