Duterte Takes Aim At US Defense Ties (2016-10-26) (Taipei Times/Reuters) Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday said that if he stayed in power long enough the US could forget about a bilateral defense deal.
Denuclearizing N. Korea A 'Lost Cause,' US Intel Chief Says (2016-10-26) (China Post/AFP) Convincing North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons is a "lost cause," America's top intelligence official said Tuesday, causing concern in the State Department and ally South Korea over an issue of long-standing US policy.
Former US Vice President Dan Quayle Visits Taiwan (2016-10-26) (China Post/CNA) Former U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle arrived in Taiwan Tuesday on a visit during which he will meet with officials and business representatives to discuss regional trade and security issues, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that day.
7 people From Each Side To Attend Hung-Xi Meet (2016-10-26) (China Post/CNA) There will be seven people on each side at a high-profile meeting between opposition Kuomintang (KMT) Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu and Xi Jinping, China's president and general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC), next month.
US, North Korean Envoys Meet For Unofficial Talks (2016-10-25) (Taipei Times/AFP) A group of former US diplomats held closed-door talks over the weekend with senior Pyongyang officials, even as international efforts gather pace to further isolate North Korea, diplomatically and economically.
New AIT Chairman In Taipei This Week To Meet Officials (2016-10-25) (Taipei Times/CNA) The American Institute in Taiwan’s new chairman, James Moriarty, is on a week-long visit to Taipei, during which he will meet President Tsai Ing-wen, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday.
Taiwan, HK Separatists In Collusion, China Says (2016-10-25) (Taipei Times/Reuters) China yesterday said that “diehard” independence supporters in Taiwan and Hong Kong are seeking to link up to hatch separatist plots, but that they would never succeed.
Minister Backtracks On 'Taiwan DARPA' (2016-10-25) (China Post, By Joseph Yeh) Amid lawmakers' criticism, Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan on Monday walked back on an announcement that his ministry intended to open a new defense technology department next year to boost indigenous defense technology capabilities.
Duterte Sparking Distress Around The World: US (2016-10-25) (China Post/AP) America's top diplomat for Asia said Monday that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial remarks and a "real climate of uncertainty" about his government's intentions have sparked distress in the U.S. and other countries.
Philippines' Duterte Visits Japan After China Tilt (2016-10-25) (China Post, By Kyoko HASEGAWA of AFP) Acid-tongued Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte takes his diplomatic roadshow to Japan on Tuesday, days after his apparent tilt towards China raised questions about the leader's strategic intentions.
China's 13th Five-Year Plan Signals Potential New Era Of Sino-Foreign Cooperation (2016-10-25) (China Post, By Zheng Xin) China's 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) presents important new investment opportunities for Chinese and foreign businesses, says a new KPMG report. China has the potential to usher in a golden age of inbound and outbound investment activity through the implementation of an ambitious and comprehensive program of reforms, the plan said.
Channel For Cross-Strait Dialogue Needed: Hau (2016-10-24) (China Post) Kuomintang (KMT) Vice Chairman Hau Lung-bin said there must be a communication channel between both sides of the strait and that an upcoming meet with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) would serve as one.
Southeast Asia Focus Augments — Not Replaces — Investment In China: Premier (2016-10-24) (China Post, By Yuan-Ming Chiao) Premier Lin Chuan on Monday denied that the government's efforts to encourage investment in Southeast Asia were meant to divert investment from mainland China. Speaking at a breakfast with business leaders in Taipei, Lin said the "New Southbound Policy" ran in parallel with investment in China and was aimed at creating more robust economic linkages globally.
China 'May Soon Let Filipinos Return To Disputed Shoal' (2016-10-24) (China Post, By Yuji Vincent Gonzales) President Rodrigo Duterte said Sunday that Filipinos might soon be able to exercise their fishing rights again in the disputed Scarborough Shoal after his meeting with Chinese authorities.
Xi Expected To Consolidate Power At Party Meet (2016-10-24) (China Post/AFP) The leaders of the world's most powerful political party gather in Beijing on Monday for a conclave that could change the course of Chinese history. The meeting, according to the official Xinhua News service, will focus on the issue of "party discipline." The dry rhetoric hides what may be a ferocious, high-stakes battle for control over the world's second largest economy.
Duterte Says He Won't Sever Philippine-US Ties (2016-10-23) (China Post/AFP)Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Saturday he would not sever his nation's alliance with the United States, as he clarified his announcement that he planned to "separate."
HK Warns Taiwan Not To Meddle (2016-10-23) (Taipei Times, By Jake Chung) The Hong Kong government on Friday issued a statement calling on Taiwan to refrain from interfering in the territory’s internal affairs.
KMT Caucus Calls For Adherence To '1992 Consensus' (2016-10-22) (China Post/CNA) The legislative caucus of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) has urged party members to abide by the principle of the "1992 Consensus" when attending a cross-Taiwan Strait forum early next month.
Duterte Sows Foreign Policy Confusion (2016-10-22) (Taipei Times/AFP) Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s shock “separation” from the US has thrown Philippine foreign policy into confusion, with the Americans saying they are baffled and some of his top aides contradicting him.
NZ Official Cancels Meeting With Two HK Advocates (2016-10-22) (Taipei Times/Reuters) New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Bill English canceled a meeting with two senior Hong Kong democracy supporters this week on advice from his foreign office, he said yesterday, underscoring a delicate relationship with China.
China’s Antigraft Enforcers Take On a New Role: Policing Loyalty (2016-10-23) (New York Times, By Chris Buckley) Best known as the country’s anticorruption agency, the commission has lately assumed a growing role as political inquisitor, investigating the loyalty and commitment of cadres to Mr. Xi and his agenda, while cementing the commission’s role as his chief political enforcer.
A framework for U.S. policy toward China (2016-10-10) (Brookings Institution, By Jeffrey A. Bader) There are three broad options for the United States to respond to the China challenge: 1) accommodation; 2) containment, confrontation, or untrammeled strategic rivalry; and 3) global cooperation paired with regional resolve. The third option is best, in my view, because we need to find a middle course that would safeguard the array of conflicting interests we have.
Philippines ‘Separation’ From U.S. Jilts Hillary Clinton, Too (2016-10-22) (New York Times, By Mark Landler) “The real destructiveness of this is signaling to the region that the oldest American ally can potentially be snared or lured into nonaligned status,” Jeffrey A. Bader, a former China adviser to Mr. Obama, said.
The Limits of Duterte’s US-China Rebalance (2016-10-24) (The Diplomat, By Prashanth Parameswaran) Yet a close reading of these developments in broader perspective, along with discussions with aides close to Duterte and with observers and policymakers in Beijing and Washington, D.C., over the past two weeks, indicates that this shift is much less dramatic and far more complex than it is being made out to be, at least thus far.
Forget Duterte. The Philippines loves the United States. (2016-10-22) (The Washington Post, By Ishaan Tharoor) In other words, Duterte's hostility toward Washington is hardly reflected in the broader attitudes of his public. Of course, there is and has always been a constituency in the country suspicious of American activities, first in the form of Washington's imperial rule and then its subsequent military presence. Duterte has championed that set of politics as part of a broader program of populism, raging against corruption and poverty and the elites and criminals who supposedly profit from the status quo.
Tsai’s Approval Rating Starting To Rebound: Survey (2016-10-24) (Taipei Times, By Chen Wei-han) President Tsai Ing-wen’s approval rating has rebounded to more than 50 percent, its highest point in a month, while 67 percent of respondents to a Taiwan Style Foundation survey said they support the president’s coordination of the government’s executive and legislative branches, the foundation said yesterday.