::: TSR Weekly Report
2019-11-30 | NO.43(48) epaper |
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Cross-Strait Relations
President Urges Vigilance Amid China's Attempts to Influence Elections (2019-11-23)
(CNA, By Chang Hsin-hua, Yu-hsiang, Hsiao Po-wen, and Ko Lin) As China's attempts to influence Taiwan's upcoming elections intensify, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) urged the public Saturday to remain vigilant so that the country's hard-won democracy and freedom can be protected. <Accessed 2019-12-01>

Taiwan Detains 2 Executives of Firm Accused of Spying for China
(New York Times, By Steven Lee Myers and Chris Horton) Taiwan has detained two executives of a Hong Kong-based company accused of acting as a front for Chinese intelligence agencies working to undercut democracy in Hong Kong and Taiwan, the official news agency there reported on Tuesday. <Accessed 2019-11-30>

Beijing Accuses Taiwan’s Ruling Democratic Progressive Party of Using Spy Allegations for Political Gain (2019-11-27)
(South China Morning Post, By Linda Lew) Beijing has accused Taipei of trying to deceive the Taiwanese public for political gain by launching an investigation into allegations made by Wang Liqiang, the self-proclaimed Chinese spy who is seeking asylum in Australia. <Accessed 2019-12-02>

Taiwanese, Belizean Arrested in China for Supporting Hong Kong Protests (2019-11-30)
(South China Morning Post, By Phoebe Zhang) Chinese authorities have confirmed the arrest of two overseas passport holders for their roles in supporting Hong Kong protests, mainland media reported on Saturday. <Accessed 2019-12-02>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
 U.S. Urged to Send Cabinet Officials to Taiwan as China Poaches Allies (2019-11-23)
(CNA, By Stacy Hsu and Frances Huang) Christian Whiton, a senior advisor to former U.S.President Gorge W. Bush and President Donald Trump, said in a forum held by the Hudson Institute, a think tank based in Washington, that dispatching a cabinet official to Taiwan whenever China steals an ally from Taiwan is expected to send a signal of the consequences Beijing should face for continuing to undermine Taipei's ability to conduct diplomacy. <Accessed 2019-12-01>

Agricultural Division to be Established at Washington TECRO (2019-11-27)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) A new agricultural division is to be established at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in Washington to “meet practical needs,” but it has nothing to do with importing US pork and beef, government officials said yesterday. <Accessed 2019-12-01>

New Shine on US-Taiwan Ties with Trip by Top Pentagon Brass (2019-11-26)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) The United States has sent a senior Pentagon official to Taiwan amid concerns that Beijing is trying to influence the island’s presidential election, which takes place in January. <Accessed 2019-12-02>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
2020 Elections Focus: Three Small Parties Likely to Pass At-large Threshold (2019-11-25)
(Taipei Times/CNA) The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) are fighting to keep their share of the legislator-at-large seats in the Jan. 11 elections, as three smaller parties are likely reach the 5 percent vote threshold required to obtain such seats, a political analyst who asked not to be named said. The People First Party (PFP), New Power Party (NPP) and Taiwan People’s Party (TPP), which have released their nominee lists, are believed to have sufficient popular support to gain at least 5 percent of the vote, the analyst said. <Accessed 2019-12-01>

Cabinet Officials to Attend Events on Sidelines of COP25 (2019-11-29)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) The Cabinet is to send officials to side events held by allies and like-minded nations at the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP25) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Madrid next week, as Taiwan is barred from the official meetings, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said on Wednesday. <Accessed 2019-12-01>
U.S.-China Relations
Trump Signs Bills in Support of Hong Kong; China Furious (2019-11-27)
(Associated Press, By Aamer Madhani and Rob Gillies) China reacted furiously to President Donald Trump’s signing of two bills on Hong Kong human rights and said the U.S. will bear the unspecified consequences. A foreign ministry statement Thursday repeated heated condemnations of the laws and said China will counteract. <Accessed 2019-12-01>

Confucius Institutes as State Policy: Clumsy or Effective Purveyors of Influence?
(The Diplomat, By Robert Farley) How dangerous are Confucius Institutes? As tensions between the United States and China have grown, the Institutes (CIs) have become increasingly suspect in various corners. Changes in China’s domestic politics, including the development of a cult of personality around Xi Jinping, aggressive repression in Xinjiang, and most recently the protests in Hong Kong, have further served to bring the centers of China’s cultural foreign policy into disrepute. <Accessed 2019-11-28>

China Condemns U.S. Over Hong Kong. That Won’t Stop Trade Talks. (2019-11-28)
(New York Times, By Keith Bradsher, Javier C. Hernández and Alexandra Stevenson) Behind the harsh rhetoric, China has few options for striking back at the United States in a meaningful way. And it has bigger priorities — namely, ending the increasingly punishing trade war between the two countries. <Accessed 2019-11-30>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Domestic Politics in Mainland China

China Enters the UUV Fray (2019-11-27)
(The Diplomat, By David R. Strachan) A cursory examination of imagery obtained during the worldwide CCTV live broadcast suggests that, like most military-grade UUVs, HSU001 appears to be a flexible platform capable of executing a range of missions. But what exactly these might be remains a matter of speculation. <Accessed 2019-11-27>

China's Growing High-End Military Drone Force (2019-11-27)
(The Diplomat, By Rick Joe) The 2019 National Day parade held on October 1 was punctuated by the debuts of a number of new systems, some of the most consequential being a various unmanned aerial vehicles/unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UAVs/UCAVs). Recent years have seen the introduction of a variety of new UAVs in Chinese military (PLA) service as well, some of which have parallels to foreign equivalents. <Accessed 2019-11-27>

Beijing and Hong Kong

Beijing Was Confident Its Hong Kong Allies Would Win. After the Election, It Went Silent. (2019-11-26)
(New York Times, By Javier C. Hernández) When it became clear early Monday that democracy advocates in the semiautonomous territory had won in a landslide, Beijing turned silent. <Accessed 2019-11-30>

Exclusive: China Sets Up Hong Kong Crisis Center in Mainland, Considers Replacing Chief Liaison (2019-11-26)
(Reuters, By Keith Zhai, James Pomfret, and David Kirton) Tightening control over efforts to manage the upheaval in Hong Kong, the Chinese leadership has set up a crisis command center on the mainland side of the border and is considering replacing its official liaison to the restive semi-autonomous city, people familiar with the matter said. <Accessed 2019-12-01>

Explaining China's Assertive Approach to the Hong Kong Protests (2019-11-27)
(The Diplomat, By Jo Kim) Thus, haunted by the Soviet collapse, the CCP leadership launched a grand “remain true to our original aspiration and keep our mission firmly in mind”-themed education campaign to ensure the devotion of party members as the Hong Kong protests coupled with heightened external pressure. The concern for ideological cohesion and belief in the system is demonstrated in Xi’s call for confidence and unity in the face of “a complex external environment and mounting pressure.” <Accessed 2019-11-27>

What Just Happened in Hong Kong's Elections? (2019-11-27)
(Foreign Policy, By Michael Delaney) Hong Kongers delivered a resounding blow to the city’s political establishment on Sunday, when the district council elections saw record turnout and an unprecedented victory for the pro-democracy camp. Pro-democracy candidates took nearly 90 percent of the available seats, tripling their previous total. What does this mean for the future of a city torn by protest and under the shadow of Beijing’s power? <Accessed 2019-11-27>

Hong Kong Can Rely on European Union’s Support in ‘Difficult Times’ (2019-11-28)
(South China Morning Post, By Keegan Elmer) Hong Kong can rely on the support of the European Union in troubled times, a visiting EU delegation to the city said on Thursday, after talks with local politicians. <Accessed 2019-12-02>

Hong Kong Police End 2-Week Campus Siege (2019-11-29)
(New York Times, By Austin Ramzy) The police returned control of Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s campus to school officials on Friday, bringing to an end one of the most intense periods of conflict since protests began to engulf the city earlier this year. <Accessed 2019-11-30>

China's Foreign Relations

PacNet #61 – Beijing’s “Asian NATO” Maxim on Quad is Structural (2019-11-22)
(Pacific Forum, By Jagannath Panda) What is, however, important to note is that Beijing’s perception of the Quad is linked to a number of other regional structural parameters beyond the construct of the Indo-Pacific. <Accessed 2019-12-02>

Japan’s Abe Presses China’s Wang on Hong Kong, Maritime Disputes
(Bloomberg, By Isabel Reynolds) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged China to preserve a free Hong Kong and backed Beijing’s “one country, two systems” principle of governing it in a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, just as pro-democracy candidates triumphed in an election in the city. <Accessed 2019-12-01>

A Divided Europe’s China Challenge (2019-11-26)
(East Asia Forum, By Philippe Le Corre) As China’s cash machine shows signs of slowing down, pragmatic Europeans should regroup and offer China alternatives to US President Donald Trump’s zero-sum approach to economic relations. <Accessed 2019-12-02>

Australia Investigates China Plot to Plant Spy in Parliament (2019-11-27)
(The Diplomat, By Tristan Lavalette) The latest revelations come days after a self-confessed spy seeking asylum in Australia reportedly gave ASIO inside intelligence on how Beijing conducts its interference operations abroad and revealed the identities of China’s senior military intelligence officers in Hong Kong. <Accessed 2019-11-27>

China Wrestles with International Role as It Vows to Take Lead in Realising Climate Change Accord (2019-11-28)
(South China Morning Post, By Echo Xie) Ahead of a United Nations summit next week, China pledged on Wednesday to take the lead in ensuring a key global climate change accord can be put into practice. But experts said the country’s different international profiles – including being the largest developing country, the biggest economy after the United States, and the biggest greenhouse gas emitter – complicated Beijing’s leadership in the multilateral negotiations. <Accessed 2019-12-02>

China Bids to Lead World Agency Protecting Intellectual Property (2019-11-28)
(Foreign Policy, By Colum Lynch) Of all nations, China has been perhaps the most aggressive in stealing intellectual property, especially from U.S. companies—a key issue in U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade war with Beijing. Now, Beijing has its sights on leading the global organization that is supposed to protect IP, and which sets international standards for patents, trademarks, and copyrights. <Accessed 2019-11-28>

Europe's Backlash Against Huawei has Arrived (2019-11-28)
(Foreign Policy, By Noah Barkin) Excluding Huawei would also upset the delicate balance Merkel has been trying to strike between Washington and Beijing, Germany’s two biggest trading partners outside of Europe. And it would probably trigger a forceful response from Beijing that could undermine Germany’s already faltering economy and hit some of its biggest firms, inexorably pushing the country, and Europe, down a more confrontational path with Beijing. <Accessed 2019-11-28>

Espionage and Interference? Australia Grapples With Its China Relationship (2019-11-29)
(New York Times, By Damien Cave and Jamie Tarabay) Fears of Chinese interference once seemed to hover indistinctly over Australia. Now, Beijing’s political ambitions, and the espionage operations that further them, suddenly feel local, concrete and ever-present. <Accessed 2019-11-30>

Russia and China Deepen Ties with River Amur Bridge (2019-11-29)
(Reuters, By Gleb Stolyarov) Russia and China have finished building the first road bridge linking their two countries, Russian officials said on Friday, in the latest sign of warming relations. The bridge across the River Amur will connect the cities of Blagoveshchensk in Russia’s Far East and Heihe in northeastern China and is intended to increase the volume of freight traffic and agricultural products between the two countries. <Accessed 2019-12-01>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

Vietnam and China Promise to Keep Talking as They Look to Settle Differences over South China Sea (2019-11-29)
(South China Morning Post, By Laura Zhou) China and Vietnam said that they would continue to look for ways to peacefully resolve their conflict over the South China Sea at the end of a three-day meeting to discuss border issues. <Accessed 2019-12-02>

The Korean Peninsula

Time Is Running Out for Trump’s North Korean Diplomacy, Analysts Say (2019-11-28)
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, has said that the United States has until the end of the year to make a new proposal to create a breakthrough in stalled negotiations on denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. <Accessed 2019-11-30>

North Korea Launches 2 Rockets, South Says (2019-11-28)
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) North Korea launched two rockets from its east coast on Thursday, days after firing artillery near a disputed sea border, South Korean defense officials said. <Accessed 2019-11-30>

Other Regional Issues

The Identity Politics Driving the Japan–South Korea Trade War (2019-11-25)
(East Asia Forum, By Wrenn Yennie Lindgren, Eun Hee Woo, Ulv Hanssen, and Petter Y. Lindgren) To end the conflict, Japan must acknowledge that South Korea is a democracy with independent courts, even when these courts do not rule in Japan’s favour. South Korea needs to recognise Japan’s peace identity and that post-war Japan has played a positive role for world peace. <Accessed 2019-12-02>

Chinese, Russian, South African Navies Conduct Trilateral Naval Exercises
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) The exercise is the first trilateral China-Russia-South Africa naval exercise in the waters off Africa and included advanced PLAN assets, including the guided missile frigate Weifang, a Type 054A warship. Weifang has been dispatched from the Chinese mainland to conduct escort missions and anti-piracy missions in the Gulf of Aden and off the Horn of Africa. <Accessed 2019-11-28>

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