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South China Sea Disputes
China Files Protest with US Over Spy Plane Over Spratlys (2015-05-26)
(Reuters) China said that it had lodged a complaint with the US over a US spy plane that flew over parts of the disputed South China Sea in a diplomatic row that has fueled tension between the world’s two largest economies. 

U.S. Rebukes China on Efforts to Build Artificial Islands (2015-05-28)
(New York Times, By Matthew Rosenberg) A day after China laid out its vision for a navy that can project power into the open seas, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter criticized Beijing’s efforts to build artificial islands in the South China Sea, making it clear that the United States would not be deterred by Chinese claims to newly built territories.

US Hits China Over Sea Reclamation, Vows More Patrols (2015-05-31)
(AFP) The United States on Saturday called for an immediate end to China's intensifying reclamation works in the South China Sea and vowed to continue sending military aircraft and ships to the tense region.

Building of Island Is Debated, but China and U.S. Skirt Conflict at Talks (2015-05-31)
(New York Times, By Matthew Rosenberg) After a week of public rancor over China’s rush to build artificial islands on reefs, rocks and atolls in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, an annual security meeting in Singapore presented a chance to lower the temperature.

China Says It Could Set Up Air Defense Zone in South China Sea (2015-06-01)
(New York Times, By Edward Wong) A Chinese admiral said that Beijing could set up an air defense zone above disputed areas of the South China Sea if it felt it was facing a large enough threat, according to Chinese news media.

How America Should Respond to China's Moves in the South China Sea (2015-05-26)
(The National Interest, By J. Randy Forbes) U.S. leadership and military superiority are required to keep this and other disputes in the Asia-Pacific region from getting out of hand.

The Ultimate Irony: Is China the ‘America’ in Asia (2015-05-27)
(The National Interest, By Doug Bandow) Beijing’s claims in Asia look extravagant, however, they are as valid as those made by the United States against Mexico and Great Britain in the mid-19th century.

Ma Touts South China Sea Peace Plan (2015-05-27)
(Taipei Times) The proposal calls for shelving disputes in favor of dialogue and cooperating on research, environmental protection and humanitarian aid.

S China Sea Claims in Line with Law: Ma (2015-05-28)
(Taipei Times) The ROC’s claim over the disputed South China Sea conforms with international law, President Ma Ying-jeou said, adding that critics of the claim who say it is identical to that of the PRC have “not an ounce of common sense.”

Washington Appreciates President Ma's South China Sea Peace Initiative: Official (2015-05-28)
(CNA) The United States welcomed a Taiwan initiative for peace in the disputed South China Sea, an official with the U.S. State Department said.

US Re-evaluating Taiwan's Role in South China Sea (2015-05-30)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) The US might encourage Taiwan to play a larger role in the growing South China Sea dispute, a US official said.

DPP Has No Plan to Give Up Taiping Sovereignty: Tsai
 (2015-05-27)
(CNA) Opposition DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen said in Tainan that the party will not give up Taiwan's claims of sovereignty over Taiping Island, located in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.

Taipei Protests to Manila Over Shared Waters (2015-05-30)
(Taipei Times) The boarding of a Taiwanese fishing vessel has cast into doubt the Philippines’ commitment to a consensus regarding law enforcement at sea.

U.S. “Pivot” to Asia and Sino-U.S. Engagement
US Should Make Room for Taiwan in TPP: Analyst (2015-05-28)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) The US should open the door to Taiwan for future membership in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, strategist and international development expert Daniel Runde said. 
DPP Searches for New China Stance; Cross-Strait Issues
Top Mainland Envoy Talks Up ‘Cross-Strait Peace’ (2015-05-25)
(China Post) The meeting between Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council head Andrew Hsia and the head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office Zhang Zhi-jun came to a close, with Zhang emphasizing the importance of "peaceful cross-strait development."

Chinese Expert Urges Cross-Strait Political Negotiation (2015-05-26)
(CNA) Issues with regard to Taiwan's international participation should be resolved through cross-Taiwan Strait political negotiation, a Chinese academic with expertise in cross-strait relations proposed. 

Beijing Demands the DPP Clarify Use of ‘Status Quo’ (2015-05-28)
(CNA) Beijing Wednesday demanded that opposition Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen expand upon what she meant when she said she would "maintain the status quo" if elected president of the Republic of China next year.

Tsai Begins Her Six-City Tour of US (2015-05-30)
(China Post) DPP Chairwoman and 2016 presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen boarded a late evening flight yesterday at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to launch her six city, 12 day tour of Taiwan's staunchest ally, the United States.

Tsai Must Clarify Cross-Straits Position (2015-05-28)
(China Daily, By Dennis V. Hickey) Will Tsai make clear her position toward cross-Straits relations during her visit to the US? Or will we only hear more "double-talk" and "gobbledygook?" If Tsai is unwilling or unable to provide clear answers to key questions concerning cross-Straits relations, the US should publicly voice reservations about her ability to maintain peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

Tsai ‘in Difficult Spot’ on US Visit: US Think Tank (2015-05-31)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) DPP Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen “will have her work cut out for her” when she arrives in Washington tomorrow, foreign policy experts at the American Enterprise Institute think tank said in a report.
PLA, Military Balance and Arms Sales
China's Military Blueprint: Bigger Navy, Bigger Global Role (2015-05-26)
(Foreign Policy, By Keith Johnson) China's first-ever defense white paper (in Chinese here) codifies the ongoing transformation of China into a true maritime power, and puts more emphasis on high-seas, offensive naval operations. More broadly, it envisions a much bigger, global role for Chinese armed forces than had previously been the case.

China, Updating Military Strategy, Puts Focus on Projecting Naval Power
 (2015-05-27)
(New York Times, By Andrew Jacobs) China intends to project naval power in the open ocean in coming years, and not just defend the country’s coastal waters, according to a strategy paper released.

China's 2015 Defense White Paper: Don't Forget Taiwan (2015-05-27)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) The PLA may be shifting its focus to the seas, but Taiwan is still its primary war-fighting scenario.

5 Things America Needs to Know about China's New Military Strategy (2015-05-28)
(The National Interest, By Lauren Dickey and Stephen Liszewski) The Chinese Ministry of Defense issued its first policy document in two years, outlining how the Chinese armed forces are expected to support Beijing’s geopolitical objectives. Five major elements of the strategy worthy of American attention stand out.

DPP Proposes Cyberarmy in Its Defense ‘Blue’ Paper
 (2015-05-27)
(Taipei Times) DPP released its defense policy paper, proposing to establish a cyberarmy as the fourth branch of the armed forces, along with focused investment and government support to develop the nation’s defense industry. 
Taiwan's Domestic Issues and Foreign Relations
Taiwan Mood Barometer Survey, Second Half of May 2015 (2015-05-28)
(TISR) President Ma Ying-jeou's approval rating jumped 3.4 percentage points over the latter part of May, according to the latest Taiwan Mood Barometer Survey (in Chinese).

Tsai Policy Is in Line with US, Tsai Leads KMT Rivals: Survey
 (2015-05-29)
(Taipei Times) The poll found that Tsai led over all her potential KMT rivals, even in northern Taiwan — notably Taipei, New Taipei City and Keelung — which have traditionally been a stronghold for the pan-blue camp.

30% of Public Considers US Trip a Plus for Tsai Presidential Campaign (2015-05-29)
(China Post) Asked to forecast the trip's impact on her presidential campaign, 37.1 percent of respondents said they foresee no effect and 32.3 percent said it will serve as "a plus."

US State Department Official to Visit Nation on Sunday: AIT
 (2015-05-28)
(China Post) Charles H. Rivkin, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for economic and business affairs, will visit Taiwan for the first time this Sunday for a four-day tour, the American Institute in Taiwan announced 

Representative Says British Office Name Only ‘a Rebranding’ (2015-05-28)
(Taipei Times) The UK has changed the name of its representative office in Taiwan from the British Trade and Cultural Office to the British Office to better reflect its services.
China's Rise and Its Domestic Issues
Q. and A.: Liao Ran on the Trial of Zhou Yongkang and China's New Gang of Four (2015-05-27)
(Sinosphere, By Didi Kirsten Tatlow) Mr. Xi was very clever to use corruption as the main way to attack his enemies, because almost everyone is corrupt, so everyone is vulnerable. You can’t arrest a billion people. But if you are vulnerable on all three points--politics, vested economic interests, and corruption--then you and your family may fall.

Chinese Security Laws Elevate the Party and Stifle Dissent. Mao Would Approve
 (2015-05-30)
(New York Times, By Edward Wong) Analysts say the laws are aimed at giving the security forces and courts greater leeway in muzzling Chinese civil society and corralling the influence of Western institutions and ideas, which Mr. Xi views as a threat. 

Contact: Dalton Lin, Executive Editor 
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