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Regional Issues
Xi in Call for Building of New ‘Maritime Silk Road’ (2013-10-09)
(China Daily) President Xi Jinping proposed on his maiden Southeast Asian trip to join efforts with countries in the region to build a new "maritime silk road".

APEC ‘Should Take Lead’ in FTA Talks  (2013-10-11)
(China Daily) The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation mechanism should lead and coordinate the negotiations over free trade areas in the region, President Xi Jinping said, as several FTAs are competing for dominance. 

China Warns U.S., Japan, Australia Not to Gang Up in Sea Disputes (2013-10-07)
(Reuters) China said the United States, Australia and Japan should not use their alliance as an excuse to intervene in territorial disputes in the East China Sea and South China Sea, and urged them to refrain from inflaming regional tensions.

Worries Over China's Ambition Mark Southeast Asian Meeting (2013-10-09)
(Wall Street Journal, By Toko Sekiguchi and Abhrajit Gangopadhyay) Japan, the U.S. and the Philippines urged their Asian allies to push for the rule of law in resolving territorial disputes with China at a regional summit, underscoring the extent to which security issues can still overshadow broader economic and trade relations in the region.

Abe Raises Profile at Asian Summits (2013-10-10)
(Wall Street Journal, By Natasha Breneton-Fukui and Toko Sekiguchi) President Barack Obama's absence from summits in Southeast Asia this week was expected to open up the floor for an increasingly assertive China, but the spotlight turned more on another leader eager to bolster his relations with Southeast Asia and extend his country's reach: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Kerry, in Asia, Urges Focus on Law in China Disputes (2013-10-10)
(New York Times, By Jane Perlez) Secretary of State John Kerry encouraged Southeast Asian leaders in their efforts to resolve maritime disputes with China based on international legal principles, rather than by making individual deals as China would prefer.

Li Plans to Seek Deeper Trust with Neighbors (2013-10-11)
(China Daily) During the 16th China-ASEAN leaders meeting which begins on Wednesday in the Brunei capital Bandar Seri Begawan, Premier Li will discuss a treaty of good-neighborliness between China and ASEAN, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Liu Zhenmin said.
U.S. Pivot to Asia and Sino-U.S. Engagement
Obama's Absence Leaves China As Dominant Force at Asia-Pacific Meeting (2013-10-08)
(New York Times, By Jane Perlez and Joe Cochrane) Secretary of State John Kerry replaced President Obama at the opening of the APEC meeting, leaving China’s president, Xi Jinping, as the dominant leader at a gathering devoted to achieving greater economic integration.

China Grab Limelight from Wounded US at APEC Summit
 (2013-10-08)
(AFP) China took center stage at an Asia-Pacific summit, adopting a leadership role on the strength of its new-found economic might as the United States struggles to overcome its budget paralysis.

Envoy Says PRC Can Work with US to Ease Tensions
 (2013-10-11)
(Taipei Times) The US and China can work together to stop a potential crisis from escalating over issues such as Taiwan, Chinese Ambassador to the US Cui Tiankai said. 

Cross-Strait Issues
China's Xi Says Political Solution for Taiwan Can't Wait Forever (2013-10-06)
(Reuters, By Nusa Dua) Chinese President Xi Jinping told a senior envoy from self-ruled Taiwan that a political solution to a standoff over sovereignty lasting more than six decades cannot be postponed forever, drawing a cool, non-committal response.

China Seeks “Equal Consultations” with Taiwan (2013-10-07)
(Wall Street Journal, By James T. Areddy and Jenny Hsu) Chinese President Xi Jinping has signaled that China won't let Taiwan indefinitely put off talks on political issues between Taipei and Beijing, renewing pressure on the democratic island even as their economies continue to grow closer.

Ma Under Pressure As Xi Calls for Cross-Strait Political Solution (2013-10-08)
(AP, By Peter Enav) Pressure is mounting on Taiwan's weakened president to open political talks with Beijing after Chinese President Xi Jinping told a former senior Taiwanese official that the longstanding division between the sides should not be strung out indefinitely.

Political Talks Cannot Be Put off Indefinitely, TAO Says (2013-10-13)
(Taipei Times) Taiwan and China cannot put off addressing their political differences for the long term, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Zhang Zhijun said.

Views on Independence Depend on China's Policy: Poll (2013-10-12)
(Taipei Times) A survey suggested that nearly 70 percent of respondents think Taiwan and China are two separate countries and that less than 10 percent think that both sides of the Taiwan Strait belong to “a divided Republic of China [ROC].”

Taiwan and Chinese Ministers Use Official Titles in Historic First (2013-10-07)
(CNA) Cross-strait relations scored a new breakthrough when Taiwan and China chief officials addressed each other by their official titles in an unprecedented meeting that took place on the sidelines of an international forum.

MAC Foresees Regular Contact with Counterpart
 (2013-10-10)
(CNA) “Regular visits” and “an established mechanism for communications” between Taiwan's Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council and its Chinese counterpart can be expected, MAC chief Wang Yu-chi said.

Su Slams Ma's Definition of Cross-Strait Ties
 (2013-10-12)
(Taipei Times) DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang and former chairperson Tsai Ing-wen said that President Ma Ying-jeou’s statement that cross-strait relations are “not international relations” during his Double Ten National Day speech was unacceptable.

Cross-Strait Forum Debates Peace Plan, Unification (2013-10-13)
(Taipei Times) Representatives from Taiwan and China engaged in a heated debate about the meaning and content of a proposed peace agreement across the Taiwan Strait during the first cross-strait peace forum. 

Military Balance and Arms Sales
China Able to Stage Attack on Taiwan by 2020: MND Report (2013-10-09)
(China Post) Despite warming cross-strait ties, China has continued to enhance its combat capabilities to be ready to launch a full-scale military attack against Taiwan by 2020, according to a defense report released by the MND. 
Taiwan's Domestic Issues and Foreign Relations
Su Announces No Confidence Motion  (2013-10-11)
(Taipei Times) DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang announced that the party would be initiating a motion of no confidence against the Cabinet as early as today to “have the Taiwanese be the judges of President Ma Ying-jeou’s administration with ballots in their hands.”

Siew, Kerry Discuss How to Strengthen Ties at APEC Forum (2013-10-07)
(Taipei Times) US Secretary of State John Kerry met with former vice president Vincent Siew at the APEC forum in Bali, Indonesia, to discuss what steps both sides are taking to advance Taiwan-US ties.

Singapore PM and Siew Meet at APEC
 (2013-10-08)
(CNA) Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has met with Taiwan's former Vice President Vincent Siew on the sidelines of the 2013 leaders' summit of the APEC.

Japanese PM Supports Taiwan 's TPP Bid
 (2013-10-09)
(CNA) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe supports Taiwan's entry into the TPP free trade bloc and a free trade deal between Japan and Taiwan, the spokesman for Taiwan's delegation to the APEC forum in Indonesia said.

US Senators Praise Taiwan on Double Ten National Day
 (2013-10-12)
(Taipei Times) Two leading US senators formally congratulated Taiwan on Thursday — Double Ten National Day — and praised the nation as one of the US’ most important partners in Asia. 
China's Rise and Its Domestic Issues
China's Foreign Policy Debate (2013-10-12)
(The Diplomat, By Zheng Wang) Looking back at the history of China’s foreign policy making, major policy adjustments normally occur following a major political change. In this sense, Xi’s foreign policy will only become clearer after the third plenary session of the 18th Congress. 

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