• Spy Said He Confessed Under Intimidation (2017-12-15)
    (Taipei Times, By Jonathan Chin) Zhou Hongxu, who was found guilty of violating the National Security Act by attempting to establish an organization on behalf of China, stated that Taiwan was in desperate need of judicial reform as he began his second trial. He says that he was coerced into confessing through fear tactics and intimidation. Zhou was initially a student in Taiwan. 
  • MOFA Thanks US, EU Legislatures for Supportive Stance (2017-12-15)
    (CNA) Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lee thanked the US Congress for supporting a bill that would allow for calls between the US and Taiwanese navies at each others' ports. Although that specific proposal is still hypothetical, calls for increased defense collaboration have been made, but Lee stated that he would respect the US government's decision whether or not to put the proposal into practice. MOFA also thanked the EU Parliament for a statement of support for Taiwan's participation in international organizations. 
  • Taiwan, Japan to Hold Dialogue on Maritime Affairs in Taipei (2017-12-15)
    (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Taiwan and Japan would hold a bilateral dialogue on maritime affairs next week in Taipei. Issues to be discussed include maritime resources, research, and emergencies and the cooperation necessary for all three fields. 
  • Almost 70 Industrial Accords Signed Under New Southbound Policy (2017-12-15)
    (CNA) The Chinese National Federation of Industries announced that almost 70 agreements for industrial cooperation have been signed between Taiwanese firms and foreign firms in countries targeted by the New Southbound Agreement. The Agreement, a key pillar in President Tsai Ing-wen's agenda, is meant to forge closer ties with several countries in South and Southeast Asia, an end goal being to reduce Taiwan's economic dependence on China. 
  • Taiwan Denounces Chinese Air Force Patrols Encircling the Island (2017-12-14)
    (Reuters) Taiwan is confident of its defences and responded quickly to Chinese air force “island encirclement” drills this week, the self-ruled island’s government said, denouncing the rise in the mainland’s military deployments as irresponsible. 
  • Don’t Look for Foreign Support for Island’s Cause, Beijing Warns Taipei (2017-12-13)
    (Reuters) Taipei will fail in its efforts to get foreign support for its cause, Beijing said on Wednesday after a senior Chinese diplomat threatened Taiwan would be attacked the instant any US warship visited the self-ruled island. 
  • Taiwan Supports US Indo-Pacific Strategy and Japan-Led CPTPP (2017-12-13)
    (CNA) Vice President Chen Chien-jen said that Taiwan looks forward to working with the US on their new regional strategy and Japan on its new economic initiative designed to replace the TPP. He further explained that the DPP was committed to furthering its involvement in regional agreements and institutions and to better integrate Taiwan into the international community. He did, however, touch on his concerns regarding regional security. 
  • Trump Unlikely to Authorize US-Taiwan Navy Port Calls: Scholars (2017-12-13)
    (CNA) Several scholars have stated that President Donald Trump will not allow visits to ports between the Taiwanese navy and the US Navy, despite the fact that he signed into law a bill that would allow such exchanges. The bill included provisions to better facilitate defense agreements with Taiwan, including inviting Taiwan to participate in military exercises. Former AIT Director Richard Bush stated that the bill does not legally bind President Trump to carrying out the provisions, however. 
  • Taiwan Will Not Recognize Jerusalem as Israel's Capital: Official (2017-12-13)
    (CNA) A Ministry of Foreign Affairs official announced that Taiwan had no plans to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. They also had no plans to move their representative office in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The statements comes following US President Donald Trump's decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. 
  • US Signing of NDAA Bill Positive for Taiwan: Ex-US Official (2017-12-13)
    (CNA) Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus stated that he believed the US's signing of the National Defense Authorization Act was a positive step and demonstrated the US's support for Taiwan. The bill includes a provision that would allow the US and Taiwanese navies to call at each others' ports. However, the bill greatly angered mainland China, which said that a US ship docking at a Taiwanese port would trigger a response from the PLA. 
  • Interest in US' Global Entry Soars (2017-12-13)
    (Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) The American Institute in Taiwan announced that a group of consular officers would be coming to Taiwan to interview potential applicants for the Global Entry program. The program allows expedited access through US customs for travelers entering the US. Taiwan was included in the list of approved countries for the program starting last month. 
  • Cabinet Asks China to Curb Pollution as Air Quality Worsens (2017-12-13)
    (Taipei Times, By Chen Wei-han) Due to the pollutants from mainland China crossing the Taiwan Strait leading to a decrease in air quality for Taiwan throughout the winter, the Cabinet has asked China to control its air pollution. A spokesperson asked China to work with Taiwan to combat air pollution in both countries through collaborative efforts. 
  • Priebus to Attend Security Dialogue Starting Today (2017-12-13)
    (Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) Former US White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus will be in Taiwan for the annual Taiwan-US-Japan trilateral security dialogue. Priebus is known to be well-versed in Taiwanese affairs and has led two delegations to Taiwan. The event will focus on strategic interests in the Asia-Pacific region and collaboration on cybersecurity efforts. 
  • President Meets With Swaziland Delegation, Invites King to Taiwan (2017-12-12)
    (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen met with a delegation from Swaziland and asked it to pass on an invitation to King Mswati III to visit Taiwan. During the meeting, Tsai highlighted the political and economic exchanges between the two countries, as well as the Taiwanese construction projects taking place in Swaziland. 
  • U.S. Senator Reiterates Need for Military Cooperation With Taiwan (2017-12-12)
    (CNA) U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) urged the U.S. to accelerate military cooperation with Taiwan in the face of threats of violence from a Chinese diplomat. This issue goes back to the November 30th passing of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which included the possibility of reestablishing regular ports by the U.S. Navy at Kaohsiung or other suitable places. 
  • Chinese Air Force Flexes Muscle into Western Pacific in Warning to Taiwan (2017-12-12)
    (South China Morning Post, By Minnie Chan) Chinese warplanes conducted a series of multi-purpose drills in the Western Pacific on Monday including “island encirclement” patrols over Taiwan, the air force said on Tuesday. The exercises came just a week after a spokesperson for the air arm of the People’s Liberation Army said it recently staged drills over the Yellow and East seas near the Korean peninsula, using “routes and areas it has never flown before”. 
  • Taiwan Formally Commissions Black Hawk Combat Team (2017-12-11)
    (CNA) The Taiwanese army has completed flight testing and initial combat capabilities for and has officially certified the new UH-60M Black Hawk combat team. These helicopters, purchased from the United States, are famous for their adaptability to numerous different environments. The helicopters will be delivered through 2020. 
  • Taiwan Donates US$100,000 to Help Vietnamese Storm Victims (2017-12-11)
    (CNA) Taiwan donated US$100,000 to Vietnam to assist in relief efforts caused by Typhoon Darney, which struct Vietnam last month. The Taiwanese representative to Vietnam stated that he hopes that Taiwanese assistance will show Taiwan's commitment to the country and will bring the two countries closer together. Bui Thi Thanh, vice president of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee, also said that he hoped to see relations between Taiwan and Vietnam improve. 
  • Visiting AIT Chairman Given Explanation of Transitional Justice (2017-12-11)
    (CNA) James Moriarty, the chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan, was given an explanation of the Transitional Justice Act during his visit to the Legislative Yuan. He also discussed Taiwan's relationship with the United States and relations with Southeast Asia in a closed-door meeting with both DPP and KMT lawmakers. Moriarty will be in Taiwan until December 16. 
  • Taiwan Asks Japan for Support in Seeking Membership of CPTPP (2017-12-11)
    (CNA) Taiwan is seeking to join the Comprehensive Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership, a new regional partnership seeking to replace the Trans-Pacific Partnership after the US withdrew from the agreement earlier this year. Taiwan has asked Japan to support its efforts to potentially join the deal, as Japan is now spearheading efforts to pass the agreement. At the meeting where the request was made, the Taiwanese-Japanese relationship was praised for eliminating several issues plaguing the two countries. 
  • Taiwan, Dominican Republic Crack Fraud Ring Targeting Chinese (2017-12-11)
    (CNA) Taiwan and the Dominican Republic worked together to discover and take down a telecom fraud ring preying on Chinese nationals as well as to capture 31 Taiwanese suspects potentially involved in the case. The investigation will look into fraud, tax evasion, money laundering, and other possible crimes. Dominican police were willing to help as the organization was centered on their territory. 
  • Taiwan Can Contribute to "Free and Open Indo-Pacific" Plan: Tsai (2017-12-11)
    (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen said that Taiwan would be able to contribute to the United States's plan of a "free and open Indo-Pacific." She told American Institute of Taiwan Chairman James Moriarty that Taiwan will go all out to defend the fundamental international order. Moriarty stated that a component of the plan was to protect all partner nations, which would include Taiwan. 
  • Malaysia's Bersih 2.0 Wins Taiwan's Democracy Award (2017-12-11)
    (CNA) The Malaysia-based Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections, also known as Bersih 2.0, won the Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award. The chairperson for the organization stated that receiving the award was recognition for the strides Malaysia has made towards democracy and human rights. The chairperson for the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy further stated that fair and clean elections are the key to any successful democracy. 
  • Aboriginal Campaigners Plant Lilies on 291st Day of Protest Against Land Policy (2017-12-11)
    (Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) Several campaigners of Aboriginal descent planted Taiwanese indigenous lilies in front of 228 Memorial Park in Taipei to mark International Human Rights Day. Several campaigners have camped out in front of the Presidential Office Building in protest of government regulations over Aboriginal lands, specifically that of only considering government-owned land under Aboriginal lands and specifically excluding privately-owned land. 
  • Illiberal Democracies Rising: RSF (2017-12-11)
    (Taipei Times, By Chen Wei-han) Reporters Without Borders chairman Pierre Haski said yesterday that the rise of populism in many countries has caused a rise in illiberal democracies around the world. He further said that countries like Taiwan should maintain systems of free press, welfare systems, and a vibrant democratic culture. He specifically called out the policies and rhetoric of US President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as examples of manipulating national fears to promote xenophobia. 
  • Human Rights Museum to be Opened on May 17 (2017-12-11)
    (Taipei Times, By Su Fang-ho and Jonathan Chin) Minister of Culture Cheng Li-chiun announced that a National Human Rights Museum would be formally founded in New Taipei City and on Green Island on May 17. The announcement was made at an event marking International Human Rights Day in Taipei. The establishment of such a museum is meant to demonstrate the administration's belief that addressing the issues surrounding past human rights breaches should begin at the state level. 
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  • China Unveils Satellite Network Plan for Round-The-Clock Lock on South China Sea (2017-12-15)
    (South China Morning Post, By Kristin Huang) China plans to send up 10 more satellites from the southern island of Hainan over the next three years to plug surveillance gaps over the South China Sea, a move observers say is meant to consolidate Beijing’s control of the contested waters. When completed, the satellite network would be able to monitor the South China Sea around the clock and analyse every object in the waters in detail, including the structure of vessels, Hainan Daily quoted Li Xiaoming, from the Sanya Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, as saying. 
  • China Hails Year of ‘Remarkable Progress’ in Human Rights as US and EU Warn Situation is Worsening (2017-12-15)
    (South China Morning Post, By Mimi Lau) China hailed a year of “remarkable” progress in human rights by widening its definition to praise achievements in fields such as anti-corruption and legal reform as it continued its drive to redefine the concept in the face of continued international criticism of its record. Although most international critics have focused on issues such as the detention and death in custody of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning dissident Liu Xiaobo, a report published on Friday used Beijing’s own distinct concepts of what constitutes human rights to hail what it sees as its accomplishments in the field in 2016. 
  • China Risks Escalating Trade Row with US and EU after It Cuts Export Taxes on Steel (2017-12-15)
    (South China Morning Post, By Sidney Leng) China will scrap export duties on some steel products in the new year, the country’s finance ministry said in a statement on Friday, a move that is likely to worsen Beijing’s trade disputes with the United States and the European Union. Both the Americans and Europeans have accused China of dumping excess steel products on their markets and the US recently slapped tariffs of up to 265 per cent on steel imports from Vietnam that were sourced from Chinese materials. 
  • One Belt, One Road, and One Big Competition (2017-12-15)
    (The Diplomat, By Jacob Mardell) China's Belt and Road Initiative is not a standalone, Chinese-led project. It consists of cooperation with many states' various infrastructure reform programs, including Japan, Kazakhstan, India, and Turkey. However, while many countries may have common goals, cooperation is made difficult through political issues with one another. However, China's vision for the end goal is much broader in scope than those of the other states, and that makes China the more important player to pay attention to. 
  • The Great Leap Forward: China’s Pursuit of a Strategic Breakthrough (2017-12-15)
    (The Diplomat, By Roncevert Ganan Almond) Following the failures of China's Great Leap Forward, China's recent history has been focused on economic reform and globalization to bring it into the modern era. However, Xi Jinping's new policies may bring China into a new "revisionist" era in the international arena. New technologies and a more powerful military will make China a much more significant player in international affairs. 
  • South Korea’s Leader, Meeting Xi Jinping, Seeks ‘New Start’ With China (2017-12-14)
    (New York Times, By Jane Perlez) President Moon Jae-in of South Korea was working to end an unofficial trade war over his country’s antimissile system. 
  • Google, Looking to Tiptoe Back Into China, Announces A.I. Center (2017-12-13)
    (New York Times, By Carlos Tejada) The move also nods to the country’s growing strengths in artificial intelligence, and is the latest A.I. effort set up by a Western tech company in the country. 
  • China Builds Up Troop Numbers Close to Indian Border Flashpoint as Soldiers Prepare for First Winter Near Doklam (2017-12-14)
    (South China Morning Post, By Kristin Huang) China has started building up its military forces near the Doklam plateau – the site of a protracted stand-off early this year, Indian media has reported. Analysts suggested the development would allow China to tighten its control of its borders and prepare for any future problems in the region. 
  • Chinese Navy Starts Live-Fire Drill off North Korean Waters as Tensions over Nuclear Programme Escalate (2017-12-14)
    (South China Morning Post, By Liu Zhen) China is conducting a live-fire exercise off the North Korean peninsula as concerns over the security situation on the peninsula rise. The drill in the Bohai Sea was due to start on Thursday afternoon and will last until 4pm next Monday, according to a notice issued by the Liaoning Maritime Safety Administration. 
  • Beijing Protests over Potential US Warship Visits to Taiwan (2017-12-14)
    (Agence France-Presse) Beijing said on Thursday that it lodged an official protest with Washington after US President Donald Trump signed a defence budget that opens the possibility for US warships to visit self-ruled Taiwan. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the legislation, while non-binding, violated the one-China policy and “constitutes an interference in China’s domestic affairs”. 
  • Australian Ambassador Summoned to China’s Foreign Ministry as Row over Political Interference Intensifies (2017-12-14)
    (South China Morning Post, By Wendy Wu) Australia’s ambassador to China was summoned to the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs as tensions rise over Canberra’s complaints about alleged political interference, officials in Beijing said on Thursday. 
  • US, EU, Japan Slam Unfair Trade Practices in Veiled Swipe at China (2017-12-13)
    (Reuters) The United States, the European Union and Japan vowed on Tuesday to work together to fight market-distorting trade practices and policies that have fuelled excess production capacity, naming several key features of China’s economic system. In a joint statement that did not single out China or any other country, the three economic powers said they would work within the World Trade Organisation and other groups to eliminate unfair competitive conditions caused by subsidies, state-owned enterprises, “forced” technology transfer and local content requirements. 
  • Does Xi Jinping Thought Really Matter? (2017-12-14)
    (The Diplomat, By Zoe Jordan) President Xi Jinping's ideology being enshrined into the CCP Constitution is already significant, but the more significant concept is how he will translate his ideals into concrete policy. Currently, many researchers, scholars, and policymakers view Xi's ideology and power as on par with that of Mao Zedong's, but they should wait and see how well Xi converts his own ideology into actions and policies. 
  • China’s Stealthy Holiday Crackdowns (2017-12-14)
    (The Diplomat, By Sarah Cook) China has a history of censorship and cracking down on free speech rights around the holiday season as Western countries are distracted. Even this year, several activists have remained imprisoned by the Chinese government. The pattern of sentencing and cracking down during the holiday season suggests that the Chinese government may be more aware of and sensitive to international pressure than they appear to be. 
  • Making Sense of the Chinese People's Liberation Army's New Tracks at Doklam (2017-12-14)
    (The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) Several new satellite images show that the PLA has managed to expand several roads in the Doklam region, where China and India had a military standoff over a dispute earlier this summer. However, these road extensions are not the same as the potential road system that triggered the standoff over the summer. The new tracks provide a foundation for a longer stay for the PLA in the region, but it is impossible to predict exactly how long they would stay. 
  • With the Liberal West in Decline, Will China Be Given Free Rein? (2017-12-14)
    (The Diplomat, By Andreas B. Forsby) While China's presence in the international arena grows, the West cannot hope to challenge China's core interests, especially regarding domestic issues. The perfect example is regarding China's record of human rights, when relatively few international leaders wished to sign onto a letter condemning China's various human rights violations. With the West's presence in the international arena declining since the ascension of people such as US President Donald Trump into leadership, China may have a greater level of freedom to promote its interests with little international resistance. 
  • China Flies Long-Range Bombers Near Japan and Taiwan (2017-12-13)
    (The Diplomat, By Franz-Stefan Gady) China's People's Liberation Army Air Force flew several jets near several strategically significant locations, coming close to Japanese and Taiwanese airspace. Both Japan and Taiwan scrambled their own jets in the region in response to the Chinese movement. A PLAAF spokesperson defended the actions as "legal and reasonable," these movements coming shortly after regular Chinese air force drills. 
  • Did Trump Just Kick off the Space Race 2.0 With China? (2017-12-13)
    (The Diplomat, By Charlotte Gao) President Donald Trump signed a new directive on December 11 ordering the US's National Air and Space Administration to send astronauts back to the Moon. He detailed in a speech the importance of space exploration and its military and scientific applications. While China seemed willing to cooperate on the scientific aspects, it seemed more reserved and concerned about the idea of militarization of space. 
  • China's Americanized Military (2017-12-13)
    (The Diplomat, By Don Tse) President Xi Jinping has ordered massive military reformations, and if they are carried out, the PLA will very closely resemble the structure of the US military. While the PLA still will not be able to win in a conventional war against the US military due to a technological gap, they may stand a chance with future technologies and unconventional warfare tactics. 
  • China, Russia Send Message to North Korea with Anti-missile Drills in Beijing (2017-12-12)
    (South China Morning Post, By Kristin Huang) China and Russia have begun a computer-simulated anti-missile exercise in Beijing as the two nations step up preparations against the North Korea nuclear threat. The six-day joint air force drills are also aimed at countering US alliances developing in East Asia in response to rising tensions on the Korean peninsula, analysts said. 
  • China, Singapore Vow to Boost Military Exchanges in Latest Sign of Improved Relations (2017-12-12)
    (South China Morning Post, By Nectar Gan) China and Singapore have pledged to step up military exchanges, including joint anti-terrorism and naval drills, in the latest sign of improved ties between the two countries. Rear Admiral Jiang Guoping, an assistant to the People’s Liberation Army’s chief of the Joint Staff Department, said on Monday that China was willing to further strengthen cooperation with Singapore on areas such as joint anti-terrorism and naval exercises, and personnel training, according to a statement on the defence ministry website. 
  • US and EU Team Up against China in Blasting World Trading System (2017-12-12)
    (Bloomberg) The United States and Europe have said the world trading system is failing to live up to expectations, even as China defended the existing order and urged countries to forge ahead with globalisation. As trade ministers from around the world gathered for meetings of the World Trade Organisation in Buenos Aires, the top US trade negotiator said the WTO was focused too much on refereeing legal complaints, which distracted from its core mission of expanding commerce. 
  • China Promotes Human Rights 'With Chinese Characteristics' (2017-12-12)
    (The Diplomat, By Charlotte Gao) China hosted its first “South-South Human Rights Forum” in Beijing last week ahead of International Human Rights Day to promote its own commitment to human rights, a field which the international community has long accused China of being absent from. Both President Xi Jinping and Foreign Minister Wang Yi have made their own statements in support of such, explaining their concept of a Chinese-led push for human rights and further detailing how no situation is identical to another. This is Beijing's next foray into guiding developing countries. 
  • Fearing the Worst, China Plans Refugee Camps on North Korean Border (2017-12-11)
    (New York Times, By Jane Perlez) A Chinese county has a blueprint in place if a crisis in North Korea results in thousands of refugees crossing the border. 
  • China Denies Using LinkedIn to Recruit German Informants (2017-12-11)
    (New York Times, By Javier C. Hernández and Melissa Eddy) German intelligence services said that more than 10,000 citizens were targeted, adding to anxieties about Beijing’s efforts to infiltrate foreign governments and businesses. 
  • North Korean Submarine Missile Threat Prompts U.S.-Led Military Drills (2017-12-11)
    (New York Times, By Gerry Mullany) The joint exercises are in response to growing concerns that North Korea is making progress developing hard-to-detect submarine-launched missiles. 
  • E.U. and Japan Reach Deal to Keep ‘Flag of Free Trade Waving High’ (2017-12-08)
    (New York Times, By Prashant S. Rao and Jack Ewing) The agreement would cover more than a quarter of the world’s economy. Leaders on both sides said it carried strategic as well as economic importance. 
  • What Are the Differences between China’s Two Aircraft Carriers? (2017-12-11)
    (South China Morning Post, By Minnie Chan) China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier, the Type 001A, is expected to start blue-water trials soon, according to state media and mainland military websites. The 001A, which started preliminary trials in Dalian in the northeast of China in November after its launch on April 26, has a similar design to the country’s first carrier the Liaoning. 
  • South Korean President Moon Jae-in Seeks to Reconcile with Beijing after Tensions Flared over THAAD (2017-12-11)
    (Agence France-Presse) South Korean President Moon Jae-in hopes to “normalise” ties with giant neighbour China on his first state visit to the country this week, his office said on Monday, after Beijing was infuriated by a US missile system deployment. Seoul and Washington decided to install the powerful US THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defence) system in the South earlier this year to guard against threats from the nuclear-armed North. Beijing saw it as a threat to its own security and reacted furiously, slapping a string of measures against South Korean businesses and banning group tours to the South, in moves seen as economic retaliation. 
  • Taiwan Criticises Beijing Diplomat over Invasion Threat (2017-12-11)
    (Reuters) A threat by a senior mainland Chinese diplomat to invade Taiwan the instant any US warship visits the self-ruled island has sparked a war of words, with Taipei accusing Beijing of failing to understand what democracy means.
  • Yang Jiechi: Xi Jinping’s Top Diplomat Back in His Element (2017-12-08)
    (Jamestown Foundation, By Yi Wang) Admittedly, Yang is not nearly as versatile as some of his predecessors, but a unique convergence of circumstances has enabled Yang to turn his weakness to good advantage. With Xi himself bonding well with Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Yang’s Japanese-speaking successor, working on Japan, Yang can afford to focus on his specialty in getting the US relationship right. 
  • Xi’s Consolidation of Power at the 19th Party Congress: Implications for PLA Aerospace Forces (2017-12-07)
    (Jamestown Foundation, By Derek Grossman and Michael S. Chase) Xi appears to value the status afforded to China and to him of mirroring or even surpassing U.S. military capabilities, including in the air and space domains. Xi’s anti-corruption campaign enables him to ruthlessly weed out those who do not carry out his orders, or those who are actually too corrupt to effectively fill these roles. Xi’s speech and the new membership of the CMC signal that the PLAAF, PLARF, and PLASSF are likely rising in prominence—an important development in a traditionally army-centric military.  
  • China, Russia Kick Off Anti-Ballistic Missile Defense Exercise (2017-12-11)
    (The Diplomat, By Franz-Stefan Gady) The Chinese Ministry of Defense issued a statement saying that China and Russia had begun a joint anti-ballistic missile defense computer-simulated exercise that coincides with a two-day joint military exercise being held by the United States, South Korea, and Japan. The Chinese statement says that the exercise is meant to work towards further Russian-Chinese cooperation and understanding regarding air defense. Both countries insist that the exercises will not target any third parties. 
  • China's Foreign Minister Reflects on 2017 in Chinese Foreign Policy (2017-12-11)
    (The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi analyzed Chinese foreign policy initiatives throughout 2017 at a recent speech at the Symposium on International Developments and China’s Diplomacy. He specifically mentioned the initiatives brought about as a result of the 19th Party Congress and further developments regarding the Belt and Road Initiative. He also expressed his views on China's support and promotion of globalization. 
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        • Shaun Rein on the 'War for China's Wallet' (2017-12-13)
          (The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) Shaun Rein details China's "carrot and stick" method of diplomacy, especially its tactic of using development or economic aid as a tool of statecraft and foreign policy. 
        • Transitional Justice Act: Interview: Wu Says Act Can Collect 'Hidden' Records, Increase Trust (2017-12-10)
          (Taipei Times, By Su Yung-yao and William Hetherington) In an interview with Liberty Times, Academia Historica Director Wu Mi-cha said the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) should respond to the transitional justice act by drawing upon historical records, thereby releasing to the public previously hidden documents of the Chiang Kai-shek era. Wu says doing so will be evidence of a truly mature democracy, adding to the trust people have of their government. The transcript in Chinese can be found here
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