::: TSR Weekly Report
2020-09-12 | NO.44(34) epaper |
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Cross-Strait Relations
Taiwan Reports Multiple Chinese Fighters to Its Southwest (2020-09-09)
(Reuters) Multiple Chinese fighter jets entered airspace to Taiwan’s southwest on Wednesday, said the island’s defence ministry, describing it as a destabilising action which threatened regional peace. <Accessed 2020-09-09>

Taiwan's KMT Denounces China Claim It Will 'Beg for Peace' (2020-09-11)
(Taiwan News, By Teng Pei-ju) Chinese state media has described former Taiwan Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng’s (王金平) planned China visit as a trip to “beg for peace.” <Accessed 2020-09-12>

Chinese Spy Ship Spotted Off Taiwan's East Coast for Two Days (2020-09-11)
(CNA, By Tyson Lu and Emerson Lim) A reconnaissance vessel of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) has been spotted off Taiwan's east coast over the past two days during a Taiwanese missile testing exercise, a military source said Friday. <Accessed 2020-09-13>

Taiwan President Visits Air Defence Battery as China Tensions Rise (2020-09-11)
(Reuters) Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen visited an air defence missile base on Friday, where she urged the troops to be steadfast in their defence of the island’s sovereignty and democracy as tensions with China continue to rise. <Accessed 2020-09-13>

Chinese Jets Intrude Taiwan Air Defense Zone for Second Day (2020-09-12)
(The Diplomat, By Steven Stashwick) Taiwan issued warnings and condemned the flights as it conducted its own military drills. <Accessed 2020-09-12>

How China and Taiwan Became ‘Pawns’ in Solomon Islands’ Internal Dispute (2020-09-12)
(The Diplomat, By Grant Wyeth) The question of recognizing China vs. Taiwan has been weaponized in a long-standing dispute between Malaita and the central Solomon Islands government. <Accessed 2020-09-12>

China Warns against Travel to Czech Republic as Tensions Rise over Taiwan (2020-09-12)
(South China Morning Post, By Laura Zhou) China has warned its citizens against travelling to the Czech Republic amid tensions between the two countries over Taiwan. <Accessed 2020-09-14>

Cross-strait Integration by Force or Favour? (2020-09-12)
(East Asia Forum, By Nicholas Chiu) Taiwan’s real threat, however, is not in invasion but China’s mixture of sabre-rattling and integration-luring. <Accessed 2020-09-16>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
Taiwan to Discuss Strategic Capability Development with U.S. (2020-09-07)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Emerson Lim) Taiwan defense officials are scheduled to visit the United States next year to discuss closer cooperation in the development of strategic capabilities with the Pentagon, according to Taiwan's 2021 defense budget proposal. <Accessed 2020-09-13>

Taiwan, U.S. Business Groups Call for Bilateral Trade Agreement
(CNA, By Liang Pei-chi, Wang Cheng-chung, and Evelyn Kao) The leaders of a Taiwanese business association and the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei (AmCham) on Wednesday signed a joint statement calling for Taiwan and the United States to open negotiations for a bilateral trade agreement (BTA). <Accessed 2020-09-13>

US, Taiwan Discussing Visit by Senior Official Keith Krach for Trade Talks
(SCMP, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwan is negotiating with Washington over a planned trip to the self-ruled island by US undersecretary of state Keith Krach for trade talks, a move that is set to further enrage mainland China. <Accessed 2020-09-12>

Senator Rubio Urges U.S. Commitment to Trade Deal with Taiwan (2020-09-11)
(CNA, By Stacy Hsu, Chiang Chin-yeh, and Matthew Mazzetta) United States Senator Marco Rubio on Thursday called on the U.S. State Department to send a high-ranking official to visit Taiwan as a demonstration of its commitment to negotiating a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA). <Accessed 2020-09-13>

US Faces Turning Point Over Taiwan (2020-09-12)
(Taipei Times, By Ted Yoho) If the US loses the battle of deterrence over Taiwan, then it has lost the war. Therefore, the US’ response must be immediate, strong and overwhelming. <Accessed 2020-09-12>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics

Taiwan’s COVID-19 Success Story Continues as Neighbors Fend Off New Outbreaks (2020-09-12)
(The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) Unlike countries like Vietnam and New Zealand, Taiwan has managed to keep its five-month streak of no local COVID-19 transmissions alive. <Accessed 2020-09-12>

Can the KMT Reform – and Remain Relevant? (2020-09-12)
(The Diplomat, By David G. Brown) A new leader has brought new ideas, including on the sensitive question of cross-strait relations, but the old guard remains entrenched. <Accessed 2020-09-12>

Taiwan's Foreign Relations

Eyeing China, Taiwan Urges Alliance Against 'Aggressive Actions' (2020-09-08)
(Reuters) Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen called on Tuesday for an alliance of democracies to defend against “aggressive actions” and protect freedom, alluding to Chinese actions in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait as major threats to regional stability. <Accessed 2020-09-10>

Czech Delegation Pledges Support for Taiwan, Vows Not to Bow to Chinese Threats (2020-09-08)
(The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) A delegation headed by the Senate president and the mayor of Prague won hearts in Taiwan and shrugged off threats from China’s foreign minister. <Accessed 2020-09-08>

Taiwan Appears Determined to Create an Anti-Beijing Alliance As Chinese State Media Warns fo Potential Sanctions Against US (2020-09-09)
(CNN, ByJames Griffiths) Tsai's speech came as a Chinese state-backed tabloid reported that foreign officials who visit Taiwan, as well as international companies that do business on the self-ruled island, could face sanctions from Beijing -- the latest potential move by China to rein in Taiwan's growing stature worldwide. <Accessed 2020-09-10>

Military Officials to Visit Belgium, Germany Next Year (2020-09-09)
(Taipei Times/CNA, By Aaron Tu and William Hetherington) Taiwanese military officials are to attend a security exchange program in Belgium and Germany next year, the Ministry of National Defense’s annual budget for fiscal year 2021 shows. <Accessed 2020-09-13>

CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan's Envoy to Share COVID-19 Success at French Senate (2020-09-09)
(CNA, By Tseng Ting-hsuan and Joseph Yeh) Taiwan's top envoy to France will attend a hearing at the French Senate Wednesday where he will discuss the nation's success at containing the COVID-19 pandemic. <Accessed 2020-09-13>

4 Countries Including Taiwan, U.S. Host Forum in Latin America (2020-09-09)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) Taiwan, the United States, Japan and Guatemala hosted the first international forum under the Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF) focused on Latin America and the Caribbean region on Wednesday, according to the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). <Accessed 2020-09-13>

Wu Inaugurates New Somaliland Office in Taiwan (2020-09-10)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) The Republic of Somaliland Representative Office in Taiwan was yesterday inaugurated by Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) and Somaliland Representative to Taiwan Mohamed Omar Hagi Mohamoud. <Accessed 2020-09-10>

Exporting Taiwanese Influence Abroad during COVID-19 (2020-09-12)
(East Asia Forum, By Huynh Tam Sang) Taiwan’s efficient response to COVID-19 has given renewed impetus to President Tsai Ing-wen’s New Southbound Policy (NSP). <Accessed 2020-09-16>
U.S.-China Relations
China Delays Renewing Credentials for Journalists at U.S. Outlets (2020-09-07)
(Reuters, By Yew Lun Tian) Beijing has held off renewing the expiring press credentials of journalists at U.S. media outlets, including Bloomberg, CNN and the Wall Street Journal, the news organisations reported, amid a tussle with Washington over journalist visas. <Accessed 2020-09-13>

Biden Is Now a China Hawk—With Limits
(Foreign Policy, By James Traub) The Democratic nominee is getting ready to confront Beijing—but he doesn’t want another Cold War. <Accessed 2020-09-08>

U.S. Revokes More Than 1,000 Visas of Chinese Nationals, Citing Military Links (2020-09-09)
(Reuters, By Humeyra Pamuk) The United States has revoked more than 1,000 visas of Chinese nationals as of this week, a State Department spokeswoman said on Wednesday, as part of the Trump administration’s push to block entry of students and researchers from China it believes have links to the Chinese military. <Accessed 2020-09-13>

US-China Techno-Nationalism and the Decoupling of Innovation (2020-09-12)
(The Diplomat, By Alex Capri) As the U.S.-China rivalry spreads into the technology sector, it threatens to change the way centers of innovation can operate. <Accessed 2020-09-12>

Washington Watching as Beijing’s Space Power Grows (2020-09-12)
(The Diplomat, By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan) The latest U.S. Defense Department report on Chinese military power recounts Beijing’s growing space and counterspace capabilities. <Accessed 2020-09-12>

How Far Should the U.S. Go to Counter China? (2020-09-12)
(Foreign Policy, By Emma Ashford, Matthew Kroenig) From Pacific bases to the Himalayas, Washington and Beijing are facing off. <Accessed 2020-09-12>

No Winners in US–China Technology Divide (2020-09-13)
(East Asia Forum, By Jonathan D Pollack) These moves reveal an intensifying US-China technological divide, with both countries proposing separate models of global digital governance. <Accessed 2020-09-16>

China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Mainland China

The Chinese National Security State Emerges from the Shadows to Center Stage (2020-09-01)
(China Leadership Monitor, By Tai Ming Cheung) In addition to Hong Kong, this uncompromising stance on national security is paramount in China’s intensifying standoff with the U.S. and in other pressing issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic. <Accessed 2020-09-16>

China’s Economy Bounces Back, But to Which Growth Path? (2020-09-01)
(China Leadership Monitor, By David Dollar) The crisis creates an opportunity to implement reforms that will enhance the welfare of the Chinese people, have spillover benefits for the rest of the world, and make Chinese growth more sustainable. <Accessed 2020-09-16>

Xi’s Post-Virus Economic Strategy for China Looks Inward
(New York Times, By Chris Buckley) The Chinese leader’s latest approach calls for a more robust domestic economy to insulate growth from tensions with the United States. <Accessed 2020-09-14>

Students in Inner Mongolia Protest Chinese Language Policy
(The Diplomat, By Huizhong Wu) The new directive is creating fear among ethnic Mongolians in the region that they will lose their mother tongue. <Accessed 2020-09-08>

Hong Kong and Macau

Investigation of a Death Long Feared: How China Decided to Impose its National Security Law in Hong Kong (2020-09-01)
(China Leadership Monitor, By Minxin Pei) Our open-source research suggests that because the events in Hong Kong were deemed by Chinese leaders as touching the “bottom line” set by Xi Jinping in his speech commemorating the twentieth anniversary of Hong Kong’s reversion to Chinese rule on July 1, 2017, they decided to use this option. <Accessed 2020-09-16>

Hong Kong Police Block Protests Over Delayed Election
(New York Times, By Austin Ramzy and Tiffany May) Thousands of officers flooded the streets to stop a demonstration that had been planned to show public anger over the postponement and the imposition of a draconian security law. <Accessed 2020-09-14>

The Sino-British Joint Declaration and International Law (2020-09-12)
(The Diplomat, By Simon Shen) Is there a role for international courts in upholding the Sino-British Joint Declaration on Hong Kong? <Accessed 2020-09-12>

China's Foreign Relations

Chinese Crisis Decision Making: Managing the COVID-19 Pandemic Part Two: The International Dimension (2020-09-01)
(China Leadership Monitor, By Michael D. Swaine) Beijing’s mixed record suggests that it must do more to show that it is genuinely committed to overcoming the pandemic through greater transparency, cooperation, and consultation. <Accessed 2020-09-16>

China to Launch Initiative to Set Global Data-Security Rules: WSJ
(Reuters) China is launching an initiative to set global standards on data security, countering U.S. efforts to persuade countries to ringfence their networks from Chinese technology, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. <Accessed 2020-09-13>

From Asia to Africa, China Promotes Its Vaccines to Win Friends (2020-09-11)
(New York Times, By Sui-Lee Wee) With pledges of a coronavirus vaccine, China is on a charm offensive to repair strained diplomatic ties and bolster engagement with other countries. <Accessed 2020-09-14>

China’s Bid to Write the Global Rules on Data Security (2020-09-12)
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) The new “Global Initiative on Data Security” is an attempt to wrest control of the data security narrative away from the U.S. <Accessed 2020-09-12>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

South China Sea: China’s Defence Minister Heads to Brunei, Philippines after Visits to Malaysia and Indonesia (2020-09-08)
(South China Morning Post, By Amy Chew) China’s defence minister Wei Fenghe on Tuesday met his Indonesian counterpart Prabowo Subianto in Jakarta, a day after visiting Malaysia’s leader in Kuala Lumpur, as Beijing seeks to balance US influence in the Asia-Pacific amid rising tensions in the South China Sea. <Accessed 2020-09-14>

ASEAN Talks Tackle Pandemic, Sea Feud Amid US-China Rivalry
(Associated Press, By Hau Dinh and Yves Dam Van) Southeast Asia’s top diplomats held their annual talks by video Wednesday to discuss the immense crisis wrought by the coronavirus pandemic and rising tensions in the South China Sea amid the escalating rivalry between Washington and Beijing. <Accessed 2020-09-13>

Philippines Urges Amicable Approach to Beijing Over South China Sea
(Reuters, By Karen Lema) Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday urged a peaceful way out of conflicts with China over the South China Sea and said international law must be followed, amid increased regional friction over military activities by Beijing and Washington. <Accessed 2020-09-13>

China and India Pledge to Ease Tensions After Border Clashes (2020-09-11)
(New York Times, By Steven Lee Myers and Sameer Yasir) China and India have once again pledged to defuse tensions along their contested Himalayan border, days after officials in both countries accused the other of firing shots in the region for the first time in decades. <Accessed 2020-09-14>

At ASEAN Meetings, US, China Spar Over Maritime Disputes (2020-09-12)
(The Diplomat, By Sebastian Strangio) The alternating diplomatic salvos highlight to degree to which the South China Sea has become a flashpoint of superpower tensions. <Accessed 2020-09-12>

The Korean Peninsula

PacNet #50 – With Abe’s Departure, What Next for Seoul? (2020-08-31)
(Pacific Forum, By Stephen Noerper) Bridging the divisions that have built up in the two-way relationship will not be easy, but these are still recommended steps for Seoul to take as Tokyo transitions at the leadership level. <Accessed 2020-09-16>

An Opportunity to End the Korean War: We Can’t Let This Slip Away
(The Diplomat, By Song Young Gil) The chair of South Korea’s legislative foreign affairs committee argues that diplomacy with North Korea must remain a priority for the US, regardless of who wins the upcoming election. <Accessed 2020-09-08>

Other Regional Issues

America Is Betting Big on the Second Island Chain (2020-09-08)
(The Diplomat, By Derek Grossman) Defense Secretary Esper’s recent visits to Palau and Guam highlight the importance of the Second Island Chain to U.S. interests — and China’s growing influence there. <Accessed 2020-09-08>

PacNet #52 – Japan’s Quest for a New Security Strategy and the Japan-US Alliance (2020-09-11)
(Pacific Forum, By Hideshi Tokuchi) Japan needs a new framework that will guide Japan’s strategic thinking and planning to cope with the flux of the international order. <Accessed 2020-09-16>

Abe Plan for Land-Attack Counterpunch Could Mark Major Military Shift for Japan (2020-09-11)
(Reuters, By Tim Kelly and Kiyoshi Takenaka) Months before he announced his resignation, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe set in motion a policy change that could for the first time allow Japan’s military to plan for strikes on land targets in China and other parts of Asia. <Accessed 2020-09-13>

How Is the SCO’s ‘Shanghai Spirit’ Faring in 2020? (2020-09-12)
(The Diplomat, By Catherine Putz) With India-China tensions at a boil, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s foreign ministers are gathering in Moscow. <Accessed 2020-09-12>

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