| Where Was Taiwan in the Trump-Xi Meeting? (2017-04-12)|
(The Diplomat, By Chen-Dong Tso and Gratiana Jung) The Trump administration shows signs of backing off support for Taiwan, including the Six Assurances.
President "Deeply Concerned About Li Ming-che Case" (2017-04-12)
(China Post, By Stephanie Chao) The Presidential Office stated that President Tsai Ing-wen is "deeply concerned" and closely following the situation surrounding human rights activist Li Ming-che's detention in the PRC. She has instructed the Taiwanese government to do everything within its power to protect Li's rights and safety.
Lee's Arrest Undermines Cross-Strait Ties: Academic (2017-04-12)
(Taipei Times, By Lu Yi-hsuan and Jake Chung) A researcher from a Taiwanese think tank, Tung Li-wen, said that the detention of human rights activist Lee Ming-che damaged cross-strait relations in the eyes of the public. He noted that Chinese authorities had yet to declare what laws Lee had broken to justify his detention.
Legislators Condemn Chinese Detention (2017-04-12)
(Taipei Times, By Alison Hsiao) The DPP and NPP openly condemned the detention of human rights activist Li Ming-che in China. They claimed that his detention and the Chinese government's refusal to speak on the issue fell "short of humanitarian standards." The parties demanded Beijing's cooperation and to reveal where he is being held.
Taipei Mayor to Invite Xi to Taipei Universiade (2017-04-13)
(Taipei Times, By Sean Lin) Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je will invite Chinese President Xi Jinping to the Taipei Universiade Opening Ceremony this summer. Ko also said he is unlikely to meet with Xi on his upcoming trip to China for the Taipei-Shanghai Forum. He stated the purpose of the invitation and visit is to increase cross-strait relations and goodwill.
Tsai Urged to Report on Lee Ming-che (2017-04-15)
(Taipei Times, By Peng Wan-hsin, Su Fang-ho and William Hetherington) Taiwan Democracy Watch called on President Tsai Ing-wen to release a report on the detention of human rights activist Lee Ming-che. They had six demands, one of which was that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs offer Lee assistance. They requested for various government agencies to detail how exactly they were working to address the issue.
"China Taipei" Designation Unacceptable: MAC (2017-04-17)
(China Post, By the news staff) Current international regulations have Taiwan competing in international sporting events as "Chinese Taipei." However, a table tennis team competing in Jiangsu Province was identified as "China Taipei," drawing a response from the Mainland Affairs Council that this name change was "completely unacceptable." The Council reiterated the stance that Taiwan is not part of mainland China.
Li May Have Been Arrested for Violating NGO Law: NSB (2017-04-18)
(China Post, By Stephanie Chao) The National Security Bureau said Monday that mainland Chinese authorities had likely detained activist Li Ming-Che for violating foreign NGO Management Law. Chinese authorities have said that Li was arrested on suspicion of endangering state security. China's Taiwan Affairs Office accused some groups in Taiwan of leveraging the case to "attack China" and worsen cross-strait relations.
MAC Studying Dissident’s Asylum Case (2017-04-18)
(Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council yesterday said its priority is ascertaining the truth behind Chinese dissident Zhang Xiangzhong's defection to Taiwan before considering how to process his possible request for political asylum. Due to the suspicious timing of his defection, several lawmakers voiced concerns over his case. A Mainland Affairs Council minister said that the Council would separate his case from the effort to rescue activist Lee Ming-Che who was detained by China on March 19, adding that Beijing has been notified of Zhang's violation.
(China Post, By Joseph Yeh) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement saying that Taiwan had already been briefed on the events occurring at the meeting between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping from last week. No official details of what was briefed were released. The Taiwanese government remains in close contact with the US government regarding potential developments.
Taiwan, US "Exchanged Views on Detained Activist" (2017-04-14)
(China Post, By Joseph Yeh) A Taiwanese government official stated that Taiwan and the US had discussed the situation surrounding Li Ming-che, a human rights activist detained in China following attempted entry into the PRC. The Taiwanese Legislature has passed a resolution calling for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ask Europe and the United States to pressure Beijing into releasing more information about Li's status.
Tsai Calls for Free Trade Pact with United Kingdom (2017-04-14)
(China Post, By Stephanie Chao) President Tsai Ing-wen said she hoped to eventually see Taiwan and the United Kingdom sign a free-trade pact to increase trade relations between the two countries. She also noted that the UK was a key trade partner and player in the economic development of Taiwan already and called for British companies to come invest in Taiwan.
Trusting Trump Would Be Very Foolish: Fukuyama (2017-04-15)
(Taipei Times, By Abraham Gerber) US academic Francis Fukuyama said in a public lecture that Taiwan would be "very foolish" to expect US President Donald Trump to treat Taiwan with more favorability than the previous administration. Citing Trump's threat to move away from the one China policy, he claims that Trump is ready to throw Taiwan as a bargaining chip with China in order to get better deals with them.
UN Committee Chair Visits Taipei for Summit (2017-04-16)
(China Post, By the news staff) High-level United Nations officials will be visiting Taipei for the 2017 Forum on Freedom and Democracy. The forum will be celebrating Taiwan's achievements in becoming one of the world's leading democracies, and over 15 countries are expected to be represented at the conference. President Tsai Ing-wen's New Southbound Policy is also to be discussed.
Taiwan Remains on US Currency Watch List (2017-04-16)
(China Post/CNA) On the US Treasury Department's latest foreign currency report, Taiwan remained on the currency watch list for the time being. This was the third time Taiwan was listed on the report, but Taiwan has not been labeled a currency manipulator by the US Treasury. The Taiwan Central Bank stated that the results were anticipated, so no changes are expected to monetary policy in the short term.
Tsai Preparing Progress Report (2017-04-17)
(Taipei Times, By Lee Hsin-fan) President Tsai Ing-wen is preparing to meet with various government agents to discuss and evaluate the progress made on her reform plans as her one-year anniversary approaches. She intends on making the results of her evaluation public by May 20 according to a Presidential Office official. Specific programs of importance include the "New Southbound Policy."
Activist Peng Says Nation-Building Tasks Unfinished (2017-04-18)
(Taipei Times/CNA) Activist Peng Ming-min said on Sunday that many of his proposals for building a democratic Taiwan have been realized, but the major tasks of adopting a new constitution and joining the UN remain unfinished. He emphasized the importance of creating a constitution fit for Taiwan's development and gaining UN membership under the name 'Taiwan.'
(The Diplomat, By Tuan N. Pham) In 2017, the United States must further encourage China to become a more responsible global stakeholder that contributes positively to the international system before it is too late. At stake is nothing less than U.S. preeminence in the Indo-Asia-Pacific and ultimately as a global power.
Trump Says China Will Get Better Trade Deal if It Solves ‘North Korean Problem’ (2017-04-11)
(New York Times, By Mark Landler) President Trump’s Twitter posts capture his quandary in dealing with the nuclear threat from North Korea: Only China can realistically force a change in the behavior of Kim Jong-un.
Economic Scene: Trump Isn’t Wrong on China Currency Manipulation, Just Late (2017-04-11)
(New York Times, By Eduardo Porter) President Trump promised action against manipulation. But Beijing is now propping up the renminbi, not weakening it. The time to act was a decade ago.
Xi and Trump Discuss Rising Tensions With North Korea (2017-04-12)
(New York Times, By Jane Perlez) A prominent Chinese state-run newspaper warned the North that it faced a cutoff of vital oil supplies if it dared test a nuclear weapon.
Trump: China Is Not a Currency Manipulator (2017-04-13)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) The administration’s decision to refrain from designating China a currency manipulator, however, does not guarantee that tension won’t lie ahead. One of the primary outcomes of the Trump-Xi summit was a 100-day plan whereby China would ostensibly move toward satisfying the Trump administration’s asks on “fair” trade.
Trump Admin. Declines to Brand China A Currency Manipulator (2017-04-15)
(China Post, By Martin Crutsinger/AP) Contrary to US President Donald Trump's campaign promise, the Trump administration refused to name China a currency manipulator on their latest global currency review. China's yuan was still listed as a currency to watch on the report, however. The US Treasury Department reported that Beijing had been intervening in currency markets for years to depress the value of the yuan.
(The Diplomat, By Franz-Stefan Gady) Japan is preparing to send several warships to waters off the Korean peninsula.
Can the US Be Reassured by China’s Quiet Compliance With Court Ruling at Scarborough Shoal? (2017-04-14)
(The Diplomat, By Steven Stashwick) If China makes moves that seem to presage reclamation or construction at Scarborough Shoal, like evicting Filipino fishermen again, precedent shows that the United States will be quick to intervene again, and likely more forcefully than before. Knowing this, China is unlikely to do something with no guarantee of success, only of sparking a crisis with the United States.
Government Says Plans in Place Over Heightened Korean Tensions: Spokesman (2017-04-15)
(China Post, By the news staff) Hsu Kuo-yung stated that the government and various agencies had plans in place in case the Korean Peninsula crisis got out of hand. This follows rising tensions as the US announced it is ready to launch a preemptive strike against North Korea and China called for all sides to pull back. Hsu could not publicly speak about the specific plans in place.
(The Diplomat, By Leo Lin) The Central Commission for Integrated Military and Civilian Development represents a new trend in civil-military relations.
Intelligence Agency Says US Arms Deal Might Be Postponed (2017-04-13)
(China Post, By Joseph Yeh) Pressure from Beijing immediately following the Trump-Xi meeting last week may result in a temporary delay of the anticipated arms deal to Taiwan from the United States. However, there was no question as to if the arms deal would happen. The Taiwan Relations Act offers terms that would allow the US to grant arms sales to Taiwan.
Entire Marine Corps Battalion Deployed in Taipei for First Time (2017-04-13)
(China Post, By Joseph Yeh) A full Marine Corps battalion was posted in Taipei to defend against a potential invasion of Taiwan by the Chinese government. There are many marine troops stationed around Taipei, but this is the first time a full battalion has been posted.
Taiwanese Submarines Will Be Affordable: CSBC (2017-04-17)
(Taipei Times/CNA) A local shipbuilder commissioned to design and plan a new Taiwanese submarine stated that the ship would only cost less than US$3.29 billion to build. The Japanese submarines that these would be competing with are more expensive. The Chairman of CSBC stated that they anticipated an eight-year timeline for completion of shipbuilding.
Automated Defense System Mulled to Help Defend Itu Aba (2017-04-18)
(Taipei Times, By Chen Wei-han) The Taiwanese military and coast guard are mulling the deployment of an advanced automated defense system on Itu Aba Island to defend the nation's southernmost territory against regional threats. Weapons with limited attack range have been recommended so that their deployment does not threaten other claimants of the disputed South China Sea.
(New York Times, By Chris Buckley) The Chinese capital has begun a campaign of generous rewards for people who identify espionage activities and the perpetrators.
China in Africa: What's the Real Story? (2017-04-11)
(The Diplomat, By Xie Tao) Perceptions of China’s role on the continent depend on who’s telling the stories.
China’s Evolving Economic Statecraft (2017-04-12)
(The Diplomat, By Greg Levesque) Beijing’s use of commercial actors to carry out Party-state objectives requires a coordinated response.
China Says Its Trade With North Korea Has Increased (2017-04-13)
(New York Times, By Jane Perlez and Yufan Huang) Trade was up over all in the first quarter, even though Beijing said it had complied with United Nations sanctions and stopped buying coal.
The Security Implications of China's Overseas Investment Boom (2017-04-14)
(The Diplomat, By Jean-Marc F. Blanchard) What this piece points out is that it is problematic to judge the political effects of China’s intensifying economic internationalization without undertaking rigorous analysis. Indeed, thoughtful analysis is imperative given that China’s internationalization will remains a key facet of world politics. Otherwise, the world risks rejecting something that potentially should be embraced and encouraged.
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