::: TSR Weekly Report
2021-07-31 | NO.45(31) epaper |
Recent Publication
Shelly Rigger, The Tiger Leading the Dragon: How Taiwan Propelled China's Economic Rise (Rowman & Littlefield)

June Teufel Dreyer, Jacques deLisle (eds.), Taiwan in the Era of Tsai Ing-wen: Changes and Challenges (Routledge)

Chia-yuan Huang, Daniel Davies, Dafydd Fell (eds.), Taiwan's Contemporary Indigenous Peoples (Routledge)
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
U.S. House Bans Funding for Maps that Depict Taiwan as Part of China (2021-07-29)
(CNA, By Stacy Hsu and Chiang Yi-ching) The United States House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a State Department and foreign assistance spending bill that included an amendment forbidding the use of any funds to create, procure or display maps that depict Taiwan as part of the People's Republic of China.
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Foreign Relations 
A Taiwan Contingency and Japan’s Counterstrike Debate (2021-07-22)
(The Diplomat, By Scott W. Harold and Satoru Mori) Japan’s increasing recognition that Taiwan is crucial to its own security has implications for Japan’s domestic defense debates and the Japan-U.S. alliance.

Taiwan, Australia Hold Talks on Hydrogen Energy Development (2021-07-29)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) Taiwan and Australia on Thursday discussed opportunities for bilateral cooperation in the area of clean energy, including the development of hydrogen-based technologies, and agreed to expand their trade and investment efforts in such fields.

Czech Republic Pledges Vaccines to Taiwan (2021-07-27)
(CNA, By Li Yu-li, Chung Yu-chen, and Elizabeth Hsu) The Czech Republic on Monday announced it will donate 30,000 COVID-19 vaccine jabs to Taiwan, which Taipei described as a reflection of the true friendship between the two countries.

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 Vaccine Donated by Lithuania Arrives in Taiwan (2021-07-31)
(CNA, By Yeh Chen, Wen Kuai-hsiang, Pan Tzu-yu, and Frances Huang) A total of 20,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine donated by Lithuania arrived in Taiwan on Saturday morning, with the donation being seen by some as a symbol of closer ties between the two countries.
U.S.-China Relations
US, China Hold High-Level Talks, Highlighting Differences (2021-07-26)
(Associated Press, By Ken Moritsugu and Ng Han Guan) High-level face-to-face talks between U.S. and Chinese diplomats on Monday highlighted sharp differences between the sides, although the tone appeared somewhat less contentious than at their last meeting.

Biden’s China Strategy Meets Resistance at the Negotiating Table (2021-07-26)
(New York Times, By Chris Buckley and Steven Lee Myers) Ms. Sherman’s meetings offered the latest gauge of how the Biden administration’s strategy is working. So far, at least, it has done little to temper China’s behavior. Mr. Xie’s remarks underscored the anger that has been building in China toward the United States, undermining the chances that the approach will gain ground.

Wendy Sherman, No. 2 At The State Department, Visits China Amid Rising Tensions
(NPR) "They certainly are taking aggressive action against Taiwan, which they insist should be reunified with China, along Chinese characteristics. So we are at a very tough place with the Chinese."

Breaking Down Wendy Sherman’s Recent Visit to China (2021-07-29)
(U.S.-China Perception Monitor, By Yawei Liu) While she was busy on the road, the White House publicly accused China of hacking into Microsoft servers and encouraged NATO to do the same. It also imposed new sanctions on Chinese officials because of their involvement in implementing repressive policies in Hong Kong and Xinjiang. It took courage and pragmatism for the China side to agree to meet with Sherman under these trying circumstances, demonstrating that both American and Chinese officials are keenly aware of what is at stake if the relationship cannot be managed and if mutual communication is cut off.

New China Ambassador Heads to US, Sources Say (2021-07-28)
(Reuters) China’s yet-to-be-announced new ambassador to the US, Qin Gang (秦剛), yesterday headed to Washington, people familiar with the matter said.

China’s New U.S. Ambassador Is Likely to Reflect Beijing’s Confidence (2021-07-29)
(New York Times, By Chris Buckley) China’s new ambassador to the United States arrived in Washington on Wednesday — Qin Gang, a diplomat whose record of vigorously contesting Western criticism suggests that Beijing is steeling for extended tensions with Washington.

America Shouldn’t Compete Against China With One Arm Tied Behind Its Back (2021-07-27)
(New York Times, By Robert E. Lighthizer) Regrettably, however, at the last moment, the Senate appears to have caved to pressure from corporate lobbyists and included, in an otherwise laudable bill, a China-friendly amendment titled the Trade Act of 2021. The amendment would harm U.S. interests in three important ways: It would cut tariffs on medical supplies needed in a pandemic; reauthorize the so-called Miscellaneous Tariff Bill to cut tariffs on Chinese and other imports; and amend our enforcement laws in a way that will make it more difficult to battle predatory trade practices by our foreign competitors.
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
China's Domestic Politics
The Failure of China’s Microchip Giant Tests Beijing’s Tech Ambitions (2021-07-19)
(New York Times, By Paul Mozur) Yet to Chinese economic planners, it may not matter. Over the past two years, market incentives like the subsidies that bloated Unigroup’s books have fed a boom in all things microchip. According to an analysis by state-run media, China created 58,000 semiconductor firms between January and October 2020 — roughly 200 a day. While many of these companies will fail, the belief in Beijing is that a few may create breakthroughs. In other words, it’s the technology — not the finances — that counts.

Free Speech or Secession? "Liberate Hong Kong" at Heart of Landmark Case
(Reuters, By James Pomfret) Three Hong Kong judges will rule on Tuesday whether the protest slogan "Liberate Hong Kong. Revolution of our Times" is a call for secession when they deliver a verdict on charges against a man arrested at a demonstration last year.

First Person Tried Under Hong Kong Security Law Found Guilty (2021-07-27)
(Associated Press, By Alice Fung) The first person to be tried under Hong Kong’s sweeping national security law was found guilty of secessionism and terrorism on Tuesday in a ruling closely watched for indications of how the law will be applied as China tightens its grip on the city long known for its freedoms.

‘It Feels Like We’re Just Waiting to Die’: Hong Kong Targets Student Unions (2021-07-31)
(New York Times, By Vivian Wang) Students were among the most determined protesters during Hong Kong’s mass demonstrations in recent years against the Chinese Communist Party’s tightening grip, emerging as a potent political force. Now, the authorities are moving to erode their influence, wielding a national security law imposed by Beijing that gives them sweeping powers to muzzle dissent.

China's Top Legislature Mulls New Laws for Hong Kong, Macau (2021-07-27)
(Straits Times/Bloomberg) Chinese top legislative body will discuss imposing new laws on Hong Kong and Macau next month, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday (July 27), a move that could see Beijing assert more influence in the two former colonial cities.

Hong Kong Has Gotten Seriously Risky for International Business (2021-07-26)
(Foreign Policy, By Thomas Kellogg and Kaylee Morrison) The national security law is a direct threat to foreign firms.

Ghost in the Machine: A Faceless, Famous Chinese Blogger Goes Silent (2021-07-23)
(The Diplomat, By Jesse Turland) An anonymous Chinese tech and political blogger called “Program-Think” stopped posting in May, and rumors are swirling as to why.

A Rural Tycoon Criticized Beijing. Now He’s Been Jailed for 18 Years (2021-07-28)
(New York Times, By Paul Mozur) Sun Dawu, a rural tycoon and outspoken critic of the Chinese Communist Party, was sentenced to 18 years in prison Wednesday, the latest in a string of harsh punishments meted out by China against business leaders.

China's Foreign Relations 
Xinjiang’s Exports to the EU Boom, Despite Political Concerns Over Forced Labour (2021-07-25)
(SCMP, By Finbarr Bermingham) The European Union’s imports from Xinjiang more than doubled over the first half of this year, despite concerns over the use of forced labour in the western Chinese region.

New Zealand’s Statement on China’s Cyberattacks: A Shot Across the Bow (2021-07-22)
(The Diplomat, By Geoffrey Miller) A statement issued by the New Zealand government alleging Chinese state involvement in hacking goes much further than a simple, pro forma endorsement of the views of New Zealand’s allies.
Military Balance
Taiwan Navy Receives New Locally-Made Stealth Corvette (2021-07-27)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Emerson Lim) Taiwan's Navy took delivery of its second Tuo Chiang-class stealth multi-mission corvette, the Ta Chiang (PGG-619), on Tuesday, as part of an ongoing effort to beef up the capability of Taiwan's military to deter external threats.

U.S. Navy Ship Sails Through Taiwan Strait, 7th Time Under Biden (2021-07-29)
(CNA, By Matt Yu, Lu Ying-tzu, and Ko Lin) A U.S. Navy destroyer transited the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, the seventh time a U.S. battleship has navigated the waterway separating Taiwan and China since U.S. President Joe Biden assumed office in January.

Chinese Military Plane Enters Taiwan’s ADIZ (2021-07-29)
(Taiwan News, By Eric Chang) A Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Wednesday afternoon (July 28), marking the 14th intrusion this month.

Taiwan Inks Deal with US to Buy Defense Systems (2021-07-29)
(Taipei Times/CNA) Taiwan has signed a contract with the US to purchase airborne reconnaissance systems to be deployed in Hualien, the Ministry of National Defense said yesterday.

U.S. Warns China Is Building More Nuclear Missile Silos (2021-07-30)
(Associated Press, By Huizhong Wu and Jon Gambrell) Researchers at the Federation of American Scientists estimate that China has approximately 250 underground missile silos under construction after they used satellite imagery to identify a new field being built in western China.

A 2nd New Nuclear Missile Base for China, and Many Questions About Strategy (2021-07-26)
(New York Times, By William J. Broad and David E. Sanger) Is China scrapping its “minimum deterrent” strategy and joining an arms race? Or is it looking to create a negotiating card, in case it is drawn into arms control negotiations? (Listen: Why Is China Expanding Its Nuclear Arsenal?)

Chinese President Xi Jinping Calls for Greater Focus on Military Development (2021-07-31)
(SCMP, By Eduardo Baptista) Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for a greater focus on national defence and the military in a speech given on the eve of an important military anniversary and as the nation faces a growing range of security risks.
Regional Issues
Japanese Envoy Says Tokyo ‘Struggles Every Day’ With China (2021-07-21)
(The Diplomat, By Rod McGuirk) The envoy sought to dispel the perception that Japan “is doing far better than Australia” in handling relations with China.

US, Philippines Set to Reinforce Threatened Defense Accord
(The Diplomat, By Sebastian Strangio) Both nations have a strong incentive to maintain the pact, but next year’s election could complicate matters.

With Eye on China, Pentagon Chief Heads to Southeast Asia (2021-07-26)
(Reuters) U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will become the first member of President Joe Biden's cabinet to visit Southeast Asia this week, seeking to emphasize the importance Washington places on fortifying ties in the region while pushing back against China.

After Years of Chinese Influence, U.S. Tries to Renew Ties in Southeast Asia (2021-07-27)
(New York Times, By Sui-Lee Wee) Lloyd J. Austin III, the American defense secretary, became the first high-ranking official in the Biden administration to travel to a region that has long received close attention from Beijing.

Philippine Leader Retains Pact Allowing US War Exercises (2021-07-30)
(AP, By Jim Gomez) The Philippines will keep having large-scale combat exercises with the United States after President Rodrigo Duterte retracted his decision to terminate a key defense pact in a move that may antagonize an increasingly belligerent China.

US, India Agree to Expand Multilateral Security Partnership (2021-07-28)
(AP) The top diplomats of India and the United States pledged Wednesday to expand their multilateral security partnership, underscoring the deepening of ties between two countries concerned over China’s growing influence in the region.

China Warns UK as Carrier Strike Group Approaches (2021-07-29)
(BBC, By Frank Gardner) China has been closely monitoring the progress eastward of the UK's Carrier Strike Group, which is currently sailing through the South China Sea en route to Japan, while accusing Britain of "still living in its colonial days".

Indian, Chinese Army Officers Meet to Defuse Border Standoff (2021-07-31)
(Associated Press, By Ashok Sharma) Top Indian and Chinese army commanders met Saturday after a gap of three months to discuss the expeditious disengagement of thousands of forces in a bid to ease the 15-month border tensions and clashes.

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Recent Publication Shelly Rigger, The Tiger Leading the Dragon: How Taiwan Propelled China's Economic Rise (Rowman & Littlefield)
Recent Publication June Teufel Dreyer, Jacques deLisle (eds.), Taiwan in the Era of Tsai Ing-wen: Changes and Challenges (Routledge)
Recent Publication Chia-yuan Huang, Daniel Davies, Dafydd Fell (eds.), Taiwan's Contemporary Indigenous Peoples (Routledge)
Recent Publication Joseph Fewsmith, Rethinking Chinese Politics (Cambridge University Press)
Recent Publication Jonathan Hillman, The Emperor's New Road: China and the Project of the Century (Yale University Press)(Interview Discussion)
Recent Publication M. Taylor Fravel, Active Defense: China's Military Strategy Since 1949 (Princeton University Press) (Podcast Discussion)
Recent Publication Kenneth W. Allen and Cristina L. Garafola, 70 Years of the PLA Air Force (China Aerospace Studies Institute)
Recent Publication Mariah Thornton, Robert Ash, and Dafydd Fell, Taiwan's Economic and Diplomatic Challenges and Opportunities (Routledge)
Recent Publication Richard C. Bush, Difficult Choices: Taiwan's Quest for Security and the Good Life (Brookings Institution Press)
Recent Publication Lowell Dittmer, China's Political Economy in the Xi Jinping Epoch: Domestic and Global Dimensions (World Scientific)
Recent Publication Dafydd Fell, Taiwan's Green Parties: Alternative Politics in Taiwan (Routledge)
Recent Publication Lawrence C. Reardon, A Third Way: The Origins of China's Current Economic Development Strategy (Harvard University Press)
Recent Publication Dan Blumenthal, The China Nightmare: The Grand Ambitions of a Decaying State (AEI Press) (Book Review)
Recent Publication Kingsley Edney, Stanley Rosen, and Ying Zhu, Soft Power With Chinese Characteristics: China’s Campaign for Hearts and Minds (1st Edition) (Routledge) (Book Review)
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