::: TSR Weekly Report
2013-05-05 | NO.17(18) epaper |
Diaoyutai Disputes Resurface
Japan's Nuclear Plan Unsettles U.S. (2013-05-01)
(Wall Street Journal, By Jay Solomon and Miho Inada) Japan is preparing to start up a massive nuclear-fuel reprocessing plant over the objections of the Obama administration, which fears the move may stoke a broader race for nuclear technologies and even weapons in North Asia and the Middle East. 

Diaoyutais Covered by Security Pact with Japan: Hagel
(AFP) Diaoyutais are covered by a military protection accord between Washington and Tokyo, US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said.

Fisheries Deal a 'Triumph': US Expert (2013-05-02)
(Taipei Times) The agreement, which deals with fishing rights in waters surrounding the Diaoyutai Islands, is a “triumph for pragmatism” that helps promote the interests of both sides, Robert Hathaway, director of the Asian Program at the Wilson Center, in Washington said.
South China Sea Disputes
Chinese Tourist Boat Heads toward Disputed Islands (2013-04-30)
(New York Times) A cruise ship carrying Chinese tourists has embarked on a trip to the Paracels, a group of islands in the South China Sea that are claimed by both China and Vietnam. 
U.S. Pivot to Asia and Sino-U.S. Engagement
China Is Seen Nearing U.S.'s Military Power in Region (2013-05-02)
(New York Times, By Martin Fackler) China’s growing industrial might is likely to allow it to mount an increasingly formidable challenge to the military supremacy of the United States in the waters around China that include Japan and Taiwan, according to a detailed new report by a group of American researchers.

Pantegon Cuts Feared Tripping Up Pivot to Asia (2013-05-04)
(Wall Street Journal, By Yuka Hayashi and Patrick Barta) Sharp cuts in Pentagon spending are beginning to crimp U.S. military operations in Asia, fueling worries among allies over the American commitment to security in the region.

Out with the New, In with the Old: Interpreting China’s ‘New Type of International Relations’ (2013-04-25)
(China Brief 13(9), Jamestown Foundation, By Peter Mattis)The best way to characterize this would be that a “new type of international relations” is a small step forward for China, but a step backward for the international community.
Cross-Strait Issues
Gov't Won't Push 2 Chinas, Independence: Ma (2013-04-30)
(China Post) “We do not and will not promote 'two Chinas,' 'one China and one Taiwan,' or 'Taiwan Independence,'” the president said.

Public Split on 'One China' Phrase: Poll (2013-04-30)
(Taipei Times) A public opinion poll published showed that a majority of respondents view the current state of relations across the Taiwan Strait as a state-to-state relationship, but that a new nation formed by Taiwan and China in the future was also acceptable. 

Identity Remains the Issue 20 Years After Koo-Wang Talks
(China Post) Politicians should cease manipulating the issue of identity in Taiwan, or else they may enjoy electoral success but ultimately lose the country, former Secretary-General of the National Security Council Su Chi said on the 20th anniversary of the Koo-Wang Talks.

China Advocates 'Positive' Approach to Political Talks (2013-04-29)
(Taipei Times) “Without proper management or being partially dealt with, the political differences [between the two sides] will hamper the development of cross-strait relations,” said Sun Yafu, deputy director of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office.

Taiwan, China Should Set Up Cross-Strait Branch Offices: Su (2013-04-30)
(China Post) Owing to the intimate yet somewhat tense relationship between Taiwan and China, both sides should establish branch offices on the other side of the strait to promote further diplomatic development, DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang said. 

Lu Warns on 'Silent Annexation' by China (2013-04-30)
(Taipei Times) Former vice president Annette Lu described China’s political maneuvers and increasing economic ties with Taiwan as a “silent annexation” and warned of the gradual erosion of Taiwan’s sovereignty.

Hsieh Not Part of China Affairs Committee (2013-05-02)
(China Post) The DPP announced the makeup of its China Affairs Committee, which notably did not include former Premier Frank Hsieh.

Tsai Urges Greater Diversity on DPP's China Committee (2013-05-04)
(Taipei Times) Former DPP chairperson Tsai Ing-wen called for an expansion of the party’s eight-person China Affairs Committee to ensure it includes a greater variety of viewpoints.

DPP Concerned Over 'Hasty' Trade Pact (2013-05-03)
(Taipei Times) DPP lawmakers said the government only stresses the positive aspects of such a trade pact with Beijing, but has not provided studies to back it up.

China's Dream of Cross-Strait Peace (2013-05-04)
(Taipei Times, By Hsu Szu-Chien) True peace across the Taiwan Strait needs to be constructed upon an understanding that both sides of the Strait can, to a given degree, realize a constitutional political order guaranteeing freedom, democracy and human rights.

China Mulling Taiwan Policy: HK Report (2013-05-05)
(Taipei Times) A report in the ‘Ming Pao’ said China would seek political talks, pursue contact with the DPP and look for someone to continue in Lien Chan’s role.

PLA, Military Balance and Arms Sales
Xi's War Drum (2013-04-29)
(Foreign Policy, By John Garnaut) For the question on many minds, both in Washington and Beijing, is this: Can China actually fight? And the person most anxious to find an answer happens to be the man who just became China's fifth leader since Mao: Xi Jinping.

China Will Not Change Its Nuclear Policy (2013-04-23)
(PacNet#28, Pacific Forum, CSIS, By Yao Yunzhu)For nearly half a century, China’s NFU pledge has served as the cornerstone of its nuclear policy, and any change will require careful review and thorough debate. It is better for China to uphold its NFU policy, rather than discredit such a commitment. 

Military Set to Establish New Anti-Cyberattack Unit: MND  (2013-04-30)
(China Post) Taiwan's military will soon establish a new cyber warfare unit as part of government efforts to beef up its Internet security capability in the face of rampant attacks by Chinese hackers, Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu said. 

National Self-Defense Key to Peace, Stability: Official (2013-05-01)
(Taipei Times) Deputy Minister of National Defense Andrew Yang said that the nation was collaborating closely with the Pentagon to develop asymmetrical defensive capabilities.

Nation Needs More Advanced Jets Than F-16A/Bs: Official (2013-05-01)
(CNA) Taiwan needs advanced fighter jets and is prepared to reduce or exclude some items on its list of arms procurement requirements if that will allow the nation to meet its air defense needs, Vice Minister of National Defense Andrew Yang said in Washington, D.C. 
Taiwan's Foreign Relations
Taiwan Sets up Task Force in Japan for Free Trade Exchanges (2013-05-03)
(CNA) Taiwan's representative office in Japan has set up a task force for the Trans-Pacific Partnership that will boost information exchanges with Japan on the issue, an official said.  
China's Rise and Its Domestic Issues
What China and Russia Don't Get about Soft Power (2013-04-29)
(Foreign Policy, By Joseph S. Nye) The soft power of a country rests primarily on three resources: its culture (in places where it is attractive to others), its political values (when it lives up to them at home and abroad), and its foreign policies (when they are seen as legitimate and having moral authority). But combining these resources is not always easy. 

The Quietly International Yuan (2013-05-01)
(Wall Street Journal, By Kee Joo Wong) These trial reforms, while still relatively modest, are significant in large part because they show a way forward for capital-account liberalization.

Allegiance, the Privilege of the Party (2013-05-02)
(New York Times, By Didi Kirsten Tatlow) Politics in China is often viewed through the prism of party politics. But something far older and more powerful was at play: an ancient moral code of fidelity to a lord, or fealty.
Regional Issues
Where China Meets India in a High-Altitude Desert, Push Comes to Shove (2013-05-03)
(New York Times, By Gardiner Harris and Edward Wong) As its economic might has grown, China has become increasingly assertive in its territorial claims across Asia. What puzzles Indian analysts is that China has chosen to squabble over a barren moonscape frequented only by nomadic cattle herders.

Japan Has to Face up to Wartime Past, Envoy Said (2013-05-03)
(Taipei Times) KMT legislator Lin Yufang said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had failed to take action and protest against the Japanese government’s “denial and distortion of history”. 

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