::: TSR Weekly Report
2018-05-22 | NO.41(72) epaper |
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New Publication Connecting Taiwan: Participation – Integration – Impacts, Edited by Carsten Storm (Routledge)
Cross-Strait Relations
 China Urged Not to Interfere After Taiwanese TV Series Suspended (2018-05-15)
(CNA, By Sabine Cheng and Evelyn Kao) The Ministry of Culture said that they hoped China did not interfere in the decision for a Taiwanese TV network to pull a drama from air allegedly following complaints from Chinese internet users. The network said that there was no political influence in their decision to pull the series. <Accessed 2018-05-17>

Tsai Urges PRC to Rebuild Mutual Trust (2018-05-15)
(Taipei Times/CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen said once again that she would be open to meeting with President Xi Jinping as long as no political preconditions were set for such a meeting. She commented that if North and South Korea could meet to discuss differences, the two sides of the Taiwan Strait could do so as well. She also said that acknowledging the 1992 Consensus would be an issue that would jeopardize Taiwanese sovereignty. <Accessed 2018-05-17>

Taiwan's Goodwill Toward China Has its Limits: MAC Chief (2018-05-17)
(CNA, By Miao Zong-han and Flor Wang) The Mainland Affairs Council Minister said that although Taiwan would continue to show goodwill towards China, they would not do so "without limit." He said that the government will respond in whatever ways they find necessary should Taiwan's security be threatened. He also said that he hopes both sides of the Taiwan Strait could sit down and negotiate in good faith with no political preconditions. <Accessed 2018-05-17>

Government's Cross-Strait Policies Have Majority Public Support: Poll (2018-05-17)
(CNA, By Miao Zong-han and Kuan-lin Liu) A public opinion survey commissioned by the Mainland Affairs Council revealed that over 70 percent of the public supports the government's policies to protect Taiwanese sovereignty. Furthermore, over 70 percent also are in favor of maintaining the cross-strait status quo. MAC said that some of these views have translated into anti-Beijing sentiments regarding recent events. <Accessed 2018-05-18>

Vatican, Beijing Deadlocked on Appointment of Bishops, Senior Taiwanese Clergyman Says (2018-05-18)
(South China Morning Post, By Mimi Lau) The Vatican will not abandon its right to appoint bishops, despite Beijing’s objections, meaning the two sides remain deadlocked in their efforts to normalise relations, according to a senior member of the Catholic Church in Taiwan. Archbishop John Hung Shan-chuan, who recently returned from an eight-day trip to Rome, said also that the Holy See would maintain ties with Taiwan no matter the outcome of its talks with Beijing. <Accessed 2018-05-22>

China's Saber Rattling on Taiwan in Vain: Defense Minister (2018-05-19)
(CNA, By Claudia Liu and Flor Wang) The Minister of National Defense said that China's constant threats toward Taiwan would not be successful. He further said that it would only succeed in generating resentment among the Taiwanese population for China. He said that Taiwan is feeling more challenges and pressure in the wake of recent international developments, but Taiwan will persevere as long as it sticks to its core values. <Accessed 2018-05-20>

Taiwan to Stick to "Status Quo": Source (2018-05-21)
(Taipei Times, By Chung Li-hua) An anonymous source said yesterday that Taiwan would stick to the status quo in terms of relations with Beijing. This comes in light of increased pressure from Beijing, both in terms of diplomatic allies as well as Beijing's forced barring of Taiwan's participation from the World Health Assembly conference. The source said that the Tsai administration would not cave into Chinese pressure. <Accessed 2018-05-21>

Does China Have a ‘Blacklist’ of Taiwan ‘Separatists’? (2018-05-17)
(The Diplomat, By J. Michael Cole) As normal for Chinese press conferences, the Taiwan Affairs Office neither confirmed nor denied the existence of a "blacklist" of Taiwan independence supporters held by the Chinese government. Even imagining the idea of such a list leads to troubling prospects. China has already been engaging in extraterritorial arrests, making the idea all the more threatening. <Accessed 2018-05-21>

UN Experts Call on Spain to Halt Extraditions to China (2018-05-18)
(Reuters) Human rights experts from the United Nations called on Spain on Friday to halt extraditions of Chinese and Taiwanese nationals to China because of concerns they would be exposed to the risk of torture, ill treatment or the death penalty. They cited the Dec. 2016 arrest of 269 suspects, including 219 Taiwanese, over their alleged involvement in telecom scams to defraud Chinese citizens in a police swoop dubbed Operation Wall. <Accessed 2018-05-22>

Beijing’s Threats Against Taiwan Are Deadly Serious (2018-05-22)
(Foreign Policy, By Derek Grossman) According to the Chinese nationalist tabloid Global Times, Beijing felt compelled to proceed with the exercises to “check ‘Taiwan independence’” and because “the US has been containing China on the Taiwan question.” And it’s been exactly Beijing’s perception or misperception of these two factors — the political status of Taiwan and how close Taipei and Washington have become — that have come to dominate cross-strait relations in recent months, substantially raising the risk of military conflict. <Accessed 2018-05-22>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
 172 US House Members Call for Taiwan's Inclusion in WHA (2018-05-17)
(CNA, By Rita Cheng, Elaine Hou and Evelyn Kao) A group of 172 US representatives from both political parties have sent a letter to the World Health Organization director calling for Taiwan's participation as an observer in the World Health Assembly conference. Taiwan did not secure an invitation to the conference prior to the registration deadline. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed its gratitude for the statement of support. <Accessed 2018-05-18>

Taiwan, US Get Down to the Business of Defense (2018-05-16)
(The Diplomat, By Gary Sands) The Taiwan-U.S. Defense Business Forum took place last week in Taiwan, allowing businesses and government officials to discuss cooperation on defense projects. China saw the summit as an encroachment on Chinese sovereignty, condemning defense cooperation between the US and Taiwan. Despite heavy threats, Beijing has not taken military action to resolve any issues regarding Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-05-21>

US Democratic Party Delegation Visits Taiwan (2018-05-21)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Elizabeth Hsu) Several members of the US Democratic National Committee are visiting Taiwan for six days. They will be learning about cross-strait issues as well as Taiwanese economic and political developments. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has thanked the DNC for their consistent commitment to Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-05-21>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
 Denying Taiwanese Reporters WHA Access "Unacceptable": IFJ (2018-05-15)
(CNA, By Lee Hsin-Yin) The president of the International Federation of Journalists said that the WHA denying Taiwanese journalists access to the proceedings would be a massive suppression of press freedom. He said that the decision could pave the way for "censorship," where reporters are turned away for reasons beyond their nationality. <Accessed 2018-05-17>

Taiwan Asks Allies to Talk to WHO on Press Access to Annual Assembly (2018-05-15)
(CNA, By Ku Chuan and Ko Lin) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it would ask Taiwan's diplomatic allies and friendly countries to speak on behalf of Taiwan regarding Taiwan's press access to the World Health Assembly. The application for two CNA reporters to attend was denied by the United Nations. The same application was turned down last year as well, and although no progress has been made, MOFA will continue its attempts to secure press access. <Accessed 2018-05-17>

The MOFA Challenge: Getting Diplomats to Speak ASEAN Languages (2018-05-15)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Very few Taiwanese diplomats are trained to speak the languages of Southeast Asia, despite the massive number of Southeast Asians who work or live in Taiwan. Through more study programs and better inclusion in job requirements, MOFA has addressed the language gap between diplomats and Southeast Asian citizens, slowly working to close the gap and better teach the languages. The New Southbound Policy has also encouraged people to learn these languages in order to better focus on the targeted countries of the policy. <Accessed 2018-05-17>

Taiwanese Bishops Visit Pope Francis, Give Updates on Taiwan (2018-05-15)
(CNA, By Huang Ya-shih and Kuan-lin Liu) Several delegates from the Chinese Regional Bishops' Conference met with Pope Francis on Monday. They discussed with him public sentiments as well as Taiwan's position on the international arena and invited the Pope to visit Taiwan as soon as possible. The Pope said that he well understands Taiwan's unique position. <Accessed 2018-05-17>

Canadian Official Says Position on Taiwan Unchanged (2018-05-17)
(Taipei Times/CNA TORONTO) The Canadian government issued a statement saying that its position on Taiwan has not changed. This comes in light of a Taiwanese protest of Air Canada, who recently changed the listing of Taipei on their website to "Taipei, CN," implying that Taiwan is a part of China. An official from the Canadian foreign affairs office further said that Canada does not wish to see Beijing put pressure on private enterprises. <Accessed 2018-05-17>

Association of Taiwan Journalists Protests Exclusion from WHA (2018-05-17)
(CNA, By Kuan-lin Liu and Yin Chun-chieh) The Association of Taiwan Journalists lodged an official protest with the United Nations after being refused press access for the World Health Assembly conference later this month. No explanation has been given as to why two CNA reporters had their request for access denied. <Accessed 2018-05-18>

At Least 25 Countries to Voice Support for Taiwan's WHA Bid (2018-05-17)
(CNA, By Wang Cheng-tsung and Flor Wang) A Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said that at least 25 countries would advocate on behalf of Taiwan in favor of Taiwan's participation in the World Health Assembly conference. These countries include Taiwan's diplomatic allies as well as several other friendly countries. <Accessed 2018-05-18>

Foreign Ministry Dismisses Rubio's Concerns Over Allies (2018-05-17)
(Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) After US Senator Marco Rubio said that Paraguay may be the next country to break diplomatic ties with Taiwan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stated that ties between Taiwan and Paraguay remain strong and stable. A spokesperson said that Taiwan would continue to consolidate its diplomatic relationships despite Beijing's recent poaching of several allies. <Accessed 2018-05-18>

Taiwanese-Canadian Association Calls for Boycott of Air Canada (2018-05-19)
(CNA, By Hu Yu-li and Kuan-lin Liu) The president of the Taiwanese-Canadian Association has called for a boycott of Air Canada following the airline's decision to change Taiwan's designation to be a part of China. The change came following a letter from China urging North American airlines to recognize Taiwan as a part of China. <Accessed 2018-05-20>

Palauan President Says He Would "Never" Break Off Ties with Taiwan in Interview (2018-05-19)
(Taipei Times/CNA) Palauan President Tommy Remengesau said in a Japanese interview that his country would never break ties with Taiwan, even in the face of growing pressure from Beijing. He also referred to China as an "important partner" and said he was willing to cooperate with China, although he would not break relations with Taiwan due to Taiwan's and Palau's mutual values. <Accessed 2018-05-20>

IOC Puts Foot Down on Idea of Changing Taiwan's Olympic Name (2018-05-19)
(CNA, By Lee Chin-wei and Kuan-lin Liu) The International Olympic Committee has announced that they will not approve any proposed name changes from Taiwan's current Olympics name, which is Chinese Taipei. Several groups had called for Taiwan to compete under its own name earlier this year. Taiwan's representative to the IOC had also admitted that the chances of competing under the name "Taiwan" were slim. <Accessed 2018-05-20>

Health Minister Arrives in Geneva to Make WHA Case for Taiwan (2018-05-19)
(CNA, By Tang Pei-chun, Dai Ya-chen and Kuan-lin Liu) Health Minister Chen Shih-chung arrived in Switzerland to hold several side events alongside the World Health Assembly conference. Taiwan was not invited to participate in the conference as an observer for the second year in a row. The events will revolve around holding bilateral meetings with various countries to discuss health cooperation. <Accessed 2018-05-20>

Proposal for Taiwan's Presence as WHA Observer Rejected (2018-05-21)
(CNA, By Tang Pei-chun, Tai Ya-chen and Ko Lin) The World Health Organization rejected a proposal for Taiwan's participation in the World Health Assembly conference sent in by 15 member-states. China and Pakistan openly opposed the proposal and argued against it. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Taiwan will never stop its efforts at securing an invitation to attend. <Accessed 2018-05-21>

15 Allies Propose Taiwan's Presence as WHA Observer (2018-05-21)
(CNA, By Tang Pei-chun, Tai Ya-chen and Elizabeth Hsu) Fifteen of Taiwan's diplomatic allies have proposed Taiwan's attendance to the World Heath Assembly conference as an observer state. Taiwan was not invited to the WHA for the second year in a row due to Chinese obstruction. <Accessed 2018-05-21>

President Welcomes Solomon Islands PM on First Visit to Taiwan (2018-05-21)
(CNA, By Lu Hsin-hui and Evelyn Kao) Solomon Islands Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela arrived on Sunday for his first official visit to Taiwan. President Tsai Ing-wen said in her greeting to him that Taiwan and the Solomon Islands have increased their friendship and cooperative efforts since the Prime Minister took office late last year. The Solomon Islands is also planning to speak on behalf of Taiwan to advocate for Taiwan's attendance to the World Health Assembly conference. <Accessed 2018-05-21>

Nauru Promises to Speak for Taiwan on International Stage (2018-05-21)
(CNA, By Lu Hsin-hui and Elizabeth Hsu) Nauru has responded to President Tsai Ing-wen's request to Taiwan's diplomatic allies, promising to speak for Taiwan's participation in the World Health Assembly conference. The President of Nauru thanked Taiwan for the assistance Taiwan has given the island nation and described the relationship between the two friends as stable. <Accessed 2018-05-21>

MOFA Protests Over Taiwan Media Exclusion from WHA (2018-05-21)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Evelyn Kao) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs asked the World Health Organization to respect freedom of press while protesting against the decision to exclude Taiwanese media from attending the World Health Assembly conference. It called for the inclusion of Taiwan into the global health network to prevent the spread of disease and so Taiwan could contribute to health initiatives. <Accessed 2018-05-21>
U.S.-China Relations
Jake Sullivan on the Future of American Foreign Policy in Asia (2018-05-16)
(The Diplomat, By Riddhima Yadav) Jake Sullivan, Chief Foreign Policy Advisor to Hillary Clinton, describes his vision for the future of American foreign policy as well as his views on the Trump administration's approach. <Accessed 2018-05-21>

Chinese Views on the U.S. National Security and National Defense Strategies (2018-05-16)
(Hoover Institution, By Michael D. Swaine) Although thus often propagandistic, Chinese sources also point out the inconsistent, contradictory, and hypocritical contents of the documents. And despite such criticisms, many Chinese sources express hope for future U.S.-China cooperation to avoid future conflict and address common global challenges. <Accessed 2018-05-22>

China Remains Low Key as 2nd Round of US-China Trade Talks Start
(The Diplomat, By Charlotte Gao) A Chinese delegation to discuss trade arrived in Washington, DC on May 15. They will be holding trade talks with representatives of the Trump administration in an effort to resolve the disputes that have arisen over the last few months. Chinese state media, however, has kept quiet about the visit, in contrast to the rest of the world, which is paying close attention. <Accessed 2018-05-21>

China Wants US Firms to Join Belt and Road Initiative Despite Washington’s Doubts over Project (2018-05-17)
(South China Morning Post, By Teddy Ng and Sarah Zheng) China wants to invite more American firms to participate in its transcontinental Belt and Road Initiative as it seeks more support from US business leaders amid its ongoing trade dispute with Washington. The decision to invite both US and Chinese companies to discuss the infrastructure initiative in the States in November follows two days of dialogue between officials and companies from the two countries in Beijing earlier this week. <Accessed 2018-05-22>

Trump’s Charm and Threats May Not Be Working on China. Here’s Why. (2018-05-21)
(New York Times, By Keith Bradsher) Chinese negotiators left Washington this weekend with a significant win: a willingness by the Trump administration to hold off for now on imposing tariffs on up to $150 billion in Chinese imports. China gave up little in return, spurning the administration’s nudges for a concrete commitment to buy more goods from the United States, and avoiding limits on its efforts to build new high-tech Chinese industries. <Accessed 2018-05-22>

U.S. Treasury Says Updates Trump on Chinese Investment Concerns (2018-05-21)
(Reuters) U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has given President Donald Trump an update on Treasury’s efforts to address concerns about Chinese investments in the United States, a Treasury spokeswoman said on Monday. <Accessed 2018-05-22>

China Turns to Japan as Surprise Source of Advice for Handling Donald Trump’s ‘Tough and Relentless’ Top Trade Negotiator (2018-05-22)
(South China Morning Post, By Catherine Wong) As China figures out how to deal with Robert Lighthizer, US President Donald Trump’s top trade negotiator, Beijing has turned to an unexpected rival for advice – Japan. A diplomatic source who has dealt with Lighthizer said Chinese officials and academics have reached out in recent months to foreign diplomats and former officials of American trading partners for wisdom on handling the US trade representative. <Accessed 2018-05-22>

Trump Says Not Pleased with How Trade Talks Went with China (2018-05-22)
(Reuters) President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he was not pleased with recent trade talks between the United States and China, but kept the door open for further negotiations. <Accessed 2018-05-22>

Can America Meet the China Challenge in Southeast Asia? (2018-05-22)
(East Asia Forum, By David Shambaugh) The United States is truly a multidimensional actor, while China remains primarily a single-dimensional power. Recognising this, the United States needs to capitalise on its strengths and develop a comprehensive plan to effectively compete with China in the region and undertake a major public diplomacy effort to educate Southeast Asians about what the United States has to offer. <Accessed 2018-05-22>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Domestic Politics in Mainland China

Xi’s System, Xi’s Men: After the March 2018 National People’s Congress (2018-05-17)
(Hoover Institution, By Barry Naughton) The technocrats are skilled and generally support market-oriented reforms. The reorganization is generally market-friendly, but its main purpose is to create a more disciplined and accountable administration to serve as an instrument for Xi Jinping. <Accessed 2018-05-22>

Beijing and Hong Kong

Lawfare Waged by the Hong Kong Government Is Crushing the Hopes of Democrats
(The Diplomat, By Benedict Rogers) The establishment Hong Kong government has been using old laws and rules to charge pro-democracy advocates and keep them silenced. The law is being used as an intimidation and silencing tactic. The problem lies within the abuse of law by the state. <Accessed 2018-05-21>

China's Foreign Relations

China’s Just Another Great Power in Africa (2018-05-17)
(East Asia Forum, By David H Shinn) China has become a major player but much of the commentary about its relationship with Africa is overwrought. While China’s tactics and perhaps even strategy are novel, it is just another major power pursuing its own interests — much as the United States, France and the United Kingdom are doing. <Accessed 2018-05-22>

Merkel Visit a Chance to Press China to Open Up: EU's Katainen
(Reuters) German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s trip to China this week is a good opportunity to press the Chinese to deliver on promises of trade liberalization, European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen said. <Accessed 2018-05-22>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

China Angers US after Landing Warplanes, Including H-6K Bomber, on South China Sea Reef (2018-05-19)
(South China Morning Post, By Zhenhua Lu) A Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force strategic bomber landed for the first time on an island reef in the South China Sea, something the US Department of Defence said “serves to raise tensions and destabilise the region”. A spokesman for the Pentagon, Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Logan, called the exercise an act of “China’s continued militarisation of disputed features in the South China Sea”. <Accessed 2018-05-22>

Itu Aba Journal: Island or Rock? Taiwan Defends Its Claim in South China Sea
(New York Times, By Steven Lee Myers) The same arbitration case that found Itu Aba to be a mere rock also rejected China’s claims in the Spratly Islands, but China simply declared the arbitration panel’s ruling moot. So did Taiwan, undercutting its own position that it seeks a peaceful resolution of the territorial disputes and a code of conduct that would govern activity in the waters. <Accessed 2018-05-22>

China’s Navy and Coastguard Stage First Joint Patrols Near Disputed South China Sea Islands as ‘Warning to Vietnam’ (2018-05-22)
(South China Morning Post, By Catherine Wong) China expelled at least 10 foreign fishing vessels in the first joint patrol staged by the Chinese navy and coastguard in the disputed waters of the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, state media has reported. News of the patrol, reported by the official military media on Sunday, came after China landed long-range bombers for the first time last week on an unspecified island reef in the South China Sea. <Accessed 2018-05-22>

The Korean Peninsula

Why North Korea Is Angered by ‘Libya Model’ in Nuclear Talks (2018-05-16)
(New York Times, By Megan Specia and David E. Sanger) North Korea’s fear of meeting the same fate as Libya — or maybe more specifically its leader meeting the same fate as Colonel Qaddafi — has appeared to factor into North Korea’s thinking about its own weapons program for years. <Accessed 2018-05-22>

Trump Casts Doubt on Planned Summit with North Korean Leader (2018-05-22)
(Reuters, By Jeff Mason and Steve Holland) U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday there was a “substantial chance” his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will not take place as planned on June 12 amid concerns that Kim is not committed to denuclearization. <Accessed 2018-05-22>

Trump-Kim Summit Meeting Is a ‘99.9% Done Deal,’ South Korea Says
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) Confronting growing doubts about whether a planned meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, would take place, a South Korean official said Monday that there was a “99.9 percent” chance of it happening. Speaking to reporters aboard South Korea’s Air Force One, Chung Eui-yong, a national security adviser to the country’s president, Moon Jae-in, played down recent reports that Mr. Trump had become nervous about meeting Mr. Kim in Singapore next month for a historic summit meeting. <Accessed 2018-05-22>

Trump’s Risky Gamble with North Korea (2018-05-22)
(East Asia Forum, By Liubomir Topaloff) This is the very beginning, not the end, of a long road that may one day lead to peace with a nuclear-free North Korea. Quite realistically, however, it may not, and US President Donald Trump’s administration may have actually increased the risk of large-scale conflict in the region. <Accessed 2018-05-22>

Other Regional Issues

Now Even Japan Is Pushing Back Against Trump’s Tariffs
(New York Times, By Motoko Rich) On Friday, Japan notified the World Trade Organization that it was reserving the right to impose retaliatory tariffs against the United States in response to tariffs on steel and aluminum imports proposed by President Trump. Japan has not yet filed a formal complaint with the W.T.O., but is signaling that it could impose the retaliatory measures if it does not gain tariff exemptions that it has been seeking from Washington. <Accessed 2018-05-22>

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