::: TSR Weekly Report
2012-11-25 | NO.16(48) epaper |
U.S. Pivot to Asia and Sino-U.S. Engagement
Getting Rebalancing Right (2012-11-19)
 (Foreign Policy, By Michele A. Flournoy and Ziad Haider) Rebalancing to Asia is about far more than U.S. security interests. It is driven first and foremost by the reality of U.S. economic interdependence with the region as a whole.

Asian Nations Plan Trade Bloc That, Unlike U.S.’s, Invites China (2012-11-21)
(New York Times, By Jane Perlez) Ten Southeast Asian nations said that they would begin negotiating a sweeping trade pact that would include China and five of the region’s other major trading partners, but not the United States. 

Taiwan Should Focus on RCEP, not TPP: Academics (2012-11-24)
(Taipei Times) Taiwan should focus on joining the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) instead of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), academics said.

South China Sea Disputes
China Stalls Move to Quell Asia Disputes Over Territory (2012-11-20)
(New York Times) China, with its ally Cambodia, once again stalled plans by Southeast Asian nations to develop a system for resolving disputes in the South China Sea. 

Obama Backs Multilateral Approach to South China Sea (2012-11-20)
(Wall Street Journal, By Natatha Brereton-Fukui, Chun Han Wong and Enda Curran) U.S. President Barack Obama supported Southeast Asian nations' proposed multilateral approach to tackling territorial tension in the South China Sea, pushing back against Beijing as a major international meeting became bogged down in acrimony for the second time in five months.

Obama Urges Restraint in Asian Territorial Disputes (2012-11-21)
(Reuters) US President Barack Obama urged Asian leaders to rein in tensions in the South China Sea and other disputed territories, but stopped short of firmly backing allies Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines in their disputes with China. 

The League of South China Sea Nations (2012-11-23)
(YaleGlobal, By Philip Bowring) Cambodia, Burma and Thailand have less interest in maritime rights than the countries around the contested South China Sea - the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia or Malaysia. The issue prompts disunity in ASEAN and a pervasive fear of disrupting relations with China, which only encourages Beijing to seek bilateral negotiations with states. 

A New Map in Chinese Passports Stirs Anger Across the Region (2012-11-25)
(IHT) China’s new passports — embossed with a map showing disputed territories as belonging solely to the mainland — are causing quite the diplomatic furor in Asia. 

Diaoyutai Disputes Resurface and Japan Policy
Ma Pressing on Diaoyutais May Hurt US Ties: Experts (2012-11-22)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) Taiwan might raise its international profile, but it could be harmful in the long run to its relations with the US and Japan. 

Abe Resolves to Take Tough Line on China (2012-11-23)
(Wall Street Journal, By Yuka Hayashi) Mr. Abe said that whether or not Japan would actually station officials on the disputed islands "would entirely depend on China's response in the future." 
Taiwan's Foreign Relations
US Delegation to Discuss Security: AIT (2012-11-20)
(Taipei Times) A US congressional delegation arrived in Taiwan as part of an Asia trip to discuss security issues in the Asia-Pacific region, the AIT said. 

US Policy Aims at Asia-Pacific Balance: Representative (2012-11-21)
(Taipei Times) The US’ Asia-Pacific policy aims to “create a proper balance” to ensure that “there is not one entity here that has too much influence in the region,” US representative Rob Wittman said.

Nation Risks Being Hurt by Protectionism: Ex-minister (2012-11-20)
(CNA) Taiwan's tendency toward protectionism can hurt its political and economic development in the long run, Su Chi, a former secretary-general of the National Security Council said. 
China's Leadership Succession
The Key to Bringing Democracy to China (2012-11-19)
(Foreign Policy, By Yasheng Huang) For China to open up politically, its elites have to believe that it is in their interest to do so. There is no other way. 

Is China Up to the Challenge?
(YaleGlobal, By David Shambaugh) China has installed a new leadership team, but no one should hold his breath waiting for dramatic reforms.  
PLA and Military Balance
Russia to Sell 24 Su-35 Fighter Planes to PRC (2012-11-24)
(Taipei Times, By J. Michael Cole) In a reversal of a decision made earlier this year, Moscow has agreed to sell 24 Sukhoi Su-35BM fighter aircraft to China, a sale that will further shift the balance of power in the air over the Taiwan Strait. 

China Lands J-15 Jet on Liaoning Aircraft Carrier (2012-11-25)
(BBC) A Chinese-made fighter jet has landed on Beijing’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, official say. 
DPP Searches for New China Stance; Cross-Strait Issues
 Su, Hsieh Push for DPP China Affairs Department (2012-11-19)
(Taipei Times) DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang said he would submit a proposal for the establishment of a DPP China affairs department at a party meeting on Wednesday. 

Su to Head DPP China Committee (2012-11-22)
(Taipei Times) Su Tseng-chang said he gave up his plan to have Frank Hsieh as convener because ‘it is the chairman’s responsibility to integrate different opinions.’ 

Su’s Not-So-Surprise Pick Is Great for Him (2012-11-22)
(China Post) Su aims to upgrade the DPP with China Policy 2.0, but is wary of losing core pro-independence supporters in the process.

Su’s Self-appointment Bound to Spark Controversy: Chen (2012-11-23)
(China Post) DPP’s China Affairs Committee is bound to become an “anti-Chinese Communist Party Committee,” said Chen Sung-shan, ex-director of former President Chen Shui-bian's office. 

Tsai to Join China Affairs Committee (2012-11-24)
(Taipei Times) Former DPP chairperson Tsai Ing-wen has agreed to join the party’s China Affairs Committee, while former premier Frank Hsieh has turned down the same offer. 

DPP Struggles to Form China Policy (2012-11-25)
(Taipei Times) The DPP continued to run into difficulties as it proceeded with its search for members for its China Affairs Committee, amid reports of dissent within the party. 

Taiwan, China Will Not Talk Soon: Academic (2012-11-21)
(Taipei Times) After its leadership change, China will prioritize establishing mutual trust across the Taiwan Strait before starting political talks, Alan Romberg said. 

Group Slam Denial of Dalai Lama Visit (2012-11-23)
(Taipei Times) Officials did not give an explanation for the government’s decision to refuse the Tibetan spiritual leader a visa, other than to say it was not the right time. 


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