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2020-10-03 | NO.44(37) epaper |
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Cross-Strait Relations
The United States and Cross-Strait Military Balance (2020-09-29)
(China Times, By Su Chi) As a new crisis in the Taiwan Strait looms larger every day, many people in Taiwan continue to bask in the fond memories of 1996 when two U.S. carrier groups came to its rescue. The hard reality today, however, is that the U.S. may still be more than willing to save Taiwan, it is less than capable to do so. <Accessed 2020-10-06>

Taiwan Defence Chief Says No Signs China is Preparing for War (2020-09-29)
(Reuters) There are no signs that China is preparing for all-out war with Taiwan, such as massing troops along its eastern coast, Taiwan’s defence chief said on Tuesday, after repeated Chinese drills near the island that China claims as its own. <Accessed 2020-10-05>

Chinese Warplanes Again Intrude into Taiwan's ADIZ (2020-09-29)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Ko Lin) Two Chinese Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Tuesday, the eighth Chinese intrusion since Sept. 16, the Air Force Headquarters said that day. <Accessed 2020-10-05>

After Hong Kong: China Sets Sights on Solving 'the Taiwan Problem'
 (2020-10-02)
(Guardian, By Emma Graham-Harrison and Helen Davidson) An invasion may not be imminent but experts say armed forces could have capacity to mount one by the end of the decade. <Accessed 2020-10-02>

Anticipating China’s Military Coercion of Taiwan (2020-09-15)
(Institute Montaigne, By Mathieu Duchâtel) Europe should prepare for an increase of tensions in the Taiwan Strait in the coming years. The key moment will be January 2021, when China holds its annual Taiwan work conference. <Accessed 2020-10-02>

Taiwan Scrambles Fighter Jets after PLA Spy Plane Enters Air Defence Zone (2020-10-03)
(SCMP, By William Zheng) Taiwan said it scrambled fighter jets on Thursday evening to ward off a Chinese warplane that had entered its air defence identification zone (ADIZ) near a group of islets administered by Taipei. <Accessed 2020-10-02>

Chinese Military Vessel Spotted Near Taiwan: Military Sources (2020-10-03)
(CNA, By Tyson Lu and Emerson Lim) A Chinese military vessel has been observed operating in international waters 30 nautical miles (55.5km) off Taiwan's east coast for more than a day since early Friday, military sources told CNA on Saturday. <Accessed 2020-10-05>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
U.S., Taiwan to Team up on Infrastructure in Pushback against China (2020-09-30)
(Reuters, By Ben Blanchard) The United States and Taiwan will work together on infrastructure projects in the Indo-Pacific region and Latin America, officials said on Wednesday, in an implicit pushback for China’s own massive regional investment plans. <Accessed 2020-09-30>

US Must Show China Its Strategic Ambiguity on Taiwan Is Backed by Serious Deterrent (2020-10-01)
(South China Morning Post, By Gregory Mitrovich) Before the US should make any changes to its declared policy in the region, it must restore the deterrent threat that China’s growing military power has eroded, by first improving Taiwan’s defences and deploying the necessary military power to make a deterrent threat, ambiguous or not, convincing. <Accessed 2020-10-07>

U.S. Congress Task Force Suggests Name Change for Taiwan Office (2020-10-01)
(CNA, By Stacy Hsu and Chiang Yi-ching) A report published by a U.S. Congress task force on Wednesday said that the U.S. should allow Taiwan to change the name of its office in the country to the "Taiwan Representative Office" or a similar title, in reflection of the "broad, substantial relations" it shares with Taiwan. <Accessed 2020-10-05>

50 U.S. Senators Call for Trade Pact Talks with Taiwan (2020-10-02)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Elizabeth Hsu) Half of the 100 members of the United States Senate issued a call Thursday for their country to start formal negotiations on a comprehensive bilateral trade agreement (BTA) with Taiwan. <Accessed 2020-10-02>
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics

Taiwan’s KMT May Have a Serious ‘1992 Consensus’ Problem (2020-10-01)
(The Diplomat, By Derek Grossman and Brandon Alexander Millan) Clinging to the consensus has won the party little respect from Beijing, while putting it out of step with the majority of Taiwanese opinion. <Accessed 2020-10-01>

Taiwan's Foreign Relations

'Taiwan is Taiwan': China Name Dispute Moves from Birds to Climate Change (2020-09-27)
(Reuters, By Ben Blanchard) The dispute over international organisations referring to Taiwan as Chinese has moved from wild bird conservation to climate change, after a global alliance of mayors began listing Taiwanese cities as belonging to China on its website. <Accessed 2020-09-28>

With EU Help, Taiwan Gets Rare Win in China Naming Dispute
 (2020-09-28)
(Reuters) Taiwan said on Monday the European Union had stepped in to help after a global alliance of mayors stopped referring to Taiwanese cities as part of China, in a rare win for the island amid growing Chinese pressure. <Accessed 2020-09-28>

12 Allies Speak up for Taiwan in U.N. Debate
 (2020-09-30)
(CNA, By Ozzy Yin and Emerson Lim) Twelve of Taiwan's 15 diplomatic allies voiced support during the general debate of the 75th U.N. General Assembly for Taiwan's bid to participate in the United Nations system. <Accessed 2020-09-30>

Taiwan, Belize Sign Pacts on Trade, Legal Assistance and Aviation (2020-10-01)
(CNA, By Chen Yun-yu, Liang Pei-chi, and Ko Lin) Taiwan and Belize have reached three separate agreements to promote and strengthen their diplomatic ties through bilateral cooperation in the fields of trade, legal assistance and aviation. <Accessed 2020-10-05>

Canadian Warship Sails Near Taiwan at Time of Heightened China Tension (2020-10-03)
(Reuters) A Canadian warship has sailed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait, the island’s defence ministry said on Saturday, a voyage that comes at a time of heightened military tension between China and Taiwan and which could anger Beijing. <Accessed 2020-10-05>

Czech, Taiwanese Businesses Plan Mutual Visits Next Spring (2020-10-03)
(CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Emerson Lim) Companies from both the Czech Republic and Taiwan are planning to conduct more mutual visits next spring to explore business opportunities in each other's country, following satisfying results from the recent visit to Taiwan by a delegation led by Czech Senate President Miloš Vystrčil. <Accessed 2020-10-05>
U.S.-China Relations
Pope Cancels Pompeo Meeting as China Bishops Deal Up for Renewal (2020-09-28)
(South China Morning Post, By Eduardo Baptista) Pope Francis has cancelled a meeting with the US’ top diplomat as the Vatican prepares to renew a deal on the appointment of Catholic bishops in China. <Accessed 2020-10-07>

House Reports Push for More Focus on China by Intelligence Agencies
 (2020-09-30)
(New York Times, By Julian E. Barnes) Separate studies by Democrats and Republicans reached a similar conclusion: More resources are needed to compete with Beijing. <Accessed 2020-10-07>

No Matter Who Wins in November, Budget Cuts and Domestic Politics Will Crimp America’s China Strategy
 (2020-10-01)
(The Diplomat, By Jacob Parakilas) Even though China is a rare point of convergence for both parties, partisan politics and COVID-19 induced cuts will affect the U.S. military’s ability to hold the fort in Asia-Pacific come January. <Accessed 2020-10-01>

China Is Signaling Its Desire to Improve Relations With the US. Is Anyone Listening? (2020-10-01)
(The Diplomat, By Aries Li) Chinese officials’ World War II commemorations hold an important message for the modern day China-U.S. relationship. <Accessed 2020-10-01>

American Leaders Sold a Dream of Changing China (2020-10-01)
(Foreign Policy, By Zachary Haver) Advocates of engagement are now downplaying the missionary impulse. That’s not what U.S. presidents said at the time. <Accessed 2020-10-01>

U.S. Appeals Injunction Against WeChat Ban (2020-10-02)
(New York Times, By David McCabe) Trump administration officials claim the Chinese-owned app presents a security risk to American users. <Accessed 2020-10-07>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
003 and More: An Update on China’s Aircraft Carriers (2020-10-01)
(The Diplomat, By Rick Joe) Over the past year, disparate elements of the Chinese Navy’s carrier development program have continued to progress and come together. <Accessed 2020-10-01>

China’s Draft Data Security Law: A Practical Review (2020-10-01)
(The Diplomat, By Marcel Green) For the first time, the Chinese government is taking steps to protect personal and consumer data. Businesses should take note. <Accessed 2020-10-01>

On China’s National Day, Hong Kong Police Quash Protests (2020-10-01)
(New York Times, By Austin Ramzy, Elaine Yu and Tiffany May) The stark contrast from one year to the next shows how the Hong Kong authorities have used social distancing rules, an overwhelming police presence and a sweeping national security law imposed on the city by Beijing at the end of June to silence pro-democracy rallies. <Accessed 2020-10-07>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

Taiwan Fishing Boat Collides with Japanese Ship Near Diaoyutais (2020-09-27)
(CNA, By Matt Yu, Wang Chao-yu, and Elizabeth Hsu) A Taiwanese fishing boat collided with a Japanese government vessel in waters 12 nautical miles west of the disputed Diaoyutai Islands, with no reports of injuries, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said in a statement. <Accessed 2020-09-28>

South China Sea: Chinese Military Holds Drills Near Paracel Islands for a Third Time This Year (2020-09-28)
(South China Morning Post, By Kristin Huang) China’s military conducted naval drills near the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea on Monday, the third time it has carried out exercises in the area this year. <Accessed 2020-10-07>

How the Philippine Army Can Find Its Place in the South China Sea
 (2020-10-01)
(The Diplomat, By Mark Payumo) Manila can exact land-based ownership of the maritime domain with a smarter strategy. <Accessed 2020-10-01>

The Code of Conduct for the South China Sea: A Long and Bumpy Road (2020-10-01)
(The Diplomat, By Viet Hoang) For all their recent promises, China and ASEAN claimant states will struggle to bridge fundamentally divergent interests in the South China Sea. <Accessed 2020-10-01>

Taiwan Protests Renaming of Contested Islands by Japanese Locality (2020-10-01)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Thursday protested the renaming, by a Japanese local government, of the administrative designation of a group of islands claimed by Taiwan, China and Japan. <Accessed 2020-10-05>

Other Regional Issues

India on Board with US-Maldives Alliance to Counter China (2020-09-27)
(Nikkei Asia, By Marwaan Macan-Markar) Unlike a similar initiative seven years ago, the new framework for cooperation between the U.S. and Maldivian departments of defense went through without objection from India, a leading player in the latest version of the South Asian Great Game in which China, Japan and the U.S. are contesting for influence. <Accessed 2020-10-05>

China-India Tensions Put New Delhi at the Margins of the SCO
 (2020-10-01)
(The Diplomat, By Phunchok Stobdan) As Sino-India relations enter free-fall, New Delhi finds itself at the margins of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. <Accessed 2020-10-01>

Quad Foreign Ministers to Meet in Tokyo on October 6 (2020-10-01)
(The Diplomat, By Abhijnan Rej) The grouping is increasingly seeking to shape the Indo-Pacific security and economic architectures. <Accessed 2020-10-01>

How the US Army Fits into America’s Indo-Pacific Strategy (2020-10-01)
(The Diplomat, By Francis P. Sempa) The geography of the Indo-Pacific requires a strong U.S. naval and air presence, but the army has a critical role to play, too. <Accessed 2020-10-01>

In Wake of Recent India-China Conflict, U.S. Sees Opportunity (2020-10-03)
(New York Times, By Pranshu Verma) As the rivalry between India and China intensifies, the United States and India have taken their shared anger toward Beijing and forged stronger diplomatic and military ties that could alter the balance of power in the region. <Accessed 2020-10-07>

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