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Cross-Strait Relations
 Residency Cards Pose Threat to Sovereignty: Kuan (2018-09-19)
(Taipei Times, By Chiu Yan-ling and Johnathan Chin) In light of China's recent policy to issue Chinese residency cards to Taiwanese, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Kuan Bi-ling warned that the Chinese residency status would make Taiwan appear to be subordinate to China. Kuan further stated that Taiwanese lawmakers and officials are considering taking steps to denaturalize Taiwanese registering for the cards and it is imperative that Taiwan adopts strict measures to prevent Chinese infiltration. <Accessed 2018-09-20>

President Tsai Warns Agains China’s ‘Spreading of Fake News’ (2018-09-20)
(CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Flor Wang)
While speaking with an Atlantic Council delegation Thursday, President Tsai Ing-wen thanked Phillip Breedlove for his dedication to U.S.-Taiwan relations and expressed her hope for Taiwan’s increased participation with the U.S. under the Indo-Pacific strategy. She also reiterated that Taiwan would not yield to Chinese bullying and warned that the international community should be weary of “fake news” spread by China. <Accessed 2018-09-20>

Vatican-China Deal Will Not Affect Ties with Taiwan (2018-09-20)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh)
Deputy Foreign Minister Kelly Hsieh said Thursday that Taiwan will not be affected by the possible agreement between the Holy See, Taiwna’s only European diplomatic ally, and China, as it will only address religious affairs. Hsieh said that Taiwan has been assured by the Vatican that the agreement will have no bearing on Taiwan-Vatican diplomatic affairs. However, Taiwan will continue to monitor the talks for developments. <Accessed 2018-09-20>

MAC Warns of Disadvantages of Studying in China (2018-09-20)
(CNA, By Chai Sze-chia and Flor Wang)
Amid growing numbers of Taiwanese students going to study in China, the Mainland Affairs Council has become concerned about the possible political barrier and the declining enrollment rate in Taiwanese universities. MAC Deputy Minister Chen Ming-chi said Thursday that the MAC is taking steps to educate Taiwanese students on the disadvantages of studying in China by posting information on their website. <Accessed 2018-09-20>

Will Taiwan Trap Itself Into ‘One China’ Again? (2018-09-20)
(The Diplomat, By Lin Fei-fan) Ko Wen-je, the current mayor for Taiwan currently campaigning for reelection, argues that both sides of the Taiwan Strait belong to one family, and this remains inherently a pro-China policy, falling in line closely with what Beijing wants Taiwanese people to believe. It stands in contrast to a growing belief within the Taiwanese population of a free and independent Taiwan, separate from China. While accommodating China and falling in line with their desires might serve Taiwanese security in the short run, the long-term implications could be complex. <Accessed 2018-09-23>

Taiwan ‘Spy Scandal’ a Symptom of Beijing’s Growing Distrust of Taipei, Observers Say (2018-09-23)
(South China Morning Post, By Kinling Lo) Beijing’s claims that Taipei has been blackmailing mainland students at Taiwanese universities to spy for the self-ruled island reflect the increasingly fraught relationship between the two sides, observers said. <Accessed 2018-09-27>

Feature: China Ramps Up Cyberattacks Against Taiwan (2018-09-23)
(Taipei Times/Bloomberg) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Economic Affairs announced that there is a high possibility that China, Russia, and North Korea will use Taiwan to test out their hacking techniques prior to using them against other countries. Taiwan has succeeded in fending off more than 300 cyberattacks just last year. Recently, the government announced that it plans to provide government cybersecurity training program for companies and NGOs. <Accessed 2018-09-24>

Ko Says No to Being Led Around by China (2018-09-23)
(Taipei Times, By Lee I-chia) While stressing that Taiwan should not be completely controlled by China and its policies, Taipei Major Ko Wen-je suggested that the Taiwanese government could consider treating residency permit cardholders as green card holders in the U.S. New Power Party Legislator Freddy Lim responded to Ko's suggestion by drawing a distinction between the two cards, explaining that since China wishes to take possession of Taiwan, Beijing's residency cards for Taiwanese should not be treated as akin to U.S. green cards. <Accessed 2018-09-24>

Taiwan Mulls Opening Citizenship Door to Southeast Asia to Cope with Cross-Strait Brain Drain (2018-09-24)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwan’s lawmakers are expected to decide next month on whether to offer citizenship to students and skilled workers from Southeast Asia to help cope with a severe brain drain to the mainland. <Accessed 2018-09-27>

Ko Says He Approaches Cross-Strait Ties ‘Practically’ (2018-09-24)
(Taipei Times, By Lee I-chia)
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je responded Sunday to criticism by Sunflower movement leader Lin Fei-fan regarding Ko’s approach to cross-Strait ties. Ko said that he would respect Lin’s different opinion, which was praised by DPP Taipei mayoral candidate Pasuya Yao, and also said that he takes a practical approach to cross-Strait issues. <Accessed 2018-09-24>

New U.S. Tariffs Big Threat to Taiwan Businesses in China: Experts  (2018-09-24)
(CNA, By Chu Che-wei and Ko Lin)
Taiwanese economics experts said Monday that the newest U.S.-imposed tariffs on China will begin to impact China-based Taiwanese manufacturers next year, when the tariffs are increased. The manufacturers will be affected in terms of American importers and the Chinese customer base. Chen Tain-jy, an economics professor at NTU, suggested that China-based Taiwanese firms consider relocating back to Taiwan or to other countries. <Accessed 2018-09-24>

Taiwan Can Win a War With China (2018-09-25)
(Foreign Policy, By Tanner Greer) Saber-rattling around the Taiwan Strait has been common. But China might not be able to deliver on its repeated threats. Despite the vast discrepancy in size between the two countries, there’s a real possibility that Taiwan could fight off a Chinese attack—even without direct aid from the United States. <Accessed 2018-09-27>

Cabinet Approves Bill to Boost Fines for Illegal Chinese Investment (2018-09-27)
(CNA, By Ku Chuan and Evelyn Kao) The Cabinet has recently approved a draft bill to increase the fines for illegal Chinese investments in Taiwan, including punishing any enterprise that avoids, obstructs, or declines inspections by Taiwanese authorities. The fine for Chinese investor or enterprise would be NT$50,000 to NT$25 million, while the fine for any enterprise legally investing in Taiwan but in violation of certain rules, such as failure to file financial statements or illegally making reinvestment, would be NT$50,000 to NT$2.5 million. <Accessed 2018-09-28>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
U.S. Will Team Up with Allies to Tackle Cyber Attacks: Bolton (2018-09-21)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Flor Wang) John Bolton, National security adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, announced that the U.S. will work with its allies and Taiwan to address cyber attacks from hostile nations, criminals, and terrorists. Bolton remarked that it is crucial for the U.S. and its allies to establish a strong structure of international alliances to counter cyber attacks. Taiwan has been a victim of cyber attacks from China recently ahead of its November local elections according to Bloomberg News. <Accessed 2018-09-22>

Taiwan Scraps Plan to Send Defence Minister to US Security Conference
 (2018-09-24)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwan’s defence minister will skip an annual security conference in the United States and send a deputy instead, a move that could avoid inflaming already tense relations between Washington and Beijing, observers said. <Accessed 2018-09-27>

US Approves Possible Sale of Military Aviation Spare Parts for Taiwan (2018-09-25)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) The U.S. Department of State has approved a potential sale of military aviation replacement parts to Taiwan, marking the second large arms sale to Taiwan that could pass under the Trump administration. The total expected cost of the package is around $330 million. The announcement comes at the heels of the cancellation of the next round of U.S.-China trade talks, a difficult point in the bilateral relationship between the two countries. <Accessed 2018-09-26>

Taiwan Thanks U.S. for Approving Sale of Military Spare Parts (2018-09-25)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang thanked the U.S. for approving the proposal to sell new arms package worth approximately US$330 million to Taiwan. The arms package deal includes standard spare parts and the repair of replacement of spare parts for F-16, C-130, F-5, and Indigenous Defense Fighter (IDF) aircrafts, including other aircraft systems and subsystems according to the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). Huang remarked that the arms deal would boost Taiwan's self-defense abilities and Taiwanese's confidence in confronting security challenges. <Accessed 2018-09-26>

U.S.-Taiwan Business Council Hails U.S. Arms Sale Decision (2018-09-26)
(CNA, By Rita Cheng and Evelyn Kao)
The U.S.-Taiwan Business Council on Tuesday praised Washington’s new planned arms sale to Taiwan, which it said is moving away from the old “bundling” method of arms sales. The council also said Taiwan still has issues procuring new defensive systems, although it feels the Trump Administration may be taking steps to make this possible. The council also urged that in the future, arms sales requests should be evaluated without consideration of Chinese reactions taken into account. <Accessed 2018-09-27>

US Backs Taiwan's APEC Role (2018-09-27)
(Taipei Times/CNA) Despite China's attempt to ban Taiwan from participating in the November APEC meeting in Papua New Guinea, the U.S. and other APEC members support Taiwan's participation in APEC according to a U.S. official. US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Ambassador for APEC Matthew Matthews said that Taiwan receives support from APEC members because Taiwan is a valuable participant in APEC and has a lot to contribute in reducing investment and trade barriers in the region. <Accessed 2018-09-28>

U.S. Confident Taiwan Will Become Top AI Leader in Asia: AIT Head (2018-09-27)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) During the opening ceremony of the 2018 Global Entrepreneurship Congress Plus in Taipei (GEC + Taipei), Director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Brent Christensen confidently said that Taiwan could be the leader for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Asia. Taiwan's potential role as the leader of AI in Asia can be seen from its accomplished expertise in the electronics manufacturing industry and the decisions of several major U.S. companies to set up AI R&D centers in Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-09-28>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
 Tsai’s Approval Rating Drops to 31.2% (2018-09-18)
(Taipei Times, By Shelley Shan)
Recent events such as President Tsai Ing-wen’s visit to flood victims in Chiayi and the severing of diplomatic ties with El Salvador have negatively impacted President Tsai’s approval rating, indicated a recent poll by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation. The poll included questions about Tsai’s character, resulting in the most negative responses regarding her character and her ability to work with other major political parties. In addition, the poll collected domestic opinions on cross-Strait related issues. <Accessed 2018-09-19>

Allies Asked to Speak for Taiwan at U.N. General Assembly: MOFA (2018-09-18)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Ko Lin)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday that Taiwan’s government has asked its allies to speak on Taiwan’s hope of joining U.N. events at the ongoing United Nations General Assembly, in addition to asking their permanent representatives to the U.N. to appeal to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres about the issue. Taiwan has sent representatives to New York to have its voice heard, despite its exclusion from the U.N. <Accessed 2018-09-19>

RSF Urges U.N. to Grant Access to Taiwanese Reporters (2018-09-18)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh)
In response to the exclusion of Taiwanese reporters from the United Nations General Assembly, Reporters Without Borders urged the U.N. to accredit Taiwanese journalists despite China’s pressure. Christophe Deloire, the secretary-general of RSF, said that denying Taiwanese reporters the right to cover the General Assembly was in violation of Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. <Accessed 2018-09-19>

Taiwan Calls for EU Support Amid China’s Intensified Suppression (2018-09-18)
(CNA, By Lu Hsin-hui and Ko Lin)
President Tsai Ing-wen met with a visiting European Parliament delegation Tuesday. She thanked them for their support of Taiwan and reiterated Taiwan’s willingness to work towards regional stability, in addition to asking for support from democratic allies amid more intense pressure from China. <Accessed 2018-09-19>

Taiwan, Nicaragua to Simplify Document Procedures: MOFA (2018-09-19)
(CNA, By Ku Chuan and William Yen) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that Taiwan and Nicaragua have signed an agreement that will remove the requirement to re-verify public documents between Taiwan and Nicaragua. The agreement aims to make exchanges between citizens in both nations more convenient and less costly as the procedures to legalize documents would be simplified. <Accessed 2018-09-20>

Lawmakers Weigh in on Fake News, Diplomat Suicide (2018-09-19)
(Taipei Times, By Sean Lin) Taiwanese lawmakers are considering to make amendments to the National Security Act amid the recent suicide incident of Su Chii-cherng, director-general of the Osaka branch of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office. Su committed suicide due to the criticism he received over his office's incompetence to provide emergency assistance to Taiwanese in the aftermath of Typhoon Jebi. Executive Yuan deputy spokesman Ting Yun-kung said that fake news from overseas could potentially jeopardize national security and must therefore be taken seriously. <Accessed 2018-09-20>

DPP's Approval Rating Has Hit 'Rock Bottom' (2018-09-19)
(Taipei Times, By Sean Lin) In a recent survey reported by the Taiwan Competitiveness Forum, respondents were dissatisfied with the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) performance. Among some of the crucial issues that respondents were upset with were the rising cost of living, the poor handling of cross-strait issues by the DPP, and the nation's current environmental condition that has gotten worse. <Accessed 2018-09-20>

Palau Women's Forum Attended for First Time by Cabinet Spokeswoman (2018-09-19)
(CNA, By Ku Chuan and Evelyn Kao) During her speech for the opening ceremony of the annual Mechesil Belau Conference in Palau, Cabinet spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka thanked Palau for supporting Taiwan regardless of China's mounting pressure. Kolas also urged Pacific island nations to work together to defend themselves against powerful forces. <Accessed 2018-09-20>

Polls Could Signal Changing Sentiment for Unification (2018-09-19)
(Taipei Times, By Shelley Shan) In a recent poll conducted by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation, less than 50 percent of respondents supported an independent Taiwan while the percentage of respondents favoring pro-unification is higher than those who preferred maintaining the "status quo". According to political commentator Chan Hsi-kui, the results from the poll demonstrate that Taiwanese are dissatisfied with the way President Tsai Ing-wen has been handling the cross-strait relations. <Accessed 2018-09-20>

Taiwan Delighted to See Inter-Korean Dialogue Easing Regional Tension (2018-09-21)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Elizabeth Hsu) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that Taiwan is happy to see the easing of tension between North Korea and South Korea with the signing of a joint declaration recently. In the joint declaration, both sides pledge to end military confrontation and commit to exchanges and cooperation, while North Korea promises to abandon its nuclear efforts. <Accessed 2018-09-22>

Allies Urge Move to Central America (2018-09-21)
(Taipei Times/CNA) In light of the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) is making it a top priority to boost Taiwanese investment in Central America. According to the Department of International Cooperation and Economic Affairs Director-General Phoebe Yeh, the government hopes that Taiwanese companies will consider moving their manufacturing bases to Central America as they could gain better access into the American market and take advantage of the free-trade deals between the U.S. and Central America. <Accessed 2018-09-22>

St. Kitts Marks 35 Years of Alliance and Independence (2018-09-21)
(Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) Taiwan and Saint Kitts and Nevis celebrated the 35th anniversary of their diplomatic relations and the Caribbean nation's 35 years of independence in Taipei recently. Saint Kitts and Nevis has been a strong supporter of Taiwan's global presence and participation in international organizations. Saint Kitts and Nevis Senior Minister Vance Amory said that because his nation values democracy and independence, Saint Kitts and Nevis will not fall into China's dollar diplomacy trap. <Accessed 2018-09-22>

What the China-Vatican Deal Means for Taiwan (2018-09-21)
(The Diplomat, By Gary Sands) The Vatican continues to recognize Taiwan over China, but some fear that that may soon change as the Vatican and China approach an agreement on the position of Catholic bishops in China and their allegiance to either a state-backed church or to Rome. High-ranking officials in the Vatican state that the deal will have no political or diplomatic connotations. However, if China and the Vatican establish diplomatic relations, this would be the biggest blow to Taiwan this year, following Taiwan's loss of three diplomatic allies this summer alone. <Accessed 2018-09-23>

Diplomacy Not a ‘Zero-Sum’ Game: MOFA (2018-09-22)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Flor Wang)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Andrew Lee told CNA that amid rumors about the state of Vatican-Taiwan affairs due to the recent Vatican-China talks, Taiwan should not be concerned because the values of the Vatican and Taiwan remain the same. Lee said that Taiwan is committed to maintaining its relationship with the Holy See and is not worried because the state of the Vatican-China talks are purely related to religious matters. <Accessed 2018-09-24>

Foreign Ministry Vows to Clarify its Responsibilities  (2018-09-22)
(Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday released plans for changes that are aimed at improving Taiwan’s assistance to Taiwanese abroad. The changes largely focus on emergency assistance mechanisms, which were largely criticized following Typhoon Jebi. The changes are currently still in the planning stage, with more details to come as the plans become official. <Accessed 2018-09-24>

Taiwanese March in New York to Appeal for U.N. membership (2018-09-23)
(CNA, By Ozzy Yin and Evelyn Kao) Participants led by Taiwanese legislators marched across Manhattan to the United Nations Plaza, voicing for Taiwan's recognition in the international space and its membership in the U.N. The purpose of the march was also to urge like-minded nations and the U.N. to support Taiwan. Since 1971, when Taiwan was expelled from the U.N., it has persistently tried to join the U.N. but has continuously failed due to China's efforts to isolate Taiwan globally. <Accessed 2018-09-24>

U.K. Trade Policy Minister in Taiwan for Talks (2018-09-23)
(CNA, By Ku Chuan and Shih Hsiu-chuan) The British Office in Taipei announced that George Hollingbery, the U.K. Minister for Trade Policy at the Department for International Trade, is in Taiwan to attend the 21st annual trade talks between the two nations. According to the British Office, both nations will discuss measures to improve greater access for the U.K.'s food and drink and pharmaceutical industries. The British Office Taipei and Taiwan Financial Services Roundtable will also sign a memorandum of understanding, which aims to increase Taiwan-U.K. cooperation and financial technology. <Accessed 2018-09-24>

Talks With Philippines on Science, Technology Productive: Minister (2018-09-24)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim and Shih Hsiu-chuan)
Science Minister Chen Liang-gee, who is currently heading a sixteen-person delegation in the Phillipines, said Monday that the talks held to examine the progress of bilateral projects were productive. Some of the topics of focus included disaster management, medicine, agriculture, and scientific innovation. <Accessed 2018-09-24>

Taiwan Urges Hong Kong to be Tolerant After Political Party Ban (2018-09-24)
(CNA, By Lin Ke-lun and William Yen)
In response to Hong Kong’s ban of pro-independence political party, the Hong Kong National Party, and subsequent criticism and protest, Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council has urged China and Hong Kong to adopt tolerant attitudes when dealing with the issue. MAC also said that suppressing Hong Kong peoples’ desire for democracy could do more harm to Hong Kong’s stability in the long run. <Accessed 2018-09-24>

President Tsai Plans to Make Taiwan an Asian Hub for Startups (2018-09-25)
(CNA, By Ku Chuan and Shih Hsiu-chuan) Speaking at the opening ceremony of the annual congress of the World Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce in Taipei, President Tsai Ing-wen announced that the Taiwanese government seeks to provide incentives and amend outdated regulations to make Taiwan the regional hub for startups. Tsai remarked that Taiwan's rising economy and multinational corporations' plans to invest or expand their operations in Taiwan confirmed Taiwan's prospect to act as an Asian hub for startups. <Accessed 2018-09-26>

Nicaragua Reaffirms Relations with Taiwan (2018-09-25)
(CNA, By Rita Cheng and Evelyn Kao) While attending the Inter-American Dialogue seminar in Washington, Nicaragua's vice minister of foreign affairs, Valdrack Jaentschke, reaffirmed Nicaragua's commitment to continue formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan. The vice minister also said that since Nicaragua seeks to keep peace, security, and tranquility, therefore there is no doubt as to the formal Taiwan-Nicaragua relation. <Accessed 2018-09-26>

Kuan Suggests Tighter Rules on Nationality, Public Office (2018-09-25)
(Taipei Times, By Chiu Yen-ling and Lin Liang-sheng) While disagreeing with Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je's suggestion to treat Taiwanese holding Chinese residency cards as U.S. green card holders, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Kuan Bi-ling proposed to amend the Nationality Act by tightening the rules on Taiwanese with foreign residency, such as precluding them from holding public office or requesting them to give up their foreign residency if they wish to hold public office. <Accessed 2018-09-26>

KMT Sees 50/50 Chance in Central Taiwan Elections (2018-09-25)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Liang-sheng) As the gap between the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is closing, the KMT is confident that it has a 50-50 chance of winning the November elections in central Taiwan. According to the party source, the KMT will work toward targeting independent voters and pan-blue voters to secure as many votes as possible to win the election. <Accessed 2018-09-26>

Taiwan Has Full Rights to Join 2018 APEC Forum: Presidential Office (2018-09-25)
(CNA, By Lee Shu-hua and Evelyn Kao) Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang remarked that Taiwan is a member of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and therefore possesses the same rights and privileges as other APEC member-states to participate in APEC meetings. Meanwhile, Andrew Lee, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), stated that Taiwan will attend the 2018 APEC leaders' summit and other meetings despite news of China's attempts to block Taiwan's participation. <Accessed 2018-09-26>

Premier Says No Shift on ‘Comfort Women’ Stance (2018-09-26)
(Taipei Times, By Sean Lin)
Premier William Lai said Tuesday at the Legislative Yuan that the government’s stance on the “comfort women” issue has not waned. Lai said that Representative to Japan Frank Hsieh has repeatedly made Taiwan’s stance on the issue known to Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Lai also answered a number of other questions regarding the recent incident with a comfort woman statue in Tainan and other topics. <Accessed 2018-09-27>

Allies Support Taiwan’s Participation in U.N. Activities (2018-09-26)
(CNA, By Ozzy Yin and Flor Wang)
Two of Taiwan’s diplomatic allies, Paraguay and the Marshall Islands, spoke on behalf of Taiwan at the U.N.’s General Debate, which opened Tuesday. Both President Mario Abdo Benitez and President Hilda Heine asserted Taiwan’s potential contribution to the U.N. system while urging Taiwan’s inclusion in the U.N. <Accessed 2018-09-27>

APEC Telecommunications Meeting to Begin in Taiwan Sunday  (2018-09-26)
(CNA, By Chu Tse-wei and William Yen)
The 58th APEC Telecommunications and Information Working Group Meeting will kick off in Taipei on Sunday. Officials, information communication technology experts, and industry representatives from 19 of the 21 member economies will meet to discuss cybersecurity, infrastructure, and information and communication technologies. The goal of the meeting is to enhance cooperation and flow of information across these economies. <Accessed 2018-09-27>
U.S.-China Relations
 US, China Both Remain Defiant as Trade War Deepens (2018-09-20)
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) As the United States and China have both introduced new rounds of tariffs, the possibility of trade talks has once again been dismissed for the time being. The new tariffs, while very much in line with President Trump's argument against unfair trade practices, are also largely in part due to China's retaliatory tariffs, and the President says that the cycle will continue. Now that the tariffs cover a much larger set of imported goods, U.S. customers could start to see higher prices for commonly sold goods. <Accessed 2018-09-23>

Tension Escalates as China Summons US Ambassador over Military Sanctions (2018-09-23)
(South China Morning Post, By Robert Delaney) China summoned America’s ambassador and recalled its naval chief from the US on Saturday to protest sanctions Washington slapped on Chinese entities for procuring military equipment from Russia, and threatened to follow through with additional measures by its military. Beijing also postponed a three-day bilateral military dialogue in Beijing, which was to begin on Tuesday, and warned of possible further measures if Washington does not withdraw the sanctions, according to reports by China’s state broadcaster CCTV. <Accessed 2018-09-27>

China Is Confronting New U.S. Hostility. But Is It Ready for the Fight? (2018-09-23)
(New York Times, By Jane Perlez) As the acrimony intensifies, Beijing’s immediate worry is how the Chinese public will handle the trade war and what impact it might have on domestic stability. <RSS, Accessed 2018-09-27>

China Postpones Military-to-Military Talks With US After CAATSA Sanctions (2018-09-25)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) China has postponed a round of bilateral military talks with the United States following Washington's imposition of new sanctions on the PLA's Equipment Development Department. The sanctions were implemented to discourage China's purchase of Russian military equipment. A spokesperson from the defense ministry said that they hope to see the United States reverse this decision. <Accessed 2018-09-26>

China Harming World Economy: AIT Head (2018-09-25)
(CNA, By Ku Chuan and Ko Lin) Speaking at the annual congress of the World Taiwanese Chambers of Commerce in Taipei, Brent Christensen, Director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) criticized China's aggressive strategies and practices that are harming world economy. Christensen stressed the importance of upholding the international rule-based order and stated that the U.S. hopes to cooperate with Taiwan on several Indo-Pacific strategy initiatives. <Accessed 2018-09-26>

Amid Growing Bilateral Tensions, China Denies US Port Call Request for Hong Kong (2018-09-26)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) The Chinese government denied a request for a U.S navy ship to call at a port in Hong Kong. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not immediately respond to a question about it, claiming that the Chinese government would approve requests for port calls on a case-by-case basis. The decline for a port call follows weeks of declining military relations between the United States and China. <Accessed 2018-09-26>

Trump: China Is Out to Get Me (2018-09-26)
(Foreign Policy, By Colum Lynch and Elias Groll) President Donald Trump accused Beijing of seeking to disrupt the U.S. midterm elections and steer votes in key battleground states toward Democratic candidates seeking to regain control of the House and Senate after years in the political wilderness. <Accessed 2018-09-27>

China, US Military Ties May Be in a Downward Spiral ‘For a Long Time’ (2018-09-27)
(South China Morning Post, By Kristin Huang) Military relations between China and the United States are expected to remain in a downward spiral for some time, analysts say, as tensions escalate between the world’s two biggest powers. The assessment came after China denied a request for a US warship to visit Hong Kong next month, summoned US ambassador Terry Branstad to lodge “stern representations” in Beijing, and postponed military talks that had been scheduled to be held this week. <Accessed 2018-09-27>

China Rejects Trump’s Charges of Meddling in U.S. Elections (2018-09-27)
(New York Times, By Jane Perlez) Mr. Trump called a paid China Daily insert in an Iowa newspaper “propaganda.” Chinese officials said the advertising was both lawful and commonplace. <RSS, Accessed 2018-09-27>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
European Firms Mull Relocating Mainland Production to Southeast Asia amid Escalating US-China Trade War (2018-09-18)
(South China Morning Post, By Daniel Ren) European companies operating in China are extremely worried about getting caught in the US-China trade war crossfire and some are considering relocating to Southeast Asia as punitive tariffs slapped by the world’s two largest economies take a toll on multinational firms, according to the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China. <Accessed 2018-09-27>

Diplomatic Issues Not Addressed in China-Vatican Agreement: Report
 (2018-09-19)
(CNA, By Huang Ya-shih and Elizabeth Hsu) An American Jesuit journal revealed that issues on diplomatic relations between China and the Vatican will not be addressed in the China-Vatican agreement. According to the report, the agreement mainly addresses the issue of the nomination of bishops, with both parties having a say over the selection of candidates, but with the Pope making the final decision in the appointment of bishops for the Catholic Church in China. However, the Communist-owned Global Times newspaper reported that the appointment of bishops must receive Beijing's approval and mandated by the Pope. <Accessed 2018-09-20>

Europe's Answer to China's Belt and Road (2018-09-19)
(The Diplomat, By Fraser Cameron) The European Commission's " Connectivity Strategy" to link China and Europe can be considered Europe's response to China's Belt and Road Initiative. It focuses on sustainable development, labor rights, a level playing field, and avoiding financial dependencies, as these are some of the aspects of BRI that most concern European leaders. <Accessed 2018-09-23>

China and Israel in the Belt and Road Initiative (2018-09-19)
(The Diplomat, By Mercy A. Kuo) Roi Feder, the Managing Director for APCO Worldwide in Tel Aviv, discusses the role of Israel in China's Belt and Road Initiative and how it affects the United States and other involved countries. <Accessed 2018-09-23>

Less Visible Aspects of Chinese Military Modernization (2018-09-21)
(The Diplomat, By Shahryar Pasandideh) Most of the coverage regarding China's military improvements tends to revolve around its new technologies and equipment, but we should also focus on how China is improving its existing technologies to better address its current issues and threats. Upgrading existing warships and aircraft has significant impacts on Chinese military policy and how China views external threats. By building on existing platforms, China can improve its military strength without drawing attention from international observers. <Accessed 2018-09-23>

Italy Aims to Be China’s First G7 Partner on Belt and Road (2018-09-22)
(South China Morning Post, By Liu Zhen) Italy wants to become the first G7 country to endorse China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” and plans to do so before the end of the year, the European country’s deputy prime minister said on Friday. “I hope very much we can complete a memorandum of understanding [MOU] with China within 2018,” Luigi Di Maio told reporters in Beijing at the end of a two-day visit to the country. <Accessed 2018-09-27>

A Boiling Pot: The CCP’s Increasingly Intrusive Surveillance in Tibet (2018-09-22)
(The Diplomat, By Tenzin Tsultrim) While international awareness regarding the Chinese Communist Party's surveillance efforts in Xinjiang is spreading, the intensity behind surveillance in Tibet has grown as well. The CCP sees assimilation of ethnic minorities into one "Chinese" identity as a crucial goal. The increasing surveillance issues in Tibet may become a point of future unrest in China. <Accessed 2018-09-23>

China and Vatican Reach Deal on Appointment of Bishops (2018-09-22)
(New York Times, By Jason Horowitz and Ian Johnson) For the first time, the pope accepted the legitimacy of bishops chosen by the Communist Chinese government. <RSS, Accessed 2018-09-27>

Vatican Deal Unlikely to Spur Religious Freedom in China: Expert (2018-09-23)
(CNA, By Chang Shu-ling and Flor Wang) According to two professors from two universities in Hong Kong, the China-Vatican agreement will not increase religious freedom in China. One of the professors remarked that since the agreement did not specifically mention anything about underground bishops in China, who are faithful to the Vatican, it remains to be seen how China will handle underground Catholic Church in China and whether China will ask them to be members of the Beijing-backed Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association. <Accessed 2018-09-24>

Why China Buying Up Ports is Worrying Europe (2018-09-23)
(South China Morning Post, By Kristin Huang) There is rising concern about whether China will use its commercial acquisitions of overseas ports for military purposes, under its drive to put civilian technology and resources to military use. Under its trillion-dollar “Belt and Road Initiative” – a blueprint announced in 2013 to boost trade and connectivity in Asia, Africa, Europe and beyond – China has significantly increased its global investments, particularly in maritime infrastructure. <Accessed 2018-09-27>

Hong Kong Bans Pro-Independence Party (2018-09-24)
(New York Times, By Austin Ramzy) The small party, with a handful of members and no elected lawmakers, had attracted government scrutiny for its call for Hong Kong independence from China. <RSS, Accessed 2018-09-27>

Britain Should Respect Chinese Territory in South China Sea, Wang Yi Tells Jeremy Hunt (2018-09-25)
(South China Morning Post, By Keegan Elmer) China has asked Britain to respect its territorial integrity and not to risk the trust between the two nations after a British warship conducted a freedom-of-navigation exercise in the South China Sea. Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the request during a meeting with British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday. <Accessed 2018-09-27>

How China Is Losing the World (2018-09-25)
(The Diplomat, By Kerry Brown) While things may look good in the long run for China, China's leaders should take some time to reflect and consider how to proceed. China's actions in Xinjiang, its attitude towards Taiwan, and issues of surveillance have led to criticism from the West. Its relations with the West are not worth deteriorating over certain parts of its history that China refuses to compromise on. <Accessed 2018-09-26>

Tech Firms Are Boosting China’s Cyber Power (2018-09-25)
(The Diplomat, By Sarah Cook) China's progress in the technological sector come at a cost of human rights, internet freedoms, and the profits of the technology companies involved. Beyond the public benefits, improvements in technology have allowed the Chinese Communist Party to increase surveillance over the population, especially in sensitive areas such as Xinjiang. However, the companies themselves also face consequences due to a rising technological level in China, and their competition with foreign firms also lead to both business and political issues. <Accessed 2018-09-26>

Japanese, British Warships Carry Out Joint Exercise in Indian Ocean in Latest Show of Strength to China (2018-09-27)
(South China Morning Post, By Teddy Ng) Japan’s biggest warship joined a British frigate for naval drills in the Indian Ocean on Wednesday as the latter was en route to the contested South China Sea, in the latest sign of Tokyo’s growing involvement in efforts to counter Beijing’s influence in the region. The deployment of the Japanese helicopter carrier Kaga alongside the HMS Argyll came after the United States said it had sent B-52 bombers to conduct transit operations in the South China and East China seas. <Accessed 2018-09-27>

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