::: TSR Weekly Report
2021-02-13 | NO.45(07) epaper |
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Cross-Strait Relations
Key to Cross-Strait Peace Lies in Beijing: President Tsai (2021-02-09)
(CNA, By Matt Yu, Wen Kuei-hsiang, and Joseph Yeh) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Tuesday said the key to maintaining peace across the Taiwan Strait lies in the hands of China, but she reiterated her administration's willingness to engage in "meaningful dialogue" with Beijing on equal terms.
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
US Encourages Guyana to Build Taiwanese Ties (2021-02-07)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) The US encourages Guyana and Taiwan to advance their partnership and more countries to expand “unofficial ties” with Taiwan, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said in a statement yesterday.

U.S. Tweet Signals Level of Engagement with Taiwan Seen Under Trump
(CNA, By Chiang Yi-ching and Stacy Hsu) A meeting between Taiwan's top envoy to the United States and a senior State Department official on Wednesday and its public announcement may indicate continuing contacts with Taiwan at a high level under President Joe Biden's administration.

Taiwan Thanks Biden for Words to Xi (2021-02-12)
(Taipei Times, By Lu Yi-hsuan and Jake Chung) Taiwan expressed its thanks to US President Joe Biden after he raised concerns with Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) about China’s increased pressuring of Taiwan, Presidential Office spokesperson Xavier Chang (張惇涵) said yesterday.
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics
With Pig Parades and Youth Camps, Taiwan’s Ailing Kuomintang Tries a Revamp (2021-02-12)
(New York Times, By Amy Chang Chien and Amy Qin) Analysts in the mainland have warned that Beijing may resort to war if the Kuomintang is unable to reclaim power or if the Communist Party feels it no longer has a dialogue partner on the island.

Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen Faces Referendum Over Lifting Ban on US Ractopamine Pork (2021-02-12)
(SCMP, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwan’s decision to allow imports of US pork containing growth and leanness agent ractopamine has triggered a political storm for Tsai Ing-wen, the island’s president, and her administration after a referendum was forced on the issue, set to be held within the next six months.

Taiwan's Foreign Relations 
Taiwan’s Chip Industry Sets Eighth Annual Record (2021-02-08)
(Taipei Times with CNA) China was the largest buyer of Taiwanese semiconductor equipment last year, making up 44 percent of the sector’s exports, official data showed.

The Strange Saga of Taiwan’s Short-Lived Office in Guyana (2021-02-09)
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) The closing of the office was a classic example of how U.S.-China rivalry served to complicate what should have been an innocuous diplomatic agreement.

Perfecting Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy (2021-02-09)
(The Diplomat, By Sana Hashmi) Taiwan’s foreign policy focus needs a firmer people-centric dimension to fully realize its ambitions.
U.S.-China Relations
Stop Looking for Beijing’s Big Test of the Biden Administration (2021-02-09)
(Foreign Policy, By Blake Herzinger) China doesn’t go out of its way to probe new U.S. leaders.

The United States and China Need to Cooperate—for the Planet’s Sake (2021-02-09)
(Foreign Policy, By Julian Brave NoiseCat, Thom Woodroofe) Polling shows Americans want Biden to emphasize climate diplomacy with Beijing.

China Brings Back Long-time Climate Czar (2021-02-09)
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) Xie Zhenhua’s return to the position of special envoy for climate is seen as a positive signal for U.S.-China cooperation on environmental issues.

How China Joined the Sanctions Game (2021-02-09)
(The Diplomat, By Andrew Rennemo) Sanctions will continue to shape U.S.-China ties – with Beijing starting to give as good as it gets.

How Will China Counter US Financial Hegemony? (2021-02-09)
(The Diplomat, By Robert Farley) China’s plan for a central digital currency aims to fulfill numerous goals, from consolidating domestic control to competing in the global financial field.

Biden in Call with China’s Xi Raises Human Rights, Trade (2021-02-11)
(Associated Press, By Aamer Madhani) Joe Biden had his first call as president with Xi Jinping, a two-hour conversation in which he pressed the Chinese leader about trade and Beijing’s crackdown on democracy activists in Hong Kong as well as other human rights concerns.

US’ New China Task Force Will Identify Top Priorities, Its Chief Says – And Tech is ‘Huge’ (2021-02-12)
(SCMP, By Laura Zhou) The US defence department has revealed more details about its new task force to evaluate its strategy on China, with technology among its priorities as the two countries’ rivalry looks set to continue under Joe Biden, the new American president.
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
China's Domestic Politics
Two Arrests, Two Outcomes Tell a Tale of Xi Jinping’s China (2021-02-12)
(New York Times, By Li Yuan) China was, and remains, an authoritarian country under Communist Party rule. But the nature of its authoritarianism has become much harsher under Xi Jinping, the party’s top leader since late 2012. Mr. Sun’s case exemplifies the country’s drastic turn from a nation striving for economic and social, if not political, liberalization to one increasingly operating in an ideological straitjacket.

China’s Inequality Will Lead It to a Stark Choice (2021-02-11)
(Foreign Affairs, By Branko Milanovic) Strong development of the private sector, as in China, produces new social classes. To co-opt them, the government invites their political participation through party membership. But they then become an upper class with both political and economic power, separated from the rest of society and likewise from the bulk of CCP membership.

China Ends the Clubhouse Spring (2021-02-09)
Foreign Policy, By Melissa Chan) Beijing has blocked the social app after a brief flowering of open discussion.

Hong Kong Can’t Be Saved. Hong Kongers Can. (2021-02-09)
(Foreign Policy, By Doug Bandow) A once great city is now another appendage of dictatorship.

China's Foreign Relations 
BBC World News Barred in Mainland China, Dropped by HK Public Broadcaster (2021-02-11)
(Reuters) Britain’s BBC World News was barred on Friday from airing in China, while Hong Kong’s public broadcaster said it was suspending carriage of the television channel, a week after Britain’s media regulator revoked Chinese state television’s UK broadcast licence.

EU Calls on China to Reverse Ban on BBC World News Channel (2021-02-13)
(Associated Press) The European Union on Saturday called on China to reverse its ban on the BBC World News television channel imposed in apparent retaliation for Britain’s pulling of the license of state-owned Chinese broadcaster CGTN.

China Scores a Public Relations Win After W.H.O. Mission to Wuhan (2021-02-09)
(New York Times, By Javier C. Hernández) The W.H.O. team opened the door to a theory embraced by Chinese officials, saying it was possible the virus might have spread to humans through shipments of frozen food, an idea that has gained little traction with scientists outside China. And the experts pledged to investigate reports that the virus might have been present outside China months before the outbreak in Wuhan in late 2019, a longstanding demand of Chinese officials.

The Newest Diplomatic Currency: Covid-19 Vaccines (2021-02-11)
(New York Times, By Mujib Mashal and Vivian Yee) Countries with the means or the know-how are using the shots to find favor or thaw frosty relations. India sent them to Nepal, a country that has fallen increasingly under China’s influence. Sri Lanka, in the midst of a diplomatic tug of war between New Delhi and Beijing, is getting doses from both.

A Global Campaign of Repression, Made in China (2021-02-09)
(The Diplomat, By Nate Schenkkan and Sarah Cook) The Chinese government is the world’s leading perpetrator of attacks on dissidents abroad.

The 3 Pillars of Chinese Foreign Policy: The State, the Party, the People (2021-02-09)
(The Diplomat, By Connor Fiddler) China’s foreign policy apparatus is much more than just the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Military Balance
Two Chinese Military Planes Enter Taiwan's ADIZ (2021-02-07)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Emerson Lim) Two Chinese warplanes entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Sunday, the fourth consecutive day of such intrusions, according to Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND).

Two Chinese Military Aircraft Enter Taiwan's ADIZ Monday Night
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Frances Huang) Chinese aircraft entered the southwestern section of Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) for a fifth consecutive day Monday, according to Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND).

China's Unmanned Vehicles a Growing Regional Threat: Analysts (2021-02-10)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) China's aggressive development of unmanned air, ground and underwater vehicles is an increasing threat to Taiwan and the rest of region, according to analysts at a government-funded think tank in Taiwan.

Don’t Underestimate China’s Military-Civil Fusion Efforts (2021-02-09)
(Foreign Policy, By Emily Weinstein) Beijing’s vision is clear, even if its implementation isn’t complete.
Regional Issues
US Destroyer Conducts FONOP in South China Sea (2021-02-09)
(The Diplomat, By Abhijnan Rej) USS John S. McCain had also transited through the Taiwan Strait on February 4.

Two U.S. Carrier Groups Conduct Exercises in South China Sea (2021-02-09)
(Reuters, By Se Young Lee) Two U.S. carrier groups conducted joint exercises in the South China Sea on Tuesday, days after a U.S. warship sailed near Chinese-controlled islands in the disputed waters, as China denounced the United States for damaging peace and stability.

French Nuclear Submarine Patrolled in South China Sea - Navy (2021-02-09)
(Reuters) A French nuclear-propelled attack submarine and warship patrolled in the South China Sea to underscore freedom of navigation in international waterways, the Armed Forces Ministry said on Tuesday.

Japan Expresses Concern to UK Over New Chinese Coast Guard Law (2021-02-09)
(The Diplomat, By Mari Yamaguchi) From maritime security to human rights concerns, China featured heavily in a meeting between the Japanese and British foreign and defense ministers.

Biden Calls India's Modi, Seeks to Strengthen Regional Security Through "Quad" Grouping
(Reuters, By Sanjeev Miglani) U.S. President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed in a telephone call to strengthen Indo-Pacific security through the Quad grouping of countries that is seen as a way to push back against China’s growing assertiveness in the region.

India, China Begin Troop Withdrawal from Contested Border (2021-02-11)
(Associated Press, By Aijaz Hussain) China and India are pulling back front-line troops from disputed portions of their mountain border where they have been in a standoff for months, both countries said. The troops began the disengagement on Wednesday at the southern and northern banks of Pangong Lake in the Ladakh region, they said.

Amid China Concerns, India Boosts Defense Budget (2021-02-09)
(The Diplomat, By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan) The budget growth, clearly aimed at countering the challenge along the Sino-Indian border, is still marginal.

When Did India’s BJP Lose Its Hawkishness on China?
(The Diplomat, By Krzysztof Iwanek) To diplomatically stand up to China, all the BJP needs is to do is to revive some of its past rhetoric.

Myanmar Protests in 2nd Week, with Neither Side Backing Down (2021-02-13)
(Associated Press) Mass street demonstrations in Myanmar entered their second week Saturday, with neither protesters nor the military government they seek to unseat showing any signs of backing down from confrontations.

What the Myanmar Coup Means for China (2021-02-09)
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) China will stick to its strict policy of non-intervention, but the military takeover has created a diplomatic headache for Beijing.

New Zealand Steps into Australia-China Dispute (2021-02-09)
(The Diplomat, By Joshua Mcdonald) Recently, a senior New Zealand minister advised Australia to “show respect” and act more diplomatically toward China. Canberra was not amused.

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