::: TSR Weekly Report
2012-10-14 | NO.16(42) epaper |
U.S. Pivot to Asia and Sino-U.S. Engagement
U.S. and Philippines Start Training Exercise (2012-10-09)
(New York Times) The United States announced last year that it would increase joint training exercises and ship visits to the region as part of a “pivot” toward Asia to counter the growing influence of China. 

Academic Blasts US Over Taiwan Policy (2012-10-13)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) A research fellow said that in its bid to accommodate an increasingly powerful China, the US had forgotten the significance of Taiwan. 

America Cannot ‘Lead from Behind’ in Asia (2012-10-09)
(The Diplomat, By Aaron L. Friedberg) Amidst warnings that America’s ‘pivot’ could trigger greater tensions, a softer ‘rebalance’ is now in vogue. It may make matters far worse.

China’s Oil Investment Is Not a Threat
(Foreign Policy, By Erica Downs) The Chinese purchase of a Canadian oil company is something U.S. officials should welcome, not fear, because a larger Chinese presence in the U.S. oil patch could actually be good for U.S. economy and geopolitical interests. 

Diaoyutai Disputes Resurface
Taiwan, Japan to Resume Fisheries Talks by Year’s End (2012-10-08)
(Taipei Times) Japan is to resume long-stalled fishery talks with Taiwan by the end of the year to keep the nation from aligning with China in the territorial dispute over the Diaoyutai Islands, the Japanese-language Yomiuri Shimbun reported. 

China Patrols Continue near Disputed Islands (2012-10-10)
(Japan Real Time Report, By Eleanor Warnock) Ever since the Japanese government announced last month it would buy three islets, known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese, the presence of Chinese government boats near the islands has become a daily occurrence. Experts say that’s precisely China’s strategy. 

China and Japan Say They Held Talks Over Islands Dispute (2012-10-12)
(New York Times) The talks appeared to signal a willingness by the nations to at least begin discussing their often highly emotional disagreement over control of the island group. 

A Problem Bigger Than the Senkakus (2012-10-09)
(PacNet #62A, Pacific Forum, CSIS, By Brad Glosserman) Ultimately, resolution will depend on a decision taken at the highest levels of the Chinese government to forge a new relationship with Japan, to prioritize cooperation despite the suspicions and demand a more open approach to and assessment of Japan. 

Something to Talk about, Again (2012-10-10)
(The Diplomat, By M. Taylor Fravel) Japan could acknowledge that the islands had been discussed and deferred without altering its claim to them. China could view such as statement as acknowledging the past “common ground.” Both sides could move on.

DPP Searches for New China Stance
Hsieh Wraps Up Visit After Meeting Top CCP Officials (2012-10-08)
(Taipei Times) Former premier Frank Hsieh met China’s State Councilor Dai Bingguo and Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits Chairman Chen Yunlin in Beijing in what appeared to be the climax of his landmark five-day visit to China. 

Frank Hsieh Returns to Mixed Reviews (2012-10-09)
(Taipei Times) Most within DPP lauded Hsieh’s efforts, but critics accused him of a lack of transparency, and his cross-strait formula has yet to win over the party. 

DPP Divided on Hsieh As China Committee Head (2012-10-11)
(Taipei Times) Former DPP chairman Yao Chia-wen said he opposed the appointment of former premier Frank Hsieh to head the party’s planned China Affairs Committee. 

Frank Hsieh Defends Constitutions Initiative (2012-10-13)
(Taipei Times) Former premier Frank Hsieh said his visit to China was an attempt to normalize cross-strait exchanges and reiterated that advocating “constitutions with different interpretations” remained the best initiative to deal with future relations with China. 

Most Support DPP-CCP Exchanges to Boost Relations: Poll (2012-10-09)
(Taipei Times) A majority of respondents in an opinion poll (in Chinese) said increased exchanges between the DPP and China would be helpful in stabilizing cross-strait relations.  

Editorial: Frank Hsieh Opens Door to China
(Taipei Times) By indicating his willingness to address the differences that exist between China and Taiwan, Hsieh is sending a message that could see Beijing revise its rigid perception of the DPP as a party of separatists and secessionists. Beijing may now become more flexible in its approach to the DPP. 

Hsieh Trip Could Prove Momentous (2012-10-09)
(Taipei Times, Tung Chen-yuan) Hsieh’s trip could very well become an icebreaker for interaction between DPP and CCP and a move that could help establish trust between two sides. 

DPP Needs to Broaden Its Overseas Horizons (2012-10-13)
(Taipei Times, Hung Chi-kune) DPP’s 1999 “Resolution on Taiwan’s Future” means that the party recognizes the current Constitution and accepts that it has been made more Taiwan-oriented and localized after the many amendments made to it over the years. 

DPP Swallows Pride, Hooks Up with CCP (2012-10-10)
(Asia Times, Jens Kastner) The DPP's long post-election soul-searching process delivered a nearly uniform verdict: Tsai had failed to show the electorate that meaningful DPP-CCP communication channels had been established. Hsieh's trip aimed at correcting just that.

Taiwan's Foreign Relations
TIFA Talks Could Resume Jan. ’13: Official (2012-10-09)
(China Post) The resumption of long-suspended bilateral talks under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement between Taiwan and the United States may take place in January, a high-level foreign affairs official said.  
China's Rise and Its Domestic Issues
The End of the CCP’s Resilient Authoritarianism? A Tripartite Assessment of Shifting Power in China (2012-10-10)
(China Quarterly No. 211, By Cheng Li) This essay challenges the widely held view of the CCP’s purported “resilient authoritarianism,” which asserts that China’s one-party political system is able to enhance the state capacity to govern effectively through institutional adaptations and policy adjustments. 

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