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Cross-Strait Relations
Military Activity and Political Signaling in the Taiwan Strait in Early 2020 (2020-04-01)
(Jamestown Foundation, By John Dotson) Although the nature of the mission was unusual—this marked the first time that PLA aircraft flew in the vicinity of Taiwan at night—the incident was otherwise consistent with a pattern of increasingly provocative naval and military aviation operations conducted in the vicinity of Taiwan by PLA units in the first quarter of 2020. <Accessed 2020-04-04>

Chinese Air Force’s Drill ‘Aimed at Signalling Deterrent around Taiwan’
 (2020-04-02)
(South China Morning Post, By Kristin Huang) The Chinese military command responsible for patrols around Taiwan stepped up its drills by staging a long-endurance early-warning exercise in March, the official PLA Daily reported on Wednesday. <Accessed 2020-04-04>

Taiwan's FM Slams Hong Kong Government for Threatening Press Freedom
 (2020-04-04)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Emerson Lim) Taiwan's foreign minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) on Saturday slammed the Hong Kong government for threatening press freedom after one of its officials reprimanded a broadcaster for an interview in which a World Health Organization (WHO) official was pressed on Taiwan's membership. <Accessed 2020-03-04> 
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
US Taiwan’s Biggest Debtor for 18th Straight Quarter (2020-03-30)
(Taipei Times/CNA, The US was Taiwan’s largest debtor for the 18th consecutive quarter at the end of December last year, as Taiwanese banks’ exposure to the US totaled US$89.75 billion, a record high on a direct-risk basis and up from US$79.25 billion at the end of September, data compiled by the central bank showed on Friday last week. <Accessed 2020-03-04> 

U.S. Military Aircraft Fly Near Taiwan for 4th Time This Month (2020-03-31)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Joseph Yeh) A United States military aircraft was reported flying near Taiwan's southern airspace Tuesday, marking the fourth time this month a U.S. warplane had been spotted operating near the country. <Accessed 2020-03-31>

Is Taiwan Really Buying the ‘Wrong’ Weapons? (2020-04-01)
(The Diplomat, By Corey Lee Bell) Taiwan’s defense procurement strategy makes a lot more sense when viewed through the lens of the U.S. factor. <Accessed 2020-04-01>

U.S. Trade Report Both Praises, Criticizes Taiwan (2020-04-01)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Evelyn Kao) The United States has praised Taiwan for adopting a patent dispute mechanism but reiterated concerns over Taiwan's restrictions on imports of U.S. pork and beef in its annual report highlighting significant foreign barriers to American exports. <Accessed 2020-04-01>

U.S. National Security Council Thanks Taiwan for Pledged Mask Donations (Update) (2020-04-03)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh, Emerson Lim, and Matthew Mazzetta) The United States White House National Security Council (NSC) on Thursday thanked Taiwan for its support in the fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, in response to President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) announcement the previous day that Taiwan would donate 2 million surgical face masks to the U.S. <Accessed 2020-04-06>

U.S., Taiwan Hold Forum on Expanding Taiwan's Global Participation (2020-04-03)
(CNA, By Hsu Wei-ting, Emerson Lim, and Matthew Mazzetta) The U.S. State Department on Thursday said it recently held a virtual forum with counterparts in Taiwan on the topic of expanding Taiwan's participation on the global stage. <Accessed 2020-04-06>

U.S. State Dept. Calls for Taiwan to Receive WHA Observer Status (2020-04-04)
(CNA, By Stacy Hsu and Matthew Mazzetta) The United States State Department on Friday called for Taiwan to receive observer status in the World Health Assembly (WHA), and said Taiwan's model for fighting the COVID-19 coronavirus could benefit countries around the world. <Accessed 2020-03-04> 
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics

Coronavirus: Can Taiwan Repeat Its Success in Controlling Covid-19, with New Infections from US and Europe On the Way? (2020-03-29)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) But with scores of new infections and deaths being reported daily in the popular Taiwanese tourist destinations of Europe and the US, it remains to be seen whether the island’s efforts to check the disease will remain as effective as when the virus first spread from the mainland Chinese city of Wuhan, experts say. <Accessed 2020-04-04>

KMT Hopes Voting Age Can Be Lowered to 18 Before 2022 Elections
 (2020-03-29)
(CNA, By Liu Kuan-ting and Joseph Yeh) Taiwan's main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) expressed hope Sunday that a recent proposal raised by the party to lower the legal voting age to 18 by means of constitutional amendments can be realized soon and put into practice before the 2022 local government elections. <Accessed 2020-03-31>

Virus Outbreak: Majority Wants Passports Remade to End Confusion (2020-03-30)
(Taipei Times, By Shelley Shan) More than 70 percent of Taiwanese in a poll have said that the government should remove the nation’s English-language name “Republic of China” from the cover of the nation’s passports and only use “Taiwan” as the nation’s English name so that foreign immigration officials would not mistake Taiwanese travelers for Chinese nationals, a poll showed. <Accessed 2020-03-04>

Chiang Targeting Young Reformers (2020-04-01)
(Taipei Times, By Sherry Hsiao) Chiang said that he would follow through on a proposal he made during his campaign for the party chair earlier this year — to create an advisory group comprised of young KMT members. <Accessed 2020-04-07>

Lessons from Taiwan’s Coronavirus Response (2020-04-02)
(East Asia Forum, By Hsien-Ming Lin) From its high-coverage healthcare system to the use of face masks and strict quarantine policies, to respecting advice from medical professionals, there is a lot that other countries can learn from Taiwan’s model for managing COVID-19. <Accessed 2020-04-04>

KMT Introduces Members of New Reform Committee (2020-04-02)
(Taipei Times, By Sherry Hsiao) The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday announced the members of its new reform committee, including Su Chi (蘇起), the former Mainland Affairs Council minister who in 2006 admitted making up the term “1992 consensus.” <Accessed 2020-04-07>

Taiwan's Foreign Relations

WHO Says It’s Working With Taiwan Experts After Video Goes Viral (2020-03-29)
(Bloomberg, By Thomas Mulier) The World Health Organization said it was working with Taiwanese health experts after an interview went viral in which a senior official appeared to hang up on a reporter who asked about the island’s membership status in light of the Covid-19 outbreak. <Accessed 2020-03-31>

Taiwan, Australia to Exchange Raw Materials to Fight COVID-19 (2020-03-30)
(CNA, By Wu Po-wei and Joseph Yeh) Taiwan and Australia have agreed to exchange raw materials in the near future to help each other fight the new coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) announced Monday. <Accessed 2020-03-04> 

Taiwan Says WHO Not Sharing Coronavirus Information it Provides, Pressing Complaints (2020-03-30)
(Reuters, By Ben Blanchard) The World Health Organization (WHO) has not shared with member states information Taiwan has provided on the coronavirus including details on its cases and prevention methods, Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday, ratcheting up its complaints. <Accessed 2020-03-04> 

Taiwan Urges WHO to Review Restrictions on Its Participation (2020-03-31)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has urged the World Health Organization (WHO) to review what it described as the WHO's "unfair restrictions" on Taiwan at a time when the world is struggling with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). <Accessed 2020-03-31>

Taiwan's Hospitals Help Allies Control COVID-19 Spread (2020-03-31)
(CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Elizabeth Hsu) Several hospitals in Taiwan have responded to the government's efforts to demonstrate "Taiwan can help" by showing allies how to prevent and control the spread of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday. <Accessed 2020-03-31>

French Envoy Thanks Taiwan for Mask Donation Amid COVID-19 (2020-04-01)
(CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Joseph Yeh) France's top envoy to Taiwan expressed gratitude Wednesday for Taiwan's decision to donate surgical face masks to his country to assist in its battle against the COVID-19 coronavirus, adding that Paris hopes to learn from Taipei's control measures to better contain the pandemic. <Accessed 2020-04-01>

10 Million Masks to be Donated to U.S., 11 European Countries, Allies (2020-04-01)
(CNA, By Chen Yun-yu, Chang Chieh-chung, and Joseph Yeh) The 10 million surgical face masks Taiwan pledged to donate to countries seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will be given to the United States, 11 European countries and 15 diplomatic allies, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced Wednesday. <Accessed 2020-04-01>

EU Leader Ursula von der Leyen Risks Beijing’s Ire by Lauding Taiwan’s Donation of 5.6 Million Masks for Coronavirus Battle (2020-04-02)
(South China Morning Post, By Stuart Lau) The European Union’s top leader has praised Taiwan for donating millions of masks to help the bloc battle the coronavirus pandemic, in a highly unusual show of solidarity with the self-ruling island expected to provoke Beijing. <Accessed 2020-04-04>

Palau Praises Taiwan for COVID-19 Coronovirus Pandemic Assistance (2020-04-02)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou, Matt Yu and Chiang Yi-ching) Palau's Representative to the United Nations, Ngedikes Olai Uludong, expressed her thanks to Taiwan on Thursday, saying Taiwan has been the only country to come to Palau's aid during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. <Accessed 2020-03-04> 

Virus Outbreak: Experts Share with US, Canada Doctors (2020-04-02)
(Taipei Times/CNA) About 100 doctors from the US and Canada on Tuesday joined a video conference with disease-control experts from Taoyuan’s Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital to learn about Taiwan’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, after officials and doctors from Latin America and Caribbean allies met with Taiwanese doctors in a similar way on Monday. <Accessed 2020-04-07>

EU Urges Government to Halt Executions (2020-04-04)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) The EU yesterday called on Taiwan to refrain from using the death penalty, following the execution of murderer Weng Jen-hsien (翁仁賢) on Wednesday. <Accessed 2020-03-04> 

Foreign Ministry to Help NGOs Provide Aid in Africa, India (2020-04-04)
(Taipei Times/CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to work with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on projects that provide assistance to disadvantaged groups, especially children, in Africa, as well as India and other countries. <Accessed 2020-03-04> 

Two Czech Politicians Thank Taiwan for Donation (2020-04-04)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Emerson Lim) Two prominent political figures in the Czech Republic thanked Taiwan for its donation of medical equipment to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, according to a video message posted by Taiwan's foreign ministry on its Facebook page Saturday. <Accessed 2020-03-04> 

Taiwan Looks to Play Leading International Role in Battle against Coronavirus (2020-04-05)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwan has intensified its efforts to raise its global profile by offering to donate urgently needed face masks and medical aids to other countries – a move that has angered Beijing. <Accessed 2020-04-04>
U.S.-China Relations
 China’s Huawei Warns More US Pressure May Spur Retaliation (2020-03-31)
(Associated Press, By Joe McDonald) Huawei’s chairman warned Tuesday that more U.S. moves to increase pressure on the Chinese tech giant might trigger retaliation by Beijing that could damage its worldwide industry. <Accessed 2020-03-31>

Global Supply Chains, Economic Decoupling, and U.S.-China Relations, Part 1: The View from the United States (2020-04-01)
(Jamestown Foundation, By Sagatom Saha and Ashley Feng) These current policies preview what could become a new orientation in U.S. policy towards China, regardless of who leads the United States at the beginning of next year. <Accessed 2020-04-04>

The US, China and Asia after the Pandemic: More, Not Less, Tension (2020-04-01)
(East Asia Forum, By Ryan Hass and Kevin Dong) As a consequence, the world’s two most powerful countries are mired in a narrative war over the causes of the pandemic and the apportionment of blame for the global destruction it is causing. <Accessed 2020-04-04>

C.I.A. Hunts for Authentic Virus Totals in China, Dismissing Government Tallies (2020-04-02)
(New York Times, By Julian E. Barnes) Intelligence officials have told the White House for weeks that China has vastly understated the spread of the coronavirus and the damage the pandemic has done. <Accessed 2020-04-04>

In Sudden Shift, U.S. and China Seek to Cooperate (2020-04-02)
(New York Times, By Edward Wong and Ana Swanson) Several of President Trump’s top aides are advising him to work with China on the coronavirus pandemic, but national security officials are skeptical the truce will hold. <Accessed 2020-04-04>

American Firms Selling Sensitive Tech to China Must Wake Up to Possible Communist Party Seizure: US Official (2020-04-03)
(South China Morning Post, By Keegan Elmer) A US State Department official has given American companies a “wake-up call” on China’s military-civil fusion strategy, as Washington plans further steps to limit China's access to sensitive US technology. <Accessed 2020-04-04>

F.D.A. to Allow Use of KN95 Masks Approved by China (2020-04-03)
(New York Times, By Kenneth Chang) The masks are almost identical in performance to the N95 masks that hospitals and other institutions are struggling to find. <Accessed 2020-04-04>

Coronavirus: US Ambassador to China Appeals for Beijing, Washington to Work Together (2020-04-05)
(South China Morning Post, By Orange Wang) The United States’ ambassador to China has appealed for the two countries to cooperate in the fight against the coronavirus, and called for the supply of Chinese medical supplies to the US to be accelerated. <Accessed 2020-04-04>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Domestic Politics in Mainland China

China Created a Fail-Safe System to Track Contagions. It Failed. (2020-03-29)
(New York Times, By Steven Lee Myers) After SARS, Chinese health officials built an infectious disease reporting system to evade political meddling. But when the coronavirus emerged, so did fears of upsetting Beijing. <Accessed 2020-04-04>

A Loyal Chinese Critic Vanishes, in a Blow to the Nation’s Future
 (2020-03-31)
(New York Times, By Li Yuan) The sudden silence of Ren Zhiqiang, a vocal member of the Communist Party, signals a retreat from the principles that led China out of poverty. <Accessed 2020-04-04>

China's Foreign Relations

China Isn’t Helping Italy. It’s Waging Information Warfare. (2020-04-01)
(Foreign Policy, By Mattia Ferraresi) The government has been pursuing a two-pronged strategy that carefully combines sending medical supplies to assert its relevance in a leaderless world—call it mask diplomacy—while at the same time spreading conspiracy theories to conceal the true origin of the virus. <Accessed 2020-04-01>

China Is Getting Closer to One of the Best US Allies in Latin America (2020-04-01)
(The Diplomat, By Juan Camilo Martínez Garcia) 40 years since relations were established, Colombia-China relations are entering a bold new phase. <Accessed 2020-04-01>

China’s Mekong Security Role in the Headlines with New Joint Patrols (2020-04-01)
(The Diplomat, By Prashanth Parameswaran) The latest patrols spotlighted China’s efforts to boost security collaboration with Mekong states despite the challenges that remain. <Accessed 2020-04-01>

The China-Pakistan Nuclear Nexus: How Can India Respond? (2020-04-01)
(The Diplomat, By Sanjana Gogna and Nasima Khatoon) Pakistan has been rapidly advancing its nuclear weapons capabilities with China’s help. What can India do about it? <Accessed 2020-04-01>

Coronavirus: China Advises Foreign Diplomats to Stay Away from Beijing until May 15 (2020-04-03)
(South China Morning Post, By Keegan Elmer) Beijing has advised foreign diplomats to China currently outside the country not to return until the middle of next month, while the South China Morning Post was told on Friday that at least one European envoy is being treated for Covid-19 in hospital in the city. <Accessed 2020-04-04>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

China Chases Indonesia's Fishing Fleets, Staking Claim to Sea's Riches (2020-03-31)
(New York Times, By Hannah Beech and Muktita Suhartono) But with the Chinese presence growing more aggressive, fishers in the Natunas are feeling vulnerable. <Accessed 2020-04-04>

China Says Vietnamese Fishing Boat Rammed Coastguard Ship before Sinking (2020-04-04)
(South China Morning Post, By Mimi Lau) China has accused a Vietnamese fishing vessel of ramming a coastguard ship in disputed waters in the South China Sea. <Accessed 2020-04-04>

The Korean Peninsula

North Korea Says Pompeo Made It Lose All Interest in Dialogue With U.S. (2020-03-30)
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) Accusing the secretary of state of slander, the North says he is going against President Trump’s will. <Accessed 2020-04-04>

North Korea Claims No Coronavirus Cases. Can It Be Trusted?
 (2020-03-31)
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) Decades of isolation and international sanctions have ravaged North Korea’s public health system, raising fears about its ability to confront an outbreak. <Accessed 2020-04-04>

Other Regional Issues

Why Asia’s New Wave of Virus Cases Should Worry the World (2020-03-31)
(New York Times, By Motoko Rich) After a surge in cases tied to international travelers, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and other places that seemed to have the epidemic under control have imposed stricter measures. <Accessed 2020-04-04>

Making Sense of Indian and Chinese Strategic Nuclear Postures
 (2020-04-01)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) A new report brings Indian and Chinese nuclear forces under the scanner. <Accessed 2020-04-01>

PacNet #18 – ASEAN-US Relations: An Agenda for a Rescheduled Summit (2020-04-03)
(Pacific Forum, By Lucio Blanco Pitlo III) Although the late cancellation notice—two weeks before the event—may have infuriated some in ASEAN, the delay allowed both sides to focus on the fight against the pandemic. It also gives time to reassess priorities in a rapidly changing region. <Accessed 2020-04-04>

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