::: TSR Weekly Report
2019-10-05 | NO.43(40) epaper |
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Cross-Strait Relations
Huge Crowd Rallies in Taipei to Support Hong Kong Democracy Movement (2019-09-29)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) Tens of thousands of Taiwanese and Hong Kong people braved heavy rain in Taipei Sunday to support the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, emphasizing that Taiwan and Hong Kong are in the same boat amid China's threat to democracy. <Accessed 2019-10-05>

HONG KONG: MAC Probing Reports of Searches at HK Airport (2019-09-29)
(Taipei Times/CNA, By William Hetherington) The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) has asked the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Hong Kong to verify media reports that Taiwanese entering Hong Kong are to be searched, the council said yesterday. <Accessed 2019-10-05>

On Day of Rallies, KMT Calls for Dialogue in HK
(Taipei Times, By Lin Liang-sheng and William Hetherington)
The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) has always urged rational dialogue between the Hong Kong government and pro-democracy protesters, the party said yesterday in a statement as rallies in support of the Hong Kong protesters were held around Taiwan. <Accessed 2019-09-30>

Taiwan’s Pacific Losses (2019-10-01)
(East Asia Forum, By Michael Mazza) The people of Taiwan have every right to determine their own future. But China, ironically, might be pushing them in a direction that Beijing has long considered inimical to its own interests. <Accessed 2019-10-07>

Taiwan Government Rejects Xi's 'One Country, Two Systems' (2019-10-01)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim and Shen Peng-ta) As Beijing celebrated its National Day on Tuesday, Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) reiterated that Taiwan has never been part of China and rejects the "one country, two systems" framework proposed by Beijing as a future path for cross-strait relations. <Accessed 2019-10-01>

Taiwan Likely to Ban Mainland Chinese Visitors for Targeting Supporters of Hong Kong Protests or Vandalising Lennon Walls (2019-10-03)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwan is expected to ban mainland Chinese people from returning to the island if they are found to have vandalised memorials to Hong Kong anti-government protesters or bullied or attacked supporters of the movement during their visit. <Accessed 2019-10-07>

Listen to the People, Taiwan’s President Urges Hong Kong Authorities on Eve of Mask Ban (2019-10-04)
(South China Morning Post, By Mimi Lau) Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen expressed concern on Friday over Hong Kong’s decision to ban protesters from wearing masks, urging the city’s authorities to address the public’s demands. <Accessed 2019-10-07>

Beijing’s Pressure Will Only Push Taiwan Further Out of Reach (2019-10-06)
(South China Morning Post, By Cary Huang) However, Beijing’s strong-arming actually does little to serve its interests, either internationally or in Taiwan. <Accessed 2019-10-07>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics

Marching Against Totalitarianism in Taiwan, With Hong Kong in Mind (2019-10-01)
(The Diplomat, By James X. Morris) Pro-democracy activists worry the Hong Kong model is how Beijing intends to take Taiwan, and since 2014 Hong Kong and Taiwan democracy activists have realized that they have more in common than they thought. Two weeks ago a flash mob of Hong Kongers in Taipei issued a dire warning: "Today Hong Kong, Tomorrow Taiwan." <Accessed 2019-10-01>

Taiwan Condemns Attack on Hong Kong Activist Denise Ho and Destroyed Lennon Walls (2019-10-05)
(The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) Taiwan officials condemned Beijing's "one country, two systems" framework in a press conference on October 1, China's National Day. On Wednesday, a National Immigration Agency (NIA) official said Chinese nationals who damage Lennon Walls face deportation and will not be allowed to return to Taiwan. <Accessed 2019-10-05>

Taiwan's Foreign Relations

Taipei Contemplates Friendless Future as Beijing Woos Remaining Allies (2019-09-29)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwan is wondering how many diplomatic allies it can afford to lose as Beijing’s persistent poaching brings the self-ruled island’s number of official friends to 15. <Accessed 2019-10-07>

Joseph Wu Meets Leaders from Two Pacific Allies
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) yesterday met with Palauan President Tommy Remengesau and Nauruan President Lionel Aingimea during their stopover in Taiwan on their way back from the UN General Assembly in New York. The two Pacific nations are among Taiwan’s 15 remaining allies, after the Solomon Islands and Kiribati switched recognition to Beijing on Sept. 16 and 20, respectively. <Accessed 2019-10-05>

Taiwan Vice President to Attend Canonization Ceremony in Vatican (2019-10-01)
(CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Joseph Yeh) Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) will attend the canonization of late British Cardinal John Henry Newman and four others on Oct. 13 in Vatican City, the foreign ministry said Tuesday. <Accessed 2019-09-01>

UK-Taiwan Hold Annual Trade Talks in London (2019-10-01)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) The United Kingdom and Taiwan held the 22nd round of UK-Taiwan trade talks in London Tuesday, discussing possible cooperation in the fields of agriculture, energy and pharmaceutical industries, the British Office Taipei said that day. <Accessed 2019-10-01>

German Office Celebrates National Day, Cooperation with Taiwan (2019-10-03)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) The German Institute Taipei highlighted cooperation between Taiwan and Germany, especially in the field of renewable energy, as part of German National Day celebrations in Taipei on Thursday. <Accessed 2019-10-03>

Ally Backs Taiwan’s ICAO Participation (2019-10-03)
(Taipei Times/CNA) A senior official from the nation’s Caribbean ally Saint Lucia on Tuesday expressed support for Taiwan’s participation in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) during the ICAO Assembly in Montreal, Canada, leading to a protest by the Chinese delegation. <Accessed 2019-10-03>

Debut Taiwan-U.S. Forum to Help Solidify Ties with Pacific Allies (2019-10-05)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Joseph Yeh) A first-ever Pacific Islands Dialogue co-organized by Taiwan and the United States will be held in Taipei on Monday to explore opportunities for the two countries to work closer together in the region to solidify Taiwan's ties with its Pacific allies, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced Saturday. <Accessed 2019-10-05>

Petition on Taiwan Ties Reaches German Threshold (2019-10-05)
(Taipei Times/CNA) A petition launched in Germany urging Berlin to establish diplomatic relations with Taiwan has received enough signatures to advance to parliament for debate. <Accessed 2019-10-05>
U.S.-China Relations
China to Send Its Top Trade Negotiator to US for Talks (2019-09-29)
(Associated Press) Vice Premier Liu He will travel to Washington for the negotiations, Vice Commerce Minister Wang Shouwen said. He didn’t give exact dates, but said the talks would be after China’s National Day holiday, which runs through Oct. 7. <Accessed 2019-10-05>

Foreign Firms in China Resist Trump’s Trade War (2019-10-01)
(East Asia Forum, By Nicholas Lardy) Few US multinationals operating in China are likely to shift their production back to the United States. Trump’s claim that his tariffs on Chinese goods will reverse the decades-long decline in the share of US employment in manufacturing will very likely also go unfulfilled. <Accessed 2019-10-07>

China Showcases Fearsome New Missiles to Counter U.S. at Military Parade (2019-10-01)
(Reuters, By Michael Martina) China’s military on Tuesday showed off new equipment at a parade in central Beijing to mark 70 years since the founding of the People’s Republic, including hypersonic-glide missiles that experts say could be difficult for the United States to counter. <Accessed 2019-10-01>

New US Defence Official for China Affairs ‘Will Be a Stabilising Force’ (2019-10-02)
(South China Morning Post, By Shi Jiangtao) A Pentagon official warned of the challenges presented by China’s rise following its show of military might on Tuesday, and Washington’s decision to establish a new department to oversee its military relations with Beijing. <Accessed 2019-10-07>

Huawei Has a Plan to Create a Telecoms Rival in the US, but Washington Won’t Be Buying It (2019-10-03)
(South China Morning Post, By Meng Jing) More than a possible chip to bargain away in the trade talks with China – as Trump suggested in May – more even than a simple question of technological competition, they said, the US now seems to regard Huawei and its 5G technology as a global geopolitical challenge. <Accessed 2019-10-07>

Hong Kong: US Likely to Discuss Taiwan, HK with China (2019-10-03)
(Taipei Times/CNA) A senior US official in charge of security affairs in the Indo-Pacific region on Tuesday said that he expects to raise issues related to Taiwan and Hong Kong with Chinese counterparts during his visit to China next week. <Accessed 2019-10-05>

US Marine Corps ‘Must Adapt to Long-term China Threat’ (2019-10-03)
(South China Morning Post, By Sarah Zheng) The US Marine Corps needs to be more agile and maritime-focused to counter China’s “long-term existential threat” to the United States, according to the head of the force. <Accessed 2019-10-07>

Why the United States and China Need to End the Trade War (2019-10-04)
(East Asia Forum, By Ligang Song) The trade war between the United States and China has already lasted for more than a year leading many to think that both countries have entered into a prolonged and costly battle over trade. Yet, there are compelling reasons that call for the United States and China to end the trade war as soon as possible. <Accessed 2019-10-07>

China Loves News About Trump’s Controversies. Not This Time. (2019-10-05)
(New York Times, By Chris Buckley) After Mr. Trump openly urged China on Thursday to investigate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son Hunter, Chinese news media and officials were strikingly muted. <Accessed 2019-10-07>

It Is Time for the United States to Stand up to China in Hong Kong (2019-10-05)
(Foreign Policy, By Elizabeth Warren) What is happening in Hong Kong illustrates the challenge posed by China and the limitations of the United States' current approach. In many cases, the United States will need to cooperate with China - for example, on climate change - but it must also stand firm when its interests and values are threatened. <Accessed 2019-10-05>

The Untold Story of How George W. Bush Lost China (2019-10-05)
(Foreign Policy, By Paul Blustein) It was under the Bush administration's watch that economic relations between the two powers began to go badly awry. The problems that Paulson, among others in the administration, confronted and the responses they crafted - or didn't craft - lie at the heart of the trade war that rages today between Washington and Beijing. <Accessed 2019-10-05>

Is China’s DF-17 Hypersonic Missile a Serious Threat to the United States? (2019-10-05)
(South China Morning Post, By Ankit Panda) Of all the thousands of tonnes of military hardware that passed along Beijing’s Changan Avenue on Tuesday, one of the most scrutinised items was the Dong Feng 17 (DF-17) hypersonic boost-glide missile. <Accessed 2019-10-07>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Domestic Politics in Mainland China

China Rolls Out New Weapon Systems, Nuclear-capable Missiles in Military Parade (2019-10-01)
(South China Morning Post, By Minnie Chan and Liu Zhen) China staged its biggest ever military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of Communist Party rule on Tuesday, with 40 per cent of the weapon systems on display for the first time. <Accessed 2019-10-07>

Xi Jinping is the Life and Soul of the Party (2019-10-02)
(Foreign Policy, By Richard McGregor) Within China, Xi's ascendency has triggered the frenetic construction of the intellectual and ideological scaffolding needed to support the leader's grandiose ambitions for both his leadership and their country. <Accessed 2019-10-02>

A Modern, Advanced People's Liberation Army: First Takeaways from the 70th Anniversary Parade (2019-10-02)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) The parade marked a major "coming-out" moment for several important bits of PLA kit. It marked the most important parade for Chinese nuclear forces in some time, with the introduction of the DF-41 intercontinental-range ballistic missile and the JL-2 second-generation submarine-launched ballistic missile. <Accessed 2019-10-02>

China Masters Political Propaganda for the Instagram Age (2019-10-05)
(New York Times, By Li Yuan) But the displays of patriotism, especially from young people, also show that the party’s propaganda machine has mastered the power of symbol and symbolism in the mass media and social media era. <Accessed 2019-10-07>

5 Bad Things in China's Future (and 3 Good Ones) (2019-10-05)
(Foreign Policy, By Jude Blanchette) The Sinologist Richard Baum argues that China undergoes periodic swings between “tightening” (shou) and “relaxation” (fang). After years of tightening, the country may be due a reprise—or things could get much, much worse. <Accessed 2019-10-05>

Beijing and Hong Kong

Protests Erupt in Hong Kong, Overshadowing China’s National Day Parade (2019-10-01)
(New York Times, By Chris Buckley, Mike Ives and Steven Lee Myers) China’s authoritarian president used the 70th anniversary of Communist Party rule on Tuesday to pledge that nothing would stop his nation’s ascent. But the message was marred by some of the worst anti-government violence to convulse Hong Kong, including the first police shooting of a protester. <Accessed 2019-10-07>

Hong Kong Protester Shot as China Marks 70th Anniversary
(The Diplomat, By Eileen Ng and John Leicester) In a fearsome escalation of violence, Hong Kong police shot a protester at close range in the chest Tuesday, leaving the teenager bleeding and howling on the ground. Tens of thousands joined anti-government demonstrations that spread across the semi-autonomous Chinese territory even as Communist leaders in Beijing celebrated 70 years in power. <Accessed 2019-10-02>

Hong Kong Police, Seen as ‘Hounds After Rabbits,’ Face Rising Rage (2019-10-03)
(New York Times, By Raymond Zhong and Tiffany May) After four months of spiraling unrest, the question now is whether police officers can handle more escalations in violence without escalating it further themselves — or if the city’s thinly stretched force is bound to continue adding to the protests’ chaos and frenzy. <Accessed 2019-10-07>

An Eerie Quiet and Dread as Hong Kong Face-Mask Ban Takes Effect (2019-10-05)
(New York Times, By Andrew Jacobs, Mike Ives and Tiffany May) The unexpected tranquillity masked a palpable sense of anger and dread that has swept the city since Mrs. Lam announced on Friday that she would draw on a colonial-era law to ban face masks during street rallies. <Accessed 2019-10-07>

U.N. Calls for Probe into Violence Related to Hong Kong Protests (2019-10-05)
(Reuters, By Rozanna Latiff) The United Nations human rights chief called on Saturday for an independent probe into the violence during anti-government protests in Hong Kong, saying the injuries were alarming. Two teenage protesters were shot while a journalist was permanently blinded in one eye in the past week during the worst outbreak of violence after four months of unrest in the Chinese-ruled city. <Accessed 2019-10-05>

China's Foreign Relations

China’s Preoccupation with US Trade War Has European Union Officials Feeling Left Out, Sources Say (2019-09-29)
(South China Morning Post, By Wendy Wu) The European Union is becoming increasingly frustrated at its inability to engage Beijing in economic and trade discussions due to the demands of the US-China trade war, diplomatic observers say. <Accessed 2019-10-07>

A Firsthand Account of Huawei's PR Drive (2019-10-01)
(The Diplomat, By Bonnie Girard) The takeaway from this incident is that Huawei is not only tracking its press mentions around the world, but that it is also prepared to respond to negative media by inviting those who write it to correct their ostensibly mistaken ideas. <Accessed 2019-10-01>

China’s Global Message: We Are Tough but Not Threatening (2019-10-02)
(New York Times, By Edward Wong) In an era when China plays a dominant role on the global stage, foreign officials, whether in Washington or Moscow or Hanoi, use such events to discern the intentions of Mr. Xi and determine whether the economic juggernaut of China is a political and military threat. <Accessed 2019-10-07>

France’s Emmanuel Macron to Meet Xi Jinping in China Next Month with Focus on Climate Change and Trade, Source Says (2019-10-02)
(South China Morning Post, By Stuart Lau) French President Emmanuel Macron will visit China next month as Europe’s most diplomatically active leader focuses on climate change cooperation and trade promotion with Asia’s leading power, a source briefed on the Elysee Palace’s discussions said. <Accessed 2019-10-07>

Sweden Cautions European Union on Beijing-Moscow Ties and ‘Challenges’ Posed by China (2019-10-03)
(South China Morning Post, By Stuart Lau) Sweden has unveiled a China strategy paper detailing Stockholm’s concerns about Beijing-Moscow ties and urging the European Union to adopt a “common and clear” position to “manage the challenges” posed by China’s growing geopolitical ambitions in Europe. <Accessed 2019-10-07>

Why China is Setting its Sights on Ukraine (2019-10-05)
(The Diplomat, By Valbona Zeneli and Nataliia Haluhan) Beijing's multifaceted interests in Ukraine mainly relate to its strategic geographic location. It is highly attractive as a logistic transit hub within the Belt and Road (BRI) initiative that links China with European Union (EU) markets. Other attractive factors are its rich natural resources, opportunities for new infrastructure projects and its agricultural industry. <Accessed 2019-10-05>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

Philippine Minister Takes to Twitter to Order Diplomatic Protest over Chinese Ships (2019-10-02)
(South China Morning Post, By Raissa Robles) Philippine foreign secretary Teodoro Locsin Jnr on Wednesday ordered via Twitter the immediate filing of a diplomatic protest against Beijing after Chinese coastguard ships reportedly strayed near a Philippine-occupied shoal in the disputed South China Sea. <Accessed 2019-10-07>

The Korean Peninsula

Hours After Agreeing to Resume Talks, North Korea Launches Missile (2019-10-01)
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun and David E. Sanger) North Korea launched at least one ballistic missile toward waters near Japan early Wednesday, just hours after announcing it had agreed to resume long-stalled talks with the United States over its nuclear weapons program. <Accessed 2019-10-07>

North Korean Missile Delivers a Message: There’s Little Japan Can Do
(New York Times, By Motoko Rich) The launch reinforced how deeply Japan has been sidelined as President Trump tries to get nuclear talks with North Korea back on track, brushing off Pyongyang’s string of missile tests in the process. <Accessed 2019-10-07>

U.S. Nuclear Talks With North Korea Break Down in Hours
(New York Times, By David E. Sanger) The first negotiations in eight months between the Trump administration and North Korea aimed at breaking the logjam over dismantling the North’s nuclear program broke down only hours after they began in Stockholm on Saturday, the North Koreans said. <Accessed 2019-10-07>

Other Regional Issues

A Quiet Kowari: US, Australia, and China Trilateral Military Exercise (2019-10-01)
(The Diplomat, By Katie Howe) Providing practical field experience in collaborative problem solving, leadership, and teamwork, Kowari involves a select group of participants from the Australian Army, U.S. Army and Marines, and Chinese forces. Referred to as "the mother of corporate bonding events" by one source close to the exercise, its purpose is to build confidence measures, trust and effective communication among the three nations in an outdoor adventure environment. <Accessed 2019-10-01>

Erdogan's Chinese Gamble (2019-10-05)
(The Diplomat, By Ilan Berman) All of which has forced Turkey's government to look east, toward China and its sprawling Belt and Road Initiative. Ankara's economic ties to Beijing have warmed notably of late. This summer, China's Central Bank made a $1 billion cash infusion into Ankara's tottering economy, earning the heartfelt gratitude of Erdogan's government in the process. <Accessed 2019-10-05>

Europe's Next Move and the US-China Standoff (2019-10-05)
(The Diplomat, By Brigitte Dekker and Maaike Okano-Heijmans) In charting a path forward, European governments have to act in this field before they are caught again between the demands of two rival powers. Specifically, this requires the EU and its member states to recraft their own export control regimes to uphold European norms for the use of certain technologies challenged by China, in particular. Moreover, there is a need to shield European companies against U.S. extraterritorial jurisdiction. <Accessed 2019-10-05>

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