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Cross-Strait Relations
 TAO Claims 22,000 Applied for New Card (2018-09-13)
(Taipei Times, By Chung Li-hua and Jake Chung) China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) spokesman An Fengshan criticized Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for smearing China's goodwill in providing Taiwanese with equal access and opportunity to public services and other benefits in China. An also stated that the purpose of collecting personal data and fingerprints is to provide convenience to cardholders, Taiwanese and Chinese nationals alike, in their daily lives. <Accessed 2018-09-14>

Vatican-China ‘Purely About Religious Affairs’ (2018-09-14)
(Taipei Times, with CNA)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it is closely monitoring developments regarding the dialogue between the Vatican and Beijing, who are reportedly discussing the appointment of bishops in China. The Holy See assured Taipei that the talks were not diplomacy related, but strictly of a religious manner. <Accessed 2018-09-14>

President Calls for End to Fake News (2018-09-16)
(CNA, By Lu Hsin-hui and Shih Hsiu-chuan)
President Tsai Ing-wen on Sunday urged the public not to disseminate news on the Internet that seems false while addressing DPP rallies in Tainan and Kaohsiung. She pointed to China as the perpetrator of spreading fake news on the Internet, saying that Taiwan’s freedom and democracy makes it an easy target for the spread of misinformation. <Accessed 2018-09-16>

China Accuses Taiwan of Using Students for Espionage (2018-09-17)
(New York Times, By Sui-Lee Wee and Chris Horton) “Taiwan calls on China to rein itself in from this precipice as quickly as it can,” the island’s government responded, accusing Beijing of hypocrisy. <RSS, Accessed 2018-09-20>

Taiwan Rebuts Chinese Allegations of Espionage as Fake News (2018-09-17)
(CNA, By Lu Hsin-hui and Shih Hsiu-chuan) In a response over recent accusations from China that Taiwan's intelligent agency has been found to recruit Chinese students studying in Taiwan to act as spies for Taiwan, Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang criticized China for trying to use the misinformation to hurt cross-strait relations. Huang further remarked that China should use youth exchange programs between the two nations as a tool to help both sides understand each other better. <Accessed 2018-09-18>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
 Economics Minister Meets with U.S. Trade Officials (2018-09-13)
(CNA, By Liao Yu-yang, Elaine Hou and Romulo Huang) Acting Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for China Affairs Terrence J. McCartin met with Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs Shen Jong-chin to discuss trade and economic cooperations between the two nations. While the Ministry has yet to release further information regarding the meeting, Taiwanese officials remarked that talks on the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) between Taiwan and the U.S. are progressing well. <Accessed 2018-09-14>

What Does Taiwan Think of the US Factor in Cross-Strait Relations? (2018-09-13)
(The Diplomat, By Shi-huei Yang) Taiwan-U.S. relations have shown significant improvement since the start of 2018. Public opinion between 2016 and 2018 reflected the improved relationship, especially following the call with President Tsai Ing-wen and then-President-Elect Donald Trump, but it has fallen again in light of continued Chinese suppression of Taiwan's presence in the international arena. As the Taiwanese people feel a greater sense of insecurity, this may damage the economic relationship between Taiwan and the United States. <Accessed 2018-09-17>

Security to Remain the Same at New AIT Location: U.S. Government (2018-09-14)
 (CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Elizabeth Hsu)
The U.S. State Department said Thursday that despite reports that the U.S. was deploying U.S. Marines to the new American Institute in Taiwan building, CNN reported Thursday that the request had been rejected due to resource constraint issues. The State Department released a statement saying the security measures would remain the same as the current AIT location and that it would not discuss specific security matters. <Accessed 2018-09-14>

U.S. Congressman Urges Full Implementation of Taiwan Travel Act (2018-09-15)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Frances Huang) While praising the U.S. government's commitment to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific region, U.S. Republican Representative Chris Smith has urged the U.S. to fully implement the Taiwan Travel Act, which would allow greater exchanges between high-level officials from Taiwan and the U.S. Furthermore, the congressman encouraged Washington to support Taiwan's participation in international organizations. <Accessed 2018-09-16>

Group Calls for Change to Washington Office's Name (2018-09-15)
(Taipei Times/CNA, Washington) In light of the passing of the Taiwan Travel Act, which allows greater exchanges between high-level officials from Taiwan and the U.S., the Washington-based group Formosan Association for Public Affairs urged that the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office be renamed Taiwan Representative Office. The Association's executive director Coen Blaauw explained that using the name "Taiwan" would represent all Taiwanese people, while the name Taipei only represents Taipei. The Association also supports both nations to establish official diplomatic relations. <Accessed 2018-09-16>

Taiwan Expresses Gratitude for U.S.' 'Unwavering' Support (2018-09-15)
(CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Ko Lin) Sidney Lin, spokesman for the Presidential Office, thanked the U.S. government for supporting Taiwan's continued relationship with the U.S. Lin further stated that Taiwan will continue to build stronger bilateral relations to ensure peace and stability in the region. <Accessed 2018-09-16>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
 President Thanks European Parliament for Support (2018-09-13)
(CNA, By Lu Hsin-hui and Y.F. Low) Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen thanked the European Parliament (EP) for supporting Taiwan by urging China to end its military aggression toward Taiwan. The EP stated that all disputes between Taiwan and China should be resolved through peaceful means based on international law and expressed its support for Taiwan's participation in international organizations. Meanwhile, the Presidential Office reaffirmed Taiwan's commitment to cooperate closely with like-minded nations to ensure regional peace and stability. <Accessed 2018-09-14>

Construction of Electricity Grid Project in Haiti to Begin: MOFA (2018-09-13)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) According to an official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the construction for an electricity grid in Haiti is on its final stage and is scheduled to begin before year end, once the US$150 million loan deal from the Export-Import Bank of the Republic of China is signed. Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said that this project, which will be the first under Taiwan's Official Development Assistance (ODA) program, should not be equated with China's "yuan diplomacy" strategy as Taiwan genuinely wishes to help its allies. <Accessed 2018-09-14>

Taiwan's Office in Japan to Beef Up Emergency Response Mechanism (2018-09-13)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) In light of the recent earthquake that hit Hokkaido leaving Taiwanese tourists stranded and criticisms levied against Taiwan's representative to Japan Frank Hsieh, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu announced that Taiwan's representative office in Japan will conduct an assessment of its existing emergency response mechanism. Wu also said that the Taiwan's office in Japan will improve its communication with the Taiwan Tourism Bureau to ensure that better emergency assistance could be provided to Taiwanese abroad in the future. <Accessed 2018-09-14>

Commission a DPP Tool: Hou's Office (2018-09-13)
(Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) The Transitional Justice Commission deputy chairman Chang Tien-chin resigned after being exposed for his remarks on manipulating the media to attack Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) New Taipei Mayoral candidate Hou You-yi. Hou stated that President Tsai Ing-wen owed the Taiwanese public an explanation and an apology for using the Commission as a tool to further the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) political campaign. <Accessed 2018-09-14>

 Reported China-Vatican Deal Will Not Affect Ties: MOFA (2018-09-13)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) In light of the recent news on the reported deal between Vatican and China, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokesman Andrew Lee stated that the Ministry is closely watching the developments of the deal. Lee further said that the Vatican has reassured Taiwan that the deal between the Holy See and China will not change its bilateral ties with Taiwan as the deal with China is solely on religious affairs. <Accessed 2018-09-14>

Taiwan Can Help the UN Achieve Its Goals (2018-09-14)
(The Diplomat, By Jaushieh Joseph Wu) Taiwan's population has been left out of the global effort to move the world towards a sustainable path for the future, as described in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. However, despite its exclusion from the United Nations, Taiwan has still contributed to these global efforts and matches the benchmarks set by the SDGs and contributes greatly to development aid. The United Nations should open its doors to Taiwan to recognize Taiwan's contributions and commit to its promise to include all the world's people. <Accessed 2018-09-17>

Tsai Approves First Cyberdefense Paper (2018-09-15)
(Taipei Times, By Johnathan Chin and Lee Hsin-fang) President Tsai Ing-wen's approval for the first National Information Security Strategic Report by the National Security Council demonstrates the government's full commitment in affording protection to government agencies and the private sector against cyberattacks. According to the Report, the government seeks to enhance protection of information, provide training to professionals, and increase self-sufficiency in the information security sector. <Accessed 2018-09-16>

Taiwan Government Teams Up with NGOs on Southbound Policy (2018-09-15)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan) The government-funded Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation (TAEF) is partnering with Taiwan's NGOs as part of an initiative to promote Taiwan's New Southbound Policy. According to Michael Hsiao, chairman of the institution, TAEF aims to increase Taiwanese NGOs and private-sector organizations' role to help springboard Taiwan's integration in the region via interpersonal connections. Through such interactions, Taiwan can increase its presence and share its experiences in promoting universal shared values, such as democracy and human rights with New Southbound nations. <Accessed 2018-09-16>

Taiwan-led Regional Dialogue to Focus on Youth Engagement (2018-09-15)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan) Chairman of the Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation (TAEF) Michael Hsiao stated that the Yushan Forum, which will be held from October 11 to 12 in Taipei, seeks to provide a multilateral dialogue platform for young leaders from the New Southbound nations, as well as the U.S. and Japan, NGOs activists and members from the cultural community. During the forum, participants will also assess the developments of the four major projects under the New Southbound Policy and discuss further collaboration for these projects. <Accessed 2018-09-16>

President Gives Words of Encouragement Following Diplomat's Suicide (2018-09-15)
(CNA, By Yeh Su-ping, Elaine Hou and Frances Huang) Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen offered her encouragement to uplift the spirit of Taiwan's diplomatic personnel following a recent suicide by the head of Taiwan's representative office in Osaka, Su Chii-cherng. The president also expressly thanked all diplomatic personnel for their services and commitment in fostering Taiwan's global recognition and presence and in upholding Taiwan's sovereignty. <Accessed 2018-09-16>

Taiwan Officials to Attend Events in New York During U.N. Assembly (2018-09-16)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release Sunday that Environmental Protection Administration Deputy Minister Thomas Chan and Minister without Portfolio Audrey Tang will fly to New York during the U.N. General Assembly, which will open on September 18, to lobby for Taiwan’s inclusion in U.N. events. They are planning to speak on Taiwan’s success with the Sustainable Development Goals. Four NPP legislators are also planning on visiting New York to rally U.S. Congress support for Taiwan’s participation in U.N. related events. <Accessed 2018-09-16>

President Marks Central American Independence Day (2018-09-17)
(CNA, By Ku Chuan and Flor Wang) Speaking at a banquet to celebrate the 197th anniversary of Central American Independence Day, President Tsai Ing-wen expressed her thanks and support to Taiwan's Central American allies for backing Taiwan internationally. The president also called for allies sharing Taiwan's values for democracy and freedom to partner with Taiwan in facing China's aggression. <Accessed 2018-09-18>

Pacific Islands Leadership Program Kicks Off Taiwan Leg (2018-09-17)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) During the opening ceremony for the annual Pacific Islands Leadership Program (PILP), Vice Foreign Minister Jose Maria Liu said that in this year's PILP program, participants would be able to have exchanges with Taiwanese scholars, officials, business people, and non-governmental organizations. The program, which was initiated in 2013, aims to provide people from the Pacific region with leadership training and networking opportunities to strengthen relations between the Pacific, Asia, and the U.S.<Accessed 2018-09-18>

Taiwan to Raise Global Status with EU Support: Legislative Speaker (2018-09-17)
(CNA, By Wang Cheng-chung and William Yen) In light of the recent report on the EU-China relations, which the European Parliament (EP) urged EU member states to ask China to put an end to its military provocation toward Taiwan, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan Speaker Su Jia-chyuan stated that he is confident Taiwan will be able to expand its international presence and participation in international organizations. In the report, the EP reaffirms its support for Taiwan's participation in international organizations and proposes the use of international law to resolve all cross-strait disputes peacefully. <Accessed 2018-09-18>

All Donations Made to El Salvador Were Legal: MOFA (2018-09-17)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) El Salvadorian prosecutors have recently alleged that the US$10 million donation by Taiwan was used in a partisan campaign under then-President Mauricio Funes. Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) refuted the accusation and stated that the donations were made in accordance with the laws and where the funding went was recorded in detail. <Accessed 2018-09-18>

South Africa a Lesson for KMT: Researcher (2018-09-17)
(Taipei Times, By Chen Yu-fu and Sherry Hsiao) During a discussion hosted by the Taiwan New Century Foundation to commemorate International Day of Democracy, Transitional Justice Commission researcher Tseng Chien-yuan asked the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) to draw lessons from South Africa by participating in transitional justice. Meanwhile, Korean Studies Academy chief executive officer Rick Chu proposed that the Taiwanese government legislates an act for freedom of speech and prohibits speech that praises the Chinese Communist Party. <Accessed 2018-09-18>

Senior Vatican Officials Tell Taiwan 'Not to Over-Interpret' Deal with Mainland on Bishop Appointments (2018-09-19)
(South China Morning Post, By Nectar Gan) Taiwan has received assurances from the Holy See that a potential deal with mainland China over the appointment of bishops would not have “political or diplomatic connotations” for the self-ruled island, Taiwan’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday. <Accessed 2018-09-20>
U.S.-China Relations
 U.S. Sends Signal to China with Recall of Ambassadors: Official (2018-09-13)
(CNA, By Sabine Cheng, Y.F. Low and Evelyn Kao) American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman James Moriarty remarked that the United States' decision to recall its three ambassadors in El Salvador, Panama, and the Dominican Republic is to send a message to Beijing that its increased action to isolate Taiwan internationally is not "consequence-free". Moriarty further stated that China's actions are destabilizing regional peace and urged both nations to resolve their differences through constructive dialogue. <Accessed 2018-09-14>

When Will Closer China-Russia Cooperation Impact US Policy Debate? (2018-09-14)
(The Diplomat, By Robert Sutter) Possibly the most significant development missing from the internal U.S. discussion on its Russia policy is the growing ties between China and Russia over the past year. The improving relationship is largely in part due to a more hostile outlook towards both countries from the United States. U.S. policymakers must understand what is at stake with their improving relationship and understand the histories of both countries to better address their relationship and how it affects U.S. security interests. <Accessed 2018-09-17>

China and California Rise above US Trade War for Action on Climate Change (2018-09-14)
(South China Morning Post, By Li Jing) China and California are seeking to push past the trade war to shore up their joint front in the fight against climate change, with a three-day summit in San Francisco this week. <Accessed 2018-09-20>

Prolonged U.S.-China Trade War Could Hurt Taiwan: Think Tank (2018-09-17)
(CNA, By Pan Tzi-yu and Ko Lin) According to one of Taiwan's leading economic think tanks, Yuanta-Polaris, the trade war between the U.S. and China could very likely hurt Taiwan. In its recent report, the economic think tank reported that Taiwan's machine tool and electronic component industries are most likely to be affected by the trade war. <Accessed 2018-09-18>

What’s with the Recent Tension in US-China Relations? (2018-09-18)
(IPP Review, By John F. Copper) In the past few months, US-China relations have sunk to a state somewhere between frosty and hostile. This marks a major change since President Trump visited China in November 2017. There are several reasons for this, one of which is not often noted. <Accessed 2018-09-18>

US Slaps Sanctions on Chinese Military Unit for Buying Russian Jets, Missiles (2018-09-21)
(South China Morning Post, By James Wilkinson) The US government has slapped punitive sanctions on a key unit of the Chinese military for buying Russian fighter jets and surface-to-air missiles. Washington said that the purchases by the Equipment Development Department (EDD) of China’s Ministry of Defence violated US sanctions on Russia. Both the EDD and its director, Li Shangfu, have been named in the sanctions. <Accessed 2018-09-20>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Why Is the Chinese Public So Hostile Toward Development Assistance? (2018-09-13)
(The Diplomat, By Zhang Chao) While the leaders of African nations at the Forum for China-African Cooperation responded positively to China's commitment for $60 billion in development aid for Africa, the Chinese public reacted quite poorly. Many critics believe China should be spending its money on assisting those in need at home before spending money on developing foreign nations. The Chinese people are expressing their disappointment with China's domestic situation by critiquing its interests in foreign development aid. <Accessed 2018-09-17>

The EU’s New China Resolution: Principled But Not Strategic (2018-09-13)
(The Diplomat, By Tim Rühlig) The European Parliament's new China Resolution is much less optimistic than the 2015 iteration and takes a much more critical point of view on China. This is a welcome step, but it should be accompanied with an idea of how to promote liberal ideas and thoughts at a time when Europe should be cooperating more closely with China. China's core values and those of the EU stand in direct contradiction at times, so cooperation will only be possible if these ideals are considered in any policy enacted. <Accessed 2018-09-17>

Chinese Navy Participates in Major Australian Exercise for First Time (2018-09-14)
(The Diplomat, By Steven Stashwick) The Kakadu military exercises just took place off the coast of Darwin, Australia, and this year's exercises marked the first time the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy participated alongside Australia. China's participation follows the United States disinviting China from this year's Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercises. Australia and China have a complex security relationship -- while Australia claims to support Freedom of Navigation Operations in the disputed South China Sea territories, both sides claim that they have a beneficial security relationship built on trust. <Accessed 2018-09-17>

Is Europe Finally Pushing Back On Chinese Investments? (2018-09-14)
(The Diplomat, By Erik Brattberg and Etienne Soula) Chinese foreign direct investment in Europe is now about nine times greater than in the United States, largely due to the Trump administration's hostility towards China and China's desire to tighten capital controls. However, as several European countries move to restrict Chinese investments, Europe must coordinate among themselves -- and with United States and Japanese involvement -- a policy towards China. Simply reacting to Chinese efforts is not enough to trigger change in Chinese policies. <Accessed 2018-09-17>

EU and China Need Closer Ties Urgently to Offset Trade Disruption, Says Bloc’s New Ambassador in Beijing (2018-09-14)
(South China Morning Post, By Catherine Wong) The European Union and China must urgently strengthen relations to “alleviate the disruption” to the global economy, the EU’s new top envoy to China has said, as Beijing’s trade war with the US continues. Nicolas Chapuis, the new EU ambassador to China, also called for progress in discussions between China and the EU about reform of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), ongoing negotiation of a China-EU investment treaty and an agreement on protecting the intellectual property of European and Chinese products. <Accessed 2018-09-20>

Russia-China Military Cooperation ‘Could Worry Europe’ (2018-09-14)
(South China Morning Post, By Kristin Huang) Russia’s military exercises with China this week, though focused on countering the United States, could raise security concerns among European nations, which are now watching to see how Beijing and Moscow might challenge other world powers, military experts have said. <Accessed 2018-09-20>

Vostok 2018: Russia and China’s Diverging Common Interests (2018-09-17)
(The Diplomat, By Zi Yang) This year's Russian Vostok exercises are the largest they've been since 1981, a clear signal that Russia is building up its eastern flank in light of deteriorating relations with the West. China also sent several troops to participate in some of the joint exercises, showing greater China-Russia cooperation in military efforts due to their shared concerns. However, this media image of a unified Russia and China works in their advantage, because they want to put on a show of unity, despite the fact that the two powers have their differences. <Accessed 2018-09-18>

 Vatican-China Agreement Will Hopefully Open Up Religious Freedom: Lee (2018-09-17)
(CNA, By Huang Ya-shi and Ko Lin) According to Matthew S.M. Lee, the Republic of China (Taiwan) Ambassador to the Holy See, the landmark agreement between the Vatican and China, while aiming to bring the unauthorized and state-backed Chinese Catholic communities together, is solely based on religion. However, Lee did not give any comments on whether the agreement would affect diplomatic ties between Taiwan and the Vatican. <Accessed 2018-09-18>

Xi Reasserts Control Over PRC Politics As Trade War Deepens (2018-09-19)
(Jamestown Foundation, By Willy Wo-Lap Lam) Since returning to Beijing on August 16 after two weeks of informal meetings at the seaside Beidaihe resort, however, Xi has restored enough authority to reassert his ultra-conservative line on socialist-style economic policy, imposing ideological conformity within the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and challenging America’s position as the pre-eminent world leader. <Accessed 2018-09-20>

European Union Has a Plan for Asian Infrastructure But Will It Collide with China’s Belt and Road? (2018-09-20)
(South China Morning Post, By Keegan Elmer) The European Union has put forward its own infrastructure and investment plan for Asia with emphasis on sustainability and rules-based investment – aspects which China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” has been accused of lacking. The EU’s investment in Asia could increase up to fourfold in its next budget, strengthening its presence in the region, which is in need of 1.3 trillion euros (US$1.5 trillion) for infrastructure investment a year, according to EU officials. <Accessed 2018-09-20>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

Maritime Security Cooperation in the South China Sea: Sailing In Different Directions
 (2018-09-17)
(The Diplomat, By Mark J. Valencia) The Southeast Asian claimants of the South China Sea, China, and the United States each have a different approach to addressing what sort of security threat faces the region as well as how to address said threat. Several practical issues exist among the group, too -- many of them lack trust within one another and have different scales of involvement with the issue. While building trust is the logical first step, it may still be too far a step for some countries to immediately take. <Accessed 2018-09-18>

With a Submarine, Japan Sends a Message in the South China Sea (2018-09-18)
(New York Times, By Motoko Rich and Makiko Inoue) A Japanese submarine participated in war games in the crucial waters and is now visiting Vietnam, signaling a more assertive pushback against China. <RSS, Accessed 2018-09-20>

Duterte’s China Policy Isn’t Paying Off (2018-09-18)
(East Asia Forum, By Renato Cruz De Castro) These developments will hopefully make President Duterte reflect on whether it is prudent for his country to pursue an appeasement policy on an emergent power that appears willing to pursue an expansionist policy in the South China Sea at all costs. <Accessed 2018-09-20>

China’s Sea Control Is a Done Deal, ‘Short of War With the U.S.’ (2018-09-20)
(New York Times, By Hannah Beech) A U.S. military flight over the South China Sea brings harsh Chinese challenges in officially international space. Officers say a new era of risk is here. <RSS, Accessed 2018-09-20>

Foreign Warships in South China Sea ‘Causing Trouble’, Beijing’s Ambassador to Britain Says (2018-09-20)
(South China Morning Post, By Catherine Wong) Big countries from outside the region are abusing their freedom of navigation rights and causing trouble in the South China Sea, Beijing’s ambassador to Britain said, in a clear jab at Western nations’ recent operations in the disputed waterway. <Accessed 2018-09-20>

The Korean Peninsula

Kim Jong-un Will Visit South Korea, Leaders Announce (2018-09-18)
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) The promised trip would be the first ever by a North Korean leader. Mr. Kim also promised to dismantle missile facilities in the presence of outside inspectors. <RSS, Accessed 2018-09-20>

North Korea’s New Nuclear Promises Fall Short of U.S. Demands
 (2018-09-19)
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun and David E. Sanger) Kim Jong-un agreed to “permanently dismantle” key facilities in a bid to ease tensions with South Korea, but his offers stop short of denuclearization. <RSS, Accessed 2018-09-20>

China On Board with Japan, United States and South Korea on North’s Denuclearisation, US State Department Says (2018-09-19)
(South China Morning Post, By Zhenhua Lu) China is on board with the United States, South Korea and Japan on North Korean denuclearisation, the US State Department said on Tuesday, despite US President Donald Trump accusing China of holding back the process. “South Korea, China and Japan all stressed the common objective of denuclearisation and the path forward on achieving that objective,” Heather Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman, said at a press briefing about US special representative Stephen Biegun’s trip to Asia last week. <Accessed 2018-09-20>

Declare End to Korean War, South’s Leader Urges U.S.
 (2018-09-20)
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) President Moon Jae-in said that Kim Jong-un, the North’s leader, saw a formal end to the conflict as an important step toward denuclearization. <RSS, Accessed 2018-09-20>

Other Regional Issues

The Damage Is Done: Trump and the Asia-Pacific
 (2018-09-14)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) The Asia-Pacific is the greatest example of the Trump administration's failure to maintain U.S. partnerships and alliances, especially those with Japan and South Korea. The President does not actively damage Asia, but he has shown a clear disinterest with the region and does not focus his greatest efforts towards the increasingly crucial sphere. Trump's future challengers will have to address the United States' allies who have been pushed away and will have to handle the United Sttates' global decline in activity. <Accessed 2018-09-17>

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