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  • New Deep-Green Alliance to Back Tsai (2019-11-11)
    (Taipei Times, By Jason Pan) The “Defend Democracy Safeguard Taiwan Alliance” (守民主護台灣大聯盟) was launched yesterday by several prominent people in the Taiwan independence movement to consolidate deep-green camp support for President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) re-election campaign. <Accessed 2019-11-11> 
  • More International Cyberdrills Mulled (2019-11-11)
    (Taipei Times, By Lee Hsin-fang) The first Taiwan-US cyberexercises that concluded on Friday might be held again next year, an official said on Saturday on condition of anonymity. Taiwan has been holding the Cyber Offensive and Defensive Exercises (CODE) every two years since 2013, but this year was the first time that foreign teams have participated, with more than 10 nations sending participants for the five-day program. <Accessed 2019-11-11> 
  • Lam Says She Hopes City Will Hold Elections: Hong Kong Update (2019-11-11)
    (Bloomberg, By Dominic Lau, Natalie Lung, and Iain Marlow) Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said she hoped the city would hold district elections this month even as protesters disrupted the morning commute Tuesday for a second straight day, blocking subway lines and clashing with police. <Accessed 2019-11-11> 
  • President Denounces Hong Kong Authorities Over Police Shooting (2019-11-11)
    (CNA, By Huang Jui-hung and Chiang Yi-ching) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) denounced the Hong Kong government and Beijing in a Facebook post Monday after Hong Kong police shot a protester with live rounds earlier in the day. <Accessed 2019-11-11> 
  • Ministry Says Taipei-Prague Deal Should Be Made (2019-11-10)
    (Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it supports the sister-city proposal between Taipei and Prague and is willing to help, after the Taipei City Council on Friday shelved the plan due to objections from Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) councilors over Taiwan’s name. Prague Mayor Zdenek Hrib met Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) at a smart city summit in March, when Hrib expressed the hope that a sister-city deal could be signed. <Accessed 2019-11-10>
  • Tsai Says Efforts ‘Secured Next Decade’ (2019-11-10)
    (Taipei Times, By Chen Yu-fu, Lin Hsin-han and William Hetherington) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday said that her administration’s efforts over the past three years have secured Taiwan’s stable economic development for the next 10 years. <Accessed 2019-11-10> 
  • Han to Pick Former Premier Chang as Running Mate (2019-11-10)
    (CNA, By Yu Hsiang and Joseph Yeh) Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) is expected on Monday to name former Premier Chang San-cheng (張善政) as his running mate in the 2020 presidential election, his aide told CNA Sunday. <Accessed 2019-11-10> 
  • 2020 Elections: KMT Seeks to Retake Traditional Stronghold in Taoyuan (2019-11-10)
    (CNA, By Wang Yang-yu, Justin Su, and Matthew Mazzetta) After a poor showing in 2016, the Kuomintang (KMT) is looking to take back its traditional stronghold in Taoyuan City, while the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is hoping its popular mayor will help the party retain a plurality of the city's six seats in the national legislature. <Accessed 2019-11-10> 
  • Measures Undermine Taiwan: Forum (2019-11-09)
    (Taipei Times, By Chung Li-hua) Beijing’s 26 new measures for Taiwanese betray its attempts to impose a “one country, one system” framework on Taiwan and attract the nation’s businesses, at a time when the Chinese economy is declining, policy experts told a forum in Taipei yesterday. <Accessed 2019-11-09> 
  • 2020 Elections: Taichung Seen as Vital to National Electoral Victory (2019-11-09)
    (CNA, By Su Mu-chun and Matthew Mazzetta) Two months ahead of national elections, candidates from the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and opposition Kuomintang (KMT) are dusting off an old political maxim - the election's "decisive battle" will occur in central Taiwan. <Accessed 2019-11-09> 
  • China Says Only Patriots Can Become Hong Kong Chief Executive (2019-11-09)
    (Bloomberg, By Lulu Yilun Chen and Josie Wong) China’s top official overseeing Hong Kong affairs said Beijing will ensure only people loyal to it become the city’s chief executive, damping hopes of pro-democracy activists. The majority of representatives in Hong Kong’s cabinet, judiciary and legislative bodies should also support the central government, Zhang Xiaoming said in a post on the agency’s website. <Accessed 2019-11-09> 
  • AIT Director Outlines Chinese Threats (2019-11-08)
    (Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) Beijing has targeted Taiwan with military and non-traditional threats, including a disinformation campaign to undercut faith in democracy, but the nation is not alone in defending a free and open Indo-Pacific region, American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director Brent Christensen told a digital forum in Taipei yesterday. <Accessed 2019-11-09> 
  • Taiwan, US Officials Visit St Lucia on Trade Mission (2019-11-08)
    (Taipei Times/CNA) A Taiwan-US business delegation has visited Saint Lucia this week to increase private sector investment in the Caribbean nation, marking the first time the two nations jointly embarked on a trade mission to one of Taiwan’s diplomatic allies, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday. <Accessed 2019-11-09> 
  • Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Lawmakers Charged, Student Mourned (2019-11-09)
    (Associated Press, By Eileen Ng) Police in Hong Kong said Saturday that they have arrested and charged six pro-democracy lawmakers, a move that could escalate public fury a day after the death of a university student linked to months of anti-government protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. <Accessed 2019-11-09> 
  • China Hopes Vietnam Does Not 'Complicate' South China Sea Issue (2019-11-08)
    (Reuters, By Ben Blanchard) China called on Vietnam on Friday not to “complicate” the South China Sea issue, after a senior official in Vietnam said it could explore legal action, among various options, in its territorial dispute with China over the waters. Friction has grown between the two communist-run countries since China in July sent a ship for a months-long seismic survey to an area internationally designated as Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), but also claimed by China. <Accessed 2019-11-09> 
  • MAC Warns Taiwan Schools of Possible Computer Hacking by China (2019-11-07)
    (CNA, By Miao Zong-han, Chen Chih-chung, and Evelyn Kao) The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), the nation's top policymaking body on China, on Thursday warned schools in Taiwan of the need for stricter cyber security practices after it was confirmed that computer systems at a local university were hacked, alleging the attacks were carried out by China. <Accessed 2019-11-09> 
  • Philippines Will Start Stamping Chinese Passports for First Time in 7 Years (2019-11-06)
    (Bloomberg, By Philip Heijmans) The Philippines will resume stamping Chinese passports featuring a map of the heavily disputed nine-dash line within the South China Sea, the country’s Bureau of Immigration said. <Accessed 2019-11-09> 
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  • Anger in Hong Kong After Student Dies From Fall Following Clash With Police (2019-11-07)
    (New York Times, By Austin Ramzy and Ezra Cheung) A Hong Kong student died on Friday after falling earlier this week from a parking garage where police officers clashed with protesters, a development that further escalated the public’s fury after months of antigovernment demonstrations. <Accessed 2019-11-09> 
  • U.S. and China Agree to Roll Back Some Tariffs if Deal Is Struck (2019-11-07)
    (New York Times, By Ana Swanson, Keith Bradsher and Alan Rappeport) The United States and China have agreed that an initial trade deal between the two countries would roll back a portion of the tariffs they are placing on each other’s products, officials from both countries said, a significant step toward defusing tensions between the world’s largest economies. <Accessed 2019-11-09> 
  • China’s Xi Praises Free Trade. Striking Deals Is Another Matter. (2019-11-04)
    (New York Times, By Keith Bradsher) Xi Jinping, China’s top leader, broadly endorsed free-trade principles and promised to welcome foreign investment in a speech on Tuesday, but a setback with India and a lack of details toward ending the punishing trade war with the United States are testing Beijing’s ability to prove it can make a deal. <Accessed 2019-11-09> 
  • Xi Jinping Endorses Carrie Lam, Embattled Hong Kong Leader (2019-11-04)
    (New York Times, By Keith Bradsher and Chris Buckley) President Xi Jinping of China publicly backed the beleaguered leader of Hong Kong on Monday, in his most direct public comments so far on the pro-democracy protests that have shaken the city for months and raised doubts about her political survival. <Accessed 2019-11-09> 
  • Hong Kong Protesters Call for U.S. Help. China Sees a Conspiracy. (2019-11-03)
    (New York Times, By Edward Wong) The United States represents democracy, and the activists hope that maybe, just maybe, it will save Hong Kong. Five months in, they are trying harder than ever to draw the United States into their movement. <Accessed 2019-11-09> 
  • Danger of Escalating US-China Conflict Is Heightened by Advances in AI and Quantum Computing (2019-11-09)
    (South China Morning Post, By John F. Copper) But there are even more worrisome reasons for disquiet: the profound trends in the ingredients of global power. Artificial intelligence, quantum computers and other advances in technology have affected the military strategies of the two great powers and change the nature of conflict and warfare. <Accessed 2019-11-09> 
  • Greece Set to Welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping as EU, US Look On with Concern (2019-11-09)
    (South China Morning Post, By Stuart Lau) With Chinese President Xi Jinping set to arrive in Athens on Sunday, Greece will be keen to use the trip to its advantage while not upsetting its allies within the European Union or the United States, observers say. <Accessed 2019-11-09> 
  • Dutch Chip Maker ASML Denies Reports Delayed China Order Is Due to US Pressure, Says It Needs Export Licence (2019-11-08)
    (South China Morning Post, By Li Tao and Sarah Dai) Europe’s leading semiconductor equipment manufacturer ASML has denied media reports that delays in the shipment of hi-tech machinery to China meant that it was bowing to US pressure, saying the decision was made because it is waiting for an export licence to be approved. <Accessed 2019-11-09>  
  • Warnings, Recriminations and a Missile Launch: How the US-North Korea Nuclear Talks Died (2019-11-08)
    (South China Morning Post, By Lee Jeong-ho and Laura Zhou) With Pyongyang returning to its traditional approach, Washington and Seoul are also tilting towards their orthodox stance on North Korea. The allies are now preparing to resume their joint air defence exercises, as narratives in Washington also showing some signs of changing. <Accessed 2019-11-09>  
  • French President Emmanuel Macron’s Visit to China Was a Success, but More Could Have Been Achieved, Experts Say (2019-11-07)
    (South China Morning Post, By Stuart Lau) French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to China succeeded in presenting the world with a united Europe but fell short of securing major trade promises from his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, analysts said. <Accessed 2019-11-09> 
  • Beijing Vows to ‘Fully Respect’ Taiwanese Way of Life … after Reunification (2019-11-07)
    (South China Morning Post, By Sarah Zheng) In a communique issued after a key Communist Party meeting last week, Beijing’s leaders pledged to “fully respect” Taiwan’s way of life and said “peaceful reunification” remained the “common wish of all Chinese people” and “serves the fundamental interests of Chinese people”. <Accessed 2019-11-09> 
  • Taipei Appeals to Hong Kong for Help in Hunt for Taiwanese Robbery Suspect (2019-11-06)
    (South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwan has called on Hong Kong to cooperate with its legal authorities after a Taiwanese suspect allegedly robbed a watch store at Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon early last month and then fled to the island. <Accessed 2019-11-09> 
  • China’s 5G Dominance Could Lead to a ‘Dangerous’ Internet Split with the US, Donald Trump’s FCC Chief Warns (2019-11-06)
    (South China Morning Post, By Jodi Xu Klein) China’s prominence in next-generation 5G wireless technology not only threatens US security but could lead to a “dangerous” US-China internet split, the chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission has said. <Accessed 2019-11-09> 
  • Facebook Says It Will Crack Down on Fake News ahead of Taiwan Election (2019-11-05)
    (South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Facebook said on Tuesday that it would step up efforts to counter disinformation and state-backed influence operations ahead of the Taiwanese presidential election in January. <Accessed 2019-11-09> 
  • Beijing Pledges ‘Long Term Peace’ in South China Sea Where its Asean Neighbours Also Stake Claims (2019-11-03)
    (South China Morning Post, By Bhavan Jaipragas) China is hopeful for “new progress” to be made in ongoing talks with the Asean bloc for a code of conduct governing the disputed South China Sea, Premier Li Keqiang said at a summit on Sunday, as other regional leaders called for countries to exercise restraint over the row. <Accessed 2019-11-09> 
  • Straining to Achieve Potential at the East Asian Summit in Bangkok (2019-11-04)
    (East Asia Forum, By the Editorial Board) Thus, while EAS presents as a powerful convening place for trying to conclude what will be one of the world’s biggest free trade agreements and economic cooperation arrangements, it may not yet quite be able to assert the potential inherent in its structure, function and membership to totally make-over Asia’s increasingly contested regional order. <Accessed 2019-11-09> 
  • Comparing Myanmar and North Korea’s Resentful Reliance on China (2019-11-07)
    (East Asia Forum, By Jonathan T Chow and Leif-Eric Easley) Myanmar and North Korea rely heavily on China for trade, investment, diplomatic support and military assistance. But citizens in both countries express resentment about China’s growing economic and political influence. <Accessed 2019-11-09> 
  • India’s RCEP Blunder (2019-11-09)
    (East Asia Forum, By Sourabh Gupta) Now without an economic integration strategy in Asia, India’s ‘Act East’ policy risks amounting to little more than becoming the naval doorman of the Indo-Pacific. India’s RCEP exit will also compound the less-than-high regard that it is held in by many of its Southeast Asia peers and does not bode well for the long-term durability of its ‘Act East’ policy. <Accessed 2019-11-09> 
  • PacNet #57 - Mounting Challenges for Xi (2019-11-05)
    (Pacific Forum, By Zhiqun Zhu) It is clearly Xi’s ambition to realize the “Chinese dream” of national rejuvenation by the middle of the twenty-first century. However, mounting challenges – both internally and externally – lie ahead. <Accessed 2019-11-09> 
  • Hold the Faith on Taiwan’s Future (2019-10-23)
    (Brookings, By Ryan Hass) Although the present snapshot of Taiwan’s situation certainly looks troubling, I still believe there are good reasons to resist impulses toward drawing dark conclusions about Taiwan’s future. <Accessed 2019-11-09> 
  • China Warns Vietnam to Not ‘Complicate’ South China Sea Dispute By Seeking Legal Arbitration (2019-11-09)
    (The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) On Friday, China pushed back on a suggestion from a senior Vietnamese official that the country would be willing to pursue international arbitration over its disputes with Beijing in the South China Sea. <Accessed 2019-11-09> 
  • US-China Competition Will Heat up the South China Sea (2019-11-08)
    (The Diplomat, By Wu Shicun) In terms of strategy, the United States has used the South China Sea issue as a wooing mechanism to force countries inside and outside of the region to take sides with the ultimate goal of building a military alliance against China in the Indo-Pacific region. <Accessed 2019-11-09> 
  • China Hosts Second CIIE, Globalization Remains Core Message  (2019-11-07)
    (The Diplomat, By Eleanor Albert) The expo, launched by Xi Jinping at the first Belt and Road Forum in 2017 in Beijing, is but one of a number of initiatives intended to bolster the future prospects of China’s economic growth and to boost its imports. <Accessed 2019-11-09> 
  • US Navy Ship Replenishes Indian Navy Ship in South China Sea (2019-11-06)
    (The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) A United States Merchant Marine vessel conducted a replenishment-at-sea (RAS) for an Indian Navy corvette in the South China Sea, the U.S. Pacific Fleet announced on Tuesday. <Accessed 2019-11-09> 
  • Taiwan at the Crossroads of History (2019-11-05)
    (The Diplomat, By Chih-Wei Chen) Confronting the severe challenges and fierce competition of international relations, as well as echoing the new resolution released by the DPP, Taiwan should re-position itself as “Taiwan of the world,” not only to contribute energies to regional democratic development based on the achievement of democracy and human rights, but also to embrace the vision of a sustainable future to expand and deepen connections and collaboration with the world. <Accessed 2019-11-09> 
  • China Vows Tougher Security in Hong Kong. Easier Said Than Done. (2019-11-06)
    (New York Times, By Chris Buckley) Beijing urged Hong Kong’s embattled leader on Wednesday to support a push to impose national security measures in the territory, which has been hit by months of antigovernment protests. The trouble is that what China’s ruling Communist Party has proposed is not clear and could be hard to enforce. <Accessed 2019-11-09> 
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        • Assessing the EU-China-US Triangle (2019-11-05)
          (The Diplomat, By Mercy A. Kuo) Trans-Pacific View author Mercy Kuo regularly engages subject-matter experts, policy practitioners, and strategic thinkers across the globe for their diverse insights into U.S. Asia policy. This conversation with Dr. Frans-Paul van der Putten – senior research fellow at Clingendael and co-coordinator of the Clingendael China Center in The Hague – is the 211th in “The Trans-Pacific View Insight Series.” <Accessed 2019-11-09> 
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