::: TSR Weekly Report
2019-10-26 | NO.43(43) epaper |
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Cross-Strait Relations
Shanghai Official Visits Taipei Mayor to Promote City-to-City Ties (2019-10-21)
(CNA, By Liang Pei-chi and Evelyn Kao) Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) met with Li Wenhui (李文輝), the director of Shanghai's Taiwan Affairs Office, in Taipei on Monday to discuss cultural, trade and economic ties between the two cities. <Accessed 2019-10-21>

Premier Vows PRC Exchange Database (2019-10-23)
(Taipei Times, By Sean Lin) Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday said that he would instruct the Ministry of Education to create an online platform to record and publicize details of cross-strait academic exchanges after a group of high-school students reportedly participated in celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) at a summer science camp in Beijing. <Accessed 2019-10-27>

Hong Kong, Taiwan Signal Openness to Cooperation on Chan Case (2019-10-23)
(CNA, By Chang Wei-chiang, Wu Po-wei, Liu Shih-i, and Matthew Mazzetta) At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Hong Kong Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng (鄭若驊) said Hong Kong would cooperate with Taiwan's requests for evidence in the case of Chan Tong-kai (陳同佳), if the requests met the necessary legal standards. <Accessed 2019-10-27>

Taiwan Maintains Jurisdiction in Murder Case: Tsai (2019-10-23)
(Taipei Times/CNA) Taiwan has not given up jurisdiction in a murder case from last year involving two Hong Kong citizens, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said yesterday, amid a controversy over whether Taiwan should accept the suspect for questioning. Authorities have made it clear that Taiwan has not relinquished jurisdiction over the case, Tsai said, but added that she also wanted Hong Kong to take control of the case. <Accessed 2019-10-27>

China Says Vice President Wang Qishan and Abe Discussed Taiwan (2019-10-24)
(Japan Times, By Staff Writer) China said Thursday that Vice President Wang Qishan raised the politically sensitive Taiwan issue with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe the previous day, a detail missing from an earlier Japanese account of their discussion. <Accessed 2019-10-24>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
Taiwan, U.S. Discuss Possible Collaboration in Taiwan's Allies (2019-10-22)
(CNA, By Chiang Chinye and Chiang Yi-ching) Taiwan and the U.S. are discussing possible future collaboration in countries that have formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, Deputy Foreign Minister Hsu Szu-chien (徐斯儉) said Monday, following a meeting with a U.S. diplomat. <Accessed 2019-10-22>

U.S. Lauds Taiwan's Democracy, Blasts China's 'Antipathy to Liberty' (2019-10-25)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh, Elaine Hou, and Elizabeth Hsu) United States Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday praised Taiwan as a beacon of Chinese culture and democracy, while criticizing China as failing to honor its trade commitments and to observe the right to freedom. In a speech at the Frederic V. Malek Public Service Leadership Lecture, Pence reaffirmed the U.S.' support for Taiwan. <Accessed 2019-10-27>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
'Guatemala Will Stand with Taiwan': Incoming President Giammattei (2019-10-21)
(CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Joseph Yeh) Visiting Guatemalan President-elect Alejandro Eduardo Giammattei on Monday said his country will continue to stand with Taiwan by deepening relations between the two diplomatic allies. <Accessed 2019-10-21>

Guatemala’s Next Leader Vows to Stand with Taiwan
(Taipei Times/CNA, By Staff Writer) Guatemala would continue to stand with Taiwan by deepening relations with it, Guatemalan president-elect Alejandro Eduardo Giammattei said in Taipei yesterday. <Accessed 2019-10-22>

Taiwan, Vietnam Cooperate on Swine Fever Prevention (2019-10-25)
(Taipei Times/CNA, By Dennis Xie) Taiwan and Vietnam on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding to boost collaboration on African swine fever detection, vaccine investigation and diagnostic technology, the Council of Agriculture said yesterday. <Accessed 2019-10-27>

Taiwan Signs Economic Cooperation Agreement with Marshall Islands (2019-10-25)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou, Tsai Fan-min, and Ko Lin) Taiwan and its diplomatic ally the Marshall Islands signed an agreement on trade and economic cooperation Friday that President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said will further strengthen bilateral relations. The pact, which aims to promote economic cooperation in trade, services, investment, technology, and tourism, was signed by Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) and visiting Marshall Islands Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister John M. Silk. <Accessed 2019-10-27>

Tsai Voices Hope for Investment Accord with EU (2019-10-25)
(Taipei Times, By Su Yung-yao and Sherry Hsiao) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday received a Dutch parliamentary and think-tank delegation, expressing the hope that it would help push for the signing of a bilateral investment agreement (BIA) between Taiwan and the EU. <Accessed 2019-10-27>
U.S.-China Relations
China Asks WTO for $2.4 Billion Sanctions Against U.S. in Latest Clash (2019-10-21)
(Reuters, By Stephanie Nebehay) China is seeking $2.4 billion in retaliatory sanctions against the United States for failing to comply with a World Trade Organization ruling in a case that highlights White House complaints about the global trade body. The WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) will review the case which dates back to the Obama-era on Oct. 28, a document published on Monday showed. <Accessed 2019-10-21>

U.S. Not Out to 'Decouple' from China, Defense Official Says in Beijing (2019-10-21)
(Reuters, By Ben Blanchard) The United States is not seeking to “decouple” from China and not asking any country to choose sides, a senior U.S. defense official said on Monday, offering a softer outlook on relations bruised by a bitter trade war. China has been nervous that the United States is seeking to sever, or at least severely curb, economic ties in what has been called a “decoupling”.<Accessed 2019-10-21>

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Says Progress Made in Trade Talks with U.S.
(Reuters, By Ben Blanchard) China and the United States have achieved some progress in their trade talks, Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng said on Tuesday, and any problem could be resolved as long as both sides respected each other. <Accessed 2019-10-22>

Pence Backs Hong Kong Protests in China Speech, Slams NBA and Nike (2019-10-24)
(Reuters, By Alexandra Alper, Matt Spetalnick) U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday accused China of curtailing “rights and liberties” in Hong Kong and blasted U.S. company Nike and the National Basketball Association for falling in line with Beijing in a disagreement over free speech. <Accessed 2019-10-24>

US Navy Secretary Says Countering China Will Require ‘All of Government’ Response (2019-10-24)
(South China Morning Post, By Lee Jeong-ho) The secretary of the US Navy said on Wednesday that for the US to meet the challenge of countering the threat of China, it would need to take a page from China’s playbook and employ an “all of government” approach. <Accessed 2019-10-26>

China’s Response to Pence Speech: ‘Sheer Arrogance’ (2019-10-25)
(New York Times, By Chris Buckley) Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responded to Mr. Pence on Friday with an epic counterblast, accusing him of using China as a prop to distract from the United States’ failings. <Accessed 2019-10-26>

US Rejects China Claim of Weaponizing Visas (2019-10-25)
(Associated Press, By Staff Writer) The U.S. has rejected Chinese accusations of using the withholding of visas as a weapon following the reported inability of a top Chinese space program official to obtain permission to travel to a major conference in Washington. <Accessed 2019-10-27>

China Says Part of Phase 1 Trade Deal Text ‘Basically Completed’ (2019-10-25)
(Bloomberg, By Shawn Donnan and Miao Han) China said parts of the text for the first phase of a trade deal with the U.S. are “basically completed” as the two sides reached a consensus in areas including standards used by agricultural regulators. The Saturday comments followed a call Friday with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. <Accessed 2019-10-27>

Pentagon, With an Eye on China, Pushes for Help from American Tech (2019-10-26)
(The New York Times, By Don Clark) But domestic production lines of many chips have long since moved overseas, raising questions about supply interruptions in the event of political or military crises abroad. Those fears have been exacerbated by the increasing importance of particular components — such as programmable chips that figure prominently in the F-35 fighter jet, which are designed by the Silicon Valley company Xilinx and mainly fabricated in Taiwan. <Accessed 2019-10-26>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Domestic Politics in Mainland China

China’s Largest Utility Plans A National Power Grid Integrating Internet of Things Technologies (2019-10-26)
(South China Morning Post, By Laurie Chen) China has unveiled an ambitious plan to establish a nationwide smart power grid employing internet technologies such as 5G and artificial intelligence, with the first phase to be completed within two years. <Accessed 2019-10-26>

Merger of China’s Shipbuilding Giants Gets the Green Light (2019-10-26)
(South China Morning Post, By Minnie Chan) China on Friday announced the merger of the country’s two largest state-owned shipbuilding giants, a step Beijing has been preparing for nearly a decade to strengthen the competitiveness of its shipbuilding industry. <Accessed 2019-10-26>

Beijing and Hong Kong

Hong Kong Police Fire Tear Gas as Protesters Defy Ban (2019-10-20)
(New York Times, By Austin Ramzy and Alexandra Stevenson) In a reprise of the clashes that have grown common, protesters threw firebombs at the police and officers fired multiple rounds of tear gas at demonstrators. <Accessed 2019-10-21>

The Hong Kong Crisis (2019-10-21)
(East Asia Forum, By the Editorial Board) Conceding to protestors’ demands for Ms Lam’s resignation will carry risks for Beijing, where leaders fret that concessions will only lead to more demands, but it is a risk worth taking. The alternatives are likely to be much worse. <Accessed 2019-10-26>

Hong Kong’s Use of Emergency Powers: Legality, Legitimacy and Limits (2019-10-22)
(East Asia Forum, By Brendan Clift) Even greater than the doubts over legality are doubts as to legitimacy. Where an unconstrained political power governs by edict, that is rule by law, not rule of law. <Accessed 2019-10-26>

Hong Kong Government Pledges More Aid to Battered City, No End in Sight to Unrest (2019-10-22)
(Reuters, By Noah Sin) Hong Kong's embattled government announced extra financial support on Tuesday for the Chinese-ruled city battered by political unrest and facing its first recession in a decade. <Accessed 2019-10-22>

Hong Kong Frees Murder Suspect Whose Case Led to Protests (2019-10-22)
(New York Times, By Austin Ramzy) The suspect in a murder case that led indirectly to the ongoing protests in Hong Kong was released from prison on Wednesday and said he would surrender himself to Taiwan, where he is wanted for killing his girlfriend during a Valentine’s Day trip last year. <Accessed 2019-10-26>

Hong Kong Officially Kills Extradition Bill (2019-10-24)
(Taipei Times/Reuters, By Staff Writer) The Hong Kong Legislative Council yesterday formally withdrew planned legislation that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, but the move was unlikely to end months of unrest, as it met just one of the five demands of pro-democracy protesters. <Accessed 2019-10-24>

China's Foreign Relations

China Sharpens Hacking to Hound Its Minorities, Far and Wide (2019-10-22)
(New York Times, By Nicole Perlroth, Kate Conger and Paul Mozur) China’s state-sponsored hackers have drastically changed how they operate over the last three years, substituting selectivity for what had been a scattershot approach to their targets and showing a new determination by Beijing to push its surveillance state beyond its borders. <Accessed 2019-10-26>

Japan and China Hold First Joint Maritime Drills in Eight Years in Sign of Warming Ties (2019-10-22)
(South China Morning Post, By Julian Ryall) Warships from Japan and China have carried out joint drills for the first time in eight years, the latest indication that long-chilly bilateral relations might once again be warming up. <Accessed 2019-10-26>

European Union ‘Won’t Rush into Trade Deal’ with China (2019-10-24)
(South China Morning Post, By Keegan Elmer and Kinling Lo) The European Union is in no rush to seal a major trade deal with China despite Beijing saying good progress had been in the talks, an EU spokesman said after a meeting between top officials on Thursday. <Accessed 2019-10-26>

Cooperation and Contestation between the ADB and AIIB (2019-10-24)
(East Asia Forum, By Kearrin Sims) As the AIIB’s membership continues to expand, many have questioned whether it will work to consolidate or contest existing multilateral financing norms, standards and practices. The AIIB’s relationship with its closest multilateral competitor and collaborator, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), is at the centre of such questions. <Accessed 2019-10-26>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Chinese Ship Leaves Vietnam's Waters After Disputed South China Sea Surveys (2019-10-24)
(Reuters. By Khanh Vu) A Chinese oil survey vessel that has been embroiled in a tense standoff with Vietnamese vessels in the South China Sea left Vietnamese-controlled waters on Thursday after more than three months, marine data showed. <Accessed 2019-10-24>

PacNet #56 - Nuclear Arms Control: A Game-Changer for the Asia-Pacific? (2019-10-25)
(Pacific Forum, By Ralph A. Cossa) My simple answer is that nuclear arms control COULD be a game-changer for the Asia-Pacific but probably WON’T be, simply because not all of the nuclear actors in the region are likely to want to play the game. <Accessed 2019-10-26>

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