::: TSR Weekly Report
2021-08-14 | NO.45(33) epaper |
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Cross-Strait Relations
Key Square Part II: A Discussion on Taiwan with Jim Moriarty (2021-08-09)
(CSIS) Ambassador Moriarty considers how U.S. policy towards Taiwan has changed over his professional career, and examines Beijing’s intentions towards Taiwan. Finally, Mike and Ambassador Moriarty debate what Washington, Taipei, Tokyo and others need to do to maintain stability in the Taiwan Strait, emphasizing the need for increased deterrence and defense in depth. 

China Recalls Lithuania Ambassador in Row over Taiwan Office (2021-08-10)
(Associated Press) China on Tuesday recalled its ambassador to Lithuania and expelled the Baltic nation’s top representative to Beijing over the country’s decision to allow self-governing Taiwan to open an office in Lithuania under its own name.

US Invites Allies to Engage with Taiwan (2021-08-12)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) Washington supports its European partners and allies as they develop mutually beneficial relations with Taiwan, the US Department of State said on Tuesday, adding that each country should be able to interpret its own “one China” policy.

Sherman Stresses U.S. Support for Lithuania Against 'Coercive' China (2021-08-13)
(Reuters) U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman spoke with Lithuania's foreign minister on Friday and reiterated U.S. support for the country in the face of pressure from China over its decision to develop ties with Taiwan, the State Department said.

What’s Behind Lithuania’s Outreach to Taiwan? (2021-08-13)
(The Diplomat, By Brian Hioe) Strengthening relations between Taiwan and Central European countries may be, in part, aimed at diplomatic signaling where these countries stand vis-a-vis tensions between the U.S. and China.
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
Taiwan, U.S. Discuss Maritime Cooperation (2021-08-11)
(CNA) Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration (CGA) and its American counterpart held a first ever Coast Guard Working Group (CGWG) meeting Wednesday to advance joint maritime cooperation. 

New AIT Chief Meets Taiwan's Foreign Minister for First Time
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Emerson Lim) The director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), Sandra Oudkirk, and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) discussed U.S.-Taiwan relations, trade and economic issues, the COVID-19 pandemic, and cooperation aimed at expanding Taiwan's international space, AIT, the United States' defacto embassy in Taiwan, said in a statement.

Tsai Meets AIT Director Oudkirk (2021-08-11)
(Taipei Times/CNA, By Sherry Hsiao) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday in a meeting with American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director Sandra Oudkirk said that she hoped Taiwan and the US will work together to advance their relationship.
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics
Taiwanese Are Sympathetic but Uncertain About Hong Kong Refugees (2021-08-05)
(Foreign Policy, By Lev Nachman, Shelley Rigger, Chit Wai John Mok and Nathan Kar Ming Chan) Widespread support for protesters may not translate into policy.

Taiwan's Foreign Relations 
New Philippine Representative Sheds Light on Priorities in Taiwan (2021-08-08)
(CNA, By Chung Yu-chen and Emerson Lim) The newly installed Philippine representative to Taiwan has made promoting the welfare of Filipino workers and increasing cooperation between the two sides in trade and agriculture his top priorities.

Australia's Top Envoy Details Work Priorities in Taiwan (2021-08-14)
(CNA, By Chung Yu-chen and Emerson Lim) Australia's top envoy in Taiwan, who has just completed her first six months in the role, told CNA recently that she will continue to promote cooperation in trade, green energy, health, gender equality, and people-to-people relations with Taiwan during her tenure.

Taiwan, U.S., Japan, Australia Host Forum on Green Energy (2021-08-12)
(CNA, By Chung Yu-chen and Emerson Lim) Government officials and experts from 50 countries participated Wednesday in a virtual workshop, co-hosted by Taiwan and three other nations, to discuss green energy and environmental sustainability.

Taiwan – Sorry, ‘Chinese Taipei’ – Is Having a Fantastic Olympics (2021-08-05)
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) Taiwanese athletes’ record-setting medal haul has drawn new attention to the odd arrangement under which they compete at the Olympics.

Eswatini, Taiwan’s Last Partner in Africa (2021-08-10)
(The Diplomat, By Carien du Plessis) The relationship hinges on proudly democratic Taiwan befriending an absolute monarch. Will pro-democracy protests spell the end of King Mswati’s rule – and relations with Taipei?
U.S.-China Relations
Ideological Competition With China Is Inevitable—Like It or Not (2021-08-06)
(Foreign Policy, By Nathan Levine) Beijing recognizes promoting human rights and democracy is an ideological challenge. So should Washington.

Sherman’s China Visit Was a Quiet Disaster (2021-08-03)
(Foreign Policy, By Dean Cheng) The Biden administration needs to stop aiming for access.

Is China’s New U.S. Ambassador a ‘Wolf Warrior’—or a Fox? (2021-08-10)
(Foreign Policy, By Melinda Liu) Although close to Chinese President Xi Jinping, Qin Gang doesn’t quite fit the mold of hostile Chinese diplomacy.

China's New U.S. Envoy Stresses Importance of Taiwan in First High-Level Meeting (2021-08-13)
(Reuters) China's newly appointed ambassador in Washington stressed the utmost importance of Taiwan in the Sino-U.S. relationship during his first meeting with a top U.S. official since assuming the job, according to Chinese state media.
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
China's Domestic Politics
Why Did China Crack Down on Its Ed-Tech Industry? (2021-08-05)
(The Diplomat, By Lizzi C. Lee) In a speech delivered at the Communist Party’s Central Party School in January, Xi Jinping called on the government to proactively reduce the ever-growing income gaps to improve people’s sense of “empowerment, happiness, and security.” Reiterating the importance of “common prosperity,” Xi “warned it is “not only an economic issue but also a major political issue.”

Hong Kong’s Liberties Are Dying but Business Lives On (2021-08-12)
(Foreign Policy, By Hilton Yip) The territory’s role as a major financial hub remains despite the crackdown.

China Signals Crackdown on Privacy, Data, Anti-Trust to go on (2021-08-12)
(Reuters, By Yew Lun Tian) China will draft new laws on national security, technology innovation, monopolies and education, as well as in areas involving foreigners, the national leadership said in a document published late on Wednesday.

A Struggle for Information Control Between China’s Government and the Tech Giants (2021-08-11)
(The Diplomat, By Canghao Chen) The Chinese government risks becoming the primary obstacle to the advancement of the internet industry in China.

China's Foreign Relations 
Europe Faces the Tricky Task of Policing Chinese Investments (2021-08-06)
(The Diplomat, By Bruce Shen) The Chinese acquisition of the U.K.’s largest chip maker underlines the difficulty of implementing investment screenings.

How a German Frigate in the South China Sea May Upend Beijing-Berlin Relations (2021-08-06)
(The Diplomat, By Larissa Stünkel and Marc Lanteigne) As Merkel’s lengthy term comes to an end, the frigate deployment may be the beginning of a sea change in Germany’s China approach.

China Sentences Canadian to 11 Years in Case Tied to Huawei (2021-08-11)
(Associated Press, By Joe McDonald and Ng Han Guan) A Canadian entrepreneur was sentenced to 11 years in prison in a spying case linked to Beijing’s effort to push his country to release an executive of tech giant Huawei, prompting an unusual show of support for Canada by the United States and 24 other governments.

China’s Presence in Africa Is at Heart Political (2021-08-11)
(The Diplomat, By Thierry Pairault) Beijing’s outreach to Africa is largely driven by the desire for support on the international stage from the continent’s 54 countries.
Military Balance
Chinese, Russian Militaries Hold Drills in Northwest China (2021-08-10)
(Associated Press) Chinese and Russian troops have engaged in joint exercises in northwestern China in a sign of growing military ties between Moscow and Beijing amid shared concerns over the instability in Afghanistan.

Zapad/Interaction Military Exercise 2021: Growing China-Russia Bonhomie? (2021-08-06)
(The Diplomat, By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan) In the face of isolation from the West, Russia feels that it has no choice but buttress this strategic partnership with China.

Japan Confirms New Missile Deployments to Ryukyu Islands (2021-08-06)
(The Diplomat, By Steven Stashwick) Anti-air and anti-ship missiles will be sent to Ishigaki-jima in 2022.

Seven Chinese Warplanes Enter Taiwan's ADIZ
(CNA, By Chung Yu-chen and Emerson Lim) Seven Chinese military aircraft, including fighter jets, entered Taiwan's southwestern air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Thursday, amid unconfirmed reports that a French frigate was spotted near Taiwan's west coast.

Quad Countries Discuss 'Peace and Security' in Taiwan Strait (2021-08-13)
(CNA, By Stacy Hsu and Matthew Mazzetta) Senior officials from the United States, Japan, India and Australia discussed the importance of maintaining peace and security in the Taiwan Strait during a virtual meeting on Thursday, according to the U.S. State Department.

Rhetoric Aside, America’s Asian Partners Are Giving Up on Their Own Defense (2021-08-05)
(The Diplomat, By Justin Logan) When it comes to burden-sharing, banging the table doesn’t work — doubt about the U.S. commitment does.
Regional Issues
Indian and Chinese Troops Disengage from Gogra (2021-08-08)
(The Diplomat, By Sudha Ramachandran) The establishment of buffer zones in areas of disengagement is eating into territory formerly under Indian control.

North Korea Issues Warning Over South Korea-US Joint Military Exercises (2021-08-12)
(The Diplomat, By Mitch Shin) Shortly after the two Koreas restored communication channels, North Korea lambasted the upcoming exercises and stopped returning the South’s calls.

Japanese Defense Chief Visits Contentious War Shrine (2021-08-13)
(Associated Press, By Mari Yamaguchi) Japan’s defense minister on Friday visited a Tokyo shrine viewed by China and both Koreas as a symbol of Japanese wartime aggression to pray for the war dead just days before the nation marks the 76th anniversary of its World War II defeat.

ASEAN Grants United Kingdom ‘Dialogue Partner’ Status (2021-08-06)
(The Diplomat, By Sebastian Strangio) The announcement represents a strong regional vote of support for London’s post-Brexit engagement with Asia.

Washington Should Pursue a Digital Deal with Seoul and Tokyo (2021-08-02)
(East Asia Forum, By Elliot Silverberg and Daniel Aum) Recent reports indicate that the Biden administration is discussing an Indo-Pacific digital trade deal with up to seven nations, so far including Japan but not South Korea. This new effort is reportedly designed to balance China’s growing influence in the region. It would bind together nations leading the way in crafting digital trade agreements in the region, similar to the New Zealand–Chile–Singapore Digital Economy Partnership Agreement and the Singapore–Australia Digital Economy Agreement.

Digital Trade Must be Central to Biden’s ‘Pivot to Asia’ (2021-08-10)
(The Diplomat, By Linh Tong) Washington’s current approach to Southeast Asia underestimates China’s increasing lead in digital trade and technology.

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