::: TSR Weekly Report
2020-07-04 | NO.44(24) epaper |
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Cross-Strait Relations
As China Strengthens Grip on Hong Kong, Taiwan Sees a Threat (2020-07-01)
(New York Times, By Javier C. Hernández and Steven Lee Myers) The sweeping new security law in Hong Kong has further eroded what little support there was in Taiwan for unifying with the mainland. <Accessed 2020-07-07>

Public Warned of Risks in Visiting Hong Kong (2020-07-01)
(Taipei Times/Reuters) The government yesterday warned the public about the risk of visiting Hong Kong after the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress passed national security legislation for the territory, while President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said she was disappointed about the law. <Accessed 2020-07-07>

Taiwan Opens Office to Help People Fleeing Hong Kong in Wake of National Security Law (2020-07-02)
(The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) Taiwan on Wednesday launched a new office to process applications by Hong Kong nationals seeking to work, study, or seek asylum in the country. <Accessed 2020-07-02>

KMT Speaks Out Against Security Legislation for HK
(Taipei Times, By Sherry Hsiao) Passage of the Hong Kong national security legislation by China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee is regrettable, the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) said in a statement yesterday. <Accessed 2020-07-07> 

Taiwan Stages Drill Simulating Response to an Invasion by China (2020-07-02)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Joseph Yeh) A large-scale anti-landing drill simulating Taiwan's response to a Chinese invasion was staged in central Taichung City on Thursday, in a live-fire rehearsal ahead of the annual Han Kuang military exercises. <Accessed 2020-07-07> 

China Speaks in Tongues over Taiwan (2020-07-03)
(East Asia Forum, By Nicholas Chiu) Three economic signals and a pair of political statements make Beijing’s tone down of threats against Taiwan perceptible. <Accessed 2020-07-07>

Taiwan Expels Two Chinese Reporters for 'Violations' (2020-07-03)
(CNA, By Chiu Chun-chin, Lai Yen-hsi, and Kay Liu) According to the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), the two reporters, who arrived in Taiwan in December, had violated regulations regarding Chinese reporters' work in Taiwan because they had hosted televised studio programs, and were not simply working as journalists. <Accessed 2020-07-06>

Chinese Military Aircraft Enters Taiwan's ADIZ (2020-07-04)
(CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Ko Lin) A Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Saturday, before being chased off by Taiwanese patrol planes, according to the Air Force Command Headquarters. <Accessed 2020-07-07> 

Stricter Oversight of PRC Reporters Urged (2020-07-06)
(Taipei Times, By Peng Wan-hsin and William Hetherington) Chinese reporters are agents of the Chinese Communist Party, and the government should institute stricter regulations covering those posted to Taiwan, a Taiwan Thinktank consultant said on Saturday. <Accessed 2020-07-07> 

Beijing Needs to Accept Complete ‘Consensus’: Ma (2020-07-06)
(Taipei Times, By Sherry Hsiao) Former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday called on critics of the so-called “1992 consensus” to propose a feasible alternative, and urged Beijing to accept the “complete” version of the “consensus” if it is to advocate it. <Accessed 2020-07-07>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
U.S. Warplanes Spotted Flying over Waters near Taiwan (2020-06-29)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Ko Lin) Several American warplanes were observed flying over the Bashi Channel near Taiwan at separate times on Monday, according to posts by several aircraft tracking accounts on Twitter. <Accessed 2020-07-07>

Taiwan Will Reopen Guam Office, a Sign of Stronger Ties with the US in the Face of Tension with China
(South China Morning Post, By Sarah Zheng) Taiwan will soon reopen its de facto consulate in Guam, bringing its total representative offices in the United States to 13, as the two parties forge stronger ties amid rising tensions with Beijing. <Accessed 2020-07-07>

U.S. Should Grant Full Diplomatic Recognition to Taiwan: Bolton (2020-07-03)
(CNA, By Ozzy Yin and Ko Lin) John Bolton, a former national security adviser to United States President Donald Trump, reiterated Thursday that the U.S. should exert "asymmetric" pressure on China, such as by giving full diplomatic recognition to Taiwan. <Accessed 2020-07-06>

U.S. House Rep Introduces Taiwan Defense Bill Amid Military Tensions (2020-07-03)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Emerson Lim) United States Representative Mike Gallagher introduced the House version of the Taiwan Defense Act (TDA) on Wednesday amid Beijing's increased military activities around Taiwan, according to a press release issued by the congressman's office. <Accessed 2020-07-06>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics 

Taiwan Celebrates Pride With a Public Parade (2020-06-28)
(New York Times, By Chris Horton) Hundreds joined a march in Taipei, making it one of the few places in the world to proceed with such an event during the coronavirus pandemic. <Accessed 2020-07-07>

DPP Retakes Legislative Yuan from KMT Following Scuffles (2020-06-29)
(CNA, By Kuo Chien-shen, Chen Chun-hua, and Joseph Yeh) Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers retook the legislative chamber at around noon Monday, following scuffles with opposition Kuomintang (KMT) members who were protesting the DPP's nominee for Control Yuan president. <Accessed 2020-07-07>

President Announces Measures to Strengthen Military Reserves (2020-06-29)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Emerson Lim) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) announced measures Monday to make Taiwan's military reserve force a more reliable backup for the regular forces in protecting the country amid increased military movements around Taiwan. <Accessed 2020-07-07>

Taiwan's Foreign Relations

Legislative Friendship Groups for Latin America and Africa Formed (2020-06-29)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) Two legislative friendship groups aimed at building relations between Taiwanese legislators and those in Latin America and Africa were established on Monday. <Accessed 2020-07-07>

Why Taiwan Matters for the Czech Republic (2020-06-30)
(The Diplomat, By Filip Šebok) Taiwan has transformed itself into the “anti-China” in the Czech domestic debate. <Accessed 2020-06-30>

Taiwan Helps Belize with Flood Early Warning System (2020-07-01)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) Taiwan has helped its diplomatic ally Belize develop an early warning system for floods to boost its resilience against natural disasters, the International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF) said yesterday. <Accessed 2020-07-06>

Outflanked by China in Africa, Taiwan Eyes Unrecognised Somaliland (2020-07-01)
(Reuters, By Ben Blanchard) Taiwan and Somalia’s breakaway region of Somaliland will establish representative offices in each other’s capitals, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said on Wednesday, a step guaranteed to anger Beijing. <Accessed 2020-07-07>

Taiwan Representative to Somaliland Named (2020-07-03)
(CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Emerson Lim) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) confirmed on Friday that Lou Chen-hwa (羅震華), currently a counselor at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Saudi Arabia, will head the Taiwan Representative Office in Somaliland. <Accessed 2020-07-06>

CORONAVIRUS/U.K. Includes Taiwan Among its Safe Travel Corridors (2020-07-04)
(CNA, By Tai Ya-chen and Emerson Lim) Taiwan has been included by the United Kingdom in its safe travel corridors from which travelers to England will no longer need to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival beginning July 10, according to a notice posted on the U.K.'s government portal. <Accessed 2020-07-07> 
U.S.-China Relations
U.S. Starts Paring Back Hong Kong's Special Status due to Security Law (2020-06-29)
(Reuters, By David Brunnstrom) The United States began eliminating Hong Kong’s special status under U.S. law on Monday, halting defense exports and restricting the territory’s access to high technology products as China prepares new Hong Kong security legislation. <Accessed 2020-07-07>

China to Impose Visa Restrictions on U.S. Individuals over Hong Kong (2020-06-29)
(Reuters, By Cate Cadell and Se Young Lee) Beijing said on Monday it will impose visa restrictions on U.S. individuals with “egregious conduct” on Hong Kong-related issues, mirroring U.S. sanctions against unnamed Chinese officials deemed responsible for curbing freedoms in the city. <Accessed 2020-07-07>

A New Superpower Competition Between Beijing and Washington: China’s Nuclear Buildup
(New York Times, By David E. Sanger and William J. Broad) The Trump administration is portraying the small but increasingly potent Chinese arsenal — still only one-fifth the size of the United States’ or Russia’s — as the big new threat. <Accessed 2020-07-07>

China Demands Info from 4 Media Companies in Response to US (2020-07-01)
(Associated Press) China has demanded staff and business information from four U.S. media companies including The Associated Press in what it called a necessary response to similar demands by Washington on Chinese state-controlled news outlets. <Accessed 2020-07-06>

PacNet #38 – Why America Opposes the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)?—A Second Look (2020-07-02)
(Pacific Forum, By Robert Sutter) The US opposition to the BRI reflects a substantial set of differences with China, not just an issue of economic competition. <Accessed 2020-07-07>

Everyone Misunderstands the Reason for the U.S.-China Cold War
(Foreign Policy, By Stephen M. Walt) The left says it’s U.S. arrogance. The right says it’s Chinese malevolence. Both are wrong. <Accessed 2020-07-02>

U.S. Navy ‘Dual Carrier Operations’ Send Message to China, Allies (2020-07-02)
(The Diplomat, By Steven Stashwick) In rare move, twice this month two U.S. aircraft carriers operated together in Philippine Sea. <Accessed 2020-07-02>

COVID-19 Complicates the US-China Cyber Threat Landscape (2020-07-02)
(The Diplomat, By Lee Clark) Will the fallout from the pandemic increase or decrease China’s cyber aggression? <Accessed 2020-07-02>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Mainland China

Chinese Coast Guard an Auxiliary Navy: Researcher (2020-06-29)
(Taipei Times, By Chung Li-hua and Jake Chung) China’s recent amendment to its Law on the People’s Armed Police Force has, in effect, made the Chinese Coast Guard an auxiliary navy, and should be a warning to neighboring countries to the east and south of China, a Taiwanese researcher said in an article published by the Institute for National Defense and Security Research. <Accessed 2020-07-07>

COVID-19 Accelerates China’s Political Economic Transformation (2020-07-02)
(East Asia Forum, By Christopher A McNally) The most profound shift taking place in China’s political economy is a move away from the export-led growth strategy adopted in the 1990s to a new economic model based on domestic consumption, indigenous technology development and urbanisation. <Accessed 2020-07-07>

China Forces Birth Control on Uyghurs to Suppress Population (2020-07-02)
(The Diplomat, By Associated Press) Even while China loosens restrictions on family size elsewhere, rates of forced birth control and sterilization are growing in Xinjiang. <Accessed 2020-07-02>

Hong Kong and Macau

China’s Great Wall of Finance Shows First Signs of a Crack – in Hong Kong (2020-06-30)
(The Diplomat, By Macro Yuk-sing Kwan) Any U.S. financial sanctions on Hong Kong will break the financial lifeline for China. <Accessed 2020-06-30>

Britain Must Step Up to the Global Stage to Protect Hong Kong (2020-06-30)
(Foreign Policy, By David Owen) China’s disregard for international law under Xi presents a shared challenge. <Accessed 2020-06-30>

How to Watch for Freedom Disappearing in Hong Kong (2020-06-30)
(Foreign Policy, By Sarah Cook) The national security law is just the start of oppression. <Accessed 2020-06-30>

Hong Kong Through Water and Fire (2020-07-02)
(The Diplomat, By Sebastian Veg) From the mass protests of 2019 to the national security law of 2020. <Accessed 2020-07-02>

Hong Kong Opens Door to China’s Hulking Security State (2020-07-02)
(New York Times, By Chris Buckley) A new national security law will allow Beijing’s sprawling and secretive security system to establish a visible foothold in the territory. <Accessed 2020-07-07>

China Names Head of New National Security Office in Hong Kong (2020-07-03)
(Reuters, By Yew Lun Tian) Beijing has appointed an official who became prominent during a clampdown on protests in a Chinese village as director of its new national security office in Hong Kong, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Friday. <Accessed 2020-07-06>

China's Foreign Relations

Putting a Dollar Amount on China’s Loans to the Developing World (2020-06-30)
(The Diplomat, By Yufan Huang and Deborah Brautigam) At long last, we now know how much poor country governments owe China. <Accessed 2020-06-30>

China’s Approach to Global Governance (2020-06-30)
(The Diplomat, By Yanzhong Huang and Joshua Kurlantzick) China’s strategy brings some positives for the world, but poses the dangerous risk of a global governance divide. <Accessed 2020-06-30>

How Europe Fell Out of Love With China (2020-06-30)
(Foreign Policy, By Keith Johnson) EU officials speak increasingly of Beijing as a rival, not a partner. But unlike Trump, they don’t yet want a divorce. <Accessed 2020-06-30>

Balancing Act: Major Powers and the Global Response to US-China Great Power Competition (2020-07-00)
(Brookings, By Fiona Hill, Tanvi Madan, Amanda Sloat, Mireya Solís, Constanze Stelzenmüller, Bruce Jones, Emilie Kimball, Jesse I. Kornbluth, and Ted Reinert) The world’s major powers are currently engaged in a careful balancing act when it comes to navigating the complex and ever-changing competition between the United States and China. <Accessed 2020-07-07>

Bullied by Beijing, America’s Closest Allies Regret Saying ‘Yes’ to China (2020-06-30)
(Foreign Policy, By Salvatore Babones) China was winning over the innermost circle of U.S. allies. Now it’s driving them away. <Accessed 2020-06-30>

U.K. Grants Asylum to Ex-Consulate Worker Who Told of Torture in China (2020-07-01)
(New York Times, By Austin Ramzy) Simon Cheng was held during the height of the Hong Kong protests last year, and his treatment highlighted concerns about China’s legal system. <Accessed 2020-07-07>

Japan Should Continue to Speak up on the Chinese Government’s Human Rights Abuses (2020-07-02)
(The Diplomat, By Teppei Kasai) Taking a tough, meaningful stand against Beijing is not easy, but Tokyo must continue to demonstrate the depth of its commitments to human rights. <Accessed 2020-07-02>

Watch China’s Unconventional Levers of Power in World Affairs (2020-07-02)
(The Diplomat, By Robert Sutter) Unconventional – and often overlooked – practices form a key part of China’s international influence. <Accessed 2020-07-02>

Canada Suspends Its Extradition Treaty with Hong Kong, Eyes Immigration Boost (2020-07-03)
(Reuters, By David Ljunggren) Canada is suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong in the wake of new Chinese national security legislation and could boost immigration from the former British colony, top officials said on Friday. <Accessed 2020-07-06>

Hong Kong National Security Law and Covid-19 Strain China-Japan Ties (2020-07-04)
(South China Morning Post, By Laura Zhou) Plans for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Japan are under question, with relations between the two countries – already complicated by their wartime history and ongoing territorial dispute in the East China Sea – further strained by the coronavirus pandemic and the introduction by Beijing of a national security law in Hong Kong. <Accessed 2020-07-07>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

Taiwan President Asserts Sovereignty Over Disputed Islands Claimed by Japan and China
(The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) Tsai Ing-wen reiterated Taiwan’s claim over the Diaoyutai/Senkakus after opposition politicians pushed her to respond to a Japanese move to change their administrative name. <Accessed 2020-06-30>

ASEAN Takes Position vs China’s Vast Historical Sea Claims (2020-06-30)
(The Diplomat, By Jim Gomez) The recent statement marks a significant strengthening of the regional bloc’s assertion of the rule of law in the disputed region. <Accessed 2020-06-30>

Philippines Warns China of ‘Severest Response’ Over Drills (2020-07-03)
(Associated Press, By Jim Gomez) The Philippine foreign secretary warned China on Friday of “the severest response” if ongoing Chinese military exercises in the disputed South China Sea spill over into Philippine territory. <Accessed 2020-07-06>

The Korean Peninsula

After Rapidly Rising Inter-Korean Tensions, North Korean Leader ‘Suspends’ Plans for Military Action
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) The decision was taken at a meeting of the Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea. <Accessed 2020-06-30>

Trying to Loosen the Linchpin: China’s Approach to South Korea (2020-07-00)
(Brookings, By Jung H. Pak) Beijing perceives Seoul as the weakest link in the U.S. alliance network, given its perception of South Korea’s deference and history of accommodating China’s rise relative to other regional players, such as Japan, which considers China a long-term security threat. <Accessed 2020-07-07>

Why South Korea Should Be Key to a Revised US Indo-Pacific Approach (2020-07-02)
(The Diplomat, By Kyle Ferrier) COVID-19 highlights the need to address nontraditional security issues in the region – something South Korea has great expertise in. <Accessed 2020-07-02>

In North Korea, Coronavirus Hurts More Than Any Sanctions Could (2020-07-04)
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) Closing the border with China crippled the regime’s few remaining methods, legal and otherwise, for bringing in much-needed foreign currency. <Accessed 2020-07-07>

Other Regional Issues

What Does the China-India Standoff in Ladakh Mean for Pakistan? (2020-06-30)
(The Diplomat, By Muhammad Akbar Notezai) For Islamabad, the Sino-Indian border clash is a chance to press the advantage on the Kashmir issue. <Accessed 2020-06-30>

Facing Trump, Putin, and Xi, London Needs Old Allies for New Ideas (2020-07-02)
(Foreign Policy, By Ben Judah) A “C-3” of Canada, Australia, and the U.K. is the right group to stand up to authoritarian aggression. <Accessed 2020-07-02>

Renewing America’s Commitment to the Indo-Pacific (2020-07-02)
(The Diplomat, By Jim Inhofe and Cory Gardner) A new Pacific Deterrence Initiative will complement ARIA and implement its vision of a more robust U.S military presence in the Indo-Pacific. <Accessed 2020-07-02>

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