::: TSR Weekly Report
2021-08-28 | NO.45(35) epaper |
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Cross-Strait Relations
President Marks Kinmen Bombardment 63 Years On (2021-08-25)
(Taipei Times, By Yang Chun-hui and Kayleigh Madjar) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Monday marked the 63rd anniversary of the 823 Artillery Bombardment of Kinmen County with a pared down address to a small group of military personnel in Taipei, in which she hailed the event as a reminder of the importance of unity and conviction.
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
For First Time, Half of Americans Favor Defending Taiwan If China Invades (2021-08-26)
(The Chicago Council on Global Affairs) 2021 Chicago Council Survey data show a majority of Americans support a range of US policies towards Taiwan: recognition as an independent country, inclusion in international organizations, and a US-Taiwan free trade agreement. 

Did Biden’s Taiwan Remarks Represent a US Policy Change? (2021-08-24)
(The Diplomat, By Gerrit van der Wees) “Strategic ambiguity” is not a policy; it is a tactic. The difference matters.

Why Taiwan Matters to the United States (2021-08-23)
(The Diplomat, By John Bolton and Derik R. Zitelman) Washington has strategic, economic, and normative reasons for safeguarding the island from Chinese coercion.

Taiwan Isn’t Afghanistan, Whatever Beijing Says (2021-08-23)
(Foreign Policy, By Blake Herzinger) The fall of Kabul is a crisis of competence, not credibility, for U.S. power in Asia.

Afghanistan’s Collapse: The View From Taiwan (2021-08-25)
(The Diplomat, By Brian Hioe) both pan-Blue and pan-Green politicians alike have at least rhetorically called for self-reliance, though for the KMT this is phrased as self-reliance by the ROC, and the DPP has phrased this as self-reliance by Taiwan. Calls for self-reliance by the DPP and KMT likely mean very different things but may indicate something about current political trends in Taiwan.
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics
Formosa Poll August 2021 (2021-08-28)
(Formosa) According to the Taiwan Mood Barometer Survey conducted by Formosa in late June, 55.1% of respondents indicated that they trusted President Tsai Ing-wen (an increase of 6.5 percentage points since the previous survey), while 55.0% indicated that they were satisfied with Tsai’s performance (an increase of 5.4 percentage points since the previous survey). 48.6% indicated that they were satisfied with the performance of Premier Su Tseng-chang (an increase of 3.6 percentage points since the previous survey).

Court Rejects Challenge to Vote on Constitution
(Taipei Times, By Wen Yu-te) The Taipei High Administrative Court yesterday ruled against a legal challenge by Taiwan New Constitution Foundation founder Koo Kwang-ming (辜寬敏) over the Central Election Commission’s (CEC) decision in October last year to reject two referendum proposals on drafting a new constitution.

Taiwan's Foreign Relations 
Taiwan Legislator Invites Lithuanian Parliament Speaker for a Visit (2021-08-23)
(CNA, By Kuo Chien-shen, Matt Yu, and Emerson Lim) Legislator Chiu Chih-wei (邱志偉), who heads Taiwan's Baltic states friendship group in Taiwan's legislature, said Monday he has invited several Lithuania parliamentarians, including the speaker, to visit Taiwan when the COVID-19 pandemic eases.

Taiwan, Paraguay Central Banks Ink Cooperative Pact
(CNA, By Pan Tzu-yu and Evelyn Kao) Taiwan's central bank said Wednesday it has signed an agreement with its Paraguayan counterpart to enhance bilateral exchanges of business practices and information.
U.S.-China Relations
China Criticises U.S. 'Scapegoating' Over COVID Origin Report (2021-08-25)
(Reuters, By Gabriel Crossley and Michael Martina) China on Wednesday criticized the U.S. "politicization" of efforts to trace the origin of the coronavirus, demanding without any evidence that American labs be investigated, ahead of the release of a U.S. intelligence report on the virus.

Pentagon Holds Talks with Chinese Military for First Time under Biden, Official Says (2021-08-28)
(Reuters, By Idrees Ali) A senior Pentagon official held talks with the Chinese military for the first time since President Joe Biden took office in January to focus on managing risk between the two countries, a U.S. official told Reuters on Friday.
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
China's Domestic Politics
Hong Kong Proposes Film Censorship Law to 'Safeguard National Security' (2021-08-24)
(Reuters, By Jessie Pang) Hong Kong said on Tuesday new film censorship legislation will be introduced to "safeguard national security", in another sign of shrinking freedoms in the former British colony.

Hong Kong Rush for Special UK Visas Slows in Second Quarter (2021-08-27)
(Straits Times/Bloomberg) More than 30,000 Hong Kong residents sought special UK visas in the second quarter of this year, although the pace of applications slowed from an initial rush to get on the path way to citizenship.

New Chinese Law Tightens Requirements for Data Privacy (2021-08-21)
(The Diplomat, By Associated Press) The law would impose some of the world’s strictest controls on private sector handling of information about individuals.

Chinese Regulators to Exercise More Control Over Algorithms (2021-08-27)
(Associated Press) Chinese regulators will exercise greater control over the algorithms used by Chinese technology firms to personalize and recommend content, the latest move in a regulation spree across the internet sector.

China's Foreign Relations 
Spies for Hire: China’s New Breed of Hackers Blends Espionage and Entrepreneurship (2021-08-26)
(New York Times, By By Paul Mozur and Chris Buckley) This new group of hackers has made China’s state cyberspying machine stronger, more sophisticated and — for its growing array of government and private-sector targets — more dangerously unpredictable. Sponsored but not necessarily micromanaged by Beijing, this new breed of hacker attacks government targets and private companies alike, mixing traditional espionage with outright fraud and other crimes for profit.

China Swoops Into Bangladesh With a Vaccine Deal (2021-08-24)
(The Diplomat, By Asif Muztaba Hassan) It bided its time and when India halted supply of vaccines to Bangladesh, it saw opportunity and struck.

China and the Taliban: What to Watch (2021-08-23)
(The Diplomat, By Bonnie Girard) Developments in two areas – Afghanistan’s illicit drug trade and the Sino-Afghan shared border – will give us early indications of Beijing’s approach to a Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.
Military Balance
Chinese Military Turboprop Enters Taiwan’s ADIZ (2021-08-23)
(Taiwan News, By Eric Chang) A Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 22), marking the eighth intrusion this month.

China Holds Naval Drills Ahead of US-Led Quad Exercise off the Coast of Guam (2021-08-24)
(SCMP, By Sarah Zheng) China kicked off a series of naval exercises on Tuesday, ahead of a high-profile joint drill between the US and other members of the strategic Quad alliance off the coast of Guam.

Kidd-Class Destroyers Join Missile Interception Drills: Navy
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Joseph Yeh) All four of Taiwan's Kidd-class destroyers recently took part in a live-fire drill staged in waters off Taiwan that simulated the interception of incoming enemy missiles, according to the Navy on Wednesday.

U.S. Navy, Coast Guard Ships Sail through Taiwan Strait, 8th Transit under Biden (2021-08-28)
(CNA, By Chung Yu-chen, Lu Ying-tzu and Frances Huang) A U.S. Navy ship and a Coast Guard vessel sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Friday, making the eighth transit under the Biden Administration after the president took office in January.

Taiwan, Japan Ruling Parties Hold First Security Talks (2021-08-27)
(CNA, By Wen Kuei-hsiang, Kuo Chien-shen, Chiu Kuo-chiang, and Emerson Lim) The ruling parties of Taiwan and Japan held their first bilateral talks on security policies on Friday, in a move seen as directed at the challenge posed by an increasingly assertive China.

What the ‘Blue Arctic’ Means for the US Pacific Military Presence (2021-08-21)
(The Diplomat, By Sonoko Kuhara) Melting sea ice in the Arctic increases accessibility between the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans and mitigates a geographic disadvantage for the U.S. Navy.
Regional Issues
US’ Harris Begins Asia Trip Amid Afghan Debacle (2021-08-23)
(Taipei Times/AFP) US Vice President Kamala Harris began a trip to Asia yesterday to offer reassurances of Washington’s commitment to the region after the chaotic US pullout from Afghanistan and Taliban takeover.

In Southeast Asia, Kamala Harris’s Message: You Can Count on the U.S. (2021-08-24)
(New York Times, By Zolan Kanno-Youngs) The White House is aiming to refocus U.S. foreign policy strategy on competing with China’s rising economic influence rather than on continuing to fight “forever wars,” such as the two-decade long conflict in Afghanistan.

VP Harris Says U.S. will 'Speak up' on South China Sea (2021-08-26)
(Reuters, By Nandita Bose and James Pearson) The United States welcomes competition and does not seek conflict with Beijing, but will speak up on issues like maritime disputes in the South China Sea, Vice President Kamala Harris said on Thursday as she concluded a trip to Southeast Asia.

China’s Wedge Strategy Towards the US-Vietnam Partnership (2021-08-25)
(The Diplomat, By Khang Vu) Through a variety of measures, Beijing is seeking to reinforce Vietnam’s neutrality in the competition between the superpowers.

How Biden Can Save His China Strategy After Afghanistan (2021-08-25)
(Foreign Policy, By Michael J. Green and Gabriel Scheinmann) Washington needs to give a visible sign of Indo-Pacific commitment.

In Biden’s ‘America First’ Lite, Allies and Partners Come Second (2021-08-23)
(The Diplomat, By William Choong) After the fall of Kabul, there will be an element of doubt surrounding U.S. commitments in the Indo-Pacific.

India Conducts Joint Naval Exercise with Philippines as It Seeks to Expand South China Sea Role (2021-08-25)
(SCMP, By Amber Wang) India has carried out a naval drill with the Philippines in the disputed South China Sea as it seeks to step up its presence in the region amid its growing rivalry with China. The guided missile destroyer INS Ranvijay and guided missile corvette INS Kora joined the Philippine frigate BRP Antonio Luna for Monday’s exercise, officials told the Indian broadcaster NDTV.

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