::: TSR Weekly Report
2020-03-07 | NO.44(7) epaper |
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Cross-Strait Relations
Chinese Warplanes Again Fly Near Nation to Bashi (2020-03-01)
(Taipei Times/CNA) Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force aircraft on Friday afternoon flew over the sea southwest of Taiwan, the Ministry of National Defense said. An unspecified number of Chinese H-6 bombers at about 4pm flew over the region before entering the Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the Philippines, the ministry said in a statement. <Accessed 2020-03-01>

Chinese Warplane's Radar Locked Onto Taiwanese Fighter Jet
(Taiwan News, By Keoni Everington) As China steps up its 'provocative" air patrols around Taiwan over the past few weeks, a report has surfaced that on at least once occasion, a Chinese warplane locked its radar onto a Taiwanese fighter jet. <Accessed 2020-03-04> 

Virus Outbreak: Authorities Find 45 Cases of Chinese Misinformation (2020-03-05)
(Taipei Times, By Jason Pan) Authorities have investigated 178 cases of alleged misinformation regarding COVID-19, 45 of which were created by Chinese cyberwarfare units with the aim of disrupting efforts to contain the disease and undermine Taiwan’s national security, the Criminal Investigation Bureau said yesterday. <Accessed 2020-03-05>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
U.S. House Passes Act to Support Taiwan's International Presence (Update) (2020-03-05)
(CNA, By Stacy Hsu, Ko Lin, and Emerson Lim) The United States House of Representatives on Wednesday unanimously passed the Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act of 2019. The TAIPEI Act, which is aimed at supporting Taiwan's international presence, passed the House floor with a unanimous vote of 415 to zero. <Accessed 2020-03-05>

President Urges Taiwan-U.S. Trade Pact in Meeting with AIT Chair (2020-03-05)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) expressed her desire for Taiwan to sign a bilateral trade agreement with the United States on Thursday during a meeting with visiting American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman James Moriarty. <Accessed 2020-03-05>

Coronavirus: US Firms Expect Outbreak to Hit Taiwan Economy, with China Trade War Fears Also Lingering (2020-03-07)
(South China Morning Post, By Ralph Jennings) Half of American companies with operations in Taiwan now expect the island’s economy to weaken in 2020 due to the fallout from the coronavirus outbreak, a new study found. <Accessed 2020-03-08>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics

Amid Coronavirus Concerns, Taiwan Takes Measures to Restrict Travel From China (2020-03-04)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) A major part of Taiwan’s preventive effort has been its ability to successfully tamp down on travelers coming to the island and requiring quarantines for Taiwanese nationals with travel histories to mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau. <Accessed 2020-03-04>

Legislator Chiang Chi-chen Elected KMT Chairman (2020-03-07)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) Legislator Chiang Chi-chen (江啟臣) was elected chairman of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT), at a time when the party needs to gain more popular support after being convincingly defeated in both presidential and legislative elections in January. <Accessed 2020-03-07>

Taiwan's Foreign Relations

Virus Outbreak: No Restrictions on Taiwanese in Thailand, MOFA Says (2020-03-01)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) Thailand is not implementing restrictive measures against Taiwanese due to an outbreak of COVID-19, but does require people arriving from Taiwan and other affected areas to undergo “self-observation” for 14 days, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday, urging people not to spread misinformation. <Accessed 2020-03-01>

WUHAN VIRUS/Sarawak Removes Taiwan from Travel Ban (2020-03-03)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) The Malaysian state of Sarawak agreed to remove Taiwan from its travel restrictions after the Taiwan representative office in Malaysia requested a correction in its policy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday. <Accessed 2020-03-04>

Taiwan Wants to Help Fight the Coronavirus. WHO Won’t Let It. (2020-03-04)
(Foreign Policy, By Stanley Kao) The way in which WHO has treated Taiwan so far has been unprofessional, unfair, and confusing. The governments of Italy, Vietnam, and the Philippines, for example, placed bans either on flights from Taiwan or on Taiwanese nationals based on WHO’s inaccurate listing. Hanoi and Manila, however, have swiftly reversed their decisions. <Accessed 2020-03-04>

Taiwan thanks U.K. Parliamentarians for Support on WHO Issue (2020-03-04)
(CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Joseph Yeh) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Wednesday expressed gratitude to a group of 55 United Kingdom parliamentarians, who recently sent a joint letter to the World Health Organization (WHO) expressing concern over its decision to label Taiwan as part of China. <Accessed 2020-03-04>

Prague Mayor Thanks Taiwan for Sharing COVID-19 Response Materials (2020-03-07)
(CNA, By Lin Yu-li and Matthew Mazzetta) Prague Mayor Zdenek Hrib on Friday thanked Taiwan for providing information on managing the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which has been confirmed in 19 cases in the Czech Republic amid a growing outbreak of the virus in Europe. <Accessed 2020-03-07>
U.S.-China Relations
China Denounces US Cap on Reporter Numbers as Prejudicial (2020-03-03)
(Associated Press) China on Tuesday denounced a move by the Trump administration to reduce the number of Chinese state-run media journalists who can work in the United States by more than one-third as “based on the Cold War mentality and ideological prejudice.” <Accessed 2020-03-04>

US Orders Chinese State-Owned Media to Slash Staff (2020-03-04)
(Taipei Times/Bloomberg) US President Donald Trump’s administration has ordered four Chinese state-owned news outlets to slash the number of staff they have working in the US, part of a broader response to Beijing’s restrictions on US journalists, including its expulsion of three Wall Street Journal reporters last month. <Accessed 2020-03-04>

Chinese and US Defence Chiefs Discuss Coronavirus Crisis in Phone Call (2020-03-04)
(South China Morning Post, By Liu Zhen) Chinese and US defence chiefs discussed the coronavirus epidemic in China during a telephone call late on Tuesday, the first time the heads of the world’s two largest militaries have spoken about the situation. <Accessed 2020-03-08>

US Navy: Chinese Destroyer Targeted P-8A Aircraft With Laser (2020-03-04)
(The Diplomat, By Franz-Stefan Gady) According to the U.S. Navy, the PLAN warship’s actions are a violation of a naval protocol known as the code for unplanned encounters at sea (CUES), which was ratified at the 2014 Western Pacific Naval Symposium to prevent naval incidents from escalating. <Accessed 2020-03-04>

Singapore Official Will Head UN Intellectual Property Agency after Beating China’s Nominee, Wang Binying (2020-03-05)
(South China Morning Post, By Mark Magnier) The United States and its allies have prevailed in a high-stakes diplomatic contest with China over who will head a United Nations agency overseeing intellectual property issues. <Accessed 2020-03-08>

China Rejects Report It Fired Laser at US Navy Plane (2020-03-07)
(Associated Press) China’s Defense Ministry says a report one of its navy ships fired a laser last month at a U.S. Navy surveillance plane circling overhead does not “accord with reality.” The report last month was the latest accusation that Chinese forces have used lasers to harass and potentially damage U.S. and other nations’ military aircraft and personnel. <Accessed 2020-03-07>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Domestic Politics in Mainland China

China’s Military Can’t Deliver on Humanitarian Promises (2020-03-04)
(Foreign Policy, By Elizabeth Phu, Anish Goel) However, despite this buildup in capability and allegedly positive intentions, the PLA’s failure to respond to the epidemic has proved that it is not up to the task of serving as an international provider of humanitarian and medical aid. In fact, it cannot even adequately provide medical assistance inside its own country. <Accessed 2020-03-04>

China’s Military Advancements in the 2010s: Naval and Strike (2020-03-04)
(The Diplomat, By Rick Joe) Like most modern navies, the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN’s) primary surface combatants are destroyers and frigates, and during the 2010s their destroyer and frigate fleet have enjoyed a significant elevation in the capability of new ships being commissioned as well as the number of new ships commissioned. <Accessed 2020-03-04>

China Says There’s No Risk of a COVID-19 Outbreak in Xinjiang Camps. Don’t Believe It. (2020-03-04)
(The Diplomat, By Jewher Ilham and Munawwar Abdulla) With the camps, China has created nearly perfect conditions for the novel coronavirus, officially dubbed COVID-19, to rapidly spread and exacerbate the current global public health crisis. Human rights monitors and survivors report the camps are overcrowded, extremely unhygienic, and rife with abuse. <Accessed 2020-03-04>

China's Foreign Relations

China’s State-owned Enterprises ‘Prime Target’ of New EU Competition Plan (2020-03-03)
(South China Morning Post, By Stuart Lau) China’s state-backed companies will be “the prime target” of an EU proposal to step up scrutiny of their “unfair advantage” over counterparts in Europe, in response to growing concern about Chinese investments in France and Germany. <Accessed 2020-03-08>

Why China’s Growing Military Might in Tibet Should Worry India
(The Diplomat, By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan) Even though this was the first major exercise of the PLA in 2020, there has been a significant increase in PLA engagements in terms of military training and exercises in the TAR over the last decade. The fact that Beijing has established all-weather physical border infrastructure in these areas has enhanced its ability to project military power in the region. <Accessed 2020-03-04>

Friends and Enemies: China Is Grading the World’s Coronavirus Reactions (2020-03-04)
(The Diplomat, By Jo Kim) China’s double standard in reacting to the United States, Japan, and Russia is telling. It tells us more about China’s current state of diplomatic relations with these nations rather than their political actions per se. <Accessed 2020-03-04>

Xi Jinping’s State Visit to Japan Postponed as Coronavirus Casts Shadow over China’s Agenda (2020-03-05)
(South China Morning Post, By Laura Zhou) Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Japan has been postponed, Beijing and Tokyo said on Thursday, as concerns over the coronavirus epidemic cast a shadow over China’s diplomatic agenda. <Accessed 2020-03-08>

China Pushes Back as Coronavirus Crisis Damages Its Image (2020-03-06)
(New York Times, By Steven Lee Myers) The country is appealing for sympathy while attacking those who blame its leadership for making the situation worse. <Accessed 2020-03-08>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

The Long Patrol: Staredown at Thitu Island Enters its Sixteenth Month (2020-03-05)
(Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative) How the Chinese militia would respond, and whether they will continue to menace Thitu once the repairs are complete, are open questions. <Accessed 2020-03-08>

The Korean Peninsula

Kim’s Sister Slams South Korea in 1st-Ever Statement (2020-03-03)
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) Kim Yo-jong, the leader’s sister and one of his closest aides, called the South “idiotic” after it denounced the North’s weapons test, another sign of chilling ties. <Accessed 2020-03-08>

Time to Adjust the US–South Korea Alliance (2020-03-03)
(East Asia Forum, By Anthony V Rinna) Rather than focusing on cost-sharing for deployments to South Korea, the South Korean and US governments should focus on reducing the United States’ defence obligations to Seoul so that it can work with both Beijing and Washington to create an enduring Korean peace. <Accessed 2020-03-08>

North Korea Launches Multiple Projectiles in Weapons Test, South Korea Says
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) North Korea launched multiple projectiles off its east coast on Monday in the country’s second weapons test in a week, the South Korean military said. <Accessed 2020-03-08>

Other Regional Issues

Asean Nations Will Consider Huawei as 5G Supplier Despite Security Questions, Official Says (2020-03-03)
(South China Morning Post, By Stuart Lau) A senior official from the 10-strong bloc of Southeast Asian countries has said its members would consider using Huawei products as they aim to capitalise on 5G technology to accelerate economic growth, despite being aware of the potential cybersecurity risks. <Accessed 2020-03-08>

Coronavirus’ Economic Impact in East and Southeast Asia (2020-03-04)
(East Asia Forum, By Anne Oeking) Skilful use of various policy levers by regional policymakers is more important than ever, given that uncertainty about the epidemic is high and the risk of continuing contagion and a global economic slowdown is rising. <Accessed 2020-03-08>

How Hackers and Spies Could Sabotage the Coronavirus Fight
(Foreign Policy, By Bruce Schneier, Margaret Bourdeaux) Outside their borders, states might use disinformation to undermine their adversaries or disrupt an alliance between other nations. A sudden epidemic—when countries struggle to manage not just the outbreak but its social, economic and political fallout—is especially tempting for interference. <Accessed 2020-03-04>

China Pledges Support for US-Taliban Peace Agreement (2020-03-04)
(The Diplomat, By Associated Press) China on Monday pledged its support for the U.S.-Taliban peace agreement in Afghanistan and called for the “orderly and responsible” withdrawal of foreign troops to avoid a power vacuum and possible terrorist resurgence. <Accessed 2020-03-04>

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