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2013-05-12 | NO.17(19) epaper |
South China Sea Disputes
Taiwan Demands Apology from Philippines for Fisherman's Killing (2013-05-11)
(New York Times, By Floyd Whaley) Taiwan and mainland China reacted with anger over the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman who died after his boat was fired on by a Philippine government ship.

Taiwan Ultimatum to Philippines Over Fisherman's Death
 (2013-05-12)
(BBC) Taiwan asked for a formal apology, the speeding up of the investigation into the fisherman's death, punishment of the perpetrators, the payment of compensation to the fisherman's family and talks over fishing rights in the disputed area.

US Refuses to Condemn Shooting of Fisherman (2013-05-12)
(Taipei Times) The US State Department said only that it was aware of the incident and that it welcomed the Philippines’ pledge to investigate it. 
Diaoyutai Disputes Resurface
Taiwan-Japan Fishery Group Holds 1st Meet (2013-05-08)
(CNA) The first meeting of a Taiwan-Japan fishing commission opened in Taipei to address issues related to fishing in disputed waters in the East China Sea.

Okinawa Piques Chinese Papers (2013-05-09)
(New York Times, By Keith Bradsher) Chinese state-run newspapers began carrying commentaries questioning Japan’s sovereignty over the island of Okinawa, the latest sign of growing nationalism and territorial ambitions among a significant sector of China’s elite.

A Dangerous Rift between China and Japan (2013-05-10)
(Wall Street Journal, By Ian Buruma) Eventually, a balance of power will have to be found between China and Japan, but that will mean a gradual withdrawal of U.S. might, which is precisely the opposite of what President Barack Obama's "pivot to Asia" is aiming to achieve. 

Xi and Abe on the Brink: Can the US Help Avert Armed Conflict? (2013-05-03)
(PacNet #31, Pacific Forum, CSIS, By Kerry Gershaneck) Fortunately, the US still deals from a position of strength in this deteriorating situation. While it is not able to resolve the competing claims, Washington can work to reduce the chance of a military clash.

China's Evolving 'Core Interests' (2013-05-12)
(Editorial, New York Times) Though efforts are under way to find a mutually face-saving solution, using loaded phrases like “core interests” to describe the islands only adds to the political and emotional sensitivities and will not advance that goal.

U.S. Pivot to Asia and Sino-U.S. Engagement
Playing Chinese Chess (2013-05-11)
(New York Times, By Robyn Meredith) China won’t always get its way. Neither will the United States. But good relations may mean the United States stops playing checkers and starts playing chess, Chinese style.  

DPP Searches for New China Stance; Cross-Strait Issues
Hsieh Agrees to Join DPP China Affairs Committee (2013-05-07)
(Taipei Times) Former premier Frank Hsieh of the DPP agreed to join the party’s China Affairs Committee.

DPP Mulls Expanding China Affairs Committee's Size (2013-05-09)
(Taipei Times) The DPP said that it would try to be more inclusive in the makeup of its much-anticipated China Affairs Committee by adding more members. 

DPP China Affairs Committee Holds First Meeting (2013-05-10)
(Taipei Times) DPP took the first step toward the formulation of its cross-strait policy as its nine-member China Affairs Committee held its first meeting.

DPP Slams Visit to China by Ex-Military Officials (2013-05-11)
(Taipei Times) A delegation of retired military officers left for China on a week-long visit that they described as an effort to push for cross-strait military confidence-building measures. 

PLA, Military Balance and Arms Sales
U.S. Directly Blames China's Military for Cyberattacks  (2013-05-07)
(New York Times, By David E. Sanger) The Obama administration explicitly accused China’s military of mounting attacks on American government computer systems and defense contractors, saying one motive could be to map “military capabilities that could be exploited during a crisis.”

Unpacking the Riches of the Pantegon's China Report (2013-05-07)
(China Real Time Report, By Andrew Erickson) DoD assesses that PLA missile and other developments have already “largely negated” many of Taiwan’s traditional defensive advantages.

China Blasts Hacking Claim by Pentagon (2013-05-08)
(New York Times, By Keith Bradsher) China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs criticized a Pentagon report that explicitly accused China’s military of staging attacks on the computer systems of the American government and military contractors.

Chinese Drones Pose Threat: Experts
 (2013-05-06)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) With a direct eye on Taiwan, the Chinese military may be moving into the large-scale deployment of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones. 

Defense Ministry Outlines Weaponry (2013-05-06)
(Taipei Times) The ministry in a report described the advanced technologies it has developed in the past 20 years, including anti-radiation missiles and infrared systems.

Ministry Says Air Force Looking into Replacing Aging Jets (2013-05-07)
(Taipei Times) The upgraded F-16A/Bs are equipped with a new radar system, while standard F-16C/Ds use an older type of radar system and so do not match defense requirements. 
 
Taiwan's Foreign Relations
US Concerned about WHO Restrictions on Taiwan (2013-05-09)
(Taipei Times) The US has renewed concerns over restrictions that the WHO imposes on Taiwan’s participation in the organization and reiterated its support for Taiwan’s inclusion as an observer at the WHA and at WHO technical bodies.  

Regional Issues
India-China End Standoff in Himalayan Border Area (2013-05-06)
(Wall Street Journal, By Romit Guha and Brian Spegele) India and China dialed down tensions over their disputed Himalayan border, paving the way for top-level visits between the two Asian nations later this month.

The Great Sino-Indian Alpine Tent Party of 2013 (2013-05-08)
(Foreign Policy, By Dhruva Jaishankar) China's latest border squabble with India might seem trivial, but the consequences could set Asia on edge.  

Japan Says It Will Abide by Apologies Over Actions in World War II (2013-05-08)
(New York Times, By Martin Fackler) Japan’s conservative government will abide by official apologies that the country’s leaders made two decades ago to the victims of World War II in Asia, top officials said.




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