::: TSR Weekly Report
2018-09-04 | NO.42(14) epaper |
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Cross-Strait Relations
Taiwan Mulling Countermeasures to Chinese Residence Permit  (2018-08-30)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan)
The Mainland Affairs Council said Thursday that it is considering hat countermeasures will be taken against Taiwanese nationals who apply for Chinese residence permits. The MAC also said that cardholders would not be in violation of the law. However, one countermeasure that is being considered would be imposing restrictions on the citizenship rights of cardholders. <Accessed 2018-08-30>

Beijing Unimpressed by United Airlines’ ‘Flexible’ Approach to Taiwan (2018-08-30)
(South China Morning Post, By Laura Zhou) China’s foreign ministry on Thursday said no one could violate the “one China” principle, referring to United Airlines listing Taiwan and Hong Kong by their currencies to get around Beijing’s demand to identify them as part of China. <Accessed 2018-09-06>

Groups Urge Sanctions for Chinese ID Card Applicants  (2018-08-31)
(Taipei Times, By Ann Maxon)
The Taiwan Association of University Professors held a news conference in Taipei Thursday, during which they urged the government to take more countermeasures against Beijing’s new residency permit card proposal. The TAUP and other groups are calling attention to the risks the cards could have for Taiwan, including a bigger push by Beijing for reunification. <Accessed 2018-09-03>

Two Months after Taiwan’s Appointment, De Facto Envoy to Hong Kong Still Waiting for Visa (2018-09-01)
(South China Morning Post, By Kimmy Chung) Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council in mid-June appointed Lu Chang-shui as the new head of its Office of Hong Kong Affairs, and expected Lu to obtain his visa and take up the post in a month’s time. Yet two months later, Lu, who earlier served in a similar position in Macau, still had not secured his visa. <Accessed 2018-09-06>

Newly-Launched Chinese Residence Permit a Political Tactic: MAC (2018-09-01)
(CNA, By Chai Sze-chia, Ko Lin, and Lee Hsin-Yin)
Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council criticized China’s new residence permit plan as a ploy to belittle Taiwan’s sovereignty. The MAC stated that it had asked Beijing to withdraw the ploy to better promote peaceful cross-Strait relations. The MAC also said that it will continue to learn more about the technicalities of the permit. <Accessed 2018-09-03>

Once a Cold War Flashpoint, a Part of Taiwan Embraces China’s Pull (2018-09-02)
(New York Times, By Chris Horton) The island county of Kinmen, which was shelled by China for years, has been drawing close to its erstwhile enemy. <RSS, Accessed 2018-09-06>

China’s Intensified Suppression Alters Status Quo: President Tsai  (2018-09-04)
(CNA, By Lu Hsin-hui and Ko Lin)
President Tsai Ing-wen said Tuesday that maintaining the cross-Strait status quo is a two-sided responsibility, which she said Taiwan is working to maintain but that China is altering with its intensified efforts to suppress Taiwan. She said this to a visiting delegation from Japan and thanked them for their support of Taiwan and looks forward to increasing working together with Japan to promote democracy and freedom. <Accessed 2018-09-04>

Beijing Accused of Pressuring Spanish University to Drop Taiwanese Cultural Event (2018-09-05)
(South China Morning Post, By Sarah Zheng) A Taiwanese academic has accused Beijing of pressuring a prestigious Spanish university to axe a cultural event for the island last year through its embassy in Spain, alleging that Madrid directed the college to cancel the plan. The University of Salamanca, sometimes referred to as the “Oxford of Spain”, dropped two days of programming for the event in October, after the Chinese embassy in Spain demanded it be cancelled, according to Shiany Perez-Cheng, who taught at the university from 2008 to 2017. <Accessed 2018-09-06>

Taiwanese Evacuated from Typhoon Jebi Only If They Agreed They’re Chinese – Mainland Media (2018-09-06)
(South China Morning Post, By Kinling Lo) Taiwanese tourists stranded in Japan by Typhoon Jebi were asked to state whether they identify as Chinese before being allowed emergency help, Chinese state media reported in an apparent attempt to reinforce Beijing’s claim over Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-09-06>

Taiwanese Professionals Are Stuck between a Rock and a Red Embrace (2018-09-06)
(East Asia Forum, By Jean Yu-Chen Tseng) A depressed economy and low wages are providing the ‘push’ factors for Taiwanese businesses and professionals, while China’s vast market and incentives provide the ‘pull’. But while people-to-people relations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait have grown closer, there is zero interaction between their governments. <Accessed 2018-09-06>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
Ex.-U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser to Speak at Taipei Forum (2018-08-29)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Former senior officials from the U.S., including lawmakers, experts and scholars from Taiwan, Japan, the U.S., India and Australia will attend the Indo-Pacific Security Dialogue on Thursday. The theme for this year's seminar focuses on promoting a Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy. <Accessed 2018-08-30>

Foreign Ministry Thanks United Airlines' Handling of Taiwan on Website
(CNA, By Ku Chuan and Lee Hsin-Yin) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) expressed thanks to United Airlines for using Taiwan's currency, New Taiwan dollar, as a measure to give Taiwan its identity. China has demanded international carriers to remove the name 'Taiwan' from their websites as the name 'Taiwan' implies that Taiwan is an independent nation separate from China. <Accessed 2018-08-30>

US Sending American Personnel to Guard Its De Facto Embassy in Taiwan (2018-08-30)
(South China Morning Post, By Zhenhua Lu) The United States has said it will send American security personnel to its de facto embassy in Taiwan when its new premises become operational in September. A State Department spokesman made the comment in response to questions on whether the US will send marines to provide security at the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) when the new premises become operational. <Accessed 2018-09-06>

Visiting U.S. Delegation a Symbol of Strong Bilateral Ties: President Tsai (2018-08-30)
(CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Ko Lin)
President Tsai Ing-wen thanked a visiting delegation from the U.S. comprised of Eddie Bernice Johnson, James Stavridis, and Nadia Schadlow, who came to Taipei to attend an Indo-Pacific region forum. Tsai said their presence symbolized a strong relationship between Taiwan and the U.S. She also said that the two countries will continue to work together to promote peace and democracy. <Accessed 2018-08-30>

Taiwan to Continue to Seek Exclusion from U.S. Tariffs List (2018-08-30)
(CNA, By Liao Yu-yang and Flor Wang)
The Minister of Economic Affairs, Shen Jong-chin, said Thursday that Taiwan’s government will continue to negotiate with Washington over the issue of the tariffs on steel and aluminum exports that the United States is imposing. Taiwan is looking to obtain tariff relief from the U.S., but many of the companies affected by the tariffs have already started shifting their exports to different markets. <Accessed 2018-08-30>

SCMP Reports Marines Will Be Sent: AIT Repeats Denial  (2018-08-31)
(Taipei Times, with CNA)
Following a report by the South China Morning Post that said that the U.S. would be sending Marine Corps personnel to the new American Institute in Taiwan office, the AIT reiterated that there would be no change in the security arrangements at the new office. The current security measures that will extend to the new office include some American personnel and many more local employees. <Accessed 20187-09-03>

Officials Attend McCain Memorial (2018-09-02)
(Taipei Times/CNA) Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan and Representative to the US Stanley Kao represented Taiwan to attend the memorial of US Senator John McCain. The late US Senator had been a strong supporter of Taiwan and was critical of China's growing aggression toward other nation states and its military ambition in the South China Sea. <Accessed 2018-09-03>

US Secretary Vows to Support Taiwan's WHA Efforts (2018-09-03)
(Taipei Times/CNA) Taiwan's Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung recently met with US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar in Washington for a discourse on diseases, disaster prevention, and public health. Azar expressed support for Taiwan's participation in the World Health Assembly (WHA). <Accessed 2018-09-04>

Political Affiliation Not a Factor in U.S. Visa Processing: AIT (2018-09-03)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Hualien County Magistrate Fu Kun-chi was denied a U.S. visa as he did not submit the required translated criminal records document. Fu accused the U.S. for working with the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and for interfering in Taiwan's domestic politics. In response to Fu's accusations, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) spokesperson Amanda Mansour stated that Fu's application was rejected because he failed to present the required documents in English and not because of his political affiliation. <Accessed 2018-09-04>

Where America and China Stand on the Taiwan Issue (2018-09-02)
(The Diplomat, By Bonji Ohara) U.S. President Donald Trump sees China as the largest obstacle to global prosperity for the United States, while China is looking out primarily for its own economic objectives. China's increasing military presence is primarily to defend its economic interests, but the Taiwan issue is one on which it refuses to compromise. Both Trump's push for defending U.S. interests and China's defense of its economic issues make the Taiwan situation much more complicated. <Accessed 2018-09-04>

US Senators Introduce Legislation to Punish Taiwan Allies Who Switch Sides, Accusing Beijing of ‘Bullying’ (2018-09-06)
(South China Morning Post, By Zhenhua Lu) A bipartisan group of US senators on Wednesday announced that they had introduced legislation to discourage Taiwan’s few remaining allies from switching their diplomatic recognition to Beijing, after El Salvador became the third country this year to make the shift. The legislation, titled the Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act, was introduced on Monday by Republican Senators Cory Gardner and Marco Rubio, and Democrats Ed Markey and Bob Menendez, according to a press release published on Wednesday on Gardner’s official website. <Accessed 2018-09-06>

US-Taiwan Council Risks Beijing’s Anger by Inviting Taipei Minister to Defence Industry Conference (2018-09-06)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwan’s defence minister Yen Teh-fa has been invited to take part in the US-Taiwan Defence Industry Conference this October. The move is certain to irk Beijing, which has warned Washington and other countries against having high-level military exchanges with the self-ruled island. <Accessed 2018-09-06>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
 Taiwan to Strive for Nation to be Heard at U.N.: Foreign Minister (2018-08-29)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu announced that Taiwan seeks to make its voice heard in the international space at this year's United Nations (U.N.) 73rd General Assembly. Deputy foreign minister Kelly Hsieh further added that Taiwan will continue, as it has done previously, to seek support from nations that have diplomatic ties with Taiwan to speak on Taiwan's behalf during the U.N. general debate. <Accessed 2018-08-30>

Taiwan Aims to Become Global Hub for Smart Machinery: President (2018-08-29)
(CNA, By Chung Jung-feng and Evelyn Kao) Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen expressed the government's commitment to promote the smart machinery industry in Taiwan during the opening ceremony of the Series of Asia Industry 4.0 & Intelligent Manufacturing Exhibition. Tsai further added that the government hopes to shape Taiwan into a global manufacturing hub for intelligent machinery. <Accessed 2018-08-30>

Taiwan Part of Solution to Challenges in Indo-Pacific Region (2018-08-30)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh)
James Stavridis, a former supreme allied commander of NATO, spoke in Taipei Thursday at an Indo-Pacific region forum. He discussed the current threats posed to the region by China’s military expansion and North Korea’s nuclear program. He also discussed how Taiwan’s close friendship with both the U.S. and Japan and other nations in the region make it a valuable part of the solution. <Accessed 2018-08-30>

Taiwan Ideal Partner in Indo-Pacific Strategy: Foreign Minister (2018-08-30)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh)
Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu said Thursday that Taiwan would be a perfect partner for countries pursuing the Indo-Pacific strategy because of all that Taiwan can offer regarding trade, investment, expertise, and democracy. He also highlighted how Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy has already prepared Taiwan to be a leader in the development of the region. <Accessed 2018-08-30>

Why Diplomatic Allies Matter to Taiwan (2018-08-30)
(The Diplomat, By Ming-Sung Kuo) The long-term results of the United States's support of Taiwan in the face of China's poaching of diplomatic allies remain unclear. The U.S. policy has long been to maintain the status quo, but given Taiwan's history of decreasing diplomatic recognition, there is little real value in this idea of "the status quo." Taiwan has every reason to prove that the status quo means full independence, in contrast to China's view of autonomy. <Accessed 2018-09-02>

Taiwan’s Future Submarines Should Be Unmanned (2018-08-31)
(The Diplomat, By Tobias Burgers and Scott N. Romaniuk) The government of Taiwan has chosen to design its own next-generation submarines as foreign sales of submarine technology has proven to be unsuccessful. Despite Taiwan's lack of experience in building submarines, Taiwan has been successful in developing numerous unmanned technologies, including in terms of air fleets. The Taiwanese government should seriously consider the advantages of developing an unmanned submarine fleet to counter the increasing threat from China. <Accessed 2018-09-02>

MOFA Dismisses Reports of eSwatini Severing Ties as Fake News  (2018-08-31)
(CNA, By Ku Chuan and Flor Wang)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs shut down a rumor circulated by a foreign website Friday. The rumor stated that eSwatini, Taiwan’s last remaining African diplomatic ally, was planning to break ties with Taiwan. The MOFA called this rumor part of a “disinformation campaign” by foreign forces. <Accessed 2018-09-03>

Should Taiwan Be Worried if It Loses All Its Allies? (2018-09-01)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Deputy foreign minister Wu Chih-chung said last year that Taiwan spent about NT$9 billion (US$293 million) a year in its economic cooperation programmes with its Latin American allies. Some pro-independence supporters have also argued that Beijing’s stepped-up efforts to isolate Taiwan diplomatically will spur the island to formalise its autonomy. <Accessed 2018-09-06>

EU Condemns Taiwan’s Use of Death Penalty after Man’s Execution for Double Murder
(South China Morning Post) The European Union called on Taiwan to stop use of the death penalty after the self-ruled island executed an inmate who killed his ex-wife and five-year-old daughter in 2014. <Accessed 2018-09-06>

Donations to KMT Plunge, While NPP Sees a Surge: Report  (2018-09-01)
(Taipei Times, By Chung Li-hua)
The Control Yuan published a new report on the donations to major Taiwanese political parties. The report showed that since its 2016 presidential loss, the KMT’s donations have drastically declined to about one third of the donations it received in 2016. Meanwhile, the donations to the NPP increased greatly, while the DPP’s donations have remained relatively constant. <Accessed 2018-09-03>

KMT Establishes 'Central Campaign Team' (2018-09-02)
(Taipei Times, By Sean Lin) Taiwan's Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) recently launched its "central campaign team" at KMT's headquarters in Taipei. While KMT faces a financial setback due to the Party Assets Settlement Committee freezing the party's assets, the public's dissatisfaction toward the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presents KMT with the chance of winning the November 24 nine-in-one local elections. <Accessed 2018-09-03>

Poll Says Ko Wen-je Most Popular in Taipei Mayoral Race (2018-09-02)
(Taipei Times, By Lee I-Chia) A recent poll conducted by Liberty Times showed that more than 30 percent of respondents supported Taipei Major Ko Wen-je, putting Ko ahead of Taipei's mayoral race. The poll also found that more than 50 percent of the respondents foresee Ko's re-election. <Accessed 2018-09-03>

Combat Drone Plans Submitted (2018-09-02)
(Taipei Times, By Lo Tien-pin and Jake Chung)
The Ministry of National Defense on Friday submitted plans for legislative review which showed that combat drones would be prioritized. The drones are being developed with the goal of annihilation of enemy deployments on beaches. The drones would benefit in the areas of reconnaissance, mobility, and precision. <Accessed 2018-09-03>

Foreign Minister Wu in Nauru for Regional Forum, High-Level Meetings (2018-09-03)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that Foreign Minister Joseph Wu and his delegation will be in Nauru for a week to attend the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF). The Forum seeks to strengthen partnership among independent nations in the Pacific Ocean. According to MOFA, the Foreign Minister will also be meeting with leaders from countries in the Pacific Ocean and representatives of Taiwan's diplomatic allies in the region. <Accessed 2018-09-04>

'Heroes' Plan 19 Rallies Today, Call Off Taipei March (2018-09-03)
(Taipei Times, By Ann Maxon) The 800 Heroes for the Republic of China Association president Wu Sz-huai announced that the scheduled march for Ketagalan Boulevard in Taipei will be cancelled. The Association decided to use the sponsored money for the march to help victims and families affected by the recent torrential rain and flooding in Kaohsiung, Tainan and Chiayi. However, the remaining 19 rallies scheduled to take place across Taiwan to commemorate Armed Forces Day and to protest against other domestic issues, such as Taiwan's independence, will proceed as planned. <Accessed 2018-09-04>

Taichung to Host First Asia-Pacific Youth Games in 2019: Mayor (2018-09-03)
(CNA, By Su Mu-chun and Ko Lin) As a result of the East Asian Olympic Committee's (EAOC) decision to revoke Taichung's rights to host the 2019 East Asian Youth Games, Taichung Major Lin Chia-lung announced that Taichung plans to organize and host its own Asia-Pacific Youth Games. The decision for Taiwan to host its own sporting event was made after several discussions with the Presidential Office, Executive Yuan, and a group of experts. <Accessed 2018-09-04>

Name Change Referendum Petition Submitted to Election Commission (2018-09-03)
(CNA, By Claudia Liu and Evelyn Kao) A former athlete leading the campaign petitioning for a national referendum asking the Taiwanese public whether they prefer to use the name "Taiwan" or "Chinese Taipei" to participate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics stated that the referendum has successfully acquired the number of signatures needed to qualify for submission to the Central Election Commission (CEC). In the event the referendum receives the CEC's approval, the proposed referendum will be held together with the November 24 local government elections. <Accessed 2018-09-04>

Tsai Gives Recorded Speech at Seminar in Europe (2018-09-04)
(CNA, By Tang Pei-jun and Flor Wang) In a recorded speech for a seminar hosted by the European Federation of Taiwanese Associations, which was held in the European Parliament, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen expressed hope that European nations sharing the same values and ideals for freedom and democracy as Taiwan will continue to support Taiwan. While expressing concern over China's pressure toward other nations and its ambition to challenge the international status quo, Tsai also firmly emphasized that Taiwan's future will not be dictated by fear. <Accessed 2018-09-04>

Is eSwatini on the Brink of Cutting Ties With Taiwan? (2018-09-04)
(The Diplomat, By Charlotte Gao) Eswatini is the only African country not in attendance at the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), as it is the only country on the African continent to maintain diplomatic relations with Taiwan over China. However, despite Eswatini's public insistence that it will maintain ties with Taiwan, a Chinese news source has suggested that the African nation will establish ties with China during FOCAC. China has promoted the idea of a "China-Africa family" for a while, and while they will not pressure Eswatini into switching, China is willing to establish ties with any country willing to switch recognition. <Accessed 2018-09-04>

Taiwan Monitors Ties With eSwatini After China Africa Pledge (2018-09-04)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh)
Following the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation and President Xi Jinping’s announcement about China’s increased investment in African nations, Taiwan is closely monitoring its relationship with its only remaining African ally, eSwatini. Taiwan will seek to increase that relationship and will provide as much assistance to eSwatini as possible in order to safeguard that relationship. <Accessed 2018-09-04>

Taiwan Students in Norway to Sue Over Name Change to China (2018-09-04)
(CNA, By Lin Yu-li and Frances Huang)
In response to the Norwegian government changing the nationality on their residency permits from Taiwan to China, a group of Taiwanese students in Norway are planning to file a lawsuit against the Norwegian government. The Norwegian government, who has been trying to appeal to China more lately, has been silent on the issue so far. However, the issue could be taken to the European Court of Human Rights if the students lose the lawsuit. <Accessed 2018-09-04>

Taiwan Sets Up US$2 Million Health Care Fund for Pacific Island Nations amid Diplomatic Tussle with Beijing (2018-09-05)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwan said on Wednesday it has set up a US$2 million medical fund to help Pacific nations, as it seeks to reinforce ties in the region amid an escalating diplomatic tussle with Beijing, which is determined to isolate the self-ruled island on the world stage. The announcement was made by Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs during Foreign Minister Joseph Wu’s visit to the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru, which maintains official ties with Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-09-06>
U.S.-China Relations
With Ships and Missiles, China Is Ready to Challenge U.S. Navy in Pacific (2018-08-29)
(New York Times, By Steven Lee Myers) China’s Navy is now the world’s largest. It has altered the military balance in Asia in ways the U.S. is only beginning to digest. <RSS, Accessed 2018-09-06>

US-China Relations: From Cooperating Rivals to Competing Rivals
(The Diplomat, By He Yafei) As Washington interprets a more developed China as a significant strategic rival, the relationship between the United States and China has evolved to one in which competition takes center stage instead of occasional cooperation. While the United States and China used to be rivals, they managed to find avenues of cooperation. However, a shift in the American public's mindsets have seen China as a larger threat. Rivals can still cooperate, and it would be a much more feasible and beneficial path of action. <Accessed 2018-09-02>

US Congress Members Want Sanctions on China Over Xinjiang Crackdown (2018-08-30)
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) Several members of the U.S. Congress have written a letter to upper-level Cabinet members urging the State Department and the Treasury to sanction China over the human rights abuses and mass detentions happening in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The sanctions in question would target specific upper-level Chinese officials for their involvement. While the idea of sanctions on China for human rights issues is not new, the current political climate in Washington regarding China give the idea a greater level of credence and a higher possibility of coming true. <Accessed 2018-09-02>

Indo-Pacific Countries ‘Should Take Collective Action’ to Tackle China’s Rise in Region (2018-08-31)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) A former Nato supreme allied commander has called on Indo-Pacific countries to take “collective action” to tackle China’s rising sea power and military expansion in the region. But instead of taking a hostile approach, the action should be carried out in smart and diplomatic ways, James Stavridis, a retired US Navy admiral, said on Thursday. <Accessed 2018-09-06>

Microwave Weapons Are Prime Suspect in Ills of U.S. Embassy Workers (2018-09-01)
(New York Times, By William J. Broad) Doctors and scientists say microwave strikes may have caused sonic delusions and very real brain damage among embassy staff and family members. <RSS, Accessed 2018-09-06>

Will China Meddle in America’s Mid-term Election? (2018-09-03)
(IPP Review, By John F. Copper) American media savants have recently warned that China may attempt to influence the coming US election. Some even say that effort has already begun. What justifies this view? <Accessed 2018-09-03>

Facebook and Twitter Defend Chinese Partnerships amid US Probe into Foreign Efforts to Influence Politics (2018-09-05)
(South China Morning Post, By Jodi Xu Klein) US senators on Wednesday questioned US social networking giants Facebook and Twitter about their partnerships with Chinese companies, saying they could pose security threats to America. <Accessed 2018-09-06>

China’s Brain Drain to the US is Ending, Thanks to Higher Salaries and Donald Trump (2018-09-06)
(South China Morning Post, By Stephen Chen) China appears to have successfully reversed a “brain drain” among top researchers who have gone overseas in droves for years, mostly to the United States. Now, many of the country’s best and brightest scientists are staying put, as higher pay packages and changing perceptions of domestic scientists increase the appeal of local jobs. <Accessed 2018-09-06>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
US Trade War and Japan Push Raise Prospects for China-Backed Asia Free-Trade Deal (2018-09-02)
(South China Morning Post, By Liu Zhen) The US trade war and a thaw in ties between China and Japan are raising prospects for the world’s biggest regional free-trade deal, analysts said on Sunday after trade negotiators voiced high hopes of reaching a broad agreement in November. Singaporean Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing said trade negotiators from 16 likely signatories of the China-backed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, or RCEP, agreed on key elements of the deal at a meeting in Singapore last week, and a broad agreement was likely when leaders of the countries met in the city state in November. <Accessed 2018-09-06>

The West's Difficult China Choice
(The Diplomat, By Kerry Brown) The question of loyalty in the People's Republic of China is different from the historical perceptions of loyalty in that the PRC does not want others to subscribe to its ideologies; it just wants others to be useful. China's unique economic-political system offers two different paths of action for the West: either embrace China and leave behind strategic visions, or stick to the long-term visions and abandon China. <Accessed 2018-09-04>

China Shakes Up Old Order of Western Donors with Surge in Aid to Africa (2018-09-05)
(South China Morning Post, By Catherine Wong) China’s surge in financial support to Africa has upended the established order of global aid led by the United States, and other countries such as Japan and India are trying to counter Beijing’s growing influence in the region, analysts say. <Accessed 2018-09-06>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

Trade, War, and the South China Sea
(The Diplomat, By Roncevert Ganan Almond) China's Nine-Dash Line it cites to claim sovereignty over the South China Sea region represents a much larger issue than solely control over the territory; it represents China's expanding national interests in securing access to the world's busiest trade routes. However, the increasing militarization of the South China Sea region reflects a new aspect of trade and challenges the historically-held beneficial views of trade and commerce. This, along with U.S. President Donald Trump's trade war with China, reflects a changing mindset regarding trade. <Accessed 2018-09-02>

China ‘Relieved’ Philippine Warship Towed from Shoal in Disputed South China Sea, Analysts Say (2018-09-04)
(South China Morning Post, By Liu Zhen) China is “relieved” to see a grounded Philippine Navy warship finally retrieved from a shoal in contested waters in the South China Sea, analysts said. Two commercial tugboats were used late on Monday night to pull the BRP Gregorio del Pilar, the flagship of the Philippine Navy, from the shallow fringes of the Half Moon Shoal on the eastern edge of the disputed Spratly Islands, five days after it ran aground, the Philippine military said on Tuesday. <Accessed 2018-09-06>

China Protests after British Warship Sails Close to Disputed Paracel Islands (2018-09-06)
(South China Morning Post, By Catherine Wong) Beijing on Thursday protested against Britain’s move to send a warship close to islands it claims in the South China Sea, calling it a “provocative action” that “infringed on China’s sovereignty”. China was responding to a report that the British Royal Navy sent the HMS Albion – a 22,000-tonne amphibious warship carrying a contingent of Royal Marines – on a freedom of navigation operation last month, passing near the disputed Paracel Islands. <Accessed 2018-09-06>

South China Sea Code of Conduct Still a Speck on the Horizon (2018-09-06)
(East Asia Forum, By Gregory B Poling) The COC will not resolve the South China Sea disputes, nor was it ever meant to. Instead the COC is intended to manage disputes to avoid conflict pending their eventual resolution by direct negotiation or arbitration among the claimants. But any system to effectively manage the South China Sea disputes would require three things, none of which are achieved yet in the draft text. <Accessed 2018-09-06>

The Korean Peninsula

Xi Jinping to Send Right-Hand Man Li Zhanshu to North Korea (2018-09-04)
(South China Morning Post, By Teddy Ng) President Xi Jinping will send his right-hand man to North Korea, China’s state broadcaster said on Tuesday, as nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington have hit a snag. State-run CCTV reported that Li Zhanshu, chairman of the National People’s Congress and the third-ranking official in the ruling Communist Party’s Politburo Standing Committee, will go to North Korea on Saturday. <Accessed 2018-09-06>

U.S. Accuses North Korea of Plot to Hurt Economy as Spy Charged in Sony Hack
(New York Times, By David E. Sanger, Katie Benner and Adam Goldman) The attack wiped out 70 percent of Sony Pictures’ computer capability, and the suspect appears to work for North Korean intelligence. <RSS, Accessed 2018-09-06>

Kim Jong-un Says He Wants Denuclearization Before Trump’s Current Term Ends (2018-09-06)
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) The North Korean leader accused Washington of negotiating in bad faith but said he still had confidence in Mr. Trump, according to a South Korean envoy. <RSS, Accessed 2018-09-06>

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Recent Publication Takashi Inoguchi and Lien Thi Quynh Le, The Development of Global Legislative Politics: Rousseau and Locke Writ Global (Springer Singapore) (includes analysis of East Asian cases)
Recent Publication Hans Stockton and Yao-Yuan Yeh (eds.), Taiwan: The Development of an Asian Tiger (Lynne Rienner Publishers)
Recent Publication Dafydd Fell and Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao (eds.), Taiwan Studies Revisited, 1st Edition (Routledge)
TSR received a favorable review by the Foreign Affairs (July/Aug 2000)
The Best of Asia-Pacific Web Award
TSR was honored with a Four-Star rating by the Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library. 

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