::: TSR Weekly Report
2020-04-18 | NO.44(13) epaper |
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New Publication James Lee, American Diplomacy and Export-Oriented Industrialization on Taiwan (Journal of East Asian Studies)
Cross-Strait Relations
Taiwan Scrambles Warships as PLA Navy Aircraft Carrier Strike Group Heads for the Pacific (2020-04-12)
(South China Morning Post, By Liu Zhen) Taiwan scrambled warships on Saturday night to monitor the movements of a mainland Chinese carrier strike group after it was spotted by Japan heading towards the western Pacific. <Accessed 2020-04-21>

Chinese Aircraft Carrier Group no Cause for Public Worry: Presidential Office (2020-04-12)
(CNA, By Yeh Su-ping, Matt Yu and Emerson Lim) Presidential Office spokesman Ting Yun-kung (丁允恭) said Sunday the public has no need to worry about their country's safety and security, as a Chinese aircraft carrier battle group sailed east of Taiwan the same day. <Accessed 2020-04-12> 

PLA Flexes Military Muscle near Taiwan ‘in Show of Covid-19 Control’ to Virus-hit US (2020-04-14)
(South China Morning Post, By Minnie Chan) The People’s Liberation Army has resumed regular military drills at home and overseas, moves that military experts say are a show of strength and control over the Covid-19 outbreak. <Accessed 2020-04-21>

NPP Urges Changes to Halt Infiltration of the Media by China
(Taipei Times, By Jason Pan) Tougher laws are needed to combat China’s growing influence on Taiwanese media via funding and sponsored news articles with the aim of subverting public discourse and undermining Taiwan’s democracy, New Power Party (NPP) officials said yesterday. <Accessed 2020-04-14>

'Let Taiwan Passport Be Taiwan': Overseas Taiwanese Groups (2020-04-16)
(CNA, By Lin Hung-han and Matthew Mazzetta) In a joint statement headed, "Let Taiwan Passport Be Taiwan," 46 Taiwanese organizations in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania said they are all familiar with the stories of confusion at foreign immigration desks when Taiwanese present a passport that says "Republic of China" on the front. <Accessed 2020-04-21> 

Officials Warn of Chinese Militia (2020-04-17)
(Taipei Times, By Huang Hsin-po and Jake Chung) The Ocean Affairs Council yesterday said that it has not ruled out the possibility that China is using maritime militias to provoke cross-strait conflict, even though the Ministry of National Defense said that a clash last month between Chinese fishing boats and Coast Guard Administration (CGA) vessels was an isolated incident. <Accessed 2020-04-22>

Taiwan Warns Against Nationals Working for CPC-Affiliated Agencies (2020-04-17)
(CNA, By Flor Wang and Lai Yen-hsi) Taiwan warned Friday of legal action against Taiwanese citizens working for China-based media outlets with links to the Communist Party of China (CPC), after an incident that came to light at a recent White House news briefing. <Accessed 2020-04-22>

Penghu Coast Guard Chases Off Illegal Chinese Sand Dredgers (2020-04-17)
(CNA, By Chen Chi-feng and Ko Lin) More than 40 Chinese vessels were chased from Taiwan's territorial waters Friday after they were found illegally dredging sea sand, the Penghu coast guard said. <Accessed 2020-04-22>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
Coronavirus Outbreak Brings US and Taiwan Closer Together (2020-04-13)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) The US has used the Covid-19 pandemic to shore up its relations with Taiwan despite strong protests from mainland China. <Accessed 2020-04-21>

U.S. Aircraft Spotted Near Taiwan as Chinese Navy Conducts Training
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Emerson Lim) An American anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft was spotted south of Taiwan Tuesday morning, close to where a Chinese aircraft carrier battle group is engaged in a training exercise, according to Aircraft Spots, a military air movement tracker. <Accessed 2020-04-14>

Former U.S. Ambassador to U.N. Lauds Taiwan's COVID-19 Response (2020-04-15)
(CNA, By Evelyn Kao) Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power praised Taiwan's success in containing the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Twitter Tuesday. <Accessed 2020-04-22>

Military Gearing up for New Abrams Tanks (2020-04-16)
(Taipei Times/CNA) Taiwan is setting up facilities to train personnel for the 108 M1A2T Abrams tanks the US is to start delivering in 2023, the Ministry of National Defense said yesterday. <Accessed 2020-04-21> 

PPE Supplies Reach Taiwan, U.S. Under Bilateral Arrangement (2020-04-16)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) The first batch of personal protective equipment (PPE) that Taiwan and the United States agreed to supply to each other under a bilateral cooperation arrangement has been delivered, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday.<Accessed 2020-04-21> 
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics

Virus Outbreak: MOTC Open to Renaming CAL: Minister (2020-04-12)
(Taipei Times, By Shelley Shan) The Ministry of Transportation and Communications is open to renaming China Airlines (CAL) so that it is not mistaken for a Chinese airline, but the company’s shareholders and the public would have the final say, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said on Saturday night. <Accessed 2020-04-12> 

Virus Outbreak: KMT Sets Timer for CAL Name Change (2020-04-14)
(Taipei Times, By Shelley Shan) The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday set a timer to calculate the number of days it would take for China Airlines (CAL) to change its name to Taiwan Airlines after Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) reiterated his support for the name-change campaign on Monday, adding that it dared the transportation minister to rename the airline. <Accessed 2020-04-14> 

Premier Offers Support for China Airlines Name Change (2020-04-14)
(CNA, By Chen Chun-hua and Matthew Mazzetta) Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) on Tuesday said he supports changing the name of national carrier China Airlines (CAL) to make clear that the airline represents Taiwan, though he noted the complexities involved in such a change mean it could likely only be accomplished in the long term. <Accessed 2020-04-14> 

Virus Outbreak: KMT Delays Final Review of COVID-19 Act
(Taipei Times, By Sean Lin) A final review of draft amendments to the Act on COVID-19 Prevention, Relief and Recovery (嚴重特殊傳染性肺炎防治及紓困振興特別條例) was yesterday delayed after the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus withdrew from cross-caucus negotiations in protest of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus “twisting” its bailout proposals. <Accessed 2020-04-14> 

Military Budget Shows Plans for a Power Exoskeleton (2020-04-14)
(Taipei Times/CNA) The military is planning to spend millions of New Taiwan dollars to design and build its own military-use powered exoskeleton, which is expected to begin production in 2023, a Ministry of National Defense budget proposal for fiscal 2020 showed. <Accessed 2020-04-14> 

Minister Directs China Airlines to Better Publicize Taiwan's Image (2020-04-15)
(CNA, By Yu Hsiao-han and Lee Hsin-Yin) Transportation Minister Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said Wednesday that he has directed Taiwan-based China Airlines (CAL) to find ways to better highlight the country's image, amid public calls for the airline's name to be changed. <Accessed 2020-04-22>

Motion to Halt Han Recall Petition Dismissed; Han Vows Appeal (2020-04-17)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Matthew Mazzetta) The Taipei High Administrative Court on Friday dismissed a motion by Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) to halt an effort to recall him from office. <Accessed 2020-04-22>

Han Recall Vote Set for June 6 (2020-04-18)
(Taipei Times, By Jason Pan) A vote to recall Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) is to be held on June 6, the Central Election Commission (CEC) said yesterday after it verified the public endorsements of a recall petition. <Accessed 2020-04-21> 

Taiwan's Foreign Relations

Virus Outbreak: MOFA Thanks European Lawmakers for Their Support (2020-04-12)
(Taipei Times/CNA) More than 100 European lawmakers have signed letters voicing support for Taiwan’s bid to participate in the WHO’s World Health Assembly (WHA), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Saturday. <Accessed 2020-04-12>

CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan-Singapore Talks on Mask Donation Still on Track: MOFA (2020-04-12)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Joseph Yeh) Taiwan's foreign ministry said Sunday that discussions on a donation of surgical face to Singapore are still in progress between the two countries, despite the apparent reservations expressed by Singapore's first lady. <Accessed 2020-04-12>

Taiwan Is Exporting Its Coronavirus Successes to the World (2020-04-13)
(Foreign Policy, By Nick Aspinwall) Despite being shut out of WHO, Taiwan has largely succeeded in containing the coronavirus. Even as it faces a second wave of infections, it is helping other countries—and bolstering its soft power in the process. <Accessed 2020-04-13>

Tsai Rejects Accusations Taiwan Attacked WHO Chief, Invites Him to Visit (2020-04-13)
(The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) Tedros claimed racist slurs directed toward him had originated in Taiwan, allegations which were rejected by Taiwan’s president and its foreign ministry. <Accessed 2020-04-13>

Virus Outbreak: Taiwan to Donate 1.3 Million Masks to Eight EU States
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) Eight EU member countries are to receive 1.3 million masks from Taiwan as part of its second batch of donations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday, again urging the WHO to fully include the nation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. <Accessed 2020-04-14>

Crowdfunded 'Taiwan Can Help' Ad Published in New York Times (2020-04-14)
(CNA, By Wang Hsin-yu and Joseph Yeh) The New York Times on Tuesday published an advertisement funded by over 26,000 donors in a fundraising campaign with the aim of showing the world that Taiwan can help in the fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. <Accessed 2020-04-14> 

300,000 Masks Being Donated by Taiwan to Philippines (2020-04-14)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) Taiwan's government is donating 300,000 face masks to the Philippines as part of its new pledge to give 6 million masks to regional countries to help them fight the new coronavirus pandemic. <Accessed 2020-04-14> 

Mask Donation from Taiwan Reaches United Kingdom (2020-04-14)
(CNA, By Tai Ya-chen and Matthew Mazzetta) Face masks donated by Taiwan arrived in the United Kingdom on Monday, where they will be transferred to the National Healthcare Service (NHS) for distribution to front-line medical personnel, according to Taiwan's U.K. representative office. <Accessed 2020-04-14> 

Taiwan's Face Masks Arrive in Guatemala to Help Fight Coronavirus (2020-04-14)
(Taiwan News, By Staff Writer) A total of 180,000 surgical masks manufactured in Taiwan have been passed to Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, who called for unity in the fight against the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. <Accessed 2020-04-14> 

Taiwan Highlights Face Mask, Thermal Camera Donations at 2 Events (2020-04-15)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) Two separate ceremonies were held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Wednesday to trumpet Taiwan's donations of surgical face masks and infrared thermal imaging cameras to its diplomatic allies amid the global COVID-19 outbreak. <Accessed 2020-04-22>

WHO Counters Taiwan Ad Saying It Is Isolated from World Health Body (2020-04-15)
(CNA, By Tang Pei-chun and Evelyn Kao) Responding to an ad arguing that Taiwan has been isolated from the World Health Organization (WHO), the world health body said Tuesday it has maintained regular technical exchanges with Taiwanese health authorities over several decades. <Accessed 2020-04-22>

Taiwan Donates 2 Million Masks to Japan (2020-04-16)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) Taiwan donated 2 million surgical face masks to Japan on Thursday to help its northern neighbor contain the spread of the coronavirus, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said in a statement. <Accessed 2020-04-21> 

Taiwan Hospital Discusses Virus Control with 8 Latin American Nations (2020-04-16)
(CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Evelyn Kao) National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUT) held discussions Wednesday with eight Latin American countries via video conferencing to share Taiwan's experience in fighting the COVID-19 coronavirus disease, according to the foreign ministry. <Accessed 2020-04-21> 

Taiwan Works with Montenegro Police to Deal with Scam Crimes (2020-04-17)
(CNA, By Liu Chien-pang and Kay Liu) The two countries negotiated an agreement to repatriate the suspects and hand over the evidence to Taiwan, the Criminal Investigation Bureau said. It added this was the first time that Taiwanese and Montenegrin authorities have exchanged intelligence and conducted mutual legal assistance. <Accessed 2020-04-22>

Taiwan’s Coronavirus Response Wins Rare Praise from World Health Organisation (2020-04-18)
(South China Morning Post, By Kinling Lo) The World Health Organisation has praised Taiwan’s efforts to contain Covid-19 as it faced growing pressure to incorporate the island into the global fight against the pandemic. <Accessed 2020-04-21>

Virus Outbreak: ‘Time’ Features Tsai on Fighting COVID-19 (2020-04-18)
(Taipei Times/CNA) An article written by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) is one of the featured stories in a special issue published by Time magazine on Thursday that asked more than 50 “Time 100” honorees for their insights on the challenges the world faces navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. <Accessed 2020-04-21> 

Singapore PM’s Wife Apologizes to Tsai (2020-04-18)
(Taipei Times/CNA) Ho Ching (何晶), the wife of Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (李顯龍), on Thursday apologized to President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) for sharing a video on Facebook that criticized the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). <Accessed 2020-04-21>

WHO Praises Taiwan on COVID-19, but No Change on Participation Issue (2020-04-18)
(CNA, By Tang Pei-chun and Emerson Lim) An official of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday openly praised Taiwan for its handling of the novel coronavirus outbreak but reiterated the agency's position on Taiwan's participation. <Accessed 2020-04-21> 

President Pushing Online Diplomacy Through Tweets (2020-04-18)
(CNA, By Yeh Su-Ping, Lu Hsin-hui and Kay Liu) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) saw the number of her Twitter account followers surge past 1 million earlier this week as the social media platform has become a tool to strengthen Taiwan's participation in the global community, she said Friday. <Accessed 2020-04-21> 
U.S.-China Relations
Military Maneuvers: US Warships, Aircraft Follow PLA Jet Sortie (2020-04-12)
(Taipei Times/CNA) A US Navy guided-missile warship and two military reconnaissance aircraft were operating near Taiwan over the past two days, after Chinese warplanes showed up in the area, the Ministry of National Defense confirmed yesterday. <Accessed 2020-04-12>

U.S., China Stepping up Military Messaging Amid Pandemic: Analysts (2020-04-12)
(CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Emerson Lim) Media visibility and direct messaging could be the motives behind the frequent appearances of Chinese and American military assets near Taiwan, especially as they are both struggling with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, according to analysts in Taiwan. <Accessed 2020-04-12> 

To Help Save the US Economy – and Lives – End the China Tariffs Now (2020-04-13)
(The Diplomat, By David Firestein, Bob Holden, Mark Kirk, and Dan Slane) Leaving the tariffs in place will exacerbate the already enormous strain under which the U.S. economy is now laboring. <Accessed 2020-04-13>

Survey: Chinese Report Less Favorable Views of US Democracy (2020-04-13)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) The American political system remains unpopular in China. <Accessed 2020-04-13>

China’s ‘Donation Diplomacy’ Raises Tensions With U.S. (2020-04-14)
(New York Times, By Edward Wong and Paul Mozur) New regulations in China are delaying its shipments of medical supplies around the world. And some American officials worry accepting donated gear helps China’s propaganda efforts. <Accessed 2020-04-21>

Economic Havoc Wreaked by Coronavirus Has Likely Throttled US-China Trade Deal, Experts Say (2020-04-15)
(South China Morning Post, By Robert Delaney) Covid-19 has likely rendered a historic “phase-one” US-China trade deal signed in January stillborn, and the need to address the economic devastation that the pandemic has caused will ratchet up the pressure on Beijing to reform its domestic economy, two experts on the bilateral relationship said on Tuesday. <Accessed 2020-04-21>

Coronavirus: Donald Trump Halts US Contributions to World Health Organisation during ‘Review’ (2020-04-15)
(South China Morning Post, By Owen Churchill and Robert Delaney) US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he would suspend funding to the World Health Organisation (WHO) while the government investigates alleged missteps the United Nations health agency made in responding to the coronavirus outbreak in China. <Accessed 2020-04-21>

Coronavirus: Donald Trump Says He Discussed Wuhan Laboratory Connection with Xi Jinping (2020-04-16)
(South China Morning Post, By Robert Delaney) US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he discussed an alleged connection between a virology lab in Wuhan and the coronavirus outbreak that led to the Covid-19 pandemic with China’s President Xi Jinping during a phone call. <Accessed 2020-04-21>

COVID-19 Will Make the U.S.-China Great Power Dynamics More Confrontational (2020-04-16)
(The Diplomat, By Monish Tourangbam and Hamsini Hariharan) The pandemic induced bilateral spat between the two most powerful countries in the world comes amid the unfinished business of the trade war. <Accessed 2020-04-16>

Moderate Voices Call For Calm as US-China Coronavirus War of Words Rages (2020-04-16)
(South China Morning Post, By Mimi Lau) Moderate Chinese intellectuals and opinion leaders are calling for cooler heads to prevail on the mainland in the midst of a rising ultra nationalism propelled by the US-China blame game over the coronavirus pandemic. <Accessed 2020-04-21>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Domestic Politics in Mainland China

Responding to the Epidemic in Wuhan: Insights into Chinese Military Logistics (2020-04-13)
(Jamestown Foundation, By Joel Wuthnow) The JLSF’s role in Wuhan illuminated several key strengths of the PLA logistics system—including centralized control, effective use of information technology, and civil-military coordination—while also suggesting potential deficiencies. <Accessed 2020-04-21>

The PLA Navy’s ZHANLAN Training Series: Supporting Offensive Strike on the High Seas (2020-04-13)
(Jamestown Foundation, By Roderick Lee) The key takeaway from this training event is that the PLAN is developing the proficiencies to sustain limited offensive strikes against U.S. forces—perhaps as far out as Hawaii. <Accessed 2020-04-21>

China’s Early COVID-19 Missteps Have an All-Too-Mundane Explanation (2020-04-13)
(The Diplomat, By Kyle Jaros) How intergovernmental dynamics influenced the coronavirus outbreak in China. <Accessed 2020-04-13>

As Coronavirus Fades in China, Nationalism and Xenophobia Flare (2020-04-16)
(New York Times, By Vivian Wang and Amy Qin) Now that the pandemic is raging outside China’s borders, foreigners are being shunned, barred from public spaces and even evicted. <Accessed 2020-04-21>

China’s Economy Shrinks, Ending a Nearly Half-Century of Growth (2020-04-16)
(New York Times, By Keith Bradsher) The contraction comes at a time when the rest of the world needs an economic boost, underscoring how momentous the task of reviving the global economy will be. <Accessed 2020-04-21>

China Didn’t Warn Public of Likely Pandemic for 6 Key Days (2020-04-16)
(The Diplomat, By Associated Press) Internal Chinese government documents show a delay in Beijing’s official reaction. <Accessed 2020-04-16>

Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Chinese Persecution of Critics Hasn’t Stopped – It Has Worsened (2020-04-16)
(The Diplomat, By James Tager) While the world struggles with the coronavirus, China makes moves to extend its persecution well outside its borders. <Accessed 2020-04-16>

China Raises Coronavirus Death Toll by 50% in Wuhan (2020-04-17)
(New York Times, By Amy Qin) Officials facing skepticism about their credibility also bumped up their tally of infections in the city where the pandemic emerged. <Accessed 2020-04-21>

Beijing and Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s Protests Amid COVID-19: A Dying Movement or a Halted War? (2020-04-13)
(The Diplomat, By Brian Wong) The seeming peace in Hong Kong reflects a gathering storm on the horizon – a storm Hong Kong and Beijing alike must address. <Accessed 2020-04-13>

China's Foreign Relations

China Has Its Eyes on Serbia (2020-04-13)
(Foreign Policy, By Vuk Vuksanovic) Beijing is using the coronavirus pandemic to expand its influence into the EU’s backyard. <Accessed 2020-04-13>

Mind the Trap: What Basing Rights in Djibouti and Sri Lanka Reveal About the Limitations of Debt as a Tool of Chinese Military Expansion (2020-04-13)
(Jamestown Foundation, By Scott Wingo) Chinese basing ambitions can succeed in countries with few economic alternatives and low elite turnover—Cambodia fits this bill, and perhaps Pakistan—but are unlikely to succeed elsewhere, regardless of debt. <Accessed 2020-04-21>

COVID-19 Escalates the China-Australia Contest in the Pacific (2020-04-13)
(The Diplomat, By Philip Citowicki) China’s COVID-19 public relations push presents a major challenge for Australia, and the West broadly, in countering Chinese influence in the Pacific. <Accessed 2020-04-13>

The Belt and Road After COVID-19 (2020-04-13)
(The Diplomat, By Plamen Tonchev) Possible post-pandemic scenarios for China’s long-term foreign policy strategy. <Accessed 2020-04-13>

How China Is Remaking the UN In Its Own Image (2020-04-13)
(The Diplomat, By Tung Cheng-Chia and Alan H. Yang) China’s attempts to make the UN a tool for achieving its hegemonic ambition could end up destroying the body from within. <Accessed 2020-04-13>

U.N. Backs Down on Hiring Chinese Firm for 75th Anniversary (2020-04-16)
(Foreign Policy, By Colum Lynch, Robbie Gramer) The decision comes after U.S. officials and human rights advocates complained that Tencent aids Beijing in surveillance. <Accessed 2020-04-16>

China’s Aggressive Diplomacy Weakens Xi Jinping’s Global Standing (2020-04-17)
(New York Times, By Steven Lee Myers) In the past week officials in France, Britain and nearly two dozen African nations have rebuked actions or statements by the Chinese government. <Accessed 2020-04-21>

China Moves to Keep EU Investment Talks on Track (2020-04-18)
(South China Morning Post, By Stuart Lau) China is stepping up its efforts to reach an investment agreement with the European Union, with the vice-premier in charge of trade talks calling his counterparts in Brussels on Friday. <Accessed 2020-04-21>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

Beijing Moves to Strengthen Grip over Disputed South China Sea (2020-04-18)
(South China Morning Post, By Kinling Lo) Beijing has moved to tighten its grip over the South China Sea by setting up new administrative structures in the disputed waters. <Accessed 2020-04-21>

The Korean Peninsula

North Korea Fires Missiles as South’s Elections Loom (2020-04-14)
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) The tests of short-range missiles came a day before South Korea holds parliamentary elections amid the coronavirus pandemic. <Accessed 2020-04-21>

U.S. Accuses North Korea of Cyberattacks, a Sign That Deterrence Is Failing
(New York Times, By David E. Sanger and Nicole Perlroth) Through the attacks, a report says, the North steals and launders money, extorts companies and uses digital currencies to gain cash for its nuclear program. <Accessed 2020-04-21>

In South Korea Vote, ​Virus Delivers Landslide Win to Governing Party (2020-04-15)
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) President Moon Jae-in’s left-leaning alliance in South Korea won a historic majority in Parliament thanks in part to the country’s largely successful handling of the coronavirus. <Accessed 2020-04-21>

Other Regional Issues

How COVID-19 Could Spark a Series of Crises Across Southeast Asia (2020-04-13)
(The Diplomat, By David Hutt) COVID-19 could be just the first in a series of crises that hit the region in the coming months. <Accessed 2020-04-13>

Don’t Get Too Excited, ‘Quad Plus’ Meetings Won’t Cover China (2020-04-13)
(The Diplomat, By Derek Grossman) The Quad Plus may actually jeopardize what, in recent years, has become the Quad’s primary mission long-term: signalling unified resolve to counter China’s growing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific. <Accessed 2020-04-13>

ASEAN Ministers Endorse New COVID-19 Response Fund (2020-04-13)
(The Diplomat, By Jim Gomez) Southeast Asian foreign ministers have endorsed the setting up of a regional fund to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. <Accessed 2020-04-13>

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