::: TSR Weekly Report
2013-08-11 | NO.17(31) epaper |
South China Sea Disputes
China Says in No Hurry to Sign South China Sea Accord (2013-08-05)
(Reuters) China is in no rush to sign a proposed agreement on maritime rules with Southeast Asia governing behavior in the disputed South China Sea, and countries should not have unrealistic expectations, the Chinese foreign minister said.

Eyeing China, Philippines Gains U.S. Ship in Military Upgrade (2013-08-06)
(Reuters) The Philippines took possession of a former U.S. Coast Guard ship, part of its biggest military upgrade in decades, as a stronger economy allows it to raise spending to counter China's growing assertiveness in disputed waters.

Manila Releases Hung Shooting Report (2013-08-08)
(Taipei Times) Taiwanese prosecutors wanted murder charges brought, but said they respected the Philippines’ jurisdiction to recommend homicide charges.

With Movement in Manila, Fishery Talks May Finally Be on the Horizon (2013-08-08)
(CNA) Taiwan and the Philippines could start fishery talks soon in light of Manila's release of a long-awaited investigative report over the shooting death of a Taiwanese fisherman by Philippine coast guard personnel in May, the head of Taiwan's Fisheries Agency said.

Taiwan Drops Sanctions Against Philippines Over Fisherman's Killing (2013-08-10)
(New York Times, By Jane Perlez) Taiwan has ended sanctions against the Philippines after accepting an apology from Manila for the fatal shooting of a Taiwan fisherman in May by the Philippine Coast Guard. 

Diaoyutai Disputes Resurface and Japan Policy
Japan Protests After Chinese Ships Linger in Disputed Waters (2013-08-09)
(New York Times, By Martin Fackler) The Japanese Foreign Ministry lodged a protest with China’s top diplomat in Japan after three Chinese paramilitary ships stayed in waters around disputed islands for the longest period of time since a fight over the area heated up last year, the ministry said.

Japan's Unveils “Aircraft Carrier in Disguise”
(The Diplomat, By Zachary Keck) Japan officially unveiled its long-awaited Izumo-class helicopter destroyer.

Taiwan Representative Meets with Chief Cabinet Secretary (2013-08-11)
(Asahi Shimbun) Lee Chia-chin, chairman of the Association of East Asian Relations, said Aug. 10 he met with Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga in Tokyo on Aug. 8. 

U.S. Pivot to Asia and Sino-U.S. Engagement
The TPP, Abenomics and America's Asia Pivot (2013-08-06)
(The Diplomat, By Andrea Stein and Miro Vassilev) An economically desperate Japan would likely turn inwards with virulent nationalism, while ironically falling deeper into the arms of China, wrecking America’s Asia strategy.

Global Primacy Denied? Why American Primacy Is Not Assured (2013-08-11)
(The Diplomat, By James R. Holmes) The spending mismatch between America and the rest will and must remain lopsided so long as U.S. forces operate on someone else's ground, thousands of miles from their home country, while trying to manage a global order. 

Cross-Strait Issues
Majority of Visitors Coming from China, HK, Macau: Figures (2013-08-06)
(Taipei Times) Tourists from China, Hong Kong and Macau accounted for more than 50 percent of visitor arrivals to Taiwan in the first half of the year, according to latest statistics released by the Ministry of the Interior.

Kaohsiung Mayor to Leave for China on Friday to Promote Cities Summit (2013-08-07)
(Taipei Times) Greater Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu of the DPP announced that she would be visiting China this week, her second since 2009.

China Urged to Look at Taiwan Bid to Integrate with Region Positively (2013-08-09)
(CNA) Taiwan called on China to view the island's regional integration efforts in a positive light, saying this would be conducive to closer economic ties between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait. 
PLA and Military Balance
Xi Advocates Efforts to Boost China's Maritime Power (2013-07-31)
(Xinhua) Xi said China will adhere to the path of peaceful development, but "in no way will the country abandon its legitimate rights and interests, nor will it give up its core national interests."

Propaganda as Policy? Explaining the PLA’s “Hawkish Faction” (Part Two) (2013-08-09)
(China Brief 13(16), Jamestown Foundation, By Andrew Chubb) By amplifying threat awareness and countering perceived Western plots to permeate the psyche of the Chinese populace and army, the “hawks” direct public dissatisfaction with the policy status quo away from the system as a whole. 

Taiwan's Domestic Issues and Foreign Relations
Party Identification Tracking Analysis in Taiwan, July 2013 (2013-08-08)
(TISR) Taiwan Indicators Survey Research released its July survey (in Chinese) on the public's party identities. Of those surveyed, 29.8% self-identified as supporters of the KMT or other Pan-Blue parties, 26.8% expressed support for the DPP or other Pan-Green parties, and 39.9% self-identified as independent.

Yang Resigns As Defense Minister After Six Days
(Taipei Times) Minister of National Defense Andrew Yang resigned last night in the wake of plagiarism allegations, just six days after taking office.

President Happy to Meet with Tsai (2013-08-10)
(Taipei Times) President Ma Ying-jeou is willing to meet with former DPP chairperson Tsai Ing-wen and discuss major issues without preconditions, the Presidential Office said.

Trade Agreement ‘Diplomatic Coup for Taipei’: CSIS Report (2013-08-10)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) The Taiwan-New Zealand negotiations provide a model for economic cooperation with other countries, the paper said.

No Ties? No Problem As China Courts Taiwan's Allies (2013-08-10)
(Reuters) Taiwan’s last remaining diplomatic allies are developing increasingly tight economic ties with China, in a trend that could increase Taiwan’s diplomatic isolation if the current detente between Beijing and Taipei fails.

Taiwan Inked Haiti Aid MOU: Ministry (2013-08-11)
(Taipei Times) Taiwan signed a MOU with Haiti over a US$15.8 million donation to post-earthquake reconstruction efforts when the upcoming visit by President Ma Ying-jeou to Taiwan’s Caribbean ally was being arranged, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed.

President Departs for Pan-American Visit (2013-08-11)
(China Post) President Ma Ying-jeou will lead a delegation today for an official visit to Paraguay to celebrate the inauguration of the country's new president and vice president, and will make his first-ever stopover in the U.S. city of New York.
China's Rise and Its Domestic Issues
Top Leader Vows to Meet Growth Target (2013-08-01)
(China Daily) China's top leadership says it will guarantee that the 7.5 percent growth target for this year will be met, despite the continuing economic slowdown.

New Data Suggest a Pause in China's Slowdown (2013-08-10)
(New York Times, By Battina Wassener) China’s economy faces major structural challenges in the coming years, but for now, the slowdown of the recent past may have bottomed out. 

Chinese Sway Over Asian Economies Growing: Bank (2013-08-06)
(CNA) China's impact on economic growth in Asian countries including Taiwan has expanded in relation to that of the United States in the last five years, a study showed.

Major Country Diplomacy with Chinese Characteristics (2013-08-09)
(China Brief 13(16), Jamestown Foundation, By Bonnie S. Glaser and Alison Szalwinski) Wang Yi emphasized that Chinese diplomacy needs to be “proactive,” which, if not mere rhetoric, would mark a departure from Deng Xiaoping’s policy guideline “keeping a low profile.”


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