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New release: Taiwan's Social Movements under Ma Ying-jeou: From the Wild Strawberries to the Sunflowers by Dafydd Fell (Routledge)

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Cross-Strait Relations
 Chinese Acquisitions Undercut Taiwan, U.S. Semiconductor Industry Edge (2017-02-06)
(China Brief/Jamestown Foundation, By Peter Wood) It is apparent that the Chinese government is making a concerted push to expand Chinese production and innovation in the areas of integrated circuits and semiconductor production, both to drive job growth and longer-term strategic goals.

China Planning Policies to Attract Taiwanese (2017-02-10)
(Taipei Times/AP) A Chinese government spokesperson stated that China is beginning to look into policies to attract Taiwanese workers to move to the PRC, find work, and live in China. These would include incentives offered such as employment and state benefits. The purpose of doing so would be to increase economic and social integration between the two governments.

Chinese Visitors Down 33% Since May (2017-02-14)
(China Post/CNA) The number of Chinese tourists visiting Taiwan reached 2.73 million last year, down 18 percent from the previous year, but down 33 percent since President Tsai Ing-wen assumed office in May last year, Ministry of the Interior statistics released on Saturday showed.
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
 Citing "One China" Policy, Cambodia Bans ROC Flags (2017-02-08)
(China Post, by Joseph Yeh) Cambodia's Prime Minister expressed that the country would not tolerate flying the flag of the Republic of China. Stating that Taiwan was only a province of China, Cambodia remains open to investments from Taiwan. Taiwan currently has no comments to make on the Cambodian PM's statements

More Taiwanese Jobseekers Favor ASEAN's Market (2017-02-08)
(Taipei Times by a staff writer with CNA) The number of Taiwanese people exploring opportunities to work in ASEAN member nations has drastically increased over the past two years. This is in stark contrast to the low number of people that wish to work in China

Taiwan Safe for Tourists: South Korean Representative (2017-02-08)
(Taipei Times, by a staff writer with CNA) Following concerns about safety for tourists after an incident where a South Korean tourist was drugged and sexually assaulted by a taxi driver, the South Korean representative to Taiwan praised the tourism industry in the island country and emphasized that it is a safe place to visit. South Korean tourism into Taiwan has been rapidly increasing over the last few years.

Deputy Foreign Minister Optimistic on Foreign Ties (2017-02-08)
(Taipei Times by Stacy Hsu) Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Wu Chih-chung discusses his views on the prospect of greater Taiwanese presence in the international arena due to recent interactions.

Tsai Vows to Boost Tourism Industry (2017-02-10)
(Taipei Times by Shelley Shan) At the Tourism Festival awards ceremony, President Tsai Ing-wen stated her commitment to expanding the tourism industry in Taiwan over the coming years and make Taiwan a much more significant destination. The number of tourists visiting Taiwan has been steadily increasing over the past few years, and Tsai emphasized the government would be using all its resources to facilitate the industry's growth.

KMT Members Seek Jason Hsu Exit (2017-02-10)
(Taipei Times by Jake Chung) Jason Hsu defended his stances on marriage equality after members of the KMT called for his expulsion for disrupting order in debate. Many KMT officials oppose his proposed changes to the Civil Code.

Taiwan Maintaining "Close Contact" with US Following Trump-Xi Call (2017-02-10)
(China Post, by the news staff) Although President Donald Trump restated his commitment to honor the United States' one-China policy in a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Taiwanese President's Office stated that it was continuing to maintain close contact with the United States. They said that the US is Taiwan's closest foreign ally and that substantive peace efforts would continue within the partnership.

Trump and 'One China': Two Phone Calls, Many Interpretations (2017-02-11)
(The Diplomat, By Joseph Bosco) After the phone call with Xi Jinping, the Trump administration needs to imbue its Taiwan policy with strategic clarity.

KMT's Hau Recruits Ma Spokeswoman, Sparking Rumors (2017-02-13)
(Taipei Times by Lin Liang-sheng and William Hetherington) KMT Vice Chairman and party leader candidate Hau Lung-bin stated he would recruit former President Ma Ying-jeou's former spokeswoman to serve as his campaign's spokeswoman. This drew controversy, although Ma's office stated that the former President is not supporting any candidate for office yet.

Lawmaker Leads Delegation to India to Bolster Economic Ties (2017-02-13)
(China Post, by the news staff and CNA) DPP member Kuan Bi-lin arrived in India in an effort to boost economic ties between Taiwan and the South Asian country. She also plans to visit the secretary-general of India's current ruling party. This action is taken in conjunction with the New Southbound Policy.

'New Southbound' Gets Boost From Sourcing Taiwan (2017-02-14)
(China Post) The government's "New Southbound Policy" will get a boost at the upcoming Sourcing Taiwan 2017, with nearly half of the over 500 international buyers coming from countries targeted by the initiative, organizers said Monday.


Taiwan-US FTA Hinges On Island's Agriculture Stance: Experts (2017-02-14)
(China Post/CNA) Washington think tank experts said Monday that any future free trade agreement between the United States and Taiwan hinged on the island's resolve on agricultural trade issues. Taiwan's government has been pressured repeatedly by the U.S. to relax import restrictions on certain pork and beef products. Massive protests have been launched by civil groups urging a ban on U.S. pork containing the leanness-enhancing drug ractopamine to be maintained.


U.S.-China Relations
China Intensifies Effort to Establish Leading Role in Asia, Dislodge U.S. (2017-02-06)
(China Brief/Jamestown Foundation, By Timothy Heath) Building on the country’s economic strength, China is challenging U.S. power in Asia at its source: America’s role as a security provider. The paper provides a glimpse into China’s ambitions by outlining a three-part strategy to build an alternative architecture, normalize U.S. acceptance, and enforce regional compliance with Chinese leadership preferences through rewards and punishments.

In Letter to China, Trump Says He Wants ‘Constructive Relationship’ (2017-02-09)
(New York Times, By Mark Landler and Michael Forsythe) It is unclear whether the letter to President Xi Jinping is meant as a substitute for an anticipated phone conversation or as an ice-breaking prelude to such a call.

Trump, Changing Course on Taiwan, Gives China an Upper Hand (2017-02-10)
(New York Times, By Jane Perlez) In pledging to honor the “One China” policy, the president may have averted confrontation with Beijing, but some said he also sullied his reputation there.

China and the Vatican Are a Step Closer to Mending Ties (2017-02-10)
(The Diplomat, By Cal Wong) According to a Hong Kong bishop, China and the Holy See have a solution to the major issue keeping them apart.

China's Xi Finally Speaks to Trump, Who Affirms US 'One China' Policy: Major Takeaways (2017-02-10)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) While the potential for instability remains between the two countries — especially given that Trump is surrounded by advisers that take a hawkish stance on China — the call will mollify the possibility of a sudden crisis erupting between the United States and China in Trump’s early days in office.

Trump Reaffirms One-China Policy In Call with China's Xi Jinping (2017-02-10)
(China Post/AP) Donald Trump restated the United States' commitment to the one-China policy in a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping. This follows weeks of tensions within Beijing as Trump suggested he may change the current policy with respect to Taiwan. Washington will continue to recognize the PRC as the sole Chinese government.

US Air Force Rotates Supersonic Strategic Bombers in the Asia-Pacific (2017-02-11)
(The Diplomat, By Franz-Stefan Gady) The United States continues its forward deployment of B-1B Lancer heavy strategic bombers on Guam.

South China Sea Disputes and Other Regional Issues
 How the South China Sea Could Heat Up Again in 2017 (2017-02-09)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) As this year develops in the South China Sea, there’s ample room for U.S.-China tensions and tensions between China and the smaller claimants to pick up again. The Obama administration’s risk-averse nature and global cooperation with China moderated its behavior in the region; the Trump administration appears far less risk averse and hasn’t spoken much about cooperation with China on a global level.

Chekhov's Gun and the Tangled US-Philippines-China Triangle (2017-02-09)
(The Diplomat, By Roncevert Ganan Almond) Perhaps the Philippine legal triumph at The Hague has provided an opportunity for both parties to reassess their positions? Regardless, the Trump administration is facing unchartered waters in its dealings with the Philippines and China.

US, Chinese Military Aircraft See Close Encounter Over South China Sea (2017-02-10)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) The incident reportedly took place in airspace near Scarborough Shoal.

Trump Greets Abe, Says US Committed To Defending Japan (2017-02-12)
(Taipei Times/AP) US President Donald Trump, fresh off patching up ties with China, reassured Japan’s leader that the US would defend its close ally. Together, the pronouncements illustrated a shift toward a more mainstream Trump stance on US policy on Asia.

North Korea Reportedly Test Fires Missile, Challenging US (2017-02-12)
(China Post/By Eric Talmadge of AP) North Korea reportedly fired a ballistic missile early Sunday in what would be its first such test of the year and an implicit challenge to President Donald Trump, who stood with the Japanese leader as Shinzo Abe called the move "absolutely intolerable."

Taiwan Calls For Peaceful End To Diaoyutais Dispute (2017-02-12)
(China Post) Taipei has called for a peaceful resolution to territorial disputes in the East China Sea after U.S. President Donald Trump assured Japan that mutual defense agreements include the disputed Senkaku islands, known as the Diaoyutais in Taiwan.

Government Condemns North Korean Missile Launch (2017-02-13)
(Taipei Times, by a CNA staff writer) The Taiwanese government issued a condemnation of the North Korean missile launch over the weekend. It is currently monitoring the movement of the Chinese navy in the region as well. Taiwan's national security and defense teams are on alert for any developments in the region.
PLA, Military Balance and Arms Sales
 China Announces Reform of Military Ranks (2017-01-30)
(China Brief/Jamestown Foundation, By Kenneth Allen) The next phase includes reforms of the officer rank and grade systems, which are being implemented to address a number of systemic problems such as corruption. Less clear are the implications for how the PLA trains and fights, though the reforms are clearly part of a broader streamlining of lines of command and control.
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
 The Domestic Hazards in China’s Diplomacy (2017-02-09)
(The Diplomat, By Xue Li and Xu Yanzhuo) As it is known diplomatic decision-making is based on incomplete information; therefore risks in the policy-making process are inevitable. The key is to minimize the possible hazards inherent in China’s domestic diplomacy, before, during, and after decisions are made.

China: The Accidental World Leader? (2017-02-13)
(The Diplomat, By Amitai Etzioni) However, one can safely assume that just because Trump may engender some vacuum, does not mean that China – or any other nation – will step in to fill it.

Contact: James Lee, Senior Editor 

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