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CCP's Third Plenum of the 18th Party Congress
China Endorses ‘Decisive’ Role for Markets As Plenum Concludes (2013-11-12)
(Wall Street Journal, By Carlos Tejada) The lengthy communiqué released at the end of a four-day meeting of Communist Party leaders contained vague language that some economists said raised questions about whether they have the political will to push ahead with reforms to reduce traditional state dominance to reinvigorate a slowing economy. (Communiqué of the Third Plenum of the 18th CCP Central Committee)

Chinese Leader Gets More Sway on the Economy and Security (2013-11-13)
(New York Times, By Chris Buckley) President Xi Jinping of China emerged from a Communist Party leadership conference with a mandate to give the market a “decisive role” in the world’s second-largest economy and to consolidate new decision-making authority in his own hands.

State Companies Emerge As Winners Following Top China Policy Meeting (2013-11-13)
(Wall Street Journal, By Bob Davis and Brian Spegele) China's largest state-owned companies emerged as winners following a meeting of Communist Party leaders, who validated their dominant role in the economy.

Chinese Party Meeting Calls for Establishing 'National Security Council'
 (2013-11-12)
(China Brief 18(23), Jamestown Foundation, By David Cohen) Both the choice of name and the leadership’s recent decision to apply the concept of “top-level design” to foreign affairs suggest that this body may come to function as a venue for inter-agency coordination on security issues.

Chinese Panel to Combine Foreign Policy and Domestic Security (2013-11-13)
(New York Times, By Jane Perlez) China’s new national security committee will apparently differ from the National Security Council in Washington in one crucial aspect: The Chinese version will have dual duties with responsibility over domestic security as well as foreign policy, Chinese experts say.

China Can Speak with One Voice on Security Via New Council, Xi Says (2013-11-16)
(Reuters) China's new national security commission will enable the government to speak with a single voice when it comes to dealing with crises at home and abroad, state media cited President Xi Jinping as saying. 

China's New “State Security Committee,” Questions Ahead (2013-11-14)
(PacNet #81, Pacific Forum, CSIS, By Yun Sun) How the roles, structures, and responsibilities of the committee are defined will largely determine whether it will meet expectations and avoid the deficiencies of the NSLSG.

China Details Ambitious Reform Plan (2013-11-15)
(Wall Street Journal, By Bob Davis, Richard Silk and Dinny McMahon) Friday's 20-page document amounted to a blueprint for reform. It pledged to open the financial sector and relax curbs on other sectors closed to investors, allow prices of natural resources to reflect market demand and put more money in the pockets of rural residents who were often left out of the boom of the last decade.

China to Ease One-Child Policy (2013-11-15)
(Wall Street Journal, By Laurie Burkitt) China is tempering its controversial one-child policy, allowing more couples to have a second child in a surprise concession over a much-disliked control that comes as the country faces a looming worker shortage.

Success of Chinese Leader's Ambitious Economic Plan May Rest on Rural Regions (2013-11-17)
(New York Times, By Chris Buckley) The success of Xi Jinping's proposals could rest on policy battles reaching down into thousands of towns and villages over land, money and a misshapen fiscal system that has bred public discontent and financial hazards.
U.S. Pivot to Asia and Sino-U.S. Engagement
The Path to a New Type of Great Power Relations (2013-11-07)
(PacNet #80, Pacific Forum, CSIS, By Patrick M. Cronin) Achieving a “new type of great power relations” with the United States is a cornerstone of China’s emerging foreign policy. But it remains a brittle one. 

A U.S.-Asia Agenda for Growth (2013-11-11)
(Wall Street Journal, By Jacob J. Lew) With emerging economies playing an increasingly large role in the global economy, we must move away from a pattern of global growth that is built on the U.S. being the world's importer.
DPP Searches for New China Stance; Cross-Strait Issues
Cross-Strait Ties Are Not State-to-State Nor Purely Domestic Ties Either: Ma (2013-11-12)
(China Post) “(The nature of cross-strait ties) was not defined when (the KMT) returned to government (in 2008). (It) was established more than 20 years ago when the constitution was amended,” Ma said.

DPP's PRC Policy to Be Out in January
 (2013-11-15)
(Taipei Times) The Democratic Progressive Party’s new China policy is expected to be finalized in a China Affairs Committee meeting on Jan. 9 next year, the party said. 

Former DPP Legislator Questions Party's Stance on Cross-Strait Trade Pact (2013-11-15)
(China Post) Former Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Julian Kuo called upon the party to stay united in its stance on the cross-strait service trade pact.

Academics Raise Issues Over a DPP Return to Power (2013-11-15)
(Taipei Times) While 46.5 percent of those polled said that cross-strait relations would remain unchanged if the DPP won the presidential election in 2016, academics cast their doubts.

Military Balance and Arms Sales
Commission Urges Congress to Watch Taiwan Arms Sales (2013-11-14)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission has recommended that the US Congress keep a closer eye on US arms sales to Taiwan. It also wants the White House to report to Congress on every decision to “reject, delay or alter” arms sales requests from Taipei. 
Taiwan's Domestic Issues and Foreign Relations
Taiwan Mood Barometer Survey, First Half of November 2013 (2013-11-13)
(TISR) According to the latest Taiwan Mood Barometer Survey (in Chinese), President Ma Ying-jeou's approval rating dropped 1.5 percentage points during the first ten days of November to 12.8 percent. The president's disapproval rating increased 1.5 percentage points bringing it to 75.2 percent.

President's Approval Rate Hits New Low (2013-11-14)
(Taipei Times) President Ma Ying-jeou has recorded the lowest approval rating since his inauguration in 2008, with his Cabinet members also struggling to win approval, a public opinion surveyshowed.

Gambia Terminates Ties with Taiwan
 (2013-11-16)
(Taipei Times) President Ma Ying-jeou’s administration was caught by surprise when Gambian President Yahya Jammeh abruptly announced that the nation was severing ties with the Republic of China.

China Denies Role in Gambia's Move  (2013-11-16)
(Taipei Times) While China insisted that it was not involved in the Gambia’s decision to cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan, lawmakers demanded that the government review President Ma Ying-jeou’s policy of “flexible diplomacy.” 

Gambia Cuts Taiwan Ties, Raising Stakes with China (2013-11-15)
(Wall Street Journal, By Eva Dou) Even without pressure from Beijing, Gambia's move was clearly a bid to cozy up to China, political experts say. Taiwan has given Gambia aid consistently through the years, but it pales compared with the billions that China is spending in aid and development in Africa.

China Opens Trade Office in Sao Tome (2013-11-15)
(Taipei Times) China has set up a trade mission in Taiwan’s diplomatic ally Sao Tome and Principe, Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lin said, adding that the establishment of commercial ties with Beijing would not affect the country’s diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

Taiwan and the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Preparing the Way (2013-11-13)
(Brookings, By Richard C. Bush III and Joshua Meltzer) This paper provides an analysis of the benefits to Taiwan of membership in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), discusses why Taiwan’s membership is also important for current TPP members, and suggests steps that Taiwan and the United States can and should take to create an atmosphere conducive to Taiwan’s inclusion in TPP.

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