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New Publication Takashi Inoguchi and Richard Estes: "The History of Well-Being in East Asia: From Global Conflict to Global Leadership" in The Pursuit of Human Well-Being: The Untold Global History by Estes, Richard J. and Sirgy, Joseph (eds.) (Springer)
New Publication Taiwan at a Tipping Point: The Democratic Progressive Party's Return to Power by John F. Copper (Rowman and Littlefield)

Cross-Strait Relations
China Uses Lee Verdict to Extend Jurisdiction Over Taiwan: Experts (2017-11-28)
(CNA) The verdict on human rights activist Lee Ming-che shows China's intention to subject the Taiwanese people to its jurisdiction and expand its sovereignty to include Taiwan in the field of law. The fact that Lee was also deprived of political rights enjoyed by Chinese citizens in his sentence shows that he was not treated as an "extraterritorial resident."

Verdict on Taiwanese Activist "Unacceptable": Presidential Office
 (2017-11-29)
CNA) The Presidential Office has expressed regret at the verdict of the Chinese court in sentencing Lee Ming-che for "subversion of state power," saying that "spreading pro-democracy ideas is not a crime." Lee was sentenced to five years in prison. 

China's Playbook for Conquering Taiwan
 (2017-11-29)
(The Diplomat, By Ian Easton) Military tensions in the Taiwan Strait are not only becoming more common, but also more evident and apparent as both sides are reducing the downplaying of heating tensions. President Xi Jinping is departing from a tradition of trying to win over Taiwanese ideologies, instead preferring one of weakening and then conquering over Taiwanese ideologies. This, combined with diplomatic, economic, and military attacks, will pave the way for a Chinese invasion of the island of Taiwan. In order to prevent this, the Trump administration must make Taiwan a key point in its new Indo-Pacific objective.

U.S. Calls on China to Release Taiwanese Activist (2017-11-29)
(CNA) The U.S. has asked China to release the Taiwanese human rights activist Lee Ming-che who has been accused of subverting state power by advocating for democracy in online discussion groups.

SEF Head Urges China to Release Convicted Taiwanese Activist (2017-12-01)
(Focus Taiwan, By Chai Sze-chia and Romulo Huang) The Chairman of the Straits Exchange Foundation called on China to release Taiwanese human rights activist Lee Ming-che in an effort to not further jeopardize already tense cross-strait relations. Lee was charged last week with subversion of state power and sentenced to five years in prison and two years without political rights. The Chairman stated that he believed China's handling of the situation would lead to negative impacts on the relationship between China and Taiwan.
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics

Navy to Scrap Deal Unless Ching Fu Pays NT$720m (2017-11-29)
(Taipei Times, By Aaron Tu and Jonathan Chin) Ching Fu Shipbuilding Co. has one week to pay off their bond payments before their government contracts for minesweepers end. State-run banks refused to offer the shipbuilding company an extension on repaying the banks earlier this week. The bond payments are worth about US$24 million.

Hakka Bill Passes Committee Review
 (2017-12-01)
(Taipei Times, By Chen Yu-fu and Jake Chung) A new amendment to the Hakka Basic Act that would make Hakka a national language as well as the primary language of communication for communities in which 50% or more of the population is of Hakka ethnicity passed its first legislative reading. Furthermore, the bill states that all levels of government should recognize and reward any exceptional efforts to promote Hakka language and culture. The Hakka Affairs Council states that 39 townships are predominantly Hakka.

KMT Blasts Hours-Long Questioning of Ma (2017-12-01)
(Taipei Times, By Jason Pan) The KMT criticized the questioning session of former President Ma Ying-jeou and other officials, which lasted over fourteen hours, regarding alleged financial irregularities over the sale of KMT assets. Ma was questioned because he was Party chairman at the time in question. Several other party officials are being questioned as well, but were questioned separately.

New Party Chairman May Support Ko's Re-election Bid (2017-12-03)
(Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) New Party Chairman Yok Mu-ming stated that he would support Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je’s bid for reelection. Yok claims that Ko's stance on cross-strait relations was similar to that of his own party's, which is a spin-off of the KMT advocating for peaceful reunification. Ko, an independent, has distanced himself from the DPP politically after claiming that both sides of the Taiwan Strait should be seen as one family.

Former President Lee Continues to Support Mayor Ko (2017-12-03)
(Taipei Times, By Su Fang-ho and William Hetherington) Former President Lee Teng-hui expressed his continued support for Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je, who is running for reelection. Ko has received some criticism for describing the two sides of the Taiwan Strait as one family. Former President Lee reemphasized his belief that the only way forward would be to change the Constitution of Taiwan.

KMT Seeks Help to Shelve Transitional Justice Legislation (2017-12-04)
(Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) The KMT National Policy Foundation think tank is holding an international press conference in Taipei where it will criticize a new transitional justice bill in an effort to get the DPP to shelve the bill. The KMT refers to it as "illegal and unconstitutional," fearing that it will be abused to violate human rights and sparking political struggle.

"Treason" Proposal Passes Committee
 (2017-12-05)
(Taipei Times, By Chen Wei-han) The Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee approved draft resolutions of new laws that would enable indictments of people accused of spying for China under foreign aggression charges. Another resolution allowing political parties to be charged with organized crime also passed. While these are already considered criminal under the National Security Act, the punishment of a maximum of five years in prison is regularly criticized as too lenient.

Taiwan's Foreign Relations

Cabinet to Raise Southbound Tender Goals, Sources Say
 (2017-11-29)
(Taipei Times, By Lee Hsin-fang and William Hetherington) The Legislative Yuan plans to raise its tender goals for the New Southbound Policy by 10% according to several sources. The goals for the year have already been surpassed. According to the sources, Southeast Asian nations continue to search for infrastructure investments, especially from greater developed nations.

Taiwan Warns Citizens After 11 Sentenced to Death in Indonesia (2017-11-21)
(China Post, By Jay Chou and Elizabeth Hsu) Taiwan's representative to Indonesia warned Taiwanese travelers of the potential penalties for drug-related crimes in Indonesia, as 11 Taiwanese citizens have been sentenced to death in Indonesia in recent years. The Indonesian government has taken a much harder stance against drugs in recent years, giving rise to much stricter punishments.

Premier to Push New Immigration Policy (2017-11-28)
(CNA) Premier William Lai said the government will push a new immigration policy that encourages Southeast Asian students studying in Taiwan to apply for citizenship. There are also plans to establish a framework for permanent residency, through which they can obtain citizenship by marrying and having children in Taiwan.

Taiwan Trade Mission in Nigeria Set to Relocate to Lagos: Official (2017-11-29)
(CNA) Taiwan's trade mission in Nigeria will move to Lagos as it was ordered to move out of the capital Abuja by Nigeria's government, reportedly under Chinese pressure. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs plans to ask the Nigeria Trade Office in Taiwan to move as well as a retaliatory measure.

Ties With Palau Have Been a "Headache": David Lee
 (2017-11-29)
(CNA) Foreign Minister David Lee said Taiwan's diplomatic ties with Palau have been a "headache" but that the challenges are "surmountable." No further explanation was given, but some expect China is seeking to pressure Palau to switch its allegiance because of the increased number of Chinese tourists that have visited the island in recent years.

Foreign Students Urge Taiwan to Better Promote Itself as China Rises (2017-11-30)
(CNA) A group of foreign students called on Taiwan to better promote itself internationally, especially in light of China's growing power in the world. An American student said that when he told his classmates he was going to Taiwan, some had not even heard of it. Another student from the Grenadines said Taiwan's reputation is better than that of China but needs to do more to establish itself internationally.

Fishermen Protest Japanese Proposal to Change Diaoyutai's Name (2017-12-01)
(CNA) Fishermen in Yilan County expressed disapproval of a Japanese politician's intention to include the word Senkaku in the official name of the disputed islands. This move is seen as an attempt to reinforce Japan's sovereignty over the islands. The fishermen in Taiwan foresee this change impacting the relationship between Suao Township in Taiwan and Ishigaki in Japan on issues relating to fishing.

U.S. Defends Japan's Control of Diaoyutai Islands (2017-12-01)
(CNA) U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson opposes any unilateral action that would undermine Japan's administration of the Diaoyutai Islands, known as the Senkaku Islands in Japan. Tillerson reaffirmed the U.S.'s commitment to defending the security of Japan.

Schools Expand Exchanges with Southbound Nations (2017-12-02)
(Taipei Times, By Rachel Lin) Taiwanese universities have been further expanding exchange programs with schools in countries specifically targeted by the New Southbound Policy, including Malaysia, India, Australia, and several others. These exchanges range from academics within engineering, medicine, and the humanities to further education training. The New Southbound Policy continues to work towards better exchanges and relations with ASEAN members and other Asia-Pacific states.

US Urged to Enhance Ties with Taiwan in Dealings with Pyongyang (2017-12-03)
(Focus Taiwan, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Shih Hsiu-chuan) A former US official stated that through deepening relations with Taiwan, the US could better convince China to take a harder stance on denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. He explained that the recent launch of yet another North Korean missile has demonstrated that China has not taken the hardened stance that President Xi Jinping has assured President Donald Trump of. US President Trump has already made it clear to Chinese President Xi that the One-China Policy is not a policy set in stone in Washington.

North Korea Not an Adversary: Minister (2017-12-05)
(Taipei Times, By Lu Yi-hsuan and Jonathan Chin) Minister of National Defense Feng Shih-kuan stated yesterday that China poses a much bigger threat to Taiwanese security than North Korea currently does. He reassured the public that the Taiwanese military has the capability to detect and defend against North Korean missiles, should they come anywhere near Taiwan. He maintained that North Korea was not an adversary, although he did mention that Taiwan would offer humanitarian aid to any country affected by hostilities.

PLA, Military Balance and Arms Sales
President Vows to Build Sound Self-Defense Capabilities (2017-12-01)
(CNA) At a military ceremony, President Tsai Ing-wen reaffirmed her resolve to build strong self-defense capabilities for Taiwan. This ceremony marked the commission of 12 P-3C Orion maritime surveillance planes, acquired from the U.S. for 1.9 billion USD in 2007. These aircrafts are equipped with torpedoes and depth bombs that are designed to sink nuclear submarines and surface ships.

Taiwan Vows to Press On with Indigenous Arms Policy
 (2017-12-02)
(Kyodo) Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen vowed Friday to forge ahead with her administration’s policy of building military equipment at home despite an ongoing procurement scandal. Speaking at a commissioning ceremony held at a military base in Pingtung, southern Taiwan, Tsai called the scandal involving minesweepers for the navy an “isolated case” that would “not change the course of bolstering the indigenous arms industry”.

New P-3Cs to Thwart Any Submarine Attack: Military (2017-12-03)
(Taipei Times, By Aaron Tu and Jake Chung) The military stated that the 12 Lockheed P-3C Orion aircraft under the nation's control would be able to deter against the People's Liberation Army Navy, which is continuously growing. The PLAN's submarine fleet is rapidly growing, and these marine surveillance aircraft would be able to better assist in deterrence against the Chinese Navy. The new aircraft serve as a replacement for the older Grumman S-2 Tracker fleet.

INTERVIEW: Defense Needs Quality: Military R&D Head (2017-12-04)
(Taipei Times, By Su Yung-yao, Aaron Tu and Lu Yi-hsuan) Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology President Gao Chung-hsing discusses the role of the Institute in national defense, research, and supply-chain integration.
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

Combat Ready: Chinese Air Force Puts New Y-9 Transport Planes through Paces in South China Sea Drill
 (2017-12-02)
(South China Morning Post, By Sidney Leng) China’s home-grown Y-9 transport aircraft appears to be combat ready after completing its first long-distance exercise over the South China Sea. The People’s Liberation Army Air Force announced on its social media account on Saturday that a fleet of the aircraft from the Western Theatre Command flew thousands of kilometres to simulate an airdrop over an island in the contested waters before returning the same day.

The Korean Peninsula

Back to Normal? The End of the THAAD Dispute between China and South Korea (2017-11-22)
(Jamestown Foundation, By Jeongseok Lee) For President Xi, the final outcome of the economic coercion against South Korea may be considered a partial success. Although THAAD will remain in South Korea, he succeeded to draw Seoul’s reassurance to Beijing that South Korea will distance itself from a regional missile defense system and a potential anti-China coalition. This is not a minor achievement for China, which has to address the challenge of an emerging “Indo-Pacific” security network led by the United States.

China’s Korean Peninsula Balancing Act (2017-11-29)
(East Asia Forum, By Nate Kerkhoff) A Chinese delegation visited North Korea last week for a four-day goodwill visit, but was reportedly snubbed by Kim Jong-un. In late November, the foreign ministries of Beijing and Seoul announced a summit between presidents Moon and Xi to take place during a state visit in Beijing in December. It seems that Beijing is walking the metaphorical 38th parallel tightrope.

North Korea’s New Missile Is Bigger and More Powerful, Photos Suggest (2017-11-30)
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-hun) South Korean officials say that photographs from the North’s latest test suggest important technical improvements on missile systems.

In Call With Trump, Xi Restates Korean Denuclearization China's ‘Unswerving Goal’
 (2017-11-30)
(The Diplomat, By Charlotte Gao) Presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump had a telephone call shortly after North Korea's most recent missile launch to discuss the occurrence. President Xi emphasized the Chinese goal of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula and preserving peace within Northeast Asia. While President Trump tweeted about additional sanctions being placed on North Korea, Xinhua's official report did not include any indication of such.

In Call With Trump, Xi Restates Korean Denuclearization China's ‘Unswerving Goal’ (2017-11-30)
(The Diplomat, By Charlotte Gao) Presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump had a telephone call shortly after North Korea's most recent missile launch to discuss the occurrence. President Xi emphasized the Chinese goal of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula and preserving peace within Northeast Asia. While President Trump tweeted about additional sanctions being placed on North Korea, Xinhua's official report did not include any indication of such.

U.S. and South Korea Start Air Force Drills Amid Heightened Tensions (2017-12-04)
(New York Times, By Gerry Mullany) The exercises will include simulated strikes on North Korean nuclear and missile testing sites and come a week after the North tested a ballistic missile.

Chinese Air Force Holds Drills in ‘New Routes and Areas’ Near Korean Peninsula (2017-12-04)
(South China Morning Post, By Minnie Chan) China’s air force recently staged drills involving various aircraft through “routes and areas it has never flown before” over the Yellow and East seas near the Korean peninsula. Air force spokesman Shen Jinke made the announcement at an airport in northern China on Monday – the same day the United States and South Korea began their biggest joint air force exercise, and days after Pyongyang launched its most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile to date.

Other Regional Issues

The New Geopolitics of Trade in Asia
 (2017-11-15)
(Brookings, By Mireya Solís) President Xi moved once again to occupy, rhetorically, the space the United States vacated as champion of multilateralism and free trade. Addressing the same audience right after President Trump, he delivered a starkly different message. He defended the value of international trade as a win-win proposition and tool for development, and portrayed globalization as an unstoppable yet moldable force that could be more inclusive and balanced.
U.S.-China Relations
Avoiding War: Containment, Competition, and Cooperation in U.S.-China Relations (2017-11-21)
(Brookings, By David Dollar, Ryan Hass, Robert Kagan, Kenneth G. Lieberthal, Cheng Li, Mira Rapp-Hooper, Jonathan Stromseth, Bruce Jones, and Tarun Chhabra) On November 1, 2017, Brookings Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy Bruce Jones convened seven Brookings scholars and affiliates—David Dollar, Ryan Hass, Robert Kagan, Cheng Li, Kenneth Lieberthal, Mira Rapp-Hooper, and Jonathan Stromseth—to discuss the future of U.S.-China relations. The edited transcript below reflects their assessments of China’s current and future posture, and the American debate about how to respond.

U.S.-China Summits Point to Shift Toward Economic Statecraft 
 (2017-11-22)
(Jamestown Foundation, By Annie Kowalewski) However, focusing only on the United States’ domestic economy and withdrawing from the Asian-Pacific region ultimately diminishes the United States’ ability to shape the region to promote its own interests. While it is unclear whether President Trump will adopt an Asia strategy that focuses more on economic statecraft, what is clear is that the future of U.S.-Chinese relations and U.S.-Chinese influence in the Asia Pacific will be largely rooted in commercial and economic concerns.

America Just Quietly Backed Down Against China Again (2017-11-29)
(Foreign Policy, By Julian G. Ku) Port calls in Taiwan are not going to make or break U.S.-Taiwan policy. But it’s notable that Chinese government opposition may have convinced Congress to back off its more aggressive support for this idea; it should remind us of the difficulty of managing foreign policy from the legislative branch.

China, US Fight Over China’s Market Economy Status
 (2017-12-02)
(The Diplomat, By Charlotte Gao) The United States has submitted a document to the World Trade Organization opposing granting China the status of a market economy. This comes quickly after President Donald Trump's visit to China, where numerous trade deals were signed between the two countries. China's attempt at gaining Trump's favor failed as the Trump administration continues to take a hard stance on Chinese trade.

China Airs ‘Strong Dissatisfaction’ over US Statement to WTO (2017-12-02)
(Reuters) China’s Ministry of Commerce has expressed “strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition” to a statement by the United States to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) that it opposes granting China market economy status, Xinhua reported.

A Closer Look at Obama’s Trip to China   (2017-12-04)
(The Diplomat, By Charlotte Gao) Former US President Barack Obama just concluded a trip to China, India, and France, taking the trip shortly after current US President Donald Trump returned from his first trip to Asia. Obama spent the trip giving lectures and meeting privately with several people. One of the meetings included a meeting with the Dalai Lama, which would have brought upon a strong protest from Beijing if Obama were still President.
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
China's Domestic Politics

Chinese Senior General Commits Suicide Under Corruption Investigation
 (2017-11-29)
(The Diplomat, By Charlotte Gao) Zhang Yang, who was a member of the Chinese Military Commission, committed suicide on the morning of November 23. Zhang was under investigation for his ties to two other high-ranking military officials who had been brought down under President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign. Chinese authorities reacted strongly, claiming that he committed suicide under fear of punishment for corruption.

In China, Fears That New Anticorruption Agency Will Be Above the Law (2017-11-29)
(New York Times, By Chris Buckley) Mainstream lawyers and law professors in China are taking a risk in speaking out against a move that they say would violate the country’s Constitution.

China’s A.I. Advances Help Its Tech Industry, and State Security (2017-12-03)
(New York Times, By Paul Mozur and Keith Bradsher) Global car brands and Chinese authorities alike embrace iFlyTek’s voice recognition know-how, illustrating the dystopian possibilities behind the technology.

China’s Top Ideologue Calls for Tight Control of Internet (2017-12-03)
(New York Times, By Paul Mozur) Speaking to an audience that included the heads of Apple and Google, Wang Huning said China should be free to govern, and censor, its internet.

China’s Media Market Competition (2017-12-05)
(The Diplomat, By Mercy A. Kuo) Kecheng Fang discusses China's newfound interest and use of online media as well as the state control of such.

China's Foreign Relations

Fact-checking Critics of Chinese Aid (2017-11-28)
(East Asia Forum, By Alvin Camba) Pundits and journalists have often argued that Chinese loans are expensive and harmful to recipient countries. But they fundamentally misunderstand how Chinese aid and investment works across different countries. Criticisms of Chinese aid suffer from four crucial problems.

For the First Time, Chinese Communist Party to Hold a World Political Parties Dialogue
 (2017-11-29)
(The Diplomat, By Charlotte Gao) From November 30 to December 3, Beijing will be hosting a World Political Parties Dialogue for the CCP to meet with various political parties from around the world. Specific attendees have not yet been announced, and few media outlets have reported on the meeting. The purpose of the meeting seems to be to enable the CCP to have more influence in outside international politics.

China's Belt and Road Initiative: Prospects and Pitfalls
 (2017-11-30)
(The Diplomat, By Ashok Sajjanhar) In the short run, China hopes to encourage growth throughout Asia with its Belt and Road Initiative and pursue its goal of becoming the center of global supply and manufacturing networks. However, it faces several drawbacks as well, including cooperation with potentially unwilling neighbors, a large financial commitment, and potential political fallout from transparency issues.

Why China Wants Syria in its New Belt and Road (2017-11-30)
(The Diplomat, By Charlotte Gao) Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Political and Media Advisor to the Syrian President Bouthaina Shaaban to discuss issues regarding the Syrian Civil War. Wang talked about counter-terrorism, dialogue and reconstruction as the three avenues to address the Syrian crisis. He also mentioned the importance of international investments and assistance in reconstructing Syria in the long run, claiming China would make it a priority in foreign policy as well.

In China, Aung San Suu Kyi Finds a Warm Welcome (and No Talk of Rohingya) (2017-11-30)
(New York Times, By Jane Perlez) Myanmar’s civilian leader is turning to China for diplomatic and economic help as the Rohingya crisis frays relations with the United States.

What the Mugabe Coup Says about China’s Plans for Africa (2017-12-01)
(South China Morning Post, By Bobby Jordan) Mugabe’s downfall is knitted firmly into the story of Beijing’s increasingly active engagement on the world stage, notably in countries where Western nations have fallen out of favour.

Farewell Comrade: Why Communist China and Vietnam Are Drifting Apart (2017-12-03)
(South China Morning Post, By Cary Huang) Vietnam’s gradual political liberalisation has helped it improve its relationship with the United States and many of its neighbours in a region dominated by free democracies like Japan, India, Australia, South Korea and Taiwan, all of which are China’s political adversaries. The differing political directions of the world’s two biggest communist nations will only exacerbate any tensions between them. Beijing sees Hanoi’s move to embrace Western-style democracy as undermining its legitimacy, leaving it isolated on the international stage just at the very time international communism appears to be dying out.

Japan Ready to Cooperate with China on Global Trade Plan, Shinzo Abe Says (2017-12-04)
(Kyodo) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday expressed his intention to cooperate with Chinese President Xi Jinping’s pet cross-border infrastructure development project while stressing the need for open economic activity across Asia.

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