::: TSR Weekly Report
2020-10-31 | NO.44(41) epaper |
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Cross-Strait Relations
Taiwan Opinion Polling on Unification with China (2020-10-19)
(China Brief, By Timothy Rich and Andi Dahmer) Strengthening relations with the United States would bolster Taiwan’s security. The United States is a major supplier of weapons to Taiwan, and the country most likely to come to its aid in the event of a mainland invasion. However, closer relations with the United States could also exacerbate tensions with the PRC, thereby endangering Taiwan. In the worst case scenario, closer ties between the United States and Taiwan could convince mainland Chinese officials to act on unification sooner, rather than later—before American commitments solidify.

KMT's Retrocession Day Celebrations Not Linked to 'One-China': Ma
(CNA, By Wang Cheng-chung and Joseph Yeh) Former President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said Sunday that his party, the Kuomintang (KMT, 國民黨), is holding a series of events to mark the 75th anniversary of Taiwan's retrocession to highlight the close links between the Republic of China and Taiwan. The commemorative events have nothing to do with Beijing's "one-China principle" that sees Taiwan as part of the People's Republic of China (PRC), Ma said in a Facebook post.

Civic Groups March for Hong Kongers Detained in China (2020-10-25)
(CNA, By Lai Yen-hsi and Evelyn Kao) Several civic groups held a march in Taipei on Sunday to show their support for 12 Hong Kongers detained in Shenzhen for trying to make their way to Taiwan by sea.

'Combat Readiness Week' Kicks Off to Test Military Preparedness (2020-10-26)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Joseph Yeh) A five-day, four-night "combat readiness week" kicked off late Monday at military bases across the country to test the Armed Forces' combat preparedness, a military source said Monday.

Taiwanese Plane Lands on Pratas after HK Dispute (2020-10-27)
(Taipei Times/CNA) A civilian aircraft chartered by the military completed a flight from Taiwan to the Pratas Islands (Dongsha Islands, 東沙群島) in the South China Sea yesterday, 11 days after a previously scheduled trip was cut short by Hong Kong air traffic controllers for no apparent reason.

Chinese Electronic Warfare Aircraft Enters Taiwan's ADIZ (2020-10-27)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) A Chinese military electronic warfare aircraft entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Tuesday, the 17th day such an incursion has occurred in October alone, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).

Three Chinese Military Planes Enter Taiwan's ADIZ (2020-10-30)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Matthew Mazzetta) Three Chinese military aircraft entered the southwestern part of Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Friday, the 29th such maneuver since mid-September, according to Taiwan's defense ministry

China Aircraft Intrusions Deemed to Constrict Taiwan's Drill Space (2020-10-28)
(CNA, By Flor Wang and Lai Yen-hsi) A military expert on Wednesday urged the government to stay on high alert against the repeated intrusions by Chinese aircraft into Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ), even if such intrusions have become a common occurrence for Taiwanese people.

Chinese Sand Dredging Vessels Dispersed Near Matsu (2020-10-28)
(CNA, By Flor Wang and Liu Chien-pang) Chinese sand dredgers are prohibited from entering Taiwan's waters and those illegally operating near Taiwan-held islands have been forcibly dispersed, Ocean Affairs Council Minister Lee Chung-wei (李仲威) said on Wednesday.

New Research Shows China's Interference in Recent Taiwan Elections (2020-10-29)
(CNA, By Chiu Te-chen and Louis Liu) China has been found to be one of the most active states worldwide engaged in cyber operations over the past decade to disrupt elections and referendums in other countries, including Taiwan, according to a report released Wednesday by an Australian government-funded think tank. Link to full report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute

President Reiterates Willingness to Engage with Beijing on Equal Terms (2020-10-31)
(CNA, By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Matthew Mazzetta) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said during a meeting of senior national security officials on Saturday that she remains willing to engage in "substantive dialogue" with the Chinese leadership on equal terms, but cautioned that cross-Taiwan Strait peace will not be achieved by showing weakness or making concessions.

U.S.-Taiwan Relations
U.S. State Department Approves $2.4 Billion More in Potential Arms Sales to Taiwan: Pentagon (2020-10-26)
(Reuters, By Mike Stone) The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of 100 Boeing-made Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems to Taiwan in a deal that has a potential value of up to $2.37 billion, the Pentagon said on Monday.

Poll Shows Increase in American Support for Defending Taiwan
(The Diplomat, By Bonnie S. Glaser and Mathew P. Funaiole) U.S. public support for Taiwan’s defense – as evidenced by a recent CSIS study – is also critical to deterring Chinese military action.

Returning American Troops to Taiwan Will Only Entrap the US (2020-10-20)
(China-US Focus, By Dennis V. Hickey) Basing US troops in Taiwan is unwise, unnecessary and unpopular. Rather than deter PRC aggression, it would likely entrap the US in a major conflict.

Bipartisan U.S. Support 'Top Objective' for Taiwan: Presidential Office (2020-10-31)
(CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Matthew Mazzetta) The Presidential Office said Saturday that maintaining U.S. support is its top objective in Taiwan-U.S. relations, days before Americans head to the polls Tuesday to select a new president.
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics
DPP Blocks Opposition Motions on Pork Imports (2020-10-24)
(Taipei Times, By Chen Yun and Jake Chung) The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)-controlled legislature yesterday blocked eight of the 11 proposals put forth by opposition parties to prevent or control imports of pork containing ractopamine residues from being placed on the legislative agenda.

Taiwan's Foreign Relations 
Taiwan to Lead Session at Indo-Pacific Business Forum (2020-10-24)
(CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Frances Huang) Taiwan will take part in the upcoming 2020 Indo-Pacific Business Forum organized by the United States and its regional partners and share its experience in fighting COVID-19, according to the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT).

KMT Lawmakers Launch Taiwan-Switzerland Group (2020-10-24)
(Taipei Times, By Jason Pan) Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers yesterday launched the Republic of China-Switzerland Inter-Parliamentary Amity Association at an event at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei.

Taiwan's Legislature Forms Group to Strengthen Ties with France (2020-10-27)
(CNA, By Fan Chung-hsiang and Matthew Mazzetta) A cross-party group of nearly 60 Taiwanese legislators formed a friendship group on Tuesday to strengthen inter-parliamentary ties with their counterparts in France.

Taiwan to Boost India Exchanges (2020-10-26)
(Taipei Times, By Lee Hsin-fang) Boosting exchanges with India would be prioritized in the government’s New Southbound Policy, as the US is actively engaging India in its Indo-Pacific strategy to counter China’s Belt and Road Initiative, a Cabinet official said on Saturday. The New Southbound Policy covers 18 nations: the 10 ASEAN members, six South Asian countries, Australia and New Zealand.

Indonesia Hoping to Boost Trade with Taiwan in Virtual Expo (2020-10-30)
(CNA, By William Yen) Indonesia's representative office in Taipei is looking to strengthen bilateral trade by encouraging Taiwanese businesses to log onto its annual Trade Expo Indonesia, which will be held virtually this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chinese Misbehavior Increases Support for Taiwan  (2020-10-29)
(The Diplomat, By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan) Beijing’s pressure on Taiwan and on other countries is generating greater sympathy and support for Taiwan.
U.S.-China Relations
U.S. Charges 8 in Plot to Harass Chinese Dissidents (2020-10-28)
(New York Times, By Michael S. Schmidt) Law enforcement officials said that Chinese operatives hired private investigators to locate their targets and then stalked, surveilled and threatened them.

China Retaliates With More Restrictions on US Media
(The Diplomat, By Eleanor Albert) After the U.S. added new restrictions on 6 Chinese media organizations, China followed suit.

Coming Storms: The Return of Great-Power War (2020-10-13)
(Foreign Affairs, By Christopher Layne) Unlike during the Cold War, when the United States and the Soviet Union generally accepted each other’s European spheres of influence, today, Washington and Beijing have starkly different views of who should enjoy preeminence in the East China and South China Seas and Taiwan.
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
China's Domestic Politics
China’s Leaders Vow Tech ‘Self-Reliance,’ Military Power and Economic Recovery (2020-10-29)
(New York Times, By Chris Buckley and Steven Lee Myers) At a time when other world leaders remain consumed by the coronavirus pandemic, China promised an economic revival, greater technological self-reliance and a stronger military to protect the country’s economic and political interests.

As the West Stumbles, ‘Helmsman’ Xi Pushes an Ambitious Plan for China (2020-10-29)
(New York Times, By Chris Buckley and Steven Lee Myers) A Communist Party conclave concluded on Thursday with a rousing statement lauding Mr. Xi as the party’s helmsman, affirming his broad mandate as the leader who will steer China through perilous waters for years to come.

China’s Leaders Focus on Tech as They Make 5-Year Economic Plan (2020-10-29)
(The Diplomat, By Joe McDonald) Self-reliance, especially amid the growing U.S.-China tech war, is a key theme of the CCP gathering currently underway.

Chinese Communist Party Wraps Up Top Policy Meeting by Outlining Plans for Nation to Become Greater Power (2020-10-29)
(SCMP, By Josephine Ma) The Chinese Communist Party leadership has wrapped up the fifth plenum – its most important political meeting – where the discussions focused on how China can steady its course of development at a time when the world is at a crossroads.

The Next 4 Steps in Hong Kong’s March Toward Totalitarianism (2020-10-28)
(The Diplomat, By Simon Shen) The worst is yet to come for the city. Here are four warning signs to watch for.

China's Foreign Relations 
In Korean War Commemoration, Xi Warns That China Will ‘Use War to Prevent War’ (2020-10-29)
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) Xi Jinping extolled China’s victory in the War to Resist American Aggression — and sent a very clear warning to the U.S.

China and Cameroon’s Evolving Political and Military Cooperation (2020-10-29)
(The Diplomat, By R. Maxwell Bone) Since 1971, China-Cameroon ties have gone from largely symbolic to deep defense and political cooperation.
Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes
ASEAN Is Failing On The South China Sea Issue (2020-10-29)
(The Diplomat, By Phar Kim Beng) As China continues its militarization of the vital seaway, most Southeast Asian nations remain mired in their own problems.

Other Regional Issues 
U.S. Warns of Threat Posed by China, Signs Military Pact with India (2020-10-27)
(Reuters, By Neha Arora and Sanjeev Miglani) The United States and India signed a pact to share sensitive satellite and map data on Tuesday as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned of the threat posed by an increasingly assertive China.

U.S. to Establish Embassy in the Maldives (2020-10-28)
(New York Times, By Pranshu Verma) Mr. Pompeo made the announcement during a five-day swing through Asia, where he is visiting countries including India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Vietnam and Indonesia to gain support for his plan to counter China’s growing influence.

India Transfers Myanmar’s First Submarine Amid Tensions with China
(The Diplomat, By Blake Herzinger) The submarine acquisition fulfills a long-held ambition of the Myanmar Navy, but could prove costly in the long run.

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