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2018-10-16 | NO.42(20) epaper |
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Cross-Strait Relations
 U.S. Urges Cross-Strait Dialogue to Resolve Differences (2018-10-11)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Y.F. Low) A spokesperson at the U.S. State Department responded to Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen's National Day speech by urging Taiwan and China to establish constructive dialogue in resolving their differences peacefully. In her speech, the president commented on China's diplomatic offensive and military coercion as challenging the peace and stability across the strait. Meanwhile, the president affirmed that Taiwan will not take any reckless actions that would endanger Taiwan's sovereignty, upset cross-strait relations, and go against the people's will. <Accessed 2018-10-12>

Taiwan Responds to Beijing Threats with Pledge to Increase Military Spending to ‘Ensure National Security’ (2018-10-11)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwan plans to acquire more weapons to increase its fighting power in the face of growing military threats from Beijing, a move certain to further provoke the mainland amid the escalating trade war and military tensions between China and the US. The self-ruled island’s defence ministry announced new spending plans on Wednesday which it said were intended to echo President Tsai Ing-wen’s national day pledge to safeguard Taiwan’s sovereignty. <Accessed 2018-10-11>

Facing Chinese Pressure, Taiwan’s President Tsai Seeks ‘Survival Niche’ (2018-10-10)
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) During her National Day speech, President Tsai Ing-wen said that Taiwan will carve out a "survival niche" for itself by allying with like-minded countries around the world and not giving in to Chinese pressure. She spoke about foreign powers subverting Taiwanese society and attempting to influence local elections without directly naming names. The Tsai administration will increase its focus on "value-based diplomacy" and expressed her appreciation for support from the United States and Taiwan's diplomatic allies. <Accessed 2018-10-13>

Ministry Unveils Three Strategies to Counter Chinese Diplomatic Pressure (2018-10-12)
(Taipei Times, By Sean Lin)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Thursday its three strategies to counter increased diplomatic pressure from Beijing, which could occur as a result of the U.S.-China trade war. The first measure is to deepen ties with allies and like-minded nations. Next, Taiwan will increase participation in international trade frameworks, and lastly Taiwan will continue to work with the U.S. in the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy. These efforts are to minimize the economic and diplomatic effects of the trade war. <Accessed 2018-10-12>

War Games to be Staged Tuesday, Wednesday (2018-10-15)
(CNA, By Lu Hsin-hui and Flor Wang) Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) will carry out a 2-day war games in eastern Taiwan. The decision to conduct the military drills came amid China's increasing military threats. The drills will test Taiwan's military ability to combat a coordinated air and electronic attack and to prepare the armed forces for combat according to sources. <Accessed 2018-10-16>>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
 No Details on ‘Show of Force’: Ministry (2018-10-10)
(Taipei Times, By Sean Lin)
Following a CNN report from last Thursday that reported the U.S. Pacific Fleet would conduct naval operations in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait as a warning to China, Minister of National Defense Yen De-fa said that the Ministry of National Defense has no knowledge of a planned military drill in the Taiwan Strait. Premier William Lai stated that the U.S. Department of Defense also hasn’t commented on the report, and he believes the report was leaked to boost both the U.S. Republican Party and the DPP’s approval ratings going into their respective midterms and local elections. <Accessed 2018-10-10>

Taiwan a Steadfast Ally, Trading Partner of U.S.: President Tsai  (2018-10-10)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan)
While speaking with Heritage Foundation founder, Edwin J. Feulner, President Tsai Ing-wen praised the U.S.-Taiwan relationship, pointing to recent developments such as the U.S.’s planned arms sale to Taiwan and Vice President Mike Pence’s speech showing support for Taiwan. She expressed Taiwan’s thankfulness for the U.S.’s support, as well as highlighting the benefits Taiwan brings to the relationship. <Accessed 2018-10-10>

Taiwan’s Cross-Strait Strategy Steady-Handed: Former U.S. Official  (2018-10-10)
(CNA, By Rita Cheng and Flor Wang)
Mike Green, a former U.S. National Security Council official, told CNA that he thinks Tsai’s cross-Strait policy is steady-handed. He suggested that Tsai maintain her current strategy and avoid any surprises to Washington or Tokyo. He reflected on former President Chen Shui-bian’s strategy, which he said surprised Washington too frequently and urged Tsai not to act in that way. <Accessed 2018-10-10>

U.S. Moves Toward Normal Military Sales to Taiwan: Official  (2018-10-12)
(CNA, By Rita Cheng and Frances Huang)
Randall Schriver, the U.S. assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs, told reporters Thursday that the Trump administration is pushing for more normal arms sales to Taiwan, as opposed to the current bundling approach to arms sales. Chen Chung-chi, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense spokesman, responded by saying this new arms sales approach would help Taiwan update its military capability. <Accessed 2018-10-12>

What Taiwan Can Take from Mike Pence’s Speech on China (2018-10-12)
(Brookings, By Richard C. Bush) At least some observers in East Asia, not just Taiwan, will conclude that U.S.-China relations will take on a zero-sum, “you live, I die” character, with implications for everyone in the region. China would have a lot to lose from all-out competition with America, but U.S. allies and partners in the region also might be at risk from both the current trade war and from wider Washington-Beijing rivalry. <Accessed 2018-10-18>

Deputy U.S. Assistant Secretary of State to Speak at Taipei Workshop (2018-10-15)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) According to the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), the Depute U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Scott Busby will give an opening speech at a Taiwan-U.S. workshop on defending democracy. Taiwan's Foreign Minster Joseph Wu, AIT Director William Brent Christensen and Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan are among the special guests who will be attending the 2-day workshop. Participants from 12 countries will also be attending the workshop to share their lessons and practices to strengthen international cooperation on promoting media literacy. <Accessed 2018-10-16>

The US Weapons Taiwan Wants to Bolster Its Defences (2018-10-15)
(South China Morning Post, By Kristin Huang) A senior official Pentagon official’s comments last week that the United States is moving towards a “more normal foreign military sales relationship” with Taiwan could signal that the self-ruled island will be able to boost its defence capabilities with US military hardware. Randall Schriver, the assistant secretary of defence for Asian and Pacific security affairs, said the Trump administration would push for more arms sales to Taiwan, a move that would be bitterly opposed by the Chinese government. <Accessed 2018-10-18>

Taiwan Sees Opportunity in US-China Trade War but Don’t Expect a Windfall, Economists Warn (2018-10-16)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taipei was upbeat earlier this month, announcing that at least 40 businesses based on the mainland were planning to relocate to the island, and 30 more could be looking to Southeast Asia as they try to avoid getting caught in the crossfire of the escalating trade conflict. But economists and analysts have questioned how much Taiwan could really gain from any relocations, given the long-term operations of Taiwanese companies on the mainland. <Accessed 2018-10-18>

Will Trump Jilt Taiwan? (2018-10-17)
(IPP Review, By John F. Copper) The short answer to this question is yes. But why and the details are likely different from what many may think. <Accessed 2018-10-18>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Full Text of President Tsai Ing-wen’s National Day Address (2018-10-10)
This is the link to President Tsai Ing-wen’s entire National Day address, titled “Democratic Taiwan Lights up the World” from Wednesday, in which she outlines Taiwan’s domestic, cross-Strait, and sustainability strategies. <Accessed 2018-10-10>

Leaders Need to Present People with A Vision: de Klerk (2018-10-11)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) During his speech at the annual Yushan Forum in Taipei, former South African President Frederick Willem de Klerk remarked that the real challenge for leaders is to convince the people what is best for them, although there would be sacrifices along the way to achieve the goal. The former South African President said that the first thing a leader needs to do is to ascertain the need and then provide a vision to the people. Thereafter, the leader needs to convince the people to support the goal or vision. <Accessed 2018-10-12>

 Paraguay Offering Incentives for Taiwanese Investors: President Abdo (2018-10-11)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) President Mario Abdo Benitez of Paraguay announced that Paraguay plans to offer tax incentives and legal protections to encourage Taiwanese investments in the country. Benitez expressed hope that both nations can enhance their strategic partnership, especially since Taiwan specializes in technological advancements while Paraguay's forte is in agricultural products. <Accessed 2018-10-12>

Paraguay Will Always be Taiwan's Loyal Friend: President Abdo (2018-10-11)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez firmly pledged his country's commitment to continue diplomatic relations with Taiwan. The Paraguayan President reassuringly said that Paraguay will not sever diplomatic ties with its allies or good friends, and will not allow any country to intervene in its sovereign rights or dictate which country Paraguay can or cannot establish diplomatic ties with. <Accessed 2018-10-12>

Taiwan Environmental Protection Work A Global Example: U.S. Official (2018-10-11)
(CNA, By Lee Hsin-Yin) During a keynote speech at the annual Yushan Forum, Jane Nishida, principal deputy assistant administrator at the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) praised Taiwan for its achievements in resolving environmental issues in the past two decades and commended Taiwan for being a leader in environmental protection. Nishida also applauded Taiwan for its contributions in setting a good example for other nations in the region to follow in protecting their environment. <Accessed 2018-10-12>

Peaceful Cross-Strait Policy Highlight of Tsai's Address: AIT Chief (2018-10-11)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh, Rita Cheng and Evelyn Kao) When asked to comment on Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen's National Day speech, American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman James Moriarty said that the President's position on a peaceful cross-strait policy was the most noteworthy. The AIT Chairman further added that the United States would want to see both sides having dialogue, and the President is trying to do just that. He suggested for Taiwan to send a clear message to China that Taiwan welcomes constructive dialogues but further added that neither Taiwan nor the U.S. can speculate China's reaction. <Accessed 2018-10-12>

Nobel Peace Laureate Engages Taiwan in "Globalization of Compassion" (2018-10-11)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan) During a press conference in Taipei, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi said that what the world needs now is to globalize compassion since compassion is the key to connect with each other. Satyarthi stated that Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen extended her support for his two major projects to "globalize compassion". He also applauded Taiwan for demonstrating leadership in tackling many pressing global issues despite facing many hardships and setbacks in the international space. <Accessed 2018-10-12>

New Southbound Policy Seeing Initial Results: President (2018-10-11)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) in her opening speech for the annual Yushan Forum in Taipei, Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen announced that Taiwan's New Southbound Policy has yielded promising results. The areas that have shown positive results are cultural, trade and economic ties between Taiwan and nations targeted by the policy. The president stated that trade exchanges between Taiwan and New Southbound nations grew by 15 percent while more than 40,000 students from New Southbound nations are pursuing their education in Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-10-12>

KMT Criticizes President At Alternative ROC Celebration (2018-10-11)
(Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) supporters proudly waved the Republic of China (ROC) national flags in front of National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall to celebrate Taiwan's National Day. KMT Chairman Wu Den-yih remarked that it is imperative for those opposing Taiwanese independence to come together to prevent Taiwan from being ruined by President Tsai Ing-wen. On the other hand, former president Ma Ying-jeou criticized Tsai and her administration for not listening to the people's voices, for failing to resolve their problems and for causing the cross-strait relations to deteriorate. <Accessed 2018-10-12>

Taiwan Advised to Leverage APEC to Advance New Southbound Policy (2018-10-12)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan) During the annual Yushan Forum in Taipei, Michael Schmitz, advisor to APEC Life Science and Innovative Forum remarked that since Taiwan is doing very well in the field of health care, it could help regional nations to come up with policies to overcome the challenges they face in health care. Meanwhile, Brian Lee Crowley, manager director of Macdonald-Laurier Institute in Canada, criticized China for isolating Taiwan internationally and depriving others the opportunity to receive assistance from Taiwan. <Accessed 2018-10-12>

New Southbound Policy Sees Results, But Challenges Remain: Expert (2018-10-12)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan)
Bonnie Glaser, a visiting senior advisor for Asia from the U.S., said at the Yushan Forum Friday that Taiwan has had early success in its New Southbound Policy because of its focus on interpersonal relationships but still faces challenges. Some of the issues Glaser said Taiwan hasn't yet made significant progress on are increasing trade diversification and negotiating free trade agreements. She also said Taiwan faces challenges regarding innovative industries, resources, and challenges posed by China. <Accessed 2018-10-12>

Experts Suggest Taiwan Expand its New Southbound Policy (2018-10-12)
(CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan)
At the Yushan Forum in Taipei Friday, experts Atul Keshap and Kasit Piromya discussed opportunities for Taiwan to expand its New Southbound Policy further into South Asia. Keshap outlined specific possible initiatives, saying that this expansion would build Taiwan’s Indo-Pacific relationships, economic prosperity, security, and international participation. Piromya suggested Taiwan focus on sharing its democratic ideals with the countries that haven't achieved democratization. <Accessed 2018-10-12>

Vice President Chen Receives Warm Welcome in Papal Office (2018-10-13)
(CNA, By Huang Ya-shih and Frances Huang) Taiwan's Vice President Chen Chien-jen and his delegation are visiting the Vatican to attend the ceremony to canonize Pope Paul VI, along with El Salvador's Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero and five others. Chen's trip to the Vatican aims to strengthen the Taiwan-Vatican ties. During the trip, Chen and his delegation had the privilege to visit Castel Gandolfo, which was a summer residence for every pope since Pope Urban VIII in 1623 until 2016 when Pope Francis decided to open the palace to the public. <Accessed 2018-10-14>

MOFA to Protest UN's Reported Snub of Reporter (2018-10-13)
(Taipei Times/CNA) A United Daily News reporter was denied entry to the U.N. headquarters in New York with her Republic of China (ROC) passport. The reporter said that even when she presented her Taiwan Compatriot Travel Document, a permit issued to Taiwanese by China for travel to Mainland China, she was still denied entry. Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that it would file a complaint with the UN regarding incidents where Taiwanese showing their ROC passports were denied entry into the UN headquarters. <Accessed 2018-10-14>

Transitional Justice Requires Dialogue, De Klerk Says (2018-10-13)
(Taipei Times/CNA) Former South African president F.W. de Klerk remarked that an open minded communication and negotiation with all parties and the willingness of the parties to make compromises were the chief elements that ended apartheid in South Africa. De Klerk advised Taiwan to forge closer ties with African countries and other nations globally, as well to continue strengthening its democracy and economy. <Accessed 2018-10-14>

Elections: Updated Election Slogans to Boost Enthusiasm: DPP (2018-10-13)
(Taipei Times, By Yang Chun-hui and Johnathan Chin) The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is planning to have new campaign slogans to resonate President Tsai Ing-wen's speech during Taiwan's National Day and to boost the public's enthusiasm. The DPP's new slogans, "no backtrack from reforms" and "protect Taiwan together", hope to energize and motivate the public for the upcoming November local elections. <Accessed 2018-10-14>

Elections: KMT Plans Show of Unity in Taichung (2018-10-13)
(Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Culture and Communications Committee deputy director-general Hung Meng-kai unveiled KMT's schedule for a huge joint campaign event in Taichung to show unity among the party's candidates within and across regions. According to Hung, wining Taichung, Changhua and Yunlin would demonstrate a victory for KMT, and central Taiwan will be KMT's key focus in the upcoming November local elections. <Accessed 2018-10-14>

Vice President Chen Prays for Peace at Mass at St. Peter's Basilica (2018-10-13)
(CNA, By Huang Ya-shih and Ko Lin) Taiwan's Vice President Chen Chien-jen and a Taiwan delegation to the Vatican prayed for Taiwan, its people and peace across the Taiwan Strait during a mass at St. Peter's Basilica. Chen remarked that the Vatican and Taiwan both share similar values, such as religious freedom, democracy and human rights, therefore Taiwan will continue to cooperate with the Holy See. Chen also expressed hope that Taiwan and China can have peaceful dialogue to ensure peace and stability across the strait. <Accessed 2018-10-14>

Taiwan's Indo-Pacific Role in the Spotlight (2018-10-11)
(The Diplomat, By Prashanth Parameswaran) President Tsai Ing-wen signified in her National Day speech that Taiwan would move towards shaping its place in the growing Indo-Pacific conception that the international community has been paying more attention to in recent years. The conception would allow Taiwan to formulate its own domestic and foreign policy responses to regional issues, much like other countries involved in the area have done. Taiwan's responses will be significant, both regarding Taiwan as an individual actor and as a U.S. ally. <Accessed 2018-10-13>

Taiwan Will Benefit from ‘Developed’ Status in WTO: Deng  (2018-10-14)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh)
Minister without Portfolio John Deng confirmed on Sunday that Taiwan’s status in the World Trade Organization will change from “developing” member to “developed” member. Developing members enjoy special privileges, but Taiwan’s decision to change its status is in an effort to promote future negotiations and show Taiwan’s commitment to trade liberalization and free markets, according to Deng. <Accessed 2018-10-15>

Warning Issued Over Military Budget (2018-10-14)
(Taipei Times, By Peng Wan-hsin and Jonathan Chin)
The Legislative Yuan Budget Center issued a warning over the portion of the central government’s personnel budget that is allocated to military personnel costs. The military personnel budget is currently the highest in the past five years. The Ministry of National Defense’s operational budget has also increased, and the Center said the national defense costs will inevitably continue growing. <Accessed 2018-10-15>

President Thanks Pope Francis for Greetings (2018-10-15)
(CNA, By Lu Hsin-hui and Evelyn Kao) During Vice President Chen Chien-jen's visit to the Vatican to attend a canonization ceremony, Pope Francis asked the Vice President to send his greetings to Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen. The President responded by thanking the Pope for his greetings. The President also expressed that Taiwan will continue to support the Pope and the Vatican in their advocacy for freedom, justice and peace across the world. <Accessed 2018-10-16>

Labor Meeting Marks Milestone in Taiwan-EU Cooperation: MOL Official (2018-10-15)
(CNA, By Tang Pei-chun and Frances Huang) The Deputy Labor Minister Lin San-quei remarked that the first labor affairs consultation meeting between Taiwan and the European Union (EU) in Brussels has been rewarding and represents the start of a regular exchange mechanism for future cooperation between Taiwan and the EU. The meeting touched on several issues, such as Taiwan's knowledge of the labor market in Asia, youth unemployment, the impact of economic globalization and digitalization on laborers, cross border social security and employment services for workers. <Accessed 2018-10-16>

Taiwanese Bishop Meets Chinese Counterparts (2018-10-15)
(Taipei Times/CNA, The Vatican) During the Synod of Bishops at the Vatican, Chiayi Bishop Chung An-chu met and had exchanges with two Chinese bishops. Chung remarked that he was happy to meet them and stated that the China-Vatican agreement on the appointment of bishops will not affect Taiwan and the Vatican's diplomatic relations. Chung also said that during a meeting with Pope Francis in May, he expressed Taiwan's hope to the Pope that the Holy See will continue to stand with and support its people. <Accessed 2018-10-16>

Honduran President Sends Thanks to Taiwan: Spokesman (2018-10-15)
(CNA, By Huang Ya-hsih and William Yen) Presidential Office spokesman Sidney Lin stated that the vice president of Honduras Olga Alvarado conveyed Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernandez's thanks to Taiwan for standing beside Honduras during good and bad times. During a canonization ceremony at the Vatican on Sunday, the Honduran vice president and Taiwan's vice president Chen Chien-jen discussed further opportunities to increase exchanges and cooperation between both nations. <Accessed 2018-10-16>

Taiwan Seeks to Join Interpol General Assembly in November (2018-10-15)
(CNA, By Huang Li-yun and Ko Lin) The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) Commissioner Tsai Tsan-po has applied to Interpol for the CIB to take part in Interpol's next general meeting in November. Since 2016, the government has been applying to participate in Interpol's annual meeting, but has been unsuccessful due to China's opposition. CIB International Criminal Affairs Division squadron chief Yang Kuo-sung remarked that Taiwan should not be excluded from participating in the international organization. <Accessed 2018-10-16>

Taiwan Aims to Bolster Investment and Trade with Paraguay: Spokesman  (2018-10-16)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Ko Lin)
Following a statement by President of Paraguay Mario Abdo Benitez regarding Taiwan’s pledged investment of U.S.$150 million in Paraguay’s infrastructure and education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Andrew Lee responded on Tuesday. Lee said that the implementation plans are still being developed but that Taiwan looks forward to working with Paraguay bilaterally to enhance relations and exchanges, which will occur in the fields of investment, infrastructure, and trade. <Accessed 2018-10-16>

My Formosa Poll Predicts Clear Lead for Ko in Taipei (2018-10-16)
(Taipei Times, By Lee I-chia, Huang Chung-shan, and William Hetherington)
News website My-Formosa.com released a poll Monday showing that of the respondents, 37.5% supported current Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je in the upcoming local election, putting him significantly in the lead against other candidates. Over half of the respondents also said they did not believe that Ko was involved with organ harvesting in China, referencing the recent accusation by a U.S. author. The poll also asked questions regarding cross-Strait relations. <Accessed 2018-10-16>
U.S.-China Relations
Chinese Spy Caught in ‘Rare’ Sting after ‘Plot to Steal US Trade Secrets’ (2018-10-11)
(South China Morning Post, By Robert Delaney) US agents have arrested a top Beijing intelligence official for allegedly attempting to steal trade secrets from GE Aviation and other US aerospace companies after luring the suspect to Belgium in what the US Justice Department called “an unprecedented extradition”. <Accessed 2018-10-11>

As US-China Trade War Intensifies, Philippines Seeks to Balance Ties and Even Benefit from Mounting Tensions (2018-10-12)
(South China Morning Post, By John R. Carter) The US-China trade war has sent a ripple of uncertainty through the global economy but there may be a silver lining for the Philippines, even as it seeks to balance its ties and chart a middle path between its two most powerful partners. The upshot, according to government officials, is that increased infrastructure spending will eventually allow the Philippines to become “the workforce for the entire world”. <Accessed 2018-10-18>

Taiwan Should Heed Possible Impact From Trade War: Ex-AIT Chair (2018-10-13)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Frances Huang) Former chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Richard Bush advised Taiwan to pay attention to the weakening relationships between China and the U.S. in light of the trade war between both nations. Bush remarked that the increased of tariffs on products treated as Chinese goods could affect Taiwanese companies, since Taiwanese companies have been exporting their goods to China. <Accessed 2018-10-14>

Japan’s High Stakes Diplomacy with the US and China (2018-10-14)
(East Asia Forum, By Shiro Armstrong) Having opened up bilateral negotiations with the United States, there could now be more room for bilateral negotiations between China and Japan. These two unlikely partners in Asia might yet be the best hope of holding the line against Trump’s assault on the global trading system. <Accessed 2018-10-18>

Trump Embraces Foreign Aid to Counter China’s Global Influence (2018-10-14)
(New York Times, By Glenn Thrush) The move is a significant reversal for the president. A new agency will provide $60 billion in financing aimed at blocking Beijing’s ambitions. <RSS, Accessed 2018-10-18>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
 The China-Europe Disconnect (2018-10-10)
(The Diplomat, By Nicholas Olczak) China has increasingly turned towards Europe as its relations with the United States decline. At the same time, several European countries have reconsidered their economic relationships with global powers in light of the United States' backing away from the international arena. However, without considering historical grievances and the individual aspects and situations of the countries in question, without applying a one-size-fits-all approach, increased relations between Europe and China could easily mean increased tensions. <Accessed 2018-10-13>

Aiding Africa: If Not China, Then Who? (2018-10-11)
(The Diplomat, By Grace Guo) African leaders' interest in the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) is unsurprising given China's economic and investment focus on Africa as part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). However, critics from the United States often accuse China of engaging in unsustainable practices in Africa and fear issues such as debt traps arising in African countries as a result of Chinese investment. To answer the question of what alternative funding sources African development initiatives would turn to without China, the Trump administration has increased the OPIC debt ceiling, but it may be too late. <Accessed 2018-10-13>

China Says Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Will Visit Beijing This Month (2018-10-12)
(South China Morning Post, By Laura Zhou) Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will this month make the first visit to China by a Japanese leader in seven years, Beijing said on Friday, in a sign of the two countries efforts to improve relations amid rising global uncertainty. Abe, who was re-elected leader of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party last month, will visit from October 25 to 27, foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said. <Accessed 2018-10-18>

China's Diplomacy Has a Monster in its Closet (2018-10-13)
(The Diplomat, By Ben Lowsen) China's latest demonstration of its desires to grow more involved in the international arena is its diplomats' shows of ultra-nationalism. Even Beijing recognizes the importance of patriotic education in China, but the greater focus on patriotism is leading Chinese diplomats to act unprofessionally. While stronger nations may be able to challenge this rise in Chinese nationalism, smaller nations dependent on China may suffer as a result. <Accessed 2018-10-13>

EU’s Rival Infrastructure Fund Could Lead to Better Deals for Asia but China's Belt and Road Still Leads the Way (2018-10-13)
(South China Morning Post, By Keegan Elmer) The European Union is poised to become a stronger player in Asia with the unveiling next week of its alternative to China’s belt and road investment strategy. The Euro-Asian connectivity strategy is expected to be agreed by the member states on Monday and formally unveiled at Thursday’s Asia-Europe Meeting in Brussels. <Accessed 2018-10-18>

Chinese Anti-Submarine Warfare: Aviation Platforms, Strategy, and Doctrine (2018-10-16)
(The Diplomat, By Rick Joe) The People's Liberation Army Navy's anti-submarine warfare capabilities are growing, especially when covering the helicopter and fixed-wing capabilities of the PLAN. Now that the PLAN is pursuing improvements in capabilities, it is safe to predict that the PLAN sees its future prospects as favorable. <Accessed 2018-10-16>

Chinese Communist Party Expels 2 Former Top Generals (2018-10-16)
(The Diplomat, By Charlotte Gao) Fang Fenghui and Zhang Yang, two former top generals in the People's Liberation Army, were officially expelled from the Chinese Communist Party. Zhang Yang committed suicide at home, while Fang Fenghui was charged with accepting bribes. Both are the latest high-ranking officials to be brought down under President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign. <Accessed 2018-10-16>

China to Unveil New Stealth Bomber During Military Parade in 2019 (2018-10-16)
(The Diplomat, By Franz-Stefan Gady) The People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) may reveal its new stealth bombers as part of the 70th anniversary celebrations in 2019. The new bomber was designated the Hong-20 in a broadcast in August. However, there has not yet been official confirmation of the aircraft's unveiling. <Accessed 2018-10-16>

Chinese Mercenaries Are Tightening Security on the Belt and Road (2018-10-16)
(East Asia Forum, By Helena Legarda) Chinese private security companies (PSCs) are increasingly going global. Not so long ago they focussed mostly on providing bodyguard services for China’s rich and famous, and guarding facilities in China. But now, China’s growing global footprint has driven this sector to start operating beyond China’s borders. <Accessed 2018-10-18>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Philippines Joining Beijing’s South China Sea Drill ‘Shows Nations Are Hedging Bets’ in Sino-US Tussle (2018-10-09)
(South China Morning Post, By Kristin Huang) Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are hedging their strategic risks in the South China Sea by stepping up military cooperation on multiple fronts as tension between China and the United States grows in the region, political analysts have said. The assessment follows Monday’s decision by the Philippines to join a regional military exercise involving China and other Asean countries later this month, and comes days after a Chinese destroyer and an American warship came within metres of colliding in the South China Sea. <Accessed 2018-10-11>

From a Slow Simmer to a Boil: Managing Tensions in a Heating South China Sea (2018-10-16)
(The Diplomat, By Tuan Anh Luc) Following the encounter between the USS Decatur and the Luyang-class destroyer in the South China Sea, the region has grown increasingly tense. The response should be seen within the context of the recent developments between the United States and China, especially within the trade war developing between the two countries. However, all the powers involved should keep cool heads to attempt to solve disputes in the region. <Accessed 2018-10-16>

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Recent Publication Peter Mattis and Matthew Brazil, Chinese Communist Espionage: An Intelligence Primer (U.S. Naval Institute Press)
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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