MOFA Emphasizes Close Ties With Vatican (2016-08-29) (China Post/CNA) With the Vatican signaling that it is hoping to improve ties with mainland China after decades of tension, the Foreign Ministry said Sunday that it would follow developments in the matter closely, adding it will continue efforts to strengthen bilateral relations with the Holy See. The deputy foreign minister went so far as to suggest that warming Vatican-China ties can be positive for Taiwan.
Hungary Parliamentarians To Improve Ties With ROC (2016-08-29) (China Post/CNA) A delegation from the Hungarian Parliament is visiting Taiwan to improve exchanges with their counterparts in Taiwan and explore the feasibility of bilateral cooperation in the areas of economics and trade, according to a statement released Sunday by Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
China Urged To Rethink Obstructionism (2016-08-29) (Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) An article presented at a forum in Taipei yesterday urged Beijing to reconsider its “outdated strategy” to block Taiwan from joining international organizations.
President Demands A New Strategy For Defense By Jan. 2017 (2016-08-26) (China Post, By Joseph Yeh) President Tsai-Ing-wen Thursday called on the Defense Ministry to develop a new defense strategy for the nation's armed forces during her first inspection tour to the annual Han Kuang military exercises in Pingtung.
St. Vincent Gov't Reaffirms Ties with ROC (2016-08-26) (China Post, By Kenton X. Chance) The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Tuesday reaffirmed its commitment to maintaining its 35-year-old, unbroken diplomatic relationship with the R.O.C. (Taiwan) after the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) announced that it would switch its diplomatic allegiance to Beijing if elected to office.
Taiwan Demands Compensation For ‘Comfort Women’ (2016-08-25) (Taipei Times, By Lu Yin-hsuan and Jake Chung) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has demanded that the Japanese government begin discussions with Taiwan on reparations for “comfort women” following the Japanese Cabinet’s approval yesterday of ￥1 billion (US$9.98 million) for the South Korean Reconciliation and Healing Foundation.
Taiwan To Push For TPP Participation, Tsai Said (2016-08-25) (Taipei Times/CNA) Taiwan will continue to seek participation in the second round of negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), President Tsai Ing-wen said on Tuesday.
Southbound Education Policy Unveiled (2016-08-25) (Taipei Times, By Rachel Lin and Jake Chung) As part of President Tsai Ing-wen’s “new southbound policy,” the Ministry of Education is to provide educational funding for second-generation immigrants, allocate more scholarships for foreign students and encourage museums in Southeast Asia to exhibit the collections of Taiwanese museums.
Former KMT Spokesman Yang Denied Visa For HK (2016-08-24) (Taipei Times, By Chen Wei-han) Former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) spokesperson Yang Wei-chung yesterday said that he was denied a Hong Kong visa because he has been appointed a member of the Committee of Illegal Party Asset Settlement.
Ko Calls For Mutual Understanding Across Strait (2016-08-24) (China Post, By Yuan-Ming Chiao) Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je called for mutual understanding between Taiwan and mainland China at a cross-strait forum that drew scattered protests in Taipei on Tuesday.
‘One China’ The Basis For Taipei-Shanghai Ties: Sha (2016-08-24) (Taipei Times, By Sean Lin) Shanghai Municipal Committee United Front Work Department Director Sha Hailin yesterday said that exchanges between Taipei and Shanghai are conducted under the “one China” principle, which he said was supported by Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je’s respect for, and understanding of, the so-called “1992 consensus.”
Cross-strait Air Passengers Decrease By About 70,000 (2016-08-24) (Taipei Times, By Shelley Shan) Cross-strait flight passengers have declined by about 70,000 since May, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said yesterday, adding that Taichung airport has suffered the most from the significant decline in cross-strait flights.
Protesters Congregate Outside Shanghai-Taipei Forum (2016-08-23) (China Post, By Yuan-ming Chiao) Dozens of pro-independence supporters gathered today to protest Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je's attendance at a cross-strait cities forum with Shanghai delegation leader Sha Hailin.
It’s Time for China Analysts to Stop Talking Past One Another (2016-08-24) (Foreign Policy, By Scott Kennedy) The conflict over China’s trajectory pits three camps against each other: optimists, debt hawks, and policy critics. Their disagreements turn on their varying confidence in the Chinese government’s ability to manage the economy and alternative assessments about the threat that rising debt levels pose to the economy.
The New Face of Chinese Nationalism (2016-08-25) (Foreign Policy, By Lotus Ruan) While less known to Westerners than the so-called 50 cent party, a much-reviled online group that praises the ruling Communist Party (whose members may be paid, at least indirectly, for their support), the Little Pink group is gaining momentum in China’s online spaces. While many 50-centers may actually be government workers, and skew male, Little Pink members are known to be predominately young women, both in China and abroad, who genuinely believe that they have a sense of duty to guard their country against unwelcome opinions or criticism.
China’s Crackdown on Dissent Could Lead to Unrest, U.N. Adviser Says (2016-08-24) (New York Times, By Javier C. Hernandez) An adviser to the United Nations has sharply criticized President Xi Jinping’s crackdown on dissent in China, warning that the Communist Party’s tight grip on civil society was undermining basic rights and risking mass unrest.
A New Measure for China’s Economy: The ‘Repression Index’ (2016-08-23) (Wall Street Journal, By Andrew Browne) The crackdown is telling us that the leadership, despite outward displays of confidence, is growing increasingly insecure as it grapples with faltering growth, the mainstay of the Communist Party’s legitimacy. That translates into crippling indecision; leaders seem unable to summon the resolve to implement tough yet necessary economic overhauls.