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  • China’s PLA Corps Reduced from 18 to 13, Reorganized (2017-04-25)
    (Taipei Times/CNA) China’s 18 army corps have been reorganized into 13 army corps. Three corps will be placed under the Eastern Theater Command, two under the Southern Theater Command, two under the Western Theater Command, and the rest will be equally divided between the Northern Theater Command and the Central Theater Command. Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense also said on Sunday that the annual Han Kuang military exercises will begin on May 25.
  • Moriarty Expected to Bring News on Trump-Xi Meet (2017-04-25)
    (Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday welcomed American Institute in Taiwan Chairman James Moriarty to Taiwan. Moriarty will meet with President Tsai Ing-wen and other top government officials to discuss various issues concerning Taiwan and the US. He is speculated to be slated to brief the government about US President Donald Trump’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
  • Tsai Needs Proactive Foreign Policy: Experts (2017-04-25)
    (Taipei Times, By Peng Wan-hsin and William Hetherington) Former officials and foreign policy experts argue that President Tsai Ing-wen should not fear angering China and should take advantage of the threat of China’s expansionist activities to seek new diplomatic allies. According to some experts, Tsai is not making much progress in foreign affairs, despite high expectations from the public, because of the administration's soft, low-profile approach to foreign relations. 
  • U.S. Supports Taiwan's Participation in WHA: AIT Chairman (2017-04-25)
    (China Post, News Staff) American Institute in Taiwan Chairman James Moriarty stated Tuesday in Taipei that the U.S. would continue to support Taiwan's participation at the World Health Assembly. Taiwan's participation at the World Health Organization's annual meeting in Geneva has been thrown into doubt after China demanded the island adhere to the so-called "1992 Consensus" as a precondition to its participation in international organizations.
  • Vietnam Hoping for Rise in Taiwanese Investment: Envoy (2017-04-24)
    (Taipei Times/CNA) The Vietnamese representative to Taiwan stated that Vietnam hopes that Taiwan's "new southbound policy" will lead to increased Taiwanese investments within Vietnam as its economy grows. Vietnam is specifically looking for infrastructure development investment as it hopes to build up its road network and metro systems. Taiwan's "new southbound policy" is designed to reduce economic dependence on China and instead focus on ASEAN member-states and India.  
  • AIT Chairman on Taiwan Visit (2017-04-24)
    (China Post/CNA) James Moriarty, the Chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan, arrived on Sunday for a week-long visit. He will be meeting with top government officials and businesspeople. Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs also stated that he will be meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen to discuss US-Taiwan bilateral issues. The AIT serves as the unofficial representative of the US government and its interests due to the lack of diplomatic ties.  
  • Outgoing Panama Envoy Praises Strong Ties With ROC (2017-04-23)
    (China Post, By Joseph Yeh) Panama's ambassador to Taiwan, who is currently leaving his post, praised good relations between Taiwan and China. This comes in light of rumors about the relationship between the two countries as the Panamanian government has yet to announce the ambassador's successor. The ambassador referred to Taiwan as an "irreplaceable ally" of Panama.  
  • Taiwan Asks Beijing to Help Return Fraud Money (2017-04-22)
    (Taipei Times/CNA) The Taiwanese government has reached out to Beijing to ask for the information of Chinese fraud victims so Taiwan can return over NT$200 million seized in Taiwan. However, Chinese authorities have not yet responded to the request. The Ministry of Justice will continue to attempt communication with Beijing.  
  • US Should Keep Low Profile to Help in Lee's Case: Bush (2017-04-21)
    (Taipei Times/CNA) Former American Institute in Taiwan chairman Richard Bush said that if the United States wished to be involved in helping free human rights activist Lee Ming-che, they should maintain a low profile. He hopes that Chinese authorities will "let him go" after deciding that they've talked to him enough.  
  • Taiwan Making Effort to Attend WHA This Year (2017-04-21)
    (Taipei Times/CNA) The Taiwanese government is trying its best to get an invitation to the World Health Assembly session next month. It however faces several challenges in doing so, specifically from Beijing who may try to block their invitation. Last year, Taiwan received a late invitation, but it contained a reference to the UN resolution declaring the PRC the sole representative of China at the United Nations.  
  • "Come and Work Here" (2017-04-21)
    (China Post, By Christine Chou) The Taiwanese Cabinet passed a draft bill that would lessen restrictions and improve the working environment for foreigners who chose to work in Taiwan. The bill still requires approval from the Legislative Yuan. It would apply to all foreign workers, including those from Hong Kong and Macau, but not from mainland China. The bill would potentially help attract a greater number of foreign professionals to work in Taiwan.  
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  • Enemy Within (2017-04-24)
    (Breakingviews, By Robyn Mak) Critics have attacked the “Asia Silicon Valley Development Plan” for ignoring more fundamental handbrakes on growth, like red tape and restrictions on foreign investment and talent. Taiwan may still hold 14th place in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index, yet it ranks a dismal 87th place in terms of openness to foreign capital, down from 16th in 2014.
  • Japan Wants to Revive the Trans Pacific Partnership Even Without the U.S. (2017-04-24)
    (Foreign Policy, By Robbie Gramer) The move signals that, even as the United States is in full retreat from free trade, many other countries are pressing ahead, even without U.S. leadership. Washington will have to grapple, though, with political fallout from detonating a trade deal that countries had worked on for years and which they’d manage to sell to skeptical audiences at home only after great pains. 
  • Here’s How Trump Can Succeed in Southeast Asia (2017-04-21)
    (Foreign Policy, By Nina Hachigian) The American president showing up in Asia will reassure ASEAN and all U.S. partners there of America’s continued engagement. Perhaps in the run-up to those meetings, Trump will begin to learn of the benefits and necessity of multilateralism and will bring to the table tangible steps toward renewed American leadership in Asia. 
  • News Analysis: As North Korea Speeds Its Nuclear Program, U.S. Fears Time Will Run Out (2017-04-24)
    (New York Times, By David E. Sanger and William J. Broad) Behind the Trump administration’s sudden urgency on North Korea lies a stark calculus: that the country is capable of making a nuclear bomb every six or seven weeks. 
  • China’s Leader Urges Restraint on North Korea in Call With Trump (2017-04-24)
    (New York Times, By Chris Buckley) The comments by Xi Jinping reflected fears that tensions between the North and the United States and its allies in Asia could spiral into military conflict. 
  • Chinese Media Is Subdued in the Face of North Korea-U.S. Standoff (2017-04-22)
    (New York Times, By Javier C. Hernández) Beijing’s relative silence may be an attempt to placate both Kim Jong-un of North Korea and President Trump, and to prevent the Chinese public from panicking. 
  • Trump Targets Steel Trade, but China Will Be Tough to Contain (2017-04-20)
    (New York Times, By Keith Bradsher) Global steel makers blame Chinese rivals for swamping the world with unwanted product, but closing mills there can be expensive and difficult. 
  • Apple Faces Inquiry in China Over App Store Content (2017-04-19)
    (New York Times, By Carlos Tejada) Chinese authorities said they would meet with the American tech giant over video-streaming apps that they said offered forbidden content. 
  • Hand of U.S. Leaves North Korea’s Missile Program Shaken (2017-04-18)
    (New York Times, By David E. Sanger and William J. Broad) Whether an American program to sabotage North Korean test flights is behind a string of failures, it has led Pyongyang to hunt for spies and ways to combat such attacks. 
  • China’s Charm Offensive: Beijing Draws Closer to Brussels (2017-04-24)
    (The Diplomat, By Valentina Crivăț) On April 18, Beijing hosted the 7th European Union-China Strategic Dialogue which was chaired by Federica Mogherini, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, with Chinese State Councilor, Yang Jiechi. The meeting came ahead of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation scheduled to take place in Beijing in mid-May and the EU-China annual Summit scheduled for Brussels in June. 
  • Linking Afghanistan to China's Belt and Road (2017-04-24)
    (The Diplomat, By Ahmad Bilal Khalil) Linking Kabul to both the China-Pakistan Energy Corridor and OBOR could go a long way in bringing the region together. 
  • Do US Actions in the South China Sea Violate International Law? (2017-04-24)
    (The Diplomat, By Mark J. Valencia) Unfortunately we may never know the answers to most of these legal questions at least formally because the United States has not ratified UNCLOS and is thus not subject to its dispute settlement mechanisms. Nevertheless these are all legitimate questions that deserve objective analysis and answers. To clear the air the United States should at least tell the world exactly what these IRS probes are doing and why. 
  • US Carrier Strike Group Joined By Japanese Warships for Philippine Sea Exercise (2017-04-24)
    (The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) Two Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyers have joined the USS Carl Vinson in the Philippine Sea. 
  • China-Based Hackers Targeting South Korea Over THAAD: Report (2017-04-24)
    (The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) China-based hackers linked to the Chinese People’s Liberation Army targeted South Korean institutions involved in the deployment of an advanced missile defense system and radar, U.S.-based cybersecurity firm FireEye told the Wall Street Journal. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system and its accompanying AN/TPY-2 X-band radar system have been strongly opposed by China, which views their deployment on the Korean peninsula as a threat to its own security. 
  • Trump’s Risky Reliance on China to Handle North Korea (2017-04-24)
    (The Diplomat, By Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein) The long-run impact of the Trump administration’s policies toward the region are unclear. 
  • China’s First Domestically Built Aircraft Carrier May Launch Any Day Now (2017-04-24)
    (The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) Even though the 001A may launch in the coming days, it will likely undergo sea trials for more than a year, with its eventual commissioning into the PLAN taking place in 2018 or 2019. China, in the meantime, has started work on its third aircraft carrier, which is provisionally named in the Type 002. 
  • Why China Could be a Game Changer for Global Health (2017-04-22)
    (The Diplomat, By Charlotte Röhren) The biggest beneficiaries of a greater Chinese role would be people and communities with limited access to healthcare and low levels of preparedness for pandemics and other infections. Ensuring their health and well-being would be in line with the third of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Due to China’s size and relevance, Beijing’s increased engagement could be a game changer for global health. 
  • Trump Makes China Great in Latin America (2017-04-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Antonio Hsiang) Trump’s approach to trade and foreign policy will only make more room for China in the Western hemisphere. 
  • South China Sea: Did China Coast Guard Deny Philippine Fishermen Access to Union Bank? (2017-04-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) Philippine authorities are working to confirm reports that Chinese Coast Guard vessels harassed and drove away Filipino fishermen at Union Bank in the Spratly group in the South China Sea. According to early reports, Chinese Coast Guard vessels fired warning shots to deny fishermen access to disputed waters. The location of the incident, which occurred on Thursday, is close to Gaven Reef, which is home to one of China’s seven artificial islands in the Spratly group. 
  • Facebook Briefly Suspends Account of Outspoken Chinese Billionaire (2017-04-21)
    (New York Times, By Paul Mozur) Facebook said it had erroneously blocked the account of Guo Wengui, who has accused the relatives of Chinese government officials of corruption. 
  • Philippines Sends Defense Chief to Disputed South China Sea Island (2017-04-21)
    (New York Times, By Felipe Villamor) Even before officials reached the island, which is also claimed by China, Vietnam and Taiwan, the Chinese challenged the flight on the radio several times. 
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  • Majority Believe Government Stance on Detained Activist "Too Soft": Poll (2017-04-24)
    (China Post, By the news staff) A poll conducted by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation showed that 56% of respondents believed that the Taiwanese government was not taking a hard enough stance regarding the detention of human rights activist Li Ming-che in China.  
  • Lee's Detention Affected Cross-Strait Ties: Poll (2017-04-22)
    (Taipei Times, By Abraham Gerber) A new poll conducted by the Taiwan Brain Trust showed that about 65% of Taiwanese people believe that the detention of human rights activist Lee Ming-che in China affected cross-strait relations. China has still refused to communicate and cooperate with the Taiwanese government in releasing Lee.  
  • Maintaining Status Quo Remains Top Choice for Taiwanese: Survey (2017-04-21)
    (China Post/CNA) A survey conducted by Taiwan ThinkTank showed that most people think that Taiwan is a sovereign state and believe the current status quo should be maintained. However, roughly 10% of respondents pushed for the rapid independence of Taiwan. The survey was conducted with over 1000 adults from around Taiwan.  
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