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  • Pentagon Report Highlights Chinese Submarine Buildup (2017-06-20)
    (Asia Times, By Bill Gertz) With the PRC steadily developing its naval forces, one cause of concern is the development of more modern and increasingly quiet submarines. The PRC has been constructing more submarines of all types, producing more anti-ship cruise missile submarines, long-range cruise missle submarines, nuclear submarines, and submarines with the capability to carry ICBMs. Particularly concerning to the US are the Jin-class ballistic missle submarine. According to the US DoD, these ICBM-fielding submarines and their JL-2 missiles are capable of reaching the continental United States.
  • US Reiterates Interest in Stable Cross-Strait Relations (2017-06-22)
    (CNA) The United States has reaffirmed its commitment to stability in cross-strait relations and would not like to see either side make a move that would be considered destabilizing for the region. Therefore, the U.S. continues to uphold the "One China" policy, the Taiwan Relations Act, and the current status quo. 
  • It's On: Taipei, Shanghai to Hold Forum in China July 2 (2017-06-22)
    (CNA) Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je and his Shanghai counterpart Ying Yong will hold a forum in Shanghai on July 2. Though members of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) are considering paying their own way to attend as well, they have been warned against attending because the Communist Party of China is currently unlikely to engage with members of the DPP. 
  • Analysis: Internal DPP Conflicts Over Independence Re-Emerge (2017-06-22)
    (Taipei Times, By Chen Wei-han) The former premier of Yu Shyi-kun has welcomed Panama's severance of diplomatic ties with Taiwan, seeing it as an opportunity for Taiwan to abandon its association with the ROC framework and giving it a chance to create its own Taiwanese republic. On the other hand, many DPP politicians are beginning to lean toward a more centrist platform, willing to abandon the independence clause of the DPP in return for friendlier relations with China that would put Taiwan in a better position for future negotiations. This change of DPP policy has constantly been a source of conflict within the party. 
  • Panama President Stands By Decision to Cut ROC Ties (2017-06-22)
    (CNA) The current president of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, stands by its decision to switch its diplomatic ties to China. It had been impressed with China's economic growth and its ability to boost the economic system within Panama. Varela had been satisfied with the diplomatic truce former President Ma Ying-jeou created with China, but now that President Tsai Ying-wen has damaged the truce, Varela decided to pull out of the diplomatic relationship, a possibility he had warned Tsai about during her visit to Panama last year. 
  • Orion Squadron to be Activated near Double Ten (2017-06-21)
    (Taipei Times, By Lo Tien-pin and Jonathan Chin) The air force is to formally activate a squadron of Lockheed P-3C Orion aircraft in October after training for ground personnel is completed and the last of the 12 aircraft ordered from the US are delivered next month, a Ministry of National Defense official said yesterday. The activation of a complete Orion squadron would upgrade anti-submarine capabilities, which military leaders have said are critical for the nation’s defense. 
  • Are Pan-Green Mayors Undermining the President's China Policy? (2017-06-20)
    (China Post, By Yuan-Ming Chiao) Certain mayors in Taiwan such as Ko Wen-je of Taipei and William Lai of Tainan seem to be taking actions regarding cross-strait policy that undermine the message of the Tsai Administration. Mayor Ko has decided to attend the cross-strait cities forum, which may foreshadow potential tears in its cooperation with the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Mayor Lai has made statements that seem to resonate with the Chinese Nationalist Party more than the DPP. All of this leads to the conclusion that Tsai Ing-wen will have a difficult time creating a cross-strait policy that is able to include all parties.
  • Missile Interception Test Successful, Air Force Says (2017-06-20)
    (CNA) The air force has announced that it was able to successfully intercept a surface-to-air missile with another missile over Pingtung County. Despite media claims that the military was firing Patriot III and Sky Bow III missiles, the air force insists that the missiles used in yesterday's test were a Patriot II and Sky Bow II missile. 
  • ‘Remain Pragmatic’: Former Minister (2017-06-19)
    (Taipei Times, By Lu Yi-hsuan and William Hetherington) Taiwan's foreign affairs personnel should remain pragmatic following last week’s severing of diplomatic ties with Panama, former minister of foreign affairs Chen Chien-jen said on Saturday. The government should be making more practical statements in addition to its emotion-ridden remarks over the loss of diplomatic allies, another former diplomat said, adding that the ministry needs a clear vision and specific plans to display more professionalism. 
  • MOFA ‘Regrets’ China’s Criticism of Nicaragua (2017-06-19)
    (CNA) The Taiwanese government has expressed regret over China’s protest against Nicaragua for speaking out on Taiwan’s behalf during the International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday. Media reports said Nicaragua’s representative called on the International Labour Organization (ILO) and its members to attach importance to the rights of Taiwan’s workers. In a later speech, a Chinese delegate lodged a protest against Nicaragua, saying that it was in violation of the “one China” principle. 
  • ‘New Southbound Policy’ Not Affected by China: Minister (2017-06-19)
    (Taipei Times, By Lee Hsin-fang) China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative would not effect the government’s “new southbound policy” as the two have different strategies and aims, Taiwan's Minister Without Portfolio John Deng said on Saturday. Deng, who supervises the implementation of the policy, said Taiwan aims at comprehensive interaction with Southeast Asian nations, while China’s “One Belt, One Road” project aims to improve infrastructure in the nations targeted by the initiative. 
  • AIT Says Time Is Right to Resolve Taiwan-U.S. Trade Issues (2017-06-19)
    (CNA) James Moriarty, chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan, said Sunday that now is the time for the United States and Taiwan to iron out their trade differences by taking advantage of existing negotiating channels. The AIT chairman also praised the current state of trade and economic relations between the two sides, even while acknowledging that outstanding market issues such as pork and beef still exist. 
  • Social Studies Curriculum Could Downplay Chinese History (2017-06-19)
    (CNA) A draft of new curriculum guidelines for social studies in senior high school is expected to be published in July and set to be implemented in 2019 as part of the 12-year national education program, Taiwan's National Academy for Educational Research said Monday. According to Monday's edition of the pro-Taiwan independence Liberty Times, the new curriculum guidelines will significantly change the way history is taught in senior high school, focusing more on the history of Taiwan over the past 500 years. 
  • Air Force Test Fires, Intercepts Surface-to-Air Missile (2017-06-19)
    (CNA) Taiwan's Air Force said Monday that it had successfully intercepted a Sky Bow II missile, using a Patriot II missile, during a test earlier in the day. Meanwhile, the Air Force denied a Liberty Times report that it was a Patriot III missile that was used in the intercept. According to military sources, the United States has not given permission for live test firing of Patriot III missiles outside its territory. 
  • The Problem Is 'One Country, Two Systems,' Not '1992 Consensus': Lai (2017-06-19)
    (China Post) Tainan Mayor William Lai continued to speak on cross-strait relations during his U.S. trip, saying Sunday that Taiwan's acceptance of the "1992 Consensus" was not a real issue. Rather, the real problem lies in Beijing's "one country, two systems" model, he said. Lai added that both sides of the Taiwan Strait needed to use dialogue to overcome conflict. 
  • Ko Headed to Shanghai for Cities Forum (2017-06-19)
    (China Post) The annual cross-strait cities forum between Taipei and Shanghai will take place despite political tensions, with Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je leading a municipal delegation on July 2. Ko's trip to Shanghai will be the first time a Taipei mayor has embarked on a trip to China since May 2016, when Tsai Ing-wen was sworn in as president. 
  • US, Chinese Officials Set to Meet for First Diplomatic and Security Dialogue (2017-06-19)
    (The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) The United States and China are set to meet for the first-ever Diplomatic and Security Dialogue this week, a new meeting to discuss bilateral and global issues as agreed to by Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping. Many sources believe that North Korean security issues will be at the forefront of discussions. This meeting will be part of the US-China Comprehensive Dialogue, which will lead to better bilateral discussions and relations between the two countries.  
  • The Government's Beijing Policy is Self-Harming: Ko (2017-06-18)
    (Taipei Times, By Lee I-chia) The current mayor of Taipei Ko Wen-je has stated that the government's decision to review visiting Chinese officials under stricter scrutiny can be self-defeating. He suggests Taiwan adopt a policy involving fewer rapid decisions and more calm adjustments, admitting that while there are many uncertainties, there is not urgency. 
  • US Legislators Question Arms Sale Delay (2017-06-17)
    (CNA) Several US lawmakers on Thursday expressed concern over China’s redoubled efforts to isolate Taiwan and the US government’s indecision on arms sales to Taiwan. In a hearing on Taiwan-US ties, some American officials emphasized that it is presently more important than ever to reassure Taipei of Washington’s commitment to the relationship, at a time when Taiwan is facing new challenges as a result of changes in cross-strait and global dynamics. 
  • Pork Import Issue Hampering Ties, US Official Says (2017-06-17)
    (CNA) The US is revising its trade policy and advancing its relations with Taiwan, but there are still some barriers hampering progress, such as issues regarding the importation of agricultural and pork products, a US official said in Taipei on Thursday. However, he added that once these obstacles have been overcome, the US and Taiwan could collaborate in digital industries and create more Taiwanese jobs in digital innovation. 
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  • The Case for Congagement with China (2017-06-22)
    (The National Interest, By Zalmay Khalilzad) As the title suggests, the US' best course of action to address a rising China is a strategy that combines both containment and engagement. This would require striking a balance with Sino-American relations, where the US would show China that the US is open to cooperation and mutual accommodation, but also display to them that Chinese steps toward regional hegemony would be met with resistance by both the US and the US' allies and partners.
  • China v US: Who Needs Allies? (2017-05-29)
    (The Interpreter, By Hugh White) In the case of the US versus the PRC, the US appears to have a network of allies throughout  the Western Pacific, while the PRC seems to only have North Korea. This, however, is not necessarily a bad thing for the PRC, as it has no need to project its power to far-flung regions of the world, just throughout its own region.  The US, on the other hand, requires allies in the region in order to secure bases to project power. However,  the costs of having to intervene on behalf of allies outweighs the benefits of having said allies.
  • One China, Dual Recognition: A Solution to the Taiwan Impasse (2017-06-20)
    (The Diplomat, By Edward A. McCord) With the amount of states that recognize Taiwan hovering at 20 and slowly dwindling, there may be another solution that allows for international recognition of Taiwan. This lies in the interpretation of the 1992 Concensus, which calls for a recognition of "one China". The remaining states that carry on official relations with Taiwan could offer dual recognition of both the PRC and of Taiwan under the notion that both are internationally recognized administrations within the territory of "one China". The US could also move to support this and convince the PRC to accept dualrecognition. The PRC may refuse the offer, but the states that would offer dual recognition  have little to lose with the offer, as they lack formal ties to the PRC. 
  • China Cancels Military Meeting With Vietnam Over Territorial Dispute (2017-06-21)
    (New York Times, By Mike Ives) The public sign of discord is highly unusual for the two Communist neighbors, and it comes as Beijing seeks to expand its influence in the South China Sea. 
  • U.S. Pressed to Pursue Deal to Freeze North Korea Missile Tests (2017-06-21)
    (New York Times, By David E. Sanger and Gardiner Harris) Versions of the proposal, which would require the United States to reduce its military footprint on the Korean Peninsula, have been floated by Beijing and Seoul. 
  • China’s Trump Honeymoon: Unexpected, and at Risk of Ending (2017-06-21)
    (New York Times, By Steven Lee Myers) President Trump said that Beijing had failed to rein in North Korea, an assertion that could lead to tougher American stances on trade, currency and the South China Sea. 
  • Otto Warmbier, American Student Released From North Korea, Dies (2017-06-19)
    (New York Times, By Sheryl Gay Stolberg) Mr. Warmbier, 22, returned to the United States in a coma last week after brutal treatment by the North Korean government, his family said. 
  • Some Global Investors See Fresh Worries in an Old Problem: China (2017-06-18)
    (New York Times, By Michael Schuman) Two years after a Chinese stock market crash, a weakened currency and rising debt sent jitters around the world, some investors are getting nervous again. 
  • U.S. Accuses Chinese Company of Money Laundering for North Korea (2017-06-16)
    (New York Times, By Jonathan Soble) Prosecutors accused Mingzheng of operating as a front for a North Korean state-run bank and said they were seeking $1.9 million in civil penalties. 
  • Why Did China Detain Anbang’s Chairman? He Tested a Lot of Limits (2017-06-14)
    (New York Times, By Keith Bradsher and Sui-lee Wee) Wu Xiaohui often skirted the mostly unwritten rules on what Chinese companies are allowed to do, from big deals to an effort to court President Trump’s son-in-law. 
  • As Sailors’ Bodies Are Flown to U.S., Fitzgerald Inquiries Intensify (2017-06-20)
    (New York Times, By Motoko Rich) The United States Navy and Coast Guard, and the Japanese authorities, ramped up their investigations in the collision of a cargo vessel and an American warship. 
  • Beijing Courts Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner to Forge Closer Ties With US, Analysts Say (2017-06-21)
    (South China Morning Post, By Catherine Wong) Beijing is courting Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner to build closer ties with the United States and lay the groundwork for US President Donald Trump’s upcoming trip to China, analysts say. They were commenting after US officials said China had invited Trump’s daughter Ivanka and his son-in-law Kushner – both of whom have official jobs in the White House – to visit Beijing later this year. 
  • US and China Vow to Halt North Korea Nuclear Threat (2017-06-22)
    (South China Morning Post, By Zhenhua Lu) China and the US, in high-level security talks on Wednesday, called on North Korea to halt its missile and nuclear programme despite US President Donald Trump’s tweeted claim a day earlier that China’s efforts to rein in DPRK have “not worked out”. 
  • China and US Kick Off Security Talks Amid Tensions on Korean Peninsula (2017-06-21)
    (South China Morning Post, By Shi Jiangtao) China and the United States held their first diplomatic and security dialogue in Washington on Wednesday amid rising tensions on the ­Korean peninsula. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis hosted Chinese foreign policy chief Yang Jiechi and PLA General Fang Fenghui, vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission for the talks at the State Department. The diplomatic and security dialogue is one of four high-level mechanisms established during the Mar-a-Lago meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump in Florida in April. 
  • Most Taiwanese Consider Taiwan, China Separate Countries, Poll Suggests (2017-06-21)
    (Kyodo) Three quarters of Taiwanese people think Taiwan and China are two separate countries, while only about 14 per cent believe they are both part of one nation, according to the results of a survey released on Tuesday. The poll, commissioned by the pro-government Ketagalan Foundation and the Taiwan Brain Trust, also showed that about 54 per cent of those polled prefer independence for the self-ruled island if the status quo across the Taiwan Strait cannot be maintained. About 24 per cent prefer unification and the rest revealed no preference. 
  • In Unusual Move, Xi Appoints Top Party Leader to Lead Daily Affairs of Key Committee (2017-06-21)
    (South China Morning Post, By Choi Chi-Yuk) Chinese President Xi Jinping has taken an unusual step by appointing a member from the top echelons of the Communist Party to a role managing the day to day operations of a committee tasked with integrating military and civilian investment and technology. 
  • US Warns Chinese Firms with Ties to North Korea May Still Face Sanctions (2017-06-20)
    (South China Morning Post, By Zhenhua Lu) The US will keep the option of sanctions against Chinese companies with alleged links to North Korea’s missile and nuclear programmes on the table, a senior US diplomat said on Monday, aiming to push China to increase pressure on Pyongyang ahead of a US-China security dialogue in Washington this week. “We continue to urge China to exert its unique leverage as North Korea’s largest trading partner, including by fully implementing all the UN Security Council sanctions,” said Susan Thornton, acting assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, during a press briefing. 
  • US in Trade Talks with Asian Nations to Replace TPP, Commerce Secretary Says (2017-06-20)
    (South China Morning Post, By Robert Delaney) The US has started trade talks with multiple countries in Asia to find an alternative to the failed Trans-Pacific Partnership, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said. “We expressed a willingness on the US’ part to indulge in bilateral talks with Japan” on a trade agreement, Ross told reporters at the annual SelectUSA investment conference in Washington, organised by the Commerce Department. 
  • China Falls Short on Curbing North Korea, Trump Says (2017-06-20)
    (New York Times, By Mark Landler and Gardiner Harris) The president’s statement was an extraordinary admission of failure of his strategy for dealing with the North, leaving him with unpalatable options. 
  • Counter-Coercion Series: East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (2017-06-13)
    (Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, By Michael Green, Kathleen Hicks, Zack Cooper, John Schaus, and Jake Douglas) The Center for Strategic & International Studies details one of the case studies found in their new report, titled Countering Coercion in Maritime Asia: The Theory and Practice of Gray Zone Deterrence.  
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