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2013-03-31 | NO.17(13) epaper |
South China Sea Disputes
Vietnam Fishing Boat Claims Chinese Attack (2013-03-26)
(Wall Street Journal) Vietnam accused a Chinese vessel of chasing and firing at a Vietnamese fishing boat in disputed waters last Wednesday, in the latest flare-up over the strategically important South China Sea.

Chinese Military Denies Damaging Vietnamese Fishing Boat in South China Sea Clash (2013-03-27)
(Washington Post) After a week of acrimonious accusations between China and Vietnam, the Chinese military has admitted that one of its ships fired at a Vietnamese fishing boat.

Chinese Ships Approach Malaysia (2013-03-27)
(Wall Street Journal, By Jeremy Page) China took navy exercises to the farthest reaches of its claims in disputed waters, with four heavily armed ships coming within 50 miles of the coast of Malaysia, a country that has made relatively little noise about Beijing's recent assertiveness in the South China Sea.
 
Diaoyutai Disputes Resurface
China Eager to End Isle Row, Not Alter '95 Apology: Murayama (2013-03-31)
(Japan Times) Former Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama said senior Chinese officials reassured him on a recent visit to Beijing that China, too, desires a “peaceful resolution” to the territorial dispute in the East China Sea and that China is “not seeking hegemony.”

Ma Unveils New Ships, Renew Calls for Negotiations
 (2013-03-31)
(AFP) President Ma Ying-jeou unveiled two new ships that are to join patrols in waters off the disputed Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea.
 
U.S. Pivot to Asia and Sino-U.S. Engagement
South Korea, Tokyo Seek Thaw, Nudged by U.S. (2013-03-25)
(Wall Street Journal, By Yuka Hayashi and Alastair Gale) Japan and South Korea are haltingly moving to mend their bruised relationship, encouraged by U.S. officials eager to maintain a united front of allies as China's influence rises across the region and as North Korea has stepped up its bellicose rhetoric.

'Face' and Something 'Delicious' (2013-03-27)
(Foreign Policy, By Sergey Radchenko) Xi and Putin need each other's support in rejecting increasingly loud domestic calls for political reform, as well as the Western criticism of the two countries' human rights records. If there is any substance to the Sino-Russian strategic partnership today, it is this.

Mr. Xi Goes to Moscow (2013-03-28)
(New York Times, By Stephen Kotkin) The fact that after so many summits the two countries have not moved anywhere near a formal alliance is telling. The reality is that the national interests of China and Russia mostly diverge.

Cross-Strait Issues
China Urged Not to Squeeze Taiwan's Int'l Space (2013-03-27)
(CNA) Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense urged China to show its style as a big country and not try to block Taiwan government officials from participating in international activities.

Government Mulls Changes to Cross-Strait Act: MAC (2013-03-30)
(CNA) The government is reviewing the Act Governing Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area with a view to deepening and strengthening cross-strait exchanges, MAC Deputy Minister said.
 
PLA and Military Balance
Timothy Thomas: Why China Is Reading Your Email (2013-03-29)
(Wall Street Journal, By David Feith) For several years, Washington has treated China as the Lord Voldemort of geopolitics—the foe who must not be named, lest all economic and diplomatic hell break loose. That policy seemed to be ending in recent weeks, and Timothy Thomas thinks it's about time.

China's Recent Arms Deal May Worsen Taiwan-China Imbalance: Experts
 (2013-03-25)
 (CNA) Local military experts expressed concerns that China's latest purchase of jet fighters and submarines from Russia may weaken Taiwan's "qualitative" advantage in military capability. 

Taiwan's Domestic Issues and Foreign Relations
Ma Less Trustworthy than Xi Jinping: Poll (2013-03-30)
(Taipei Times) The survey (in Chinese) was conducted by the Taiwan Indicators Survey Research to gauge Taiwanese perspectives on domestic affairs and Taiwan-US-China relations.

Taiwan Hopes US Pork Issue Will Not Affect TIFA Discussion
 (2013-03-25)
(CNA) Taiwan hopes the issue of U.S. pork imports will not affect its major trade talks with the United States, Foreign Minister David Lin said, while reiterating that Taiwan remains firm on the issue. 
 
China's Rise and Its Domestic Issues
Group of Emerging Nations Plans to Form Development Bank (2013-03-27)
(New York Times, By Lydia Polgreen) A group of five emerging world economic powers gathered in South Africa for a summit meeting at which they plan to announce the creation of a new development bank, a direct challenge to the dominance of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. 

China's Glass Ceiling (2013-03-28)
(Foreign Policy, By Geoff Dyer) Rather than usher in a new era of Chinese influence, the years since the financial crisis have demonstrated something very different. Beijing's missteps have shown why it is unlikely to become the world's leading power.

China's Gradual Democratization (2013-03-27)
(Project Syndicate, By Zhang Jun and Gary Jefferson) The Chinese leadership made changes not to embrace the ideals of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights or to placate foreign demands: Bound by the goal of economic prosperity, China’s leaders let the genie of individual rights out of the bottle.

Policy Reform Measures Highlight Potential for Transformation (2013-03-28)
(China Brief 13(7), Jamestown Foundation, By Bruce Gilley) In the next five years, China will implement a series of transformative public sector reforms due to the convergence of several factors over the past year that have made China ripe for change. 

Regional Issues
U.S. Stealth Bomber As Messenger: What It Says to China, North Korea (2013-03-29)
(Christian Science Monitor, By Anna Mulrine) The training run involving the B-2 bombers “is a subtle signal to China and North Korea to say ‘Look, war can really happen. We’re not going to be deterred, and we’re going to go after high-value target sites.’" 

Gillard's Turn to Put China Back in Frame (2013-03-29)
(Sydney Morning Herald, By John Garnaut) All Australian prime ministers since Whitlam have hitched their legacy to foreign policy, in one way or another. And that, unavoidably, has meant finding a story to tell about rising China.
 

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