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South China Sea Disputes
China's Island-Building Poses Dilemma for U.S. (2015-05-31)
(Wall Street Journal, By Andrew Browne, Gordon Lubold, and Trefor Moss) China’s refusal to curtail island-building in the South China Sea has sparked a debate in Washington between those who believe such muscle-flexing shouldn’t go unchecked, and others who fear the wrong response could trigger a military confrontation or a new Cold War.

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.

Pushback in Shangri-La (2015-06-02)
(Wall Street Journal) China’s bullying is prompting Asian states to invest in defense and expand ties among themselves and with Washington. Along with proper U.S. leadership and a bigger U.S. Navy, this fledgling coalition could be the best long-term hope for deterring Chinese aggression and maintaining free commerce in the Pacific.

Averting a Deepening U.S.-China Rift Over the South China Sea (2015-06-02)
(The National Interest, By Michael D. Swaine) To clarify its position, the U.S. needs to focus like a laser on its two only real interests in the South China Sea, and connect its statements and actions to them as much as possible.

Philippines Adding Patrol Ships to Northern Waters (2015-06-04)
(Taipei Times) The Philippines plans to deploy several new patrol boats in waters off its northern regions, where its exclusive economic zone overlaps with that of Taiwan, a senior Philippine Coast Guard officer said.
U.S. “Pivot” to Asia and Sino-U.S. Engagement
U.S. Defense Secretary Visits India to Build Military Ties (2015-06-04)
(New York Times, By Matthew Rosenberg) Mr. Carter is scheduled to sign a defense framework agreement — basically, an outline for how the United States and India can work together — and finalize details of two small research projects that the American and Indian militaries will conduct together.

US, Vietnam Deepen Defense Ties (2015-06-05)
(The Diplomat, By Prashanth Parameswaran) The United States and Vietnam deepened their defense ties during a three-day trip by U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to the Southeast Asian state.

Obama Administration Loses Top Asia Advisor (2015-06-06)
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) Evan Medeiros, the senior director for Asian affairs on the National Security Council, stepped down, to be replaced by Daniel Kritenbrink, currently the deputy chief of mission at the United States’ embassy in China.

Political Will, Tough Decisions to Join TPP: Rivkin
 (2015-06-03)
(China Post) Anyone interested in joining the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership will have to meet high standards that require "political will" and "making tough decisions," Charles H. Rivkin, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for economic and business affairs, said. 

AmCham Calls for TPP Task Force (2015-06-05)
(Taipei Times) The American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei called on the government to adopt a more effective approach to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership by forming a task force to accelerate progress.
DPP Searches for New China Stance; Cross-Strait Issues
President Xi's Visit to Belarus Prompts Questions of New Line on Taiwan (2015-05-29)
(China Brief 15(11), Jamestown Foundation, By Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga and Jessica Drun) China may be preparing for a more heavy-handed approach to Taiwan in the event of a DPP victory in 2016 and a likely rejection of the 1992 Consensus. The recent joint statement between China and Belarus is noteworthy in the continued opposition to Taiwan’s joining international organizations in which sovereignty is a requirement.

Taiwan to Speed Up Cross-Strait Trade Talks to Counter FTA: Gov't
 (2015-06-02)
(China Post) In response to the China-South Korea free trade agreement news, Cabinet spokesman Sun Lih-chyun said that the agreement will indeed send shockwaves through Taiwan's industry, and proposed that the government should quickly speed up trade agreement negotiations with China and other countries. 

Ma Accents ‘Status Quo’ in US-Based Conference (2015-06-04)
(Taipei Times) President Ma Ying-jeou said a democratized China would let people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait think on an equal basis as a prelude to any integration.

DPP Supports Advocacy for Democracy in China (2015-06-04)
(Taipei Times) DPP expressed its support for pro-democracy movements in China, saying that only upholding values of freedom and democracy could serve as a stable basis for cross-strait exchanges on the eve of the 26th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in Beijing.
PLA and Military Balance
The Two Words That Explain China's Assertive Naval Strategy (2015-06-04)
(Foreign Policy, By James Holmes) Let’s parse the words of white papers and other Chinese statements of purpose. They furnish clues as to what to expect from China and how we can reply. But let’s also realize this is a challenge that’s been a long time in the making and, in all likelihood, will persist far into the future. Meeting it will require matching Beijing’s steadfastness of purpose.

Chinese Spy Plans Foiled: MND
 (2015-06-03)
(Taipei Times) China sent a surveillance ship and spy aircraft to waters and airspace near Taiwan’s to gather intelligence last week during missile and air defense drills at a military base in Pingtung County, Ministry of National Defense officials confirmed. 

US, Taiwan Military Sister Units to Enhance Cooperation (2015-06-04)
(China Post) Fielding questions during a Legislative session, Administrative Deputy Defense Minister Lt. Gen. Wang Shin-lung confirmed a local media report that said two R.O.C military units have recently formed sister units with two U.S. units.

AIT Showcases Military Cooperation with Taiwan (2015-06-06)
(Taipei Times) The AIT posted a photo on its Facebook page, showing Taiwan’s chief of the general staff, General Yen De-fa, among the attendees at a joint change of command ceremony for the US Pacific Command and US Pacific Fleet on May 27 at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.
Taiwan's Domestic Issues and Foreign Relations
Taiwan Can Build on U.S. Ties (2015-06-01)
(Wall Street Journal, By Tsai Ing-wen) As a vibrant democracy, Taiwan is situated within an exciting yet intricate and ever-evolving security and economic environment. To successfully navigate this arena, Taiwan will need to articulate an open and forward-looking strategy for the future. This agenda is fundamentally premised on robust economic, defense and people-to-people relationships with the U.S., in parallel with a comprehensive and principled engagement with China.

Top Priority Is Confidence of the People: Tsai
 (2015-06-01)
(China Post) Embarking on her 12-day tour of the United States, 2016 presidential candidate and DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen delivered a speech in Los Angeles on May 30, disclosing her fundamental views on leading the nation if she wins the 2016 election. 

Tsai Meets Heavyweight Senators in Washington (2015-06-04)
(China Post) Presidential candidate and DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen met with U.S. Senators John McCain and Dan Sullivan from the Republican Party and Democrat Jack Reed on June 2 in Washington, D.C. to discuss issues such as Taiwan's candidacy in joining regional economic organizations, military cooperation and future U.S.-Taiwan relations.

Tsai Has ‘Very Successful’ US Meetings (2015-06-04)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) Washington sources said that Tsai was expected to spend time with US National Security Adviser Susan Rice, US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Danny Russel and US Trade Representative Michael Froman.

Tsai Vows ‘Consistent’ Cross-Strait Ties (2015-06-05)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) Tsai Ing-wen pledged ‘peaceful, stable’ cross-strait relations and said she would push for a cross-strait oversight mechanism and a new development model.

DPP's Tsai Visit White House, US State Department (2015-06-06)
(Taipei Times) Following a landmark visit to the White House, DPP Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen met US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken, making her the first Taiwanese presidential candidate to have entered the US Department of State headquarters.

Tsai Completes DC Visit, US Says Policy Still the Same (2015-06-07)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) While some political observers have considered it particularly significant that the US Department of State fielded a top team headed by US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken to meet with DPP Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen inside the department’s headquarters, US officials reiterated that there have been no changes to US policies.

Taiwan, US Sign Teamwork Deal (2015-06-02)
(Taipei Times) As the nation welcomed its highest-ranking US guest in years, President Ma Ying-jeou said he hoped talks on a Taiwan-US investment deal would gain ground.

Taiwan, US to Hold Digital Economy Forum (2015-06-03)
(CNA) Taiwan and the United States are planning a digital economy forum in a bilateral effort to boost cooperation in the development of the information and communication technology industry, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said.

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).

China's Rise and Its Domestic Issues
Q. and A.: Willy Wo-Lap Lam on “Chinese Politics in the Era of Xi Jinping” (2015-06-01)
(Sinosphere, By Ian Johnson) Mr. Lam discussed what’s behind Mr. Xi’s reversal of many of the principles that have guided Chinese politics in the post-Mao era and what Mr. Lam sees as “the closing of the Chinese mind.” 

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