::: TSR Weekly Report
2020-07-25 | NO.44(27) epaper |
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Cross-Strait Relations
Advocates Urge Passport, Airline Name Changes (2020-07-21)
(Taipei Times/CNA) A group of independence advocates yesterday called on lawmakers to change the Republic of China (ROC) passport cover design and the name of the nation’s flagship carrier to highlight “Taiwan.” <Accessed 2020-07-27>

How Beijing’s ‘Red Lines’ over Taiwan Could Lead to War with US (2020-07-22)
(South China Morning Post, By Minnie Chan) Taiwan looms large as one of the most obvious flashpoints for an armed conflict between China and the United States. <Accessed 2020-07-29>

Taiwan Will Deal with Hong Kong Visa Issue Based on Parity: MAC (2020-07-23)
(CNA, By Miao Zong-han and Evelyn Kao) The Taiwan government said Thursday that it will deal with the issue of work permits for Hong Kong officials based on the principles of parity and reciprocity, after several Taiwanese officials in Hong Kong were denied work visa extensions and had to return home. <Accessed 2020-07-27>

Chinese Military Threat on the Rise: Foreign Minister (2020-07-23)
(Taipei Times/Reuters, By Matilda Coleman) China is stepping up its military preparedness to overtake Taiwan, Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) said yesterday, following a spike of Chinese drills near the nation. <Accessed 2020-07-27>

Taiwan-China Low-Intensity Conflict Possible: Analysts (2020-07-25)
(Taipei Times/CNA) While conventional war between Taiwan and China is unlikely, low-intensity conflict is a possibility, security analysts said in Taipei. <Accessed 2020-07-27>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
New Taiwan Envoy to America Sees Potential Risks and Rewards in China-US Rivalry over Economy and Tech (2020-07-19)
(South China Morning Post, By Matt Ho) Hsiao said in the interview that as a manufacturing hub of information and communication technology products, Taiwan needed to ensure it was a “trustworthy partner” of the US and other like-minded countries to secure more cooperation. <Accessed 2020-07-29>

Team Biden’s Policies on China and Taiwan
(The Diplomat, By Yang Kuang-shun) To understand a possible President Biden’s China approach, we need to look at the views of his likely advisers. <Accessed 2020-07-21>

U.S. Defense Secretary Reaffirms Commitment to Sell Arms to Taiwan (2020-07-22)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Kay Liu) The United States will live up to its commitment to Taiwan by selling it weapons and holding exercises in the region as China becomes more aggressive and assertive toward the island, U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Tuesday. <Accessed 2020-07-30> 

Taiwan Closely Monitors U.S.-China Tensions: President Tsai (2020-07-23)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) Taiwan's government will closely monitor the development of the latest round of the Washington-Beijing frictions and take necessary actions to respond to the situation, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said on Thursday. <Accessed 2020-07-27>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics

At DPP Congress, Groups to Vie for High-Ranking Seats (2020-07-19)
(Taipei Times, By Huang Shin-po and Jason Pan) Groups within the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) are expected to vie for high-level positions at the party’s national congress today in Taipei, while leading party figures are to stump for its Kaohsiung mayoral candidate Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁). <Accessed 2020-07-19>

Judicial Reform Groups March in 20th Day of Protests (2020-07-19)
(Taipei Times, By Jason Pan) A group of judicial advocates yesterday marched in Taipei as they entered their 20th day of protests to urge Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers to include a jury system in a judicial reform bill. <Accessed 2020-07-19>

KMT Undecided on Fate of Branches (2020-07-19)
(Taipei Times, By Shih Hsiao-kuang and Dennis Xie) The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) will not finalize its stance on the fate of the Examination Yuan and the Control Yuan until after it holds intraparty discussions, KMT spokeswoman Hung Yu-chien (洪于茜) said yesterday. <Accessed 2020-07-19>

Constitutional Reform Crucial: Tsai (2020-07-20)
(Taipei Times, By Yang Chun-hui and Dennis Xie) Constitutional reform is one of the most important advancements for Taiwan, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said yesterday, adding that items that should be prioritized include lowering the voting age from 20 to 18, and abolishing the Examination Yuan and the Control Yuan, as the issues have cross-party consensus. <Accessed 2020-07-30> 

Lay Judge System Review Begins (2020-07-21)
(Taipei Times, By Jason Pan) Lawmakers yesterday in an extraordinary legislative session began reviewing the Judicial Yuan’s proposed bill for citizen participation in criminal court procedures and passed a second reading to rename the proposed “citizen participation in criminal trial procedures act” to the proposed “national judge act.” <Accessed 2020-07-27>

Citizen Judge Legislation Launches 'New Era': President Tsai (2020-07-22)
(CNA, By Wen Kui-hsiang, Liu Kuan-ting, Lin Chang-chun, Wang Yang-yu, and Elizabeth Hsu) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) applauded the passing of legislation Wednesday that she said marks the beginning of an era in which citizens will take part in judicial proceedings via a "joint trial, joint verdict" mechanism. <Accessed 2020-07-30> 

KMT Stands with Kaohsiung Mayoral Candidate amid Plagiarism Scandal (2020-07-25)
(CNA, By Yu Hsiang and Matthew Mazzetta) The opposition Kuomintang (KMT) on Saturday reiterated that it will continue to throw its full weight behind Li Mei-jhen (李眉蓁), its candidate in the upcoming Kaohsiung mayoral by-election, two days after she said she was "renouncing" her graduate degree amid accusations that she had plagiarized her thesis. <Accessed 2020-07-27>

Taiwan's Foreign Relations

Taiwan's Ambassador Mourns Cardinal Grocholewski's Passing (2020-07-19)
(CNA, By Huang Ya-shi and Emerson Lim) Taiwan's ambassador to the Vatican Matthew Lee (李世明) on Saturday expressed his condolences over the death of Polish Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, who had promoted academic cooperation between Taiwan and the Vatican. <Accessed 2020-07-19>

EU Urges Taiwan to End Death Penalty at Talks (2020-07-19)
(Taipei Times/CNA) The EU on Wednesday reiterated its strong opposition to the death penalty in annual human rights talks with Taiwan, as part of an agenda that also included LGBT issues, and the rights of migrant workers and Taiwanese arrested abroad. <Accessed 2020-07-19>

Oxford Proposes Sister City Agreement with Taiwanese City (2020-07-21)
(CNA, By Tai Ya-chen and Ko Lin) The Oxford City Council on Monday overwhelmingly passed a motion aimed at establishing a sister city, or twinning, agreement with a Taiwanese city. <Accessed 2020-07-27>

Paraguayan President Rejects China, Maintains Ties with Taiwan: Envoy (2020-07-21)
(CNA, By Kuo Chien-shen and Emerson Lim) Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez has chosen to maintain diplomatic relations with Taiwan despite efforts by the Chinese government to persuade Asuncion to switch allegiance, according to Paraguay's top envoy to Taiwan. <Accessed 2020-07-27>

CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan Among First Countries Listed in Jordan's Border Reopening (2020-07-22) (CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Kay Liu) Taiwan is among the first 22 countries listed by the Kingdom of Jordan in its announcement of the reopening of its borders in August, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Wednesday. <Accessed 2020-07-30> 

Three Cities Show Interest in Sister Ties with Oxford (2020-07-23)
(Taipei Times/CNA) Hsinchu, Taichung and Tainan have expressed an interest in establishing sister-city ties with Oxford after the Oxford City Council on Monday passed a motion to establish a twinning agreement with a Taiwanese city. <Accessed 2020-07-27>

Netherlands Rep in Taiwan Awarded Economic Professional Medal (2020-07-23)
(CNA, By Wu Po-wei and Evelyn Kao) Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs Wang Mei-hua (王美花) on Thursday awarded Guy Wittich, the outgoing head of the Netherlands' de facto embassy in Taiwan, the ministry's economic professional medal for his promotion of bilateral trade and investment exchanges between Taiwan and the Netherlands. <Accessed 2020-07-27>

Taiwan Extends Visa-Free Entry for Four Countries (2020-07-23)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced on Thursday that the visa-free privilege extended to tourists from Thailand, Brunei, the Philippines and Russia will be extended for one year, effective from Aug. 1, 2020 to July 31, 2021. <Accessed 2020-07-27>

India Silently Upgrades Taiwan Ties (2020-07-24)
(Taipei Times, By Manik Mehta) One of the consequences of India’s face-off with China in the Galwan Valley in its Ladakh region last month — Chinese soldiers killed 20 unarmed Indian soldiers with iron rods and clubs studded with iron nails — is that India is upgrading and intensifying its ties with Taiwan. <Accessed 2020-07-30> 
U.S.-China Relations
U.S. Imposes Sanctions on 11 Chinese Companies Over Human Rights (2020-07-20)
(New York Times, By Ana Swanson) The move, which affects suppliers to major international brands such as Apple, Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger, could force companies to sever some ties to China. <Accessed 2020-07-29>

U.S. Accuses Chinese Nationals of Hacking Spree for COVID-19 Data, Defense Secrets (2020-07-21)
(Reuters, By Raphael Satter and Christopher Bing) The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday indicted two Chinese nationals over their role in what the agency called a decade-long cyber espionage campaign that targeted defense contractors, COVID researchers and hundreds of other victims worldwide. <Accessed 2020-07-27>

U.S. Orders China to Close Houston Consulate, Citing Efforts to Steal Trade Secrets (2020-07-22)
(New York Times, By Edward Wong, Lara Jakes and Steven Lee Myers) The Trump administration accused Chinese citizens of stealing scientific research and told the country’s diplomats in Texas to leave. <Accessed 2020-07-29>

China Orders U.S. to Shut Chengdu Consulate, Retaliating for Houston (2020-07-24)
(New York Times, By Keith Bradsher and Steven Lee Myers) The tit-for-tat consulate closures marked yet another round of rising tensions between Washington and Beijing. <Accessed 2020-07-29>

Tight Security Outside U.S. Chengdu Consulate After China Orders Closure (2020-07-25)
(Reuters, By Martin Quin Pollard) Security was tight outside the U.S. consulate in the Chinese city of Chengdu on Saturday as staff inside prepared to leave, a day after China ordered it to close in response to a U.S. order for China to shut its consulate in Houston. <Accessed 2020-07-27>

Officials Push U.S.-China Relations Toward Point of No Return (2020-07-25)
(New York Times, By Edward Wong and Steven Lee Myers) Top aides to President Trump want to leave a lasting legacy of ruptured ties between the two powers. <Accessed 2020-07-29>

China Doesn't Want to Conquer, Just Do Business (2020-07-26)
(Bloomberg, By Robert Kaplan) Most crucially, since China has a vision for its imperial system — Belt and Road — the U.S. requires its own vision of international order. <Accessed 2020-07-27>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Hong Kong and Macau

The World Is Falling for China’s Hong Kong Trap (2020-07-21)
(The Diplomat, By Andrei Lungu) With the national security law, the CCP created for itself the perfect opportunity to pit China against “foreign hostile forces.” <Accessed 2020-07-21>

China’s Activists Mourn the Loss of Hong Kong’s Glimmer of Hope (2020-07-21)
(The Diplomat, By Diana Fu and Sida Liu) Now Hong Kongers must learn from mainlanders how to confront a paranoid regime. <Accessed 2020-07-21>

Hong Kong Protesters Gather on Anniversary of Mob Attack (2020-07-21)
(Reuters, By Jessie Pang and James Pomfret) Small groups of Hong Kong pro-democracy demonstrators gathered on Tuesday to mark the first anniversary of an attack in a train station by an armed crowd wearing white shirts, and demanded justice for victims of the violence and broader freedoms. <Accessed 2020-07-27>

China's Foreign Relations

U.K. Suspends Extradition Treaty With Hong Kong Over Security Law (2020-07-20)
(New York Times, By Stephen Castle) Several foreign governments have criticized the new law, which gives China broad powers to crack down on political crimes in the territory. <Accessed 2020-07-29>

After Huawei, the Nuclear Question Looms Large for China-UK Relations (2020-07-21)
(The Diplomat, By Philip Crowe) Planned Chinese investment in the British nuclear sector is the next big sticking point for London and Beijing. <Accessed 2020-07-21>

China Launches 5+1 Format Meetings With Central Asia (2020-07-21)
(The Diplomat, By Umida Hashimova) The format marks an expansion of China’s role in the region and a signal of its readiness to compete for influence. <Accessed 2020-07-21>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

‘Ugly Face’: U.S. and China Trade Barbs in Myanmar as South China Sea Rift Deepens (2020-07-19)
(Reuters) China’s embassy in Myanmar on Sunday accused the United States of “outrageously smearing” the country and driving a wedge with its Southeast Asian neighbors over the contested South China Sea and Hong Kong, as tensions mount between the superpowers. <Accessed 2020-07-19>

Indian, Chinese Soldiers Disengaging After Deadly Clash in Ladakh (2020-07-21)
(The Diplomat, By Ashok Sharma) A month after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in Galwan Valley, the two sides are pulling back front-line troops. <Accessed 2020-07-21>

Is ASEAN Ready to Stand Up to China in the South China Sea? (2020-07-24)
(East Asia Forum, By Lee YingHui) ASEAN needs to collectively better communicate to China the importance of maintaining a rules-based order in the South China Sea. <Accessed 2020-07-29>

Australia Says China's South China Sea Claims Are Unlawful
(Reuters, By Melanie Burton) Australia has joined the United States in stating that China’s claims in the South China Sea do not comply with international law in a declaration likely to anger China and put more strain on their deteriorating relations. <Accessed 2020-07-27>

The Korean Peninsula

Defying U.N. Ban, Chinese Ships Pay North Korea to Fish in Its Waters (2020-07-22)
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) Chinese vessels have caught $560 million worth of squid off the North’s shores since the United Nations banned the practice in 2017, says a group that tracks commercial fishing. <Accessed 2020-07-29>

North Korea Declares Emergency After Suspected Covid-19 Case
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) It was the first time North Korea has admitted that it might have a coronavirus case. <Accessed 2020-07-29>

Other Regional Issues

A US Vision beyond Great Power Competition (2020-07-22)
(East Asia Forum, By Adam Yang) But US grand strategy must move beyond ill-defined bilateral competition with China for the US to remain a global leader. <Accessed 2020-07-29>

U.S. Holds Naval Exercises with Allies in Asia amid China Tension (2020-07-21)
(Reuters, By Sanjeev Miglani) The United States is conducting two military exercises in Asian waters this week involving allies Japan, Australia and India, the U.S. navy said on Tuesday. <Accessed 2020-07-27>

U.S. in Talks with Japan About Marine Force Overhaul, Says Commander (2020-07-23)
(Reuters, By Tim Kelly) The United States has begun talks with Japan about deploying mobile U.S. Marine units in Okinawa armed with anti-ship and air defense missiles that would work closely with Japanese forces on islands that prevent easy access to the Pacific for China’s military, the Marine Corps commandant said on Thursday. <Accessed 2020-07-27>

As the World Gets Tougher on China, Japan Tries to Thread a Needle (2020-07-25)
(New York Times, By Motoko Rich and Makiko Inoue) Tokyo has not confronted Beijing as the United States and other allies have, mindful of its neighbor’s economic might and its own limited military options. <Accessed 2020-07-29>

Crunch Time for US Allies and Partners in Navigating a New Cold War (2020-07-27)
(East Asia Forum, By the Editorial Board) Countries around the world, but particularly US allies in Asia and the Pacific, now confront crunch time in the face of these radical changes in US foreign and international economic policies. <Accessed 2020-07-29>

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