Taiwan-US, Cross-Strait Ties Equally Vital: Tsai (2016-12-09) (Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) The government attaches an equal amount of importance to Taiwan-US ties and cross-strait relations, President Tsai Ing-wen said yesterday amid speculation that Taipei’s relationship with Washington might improve after US president-elect Donald Trump takes office.
Tsai Advised To Keep Low Profile In US (2016-12-09) (Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lee yesterday confirmed that President Tsai Ing-wen and former US national security official Stephen Yates met on Wednesday and Yates urged Tsai to keep a low profile during her transit stops in the US on her way to Central America next month.
Philippines 'Won't Aid US South China Sea Patrols' (2016-12-09) (China Post/By Jim Gomez of AP) The Philippine defense secretary said Thursday it's highly unlikely his country will allow the U.S. military to use it as a springboard for freedom of navigation patrols in the disputed South China Sea to avoid antagonizing China.
S. Korea Parliament Impeaches Scandal-Hit President (2016-12-09) (China Post/AFP) South Korean lawmakers on Friday passed an impeachment motion against President Park Geun-Hye, stripping away her sweeping executive powers over a corruption scandal that paralysed her administration and triggered massive street protests.
Taiwan To Promote 'New Southbound Agriculture' (2016-12-09) (China Post/CNA) The Council of Agriculture (COA) said Thursday that it will promote cooperation in agriculture with four countries under the government's "New Southbound Policy." The four countries have yet to be finalized, but will probably be Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar and Indonesia, COA officials said, although they did not rule out the possibility of other countries also being included.
President Says She's 'Resolute' In Protecting South China Sea Claims (2016-12-09) (China Post) The government remains resolved to safeguarding its territorial claims in the South China Sea according to international law, President Tsai Ing-wen said Friday. She made the statement during the opening of an exhibition held to mark the 70th anniversary of the Republic of China regaining control over the South China Sea's Taiping Island.
Trump To Avoid Military Interventions (2016-12-08) (Taipei Times/Reuters)US president-elect Donald Trump laid out a US military policy on Tuesday that would avoid interventions in foreign conflicts and instead focus heavily on defeating the Islamic State group.
Trump Taps China Ambassador, Consults Obama (2016-12-08) (China Post/AFP) US President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday selected a political ally with close ties to China as ambassador to Beijing, stressed his determination to create US jobs and revealed he consulted with Barack Obama on his cabinet picks.
China Urges US To Block Tsai Transit (2016-12-07) (Taipei Times/Reuters) China yesterday called on the US not to let President Tsai Ing-wen transit there when she visits Guatemala next month, days after US president-elect Donald Trump irked Beijing by speaking to Tsai in a break with decades of precedent.
Taiwan's President: Phone Call With Trump 'Doesn't Mean A Policy Shift' (2016-12-06) (NPR, By WILLIAM DOBSON) The revelation of a phone call between President-elect Donald Trump and Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen startled leaders and diplomats in Washington, Beijing and beyond. In her first comments on the call, Tsai sought to dampen those fears. "Of course I have to stress that one phone call does not mean a policy shift," Tsai said on Tuesday in a small meeting with American journalists in Taipei. "The phone call was a way for us to express our respect for the U.S. election as well as congratulate President-elect Trump on his win."
Taiwan Firm Takes Out 'One China' Ad (2016-12-06) (China Post, By Stephanie Chao) The Presidential Office denounced what it described as Chinese "political intervention" after restaurant chain Hai Pa Wang placed an advertisement in a local paper pledging support for the "one China" principle. Hai Pa Wang's ad stated the company's unequivocal support for the "one China" principle in bold red letters, also denying rumors the firm maintained close relations with the family of President Tsai Ing-wen.
Beijing Silent After Latest Trump Taunts On Twitter (2016-12-06) (Taipei Times/AFP) China was silent yesterday after US president-elect Donald Trump’s latest Twitter tirade, with analysts suggesting Beijing was scrambling to work out what the outburst could mean for relations with Washington.
Abe To Visit Pearl Harbor This Month (2016-12-06) (China Post/By Natsuko Fukue of AP) Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to become the first Japanese leader to visit Pearl Harbor, announcing Monday a trip to Hawaii this month for talks with U.S. President Barack Obama.
China Lodges Complaint To US (2016-12-05) (China Post/AFP) Beijing has lodged a protest with the United States over the call, the foreign ministry said in a statement Saturday.
Significant Progress Made In Ties With The US: Envoy (2016-12-05) (Taipei Times, By Peng Wan-hsin and Jonathan Chin) Friday’s telephone call between President Tsai Ing-wen and US president-elect Donald Trump marked significant progress in Taiwan-US relations, Taiwan’s Representative to the US Stanley Kao said on Saturday.
China's Zimbabwe Risk (2016-12-07) (The Diplomat, By Wang Xinsong) Political infighting in Zimbabwe threatens China’s investments and interests in its “all-weather friend.”
After the Call: Does Taiwan Have a Plan for the Trump Years? (2016-12-05) (The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda)Taiwan’s intent with this call may have been to push back against Beijing, showing that the false dichotomy of choosing between the “Taiwanization” mandate and the economic development mandate could be redressed by pursuing closer ties with the United States. China, based on its reaction to the call, may have gotten precisely this message.
Lee Kuan Yew’s Legacy for China-Singapore Relations (2016-12-05) (The Diplomat, by Chen Nahui and Xue Li) Throughout that process, Singapore and China have understood friendship differently. China fondly imagined that ethnic supremacy grounded an unquestionable Sino-Singapore friendship. However, LKY always examined Singapore’s alliances through the lens of Singapore’s interests.
In a Fortnight: China Hails Progress Toward Military Reforms, Improved Jointness (2016-12-05) (China Brief/Jamestown Foundation, By Peter Wood) Though the reforms have made major progress toward streamlining the command structures, commentaries and editorials in official publications calling for the PLA to “cast off” old concepts about the predominance of the Ground Forces (PLAGF) are further indication that the transition has not gone smoothly. Joint operations, the ability of the Army, Air Force, Navy and Rocket Forces to work together in coordinated campaigns, also remains a key bottleneck for the PLA.
Taiwan Celebrates Trump Call—Cautiously (2016-12-04) (Wall Street Journal, By Jenny W. Hsu) Taiwan appeared careful not to gloat about the call, precisely because it worries that might goad Beijing into taking retaliatory action. Taiwanese presidential office spokesman Alex Huang said at a news conference that improving ties with Washington and Beijing was “equally important” to Taiwan and the endeavors didn’t conflict.
Trump’s Taiwan Play (2016-12-04) (Wall Street Journal) Beijing says denying sovereignty for Taiwan is a core interest. But the U.S. has a core interest in preventing North Korea from threatening the world with nuclear-armed missiles. The rest of Asia has a core interest in preventing China from unilaterally asserting its dominance over the East and South China Seas. Respect for core interests goes both ways.
America’s Dangerous Drift on Taiwan (2016-12-04) (Wall Street Journal, By Rupert Hammond-Chambers) America’s relationship with Taiwan is a good example of the drift in U.S. interests. The Obama administration likes to declare that we are experiencing the “best relationship ever.” But this assessment is predicated on an expectation that neither the U.S. nor Taiwan has ambitions for their relationship. Both have been far too preoccupied with their ties with China—a focus that has emboldened Beijing and fostered instability in the Taiwan Strait.
China Really Isn’t Joking About Taiwan (2016-12-05) (Foreign Policy, By James Palmer) Beneath Beijing’s seemingly mild criticism of Trump’s phone call are currents of raw, public nationalism the government can’t control.