::: TSR Weekly Report
2021-02-27 | NO.45(09) epaper |
Recent Publication
Lawrence C. Reardon, A Third Way: The Origins of China's Current Economic Development Strategy (Harvard University Press) 
Cross-Strait Relations
Taiwan's New China Affairs Head Pledges to Break Cross-Strait Impasse (2021-02-23)
(CNA, By Lai Yen-hsi and Joseph Yeh) Taiwan's new top China affairs chief pledged during his swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday to do his best to break the impasse with China without sacrificing the nation's sovereignty, but offered no specifics on how he planned to achieve that.

Forbidden Fruit: Taiwan Urges People to Eat More Pineapples After China Ban (2021-02-26)
(Reuters) Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen called on people to eat more pineapples to help farmers on Friday, saying Taiwan had been “ambushed” by a ban on the fruit by neighbouring long-time rival China.
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
Meeting of Taiwan, U.S. Envoys Signal Continuation of Trump Policy (2021-02-23)
(CNA, By Tang Pei-chun and Chiang Yi-ching) Taiwan's World Trade Organization (WTO) representative met with his American counterpart at the office of Taiwan's WTO mission, indicating that the U.S. will continue to allow such meetings under President Joe Biden's administration.

AIT Director to Join Tip-Off of ‘Sports Diplomacy’ Events
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director Brent Christensen is to participate in the ceremonial tip-off at a basketball game in Hsinchu today, as the institute begins a celebration of “sports diplomacy.”
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics
Marchers in Taipei Commemorate 228 Incident (2021-02-21)
(CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Emerson Lim) The 228 Incident was an anti-authoritarianism uprising in Taiwan that led to a bloody crackdown by the then-Kuomintang government that began on Feb. 28, 1947. The number of Taiwanese people killed in the ensuing government suppression is estimated to be anything between 5,000 and 28,000.

Ma's Invitation to 228 Event Still Stands: Taipei Deputy Mayor
(CNA, By Chen Chun-hua and Joseph Yeh) The Taipei City government said Wednesday that it will not withdraw its invitation to former President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) to a attend 228 Incident commemorative event, over a protest by one of the organizers.

Bloody Crackdown on Civil Uprising 74 Years Ago Remembered in Kaohsiung (2021-02-28)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) Government officials, led by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), on Sunday attended an event commemorating the 74th anniversary of the 228 Incident, a civil uprising that led to a bloody government crackdown.

Taiwan's New Defense Chief Assumes Post (2021-02-23)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim and Matt Yu) Former intelligence chief Chiu Kuo-cheng (邱國正) officially became Taiwan's Minister of National Defense on Tuesday in a ceremony held behind closed doors. Chiu was part of the cabinet reshuffle announced by the Presidential Office on Feb. 19, involving three key security positions.

Taiwan's Foreign Relations 
BioNTech Says Taiwan Will Receive Vaccines After Concerns China Impeded Deal (2021-02-22)
(The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) The German manufacturer vowed to provide vaccines to Taiwan after worries that the Chinese government had tried to block a deal for 5 million doses.

Outside Forces Waging Cognitive Warfare Against Taiwan: Premier Su (2021-02-26)
(CNA, By Mat Yu, Wang Yang-yu and Emerson Lim) Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said Friday that the recent news reports of the Taiwan government spying on foreign envoys and opposition figures were part of a "cognitive warfare" effort by outside forces.

Czech Republic, Slovakia Eye Tech Ties With Taiwan (2021-02-26)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) The Czech Republic and Slovakia have expressed interest in boosting technological ties with Taiwan, as mutual visits have increased after Czech Senate President Milos Vystrcil led a delegation to visit Taiwan in August last year.
U.S.-China Relations
China Urges US to Lift Trade Restrictions, Stop Interference (2021-02-22)
(AP News) China’s top diplomat called Monday for new U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration to lift restrictions on trade and people-to-people contacts while ceasing what Beijing considers unwarranted interference in the areas of Taiwan, Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet.

China’s Top Diplomat Says Beijing Seeks to US to Join Forces on New Energy and New Technologies (2021-02-22)
(SCMP, By Amber Wang) China has talked up the prospect of cooperating with the United States and other developed countries on new energy and emerging technologies, despite ongoing tensions between Beijing and Washington over the South China Sea, Taiwan and human rights

Biden’s C.I.A. Pick Warns of China and Russia at Amicable Confirmation Hearing (2021-02-24)
(New York Times, By Julian E. Barnes) The nominee, William J. Burns, argued that China was an adversarial power and the intelligence community’s greatest geopolitical challenge. He called for investing more resources and personnel as well as technological innovation.

Biden’s Trade Pick Vows to Work More Closely with Allies (2021-02-25)
(Associated Press, By Paul Wiseman) President Joe Biden’s pick to be the top U.S. trade envoy promised to work with America’s allies to combat China’s aggressive trade policies, indicating a break from the Trump administration’s go-it-alone approach.

State Department Lawyers Concluded Insufficient Evidence to Prove Genocide in China
(Foreign Policy, By Colum Lynch) Despite the Trump administration’s declaration of a genocide in Xinjiang, upheld by the Biden administration, some legal experts suspect China’s behavior may fall short of actual genocide.

Biden Must Keep Challenging China on Freedom of Navigation (2021-02-22)
(Foreign Policy, By Jeff M. Smith) The dispute around the South China Sea remains the most volatile and vital in U.S.-China relations.

Are Confucius Institutes in the US Really Necessary? (2021-02-22)
(The Diplomat, By Gary Sands) The teaching of Chinese language and culture in the U.S. will remain important, but are Chinese government funded institutes the best option?
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
China's Domestic Politics
China Steps Up Online Controls With New Rule for Bloggers (2021-02-22)
(The Diplomat, By Huizhong Wu and Fu Ting) Starting next week, China’s government will require bloggers to be approved to write on a wide range of topics, including economics, education, health, and foreign affairs.

‘Patriots’ Only: Beijing Plans Overhaul of Hong Kong’s Elections (2021-02-23)
(New York Times, By Keith Bradsher, Vivian Wang and Austin Ramzy) The planned overhaul reinforces the Communist Party’s resolve to quash the few remaining vestiges of political dissent after the antigovernment protests that roiled the territory in 2019. It also builds on a national security law for the city that Beijing enacted last summer, giving the authorities sweeping powers to target dissent.

Dozens of Leading Hong Kong Democrats Brace for National Security Charges to be Laid (2021-02-27)
(Reuters, By Jessie Pang and James Pomfret) Several dozen Hong Kong democrats are due to report to local police stations across the city on Sunday, with some expecting to be charged with breaches of national security as a crackdown on the democratic opposition intensifies.

Hong Kong’s Lesson to Schoolchildren: Love China, No Questions Asked (2021-02-24)
(New York Times, By Vivian Wang) The central aim of the new curriculum guidelines, unveiled by the Hong Kong government this month, was to use those historical stories to instill in the city’s youngest residents a deep-rooted affinity for mainland China — and, with it, an unwavering loyalty to its leaders and their strong-arm tactics.

China's Foreign Relations 
Is China’s COVID-19 Diplomacy Working in Southeast Asia? (2021-02-22)
(The Diplomat, By Yang Lizhong and Chen Dingding) A recent poll suggests a mixed picture for China.

Chinese Official Denies ‘Prior Knowledge’ of Myanmar Coup (2021-02-22)
(The Diplomat, By Sebastian Strangio) There is little reason to doubt Beijing’s claim that the coup and ensuing crisis is “not what China wants to see.”

The West Turned a Blind Eye to China’s Threat to Democracy (2021-02-22)
(Foreign Policy, By Nathan Law) Hubris drove failed engagement policies. Now, the democratic world must fight back.
Military Balance
Second U.S. Warship Transits Taiwan Strait under Biden Administration (2021-02-25)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim and Matt Yu) A U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer transited through the Taiwan Strait in a routine operation on Wednesday, the second by a U.S. battleship since President Joe Biden assumed office in January. 
Regional Issues
India, China Complete Troop Pullout from Lake Area (2021-02-21)
(Reuters, By Sanjeev Miglani) Indian and Chinese troops have completed a pullout from a lake area on their disputed border in the western Himalayas, setting the scene for disengagement at other friction points, the two countries said on Sunday.

China Confirms Deaths in Galwan Clash with India (2021-02-22)
(The Diplomat, By Abhijnan Rej) A PLA Daily article noted that two officers and three soldiers have received military honors for their performance during the June 15 clash – four of them posthumously.

India’s Defense Export Strategy: Balancing China in the Indian Ocean Region
(The Diplomat, By Prakash Panneerselvam) The Aero India 2021 airshow shows India is hoping to boost its defense exports to IOR countries.

What’s Behind Cambodia’s Cancellation of Military Exercises with China? (2021-02-22)
(The Diplomat, By Sebastian Strangio) The cancellation, purportedly due to COVID-19, could be a peace offering to the Biden administration.

South China Sea: Vietnam Builds up Defences Against Beijing in Spratly Islands, Report Says (2021-02-22)
(SCMP, By Rachel Zhang) Vietnam has been building up its defences in the Spratly Islands over the past two years to “ensure it can strike Chinese facilities” in the disputed archipelago, a report by a Washington-based think tank said.

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