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Taiwan-Philippine Row and South China Sea Disputes
South China Sea Dispute: Taiwan Flexes Its Muscles (2013-05-19)
(Editorial, The Guardian) By hook or by crook, Taiwan is winning for itself greater regional influence under a leader criticised at home as being too pro-Chinese. 

Joint Investigation Talks Set to Begin Today: Minister Lin
 (2013-05-20)
(China Post) Although an initial investigative team was rejected by the Philippines, the window for negotiations between the two countries is still open, and the two governments will start joint investigation talks today, according to Foreign Minister David Lin. 

Gov't Moving to End Southern Fishing Line (2013-05-21)
(China Post) The government is moving toward abolishing Taiwan's southern boundary for fishery protection, an act which would extend the formal operational area of the Navy, the Coast Guard and local fishermen further south within Taiwan's EEZ toward the Philippines.

US Urges Quick Completion of Shooting Investigations (2013-05-22)
(Taipei Times) The US is calling on both Taiwan and the Philippines to quickly complete their separate investigations into the shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman.

Taipei-Manila Talks Can Start Now: Ma (2013-05-23)
(Taipei Times) The president said that despite the shooting incident being under investigation, talks on a pact could begin as this would benefit fishermen on both sides. 

Patrols Are Not Military Drill, Ma Says (2013-05-24)
(Taipei Times) Ma said coast guard and navy patrols were intended to protect fishing boats, not raise tensions.

Taiwan Protests Philippines Over Ships in Disputed Waters (2013-05-26)
(AFP) Taiwan protested to the Philippines for sending naval ships to disputed South China Sea islands in the latest diplomatic spat between the two governments.

US Politician Urges Manila to Cooperate (2013-05-26)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) US House Representative and Congressional Taiwan Caucus member Blake Farenthold has issued a formal statement urging the Philippines to answer Taiwan’s demands regarding the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman by Philippine Coast Guard personnel earlier this month.

Manila Boosts Military by US$1.8 Bil. to Resist 'Bullies' (2013-05-22)
(AFP) Philippine President Benigno Aquino announced a US$1.8 billion military upgrade to help defend his country's maritime territory against “bullies,” amid an ever-worsening dispute with China.

Taiwan's One Sanction against the Philippines That Really Hurts (2013-05-15)
(Forbes, By Ralph Jennings) Taiwan has announced 11 sanctions against the Philippines over what it calls an insincere apology for the coast guard shooting of a fisherman last week. One of them will really stick. 

Why Taiwan Won't Let the Philippines off Easy (2013-05-22)
(Forbes, By Ralph Jennings)Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou and his people don’t want to be bullied from abroad anymore. China has pushed Taiwan onto the geopolitical sidelines through fast economic growth, and people on the island have had enough. The Philippines, being poorer and militarily weaker than Taiwan, was an easy target.

How Taiwan Bungled the Philippine Crisis (2013-05-21)
(The Diplomat, By J. Michael Cole) The dispute between Taipei and Manila over the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by a Filipino coast guard vessel is a case study in how initially skilful diplomacy can quickly be undermined by missed opportunities.

Taiwan Must Keep a Cool Head in Dispute (2013-05-23)
(Taipei Times, By Nat Bellocchi) To come to a mutually agreeable settlement, the Philippines must go out of its way to establish the truth, but Taiwan must go the extra mile not to be confrontational. In diplomacy it is always better if both sides participate in a give-and-take. Hard and fast ultimatums do not help and are counterproductive. 

U.S. Pivot to Asia and Sino-U.S. Engagement
Obama, China' Xi Plan Two Days of Meeting in June in California (2013-05-21)
(AP) President Barack Obama will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping early next month in California.

Obama, Xi to Shed Ties in California Summit (2013-05-21)
(Wall Street Journal, By Brian Spegele and Andrew Browne) A planned U.S.-China presidential summit in California next month will afford the two countries' leaders a chance to shed their neckties and build personal rapport.

As Chinese Leader’s Visit Nears, U.S. Is Urged to Allow Counterattacks on Hackers (2013-05-22)
(New York Times, By David E. Sanger) A commission led by two former senior officials in the Obama administration will recommend a series of steps that could significantly raise the cost to China of the theft of American industrial secrets. 

Burmese President Makes Landmark White House Visit (2013-05-21)
(AP) Burmese President Thein Sein became the first president of Myanmar to be welcomed to the White House in almost 47 years.

Obama's Silence on Taiwan Masks Its Significance in Asia (2013-05-24)
(Washington Post, By Vance Serchuk) What should be public and unambiguous is the United States’ continuing national interest in Taiwan’s fate. The Obama administration’s near-silence on this while it trumpets the broader pivot to Asia sends exactly the wrong message.

DPP Searches for New China Stance; Cross-Strait Issues
Opposition Parties Boycott Cross-Strait Offices Bill (2013-05-20)
(China Post) Opposition legislators have vowed to continue boycotting a plan by the ruling party to pass new rules enabling the opening of offices by the two representative organizations on each side of the Taiwan Strait. 

DPP Legislators Urge PRC Policy Debate (2013-05-24)
(Taipei Times) A number of topics could be discussed, such as the marketability of Taiwan independence and which initiative is the best guide for cross-strait engagement.

DPP to Be More Inclusive in China-Policy Debate (2013-05-25)
(Taipei Times) The DPP is stepping up its effort to seek internal consensus on its China policy with a series of meetings that include representatives from all levels of society and KMT politicians. 

China Official Spells Out Terms for Exchanges with DPP (2013-05-25)
(China Post) China will be willing to have contact with the DPP if the opposition party gives up its pro-independence cause, Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference reportedly has said. 

PLA, Military Balance and Arms Sales
Chinese Hackers Resume Attacks on U.S. Targets (2013-05-20)
(New York Times, By David E. Sanger and Nicole Perlroth) The Obama administration had bet that “naming and shaming” the groups might prompt China’s new leadership to crack down on the military’s highly organized team of hackers — or at least urge them to become more subtle.

Official Confirms Cyberattack on System (2013-05-25)
(Taipei Times) The government experienced a cyberattack on the electronic interchange system for official documents early this month.

Time Running Out for Taiwan If Russia Releases S-400 SAM (2013-05-25)
(DefenseNews, By Wendell Minnick) With the planned purchase of the 400-kilometer-range Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile system, China will for the first time have complete air defense coverage of Taiwan.

Navy Confirms Plan to Buy Two US Frigates (2013-05-21)
(CNA) The Republic of China Navy Command confirmed that it is seeking to purchase two active Perry-class frigates from the United States.

Heritage Analyst Urges US Sale of F-16C/D Jets (2013-05-25)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) A new study by Heritage Foundation analyst Michaela Dodge urges the US Congress to support the sale of F-16C/D jets to Taiwan and to assist it with the acquisition of eight submarines. 

Taiwan's Domestic Issues and Foreign Relations
Broken Promises Push Down Ma's Approval Rating (2013-05-20)
(Taipei Times) President Ma Ying-jeou’s approval rating has dropped to 20 percent on the fifth anniversary of his first inauguration on May 20, 2008.

DPP Scores Poorly in Public Poll
 (2013-05-20)
(Taipei Times) The poll, released by the Taiwan Brain Trust think tank, found that respondents had at least six main concerns over the DPP, in particular its factionalism and somewhat vague policy on China.

Gov't Seeks US Backing for Wider Role in United Nations' Health Body (2013-05-23)
(CNA) Health Minister Chiu Wen-ta urged the United States to help Taiwan obtain observer status in the Regional Office for the Western Pacific of the WHO to widen Taiwan's participation in the United Nations agency.

Why Taiwan Is Needed in ICAO (2013-05-21)
(PacNet #35, Pacific Forum, CSIS, By David Brown) It’s time for Taiwan’s exclusion from the International Civil Aviation Organization to end. ICAO’s mission is to promote the safe and orderly development of civil aviation by setting the standards and regulations necessary for aviation safety and security. Finding a way for Taiwan to participate is essential to achieving these objectives. 

China's Rise and Its Domestic Issues
Beijing Signals a Shift on Economic Policy (2013-05-24)
(New York Times, By David Barboza) After years of relying on government spending to supercharge growth, China is planning to shift gears so that the private sector and market forces play a larger role in its economy.

China's Coexistence Strategy and the Consequences for World Order (2013-05-23)
(China Brief 13(11), Jamestown Foundation, By Liselotte Odgaard) Beijing seems to have positioned the country as a global great power in a political sense. It has achieved this position by means of a strategy of coexistence that was recently reiterated in the Chinese defense white paper. 

Regional Issues
India and China Vow to Cooperate on Border (2013-05-21)
(New York Times, By Gardiner Harris) The leaders of India and China papered over their recent border spat with a friendly joint statement and an array of promises for economic and military cooperation, but they resolved none of their most vexing problems. 

Editor: Dalton Lin
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