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Cross-Strait Relations
China’s Intensifying Pressure Campaign against Taiwan (2018-06-19)
(Jamestown Foundation, By Russell Hsiao) As Beijing’s external pressure on Taiwan grows, pressure for action is building on the Tsai administration, both from the opposition as well as from within her own party. The confluence of these factors will make it harder for the Tsai administration to sustain her administration’s pragmatic efforts to maintain the “status quo” in cross-Strait relations without greater international support. <Accessed 2018-06-27>

China Slaps Anti-Dumping Tariffs on Taiwan Petrochemical Products
 (2018-06-23)
(CNA, By Liao Yu-yang and Frances Huang) China has implemented anti-dumping tariffs on petrochemical imports from South Korea, Taiwan, and the United States after accusing them of selling certain products at unfairly low prices. The tariffs begin June 23 and will remain in place for five years. <Accessed 2018-06-24>

New Mainland Affairs Council Deputy Ministers Named (2018-06-22)
(CNA, By Miao Zong-han and William Yen)
Chen Ming-chi and Lee Li-chen were announced as the new deputy ministers of the Mainland Affairs Council Friday. Chen said he hopes to work with the Straits Exchange Foundation and is hopeful for future cooperation between Taiwan, China, Macau, and Hong Kong. <Accessed 2018-06-24>

Presidential Office’s Yao Appointed to SEF Post (2018-06-22)
(Taipei Times, with CNA)
Presidential Office Deputy Secretary-General Yao Jen-to, who is known to be opposed to Taiwanese independence, was elected as the vice-chairman and secretary general of the Straits Exchange Foundation. He asserted that his personal politics would not affect his ability to do his job promoting people-to-people exchanges between China and Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-06-24>

U.S. Voices Concern Over Attempts to Change Cross-Strait Status Quo (2018-06-22)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Y.F. Low)
Alex Wong, a U.S. State Department official, expressed his concerns Thursday over China’s recent actions that threaten cross-Strait stability. Wong also discussed the important role Taiwan plays as a promoter of reform throughout the Pacific. <Accessed 2018-06-24>

President Tsai's Willingness to Meet Xi a Goodwill Gesture: DPP (2018-06-25)
(CNA, By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Ko Lin) The DPP today said that President Tsai Ing-wen's greatest gesture of goodwill was her willingness to meet with Xi Jinping. They said that she maintains her commitment to cross-strait stability through her willingness to meet and negotiate with Xi Jinping, although she would only do so under no political conditions. <Accessed 2018-06-26>

Democracy is Beijing’s Worst Enemy, Lee Says (2018-06-26)
(Taipei Times, with CNA)
Former president Lee Teng-hui on Sunday discussed China’s tactics in its attempt to reunify Taiwan with the mainland and insisted that Taiwan would not succumb to China’s pressure but would instead establish itself on the world stage. He also said that China’s greatest enemy is its lack of democracy and freedom, which would benefit all Chinese people. <Accessed 2018-06-26>

China Senses Failure to Win Over Taiwanese: Ex-U.S. Official  (2018-06-26)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Frances Huang)
Thomas J. Christensen, former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, said Monday that China has made many attempts to win over the Taiwan public but that China recognized the failure of those and has turned to intimidation tactics instead. He also looked to the upcoming 2020 election as a time that will further strain cross-Strait relations. <Accessed 2018-06-26>

U.S.-Taiwan Relations
 US Senate Passes Bill Calling for Troops to Join Taiwan Drills (2018-06-19)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Y.F. Low) The United States Senate's fiscal year 2019 annual defense policy bill includes a recommendation for troops to participate in military drills with Taiwan over the year. The House of Representatives passed a similar bill in late May. The bill also encourages bilateral cooperation on humanitarian projects and disaster relief among other projects. <Accessed 2018-06-20>

The US Opens a New Compound in Taiwan. It’s Business As Usual. (2018-06-18)
(The Diplomat, By James X. Morris) On June 12, the American Institute in Taiwan opened its new compound in Taipei. Despite fears that Beijing would comment or retaliate against the new step in US-Taiwan relations, nothing eventful beyond the ceremony took place on the day of its opening. US leadership stated during the opening ceremonies that the US would not use Taiwan as a bargaining chip in negotiations with China. <Accessed 2018-06-20>

Planned Visit by MAC Head to Washington Confirmed (2018-06-21)
(CNA, By Miao Zong-han and Evelyn Kao) Chen Ming-tong, the Mainland Affairs Council's minister, will be visiting Washington, DC in July. He will be the first MAC head to visit Washington since the DPP took power over the Taiwanese government. He will be giving a speech to the Heritage Foundation and meet with several US government officials. <Accessed 2018-06-23>

Taiwan's Presence at SelectUSA Reflects Close Ties: US Official (2018-06-21)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Shih Hsiu-chuan) Taiwan's participation in the SelectUSA Investment Summit reflects Taiwan's close ties to the United States, according to the acting deputy assistant secretary of the US State Department. A 120-member Taiwanese delegation reflects over 60 Taiwanese companies at the summit held in Washington every year. The DAS also mentioned how much Taiwanese-American relations have progressed over the past year. <Accessed 2018-06-23>

US Congressman Submits Resolution for Formal Ties with Taiwan  (2018-06-21)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh, Joseph Yeh and Flor Wang) U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher submitted a new resolution to the House Foreign Affairs Committee suggesting that the United States resume formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan. The resolution states that the One China Policy is obsolete and does not reflect the fact that Taiwan has effectively been a sovereign state for half a century. He also argued that the United Nations and other international organizations should recognize Taiwan as a full participant. <Accessed 2018-06-23>

President Tsai Vows Continued Cooperation with U.S. (2018-06-22)
(CNA, By Yeh Su-Ping and Flor Wang)
President Tsai Ing-wen said Friday that despite changes in the Asia-Pacific region and increased pressure from China, Taiwan will continue to increase cooperation with the world, specifically the U.S. Tsai recalled many recent positive developments in Taiwan-U.S. relations and looked forward to continuing cooperation moving forward. <Accessed 2018-06-24>

Taiwan Still Seeking Steel Tariff Exemption from US: Top Negotiator (2018-06-23)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh, Kuo Hisn-yi and Frances Huang) John Deng said that Taiwan would still be seeking an exemption from the United States's new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Taiwan has so far failed to secure an exemption, although it has been in negotiations since the tariffs were announced. Taiwan has also launched investigations into subsidies given to Chinese-made products in an effort to have a bargaining chip in negotiations with the United States. <Accessed 2018-06-24>

MND Declines to Comment on Reported Medical Aid Drill with U.S. (2018-06-24)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Evelyn Kao)
According to a report by the Liberty Times, Taiwan’s military will join a United States medical emergencies military drill in November in order to promote medical and humanitarian assistance exchanges between Taiwan and the U.S. The Ministry of National Defense declined to comment on this report. <Accessed 2018-06-24>

US, Taiwan Partners in Inclusive Digital Future: AIT Head (2018-06-25)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) American Institute in Taiwan Director Kin Moy said that the United States and Taiwan could be partners in shaping the digital future at the opening of a symposium on artificial intelligence. He discussed both the fears people have about AI as well as how AI could be beneficial for the future and how the technology gives the US and Taiwan a reason to conduct more exchanges. <Accessed 2018-06-26>

Taiwan Said to be Asked to Join US Relief Drill (2018-06-25)
(Taipei Times, By Lo Tien-pin and Jonathan Chin) A senior defense official claims that the United States has invited Taiwan to participate in a training mission in August in the Solomon Islands. The official said that Washington has been considering giving Taiwan a greater role in the Pacific Partnership, although these discussions have not been made public. The Solomon Islands are a diplomatic ally of Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-06-26>

Why Donald Trump’s Threatened Trade War with China Could Also Hurt South Korea, Japan and Taiwan (2018-06-27)
(South China Morning Post, By Jane Cai and Sarah Zheng) A full-blown trade war between the United States and China is likely to damage the economies of American allies such as South Korea, Japan and Taiwan because they supply the bulk of components and raw materials used in the exports targeted by Donald Trump. <Accessed 2018-06-27>

US Names Career Diplomat Brent Christensen as Unofficial Envoy to Taiwan (2018-06-27)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Washington has appointed a career diplomat as its unofficial envoy to Taiwan in a move analysts say shows it is trying to avoid further antagonising Beijing. Brent Christensen, who has nearly three decades of diplomatic experience and is well versed in Taiwan and mainland affairs, will succeed Kin Moy as director of the American Institute in Taiwan, Washington’s de facto embassy in the absence of official ties with the island. <Accessed 2018-06-27>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
 Taiwan Protests Name Change by Japanese Airlines (2018-06-19)
(CNA, By Ku Chuan and Evelyn Kao) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has complained to several Japanese airlines after the Chinese-language versions of the websites began listing Taiwan as "China Taiwan" following pressure from Beijing. The designation just remains "Taiwan" in Japanese and other language websites. <Accessed 2018-06-20>

President Tsai Thanks Belize, St. Lucia for Support of Taiwan (2018-06-19)
(CNA, By Lu Hsin-hui and Frances Huang) President Tsai Ing-wen offered her gratitude to a visiting delegation of parliamentarians from Belize on Tuesday, saying that the delegations visit would strengthen bilateral relations and that Belize was a committed ally for Taiwan. She also thanked St. Lucia for similar reasons, as they often vocally defend Taiwan's right to participate in international organizations. <Accessed 2018-06-20>

President Tsai Vows to Expand Taiwan’s International Space (2018-06-20)
(CNA, By Yeh Su-Ping and Evelyn Kao)
In a meeting with young North American leaders on Wednesday, President Tsai Ing-wen assured the audience that despite China’s efforts, Taiwan will not be left out of cooperating in the international community. She said the Taiwan government is actively increasing its efforts to contribute to the international community, which she feels could benefit from hearing about Taiwan’s development experience. <Accessed 2018-06-21>

Taiwan Donates Rice to Guatemala Volcano Disaster Relief (2018-06-21)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Ko Lin) Following the Fuego volcano eruption in early June, Taiwan has donated 1000 metric tons of rice to Guatemala. Guatemala and Taiwan are diplomatic allies, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that the donation follows another US$100,000 donation Taiwan made immediately following the eruption. Over 100 people have been killed due to the volcano's eruption. <Accessed 2018-06-23>

Legislator Urges Caution in Battle Over Designation (2018-06-21)
(Taipei Times, By Nadia Tsao and William Hetherington) DPP Legislator Lo Chih-cheng said on Wednesday that the government should exercise caution when considering a response to Beijing's instruction to international airlines over their designations of Taiwan. The government is considering calling for a boycott of any airlines that comply with Beijing's demand. Lo said that the efforts to respond may be "expensive and time-consuming" with no guaranteed results. <Accessed 2018-06-23>

New Envoy to the Philippines Vows to Maintain Ties (2018-06-22)
(Taipei Times, with CNA)
Ahead of assuming his new position as representative to the Philippines, Michael Hsu said he looks ahead to expanding bilateral exchanges between Taiwan and the Philippines. He said that the main focus of expanding exchanges will be in agricultural and fishery exchanges. <Accessed 2018-06-24>

DPP Brass Come Out in Support of Yao Mayoral Bid (2018-06-24)
(Taipei Times, By Lee I-chia)
Despite speculation from some KMT members that the DPP is not fully on board with its nominee for Taipei mayor, Pasuya Yao, many DPP members expressed their support for him following his first large election event Saturday. Many DPP legislators attended the event to express their confidence in his ability. <Accessed 2018-06-24>

Australia Sent Refugees to Taiwan for Urgent Medical Care: MOFA (2018-06-24)
(CNA, By Ku Chuan and Evelyn Kao)
Taiwan has provided medical care for over ten Australian refugees being held on Nauru under the memorandum of understanding between Australia and Taiwan. Taiwan also aims to help its diplomatic allies, such as Nauru, develop their own standards of medical care. <Accessed 2018-06-24>

Taiwan Committed to Assisting in Global Medical Care (2018-06-25)
(CNA, By Lu Hsin-hui and Flor Wang) The Presidential Office announced that Taiwan would remain committed to assisting in global healthcare efforts despite pressure from Beijing. The news comes after the Museum of Foreign Affairs confirmed that Taiwan was providing medical care for 10 refugees held by Australia on Nauru under a Memorandum of Understanding. <Accessed 2018-06-26>

President Calls on Action Against Anti-Democratic Forces (2018-06-25)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan) President Tsai Ing-wen called on countries supporting democracy to stand against anti-democratic forces around the world and promised that Taiwan would never stand down. She spoke at the Global Solidarity of Democracy in Taiwan Forum hosted by the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, where delegations from several pro-democracy organizations around the world attended to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the TFD. <Accessed 2018-06-26>

Taiwanese Should Be Proud of Deal on Refugees: FM (2018-06-26)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh)
Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said Tuesday that Taiwanese citizens should be proud of the medical assistance Taiwan gave to refugees. He notably did not address concerns regarding Australia’s system of dealing with refugees and asylum seekers. The Australian Office Taipei also thanked Taiwan for this medical care. <Accessed 2018-06-26>

U.S.-China Relations
 US-China Trade War Could Benefit China in Long Run: Expert (2018-06-19)
(CNA, By Stanley Cheung and William Yen) Tse Kwok Leung, head of Policy and Economic Research at Bank of China (Hong Kong), said that as a result of the US-China trade war, China would be forced to reorganize its industrial structure over the medium to long term, which would be beneficial to its economy in the long term. Since the current Asia-Pacific industrial chain has taken years to develop, the trade war will certainly affect it in the short term. China has said that they will retaliate over recent US tariffs, so a trade war seems likely. <Accessed 2018-06-20>

US-China Trade Impact on Markets May Be Short-Lived: Scholars (2018-06-19)
(CNA, By Pan Tzu-yu and Frances Huang) Several economists from Taiwan have said that the market impacts of the budding US-China trade war may be short-lived as the two countries still have time to negotiate an agreement to the disputes. China has threatened to retaliate against the United States following President Donald Trump imposing large new tariffs against Chinese goods. <Accessed 2018-06-20>

Here Come the US-China Tariffs (2018-06-16)
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) The United States and China have both announced new developments in the budding trade war, including that each side would launch new tariffs against the other on July 6. Beijing's "Made in 2025" policy is at the center of the trade war as it threatens the US in the areas of production of high-tech products. As negotiations between the two have failed, now the two must decide which will back down first. <Accessed 2018-06-20>

No War But Trade War (2018-06-16)
(The Diplomat, By Robert Farley) Following the US's announcement of new sanctions against Chinese goods, the Chinese have promised to retaliate in turn against the actions taken by the Trump administration. The announcement stands in stark contrast from the earlier agreement that the trade disputes would be put on hold. <Accessed 2018-06-20>

President Calls Meeting on Simmering U.S.-China Trade War (2018-06-20)
(CNA, By Liao Yu-yang and Flor Wang)
President Tsai Ing-wen and high-ranking officials met Wednesday to discuss the possible impact of a U.S.-China trade war on Taiwan. They heard an analysis on the possible impact from the National Security Council, which also established a task force to monitor developments of the situation. The NSC’s assessment stated that only under extreme circumstances should the trade war severely negatively impact Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-06-20>

New Mexico Governor Visits Taiwan to Build Cooperation: MOFA (2018-06-23)
(CNA, By Hou Tzu-ying and Hsu Hsiao-ling) The governor of the US state of New Mexico arrived in Taiwan on Saturday for a week-long visit to promote bilateral cooperation. She will be meeting with several government agencies throughout the week. The state of New Mexico has long held ties with Taiwan and advocates for Taiwan's greater participation in international affairs. <Accessed 2018-06-24>

US-China Forum Shows Split on Taiwan  (2018-06-24)
(Taipei Times, with CNA) 
The conference report from a meeting between U.S. and Chinese representatives earlier this month's released Thursday. The report showed differences in opinion between the representatives over whether Taiwan or China is driving the growing cross-Strait tension. The Chinese representatives also voiced concern over increasing cooperation between the U.S. and Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-06-24>

China Won’t Concede an Inch, Xi Jinping Tells US Defence Chief Jim Mattis on South China Sea and Taiwan (2018-06-27)
(South China Morning Post, By Liu Zhen) Chinese President Xi Jinping has told visiting US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis that China will make no concession on its core interests, despite calling for stronger ties between the countries’ militaries. <Accessed 2018-06-27>

China Says Carefully Monitoring U.S. Policies on Inbound Investments (2018-06-27)
(Reuters) China’s commerce ministry said on Thursday it would carefully monitor U.S. policies on inbound investments, stressing that the country opposes using national security as grounds to restrict foreign investments. <Accessed 2018-06-27>

Huawei Chairman Slams US Lawmaker Calls for Its US Education Partnerships to Be Investigated (2018-06-28)
(South China Morning Post, By Li Tao) The rotating chairman of Huawei Technologies, China's largest telecoms equipment and smartphone maker, has slammed US Senator Marco Rubio and other US lawmakers for their campaign to have the company’s research partnerships and relationships with US universities investigated on national security grounds, calling them “ignorant”. <Accessed 2018-06-27>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Tourism: China’s People Power Tool (2018-06-19)
(The Diplomat, By Edoardo Saravalle) China has a tactic of cutting off the flow of tourists to countries with whom it has foreign policy disputes. The Philippines, Taiwan, and South Korea have all been victims of China's power moves. They are easy to use from Beijing's perspective and can severely damage a foreign government's reputation. There are few ways to effectively respond to such a tool. <Accessed 2018-06-20>

PacNet #41 - Black Swan Trips Alarm, Fouls Moderate Outlook on China’s Rise (2018-06-20)
(CSIS, By Robert Sutter) Ultimately, Beijing does not need to engage in an across the board effort to achieve a power shift in Asian and world leadership. As it achieves dominance in high-technology industries essential to future US power, a broader power shift will follow. <Accessed 2018-06-27>

Britain Holds Up China Aerospace Deal Over National Security (2018-06-20)
(New York Times, By Michael J. de la Merced and Carlos Tejada) In delaying the proposed takeover of the parts maker, Northern Aerospace, by a rival owned by a Chinese conglomerate, British government officials appear worried that even a small supplier to Airbus and Boeing could have important national security implications. <Accessed 2018-06-27>

China Hindering Stability in Asia: Former President Lee (2018-06-23)
(CNA, By Yang Ming-chu and Lee Hsin-Yin) Former President Lee Teng-hui said that China was the biggest obstacle to regional stability in Asia, and Taiwan and Japan (along with other countries) should work together to counter China and handle the threat posed. He said that China would always show its hegemon-oriented goals to the world and that China constantly showed its power and threatened Taiwan through military exercises off the coast. <Accessed 2018-06-24>

Beijing: ‘China and Vatican Have Been in Effective Contacts’ (2018-06-22)
(The Diplomat, By Charlotte Gao) While the Vatican and China do not have diplomatic relations, as the Vatican recognizes Taiwan, Pope Francis has stated that relations with China are progressing well. The Chinese Foreign Ministry also relayed positive words and praising the Vatican's efforts. If the Vatican switches diplomatic recognition to China, Taiwan loses its only diplomatic ally in Europe. <Accessed 2018-06-26>

Can the Belt and Road Initiative Offer New Hope for China’s Rust Belt? (2018-06-22)
(The Diplomat, By Ravi Prasad) The Amur Bridge connecting China and Russia, a crucial part of the Belt and Road Initiative, will finally be completed in 2018. As trade with Russia increases in the Dongbei region, the bridge will facilitate its increase and improve connectivity. However, the Belt and Road Initiative will not necessarily solve all of the region's problems. Dongbei's industries also need to be redone to fully harness the power of BRI. <Accessed 2018-06-26>

How China Got Sri Lanka to Cough Up a Port (2018-06-25)
(New York Times, By Maria Abi-Habib) Months of interviews with Sri Lankan, Indian, Chinese and Western officials and analysis of documents and agreements stemming from the port project present a stark illustration of how China and the companies under its control ensured their interests in a small country hungry for financing. <Accessed 2018-06-27>

Amid Tensions With US, China Holds An Unusually High-Level Meeting on Diplomacy (2018-06-25)
(The Diplomat, By Charlotte Gao) The Chinese Communist Party held the Central Conference on Work Relating to Foreign Affairs, a very high-level foreign policy meeting, in Beijing this week. A similar meeting took place last in 2014. In the meeting, President Xi Jinping repeatedly emphasized the CCP's absolute control over Chinese foreign policy, well establishing Xi Jinping's thoughts as the fundamental guiding principles of Chinese foreign policy. <Accessed 2018-06-26>

Xi Jinping Puts Out a Call to Diplomats: Toe the Communist Party Line (2018-06-25)
(South China Morning Post, By Teddy Ng) President Xi Jinping has made a rallying cry for all Chinese involved in diplomacy to toe the Communist Party line amid spiralling trade tensions with the United States. Analysts said the call was an effort to shore up decision-making power within the party as it seeks to override the interests of different agencies involved in the nation’s diplomatic affairs. <Accessed 2018-06-27>

China’s Second Century of Humiliation (2018-06-25)
(The Diplomat, By Ted S. Yoho) President Xi Jinping's "Chinese Dream" consists of rejuvenating the Chinese nation and recovering from the "Century of Humiliation" at the hands of the West. However, China is entering a second Century of Humiliation, this time at the hands of Xi and the CCP. His plan is to further China's goals at the expensive of the existing world order, and it will end up alienating China from the rest of the world. <Accessed 2018-06-26>

China, EU Plan Working Group to Revamp WTO and Counter US Unilateralism (2018-06-25)
(South China Morning Post, By Jun Mai and Wendy Wu) China and the European Union will set up a working group to revamp the World Trade Organisation to counter US unilateralism, but the two sides remain divided on thorny issues such as Beijing’s industrial policies and market access. <Accessed 2018-06-27>

China’s Belt and Road Initiative Paved with Risk and Red Herrings (2018-06-26)
(East Asia Forum, By Alvin A Camba and Kuek Jia Yao) While some concerns merit consideration, popular criticisms of the BRI tend to be built upon incomplete and distorted stereotypes, which only draws attention away from the actual shortcomings of the BRI that need to be addressed. Common criticisms of the BRI are flawed in five important ways. <Accessed 2018-06-27>

As Trade Fight Looms, China Turns Censors on Its Own Policies (2018-06-26)
(New York Times, By Raymond Zhong and Li Yuan) As Washington and Beijing spar over trade, news outlets here have been ordered not to mention Made in China 2025, an industrial master plan that aims to turn the country into a high-tech superpower, according to two people at Chinese news organizations who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the censorship authorities’ secretive workings. <Accessed 2018-06-27>

China’s Peaceful Modernization Does Not Mean Westernization (2018-06-26)
(The Diplomat, By Jin Kai) US officials, namely Secretary of Defense James Mattis, seem to think that the US-led rules-based order cannot ever be changed peacefully, which is incorrect. China remains significantly different from the Western world as it grows more modern. China neither needs to Westernize nor bring back old dynasties: it will move into the future and carve its own path. <Accessed 2018-06-26>

PacNet #45 - Cybersecurity: The China Problem (2018-06-27)
(CSIS, By Robert Potter) China is now a rule maker in cyberspace and home to a number of very large and highly capable technology companies. However, China’s lofty goals in cyberspace and innovation are undercut by its behavior in other countries. <Accessed 2018-06-27>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

Toward a New Maritime Strategy in the South China Sea
 (2018-06-22)
(The Diplomat, By Patrick M. Cronin and Melodie Ha) The United States needs to move to a new strategy to counter China in the South China Sea. The US should focus more on pushing the costs that come with violating international maritime laws, improve the regional structures that counter Chinese aggression and uphold agreements, and support multilateral efforts to mutually defend the region. The US should also ratify UNCLOS, and these four steps may lead to the beginning of stronger multinational partnerships to defend the area. <Accessed 2018-06-26>

The Korean Peninsula

China-North Korea Relations After the Trump-Kim Summit (2018-06-19)
(The Diplomat, By Xie Tao) The meeting between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, with no concrete denuclearization plans or any sort of peace treaty signed, still represents a small step towards peace in East Asia. However, the summit also impacts Sino-Korean relations as well, as seen through historical contexts and the relationship between Beijing and Pyongyang today. As Washington works to mend its relationship with North Korea, Beijing must work to repair its relationship with both Koreas. <Accessed 2018-06-20>

 Kim Jong Un to Make Third Trip to China, One Week After Singapore Summit With Trump (2018-06-19)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is traveling to China for the third time this year, where he would meet President Xi Jinping in Beijing. The meeting would reflect upon Kim and Xi's commitments to frequent contacts with one another. The visit comes a week after Kim's summit with US President Donald Trump. <Accessed 2018-06-20>

Would Korean Reunification Threaten China? (2018-06-23)
(The Diplomat, By Bonnie Girard) Many Chinese citizens have differing opinions on the potential outcomes of the North Korea situation following President Trump and Chairman Kim's meeting. However, China would lose a major problem, a somewhat problematic friend, and a buffer from South Korea. While a reunified Korea might start off as a US ally, most likely is it eventually turning into a balanced bridge between China and the US. <Accessed 2018-06-26>

US ‘Indefinitely’ Suspends Military Exercises on the Korean Peninsula (2018-06-23)
(South China Morning Post, By Zhenhua Lu and Sarah Zheng) The US has indefinitely suspended select military exercises on the Korean peninsula in an effort to support denuclearisation negotiations with North Korea, the Pentagon announced on Friday. <Accessed 2018-06-27>

PacNet #44 - Rethinking the Cost of US Troops in Korea (2018-06-26)
(CSIS, By Kyle Ferrier) Trump’s approach represents a false calculus that economic and security interests are wholly independent, giving him free rein to play one off the other without consequence (at least in his mind). Applying this line of thinking to the Korean context is a major challenge to the security foundations of the relationship, which underpins the true economic value of the alliance. <Accessed 2018-06-27>

Other Regional Issues

PacNet #43 - Three Traps in Building the Indo-Pacific Narrative Thus Far
 (2018-06-22)
(CSIS, By Huong Le Thu) Beyond ongoing deliberation on what FOIP means and whether its objectives and strategies are clear, the language associated with the FOIP has already created concerns. A FOIP narrative that seeks buy-in from supporters and partners must avoid the following three traps. <Accessed 2018-06-27>

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