::: TSR Weekly Report
2013-08-04 | NO.17(30) epaper |
Diaoyutai Disputes Resurface
Japan, China Inch Toward Better Ties (2013-07-29)
(Wall Street Journal, By Jacob M. Schlesinger and James T. Areddy) Tokyo's highest-ranking career diplomat traveled to Beijing on Monday for two days of talks to "exchange opinions on a broad range of issues" with Chinese officials, Japan's chief government spokesman announced. 

China Rules out Sino-Japanese Summit: State Media (2013-07-30)
(Reuters, By Peter Sweeney and Linda Sieg) China has ruled out the possibility of a proposed summit with Japan after Tokyo suggested the meeting in a bid to defuse an increasingly bitter territorial row, the official China Daily reported.

In Overture to China, Japan PM May Skip Visit to War Dead Shrine (2013-08-03)
(Reuters, By Linda Sieg) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will likely skip visiting a shrine for war dead on a traditional remembrance day this month, a move he hopes will open the door to a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping and mend badly frayed ties.

South China Sea Disputes
Biden Says U.S. to Push China for South China Sea Code (2013-07-29)
(Bloomberg, By Haslinda Amin and Sharon Chen) Vice President Joe Biden said the U.S. is pushing China to negotiate quickly with Southeast Asian nations on a code of conduct for the South China Sea, an area that’s a “major, major, major highway of commerce.” 

Local Businesses Feel Pinch of Filipino Employment Freeze (2013-07-31)
(CNA) Local businesses have begun facing labor shortage issues after a hiring freeze imposed by the government on Philippine workers, local sources said.

Government Eyes Substitutes for Laborers amid Philippines Freeze (2013-08-02)
(China Post) Facing a likely labor shortage of 30,000 people due to the freezing of applications for Philippine laborers, an official said the government is exploring the practicality of sourcing replacements from countries including Sri Lanka and Burma.

Manila to Send Envoy to Appologize (2013-08-04)
(Taipei Times) The administration of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has agreed to send a special envoy to Taiwan to apologize for the shooting death of fisherman Hung Shih-cheng, his daughter, Hung Tzu-chien, said.

U.S. Pivot to Asia and Sino-U.S. Engagement
The Asia-Pacific's “Balance of Relations” and Dangerous Choices (2013-07-30)
(PacNet #59, Pacific Forum, CSIS, By Satu Limaye) The balance of relations in the Asia-Pacific region--US-China and US-Asia relations are better than China-Asia or intra-Asia relations--is favorable to the United States and also to regional stability and prosperity.

Escalation Cause
(Foreign Policy, By David Gompert and Terrence Kelly) While the proponents of Air-Sea Battle are careful to say that the strategy isn't focused on one specific adversary, we shouldn't kid ourselves: The Chinese see it as aimed at them. 

Cross-Strait Issues
Trade Pact Stalls on Confidence: Poll (2013-07-31)
(Taipei Times) A majority of respondents expressed concern over the Ma government’s ability to protect the interests of the public and domestic industries, according to a survey released by Taiwan Indicators Survey Research.

Ma Defends Cross-Strait Service Pact
(Taipei Times) The president blamed opponents of the agreement for spreading rumors, such as more than 4 million Chinese workers coming to Taiwan.

Review of Service Agreement Postponed (2013-08-01)
(Taipei Times) The preliminary legislative review of the controversial cross-strait service trade agreement was temporarily postponed and two more public hearings are to be held instead in response to continuing opposition from the public to the legislature ratifying the agreement. 

Local Firms Praise Cross-Strait Service Pact (2013-08-01)
(China Post) Business professionals in Taiwan said yesterday that the cross-strait service trade agreement will boost business opportunities.

Trade Agreement Helps Growth: ANZ (2013-08-04)
(CNA) The service trade agreement that Taiwan recently signed with China will help stabilize the island's economic growth, according to Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ).

Chinese Can Now Get One-Year Multiple Entry Visas (2013-08-02)
(Taipei Times) The National Immigration Agency began issuing one-year multiple entry visas to individual Chinese tourists.

Taiwan's Domestic Issues and Foreign Relations
Jiang Unveils Minor Cabinet Reshuffle (2013-07-30)
(Taipei Times) Premier Jiang Yi-huah announced a minor Cabinet reshuffle involving a total of seven ministers amid growing discontent with the government.

ECFA Beneficial to Taiwan's Pursuit of Future FTAs: WTO
(CNA) The Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement, signed between Taiwan and China on June 29, 2010, helps Taiwan participate in regional economic integration, according to a book published by the World Trade Organization in June of this year.

Probe of US Lawmaker's Visit Extended (2013-07-30)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) A second member of the US House of Representatives, Bill Owens, is being investigated over a trip sponsored by the Chinese Culture University.

US Committee Backs 'Taiwan Policy Act' (2013-08-03)
(Taipei Times) A bill to offer more military, diplomatic and trade ties was introduced by five lawmakers, but has a long way to go before becoming law.

Ma to Meet US Lawmakers during New York Stopover (2013-08-03)
(CNA) Two members of the U.S. House of Representatives said that they will call on Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou during a transit stop in New York on his way to Paraguay in mid August. 

China's Rise and Its Domestic Issues
Measures to ‘Improve’ One-Child Policy Are Under Review (2013-08-04)
(Wall Street Journal) China's authorities are studying measures to "improve the one-child policy" by allowing some families to have a second child, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

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