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Cross-Strait Relations
Former Official Rejects Ma’s ‘One China’ Assertion (2020-08-03)
(Taipei Times, By Shih Hsiao-kuang, Su Yung-yao, and William Hetherington) Former Presidential Office secretary-general Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) on Saturday rejected former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) claim that former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had been a proponent of Beijing’s “one China” principle. <Accessed 2020-08-09>

Mainland China Deploys More Amphibious Weapons along Coast in Taiwan Mission (2020-08-05)
(South China Morning Post, By Minnie Chan) The People’s Liberation Army has deployed more amphibious weapon systems in mainland China’s coastal cities across the strait from Taiwan in a sign that the armed forces are keen to play a key role in the long-standing mission to “reunify Taiwan”, according to an analyst. <Accessed 2020-08-10>

Taiwanese Businessman Charged over Work with Chinese Intelligence
 (2020-08-05)
(CNA, By Hsiao Po-wen and Matthew Mazzetta) Taipei District Prosecutors Office on Wednesday charged a Taiwanese businessman with violating the National Security Act, for his alleged work on behalf of Chinese intelligence, specifically arranging meetings with officials from Taiwan's government and military. <Accessed 2020-08-09>

Jittery HK Authors Seeking Safety in Taiwan (2020-08-05)
(Taipei Times/Agence France-Presse) China’s new security legislation for Hong Kong has cast a threatening shadow over the territory’s dynamic book industry, with anxious publishers combing through back catalogues for potentially “subversive” material, and looking to Taiwan as a safe haven for printing fresh titles. <Accessed 2020-08-09>

Han Kuang Showcases Progress (2020-08-06)
(Taipei Times, By Brian Sung) Taken together, these innovations appear to support one of President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) goals stated in her second inaugural speech: developing asymmetric warfare capabilities to counter China’s increasingly menacing military and paramilitary forces. <Accessed 2020-08-13

Arm Taiwan—but Skip the Nukes
 (2020-08-07)
(Foreign Policy, By Bradley Bowman, Andrea Stricker) As the military balance of power shifts in China’s favor, Beijing may be increasingly tempted to act against Taiwan. <Accessed 2020-08-07>

Chinese Military Set for Live-fire Drills amid Rising Tensions over Taiwan (2020-08-07)
(South China Morning Post, By Catherine Wong) China will conduct live-fire drills in the East China Sea in next two weeks amid rising tensions over a high-level US visit to Taiwan. <Accessed 2020-08-10>

Ministry to Appeal Chinese Work Ruling (2020-08-08)
(Taipei Times, By Wen Yu-te and Jake Chung) The Ministry of the Interior on Thursday said it would appeal a court ruling that dismissed accusations it brought against 27 Taiwanese over breaches of the Act Governing Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (臺灣地區與大陸地區人民關係條例). <Accessed 2020-08-13> 

Banks’ Exposure to China Falls to a Historic Low (2020-08-08)
(Taipei Times, By Kao Shih-ching) The ratio of Taiwanese banks’ overall exposure to China dropped to a historic low of 40.89 percent of their combined net worth as of the end of June, as companies turned cautious amid the COVID-19 pandemic and trade tensions, data from the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) showed. <Accessed 2020-08-13> 
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
Trade, Security Among Top Priorities for New Taiwan Envoy to U.S. (2020-08-04)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh, Stacy Hsu and Matthew Mazzetta) Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴), Taiwan's new representative to the United States, said advancing trade relations and maintaining Taiwan's national security are the top priorities in her new role, but acknowledged that restrictions on the import of some U.S. agricultural products remain an impediment to a potential trade deal. <Accessed 2020-08-13> 

Exclusive: Taiwan in Talks to Make First Purchase of Sophisticated U.S. Drones - Sources
 (2020-08-06)
(Reuters, By Mike Stone) The United States is negotiating the sale of at least four sophisticated aerial drones to Taiwan for the first time, according to six U.S. sources familiar with the negotiations, aircraft that can keep watch over huge swathes of sea and land. <Accessed 2020-08-09>

Taiwan Joins U.S.' Women's Economic Empowerment Initiative
 (2020-08-07)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Ko Lin) Taiwan will help support a United States project called the 2X Women's Initiative, which is aimed at tackling the economic challenges faced by women in developing countries, Taiwan's top envoy in Washington said Thursday. <Accessed 2020-08-09>

US Health Chief to Visit Taiwan, a COVID-19 Success Story (2020-08-07)
(Associated Press, By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar) U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar leads a U.S. delegation departing this weekend for a three-day visit to Taiwan, where they will meet with President Tsai Ing-wen and health system leaders, and Azar will give a speech to public health graduates. <Accessed 2020-08-09>

Taiwan Listed as ‘Low Risk’ Country for US Travelers (2020-08-08)
(Taipei Times/CNA) The US on Thursday removed a warning against all international travel, and placed Taiwan on a list of 13 destinations where the risk of COVID-19 transmission is “very low.” <Accessed 2020-08-13> 
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics

Taiwan's Secretary-General to President Resigns Amid Bribery Linked to Family (2020-08-02)
(Taiwan News, By Sylvia Teng) Secretary-General to the President Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) tendered his resignation on Sunday (August 2) as his nephew Su Chen-ching (蘇震清), a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator, faces charges of corruption. <Accessed 2020-08-02>  

Taiwan's Post-Election Economic Woes (2020-08-03)
(Taiwan Insight, By John F. Copper) Had the economy not helped President Tsai and the DPP, their victories would have no doubt been somewhat smaller. Also, their images and their governance going forward may be affected. <Accessed 2020-08-10>

Taiwan Navy Launches First Locally-Built Rapid Mine-Laying Vessel (2020-08-04)
(CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Elizabeth Hsu) The Navy on Tuesday held a launch ceremony for Taiwan's first domestically-built rapid mine-laying ship as well as a keel-laying ceremony for the second of four minelayers that are part of the government's indigenous ship-building project. <Accessed 2020-08-13> 

Military Graft a Sign of a Broader Problem (2020-08-06)
(Taipei Times, By Luke Shaw) There have been media reports of a major corruption scandal at the Air Force Combatant Command involving a NT$3 billion (US$101.67 million) project to renovate a Taipei base. <Accessed 2020-08-13> 

KMT Did Not Pay for 85% of Land: Committee (2020-08-06)
(Taipei Times, By Chen Yu-fu and Dennis Xie) Of all the land that the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) acquired following its retreat to Taiwan in 1949, 85 percent was transferred to the party free of charge, while 11 percent was via transactions, the Cabinet’s Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee said on Tuesday. <Accessed 2020-08-13> 

Examination Yuan at Odds with Self
 (2020-08-07)
(Taipei Times, By Yang Mien-chieh and Jake Chung) Amid calls for its abolition, the Examination Yuan yesterday issued a statement urging people to respect its constitutionally ordained right to independently oversee the national examinations of civil servants — but the move drew flak from several incumbent and newly appointed members. <Accessed 2020-08-09>

Taiwan's Foreign Relations

Japanese Politicians Pay Respects to Former President Lee Teng-hui (2020-08-03)
(CNA, By Yang Ming-chu and Emerson Lim) Several Japanese political figures paid their respects to Taiwan's former President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) Monday at the nation's representative office in Tokyo, where a memorial was set up to honor the former president. <Accessed 2020-08-09>

Over 500 Foreign Dignitaries Pay Tribute to Late President Lee Teng-hui (2020-08-04)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim and Yeh Su-ping) More than 500 foreign dignitaries from 63 countries and international organizations had sent messages of condolence to Taiwan on the passing of former President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝), as of Monday evening, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). <Accessed 2020-08-13> 

Taiwan Names Head of Future Representative Office in Guam (2020-08-04)
(CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Emerson Lim) Paul Chen (陳盈連), a career foreign service officer, will head Taiwan's representative office in Guam, which is expected to be reopened at the end of August or by early September. <Accessed 2020-08-13> 

Somaliland Office to Open Soon: MOFA
 (2020-08-05)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) A representative office is set to open in Somaliland at the end of this month, at the earliest, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday amid reports that Beijing is sending a diplomatic delegation to the east African country. <Accessed 2020-08-09>
U.S.-China Relations
The US-China Relationship Is a Shakespearean Tragedy (2020-08-07)
(The Diplomat, By Zheng Wang) We are silently witnessing the biggest strategic misjudgment in history: Two superpowers are sliding toward conflict when they still share huge common interests. <Accessed 2020-08-07>

Beijing’s Retaliation on TikTok Could Hurt U.S. Firms (2020-08-07)
(Foreign Policy, By Nina Palmer) A forced sale may create another hurdle for U.S. companies operating in China. <Accessed 2020-08-07>

Targeting WeChat, Trump Takes Aim at China’s Bridge to the World (2020-08-07)
(New York Times, By Paul Mozur and Raymond Zhong) The all-purpose app, which the administration is restricting along with TikTok, is how many Chinese living abroad stay in touch with one another, and with people back home. <Accessed 2020-08-10>

China, US Militaries in Crunch Talks to Avoid Conflicts in Taiwan and South China Sea (2020-08-07)
(South China Morning Post, By Robert Delaney) China’s Defence Minister Wei Fenghe and his US counterpart Mark Esper warned each other in a phone call about escalating risks over Taiwan and the South China Sea, in the highest-level US-China talks since state leader Yang Jiechi met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Hawaii in mid-June. <Accessed 2020-08-10>

US Sanctions Pro-China Leader of Hong Kong, Other Officials (2020-08-08)
(Associated Press, By Deb Riechmann and Matthew Lee) The U.S. on Friday imposed sanctions on Hong Kong officials, including the pro-China leader of the government, accusing them of cooperating with Beijing’s effort to undermine autonomy and crack down on freedom in the former British colony. <Accessed 2020-08-09>

Hong Kong Officials Condemn and Mock Trump Administration Sanctions (2020-08-08)
(New York Times, By Paul Mozur) Officials in Hong Kong targeted by new United States sanctions argued on Saturday that the move harmed American interests and would have little impact on them. <Accessed 2020-08-10>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Mainland China

‘Clean Up This Mess’: The Chinese Thinkers Behind Xi’s Hard Line (2020-08-02)
(New York Times, By Chris Buckley) Chinese academics have been honing the Communist Party’s authoritarian response in Hong Kong, rejecting the liberal ideas of their youth. <Accessed 2020-08-10>

Dozens Charged in Hong Kong for Taking Part in Tiananmen Protest (2020-08-06)
(New York Times, By Elaine Yu) The charges against 24 people for attending an annual vigil are the latest signs of an intensifying crackdown on the pro-democracy movement. <Accessed 2020-08-10>

Who Will Be China’s Next Premier? (2020-08-07)
(The Diplomat, By Andrei Lungu) Because of the focus on what Xi will do in 2022, an important question has been ignored: who will take Li Keqiang’s place? <Accessed 2020-08-07>

Hong Kong and Macau

France Won’t Ratify Hong Kong’s Extradition Agreement (2020-08-03)
(Associated Press) France has decided not to ratify an extradition agreement with Hong Kong after China’s central government in Beijing imposed a new national security law on the city. <Accessed 2020-08-09>

China's Foreign Relations

Shaping from Within: A UN with Chinese Characteristics? (2020-08-03)
(East Asia Forum, By Rosemary Foot) China’s attempt to return the United Nations to a body that reflects a minimalist and pluralist conception of world order remains a complex and arduous task. <Accessed 2020-08-14>

Pakistan Approves Most Expensive China-Aided Project to Date (2020-08-05)
(Reuters) Pakistan’s top economic body on Wednesday approved its costliest project to date as part of the multibillion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) agreement, giving the go-ahead for a $6.8 billion project to upgrade its railway lines, the government said. <Accessed 2020-08-09>

China Changes Diplomatic Styles in Central Asia Over COVID-19 (2020-08-07)
(The Diplomat, By Umida Hashimova) Why is China rushing to comment on domestic COVID-19 developments in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan? <Accessed 2020-08-07>

The Global War for 5G Heats up (2020-08-07)
(The Diplomat, By John Lee) U.S. moves have undermined Huawei’s prospects outside China, but their long-term efficacy to constrain China’s development and export of 5G technology is uncertain. <Accessed 2020-08-07>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

Taiwan Sends Marines to Reinforce South China Sea Outpost amid Reports of Major PLA Landing Drill (2020-08-05)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwan’s military has sent a marine company to reinforce the garrison on a small outpost in the South China Sea amid reports that the People’s Liberation Army was planning a simulated attack on the islets. <Accessed 2020-08-10>

Japan’s Legal Response in the Gray Zone
 (2020-08-07)
(The Diplomat, By James Kraska) China’s gray zone tactics around the Senkaku Islands are even more dangerous than similar moves in the South China Sea. How is Japan responding? <Accessed 2020-08-07>

South China Sea: The Battle of the Diplomatic Notes Continues (2020-08-07)
(The Diplomat, By Nguyen Hong Thao) The latest round of diplomatic note exchanges resurrected the 2016 arbitral tribunal award. <Accessed 2020-08-07>

Vietnam Rejects Chinese Aggression in the South China Sea (2020-08-08)
(East Asia Forum, By Nguyen Khac Giang) Ultimately, China’s behaviour is likely to push Vietnam further away from Beijing’s orbit. <Accessed 2020-08-14>

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