::: TSR Weekly Report
2013-05-19 | NO.17(20) epaper |
Taiwan-Philippine Row and South China Sea Disputes
Philippine Hackers Hit Taiwan Gov't Sites (2013-05-13)
(China Post) A cyber battle has erupted following the shooting of a Taiwanese fishing boat by the Philippine coast guards, paralyzing the websites of both countries' presidents, as well as those of Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Coast Guard Administration.

Taiwanese Hackers Leak Philippine Gov't Website Info (2013-05-14)
(China Post) Taiwanese hackers revealed Philippine government security information, the latest salvo in a cyber battle that erupted after the shooting of a fisherman. 

Navy, CGA to Hold Joint Drills This Week (2013-05-14)
(Taipei Times) The Ministry of National Defense and the Coast Guard Administration will hold a joint military exercise in the overlapping waters of Taiwan and the Philippines this week, Deputy Minister of National Defense Andrew Yang said.

US Again Declines to Condemn Manila Over Shooting (2013-05-15)
(Taipei Times) Despite strong pressure and repeated efforts, the US has again declined to issue an outright condemnation of the Philippines for shooting a Taiwanese fisherman. 

Taiwan Recalls Its Representative in Manila Over Fisherman's Killing (2013-05-16)
(New York Times, By Jane Perlez) Taiwan announced the withdrawal of its representative in Manila and said it had stopped accepting applications for Filipino workers on the island, a retaliatory step for the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by the Philippine Coast Guard last week.

Why Taiwan Refused Philippines' Apology for Slain Fisherman As Insincere (2013-05-15)
(Christian Science Monitor, By Ralph Jennings) Continued tension with the Philippines, which is just 250 kilometers (160 miles) to the south, could weaken one link in a loose alliance of US Pacific Rim allies that includes Taipei, Manila, Seoul, and Tokyo.

Taiwan Holds Joint Navy, Coast Guard Drill in Overlapping Waters with Philippines (2013-05-17)
(China Post) Taiwan's military and the Coast Guard Administration held a joint exercise in overlapping waters with the Philippines in the South China Sea amid escalating tensions between the countries.

US Seeks to Calm Tensions, Sources Say (2013-05-17)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) The US may be playing a major behind-the-scenes role in trying to calm growing tensions between Taiwan and the Philippines over the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman last week, a US Department of State official indicated. 

US Again Urges Working Together to Settle Tensions (2013-05-18)
(Taipei Times, By Willaim Lowther) For the fourth time this week, the US Department of State urged Taiwan and the Philippines to work together and settle the growing tensions over the shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman by Philippine Coast Guard personnel.

Taipei Has Explained Philippine Row to US: King (2013-05-19)
(China Post) Taiwan's representative in the United States has maintained that he has clearly explained Taipei's position to Washington in the wake of the ongoing row with Manila.

More Ships Patrol Waters South of Taiwan After Shooting (2013-05-18)
(CNA) The Coast Guard Administration said that three additional large vessels have been dispatched to waters south of Taiwan to increase the protection of Taiwanese fishermen in the wake of the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman operating in the area.

Taiwan Boat Returning After Vietnam Interception (2013-05-15)
(China Post) A fishing boat was returning to Taiwan last night after being intercepted by Vietnamese vessels in the South China Sea, according to the Coast Guard Administration.

Diaoyutai Disputes Resurface
Japan on Alert Over Unidentified Submarines (2013-05-14)
(Wall Street Journal, By Alexander Martin) Japan patrol craft spotted unidentified submarines just outside the country's territorial waters, prompting Tokyo to issue a warning that it may order security action if submersible craft enter its waters. 

The Sino-Japanese Clash: What Is behind It?
(Foreign Policy Research Institute, By Gilbert Rozman) Looking back, we see that liberal assumptions about the goodwill generated by economic integration have lost credibility. Yet, relying on realist assumptions may lead to erroneous predictions without considering a recent surge in the intensity of national identities, which may support constructivist views. 

Nation Plays Risky Diplomacy Game (2013-05-17)
(Taipei Times, By Dennis Hickey) The leaders in Tokyo may not have lost their minds, but some suspect the prospect of Taipei teaming up with Beijing was sufficient cause to push Tokyo into reaching out to Taiwan and softening its approach to the fishing dispute.

U.S. Pivot to Asia and Sino-U.S. Engagement
The Trust Deficit (2013-05-13)
(Foreign Policy, By He Yafei) Obama's "pivot" to Asia and the Pacific has aroused a great deal of suspicion in China. These suspicions deepen when the United States gets itself entangled in China's dispute with Japan over the Diaoyu Islands and in the debates over maritime issues in the South China Sea. Should this ill-thought-out policy of rebalancing continue and the security environment worsen, an arms race would be inevitable.

Pilotless Planes, Pacific Tensions
(New York Times, By Richard Parker) The arms race between the world’s largest navies undermines the likelihood of attaining a new balance of power, and raise the possibility of unintended collisions as the United States deploys hundreds, even thousands of drones and China scrambles for ways to counter the new challenge.

The Unstoppable Force vs. the Immovable Object (2013-05-16)
(Foreign Policy, By Noah Feldman) Geostrategic conflict is inevitable, but mutual economic interdependence can help manage that conflict and keep it from spiraling out of control.

Beijing's Brand Ambassador (2013-05-16)
(Foreign Affairs) Cui Tiankai, 60, arrived in Washington, D.C., on April 2 to take up his new post as China’s ambassador to the United States. He spoke with Foreign Affairs managing editor Jonathan Tepperman a few weeks after presenting his credentials to President Barack Obama. 

DPP Searches for New China Stance; Cross-Strait Issues
DPP's China Attitude Shifting: CAC (2013-05-13)
(China Post) The DPP has been gradually reversing its anti-Beijing stance in recent years, the head of its China Affairs Committee said.

TAO Director's Comments Slammed (2013-05-17)
(Taipei Times) A Chinese official’s description of Taiwanese independence as “worthless junk stock” was an insult to Taiwanese and unhelpful to the development of cross-strait relations, the DPP said. 

More Liberal Service Pact Needed (2013-05-15)
(Taipei Times, By Tung Chen-yuan and Lin Yu-long) China continues to make concessions to Taiwan, but primarily by using the “commercial presence” mode of supply, in which the service is supplied within China itself, as opposed to the “cross-border” mode of supply, in which the service would be provided to customers in China by companies in Taiwan. 

ECFA Bringing Only Limited Benefits (2013-05-19)
(Taipei Times, By Tung Chen-yuan) The ECFA is merely a framework agreement and even though the agreement has been in effect for more than two-and-a-half years, its benefits have so far been limited to the items opened up for trade on the “early harvest” list. 

PLA and Military Balance
Beijing's 'Bitskrieg' (2013-05-13)
(Foreign Policy, By John Arquilla) Striking at an enemy's ability to maintain information flows, while keeping one's own communications secure, would be the key to gaining a war-winning advantage in conflicts to come. 

Taiwan Must Keep Up Its Guard: US Defense Analyst
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) Even though “military-to-military” relations between Washington and China have improved dramatically over the past few years, a US expert has warned that Taiwan must not let its guard down. 

Taiwan's Foreign Relations
DPP Touts Starting Regional Alliance to Boost Democracy (2013-05-15)
(Taipei Times) Academics and the DPP advocated the establishment of a democratic alliance, based on participants’ firm belief in democracy.

US to Aid Taiwan in Its ICAO Efforts (2013-05-16)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) The US Senate’s Committee on Foreign Relations passed a bill directing US Secretary of State John Kerry to assist Taiwan in obtaining observer status at the next triennial International Civil Aviation Organization meeting in September.

Negotiations with Singapore on Free Trade Pact Complete, Signing Expected (2013-05-18)
(China Post) Taiwan and Singapore have concluded negotiations on a free trade agreement and both sides are expected to officially sign the deal soon, MOFA said.

China's Rise and Its Domestic Issues
After a Journalist's Prodding, China Investigates a Top Official (2013-05-13)
(New York Times, By Chris Buckley) China’s top anticorruption agency said that it was investigating Liu Tienan, a senior economic policy maker, in an abrupt turn in a case that openly pitted him against a campaigning investigative journalist.  

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