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U.S.-Taiwan Relations
U.S. Representatives Call for Taiwan Membership of U.N. (2021-09-10)
(CNA, By Stacy Hsu and Teng Pei-ju) Two members of the United States House of Representatives on Thursday urged the U.S. government to support Taiwan's membership of the United Nations.

U.S. Silent on Taiwan Rep Office Name Change, Says Ties 'Rock Solid' (2021-09-11)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh, Chung Yu-chen, and Frances Huang) The U.S. State Department on Friday did not confirm or deny a news report that said the U.S. was considering approving the change of the name of Taiwan's representative office in Washington D.C., but it reiterated its stance that ties with Taipei were "rock solid."
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Foreign Relations 
Proposed MOFA Budget to Boost EU Exchanges (2021-09-06)
(Taipei Times, By Wu Su-wei and Kayleigh Madjar) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in its budget proposal for next year increased funding for European exchanges, indicating its intention to further warm relations with the bloc.

Pressured By China, Lithuania Won’t Back Down Over Taiwan (2021-09-07)
(Foreign Policy, By Robbie Gramer) Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said his country is working to find a diplomatic solution.

Slovakia Joins Taiwan, U.S. and Japan to Host International Workshop (2021-09-09)
(CNA, By Chung Yu-chen and Teng Pei-ju) Slovakia on Thursday joined Taiwan, the United States and Japan to co-host an international workshop under the Global Cooperation Training Framework (GCTF) initiative for the first time, according to Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

CORONAVIRUS/Fourth Batch of Japan-Donated COVID-19 Vaccines Arrives in Taiwan (2021-09-07)
(CNA, By Wu Juei-chi, Chung Yu-chen, and Joseph Yeh) A total of 64,000 doses of the AstraZeneca (AZ) COVID-19 vaccine donated by Japan arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday afternoon, the fourth such donation made by Tokyo to Taipei so far.

Parsing Japan’s Support for Taiwan (2021-09-11)
(The Diplomat, By Pamela Kennedy) The Japan-Taiwan renaissance seen in 2021 may not last, but one element will certainly stay: the public acknowledgment that Taiwan and Japan’s security are linked.

Taiwan Warns Ally Honduras Against China’s Promises (2021-09-07)
(Taipei Times/Reuters, By Lu Yi-hsuan and Kayleigh Madjar) Taiwan yesterday reminded its diplomatic ally Honduras of Beijing’s record of broken promises, after the Latin American nation’s main opposition party pledged to switch diplomatic recognition to Beijing.
U.S.-China Relations
Biden Calls Xi as US-China Relationship Grows More Fraught (2021-09-10)
(Associated Press, By Aamer Madhani and Joe Mcdonald) President Joe Biden spoke with China’s Xi Jinping on Thursday amid growing frustration on the American side that high-level engagement between the two leaders’ top advisers has been largely unfruitful in the early going of the Biden presidency.

What Comes After the War on Terrorism? War on China?
 (2021-09-07)
(New York Times, By Thomas L. Friedman) What are we doing today in foreign policy that we might look back 20 years from now and say, “If only we knew back then what we know now, we would never have gone down that path”? My answer can be summed up in one word: China. 
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
China's Domestic Politics
Warning of Income Gap, Xi Tells China’s Tycoons to Share Wealth (2021-09-07)
(New York Times, By Chris Buckley, Alexandra Stevenson and Cao Li) Mr. Xi says the Communist Party will pursue “common prosperity,” pressing businesses and entrepreneurs to help narrow the stubborn wealth gap that could hold back the country’s rise and erode public confidence in the leadership. Supporters say China’s next phase of growth demands the shift.

Assessing China’s “Common Prosperity” Campaign
 (2021-09-09)
(Brookings, By Ryan Hass) In launching a recent wave of actions to redress social inequality and economic disparity, China’s leaders may view themselves as correcting some of the excesses of Deng’s decision to “let some people get rich first.” Such efforts also have a corollary benefit of chastening China’s new oligarchs against challenging his authority or that of the Chinese Communist Party in governing China.

Incendiary Essay Ignites Guessing Over Xi’s Plans for China (2021-09-09)
(New York Times, By Chris Buckley) The official boost for Mr. Li’s polemic startled Chinese political and business circles when doubt had already been rising about the growing role of the Communist Party in the economy. Among some, the essay left the impression that the party could intensify its crackdown on private corporations, tighten its grip on culture and hound the rich. Some critics pointed ominously to echoes of Mao’s Cultural Revolution of the 1960s, which had also emerged from attacks on the cultural elite by polemicists who were previously little known.

‘Reversing Gears’: China Increasingly Rejects English, and the World (2021-09-09)
(New York Times, By Li Yuan) In some cases, Communist Party orthodoxy is replacing foreign texts. Elementary schools in Shanghai may not be conducting English tests, but a new textbook on “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism With Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” will be required reading in the city’s elementary, middle and high schools starting this month. Each student is required to take a weekly class for a semester.

Hong Kong Tiananmen Vigil Leaders Charged with Subversion (2021-09-10)
(Associated Press) Three leaders of the group that organized an annual Tiananmen candlelight vigil were being held in custody Friday after they were charged with subversion under Hong Kong’s national security law, as authorities intensify a crackdown on dissent in the city.

Why China’s Economy Is Threatened by a Property Giant’s Debt Problems (2021-09-10)
(New York Times, By Alexandra Stevenson and Cao Li) Panic from investors and home buyers could spill over into the property market and hit prices, affecting household wealth and confidence. It could also shake global financial markets and make it harder for other Chinese companies to continue to finance their businesses with foreign investment. Writing in The Financial Times last week, the billionaire investor George Soros warned that an Evergrande default could cause China’s economy to crash.

China's Foreign Relations 
EU Cannot Remain Silent on China, Top Official Says (2021-09-06)
(Taipei Times, By Yang Cheng-yu) The EU cannot tolerate increasing human rights abuses or remain silent in the face of an increasingly expansionist and aggressive foreign policy in the Indo-Pacific region and on a global scale, European Parliament Vice President Fabio Massimo Castaldo said in reference to China.

Hostage Diplomacy Is Against China’s Interests (2021-09-05)
(The Diplomat, By Susana Malcorra) Normalized relations between China and the West should not be taken for granted. The fates of the two Michaels are test cases for the direction Beijing chooses.
Military Balance
Taiwan Warns China Can ‘Paralyze’ Island’s Defenses in Conflict (2021-09-01)
(Bloomberg, By Samson Ellis and Cindy Wang) Taiwan warned that China could “paralyze” its defenses in a conflict, a stark new assessment expected to fuel calls in Washington for more support for the democratically ruled island.

Taiwan says 19 Chinese Warplanes Entered Air Defence Zone
 (2021-09-06)
(BBC) The defence ministry said 19 aircraft including fighters and nuclear-capable bombers entered its so-called air defence identification zone (ADIZ).

4 Chinese Military Planes Enter Taiwan’s ADIZ
 (2021-09-09)
(Taiwan News, By Eric Chang) Four Chinese military planes entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Wednesday (Sept. 8), marking the seventh intrusion this month.

Air force’s Operational Costs Surge as China Steps Up Warplane Incursions
 (2021-09-11)
(Taipei Times, By Aaron Tu and Jonathan Chin) People’s Liberation Army (PLA) incursions into Taiwan’s airspace have led to a surge in the operational costs of the Republic of China Air Force, the Ministry of National Defense said. 

Taiwan Navy Commissions New Tuo Chiang-Class Warship (2021-09-09)
(CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Ko Lin) Taiwan on Thursday commissioned a Tuo Chiang-class stealth multi-mission corvette, a new domestically built naval vessel equipped with modern weaponry and capable of making rapid strikes.

As China-Taiwan Tensions Rise, Japan Begins Preparing for Possible Conflict (2021-08-27)
(Wall Street Journal, By Alastair Gale and Chieko Tsuneoka) For Japan, even a small risk of armed conflict over Taiwan is a major concern. From the Japanese island of Yonaguni, the coast of Taiwan can be seen on a clear day just 70 miles away. Okinawa, the biggest island in Japan’s southern chain, is home to major U.S. military bases and most of the 50,000 American troops in Japan.

Japanese PM Candidate Urges Cross-Strait Crisis Preparations: Report (2021-09-09)
(Taipei Times/CNA, By Kayleigh Madjar) A top contender for Japan’s leadership on Tuesday advocated taking a more hardline stance on China, saying that Japan and the US must jointly prepare for a potential crisis in the Taiwan Strait, as Taiwan is on the front lines of democracy’s fight against authoritarianism.
Regional Issues
UK Carrier Commander: Japan Visit Underscores Partnership (2021-09-07)
(Associated Press, By Mari Yamaguchi) The commander of the British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth said Tuesday that the first port call in Japan by his strike group underscores Britain’s aim to increase its presence in the Indo-Pacific region and its commitment to further strengthen its partnership with Japan.

Japan, Vietnam Sign Defense Transfer Deal Amid China Worries (2021-09-11)
(Associated Press, By Mari Yamaguchi) Japan can now give defense equipment and technology to Vietnam under an agreement signed Saturday, as the two countries step up their military cooperation amid worries about China’s growing military influence.

Washington’s Challenge in Southeast Asia: The View From Vietnam (2021-09-08)
(The Diplomat, By Ngo Minh Tri) The challenge for Washington is that countries like Vietnam are reluctant to sacrifice their relations with either China or the United States.

China Lobbies Australia Parliament on Joining Regional Trade Pact (2021-09-10)
(Reuters, By Kirsty Needham) China has lobbied the Australian parliament to help it join a major regional trading pact, describing the strength of Chinese trade with Australia and avoiding mention of billions of dollars in punitive sanctions imposed by Beijing.
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