::: TSR Weekly Report
2020-05-23 | NO.44(18) epaper |
Note to Readers
Cross-Strait Relations
China’s Provocations Around Taiwan Aren’t a Crisis (2020-05-19)
(Foreign Policy, By Bonnie Glaser, Matthew P. Funaiole) Despite alarm bells in Washington, the risk of action is low. <Accessed 2020-05-19>

Beijing Is Pushing the Taiwanese Toward Independence Hard and Fast (2020-05-19)
(Foreign Policy, By Joshua Eisenman, Sean King) If Chinese leaders really want peaceful unification, they need a mutually respectful approach. <Accessed 2020-05-19>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
U.S. Is Using Taiwan as a Pressure Point in Tech Fight With China (2020-05-19)
(New York Times, By Ana Swanson, Paul Mozur and Raymond Zhong) The Trump administration is challenging Chinese access to Taiwan’s high-tech supply chain — and, by extension, Beijing’s influence over the island it claims as its territory. <Accessed 2020-05-23>

US Approves Sale of Heavy Weight Torpedoes for Taiwan
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) The possible sale has an estimated value of $180 million. <Accessed 2020-05-23>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics
Beijing warns of action against Washington after Pompeo congratulates Taiwan’s Tsai (2020-05-21)
(South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung and Sarah Zheng) The US’ high-profile support for Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has become a new flashpoint in increasingly hostile US-China relations, with Beijing warning it will take action against Washington. <Accessed 2020-05-21>

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen Begins Her Second Term (2020-05-21)
(The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) Tsai thanked the Taiwanese people for their unity and resilience in containing the COVID-19 outbreak and offered to engage in dialogue with Beijing. <Accessed 2020-05-21>

Taiwan's Foreign Relations
Discussion of Taiwan's Status in WHA to be Pushed Until End of Year (2020-05-18)
(CNA, By Tang Pei-chun, Tai Ya-chen and Chiang Yi-ching) Discussion on the issue of Taiwan's status in the World Health Assembly (WHA) will be postponed to later in the year when the WHA resumes, the president of this year's assembly, Keva Lorraine Bain, said on Monday. <Accessed 2020-05-18> 

CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan a 'Distinct Global Leader' in COVID-19 Fight: Saint Vincent (2020-05-18)
(CNA, By Kay Liu) Saint Vincent and the Grenadines praised Taiwan's efforts in the global fight against the COVID-19 conoravirus pandemic and its health diplomacy in a statement made available to CNA Monday. <Accessed 2020-05-18> 

How COVID-19 Challenges Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy (2020-05-19)
(The Diplomat, By Jeremy Huai-Che Chiang) The pandemic will inevitably affect Tsai’s signature foreign policy — but not necessarily for the worse. <Accessed 2020-05-19>

Taiwan and the WHO: Ambassador Stanley Kao (2020-05-19)
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) As the WHA opens, Taiwan’s top representative in the United States talks about his country’s representation in the global health body. <Accessed 2020-05-19>

Is Taiwan Looking to Diversify Its Defense Partnerships?  (2020-05-21)
(The Diplomat, By Eleanor Albert) While the U.S. remains far and away Taiwan’s biggest source of arms, other countries could be important partners as well. <Accessed 2020-05-21>
U.S.-China Relations
TSMC Stops New Huawei Orders After U.S. Restrictions: Nikkei (2020-05-18)
(Reuters, By Shubham Kalia) Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd has stopped new orders from Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] in response to Washington’s move aimed at further limiting chip supplies to the Chinese company, the Nikkei reported on Monday, citing multiple sources. <Accessed 2020-05-18> 

U.S.-China Feud Over Coronavirus Erupts at World Health Assembly (2020-05-18)
(New York Times, By Andrew Jacobs, Michael D. Shear and Edward Wong) China’s president pledged $2 billion to fight the virus, a move the United States criticized as an effort to head off scrutiny of its handling of the pandemic. <Accessed 2020-05-23>

The Great Decoupling (2020-05-16)
(Foreign Policy, By Keith Johnson, Robbie Gramer) Washington is pressing for a post-pandemic decoupling from China. But the last big economic split brought on two world wars and a depression. What’s in store this time? <Accessed 2020-05-16>

The Sane Way to Challenge Xi Jinping’s China (2020-05-19)
(Foreign Policy, By Doug Bandow) The new nationalism and repression is a real challenge, but the United States needs to be smart. <Accessed 2020-05-19>

The 5 Ways U.S.-China Competition Is Hardening (2020-05-19)
(Foreign Policy, By Charles Edel, Mira Rapp-Hooper) The pandemic has accelerated preexisting tensions—and there’s no slowdown in sight. <Accessed 2020-05-19>

Trump Stumbles in Effort to Confront China at WHO (2020-05-21)
(Foreign Policy, By Colum Lynch) U.S. fails to gain support for an immediate investigation into coronavirus origins and for bringing Taiwan on as observer. <Accessed 2020-05-21>

The New US-China Battlefield Over the COVID-19 Narrative: Poland (2020-05-22)
(The Diplomat, By Paulina Uznanska and Marian Fila) Largely via Twitter, the U.S. and Chinese ambassadors to Poland have engaged in a fierce debate over COVID-19. <Accessed 2020-05-22>

Top U.S. Officials Threaten Action on China Over Hong Kong Security Law (2020-05-22)
(New York Times, By Michael Crowley, Edward Wong and Ana Swanson) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the White House economic adviser, Kevin Hassett, signaled the Trump administration would punish China. <Accessed 2020-05-23>

The US Pulls Pensions Out of China. What’s the End Game? (2020-05-23)
(The Diplomat, By Bonnie Girard)Coming as part of a sea change in Trump’s rhetoric toward China, this could be the start of a larger strategy. <Accessed 2020-05-23>

Trump’s China Trade Deal Is as Dead as Can Be (2020-05-23)
(Foreign Policy, By Jason Bordoff) His much-touted trade victory has crashed and burned with the coronavirus pandemic. <Accessed 2020-05-23>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Mainland China
25 Years After ‘Disappearing’ Tibetan Panchen Lama, China Is No Nearer to Its Goal (2020-05-19)
(The Diplomat, By Sophie Richardson) In 1995, Chinese authorities took a 6-year-old Tibetan child, identified as the Panchen Lama reincarnate, from his home. He hasn’t been seen since. <Accessed 2020-05-19>

A Closer Look at the PLARF’s DF-26 (2020-05-19)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) One feature on the DF-26 emphasizes its dual-capable nature. <Accessed 2020-05-19>

In China’s Crisis, Xi Sees a Crucible to Strengthen His Rule (2020-05-20)
(New York Times, By Steven Lee Myers and Chris Buckley) China’s leader is using the country’s success — and the criticism against it — to urge the party and the people to weather tough days ahead. <Accessed 2020-05-23>

Chinese Navy Set to Retire Last Type 051 Destroyer
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) Zhuhai, the last serving Type 051G guided-missile destroyer in the PLAN, is set for retirement. <Accessed 2020-05-21>

China, Faced With Challenges, Mounts Show of Strength at Congress Session (2020-05-21)
(New York Times, By Keith Bradsher and Chris Buckley) Beijing broke with precedent in abandoning an annual growth target for 2020, a sign of the difficulties of restarting its economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. <Accessed 2020-05-23>

Hong Kong and Macau

Hong Kong Needs to Defend Its Education System (2020-05-19)
(The Diplomat, By Chauncey Jung) The self-autonomous city’s education system is the latest battleground to resist China’s influence campaign. <Accessed 2020-05-19>

‘I Am Just Hong Kong’: A City’s Fate in China’s Hands (2020-05-23)
(New York Times, By Hannah Beech) The territory’s fate is once again being decided in faraway halls of power, as Beijing moves forward with plans to strip some of the autonomy the territory was supposed to enjoy for 50 years after Britain returned it to China in 1997. <Accessed 2020-05-23>

China Deploys Propaganda Machine to Defend Move Against Hong Kong (2020-05-23)
(New York Times, By Javier C. Hernández) State-run news media depicted the proposed national security laws as necessary to protect the rule of the Communist Party. <Accessed 2020-05-23>

China's Foreign Relations
China’s Diplomats Are Going on the Offensive in Brazil (2020-05-19)
(Foreign Policy, By Oliver Stuenkel) In response to the Brazilian government’s anti-China rhetoric, Beijing has decided to take on a more confrontational diplomatic role. <Accessed 2020-05-19>

Coronavirus Conspiracies Give Boost to Canada’s Far-Right (2020-05-19)
(Foreign Policy, By Steven Zhou) Anti-Chinese sentiment and a public health backlash have vaulted Hong Kong-born Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam into the firing line for Canada’s extremists. <Accessed 2020-05-19>

Don’t Let China Steal Your Steel Industry (2020-05-19)
(Foreign Policy, By Elisabeth Braw) Beijing is rapidly becoming the dominant player in an industry vital to defense and technology companies. If the United States and Europe aren’t careful, they will become dependent. <Accessed 2020-05-19>

Pakistan Discovers the High Cost of Chinese Investment (2020-05-19)
(The Diplomat, By Hussain Haqqani) A new report sheds light on the true costs of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor for Pakistan. <Accessed 2020-05-19>

Assessing China’s Assertiveness at Commodore Reef (2020-05-19)
(The Diplomat, By Christian Vicedo) Implications for the future of international law and good order at sea in the South China Sea. <Accessed 2020-05-19>

Decoding Xi Jinping’s Speech at the World Health Assembly (2020-05-19)
(The Diplomat, By Valérie Niquet) China is on the defensive amid a global backlash, trying to move the narrative toward Xi’s “shared future for mankind.” <Accessed 2020-05-19>

Britain’s Conservatives Sold Out to Beijing Too Cheaply (2020-05-21)
(Foreign Policy, By Robert Foyle Hunwick) Years of obeisance to Beijing have done nothing for Britain. <Accessed 2020-05-21>

Is China Deploying COVID-19 Diplomacy to Speed BRI Projects in Myanmar? (2020-05-21)
(The Diplomat, By Shah Suraj Bharat) At present, fears that China is using the pandemic to exert excessive pressure and push through BRI projects in Myanmar are exaggerated. <Accessed 2020-05-21>

China’s Growing Political Clout in Nepal (2020-05-22)
(The Diplomat, By Kamal Dev Bhattarai) China has, of late, taken an active and quiet interest in Nepal’s domestic politics. <Accessed 2020-05-22>

US Sanctions Prompt China to Cut Most Iran Oil Supplies, Officially at Least (2020-05-23)
(The Diplomat, By Yigal Chazan) Declared imports have nosedived, but Beijing seems unwilling to shut off completely deliveries from its strategic partner. <Accessed 2020-05-23>

China Has Two Paths To Global Domination (2020-05-23)
(Foreign Policy, By Hal Brands and Jake Sullivan) The question of which of these roads China should take is a pressing one for Beijing’s strategists, who will face tough decisions about what to invest in—and what fights to avoid—in the coming years. And the question of what road China will take has profound implications for American strategists—and, ultimately, the rest of the world. <Accessed 2020-05-23>

China’s Mask Diplomacy Won’t Work in the Czech Republic (2020-05-23)
(Foreign Policy, By Tim Gosling) Beijing is trying to use the pandemic to regain lost influence. It won’t be that easy. <Accessed 2020-05-23>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes
No Indication China Able to Establish South China Sea ADIZ (2020-05-18)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Joseph Yeh) There is no indication China will be able to declare an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the contested South China Sea in the near term, a senior Taiwanese defense official said Monday. <Accessed 2020-05-18> 

The Korean Peninsula
Don’t Let Tension With China Ruin US-North Korea Diplomacy (2020-05-23)
(The Diplomat, By Christopher Mott) Present tensions between Washington and Beijing shouldn’t be allowed to derail work toward peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. <Accessed 2020-05-23>

Other Regional Issues

Australian World Health Assembly Effort to Promote Inquiry on COVID-19 Origins Wins Wide Support (2020-05-19)
(The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) More than 100 countries have supported the Australian draft resolution calling for an impartial, international inquiry. <Accessed 2020-05-19>

The Trump Administration Must Maintain America’s Indo-Pacific Basing Posture (2020-05-19)
(The Diplomat, By Melinda Madden) With Japan, the administration stands to damage relations at precisely the wrong time. <Accessed 2020-05-19>

South Korean Politician Adds China Interference Charge to Election Rigging Claim (2020-05-22)
(The Diplomat, By Tae-jun Kang) Min Kyung-wook is claiming China helped rig the April parliamentary polls. <Accessed 2020-05-22>

Managing the Coronavirus: What the World Can Learn From Asia-Pacific Responses (2020-05-22)
(The Diplomat, By Eik Swee) What are the dilemmas governments must navigate in responding to the pandemic? <Accessed 2020-05-22>

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