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Cross-Strait Relations
China’s Foreign Investment Law Will Apply to Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan (2019-03-04)
(South China Morning Post, By Kinling Lo, Kimmy Chung, and Tony Cheung) China’s new foreign investment law – to be passed during the annual legislative session that opens on Tuesday – will also apply to investors from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. <Accessed 2019-03-14>

Researchers Say WeChat Pages Share False News
 (2019-03-04)
(Taipei Times) According to National Sun Yat-sen University political science associate professor Titus Chen and his team, accounts on WeChat, a Chinese social networking app, have been spreading false news about Taiwan. Chen and his team's research found that the false news, which was about the Taiwanese public's dissatisfaction with President Tsai Ing-wen and her government, are meant to create the impression that most Taiwanese support unification with China. <Accessed 2019-03-04>

MAC Watching Beijing Meetings Closely (2019-03-04)
(Taipei Times, By Chung Li-hua) As China convened its two national legislative meetings, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) is closely monitoring China, to see whether there will be any plans to implement China's "one country, two systems" political formula in Taiwan. According to Taiwan Thinktank counsultant Tung Li-wen, Chinese officials would propose plans in line with Chinese President Xi Jinping's speech in January. Tung also advised that Taiwanese officials should not overreact.<Accessed 2019-03-04>

Murder Case Poses Dilemma for Hong Kong on Sending Suspects to China (2019-03-04)
(New York Times, By Austin Ramzy) To break the logjam, Hong Kong has proposed easing renditions to and from Taiwan — and also to mainland China, touching off concerns that Hong Kong residents would be exposed to China’s harsh legal system while losing the singular legal protections they enjoy at home. <Accessed 2019-03-14>

Former Vice President Proposes Taiwan Neutrality Referendum (2019-03-05)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Chung Yu-chen) Former Vice President Annette Lu has presented the Central Election Commission (CEC) with a Taiwan neutrality referendum proposal. Lu expressed hope that the proposal can be held alongside the 2020 presidential election. Lu further explained that declaring neutrality is Taiwan's right and obligation. <Accessed 2019-03-06>

 Groups Protest Planned HK Extradition Legislation (2019-03-06)
(Taipei Times, By Ann Maxon) A coalition of human rights groups staged a protest outside the Hong kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office in Taipei to protest against the Hong Kong government's plan to amend its extradition laws. According to Economic Democracy Union convener Lai Chung-chiang, the changes would legalize the Chinese government's act in arresting people in Hong Kong and having them stand trial elsewhere in China. <Accessed 2019-03-06>

Premier Favors Tighter Screening of Visits by Chinese Officials (2019-03-06)
(CNA, By Chen Chun-hua and Ko Lin) Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang announced on Tuesday that he supported tighter screening for Chinese officials applying to visit Taiwan. According to Su, Chinese officials have overstepped their boundaries as they have been caught engaging in pro-Beijing propaganda. <Accessed 2019-03-06>

What China’s Greater Bay Area Plan Means for Taiwan (2019-03-08)
(The Diplomat, By Tao Peng) The State Council has proposed an outline for the use of Hong Kong, Macau, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen as a four-city development center for the Pearl River Delta region and its surrounding areas. The plan has also been marketed by a Chinese-language media outlet as a potential idea for future Taiwanese reunification with China as an extension of the "One Country, Two Systems" approach. However, Hong Kong has not accepted the proposal without resistance, and Taiwan does not seek a peaceful path to reunification. <Accessed 2019-03-09>

KMT’s Cross-Strait Peace Treaty Idea Sparks Controversy in Taiwan (2019-03-06)
(The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) The Kuomintang (KMT) Party has faced criticism after chairman Wu Den-yih proposed the idea of signing a cross-strait peace treaty with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in an effort to warm cross-strait ties and restart negotiations. However, much of the public supports the ruling Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) refusal to acknowledge the "1992 Consensus" and rejecting any semblance of a peaceful reunification with mainland China. The DPP has since proposed a policy that would cause any cross-strait peace deal to trigger a national referendum. <Accessed 2019-03-09>

U.S.-Taiwan Relations
 U.S. Senators Ask Trump to Send Cabinet-Official to Taiwan (2019-03-05)
(CNA, By Rita Cheng and Frances Huang) 16 U.S. senators have written a letter to request that U.S. President Donald Trump sends a Cabinet-level official to Taiwan to attend an event in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA). The appeal was made based on the Taiwan Travel Act that promotes mutual visits between high-ranking officials from both nations. In the letter, the senators recognized Taiwan as an important ally to the U.S. <Accessed 2019-03-06>

U.S. Voices Support for Taiwan Following WHO Meeting Exclusion (2019-03-06)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Flor Wang)
On Tuesday, the United States’ State Department told CNA in an email that the U.S. remains in support of Taiwan’s participation in international organizations to address global challenges. This comes immediately after Taiwan was excluded from a WHO meeting on flu vaccines, which it had previously attended every year since 2014. President Tsai Ing-wen and Foreign Affairs Minister Joseph Wu spoke out against Beijing’s actions which led to the exclusion, saying that Taiwan’s exclusion could be damaging not only to Taiwan’s citizens but also to the global health network. <Accessed 2019-03-08>

MOFA Supports Visits By Local Government Heads to U.S.  (2019-03-06)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and William Yen)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday that it supports visits to the United States by any Taiwanese municipal leader, no matter their political party. MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee said MOFA would continue to provide assistance to support these exchanges in hopes that they will continue to promote more bilateral cooperation between the U.S. and Taiwan. Taiyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan is currently leading a delegation to the U.S. Keelung Mayor Lin Yu-chang and Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je will also be visiting the U.S. soon. <Accessed 2019-03-08>

Wu to Speak to Los Angeles on the Indo-Pacific (2019-03-08)
(Taipei Times/CNA) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu has accepted the invitation to speak at the Los Angeles World Affairs Council on Taiwan's role in the United States' Indo-Pacific strategy. According to the Council, Wu will also discuss about Taiwan's New Southbound Policy, Taiwan's leadership in encouraging like-minded nations to cooperate in protecting freedom and democracy, and the Taiwan Relations Act. <Accessed 2019-03-08>

Taiwan Open to All Fighter Jet Options: MND (2019-03-08)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) The Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced on Thursday that Taiwan is keeping its options open to all possible fighter jet on the condition that the would help boost Taiwan's air defense capabilities. According to Maj. Gen. Tang Hung-an, the F-15, F-18, F-16, and F-35 are among Taiwan's options. Tang further added that Taiwan is still waiting to hear back from the U.S. as to what type of aircraft the U.S. is willing to sell to Taiwan. <Accessed 2019-03-08>

AIT Lauds 2019 as 'Pivotal Year' for U.S.-Taiwan Relations (2019-03-08)
(CNA, By Rita Cheng and Emerson Lim) John J. Norris Jr., Managing Director of the Washington Office of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), called 2019 as a "pivotal year" for U.S.-Taiwan relations. Meanwhile, Taiwan's U.S. Representative Stanley Kao praised the U.S.-Taiwan relations as "indispensable and irreplaceable" and thanked Taiwan's supporters for their efforts in helping Taiwan to become a free and democratic nation. <Accessed 2019-03-08>

U.S. Congressman Urges Health Secretary to Visit Taiwan (2019-03-09)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Chi Jo-yao) U.S. Representative Ted Yoho urged U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar to attend the Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF) meeting in Taipei. Yoho praised Taiwan's continued contributions to global health despite being excluded from participating in international organizations due to China's objections. According to Yoho, Azar's visit would make him the second highest ranking U.S. official to visit Taiwan since 2014. <Accessed 2019-03-10>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
 Taiwan Protests Exclusion from WHO Flu Vaccine Meeting in Beijing (2019-03-04)
(CNA, By Yu Kai-hsiang and Emerson Lim) According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Taiwan was not able to attend the World Health Organization (WHO) meeting on flu vaccines in Beijing due to the late arrival of the invitation. MOFA announced that Taiwan's representative office in Geneva has filed a protest with the WHO secretariat. MOFA further added that Taiwan's exclusion is due to political considerations, which violate Taiwanese's rights to health. <Accessed 2019-03-04>

Taiwan Ready to Share Experience as Victim of China's Hostility: MOFA (2019-03-04)
(CNA, By Yu Kai-hsiang and Elizabeth Hsu) In a report to the Legislature, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated that Taiwan is willing to share its experience as a victim of China's aggression with other nations. According to MOFA, Taiwan has learned how to navigate itself over the years in facing China's hostility. In the report, MOFA also speculated that China will increase its efforts to isolate Taiwan in the international space. <Accessed 2019-03-04>

Ko Rejects Idea of Lee, Chen Meetings Linked to 2020 Run (2019-03-05)
(Taipei Times, By Lee I-chia) Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je dismissed rumors that his meetings with former presidents Lee Teng-hui and Chen Shui-bian were linked to his plan to run for president in 2020. According to Ko, he often visits both Lee and Chen. Ko also explained that he has a "doctor-patient relationship" with Chen. <Accessed 2019-03-06>

Ministry Reassures Public After News of PLA Bomber Deployment (2019-03-05)
(CNA, By Matt Yu, Chen Yi-wei and Ko Lin) Military spokesman Chen Chung-chi assured the public that the ROC military is closely monitoring Taiwan's air space and territorial waters. Chen made the comments after the ImageSat International (ISI) showed a picture of China's latest bomber deployment at an airbase in Guangdong Province that is 450 km away from Taiwan. <Accessed 2019-03-06>

Premier 'Respects' Japan's Stance on Taiwan's Security Talks Idea (2019-03-05)
(CNA, By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Joseph Yeh) Japan has decided not to consider Taiwan president Tsai ing-wen's proposal for a security dialogue between both nations. Premier Su Tseng-chang said on Tuesday that he respected Japan's stance and explained that the president made the proposal due to changes in the status quo across the Taiwan Strait and in the Indo-Pacific region. <Accessed 2019-03-06>

Marshall Islands Will Always Stand By Taiwan: Kedi  (2019-03-06)
(Taipei Times, With CNA)
Marshall Islands Parliamentary Speaker Kenneth Kedi said during his visit to Taiwan that the Marshall Islands’ parliament recently passed a resolution expressing the Marshall Islands’ continuous support for Taiwan and praising Taiwan’s commitment to democracy. Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan and President Tsai Ing-wen both expressed their gratitude to Kedi for the Marshall Island’s firm support of Taiwan. Tsai said Taiwan looks forward to further bilateral collaboration with the Pacific country in fields such as education, culture, and medicine. <Accessed 2019-03-08>

European Parliament Members Express Support for Taiwan (2019-03-06)
(CNA, By Tang Pei-chun and Evelyn Kao)
Members of the European Parliament expressed support for Taiwan at a seminar titled “Why Taiwan Matters” on Tuesday. Werner Lange, chairman of the European Parliament Taiwan Friendship Group, pointed to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s January speech as evidence for why European-Taiwanese friendship is so important. Other experts also pushed for increased dialogue and cooperation between the EU and Taiwan to promote democracy and freedom in Asia. <Accessed 2019-03-08>

Taipei City Government Confirms Data Breach; Ko's US Plans Not Compromised (2019-03-08)
(Taipei Times, By Lee I-chia) According to the Taipei City Government, the Investigation Bureau is currently investigating an alleged data theft in the city's Secretariat Office. Taipei City Government vice spokesman Ke Yu-an confirmed that Taipei Major Ko Wen-je's itinerary for his upcoming US trip has not be stolen as it is stored on a cloud server. Ke further added that since the matter is still under investigation, the hackers' intentions are unknown. <Accessed 2019-03-08>

Former Legislative Speaker Announces Presidential Bid (2019-03-08)
(CNA, By Liu Kuan-ting and Flor Wang) During a news conference at the Taipei International Convention Center, former legislative Yuan Speaker and current lawmaker Wang Jin-pyng announced that he will be running for Taiwan's 2020 presidential election. Wang remarked that Taiwan represents the pride of all Chinese globally and promised to put an end to the antagonism between Taiwan and China. <Accessed 2019-03-08>

MOFA Lowers Travel Warning on Haiti (2019-03-08)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Emerson Lim) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has announced that Taiwan will lower its travel warning on Haiti. While the anti-government protests in the Caribbean country have lessen, MOFA cautioned Taiwanese to avoid travelling to places where people or protests are still being held. <Accessed 2019-03-08>

Taiwan Welcomes Visit from Dalai Lama: DPP Official (2019-03-08)
(CNA, By Chen Chun-hau and Chung Yu-chen) In commemoration of the 1959 Tibetan rebellion against Chinese rule, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Secretary-General Lo Wen-jia announced that Taiwan would welcome the Dalai Lama to visit Taiwan. While supporting the Dalai Lama's rights to visit wherever he wants, Lo warned that Taiwan should be careful when negotiating with China. <Accessed 2019-03-08>

Tsai Looks at Gender Equality in Taiwan on International Women’s Day  (2019-03-08)
(CNA, By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Chung Yu-chen)
President Tsai Ing-wen in a Facebook post Friday lauded Taiwan’s achievements in women’s empowerment on International Women’s Day. Taiwan was ranked the top Asian country for women’s rights guaranteed under law in a recent World Bank study titled “Women, Business and the Law 2019: A Decade of Reform”. She also called attention to the remaining issues in gender equality in Taiwan and encouraged the Taiwanese people to continue working towards a more equal society. <Accessed 2019-03-08>

Su Should Watch Tone: KMT Lawmaker (2019-03-09)
(Taipei Times, By Sean Lin) Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Chen Chao-ming urged Taiwan premier Su Tseng-chang not to provoke China in light of Su's comment that he was prepared to defend Taiwan to the end. In response, Su remarked that he comment was not meant to incite war but that he is prepared for one at all times. <Accessed 2019-03-10>

Prague Mayor to Visit Taiwan (2019-03-09)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou, Lin Yu-li and Ko Lin) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that Prague Mayor Zdenek Hrib will be leading a delegation to Taiwan later this month. Hrib seeks to promote bilateral cooperation and exchange between nations and learn about Taiwan's development in smart medical care, transportation and energy. <Accessed 2019-03-10>

Kaohsiung Mayor Apologizes for Calling Filipinos 'Marias' (2019-03-09)
(CNA, By Chen Ja-fo, Yeh Su-ping and Chung Yu-chen) Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu publicly apologized on Saturday for a comment where he referred to Filipinos as "Marias". The term "Maria" is a slur used in Taiwan to refer to migrant workers, especially those working as caregivers. The Philippines representative Angelito Tan Banayo criticized Han's comment and remarked that the term "Maria" has carried a negative connotation in referring to foreign workers. <Accessed 2019-03-10>
U.S.-China Relations
China Law Responds to U.S. Investment Demands. Critics Say It’s Not Enough. (2019-03-04)
(New York Times, By Keith Bradsher) China is poised to approve a sweeping rewrite of the country’s laws on foreign investment that it hopes will help pacify the United States and ease a rancorous trade dispute. The new rules would respond to some concerns among foreign governments and businesses but disregard many other worries. <Accessed 2019-03-14>

United States Broke WTO Rules in Tackling Huawei, Top Chinese Official Says (2019-03-04)
(South China Morning Post, By Guo Rui, Meng Jing, and Zen Soo) A senior Chinese official has accused the United States of violating World Trade Organisation rules in its treatment of Chinese telecom giant Huawei, as the saga over the extradition of the company’s chief financial officer deepened. <Accessed 2019-03-14>

Huawei and the Tech Race: US National Security and Defense Strategy
 (2019-03-05)
(The Diplomat, By Mercy A. Kuo) Timothy R. Heath, a Senior International and Defense Research Analyst at RAND Corporation, offers his views on Huawei's links with Iran as well as whether the United States's perspective on Huawei's intelligence-gathering abilities is valid. <Accessed 2019-03-09>

Huawei Sues U.S. Government Over What It Calls an Unfair Ban (2019-03-06)
(New York Times, By Paul Mozur and Austin Ramzy) The Chinese electronics giant Huawei sued the United States government on Wednesday, arguing that it had been unfairly and incorrectly banned as a security threat. <Accessed 2019-03-14>

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Urges EU to Stay ‘Independent’ in Dealings with Beijing after US Warning to Italy (2019-03-08)
(South China Morning Post, By Keegan Elmer) China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi has urged Europe to stay “independent” in its dealings with China and called for strong ties in the face of increased US pressure. Wang’s comments on Friday follow a backlash over reports that Italy was planning to sign up for Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative and a push for a more unified EU approach when dealing with China. <Accessed 2019-03-14>

Beijing Backs Huawei in Legal Fight against ‘Groundless Provocations’ from US for the First Time (2019-03-08)
(South China Morning Post, By Kinling Lo) China has for the first time thrown its weight behind tech giant Huawei’s legal action against the United States, and called upon Chinese companies not to act like “silent lambs”. Friday’s statement by Foreign Minister Wang Yi was a departure from Beijing’s largely conciliatory stance as he stressed the importance of “cooperation” and a “positive outlook” for China-US relations. <Accessed 2019-03-14>

China Suggests a Trade Compromise With the Trump Administration (2019-03-09)
(New York Times, By Keith Bradsher and Ana Swanson) A senior Chinese trade official called on Saturday for a compromise between the United States and China that could make a trade deal easier to reach this spring. But it could also lead to a more fragile agreement, which could fall apart quickly should trade frictions rise again. <Accessed 2019-03-14>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
 How Does China Really Think About WTO Reform? (2019-03-03)
(The Diplomat, By Junyang Hu and Dingding Chen) Joining the World Trade Organization (WTO) has been one of the main factors enabling massive Chinese economic growth throughout the early 2000s. However, the WTO remains plagued with issues, and reforms may not be fully beneficial for all countries involved in the Organization. China has acknowledged the need for reform, but these are conditional statements of support, and the WTO needs Chinese support and ideas for its eventual reform. <Accessed 2019-03-09>

China Accuses Two Canadians of Spying, Widening a Political Rift (2019-03-04)
(New York Times, By Chris Buckley and Catherine Porter) The Chinese authorities announced sweeping espionage accusations against two Canadians — a former diplomat and a businessman — on Monday, days after Canada approved an extradition hearing for an executive of a Chinese technology giant, whose arrest in Vancouver has incensed Beijing. <Accessed 2019-03-14>

As China’s Economy Continues to Slow, Stimulus Rears Its Head (2019-03-05)
(The Diplomat, By Uday Khanapurkar) The National Bureau of Statistics has revealed that manufacturing in China has declined for the third month in a row as of February 2019. The Chinese government appears to be rearing a monetary stimulus to combat the effects of manufacturing contraction. State-led infrastructure construction will likely be the solution to addressing these issues. <Accessed 2019-03-09>

Andrea and Mauro Gilli on Why China Can't Steal Its Way to Military-Technological Superiority (2019-03-06)
(The Diplomat, By Franz-Stefan Gady) Andrea and Mauro Gill discuss their new paper, “Why China Has Not Caught Up Yet,” and explain why China will not be able to "steal" military technologies to boost itself into technological superiority. <Accessed 2019-03-09>

At Two Sessions, China Seeks to Bolster Cooling Economy (2019-03-06)
(The Diplomat, By Joe McDonald) At the Two Sessions legislative meeting in Beijing, the Chinese Communist Party announced strong economic targets set for the next year. Premier Li Keqiang also promised to continue U.S.-China negotiations, although there were no words regarding specific details on how China would address U.S. concerns. Legislators are also discussing how to ease tensions with the United States and Europe regarding technology and supposed intellectual property theft. <Accessed 2019-03-09>

Demystifying Debt Along China’s New Silk Road (2019-03-06)
(The Diplomat, By Sophie van der Meer) As part of the Belt and Road Initiative, the Chinese government has spent about $25 billion on infrastructure investment in partner countries, whether that is a component of a loan structure or direct foreign investment. However, observers and recipients of Chinese funding are concerned about the profits that partner countries may gain from Chinese investments. Experts should be careful about generalizing the Belt and Road Initiative as a whole and should instead focus on addressing specific projects and their respective successes and failures. <Accessed 2019-03-09>

China’s Pension System Is Not Aging Well (2019-03-06)
(The Diplomat, By Viola Rothschild) This year, at the Two Sessions, Chinese leaders will be focusing on social security as a top priority, as indicated by polls online as a top priority for Chinese citizens. Throughout 2018, many workers, notably including veterans, protested or staged strikes over social security and pension concerns. The long-term effects of not implementing a social security net may prove disastrous for China's economy. <Accessed 2019-03-09>

China to Send 100 PLA Personnel to Russia for S-400 Air Defense System Training (2019-03-07)
(The Diplomat, By Franz-Stefan Gady) The People's Liberation Army will be sending about 100 soldiers to Russia for a training course on an air defense system. The People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF) is also standing up two of these Russian-developed air defense systems, with costs totaling about $3 billion. The second set will be delivered in the second half of 2019. <Accessed 2019-03-09>

Examining Crime and Terrorism Along China’s Belt and Road (2019-03-08)
(The Diplomat, By Philip Dubow) While the Belt and Road usually garners attention towards China's lending policies and discussion regarding the sustainability of the development investments, it does not address the crime and terrorism issues that fall along the paths of the Initiative. Very little research has been conducted on the subject of the BRI potentially facilitating crime and terrorism. The regional security issues found along the BRI may also contribute to violence during implementation. <Accessed 2019-03-09>

China’s New Aid Agency Won’t Change Much (2019-03-09)
(East Asia Forum, By Denghua Zhang) There are no significant structural changes between the previous aid system, led by the ministries of commerce (MOFCOM) and foreign affairs (MFA), and the new CIDCA-led system. <Accessed 2019-03-14>

China Says Multinational Lenders Are to Blame for Debts of Belt and Road Partners Like Pakistan (2019-03-09)
(South China Morning Post, By Keegan Elmer) China has blamed multinational lenders for the heavy debts held by Pakistan and its other belt and road partners in its latest defence of the project. <Accessed 2019-03-14>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

Why US Navy’s South China Sea Operations Tighten Squeeze on Southeast Asian Nations Caught between Washington and Beijing (2019-03-04)
(South China Morning Post, By Laura Zhou) Freedom of navigation operations conducted by the US and its allies in the South China Sea have heightened the dilemma faced by Southeast Asian nations caught between China and the United States, diplomatic sources and observers have said. <Accessed 2019-03-14>

Philippine Official, Fearing War With China, Seeks Review of U.S. Treaty
 (2019-03-05)
(New York Times, By Jason Gutierrez) The Philippines’ top defense official said on Tuesday that the government should review a decades-old treaty with the United States, its longtime ally, to avoid provoking a potential armed conflict with China in the disputed South China Sea. <Accessed 2019-03-14>

The Korean Peninsula

North Korea Has Started Rebuilding Key Missile-Test Facilities, Analysts Say (2019-03-05)
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) North Korea has started rebuilding the facilities it uses to launch satellites into orbit and test engines and other technologies for its intercontinental ballistic missile program, according to American military analysts and South Korean intelligence officials. <Accessed 2019-03-14>

North Korea Admits Failure of Trump Summit, a Week After It Broke Down
 (2019-03-08)
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) North Korea acknowledged for the first time on Friday that the summit meeting last week between its leader, Kim Jong-un, and President Trump ended without an agreement, claiming that people “in and outside” the North were blaming the United States for the breakdown. <Accessed 2019-03-14>

New Images of North Korea Buildup Confront Trump’s Hopes for Disarmament
 (2019-03-09)
(New York Times, By David E. Sanger and William J. Broad) President Trump was forced to publicly acknowledge this past week what American intelligence officials said they had long been telling the White House: Even during eight months of blossoming diplomacy, Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, was steadily adding to his weapons arsenal and nuclear infrastructure. <Accessed 2019-03-14>

Other Regional Issues

Asian Nations Not Forced to Choose between US and China despite Trade War, Senior American Diplomat Says
 (2019-03-06)
(South China Morning Post, By Finbarr Bermingham and Chad Bray) Washington is not forcing Asian companies or nations to choose between trading with the United States and China, a senior American diplomat said in Hong Kong on Tuesday. However, in pointed remarks that appeared to be directed at Beijing, the US Ambassador to Indonesia, Joseph Donovan, railed against “unfair protectionist measures” that “undermine growth”. <Accessed 2019-03-14>

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