::: TSR Weekly Report
2012-11-04 | NO.16(45) epaper |
China's Leadership Succession
China Communist Party Fills Top Military Posts (2012-11-04)
(Wall Street Journal) China's Communist Party leadership concluded a generational turnover in its military top brass when state media announced the appointment of an army general and a former air-force commander as vice chairmen of its Central Military Commission.

Outspoken Chinese Officers Present a Challenge to the CCP (2012-10-31)
(AP, By Christopher Bodeen) PLA’s influence has been growing in recent years owing to the increasing resources allocated to it and that it has a major, behind-the-scenes say in this year’s political leadership transition.

Grabs for Power behind Plan to Shrink Elite Circle (2012-11-02)
(New York Times, By Edward Wong and Jonathan Ansfield) The proposal by Chinese leaders to downsize the Politburo Standing Committee offers one of the clearest windows available into the priorities of the party and the mechanics of power-sharing and factional struggles. 

China’s Top Future Leaders to Watch: Biographical Sketches of Possible Members of the Post-2012 Politburo (Part 4) (2012-10-29)
(China Leadership Monitor No. 39, By Cheng Li) This series will provide concise and primarily fact-based biographies for 25 to 30 possible members of the next Politburo. 

Will China Delay Reform—Again? (2012-10-29)
(YaleGlobal, By Mary Kay Magistad) A growing number of Chinese people aren’t afraid to say they deserve better. Some are impatient to see if their new leaders have the vision and courage to lead the change that’s needed rather than be unwillingly pushed forward by it. Few are holding their breath. 

Diaoyutai Disputes Resurface
Ex-Envoy Says U.S. Stirs China-Japan Tensions (2012-10-31)
(New York Times) A longtime Chinese diplomat warned that the United States is using Japan as a strategic tool in its effort to mount a comeback in Asia. 

China Defends Patrols in Waters near Disputed East China Sea Islands Held by Japan (2012-10-31)
(AP) China defended its increasingly assertive patrolling near disputed East China Sea islands controlled by Japan, as tensions in the area continue to run high. 

Chinese Patrol Ships Pressuring Japan Over Islands (2012-11-03)
(New York Times, By Martin Fackler) Chinese patrol ships entered waters around a disputed island group in the East China Sea for a 14th straight day, in what analysts here called a sign that China had embarked on what appeared to be a new, long-term strategy for challenging Japan’s control of the islands. 

Dispute Over Islands Could Spin Out of Control: Report (2012-11-03)
(Bloomberg) The festering dispute between China and Japan over the Diaoyutai Islands could spin out of control unless the countries improve their communication with each other, according to a confidential report submitted to US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton this week by a delegation of former US officials. 

Taiwan and Japan Still Talking about Talks on Fisheries (2012-10-31)
(Taipei Times) The two countries have pushed for the resumption of talks for over a month since tensions were raised over the disputed islands. 

U.S. Pivot to Asia and Sino-U.S. Engagement
A Tale of Two Asias (2012-10-31)
(Foreign Policy, By Evan A. Feigenbaum and Robert A. Manning) Whatever happened to the “Asian Century?” In today’s Asia, economics and security no longer run in parallel lines. In fact, they are almost completely in collision. 

The Angry Pacific (2012-11-03)
(Foreign Policy, By Michael J. Mazarr) Asian states are demanding high degrees of autonomy in defense planning and don't want to be drawn into U.S. plans for regional deterrence schemes transparently aimed at China. In a context of identity-seekers, an approach of building "partnerships" or quasi-alliances will hit natural limits. 

Power and Leadership: Recognizing (and Appreciating) the Difference (2012-10-30)
(PacNet #67, Pacific Forum, CSIS, By Ralph Cossa and Brad Glosserman) Any discussion of US foreign policy begins with an understanding and appreciation of American ‘power’ and influence in an evolving and uncertain world. But the debate about US power and purpose glosses over the more important issue—that of leadership.

Close Army Ties of China’s New Leader Could Test the U.S. (2012-11-04)
(New York Times, By Jane Perlez) Xi Jinping said that China and the United States should forge a “new type of relationship between major countries in the 21st century.” Essentially, said Jin Canrong, Mr. Xi was challenging the global leadership of the United States by suggesting that Washington needs to make room for China’s rising power.  

DPP Searches for New China Stance; Cross-Strait Issues
Su Wants to Set aside Talks on Cross-Strait Ties: Source (2012-10-29)
(China Post) The most important things for the DPP to focus on right now are the nation's economy and the welfare of the public, a source close to DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang said, adding that a formal discussion on cross-strait relations within the DPP should be set aside for now.

No Plans for Another Trip to China: Hsieh (2012-11-04)
(China Post) Former Premier Frank Hsieh yesterday said he has not made any plans to visit mainland China again but did not rule out the possibility of doing so next year. Meanwhile, former DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen aid the DPP has to step up its interaction with the quickly rising Beijing.
PLA and Military Balance
New PRC Stealth Fighter Makes Test Flight (2012-11-02)
(AFP) China’s second stealth fighter has made its first test flight, state media reported. 

Taiwan Arrests 3 for Spying for China
(Wall Street Journal) A retired Taiwanese naval officer and two others were arrested on suspicion of spying for China, the latest in a string of cases that underline the mistrust between Beijing and Taipei despite warming economic ties.  
Taiwan's Domestic Issues and Foreign Relations
Poll Shows Ma’s Approval Rating at Its Lowest Yet (2012-10-30)
(Taipei Times) President Ma Ying-jeou’s approval ratings have hit new lows, a public opinion poll (Chinese) showed. 

Democracy Nearing Consolidation: Study (2012-11-04)
(Taipei Times) In a paper that examines how the public views democracy in Taiwan and compares local public opinion to those of other democracies over a certain period of time, a visiting academic from Australia said the process of democratic consolidation in Taiwan is almost close to completion. 

Senior US Trade Official to Arrive in Taiwan Today
(China Post) Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce Francisco Sanchez will arrive in Taiwan today for a three-day visit to promote bilateral trade and travel, the AIT announced.

Top US Official Talks Trade with TAITRA (2012-11-01)
(China Post) A high-level U.S. representative signed the Pacific Bridge Initiative with the Taiwan External Trade Development Council in a move to strengthen bilateral trade and investment ties.  
China's Rise and Its Domestic Issues
Protests Halt Work on China Plant (2012-10-29)
(Wall Street Journal, By Brian Spegele) Weekend protests forced officials in the eastern Chinese city of Ningbo to suspend a planned $8.9 billion petrochemical facility expansion, in the latest example of the rising power of an increasingly environmentally conscious public to delay or stop massive industrial projects.

Chinese Government Think Tank Calls for Immediate End to One-Child Policy (2012-11-01)
(AP) A Chinese government think tank is urging the country’s leaders to start phasing out its one-child policy immediately and allow two children for every family by 2015.

Can China Be Described as ‘Fascist’? (2012-10-31)
(New York Times, By Didi Kirsten Tatlow) The passing of Mao did not lead to power-sharing, it just stripped China of its Communist ideology, and no convincing value system has filled the gap. Power has become an interest group. 

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