::: TSR Weekly Report
2013-04-14 | NO.17(15) epaper |
Korean Peninsula Tension
U.S. Designs a Korea Response Proportional to the Provocation (2013-04-08)
(New York Times, By David E. Sanger and Thom Shanker) As North Korea hints at new military provocations in the coming days, the United States and South Korea have drawn up plans to respond more forcefully than in the recent past, but in a limited way intended to prevent an escalation to broader war.

Kerry Arrives in China Seeking Help on North Korea (2013-04-14)
(New York Times) Secretary of State John Kerry arrived at Beijing to seek China’s help in defusing the growing tensions with North Korea. 

US, China Agree N Korea Denuclearization Effort (2013-04-14)
(Reuters) The US and China agreed to make a joint effort to push for the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
South China Sea Disputes
Government Plans to Expand Pier in Disputed Islands (2013-04-08)
(AFP) The government plans to expand a pier on one of the disputed Spratly Islands, officials said, as the rest of the claimants beef up military deployment in the South China Sea.

China to Open Disputed Islands up to Tourism (2013-04-08)
(AFP) China is to open disputed South China Sea islands up to tourism this month, Chinese state media reported, a move likely to inflame a long-running territorial row with its neighbors. 

Winning without a Fight in the South China Sea (2013-04-10)
(YaleGlobal, By Marvin Ott) In a war without battles, China tries to win with tactics like splitting ASEAN members, applying economic leverage, and bolstering legal claims by deploying fishing, research, surveillance and cruise vessels.
Diaoyutai Disputes Resurface
Taiwan, Japan Ink Fisheries Agreement (2013-04-11)
(Taipei Times) Taiwan and Japan inked a fisheries agreement in a bid to end controversies over fishing in waters surrounding the contested Diaoyutai Islands.

China Anger at Japan-Taiwan Disputed Island Fishing Deal (2013-04-11)
(BBC) Japan and Taiwan have signed a deal allowing Taiwan to fish near a group of disputed islands, prompting China to express "extreme concerns".
U.S. Pivot to Asia and Sino-U.S. Engagement
Powers on the Mend (2013-04-11)
(New York Times, By Ian Bremmer and David Gordon) U.S.-China is no zero-sum game. There is no new Berlin Wall separating the two countries’ fortunes — and both sides know it. Given the volumes of trade and investment between them, Washington and Beijing will rise or fall together, and neither side has much to gain from the other’s weakness and insecurity. 

What Kerry Should Tell China (2013-04-11)
(Foreign Policy, By Shen Dingli) I'm not arguing that China should wait to work together with the United States and its allies to tackle North Korean and Iranian nuclear issues, and buttress cooperation on cybersecurity, until the two countries resolve the island issues. Nevertheless, Kerry should not seek cooperation without respecting China's reasonable expectations.

The Love Fest (2013-04-12)
 (Foreign Policy, By John Garnaut) Under China’s new leader, the People’s Liberation Army is showing rare signs of friendliness toward the United States.

US Supports Taiwan, China Dialogue: Campbell  (2013-04-14)
(Taipei Times) Denying that US and China are co-managing issues involving Taiwan, Kurt Campbell, former US assistant secretary of State, said in a recent interview with ‘Liberty Times’ that the US would like to see more dialogue and engagement between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait. 

Cross-Strait Issues
Vincent Siew in Spotlight at Boao Forum for Asia (2013-04-08)
(Taipei Times) At a luncheon, Vincent Siew was reportedly seated across from Chinese President Xi Jinping, who called Siew an ‘old friend.’ 

Xi Jinping Accepting of Siew's 'Three-Point Vision' (2013-04-09)
(Taipei Times) Former vice president Vincent Siew received positive feedback from Chinese President Xi Jinping over his three-point vision for cross-strait development during the pair’s closely-watched meeting.

New China Policy Needed: Hsieh (2013-04-09)
(Taipei Times) The DPP should take a good, hard look at its “failed” China policy, which had alienated the KMT, Beijing and Washington and which, if it remains unchanged, will hinder it from returning to power, former premier Frank Hsieh said.

No Basis for Cross-Strait Political Talks: DPP (2013-04-10)
(China Post) The statements of the DPP's spokesman on cross-Taiwan Strait political dialogue were similar to the views expressed by President Ma Ying-jeou in an interview with the United Daily News.

Hsieh Defends Cross-Strait Initiative (2013-04-12)
(Taipei Times) “The most important thing for Taiwan is not for China to accept its position, but for China to recognize the differences across the Strait, then both sides would be able to facilitate dialogue based on that recognition,” Hsieh said.

Beijing Should Not 'Push Political Talks'  (2013-04-10)
(Taipei Times) Since there are still serious “conceptual” differences between Taiwan and China, and Taiwanese are not ready to explore cross-strait engagements in areas beyond the economy and trade, Beijing should not push Taipei to hold talks on political and security issues, Richard Bush said. 

DPP Denies Meeting with Communist Representatives (2013-04-11)
(CNA) The DPP denied a report that DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang sent an aide to Thailand to meet officials from the Chinese Communist Party's Taiwan affairs office.

Ex-VP Lu Slams DPP for Overlooking China (2013-04-14)
(China Post) Former Vice President Annette Lu called for the DPP to spend more time understanding mainland China instead of focusing on elections, as Taiwan's future will be affected by the developments on the mainland and international communities. 

PLA and Military Balance
Taiwan Tightens NK Missile Watch at US Request (2013-04-09)
(China Post) As per a request from the United States, Taiwan's Air Force is strengthening long-range radar sweeps to track possible missiles from North Korea, according to a national security official.

US Study Dismisses Value of China's New Aircraft Carrier (2013-04-11)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) Retired US Navy Captain Robert Rubel says that with only 30 jets, the ‘Liaoning’ could not knock out a major target with a single strike.  

Taiwan's Foreign Relations
TPP Membership Is a Must, Former AIT Chairman Says (2013-04-11)
(Taipei Times) Taiwan needs to continue to work seriously toward joining the TPP if it wants to retain its economic competitiveness, former AIT chairman Richard Bush said. 

Taiwan Hopes to Join ASEAN-Led RCEP Trade Pact (2013-04-14)
(CNA) Taiwan wants to take part in a proposed regional trade agreement but is still assessing the mode of participation and its impact on industry, an official with the Ministry of Economic Affairs said.

Taiwan Slipping off US Agenda: Panel (2013-04-13)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) Political change in Washington, as well as the perceived warming of relations between Beijing and Taipei, are forcing Taiwan off the US’ radar, a panel said. 
China's Rise and Its Domestic Issues
China's Xi Says Fast Growth Over (2013-04-08)
(Wall Street Journal) Chinese President Xi Jinping said China's days of breakneck growth are over as the world's No. 2 economy tries to balance expansion with sustainability and increasing environmental awareness.

China Records March Deficit of US$880 Mil. (2013-04-10)
(AFP) China recorded a rare trade deficit in March as imports exceeded exports by US$880 million, data showed, as officials and analysts warned of lingering weakness in crucial overseas markets. 

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