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South China Sea Disputes
Vietnam, Singapore Form Strategic Partnership (2013-09-11)
(Wall Street Jouranl, By Vu Trong Khanh and Nguyen Pham Muoi) Vietnam and Singapore upgraded relations to a strategic partnership as their leaders stressed the need to maintain peace and stability in Southeast Asia, including the South China Sea area where China has increasingly asserted sovereignty. 

Diaoyutai Disputes Resurface
Japan Open to Placing Officials on Disputed Islands (2013-09-11)
(New York Times, By Hiroko Tabuchi) Japan would not rule out stationing government officials on islands at the center of a territorial spat with China, the top cabinet secretary warned. 

U.S. Pivot to Asia and Sino-U.S. Engagement
China's World: The U.S. ‘Pivot’ toward Asia Takes Another Turn (2013-09-10)
(Wall Street Journal, By Andrew Browne) With the U.S. pushing once again to take military action in the Middle East, Asian government officials, diplomats and analysts are questioning how committed the U.S. really is to Asia Pacific. 

The “Power Transition”: Spot Check (2013-09-11)
(PacNet #71, Pacific Forum, CSIS, By Denny Roy) The outlook for a peaceful power transition at present looks middling-poor, with trends moving in a negative direction.

DPP Searches for New China Stance
Charting Course for 2014 Election, Taiwanese Opposition Debates China Policy (2013-09-12)
(China Brief 13(18), Jamestown Foundation, By Jessica Drun) DPP leaders believe that in order to regain power, the DPP will need to present itself as a unified party capable of handling relations with the mainland and the United States with a firm hand.

Tsai Ing-wen Most Trusted for cross-Strait Negotiations (2013-09-12)
(TISR) Former DDP presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen is the most trusted political figure to carry out hypothetical cross-Strait negotiations, according to a survey (in Chinese) by Taiwan Indicators Survey Research. 

Military Balance and Arms Sales
Arms Report Recommends Reduction on Three Fronts (2013-09-14)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) A new 80-page report on US arms sales to Taiwan recommends a changed “status quo” with cutbacks on all sides. 

Ma-Wang Showdown and Taiwan's Domestic Issues
Taiwan Mood Barometer Survey, First Half of September (2013-09-12)
(TISR) President Ma Ying-jeou's approval and disapproval numbers remained virtually unchanged over the first 10 days of September, according to the latest Taiwan Mood Barometer Survey (in Chinese). The president's approval rating gained a mere 0.4 percentage point to 16.2 percent. Meanwhile the president's disapproval rating held at 71.7 percent.

Ma Lashes Out at Wang Over Alleged Lobbying
 (2013-09-09)
(China Post) President Ma Ying-jeou held a press conference condemning Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng over allegations of illegal lobbying in a lawsuit involving DPP Legislator Ker Chien-ming.

Influence Peddling Case ‘Persecution’
 (2013-09-10)
(Taipei Times) President Ma Ying-jeou has ignited a constitutional crisis with his involvement in a political vendetta against Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng, the DPP said.

Speaker Hits Back Over Lobbying Claims (2013-09-11)
(China Post) Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng vehemently denied allegations of illegal lobbying and accused the Special Investigation Division of violating the constitution.

Ma Unmoved by Lobbying Scandal Explanation (2013-09-11)
(China Post) The Presidential Office relayed President Ma Ying-jeou's disappointment in Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng's denial of involvement in alleged illegal lobbying.

Taiwan's Ruling Party Expels Legislative Speaker Over Ethics (2013-09-11)
(Bloomberg) Taiwan’s governing Kuomintang Party removed the speaker of parliament over influence-peddling allegations, as President Ma Ying-jeou seeks to refocus attention on his policy agenda after a series of scandals.

Lobbying Scandal Worse Than Watergate: DPP (2013-09-11)
(China Post) DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming slammed the ruling party, comparing its handling of alleged illegal lobbying to Watergate.

DPP Chair Withdraws from Televised Debate with Ma (2013-09-12)
(China Post) DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang withdrew from a cross-strait service trade pact debate that was scheduled to be held between himself and President Ma Ying-jeou.

Injunction Approved, Wang Still LY Speaker (2013-09-14)
(China Post) The Taipei District Court yesterday approved Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng's injunction, meaning that he will retain his membership within the Kuomintang as well as his positions as lawmaker and speaker of the Legislative Yuan until further notice.

Ma Suspends ‘Committee of Five’ Meeting
 (2013-09-15)
(Taipei Times) ‘Necessary changes’ to government events would be made due to Ma’s intolerance of Wang Jin-pyng’s alleged involvement in an undue influence case.

DPP to Mount Impeachment Effort Bid against President Ma
 (2013-09-15)
(China Post) DPP has decided to launch campaigns to oust President Ma Ying-jeou over his attempt to remove Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng from his position.

Infighting Threatens Democracy (2013-09-14)
(Taipei Times, By Norman Yin) What is worrying is that the judiciary and the state apparatus may become tools in a political struggle.

Taiwan's Foreign Relations
Taiwan Invited to ICAO Meet as Guest: Official (2013-09-14)
(Taipei Times) Taiwan will attend the 38th assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization as a guest of the UN body’s council president, government officials said.

ICAO Invitation a Show of ‘Good Will’: Beijing (2013-09-15)
(CNA) China's handling of Taiwan's desire to attend the 38th assembly of the ICAO is a show of Beijing's good will toward Taiwan, a Chinese official said.

‘Guest’ Status in ICAO Problematic, Academic Says (2013-09-15)
(Taipei Times) An Academia Sinica researcher said that the invitation of Taiwanese representatives to the 38th ICAO Assembly as observers posed potential problems.

Taiwan Urged to Forge More Ties with US States (2013-09-10)
(Taipei Times) Taiwan should seek to deepen engagements with US states in its efforts to advance relations with the US rather than focusing only on ties with Washington, a former White House national affairs adviser said in Taipei.

Siew to Represent Taiwan at APEC Summit
 (2013-09-10)
(CNA) Former Vice President Vincent Siew will attend the 2013 leaders' meeting of the APEC forum in Indonesia on behalf of President Ma Ying-jeou, Presidential Office spokeswoman said.

US-Taiwan Policy Forum to Push Acadamia Exchanges (2013-09-12)
(CNA) Taipei Forum of Taiwan and the Brookings of the United States will launch a forum today to discuss bilateral policy and provide a platform for academic exchanges.  

China's Rise and Its Domestic Issues
Premier Li Says China Will Meet Growth Target (2013-09-11)
(Wall Street Journal) Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said he is confident the government will achieve this year's economic growth target and reiterated Beijing's resolve to push ahead with financial overhauls. 

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