::: TSR Weekly Report
2013-11-03 | NO.17(43) epaper |
Diaoyutai Disputes Resurface
Abe Warns against Any Use of Force (2013-10-28)
(Reuters) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Japanese troops yesterday that Japan would not tolerate the use of force to change the region’s “status quo.”

China Coastguard Keeps Heat on Japan in Island Row (2013-10-28)
(AFP) China kept up the pressure on Japan over the disputed Senkaku islands, sending its coastguard to the area following Beijing's weekend mention of "war" after Tokyo reportedly readied to down its drones.

China Slams 'Dangerous Provocation' by Japan by Shadowing Sea Drill
(Reuters) China's Defence Ministry said it has lodged a formal diplomatic complaint over what it called "dangerous provocation" by Japan for shadowing Chinese military exercises in the western Pacific. 
South China Sea Disputes and Other Regional Issues
Foreign Ministry Reports Progress in Fishery Talks (2013-10-29)
(CNA) Taiwan and the Philippines have reached a consensus on some outstanding fisheries issues, Taipei's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Russia, Japan Agree to Expand Security Cooperation (2013-11-02)
(Wall Street Journal, By Takashi Mochizuki) Japan and Russia agreed to expand security cooperation, in the latest in a series of contacts between the two nations in the face of an increasingly assertive China. 
Cross-Strait Issues
Majority Favor Cross-Strait Exchanges (2013-11-01)
(Taipei Times) The majority of Taiwanese favor increased cross-strait exchanges, but appear to be very cautious about a peace agreement between Taiwan and China, the results of a public opinion pollreleased showed.

KMT, CCP Agree to Prioritize Service Trade Agreement
(Taipei Times) Former KMT chairman Wu Poh-hsiung said the two sides will also push ahead with setting up representative offices on each side of the Taiwan Strait, and said top officials that handled cross-strait relations should visit each other soon.

Two Cross-Strait Pacts Progressing: Chinese Official
(CNA) Taiwan's stalled legislative review of a controversial trade in services pact with China is not expected to affect the progress of a trade in goods agreement that two sides plan to sign later, a top Chinese official in charge of cross-strait affairs said.

US Spokesperson Sidesteps Comments on Ma-Xi Meeting (2013-11-01)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) The US carefully avoided making any meaningful comment when asked about the possibility of a meeting between President Ma Ying-jeou and Chinese President Xi Jinping. 

Ma's Pro-China Tilt Breeding Anxiety: Political Analyst (2013-11-02)
(Taipei Times) What appears to the public as President Ma Ying-jeou’s further tilting toward China during his second term has aggravated people’s anxieties about China and created a sense of urgency for them to speak against cross-strait unification, local political observers said.
PLA, Military Balance and Arms Sales
China Nuclear Subs Were a Message to US: Scholar (2013-10-29)
(CNA) A display of China's first nuclear submarine fleet in state-run media was a show of force targeted mainly at the United States, experts in Taiwan said.

Forbes Urges US to Give Taiwan More Military Support
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) It might do a “world of good” for the US to make clear that Taiwan is a valid part of the rebalance and is involved, US Representative Randy Forbes said, adding that he was “hopeful, but not overly optimistic” that the US would give Taiwan more military support.

Experts Say Fresh Strategies Required for Chinese Threat (2013-11-01)
(Taipei Times) Taiwan can only break free from Beijing’s military threat and containment of its international space with stronger national defense and value-based diplomacy, academics said.

First Batch of Six US-Made AH-64E Apache Helicopters to Be Delivered on November 4
(China Post) The first six of 30 AH-64E Apache attach helicopters purchased by the R.O.C. Army from the U.S. are scheduled to be delivered to the Kaohsiung Harbor at midnight on Nov. 4, according to military sources.

Imbalance in the Taiwan Strait (2013-11-02)
(Parameters 43(3), By Dennis V. Hickey) This study outlines present US policy on arms sales to Taiwan. The author argues that some new thinking may be required if Washington, Beijing, and Taipei hope to realize a peaceful resolution of the "Taiwan question."

Taiwan's Domestic Issues and Foreign Relations
Taiwan Mood Barometer Survey, Second Half of October 2013 (2013-10-31)
(TISR) According to the latest Taiwan Mood Barometer Survey (in Chinese), President Ma Ying-jeou's approval rating increased by 0.6 percentage point during the first ten days of October to 14.3 percent. The president's disapproval rating also increased rising 2 percentage points bringing it to 73.7 percent.

Cross-Strait Policy Has Created a ‘Virtuous Circle’: Ma
(Taipei Times) By improving cross-strait ties, Taiwan is setting the stage for better relations with other countries as well, President Ma told a visiting delegation of Chinese-Americans from the organization Committee of 100.

Legislative Yuan Passes New Zealand Trade Pact
(Taipei Times) A free-trade agreement between Taiwan and New Zealand was passed by the Legislative Yuan, the first FTA Taiwan has signed with a non-diplomatic ally.

US Wants to Expand Trade and Investment under TISA
(Taipei Times) Taiwan is an important partner of the US in the proposed Trade in Services Agreement, under which the US hopes to expand trade and investment relations, assistant US trade representative Christine Bliss said. 
China's Rise and Its Domestic Issues
Chinese Think Tank Offers Reform Wish List (2013-10-28)
(Wall Street Journal, By Richard Silk) A top Chinese policy-advisory group is about to unveil proposals for reforming China's economy—including less coddling of state enterprises and giving farmers the right to sell their land for the first time.

Prospects for Reform at China's Plenum
(Wall Street Journal, By George Magnus) Urbanization, championed by Premier Li Keqiang as the next driver of growth and of rebalancing to consumption, will doubtless be endorsed at the Plenum, but China will have to replicate its success in urbanizing land by urbanizing people as well.

Political Gridlock, Beijing Style
(Wall Street Journal, By Andrew Browne) Even though it is widely recognized that the economy needs a thorough overhaul, the Third Plenum of the 18th Party Congress is expected to deliver only narrow reforms when it convenes from Nov. 9 to Nov. 12. 

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