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Cross-Strait Relations
Beijing Confirms Jail Sentence for Taiwanese Professor (2020-11-25)
(CNA, By Lawrence Chiu and Chiang Yi-ching) A retired university professor who was arrested shortly after visiting China in August 2018 has been sentenced to four years in prison on national security charges, China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) said Wednesday.
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
After Trump, Biden Faces Pressure to Stand Up to China by Embracing Taiwan (2020-11-24)
(New York Times, By Javier C. Hernández and Amy Chang Chien) In his final days in office, President Trump is trying to undermine Beijing by showing support for Taiwan. President-elect Biden will likely follow a similar path — without the pugnacity.

Taiwan and US Sign MOU for Annual Economic Talks
 (2020-11-22)
(Taipei Times, By Wu Su-wei and William Hetherington) Taiwan and the US signed a five-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish annual economic talks, which could be extended another five years, Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) said yesterday.

Taiwan Says Unnamed U.S. Official Is Visiting, Cannot Give Details
 (2020-11-22)
(Reuters) - A U.S. official has arrived in Taiwan, the island’s foreign ministry said on Sunday, adding that it could not provide details as the trip has not been made public, though it did deny a media report that the CIA chief was in town.

US Admiral's Undercover Visit to Taiwan Certain to Annoy China
 (2020-11-23)
(SCMP, By Lawrence Chung and Minnie Chan) The US has sent an Indo-Pacific Command intelligence officer to Taiwan on an unannounced visit that is certain to irk Beijing. Analysts said the visit of Rear Admiral Michael Studeman, director of intelligence at the command, was “unusual and unprecedented” and would further push Beijing to take a hardline approach towards the island. 

Taiwan, Frozen Out of RCEP, Explores Trade Agreement Options With US (2020-11-24)
(The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) Taiwan reiterated Sunday its desire to join the CPTPP, and negotiators are in Washington this week hammering out a potential free trade agreement with the United States.

Visit Called Off, But Environmental Ties with U.S. to Continue: Envoy (2020-11-25)
(CNA, By Chaing Chin-yeh, Chen Yun-yu, and Frances Huang) Taiwan and the United States will continue their cooperation on environmental initiatives despite the canceled visit of a top American environmental official, Taiwan's representative to the U.S. Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴) said Tuesday.

U.S. to Work with Taiwan to Deal with Four Pressing Challenges: AIT (2020-11-28)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim and Chen Yun-yu) The United States will work with Taiwan to deal with "pressing challenges" in the post-COVID-19 era, focusing on health, prosperity, security and democracy, American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director Brent Christensen said on Saturday.
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Tens of Thousands March in 'Autumn Struggle' Protest (2020-11-22)
(CNA, By William Yen) Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of downtown Taipei on Sunday for an annual "Autumn Struggle" protest march, highlighting opposition to "ractopamine pork, double standards and one-party rule.

Cabinet Details Plans to Regulate Pork Imports from U.S.
 (2020-11-26)
(CNA, By Yu Hsiang, Liu Kuan-ting, Liu Chien-shen and Matthew Mazzetta) The Cabinet on Thursday released a five-point plan for the regulation of American pork products, in an effort to ease public concerns over residues of the livestock drug ractopamine, before Taiwan opens its market to such imports from the United States next year.

More Than 70% Against US Pork Imports: Survey (2020-11-27)
(Taipei Times, By Sherry Hsiao) More than 70 percent of the public disagrees that Taiwan should allow imports of US pork containing ractopamine residue, even though this might entail further US support, a survey released yesterday by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT)- affiliated National Policy Foundation found.

CTiTV Files for Injunction to Keep News Channel from Closing (2020-11-24)
(CNA, By Liu Shih-yi and Joseph Yeh) CTiTV has filed a request for an injunction as a legal remedy to prevent its CTi News channel from closing down after its broadcast license expires on Dec. 11, the Taipei High Administrative Court said Tuesday.

Taiwan Exports Set to Suffer from RCEP Trade Deal Exclusion (2020-11-22)
(SCMP, by Sarah Zheng) Business leaders fear Taiwan could lose its competitive edge after being left on the sidelines of the region’s largest free trading bloc, formed by China and 14 other countries. The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) will cut as much as 90 per cent of tariffs between China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and the 10 members of Asean.

EP Supports Taiwan on WHO Participation, Trade Pact Negotiations (2020-11-27)
(CNA, By Tang Pei-chun and Emerson Lim) The European Parliament (EP) recently passed two resolutions that support Taiwan's bid to participate in the World Health Organization (WHO) and its intention to negotiate a trade pact with the European Union (EU).
U.S.-China Relations
What Does China Think U.S.-China Relations Should Look Like? (2020-11-24)
(New York Times, By Kathleen Kingsbury) Today, we are publishing an Op-Ed by Fu Ying, a government official in China, which gives insight — in both what it says and what it doesn’t — into the thinking in Beijing in 2020. So far, this Op-Ed is the only official statement, beyond the usual platitudes, that has come from the government about the election of Joe Biden to the presidency, and for that reason we thought it was worth publishing.

Cooperative Competition Is Possible Between China and the U.S. (2020-11-24)
(New York Times, By Fu Ying) Both governments have heavy domestic agendas to attend to, and so even if competition between China and the United States is unavoidable, it needs to be managed well, cooperatively. It is possible for the two countries to develop a relationship of “coopetition” (cooperation + competition) by addressing each other’s concerns.

Competition Without Catastrophe
 (2019-09-01)
(Foreign Affairs, By Kurt M. Campbell and Jake Sullivan) On Taiwan, a tacit commitment not to unilaterally alter the status quo is perhaps the best that can be hoped for given the historical complexities involved. Yet Taiwan is not only a potential flash point; it is also the greatest unclaimed success in the history of U.S.-Chinese relations.

US Justice Department’s China Focus Likely to Continue Under Biden
 (2020-11-24)
(The Diplomat, By Eric Tucker) Despite a change in White House occupants in January, the United States Justice Department is likely to continue its wide-ranging China-related investigations.
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
China's Domestic Politics
The Impact of Hong Kong’s Opposition-Less Legislature (2020-11-24)
(The Diplomat, By Jessie Lau) By forcing out pro-democracy legislators, authorities have snuffed out one of the last official channels for voicing dissent and holding the government accountable.

Hong Kong's Lam Says Restoring 'Political System from Chaos' Is Priority (2020-11-24)
(Reuters, By Twinnie Siu and Clare Jim) Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the government will introduce a bill to “enhance oath-taking” by civil servants and conduct widespread public education “to enhance the understanding of the rule of law”. The government will launch programmes to educate Hong Kong’s youth, who were at the frontlines of last year’s demonstrations, about respecting China’s national flag and its anthem.

China to Charge 12 from Hong Kong Caught Fleeing by Boat (2020-11-27)
(Reuters) Chinese authorities said on Friday they were set to charge 12 people from Hong Kong with border violations after they were detained in China more than three months ago while trying to flee from the city by speedboat.

China's Foreign Relations 
China Says It Remains Open to the World, but Wants to Dictate Terms (2020-11-23)
(New York Times, By Steven Lee Myers and Keith Bradsher) It’s globalization with Communist characteristics: The Chinese government promotes the country’s openness to the world, even as it adopts increasingly aggressive and at times punitive policies that force countries to play by its rules.

China Leans Into RCEP Conclusion as Win (2020-11-24)
(The Diplomat, By Eleanor Albert) China frames the conclusion of the mega trade deal as a huge victory for its approach to multilateral trade – and, implicitly, a rebuke of U.S. unilateralism.

In an On-brand Move, China Issues Diktat to Australia (2020-11-24)
(The Diplomat, By Abhijnan Rej) The extraordinarily blunt dossier “leaked” to media outlets contains a long list of Chinese grievances when it comes to Australia.

Japan, China Agree on Economic Ties, Split Over Islands (2020-11-25)
(Associated Press, By Mari Yamaguchi) China’s top diplomat told Japan’s leader on Wednesday that Beijing wants the two Asian powers to have good relations and cooperate in fighting the coronavirus and reviving their pandemic-hit economies, but the two sides remained at odds over an island dispute.

How China Uses the People’s Armed Police as Agents of Diplomacy (2020-11-24)
(The Diplomat, By Bonnie Girard) An instrument of domestic repression now doubles as a diplomatic tool.
Military Balance
China’s Coming Chang’e 5 Launch: Strategic Implications (2020-11-24)
(The Diplomat, By Namrata Goswami) The mission is not just about scientific exploration of the lunar surface, but about developing Chinese space power and the attractiveness of its space vision.

Taiwan to Protect Sovereignty with New Submarines Amid China Tensions
 (2020-11-24)
(Reuters, By Ann Wang) Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Tuesday vowed to defend the democratic island’s sovereignty with the construction of a new fleet of domestically-developed submarines, a key project supported by the United States to counter neighbouring China. 
Regional Issues
US Provides Missiles, Renews Pledge to Defend Philippines (2020-11-23)
(Associated Press, By Jim Gomez) U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration provided precision-guided missiles and other weapons to help the Philippines battle Islamic State group-aligned militants and renewed a pledge to defend its treaty ally if it comes under attack in the disputed South China Sea.

Is Biden Preparing to Tweak the Indo-Pacific Strategy? (2020-11-24)
(The Diplomat, By Sebastian Strangio) A shift in language may signal some changes to the Trump administration’s headline Asia policy.

Beijing Takes Its South China Sea Strategy to the Himalayas (2020-11-27)
(New York Times, By Steven Lee Myers) China built a village in territory also claimed by the kingdom of Bhutan, echoing its aggressive tactics at the border with India and in places much farther away.

Why the BRICS Grouping Is Here to Stay
 (2020-11-24)
(The Diplomat, By Oliver Stuenkel) Western reactions to 12th BRICS Summit are largely dismissive, but critics overlook tangible benefits for member countries.
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