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2013-04-07 | NO.17(14) epaper |
Korean Peninsula Tension
The Next Korean War (2013-04-01)
(Foreign Affairs, By Kier A. Lieber and Daryl G. Press) Washington should continue its efforts to prevent war on the Korean Peninsula. But equally important, it must rapidly take steps -- including re-evaluating U.S. war plans -- to dampen the risks of nuclear escalation if conventional war erupts.

North Korea and the Fallacy of Accidental Wars (2013-04-05)
(Foreign Policy, By Robert Farley) Few wars happen by accident. Given the current situation on the Korean Peninsula, a full-scale war seems unlikely, as none of the combatants stand to benefit.

Penalty for Chinese Editor Critical of Korea Stance
 (2013-04-02)
(New York Times) A well-known editor of an influential Communist Party journal said that he had been suspended after writing an article for a British newspaper saying that China should abandon its ally North Korea.

Detecting Shift, U.S. Makes Case to China on North Korea (2013-04-06)
(New York Times, By Mark Landler) The Obama administration, detecting what it sees as a shift in decades of Chinese support for North Korea, is pressuring China’s new president, Xi Jinping, to crack down on the regime in Pyongyang or face a heightened American military presence in its region.

From China, a Call to Avoid 'Chaos for Selfish Gain' (2013-04-07)
(New York Times, By Jane Perlez) In an indirect but still clear reference to the North Korean crisis, China’s president, Xi Jinping, said that no one country should be allowed to create chaos that threatened a region or the world. 

South China Sea Disputes
US and Philippines Begin War Games amid China Tensions (2013-04-06)
(AFP) Thousands of US and Filipino troops began annual military exercises which the Philippines said were vital to building its defense capabilities against the rising threat of China. 
 
Diaoyutai Disputes Resurface
Japan Shifting Further Away from Pacifism (2013-04-02)
(New York Times, By Martin Fackler) With China’s maritime forces staging regular demonstrations of their determination to control disputed islands in the East China Sea and North Korea’s new leader issuing daily proclamations against the United States and its allies, Mr. Abe’s calls for a bolder, stronger military are getting a warmer welcome in Japan than similar efforts in the past.

Negotiations Over Next Japan Fishery Talks Continue (2013-04-02)
(Taipei Times) Taiwan and Japan are negotiating the details of their next preparatory meeting for a new round of bilateral talks on fishing rights in overlapping territorial waters in the East China Sea. 

Cross-Strait Issues
Hsieh Proposes Cross-Strait Statute (2013-04-01)
(Taipei Times) Former premier Frank Hsieh proposed that Taiwan and China formulate a statute governing relations between the two sides’ governments to deal with issues across the Taiwan Strait.

Transition in Beijing Gives '13 Boao Forum Extra Significance: Ma (2013-04-03)
(China Post) President Ma Ying-jeou said that mainland China's leadership transition makes this year's Boao Forum for Asia particularly worth taking part in, so that Taiwan can learn more about the newest developments across the strait. 

Ex-Vice President Shiw to Meet with Xi Jinping in Hainan (2013-04-04)
(Taipei Times) Former vice president Vincent Siew will embark on a trip to attend the Boao Forum for Asia summit in Hainan, China, and will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Cross-Strait Talks Agree on Easing Investment Limits (2013-04-02)
(China Post) The third round of talks between cross-strait financial regulators concluded, with both parties agreeing on the loosening of existing limitations on Taiwan-China investments.

China's ICBC to Buy Stake in Taiwan Bank (2013-04-02)
(Wall Street Journal, By Aries Poon and Jenny W. Hsu) The deal reflects growing economic ties between China and Taiwan, and its announcement comes just one day after the two sides agreed to relax rules on cross-strait financial-sector investment.  

Military Balance and Arms Sales
Arms Treaty 'Will Not Affect Taiwan' (2013-04-04)
(Taipei Times) The passage of the first-ever international treaty regulating global trade in conventional weapons by the UN General Assembly has raised some concern over its effect on US arms sales to Taiwan, but officials from both sides dismissed the concerns.

Former US Navy Officer Warns on Potential Conflict (2013-04-06)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) A former director of the Pentagon’s East Asia Policy office, McDevitt said that Taiwan is a “perennial flashpoint” and the Diaoyutai Islands had now become a second flashpoint.

First Live-Fire Han Kuang Drill Since 2008 to be Held (2013-04-07)
(Taipei Times) The decision to incorporate a live-fire drill into this year’s Han Kuang military exercises for the first time since President Ma Ying-jeou assumed office in 2008 is a reflection of public opinion, the military said. 

Taiwan's Domestic Issues and Foreign Relations
Taiwan-New Zealand Trade Talks Going 'Great' Envoy (2013-04-01)
(Taipei Times) Taiwan and New Zealand are making great progress in negotiations on a bilateral economic cooperation agreement, New Zealand envoy to Taiwan, Stephen Payton, said.

Economic Liberalization Needed (2013-04-03)
(Taipei Times, By Tung Chen-yuan) If the Ma government wants to proceed smoothly toward signing FTAs with other countries, it needs the political will to liberalize the economy. The US government and those of EU countries have reminded Taiwan of this on numerous occasions, but the Ma administration is still bogged down by protectionist tendencies.

Taiwan Tries Its Luck with Free-Trade Zones (2013-04-05)
(Asia Times, By Jens Kastner) Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Economic Affairs Francis Liang has recently noted that investment by companies ''would require the government’s permission to avoid any negative impact on local industries'', and this strongly suggests that meaningful trade liberalization is not in store, with or without the zones. 

China's Rise and Its Domestic Issues
In China, Party Trumps a Strongman (2013-04-04)
(New York Times, By Didi Kirsten Tatlow) Taiwan achieved democratic reforms in 1987, when a failing strongman created an opening for change. That's not the case in mainland China, where any strongman would be limited by party politics. 

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