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2021-01-18 | NO.45(04) epaper |
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U.S.-Taiwan Relations
Biden to Face Realities Domestic and Foreign (2021-01-17)
(Taipei Forum, By Su Chi) Even with its vigilance towards Beijing, the Biden administration must first take care of American health, national unity and economy before it can map out responses to external challenges. The Tsai administration must not continue to engage in wishful thinking and put Taiwan in grave danger.

Taiwan-Biden Ties off to Strong Start with Invite for Top Diplomat
(Reuters, By Ben Blanchard) Taiwan’s relationship with its most important global backer the United States has gotten off to a strong start with President Joe Biden’s new administration, after the island’s de facto ambassador attended his inauguration.

Biden to Make Sure Taiwan Can Defend Itself: Blinken (2021-01-20)
(CNA, By Stacy Hsu and Joseph Yeh) The Joe Biden administration will maintain the United States' commitment to ensure that Taiwan has the ability to defend itself against aggression, said Antony Blinken, Biden's pick to head the U.S. Department of State.

Taiwan, U.S. Expected to Hold Talks on Supply Chains Next Month (2021-01-21)
(CNA, By Liang Pei-chi and Evelyn Kao) A working group set up by Taiwan through the U.S.-Taiwan Economic Prosperity Partnership (EPP) dialogue is expected to meet with its American counterpart in early February to discuss economic cooperation in supply chains, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said Thursday.

Taiwan Says Realistic About U.S. Trade Deal, But One Will Happen Eventually (2021-01-22)
(Reuters, By Jeanny Kao, Ben Blanchard) Taiwan is under no illusions it can quickly sign a long hoped for free trade deal with the United States but feels when the time is right “success will flow naturally”, the island’s chief trade negotiator said on Friday.

US Reaffirms Taiwan Support After China Sends Warplanes (2021-01-24)
(AP) The U.S. has reaffirmed its support for Taiwan following China’s dispatch of warplanes near the island in an apparent attempt to intimidate its democratic government and test the resolve of the new American presidential administration.
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics
Alliance Formed to Draft Taiwanese Constitution (2021-01-24)
(Taipei Times, By Jason Pan) Independence advocates yesterday launched the Taiwan New Constitution Alliance to promote drafting a new, localized constitution. A new constitution would better reflect reality, as the current one was drafted ‘in and for China,’ without the consent of Taiwanese, advocates said.

Taiwan's Foreign Relations 
Danish Parliament Considers Resolution to Support Taiwan's WHA Bid (2021-01-17)
(CNA, By Ku Yong-li and Joseph Yeh) Denmark's parliament is considering a resolution to support Taiwan's bid to return to the World Health Organization (WHO) despite opposition from China, according to Danish media and Taiwan's representative office.

French Representative in Taiwan Visits Kaohsiung, Signs New XR Deal
(CNA, By Hou Wen-ting, Wang Shwu-fen, and Kay Liu) Jean-Francois Casabonne-Masonnave, director of the French Office in Taipei, signed an agreement to expand existing cooperation in the field of extended reality (XR) technology during a visit to Kaohsiung on Tuesday.

Foreign Minister Arrives in Palau for Inauguration (2021-01-21)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) yesterday arrived in Palau to attend Palauan president-elect Surangel Whipps’ inauguration today. He was accompanied by tourism operators to evaluate possible itineraries if a “travel bubble” is created amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

EU Passes Resolutions Containing Pro-Taiwan Clauses (2021-01-21)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) The European Parliament on Wednesday passed two resolutions bearing content supporting Taiwan's democracy and for the first time encourage European Union (EU) members to "revisit their engagement policies with Taiwan," for which Taiwan's government expressed its gratitude.
U.S.-China Relations
Pompeo Says China’s Policies on Muslims Amount to ‘Genocide’ (2021-01-19)
(Associated Press, By Matthew Lee) On his way out the door, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lashed out anew at China on Tuesday by declaring that its policies on Muslims and ethnic minorities in the western Xinjiang region constitute “crimes against humanity” and a “genocide.”

U.S. Says China’s Repression of Uighurs Is ‘Genocide’ (2021-01-19)
(New York Times, By Edward Wong and Chris Buckley) The determination of atrocities is a rare action on the part of the State Department and could lead the United States to impose more sanctions against China under the new Biden administration. President-elect Joseph R. Biden said last year through a spokesman that the policies by Beijing amounted to “genocide.”

US Justice Department Pushes Ahead With Counter China Plan (2021-01-20)
(The Diplomat, By Abhijnan Rej) The January 14 arrest of an MIT professor as well as a guilty plea by a NASA scientist the day before highlight concerns around Chinese tech espionage – again.

U.S. Announces New Sanctions on Six Linked to Hong Kong Mass Arrests (2021-01-15)
(Reuters, By Humeyra Pamuk and David Brunnstrom) The United States announced sanctions on Friday against six Hong Kong or Chinese officials it blamed for implementing a new security law in Hong Kong, following the mass arrests of pro-democracy activists this month.

China Bids Good Riddance to Trump (2021-01-20)
(WSJ, By Chun Han Wong and James T. Areddy) Leading the list of sanctioned officials was former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, followed by trade-policy hawk Peter Navarro and Robert O’Brien, who led Mr. Trump’s national-security team. Former deputies on the list included the East Asia chief at the State Department, David R. Stilwell, and Matthew Pottinger on the National Security Council.

China Hopes for Cooperation, Better Relations Under Biden (2021-01-21)
(Associated Press) China on Thursday expressed hope the Biden administration will improve prospects for people of both countries and give a boost to relations after an especially rocky patch, while getting in a few final digs at former Trump officials.

China Pushes for High-Level Meeting to Ease Tension With U.S. (2021-01-23)
(WSJ, By Lingling Wei and Bob Davis) Looking to reset the troubled U.S.-China relationship, Beijing is pressing for a meeting of its top diplomat with senior aides to President Biden to explore a summit between the two nations’ leaders, according to people with knowledge of the initiative.
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
China's Domestic Politics
How Beijing Turned China’s Covid-19 Tragedy to Its Advantage (2021-01-22)
(New York Times, ) Anyone looking for lessons about China in the coming years needs to understand the consequences of what happened in 2020. The tragedy showed Beijing has the ability to control what people in China see, hear and think to a degree that surpasses even what pessimists believed. During the next crisis — whether it be disaster, war or financial crisis — the party has shown it has the tools to rally the people, no matter how ham-handedly Beijing deals with it.

China Economy Grows in 2020 As Rebound From Virus Gains (2021-01-20)
(The Diplomat, By Joe McDonald) While most major economies struggle to recover from the pandemic, the Chinese economy shows signs of growth across sectors.

China’s College Graduates Can’t Find Jobs. The Solution: Grad School. (2021-01-18)
(New York Times, By Vivian Wang) With the encouragement of the government, many students are turning to a stopgap solution: staying in school. China’s Ministry of Education announced at the height of the outbreak that it would order universities to expand the number of master’s candidates by 189,000, a nearly 25 percent increase, to ease unemployment. Undergraduate slots would also increase by more than 300,000.

China Strips License of Attorney for HK Advocate
(Taipei Times/Associated Press) A Chinese lawyer who represented a Hong Kong pro-democracy advocate was stripped of his license amid efforts by Beijing to crush opposition to its tighter control over the territory. Lu Siwei (盧思位), who represented one of 12 Hong Kong advocates who tried to flee to Taiwan, had his license revoked by the Sichuan Provincial Department of Justice in a formal notice given on Friday.

Hong Kong Begins Internet Restrictions on National Security Grounds (2021-01-20)
(The Diplomat, By Jessie Lau) The first blocking of a website has raised concerns that the Great Firewall might be coming to Hong Kong.

China's Foreign Relations 
Is a China-ASEAN Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Likely in 2021? (2021-01-20)
(The Diplomat, By Huynh Tam Sang) Things look promising for an expansion of ASEAN-China ties – but some formidable hurdles remain.

Chinese-Funded Railway to Link Former US Bases in the Philippines (2021-01-20)
(The Diplomat, By Sebastian Strangio) But we should treat the announcement with caution, given that few promised Chinese infrastructure projects have yet eventuated.

China Is Expanding Its Foreign Policy Vision. Is Latin America Ready? (2021-01-20)
(The Diplomat, By Isabel Bernhard) A more expansive Chinese foreign policy after 2021 will have political and economic implications for its Western Hemispheric partners.
Military Balance
The Trump Administration’s Mixed Messaging on Taiwan Strait Transits (2021-01-20)
(The Diplomat, By James Siebens and Ryan Lucas) The U.S. needs to make clear if transits through the Taiwan Strait are routine demonstrations of its navigational rights or intentional signals of deterrence.

Chinese Military Plane Enters Taiwan's ADIZ for 7th Straight Day
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) A Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Sunday, the seventh consecutive day there has been such an incursion, according to Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND).

Three Chinese Military Aircraft Enter Taiwan's ADIZ
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) Three Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Monday, the eighth consecutive day there have been incursions, according to Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND).

Two Chinese Military Planes Enter Taiwan's ADIZ (2021-01-19)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Ko Lin) Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) for the ninth straight day on Tuesday, according to Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND).

Taiwan Military Stages Drill Aimed at Repelling China Attack (2021-01-19)
(Associated Press) Taiwanese troops using tanks, mortars and small arms staged a drill Tuesday aimed at repelling an attack from China, which has increased its threats to reclaim the island and its own displays of military might.

13 Chinese Warplanes Intrude into Taiwan's ADIZ in Single Day (2021-01-23)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Ko Lin) Taiwan's Air Force scrambled fighter jets as 13 Chinese warplanes intruded into Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Saturday, the highest number observed in a single day this year, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).

15 Chinese Military Planes Enter Taiwan's ADIZ (2021-01-24)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Evelyn Kao) China sent 15 military airplanes of five types into Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Sunday but they did not cross the median line that divides the Taiwan Strait, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said.
Regional Issues
Institutionalizing the Quad? (2021-01-20)
(The Diplomat, By SATAKE Tomohiko) With an increasingly aggressive China, some argue it is time to institutionalize the security framework.

India and the US: Ideological Convergence No More? (2021-01-20)
(The Diplomat, By Mohamed Zeeshan) A new declassified document suggests that Washington sees New Delhi primarily as a security partner.

China Law Empowers Coast Guard to Use Force Amid Disputes (2021-01-23)
(Associated Press) China has authorized its coast guard to fire on foreign vessels and destroy structures on features it claims, potentially raising the possibility of clashes with regional maritime rivals.

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