• U.S. to Review Reasons for Solomon Islands’ Diplomatic Switch  (2019-09-18)
    (CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Joseph Yeh)
    The American Institute in Taiwan told CNA that Washington maintains an interest in cross-strait stability and has expressed its concerns to Beijing over the matter. The AIT also said the U.S. is exploring options in terms of how it will respond. <Accessed 2019-09-19>
  • Eight Independent Hopefuls Register to Run for Presidency (2019-09-18)
    (CNA, By Ku Chuan and Evelyn Kao)
    Eight independent candidates registered to run in the 2020 presidential election on Wednesday. The eight candidates are former Vice President Annette Lu, Huang Tuo-yu, Lan Hsin-chi, Tsung Kun-ping, Huang Jung-chang, Yang Shih-kuang, Wang Yao-li, and Mei Feng. <Accessed 2019-09-19> 
  • U.S. Arms Sales to Taiwan Justified, Declassified Regan Memo Reveals  (2019-09-18)
    (CNA, By Elaine Hou and Elizabeth Hsu)
    The American Institute in Taiwan recently published a declassified White House memo sent by President Ronald Regan to his Secretary of State and Defense Minister the day he signed a joint communique with China regarding U.S. arms sales to Taiwan. The memo states that the quality and quantity of arms provided to Taiwan by the U.S. depends on the threat posed by China. This memo confirms the justification of the recent arms sale of F-16s, despite China’s protest. <Accessed 2019-09-19> 
  • U.S. Senators Urge Passage of Taiwan Diplomacy Bill  (2019-09-18)
    (Taipei Times, With CNA)
Several U.S. Taiwan-friendly senators, including Cory Garner and Marco Rubio, are calling for the Senate to pass the TAIPEI (Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative) Act in response to the Solomon Islands’ decision to switch recognition to China. The act would have the U.S. “impose consequences on nations downgrading ties with Taiwan in favor of China”, in addition to advocating for Taiwan’s participation in international organizations. Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Department of North American Affairs Director Vincent Yao expressed Taiwan’s gratitude for the senators’ support. <Accessed 2019-09-18> 
  • Taiwan Warns Against Travel to China, Hong Kong After Detention of Taiwanese Nationals  (2019-09-18)
    (The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall)
    Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party warned the pubic recently that traveling to China or Hong Kong may not be safe after new information about Taiwanese nationals who went missing in China has been revealed. The Straits Exchange Foundation confirmed last week that Tsai Chin-shu, chairman of South Taiwan Cross-Strait Relations Association, has been missing for over a year since traveling to China. China’s Taiwan Affairs Office also just confirmed it detained Taiwanese activist Lee Meng-chu, who allegedly participated in Hong Kong protests. <Accessed 2019-09-2019> 
  • Taiwan Breaks Diplomatic Ties with Solomon Islands (2019-09-16)
    (CNA, By By Christie Chen and Emerson Lim) Taiwan has cut diplomatic ties with the Solomon Islands as the South Pacific island-nation has decided to switch diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing, Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu announced Monday. 
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  • High Noon in Hong Kong (2019-09-20)
    (The Diplomat, By Hugh Bohane) As Hong Kong's protests enter its 15th week, it would appear unlikely that the remaining four demands from the protesters would be met. Consequently, we could be expecting more large-scale protests. <Accessed 2019-09-20> 
  • In Taiwan, Hong Kongers Call for Attention (2019-09-20)
    (The Diplomat, By James X. Morris) Hong Kong protesters took their message to Taipei, appealing to the Taiwanese to pay attention to the developments in Hong Kong. The protesters also explained their demands and expressed their hope for a Hong Kong that is democratic. <Accessed 2019-09-20> 
  • China's New Transport Ship Not a Game Changer in South China Sea (2019-09-20)
    (The Diplomat, By Steven Stashwick) There have been reports that China's new supply and transport vessel for service in the South China Sea will be used to boost China's militarized island bases. However, according to analysts China's new transport ship would not be useful in helping China sustain its island bases in a conflict. <Accessed 2019-09-20> 
  • Making Sense of 'Cyber-Restraint': The Australia-China Case (2019-09-20)
    (The Diplomat, By Robert Farley) Instead of calling China out for being responsible for a cyber-attack before Australia's general election last May, the Australian government decided to keep the news quiet. Australia's decision not to expose the cyber-attack was due to the effects it could have on its trade and economic relationship with China. <Accessed 2019-09-20> 
  • From Tiananmen to Hong Kong: An Evolution of Protesting in China (2019-09-18)
    (The Diplomat, By Travis Sanderson) Hong Kong's "Water Revolution" differs from the 1989 Tiananmen Square incident in three aspects, namely experience of freedom, realism and technology. The Hong Kong protests are leaderless, with protesters having the privilege to experience freedom but under heavy Chinese surveillance. <Accessed 2019-09-18> 
  • The Chinese Communist Party Wants It All (2019-09-18)
    (Foreign Policy, By Andreas Fulda) The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has put in a lot of efforts to protect its monopoly on power, suppressing any challenges to its one-party rule. However, pro-democracy activities in Hong Kong and Taiwan demonstrate that the CCP is not an unbeatable opponent, and the CCP's sharp power approaches could potentially lead to more dramatic escalation in Hong Kong. <Accessed 2019-09-18> 
  • China Sends Strategic Bombers, Tanks and 1,600 Troops to Russia for Large Military Drill (2019-09-18)
    (The Diplomat, By Franz-Stefan Gady) China, Russia and 6 members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will participate in a 5-day military exercise in western Russia and the Central Asian region. The main goal of the military drill is to simulate a response to potential security threats in Central Asia and to fend off terrorist threats. <Accessed 2019-09-18> 
  • How Would Beijing Assess Taiwan's election of 2020? (2019-08-11)
    (UDN, By Su Chi) How would Beijing assess Taiwan's 2020 presidential election? First, whether and how the US intervenes is the key. Second, Beijing will assess whether the new situation is irreversible. Third is the electoral outcome's impact on the internal political situation in the mainland <Accessed 2019-09-17>.  
  • Why China's Military Wants to Control These 2 Waterways in East Asia (2019-09-16)
    (The Diplomat, By Franz-Stefan Gady) The two waterways, Bashi Channel and Miyako Strait, are important for China to safeguard its economic interests abroad. Furthermore, the U.S. and it allies could utilize both waterways to bottle up China's military forces. The two waterways remain important to China's military as China continues its quest of military modernization. <Accessed 2019-09-16> 
  • South China Sea: US Navy Warship Conducts Freedom of Navigation Operation Near Paracel Islands (2019-09-16)
    (The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) A U.S. Navy warship carried out a freedom of navigation operation near Paracel Islands, which are claimed by China and Vietnam in the South China Sea. China remarked that the U.S. warship entered its territorial waters without permission. <Accessed 2019-09-16> 
  • A Lockdown in Central Beijing (2019-09-16)
    (The Diplomat, By Bonnie Girard) On September 7 at 4pm, the Chinese capital Beijing locked up tourists and business travelers with little advance notice. The reason for the lockdown was for China's military to rehearse the parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party rule on October 1. <Accessed 2019-09-16> 
  • The Risks and Rewards of Growing US-China Space Rivalry (2019-09-16)
    (The Diplomat, By Nicholas Borroz) China and the U.S. are competing for extraterrestrial supremacy. The space rivalry between the U.S. and China presents risk as mutual destruction could be carried out through missiles launched from space. However, competition over space exploration also offers huge benefits to humanity. <Accessed 2019-09-16> 
  • China-Thailand Military Ties in the Headlines with New Shipbuilding Pact (2019-09-16)
    (The Diplomat, By Prashanth Parameswaran) China and Thailand recently signed a new shipbuilding pact. The agreement represents an ongoing effort by both countries to further strengthen China-Thailand defense cooperation. There are few details being provided on the deal but anonymous sources in Bangkok confirmed the deal with a reported funding of $130 million. <Accessed 2019-09-16> 
  • Kazakh President Tokayev Goes to Beijing (2019-09-16)
    (The Diplomat, By Eleanor Albert) During his two-day state visit to Beijing, Kazakh President Tokayev and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced that both countries plan to elevate their bilateral ties to a permanent comprehensive strategic partnership. Kazakhstan's natural resources are of particular interests to China while China is Kazakhstan's important trade partner. <Accessed 2019-09-16> 
  • Why Isn't China Salami Slicing in Cyberspace? (2019-09-16)
    (The Diplomat, By Tobias Burgers and Scott N. Romaniuk) While China has increasingly advanced its interests and challenged existing dominances and norms in the economic, military and political realms, China has yet to expand its ambition in the realm of cyberspace. Since China has yet do so, it would be crucial for regional actors to start planning on how to develop effective strategies to counter China's operations in cyberspace. <Accessed 2019-09-16> 
  • Recalibration and Adaptation: China’s Relations with her Key Neighbors during the Trump Era (2019-09-01)
    (China Leadership Monitor, By Yun Sun) In an era defined by U.S.-China great power strategic competition, a central theme of Xi’s foreign policy has been a recalibration and realignment of relations with Asian countries in order to effectively counter the U.S. role in Asia. As a result, China has adapted its policy to pursue a closer alignment with a like-minded Russia, to improve relations with India to prevent a potential U.S.-India alliance in Asia, to steer the souring relations with Japan toward cooperation, and to consolidate Southeast Asia as part of China’s sphere of influence. <Accessed 2019-09-16> 
  • Twists in the Belt and Road (2019-09-01)
    (China Leadership Monitor, By Ryan Manuel) It has moved from a geoeconomic export policy to part of China’s toolkit in the current US trade war. But there is no indication that the structural problems will be addressed, thus limiting the BRI’s ability to achieve its goals, and as such, pushback will continue. <Accessed 2019-09-16> 
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