::: TSR Weekly Report
2021-03-13 | NO.45(11) epaper |
Recent Publication
Dafydd Fell, Taiwan's Green Parties: Alternative Politics in Taiwan (Routledge)  
Cross-Strait Relations
Taiwan Promotes ‘Freedom Pineapples’ in Response to Chinese Import Ban (2021-03-09)
(The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) The U.S. and Canada are among the countries promoting Taiwanese pineapples after China moved to block all imports of the fruits, citing biosecurity concerns.

Taiwan Prosecutes Semiconductor Recruiters Accused of Illegally Poaching Talent for Chinese Company (2021-03-10)
(SCMP, By Masha Borak) Taiwanese authorities have raided the offices of two companies that allegedly broke the law in poaching local chip talent for a mainland Chinese artificial intelligence (AI) chip maker, accusing the headhunters of undermining the local semiconductor industry.
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
White House Reaffirms Support for Taiwan Amid China's Threat (2021-03-09)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh, Emersom Lim, and Ko Lin) The White House on Monday ignored China's threats on Taiwan, saying that its position on Taiwan remains unchanged and that Washington will continue to support the island by contributing to its self-defense capabilities.

U.S., Taiwan Launch Disaster Preparedness Cooperation (2021-03-11)
(CNA, By Chung Yu-chen and Emerson Lim) The United States and Taiwan issued a joint statement on Thursday on partnership on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR), reaffirming their dedication to humanitarian assistance and disaster preparedness.
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics
KMT Submits Signatures Backing Two Referendum Proposals (2021-03-09)
(CNA, By Chen Chun-hua and Joseph Yeh) Speaking at a press event Tuesday before turning over the signatures to the Central Election Commission (CEC), KMT Chairman Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) said the party collected 528,000 signatures to initiate a referendum opposing the government's decision to lift a ban on pork imports containing ractopamine.

Covid? What Covid? Taiwan Thrives as a Bubble of Normality. (2021-03-13)
(New York Times, By Amy Qin and Amy Chang Chien) The island has used its pandemic success to sell something scarce: life without fear of the coronavirus. Citizens have flocked home from abroad, helping to fuel an economic boom.

Taiwan's Foreign Relations 
Lithuania’s Outreach to Taiwan Is Another Blow to China’s Europe Diplomacy (2021-03-09)
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) The Baltics, in particular, are more and more skeptical of engagement with Beijing – and sympathetic to Taiwan’s cause.

U.K. Co-Hosts Taiwan-U.S.-Initiated Workshop for First Time (2021-03-10)
(CNA, By Chung Yu-chen and Joseph Yeh) An international framework co-founded by Taiwan and the United States to share expertise in disaster relief with the world was joined by the United Kingdom as a co-host during a seminar in Taipei on Wednesday for the first time since its launch in 2015.

Taiwan Protests Its Depiction by U.N. Agency as Part of China (2021-03-11)
(CNA, By Flor Wang and Ozzy Yin) Taiwan's representative office in New York has lodged a protest with the United Nations over a map published by one of its agencies which shows Taiwan as part of China.

Japan, Taiwan Laud Friendship on 10th Anniversary of 2011 Quake (2021-03-11)
(CNA, By Chung Yu-chen, Yeh Su-ping, and Emerson Lim) Japan and Taiwan lauded their friendship on Thursday, the 10th anniversary of the devastating Great East Japan Earthquake.
U.S.-China Relations
American Views of China Drop to Record Low (2021-03-09)
(The Diplomat, By Eleanor Albert) A recent poll from Gallup joins a growing body of evidence that China’s global image is slipping – especially in the United States.

Americans Deeply Unhappy with China, New Survey Shows (2021-03-09)
(The Diplomat, By Abhijnan Rej) The Pew Research Center survey shows significant public support for China push-back, especially when it comes to human rights.

Top U.S., China Diplomats to Hold First In-Person Talks of Biden Presidency
(Reuters, By Michael Martina and David Brunnstrom) U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet with top Chinese officials on March 18 in Alaska, the White House said on Wednesday, the first high-level in-person contact between the two sparring countries under the Biden administration.

Biden Administration Adds New Limits on Huawei's Suppliers (2021-03-11)
(Reuters, By Karen Freifeld) The Biden administration this week amended licenses for companies to sell to China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd , further restricting companies from supplying items that can be used with 5G devices, sources said.

US Says Beijing’s Overhaul of Hong Kong Electoral System a ‘Direct Attack’ on City’s Autonomy (2021-03-12)
(SCMP, By Owen Churchill and Finbarr Bermingham) The US State Department on Thursday condemned the approval by Beijing’s legislature of a resolution that will tighten the central government’s control over Hong Kong’s electoral system, calling the move a “direct attack” on the city’s autonomy.

China Says Hopes U.S. Will Remove 'Unreasonable' Curbs on Cooperation (2021-03-08)
(Reuters, By Gabriel Crossley) China urged the United States on Sunday to remove “unreasonable” curbs on cooperation as soon as possible and work together on issues like climate change, while accusing Washington of bringing chaos in the name of spreading democracy.

How China is Responding to Escalating Strategic Competition with the U.S. (2021-03-01)
(China Leadership Monitor, By Ryan Hass) There seems to be a growing consensus in Beijing that U.S.-China relations will remain rocky for the foreseeable future. Even so, President Xi Jinping and others have been touting that time and momentum are on China’s side in its quest to move closer to the center of the world stage. Chinese officials recognize that they will need to overcome obstacles in their country’s pursuit of its national goals. To do so, China appears to be pursuing a three-pronged medium-term strategy: maintaining a non-hostile external environment in order to focus on domestic priorities; reducing dependence on America while increasing the rest of the world’s dependence on China; and expanding the reach of Chinese influence overseas.

China's Counter-Strategy to American Export Controls in Integrated Circuits  (2021-03-01)
(China Leadership Monitor, By Douglas B. Fuller) While China has taken tentative steps to try to decouple from the American semiconductor industry, it faces three continuing challenges. First, the areas of technological dependence that the Huawei Entity List sanctions highlighted are areas in which China has very weak capabilities. Second, the wider the scope of the sanctions is, the more likely local and foreign firms will be willing to cooperate with Chinese efforts to create substitutes for controlled American technologies. But the scope of the sanctions appears to be in stasis and may even narrow during the Biden administration. Finally, the progressive expansion of China’s silicon ambitions has elicited foreign industrial policies to counter China’s own policies. This expanding market outside of China will lessen the effectiveness of Chinese policy and at the same time make a certain level of controls over IC technology palatable to American partners as Chinese customers are replaced by others.

Preparing for Retaliation Against Russia, U.S. Confronts Hacking by China (2021-03-07)
(New York Times, By David E. Sanger, Julian E. Barnes and Nicole Perlroth) There is little doubt that the scope of the attack has American officials considering whether they will have to retaliate against China as well. That would put them in the position of engaging in a potentially escalating conflict with two countries that are also its biggest nuclear-armed adversaries. 

China and Russia Agree to Explore the Moon Together (2021-03-10)
(New York Times, By Steven Lee Myers) The two countries, moving increasingly closer, signed a memorandum of agreement to collaborate on lunar missions, including the establishment of a research station in orbit or on the surface of the moon.

To Face Off Against China, Copy Its Playbook (2021-03-09)
(Foreign Policy, By Clyde Prestowitz) Biden should unite allies with a giant “Made in the Free World” project.

The U.S. Doesn’t Have to Make Sacrifices to Get China’s Climate Cooperation (2021-03-09)
(Foreign Policy, By Steven Stashwick) Beijing is sincere about fighting climate change—for its own best interests.

Does It Matter That the University of Kentucky Closed Its Confucius Institute? (2021-03-09)
(The Diplomat, By Robert Farley) The concerns about Confucius Institutes are well known, but many are manageable. Is closing the institutes the answer?

The US-China Trade War Is Still Happening (2021-03-09)
(The Diplomat, By Sara Hsu) Four years and a new president later, U.S. tariffs on Chinese products remain.
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
China's Domestic Politics
Xi’s Gambit: China Plans for a World Without American Technology (2021-03-10)
(New York Times, By Paul Mozur and Steven Lee Myers) China is freeing up tens of billions of dollars for its tech industry to borrow. It is cataloging the sectors where the United States or others could cut off access to crucial technologies. And when its leaders released their most important economic plans last week, they laid out their ambitions to become an innovation superpower beholden to none.

The ‘China Model’ Is Expanding in Hong Kong (2021-03-09)
(The Diplomat, By Angeli Datt) There are new signs of Hong Kong’s internet, legal, and press systems following in Beijing’s footsteps.

China Legislature Endorses Reducing Public Vote in Hong Kong (2021-03-11)
(Associated Press, By Joe McDonald and Ken Moritsugu) China’s ceremonial legislature on Thursday endorsed the ruling Communist Party’s move to tighten control over Hong Kong by reducing the role of its public in picking the territory’s leaders.

China's Foreign Relations 
UK Criticizes China for Violating Sino-British Declaration (2021-03-13)
(Associated Press) British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Saturday criticized China for continuing to violate the Sino-British Joint Declaration as Beijing further tightens control over Hong Kong. The moves amount to the third breach of the Joint Declaration in less than nine months, Raab said in a statement.

China Is Losing Influence—and That Makes It Dangerous
(Foreign Policy, By Salvatore Babones) The best thing Biden can do is lighten up on China and let gravity take its toll.

The One-Sided War of Ideas With China (2021-03-09)
(Foreign Policy, By Robert D. Kaplan) As Washington ramps up to defend democracy, Beijing is still motivated mostly by geography.
Military Balance
Two Officers to Attend Military Mapping Exchange Meeting in U.S. (2021-03-07)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Evelyn Kao) Taiwan's military plans to send two representatives to the United States to attend an annual meeting on bilateral exchanges of military mapping and geospatial information, which has been tentatively scheduled for August, a military source said Sunday.

U.S. Warship Transits Taiwan Strait, Third Under Biden Administration (2021-03-11)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim and Matt Yu) A U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer transited through the Taiwan Strait on Thursday, the third by a U.S. battleship since President Joe Biden assumed office in January.

China Expands Its 2 Air Force Bases Closest to Taiwan
(Taiwan News, By Keoni Everington) Amid dramatically more frequent incursions by Chinese military planes into Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ), China appears to be expanding its two airbases closest to Taiwan.
Regional Issues
How Biden Can Make the Quad Endure (2021-03-11)
(Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, By Evan A. Feigenbaum and James Schwemlein) To succeed, the Quad needs to evolve from a China-focused club of four to a group of first movers on an array of specific functional challenges. The best way to do this is for the four countries to form the core of a rotating set of ad hoc problem-solving coalitions in the Indo-Pacific.

Getting the Quad Right Is Biden’s Most Important Job
(Foreign Policy, By James Mattis, Michael Auslin, Joseph Felter) The real test of the Quad will be how it actually helps uphold the rule of law and stabilize Asia. There are four areas in particular where Australia, India, Japan, and the United States can work cooperatively in ways that advance their common interests and strengthen peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific.

‘Quad’ Summit Backs ‘Democratic’ Indo-Pacific Region, Cites Chinese ‘Aggression’ (2021-03-12)
(SCMP, By Robert Delaney and Jacob Fromer) US President Joe Biden and the leaders of three major Asia-Pacific countries, an alliance known as the “Quad”, discussed “aggression” and “coercion” against members of the group by China, while agreeing to cooperate on development of 5G and other advanced technologies, in their first summit meeting on Friday.

U.S., India, Japan and Australia Counter China with Billion-Dose Vaccine Pact (2021-03-12)
(Reuters, By David Brunnstrom, Michael Martina, and Jeff Mason) The United States and three of its closest Indo-Pacific partners committed to supplying up to a billion coronavirus vaccine doses across Asia by the end of 2022 at a summit on Friday carefully choreographed to counter China’s growing influence.

In Photos: China and India’s Pangong Lake Disengagement (2021-03-09)
(The Diplomat, By Rajeev Bhattacharya) After false starts China-India military disengagement in the northern and southern banks of the Pangong Lake is finally over. This is how the process looked.

In One Australian State, Trade With China Is Still Booming (2021-03-09)
(The Diplomat, By James Chater) Australia’s minerals trade has been divided almost clean in half by the country’s trade spat with China.

South Korea to Boost Funding for U.S. Troops Under New Accord: State Department
(Reuters, By Andrea Shalal and Hyonhee Shin) South Korea will increase its contribution to the cost of U.S. forces stationed in the country under an agreement reached with the United States, the State Department said on Sunday, easing an irritant in ties between the two allies.

Exclusive: North Korea Unresponsive to Behind-the-Scenes Biden Administration Outreach - U.S. Official (2021-03-13)
(Reuters, By Phil Stewart) North Korea has not responded to behind-the-scenes diplomatic outreach since mid-February by President Joe Biden’s administration, including to Pyongyang’s mission to the United Nations, a senior Biden administration official told Reuters on Saturday.

ASEAN Prepares to Convene First Meeting on Myanmar Crisis (2021-03-09)
(The Diplomat, By Sebastian Strangio) The Southeast Asian bloc is being asked to prove its diplomatic mettle in a fast-moving and increasingly volatile crisis.

U.N. Security Council Wrestles with Threat of Action Over Myanmar Coup (2021-03-09)
(Reuters, By Michelle Nichols) The U.N. Security Council failed to agree on Tuesday on a statement that would have condemned the coup in Myanmar, called for restraint by the military and threatened to consider “further measures,” though diplomats said talks would likely continue.

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