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Cross-Strait Relations
Chinese Military Plane Enters Taiwan's ADIZ; Seventh Time This Month (2020-06-21)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Joseph Yeh) A Chinese military jet was spotted entering Taiwan's airspace on Sunday, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said later that day, marking the seventh time this month that Chinese aircraft have been found entering the nation's air defense identification zone (ADIZ). <Accessed 2020-06-22>

Taiwan Boosts Domestic Defense Development Plan with New Jet (2020-06-21)
(Reuters, By Ann Wang) Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen oversaw the first public test flight of a new locally designed and made advanced jet trainer on Monday, part of her government’s plan to boost defences in the face of a growing challenge from China. <Accessed 2020-06-22>

Beijing Outbreak Not Sourced in Taiwan: CECC (2020-06-21)
(Taipei Times/CNA) A recent COVID-19 cluster outbreak in Beijing did not originate in Taiwan, despite its genetic similarity to a strain here, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday. <Accessed 2020-06-30>

Military to Remain Vigilant Amid Chinese Airforce Intrusions: Tsai
 (2020-06-23)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Joseph Yeh) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Tuesday called on Taiwan's military to remain vigilant in the wake of frequent incursions by Chinese Airforce planes into the nation's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) over the past few weeks. <Accessed 2020-06-26>

Taiwan Raps China for Military Activity, Says It Should Fight Virus Instead
 (2020-06-23)
(Reuters, By Ben Blanchard) China should focus on fighting the resurgent coronavirus in Beijing rather than “disturbing” Taiwan with military drills near the Chinese-claimed island, Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang told reporters on Tuesday. <Accessed 2020-06-26>

Taiwan Conducts Mine Drill Amid Increasing Chinese Military Activity (2020-06-23)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Emerson Lim) The Navy held an exercise recently to hone its troops' skills in naval mine warfare amid increasing Chinese military activity around Taiwan, a military source confirmed Tuesday. <Accessed 2020-06-26>

Supreme Court Rejects Final Spying Case Appeal (2020-06-23)
(Taipei Times, By Jason Pan) The Supreme Court yesterday rejected an appeal by a Kaohsiung businessman surnamed Tu, who is headed to prison after being found guilty in an earlier ruling of breaches of the National Security Act (國家安全法). Kaohsiung prosecutors accused Tu of developing a spy network for China, recruiting military personnel and bribing them to obtain government information. <Accessed 2020-06-30>

Independence Support Spikes: Survey (2020-06-23)
(Taipei Times, By Jason Pan) Support for Taiwanese independence has spiked and most people do not fear that China would launch a military attack against the nation, the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation said at a news conference yesterday, citing a poll it conducted. <Accessed 2020-06-30>

Another Chinese Military Plane Spotted Entering Taiwan's ADIZ
 (2020-06-26)
(CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Ko Lin) Another Chinese military aircraft has been spotted entering Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Friday, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND). <Accessed 2020-06-29> 

Is Taiwan the Answer for Firms Leaving Hong Kong? It’s Complicated (2020-06-27)
(South China Morning Post, By Ralph Jennings) But Taiwan has not released too many details about whether it would offer special incentives for businesses considering leaving Hong Kong, especially foreign firms mulling over an exit strategy. <Accessed 2020-06-29>

Beijing's Move Shows 'One Country, Two Systems' Not Feasible: Tsai (2020-06-30)
(CNA, By Yeh Su-ping, Jiang Ming-yan and Joseph Yeh) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Tuesday expressed dismay over China's passage of a national security law for Hong Kong, saying Beijing has broken its pledge to Hong Kong to let it maintain a high degree of autonomy for at least 50 years. <Accessed 2020-06-30> 
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
Despite Bolton’s Book, Premier Says US Ties Strong (2020-06-23)
(Taipei Times/CNA) Taiwan and the US have maintained good ties over the years, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said, adding that the relationship has improved significantly under the leadership of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), from the sale of advanced weapons to the passage of Taiwan-friendly bills by the US Congress and mutual visits by high-ranking officials. <Accessed 2020-06-30>

No Comment on Bolton Book, Ministry Says (2020-06-24)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday declined to comment after former White House national security adviser John Bolton questioned US President Donald Trump’s commitment to Taiwan. <Accessed 2020-06-29> 

U.S. Defense Bill Supports Taiwan's Military, COVID-19 Cooperation (2020-06-25)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Chiang Yi-ching) The Armed Services Committee of the U.S. Senate released on Tuesday its version of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes provisions that support both the strengthening of Taiwan's military and further cooperation on efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. <Accessed 2020-06-26>

U.S. Lawmakers Introduce Taiwan Fellowship Act (2020-06-27)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Frances Huang) U.S. lawmakers have introduced the Taiwan Fellowship Act to help U.S. federal government officials gain a better understanding about Taiwan, said Democratic Senator Edward Markey, one of the lawmakers proposing the act, on Friday. <Accessed 2020-06-29>

U.S. Military Aircraft Flies Near Taiwan for 10th Day (2020-06-30)
(CNA, By Flor Wang and Matt Yu) A United States warplane flew over waters near Taiwan on Tuesday, the 10th consecutive day American military aircraft have been active in the area at a time when China forced through a highly controversial security law for Hong Kong. <Accessed 2020-06-30> 
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics

The Executive Yuan Names Shen Jong-Chin as Vice Premier (2020-06-20)
(Taipei Times, By Sean Lin) The Executive Yuan yesterday announced the appointment of Minister of Economic Affairs Shen Jong-chin (沈榮津) as vice premier and Vice Minister of Economic Affairs Wang Mei-hua (王美花) to head the ministry. <Accessed 2020-06-30> 

Army Special Forces Conducting 15-Day Training in Northern Taiwan
 (2020-06-21)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Kay Liu) An Army special forces division is undergoing a 15-day training program that comprises a 350-kilometer march and is scheduled to conclude on Monday. <Accessed 2020-06-30>

Brave Eagle Jet Trainer Soars in Milestone for Taiwan Defence Industry (2020-06-22)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwan’s first indigenous advanced jet trainer (AJT) took to the air on Monday for a 20-minute inaugural flight which signalled a milestone in the development of the island’s aerospace industry. <Accessed 2020-06-29>

Taiwanese Lack Confidence in Economic Future: Survey (2020-06-22)
(CNA, By Flor Wang and Liu Kuan-ting) Taiwan's people lack confidence in the country's economy and do not believe its rich-poor gap can be effectively reduced in the future, according to the results of a survey released Monday. <Accesed 2020-06-30> 

Control Yuan Nominees Confirmed (2020-06-23)
(Taipei Times/CNA) The Presidential Office yesterday officially announced its nominations for the Control Yuan, with former Presidential Office secretary-general Chen Chu (陳菊) to head the nation’s top government watchdog and its newly established National Human Rights Commission. <Accessed 2020-06-26>

Changing of the Guard as William Lai Replaces Taiwan’s Epidemiologist Vice President
 (2020-06-24)
(The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) Chen Chien-jen ended his single term as vice president after playing a key role in Taiwan’s successful COVID-19 response. <Accessed 2020-06-24>

DPP Should Start Work on Abolishing Yuans: KMT (2020-06-25)
(Taipei Times, By Sean Lin) The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) should include forming a “constitutional reform committee” as a topic on the agenda of the Legislative Yuan’s extraordinary session, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus whip Lin Wei-chou (林為洲) said yesterday. Such a move would formally launch discussions about abolishing the Control Yuan and the Examination Yuan, Lin said. <Accessed 2020-06-26>

KMT Illegally Acquired Land: Assets Committee (2020-06-26)
(Taipei Times, By Chen Yu-fu and Dennis Xie) The Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee said that its initial investigation found that the plots of land housing multiple Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) service centers across the nation were illegally acquired during the Martial Law era. <Accessed 2020-06-30>

Navy Plans Live-Fire Torpedo Drill on Wednesday: Source (2020-06-30)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Ko Lin) The Taiwanese Navy's submarines plan to carry out a live-fire torpedo drill for the first time in 13 years off the coast of southeastern Taiwan on Wednesday, a military source said Tuesday. <Accessed 2020-06-30> 

Taiwan's Foreign Relations

Government Plans to Make Taiwan Bilingual by 2030: President (2020-06-21)
(CNA, By Yeh Su-ping, Ku Chuan, and Joseph Yeh) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Sunday that her administration will lay out plans to make the country bilingual by 2030 so that younger Taiwanese will be able to communicate directly with the English-speaking community to increase international awareness of the country. <Accessed 2020-06-30>

Coronavirus: Taiwan to Allow Transit Passengers, Some Visitors as It Starts to Ease Restrictions
 (2020-06-24)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwan will allow international travellers – including from Hong Kong and Macau – to transit through the island as it starts to ease coronavirus restrictions, while entry bans on some students and non-tourism visitors will also be lifted. <Accessed 2020-06-29>

President Tsai Welcomes Planned Visit by Czech Senate Leader (2020-06-24)
(CNA, By Wen Kuei-hsiang, Lin Yu-li and Evelyn Kao) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Wednesday that she welcomed the plan by Miloš Vystrčil, president of the Czech Republic's Senate, to visit Taiwan later this year and wished to thank him for standing up for Taiwan. <Accessed 2020-06-29> 

Virus Outbreak: Taiwanese Stranded in Turkey Returning Home (2020-06-24)
(Taipei Times/CNA) The first group of Taiwanese returning home from Turkey since Ankara lifted its two-month ban on international flights on June 11 were expected to arrive last night. <Accessed 2020-06-30> 

Foreign Investment has Risen 40%, Ministry Says (2020-06-24)
(Taipei Times/CNA) Foreign investment in the first quarter increased 40 percent and local procurement by foreign companies surged 109 percent year-on-year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. <Accessed 2020-06-30> 

Official Touts Middle East Humanitarian Aid Efforts (2020-06-30)
(Taipei Times, By Lu Yi-hsuan and William Hetherington) Taiwan’s commitment to developing countries is demonstrated by the nation’s humanitarian aid efforts in the Middle East, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said on Sunday. <Accessed 2020-06-30> 

Parliamentary Friendship Associations Set Up (2020-06-30)
(Taipei Times, By Lu Yi-hsuan and Dennis Xie) The Legislative Yuan has established friendship associations with lawmakers in Latin America and Africa as part of the nation’s efforts to bolster ties with diplomatic allies and nations friendly to Taiwan. <Accessed 2020-06-30>

Canada to Strengthen Innovation Sector Connections with Taiwan: Envoy (2020-06-30)
(CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Emerson Lim) Canada will work to strengthen its connections with Taiwan in the innovation sector in 2020 and 2021 despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Jordan Reeves, executive director of the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei. <Accessed 2020-06-30> 
U.S.-China Relations
Trump Says He Avoided Punishing China Over Uighur Camps to Protect Trade Talks (2020-06-21)
(New York Times, By Michael Crowley) President Trump said he resisted punishing China for its mass internment of ethnic Uighurs last year for fear of jeopardizing trade talks with Beijing, a blunt admission of his transactional approach to human rights and willingness to subordinate other U.S. policy priorities to a potential trade deal he considers vital to his re-election. <Accessed 2020-06-29>

U.S. Designates Four More Chinese News Organizations as Foreign Missions
 (2020-06-22)
(New York Times, By Edward Wong) The move brings to nine the total number of Chinese state-run news organizations that the State Department has designated with that label. China will most likely retaliate. <Accessed 2020-06-29>

The Uneven Effects of US Restrictive Immigration Policy for Chinese Nationals
 (2020-06-24)
(The Diplomat, By Robert Farley) The Trump administration’s immigration will have negative — but uneven — effects on both the United States and China. <Accessed 2020-06-24>

Trump Signs Uyghur Human Rights Act Into Law (2020-06-24)
(The Diplomat, By Eleanor Albert) Trump signed a law sanctioning Chinese officials responsible for anti-Uyghur policies even as allegations leaked that the U.S. president had encouraged China in the constriction of detention camps. <Accessed 2020-06-24>

With China Sanctions, America Pushes the Limits of Its Financial Power (2020-06-24)
(The Diplomat, By Andrew Rennemo) U.S. diplomacy has developed an unhealthy dependence on sanctions. <Accessed 2020-06-24>

Silicon Valley Can’t Be Neutral in the U.S.-China Cold War (2020-06-24)
(Foreign Policy, By Jacob Helberg) Firms like Zoom show that “one company, two systems” doesn’t work. <Accessed 2020-06-24>

Rebuking China, Senate Moves to Protect Hong Kong Autonomy (2020-06-25)
(Associated Press, By Matthew Daly) In a bipartisan rebuke of China, the Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a bill to impose sanctions on business and individuals — including the police — that undermine Hong Kong’s autonomy or restrict freedoms promised to Hong Kong residents. <Accessed 2020-06-26>

The Future of Trans-Atlantic Collaboration on China: What the EU-China Summit Showed (2020-06-26)
(Brookings, By Paul Gewirtz) We can’t work on a collaborative approach towards China unless we first understand how our allies see and act on their own interests. <Accessed 2020-06-29>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Mainland China

China Ignores US Fears with Strategy to Use Civilian Tech for Military (2020-06-22)
(South China Morning Post, By Matt Ho) China will ramp up joint military-civilian efforts to develop cutting-edge technologies, according to the fine print of a new document that answers some of the big questions in the country’s long-term economic and security vision. <Accessed 2020-06-29>

The CCP Politburo Holds Its First Collective Study Session for 2020 (2020-06-24)
(Jamestown Foundation, By John Dotson) The resumption of the Politburo’s periodic “collective study” sessions is likely another sign that the central CCP leadership wishes to project a return to normalcy after the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the earlier months of 2020. <Accessed 2020-06-29>

China’s New Digital Industrial Transformation (2020-06-24)
(The Diplomat, By Bob Savic) China’s post-COVID rebuild will position the country to weather future pandemics. <Accessed 2020-06-24>

China and COVID-19: A Central-Local ‘Chess Game’ (2020-06-24)
(The Diplomat, By Philipp Renninger) Attributing pandemic containment to “Beijing” is both wrong and right – and thus sheds light on China’s central-local governance. <Accessed 2020-06-24>

Hong Kong and Macau

China to Establish National Security Bureau in Hong Kong (2020-06-21)
(Associated Press) China plans to establish a special bureau in Hong Kong to investigate and prosecute crimes considered threatening to national security, according to details of a controversial new national security law Beijing is imposing on the semi-autonomous territory. <Accessed 2020-06-22>

Hong Kong Lawyers Alarmed at Plans for Judges in National Security Trials (2020-06-21)
(Reuters, By Greg Torode and James Pomfret) Senior Hong Kong lawyers expressed alarm on Sunday at plans for the city’s leader to select judges for national security cases, calling it the most serious challenge to the territory’s vaunted judicial independence since the 1997 handover to Chinese rule. <Accessed 2020-06-22>

PacNet #37 – How Xi Jinping Thought Gave Hong Kong its National Security Law (2020-06-24)
(Pacific Forum, By Jonathan Lim) The anticipated adoption of the Hong Kong National Security Law embodies the growing influence of Xi Jinping Thought on Diplomacy, bridging the intersection between China’s domestic actions and its increasingly assertive foreign policy. <Accessed 2020-06-29>

Exclusive: Support Dips for Hong Kong Democracy Protests as National Security Law Looms - Poll
 (2020-06-25)
(Reuters, By Carol Mang and Yanni Chow) Support for year-long pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong has slipped, now getting the backing of a slim majority, as the city braces for the imposition of Beijing-drafted national security legislation, a survey conducted for Reuters showed. <Accessed 2020-06-26>

Hong Kong’s High Degree of Autonomy in the Balance (2020-06-26)
(East Asia Forum, By Sourabh Gupta) While its impact on Hong Kong’s rights, freedoms and lifestyle may be less than what most have prophesied, this can only be confirmed once the legal text is finalized. <Accessed 2020-06-29>

In Seizing Control, China Sidelines Its Allies in Hong Kong (2020-06-27)
(New York Times, By Keith Bradsher and Elaine Yu) Local tycoons and British-trained civil servants helped promote Beijing’s agenda in the territory. Now Beijing seems ready to push them aside. <Accessed 2020-06-29>

China's Foreign Relations

The World Is Awakening to China’s Sharp Power (2020-06-24)
(The Diplomat, By Simon Shen) China’s sharp power first began to be displayed in Hong Kong. Now it is seen all over the world. <Accessed 2020-06-24>

China’s Surveillance Technology Is Keeping Tabs on Populations Around the World (2020-06-24)
(The Diplomat, By Hugh Harsono) Exports of Chinese AI technology give Beijing a foothold in foreign security systems. <Accessed 2020-06-24>

China Could Be in Reach of Hawaii After Kiribati Elects Pro-Beijing President (2020-06-24)
(Foreign Policy, By Christopher Pala) The strategic significance of the vote could not have been higher. <Accessed 2020-06-24>

China’s Post-Coronavirus Aggression Is Reshaping Asia (2020-06-24)
(Foreign Policy, By Lindsey W. Ford, Julian Gewirtz) Multilateral responses are likely as Beijing picks fights. <Accessed 2020-06-24>

Australian Politician’s Home Raided in Chinese Influence Inquiry (2020-06-26)
(New York Times, By Damien Cave) The case is the first high-profile criminal investigation of Chinese influence peddling to be made public since Australia passed foreign interference laws two years ago. <Accessed 2020-06-29>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

Taiwan Protests Against Japan's Name Change for Diaoyutai Area (2020-06-22)
(CNA, By Liu Kuang-ting, Wang Chao-yu and Joseph Yeh) Taiwan on Monday protested against Japan's decision to change the name of an administrative area that covers the Diaoyutai Islands, saying it was an infringement on Taiwan's territorial claim to the islands. <Accessed 2020-06-30> 

Taiwan Redeploys Soldiers to South China Sea for Training: Source (2020-06-22)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Emerson Lim) Taiwanese marines have been temporarily deployed to the Pratas Islands (東沙島) in the South China Sea amid reports the Chinese military plans to conduct drills in the area in August, a defense official confirmed Monday. <Accessed 2020-06-30> 

Taiwan Repeats Position on Diaoyutais Amid Envoy's Dissenting View
 (2020-06-23)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Tuesday reasserted Taiwan's sovereignty over the disputed Diaoyutai Islands after Taiwan's envoy to Japan seemed to say otherwise in a Facebook post. <Accessed 2020-06-26>

China Names Undersea Canyons and Knolls in East China Sea amid Rising Tension with Japan over Islands (2020-06-24)
(South China Morning Post, By Kinling Lo) China has announced new names for undersea features in the disputed East China Sea amid renewed tension with Japan on sovereignty rights over remote islands in the area. <Accessed 2020-06-29>

Tsai Urges Against 'Unilateral Actions' in Diaotuyais Dispute (2020-06-24)
(CNA, By Wei Kuei-hsiang, Wang Cheng-chung, Chen Yun-yu, Shen Ru-feng and Joseph Yeh) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Wednesday urged all parties involved in the territorial dispute over the Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea to avoid taking "unilateral actions" that could escalate regional tensions. <Accessed 2020-06-29>

Yilan to Open Office to Boost Claim on Diaoyutais (2020-06-25)
(Taipei Times/CNA) An Yilan County councilor on Tuesday said that he would open an office to reinforce Taiwan’s sovereignty claim to the Diaoyutai Islands (釣魚台) after a Japanese local government changed the name of an administrative area that covers the disputed islands. <Accessed 2020-06-26>

ASEAN Takes Position vs China’s Vast Historical Sea Claims (2020-06-27)
(Associated Press, By Jim Gomez) Southeast Asian leaders said a 1982 U.N. oceans treaty should be the basis of sovereign rights and entitlements in the South China Sea, in one of their strongest remarks opposing China’s claim to virtually the entire disputed waters on historical grounds. <Accessed 2020-06-29>

The Korean Peninsula

North Korea Vows to Dump Millions of Leaflets and Trash on the South (2020-06-22)
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) “The time for retaliatory punishment is drawing near,” the North said, threatening to respond to propaganda balloons sent by anti-North Korean activists and defectors in South Korea. <Accessed 2020-06-29>

North Korea’s Leader Overrules Military Plan to Deploy Troops at Border (2020-06-23)
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) A strategy of raising and de-escalating tensions has long been part of the North’s way of gaining leverage. By staying the hand of hard-liners, Kim Jong-un appeared to be leaving room for diplomacy. <Accessed 2020-06-29>

Back to Square One for Inter-Korean Relations (2020-06-23)
(East Asia Forum, By Scott Snyder) Now is the time for the alliance to focus on maintaining defence against external threats and to reaffirm the mutual value and benefits of close alliance-based coordination. <Accessed 2020-06-29>

Other Regional Issues

US, Russia Hold New Nuclear Arms Talks, But Without China (2020-06-23)
(Associated Press, By David Rising) American and Russian negotiators have concluded a round of nuclear arms control talks in Vienna, aimed at producing a new agreement to replace the New START treaty that expires in February — the last remaining pact constraining the arsenals of the world’s two major nuclear powers. <Accessed 2020-06-26>

The Wrong Way to Draw China to Arms Control Talks
 (2020-06-24)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) What were Chinese flags doing in the room at U.S.-Russia arms control talks? <Accessed 2020-06-24>

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