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Diaoyutai Disputes Resurface
An American Perspective on Maritime Asia (2013-08-05)
(Speech delivered at 2013 East Asian Sea Peace Forum, By Richard C. Bush) The United States takes no position on which state possesses sovereignty over the Diaoyutai: Japan or China (and China is represented here by both the ROC and the PRC). At the same time, it has followed the logic of the U.S.-Japan mutual security treaty when it comes to whether the islands are under the U.S. defense umbrella.

Islands Dispute Hammers Attitudes  (2013-08-08)
(China Daily) Results from an annual survey co-sponsored by Chinese newspaper China Daily and Japanese non-profit think tank Genron NPO show that Chinese and Japanese attitudes towards one another have hit a nine-year low, China Daily reported Thursday.

Xi Jinping's Overlooked Revelation on China's Maritime Disputes
 (2013-08-15)
(The Diplomat, By M. Taylor Fravel) Although unnoticed by foreign analysts, Xi Jinping recently signaled a desire to dial back tensions in the South and East China Seas.

Japan's Premier Stays Away from War Shrine, but Sends Offering (2013-08-15)
(New York Times, By Martin Fackler) Japan’s hawkish new prime minister, Shinzo Abe, did not visit the Yasukuni shrine but instead, dispatched an aide to make a ritual offering in his name, an apparent effort to appeal to his supporters on the nationalistic right without provoking China and other Asian nations.

Diaoyutai Tensions Stoked by Arrival of China Coast Guard (2013-08-17)
(AFP) Chinese coast guard ships sailed into disputed waters at the center of a bitter row with Tokyo, officials said, a day after China blasted Japanese lawmakers for visiting a controversial war shrine. 

South China Sea Disputes
Taipei And Manila Set to Hold Further Fisheries Meetings (2013-08-13)
(Taipei Times) Taiwan and the Philippines have reached an agreement to hold their next meeting in Taipei soon in preparation for formal fishery talks.

Taipei Eyes Late August for Manila Fishery Talks (2013-08-16)
(CNA) Taiwan is hoping to hold fishery talks with the Philippines in late August in an effort to address fishing disputes in their overlapping waters, a Taiwanese official said. 

U.S. Pivot to Asia
US Military Move to Affect Taiwan (2013-08-15)
(Taipei Times, By Dennis Hickey)There are some who fear that, while Washington bolsters it links with other Asia-Pacific governments, Taipei is being ignored. Such fears are unfounded. 

DPP Searches for New China Stance; Cross-Strait Issues
Taiwanese Identity Stays Strong: Poll (2013-08-13)
(Taipei Times) The number of people who identify themselves as Taiwanese showed a marginal increase compared with a survey conducted four years ago, while the number of those who identify themselves as being Chinese continues to drop, a Taiwan Indicators Survey Research Poll said.

Chinese Official Says DPP Must Drop Independence
 (2013-08-12)
(Taipei Times) Political exchanges between Beijing and the DPP will remain impossible if the DPP continues to call for Taiwan’s independence, a Chinese official said.

DPP Discusses Impact of China Factor (2013-08-16)
(Taipei Times) Former premier Yu Shyi-kun said exchanges with China should be conducted with Taiwan’s sovereignty, national security and transparency in mind.

China Respectful to Mayor: Ex-DPP Lawmaker (2013-08-18)
(CNA) The Chinese authorities showed goodwill to Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu during her recent trip to China, according to members of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party. 

PLA and Military Balance
Red Tide (2013-08-12)
(Foreign Policy, By James Holmes) What Chinese want, and what Xi has said China will get, lies in Asia. From fighting ships to fishing boats, Beijing increasingly has the sea power to get it. 

Taiwan Unveils Road-Mobile “Carrier Killer” Launcher (2013-08-16)
(The Diplomat, By J. Michael Cole) The Taiwan Navy this week introduced a land-based version of the indigenous Hsiung Feng “Brave Wind” 3 supersonic anti-ship cruise missile at the Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition.


President Ma's Pan-America Diplomatic Tour
Ma Arrives in Big Apple on Transit Stop (2013-08-13)
(CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou arrived in New York on a transit stop en route to a five-nation diplomatic tour that will cover Paraguay and Taiwan's four allies in the Caribbean region.

Ma Wins Support from US Leaders on NY Trip (2013-08-14)
(CNA) Several American politicians expressed their support for Taiwan after meeting with President Ma Ying-jeou, who is in New York on a stopover before heading to Taiwan's four Caribbean allies and Paraguay.

Stopover in US Low-Profile to Maintain Steady Relations with Washington: Ma (2013-08-16)
(Taipei Times) President Ma Ying-jeou defended his low-profile stopover in New York while en route to Paraguay, insisting that a high-profile transit would adversely affect on the nation’s relations with the US.

Ma Visits Haiti on First Leg of Tour (2013-08-15)
(Taipei Times) President Ma Ying-jeou and Haitian President Michel Martelly presided over a ceremony to mark the start of construction of a new Supreme Court building in Port-au-Prince. 

President Ma Arrives in Paraguay to Warm Welcome from Leader, Officials (2013-08-15)
(CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou was warmly welcomed by outgoing Paraguayan President Frederico Franco and other top officials when he arrived in Asuncion on the latest stop of his five-country diplomatic tour.

President Arrives in St. Lucia on State Visit (2013-08-17)
(CNA) Republic of China President Ma Ying-jeou arrived in St. Lucia on an official visit.

President Ma Speaks at St. Lucia Parliament (2013-08-18)
(CNA) Visiting Republic of China President Ma Ying-jeou spoke on the pursuit of peace and stability in a speech he delivered at the parliament of St. Lucia.
 
Taiwan's Domestic Issues and Foreign Relations
Taiwan Mood Barometer Survey, First Half of August 2013 (2013-08-12)
(TISR) President Ma Ying-jeou's approval rating dropped 1 percentage point during the first ten days of August to 14.8 percent, according to Taiwan Indicators Survey Research's most recent Taiwan Mood Barometer Survey (in Chinese). The president's disapproval rating also fell, shedding 0.3 percentage point to 70.4 percent.

Tsai Conference Appeal Exposes DPP Divisions
 (2013-08-12)
(Taipei Times) Former DPP chairperson Tsai Ing-wen’s call for President Ma Ying-jeou to convene a national affairs conference may have backfired, with ramifications that remain to be seen.

Largest Inmate Transfer Marks Reform (2013-08-16)
(China Post) A massive inmate transfer took place across the island after the Code of Court Martial Procedure took effect.

Chair of US Senate Foreign Relations Committee to Visit (2013-08-14)
(CNA) The chairman of U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations will visit Taiwan later this week as part of an Asian trip to discuss political, military and security issues between the United States and the region, the AIT said.

Menendez Supports Taiwan in TPP (2013-08-17)
(Taipei Times) US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez said in Taipei that he would back Taiwan’s accession to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, “provided that Taiwan is willing to support a high-standard, comprehensive agreement.”

China's Rise and Its Domestic Issues
Slowdown in China Isn't Bad News (2013-08-13)
(YaleGlobal, By Michael Pettis) The Chinese economy is inevitably slowing. This doesn’t mean doom for the global economy or even China’s. Much depends on how Chinese leaders rebalance the economy, and signs so far point to a smooth transition.

China's Leader Embraces Mao As He Tightens Grip on Country (2013-08-16)
(Wall Street Journal, By Jeremy Page) Xi has borrowed from Mao's tactical playbook, launching a "rectification" campaign to purify the Communist Party, while tightening limits on discussion of ideas such as democracy, rule of law and enforcement of the constitution. 
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