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.
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.'
After Trump-Xi Call, US-China Interactions Expand, But Direction Remains Unclear (2017-02-22) (The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) Despite these high-level contacts, there remains considerable concern in China — like in other states — that the U.S. foreign policy-making process remains bifurcated between the White House and the broader executive branch bureaucracy, with the influence of individuals like Tillerson, Mnuchin, and even Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis under question.
Securing the Sunlight: How China Is Powering the South China Sea (2017-02-24) (CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, By Wilson VornDick) Regular reporting on China’s island reclamations, or terriclaims, and related activities in the South China Sea appear to have missed one vital piece of analysis: how is China powering its new installations?
China Security Report (2017-02-24) (National Institute for Defense Studies - Tokyo, Japan) China, now the second largest economy in the world, has become an essentially important economic partner for Japan and other East Asian countries. At the same time, its rapid economic growth allows China to multiply its military spending and move forward with the modernization of the People's Liberation Army (PLA). The NIDS China Security Report analyzes the strategic and military trends of China.
Taiwan and the Trumpian Uncertainty Principle (2017-02-20) (The Atlantic, By Jon Emont) For now, Trump has restored a fairly traditional American foreign policy. But along the way, he created massive uncertainty, forcing America’s Pacific allies to lie low and try to avoid any damage from an ill-considered Trump pronouncement.
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.”