::: TSR Weekly Report
2012-12-02 | NO.16(49) epaper |
China's Leadership Succession
The 18th Party Congress Work Report: Policy Blueprint for the Xi Administration (2012-11-30)
(China Brief 12(23), Jamestown Foundation, By Timothy Heath) The Work Report called for stepping up efforts to shape an international order that is more responsive to Chinese power and reiterated Beijing’s determination to defend its growing array of interests.

How Xi Could Build a New China (2012-12-02)
(Project Syndicate, By Zhu Feng) Xi will be a tough and strong-minded leader, but one who understands the world in a pragmatic way and knows how to work well with his foreign counterparts. 

China’s Leadership Change Puts Pair Ahead of Their Peer for 2017 (2012-11-27)
(New York Times, By Edward Wong) If Hu Chunhua and Sun Zhengcai both make it onto the Standing Committee in 2017, they would be in position to vie for the top two party posts in 2022, which would confer on them the state titles of president or premier. 
U.S. Pivot to Asia and Sino-U.S. Engagement
Continental Drift (2012-11-28)
(Foreign Policy, By Gates Gill) All alliance relationships face contradictions, and Australia is also not the only American ally trying to find the right balance in its relations with Washington and Beijing. For Washington, understanding and deftly responding to these contradictions will be a critically important part of cooperating with allies to successfully execute the pivot. 

China and US Military in Joint Disaster Exercise (2012-11-30)
(AFP) The Chinese and US militaries held joint disaster response exercises, as Beijing increases its global reach and Washington continues its "pivot" to the Pacific. 
South China Sea Disputes
Chinese Police Plan to Board Ships in Disputed Seas (2012-11-29)
(Reuters) Police in the southern Chinese island province of Hainan will board and search ships which enter into what China considers its territorial waters in the disputed South China Sea, state media said. 

Minister Urges Restraint Over South China Sea Spat (2012-12-01)
(Taipei Times) Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lin urged China to exercise restraint and respect internationally recognized freedoms of navigation over a territorial row in the South China Sea. 

Alarm As China Issues Rules for Disputed Area (2012-12-02)
(New York Times, By Jane Perlez) “The U.S. should seek to clarify with China the intent of the regulations and whether they will be used in and around disputed islands, a move that would clearly escalate tensions,” M. Taylor Fravel said. 

US’ Campbell Asks China to Rethink New Passports (2012-12-01)
(Taipei Times) US Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell has formally asked China to rethink its new passports, which include a map showing Taiwan and the South China Sea as Chinese territory. 
Diaoyutai Disputes Resurface and Japan Policy
U.S. Not Neutral about Japan, Armitage Told Beijing (2012-11-29)
(Japan Real Time, By Peter Landers) The U.S. isn’t saying who it thinks has legal sovereignty over islands disputed by Japan and China in the East China Sea, but don’t mistake that stand for neutrality, says former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage. 

Senate Reaffirms US Support for Japan in Land Dispute with China (2012-12-01)
(VOA) The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved an amendment that reaffirms Washington's commitment to Japan in its territorial dispute with China over islands in the East China Sea. 

Japan Is Flexing Its Military Muscle to Counter a Rising China (2012-11-28)
(New York Times, By Martin Fackler) After years of watching its international influence eroded by a slow-motion economic decline, the pacifist nation of Japan is trying to raise its profile in a new way, offering military aid and displaying its own armed forces. 

Taiwan, Japan to Hold Preparatory Meet for Fishery Talks Soon: MOFA (2012-11-28)
(China Post) A preparatory meeting for the long-stalled next round of Taiwan-Japan fishery talks will be held in Tokyo soon, with fishing boundaries around the disputed Diaoyutai Islands to top the agenda.  
DPP Searches for New China Stance; Cross-Strait Issues
More Than 50 Percent of Taiwanese Support DPP-China Exchange: Poll (2012-11-26)
(CNA) Over 50 percent of the respondents polled in a Taiwan Thinktank survey published support an exchange between the opposition DPP and the CPC, while less than 25 percent are against it.

Think Tank Proposes Use of Islands As ‘Gateway’ (2012-11-28)
(Taipei Times) A bold proposal by a pro-Taiwan independence think tank to make the outlying islands of Kinmen and Matsu a “gateway” for further cross-strait integration received a mixed response.  

Su Looking to Fill DPP’s China Body (2012-11-29)
(Taipei Times) Su denied that his effort to fill up the roster of the committee, which he said would have seven to nine members, has suffered a “setback.” 

Caution Pays on Cross-Strait Offices
(Taipei Times, By Chen Rong-Jye) The first issue to consider in establishing those offices would be guaranteeing the safety of staff stationed in the SEF’s office in China, as well as the inviolability of its archives and premises. 

Analysts Says Xi Will Not Change Cross-Strait Ties (2012-11-28)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) As a result of the global financial crisis and US President Barack Obama’s Asian rebalancing policies, the forces within China that were making “a lot of noise” about the permanent decline of the US have become significantly quieter. 

China’s Slow but Steady Changes (2012-11-29)
(Taipei Times, By Tung Chen-Yuan) As for China’s policy toward Taiwan, Xi is set to pick up where Chinese President Hu Jintao left off, but some policies will be slightly adjusted.  
Military Balance and Arms Sales
Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks: Taiwan’s F-16 Upgrade (2012-11-26)
(The Diplomat, By James Hardy) Taiwan's plans to upgrade its 145 Lockheed Martin F-16 combat aircraft and its on-again off-again pursuit of 66 new-build F-16C/Ds have taken a couple of interesting turns in recent months.

Military to Produce ‘Smart’ Mines for Invasion Defense (2012-11-30)
(AFP) The military is planning to make a new generation of “smart” mines that can be deployed in shallow water to boost its defenses against a potential invasion by China. 
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
Pro-Taiwan Royce to Head US Foreign Committee (2012-11-30)
(Taipei Times) US Representative Ed Royce, a strong supporter of Taiwan, has been officially chosen to become the next chairman of the US House of Representatives’ Committee on Foreign Affairs.  
China's Rise and Its Domestic Issues
China Finds a Friend on the Outside (2012-11-29)
(Wall Street Journal, By Patrick Mcgroarty) As China seeks to spread use of the yuan beyond its borders, South Africa has its back.  

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