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Cross-Strait Relations
 Unilateral Changes to Cross-Strait Status Quo Inadvisable: Think Tank (2019-02-19)
(CNA, By Chiang Chinye and Ko Lin) Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, remarked that any unilateral changes to the status quo in the Taiwan Strait would be risky. Haass further added that for the U.S. to aid Taiwan in the event of a crisis could lead to conflict with China but the decision to leave Taiwan on its own would undermine U.S. credibility. <Accessed 2019-02-20>

VOA Airs Interview with Wu Den-yih (2019-02-20)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Liang-sheng and Sherry Hsiao) In an interview with Voice of America (VOA), Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Wu Den-yih remarked that peace would be the best result as unification, Taiwanese independence, and the "one country, two systems" political formula would all cause instability in the Taiwan Strait. Wu further added that any move toward independence would result in a "severe situation". <Accessed 2019-02-20>

HK Law Revision Unacceptable if it Belittles Taiwan: Official (2019-02-22)
(CNA, By Chen Chun-hua and Flor Wang) Liu Yi-chun, a prosecutor with the Department of International and Cross-Strait Legal Affairs under the Ministry of Justice, announced that Taiwan will not accept the planned revision of an extradition law in Hong Kong as it undermines Taiwan's sovereignty. According to New Power Party Legislator Hsu Yung-ming, the revision's true intention aims to send Taiwanese suspects in Hong Kong to stand trial in China. <Accessed 2019-02-22>

Academic Warns A Peace Accord Would be Bad for Taiwan (2019-02-22)
(Taipei Times/CNA) Two international law experts questioned the necessity of a cross-strait peace accord between Taiwan and China. Both legal experts remarked that the peace accord would not benefit Taiwan and would imply that Taiwan is part of China. Raymond Sung, one of the legal experts, suggested that Taiwan's participation in international organizations is more crucial that signing a peace accord. <Accessed 2019-02-22>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
 Pompeo Hails Taiwan's 'Succes' (2019-02-23)
(Taipei Times/CNA) During a two-day 19th Micronesia Presidents' Summit in Palau, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo praised Taiwan's democracy as a success story and applauded Taiwan's allies for supporting Taiwan. Pompeo further stated that Taiwan is a reliable partner and the US continues to respect Taiwan. <Accessed 2019-02-24>

Tsai Says Whether to Address U.S. Congress up to 3 Considerations (2019-02-23)
(CNA, By Yu Kai-hsiang, Lin Shu-yuan and Frances Huang) During an interview with CNN correspondent Matt Rivers, president Tsai Ing-wen stated that there are 3 major considerations to weigh on as to whether she will address the U.S. Congress. Tsai's 3 considerations are whether address the U.S. Congress would be in the interests of Taiwan, benefit the relations between both nations, and maintain peace and stability in the region. <Accessed 2019-02-24>

Taiwan Secure Despite Being Caught Between U.S., China: Pundit  (2019-02-24)
(CNA, By Yin Jun-jie and Evelyn Kao)
Ming Chu Cheng, a political science professor at National Taiwan University, said in a speech in New York on Saturday that despite the recent difficulties Taiwan has been facing by being caught between the U.S. and China’s trade tensions, it does not need to worry about security issues because the U.S. and Japan would come to its aid. Ming said that China’s increased pressure on Taiwan was in order to alleviate the tensions caused by the trade battle. However, he emphasized that the U.S. doesn’t want Taiwan to be unified with China because of Taiwan’s strategic importance to the U.S., which is why the U.S. is so willing to defend Taiwan against China. <Accessed 2019-02-25>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan Ranked 24th for Global Connectivity (2019-02-18)
(CNA, By Chen Wei-ting and Evelyn Kao) The latest edition of the DHL Global Connectedness Index (GCI) ranked Taiwan as the world's 24th most connected country. The ranking is based on a detailed analysis of globalization, measured by international flows of trade, capital, information and people. <Accessed 2019-02-18>

Taiwan Concerned about Spain Sending Fraud Suspects to China Again (2019-02-18)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) expressed concern after Spain deported two Taiwanese to China last Friday on fraud charges. MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee stated that Taiwan has repeatedly asked Spain to honor the nationality principle and deport the two Taiwanese back to Taiwan.<Accessed 2019-02-18>

Taiwan Issues Orange Travel Warning for Haiti After Protests (2019-02-18)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) In light of the political crisis that is escalating in Haiti, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has issued an "orange" travel warning, its second highest. MOFA further asked Taiwanese not to travel to Haiti if possible and advised those who need to visit Haiti to exercise extreme caution. The ministry also called on the protesters and the Haitian government to establish peaceful dialogue to end the crisis soon. <Accessed 2019-02-18>

Eswatini Minister of Economic Planning and Development Visits Taiwan (2019-02-18)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that Thambo Gina, the minister of economic planning and development for the Kingdom of eSwatini, will be in Taiwan for a five-day visit to strengthen both nations' bilateral cooperation. Gina will also be hosting a business opportunity briefing to welcome Taiwanese investment to eSwatini's Royal Science and Technology Park (RSTP) during his first trip to Taiwan. <Accessed 2019-02-18>

European Parliament Taiwan Friendship Group Visits Taiwan (2019-02-18)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and William Yen) The chairman of the European Parliament Taiwan Friendship Group (TFG), Werner Langen, and his delegation will be in Taiwan for a six-day visit. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that Werner and his delegation will be received by President Tsai Ing-wen, Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan and other top Taiwan officials. <Accessed 2019-02-18>

Former Premier Simon Chang Seeks 2020 Presidential Run as Independent (2019-02-18)
(Taipei Times, By Lee Hsin-fang) Former premier Simon Chang announced his candidacy for the 2020 Taiwan presidential election as an independent candidate. Chang further stated that he plans to build his cross-strait platform by prioritizing Taiwan but at the same time adhering to the "one China" principle outlined in the Constitution. Chang expressed hope that his presidential candidacy would end the rivalry between the pan-green and pan-blue camps over cross-strait issues. <Accessed 2019-02-18>

Wu's Plan for 2020 Candidate Panned (2019-02-18)
(Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Wu Den-yih's proposal for the party's presidential candidate selection process has drawn huge criticism. Wu proposed that only KMT members can choose the party's 2020 presidential candidate. Wu defended the proposal by stating that allowing loyal KMT members who regularly paid their membership fees to choose the party's next presidential candidate is proper and right. <Accessed 2019-02-18>

Politics has Overridden Decisionmaking, Ko Says (2019-02-18)
(Taipei Times, By Lee I-chia) During a speech at the Taichung Architecture Development Association, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je remarked that Taiwan would not be able to negotiate with China if it did not have a robust economy, lacked a strong national defense, and lacked an undivided leadership. Ko also commented that abolishing military conscription in Taiwan has weakened the nation's strength, especially when young Taiwanese are not willing to join the military. <Accessed 2019-02-18>

Canberra Urged to Join Against China (2019-02-18)
(Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) Australian National University Professor Paul Dibb urged Australia to join the US in the event that China decided to launch an attack against Taiwan. Dibb further added that it is in Australia's interest to help defend Taiwan's democracy. Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) thanked Dibb for his support and stated that Taiwan will continue to cooperate with like-minded nations in defending freedom and democracy in the Taiwan Strait. <Accessed 2019-02-18>

President Tsai Ing-wen Will Seek Re-Election in 2020 to ‘Complete’ Taiwan Vision (2019-02-19)
(South China Morning Post, By Laura Zhou) Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen says she intends to run for a second term in 2020, as the self-ruled island comes under growing pressure from Beijing. <Accessed 2019-03-01>

Premier Su Declines to Sign 'Independence Referendum Petition' (2019-02-19)
(CNA, By Fan Cheng-hsiang and Chung Yu-chen) Premier Su Tseng-chang announced on Tuesday that he will not sign a petition to change the Referendum Act to allow a referendum on Taiwan's independence because Taiwan is already a sovereign nation. Su further added that as premier, his job is to protect Taiwan's sovereignty and work for the people's wellbeing. <Accessed 2019-02-20>

Premier Opposes Peace Agreement with China (2019-02-19)
(CNA, By Wang Yang-yu and Christie Chen) In light of Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Wu Den-yih's remark that KMT might sign a peace agreement with China in the event KMT regains the presidency in 2020, Premier Su Tseng-chang said that Taiwan will not sign the agreement as China is the least friendly nation to Taiwan. Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) head Chen Ming-tong expressed doubts on a peace agreement with China after Chinese President Xi Jinping's speech to reunify Taiwan and China under the "one country, two systems" model. <Accessed 2019-02-20>

Canadian Envoy Seeks to Raise His Nation's Visibility (2019-02-20)
(Taipei Times/CNA) Canadian Trade Office in Taipei Executive Director Jordan Reeves said that he hopes to raise Canada's profile among Taiwanese as Canada's profile in Taiwan is low compare with other countries. According to Reeves, the Canadian Trade Office aims to boost bilateral investment in the areas of artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. Reeves further added that he hopes there could be more exchanges between indigenous peoples from both nations. <Accessed 2019-02-20>

Electricity Grid Project in Haiti Suspended Due to Riots: MOFA (2019-02-20)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) In light of the ongoing political crisis in Haiti, Yui Tah-ray, director-general of MOFA's Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs, announced that Taiwan's electricity grid project in Haiti has been temporarily suspended. Yu further stated that despite all preparations for the project have been completed, it cannot begin as it needs approval from the Haitian Parliament. <Accessed 2019-02-20>

DPP Presidential Candidate Nomination Process to Start in March (2019-02-20)
(CNA, By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Christie Chen) A party official announced on Tuesday that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will start its presidential candidate nomination process in March. Lee Ching-feng, the head of DPP's organization department, stated that the party will hold political platform presentations and initiate a national poll to choose the candidate in the event that there is more than one candidate. <Accessed 2019-02-20>

Taiwan Calls for Inclusion in WHO's Universal Health Initiative (2019-02-20)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has called on the World Health Organization (WHO) to include Taiwan in WHO's universal health coverage. The Taiwanese government has also been pushing to participate in the World Health Assembly (WHA), since Taiwan was excluded over the past two years due to pressure from China. <Accessed 2019-02-20>

President Tsai Says She Intends to Run for Re-election in 2020 (2019-02-20)
(CNA, By Christie Chen) During an interview with CNN, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen expressed her intention to run for re-election in the 2020 presidential election. Tsai further stated that she decided to run for re-election because she wants to do more for Taiwan and hopes to complete the things on her agenda. Tsai also remarked that she is aware of the challenges she has to face. <Accessed 2019-02-20>

Cross-Strait Peace Pact Bill Not Targeted at any Person: Premier (2019-02-20)
(CNA, By Yu Hsiang and Evelyn Kao) Premier Su Tseng-chang remarked that the government's push for a bill proposing a peace agreement with China was not specifically targeted at any person. According to Su, the bill applies to everyone and all parties in Taiwan. However, Su also warned that Taiwan should be vigilant as China never renounces using force against Taiwan. <Accessed 2019-02-20>

Over 60 Civic Groups to March on 72nd Anniversary of 228 Incident (2019-02-22)
(CNA, By Wang Cheng-chung and William Yen) More than 60 civic groups will participate on a march on February 28 to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the 228 incident, the crackdown against the anti-government uprising in 1947. The march will walk through the sites connected to the 228 Incident. The organizers remarked that the event seeks to remind Taiwanese that achieving freedom is not easy and represents Taiwan's fight for transitional justice. <Accessed 2019-02-22>

155 EU Parliamentarians Call on China to Talk with Taiwan (2019-02-22)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) As many as 155 European parliamentarians have signed a joint statement urging China to halt military coercion toward Taiwan and resume dialogue with Taiwan. The statement said that the EU supports peaceful relations between China and its neighbors and strongly encourages all parties to use international law to resolve all cross-strait disputes. <Accessed 2019-02-22>

Cabinet OKs Bill to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage (2019-02-22)
(CNA, By Ku Chuan and Evelyn Kao) The Cabinet has approved a draft bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Taiwan. The bill, which will be submitted to the Legislative Yuan for review before March 1, includes inheritance rights, medical rights, adoption of children and monogamy. Premier Su Tseng-chang remarked that the draft bill symbolizes a step toward marriage equality in Taiwan. <Accessed 2019-02-22>

Government Confirms US$100mm Loan to Nicaragua (2019-02-22)
(Taipei Times/CNA) Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokesman Andrew Lee announced that the Taiwanese government has confirmed a loan of US$100 million to Nicaragua. Lee said that Taiwan hopes the loan can help the Nicaraguan government to rebuild its social order and help its people resume their normal lives. <Accessed 2019-02-22>

Ma Reiterates Innocence at Retrial of Wiretap Case (2019-02-24)
(Taipei Times, By Jason Pan) Former Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou told the High Court yesterday that he did not break the law and his dealing with wiretaps of two lawmakers in 2013 was in accordance to the Consitution. According to High Court Prosecutor Chou Shih-yu, Ma leaked confidential information and instructed then-prosector-general Huang Shyh-ming to divulge classified information of an active case. <Accessed 2019-02-24>

Delegation Urges Stronger Ties with EU (2019-02-24)
(Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) During a news conference in Taipei, European Parliament-Taiwan Friendship Group chairman Werner Langen stated that the delegation of four members of the European Parliament will continue to support Taiwan through difficult times and urged strong political cooperation between Taiwan and the EU. Member of the European Parliament Eduard Kukan expressed support for Taiwan as the delegation believes Taiwan and the EU share similar values. <Accessed 2019-02-24>

Taiwan, St. Lucia Hoping for Closer Ties: Legislative Speaker (2019-02-24)
(CNA, By Fan Cheng-hsiang and Frances Huang) During a visit to St. Lucia, Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan affirmed that Taiwan's relations with St. Lucia are strong and that both nations hope to foster closer ties. However, Su did not provide further details as to how both nations will develop closer ties. <Accessed 2019-02-24>

Chen Shih-meng Calls for Release of Former President  (2019-02-24)
(Taipei Times, By Hsieh Chun-lin and Jake Chung)
On Thursday, Control Yuan member Chen Shih-meng commented during a radio interview that President Tsai Ing-wen should pardon former president Chen Shui-bian on the grounds that his trials were unfair and that there was political manipulation involved. Chen Shih-meng said that now would be an appropriate time to issue a pardon, given that the Control Yuan released a 499-page long report last week describing the findings of three Control Yuan’s year-long investigation into the trials. <Accessed 2019-02-25>

Former New Taipei Mayor Returns from U.S. Visit  (2019-02-24)
(CNA, By Wu Jui-chi and Evelyn Kao)
Eric Chu, former New Tapei Mayor and potential 2020 KMT presidential candidate, returned from an eight-day visit to the United States on Sunday. Chu visited the Silicon Valley, where he visited enterprises with connections to Taiwan and Taiwanese entrepreneurs, engineers, students, and high tech professionals in the area. He also visited the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University, where he delivered a speech on developing Taiwan’s new economy. <Accessed 2019-02-25>

Amendments to Extradition Rules Not Targeted at Taiwan: Hong Kong (2019-02-24)
(CNA, By Stanley Cheung and Chung Yu-chen) During an interview on Saturday, Secretary for Security John Lee remarked that amendments to Hong Kong's extradition rules are not targeted at Taiwan but applies to other nations too. Meanwhile, Liu Yi-chun, a prosecutor with the Department of International and Cross-Strait Legal Affairs under the Ministry of Justice, stated that Taiwan will not accept an extradition agreement that would undermine Taiwan's sovereignty. <Accessed 2019-02-24>

Taiwan Protests MWC's Labeling of Taiwan as Part of China (2019-02-24)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Christie Chen) Taiwan has lodged a protest against the organizers of the 2019 Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Spain for referencing Taiwan as a "province of China" on its website. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), despite MOFA officials asking the organizers to correct its designation of Taiwan, they have refused to do so. <Accessed 2019-02-24>

3D Images of Taiwan to be Pulled from Google Maps (2019-02-24)
(CNA, By Jeffrey Wu and Ko Lin) Google announced on Saturday that three-dimensional (3D) satellite images of Taiwan will be removed from Google Maps. The decision came after the 3D satellite images on Google Maps raised public concerns, as they exposed classified locations of Taiwan's important military deployments. <Accessed 2019-02-24>
U.S.-China Relations
Huawei Founder Slams U.S. Charges as ‘Politically Motivated’ (2019-02-18)
(New York Times, By Raymond Zhong) Ren Zhengfei, the founder of the Chinese technology giant Huawei, has accused the United States of having political motivations in leveling criminal charges against the company and his daughter, a top Huawei executive. <Accessed 2019-03-01>

Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He Handed Greater Clout for Washington Talks in Bid to End Trade War (2019-02-19)
(South China Morning Post, By Teddy Ng and Kinling Lo) The last time Liu travelled as special envoy was last May, when he went to Washington for trade talks before a first round of tariffs was launched by the US. Zhang Yansheng, chief research fellow at the China Centre for International Economic Exchanges, said the special envoy role showed China’s sincerity in trying to reach a deal. <Accessed 2019-03-01>

New Zealand and Italy Cloud US Push to Ban Huawei from 5G Networks (2019-02-19)
(South China Morning Post, By Keegan Elmer) Uncertainty is clouding a US effort to ban Chinese tech giant Huawei from 5G networks around the world, with New Zealand saying it has not made a final decision on the issue and a senior Italian politician insisting the company is not a concern. <Accessed 2019-03-01>

Bad Legal Arguments against Meng Wanzhou’s Arrest and Indictment (2019-02-20)
(East Asia Forum, By Julian G Ku) The claim that Canada arrested Meng without any evidence ‘to substantiate’ US allegations against Meng badly misconceives the legal standard for evidence needed to arrest a suspect. <Accessed 2019-03-01>

US Military Plans New War-Fighting Concept in Response to Threat from China, Russia (2019-02-21)
(South China Morning Post, By Zhenhua Lu) America’s military is developing a new war-fighting concept in response to the threat of conflict with China, Russia and other adversaries, the US Air Force chief of staff said. <Accessed 2019-03-01>

China Uses DNA to Track Its People, With the Help of American Expertise
 (2019-02-21)
(New York Times, By Sui-Lee Wee) Mr. Imin was one of millions of people caught up in a vast Chinese campaign of surveillance and oppression. To give it teeth, the Chinese authorities are collecting DNA — and they got unlikely corporate and academic help from the United States to do it. <Accessed 2019-03-01>

Family of American Imprisoned on Spy Charge in China Appeals for Help
 (2019-02-22)
(New York Times, By Chris Buckley and Edward Wong) Harrison Li, Mr. Li’s son, said the Chinese authorities had charged his father with providing state secrets to the F.B.I. He says he is sure that his father was not a spy, and that his conviction showed the risks that American visitors to China face as tensions with the United States have festered. <Accessed 2019-03-01>

China, US Will ‘Redouble Efforts and Speed Up’ Trade Talks, Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He Says (2019-02-23)
(South China Morning Post, By Laura Zhou, Owen Churchill, and Wendy Wu) Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He said China and the United States would “redouble efforts and speed up negotiations” on trade, as talks aiming to end a tariff war between the world’s two largest economies were extended for another 48 hours. <Accessed 2019-03-01>

China’s Own Actions Have Spurred Hawkish US Turn in Policy (2019-02-23)
(South China Morning Post, By Denny Roy) The US defence community has adopted what it calls a Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy (FOIP), raising questions about the intent behind the new terminology. How much US policy will change is not yet clear, but an undeniable and important signal from the FOIP is a heightened sense of alarm about China. <Accessed 2019-03-01>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
China Rejects German Appeal to Join Endangered Cold War-Era Nuclear Treaty (2019-02-17)
(South China Morning Post, By Liu Zhen) China has rejected German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s appeal for Beijing to sign up to a key US-Russia nuclear arms control treaty that is about to collapse, saying it would place unfair limits on its military. <Accessed 2019-03-01>

Europe Needs a New Strategy to Deal with China, Says Brussels-Based Think Tank
 (2019-02-19)
(South China Morning Post, By Martin Choi) A European think tank has called for a new strategy to deal with China to counter increasing Chinese investment in the European continent. The Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations, an independent think tank based in Brussels, released a report on Tuesday, calling for member states to “invest in substance” through means such as infrastructure development. <Accessed 2019-03-01>

Former Top Chinese General Fang Fenghui Jailed for Life for Corruption
 (2019-02-20)
(South China Morning Post, By Teddy Ng) A former top Chinese general has been sentenced to life imprisonment for corruption, Chinese state media reported on Wednesday. Fang Fenghui, former chief of joint staff of the People’s Liberation Army, was convicted of giving and receiving bribes, and obtaining huge sums of money of unknown origin, state-run news agency Xinhua reported, citing a military court. <Accessed 2019-03-01>

Why China’s Subsidised State-Owned Enterprises Anger US, Europe – and Its Own Private Companies
 (2019-02-22)
(South China Morning Post, By Jane Cai) And it’s those subsidies and other Chinese government support for domestic firms that are at the heart of the trade war with the United States. Critics say the funding and incentives give those companies an unfair advantage in the race to dominate the technology of the future, particularly in the case of the heavily-favoured giants of the Chinese economy: state-owned enterprises. <Accessed 2019-03-01>

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Confirms He Will Attend Beijing’s Belt and Road Summit
 (2019-02-23)
(South China Morning Post, By Teddy Ng) Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has confirmed he will attend China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” summit to be held in April, in another sign of closer ties between Beijing and Manila that may trigger unease in Washington. <Accessed 2019-03-01>

China’s Military Pulls Back from Joint War Games to Focus on Training at Home
 (2019-02-24)
(South China Morning Post, By Kristin Huang) The PLA took part in fewer joint exercises in 2018 as it focused on training at home, though it has been ramping up military diplomacy activities in recent years as it tries to expand its influence abroad. Analysts said while Beijing was still keen to use defence diplomacy to gain intelligence insights, the People’s Liberation Army was focusing on boosting combat readiness amid heightened rivalry with the United States. <Accessed 2019-03-01>

China Eyes Bigger Role in Growing Middle East Arms Trade (2019-02-24)
(South China Morning Post, By Teddy Ng and Liu Zhen) China is seeking a bigger role in the Middle East arms trade, with a major state-owned shipbuilder opening an office there and exporters showing hi-tech weapons – including an advanced killer robot ship – at a regional defence expo last week. <Accessed 2019-03-01>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

China ‘Puts Wartime Command System to Test’ in South China Sea Drills
 (2019-02-21)
(South China Morning Post, By Liu Zhen) China has conducted a month of drills in the South China Sea and the western and central Pacific involving its navy, air force and missile unit. Military observers said the exercises indicated the People’s Liberation Army wanted to put its wartime command system to the test and also strengthen its missile defences in the South China Sea. <Accessed 2019-03-01>

Chinese-British Relations ‘Complicated’ by South China Sea Military Plans
 (2019-02-21)
(South China Morning Post, By Laura Zhou) Britain said its relationship with China was facing complications, triggered by the plan to send a new Royal Navy aircraft carrier to the Pacific. The admission follows Britain’s participation this week in a joint naval drill with the US in the South China Sea, as part of an effort by the US and its allies to boost their military presence in the hotly contested waters. <Accessed 2019-03-01>

The Korean Peninsula

China and South Korea’s Simmering THAAD Dispute May Return to the Boil
 (2019-02-22)
(East Asia Forum, By Jina Kim) South Korea decided to deploy THAAD in July 2016 amid growing threats from North Korea, but Beijing is worried that the system’s radar can penetrate its territory and undermines the regional security balance. With a second meeting of the US and North Korean leaders fast approaching, the issue may soon resurface. <Accessed 2019-03-01>

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