::: TSR Weekly Report
2021-08-07 | NO.45(32) 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) 
Cross-Strait Relations
Last Taiwanese Official Leaves TECO Hong Kong (2021-08-01)
(Taipei Times/CNA) The last Taiwanese official at the nation’s representative office in Hong Kong was forced home on Friday afternoon after Hong Kong authorities refused to extend his visa.

China Snapping Up Drug Rights in Taiwan (2021-08-01)
(Taipei Times, By Chen Yun and Kayleigh Madjar) Chinese companies have over the past five years obtained exclusive distribution rights in Taiwan for 29 percent of new pharmaceuticals, the Legislative Yuan said, urging the government to intervene, as it said the issue extends far beyond Chinese agency over the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

Taiwan’s Gold Medal Win Over China in Badminton Raises Tension (2021-08-01)
(New York Times, By Amy Chang Chien) Taiwan’s badminton victory has drawn some anger on Weibo, a popular social media platform in China, as well as comments from users congratulating China on a victory that, like Taiwan itself, they see as belonging to Beijing. Others accused the badminton players of advocating Taiwanese independence and criticized them as ungrateful.

Taiwan's Medals Revive Debate Over Use of 'Chinese Taipei'
(Reuters, By Yimou Lee) With its first gold in badminton plus nine other medals and counting, Taiwan's best-ever Olympic performance has revived an old debate on the island over the practice by international organisations of referring to Taiwan as Chinese, and whether the island should compete under the name "Taiwan".

Taiwan Plans to Ban Workers in Key Tech Roles from Visiting Mainland China (2021-08-04)
(SCMP, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwan plans to bar people involved in critical industries from visiting the Chinese mainland without permission in the latest move to protect its core technologies.

Is Taiwan Next? (2021-08-04)
(New York Times Magazine, By Sarah A. Topol) In Taipei, young people like Nancy Tao Chen Ying watched as the Hong Kong protests were brutally extinguished. Now they wonder what’s in their future.
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
US Army Officer Interview Marks Warming Relations (2021-08-01)
(Taipei Times, By Wu Su-wei and Jonathan Chin) A US military officer on Thursday appeared on a Ministry of National Defense TV program for the first time since the countries severed diplomatic ties more than four decades ago.

U.S. Senate Approves Bill to Back Taiwan's WHO Bid (2021-08-06)
(CNA, By Stacy Hsu and Emerson Lim) The United States Senate on Friday passed a bill directing the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to help Taiwan regain observer status at the World Health Organization (WHO).
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics
Formosa Poll July 2021 (2021-07-25)
(Formosa) According to the Taiwan Mood Barometer Survey conducted by Formosa in late June, 48.6% of respondents indicated that they trusted President Tsai Ing-wen (an increase of 0.3 percentage points since the previous survey), while 49.6% indicated that they were satisfied with Tsai’s performance (an increase of 2.0 percentage points since the previous survey). 45.0% indicated that they were satisfied with the performance of Premier Su Tseng-chang (an increase of 0.7 percentage points since the previous survey).

Taiwan's Foreign Relations 
Japan Calls on International Community to Support Taiwan (2021-08-03)
(Taiwan News, By Eric Chang) Japan’s defense minister has called on the world to pay more attention to Taiwan’s national security amid increasingly aggressive military threats from China.

Justice Minister Touts First Extradition to Poland (2021-08-05)
(Taipei Times, By Jason Pan) Minister of Justice Tsai Ching-hsiang (蔡清祥) yesterday announced the completion of the process to extradite a Polish national back to his country, following the recent signing of a judicial cooperation agreement with Poland, while another similar pact with Slovakia was finalized on Tuesday.
U.S.-China Relations
During Latest Exchange, China Presents US With 2 Lists of Grievances (2021-07-26)
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) Based on the official read-outs from both sides, it seems Wendy Sherman’s trip to China didn’t go much beyond repeating lengthy lists of concern.

Reasons for Optimism in Wake of Sherman’s Visit to China
(The Diplomat, By Brian Wong) Policymakers from both sides of the Pacific would benefit from seizing upon the opportunity generated by Deputy Secretary Wendy Sherman’s visit.

U.S. Business Groups Urge Biden to Restart China Trade Talks (2021-08-06)
(New York Times, By Paul Mozur and David McCabe) A group of the most influential American business groups is urging the Biden administration to restart trade talks with China and cut tariffs on Chinese-made goods that had remained in place after the start of the bruising trade war between the two countries.

Biden Offers 'Safe Haven' to Hong Kong Residents in U.S. after China Crackdown (2021-08-06)
(Reuters, By Michael Martina, Ted Hesson, and David Brunnstrom) President Joe Biden on Thursday offered temporary "safe haven" to Hong Kong residents in the United States, allowing what could be thousands of people to extend their stay in response to Beijing's crackdown on democracy in the Chinese territory.

Who Is Qin Gang, China’s New US Ambassador? (2021-07-30)
(The Diplomat, By Lizzi C. Lee) Qin has little U.S. experience, unlike his predecessors. But he may have something even more valuable: direct access to Xi Jinping.

Xi Jinping Is Using Party Outreach to Build an Anti-U.S. Bloc (2021-08-02)
(Foreign Policy, By Jordan Link and Laura Edwards) An overlooked summit shows the scale of the Chinese Communist Party’s ambitions.

Be Wary of China Threat Inflation (2021-07-30)
(Foreign Policy, By Bruce W. Jentleson) The China threat is being inflated in ways that, as with the Soviet threat in the Cold War and terrorism post-9/11, are counterproductive for foreign-policy strategy and distort domestic politics in dangerous ways.

Cooling Off China-US Technological Competition: A Blueprint in Shared Purpose (2021-07-23)
(The Diplomat, By Kangkyu Lee) Shared leadership on technological matters is crucial and cooler heads must prevail.
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
China's Domestic Politics
China Is Using Tibetans as Agents of Empire in the Himalayas (2021-07-28)
(Foreign Policy, By Robert Barnett) What life is like for the quarter-million residents of fortress villages in Tibet.

Why Is Beijing Micromanaging Its Technology Sector? (2021-08-02)
(The Diplomat, By Robert Farley) Micromanaging a technology ecosystem is enormously complex and difficult, even for a bureaucracy the size of the Chinese government.

China Quietly Sets New 'Buy Chinese' Targets for State Companies - U.S. Sources (2021-08-02)
(Reuters, By Andrea Shalal) China's government quietly issued new procurement guidelines in May that require up to 100% local content on hundreds of items including X-ray machines and magnetic resonance imaging equipment, erecting fresh barriers for foreign suppliers, three U.S.-based sources told Reuters.

China's Foreign Relations 
EU and China Clash Over Macau Election Ban (2021-08-01)
(SCMP, By Kinling Lo) The European Union has criticised China over its decision to bar more than 20 candidates from standing for election in Macau. On Saturday the top court in the former Portuguese colony, now a special administrative region (SAR) of China, rejected an appeal against the decision that barred 21 opposition candidates from running in September’s legislative election.

Britain Rethinks Letting China Enter Its Nuclear Power Industry (2021-08-02)
(New York Times, By Stanley Reed) A few years ago, Britain agreed to let China take an ownership stake in its newest nuclear power plants, figuring Beijing had the nuclear know-how and the construction smarts to help replace the country’s aging power stations. Six years later, Britain is having second thoughts.

China Says It Will Provide 2 Billion Vaccine Doses to the World (2021-08-06)
(New York Times, By Sui-Lee Wee) China’s top leader, Xi Jinping, said the country would provide two billion Covid-19 vaccine doses to the world this year and would donate $100 million to a global effort to distribute the doses to developing countries, as Beijing attempts to take on a more prominent leadership role in curbing the pandemic.
Military Balance
Taiwan Military to Design New Armored Vehicle (2021-08-01)
(Taiwan News, By Kelvin Chen) The Ministry of National Defense’s (MND) Armaments Bureau announced on Saturday (July 31) it plans to develop a combat vehicle armed with a 105-mm cannon that meets the Army’s combat requirements.

Taiwan to Test Self-Made Rockets on Island in South China Sea (2021-08-04)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Joseph Yeh) The Coast Guard Administration (CGA) is scheduled to hold two rounds of live-fire exercises on the Taiwan-held Pratas (Dongsha) Island in the South China Sea next month and will test an indigenous anti-armor rocket.

U.S. Announces Sale of Self-Propelled Artillery to Taiwan (2021-08-05)
(CNA, By Stacy Hsu and Y.F. Low) The United States government announced on Wednesday that it has approved the sale to Taiwan of 40 M109A6 "Paladin" self-propelled howitzers and related equipment at an estimated cost of US$750 million.

General Ju Qiansheng Takes Command of the PLA Strategic Support Force (2021-07-27)
(The Diplomat, By Marcus Clay) The former commander of the People’s Liberation Army Strategic Support Force Network Systems Department is taking over the entire force.

China’s Military Names New Commander for Troubled Xinjiang Region (2021-08-05)
(SCMP, By Liu Zhen) China has appointed a new military commander to oversee its troubled far western Xinjiang region, where security is tight amid a crackdown that Beijing says is needed to prevent terrorism.

US Navy Unveils Strategy for Autonomous Vehicles (2021-07-30)
(The Diplomat, By Steven Stashwick) AI-controlled unmanned craft can supplement flagging numbers in the U.S. fleet.
Regional Issues
Britain Returns to Asia, to China’s Dismay (2021-07-30)
(The Diplomat, By Bonnie Girard) The U.K.’s naval presence in East Asia has provoked an angry response from China.

German Warship ‘Bayern’ Heads to the Indo-Pacific (2021-08-02)
(Defense News, By Sebastian Sprenger) The first such deployment in almost 20 years is meant to uphold freedom of navigation in international waters, protect “open societies” and express support for regional partners sharing Germany’s values, Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said in a statement.

India Deploys warships in South China Sea as Part of 'Act East' Policy (2021-08-04)
(Reuters, By Sanjeev Miglani) India is sending a naval task force to the South China Sea this month to expand security ties with friendly countries, officials said on Wednesday, signalling its intent to play a bigger role in regional efforts to counter China.

China, India Agree to Pull Troops Near Site of Deadly Clash (2021-08-03)
(Straits Times/Bloomberg) China and India have agreed to pull back troops from another friction point along their disputed Himalayan border after a weekend meeting of top military commanders from both sides, according to senior Indian officials with knowledge of the matter.

Harris to Focus on Security, Economic Ties on SE Asia Trip (2021-08-03)
(Associated Press, By Alexandra Jaffe) Vice President Kamala Harris will visit Southeast Asia later this month aiming to bolster U.S. engagement in the region in an effort to counter China’s growing influence globally.

China Is Providing an Alternative Regional Framework for South Asia (2021-07-30)
(The Diplomat, By Bipin Ghimire and Apoorva Pathak) China has set up its own alternative to SAARC and BIMSTEC – one that does not include India.

China’s Growing Ties With Indonesian Provinces (2021-07-28)
(The Diplomat, By Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat) Getting close to Indonesian provinces is a key goal of Chinese diplomacy and crucial for the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative.

Japan’s Challenge in the Age of China-US Rivalry (2021-08-02)
(The Diplomat, By Michio Ueda) Tokyo must find a way to synthesize national security and economic strategy amid increased competition between Beijing and Washington.

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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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