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2020-08-29 | NO.44(32) epaper |
Note to Readers
Recent Publication Kharis Templeman, Yun-han Chu, and Larry Diamond (eds.), Dynamics of Democracy in Taiwan: The Ma Ying-jeou Years (Lynne Rienner Publishers)
Cross-Strait 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>

Beijing’s Ambitions to Build Cross-Strait Transportation Infrastructure (2020-08-31)
(China Brief, By Kristian McGuire) In January of last year, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary Xi Jinping gave a landmark speech about Taiwan in which he called for the construction of bridges between China’s Fujian Province and offshore islands under Taiwan’s jurisdiction. <Accessed 09-03-2020>

Geography a Tactical Edge: Defense Report (2020-08-25)
(Taipei Times, By Aaron Tu and William Hetherington) Alongside advanced weapons, the nation’s defense strategy should take advantage of Taiwan’s geographical characteristics to bolster its asymmetric warfare capabilities, the Institute for National Defense and Security Research said. <Accessed 2020-08-27>

Majority Disagrees with Ma’s War Statement: Poll (2020-08-25)
(Taipei Times, By Aaron Tu, Su Yung-yao, and Dennis Xie) Nearly 60 percent of Taiwanese disagreed with a statement by former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) that if Beijing were to wage war against Taiwan, “the first battle will be the last,” a survey released yesterday by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation showed. <Accessed 2020-08-27>

China Intercepts Boat with Activists Suspected on Board
 (2020-08-27)
(Associated Press, By Zen Soo) Chinese authorities have arrested at least 10 people, including a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist, after its coast guard intercepted a speedboat believed to be heading to Taiwan, media reports said Thursday. <Accessed 2020-08-27>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
Taiwan Envoy to U.S. Advocates for Expanded Business, Security Exchanges (2020-08-23)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Evelyn Kao) Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴), Taiwan's new representative to the United States, said Saturday she hopes that Taiwan will enhance exchanges with the United States in the areas of national defense and security, business and international participation. <Accessed 2020-08-23>

Taipei Donates Personal Protective Equipment to San Francisco (2020-08-23)
(CNA, By Lee Wan-yu and Joseph Yeh) The Taipei City government donated a shipment of personal protective equipment (PPE), including surgical masks, to San Francisco earlier this month to help the American sister city combat the COVID-19 pandemic, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said Sunday. <Accessed 2020-08-23>

With China Tensions Rising, U.S. Joins Taiwan to Mark Battle Anniversary (2020-08-23)
(Reuters, By Ben Blanchard) Amid rising tensions with Beijing, the de facto U.S. ambassador in Chinese-claimed Taiwan took part on Sunday for the first time in commemorations of a key military clash and the last time Taiwanese forces joined battle with China on a large scale. <Accessed 2020-08-23>

The Status Quo on Taiwan and the Importance of Strategic Ambiguity (2020-08-24)
(East Asia Forum, By the Editorial Board) Tensions between Beijing and Taipei have also been stirred by the Trump administration, which has teased the idea of increased US support for Taiwan. <Accessed 2020-08-29>

U.S. Makes Public Photo of Refueling of Taiwan's Aircraft
 (2020-08-27)
(CNA, By Yu Hsiang and Emerson Lim) Military planes between Taiwan and the United States conducted air refueling missions in U.S. airspace recently, according to a photo posted by the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) on its Facebook page on Thursday. <Accessed 2020-08-27>

U.S. Officials Applaud Taiwan for Easing Rules on Pork, Beef Imports (2020-08-29)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh, Stacy Hsu, and Matthew Mazzetta) Officials from across the United States government commended Taiwan on Friday for moving to ease standards on U.S. pork and beef imports, and threw their support behind efforts to broker a long-stalled free trade agreement (FTA) between the two countries. <Accessed 2020-08-31>

China-US Tensions: Taiwan’s New F-16 Service Centre Is ‘A Sign of More Open Security Ties’ (2020-08-30)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) The launch of a joint F-16 fighter jet maintenance centre in Taiwan is a step towards Taipei and Washington making their security cooperation more open, in defiance of Beijing, Taiwan military sources and observers said. <Accessed 2020-08-31>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics

Chen Chi-mai Wins Kaohsiung Mayor By-Election, Leaving Taiwan’s KMT In Turmoil (2020-08-25)
(The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) The ruling DPP snatched back control of a southern stronghold while the opposition KMT is once again forced to reflect on its future. <Accessed 2020-08-25>

F-16 Repair Hub Opens in Taichung (2020-08-29)
(Taipei Times/CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday presided over the opening of a maintenance center for F-16 jets in Taichung — the first of its kind in Asia — allowing the nation’s fleet of fighter jets to get an upgrade and eventually other countries’ aircraft to get repairs. <Accessed 2020-08-31>

Taiwan's Foreign Relations

New Office to Be Opened in France (2020-08-26)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) The Taipei Representative Office in France is to establish a new branch office in Aix-en-Provence to boost bilateral ties in trade, technology and tourism, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday. <Accessed 2020-08-27>

Tsai Highlights Taiwan's COVID-19 Efforts with Australia
 (2020-08-27)
(CNA, By Chiang Yi-ching and Chen Yun-yi) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Thursday highlighted cooperative efforts between Taiwan and Australia in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, and called for closer economic ties between the two countries. <Accessed 2020-08-27>

Prague Mayor to Strengthen Sister City Ties with Taipei (2020-08-27)
(CNA, By Lin Yu-li and Matthew Mazzetta) Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib, who is set to visit Taiwan as part of a delegation led by Czech Senate President Miloš Vystrčil next week, said on Wednesday that the top priority of his trip will be strengthening the sister city ties between Prague and Taipei. <Accessed 2020-08-27>

Taiwan’s Bid to Join the UN to Cite COVID-19 Efforts (2020-08-29)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) The nation’s campaign to rejoin the UN this year would highlight its achievements in containing COVID-19 and its commitment to multilateralism, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday. <Accessed 2020-08-31>

Czech Senate Speaker Leaves for Taiwan Visit, Angering China (2020-08-29)
(Reuters, By Robert Muller) The head of the Czech Senate traveled to Taiwan on Saturday for a rare trip by a senior foreign official that has angered China, which considers the island a breakaway province ineligible for state-to-state relations. <Accessed 2020-08-31>
U.S.-China Relations
TikTok to Challenge Trump Administration Over Executive Order (2020-08-22)
(New York Times, By Mike Isaac and Ana Swanson) The popular video app, which is owned by a Chinese internet company, said it had been deprived of due process when President Trump moved to block it in the United States. <Accessed 2020-08-29>

China, US Hold Delayed Trade Meeting to Discuss ‘Phase 1’ Deal (2020-08-25)
(The Diplomat, By Joe McDonald) Both the U.S. and China expressed satisfaction with the talks and the implementation of the deal thus far. <Accessed 2020-08-25>

US Becomes Latest Country to Suspend Extradition Treaty With Hong Kong (2020-08-25)
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) Hong Kong and the Chinese government issued a “severe reprimand” of the move. <Accessed 2020-08-25>

Reciprocity Is a Tool, Not a Strategy, Against China (2020-08-25)
(Foreign Policy, By Lucas Tcheyan, Sam Bresnick) Tit-for-tat tactics are sometimes necessary but rarely effective. <Accessed 2020-08-25>

China Protests U.S. Spy Plane Watching Drills (2020-08-25)
(Reuters, By Meg Shen, Ben Blanchard, and Idrees Ali) China has lodged “stern representations” with the United States, accusing it of sending a U.S. U-2 reconnaissance plane into a no-fly zone over Chinese live-fire military drills on Tuesday, further ratcheting up tensions between Beijing and Washington. <Accessed 2020-08-27>

Esper Visit to Tiny Palau Highlights US-China Competition (2020-08-27)
(Associated Press, By Robert Burns) Esper’s visit illustrates an important reason for the Pentagon’s interest in nurturing ties: Palau sits on a North Pacific pathway that links U.S. forces based in Hawaii and Guam to potential hotspots on the Asian continent. <Accessed 2020-08-27>

The US Cooperated with the Soviets on Smallpox – It Should Do the Same with China on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution (2020-08-27)
(Brookings, By James Haynes and Cheng Li) Despite these differences, and although the two countries are unlikely to formally collaborate on creating a vaccine, the leaders of each country should collaborate to distribute it to low-income countries, or at least to commit to distributing to these countries, even if the vaccine may be used in their own countries first. <Accessed 2020-08-31>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Mainland China

Xi Declares War on Food Waste, and China Races to Tighten Its Belt (2020-08-21)
(New York Times, By Bella Huang and Amy Qin) The Communist Party’s “clean plate” campaign targets livestreaming extreme eaters, wasteful diners and others amid concerns about China’s ability to feed its 1.4 billion people. <Accessed 2020-08-29>

Mahan, Corbett, and China’s Maritime Grand Strategy
 (2020-08-25)
(The Diplomat, By Andrew Latham) The shift from Mahan to Corbett is reflective of a major shift in Chinese grand strategy – one that has implications for the U.S. and the Indo-Pacific at large. <Accessed 2020-08-25>

Whispers of 076, China’s Drone Carrying Assault Carrier (2020-08-25)
(The Diplomat, By Rick Joe) What do we know so far about China’s next amphibious assault ship? <Accessed 2020-08-25>

Hong Kong and Macau

Playing a Long Game on Hong Kong (2020-08-26)
(Brookings, By Kurt W. Tong) Looking to the future, the task for the international community of concerned democracies is to craft a Hong Kong strategy that plays to its strengths rather than inadvertently highlighting the limitations of its political reach. <Accessed 2020-08-31>

China's Foreign Relations

How China Lost Nigeria (2020-08-25)
(The Diplomat, By Adagbo Onoja) Even as China built up its influence, it remained deeply vulnerable to negative counter-narratives from the United States. <Accessed 2020-08-25>

Chinese Acquisitions of Western Firms Threaten National Security (2020-08-25)
(Foreign Policy, By Elisabeth Braw) If the invisible hand won’t produce buyers at home, governments will need to step in. <Accessed 2020-08-25>

Why China’s Diplomatic Push May Not Be Enough to Secure EU Investment Deal (2020-08-28)
(South China Morning Post, By Wendy Wu) Despite a recent charm offensive by senior Chinese diplomats, the chances of wrapping up a landmark investment deal with the European Union remain uncertain, analysts said. <Accessed 2020-08-31>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

U.S. Targets Chinese Individuals, Companies Amid South China Sea Dispute (2020-08-26)
(Reuters, By Susan Heavey, Daphne Psaledakis, and David Brunnstrom) The United States on Wednesday blacklisted 24 Chinese companies and targeted individuals it said were part of construction and military actions in the South China Sea, its first such sanctions move against Beijing over the disputed strategic waterway. <Accessed 2020-08-27>

Chinese Diplomat Elected to Maritime Disputes Tribunal amid South China Sea Tension and US Objection (2020-08-26)
(South China Morning Post, By Liu Zhen) Despite the opposition of the United States, a Chinese diplomat was elected as a judge to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (Itlos) to hear and settle maritime disputes at a time when China faces rising tensions with its neighbours over the South China Sea. <Accessed 2020-08-31>

Report: China Fires ‘Carrier Killer’ Missile in Disputed Sea
 (2020-08-27)
(Associated Press) China’s military test-fired two missiles into the South China Sea, including a “carrier killer” military analysts suggest might have been developed to attack U.S. forces, a newspaper reported Thursday. <Accessed 2020-08-27>

The Korean Peninsula

North Korea Comes to Terms With Internal and External Challenges (2020-08-25)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) North Korea, like much of the world, is looking forward to 2021. <Accessed 2020-08-25>

A Role for ASEAN on the Korean Peninsula? (2020-08-28)
(East Asia Forum, By Teo Ang Guan) Amid the uncertainties looming over the Korean Peninsula, it is high time for ASEAN and Seoul to step up. <Accessed 2020-08-29>

Other Regional Issues

India and US Likely to Sign Geospatial Intelligence Pact (2020-08-25)
(The Diplomat, By Abhijnan Rej) Foundational agreements such as BECA further U.S.-India military ties, though many obstacles to deeper defense cooperation remain. <Accessed 2020-08-25>

Shinzo Abe, Japan’s Longest-Serving Prime Minister, Resigns Because of Illness (2020-08-28)
(New York Times, By Motoko Rich) Mr. Abe has been prime minister for nearly eight consecutive years, a significant feat in a country accustomed to high turnover in the top job. <Accessed 2020-08-29>

RIMPAC Is About Defence, Not Just Diplomacy (2020-08-29)
(East Asia Forum, By Jun Yan Chang and Nicole Jenne) As Sino-US tensions grow, the United States again opting not to invite China for RIMPAC 2020 reaffirms that defence diplomacy is ultimately a tool for defence rather than diplomacy. <Accessed 2020-08-29>

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Recent Publication Kharis Templeman, Yun-han Chu, and Larry Diamond (eds.), Dynamics of Democracy in Taiwan: The Ma Ying-jeou Years (Lynne Rienner Publishers)
Forthcoming Publication Mei-Fang Fan, Deliberative Democracy in Taiwan: A Deliberative Systems Perspective (Routledge)
Recent Publication Kerry Gershaneck, "To Win without Fighting: Defining China's Political Warfare" (Expeditions with Marine Corps University Press)
Recent Publication James Lee, "Did Thucydides Believe in Thucydides’ Trap? The History of the Peloponnesian War and Its Relevance to U.S.-China Relations" (Journal of Chinese Political Science)
Recent Publication James Lee, US grand strategy and the origins of the developmental state, Journal of Strategic Studies
Recent Publication Elizabeth Freund Larus, Politics and Society in Contemporary China, 2nd edition (Lynne Rienner Publishers)
Recent Publication John F. Copper, ""Cross-Strait Relations in the Wake of Taiwan’s January 2016 Election: Taiwan’s Narratives" in Chineseness and Modernity in a Changing China: Essays in Honour of Professor Wang Gungwu, edited by Yongnian Zheng and Litao Zhao (World Scientific)
Recent Publication James Lee, American Diplomacy and Export-Oriented Industrialization on Taiwan (Journal of East Asian Studies)
Recent Publication J. Michael Cole, Cross-Strait Relations Since 2016: The End of the Illusion (1st Edition) (Routledge)
Recent Publication Kingsley Edney, Stanley Rosen, and Ying Zhu, Soft Power With Chinese Characteristics: China’s Campaign for Hearts and Minds (1st Edition) (Routledge)
Recent Publication John Franklin Copper, Taiwan: Nation-State or Province? (7th Edition) (Routledge)
Recent Publication Peter Mattis and Matthew Brazil, Chinese Communist Espionage: An Intelligence Primer (U.S. Naval Institute Press)
Recent Publication Takashi Inoguchi and Lien Thi Quynh Le, The Development of Global Legislative Politics: Rousseau and Locke Writ Global (Springer Singapore) (includes analysis of East Asian cases)
Recent Publication Hans Stockton and Yao-Yuan Yeh (eds.), Taiwan: The Development of an Asian Tiger (Lynne Rienner Publishers)
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