UN Denounces Failed North Korea Missile Test (2016-10-19) (Taipei Times/AFP) The UN Security Council on Monday denounced North Korea’s latest test of a powerful missile, which one leading US expert warned could be put into operational service as early as next year.
China Might Allow Fishing In Scarborough: Sources (2016-10-19) (Taipei Times/Reuters) China will consider giving Philippine fishermen conditional access to disputed waters in the South China Sea after the presidents of the two countries meet in Beijing this week, two Chinese sources with ties to the leadership said.
HK Activist Urges Taiwan To Strive For Independence (2016-10-19) (Taipei Times, By Chen Wei-han) Hong Kong activist Ray Wong, who is visiting Taiwan to seek allies for Hong Kong’s independence movement, yesterday urged Taiwan to connect with people suppressed by China and to not to give up the goal of independence, despite the relative freedom the nation enjoys.
Hung Urged To Affirm 'Separate Interpretations' In Meet (2016-10-19) (China Post, By Stephanie Chao) Kuomintang (KMT) lawmakers urged party Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu on Tuesday to "resolutely" advocate "separate interpretations of one China" and to mention the "Republic of China" as she prepares for her upcoming meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Hung Calls For Party Consensus, Flexibility In China Talks (2016-10-19) (China Post, By Yuan-Ming Chiao) Kuomintang (KMT) Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu on Wednesday called for party members to close ranks ahead of her planned trip to Beijing next month and blasted allegations that China was giving the opposition financial assistance.
Japanese Actress To Tout Tourism (2016-10-18) (Taipei Times, By Shelley Shan) Japanese actress Masami Nagasawa is to be the spokesperson for the Tourism Bureau’s campaign to promote travel in Taiwan to Japanese, the bureau announced yesterday, adding that it is targeting female tourists aged 20 to 35.
Japan Mulls Accelerating Defense Spending: Sources (2016-10-18) (Taipei Times/Reuters) Japan might accelerate about US$1 billion of planned spending to upgrade its ballistic missile defenses in the wake of rocket tests suggesting North Korea is close to fielding a more potent medium-range missile, three government sources told reporters.
Tokyo Denies Talks With Russia On Disputed Islands (2016-10-18) (Taipei Times/Reuters) A Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman yesterday said that Tokyo was not discussing with Moscow the joint administration of disputed islands held by Russia in the hope of unblocking an issue that has bedeviled their relations for 70 years.
Duterte Acknowledges He Can't Concede Territory (2016-10-17) (China Post/AP) The Philippine president has acknowledged that he can be impeached if he concedes the country's territorial claims in the South China Sea in upcoming talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders this week in Beijing.
US Missiles To Use Taiwanese-Developed Technology (2016-10-17) (Taipei Times, By Luo Tien-pin and William Hetherington) A Taiwanese manufacturer has become part of the US-made MIM-104F (PAC-3) Patriot missile supply chain after passing appraisals from the weapon’s developer, sources said, adding that the company has received NT$800 million (US$25.3 million) in international orders.
Foreign Ministry Says Its 'Youth Ambassadors' Program To Go South (2016-10-17) (China Post/CNA) Vice President Chen Chien-jen said the government is planning to add elements of the "New Southbound Policy" as well as the idea of city exchanges to its "youth ambassadors" program which aims to enhance Taiwan's international exchanges.
Rodrigo Duterte and Xi Jinping Agree to Reopen South China Sea Talks (2016-10-21) (New York Times, By Jane Perlez) No major agreements were announced, but the two sides said they would resume talks on their disputes in the South China Sea. That subject is of great interest to Washington as it copes with China’s expansion in the waterway and with recent statements by Mr. Duterte distancing the Philippines from the United States, a treaty ally.
Economists Question China’s Consistent Growth Numbers (2016-10-19) (Wall Street Journal, By Mark Magnier) Fresh doubts emerged over the reliability of Chinese statistics on Wednesday after officials said the economy grew 6.7%—for the third consecutive quarter. It was the first time since Beijing started releasing quarterly figures in 1992 that it had achieved such a feat of consistency.
In China, Rodrigo Duterte and Philippines May ‘Pivot’ Away From U.S. (2016-10-18) (New York Times, By Jane Perlez) President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines has said he wants to reduce American military influence in his country and build closer ties with China. But he has stopped short of offering to do what China would like most: scrapping an accord that gives the United States access to five military bases in the Philippines.
Xi Jinping Reminds China’s State Companies of Who’s the Boss (2016-10-14) (Sinosphere, By Emily Feng) This week, China’s top leader made clear to the chiefs of the country’s biggest companies that there is only one boss who matters. In an unusual meeting that ended on Tuesday, President Xi Jinping announced that the Chinese Communist Party had the ultimate say over state companies.
China Property Boom Spurs Fear of Bubble’s Burst (2016-10-17) (New York Times, By Neil Gough and Carolyn Zhang) China is in the midst of a dizzying housing bubble. Shanghai’s average housing price is up nearly one-third from a year ago, with prices in major cities like Beijing and Guangzhou not far behind. Chinese consumers are rushing to buy homes before the government steps in with restrictions.
Taiwan Should Not Worry about the Vatican (2016-10-04) (CSIS PacNet, By Derek Grossman) Beijing probably has virtually no interest in renewing relations with the Vatican because there is no clear domestic incentive to do so.
First Cracks Appear in the U.S. Alliance With the Philippines (2016-10-07) (Foreign Policy, By Dan De Luce) But the move to call off joint naval patrols suggested Duterte may follow through on other threats to cancel all military exercises with the Americans and to possibly revoke a new defense cooperation agreement that grants the United States wide access to air and naval bases across the country.
Can China Offer the World "Public Goods"? (2016-10-16) (The National Interest, By Lyle J. Goldstein) Despite the 'beltway buzz', Beijing’s “new assertiveness” is simultaneously accompanied by an impressive degree of restraint. China has rather remarkably not resorted to the use of force in a significant way against any other state in more than three decades. Moreover, it now actively providing 'public goods.' China's Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) mission, carried out by the formidable hospital ship, the Peace Ark, is one example. China's advanced amphibious assault ships provide another ideal platform for HADR missions.
Most Filipinos Trust US Much More Than China: Poll (2016-10-19) (Taipei Times/Reuters) People in the Philippines still trust the US far more than China, an opinion poll showed yesterday, despite Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent outpouring of anti-US rhetoric and his sudden overtures toward old rival Beijing.
Survey Results on Assessments of President Tsai and Premier Lin Chuan (2016-10-17) According to the Taiwan Mood Barometer Survey conducted by Taiwan Indicators Survey Research (TISR) in the first week of October, 46.7% of respondents indicated that they trusted President Tsai Ing-wen (an increase of 0.2% since the previous survey in the last week of September), while 35.7% indicated that they did not trust Tsai (a decrease of 0.8% since the previous survey). 37.6% indicated that they were satisfied with Tsai’s performance (a decrease of 0.8% since the previous survey), while 46.4% indicated that they were dissatisfied (a decrease of 1.9% since the previous survey). 28.7% indicated that they were satisfied with the performance of Premier Lin Chuan (an increase of 0.7% since the previous survey), while 48% indicated that they were dissatisfied (a decrease of 5% since the previous survey).
Half of Chinese Favor The U.S. Despite Growing Tensions (2016-10-05) (Foreign Policy, By David Francis) The annual tally — a rare glimpse into the minds of ordinary Chinese citizens due to government and media censorship — concluded that half of Chinese respondents have a favorable view of the United States in China, up from 44 percent in 2015.