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  • Solomons Task Force Recommends Switch from Taiwan to Beijing (2019-09-13)
    (Reuters, By Jonathan Barrett) The task force established by the Solomon Islands government has finished its report on Taiwan-Solomon Islands relations, in which the task force recommends switching diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China. The task force stated that the Solomon Islands stands to benefit if it normalizes relations with China. Taiwan’s Solomon Islands representative office criticized the report on Facebook, calling it a “fallacy.” <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • U.S., Philippines Boost Military Pact With More Drills Planned (2019-09-13)
    (Bloomberg, By Cecilia Yap) Amid tension in the South China Sea, the United States and the Philippines have agreed to improve the nations' bilateral security cooperation. Over three hundred bilateral security activities have been planned for 2020, an increase of more than nineteen from 2019. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • Taiwanese National Still Missing More Than a Year After Entering China (2019-09-13)
    (CNA, By Yang Sheng-ju and Chi Jo-yao) Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) confirmed Friday that Tsai Chin-shu, a Taiwanese citizen, has been missing for over a year since entering China. Tsai, chairman of the South Taiwan Cross-Strait Relations Association, was last heard from in July 2018. The news comes after another Taiwanese citizen was recently detained by China over alleged criminal activity. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • Pro-Hong Kong Rally Planned for Sept. 29 in Taipei (2019-09-11)
    (Taipei Times, By Chung Li-hua and Sherry Hsiao) During his visit to Taiwan last week, student activist Joshua Wong called on Taiwan to rally in support of Hong Kong's democracy protests before China's October 1 National Day. Several Taiwanese groups are planning a rally outside Taiwan's Legislative Yuan for September 29 in support of Hong Kong's protests. <Accessed 2019-09-12> 
  • Taiwan Urges Support for Freedom of Navigation in South China Sea (2019-09-11)
    (CNA, By Emerson Lim) Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu on Wednesday called for nations in the South China Sea region to recognize the freedom of navigation and overflight, citing China's attempts to control the region. China recently has been critical of freedom of navigation movements by the United States, the U.K., and others. Wu called on the relevant nations to settle disputes in the region peacefully. <Accessed 2019-09-12> 
  • Taiwan Calls for Details of Citizen Detained in China (2019-09-11)
    (CNA, By Wen Kuei-hsiang, Shen Peng-ta, Wang Yang-yu, Yeh Su-ping, and Evelyn Kao) In response to China's detention of Taiwanese citizen Lee Meng-chu, Taiwan's government has demanded that China act in accordance with the joint crime-fighting agreement. This includes China providing the details of the case against Lee as well as allowing family visitation. According to China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO), Lee is being investigated for alleged criminal activity that could threat China's national security. <Accessed 2019-09-12> 
  • Trump Delays China Tariff Increase as Trade Talks Approach (2019-09-11)
    (Bloomberg, By John Harney and Yinan Zhao) President Donald Trump is delaying the imposition of an additional five percent of tariffs on Chinese imports by two weeks. On Wednesday, China also announced a set of U.S. goods to be exempted from an additional twenty-five percent tariffs. Chinese and American negotiators are expected to meet in Washington in the next weeks to continue discussions on the end of the trade war. <Accessed 2019-09-11> 
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  • 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> 
  • Hong Kong Protesters, Without an Anthem to Sing, Create One Online (2019-09-12)
    (New York Times, By Daniel Victor) Some protesters have said the Cantonese-language song makes them feel the way people abroad feel when they hear their own anthems: a sense of collective pride in their home. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • Trade Tensions Ease as China Drops Some Pork and Soybean Tariffs (2019-09-13)
    (New York Times, By Alexandra Stevenson) China will exempt some American soybeans, pork and other agricultural products from additional tariffs, state media reported on Friday, in the latest move by Beijing to ease trade tensions with the United States. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • China Lifts Tariffs on Some U.S. Goods in Modest Olive Branch to Trump (2019-09-11)
    (New York Times, By Alexandra Stevenson) Beijing extended a modest olive branch to President Trump on Wednesday amid the continuing trade war between the United States and China, publishing a short list of products to be spared from retaliatory tariffs on American-made goods. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • Taiwanese Man Who Disappeared in China Is Under Investigation, Beijing Says (2019-09-11)
    (New York Times, By Mike Ives) A Taiwanese man who disappeared during a visit to China is being investigated for suspected activities that “endanger national security,” the Chinese authorities said on Wednesday, the latest twist in a mystery that may dovetail with months of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • North Korea Launches 2 More Projectiles, Its 8th Weapons Test Since July (2019-09-09)
    (New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) North Korea launched two short-range projectiles on Tuesday, hours after proposing to reopen denuclearization talks with the United States this month. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • Protesters Besiege Hong Kong After Rally Near U.S. Consulate (2019-09-08)
    (New York Times, By Mike Ives and Austin Ramzy) A pro-democracy demonstration on Sunday near the United States Consulate in Hong Kong quickly devolved into vandalism and street chaos, suggesting that protesters were not mollified by a recent concession from the city’s leader. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • The ASEAN-U.S. Maritime Exercise and Maritime Security (2019-09-11)
    (CSIS, By Lalit Kapur) The AUMX, like the ASEAN–China maritime exercise last year, acts as a building block to enhance great power influence in ASEAN while also boosting the capabilities of Southeast Asian states to deal with low-grade maritime challenges. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • China ‘Expels Trespassing’ US Navy Destroyer from Waters off Paracel Islands (2019-09-14)
    (South China Morning Post, By Shi Jiangtao) China’s defence ministry said it “expelled” a US destroyer near the Paracel Islands on Friday, describing the American patrol in the disputed South China Sea as an “act of trespass”. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • Beijing Targets Haiti as Bid to Isolate Taiwan from Its Diplomatic Allies Heads to the Caribbean (2019-09-14)
    (South China Morning Post, By Kristin Huang) The Caribbean nation of Haiti has become the latest target for Beijing as it seeks to isolate Taiwan from its dwindling diplomatic allies around the world. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • US Marines ‘Remind China of America’s Military Edge’ with Asia-Pacific Drills (2019-09-13)
    (South China Morning Post, By Minnie Chan) US Marines have conducted airfield- and island-seizure drills in the East and South China seas in what observers say is meant to remind Beijing of US military supremacy in the Asia-Pacific. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • What Next for Hong Kong Protesters Left in Limbo in Taiwan? (2019-09-13)
    (South China Morning Post, By Mimi Lau) Most of the young Hong Kong protesters who fled to Taiwan after storming the city’s legislature in July have returned to Hong Kong, with others wondering what their next step in exile will be. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • Chinese Report ‘Names and Shames’ Fortune 500 Firms for Mislabelling Its Territories (2019-09-12)
    (South China Morning Post, By Jun Mai) A group of Chinese scholars will publish a report in November identifying companies on the Fortune Global 500 list that they say do not properly label Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau as territories of the People’s Republic of China. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • US Huawei Problem Goes Far Beyond Trade, Security Official Says (2019-09-12)
    (South China Morning Post, By Keegan Elmer) A State Department official has underlined US national security concerns about Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, stressing that problems with the company go far beyond the current trade dispute between the two countries. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • China Welcomes Donald Trump’s ‘Goodwill’ Act of Postponing US Tariff Increase until After National Day (2019-09-12)
    (South China Morning Post, By Orange Wang) On Wednesday, Trump confirmed he will delay a planned increase in tariffs from 25 per cent to 30 per cent on US$250 billion of Chinese goods at the request of Vice-Premier Liu He to avoid escalating trade tensions ahead China’s National Day on October 1, which is also the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • Foxconn’s Terry Gou Quits Kuomintang, Paving Way for Taiwan Presidency Bid as An Independent (2019-09-12)
    (South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwanese billionaire-turned-politician Terry Gou has quit the Kuomintang, dealing a blow to the island’s embattled opposition party, which had urged the Foxconn founder to give up on his plan to run for the presidency. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • China Expected to Allow Green Bonds to Fund Clean Coal Projects in Potential Blow to Climate Change Fight (2019-09-12)
    (South China Morning Post, By Li Jing) China’s central bank is expected to take the controversial decision to include clean coal projects in the official catalogue of items that are allowed to be financed by green bonds, a technical but significant move that could put its environmental financing standards at odds with the European Union and even affect global efforts in fighting climate change. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • Taiwan Steps into Trade War Breach for US, Saying It Will Buy US$3.6 Billion in American Agricultural Products (2019-09-12)
    (South China Morning Post, By Mark Magnier) In a bid to drive home the message that Taiwan is a reliable US partner at a time of deep and growing distrust between Beijing and Washington, Taipei has announced plans to buy US$3.6 billion worth of American farm products, including soybeans, corn, wheat and meat products. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • Incoming EU Chief Ursula von der Leyen Vows to ‘Define’ Relations with Increasingly Assertive China (2019-09-12)
    (South China Morning Post, By Stuart Lau) The European Union’s new top official vowed in her debut press conference to “define” the bloc’s future relationship with a “more self-assertive” China. European Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen spoke to reporters in Brussels on Tuesday as Sweden, an EU member with strained China relations, is to unveil a new strategic paper on the Asian superpower this week. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • Beijing Deploys Drones for South China Sea Surveillance (2019-09-10)
    (South China Morning Post, By Liu Zhen) A network of drones has been deployed by Beijing to watch over the islands and reefs of the disputed South China Sea. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • Heavy Traffic in South China Sea: US Vies with China in Joint Naval Drills with Asean Members (2019-09-07)
    (South China Morning Post, By Richard Heydarian) Beyond Sino-American competition, however, this is primarily about the Asean “omni-balancing” strategy of reaching out to as many major powers as possible to enhance their own strategic autonomy. <Accessed 2019-09-14>  
  • Breaking the Impasse in Japan–South Korea Relations (2019-09-10)
    (East Asia Forum, By Kazuhiko Togo) If confiscation takes place, Japan may well react with a fifth blow of severe counter-measures. In that sense, Japan–South Korea relations may be in ‘a silence before the arrival of an avalanche’. How should the two states proceed? <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • Chinese Lawfare, Resource Disputes and the Law of the Sea (2019-09-11)
    (East Asia Forum, By Douglas Guilfoyle) Disputing maritime claims is a legal struggle carried out in the realm of ideas. Chinese lawfare is not simply window dressing for a maritime ‘land-grab’. It is part of the land-grab itself. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • The ‘New’ Taiwan beyond Cross-strait Relations (2019-09-12)
    (East Asia Forum, By Alan Hao Yang and Jeremy Huai-Che Chiang) Despite this pressure, a ‘new’ Taiwan has emerged that is increasingly willing to think beyond cross-strait mechanisms and to embrace a new regional role. This new Taiwan embodies progressive liberal values while seeking to display a stabilising role in the emerging Indo-Pacific theatre. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • China’s Role in Global Finance Has Changed Radically, but for How Long? (2019-09-09)
    (East Asia Forum, By the Editorial Board) Within the space of just 15 years, China has gone from being the largest net lender to the world to now being a net borrower. The implications for the global economy, and China’s role within that economy, could be significant. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • PacNet #52 - Debunking Myths about US-Taiwan Arms Sales (2019-09-13)
    (Pacific Forum, By Fang-Yu Chen, Charles K.S. Wu, Yao-Yuan Yeh, Austin Wang, Kuang-Shun Yang) This article identifies several of the widespread misperceptions and disinformation about US arms sales to Taiwan and explains why they do not hold water. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • How Hong Kong Got to This Point (2019-09-12)
    (Brookings, By Richard C. Bush) At this point, with Carrie Lam’s concessions, it is time for Hong Kong radicals, in the interests of Hong Kong society as a whole, to demonstrate conciliation. The problems facing Hong Kong are legion but they can only be resolved if violence ends and dialogue begins. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • Trump Can't Decide What He Wants from China (2019-09-12)
    (Foreign Policy, By Geoffrey Gertz) U.S. President Donald Trump's trade team and national-security team want different things regarding China. Trump's trade team are pushing for China to open up and buy more American goods while the national-security team views China as a security threat and demands the U.S. to minimize economic ties with China. <Accessed 2019-09-12> 
  • China Lost the United States First (2019-09-12)
    (Foreign Policy, By Austin Lowe) China under President Xi Jinping does not appear to liberalize as foreigners living, working and doing business in China are being scrutinized and surveilled. In Xi's China, the ultimate goal is the supremacy of the Chinese Communist Party. If China continues down this path, it could end up becoming an isolated, techno-totalitarian state. <Accessed 2019-09-12> 
  • What Drives Chinese Arms Sales in Central Asia? (2019-09-12)
    (The Diplomat, By Yau Tsz Yan) The Chinese military technology industry is becoming a serious leader, and China is expanding its military assertiveness in Central Asia. The collapse of the Sino-Russian economic-military division of labor, an increasing economic interest in Central Asia under the Belt and Road Initiative and the ongoing anti-Uyghur separatist discourse all make Central Asia a prominent option for China's foreign military base. <Accessed 2019-09-12> 
  • Taiwan Hosts top Solomon Islands Officials Amid Reports of a Diplomatic Switch to Beijing (2019-09-12)
    (The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen hosted Solomon Islands foreign minister Jeremiah Manele in Taipei on Monday. There have been reports that Solomon Islands is deciding to switch allegiance to China. Manele did not affirm ties between Solomons and Taiwan but remarked that Solomons is reviewing all of its overseas missions and relations. <Accessed 2019-09-12> 
  • Will China Take Advantage of the Japan-South Korea Security Rift? (2019-09-10)
    (The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) As Japan and South Korea's relations continue to fall apart, China could see it as an opportunity to step in. Furthermore, as U.S. President Donald Trump sees alliance as "bad deals", he is not likely to take steps in repairing the foundations of U.S. trilateralism. <Accessed 2019-09-10> 
  • U.S.-China Trade War and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (2019-09-10)
    (The Diplomat, By Jin Kai) The dawning of the fourth industrial revolution should be an exciting moment for all. However, the current trade war between China and the United States bring to light several pertinent questions. As the U.S.-China trade war continues to rise, the global political and economic landscape will experience a series of fundamental changes. <Accessed 2019-09-10> 
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