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U.S. Government Shutdown and U.S. Pivot to Asia
Obama Shortens Asia Trip Due to Government Shutdown (2013-10-02)
(Wall Street Journal, By Jared A. Favole and Jason Ng) U.S. President Barack Obama has postponed trips to Malaysia and the Philippines in order to deal with the partial government shutdown in the U.S., throwing confusion over his forthcoming Asian visit that includes gatherings attended by world leaders.

Obama Cancels Asia Trip, Leaving More Space for China (2013-10-04)
(Wall Street Journal, By James Hookway and Natasha Brereton-Fukui) Mr. Obama's decision to skip the APEC meetings in Indonesia and the East Asian Summit in Brunei next week projects the image that America is politically dysfunctional and fiscally irresponsible, and not as committed to Asia as the Obama administration would have us believe.

Another Shutdown Victim: U.S. Efforts to Offset China (2013-10-03)
(New York Times, By Mark Landler) The shutdown has already produced at least one winner: China.

Nonessential (2013-10-02)
(Foreign Policy, By Alex N. Wong and Lanhee J. Chen) On the two-year anniversary of Clinton's article, Obama will not be celebrating and strengthening relationships with U.S. partners in Asia. In truth, there's not much to celebrate.

Risks for U.S. in Asia with Shutdown Soap Opera (2013-10-02)
(China Real Time Report, By Andrew Erickson) As a dangerous game of budget roulette unfolds in the U.S., it behooves all concerned Americans and their representatives to remember that the world continues its rapid evolution and will not wait for Washington to get its act together. This is particularly true in the Asia-Pacific.

Cancellation of Trip by Obama Plays to Doubts of Asian Allies (2013-10-05)
(New York Times, By Jane Perlez) With the cancellation of the visits, the much-promoted but already anemic American “pivot” to Asia was further undercut, leaving regional allies increasingly doubtful the United States will be a viable counterbalance to a rising China.

Tempest in a Teacup (2013-10-04)
(Foreign Policy, By Michael Auslin) Let's not overreact. U.S. budget cuts and policy drift may call into question the six-decade role of the United States in the Asia-Pacific -- Obama's canceling his upcoming trip will not.

Back in Asia, Hagel Pursues Shift to Counter China's Goals in Pacific (2013-10-03)
(New York Times, By Jennifer Steinhauer) Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is forging ahead with a military agenda that reflects the Obama administration’s rising security and economic interests in the region and his own passions for Asia.

U.S. and Japan Agree to Broaden Military Alliance (2013-10-04)
(New York Times, By Jennifer Steinhauer and Martin Fackler) The United States and Japan agreed to broaden their security alliance, expanding Japan’s role while trying to show American determination to remain a dominant presence in the region. 

South China Sea Disputes
Basilio Vows Fishery Talks By Year's End (2013-10-01)
(Taipei Times) Manila’s representative to Taiwan said an aim of the next meeting, delayed due to an insurgency in the Philippines, was to formalize a consensus reached in June. 

Diaoyutai Disputes Resurface
China Is Said to Be Holding Professor Over His Activities in Japan (2013-10-02)
(New York Times, By Jane Perlez) The disappearance of Zhu Jianrong would further fracture the “quasi cold war relationship” between China and Japan, setting off fears among Chinese academics and visitors to Japan that they could be susceptible to similar treatment. 

DPP Searches for New China Stance; Cross-Strait Issues
DPP Should Embrace ROC System (2013-10-04)
(Taipei Times, By Tung Chen-yuan) The DPP should not only amend the Taiwan Independence Clause, it should also forge a Taiwan consensus and promote a resolution on the ROC, the main thrust of which should be “Taiwan is the ROC and the ROC is Taiwan.” 

Military Balance and Arms Sales
Body Advises Against Demilitarizing Frontline Islets (2013-10-03)
(China Post) The Legislature's Foreign and National Defense Committee yesterday passed a non-binding resolution calling for the military not to demilitarize two outlying islets near China. 

Vice Defense Minister Calls for U.S. Arms Sales (2013-10-03)
(China Post) Taiwan continues to urge the United States government to sell it more advanced weaponry, including new fighter jets and submarines, to enhance the nation's defense capabilities, Vice Defense Minister Yen Teh-fa said during a trip to the U.S.

Gov't Pays US NT$700 Mil. Yearly for Radar Upkeep (2013-10-06)
(China Post) The government spends slightly more than NT$700 million a year on commissioning the U.S. military to manage and maintain the nation's long-range early-warning radar system to secure normal operation of the system.

Taiwan's Domestic Issues
Dissolving Legislature in People's Interest: Su (2013-10-01)
(China Post) DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang said that dissolving the Legislative Yuan and holding a re-election of lawmakers would be in the people's best interest.

KMT Officials Call for Premier's Resigantion
 (2013-10-03)
(China Post) KMT officials belonging to different factions called for Premier Jiang Yi-huah to resign and urged President Ma Ying-jeou to bring a swift end to the recent political strife.

KMT to Halt Appeal Moves against Wang (2013-10-06)
(China Post) KMT announced that the party will stop filing for an appeal that could overturn Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng's court-approved injunction that has been keeping Wang from being expelled from the party.

Taiwan Mood Barometer Survey, Second Half of September 2013 (2013-09-30)
(TISR) According to the latest Taiwan Mood Barometer Survey (in Chinese), President Ma Ying-jeou's approval rating declined by 1.7 percentage points during the latter part of September to 14.5 percent. The president's disapproval rating edged up 1.4 percentage points bring it to 73.1 percent. 

Taiwan's Foreign Relations
Conference Reveals Faltering US-Taiwan Ties (2013-10-01)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) For the second year, both the US Department of State and the Department of Defense have failed to provide senior officials to speak at the U.S.-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference.

Taipei Needs US Consent to Ask for Arms: Source (2013-10-03)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) The US has instituted a policy that makes it more difficult than ever for Taiwan to even ask to buy new weapons systems, US-Taiwan Business Council president Rupert Hammond-Chambers said.

US Wants a Strong Taiwan “Free from Threat”: US Official (2013-10-03)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) The core objective of the US partnership with Taiwan is to ensure that the island is “strong and confident, and free from coercion and threat,” a senior Pentagon official reportedly told the US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference.

US-Taiwan Ties ‘in a Very Good Place’
 (2013-10-05)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) A senior US Department of State official has delivered a major speech to boost and praise Washington’s “robust relationship” with Taiwan.

Sixteen Allies Speak for Taiwan at UN Assembly (2013-10-04)
(CNA) The annual debate of the 68th session of the U.N. General Assembly concluded Tuesday, during which 16 of Taiwan's diplomatic allies spoke out for the Republic of China, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said.

President Calls for Economic Cooperation Accord with EU (2013-10-05)
(CNA) Taiwan and the European Union should sign an economic cooperation agreement as soon as possible because it will be beneficial to both sides, President Ma Ying-jeou said.

Analysis Suggests Path for Taiwan to Join the TPP (2013-10-06)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) A new analysis concludes that although difficult, it may be possible for Taiwan to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement.
 
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