::: TSR Weekly Report
2019-06-01 | NO.43(22) epaper |
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Cross-Strait Relations
Ex-AIT Director Tells Taiwan Not to be a "Surprise Maker" (2019-05-27)
(CNA, By Wang Shu-fen and Emerson Lim) During a visit to Kaohsiung, former American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director Douglas Paal remarked that Taiwan should avoid being a "surprise maker". Paal also expressed interest in the future path of Taiwan's economic development as he was concerned about the effect that the U.S.-China trade war would have on Taiwan. <Accessed 2019-05-28>

Taiwan Should be Silent on Xi's Unification Formula: Taipei Mayor (2019-05-31)
(CNA, By Miao Zong-han, Wen Kuei-hsiang, Chang Jung-hsiang, Chen Yi-hsuan and Chung Yu-chen) Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je restated his position that it would be best if Taiwan were to remain silent on Chinese President Xi Jinping's "one country, two systems" unification formula. In response to Ko's statement, president Tsai Ing-wen remarked that it is imperative for Taiwan to present a clear stance on such topics as it concerns the will of the Taiwanese people. <Accessed 2019-06-01>

Taiwan Passes Bill for Referendum on Cross-Strait Agreements (2019-05-31)
(CNA, By Chen Chun-hua and Ko Lin) The amended bill to the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area, which was passed by the legislative Yuan on Friday, stipulates that a national referendum is required before any cross-Taiwan Strait political agreement can be signed and put into effect. The amended bill would allow the Taiwanese public to participate in any agreements between Taiwan and China. <Accessed 2019-06-01>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
Ex-AIT Chief Sees Name Change of Taiwan Agency as Insignificant (2019-05-27)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Chung Yu-chen) Douglas Paal, a former director of the American Institute in Taiwan's (AIT) Taipei office, does not consider the name change of the Taiwan agency as bearing any significant development. According to Paal, different U.S. officials hold different views regarding U.S.-China-Taiwan relations. <Accessed 2019-05-28>

Ministry Outlines Policy for Ties with US Military (2019-05-27)
(Taipei Times, By Aaron Tu and Johnathan Chin) In a latest report submitted to the legislature, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) stated that the ministry seeks to continue Taiwan-US military cooperation to boost the nation's defense capabilities. According to the report, the military cooperation between both nations will focus on arms procurement, establishing strategic partnership via the US Congress and building channels of military exchange. <Accessed 2019-05-28>

Taiwan Should Remove 'Irritants' to Trade Agreement with U.S.: AmCham (2019-05-30)
(CNA, By Lee Hsin-Yin) The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Taipei urged Taiwan to remove any "irritants" in the U.S.-Taiwan trade relationship and push for a bilateral trade agreement (BTA) with the U.S. AmCham also urged Taiwan to resolve any major outstanding issues with the U.S. as it could benefit Taiwan economically and strategically. <Accessed 2019-05-30>

U.S.-Taiwan MOU to Protect Against Cross-Border Abduction: Official (2019-05-31)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) The U.S. and Taiwan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that aims to increase further cooperation between both nations to protect children involved in cross-border abduction. According to Suzanne Lawrence, the U.S. Department of State special advisor for children's issues, the MOU which was signed in April represents commitment from both nations to address international abduction cases. <Accessed 2019-06-01>

U.S. to Continue Pursuit of Strong Partnership with Taiwan: Pentagon (2019-06-01)
(CNA, By Chiang Ching-yeh and Frances Huang) The U.S. Department of Defense announced that it will continue to establish strong partnership with Taiwan as part of its effort to maintain security in the Indo-Pacific region. In its report released on Friday, the Pentagon said that its partnership with Taiwan is crucial particularly in light of China's growing pressure against Taiwan. <Accessed 2019-06-02>

U.S. Reaffirms its Defense Obligations to Taiwan (2019-06-01)
(CNA, By Huang Tzu-chiang, Elaine Hou and Chung Yu-chen) During the 18th Shangri-La Dialogue security forum in Singapore, acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan stated that the U.S. will continue to provide defense articles and defense services to Taiwan. Shanahan further stated that China can and should build a cooperative relationship with other nations in the region. <Accessed 2019-06-02>

Taiwanese Graduate Waves ROC Flag at U.S. Air Force Academy Ceremony (2019-06-02)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Chi Jo-yao) During the commencement ceremony of the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) in Colorado on Thursday, a Taiwanese graduate was seen on a video waving Taiwan's national flag. Over the years, Taiwan has been sending its military personnel to the U.S. to receive advanced study or training. <Accessed 2019-06-02>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan’s Ruling Party Is Getting Tough on China Ahead of 2020 Elections (2019-05-20)
(The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has passed several new laws regarding Taiwan-China relations and communication over the last few weeks as it gears up for a tough 2020 election. As the challenging Kuomintang (KMT) Party promotes policies friendlier with China, the DPP is using its current platform to cement its policies and try to gain support for the election. Both parties seem to be gearing up to base their campaign on the issue of increased Chinese aggression. <Accessed 2019-05-28>

Taiwan Stages Joint Air-Sea Live Fire Exercises (2019-05-23)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) The Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) held its largest live-fire coastal drills in years on Wednesday. The annual Han Kuang exercises consisted of a joint exercise between the ROCAF and the Republic of China Navy. The exercises are designed to practice defending against an attack from the mainland. <Accessed 2019-05-28>

Former Premier Says He Will Not Quit DPP to Run in Presidential Race
(CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Evelyn Kao) During an interview on Monday, former Premier Lai Ching-te stated that he has no intention to quit the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and does not wish for the DPP to change the rules and schedule for its primary elections. Lai further added that he will not proceed to take any legal action should the DPP decided to change the rules for the primary elections. <Accessed 2019-05-28>

DPP Primary Extension Looms: Sources (2019-05-27)
(Taipei Times, By Jason Pan) Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials who are supporters of President Tsai Ing-wen stated that if the stalemate over the primary process is not resolved by the Central Executive Committee meeting on Wednesday, the issue would go to the national congress and party members will vote on it. Meanwhile, other DPP officials do not wish to put the issue before the national congress as it could lead to disunity and damage the party. <Accessed 2019-05-28>

Wang Jin-pyng Clarifies 'To the End' Campaign Talk (2019-05-28)
(Taipei Times, By Ann Maxon) Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Wang Jin-pyng dismissed the rumor that he could run as vice president with Taiwanese business tycoon Terry Guo and confirmed that he intends to run for the 2020 presidential election "until the very end". Wang further added that he does not feel the pressure to compete with Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu. <Accessed 2019-05-28>

Czech Republic to Deport 4 Taiwanese Fraud Suspects to China  (2019-05-28)
(CNA, By Lin Yu-li and Evelyn Kao)
Despite the efforts of Taiwan’s representative office, the Prague High Court has ruled that four Taiwanese fraud suspect arrested in the Czech Republic last year will be deported to China for trial. Taiwan’s representative office pointed out China’s poor record of human rights and the principle of nationality while arguing for the suspects to be sent back to Taiwan, rather than China. However, the Czech court said that Chinese authorities assured them the suspects will be tried and punished fairly. <Accessed 2019-05-30>

Taiwan, Austria Sign MOU on Investment Cooperation (2019-05-28)
(CNA, By Liao Yu-yang and William Yen)
The Ministry of Economic Affairs issued a statement saying that Taiwan and Austria signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at encouraging industrial business clusters and promoting information exchanges. Austria and Taiwan generated US$34.9 worth bilateral trade last year, with the semiconductor, automobile, and biotechnology industries leading the exchanges. <Accessed 2019-05-30>

Taiwan to Boost Disease Prevention Efforts with U.S., Other Nations (2019-05-28)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Ko Lin)
Taiwan’s Health Minister Chen Shih-chung held successful talks with delegates from 32 countries and 39 non-governmental organizations on the sidelines of this year’s World Health Assembly, despite Taiwan’s exclusion from the conference. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Department of International Organizations director-general Bob Chen, the United States, Japan, and countries in Southeast Asia expressed a desire to strengthen collaborative efforts with Taiwan on disease prevention. <Accessed 2019-05-30>

Taiwan Foreign Minister to Visit 3 Caribbean Allies to Solidify Ties (2019-05-28)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh)
Joseph Wu left Tuesday for his first trip to the Caribbean region as foreign minister. He will visit St. Christopher and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and St. Lucia, where he will meet with their leaders to discuss mutual issues and enhance cooperation. During his trip, he plans to sign a memorandum of understanding with St. Vincent and the Grenadines. <Accessed 2019-05-30>

Chen Chien-jen Announces Grand Justice Nominees (2019-05-28)
(Taipei Times, With CNA)
Vice President Chen Chien-jen announced the four nominees for the Council of Grand Justices who will replace the incumbent justices stepping down in September if approved by the Legislative Yuan. The four nominees were put forward by President Tsai Ing-wen with special consideration to the gender ratio of two men and two women. The four nominees are Shieh Ming-yan, a National Taiwan University law professor, Judicial Yuan Secretary-General Lu Tai-lang, Kaohsiung High Administrative Court President Yang Hui-chin, and Minister of Examination Tsai Tzung-jen. <Accessed 2019-05-30>

ATJ Slams U.N. for Barring Taiwanese Journalists at WHA (2019-05-28)
(CNA, By Chiang Pei-ling and Emerson Lim) The Association of Taiwan Journalists (ATJ) criticized the United Nations (UN) for disrespecting the rights of Taiwanese media workers who were denied by the U.N.'s Geneva office to cover the 72nd session of the World Health Assembly (WHA). The ATJ also urged the U.N. to remove the requirement that an applicant's passport must come from a state recognized by the United Nations General Assembly. <Accessed 2019-05-28>

Japan Considers a New Security Relationship Via “Networking” with Taiwan (2019-05-29)
(Jamestown Foundation, By Howard Wang) Such is the context in which Japan-Taiwan relations should be understood: Japan faces an increasingly aggressive PRC, and is therefore seeking increasing cohesion between U.S. allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific as a key pillar of its foreign policy. <Accessed 2019-06-04>

DPP Finally Decides on Format of Presidential Primary (2019-05-30)
(CNA, By Yeh Su-ping, Wen Kuei-hsiang and Emerson Lim) During the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) Central Executive Committee meeting on Wednesday, the party has decided on the format for the presidential primary. The DPP would choose its presidential candidate through three-way public opinion polls to compare the DPP's candidates against independent Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je and Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu. <Accessed 2019-05-30>

President Tsai Inspects Han Kuang Military Drill (2019-05-30)
(CNA, By Wang Cheng-chung and William Yen) On Wednesday, President Tsai Ing-wen inspected a military exercise that included 200 Army personnel, Apache attack helicopters, Black Hawk utility helicopters and CM-11 Brave Tiger tanks. The exercise was part of the annual Han Kuang live-fire exercises to test the combat capabilities of Taiwan's armed forces in facing China's military threats. <Accessed 2019-05-30>

President Touts New Southbound Policy Achievements  (2019-05-30)
(CNA, By Liao Yu-yang and Evelyn Kao)
President Tsai Ing-wen spoke Thursday about the results of Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy since its launch in 2016. She said that the efforts of the NSP have helped enhance trade with and investment in NSP target countries, in addition to boosting medical and personal exchanges. In the future, she looks forward to furthering the implementation of the goals of the NSP. <Accessed 2019-05-30>

Commission Releases Documentary About Spying on Campuses (2019-05-30)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Evelyn Kao) The Transitional Justice Commission released a 9-minute documentary on Facebook about three people who were put under surveillance during Taiwan's martial law period from 1949 to 1987. They were monitored by the government due to their connections with dissenting students at schools. <Accessed 2019-05-30>

PacNet #31 - Reinvigorating Taiwan's Contribution in Regional Disaster Management (2019-05-30)
(Pacific Forum, By Hsin Huang Michael Hsiao and Alan Hao Yang) Taiwan too suffers from this threat and has been proactively seeking ways to collaborate with neighboring countries to jointly tackle disasters. By providing capacity building programs, sharing technology in disaster preparedness, strengthening public awareness, and establishing disaster resilient communities, Taiwan is committed to partnership with ASEAN countries. <Accessed 2019-06-04>

Military Tests its Newest Weapons (2019-05-31)
(Taipei Times/CNA) All branches of Taiwan's military demonstrated their most advanced weapons systems in a large anti-landing drill in Pingtung County during the annual Han Kuang military exercises. According to the Ministry of National Defense (MND), the drill was aimed at testing the military's warfare abilities in light of China's growing military threat. <Accessed 2019-06-01>

Lai Soften Stance, Vows to Stay in Race (2019-05-31)
(Taipei Times, By Jason Pan) Former premier William Lai announced that he will continue to stay in the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential primary but he was not contemplating a potential Tsai-Lai ticket. Lai also stated that he will not take any legal action against the DPP's Central Executive Committee as the legal action would harm the DPP. <Accessed 2019-06-01>

Presidential Hopefuls Urged to Attend Tiananmen Commemorative Event (2019-05-31)
(CNA, By Stacy Hsu) Several human rights groups have invited Taiwan's presidential candidates and influential political figures to attend an event next week to commemorate the 30th anniversary of China's Tiananmen Square Incident. One of the organizers, Tseng Chien-yuan, who is the chairman of the board of directors at the New School for Democracy, stated that it is crucial for Taiwan's future leaders to protect Taiwan's democracy and use Taiwan's democratic process experience to help initiate such similar process in China. <Accessed 2019-06-01>

Hon Hai Chairman Complains about being Squeezed by KMT (2019-05-31)
(CNA, By Flor Wang and Wang Cheng-chung) Taiwanese business tycoon Terry Guo stated that he felt being squeezed by the Kuomintang (KMT) as nobody in the party listens to him. Guo also boasted that he is the best option as Taiwan's next president due to his capabilities to innovate technology and boost the nation's economy. <Accessed 2019-06-01>

Hundreds of Thousands Attend Rally to Support Han's Presidential Bid (2019-06-01)
(CNA, By Stacy Hsu) Almost 400,000 people attended a rally in Taipei to show their support for Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu as one of the potential presidential candidates for Taiwan's 2020 presidential election. During his speech, Han criticized the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for its poor performance and urged the Taiwanese to vote the DPP out of office in next year's election. <Accessed 2019-06-02>

Looking South is Successful: Tsai (2019-06-01)
(Taipei Times/CNA) During a forum, president Tsai Ing-wen praised the success of the New Southbound Policy. Tsai cited several successes that resulted from the policy, such as trade with the policy's target nations which has reached US$100 billion last year and person-to-person exchanges which increased to 1.44 million last year. Tsai further expressed hope that Taiwan would build more strategic partnerships with the policy's target nations. <Accessed 2019-06-02>

Lai Urges Support for 'Strongest DPP Candidate' in Primary Poll (2019-06-01)
(CNA, By Stacy Hsu and Hsiao Po-yang) Former premier Lai Ching-te urged the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) supporters to support him in the DPP's upcoming primary poll. Lai remarked that he is the party's strongest candidate because he is able to defeat the Kuomintang's (KMT) candidate. Lai cited his political background and experiences as proof of his leadership capabilities. <Accessed 2019-06-02>

Defense Industry Act is Sanctioned (2019-06-02)
(Taipei Times, By Sean Lin) The Legislative Yuan passed the National Defense Industry Development Act on Friday. The act's goal is to encourage public-private partnerships in the production of domestically manufactured weapons. Applications from interested companies will be evaluated and ranked according to several criteria. <Accessed 2019-06-02>
U.S.-China Relations
Behind the US-China Trade War (2019-05-19)
(UDN, By Su Chi) The US-China trade war finally started. At present, it is difficult for anyone to predict where it will lead, but understanding the motivations and limitations behind the two sides may help to clarify the situation.<Accessed 2019-06-01>

Upping the Ante in the US-China Trade War (2019-05-21)
(The Diplomat, By Mercy A. Kuo) Nien Su, CEO of Artemis ESG, discusses the U.S.-China trade war and the geopolitical implications of increasing uncertainty. <Accessed 2019-05-28>

Where Does Tibet Fit Into the US-China Relationship? (2019-05-24)
(The Diplomat, By Eleanor Albert) U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad made a rare visit to Tibet until May 25, an interesting visit of note for both China and the United States. While Beijing could use the visit to demonstrate that the Han Chinese and Tibetans can live together as Beijing works towards the modernization of all regions of China, the Trump administration could be using this to signal a U.S. commitment to human rights. However, there could be more hidden reasons for the visit that the Trump administration may not be letting on. <Accessed 2019-05-28>

Tragedy and World Order: What Lessons for US Asia Policy? (2019-05-24)
 (The Diplomat, By Prashanth Parameswaran) A new book details the debate over the maintenance of the U.S.-led post-WWII world order and U.S.-Asia policy. Under previous doctrine, U.S. foreign policy has been especially Euro-centric. However, with the emergence of key Asian issues and powers, the Obama and Trump administrations have taken a more "Asia-first" approach to foreign policy. <Accessed 2019-05-28>

What Derailed the U.S.-China Trade Talks? (2019-05-29)
(Jamestown Foundation, By John Dotson) There are varying accounts as to what went wrong behind the scenes in late April and early May. However, the primary reason appears to be that, in early May, the PRC team presented their American counterparts with a dramatically edited-down version of a draft agreement-in-progress. <Accessed 2019-06-04>

Huawei Revs Up Its U.S. Lawsuit, With the Media in Mind (2019-05-29)
(New York Times, By Paul Mozur) Huawei is ramping up its legal challenge to American limits on purchases of its equipment, in a sign that it is doubling down on its strategy of fighting the Trump administration through the courts and public opinion rather than through quiet negotiations. <Accessed 2019-06-04>

China or the US? Europe’s ‘Impossible Choice’ in the Trade War (2019-05-29)
(South China Morning Post, By Shi Jiangtao) The European Union, which is the world’s largest trading bloc and a top trading partner of both China and the US, is in a difficult spot since US President Donald Trump’s decision to ratchet up pressure on Beijing early this month – a move that included signing an executive order which effectively banned Chinese telecoms giant Huawei from accessing US supply chains. <Accessed 2019-06-04>

U.S. 'Playing with Fire' on Taiwan, China Says Ahead of Defense Meeting (2019-05-30)
(Reuters, By Ben Blanchard) The United States is “playing with fire” with its support for self-ruled Taiwan, China said on Thursday, in angry comments ahead of a meeting between Defence Minister Wei Fenghe and acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan <Accessed 2019-06-01>

The United States Is Past Engaging with China (2019-05-30)
(East Asia Forum, By Kanishka Jayasuriya) The changes signalled by Trump’s executive order reflect a post-engagement policy supported by the US security community. A significant element of this post-engagement policy is the overt disregard for the WTO rules which have been a US political project since the Cold War. <Accessed 2019-06-04>

As China Takes Aim, Silicon Valley Braces for Pain (2019-05-31)
(New York Times, By David Streitfeld and Don Clark) The Chinese government said Friday that it was putting together an “unreliable entities list,” a counterattack against the United States for denying important technology to Chinese companies. No companies were named or details given, but tech firms seemed all but assured of being a prime target. <Accessed 2019-06-04>

Acting Defense Chief Tries to Cool Hostilities With China as Trade War Heats Up (2019-05-31)
(New York Times, By Helene Cooper) Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan sought to lower the temperature on the Trump administration’s stew of hostilities with China on Friday, saying it was imperative to look for ways for the two competing militaries to “create upside” in their relationship, even in the middle of a trade war. <Accessed 2019-06-04>

China Draws National Security Red Lines in Its Trade War with the United States (2019-05-31)
(South China Morning Post, By Jun Mai, Kinling Lo, and Keegan Elmer) China’s national security issues – from Taiwan to the South China Sea and food security – will be at stake as the United States expands the trade war, according to some of Beijing’s most experienced US hands. Beijing has long claimed that national interests were at the heart of its main differences with Washington in the trade talks but it had not specified them publicly. <Accessed 2019-06-04>

Chinese General Tells US to Stop Using Taiwan, South China Sea to Stir Up Trouble (2019-06-01)
(South China Morning Post, By Minnie Chan and Lee Jeong-ho) A senior Chinese military officer has accused the United States’ top defence official of using sensitive issues like Taiwan and the South China Sea to promote instability in the Asia-Pacific region. <Accessed 2019-06-04>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
What Does China Want From WTO Reforms? (2019-05-21)
(The Diplomat, By Antara Ghosal Singh) Some scholars argue that ongoing trade negotiations between the United States and China will lead the way towards World Trade Organization (WTO) policy reforms. China has already submitted a proposal for reforms where it says that U.S. policies have led to "existential threats" to the organization's effectiveness. However, China still has a number of dissenting viewpoints on whether WTO reform is a fight worth fighting. <Accessed 2019-05-28>

3 Ways China Can Make the Belt and Road Initiative More Successful (2019-05-21)
(The Diplomat, By Dingding Chen and Junyang Hu) China must address the issues of transparency, engagement, and connectivity among the public if it wants to better promote the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). China must also show that the BRI will also benefit countries other than the ones directly connected to the Road. To do so, media coverage must increase and China should use the initiative to address people's concerns directly. <Accessed 2019-05-28>

China's Latest Economy Data Calls for Caution (2019-05-22)
(The Diplomat, By Yu Zhongxin) The growth rate of China's economy has slowed down and is now performing slightly poorer than expected, possibly due to recent reforms but mostly likely due to the political tensions with the United States. As domestic priorities shift and the U.S.-China relationship remains uncertain, the economy remains relatively unstable and unpredictable. This is in contrast to Chinese data from the first quarter of 2019, which exceeded expectations. <Accessed 2019-05-28>

The Cold Reality of Tiananmen at 30 (2019-05-22)
(The Diplomat, By Christopher K. Colley) While the Tiananmen Square incident remains fresh in the minds of journalists and researchers, the vast majority of the public has moved on from the incident. People will not take direct action unless their interests are directly threatened, and this unfortunately does not include human rights violations of groups they do not belong to. By placing so much importance on the anniversary of the Incident, researchers risk misinterpreting what is important to the Chinese public. <Accessed 2019-05-28>

Does China Really Respect Sovereignty? (2019-05-23)
(The Diplomat, By Jacob Stokes) The Trump administration has made sovereignty a key point of contention in the U.S.-China relationship. China carefully guards its national sovereignty and makes it a key domestic issue at well, but many territories it considers part of its sovereignty are not recognized as such abroad. However, Beijing's interpretation of sovereignty abroad is also rather loose and does not practice the same standards it would expect for foreign investors in China. <Accessed 2019-05-28>

 China’s Curious Absence From a BRICS Business Conference (2019-05-24)
(The Diplomat, By Bonnie Girard) At the recent "Doing Business with the BRICS" Conference, China was the only BRICS member to not give a presentation regarding its recent economic developments to the attendees. China's silence and absence during the conference was not lost upon the attendees, many of whom represented high-level positions in their governments. China's silence is especially notable given the context of the U.S.-China trade war. <Accessed 2019-05-28>

China's Information Warfare Force Gets a New Commander (2019-05-24)
(The Diplomat, By Adam Ni) Lieutenant General Li Fengbiao has been named the new commander of the People's Liberation Army Strategic Support Force (PLASSF). CCTV footage has show Li wearing the PLASSF insignia, suggesting he has been reassigned. The PLASSF is responsible for conducting China's campaigns regarding information warfare, an important component of the Communist Party's long-term strategy. <Accessed 2019-05-28>

Singapore, China Deepen Defence Ties, Plan Larger Military Exercises Including Joint Navy Drill (2019-05-29)
(South China Morning Post, By Bhavan Jaipragas) Singapore and China have agreed to a “substantial programme” to deepen military ties after a Wednesday meeting between the two countries’ defence chiefs. Among the proposed enhancements to an existing defence cooperation agreement is a second bilateral naval drill to be held next year, after the countries held a similar drill in 2015. <Accessed 2019-06-04>

Chinese Dissident Hu Jia Prays for China's 'Peaceful Transformation' (2019-05-31)
(CNA, By Chou Hui-ying and Elizabeth Hsu) Hu Jia, one of China's most well-known rights activists, stated that he will remember the people who sacrificed their lives fighting for democracy and pray for peaceful democratic reforms in China so that the people would not have died in vain. Hu also remarked that he is always sent on a "holiday" before the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Incident so that he would not be able to create any trouble. <Accessed 2019-06-01>

Europe’s Search for a China Strategy (2019-05-31)
(East Asia Forum, By Lucrezia Poggetti) After years of closer trade and investment ties, the European Union is realising that close economic relations with China have brought about political and security challenges it was not prepared for. <Accessed 2019-06-04>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

Facing China’s Sea Power: Strategic Culture & Maritime Strategy
(CSIS, By C.J. Jenner) Under these conditions, China has developed a maritime strategy based on preemption and proactive influence operations. To understand the current strategy, it is essential to understand the history of its conception and formative conduct under its two principal architects: Deng Xiaoping (1904-1997) and Liu Huaqing (1916-2011). <Accessed 2019-06-04>

Top US Military Official Says Beijing Achieving Immediate South China Sea Goals, but Further Moves Should Be Challenged (2019-05-30)
(South China Morning Post, By Mark Magnier) With China’s massive build-up on a “pile of rocks” in the South China Sea slowing as China increasingly achieves what it wants militarily, any future expansion by Beijing or others in the area should be checked with clear and coherent collective action, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Wednesday. <Accessed 2019-06-04>

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