::: TSR Weekly Report
2020-08-15 | NO.44(30) epaper |
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Cross-Strait Relations
Analysts Downplay Chinese Military Drills (2020-08-09)
(Taipei Times/CNA) Taiwan security analysts on Friday downplayed the importance of military exercises China is to hold next week in the East China Sea, and ruled out a link between the drills and an upcoming visit from US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar. <Accessed 2020-08-09>

Presidential Office Condemns Beijing for Chinese Jet Intrusion (2020-08-10)
(CNA, By Wen Kuei-hsiang, Wang Cheng-chung, Yu Hsiang and Joseph Yeh) The Presidential Office on Monday condemned Beijing for its latest provocative military act targeting Taipei after two Chinese warplanes briefly crossed the Taiwan Strait median line earlier in the day. <Accessed 2020-08-20> 

In a First, Taiwan’s Missile Systems Track PLA Fighter Jets (2020-08-11)
(South China Morning Post, By Liu Zhen) Taiwan for the first time tracked People’s Liberation Army fighters with surface-to-air missile radars on Monday, a tactic that could become more common in the future, an observer said. <Accessed 2020-08-17>

Taipei, Shanghai Hold Video Conference on Post-COVID-19 Tourism (2020-08-11)
(CNA, By Lee Wan-yu and Elizabeth Hsu) The meeting was the third of nine industry forums planned as follow-ups to the 2020 Taipei-Shanghai Twin City Forum, an annual event that started in 2010, with each city hosting the event in alternative years. <Accessed 2020-08-11>

NPP Urges Changes to HK-Macau Rules (2020-08-12)
(Taipei Times, By Wu Su-wei and William Hetherington) The New Power Party (NPP) yesterday called on the government to amend legislation relating to Hong Kong and Macau following the arrest of tycoon Jimmy Lai (黎智英), founder of Next Digital group. <Accessed 2020-08-20> 

Ex-Legislative Aides Indicted for Espionage Released on Bail (2020-08-13)
(CNA, By Lin Chang-shun and Flor Wang) Two of three former legislative aides charged with spying and developing a spy network in Taiwan for China were released on bail Thursday, hours after their indictment earlier the same day. <Accessed 2020-08-13>

Legal Experts, Party Representatives Say Administrative Court Ruling Aids China (2020-08-13)
(Taipei Times, By Jason Pan) Legal experts and representatives of political parties yesterday accused the Taiwan High Administrative Court of aiding China in its “united front” campaign against Taiwan, after it ruled against the Ministry of the Interior, which had fined 27 Taiwanese for working for local government offices in China. <Accessed 2020-08-13>

Taiwan Will Never Yield to Chinese Provocation: MAC
(CNA, By Lai Yen-hsi, Matt Yu, Emerson Lim, and William Yen) Following a statement by China's People's Liberation Army on military exercises in the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan's government said Thursday it will never yield to provocations by Beijing. <Accessed 2020-08-20> 

Hong Kongers Granted Residency in Taiwan Jump 116% (2020-08-15)
(CNA, By Yu Hsiang and Ko Lin) The number of Hong Kong residents awarded residency in Taiwan during the first six months of this year totaled 3,161, up 116 percent from the same period of 2019, according to the latest immigration statistics. <Accessed 2020-08-17>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
Azar Leads Highest-Level US Delegation to Taiwan in Decades (2020-08-09)
(Associated Press, By Johnson Lai) U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar arrived in Taiwan on Sunday in the highest-level visit by an American Cabinet official since the break in formal diplomatic relations between Washington and Taipei in 1979. <Accessed 2020-08-09>

As U.S. and Taiwan Celebrate a Bond, China Responds With Screaming Jets (2020-08-09)
(New York Times, By Amy Qin) The highest-level American visit to Taiwan in decades shows the island’s importance as ties between the United States and China deteriorate. <Accessed 2020-08-17>

U.S. to Discuss WHO Alternatives with Taiwan: U.S. Health Official (2020-08-10)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) The United States will talk with Taiwan and other global partners about "appropriate vehicles" to continue U.S. support for global public health after it officially withdraws from the World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Monday. <Accessed 2020-08-20> 

Ryan Hass On Taiwan: Tsai’s Steadiness Should Set the Tone (2020-08-10)
(Taipei Times, By Ryan Hass) The tighter the coordination and the more the US-Taiwan relationship is focused on substance while allowing for timely signals of symbolic support, the easier it will be to maintain a balance that supports Taiwan’s long-term interests. <Accessed 2020-08-17>

Taiwan, US Sign Agreement on Health (2020-08-11)
(Taipei Times, By Lee I-chia) The first memorandum of understanding (MOU) on health cooperation between the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the US Department of Health and Human Services was yesterday signed at the Centers for Disease Control in Taipei. <Accessed 2020-08-11>

Azar Backs Taiwan's Participation in Global Health Forums (2020-08-11)
(CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Emerson Lim) United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar reiterated U.S. support for Taiwan's inclusion in international health forums in a meeting with Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) on Tuesday. <Accessed 2020-08-11>

U.S. Health Secretary Lauds Lee Teng-hui for Role in March to Democracy (2020-08-11)
(CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Joseph Yeh) United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar on Tuesday praised Taiwan's former President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) as a great man in the global march to democracy. <Accessed 2020-08-11>

Foreign Ministry Sends Well-Wishes to Guam Governor (2020-08-12)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday wished Guam Governor Lou Leon Guerrero a quick recovery after she tested positive for COVID-19 a day earlier. <Accessed 2020-08-20> 

Taiwan to Seek Closer Security Ties, Trade Agreement with U.S.: Tsai (2020-08-13)
(CNA, By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Matthew Mazzetta) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said on Wednesday that Taiwan will continue to work closely with the United States during her second term, with the focus on establishing a constructive security relationship, beginning negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) and strengthening engagement with other like-minded democracies. <Accessed 2020-08-13>

U.S. Condemns Chinese Military Exercises in Taiwan Strait (2020-08-15)
(CNA, By Stacy Hsu and Matthew Mazzetta) The United States State Department on Friday said it "strongly objects" to China's attempts to "coerce" Taiwan, one day after the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) announced that it had recently conducted military exercises in the Taiwan Strait. <Accessed 2020-08-17>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics

Progress Made on Removal of Authoritarian-Era Statues (2020-08-13)
(Taipei Times, By Chen Yu-fu and Jake Chung) As of this month, 54 organizations have completed plans to remove, or have already removed, icons of authoritarian rule from public spaces in compliance with the Transitional Justice Commission’s regulations. <Accessed 2020-08-13>

DPP's Chen Chi-mai Wins Kaohsiung By-Election by Wide Margin (Update) (2020-08-15)
(CNA, By Chen Chao-fu, Yang Ssu-jui, Kuo Chu-chen, and Frances Huang) Former Vice Premier Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) easily won a mayoral by-election in Kaohsiung on Saturday, helping the DPP achieve its goal of taking the city back from the opposition Kuomintang (KMT). <Accessed 2020-08-17>

KMT Chair Vows to Win Back Kaohsiung Mayorship in 2022 (2020-08-15)
(CNA, By Liu Kuan-ting, Yeh Su-ping, Christie Chen, and Frances Huang) Opposition Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) on Saturday vowed to bring his party back to power in Kaohsiung in 2022, following a crushing defeat for the KMT in the mayoral by-election in the southern city that day. <Accessed 2020-08-17>

Taiwan's Foreign Relations

First Somaliland Representative to Taiwan Arrives (2020-08-09)
(CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Joseph Yeh) Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) on Sunday welcomed Somaliland's first representative who arrived in the country Friday in preparation for the upcoming opening of the self-claimed African state's representative office in Taiwan. <Accessed 2020-08-09>

Taiwan, Japan Look to Reinforce Ties During Delegation Visit (2020-08-09)
(CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Lee Hsin-Yin) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, who led a delegation to pay tribute to late Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) Sunday, sought to reinforce ties between the two countries during a meeting at the Presidential Office that day. <Accessed 2020-08-09>

Petition Calls to Change Taiwan’s Status in White Paper (2020-08-09)
(Taipei Times, By Peng Wan-hsin and William Hetherington) A petition launched last month by a Japanese researcher calling on the Japanese Ministry of Defense to redact a white paper listing Taiwan as part of China has garnered more than half of its goal of 2,500 signatures. <Accessed 2020-08-09>

Taiwan Says Virus Aid Sent Quietly to Avoid Beijing Protests (2020-08-11)
(Associated Press, By Johnson Lai) Taiwan sent COVID-19 assistance to foreign countries surreptitiously to avoid protests from China, its foreign minister said Tuesday during a meeting with the highest-level American official to visit the island in four decades. <Accessed 2020-08-11>

Czech Senate President to Arrive in Taiwan Aug. 30 on 6-Day Visit (2020-08-13)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim and Chen Yun-yu) The president of the Czech Republic senate Miloš Vystrčil will visit Taiwan for six days, starting Aug. 30, at the head of a delegation comprising about 40 political and business leaders, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday. <Accessed 2020-08-13>

Prague Mayor to Join Czech Delegation (2020-08-13)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) Prague Mayor Zdenek Hrib yesterday said that he would join a delegation led by Czech Senate President Milos Vystrcil on a visit to Taiwan at the end of this month. <Accessed 2020-08-13>

Taiwan Promotes Organic Equivalence Pacts with U.S., Canada (2020-08-14)
(CNA, By Yang Shu-min and Ko Lin) At an event held in Taipei to promote Taiwanese organic produce for the international market, the COA highlighted pacts signed with Canada on May 27 and the U.S. on June 5. <Accessed 2020-08-20> 
U.S.-China Relations
Trump Administration Penalizes Hong Kong Officials for Crackdown on Protesters (2020-08-07)
(New York Times, By Pranshu Verma and Edward Wong) The sanctions are the first punishments brought against officials in China and Hong Kong for suppressing pro-democracy protests. <Accessed 2020-08-17>

Why Is the United States Effectively Banning WeChat and TikTok?
(Foreign Policy, By James Palmer) Apps are just the latest frontier in the U.S.-China contest. Washington is signaling to global firms the risks of doing business with Beijing. <Accessed 2020-08-12>

Washington Needs a Better Plan for Competing With China (2020-08-12)
(Foreign Policy, By Mathew Kroenig) U.S. China policy is heavy on rhetoric and light on goals. Articulating a clear set of objectives—from trade to defense—will help policymakers focus their efforts. <Accessed 2020-08-12>

Trump Administration 'Satisfied' with China Purchase Progress in Phase 1 Trade Deal: Kudlow (2020-08-13)
(Reuters, By David Lawder and Jonathan Landay) White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Thursday said the Trump administration is satisfied with China’s progress in meeting commitments to purchase U.S. goods in a Phase 1 trade deal, signaling that the pact will survive an initial review on Saturday. <Accessed 2020-08-17>

U.S. Labels Chinese Language Education Group a Diplomatic Mission (2020-08-13)
(New York Times, By Edward Wong) State Department officials said the move was aimed at informing American schools of potential propaganda from the government group’s programs, largely known as Confucius Institutes. <Accessed 2020-08-17>

China Attacks New US Demand to Register Confucius Institutes (2020-08-14)
(Associated Press) China accused the United States on Friday of trying to “demonize and stigmatize” relations between the two countries, in a scathing attack on the Trump administration’s designation of Chinese-funded language and culture programs in the U.S. as foreign missions of the Chinese Communist Party. <Accessed 2020-08-17>

As Relations With U.S. Sink, China Tones Down ‘Hotheaded’ Nationalism (2020-08-15)
(New York Times, By Javier C. Hernández) Beijing is dialing down its belligerence to avoid provocative moves that might give President Trump more opportunities to attack ahead of the November election. <Accessed 2020-08-17>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Mainland China

China’s First Type 075 Amphibious Assault Ship Begins Sea Trials (2020-08-12)
(The Diplomat, By Robert Farley) Before long, the PLAN could have the dominant amphibious capability in the Western Pacific. <Accessed 2020-08-12>

Deception Is Key to Chinese Military Strategies (2020-08-12)
(The Diplomat, By Aaron Jensen) Despite the long tradition of valuing deception by Chinese military leaders, few studies on Chinese military power touch on the issue. <Accessed 2020-08-12>

The CCP’s Economic Plans in the Lead-Up to the Fifth Party Plenum (2020-08-14)
(Jamestown Foundation, By Willy Wo-Lap Lam) Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary Xi Jinping has given top priority to a policy of domestic consumption and innovation to ensure “safe economic growth” and to counter U.S. President Trump’s apparent efforts to boycott high-end Chinese firms and products. <Accessed 2020-08-17>

Integrating the PLA Rocket Force into Conventional Theater Operations (2020-08-14)
(Jamestown Foundation, By Roderick Lee) This article makes the case that PLA theater commands almost certainly have clearly defined operational control authorities over some of the PLARF’s conventional missile force. <Accessed 2020-08-17>

Hong Kong and Macau

Hong Kong Media Tycoon Jimmy Lai Arrested Under National Security Law: Top Aide (2020-08-09)
(Reuters, By Greg Torode and Marius Zaharia) Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai has been arrested over suspected collusion with foreign forces under the new national security law, his top aide said on Twitter, in what is the highest-profile arrest yet under the legislation. <Accessed 2020-08-09>

Luxury Homes Tie Chinese Communist Elite to Hong Kong’s Fate (2020-08-12)
(New York Times, By Alexandra Stevenson and Michael Forsythe) Three top leaders of China’s Communist Party have relatives who own assets in Hong Kong, including more than $51 million in luxury real estate, a New York Times investigation shows. <Accessed 2020-08-17>

China's Foreign Relations

Indian Frustration With China Grows (2020-08-12)
(The Diplomat, By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan) New Delhi’s responses to Beijing’s efforts — such as raising the Kashmir issue at the U.N. — are becoming increasingly harsh. <Accessed 2020-08-12>

India Doesn’t Want to Be a Pawn in a U.S.-China Great Game (2020-08-12)
(Foreign Policy, By Atman Trivedi) Beijing’s belligerence is driving New Delhi closer toward Washington—but with strings attached. <Accessed 2020-08-12>

PacNet #47 – The Collapse of Chinese Soft Power (2020-08-14)
(Pacific Forum, By Denny Roy) Despite this commitment, even prior to 2020, the success of Beijing’s soft power campaign was underwhelming. <Accessed 2020-08-17>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
South China Sea: Chinese Military Told Not to Fire First Shot in Stand-off with US Forces (2020-08-11)
(South China Morning Post, By Wendy Wu and Minnie Chan) China has told its service personnel “not to fire the first shot” as Beijing looks to de-escalate tensions with the United States in the South China Sea, sources familiar with the situation told the South China Morning Post. <Accessed 2020-08-17>

Trump Has Pushed Iran Into China’s Arms (2020-08-12)
(Foreign Policy, By Saeid Jafari) Hard-liners in Tehran have called for closer ties to China for years. The U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear agreement gave them what they wanted. <Accessed 2020-08-12>

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