::: TSR Weekly Report
2020-08-22 | NO.44(31) epaper |
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Cross-Strait Relations
Taiwan to Step Up Efforts to Prevent Chinese Spies Settling (2020-08-17)
(Reuters, By Ben Blanchard) Taiwan will step up scrutiny of mainland Chinese citizens who are residents of Hong Kong and seek to move to the island to ensure they do not engage in spying or other illegal acts, the government said on Monday. <Accessed 2020-08-17>

Taiwan Should Establish Communication Channels with China: Analysts (2020-08-17)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim and Tzeng Yi-ning) Taiwan should establish official channels of communication with China for its own security and a peaceful Taiwan Strait as the United States and China vie for regional influence, analysts said Monday at a forum on the impact of U.S.-China tensions on Taiwan. <Accessed 2020-08-17>

Taiwan Tightens Up on Investment from Mainland China (2020-08-21)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwan is tightening rules on mainland investment on the island, barring individual and corporate mainland Chinese investors with links to the government, political parties or the military. <Accessed 2020-08-24>

A Chinese Attack on Taiwan Is Not Imminent (2020-08-19)
(Asia Times, By Denny Roy) Beijing’s imposition of a new national security law for Hong Kong this year does not necessarily indicate that an attack on Taiwan is any closer. <Accessed 2020-08-20>

MOFA Slams China’s Kiribati Envoy (2020-08-21)
(Taipei Times, By Lu Yi-hsuan and Dennis Xie) Taiwan would never treat allied nations the way China does, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday after photographs showing Chinese Ambassador to Kiribati Tang Songgen (唐松根) walking over the backs of local children welcoming him to Marakei Island sparked worldwide criticism. <Accessed 2020-08-23>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
US-China Relations: Azar’s Visit to Taiwan Was Designed to Not Upset Beijing, Observers Say (2020-08-15)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) The recent visit to Taiwan by US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar was carefully managed not to cause unnecessary upset to Beijing, while still showing Washington’s support for the self-ruled island amid growing US-China tensions, observers said. <Accessed 2020-08-24>

President Tsai Makes Pitch for Taiwan-U.S. Trade Agreement
(CNA, By Wen Kuei-hsinag and Evelyn Kao) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Tuesday that a bilateral trade agreement (BTA) between Taiwan and the United States would be mutually beneficial and would help to strengthen their existing trade and business exchanges. <Accessed 2020-08-18> 

Taiwan and US Pledge Health Partnership, Possible Trade Agreement After Azar Visit
(The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said Thursday her country would seek a trade agreement and closer security ties with the United States. <Accessed 2020-08-19>

U.S. Identifies Warship that Sailed Through Taiwan Strait (2020-08-19)
(CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Joseph Yeh) A U.S. warship that recently sailed through the Taiwan Strait has been identified as the USS Mustin, a destroyer, according to a Facebook post by the U.S. Seventh Fleet on Wednesday. <Accessed 2020-08-19>

Pandemic Delays Reopening of TECO in Guam: Ministry (2020-08-19)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) The reopening of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Guam, which had been set for this month, would be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday. <Accessed 2020-08-19>

Mason Yu Takes Office as Head of AIT's Kaohsiung Branch (2020-08-19)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) on Wednesday named Mason Yu as the chief of its Kaohsiung branch, saying he had taken office following the recent departure of his predecessor. <Accessed 2020-08-19>

Taiwan and the United States — Much Thunder, Little Rain (2020-08-23)
(East Asia Forum, By Douglas Paal) The Chinese idiom ‘much thunder, little rain’ (leishengda, yudianxiao), which might be loosely rendered in English as ‘much ado about nothing’, neatly captures what transpired with the dispatch of the Secretary to Taiwan. <Accessed 2020-08-25>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics

KMT Caucus Whip Says Han Wave’s Time Is Over (2020-08-17)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Liang-sheng) It is time to say goodbye to the “Han wave,” Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus whip Lin Wei-chou (林為洲) said yesterday, following the party’s defeat in the Kaohsiung mayoral by-election on Saturday. <Accessed 2020-08-17>

How Does the Public Perceive the Diplomatic Isolation of Taiwan? (2020-08-22)
(East Asia Forum, By Yao-Yuan Yeh, Charles KS Wu, Austin Wang, and Fang-Yu Chen) Ultimately, what seems more important for Taiwan is establishing and maintaining robust unofficial diplomatic relations, particularly with the United States. <Accessed 2020-08-25>

Taiwan's Foreign Relations

Taiwan’s Strategic Shift: From Defensive to Offensive (2020-08-15)
(United Daily News, By Su Chi) The least noticed but most consequential accomplishment of the administration of President Tsai Ing-wen in its first four years was to change Taiwan's strategic role. The driving force for the transformation stemmed from the anti-China hawks within both Taiwan and the US. <Accessed 2020-08-25>

Taiwan Donates Surgical Face Masks to Argentina
(CNA, By Wang Pi-chih and Elizabeth Hsu) Taiwan has donated 20,000 surgical face masks to Argentina that will be distributed to the nation's medical centers located in areas worst-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, Taiwan's representative to Argentina Hsieh Chun-teh (謝俊得) said on Saturday. <Accessed 2020-08-20> 

Taiwan Opens Representative Office in Somaliland
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) Taiwan has formally opened a representative office in Somaliland, a self-declared East African state, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) confirmed Monday. <Accessed 2020-08-17>

Name of Taiwan's Office in Somaliland Significant: MOFA (2020-08-18)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) The newly opened Taiwan Representative Office in Somaliland is the only overseas office using the term "Taiwan," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday, describing it as a significant achievement diplomatically. <Accessed 2020-08-18> 

Czech Senate President to Address Taiwan Legislature, Receive Medal (2020-08-19)
(CNA, By Fan Cheng-hsiang and Joseph Yeh) Miloš Vystrčil, president of the Senate of the Czech Republic, will deliver a speech in Taiwan's Legislature, which will honor him with a medal, when he visits later this month, Legislative Speaker You Si-kun (游錫堃) said Wednesday. <Accessed 2020-08-19>

Taiwan-Brunei Relations Moving Forward Amid Challenges (2020-08-21)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) Taiwan-Brunei relations are gradually moving forward amid challenges, especially in agriculture, tourism, trade, education and people-to-people exchanges, Taiwan representative to Brunei Andrew Lee (李憲章) told CNA on Friday. <Accessed 2020-08-23>
U.S.-China Relations
US ‘Strongly Objects’ to Beijing’s Military Exercises (2020-08-16)
(Taipei Times/CNA) The US Department of State on Friday said it “strongly objects” to China’s attempts to “coerce” Taiwan, a day after the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) announced that it had conducted military exercises in the Taiwan Strait. <Accessed 2020-08-20> 

U.S. Tightening Restrictions on Huawei Access to Technology, Chips
(Reuters, By David Shepardson) The U.S. Commerce Department actions, first reported by Reuters, will expand restrictions announced in May aimed at preventing Huawei Technologies Co from obtaining semiconductors without a special license - including chips made by foreign firms that have been developed or produced with U.S. software or technology. <Accessed 2020-08-17>

China and the United States Are in a Race to Lose Power
(Foreign Policy, By Stephen M. Walt) A new cold war is starting, and neither side seems interested in winning. <Accessed 2020-08-19>

China Thinks Cooperation With the US Is ‘Unstoppable.’ It’s a Dangerous Assumption. (2020-08-19)
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) Buoyed by a sense of historical inevitability, Beijing insists it has no responsibility for fraying ties with Washington. <Accessed 2020-08-19>

Chinese Military Told to Prevent Escalation in Interactions With US (2020-08-19)
(The Diplomat, By Steven Stashwick) Chinese planes and ships are reportedly told “not to fire the first shot.” <Accessed 2020-08-19>

US Suspends Extradition and Tax Agreements with Hong Kong (2020-08-19)
(Associated Press, By Matthew Lee) The Trump administration on Wednesday suspended or terminated three bilateral agreements with Hong Kong covering extradition and tax exemptions, the latest in a series of U.S. moves in response to China’s imposition of strict national security laws over the former British territory. <Accessed 2020-08-19>

Local Officials in China Hid Coronavirus Dangers From Beijing, U.S. Agencies Find (2020-08-19)
(New York Times, By Edward Wong, Julian E. Barnes and Zolan Kanno-Youngs) A new U.S. intelligence report says top officials in Beijing were in the dark in early January on the true dangers of the virus. <Accessed 2020-08-24>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Mainland China

China’s ‘Never Again’ Mentality  (2020-08-19)
(The Diplomat, By Mark Tischler) Western analysts often overlook how much of China’s modern-day policy is driven by the collective trauma of its colonial past. <Accessed 2020-08-19>

‘Drive the Blade In’: Xi Shakes Up China’s Law-and-Order Forces (2020-08-20)
(New York Times, By Chris Buckley) Citing Mao, the Communist Party has started a campaign to ensure that police officers, judges and state security agents remain loyal and disciplined in challenging times. <Accessed 2020-08-24>

Hong Kong and Macau

Hong Kong Court Blocks Release of First Person Charged under New Security Law (2020-08-21)
(Reuters, By Pak Yiu, Yanni Chow, and Marius Zaharia) In a landmark decision, a Hong Kong court denied on Friday a bid for the release of the first person charged with inciting separatism and terrorism under a new national security law in the Chinese-ruled city. <Accessed 2020-08-23>

China's Foreign Relations

Why Did a Chinese Diplomat Walk All Over People on a Pacific Island? (2020-08-19)
(New York Times, By Damien Cave) The dispute over a welcome ceremony in Kiribati has put concerns about Chinese diplomacy and colonialism front and center. <Accessed 2020-08-24>

How Europe’s Big 3 Are Shifting on China (2020-08-19)
(The Diplomat, By Philippe Le Corre and John Ferguson) As the U.K. leads and France follows, the world now awaits a verdict from Germany on Huawei, Hong Kong, and more. <Accessed 2020-08-19>

What You May Not Know About Sino-Russian Cooperation in the Arctic and Why it Matters (2020-08-19)
(The Diplomat, By Sherri Goodman and Yun Sun) Despite disagreement on specific issues, China and Russia are aligning themselves strategically in the Arctic. <Accessed 2020-08-19>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

Committee to Inspect Pratas Islands (2020-08-18)
(Taipei Times, By Chen Yun and Aaron Tu) The Legislative Yuan’s Internal Administration Committee is on Thursday to inspect the Pratas Islands (Dongsha Islands, 東沙群島). <Accessed 2020-08-19> 

Why Doesn’t China Deploy Fighter Jets to the Spratly Islands? (2020-08-19)
(The Diplomat, By Ian Storey) Is Beijing merely trying to avoid provocation, or is there a more serious problem with its artificial island bases in the South China Sea? <Accessed 2020-08-19>

Philippines Protests Chinese Fishing Seizures, Air Warnings
(Associated Press, By Jim Gomez) The Philippine government filed a diplomatic protest after Chinese forces seized fishing equipment set up by Filipinos in a disputed shoal in their latest territorial spat in the South China Sea. <Accessed 2020-08-23>

The Korean Peninsula

North Korea’s Leader Had Big Economic Plans. He Admits They’ve Failed. (2020-08-19)
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) Kim Jong-un’s blunt assessment led his country to plan a rare Workers’ Party congress for January to chart a new course after the country was hammered by sanctions, floods and the pandemic. <Accessed 2020-08-24>

Other Regional Issues

Japanese Politicians Mark War Anniversary at Contentious Shrine (2020-08-15)
(New York Times, By Motoko Rich) Shinjiro Koizumi, a rising political star, was one of four cabinet ministers who went to Yasukuni Shrine, which has strong links to Japan’s imperial past. <Accessed 2020-08-24>

ASEAN’s Challenges and the Way Forward (2020-08-19)
(The Diplomat, By Kimkong Heng) As the grouping turns 53, it faces old and new challenges, both internal and external. <Accessed 2020-08-19>

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