• Indonesian Worker in Taiwan Sent Back to Jakarta for Allegedly Joining IS (2017-02-24)
    (China Post, By the news staff) An Indonesian woman was found at the immigration bureau at Jakarta International Airport to have allegedly joined the Islamic State, marking the first deportation from Taiwan for this cause. She was arrested last week by the Taiwanese government working in conjunction with the United States FBI.  
  • US Carrier Strike Group Arrives in the South China Sea (2017-02-21)
    (The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) The U.S. Navy now has two supercarriers deployed to the Asia-Pacific region. 
  • Exclusive: China finishing South China Sea buildings that could house missiles - U.S. officials (2017-02-22)
    (Reuters, By Idrees Ali) China, in an early test of U.S. President Donald Trump, has nearly finished building almost two dozen structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea that appear designed to house long-range surface-to-air missiles, two U.S. officials told Reuters. 
  • Ministry Denies Drills to Salute Tsai (2017-02-22)
    (Taipei Times, By Chen Wei-han) The Ministry of National Defense denied that their military exercise scheduled in May would be an honorary operation for President Tsai Ing-wen's first anniversary of taking office. They emphasized that the exercise would be solely to improve on last year's exercise, as it is a yearly occurrence.  
  • Cross-Strait Ties 'Not Ideal Enough': Premier (2017-02-21)
    (China Post/CNA) The Tsai Ing-wen administration has hoped for positive interactions between Taiwan and China since it took office on May 20 last year, but the situation has not been "ideal enough," Premier Lin Chuan said Tuesday. The government will continue its efforts in this area with the hope of engaging in interactions with China 'under the principles of equality and dignity, while building mutual trust and generating good will through contacts between the two sides.' 
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        • How the Communist Party Guided China to Success (2017-02-22)
          (Sinosphere, By Ian Johnson) There was an argument that reforms must proceed in sequence, so they had to be coordinated. But the effect has been that not much has happened since 2013 [when Mr. Xi became president] in terms of ground-up problem-solving. If you rely on hierarchy and discipline, the courage to experiment at the lower levels is squeezed out. People are afraid of trying things. 
        • The Future of NGOs in US-China Relations (2017-02-22)
          (The Diplomat, By Mercy A. Kuo) This conversation with Travis Tanner, president of the U.S.-China Strong Foundation based in Beijing, is the 80th in “The Trans-Pacific View Insight Series.” 
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