::: TSR Weekly Report
2020-04-11 | NO.44(12) epaper |
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Cross-Strait Relations
Virus Outbreak: Most Virus Disinformation Originating from China (2020-04-08)
(Taipei Times/CNA) Taiwan has since late February detected increased disinformation activity about the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 70 percent of the cases originating in China, the Ministry of Justice’s Investigation Bureau (MJIB) said in a briefing. <Accessed 2020-04-08>

Beijing Bars Students from Starting Courses in Taiwan amid Coronavirus Fallout (2020-04-09)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Beijing will not allow university students from mainland China to start studying in Taiwan for the rest of the year, following Taipei’s temporary ban on students returning to the island amid the coronavirus pandemic. <Accessed 2020-04-13>

MAC Expresses Regret Over China Student Ban (2020-04-09)
(CNA, By Lai Yen-hsi, Chen Chih-Chung, Phoenix Hsu, and Chiang Yi-ching) Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) on Thursday expressed regret over China's decision to ban graduating students from pursuing further education in Taiwan this year, in an announcement made earlier that day. <Accessed 2020-04-14>

Chinese Netizens Pose as Taiwanese to 'Apologize' to WHO Chief (2020-04-10)
(CNA, By Hsiao Po-wen and Matthew Mazzetta) Taiwan's Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau said Friday that Chinese posing online as Taiwanese are behind an online campaign to apologize to World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who on Wednesday accused Taiwan of involvement in a series of personal attacks against him. <Accessed 2020-04-12> 

Taiwan Fights to Save Its Tourism Industry amid Battering by Coronavirus and Beijing (2020-04-11)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwan’s government has pledged emergency relief measures for its flagging tourism sector as part of its NT$1.05 trillion (US$35 billion) aid package for workers and businesses bearing the economic brunt of the coronavirus pandemic. <Accessed 2020-04-13>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
Trump Quietly Signs Legislation Strengthening Ties to Taiwan (2020-04-06)
(The Diplomat, By Eleanor Albert) With the world focused on COVID-19, Trump signed the TAIPEI Act into law. <Accessed 2020-04-06>

US Sees Coronavirus Window to Push Taiwan’s Global Status (2020-04-09)
(The Diplomat, By Matt Lee) Taiwan’s success in managing COVID–19 presents an opportunity. <Accessed 2020-04-09>

Taiwan Gives 400,000 Masks to U.S. Under Cooperation Arrangement (2020-04-09)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) A batch of 400,000 surgical face masks was handed over to the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) on Wednesday, the first part of Taiwan's pledged donation of 100,000 masks per week, under a joint effort with the U.S. to fight the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday. <Accessed 2020-04-14>

Pompeo Thanks Taiwan for Face Mask Donations (2020-04-09)
(CNA, By Stacy Hsu and Matthew Mazzetta) United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo thanked Taiwan Wednesday for its pledge to donate 2 million surgical face masks to his country and praised it as a global model for combating the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. <Accessed 2020-04-14>

US Approves Google Cable Bid (2020-04-10)
(Taipei Times, By Shelley Shan) The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Wednesday approved Google’s request to use part of a US-Asia undersea telecommunications network that is to take data to and from Taiwan under the Pacific Ocean. <Accessed 2020-04-13> 

U.S. Military Assets Seen Near Taiwan Friday, Saturday (2020-04-11)
(CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Emerson Lim) An American guided missile warship and two reconnaissance military aircraft have been operating near Taiwan over the past two days, after Chinese warplanes showed up in the area, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) confirmed Saturday. <Accessed 2020-04-14>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics

How Taiwan Battles the Coronavirus
(The Diplomat, By Christine Chiou) Taiwan is living proof that control of an emerging virus can be achieved through science, technology, and democratic governance. <Accessed 2020-04-06>

Government Agencies Banned from Using Zoom Amid Security Concerns (2020-04-08)
(CNA, By Ku Chuan, Chen Chih-chung, Wen Kuei-hsiang and Frances Huang) The Executive Yuan said on Tuesday that for the sake of information security, government agencies will not be allowed to use the popular videoconferencing software Zoom. <Accessed 2020-04-08>

Petition to Recall Kaohsiung Mayor Passes Second Stage (2020-04-08)
(Taipei Times, By Ko Yu-hao and Jake Chung) The second phase of a petition to recall Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) has passed the signature threshold required to initiate a recall vote, the Kaohsiung City Election Commission said yesterday. <Accessed 2020-04-13> 

Han Challenges Legal Basis of Vote to Recall Him (2020-04-08)
(CNA, By Lin Chang-shuan, Wang Cheng-chung and Joseph Yeh) Lawyers representing Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) on Wednesday filed an administrative litigation, seeking the court's review of whether a recall vote against him should be allowed to proceed. <Accessed 2020-04-13>

Mirage Fighters Based in Northern Taiwan to be Temporarily Relocated (2020-04-08)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Emerson Lim) Most of the Mirage 2000-5 fighter jets based at the Hsinchu air base will be temporarily moved to another location for about two years due to scheduled runway maintenance, Defense Minister Yen De-fa (嚴德發) said Wednesday. <Accessed 2020-04-13> 

Taiwan Navy's Goodwill Mission Cut Short Due to COVID-19 (2020-04-08)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Emerson Lim) A goodwill mission of a Republic of China (Taiwan) naval flotilla has been curtailed due to concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and is scheduled to arrive back in Taiwan on Thursday, according to Defense Minister Yen De-fa (嚴德發). <Accessed 2020-04-13> 

Virus Outbreak: KMT Calls for Cash Grant Instead of Relief Coupons (2020-04-09)
(Taipei Times, By Sherry Hsiao) The government should issue cash handouts instead of coupons as part of its relief and recovery plan for the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) said yesterday. <Accessed 2020-04-14>

Taiwan's Foreign Relations

Foreign Ministry to Help NGOs Provide Aid in Africa, India (2020-04-05)
(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 2020-04-14>

Central American Bank to Open Regional Office in Taiwan (2020-04-06)
(CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Chiang Yi-ching) The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) is set to open a regional office in Taiwan, it said in a statement April 1, in which it also highlighted Taiwan's contributions to the region amid the COVID-19 pandemic. <Accessed 2020-04-06> 

Virus Outbreak: Taiwanese Donate More Than NT$10m to Italy Virus Relief (2020-04-06)
(Taipei Times, By Chang Yi-chen) Taiwanese have donated more than NT$10 million (US$329,946) to fight the COVID-19 outbreak in Italy, following an appeal for help by a Yilan-based Italian priest to save his “other homeland.” <Accessed 2020-04-06> 

Taiwan Will Donate 10 Million Masks in Bid to Aid Global Coronavirus Response (2020-04-06)
(The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) The masks will go to the U.S. and EU countries, along with Taiwan’s 15 diplomatic allies. Future mask donations will target South and Southeast Asian nations. <Accessed 2020-04-06>

Virus Outbreak: Taiwanese-Danish Firm Develops Testing Device (2020-04-08)
(Taipei Times, By Yang Mien-chieh and Jake Chung) Taiwanese-Danish firm BluSense Diagnostics has developed a device to diagnose COVID-19 with 90 percent certainty within 12 minutes using one drop of blood, and the EU next month could license it for use and it could be available in Taiwan by June. <Accessed 2020-04-08> 

Tsai, Abe Pledge to Jointly Battle COVID-19 (2020-04-08)
(CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Joseph Yeh) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo exchanged messages of encouragement on Twitter on Tuesday and Wednesday, amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, and pledged to work closely together to defeat the pandemic. <Accessed 2020-04-08>

Virus Outbreak: Taiwan Looks South for its Second Batch of Mask Donations (2020-04-08)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) Seven to eight countries included in Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy would be among the next recipients of its donation of more than 1 million masks to help them fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday. <Accessed 2020-04-13> 

Virus Outbreak: Groups Question WHO Claims on Membership (2020-04-08)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) The WHO Secretariat has been playing a decisive role in excluding Taiwan’s participation in the global body, three Taiwanese-American groups said in a joint letter to the global health body on Monday, after the WHO said it does not make decisions on membership. <Accessed 2020-04-13> 

Taiwan’s Success Is the Bane of Beijing’s Global Coronavirus Propaganda (2020-04-09)
(The Diplomat, By Jo Kim) Much to Beijing’s chagrin, praise of Taiwan’s success has provided the democracy with much-needed global exposure. <Accessed 2020-04-09>

WHO Chief Must Apologize for Accusations Against Taiwan: MOFA (2020-04-09)
(CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Matthew Mazzetta) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Thursday criticized "baseless" claims by World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus that Taiwan is behind a campaign of personal attacks against him and demanded an apology from him. <Accessed 2020-04-14>

Tsai Invites WHO Chief to Taiwan Amid 'Attack Campaign' Controversy (2020-04-09)
(CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Matthew Mazzetta) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Thursday invited World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to visit Taiwan amid growing controversy over his claim the day before that Taiwan is behind a campaign of personal attacks against him. <Accessed 2020-04-14>

Taiwan Details Aid to Ethiopia in Wake of WHO Head Criticism (2020-04-09)
(CNA, By Flor Wang and Chen Yun-yi) Following accusations by the World Health Organization (WHO) chief that Taiwan has been behind racially abusive attacks made against him over the past three months amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Taiwan's government responded Thursday by detailing its aid to Ethiopia. <Accessed 2020-04-14>

Steel Industry Leery of EU Tariffs (2020-04-10)
(Taipei Times/CNA) The EU imposed anti-dumping duties starting yesterday on imports of cold-rolled stainless steel from Taiwan, Indonesia and China, a move that domestic steel manufacturers said could hurt the local industry. <Accessed 2020-04-12> 

Mask Donation from Taiwan Reaches Central America (2020-04-10)
(CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Ko Lin) Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) on Friday announced that face masks from Taiwan have arrived in the nation's diplomatic allies in Central America, emphasizing the Taiwanese people are "proud" to extend a helping hand at this difficult time. <Accessed 2020-04-12> 

EU Announces Receipt of Donated Face Masks (2020-04-10)
(CNA, By Tang Pei-chun and Matthew Mazzetta)The European Union's Commission for Crisis Management on Thursday announced the receipt of surgical face masks donated by Taiwan, and thanked Taiwan for its "gesture of solidarity" in the fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. <Accessed 2020-04-12> 

Virus Outbreak: Netizens Respond to WHO Accuser (2020-04-11)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) Taiwanese are taking action after WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus accused Taiwan of orchestrating a racist campaign against him, including “complimenting” him and raising funds to run an advertisement in the New York Times. <Accessed 2020-04-14>

Taiwan Reveals Email, Blasts WHO for Possible 'Dereliction of Duty' (2020-04-11)
(CNA, By Chang Ming-hsuan and Emerson Lim) Following the World Health Organization's (WHO's) rejection of Taiwan's claims that it had warned the global health body that the novel coronavirus may be transmitted from human to human, Taiwan's government on Saturday revealed the contents of the disputed Dec. 31 email, blasting the WHO for possible "dereliction of duty." <Accessed 2020-04-14>
U.S.-China Relations
The Ugly End of Chimerica (2020-04-03)
(Foreign Policy, By Orville Schell) But as each country tries to blame the other for the coronavirus crisis, as the world becomes starkly aware of supply chains and their vulnerability, and as the global order shifts tectonically, China and the United States are moving further and further apart. <Accessed 2020-04-13>

U.S. Military Seeks More Funding for Pacific Region After Pandemic
(New York Times, By Julian E. Barnes) A report delivered to Congress last week called for $20.1 billion in equipment, exercises and defense investments to counter China in 2021 and beyond. <Accessed 2020-04-13>

Countering China’s Laser Offensive
(The Diplomat, By Patrick M. Cronin and Ryan D. Neuhard) China’s military and paramilitary forces have been employing lasers with increasing frequency since at least 2018. <Accessed 2020-04-06>

China’s Huawei Warns More US Pressure May Spur Retaliation (2020-04-07)
(The Diplomat, By Joe McDonald) “I think the Chinese government will not just stand by and watch Huawei be slaughtered,” Huawei’s chairman said. <Accessed 2020-04-07>

The Investment War With China: US Investment in China (2020-04-09)
(The Diplomat, By Jean-Marc F. Blanchard) Part three of this series looks at American pressure on U.S. foreign direct investment in China. <Accessed 2020-04-09>

Could the Pandemic Ease U.S.-China Tensions? (2020-04-09)
(Foreign Policy, By Wendy Cutler, Daniel Russel) Against a backdrop of tariffs, 5G, and weakening diplomacy, COVID-19 might be a rare chance for the two countries to come together—if they can listen to their better angels. <Accessed 2020-04-09>

China Telecom Should Be Banned from Operating in US, Departments Say (2020-04-10)
(South China Morning Post, By Jodi Xu Klein) Several US departments are urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to revoke China Telecom (Americas) Corp’s authorisation to provide international telecommunications services to and from the United States. <Accessed 2020-04-13>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Domestic Politics in Mainland China

‘Xi Jinping Thought on Diplomacy’ Fails to Impress – or Reassure (2020-04-06)
(The Diplomat, By Denny Roy) Though the credo is mainly a PR exercise to massage China’s image, it leaves plenty of cause for global concern. <Accessed 2020-04-06>

Masked Crowds Fill Wuhan’s Streets, Trains as Lockdown Ends (2020-04-09)
(The Diplomat, By Sam McNeil) Wuhan ended its 76-day lockdown Wednesday morning. <Accessed 2020-04-09>

While the World Spends on Coronavirus Bailouts, China Holds Back (2020-04-09)
(New York Times, By Keith Bradsher) Beijing has tried to protect jobs and spur lending, but it may have to do more to get its huge, damaged and incredibly complex economy going again. <Accessed 2020-04-13>

Chinese Long March-3B Rocket Fails during Launch of Indonesian Satellite (2020-04-10)
(South China Morning Post, By Matt Ho) China’s space programme suffered another setback on Thursday night with its second rocket launch failure in less than a month. <Accessed 2020-04-13>

China Vows to Unleash Deep Market-oriented Reforms in New Policy Directive as Economic Uncertainty Grows (2020-04-10)
(South China Morning Post, By Zhou Xin, Frank Tang, and Orange Wang) China has vowed to further liberalise its economy from land to labour in a new reform paper, as the country readies itself for an increasingly uncertain outside world. <Accessed 2020-04-13>

China's Foreign Relations

Some Say China’s Belt and Road Helped Create This Pandemic. Can It Prevent the Next One? (2020-04-06)
(The Diplomat, By Andreea Brînză) As COVID-19 spreads around the world, China has begun talking about a “Health Silk Road.” But one already exists – at least, on paper. <Accessed 2020-04-06>

How WHO Became China’s Coronavirus Accomplice (2020-04-06)
(Foreign Policy, By Hinnerk Feldwisch-Drentrup) While the novel coronavirus is changing the world, China is trying to do the same. Already a serious strategic rival of the United States with considerable international clout, it’s now moving into a new field—health. <Accessed 2020-04-06>

Defense Ministers Interaction Highlights China-Singapore Security Ties (2020-04-07)
(The Diplomat, By Prashanth Parameswaran) The recent development spotlighted the defense aspect of the relationship between the two countries. <Accessed 2020-04-07>

Europe’s ‘17+1’ Countries Dissatisfied with China Relations, Report Says, as Summit Is Postponed (2020-04-07)
(South China Morning Post, By Keegan Elmer) Central and Eastern European countries have become increasingly dissatisfied with the economic results of their “17+1” initiative with China, according to a report released on Tuesday. <Accessed 2020-04-13>

PacNet #19 – Five Reasons Why Xi’s ‘Peking Model’ Will Struggle Post-Covid-19 (2020-04-07)
(Pacific Forum, By Jagannath Panda) In the post Covid-19 order this will not be easy for China, and Xi’s Peking model will come under serious challenges. <Accessed 2020-04-13>

World Must Watch PRC’s Actions in UN Bodies: Ou (2020-04-08)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) UN members need to watch out for Beijing’s abuse of power in the world body’s systems, after a Chinese official was appointed last week to a panel on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday. <Accessed 2020-04-13> 

China-led AIIB Approves First Emergency Loan for COVID–19 Relief (2020-04-09)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) The institution has also announced a broader fund for COVID-19 relief efforts. <Accessed 2020-04-09>

Fears of a Chinese Global Takeover Are Greatly Exaggerated (2020-04-09)
(Brookings, By Susan A. Thornton) These fears are greatly exaggerated; China will not emerge from this crisis as a dominant world power. <Accessed 2020-04-13>

China Appointed to Influential UN Human Rights Council Panel (2020-04-09)
(The Diplomat, By Eleanor Albert) Given China’s own rights record, the appointment has sparked concern about the future of the UN’s human rights agenda. <Accessed 2020-04-09>

China Delays Mask and Ventilator Exports After Quality Complaints (2020-04-11)
(New York Times, By Keith Bradsher) Chinese customs officials, facing accusations from Europe that some medical supplies have been defective, say they will inspect every shipment. <Accessed 2020-04-13>

Strategic Challenges of China’s Rise (2020-04-11)
(East Asia Forum, By Trevor Wilson) If the world wants China’s new strategic reach to be more compatible with international norms, the international community must seek adjustments in Chinese policies. <Accessed 2020-04-13>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

US Accuses Beijing of Using Coronavirus as Cover for South China Sea Activity (2020-04-07)
(South China Morning Post, By Kristin Huang) The United States has accused China of using the global coronavirus pandemic to further expand its “unlawful claims” in the South China Sea. <Accessed 2020-04-13>

Philippines Expresses ‘Deep Concern’ after China-Vietnam Incident in South China Sea
(South China Morning Post, By Chris Humphrey and Bac Pham) The Philippines on Wednesday expressed “deep concern” over the April 3 collision between a Chinese coast guard vessel and a Vietnamese fishing boat in the South China Sea, citing its own experience last year as a sign of “how much trust in a friendship is lost” following such incidents. <Accessed 2020-04-13>

South China Sea and the Coronavirus: New Vietnam-China Incident Spotlights Old Realities
(The Diplomat, By Prashanth Parameswaran) The sinking of a Vietnamese vessel last week is a tangible remainder of the need to pay attention to the South China Sea flashpoint even amid the focus on COVID-19. <Accessed 2020-04-09>

The Korean Peninsula

South Korea Goes to the Polls, Coronavirus Pandemic or Not (2020-04-10)
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) The outbreak has disrupted global political calendars, but the country’s early parliamentary voting so far has been smooth — and heavily regulated. <Accessed 2020-04-13>

Other Regional Issues

COVID-19 Calls for International Economic Policy Coordination (2020-04-08)
(East Asia Forum, By Masahiko Takeda) The immediate policy measures being taken are naturally focussed on health and hygiene, aimed at containing the spread of the virus and minimising deaths. But a coordinated international economic response is also imperative. <Accessed 2020-04-13>

When Asian Economies Rebuild After COVID-19, They Should Choose a New Path (2020-04-09)
(The Diplomat, By Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana) The Asia-Pacific response to the coronavirus crisis must build a resilient and sustainable future. <Accessed 2020-04-09>

What’s Next for US-ASEAN Cooperation Amid the Global Coronavirus Pandemic? (2020-04-09)
(The Diplomat, By Prashanth Parameswaran) A closer look at how both sides may look to advance collaboration amid the global pandemic. <Accessed 2020-04-09>

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