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The Politics and Philosophy of Chinese Power: The Timeless and the Timely by R. James Ferguson and Rosita Dellios (Lexington Books) 


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South China Sea Disputes and Other Regional Issues
Scarborough Shoal: A Chinese Noose around the Philippines' Neck (2016-11-07)
(The National Interest, By Koh Swee Lean Collin) Duterte returned from that trip with the official claim that he had asserted Philippine rights over the shoal, but he left it at that. And diplomacy seems to have worked. But only partially. Soon after pictures of happy fishermen made rounds on the news, came reports about the CCG still blocking access into the shoal. One local report even spoke of fishermen having “run the blockade” of the CCG. Amid all these conflicting reports, one fact is unambiguous: the Chinese have maintained effective control over the shoal, a severe burden Manila has borne since Mischief Reef in the 1990s.

ROC Plans Humanitarian Rescue Drill In S. China Sea
 (2016-11-07)
(China Post/CNA) The Coast Guard Administration (CGA) and the Navy will hold a joint drill in the South China Sea at the end of this month. The joint drill will be centered around Taiping Island — the largest island in the South China Sea controlled by Taiwan — in efforts to turn the island into a center for humanitarian rescue and a supply base, following an international arbitration court ruling in July that Taiping is a "rock."


East China Sea Disputes and Japan Policy
Japan And India Ready To Ink Nuclear Deal: Reports (2016-11-07)
(Taipei Times/AFP) Japan and India are set to sign a controversial civil nuclear deal this week, reports said yesterday, as the two Asian allies look to boost economic and security ties to counter an assertive China.

China Ships Sail Near Disputed Islands: Japan (2016-11-13)
(China Post/AFP) Chinese coast guard vessels sailed into territorial waters around disputed islands in the East China Sea on Saturday, Japan's coast guard said, marking the second such incident in a week.

Gov't Hints At Easing Japan Food Ban (2016-11-07)
(China Post) Import restrictions for products from Japan's nuclear-affected areas may soon be relaxed, a new government report hints.
U.S. “Pivot” to Asia and Sino-U.S. Engagement
Donald Trump’s Victory Promises to Upend the International Order (2016-11-09)
(New York Times, By Peter Baker) For the first time since before World War II, Americans chose a president who promised to reverse the internationalism practiced by predecessors of both parties and to build walls both physical and metaphorical. Mr. Trump’s win foreshadowed an America more focused on its own affairs while leaving the world to take care of itself.

Where the U.S. Is a Rival, Trump Election Is Greeted With a Smile (2016-11-10)
(New York Times, By Andrew Higgins, Neil MacFarquhar, and Jane Perlez) The election of Mr. Trump on Tuesday has presented an unexpected gift to leaders — political, spiritual and ideological — who resent the encroachment of the West and now rejoice at a result that in their eyes shows how liberal democracy produces nothing but an angry populace and wild unpredictability.

Asia, a Target of Trump’s Criticism, Greets His Election With Caution (2016-11-10)
(New York Times, By Keith Bradsher) For more than half a century, Asia has benefited from an American commitment to free trade and bilateral alliances in the region. But the election of Donald J. Trump left both statesmen and citizens here asking whether that commitment — and the prolonged era of peace and prosperity that has accompanied it — might be coming to an end.

Australia Says US Under Donald Trump Must Maintain Strong Focus On Asia (2016-11-10)
(China Post/AFP) Australia said Wednesday it was crucial for Washington to stay focused on Asia if Donald Trump wins the presidential election, with Canberra keen to see more U.S. involvement in the region, not less.

In China-U.S. Trade War, Trump Would Have Weapons (2016-11-11)
(New York Times, By Keith Bradsher) As president of the United States, Mr. Trump can use trade — a cornerstone of his populist rise — as a weapon, with the potential to drastically reshape the world’s two largest economies, as well as the companies, industries and workers who depend on their hundreds of billions of dollars in closely linked goods. But neither side may win.

Donald Trump’s China Trade Stance Could Harm Japan, South Korea (2016-11-13)
(Wall Street Journal, By John Lyons) Just a 15% tariff on Chinese goods would result in a one-percentage-point decline in China’s growth rate—enough, researchers at the IMF calculated this year, to likely shave a quarter-point off global growth. Hardest hit would be nations such as Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.

Asia Region Struggles With Outflows After Trump Win (2016-11-12)
(Taipei Times/Reuters) There is much uncertainty in Asia over what US president-elect Donald Trump will do when he takes office next year, but markets seem sure of two things — his policies will be inflationary, and there are unlikely to be any big winners in the trade-driven region.
DPP Searches for New China Stance; Cross-Strait Issues
KMT-CCP Forum Just A Sideshow: MAC (2016-11-08)
(Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and Chinese Communist Party (CCP) annual forum will not replace government-level communications across the Taiwan Strait, Mainland Affairs Council Minister Katharine Chang said yesterday, adding that it is “out of the question."

DPP Caucus Gives Support To HK Demonstrators (2016-11-08)
(China Post/CNA) The legislative caucus of Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) blasted Beijing's political intervention in the judicial system of Hong Kong Monday, calling into question China's attitude toward the basic human rights of Hong Kong people.

Taiwan's 'One Country, Two Systems' Is as Good as Dead (2016-11-08)
(The National Interest, By J. Michael Cole) The latest round of protests in Hong Kong following Beijing’s disqualification of two pro-independence lawmakers isn’t only a symptom of the territory’s growing volatility: it once and for all closes any possibility of the “one country, two systems” formula ever being applied to Taiwan.The slow erosion of Hong Kong's freedoms over the years, and now direct involvement by China’s top legislature in the territory’s electoral politics, have dispelled any illusion that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was committed to upholding two separate, and sometimes contradictory, systems under “one country.”

Cross-Strait Situation ‘Lax Outside, Tense Inside’: NSB (2016-11-09)
(Taipei Times/CNA)National Security Bureau (NSB) Director-General Peng Sheng-chu on Monday described the cross-strait situation over the past five months as “lax outside, but tense inside,” adding that he expects official exchanges to become even more limited

China Blocks NGO Chairman From UN (2016-11-13)
(Taipei Times, By Lee I-chia) A Taiwan non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to the treatment of rare diseases was barred from a UN-affiliated meeting in New York because of a protest from China.
Taiwan's Domestic Issues and Foreign Relations
US To Seek Ways To Expand Global Space For Taiwan (2016-11-07)
(Taipei Times/CNA) Washington supports Taipei’s efforts to expand its participation in international activities in a constructive way, a US Department of State official said.

Vote Won't Change US' Taiwan Policy: Peng (2016-11-08)
(China Post, By Joseph Yeh) Taiwan's top intelligence chief said Monday the U.S.' Taiwan policy was unlikely to change regardless of the outcome of that country's presidential election.

Trump Win Expected To Affect Taiwan Economy (2016-11-10)
(China Post/CNA) With Donald Trump's victory in the presidential election in the United States, several Taiwanese economists have predicted that Taiwan's economy will be battered by the fact that a protectionism advocate will lead the most powerful economy in the world.

US ELECTION: Military Ties With US To Continue (2016-11-11)
(Taipei Times, By Lo Tien-pin, Peng Wan-hsin and Jake Chung) Bilateral meetings, visits and interaction between Taiwanese and US military personnel would continue as planned, while Taiwan would continue asking the US to deliver on its pledge to sell Taiwan diesel submarines, as well as lobbying for the sale of F-35B jets, a Ministry of National Defense official said on Wednesday night with regard to Donald Trump winning the US presidential election.

US ELECTION: Taiwanese Experts Weigh In On Trump (2016-11-11)
(Taipei Times, By Abraham Gerber) Leading international relations academics and former high-ranking diplomatic and security officials yesterday discussed the possible effects of Donald Trump’s election as US president on Taiwan-US relations. “Our consensus is that we have no idea what he is thinking,” pan-green Taiwan Thinktank member Lai I-chung said as panelists debated whether Trump’s promised shake-up of US foreign policy would sacrifice Taiwan’s security interests.

Gov't Confirms Tsai Received Top Trump Adviser (2016-11-11)
(China Post, By Jospeh Yeh) President Tsai Ing-wen met with Edwin Feulner, a top adviser to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in October, government officials disclosed Thursday.

Donald Trump Adviser Indicated Taiwan Stance (2016-11-13)
(Taipei Times, By Nadia Tsao and William Hetherington) One of US president-elect Donald Trump’s foreign policy advisers, Peter Navarro, in July spoke about Taiwan-China relations, praising Taiwan’s democracy and criticizing China for its treatment of Hong Kong and its regional neighbors. At the time, Navarro said that he was not qualified to officially represent Trump’s position, but he reaffirmed that the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) and former US president Ronald Reagan’s “six assurances” would remain the foundation of the US’ approach to cross-strait relations.

Trump Likely To Push Taiwan To Purchase Arms: Academics (2016-11-13)
(China Post/CNA) United States Presidential-elect Donald Trump is more unpredictable than his Democratic Party rival Hillary Clinton, and he will likely push Taiwan to buy more weapons from the United States if elected, Taiwanese scholars said Wednesday.

Blind Spots Could Be The Undoing Of Tsai's 'New Southbound Policy'
 (2016-11-07)
(China Post, The Tsai Ing-wen administration has quickened its pace significantly over the "New Southbound Policy," with more and more news emerging on the activities it is undertaking to pivot from mainland China to ASEAN. However, the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, serves to highlight one of Taiwan's major blind spots- a lack of cultural understanding as demonstrated by local media reports covering the event, which were either incorrect or injected too much subjective interpretation into certain aspects of Thai culture. As Taiwan comes into greater contact with visitors from Southeast Asia, Taiwan's lack of understanding of their guests' culture could hurt their countries' relationships.

Kaohsiung To Be Base For Push To Southeast Asia (2016-11-08)
(China Post, By Yuan-Ming Chiao) President Tsai Ing-wen announced Monday that the southern port of Kaohsiung would serve as the base for Taiwan's efforts to increase trade and investment with Southeast Asian countries.

Ma’s Malaysia Visit May Help China: DPP Officials (2016-11-08)
(Taipei Times, Tseng Wei-chen and William Hetherington) Some Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers have expressed concern that former president Ma Ying-jeou’s planned visit to Malaysia this month to speak at a university might serve to promote China’s regional aims and be perceived as an endorsement of Beijing’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative.

Taiwan To Show World Its Determination: President (2016-11-12)
(Taipei Times, By Abraham Gerber) Taiwan is to show the world its determination to liberalize and facilitate trade at this year’s APEC forum, President Tsai Ing-wen said yesterday
China's Rise and Its Domestic Issues
China Says It Must Act To Deter HK Separatism (2016-11-07)
(Taipei Times/AP) Beijing must intervene in a Hong Kong political dispute to deter advocates of independence for the territory, China’s top legislative panel said, calling their actions a threat to national security.

Xi Jinping Calls For Unity (2016-11-12)
(Taipei Times/AP) Chinese President Xi Jinping yesterday made a strong call for unity among all people of Chinese descent, amid political turmoil in Hong Kong and rising independence sentiment in Taiwan.

Why Did Beijing Slap Down Hong Kong Separatists? To Make a Point (2016-11-10)
(New York Times, By Chris Buckley) For anyone puzzling over why China reacted so swiftly and severely to block two pro-independence politicians from taking their seats in Hong Kong’s legislature, Mr. Xi’s expansive idea of sovereignty is a good place to start.

8 More Pro-Democracy Lawmakers in Hong Kong May Lose Seats (2016-11-11)
(New York Times, By Michael Forsythe and Alan Wong) The number of pro-democracy lawmakers elected to Hong Kong’s Legislative Council who may lose their seats has grown to 10, after a court was asked to rule whether eight people did not make proper oaths of office.

China Tightens Law On Internet Control (2016-11-08)
(Taipei Times/AP) The Chinese legislature yesterday approved a law that human rights activists said would tighten political controls and foreign companies say might hamper access to Chinese technology markets.

Interpol Elects Chinese Official As New President (2016-11-11)
(China Post/ Yulius Martoni of AFP) A Chinese security official was elected president of Interpol Thursday for the first time, sparking criticism from activists who say Beijing uses the agency to track down dissidents abroad.


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