::: TSR Weekly Report
2018-06-12 | NO.42(2) epaper |
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Cross-Strait Relations
 Spy Plane Flies Near Taiwan’s Airspace During Annual Drills (2018-06-06)
(Taipei Times, By Lo Tien-pin, Chen Yi-chia, and Jonathan Chin)
On the first day of the Han Kuang military exercises, a People’s Liberation Army Air Force spy plane was noticed flying near Taiwan airspace. The airplane was intercepted by Japanese Self-Defense Forces fighter jets. <Accessed 2018-06-06>

KMT Vice Chair Meets with Head of China’s Top Political Advisory Body  (2018-06-06)
(CNA, By Chang Shu-ling and Evelyn Kao)
Hua Lung-bin, Vice Chairman of the Kuomintang, met with Wang Yang, the head of China’s top political advisory board, today to discuss cross-strait relations in the past, present, and future and their mutual opposition of Taiwanese independence. This meeting took place leading up to the 10th Straits Forum. <Accessed 2018-06-06>

Taiwan Name Change is Airline’s Matter: Canada (2018-06-08)
(Taipei Times, with CNA)
The Canadian government said that although it doesn’t support China’s pressure on Canadian airlines, it will not intervene in the decision of Air Canada to list Taiwanese cities as a part of China. Canada’s stance towards the China-Taiwan dispute is that it abides by the “one China” policy, in which it takes no stance besides supporting positive cross-strait relations. <Accessed 2018-06-09>

Over 60% Want Countermeasures Against China’s Suppression: Poll (2018-06-10)
(CNA, By Hsieh Chia-chen and Evelyn Kao)
Recent poll results released today by the Taiwan Cross-Strait Policy Association revealed respondents opinions on topics such as whether or not the government should countermeasures against China, the “1992 consensus”, cross-strait status quo, and other cross-strait related issues. It also polled respondents on hot domestic party politics topics. <Accessed 2018-06-10>

Will the Trump Administration Send a US Aircraft Carrier Through the Taiwan Strait? (2018-06-06)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) Despite increased US scrutiny of Chinese actions in the South China Sea as well as increasingly inflammatory rhetoric, the US is reportedly considering sending a warship through the Taiwan Strait. It would be a sign of commitment to Taiwanese security, but it would also be incredibly provocative towards China. It would, however, still be lawful. <RSS, Accessed 2018-06-12>

The Tsai Administration, Local Elections and China-Taiwan Relations (2018-06-11)
(The Diplomat, By Yoshiyuki Ogasawara) While China-Taiwan relations are not an issue in local elections in Taiwan, the results of local elections could affect the future of cross-strait relations. This holds especially true as President Tsai Ing-wen's party holds its approach to China relations close to its policy platform's center. China's two-pronged strategy of bringing Taiwan in line has been much more intense since 2016, and local elections will reflect how the general public views the DPP's responses. <RSS, Accessed 2018-06-12>

The Qantas Quandary: Is Taiwan in China? (2018-06-08)
(The Diplomat, By Grant Wyeth) Australian airline Qantas decided this week to change Taiwan's designation on its website to reflect that Taiwan is a province of China. However, the airline clarified that this was a decision of a private company and that the Australian government did not recognize Taiwan. Chinese President Xi Jinping has been much more assertive and aggressive in forcing foreign companies to fall in line with Chinese objectives. <RSS, Accessed 2018-06-12>

U.S.-Taiwan Relations
US-China Trade: Future of ICT Governance And Global Security (2018-06-05)
(The Diplomat, By Mercy A. Kuo) William Plummer, former vice president of external affairs at Huawei, offers an insight into information communication technologies and their impact on US-China trade as well as how the new trade disputes may affect the spread of ICTs. <Accessed 2018-06-12>

U.S.’ Reported New Arms Sales Policy a Positive Move: U.S. Experts
(CNA, By Leaf Chang and Evelyn Kao)
Two American experts on U.S.-China relations, Douglas Paal and Ian Easton, discussed the topic of U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and the recent development in U.S. policy that may allow these arms sales to occur on a case-by-case basis. They also discussed the Trump administration’s Taiwan policies, which still lack a formal strategy. <Accessed 2018-06-06>

Outgoing Deputy AIT Head Awarded Medal, Praises U.S. Taiwan Ties (2018-06-06)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh)
Robert Forden, outgoing American Institute in Taiwan deputy head, received the Friendship Medal of Diplomacy by Joseph Wu in recognition of his progress in promoting U.S.-Taiwan friendship. This award comes ahead of next week’s opening and dedication of the new AIT compound. <Accessed 2018-06-06>

US Draft Bill Calls for Troops to Join Taiwan's Annual Drill (2018-06-07)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Joseph Yeh) The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2019, passed by the US Senate Armed Forces Committee, includes a provision calling for US troops to participate in Taiwanese drill exercises in light of growing threats from Beijing. The Act reiterates the importance of the Taiwan Relations Act and the commitment to security the United States has offered Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-06-08>

Foreign Ministry Downplays AIT Ceremony Rumor (2018-06-08)
(Taipei Times, By Lu Yi-hsuan)
There have been many rumors about who the U.S. might send as a representative for the upcoming opening of the new American Institute in Taiwan compound, including Donald Trump Jr, John Bolton, and Marie Royce. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that they have not received information about the candidate but welcome any US official or member of US Congress. <Accessed 2018-06-09>

Pro-Taiwan Congressman Visits Taiwan for AIT Compound Dedication (2018-06-10)
(CNA, By Ku Chuan and Evelyn Kao) 
Ahead of the upcoming June 12th dedication of the new American Institute of Taiwan (AIT) compound, U.S. Representative and Congressional Taiwan Caucus co-chair Gregg Harper will visit Taiwan to witness the dedication in addition to showing Congress’s support for Taiwan. Harper has a long history of helping Taiwan through Congress. <Accessed 2018-06-10>

U.S. State Dept. Official Visiting Taiwan for AIT Dedication  (2018-06-10)
(CNA, By Ku Chuan and Evelyn Kao)
The U.S. State Department’s assistant secretary of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Marie Royce, is visiting Taiwan to participate in the dedication of the new American Institute of Taiwan compound. Ms. Royce will participate in a range of activities to promote U.S.-Taiwan friendship on her trip. <Accessed 2018-06-10>

New AIT Complex Shows U.S.-Taiwan Friendship: U.S. Senators (2018-06-12)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Frances Huang)
On Monday in a Senate floor preceding, two U.S. senators Cory Gardner and Marco Rubio said the Tuesday dedication of the new American Institute in Taiwan represented the U.S.’s commitment to furthering the U.S.-Taiwan friendship. The two senators also encouraged the U.S. and Taiwan to fight back against increasing pressure from Beijing. <Accessed 2018-06-12>

New Compound Important Symbol of US Commitment to Taiwan: AIT Head (2018-06-11)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) James Moriarty arrived in Taiwan on Sunday to attend the dedication ceremony of the new American Institute in Taiwan complex. He has described it as an "important symbol" for US-Taiwan relations, as the office represents US interests in Taiwan in the absence of true diplomatic relations. It is his fourth visit to Taiwan since his appointment as AIT chairman. <Accessed 2018-06-12>

New AIT Complex Shows US Commitment to Taiwan: Congressman (2018-06-11)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Gregg Harper, a US congressman, said that the opening of the new AIT complex represents the continued commitment from the United States to relations with Taiwan. He is currently visiting Taiwan to attend the opening ceremony for the new complex, scheduled for Tuesday. <Accessed 2018-06-12>

US Has Set Aside Armored Carriers for Export: Source (2018-06-11)
(Taipei Times, By Lo Tien-pin and Jonathan Chin) An anonymous Ministry of National Defense official revealed that the US has promised to sell Taiwan 36 Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV-7) from a reserve stock, where the sale would not be subject to other buyers. This stock was supposedly set aside specifically for Taiwan as demand for the vehicle has exceeded expectations in the US. They will be delivered in two batches, in 2020 and 2021. <Accessed 2018-06-12>

U.S. Unveils an Office in Taiwan, but Sends No Top Officials (2018-06-12)
(New York Times, By Chris Horton) The United States unveiled its unofficial embassy in Taiwan’s capital on Tuesday, holding a low-key ceremony that signaled its support for the self-governing island while also trying to avoid a bigger clash with China, which claims Taiwan as its territory. While Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, and her predecessor both attended the dedication of the new, $250 million compound of the American Institute in Taiwan, the highest-ranking attendee from Washington was Marie Royce, the assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs. <Accessed 2018-06-12>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan Donates US$100,000 for Guatemala Volcano Disaster Relief (2018-06-06)
(CNA, By Ku Chuan and Evelyn Kao)
Following the destructive eruption of the Fuego Volcano in Guatemala, Taiwan has donated US$100,000 in relief efforts to its ally. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will continue to stay updated on the situation and may provide more assistance depending on the country’s needs. <Accessed 2018-06-06>

Taiwan Urges Cooperation in Disputed Waters: Maritime Official  (2018-06-06)
(CNA, By Shuh Hsiu-chuan)
The head of the newly established Ocean Affairs Council, Hwung Hwung-hweng, said yesterday that regional partners should collaborate on a solution to the Okinotori fishing disagreement between Taiwan and Japan. Hwung also promoted cooperating with other Southeast Asian nations through the New Southbound Policy. <Accessed 2018-06-06>

Qantas Defends Listing Taiwan as a Part of China (2018-06-06)
(Taipei Times, With AFP)
Qantas, the Australian airline company, defended its decision to list Taiwan as a part of China, saying that it was complying with international norms and had no interest in letting politics influence business. Air Canada made similar statements in defending its Taiwan name change, as well. <Accessed 2018-06-06>

Canada Opposes China Pressuring Firms on Taiwan Designation: Envoy (2018-06-07)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) The head of the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei said that Canada is opposed to the government of China pressuring Canadian firms to list Taiwanese cities as part of China. Canada maintains a one-China policy, but the country will not take any position on China's views on Taiwan. The representative said that Canada is in favor of maintaining the cross-strait status quo and encouraged dialogue between China and Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-06-08>

Taiwan Asks FIFA World Cup Fan Registration Website to Correct Naming (2018-06-07)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and William Yen) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs commented on the 2018 FIFA World Cup FAN ID website, which currently has Taiwan's name listed as a part of China. Taiwan's representative office in Russia has been instructed to contact the website and correct the name. Negotiations with Russian authorities are ongoing. <Accessed 2018-06-08>

Taiwan's Future Depends on the Japan-America Security Alliance (2018-06-07)
(National Interest, By Kerry Gershaneck) Furthermore, the ROC benefits from a Japan that works effectively with its only treaty ally, the United States. While the relationship looks good on paper, there are vexing shortcomings in the security alliance and with Japan’s defense structure that could have devastating consequences. <Accessed 2018-06-11>

KMT Must Stick to Original Rules in Primaries: Ma (2018-06-08)
(Taipei Times, By Shih Hsiao-kuang)
Following criticism regarding the Kuomintang Central Standing Committee’s decision last week to change its rules in the selection of the Hsinchu County commissioner candidate, both former president Ma Ying-jeou and former KMT chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu have urged the committee to adhere to the original rules. <Accessed 2018-06-09>

Relationship with Taiwan to Last for Generations: eSwatini King (2018-06-08)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan)
On Friday at the signing of a Taiwan-eSwatini economic cooperation agreement which promotes eSwatini’s development, King Mswati III assured Tsai Ing-wen of the two countries’ strong friendship, which would continue to grow in the future despite China’s hopes. eSwatini is Taiwan’s last remaining African diplomatic ally. <Accessed 2018-06-09>

Annual Han Huang Live-Fire Drills Meet Goals: Defense Ministry (2018-06-08)
(CNA, By Liu Lee-jung and William Yen) The Defense Minister announced that the annual Han Kuang live-fire military drills had ended on Friday and said that all goals had been met. He said that the military had the ability to sufficiently defend the country and that it could create multiple dilemmas for the enemy. Both civilian and military resources have been used. <Accessed 2018-06-09>

UK University Ranking List Removes China Flag After Taiwan Protest (2018-06-09)
(CNA, By Tai Ya-chen and Frances Huang) Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd., a website providing information on higher learning institutions, has removed the Chinese flag from a web page with a list of Taiwanese universities following complains from Taiwan. Taiwanese media suspects that the initial decision to use the Chinese flag comes from Chinese pressure. The website also removed all national flags next to university names, but also added "Taiwan" as the official location for Taiwanese universities. <Accessed 2018-06-09>

Taiwan-South Korea Reciprocal E-Gate Program to Kick Off (2018-06-09)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Frances Huang) In an effort to boost visitors into both countries, a reciprocal e-gate program between Taiwan and South Korea is set to begin at the end of June. Wait times for passport processing for visitors between the two countries should be significantly cut and hopefully will boost tourism numbers for both partners. <Accessed 2018-06-09>

Taiwan's Humanitarian Efforts Help Put Its Name on World Stage (2018-06-09)
(CNA, By Ku Chuan, Elaine Hou and Ko Lin) Former ambassadors to Haiti and eSwatini have said that Taiwan will stand out on the world stage through its contributions to humanitarian efforts. They said that Taiwan should work with its diplomatic allies more and continue international aid projects. <Accessed 2018-06-09>

Military Drill Held in Kinmen Following Han Kuang Exercise (2018-06-10)
(CNA, By You Kai-hsiang and Shih Hsiu-chuan)
Today the Kinmen Defense Command held a military drill aimed at testing and strengthening special forces troops in infiltration tactics. The exercise also involved defensive operations and was completed with time to spare. <Accessed 2018-06-10>

Ties Urged for Taiwanese, Japanese City Councilors (2018-06-10)
(Taipei Times, By Cheng Hung-ta and Sherry Hsiao)
The Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) and Taiwan 2020 Campaign Council yesterday called for the formation of an association of Taiwanese and Japanese city councilors which would aim to push back against Chinese pressure. The idea was approved by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is very supportive of Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-06-10>
U.S.-China Relations
China-US Ties ‘Strained by Washington’s Mixed Signals over Taiwan’, But Mattis Trip Still On (2018-06-06)
(South China Morning Post, By Catherine Wong) The Pentagon’s decision to increase its military support for Taiwan is likely to intensify the strategic rivalry between mainland China and the United States, even as sources say US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis’s highly anticipated trip to Beijing is still set to go ahead. <Accessed 2018-06-12>

Does Praise for China Make Group a ‘Foreign Agent’? Republicans Say It Might
(New York Times, By Austin Ramzy) Two House Republicans have questioned a prominent American environmental group, contending that by praising China’s efforts to reduce pollution while criticizing American shortcomings it could be working as an agent of Chinese influence. <Accessed 2018-06-12>

Trump Strikes Deal to Save China’s ZTE as North Korea Meeting Looms
(New York Times, By Ana Swanson) President Trump handed the Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE a lifeline on Thursday, agreeing to lift tough American sanctions over the objections of Republican lawmakers, his defense advisers and some of his own economic officials. The deal will help defuse tensions with the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, who personally asked Mr. Trump to intervene to save ZTE and whom the president has relied on to help pave the way for next week’s summit meeting with the North Korean leader. <Accessed 2018-06-12>

U.S. Issues Alert to Americans in China in Wake of Sonic Attack Fears
(New York Times, By Jane Perlez and Steven Lee Myers) The State Department issued a health alert on Friday to American citizens living or traveling in China, advising them to seek medical attention if they experienced “auditory or sensory phenomena” similar to those experienced by American diplomats evacuated to the United States. <Accessed 2018-06-12>

US-China Trade: Future of ICT Governance And Global Security (2018-06-05)
(The Diplomat, By Mercy A. Kuo) William Plummer, former vice president of external affairs at Huawei, offers an insight into information communication technologies and their impact on US-China trade as well as how the new trade disputes may affect the spread of ICTs. <RSS, Accessed 2018-06-12>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
China's Foreign Relations

As US and EU Square Up on Trade, One Country Stands to Benefit: China
(South China Morning Post, By Kerry Brown) This concern about China’s mercantilist behaviour is something the EU and US have raised at their separate high-level bilateral dialogues with Beijing many times. They have aimed to have greater market access, to get fairer treatment for their exporters, and, over the years, have used trade weapons like tariffs and anti-dumping measures. <Accessed 2018-06-12>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

China Puts Missiles Back on Contested South China Sea island as United States Pushes Allies for Bigger Military Presence in Waters (2018-06-11)
(South China Morning Post, By Catherine Wong) China has redeployed missiles it removed last week from a disputed island in the South China Sea amid rising tensions with the United States, satellite images show. Israeli intelligence firm ImageSat International (ISI) said images taken on Friday indicated that China had returned its surface-to-air missile systems on Woody Island, known in China as Yongxing Island, in the Paracels “exactly to the positions they were”. <Accessed 2018-06-12>

The Korean Peninsula

PacNet #40 - Complete, Verifiable, and Irreversible Dismantlement of North Korean Nuclear Program or Cooperative, Verifiable, and Irreversible Demilitarization? (2018-06-11)
(Center for Strategic and International Studies, By Hanbyeol Sohn and Hyuk Kim) Likewise, the focal point for the US-North Korea summit is how complete and irreversible dismantlement (CID) can be verified. This article briefly explores what CID means in the current context, identifies six elements necessary for verification, and offers some recommendations. <Accessed 2018-06-12>

Pentagon and Seoul Surprised by Trump Pledge to Halt Military Exercises
(New York Times, By Eric Schmitt) President Trump’s pledge on Tuesday to cancel military exercises on the Korean Peninsula surprised not only allies in South Korea but also the Pentagon. Hours after Mr. Trump’s announcement in Singapore, American troops in Seoul said they are still moving ahead with a military exercise this fall — Ulchi Freedom Guardian — until they receive guidance otherwise from the chain of command. <Accessed 2018-06-12>

Taiwan Think Tanks View Trump-Kim Meeting in Positive Light
(CNA, By Pan Tzu-yu and Evelyn Kao)
Four Taiwanese economic think tanks expressed today their opinions of summit that occurred today between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. While they did not believe the summit would produce substantial policy breakthroughs, they did think the meeting was taking a step in the right direction, which would have positive political and economic impacts. <Accessed 2018-06-12>

The Trump-Kim Summit: Good News for China (2018-06-13)
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) The question of China was evident throughout the summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump in Singapore as the two leaders discussed the future of their relationship. Trump also clarified that he would be working with China to iron out the finer details of any agreements with North Korea. China has plenty to be pleased with, but the question remains as to what China's role moving forward will be. <RSS, Accessed 2018-06-12>

Other Regional Issues

Deja Vu All Over Again in US–Japan Trade
(East Asia Forum, By Aurelia George Mulgan) Given US President Donald Trump’s obsession with trade deficits, his targeting of the United States’ top five trade deficit partners is no surprise. Japan is number three on this list after China and Mexico, so Tokyo could expect to find itself in the crosshairs for tariff hikes. <Accessed 2018-06-12>

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