::: TSR Weekly Report
2012-12-09 | NO.16(50) epaper |
Remembrances: Nancy Bernkopf Tucker, 1948-2012
Nancy Bernkopf Tucker, professor of history at Georgetown University and a respected U.S. specialist in Taiwan, died on December 1, 2012, at age 64. A strong campaigner of Taiwan's role in U.S. diplomacy, she rebutted recent calls of abandoning Taiwan in Washington, saying "Some members of Congress have publicly and privately, sometimes directly to Chinese leaders, declared that arms sales ought to stop. Not only does this feed Chinese illusions, but it also undermines morale in Taiwan.” Her friendship with Taiwan and long-lasting support of TSR will be dearly missed.

US Expert on Taiwan Dies After Long Cancer Struggle (2012-12-06)
(Taipei Times) Nancy Bernkopf Tucker, one of the most respected US academics specializing in Taiwan studies, has died in Washington following a long battle against cancer. 

China's Leadership Succession
China’s Anticorruption Commission Investigates Senior Official (2012-12-06)
(New York Times, By Keith Bradsher) China’s anticorruption commission has opened an investigation into the deputy party secretary of Sichuan Province, official news media reported, making him the first senior official to be identified as a target of the commission since the country’s new leadership took power at the Communist Party’s congress in Beijing three weeks ago. 

China’s Xi Jinping to Party Officials: Simplify (2012-12-07)
(Washington Post, By Keith B. Richburg) Just three weeks after taking over as his country’s top leader, Xi Jinping is trying to give Chinese communism a more common touch. 

South China Sea Disputes
Vietnam Accuses Chinese Ships (2012-12-03)
(Wall Street Journal) Two Chinese fishing vessels cut cables of a Vietnamese vessel doing seismic oil exploration work in the South China Sea, the state-run Vietnam Oil & Gas Group said. 

China Sheds Light on New Sea Rules (2012-12-05)
(Wall Street Journal) A Chinese official clarified new regulations allowing Chinese police to board foreign ships in parts of the disputed South China Sea that had raised fresh alarm among some of China's neighbors. 

Dispute Flares Over Energy in South China Sea (2012-12-05)
(New York Times, By Jane Perlez) China and two of its neighbors, Vietnam and India, were locked in a new dispute over energy exploration in the South China Sea. 

US Claims to Have Clearly Stated Position on Territorial Issues (2012-12-06)
(CNA) On cross-Taiwan Strait relations, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell said that “one of the most important things the United States seeks to convey is the determination to maintain the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.” 

Diaoyutai Disputes Resurface
Calm Heads Must Prevail in Islands Row: Ex-US Official (2012-12-08)
(China Post) All countries involved in a recent row in the East China Sea should put aside sovereignty disputes to engage in rational dialogue for the benefit of all parties, former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Christopher Hill said. 

Academics Appeal for US Support on Island Claims (2012-12-09)
(Taipei Times) Two representatives of the administration of President Ma Ying-jeou appealed to the US Congress to support Taiwan’s claim to the Diaoyutai Islands.  
DPP Searches for New China Stance; Cross-Strait Issues
Hsieh OK with Not Being DPP’s China Head (2012-12-06)
(Taipei Times) Frank Hsieh said that although he and Su had different visions for the China Affairs Committee — Hsieh thinks it should be a decision-making body for the DPP’s China policy and Su thinks it should serve as a communication platform — “I agreed with [Su’s] decision of doubling as the CAC convener because it would be less controversial.” 

Taiwan-China Ties Depends on China-US Ties: DPP’s Su (2012-12-09)
(CNA) Taiwan's ties with China depend very much on ties between China and the United States, opposition Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Su Tseng-chang said. 

China, Taiwan and the Dalai Lama (2012-12-06)
(The Diplomat, By Ketty Chen and Julia Famularo) The issue of whether to grant a visa to the Dalai Lama has emerged as a dilemma for many nations, including Taiwan. 
PLA, Military Balance and Arms Sales
The “Long Pole in the Tent”: China’s Military Jet Engines (2012-12-07)
(The Diplomat, By Andrew Erickson and Gabe Collins) Much has been made of Beijing’s growing military might. Developing and producing high-performance jet engines could be the toughest—but most rewarding—advance.  

Academic Warns US Not to Sell Fighter Jets to Taiwan
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) Robert Sutter said China could react in an ‘extraordinary’ manner if the US sold jets to Taiwan, but other conference-goers did not share his sentiments. 
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
 King States ‘Three Noes’ in US Relations (2012-12-04)
(Taipei Times) Taiwan’s new representative to the US said that the nation would try to maintain “three noes” in its relations with the US —- “no surprises, no time lags and no errors.”

Paal Gives Advice to Taiwan’s US Envoy (2012-12-05)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) Taiwan and the US have achieved a high quality of communication, former American Institute in Taiwan director Douglas Paal told new envoy King Pu-tsung. 
China's Rise and Its Domestic Issues
China Overtaking US As Global Trader (2012-12-02)
(AP) In just five years, China has surpassed the United States as a trading partner for much of the world, including U.S. allies such as South Korea and Australia.  
Regional Issues
The Fog of Cyberwar (2012-12-06)
(Foreign Affairs, By Brandom Valeriano and Ryan Maness) Far from making interstate cyberwarfare more common, the ease of launching an attack actually keeps the tactic in check. Most countries’ cyberdefenses are weak, and a state trying to exploit an adversary’s weakness may be similarly vulnerable, inviting easy retaliation. 

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