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South China Sea Disputes
U.S., Asian States Meet Over South China Sea (2013-08-28)
(Wall Street Journal, By Julian E. Barnes) U.S. and Asian defense ministers met to discuss initiatives aimed at reducing tensions in the South China Sea, including a new hotline with China and exercises aimed at avoiding maritime collisions and other crises.

Philippines and China Dispute Visit (2013-08-30)
(AP) The Philippine president canceled a visit to a trade fair in China after being told to stay away, while China insisted that it never invited him in the first place.

Itu Aba Island Wharf to Bolster Nation's Defense (2013-08-31)
(Taipei Times) A wharf planned to be built on Itu Aba Island in the South China Sea will help to greatly enhance Taiwan’s defensive capability in that area, a legislator said.

Diaoyutai Disputes Resurface and Japan Policy
Japan Defense Budget Seen Growing amid Tensions (2013-08-30)
(Wall Street Journal, By Yuka Hayashi) As heightening tensions in East Asia prompt Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to strengthen Japan's military, the nation's defense budget is likely to grow at a vigorous pace next fiscal year after rising this year for the first time in 11 years. 

U.S. Pivot to Asia and Sino-U.S. Engagement
Pentagon Urges Philippines to Allow U.S. Troop Presence (2013-08-30)
(Wall Street Journal, By Julian E. Barnes and Chris Larano) U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel pressed the case to the Philippines to allow a rotating U.S. troop force to return to the country, an effort that would build up the U.S. presence in Southeast Asia and provide stepped-up training opportunities to the Philippine military.

Cross-Strait Issues
MAC Head Meets with Macau's Top Official in First Trip since Taking Office (2013-08-28)
(CNA) In the first ever meeting between a MAC head and Macau's chief administrator, the two men referred each other by their official titles, the MAC said.

Taiwanese Divided on China Ties, Arms Sales (2013-08-30)
(Taipei Times) Public opinion is divided on a meeting between Taiwan’s and China’s presidents and how Taiwan should react if the US reduces its arms sales, a poll showed.

DPP Told to Renew Links with Society (2013-08-30)
(Taipei Times) It is imperative for the DPP to rebuild its relations with society and facilitate closer engagement with China’s civic movements, academics said. 
PLA, Military Balance and Arms Sales
China Plans Its First Unmanned Moon Landing This Year (2013-08-29)
(New York Times, By Chris Buckley) China plans to land an unmanned exploratory rover on the moon by the end of 2013, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

US Supports CBMs, but Not Promoting Them
 (2013-08-29)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) The US supports cross-strait military confidence-building measures (CBM), but there is no policy of actively promoting them, a Washington roundtable discussion was told.

PRC Still Poses Military Threat: Report (2013-08-31)
(Taipei Times) Despite warming cross-strait ties, the government does not rule out the possibility of China launching an all-out attack on Taiwan in response to political developments across the Taiwan Strait or to achieve its ultimate goal of unification, a MND report said.

Gov't to Allocate NT$5.5 Billion to Buy US Warships (2013-08-31)
(China Post) The military is scheduled to allocate NT$5.5 billion of defense spending to buy two Perry-class frigates from the United States next year.

Taiwan's Domestic Issues and Foreign Relations
Taiwan Mood Barometer Survey, Second Half of August 2013 (2013-08-29)
(TISR) President Ma Ying-jeou's approval rating increased 1 percentage point during the latter part of August to 15.8 percent, according to Taiwan Indicators Survey Research's most recent Taiwan Mood Barometer Survey (in Chinese). Meanwhile, the president's disapproval rating rose 1.3 percentage points to 71.7 percent.

Ma, Su to Hold Trade Debate on Sept. 15
 (2013-08-29)
(Taipei Times) The Presidential Office and the DPP agreed that President Ma Ying-jeou and DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang will hold a live TV debate on the cross-strait service trade agreement on Sept. 15.

Sifting Through the Hidden Motives in Ma-Su TV Debate (2013-08-29)
(China Post) The debate is an excellent opportunity for Ma to get his point — how the pact is beneficial to the Taiwanese industries — across to the public. Su, however, gave his consent to debate as a way to stake out his position as the DPP's main man, according to several local newspapers.

Conditions Not Right for APEC Attendance: Ma
 (2013-08-27)
(China Post) President Ma Ying-jeou said that the conditions which would allow him to take part in this year's APEC Summit have not been met.

Indonesia Appears to Rule out Ma Attending APEC Summit (2013-08-28)
(CNA) Indonesia will organize this year's meetings of the APEC forum the same way it did the last time it hosted the event, an Indonesian official said, apparently ruling out any possibility of President Ma Ying-jeou taking part in the proceedings in person.

Ma's APEC Motives a Cause for Concern, DPP Says (2013-08-28)
(Taipei Times) Taiwanese would not necessarily support President Ma Ying-jeou’s aspiration to attend this year’s APEC leaders’ summit if all he wanted to achieve by such a move was meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping, the DPP said.

Ma, Xi Unlikely to Meet at APEC in Future: Expert (2013-08-29)
(CNA) Chances are low that Beijing will allow President Ma Ying-jeou to attend the annual leaders' meeting of the APEC forum during the remaining years of his presidential term, where he could meet with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, an American expert on Asian affairs said. 

Foreign Minister Touts Peace Policies at Forum (2013-08-27)
(Taipei Times) The ROC is to continue to pursue reconciliation and diplomacy with China because the government’s cross-strait policies have improved external relations and removed the “flashpoint” that existed in East Asia previously, Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lin said.

US Sees Taiwan As Important Partner: AIT Chief (2013-08-30)
(CNA) The U.S. government considers Taiwan an important partner and is committed to a long-standing relationship with Taiwan, AIT Chairman Raymond Burghardt.

Siew to Lead Business Delegation to US: Burghardt (2013-08-30)
(China Post) Taiwan's former Vice President Vincent Siew will lead a delegation consisting of Taiwanese CEOs to the U.S. in November, AIT Chairman Raymond Burghardt said in Washington.

China's Rise and Its Domestic Issues
China Says It's on Track to Meet Growth Target for Year (2013-08-26)
(Reuters) The Chinese economy is showing clear signs of stabilization, helped by policy support and some improvement in global demand, and it is on track to meet the government’s growth target of 7.5 percent for this year, the National Bureau of Statistics said.

China's American Bailout? (2013-08-26)
(Project Syndicate, By Alexander Friedman) The US Federal Reserve should prepare for a potential sell-off of US debt by foreign investors – that could entail continuing its own policy of quantitative easing, purchasing its own bonds to keep interest rates low and even assisting Chinese banks if financial crisis hits them hard.

China's Economic Rebalancing Act Faces Uphill Political Battle (2013-08-26)
(Wall Street Journal) A mid-July move by China to increase the power of the market in the banking sector may have been the last easy win for China's new leaders, whose reform program will likely run into stiff opposition from within the ruling Communist Party. 

As Bo Trial Ends in China, Prosecutor Demands Severe Punishment (2013-08-26)
(Reuters) Chinese prosecutors demanded a heavy sentence for ousted top politician Bo Xilai as his divisive, dramatic trial ended on Monday, saying his "whimsical" challenge to charges of bribery, graft and abuse of power flew in the face of the evidence.

Bo Xilai's Last Stand (2013-08-26)
(Wall Street Journal) Perhaps the most important audience for Bo Xilai's trial are Communist Party cadres, who may be tempted to follow Mr. Bo's model of populism. His defiance goes directly against the party ethos, which emphasizes obedience in the face of party discipline.

China to Investigate Former Security Czar, Report Says (2013-08-31)
(AP) China’s leaders have endorsed a corruption investigation into a former security czar who was until recently one of the country’s most powerful politicians, a newspaper said.

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