::: TSR Weekly Report
2021-04-10 | NO.45(15) epaper |
Recent Publication
Mariah Thornton, Robert Ash, and Dafydd Fell, Taiwan's Economic and Diplomatic Challenges and Opportunities (Routledge)

Richard C. Bush, 
Difficult Choices: Taiwan's Quest for Security and the Good Life (Brookings Institution Press)

Lowell Dittmer, China's Political Economy in the Xi Jinping Epoch: Domestic and Global Dimensions (World Scientific)  
Cross-Strait Relations
Don't Help China By Hyping Risk Of War Over Taiwan (2021-04-08)
(NPR, By Richard Bush, Bonnie Glaser, and Ryan Hass) Beijing's goal is to constantly remind Taiwan's people of its growing power, induce pessimism about Taiwan's future, deepen splits within the island's political system and show that outside powers are impotent to counter its flexes.

Alleged Chinese Spies Indicted in Taiwan for Money Laundering
(CNA, By Hsiao Po-wen and Matthew Mazzetta) Two executives from a Hong Kong company, who have been prevented from leaving Taiwan since they were accused in 2019 of conspiring with Chinese intelligence, were indicted on charges of money laundering Thursday by the Taipei District Prosecutors Office.

No TSMC Chips in China Arms: MOEA
(Taipei Times, By Angelica Oung) A report in yesterday’s Washington Post alleged that a Chinese company named Phytium Technology Co (飛騰) used chips made by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電), along with US software, in advanced Chinese military systems.
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
US Ambassador Makes First Visit to Taiwan in More Than 40 Years (2021-04-06)
(The Diplomat, By Eleanor Albert) A visit from Palau’s president also highlighted a milestone for Taiwan-U.S. relations.

US Unveils New Rules for Government Contacts with Taiwan (2021-04-09)
(Associated Press, By Matthew Lee) The State Department on Friday unveiled new rules for U.S. government contacts with Taiwan that are likely to anger China but appear to reimpose some restrictions that had been lifted by the Trump administration.

Biden Backs Taiwan, but Some Call for a Clearer Warning to China (2021-04-08)
(New York Times, By Michael Crowley) As China’s power and ambition grow, however, and Beijing assesses Washington to be weakened and distracted, a debate is underway whether the United States should make a clearer commitment to the island’s defense, in part to reduce the risk of a miscalculation by China that could lead to unwanted war.
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics
KMT Chair Says No Plans to Change Party Emblem (2021-04-09)
(CNA, By Liu Kuan-ting, Hsieh Chia-chen, and Matthew Mazzetta) Opposition Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) said Friday that the party will not change its official emblem, after the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) suggested the party alter the symbol due to its high degree of similarity with the national emblem. The recent debate on the issue dates back to January, when the Legislature passed a resolution requiring the MOI to evaluate the feasibility of changing the national emblem, which is based on that of the KMT.

Drought in Taiwan Pits Chip Makers Against Farmers (2021-04-08)
(New York Times, By Raymond Zhong and Amy Chang Chien) Officials are calling the drought Taiwan’s worst in more than half a century. And it is exposing the enormous challenges involved in hosting the island’s semiconductor industry, which is an increasingly indispensable node in the global supply chains for smartphones, cars and other keystones of modern life.
U.S.-China Relations
There Will Not Be a New Cold War: The Limits of U.S.-Chinese Competition (2021-03-24)
(Foreign Affairs, By Thomas Christensen) Although China’s rise carries real challenges for the United States, its allies, and its partners, the threat should not be misconstrued. The voices calling for a cold war containment strategy toward China misunderstand the nature of the China challenge and therefore prescribe responses that will only weaken the United States.

U.S.-Chinese Rivalry Is a Battle Over Values (2021-03-16)
(Foreign Affairs, By Hal Brands and Zack Cooper) Emphasizing the ideological nature of the contest is critical to giving many countries reason to support the United States. For if the U.S.-Chinese competition was only about power, then why would countries that are not directly threatened by China’s military care whether Beijing or Washington comes out on top?

How to Craft a Durable China Strategy (2021-03-17)
(Foreign Affairs, By Evan Medeiros) For years if not decades, U.S. policy focused on risk mitigation—adopting policies that sought to downplay disagreement, minimize friction, reduce competition, and expand cooperation. New times, however, call for new thinking. Washington now needs to shift to a framework predicated on risk management.

China-US Relations: Views From China
(The Diplomat, By Mu Chunshan) Understanding how ordinary Chinese people view the relationship is a crucial, but often overlooked, element in getting U.S. policy right.

US Sanctions Chinese Computer Makers in Widening Tech Fight (2021-04-09)
(Associated Press, By Joe McDonald) China’s government on Friday criticized the Biden administration’s curbs on access to U.S. technology for its supercomputer developers and said sanctions “only strengthen China’s determination” to invent its own.
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
China's Domestic Politics
How Will China’s Sovereign Digital Currency Affect Fintech? (2021-04-06)
(The Diplomat, By Sara Hsu) Additional cross-border fintech applications or new functionality on existing applications may arise to allow the sovereign digital currency to be more easily used in cross-border payments.

Less Democracy, More ‘Patriots’: Hong Kong’s New Electoral System (2021-04-06)
(The Diplomat, By Jessie Lau) The most significant government reforms since the city’s handover in 1997 consolidate Beijing’s control over Hong Kong’s government.

China Sharply Reduces Elected Seats in Hong Kong Legislature (2021-04-06)
(The Diplomat, By Zen Soo and Ken Moritsugu) Under the newly revamped electoral system, only 20 of the Legislative Council’s 90 seats will be directly elected.

Hong Kong Activists Plead Guilty to Joining Democracy Rally (2021-04-07)
(Associated Press) Three veteran Hong Kong pro-democracy activists, including well-known publisher Jimmy Lai, pleaded guilty Wednesday to taking part in an unauthorized rally that led to violence between police and participants.

China's Foreign Relations 
China Warns Japan to not Follow Suit After US Sanctions over Xinjiang, Hong Kong (2021-04-06)
(SCMP, By Eduardo Baptista) Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned Japan against sanctioning China over alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang and Hong Kong, ahead of a high-level meeting between Tokyo and Washington.

China and Europe Are Breaking Over Human Rights (2021-04-06)
(Foreign Policy, By Eyck Freymann, Elettra Ardissino) Europe’s leaders want autonomy to strike deals with Beijing, but public outcry over the Uyghurs is forcing their hand.

Is the China-Japan Thaw Over? (2021-04-08)
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) A year after what was supposed to be a landmark in the renewed relationship, rhetoric from both Beijing and Tokyo is increasingly frosty.

As the Government Pulls Back, China’s Boycott Against International Brands Loses Steam (2021-04-06)
(The Diplomat, By Jo Kim) While China’s efforts to name and shame foreign brands sometimes work, more often than not, brands and businesses simply have to wait out the nationalist outcry.

Beijing Is Getting Better at Disinformation on Global Social Media (2021-04-06)
(The Diplomat, By Sarah Cook) Its networks are resisting takedown efforts and gaining traction among real users.

China Has an Image Problem—but Knows How to Fix It (2021-04-08)
(Foreign Policy, By Brian Y.S. Wong) Many in Beijing realize a declining international reputation won’t help the country achieve its goals.

China Wants a ‘Rules-Based International Order,’ Too
(Foreign Policy, By Stephen M. Walt) The question is who gets to write the codes—and whether the United States will live up to its own.

China Is Evolving a Distinct Space Culture (2021-04-06)
(The Diplomat, By Molly Silk) With all eyes on the development of China’s space technologies, one vital area has been overlooked: the swelling wave of a unique Chinese “space culture.”

China-Iran Relations: The Myth of Massive Investment (2021-04-08)
(The Diplomat, By William Figueroa) Why the 25-Year China-Iran Strategic Cooperation Agreement isn’t a “big deal,” literally or figuratively.

Growing Duality: Polish Opinions on China and Why They Matter (2021-04-06)
(The Diplomat, By Alicja Bachulska and Krzysztof Iwanek) A recent survey suggests that that Poles are becoming increasingly skeptical about China.
Military Balance
Military to Hold Emergency Jet Landing Drill on Pingtung Highway (2021-04-04)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Joseph Yeh) Taiwan is scheduled to stage a series of emergency landings and takeoffs of its fighter jets, in its southernmost municipality in July, as part of this year's Han Kuang military exercises, sources told CNA Sunday.

China Says Carrier Group Exercising Near Taiwan, Drills Will Become Regular (2021-04-05)
(Reuters) A Chinese carrier group is exercising near Taiwan and such drills will become regular, China’s navy said late on Monday in a further escalation of tensions near the island that Beijing claims as its sovereign territory.

10 Chinese Warplanes Enter Taiwan's ADIZ (2021-04-05)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Emerson Lim) A total of 10 Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Monday, including bombers and fighter jets, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said in a report later that day.

PLA Warplanes Enter Taiwan's ADIZ for Fifth Consecutive Day in April
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh and Chung Yu-chen) A total of 15 Chinese military aircraft, including 12 fighter jets, entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Wednesday, the fifth consecutive day on which such intrusions have occurred in April.

Taiwan Says May Shoot Down Chinese Drones in South China Sea (2021-04-07)
(Reuters, By Yimou Lee) Taiwan has spotted Chinese drones circling the Taipei-controlled Pratas Islands in the South China Sea and may shoot them down if they stray too close, a government minister said on Wednesday, a move that could dramatically increase tensions with Beijing.

Chinese Military Vessels Detected Near Taiwan Missile Test Areas (2021-04-07)
(CNA, By Lu Tai-cheng and Teng Pei-ju) Two Chinese military vessels have been detected near Orchid Island since Tuesday as Taiwan began a three-day missile test Wednesday in the area. The military-run National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) announced in March that it would hold two missile tests at Jioupeng Military Base in Pingtung County, from April 7 to 9 and April 13 to 16.

U.S. Navy Makes Fourth Transit Through Taiwan Strait Under Biden (2021-04-07)
(CNA, By Chung Yu-chen and Joseph Yeh) A U.S. Navy destroyer transited the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, the fourth by a U.S. battleship since President Joe Biden assumed office in January.

China Says U.S. to Blame for Tensions Over Taiwan (2021-04-08)
(Reuters) Beijing blamed the United States on Thursday for tensions over Taiwan after a U.S. warship sailed close to the Chinese-claimed island, asking rhetorically whether China would sail in the Gulf of Mexico as a “show of strength”.

11 PLA Warplanes Enter Taiwan's ADIZ: Defense Ministry (2021-04-09)
(CNA, By Chung Yu-chen and Elizabeth Hsu) Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Friday for a seventh consecutive day, a continuation of maneuvers that Taiwan sees as provocations.

What a Change in China’s Officer Rank and Grade System Tells Us About PLA Reform (2021-04-06)
(The Diplomat, By James Char) New interim regulations to improve the PLA’s officer management system and recruitment policies are more evidence of China’s long time horizons for military prowess.
Regional Issues
Philippines Turns Up Heat on China Over Boats Massing in South China Sea (2021-04-05)
(Reuters, By Neil Jerome Morales) Aides of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday criticised China for what they called territorial incursions by hundreds of its vessels, which his legal counsel warned could damage ties and lead to “unwanted hostilities”.

Records Expose China’s Maritime Militia at Whitsun Reef (2021-04-06)
(Foreign Policy, By Andrew S. Erickson, Ryan D. Martinson) Beijing claims they are fishing vessels. The data shows otherwise.

US Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group Back in South China Sea (2021-04-08)
(The Diplomat, By Abhijnan Rej) This is the second time this year the strike group has entered the contentious body of water.

Manila Probes Chinese Ships Chasing TV Crew (2021-04-10)
(Taipei Times) The Philippines is investigating a report that Chinese military boats pursued a civilian vessel carrying Filipino journalists in the disputed South China Sea, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said yesterday.

China Drills Deep in Disputed South China Sea (2021-04-08)
(Reuters) China has drilled deep in the South China Sea to retrieve sediment core from the seabed, state media reported on Thursday, amid tensions over disputed waters with rival claimants Taiwan and the Philippines, as well as with the United States.

With an Eye on Beijing, Japan and Indonesia Sign Arms Export Equipment (2021-04-06)
(The Diplomat, By Sebastian Strangio) The pact is the latest milestone in Tokyo’s growing security engagement with the nations of Southeast Asia.

Malaysia, Vietnam Set to Pen Agreement on Maritime Security (2021-04-08)
(The Diplomat, By Sebastian Strangio) The announcement marks a step forward in attempts to settle distracting bilateral disputes between Southeast Asian nations in the South China Sea.

France-led Multination Naval Exercise Commences in Eastern Indian Ocean (2021-04-06)
(The Diplomat, By Abhijnan Rej) The exercise will also see all four Quad nations participating amid further deepening of bilateral defense ties within the grouping.

US to Host Japan, South Korea in Security Talks (2021-04-06)
(The Diplomat, By Steven Stashwick) The national security advisors of the three countries will meet at the U.S. Naval Academy.

North Korea, Supply Chain Resilience Top Agenda During NSA Talks (2021-04-06)
(The Diplomat, By Thisanka Siripala) A trilateral meeting between Japan, South Korea, and the U.S. reaffirms joint efforts on the denuclearization of North Korea.

The Japan-US Summit and Cooperation With South Korea (2021-04-08)
(The Diplomat, By Scott W. Harold) The United States may have to play a leading role if it wants to see relations between Seoul and Tokyo improve.

The Politics of South Korea’s ‘China Threat’ (2021-04-06)
(The Diplomat, By Dongwoo Kim) Amid growing anti-Chinese sentiment in South Korea, there is a mismatch between the popular will and Seoul’s foreign policy.

China's Shifting Attitude on the Indo-Pacific Quad
(War on the Rocks, By Joel Wuthnow) The Chinese government likely believes that it can limit the Quad’s prospects by leveraging its status as a top trade partner for many in the region and, if necessary, funnel massive investments to the region in ways that elude the United States and its counterparts. The final test for the Quad, as implied in these Chinese perspectives, will be whether it can move beyond summitry and deliver tangible results — through alternative infrastructure financing, access to critical technology, vaccine distribution, or other means — that reduce reliance on China and serve the bottom-line interests of the wider region.

Beijing to Host Foreign Ministers from 4 Southeast Asian Nations (2021-04-06)
(The Diplomat, By Sebastian Strangio) The meetings shape as a response to Washington’s recent diplomatic efforts to rally regional support against China.

ASEAN to Hold Emergency Summit on Myanmar, No Date Set (2021-04-08)
(The Diplomat, By Sebastian Strangio) But a negotiated solution to the political crisis is growing more difficult with every passing week.

China Backs ASEAN Push for Talks on Myanmar Crisis (2021-04-06)
(The Diplomat, By Sebastian Strangio) The onus is on the Southeast Asian bloc to build a regional consensus for a more active role in resolving the crisis.

Would Access to Cambodia’s Ream Naval Base Really Benefit China? (2021-04-08)
(The Diplomat, By Chen Heang) Gaining access to a Cambodian naval facility would give China’s navy little discernible strategic advantage.

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