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2019-03-30 | NO.43(13) epaper |
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Cross-Strait Relations
 Han's Visits to Beijing Offices 'Politically Sensitive': MAC (2019-03-27)
(CNA, By Chen Chung-chung, Yu Kai-hsiang and Flor Wang) Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Chen Ming-tong stated that Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu's recent visits to Beijing's liaison offices in Hong Kong and Macau were "politically sensitive". Several commentators commented that Han's meetings with China's top authorities in charge of the "one country, two systems" model in Hong Kong and Macau would create the impression that Han recognizes the imposition of the model in the two territories. <Accessed 2019-03-28>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
Taiwan Assurance Act Introduced in U.S. Senate (2019-03-27)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Flor Wang) Several U.S. senators have introduced a legislation called the Taiwan Assurance Act in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday. The Act seeks to boost U.S.-Taiwan relations and strengthen Taiwan's participation in the international community. The proposed legislation also includes regular U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and the continuation of U.S.-Taiwan bilateral trade talks. <Accessed 2019-03-28>

President Tsai Arrives in Hawaii on Stopover Greeted by AIT Chairman (2019-03-27)
(CNA, By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Chung Yu-chen) During a stopover in Hawaii on her way back to Taiwan, President Tsai Ing-wen was greeted by James Moriarty, chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), Taiwan's representative to the U.S. Stanley Kao and Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Honolulu Director-General Michael Tseng. Tsai will be delivering an address to the Heritage Foundation through video broadcast during the stopover. <Accessed 2019-03-28>

‘One Country, Two Systems’ Does Not Reflect Cross-Strait Wishes: U.S.  (2019-03-28)
(CNA, By Rita Cheng and Chi Jo-yao)
Admiral Philip Davidson, commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, said Wednesday before the U.S. House Armed Services Committee that the “one country, two systems” formula does not reflect the wishes of both sides. He also said that the U.S. has a deep interest in the peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and therefore is focused on improving interoperability in Taiwan’s military, given China’s alarming military buildup. Lastly, he reiterated the U.S.’ commitment to a robust unofficial relationship with Taiwan and a peaceful Taiwan Strait. <Accessed 2019-03-29>

Taiwan’s Ban on American Beef, Pork a Trade Barrier: U.S. Report (2019-03-30)
(CNA, By Pan Tzu-yu and Lee Hsin-Yin)
The United States Trade Representative’s trade report was released Friday. The report says that Taiwan has not adhered to the 2009 protocol the U.S. and Taiwan agreed on regarding U.S. beef and pork products and that Taiwan’s restrictions on these imports remain a significant barrier to bilateral trade. Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs responded by saying it would work with U.S. authorities to address the remaining issues in trade. <Accessed 2019-04-01>

Senior U.S. Official for International Organizations Visits Taiwan (2019-03-30)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Nerissa J. Cook, the U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs, is in Taiwan to promote bilateral exchanges in international economic and development issues. According to the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), Cook will discuss international economic and development issues to further boost cooperation with Taiwan and other partners regarding these issues. <Accessed 2019-03-30>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan Must Bravely Step Out Into the World: President Tsai  (2019-03-26)
(CNA, By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Elizabeth Hsu)
While speaking to the press at the end of her tour to Palau, Nauru, and the Marshall Islands, President Tsai Ing-wen responded to a question about preventing China from poaching any more of Taiwan’s allies by highlighting the importance of continuing to visit the overseas allies. This is despite the fact that of the six overseas visits Tsai has made during her presidency, five of the allies switched diplomatic recognition to Beijing immediately after. Tsai insisted that Taiwan can’t let Beijing intimidate it away from practicing diplomacy. <Accessed 2019-03-29>

Japan Co-Hosts a Taiwan-U.S. Training Workshop For the First Time  (2019-03-26)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh)
Japan joined the United States and Taiwan in co-hosting the Taiwan-U.S. Global Cooperation and Training Framework workshop on anti-corruption for the first time. The workshop kicked off on Tuesday in Taipei. Deputy Foreign Minister Hou Szu-chien and Japan’s top envoy to Taiwan Mikio Numata both highlighted the potential that including Japan as a co-host could add to the workshop. AIT Director Brent Christensen also spoke, saying that this workshop was a great opportunity to display Taiwan and the U.S.’ shared values of democracy and anti-corruption. <Accessed 2019-03-29>

 Tsai, Heine Ink MOU for New Fund (2019-03-27)
(Taipei Times, By Su Yung-yao and Jake Chung) Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a Microloan Revolving Fund for Women Founding Businesses. According to Tsai, the revolving fund would help women in Marshall Islands by providing them with money and equipment. <Accessed 2019-03-28>

Prague Mayor Seeks to Strengthen Ties with Taipei (2019-03-28)
(CNA, By Liang Pei-chi and Chung Yu-chen)
While visiting Taiwan with a delegation from Prague, Prague Mayor Zdenek Hrib said in a visit with Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je that he would like to strengthen the ties between the two cities by creating a sister city relationship between the two. While Czech President Milos Zeman is pro-China, Hrib has been a staunch supporter of Taiwan, even publicly criticizing Article 3 of a Partnership Agreement between Prague and Beijing because it requires Prague to adhere to the “one China” policy. <Accessed 2019-03-29>

Trip 'No Sell-Out': Han Kuo-yu (2019-03-29)
(Taipei Times, By Hung Chen-hung and Jake Chung) Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu has rejected the allegations made against him that his recent trip to Hong Kong, Macau and southern China betrayed Taiwan. According to the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), Han could be fined up to NT$500,000 if his visit was found to violate Article 104 of the Criminal Code. <Accessed 2019-03-30>

Vice President Declares He Won't Run for Second Term with Tsai (2019-03-30)
(CNA, By Yeh Su-ping, Su Lung-chi and Flor Wang) Vice President Chen Chien-jen announced that he will not team up with President Tsai Ing-wen for another term. Chen urged the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to stand united under Tsai's leadership and further remarked that despite not being a DPP member, he believes the DPP to be the key force in protecting Taiwan's democracy and freedom. <Accessed 2019-03-30>

Prague Mayor Says He Rejected China's Request to Expel Taiwan Diplomat (2019-03-30)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Elizabeth Hsu) Visiting Prague Mayor Zdenek Hrib stated that he has rejected China's request to remove a Taiwanese official during an event that he hosted in Prague. Hrib remarked that it is unacceptable to throw out a guest he had invited as the act itself is against human decency. <Accessed 2019-03-30>

Taiwan Blasts China Over its 'Barbaric Behavior' in Czech Republic (2019-03-30)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou, Lin Yu-li and Ko Lin) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) criticized China's act for asking a Taiwanese official to be removed from an economic meeting in the Czech Republic as a "barbaric behavior". MOFA remarked that the more China continues with such acts, the more Taiwanese will reject the "one China" political formula. <Accessed 2019-03-30>

Taiwan Will Continue to Assist with Syria’s Reconstruction: MOFA (2019-03-30)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Chung Yu-chen)
Following the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces announcement of the end of the ISIS-declared caliphate and the U.S.’ subsequent call for increased humanitarian, reconstruction, and stability support to Syria, Taiwan has said it will maintain its commitment to the rebuilding of Syria. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Saturday that through the framework of the Global Coalition to defeat ISIS, Taiwan will continue to provide assistance to Syrian reconstruction. <Accessed 2019-04-01>

New Economic Immigration Act Will Boost Domestic Economy: CIER (2019-03-30)
(CNA, By Pan Tzu-yu and Lee Hsin-Yin)
The Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research (CIER) released a report Saturday suggesting that the New Economic Immigration Act, a draft bill currently under review in the Legislature, would likely boost the domestic economy by creating more jobs, raise real wages, and increase the domestic GDP. The bill was proposed by the National Development Council, which hopes that the bill would attract foreign nationals to address the shortage of workers in intermediate skill level jobs. <Accessed 2019-04-01>
U.S.-China Relations
 
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
 
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
 
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