::: TSR Weekly Report
2017-03-07 | NO.21(9) epaper |
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Cross-Strait Relations
 Trump, Taiwan, and the ‘One China’ Policy (2017-02-28)
(The Diplomat, By Mercy A. Kuo) Trans-Pacific View author Mercy Kuo regularly engages subject-matter experts, policy practitioners, and strategic thinkers across the globe for their diverse insights into the U.S. rebalance to Asia. This conversation with Dr. Jonathan Sullivan – director of the China Policy Institute and associate professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom – is the 81st in “The Trans-Pacific View Insight Series.
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Calls for Guards at Chiang's Mausoleum to Stand Down (2017-02-28)
(China Post, By James Lo) DPP politicians called for the removal of armed guards from President Chiang Kai-shek's mausoleum in an effort to further the government's push for transitional justice. However, the Public Information Director quickly stated that such a step would not be taken.

Amid Conflict, Calls for Reconciliation (2017-03-01)
(China Post, By Stephanie Chao) President Tsai Ing-wen stated that Taiwan must revisit its past to better prepare for its future as she marked the 70th anniversary of the 228 Incident. She also stated a new commitment to investigating the incident and revealing new information.

Taiwan-Japan Commission Meets In Tokyo (2017-03-02)
(China Post/CNA) The sixth meeting of a fishing commission established by Taiwan and Japan yesterday opened in Tokyo to discuss fishing in waters near the Diaoyutai Islands and other issues, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.During the three-day meeting, the two sides are to address unresolved issues related to fishing rules and guidelines in the waters around the disputed islands in the East China Sea that were covered by a bilateral agreement signed in 2013, the ministry said in a statement.

On Taiwan, the Honeymoon Is Over (2017-03-02)
(The Diplomat, By Michelle Winglee) Tsai Ing-wen’s popularity is falling amid pressure from Beijing and economic uncertainty.

"We Don't Fight Others' War" (2017-03-03)
(China Post, By the news staff) Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan stated that Taiwan would not be interested in hosting a US anti-ballistic missile system, saying that Taiwan should remain uninvolved in foreign conflicts. He reiterated that the Taiwanese military should only be used to protect its sovereignty. This statement comes following an agreement for South Korea to host the US missile system, which drew criticism from Beijing.

U.S. Imposes Anti-Dumping Tariffs on Steel Bar Makers from Taiwan (2017-03-03)
(China Post/CNA) After a ruling found that Taiwanese steel exporters sold their products in the US for unfairly low prices and caused damage, the US Department of Commerce has imposed a new tariff on Taiwanese steel. These tariffs will be about 3.5% to almost 30% if not addressed properly.

Ex-AIT Head Urges Trade Liberalization (2017-03-04)
(Taipei Times, By Alison Hsiao) Former American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) director William Stanton yesterday urged Taiwan to “overcome [its] protectionist feelings” in trade agreements and negotiations, because “you’ve got to give if you’re gonna get.” Stanton was speaking on a panel organized by the Columbia Alumni Association of Taiwan exploring “Taiwan’s crises and opportunities” in a “new world order in the [US President Donald] Trump era."

Where Is India on the One China Policy? (2017-03-06)
(The Diplomat, By Jeff M. Smith) Relations between New Delhi and Taipei have been growing closer.
U.S.-China Relations
 The Shanghai Communique: An American Foreign Policy Success, 45 Years Later (2017-02-28)
(The Diplomat, By Stephen Orlins) Today marks the 45th anniversary of the Shanghai Communique, which brought unprecedented peace and development to Asia.

Did Trump Get Something Out of Xi in Exchange for Affirming 'One China'? (2017-02-28)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) “But did he get something? … Can he assure the American people he got something?” the reporter pressed on. “The president always gets something,” Spicer replied.

New Chinese Missile Installations in Spratlys? (2017-02-28)
(The Diplomat, By Steven Stashwick) Structures might house long-range SAMs as China inches closer to “militarization” of islands.

How US Unilateralism Could Shape China’s Middle East Geostrategy (2017-03-06)
(The Diplomat, By Ian Armstrong) As is particularly the case with China’s policymaking, Beijing’s calculus and the ways it pursues its Middle East interests are strongly tied to domestic political concerns — including internal financial constraints and energy needs. But perhaps even more important will be the U.S. president’s ability to reconcile his severely conflicted unilateralist worldview with the realities of geostrategy — both in the Middle East and the broader global stage.
South China Sea Disputes and Other Regional Issues
The Philippines' South China Sea Flip-Flop (2017-03-02)
(The Diplomat, By Nehginpao Kipgen) The Duterte administration’s inconsistent approach toward the disputes is making diplomacy even more difficult.

China Tolerating Vietnam’s South China Sea Activities, For Now (2017-03-02)
(China Brief/Jamestown Foundation, By Derek Grossman) China’s expanding military presence in the South China Sea has prompted Vietnam to enhance its ability to protect its own holdings in the region.

 A Surge of Taiwanese Caught Smuggling Ingots into Japan (2017-03-03)
(China Post, By Joseph Yeh) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a statement advising Taiwanese citizens to avoid illegal activity while abroad, citing a rising number of Taiwanese citizens attempting to smuggle gold into Japan. The deputy director of MOFA stated that he believed Taiwanese citizens may be smuggling gold on behalf of gangsters for tax evasion or laundering purposes.

Chinese Military Aircraft Transit Miyako Strait, Leading Japan to Scramble Jets (2017-03-03)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) Chinese People’s Liberation Army-Navy (PLAN) and People’s Liberation Army-Air Force (PLAAF) warships and aircraft carried out exercises in the vicinity of Taiwan on Thursday. According to Chinese state media, PLAAF fighters, bombers, and early warning aircraft, along with PLAN warships, transited the Miyako Strait and entered the Western Pacific.

Rex Tillerson May Be Heading to China, South Korea, and Japan Soon (2017-03-05)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) Trump’s top diplomat may be on the cusp of a major Asian tour.
PLA, Military Balance and Arms Sales
 Taiwan Military to Adopt "Multiple Deterrence" (2017-03-03)
(China Post/CNA) Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan announced that the Taiwanese military would be following a "multiple deterrence" strategy of defending the island in the event of a threat. This would mean the ability for Taiwan to defend itself on multiple front and be able to protect itself from aerial, naval, and terrestrial attacks.

China's Quest for Informatization Drives PLA Reforms (2017-03-04)
(The Diplomat, By Elsa Kania and John Costello) China’s ongoing military reforms hint at new confidence in the PLA’s ability to conduct informatized warfare.

China Slows the Pace on Its Defense Spending Growth in 2017 (2017-03-05)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) Anticipating slower overall growth, China slows the pace of its year-on-year defense spending growth.
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
China Still Most Attractive Destination For FDI In 2017 (2017-03-02)
(China Post/China Daily) China will continue to be the world's most attractive destination for global investment this year, with new materials, new technologies and the healthcare industries being the new focus, experts said on Tuesday.

Lord Mayor Sees Crucial Role For Beijing In Post-Brexit Era (2017-03-04)
(China Post/China Daily) Strengthening relations with Beijing is vital for the British capital, amid the uncertainty of Brexit, said the Lord Mayor of the City of London following his visit to China. Andrew Parmley said he hopes to use his year as Lord Mayor to promote teaching of Mandarin in the United Kingdom's schools and to encourage British tourists to visit China. His trip to Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin and Hong Kong included discussions about financial cooperation, green finance, financial technology and renminbi internationalization.

China and Economic Reform: Xi Jinping’s Track Record (2017-03-04)
(New York Times, By Keith Bradsher) China has made small moves to open its economy and shake up bloated industries, but experts say its economy still needs significant overhauls.

Pomp and Pride at People’s Congress in Beijing (2017-03-06)
(New York Times, By Keith Bradsher) The National People’s Congress draws representatives from all over China for nearly two weeks of consultations.

France, Italy, and China's 'Belt and Road' Initiative (2017-03-07)
(The Diplomat, By Sebastien Goulard) European states remained focused on bilateral ties with China, but the ‘Belt and Road’ must be multilateral to succeed.

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