::: TSR Weekly Report
2018-07-31 | NO.42(9) epaper |
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Cross-Strait Relations
 Taichung to Appeal EAOC’s Cancellation of Youth Games (2018-07-26)
(CNA, By Su Mu-chun and Flor Wang)
In response to the cancellation of Taichung’s Youth Games, the city of Taichung will appeal the East Asian Olympic Committees based on four arguments. The games were canceled following pressure from Beijing, which has upset many Taiwanese who believe sports and politics should be separate. <Accessed 2018-07-26>

China’s Suppression of Taiwan will Draw Backlash: Premier Lai  (2018-07-26)
(CNA, By Ku Chuan and Flor Wang)
Premier Lai Ching-te Thursday after a Cabinet meeting spoke on China’s most recent pressure towards Taiwan regarding the East Asian Youth Games. He said that China’s “bullying” of Taiwan is aimed at forcing Taiwanese people to accept the “one China principle” but that it would not work and would instead draw backlash within the international community. <Accessed 2018-07-26>

Chinese Meddling Not Smart, Ko Says  (2018-07-26)
(Taipei Times, By Lee I-chia and Ann Maxon)
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je spoke Wednesday on the recent developments involving the East Asian Youth Games, saying that he hopes the tension between Taiwan and China does not intensify as a result and also noting Taiwan’s democratic values and how every opinion of Taiwanese people has the right to be heard. Ko also said that he was not yet sure if the referendum to change Taiwan’s name in the Olympics from “Chinese Taipei” to “Taiwan” would go through or not. <Accessed 2018-07-26>

Taiwan’s Defense Budget: Promises Made, Promises Not Kept (2018-07-26)
(IPP Review, By John F. Copper) Since early 2016 when Tsai Ing-wen became president and her party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), took control of the legislature, Taiwan’s defense spending has been below par. It has also been lower than Tsai promised. <Accessed 2018-07-26>

China's Pressuring Will Only Make Taiwan Stronger: Premier Lai (2018-07-27)
(CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Ko Lin) Taiwan's Premier Lai Ching-te remarked that China's growing aggression towards Taiwan and strategy to isolate Taiwan in the international space will only bring the Taiwanese together and strengthen Taiwan further. Lai also announced that Taiwan is set to increase its defense budget that will reinforce its self-defense capabilities and urged everyone regardless of partisanship to stand united in facing pressure from China. <Accessed 2018-07-28>

China’s Bullying ‘Act of Political Aggression’: Chicago Tribune  (2018-07-28)
(CNA, By Ozzy Yin and Frances Huang)
An editorial in the Chicago Tribune Thursday called China’s pressure on international airlines to change Taiwan’s online designation “an act of political aggression”, saying that U.S. government and businesses should do more to fight back against Chinese aggression. The editorial also said that U.S. executives doing business in China should be mistrustful of the government. <Accessed 2018-07-28>

Taiwan Undaunted by China’s Bullying Over Choir: MOFA (2018-07-28)
(CNA, By Hsiao Po-yang, Elaine Hou, and Lee Hsin-Yin)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded Saturday to reports that it was Chinese pressure which prevented a Taiwanese junior high choir from singing at the UN Headquarters. The MOFA said that Taiwan will not back down or stop trying to increase its international participation in the face of Chinese bullying. <Accessed 2018-07-28>

MAC and Kinmen at Odds over Water Deal Ceremony with China  (2018-07-28)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan)
The Mainland Affairs Council has issued a statement reiterating its position that due to China’s increased pressure on Taiwan on the international stage, Kinmen should postpone the August 5 water dedication ceremony, although it still supports the water deal. Kinmen’s government maintains that the project is necessary to the city’s livelihood and does not support postponing the ceremony. <Accessed 2018-07-28>

'Taiwan' backers Ask Lai for Help (2018-07-29)
(Taipei Times, By Peng Wan-hsin) Members of different local organizations in Taiwan came together to ask Premier William Lai to support a signature drive referendum to allow Taiwan's national team to participate in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics under the name Taiwan instead of Chinese Taipei. One of the organizations, Union of Taiwan Teachers, hopes that the Democratic Progressive Party and candidates running in the November elections will mobilize the Taiwanese public to support the referendum. <Accessed 2018-07-30>

Interference in East Asia Youth Games Boosts Referendum Petition (2018-07-29)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan) Local advocates supporting Taiwan's national team to participate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games under the name Taiwan instead of Chinese Taipei, garnered huge support from the Taiwanese public. Many Taiwanese showed up for the signature drive campaign, expressing their voice in the hope that Taiwanese athletes can participate in the Tokyo Olympics under the name Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-07-30>

Xi's 'China Dream' May Cause Trouble in Taiwan Strait: U.S. Scholar (2018-07-29)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Elizabeth Hsu) Research Fellow Michael Mazza at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) commented that Taiwan's eventual unification with China is a pivotal part of Chinese President Xi Jinping's "China Dream", as he promised the Chinese people a great and modern Chinese nation that is economically prosperous and culturally advanced. However, in light of Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen's stance on maintaining the status quo in cross-strait relations that could potentially frustrate Xi's "China Dream" agenda, Mazza expressed concern that this could lead to a confrontation between China and Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-07-30>

Taiwan Will Never Back Down Under Pressure: President  (2018-07-30)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan)
In a meeting with Juli Minoves-Triquell, president of Liberal International, President Tsai Ing-wen said that Taiwan was committed to being a responsible democratic nation and therefore would not succumb to pressure from China. She said that Taiwan would continue to work to promote universal democratic values, which she said needed to be protected from anti-liberal-democratic forces. <Accessed 20178-07-30>

Taiwan Must Speak Out Against China’s Suppression: Taichung Mayor  (2018-07-30)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan)
Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung said Monday that in the face of Chinese pressure, Taiwan needed to speak out and act against it in order for the rest of the international community to acknowledge it. Lin referenced the recent decision of the East Asian Olympic Committee to cancel the Taichung East Asian Youth Games specifically as an act of suppression. <Accessed 2018-07-30>

China's Move to Block Taiwan from Rugby Hosting Fumbled (2018-07-31)
Taipei Times, By Shelley Shan) China's proposal to block Taiwan from hosting the Asia Rugby Championship has been rejected. According to the Sports Administration, although China would not participate in the championship, it is trying to prevent Taiwan from hosting the game. The Asia Rugby Council has not yet decided which nation will be hosting the game. <Accessed 2018-08-01>

IOC Clarifies Basis for Use of 'Chinese Taipei' at Olympics (2018-07-31)
(CNA, By Tang Pei-chun and Elizabeth Hsu) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has confirmed that the IOC will not change the name "Chinese Taipei" to Taiwan. The IOC stated that the Committee is adhering to the 1981 Lausanne Agreement which stipulates that Taiwan will use the name "Chinese Taipei" to participate in international sporting events. <Accessed 2018-08-01>

Beijing Angry over Taiwanese Flag Flown by Firm in Vietnam (2018-08-02)
(South China Morning Post, By Keegan Elmer) China is pressuring Vietnam to “correct the mistake” of allowing Taiwanese firms to fly the flag of the Republic of China at their factories, in its latest move to curb signs of the self-ruled island’s presence overseas. The comments came after a Taiwanese furniture manufacturer in Vietnam began flying the flag, which Taipei claims as its national banner, at its factory gates to protect itself from anti-China protests. <Accessed 2018-08-01>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
 Taiwan Is Not a Bargaining Chip (2018-07-26)
(The Diplomat, By Patrick M. Cronin and Kristine Lee) America should not stray away from its commitment to Taiwan in the face of an increasingly powerful China. As pressure on Beijing increases, the U.S. should not threaten to use Taiwan as a bargaining chip either. The U.S. and Taiwan should work together to address how to strengthen Taiwan's defense and deterrence against China. <Accessed 2018-07-26>

More U.S. Senators Criticize China's Bullying of Airlines (2018-07-27)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Flor Wang) U.S. senators disapproved of China's increasing demand for international carriers to remove "Taiwan" from their websites. Some of the suggestions put forward by the senators include having the Trump administration work closely with and support American corporations in fighting China's aggression. <Accessed 2018-07-28>

MOFA Downplays Report on Posting of Military Police in U.S. (2018-07-29)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Responding to news that military police will be stationed at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office and its Twin Oaks residence in Washington D.C., MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee stated that the decision was not related to reports that the U.S. will station a small contingent of U.S. Marines at AIT's new compound in Taipei's Neihu District. Lee explained that the Taiwanese government stations military personal at its overseas offices as the government prioritizes the security of its overseas offices and officials. <Accessed 2018-07-30>

AIT Reiterates Stance on Reported Posting of U.S. Marines at New Compound (2018-07-30)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) AIT spokesperson Amanda Mansour explained that it is customary for AIT to station a small number of U.S. personnel to ensure the security of AIT's staff and compound. Mansour further added that the U.S. is not using the security arrangement to make any political statements. <Accessed 2018-07-30>

MOFA Thanks U.S. for Mentioning Taiwan in Indo-Pacific Vision (2018-07-31)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) expressed thanks to the U.S. for making reference to Taiwan as one of America's key economic partners. MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee remarked that this also demonstrates how important Taiwan is as a partner to the U.S. under the Indo-Pacific strategy. <Accessed 2018-08-01>

China Urges U.S. Not to Allow Stopover by Taiwan President (2018-07-31)
(Reuters) China urged the United States on Tuesday not to allow Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen to transit its territory when she visits Belize and Paraguay next month, adding to tension between Beijing and Washington that has worsened amid a trade war. <Accessed 2018-08-01>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan’s Emerging Push for “Cyber Autonomy” (2018-07-25)
(Jamestown Foundation, By Philip Hsu) On May 11, Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan passed the Cybersecurity Management Law, Taiwan’s first national cybersecurity law (iThome, May 22). This law, which mandates cybersecurity requirements for Taiwan’s government agencies and operators of critical infrastructures, represents the latest initiative in the Tsai administration’s push for cyber security under the policy “Cyber Security is National Security.” <Accessed 2018-08-01>

Former President Ma Sets Up Foundation to Find Direction for Taiwan
(CNA, By Claudia Liu, Wang Cheng-chung and Elizabeth Hsu) Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the Ma Ying-jeou Foundation, former President Ma Ying-jeou expressed hope that the foundation would direct young Taiwanese to find their vision in Taiwan without having to look for opportunities abroad. Ma's foundation hopes to furnish a platform for like-minded Taiwanese to share their opinions and work towards their visions. <Accessed 2018-07-28>

Taiwan, Marshall Islands Ink Deals on Visa-Free Entry, Patrols (2018-07-27)
(CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Ko Lin) Taiwan and Marshall Islands's foreign ministers Joseph Wu and John M. Silk signed bilateral agreements on visa-free entry and maritime patrol. The signing of the agreement between both nations would strengthen the relationship between Taiwan and Marshall Islands, including increasing their collaborative efforts on maritime security and communication between both nations' people. <Accessed 2018-07-28>

Taiwan, Vietnam Sign MOU on Smart City Exchanges (2018-07-27)
(CNA, By Pan Tzu-Yu and William Yen) Taiwan's External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City Computer Association (HCA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), where both nations will increase their collaboration and exchanges on smart city technology and services. TAITRA stated that there will be greater cooperation between Taiwan and Vietnam on areas such as education, agriculture and transportation in the foreseeable future. <Accessed 2018-07-28>

Legislative Speaker Su Visits French National Assembly (2018-07-27)
(CNA, By Tzeng Yi-shiuan and Flor Wang) Taiwan's Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan has become the first Taiwanese legislative speaker to visit the French National Assembly. Su's visit received warm welcome by a deputy of the French National Assembly, Jean-Francois Cesarini, who proudly sees Taiwan as a symbol of democracy and guardian of human rights in Asia. <Accessed 2018-07-28>

Taiwan Voices Concern Over Name Change by Canadian Border Agency  (2018-07-28)
(CNA, By Hu Yu-li and Ko Lin)
Following an announcement in which the Canada Border Service Agency referred to Taiwan as “Chinese Taipei”, Taiwan’s representative to Canada has expressed concern over the designation and plans to seek clarification on the issue on Monday. <Accessed 2018-07-28>

Palau Seeks Help for Tourism Industry (2018-07-28)
(Taipei Times/AFP) Palau's President Tommy Remengesau has sought assistance from the U.S., Japan, and Taiwan to help Palau's tourism industry. Palau's tourism industry has been greatly affected amid China's retaliation towards Palau for refusing to yield to China's pressure while continuing to maintain diplomatic ties with Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-07-28>

South African Office Denies Canceling Bilateral Meeting with Taiwan (2018-07-28)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Ko Lin)
The South African liaison office denied rumors that the postponement of the annual Taiwan-South Africa Economic Consultation is due to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to South Africa for the BRICS summit. Head of the Liaison Office of South Africa in Taiwan, Seraki Matsebe, said the meeting was postponed to give more preparation time and reiterated that the event was not canceled. <Accessed 2018-07-28>

Chinese Bullying Requires a Global Game Plan: Palau (2018-07-29)
(Taipei Times/CNA) The ambassador of Palau to Taiwan Dilmei Louisa Olkeriil has urged big democracies to stand up to China's aggression. In light of Palau's diplomatic ties with Taiwan, China has retaliated by banning Chinese tour groups to Palau. Olkeriil expressed Palau's support in maintaining relations with Taiwan as both nations have democratic governments. <Accessed 2018-07-30>

US$7.5bn Spent on US Arms Purchases Over Eight Years (2018-07-29)
(Taipei Times, By Lo Tien-pin and Jake Chung) The National Audit Office has reported that Taiwan has spent US$7.5 billion to purchase arms from the US from 2008 to 2015. Premier William Lai recently announced that Taiwan would increase its national defense budget in 2019, especially in light of China flexing its military power around Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-07-30>

Taiwan Offers Aid to Indonesia Quake Victims (2018-07-29)
(CNA, By Lu Hsin-hui and S.C. Chang) In light of the current earthquake that hit Indonesia, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen sent her condolences to Indonesians and offered to provide assistance to the victims. The earthquake has taken 14 lives and injured more than 100 people. <Accessed 2018-07-30>

President Urges Deepened Ties with Guam (2018-07-30)
(CNA, By Lu Hsin-hui and Flor Wang)
While meeting with a delegation from Guam on Monday, President Tsai Ing-wen remarked that she expects Taiwan and Guam to further increase economic ties. She also highlighted the strong relations between Taiwan and Guam and thanked Governor Eddie Galvo for its past assistance. <Accessed 2018-07-30>

President Calls for Cooperation with Spain (2018-07-30)
(CNA, By Lu Hsin-hui and Evelyn Kao)
President Tsai Ing-wen met Monday with a five-member delegation from the Spanish Congress of Deputies, where she called for the two countries to sign a youth working holiday agreement and a tax information exchange agreement. She also highlighted the potential for more cooperation between the countries in addition to expressing her wishes that the delegation will push for a bilateral investment agreement between the European Union and Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-07-30>

President Tsai to Visit Paraguay, Belize in August (2018-07-30)
(CNA, By Lu Hsin-hui and Elizabeth Hsu)
Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Jose Maria Liu announced Monday President Tsai Ing-wen’s upcoming trip to two of Taiwan’s diplomatic allies, Paraguay and Belize, where she will meet with the countries’ leaders as well as visiting schools and speaking at Belize’s parliament. She will also attend the inauguration of Paraguay’s President-elect Mario Abdo Benitez. <Accessed 20187-07-30>

Differences Over Water Deal Ceremony in Kinmen End in Compromise (2018-07-30)
(CNA, By Chai Sze-chia and Elizabeth Hsu)
The dispute between the Mainland Affairs Council and the city of Kinmen over an upcoming water deal ceremony have been resolved with a compromise. The MAC saw the ceremony, which Chinese officials would attend, as inappropriate given recent increasing tensions with China. The MAC and Kinmen compromised that the ceremony will still occur but will only be attended by Taiwanese officials. <Accessed 2018-07-30>

Taichung Mails Petition for East Asian Youth Games Hosting Right  (2018-07-30)
(CNA, By Hao Hsueh-chin and Elizabeth Hsu)
Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung submitted a petition Monday to the East Asian Olympic Committee requesting them to change their decision regarding Taichung’s right to host the East Asian Youth Games next year. He said the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee will submit its own petition as well. He submitted the petition on the grounds that the decision was procedurally unfair. <Accessed 2018-07-30>

Military to Step Up Joint Combat Training: Source (2018-07-31)
(Taipei Times/CNA) According to a recent source, Taiwan's military is planning a joint combat training program between its different military units and armed forces. The decision came amid China's growing military aggression towards Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-08-01>

Liberal International Picks Taipei for Manifesto Launch (2018-07-31)
(Taipei Times/CNA) Liberal International (LI) has chosen Taiwan to launch the Chinese version of the Andorra Liberal Manifesto which promotes equality, human rights, freedom of expression, rule of law, and the upholding of democratic institutions. According to LI president Juli Minoves-Triquell, Taiwan was chosen because it represents values such as democracy, rule of law, and rights to free speech that LI advocates. <Accessed 2018-08-01>

Poll Shows Loss of Trust in DPP Cross-Strait Performance (2018-07-31)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) A recent survey conducted by Taiwan Real Survey Co. showed that most Taiwanese are not satisfied with the ruling party, DPP. According to the survey, respondents felt that the current administration is doing a poor job with regards to Taiwan's foreign relations compared to the KMT government. Other concerns that respondents have with DPP were Taiwan's poor economic performance and DPP's lack of tolerance for social dissent. <Accessed 2018-08-01>

Jinan University Alumni Indicted Over China Ties (2018-07-31)
(Taipei Times, By Hsieh Chun-lin and Johnathan Chin) Two Jinan University alumni were formally charged by the Taipei District Prosecutors' Office for collaborating with China. Both alumni were allegedly providing China with secret information as well as allowing Chinese officials to gain influence in Taiwan under the disguise of academic exchanges. <Accessed 2018-08-01>

60% Taiwanese Blame China for Blocking Regional Sports: Poll (2018-07-31)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan) According to a recent poll authorized by Taiwan's ruling party, DPP, most Taiwanese hold China responsible for suppressing Taiwan's rights to hold the East Asian Youth Games. The survey also reported that more than half of the respondents fault China for Taiwan losing the rights to host the game rather than the current administration's refusal to adhere to the 1992 Consensus. <Accessed 2018-08-01>

MOFA to Send Tourism Business Delegation to Palau (2018-07-31)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) The number of Chinese tourists to Palau has greatly declined due to China's retaliation against Palau for maintaining diplomatic ties with Taiwan. Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that it will help Palau's tourism industry by encouraging more Taiwanese to visit Palau and sending tourism business to Palau. <Accessed 2018-08-01>

'Don't Politicize Japanese Food Import Issue': Official (2018-07-31)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Japan's top envoy to Taiwan Mikio Numata expressed disappointment in KMT's opposition towards the government's decision to lift the ban on food products imported from Japan's radiation-affected areas. Meanwhile, Taiwan-Japan Relations Association (TJRA) Secretary-General Chang Shu-ling assured all sides that the government will continue to work to guarantee the safety of Taiwan's public health and remarked that politicizing the issue will gravely hamper Taiwan's foreign trade and economic relations. <Accessed 2018-08-01>

Former President, Premier Endorse Referendum on Nuclear Energy (2018-07-31)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan) Former President Ma Ying-jeou and former Premier Jiang Yi-huah have urged the people to support two referendums to overrule the current administration's policy to remove Taiwan's fourth nuclear power plant. Ma further expressed doubt on the government's promise to ensure a nuclear-free Taiwan by 2025. <Accessed 2018-08-01>

CPC Plans US$6.6 Billion Petrochemical Project in India (2018-07-31)
(CNA, By Charles Kang and Ko Lin) Taiwan's state-owned oil refiner CPC Corp., has expressed plans to invest in India's petrochemical development project. This project would help create more employment opportunities in India according to CPC President Lee Shun-chin. <Accessed 2018-08-01>

Indonesia Mulling Automatic Immigration Clearance for Taiwanese (2018-07-31)
(CNA, By Jay Chou and Elizabeth Hsu) Taiwan and Indonesia are negotiating the decision to allow Taiwanese traveling to Indonesia to use Indonesia's automated immigration clearance system. The decision could encourage more Taiwanese tourists and investors to Indonesia according to the Directorate General of Immigration spokesman Agung Sampurno. <Accessed 2018-08-01>

Marshall Islands President Visits Taiwan's Floating Solar Farm (2018-07-31)
(CNA, By Yang Sze-rui and Elizabeth Hsu) Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen accompanied Marshall Islands President Hilda C. Heine to visit a floating solar power installation at Tainan Science Park. President Tsai stated that Taiwan will provide technical assistance and resources to Marshall Islands to help the country in developing its alternative energy. <Accessed 2018-08-01>

Taiwan, ‘Still Fighting’ for Democracy, Gets Nod to Host Human Rights Event (2018-08-01)
(New York Times, By Chris Horton) For Taiwan, which China has used its clout to keep out of many global organizations, it amounts to a kind of international validation — from the world’s dissidents, if not its governments. Jason Hsu, a lawmaker with the opposition Kuomintang party, said the event would underscore Taiwan’s growing role as a democratic model in the region, while contrasting it with authoritarian China. <Accessed 2018-08-01>
U.S.-China Relations
 What History Can Teach Us About the Current US-China Trade War (2018-07-25)
(The Diplomat, By Jin Kai) The reportedly inevitable conflict between the United States and China, one that observers have often theorized about, has arrived in the form of a trade war. However, the economic tensions between Japan and the United States in the 1970s and 1980s can help observers draw different observations and make different theories about the current U.S.-China trade dispute. The rise of Donald Trump may also show some insight into recent shifts in U.S. policy. <Accessed 2018-07-26>

Semiconductor Stakes in US-China Relations (2018-07-25)
(The Diplomat, By Mercy A. Kuo) Mark Li, Senior Research Analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein, explains how the U.S.-China economic conflict, including sanctions on ZTE, have affected the semiconductor industry. <Accessed 2018-07-26>

U.S. Embassy Street in Beijing Is Rocked by Blast (2018-07-26)
(New York Times, By Chris Buckley and Austin Ramzy) An explosion rocked the street outside the United States Embassy in Beijing on Thursday, rattling a diplomatically sensitive area in the Chinese capital. <Accessed 2018-08-01>

Trade Wars Are Not Good for the US Military Advantage (2018-07-26)
(The Diplomat, By Robert Farley) Free trade tends to generate more technological innovation than protectionism, but this is also very situationally dependent. The global trade system during the era of the Cold War was very militarily strategic and not solely focused on economic prosperity. Now, the United States is faced with a long-term military technology competition, but it also must handle a much more dynamic economy. <Accessed 2018-07-26>

What Do China’s Military Hawks Think of Trump? (2018-07-26)
(The Diplomat, By Xiaofeng Wang) Luo Yuan, a retired high-level military officer known for strong views against the West and Japan, perceives President Trump's "America First" strategy as a shift towards unilateralism. He also mentions that China is seen as the largest security threat to the United States. He further explains that the United States's buildup of military and defense capabilities will pose a significant threat to China in the near future. <Accessed 2018-07-26>

Pentagon Report Will Reveal Military's Dependence on Chinese Components (2018-07-27)
(Reuters) An upcoming report on the U.S. military supply chain will show the Pentagon depends on Chinese components for some military equipment, a top Defense Department official said on Friday. <Accessed 2018-08-01>

The US Senate Considers China's Economic Coercion (2018-07-30)
(The Diplomat, By Bonnie Girard) The Senate Foreign Relations Committee's recent hearing on Chinese increasingly aggressive economic and military behavior around the world demonstrates that the United States can unite its two political parties around one significant global cause. Both parties showed similarities in how they characterized the Chinese threat. Bipartisan agreement on foreign issues is rare, but China might now pose enough of a threat to rally it. <Accessed 2018-07-31>

Ahead of Asia Trip, Business Lobby Gives Pompeo an Earful on Trade War (2018-07-30)
(New York Times, By Gardiner Harris) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pledged on Monday to ramp up the Trump administration’s diplomatic engagement with Asia in a speech that followed a blistering attack on the president’s trade policies by a usually stalwart Republican business ally. <Accessed 2018-08-01>

Why the US Needs to Smarten Up to Keep Its Edge on China (2018-07-31)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) Chinese counterintelligence against espionage efforts by the United States seems to be growing. The United States' responses to growing Chinese influence in the United States, however, has not been very effective. A full backlash against Chinese citizens in the United States will not lead to any sort of reconciliation; rather, it will only widen the divide. <Accessed 2018-07-31>

Taking Up the Challenge in US–China Economic Relations (2018-07-31)
(East Asia Forum, By Joshua P Meltzer) The current US approach is too narrowly focussed on tariffs to develop the incentives and opportunities for the type of economic reform that China will need to undertake to truly address the problem. At the same time, the US approach has real costs in terms of the rules-based system, and the credibility and desirability of US leadership more broadly. <Accessed 2018-08-01>

Massive U.S. Defense Policy Bill Passes without Strict China Measures (2018-08-01)
(Reuters, By Patricia Zengerle) The U.S. Senate passed a $716 billion defense policy bill on Wednesday, backing President Donald Trump’s call for a bigger, stronger military and sidestepping a potential battle with the White House over technology from major Chinese firms. <Accessed 2018-08-01>

Top PLA Navy Commander Will Accompany Chinese Defence Minister on Trip to US (2018-08-02)
(South China Morning Post, By Zhenhua Lu) China’s naval chief will join his defence minister’s trip to Washington later this year, in a sign that the two nations' militaries are willing to communicate despite rising tensions over the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait. Vice Admiral Shen Jinlong, the People’s Liberation Army Navy commander, will accompany Defence Minister Wei Fenghe on the visit, the Chinese ambassador to the US, Cui Tiankai, said on Monday at an embassy event in Washington celebrating the anniversary of the PLA’s founding. <Accessed 2018-08-01>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
 Can US Isolationism Boost EU-China Relations? (2018-07-25)
(The Diplomat, By Francesco S. Montesano) The 20th EU-China Summit show Brussels and Beijing coming closer together despite several bilateral tensions remaining. The statement signed at the end of the summit shows that the EU and China are both aware of the global dimension of their partnership. In several ways, this global partnership directly challenges the U.S. isolationist position. <Accessed 2018-07-26>

From a Space Station in Argentina, China Expands Its Reach in Latin America (2018-07-28)
(New York Times, By Ernesto Londoño) The 450-ton device, with its hulking dish embracing the open skies, is the centerpiece of a $50 million satellite and space mission control station built by the Chinese military. The isolated base is one of the most striking symbols of Beijing’s long push to transform Latin America and shape its future for generations to come — often in ways that directly undermine the United States’ political, economic and strategic power in the region. <Accessed 2018-08-01>

Japan Scrambles Fighter Jets to Intercept Chinese Spy Plane after South Korea Lodges Protest (2018-07-28)
(South China Morning Post, By Laura Zhou) Japan’s defence ministry said it scrambled fighter jets to intercept a Chinese electronic surveillance aircraft over the Sea of Japan, or East Sea, on Friday, after South Korea did the same when a PLA warplane entered its air defence identification zone the same day. <Accessed 2018-08-01>

Xi Jinping’s Trip to Africa Cements Continent’s Growing Ties to China, and Beijing’s Loans (2018-07-29)
(South China Morning Post, By Laura Zhou) China is doubling its commitments to Africa as it builds support from the developing world amid an escalating trade war with the US. The moves came during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent tour of four African nations, capped last week by the BRICS meeting of emerging economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, which hosted the summit. <Accessed 2018-08-01>

China’s Insecure Security Men (2018-07-30)
(East Asia Forum, By Neil J Diamant) China’s image makers work overtime to convince people that veterans, policemen and others in the security apparatus are worthy of respect and honour. But the historical legacy of discrimination against military personnel, the long peace and rampant materialism make this a near-impossible lift. <Accessed 2018-08-01>

China’s Belt and Road Makes Inroads in Africa (2018-07-31)
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) Xi Jinping made a trip to Senegal, Rwanda, South Africa, and Marutius last week, where he made significant progress with expanding the Belt and Road Initiative in Africa. In South Africa, he attended the BRICS Summit, while the other three stops saw BRI agreements signed. Xi will have another chance to expand the BRI in Africa in September during the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). <Accessed 2018-07-31>

China Still Focused on Reducing Debt, Creating Jobs Despite Trade row with United States (2018-07-31)
(South China Morning Post, By Orange Wang and Sidney Leng) China will remain focused on reducing debt and creating jobs despite the “clear changes” in the external economic environment, the nation’s top decision making body said on Tuesday in what was most likely a reference to its ongoing trade dispute with the United States. <Accessed 2018-08-01>

China to Join Naval War Games off Australia Despite Strained Ties (2018-07-31)
(Reuters) China’s navy will join 26 countries in military exercises off Australia’s north coast this month, but not live-fire drills, Australia’s defense minister said on Wednesday at a time of strained ties between the two nations. <Accessed 2018-08-01>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

Building Confidence in the South China Sea (2018-07-28)
(East Asia Forum, By Aileen S P Baviera) China has yet to successfully persuade other states that it will play by international rules and conventions, and this mistrust was exacerbated by China’s rejection of the 2016 arbitral award in the case filed by the Philippines. <Accessed 2018-08-01>

The Korean Peninsula

Remains of 55 U.S. War Dead in North Korea Start Journey Home After 65 Years
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) Remains believed to be those of 55 American servicemen were flown out of North Korea on Friday, the first visible result of President Trump’s efforts to bring the American war dead home 65 years after the end of combat in the Korean War. <Accessed 2018-08-01

Other Regional Issues

US Makes Up Some Lost Diplomatic Ground Over South China Sea
(The Diplomat, By Mark J. Valencia) Washington has made significant inroads in recovering lost ground in the fight against China in the South China Sea. China has made large strides in convincing many Southeast Asian nations of its soft power goals in the region, specifically that it is defending its territorial sovereignty. However, the United States' narrative of "freedom of navigation" is beginning to take greater hold within countries' perspectives. <Accessed 2018-07-31>

Trump’s Indo-Pacific Strategy: Confronting the Economic Challenge (2018-07-31)
(The Diplomat, By Prashanth Parameswaran) The United States has long struggled with how to engage economically in conjunction with other key players in the Indo-Pacific. While Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made several commitments in a recent speech that gave the clearest picture of the United States' policy yet, the Trump administration still has several hurdles to clear. Addressing regional skepticism also remains a challenge for the United States. <Accessed 2018-07-31>

Pompeo's Indo-Pacific Speech: Geoeconomics on a Shoestring (2018-07-31)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday outlined the United States' economic angle to its "Free and Open Indo-Pacific" strategy. Observers were quick to note that the United States' commitment did not nearly reach the scale and amounts that the Chinese were offering. However, observers should remember that the United States will be working with other key players and partners in implementing an economic strategy. <Accessed 2018-07-31>

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