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2021-01-02 | NO.45(01) epaper |
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Cross-Strait Relations
Ministry Tightens Chinese Investment Regulations (2020-12-31)
(Taipei Times, By Angelica Oung) The Ministry of Economic Affairs yesterday said that it has tightened control on Chinese investments in Taiwan due to national security concerns, following in the steps of countries such as the US and Japan.

Taiwanese National Found Guilty of Working with Chinese Intelligence (2020-12-31)
(CNA, By Liu Shih-i and Ko Lin) A Taiwanese businessman was found guilty of working with Chinese intelligence and handed a three-month jail sentence or payment of a fine by the Taipei District Court Thursday, though the case can still be appealed.
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
Trump Signs Taiwan Assurance Act (2020-12-29)
(Taipei Times/CNA) The US$2.3 trillion government spending package that US President Donald Trump finally signed on Sunday evening incorporates the Taiwan Assurance Act of 2020, as well as money to support activities under the Global Cooperation and Training Framework initiative launched in 2015.

U.S. Defense Bill with Provisions Supporting Taiwan Becomes Law (2021-01-02)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Matthew Mazzetta) A United States defense policy bill containing sections supportive of Taiwan was passed into law on Friday, as the Senate voted to override the veto of Donald Trump for the first time during his presidency.
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics
President Tsai Delivers 2021 New Year's Address (2021-01-01)
(Taiwan Office of the President) President Tsai Ing-wen delivered her 2021 New Year's Address on the morning of January 1 in the Entrance Hall of the Presidential Office Building. She thanked all citizens for uniting to combat the pandemic, helping Taiwan achieve what the whole world has been longing for: a normal lifestyle.

Officials Vow to Crack Down on Pork-Related Price Gouging
 (2021-01-02)
(CNA, By Yu Hsiang, Yeh Chen and Matthew Mazzetta) Taiwanese government officials on Saturday vowed to deal firmly with anyone caught artificially inflating the price of pork, following reports that vendors were raising prices amid concerns about a new policy allowing imports of the meat containing traces of the livestock drug ractopamine.

Formosa Poll December 2020 (2021-12-28)
(Formosa) According to the Taiwan Mood Barometer Survey conducted by Formosa in late December, 53.6% of respondents indicated that they trusted President Tsai Ing-wen (a decrease of 2.0% since the previous survey), while 41.2% indicated that they did not trust Tsai (an increase of 2.2% since the previous survey). 54.3% indicated that they were satisfied with Tsai’s performance (a decrease of 2.4% since the previous survey), while 43.5% indicated that they were dissatisfied (an increase of 2.9% since the previous survey). 46.8% indicated that they were satisfied with the performance of Premier Su Tseng-chang (a decrease of 0.8% since the previous survey), while 49.3% indicated that they were dissatisfied (an increase of 2.1% since the previous survey).

Taiwan's Foreign Relations
Indonesia Quietly Advances Economic, Cultural Ties with Taiwan (2020-12-29)
(The Diplomat, By Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat and Fuad Tingai) Despite the country’s growing dependence on China, connections with Taiwan have persisted – even grown.

Taiwan, Japan Partner to Develop Small Satellite (2020-12-30)
(Taipei Times) Taiwan and Japan are working together to develop a miniaturized satellite that is scheduled to be launched into space in 2022 and would validate two key technologies to be used in Taiwan’s space program, a National Space Organization (NSPO) official said on Monday.

Taiwan, New Zealand Sign Agreement for Mutual AEO Recognition (2020-12-31)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) Taiwan and New Zealand have signed an agreement to mutually recognize their authorized economic operators (AEOs), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced Thursday.
U.S.-China Relations
New York to Delist Chinese Telecom Firms in Symbolic Shift (2021-01-01)
(New York Times, By Paul Mozur) The delisting of the three telecom giants reflects China’s rise in power and wealth, as well as the growing estrangement between the world’s two biggest economies. It also highlights the faltering of long-established business ties between the United States and China, which were set up over decades as China sought to internationalize and reform its state-run corporate behemoths.

China Warns of Harm to US Ties with Trump’s Support for Taiwan, Tibet Bills
 (2020-12-28)
(SCMP, By Lawrence Chung and Catherine Wong) Two pieces of legislation passed as part of a multitrillion-dollar spending bill. One act includes sanctions for Chinese officials who try to appoint the next Dalai Lama while the other seeks to strengthen Washington’s ties with Taipei.

How Should Biden Engage China?
 (2020-12-29)
(The Diplomat, By Yan Liang) Complete rupture and a “cold war” with China is one possibility, while peaceful and mutually beneficial coexistence is another and better option.

China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
China's Foreign Relations 
China and E.U. Leaders Strike Investment Deal, but Political Hurdles Await (2020-12-30)
(New York Times, By Jack Ewing and Steven Lee Myers) Chinese and European Union leaders agreed on Wednesday to make it easier for companies to operate on each other’s territory, a significant geopolitical victory for China when criticism of its human rights record and handling of the pandemic have left it increasingly isolated.

Furor Over Europe’s Investment Agreement with China is Overblown (2021-12-30)
(The National Interest, by Julia Friedlander) Squeezed in the narrow straights between the end of the powerful German presidency of the European Council and Joe Biden’s inauguration, the European Union and Germany are trying to level the playing field with the United States vis-à-vis China, not hand Beijing the keys to the castle.

With Concessions and Deals, China’s Leader Tries to Box Out Biden (2021-01-03)
(New York Times, By Steven Lee Myers) Chinese companies already enjoyed greater access to European markets — a core complaint in Europe — so they won only modest openings in manufacturing and the growing market for renewable energies. The real achievement for China is diplomatic.

For Beijing and New Delhi, 2020 Was the Point of No Return
 (2020-12-29)
(Foreign Policy, By Harsh V. Pant) After decades of uneasy ties, China can no longer deny that India is a real threat.

China Wades Into Nepal’s Political Crisis (2020-12-29)
(The Diplomat, By Sudha Ramachandran) With the Nepal Communist Party cracking apart, Beijing is scrambling to preserve its interests.

China's Domestic Politics
How Will China Manage the Post-Pandemic Economic Recovery? (2020-12-29)
(The Diplomat, By Chutian Zhou) Interpreting Beijing’s 2020 Central Economic Work Conference offers hints of the path ahead.

China Court Hears Case of Activists Alleged to Have Fled Hong Kong for Taiwan Amid Protests (2020-12-28)
(Reuters, By David Kirton) A Chinese court on Monday heard the case of 10 Hong Kong activists alleged to have fled the territory for Taiwan amid anti-China protests and held in a Chinese prison for four months as their relatives appealed for a swift resolution.

China Jails Hong Kong Activists Caught Fleeing for Taiwan by Speedboat (2020-12-30)
(Axios, By Mike Allen) A court in Shenzhen, China, on Wednesday imprisoned 10 pro-democracy activists who tried to flee Hong Kong by speedboat and deported back home two minors who were with them.
Military Balance
Chinese Anti-Submarine Aircraft Enters Taiwan's Southwest ADIZ (2020-12-29)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Emerson Lim) A Chinese military Y-8 aircraft entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Tuesday, marking the 19th day on which such a maneuver has occurred in December, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said that day.

China Accuses US of Show of Force with Taiwan Strait Passage (2020-12-31)
(Associated Press) China accused the U.S. of staging a show of force by sailing two Navy warships through the Taiwan Strait on Thursday morning. The Navy said the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers USS John S. McCain and USS Curtis Wilbur “conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit” in accordance with international law.

Hints of Chinese Naval Procurement Plans in the 2020s (2020-12-29)
(The Diplomat, By Rick Joe) All military forces have a desired force requirement and a desired “critical mass” to aspire toward. What does the 14th five-year plan tell us about China’s?
Regional Issues
Japan’s Biden Jitters (2020-12-28)
(Wall Street Journal, By The Editorial Board) Yasuhide Nakayama,Japan’s number-two civilian defense official, told Reuters: “So far, I haven’t yet seen a clear policy or an announcement on Taiwan from Joe Biden. I would like to hear it quickly, then we can also prepare our response on Taiwan in accordance.” He also asked, according to Reuters, “How will Joe Biden in the White House react in any case if China crosses this red line?”

NATO, We Want to Go to War With You
 (2020-12-29)
(Foreign Policy, By Tarah Wheeler, Amy Ertan) Wargames can provide essential cybersecurity training for soldiers. But they won’t succeed unless the players confront real, independent hackers.

Mired in Crises, North Korea’s Kim to Open Big Party Meeting (2020-12-29)
(The Diplomat, By Hyung-Jin Kim and Kim Tong-Hyung) Kim Jong Un is grappling with the toughest challenges of his nine-year rule as he prepares to host the ruling Workers’ Party congress in January.

The Lesson of 2020? Security Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Does (2020-12-29)
(The Diplomat, By Jacob Parakilas) And science and technology will only take us so far when it comes to future threats, conventional or otherwise.
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