::: TSR Weekly Report
2020-11-07 | NO.44(42) epaper |
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Cross-Strait Relations
Chinese Warplane Again Enters Taiwan's ADIZ (2020-11-01)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Evelyn Kao) A Chinese military Y-8 aircraft entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) Sunday, the 31st Chinese intrusion since Sept. 16, according to Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND).

PLA Warplanes Make 8 Incursions Into Taiwan's ADIZ Monday (2020-11-02)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Joseph Yeh) Aircraft from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) Monday on eight separate occasions, the 32nd day such incursions have occurred since mid-September, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).

Chinese Anti-Submarine Plane Enters Taiwan's ADIZ (2020-11-03)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Emerson Lim) A Chinese military Y-8 anti-submarine plane entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Tuesday morning, the 33rd day on which such incursions have occurred since mid-September, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).

Taiwan's Defense Chief Links Beijing's Incursions to ADIZ Plan (2020-11-04)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Emerson Lim) The frequent incursions of Chinese military planes into Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) could be part of China's plans to set up an ADIZ in the South China Sea, according to Taiwan's defense chief.
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
Pro-Taiwan Cross-Party Consensus in U.S., No Matter Who Wins: Tsai (2020-11-05)
(CNA, By Wen Kui-hsiang, Yu Hsiang, Emerson Lim, and Joseph Yeh) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) assured the Taiwanese public on Thursday that U.S.-Taiwan relations will continue to flourish no matter who wins the U.S. presidential election, as supporting Taiwan is a cross-party consensus there.

Taiwanese Believe Relations with U.S. Unchanged If Biden Wins: Survey (2020-11-07)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim and Wu Po-wei) More than 50 percent of Taiwanese people in a recent survey conducted in Taiwan expressed the opinion that Taiwan-U.S. relations will remain unchanged if former United States Vice President Joe Biden wins the U.S. presidential election.

U.S. Drone Sale to Taiwan Crosses Key Hurdle, Nears Approval: Sources
(Reuters, By Mike Stone and Patricia Zengerle) The sale of four sophisticated U.S.-made aerial drones to Taiwan has crossed a key hurdle in Congress and is at the last stage of approval, sources said on Monday, a deal likely to add to already strained ties with China.

US Approves Sales of Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles to Taiwan (2020-11-03)
(The Diplomat, By Steven Stashwick) Truck-mounted Harpoon missiles and other recent sales are aimed at repelling a potential invasion by China.

US Approves Armed MQ-9B Drones Purchase by Taiwan (2020-11-04)
(Defense News, By Matthew Lee) The Trump administration has notified Congress that it approved the sale of $600 million in armed MQ-9B drones and related equipment to Taiwan, the latest in a series of arms transfers for the island.

Drone Sale Could Lead to Intelligence Sharing (2020-11-07)
(Taipei Times/CNA) A proposed maritime drone sale approved by the US on Tuesday would pave the way for Taiwan and the US to share intelligence during a conflict, a military expert said on Thursday.

With New Offensive Weapons Package, Trump Administration Goes All-in for Taiwan
(The Diplomat, By Bonnie Girard) The sale of new missile systems stretches the concept of “defensive” weaponry to its limit.
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics
CEC Mulls Referendum to Ban Ractopamine Pork (2020-11-07)
(Taipei Times, By Huang Hsin-po and Dennis Xie) The Central Election Commission (CEC) yesterday held a hearing on a referendum proposal to ban imports of US pork treated with the controversial feed additive ractopamine.

Taiwan's Foreign Relations 
Tsai Looking to Overseas Entrepreneurs to Lead Expansion Into Africa Market (2020-11-02)
(CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Chiang Yi-ching) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Monday that she hoped to see overseas-based Taiwanese businesspeople working with domestic companies to help Taiwan extend its reach into African markets.

EU Lawmakers Back Taiwan WHA Bid (2020-11-02)
(Taipei Times, By Lu Yi-hsuan) A total of 106 lawmakers from seven European countries have sent letters urging the WHO director-general to invite Taiwan to this month’s World Health Assembly (WHA), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday.

European Parliamentarians Call for Taiwan's Participation in WHA (2020-11-05)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) More than 600 European parliamentarians expressed their support for Taiwan's bid to attend the World Health Assembly (WHA) in a joint letter to the World Health Organization (WHO) and relevant officials, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday.

African Formosa Club Backs Taiwan's WHO Participation (2020-11-03)
(CNA, By Lee Hsin-Yin) Members of the African Formosa Club expressed their support for Taiwan's bid to participate in the World Health Organization (WHO) during its virtual founding ceremony on Tuesday, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

Central, Latin American Parliamentarians Urge WHO to Accept Taiwan (2020-11-06)
(CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Kay Liu) A total of 144 parliamentarians from various Latin American countries and the Central American Parliament (CAP) issued a joint declaration during a video conference Friday supporting Taiwan's participation in the World Health Organization (WHO), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that day.

U.S. Urges WHO Chief to Invite Taiwan to Assembly (2020-11-06)
(Reuters, By Emma Farge) - The U.S. mission in Geneva urged World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Friday to invite Taiwan to a major meeting the body is hosting next week expected to focus on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Taiwan Doubles Its APEC Contributions to US$1.5 Million (2020-11-05)
(CNA, By William Yen) Taiwan has contributed US$1.5 million to support economic and technical cooperation initiatives led by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, double the US$750,000 it gave last year.
U.S.-China Relations
Chinese State Media Reacts to Biden Victory With Cautious Optimism (2020-11-07)
(New York Times, By Vivian Wang) Propaganda outlets said a Biden presidency would most likely restore stability to frayed U.S.-China relations, but warned that tensions would continue suggest that American democracy was in decline.

China Unlikely to Find Biden a Soft Touch (2020-11-07)
(Reuters, By David Brunnstrom and Humeyra Pamuk) In his unsuccessful campaign for re-election, President Donald Trump repeatedly warned that a victory for Joe Biden would be a win for China and that Beijing would “own America.” Despite that rhetoric, there is little to suggest Beijing will find Biden a soft alternative to Trump, who dramatically shifted the U.S. narrative to confront the world’s second-largest economy in his final year in power.

What Is the End Game of US-China Competition? (2020-11-03)
(The Diplomat, By Andy Zelleke) Could the two sides agree on a modus vivendi? If so, what would it look like?

To Compete With China, the US Needs to Drop ‘America First’ (2020-11-03)
(The Diplomat, By Troy Stangarone) If the United States is to engage in a long-term great power competition with China, it will need to decouple from the Trump administration’s “America First” agenda.

The U.S. Finally Has a Sputnik Moment With China (2020-11-03)
(Foreign Policy, By Robert A. Manning) Fear of Beijing’s technological prowess is driving deep policy shifts.

How Should the US Respond to China’s New Five-Year Plan?
(The Diplomat, By Emily Jin and Coby Goldberg) As the CCP doubles down on technological “self-reliance,” it’s time to refresh American economic statecraft.

China Retaliates With More Restrictions on US Media (2020-11-03)
(The Diplomat, By Eleanor Albert) After the U.S. added new restrictions on 6 Chinese media organizations, China followed suit.

Lam Says Next US President Should Not Interfere in Hong Kong (2020-11-06)
(Associated Press, By Ken Moritsugu) Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said Friday that whoever wins the U.S. presidential election should end U.S. interference in the internal affairs of her city and China overall.
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
China's Domestic Politics
China’s Fifth Plenum: Reading the Initial Tea Leaves (2020-10-30)
(CSIS, By Jude Blanchette and Scott Kennedy) While not itself a referendum on Xi, the plenum’s endorsement of his leadership and policies again indicates that there remains no effective leadership challenge, and that his path to a third term as Party general secretary in 2022 is all but assured. Short of his death or incapacitation in office, Xi will be ruling China for the foreseeable future.

China’s Fifth Plenum: What You Need to Know (2020-11-03)
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) China’s leaders issued a blueprint for the next five years – and beyond. Below, the highlights.

As China’s Propaganda Push Continues, Wuhan Emerges as a Star (2020-11-06)
(New York Times, By Vivian Wang) New television shows have paid tribute to the city where the coronavirus emerged, focusing on residents’ heroism and glossing over official mistakes.

As Hong Kong Law Goes After ‘Black Sheep,’ Fear Clouds Universities (2020-11-07)
(New York Times, By Vivian Wang) Campuses have long been hubs of protest in the city. Now, the authorities have promised to root out teachers who bring politics to the classroom.

Hong Kong Is Still an Irreplaceable Financial Gateway for China (2020-11-03)
(The Diplomat, By Simon Shen) Hong Kong is still China’s financial gateway to the world. What happens if the West pulls back?

China's Foreign Relations
China Is Winning the Vaccine Race (2020-11-05)
(Foreign Affairs, By Eyck Freymann and Justin Stebbing) Although it faces stiff competition from the United States and other Western nations in the race to develop the first vaccine, Beijing is poised to dominate the distribution of vaccines to the developing world—and to reap the strategic benefits of doing so.
Regional Issues
Pompeo Concludes Anti-China Tour in Vietnam (2020-11-03)
(The Diplomat, By Sebastian Strangio) Despite progress in some areas, Pompeo has struggled to sell his administration’s stridently anti-China policy.

India, U.S., Japan and Australia Kick Off Large Naval Drills (2020-11-03)
(Reuters, By Sanjeev Miglani) India, the United States, Japan and Australia began their largest joint naval exercises in over a decade on Tuesday, Indian government sources said, seen as part of efforts to balance China’s vast military and economic power in the region.

Australia Quiet on First Foreign-Meddling Arrest, but Target Is Clear (2020-11-06)
(New York Times, By Yan Zhuang) The suspect, who has been active in Chinese-Australian groups, was charged under laws against foreign interference that were seen as a response to China.

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