::: TSR Weekly Report
2013-09-22 | NO.17(37) epaper |
South China Sea Disputes
Philippines Looks to Revive U.S. Naval Base (2013-09-16)
(Wall Street Journal, By Andrew Browne) Bringing back the once-spurned Yanks won't be so simple. The reasons illustrate the way that China's rapid rise as a regional military power has reshaped the calculus for Pentagon planners in Asia since the Philippine Senate's vote in 1991 to eject the American forces.

Philippines, US Launch South China Sea War Games (2013-09-19)
(AFP) The Philippines and the US launched war games at a naval base facing turbulent waters claimed by China, as the allies sought to highlight their expanding military alliance.

The Imperative for an American Strategy for Southeast Asia
(FPRI, By Marvin C. Ott) American national interests regarding Southeast Asia are consistent with those that have animated U.S. policy elsewhere in the world. Fundamentally, the U.S. wants Southeast Asia’s autonomy and self- determination to be preserved.

Russia's Growing Ties with Vietnam (2013-09-19)
(The Diplomat, By Stephen Blank) In Asia, we might see added jockeying and competition for support and influence, both by major actors like Russia and China as well as by increasingly capable middle powers like Vietnam. 

Diaoyutai Disputes Resurface
Osprey vs. Bison in the East China Sea (2013-09-20)
(The Diplomat, By Richard D. Fisher) Stability in the region between Taiwan and Japan, and the security of Taiwan, hinges on an arms race that will soon be accompanying the heightened paramilitary engagements between Japanese, Chinese and, occasionally, Taiwanese Coast Guard ships over who will control the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea.

China Says Ready to Talk to Japan Over Diaoyutais
(AFP) China said that it was ready to talk to Japan over an increasingly heated maritime row, but only if Tokyo declares the islands involved to be disputed. 

U.S. Pivot to Asia and Sino-U.S. Engagement
Rebalancing the Maritime Pivot to Asia (2013-09-17)
(The Diplomat, By Abhijit Singh) The U.S. and China appear to have come to an unstated agreement that in dealing with each other in the maritime domain, they will follow a principle of tailored “strategic accommodation.” 

Cross-Strait Issues
Taipei, Beijing Yet to Reach Consensus on Visitation Rights (2013-09-19)
(Taipei Times) Taipei and Beijing have yet to reach a consensus on the visitation rights of Taiwanese detained in China amid the planned establishment of cross-strait representative offices, MAC Minister Wang Yu-chi said.

More Trade Talks Needed with China (2013-09-21)
(Taipei Times, By Tung Chen-yuan) China hopes that Taiwan can first of all complete the follow-up negotiations on the ECFA and then negotiate an appropriate status and conditions with China so the two nations can jointly take part in the RCEP and the TPP. However, such a mindset causes cross-strait economic integration to fall into a stalemate. 

PLA, Military Balance and Arms Sales
Hacking U.S. Secrets, China Pushes for Drones (2013-09-21)
(New York Times, By Edward Wong) For almost two years, hackers based in Shanghai went after one foreign defense contractor after another, at least 20 in all. Their target was the technology behind the United States’ clear lead in military drones.

US Budget Woes Could Affect Taiwan F-16 Upgrades (2013-09-19)
(DefenseNews, By Wendell Minnick) Despite pains by Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense to keep the F-16 upgrade program on course, the effort could be derailed by US defense budget cuts that endanger the US Air Force’s Combat Avionics Programmed Extension Suite program for its own F-16s. 

Taiwan's Domestic Issues and Foreign Relations
Ma's Approval Rating Plunges to 9.2 Percent (2013-09-16)
(Taipei Times) President Ma Ying-jeou’s approval rating hit a new low of 9.2 percent, according to the poll conducted by ERA Survey Research Center.

Ma's Record-Low Approval Rating Rebounding: Survey (2013-09-22)
(Taipei Times) The survey, released by Chinese-language newspaper the Apple Daily, showed that 21.47 percent of people said they were satisfied with Ma’s performance, while 67.35 percent said they disapproved of his performance in his second term.

Ma, Wang Walk Delicate Lines amid Struggle
(China Post) President Ma Ying-jeou and Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng expressed differing opinions regarding Wang's speakership, political duties and treatment. 

Wang Lawsuit Moves to High Court (2013-09-17)
(Taipei Times) KMT brought Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng’s lawsuit concerning his party membership and speakership to a higher court.

Lien Chan Offers to Help Resolve Ma-Wang Dispute (2013-09-19)
(Taipei Times) Former KMT chairman Lien Chan expressed his willingness to resolve the political battle between President Ma Ying-jeou and Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng.

Taiwan President's Popularity Plummets amid Political Storm (2013-09-18)
(China Real Time Report, By Jenny W. Hsu) Some say the China-friendly President Ma is eager to dump the 12-term speaker because he was seen as giving in too much to the opposition over a controversial service-trade pact with China.

AmCham Chairman Sees Better Chance for Taiwan to Join TPP (2013-09-18)
(China Post) The American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei said that its annual “door-knock” mission to Washington D.C. last week found improved prospects for Taiwan to join the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership trade bloc.

US Thanked for Support Before UN Aviation Meeting (2013-09-21)
(Taipei Times) Taiwan’s representative to the US has thanked US politicians for their long-term support for Taiwan’s bid to take part in activities of the International Civil Aviation Organization.

China's Rise and Its Domestic Issues
Bo Xilai Found Guilty, Sentenced to Life in Prison (2013-09-21)
(Wall Street Journal, By Jeremy Page) A Chinese court sentenced Bo Xilai to life in prison after finding the once powerful Communist Party insider guilty of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power.

Communist Party Is Split Over Bo Xilai's Chongqing Policies (2013-09-21)
(Wall Street Journal, By Andrew Browne) Bo Xilai may be in jail, but a struggle is now under way within the Communist Party over the policies he championed in Chongqing, which he advertised as a model for a new China.

Can the Chinese Communist Party Still Reform?
(The Diplomat, By John Marshall) The new leadership must demonstrate at the upcoming plenum that they are willing and able to discard the excessive caution of the last decade by not only laying out a bold reform roadmap, but also more crucially by ensuring their plan is actually implemented. 

Regional Issues
India Tests Nuclear-Capable Missile, Can Reach Beijing (2013-09-16)
(Reuters) India successfully test-fired for a second time a nuclear-capable missile that can reach Beijing and much of Europe, bringing a step closer production of a weapon designed to strengthen its nuclear deterrent.

China, US Team Up on Central Asia
(China Daily) China and the United States are stepping up cooperation in Afghanistan and Pakistan as the US plans to draw down its military presence next year after nearly 13 years of Afghan war, according to a senior US diplomat. 

China's Unmatched Influence in Central Asia (2013-09-18)
(Brookings, By Martha Brill Olcott) China has come to displace both the United States and Russia as the great power with the most influence in Central Asia.


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