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2019-12-07 | NO.43(49) epaper |
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Cross-Strait Relations
CCP Influence Operations and Taiwan's 2020 Elections (2019-12-03)
(The Diplomat, By Russell Hsiao) A series of investigative reports and declassified government disclosures in recent years confirmed that the CCP is engaging in political warfare as part of a broader influence campaign against Taiwan – all with the goal to manipulate the island democracy in ways that will have implications well beyond Taiwan. <Accessed 2019-12-03>

Trade War Pushing Taiwanese Firms Back Home, with Reshoring Raising Island’s GDP Growth Rate (2019-12-06)
(South China Morning Post, By Ralph Jennings) Tong Hsing is joining a wave of Taiwanese companies that have picked their homeland for factory expansion this year to avoid the trade dispute between China and the US, in turn, accelerating the island’s economic growth. <Accessed 2019-12-07>

Claims of China’s Meddling Roil Taiwan Ahead of Elections (2019-12-06)
(New York Times, By Steven Lee Myers and Chris Horton) The allegations have punctuated longstanding fears of Chinese interference in Taiwan, which Beijing claims as an inviolable part of a greater China. China’s leader, Xi Jinping, has made no secret of the country’s ambitions to absorb Taiwan, warning this year that he would use force, if necessary, to prevent any move to formal independence. <Accessed 2019-12-07>

Kinmen Officials Urge Han Over China Deal (2019-12-06)
(Taipei Times/CNA, By Dennis Xie) Authorities in Kinmen County yesterday asked Kaoshiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) presidential candidate, to propose a path to cross-strait peace with the outlying county as the focal point, but the Han campaign said that it had no such plans. <Accessed 2019-12-07>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
Video Shows US State Department Official Refuse to Call Taiwan a Country (2019-12-04)
(Taiwan News, By Keoni Everington) A U.S. State Department official on Monday (Dec. 2) raised concerns about U.S.-Taiwan relations after he refused to refer to Taiwan as a country. <Accessed 2019-12-04>

Taiwanese Billionaire Terry Gou Talks Foxconn Investment During US Visit
(South China Morning Post, By Sarah Zheng) Foxconn’s billionaire founder Terry Gou Tai-ming met White House officials in Washington on Thursday to discuss the Taiwanese electronics company’s investments in the United States, as part of a 10-day trip to the country. <Accessed 2019-12-07>

Taiwan to Apply for U.S. Border Preclearance: Minister (2019-12-08)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Joseph Yeh) The Taiwan government will officially apply soon to join the United States border preclearance system, in a bid to expedite entry by its citizens into the U.S., Transportation Minister Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said Sunday. <Accessed 2019-12-08>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics

2020 Elections: Tight Races Seen in Miaoli, Nantou, Yunlin, Changhua (2019-12-01)
(CNA, By Kuan Rui-ping, Hsiao Po-yang, Chiang Yi-ching, Wu Che-hao, and Joseph Yeh) Incumbent lawmakers from Taiwan's two major political parties seeking re-election in January's legislative races are facing stiff challenges from rivals in Miaoli, Nantou, Yunlin and Changhua counties. <Accessed 2019-12-08>

Ex-Defense Chief Calls for Swift Passage of Anti-Infiltration Law (2019-12-02)
(CNA, By Fang Cheng-hsiang and Joseph Yeh) A former defense minister of Taiwan on Monday called on lawmakers to swiftly pass an anti-infiltration law to prevent Chinese interference in the nation's politics. <Accessed 2019-12-02> 

Han Sues NPP Lawmaker Over Influence Peddling Allegations (2019-12-02)
(CNA, By Wang Cheng-chung and Joseph Yeh) Opposition Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) on Monday filed a lawsuit against New Power Party (NPP) Legislator Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) after the latter accused him of influence peddling to help a company owned by Han's father-in-law in southern Yunlin County 20 years ago when he was a lawmaker. <Accessed 2019-12-02>

Taiwan's Election Thrown Into Turmoil after Claims by Alleged Chinese Spy (2019-12-03)
(The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) Wang’s allegations reveal a campaign of infiltration in media and universities in both Hong Kong and Taiwan, including efforts to support Han Kuo-yu, the Kuomintang (KMT) challenger to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen. China has denied the claims and said Wang is not a spy, claiming he had previously been convicted of fraud. <Accessed 2019-12-03>

Taiwan Rated as Only Asian Country Open to Civil Rights (2019-12-04)
(CNA, By Lu Hsin-hui and Joseph Yeh) Taiwan has been rated as the only Asian country with open civic space, in a global report that rates and tracks respect for fundamental freedoms in 196 countries worldwide, according to the results released Wednesday in Bangkok. <Accessed 2019-12-04>

Taiwan November Exports Seen Rebounding, Inflation at Highest in Five Months - Reuters Poll (2019-12-04)
(Reuters, By Carol Lee and Ben Blanchard) Taiwan’s exports are likely to have rebounded in November after two months of falls, according to a median forecast of 12 analysts polled by Reuters. <Accessed 2019-12-04>

DPP Unveils Task Force to Combat Vote-Buying (2019-12-04)
(Taipei Times, By Jason Pan) Former minister of justice Chiu Tai-san (邱太三) was yesterday announced as head of a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) task force to combat false news reports and vote-buying. <Accessed 2019-12-04>

Would-Be Presidential Candidate Indicted for Election Irregularities (2019-12-04)
(CNA, By Flor Wang and Huang Huiu-min) Huang Jung-chang (黃榮章), who heads a political party that advocates Taiwan's unification with China, was indicted Wednesday for seeking to purchase petition signature forms after registering to take part in the Jan. 11 presidential race. <Accessed 2019-12-04>

DPP Officials Tout Their Youth Policies (2019-12-06)
(Taipei Times, By Jason Pan) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and other Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials yesterday presented polices aimed at young people, while a coalition of university students said that Tsai was safeguarding Taiwan’s sovereignty and protecting cultural diversity. <Accessed 2019-12-07>

Huang Kuo-chang Deflects Prediction of No At-Large Seat (2019-12-06)
(Taipei Times, By Ann Maxon) Voters will make their own decisions in Jan. 11’s legislative elections, New Power Party (NPP) Legislator Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) said yesterday after Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) legislator-at-large nominee Tsai Pi-ju (蔡壁如) predicted that Huang would not secure a legislator-at-large seat. <Accessed 2019-12-06>

Subsidies for Inbound Charter Flights Raised to Boost Tourism (2019-12-06)
(CNA, By Flor Wang and Yu Hsiao-hen) The Ministry of Transportation and Communication (MOTC) announced Friday that it will widen the scope of subsidies for charter flights arriving in Taiwan. <Accessed 2019-12-07>

Han Pledges to Develop Southern Taiwan with Focus on Kaohsiung (2019-12-06)
(CNA, By Yu Hsiang, Phoenix Hsu and Matthew Mazzetta) Kuomintang (KMT) presidential nominee Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) on Thursday proposed a mobility-based model for his presidency, which would see him spend much time in Kaohsiung to oversee the development of southern Taiwan. <Accessed 2019-12-07>

March Held to Mark 40th Anniversary of Kaohsiung Incident (2019-12-07)
(CNA, By Wang Shu-fen, Chen Chi-feng, and Ko Lin) Several civic groups held a march Saturday to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Kaohsiung Incident, with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), several lawmakers, and human rights activists from Taiwan and abroad participating. <Accessed 2019-12-08>

Intelligence Reports on Kaohsiung Incident Declassified (2019-12-07)
(CNA, By Hsieh Chia-chen and Matthew Mazzetta) A series of intelligence reports on the Kaohsiung Incident, a government crackdown on pro-democracy protesters Dec. 10, 1979 have been declassified but not yet released for public consumption, an independent commission tasked with investigating Taiwan's authoritarian history said Friday. <Accessed 2019-12-08>

DPP Ices KMT ‘Anti-Annexation’ Bill (2019-12-07)
(Taipei Times, By Sean Lin) The legislation, unveiled last week, states that any civil servant — including the president — who advocates renaming the ROC, changing its territory or dissolving, absorbing or replacing it would face a prison term of up to seven years. <Accessed 2019-12-08>

2020 ELECTIONS: SE Asia No Longer Taking Taiwan Seriously: Han (2019-12-08)
(Taipei Times, By Ann Maxon) Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) yesterday said that Southeast Asian nations are “no longer taking Taiwan seriously” due to its diplomatic challenges and poor economy, and urged voters to support the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) to prevent the nation’s “downfall.” <Accessed 2019-12-08>

Taiwan's Foreign Relations

Prosecutors Seek Australia’s Aid in Spy Claims (2019-12-01)
(Taipei Times/CNA) The Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office is hoping for help from Australia as it investigates the allegations of self-confessed Chinese spy William Wang Liqiang (王立強), a Ministry of Justice official said yesterday. The ministry official said the office wrote a letter requesting that Australia provide it with a transcript of Wang’s comments given to Australian authorities on his role in reportedly attempting to influence Taiwan’s elections. <Accessed 2019-12-06>

Taiwan-Japan Hold Dialogue on Maritime Cooperation in Taipei (2019-12-02)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) Taiwan and Japan on Monday held their annual dialogue on maritime cooperation in Taipei, focusing on such topics as maritime safety, scientific research, ocean environment protection and fisheries cooperation. <Accessed 2019-12-02>

Prague Mayor: City Will Sign Sister Pact with Taipei in January (2019-12-03)
(CNA, By Lin Yu-li and Evelyn Kao) Prague Mayor Zdenek Hrib announced Monday that he will sign an agreement with Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) to forge sisterhood ties between the two cities in January, when Ko is set to visit the Czech Republic capital, according to Czech news agency CTK. <Accessed 2019-12-06>

KMT Demands Japan Envoy's Resignation Over Internet Troll Ties (2019-12-04)
(CNA, By Yang Ming-chu and Joseph Yeh) A group of opposition Kuomintang (KMT) Taipei city councilors demanded the resignation Wednesday of the nation's top envoy to Japan, former Premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷), after one of his former election campaign staffers was indicted Monday. <Accessed 2019-12-04>

EU Foreign and Security Policy Highlights Support for Taiwan (2019-12-05)
(CNA, By Tang Pei-chun and Ko Lin) The European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday approved a resolution on its annual foreign and security policy, part of which highlighted the European Union's (EU) support for Taiwan's meaningful participation in international organizations and activities. <Accessed 2019-12-06>

Thailand Delays Visa Changes for Taiwanese Travelers Amid Outcry (2019-12-05)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Matthew Mazzetta) The Thailand Trade and Economic Office (TTEO) announced Thursday that it will delay changes to the country's visa rules until March 2020 following an outcry against the new rules that would require Taiwanese applicants to provide evidence of their finances. <Accessed 2019-12-06>

British Navy Vessel Passes through Taiwan Strait (2019-12-07)
(South China Morning Post, By Teddy Ng) A British navy survey vessel sailed through the Taiwan Strait, it was announced on Saturday, as the United Kingdom steps up its presence in the Indo-Pacific region. <Accessed 2019-12-07>

Taipei Donates to Venice Disaster Recovery Efforts (2019-12-08)
(Taipei Times/CNA) The government has donated 100,000 euros (US$110,588) to Venice in Italy to help with recovery efforts after severe flooding in November, which damaged many cultural and heritage sites, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday. <Accessed 2019-12-08>

Taiwan Denies Offering Solomon Islands Politicians Bribes to Maintain Diplomatic Ties (2019-12-08)
(Taiwan News) Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has denied attempting to bribe a member of the Solomon Islands’ parliament earlier this year to retain diplomatic ties with the Pacific archipelago, which switched recognition to China in September. <Accessed 2019-12-08>
U.S.-China Relations
PacNet #64: A Prolonged US-China Two-step Has Left Us Questioning Interdependence (2019-12-02)
(Pacific Forum, By Ron Huisken) The fundamental question that the contest has exposed is whether dependable agreement is possible on the range of tools and mindsets that states can legitimately bring to the competition. <Accessed 2019-12-07>

Beijing Wants Rollback on US Tariffs (2019-12-02)
(Taipei Times/Reuters) Beijing is insisting US tariffs must be rolled back as part of any phase one trade deal with Washington, the Global Times newspaper said yesterday, citing unnamed sources, amid continued uncertainty on whether the two sides can strike a deal. <Accessed 2019-12-02>

America's New Hong Kong Human Rights Act May be Provocative, But It's Not Surprising
(The Diplomat, By Joe Renouard) Some aspects of the new law are unremarkable. It restates plenty of existing policy language, such as its many references to the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Basic Law as the foundation for Hong Kong’s status based on the “one country, two systems” principle. Its general goals are also consistent with the longstanding U.S. claim that democracy and human rights are integral parts of the nation’s relationship with Hong Kong. <Accessed 2019-12-03>

US Senate Hearing Raises Alarm Over China's Talent Recruitment Plans (2019-12-03)
(The Diplomat, By Bonnie Girard) One hearing witness stated, “What’s particularly striking is that many American institutions have no idea that their own faculty have a laboratory in China,” much less that their faculty are spending a substantial amount of time in that Chinese lab. <Accessed 2019-12-03>

US Vision for Global Order Is Vastly Different to China’s, Trump Administration Official Says (2019-12-03)
(South China Morning Post, By Mark Magnier) Those two competing outlooks were outlined in a speech delivered on Monday by a senior Trump administration official. <Accessed 2019-12-07>

Trump Signs Bills in Support of Hong Kong; China Warns of Consequences (2019-12-03)
(The Diplomat By Associated Press) China’s foreign ministry called the laws a “naked hegemonic action” that seriously interfered in Hong Kong and China’s internal affairs, violated international law and “fundamental norms of international relations.” <Accessed 2019-12-03>

Chinese, US Generals Vow to Manage Military Differences, Like South China Sea (2019-12-04)
(South China Morning Post, By Minnie Chan) China and the United States will work together to manage their differences and maintain stable military ties, two of their top generals said on Tuesday, a day after Beijing suspended visits by US warships and aircraft to Hong Kong. <Accessed 2019-12-07>

U.S. Uighur Bill's Threat to Surveillance Economy Puts China on Offensive (2019-12-05)
(Reuters, By Matt Spetalnick, Patricia Zengerle, and David Brunnstrom) China reacted angrily to President Donald Trump’s approval of legislation supporting Hong Kong protesters last month, but movement on another congressional bill, backing Uighur Muslims in China’s northwest, has cut even closer to the bone and could trigger reprisals and hurt efforts to resolve the U.S.-China trade war. <Accessed 2019-12-06>

China Defense Chief Defends Policy on Hong Kong, Xinjiang (2019-12-05)
(Associated Press) China’s defense minister defended his country’s policy on the controversial issues of Hong Kong and the northwestern territory of Xinjiang in a telephone conversation with his U.S. counterpart. The official Xinhua News Agency said Defense Minister Wei Fenghe also raised the issues of Taiwan and the South China Sea in the Tuesday conversation with Defense Secretary Mark Esper. <Accessed 2019-12-06>

Nato Allies Single Out China and Its Policies as a Strategic ‘Challenge’ (2019-12-05)
(South China Morning Post, By Stuart Lau) The United States has steered Nato allies in Europe to define China as a strategic challenge for the first time in the military alliance’s 70-year history. <Accessed 2019-12-07>

Former Chinese Officials Warn Tensions with US Raise Risk of ‘Accidental Conflict’ (2019-12-07)
(South China Morning Post, By Jun Mai) The risk of an “accidental conflict” between the US and China has risen as a result of the heightened tensions between the two sides, a number of current and former officials have warned. <Accessed 2019-12-07>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Domestic Politics in Mainland China

How China's Defense Establishment Views China's Security Environment: A Comparison between the 2019 PRC Defense White Paper and Earlier Defense white Papers (2019-12-01)
(China Leadership Monitor, By Michael Swaine) This article focuses primarily on the description of China’s security environment and the content and purpose of its defense policy as contained in the 2019 DWP. It compares statements in the 2019 DWP to those in earlier DWPs. <Accessed 2019-12-07>

The Relocation of Supply Chains from China and the Impact on the Chinese Economy (2019-12-01)
(China Leadership Monitor, By Shaomin Li) The trade war has greatly affected the political economy of China. Economically, it has negatively affected the manufacturing sector, substantially reducing trade with the United States, deterring foreign investments, disrupting supply chains, and accelerating the relocation of supply chains from China. <Accessed 2019-12-07>

Beijing and Hong Kong

Hong Kong Police Fire Tear Gas as Protesters Return in Force (2019-12-01)
(New York Times, By Elaine Yu) After a relative lull in the protests, thousands of pro-democracy activists turned out Sunday for three demonstrations a week after scoring a major victory in elections that were viewed as a broad endorsement of the movement’s goals. <Accessed 2019-12-07>

Beijing’s All-Out Crackdown on the Anti-Extradition Protests in Hong Kong (2019-12-01)
(China Leadership Monitor, By Victoria Tin-bor Hui) Beijing’s attempts to exert overall control in Hong Kong through the extradition bill have created unspeakable chaos for the city and horrors for the arrested and the injured. Yet Beijing is not winning this war. <Accessed 2019-12-07>

Hong Kong's Carrie Lam Fears Violence is on Upswing Again
(The Diplomat, By Ken Moritsugu) “We have freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, religious freedom – we enjoy a high degree of freedom in many areas,” Lam said. “There’s an overseas government that interfered with Hong Kong affairs, and that is most regrettable.” <Accessed 2019-12-06>

China's Foreign Relations

China Releases Professor, But Travel Concerns Persist (2019-12-03)
(The Diplomat, By Shin Kawashima) A similar situation applies to intellectuals in China. That is to say, daily educational and research activities are monitored and if any problems arise, the authorities issue them with a warning, which in some cases leads to detention and arrest. This means that the actions taken against Chinese people in China also apply to foreigners who have entered China and Chinese people who conduct research activities overseas. <Accessed 2019-12-03>

China and EU Try to Forge Common Front to Lead Fight against Climate Change (2019-12-04)
(South China Morning Post, By Echo Xie and Albert Han) As world leaders converged on Spain this week to discuss the next steps in fighting man-made climate change, China and the European Union have been looking for ways to lead the fight against the “most important” challenge they face. <Accessed 2019-12-07>

PacNet #65 – The EU and China: Partners or Rivals in an Emerging World Order? (2019-12-04)
(Pacific Forum, By Zsuzsa Anna Ferenczy and Junjie Ma) In conclusion, perceptions and self-perceptions play a crucial role in determining the direction of EU-China relations. <Accessed 2019-12-07>

Cracks in Xi and Modi’s Shared World Vision (2019-12-07)
(East Asia Forum, By Chris Ogden) Still, the ties that bind India and China ought to be far stronger than those that push them apart, with both sides keen to modernise and develop through enhanced trade and multilateral linkages. With Modi and Xi set to lead their states for years to come, whatever personal chemistry there was at the second informal summit will be vital for creating a solid bedrock in their relations in the decades to come. <Accessed 2019-12-07>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

China Maritime Incursions Near Japan-Held Islands Hit Record (2019-12-05)
(Bloomberg, By Jon Herskovitz) The number of Chinese maritime incursions near Japanese-held islands in the East China Sea soared to a record this year, illustrating simmering tensions between Asia’s two biggest economies. Chinese government ships, including coast guard vessels, have entered what Japan considers its exclusive waters more than 1,000 times this year, according to data from the Japan Coast Guard. <Accessed 2019-12-06>

Imagery Suggests China Deployed Surveillance Aerostat to Mischief Reef in South China Sea (2019-12-06)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) Recently published satellite images indicate that China may have deployed a tethered aerostat to Mischief Reef, the site of one of its artificial island bases in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. <Accessed 2019-12-06>

Vietnam Confronts China in the South China Sea (2019-12-06)
(East Asia Forum, By Do Thanh Hai) As Vietnam stands its ground and attests to the legitimacy of its claims in public, the ball is in Beijing’s court to decide whether China wants to be a responsible emerging power. <Accessed 2019-12-07>

The Korean Peninsula

Kim Jong-un Visits Sacred Mountain on Horseback. Analysts Watch His Next Move. (2019-12-04)
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) In the past, Mr. Kim had often gone to the mountain ​on the Chinese border and the nearby Samjiyon County — which are venerated as the birthplace of the North Korean regime — when he wanted to show his people and the outside world his resolve before a major policy shift. <Accessed 2019-12-07>

Other Regional Issues

ASEAN Fights to Stay Neutral in the US–China Contest (2019-12-03)
(East Asia Forum, By Simon Tay and Jessica Wau) ASEAN should not choose between one or the other but continue to engage both. In the short term, governments swaying between the United States and China should make choices on a case-by-case basis. <Accessed 2019-12-07>

Is This Central Asia's ASEAN Moment?
(The Diplomat, By S. Frederick Starr) In short, they pledged to develop in Central Asia something akin to ASEAN, the Nordic Council, the Vishegrad Group, or Mercosur. After centuries of being played against one another, the Central Asian states have linked arms to advance their common welfare. <Accessed 2019-12-06>

Can China's "New Idea" Work in the Middle East? (2019-12-06)
(The Diplomat, By Wang Jin) Four points of common understanding were shared among the attendees, including goals to set up a new security concept that is collective, comprehensive, cooperative, and sustainable; to realize the final peace between Palestine and Israel (among other regional issues) in a just and equal manner; to highlight and implement the role of “development” in the Middle East management; and to encourage and facilitate mutual dialogue and understanding between different civilizations over counterterrorism and counterextremism, and thereby eliminate double standards in international and regional affairs. <Accessed 2019-12-06>

What Do Germans Think of Berlin's China Policy? (2019-12-06)
(The Diplomat, By Joshua Webb) As Germany’s partners both in Europe and across the Indo-Pacific region are calling on Berlin to increase its engagement across the region, policymakers in Berlin face the choice of explaining to an anxious electorate why and how Berlin ought to defend its interests, lest they look back in the not-too-distant future and realize they missed their chance. <Accessed 2019-12-06>

4 Lessons for India From China's October 2019 Military Parade (2019-12-06)
(The Diplomat, By Suyash Desai) Although policymakers and military leaders across the world were keeping a close eye on China’s military display, perhaps those in India should have been paying the most attention. The parade was not directed at India, but New Delhi can learn a lot from China’s use of military modernization and its ongoing defense reforms. <Accessed 2019-12-06>

Singapore Says Fighter Jet Unit on Guam Is Sign of ‘Trajectory’ (2019-12-07)
(Bloomberg, By Wes Goodman and Glen Carey) Singapore’s agreement to establish a fighter jet training detachment on Guam “sets the trajectory” in which the city-state sees itself in partnership with the U.S, its defense chief said. <Accessed 2019-12-08>

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