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2015-02-16 | NO.19(7) epaper |
Diaoyutai Disputes Resurface and Japan Policy
Japan Opens Aid Program to Foreign Troops (2015-02-10)
(Wall Street Journal, By Toko Sekiguchi) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ’s cabinet Tuesday agreed to provide development aid for the first time to foreign militaries engaged in non-combat operations, the latest step toward Mr. Abe’s goal of Japan playing a bigger role in global affairs. 
U.S. “Pivot” to Asia and Sino-U.S. Engagement
U.S. Considering Warship Presence in Australia (2015-02-10)
(Wall Street Journal, By Rob Taylor) The U.S. Navy is considering a plan to regularly dock warships in Australia and would like to broaden yearly maritime exercises with India to permanently include close regional allies Japan and Australia, in an expansion of security ties that could risk exacerbating strategic rivalries with China. 

US Appeals to Japan Business to Help Push for Trade Pact (2015-02-14)
(AP, By Elaine Kurtenbach) Japan and the U.S. are moving closer to reaching agreement on market opening measures needed to conclude a Pacific Rim trade pact, a top U.S. envoy said, urging Japanese business leaders to help bridge the last, difficult disagreements.

An ‘Obama Doctrine’ Might Be Here At Last (2015-02-10)
(The Diplomat, By Jack Detsch) The new national security strategy frames the Asia-Pacific as its testing ground. It describes the U.S. as a “Pacific power” and calls for strengthening nascent regional institutions like ASEAN, the EAS, and APEC to enforce rules and norms, build consensus on international challenges, and peacefully settle regional disputes.

President Xi Jinping to Visit U.S. in September, Chinese Agency Reports (2015-02-12)
(New York Times, By Michael Forsythe) The first state visit by President Xi Jinping of China to the United States will take place in September, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

How America's New Secretary of Defense Will Deal with China (2015-02-14)
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) To preserve U.S. interests vis-à-vis a more militarily capable China, Carter wrote, the U.S. should “invest in transformational U.S. military capabilities”; “maintain and expand U.S. alliances in Asia” (including “pursuing deeper military partnerships with … India and possibly Vietnam”); “ensure that [the U.S.] military has the capability to defend Taiwan”; and “expand military-to-military cooperation” with China.
Cross-Strait Issues
MAC Minister Resigns As Chang's Charge Dropped (2015-02-11)
(Taipei Times) MAC) Minister Wang Yu-chi offered his resignation after prosecutors decided not to indict former deputy minister Chang Hsien-yao on charges of leaking confidential information to China, despite Wang’s testimony that he had done so. 
Taiwan's Domestic Issues and Foreign Relations
Taiwan Charges Dozens of Protestors in Takeover of Government Buildings (2015-02-11)
(New York Times, By Austin Ramzy) Prosecutors in Taiwan have charged dozens of protesters over an occupation of government buildings last year that sought to block approval of a trade pact with China.

Taiwan Slips to 51st in Press Freedom Rankings (2015-02-14)
(Taipei Times, William Lowther) Taiwan slipped one place to 51st out of the world’s 180 countries in this year’s Press Freedom Index, released by Reporters Without Borders.

Tsai Ing-wen Declares Presidential Bid (2015-02-15)
(China Post) Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of the DPP, declared her candidacy for the 2016 presidential election, promising a government that fully serves the interests of the people rather than particular groups or persons.

Delegation to APEC Secures Taiwan Role at FTAAP Discussion
 (2015-02-09)
(Taipei Times) MOFA said that Taiwan has secured a position in the special task force overseeing the Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific trade agreement. 

US Beef Chop Suey Import Should be Allowed: Deng (2015-02-12)
(China Post) The relationship between meat imports and Taiwan joining the TPP framework depends very much on the attitude of decision makers in the US, Deng said. If the U.S. insists on resolving the beef issue before moving on to discuss Taiwan's TPP membership, it is something that “Taiwan must face,” Economics Minister John Deng said.

Easing of US Beef Offal Ban Angers Lawmakers (2015-02-12)
(Taipei Times) Minister of Economic Affairs John Deng’s announcement in the US that the nation’s ban on US cow offal would be lifted met with criticism from both KMT and DPP lawmakers.

St. Lucia Planning to Open Embassy in Taiwan
 (2015-02-13)
(China Post) Taiwan's Caribbean ally St. Lucia is currently searching for locations in Taipei to open its embassy in the near future, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
China's Rise and Its Domestic Issues
China Tells Schools to Suppress Western Ideas, with One Big Exception (2015-02-10)
(New York Times, By Dan Levin) The nation’s education minister is sounding dire alarms against foreign influence on its campuses, calling for a ban on textbooks that promote Western ideas — except if that idea is Communism. 

University President Sees Echoes of Cultural Revolution in New Campaign (2015-02-11)
(Sinosphere, By Chris Buckley) The Chinese Communist Party’s drive to cleanse universities of liberal Western textbooks and other ideological heresies has assumed the features of an archetypal political campaign.

China's War on ‘Western Values’ (2015-02-15)
(Project Syndicate, By Minxin Pei) The Chinese leadership’s fight against liberalism and “Western values” is directly undermining its efforts to root out official corruption, promote innovation and entrepreneurship, and deepen engagement with the outside world. The regime’s retrograde politics will have serious consequences for China’s continued economic development.

Executive Editor: Dalton Lin
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