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  • Taiwan Welcomes Planned Visit by French Senators in October (2021-09-21)
    (SCMP, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwan has welcomed a planned visit by French senators next month that is set to go ahead despite opposition from Beijing. Senator Alain Richard, a former defence minister, is expected to lead a delegation to Taiwan from October 4 to 11. 
  • Biden Promises ‘Relentless Diplomacy’ to Skeptical Allies (2021-09-21)
    (Associated Press, By Josh Boak and Aamer Madhani) President Joe Biden summoned the world’s nations to forcefully address the festering global issues of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and human rights abuses in his first address before the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday. He decried military conflict and insisted the U.S. is not seeking “a new Cold War” with China. 
  • Chinese Military Spotter Plane Enters Taiwan’s ADIZ (2021-09-21)
    (Taiwan News, By Eric Chang) A Chinese military plane flew into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Monday afternoon (Sept. 20), marking 18th intrusion this month. 
  • Taiwan's First F-16V Combat Wing Soon to Be Commissioned: Source (2021-09-21)
    (CNA, By Matt Yu and Joseph Yeh) Taiwan's first F-16V combat wing is expected to be commissioned into the Air Force in November, a military source told CNA on Tuesday. 
  • Hong Kong Group Supporting Mainland China Lawyers to Disband After Police Demand Information Citing National Security Law (2021-09-21)
    (SCMP, By Jeffie Lam) A Hong Kong group founded to support human rights lawyers in mainland China has announced it will disband, a decision coinciding with a deadline for the organisation to provide police with information requested on national security grounds. The China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group will be the latest in a run of Hong Kong civic bodies to dissolve following Beijing’s imposition of a national security law on the city last year. 
  • Voters Choose New Hong Kong Electors Under Pro-Beijing Laws (2021-09-19)
    (Associated Press, By Alice Fung and Zen Soo) Select Hong Kong residents voted for members of the Election Committee that will choose the city’s leader in the first polls Sunday following reforms meant to ensure candidates with Beijing loyalty. 
  • KMT Chair Debate Focuses on Name, ‘1992 Consensus’ (2021-09-19)
    (Taipei Times, By Shih Hsiao-kuang, Chien Hui-ju, and Jake Chung) Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairperson candidates yesterday focused on the so-called “1992 consensus” during a televised policy debate ahead of next week’s election. 
  • Mainland China Bans Taiwan Wax and Sugar Apple Imports as Cross-Strait Relations Continue to Worsen (2021-09-19)
    (SCMP, By Amanda Lee) Mainland China has banned imports of sugar apples and wax apples from Taiwan from Monday, citing biosafety fears over plant pests. It follows a similar measure earlier this year to ban imports of pineapples from Taiwan amid ongoing cross-strait tensions. 
  • Hong Kong’s Largest Opposition Trade Union Confirms Disbandment, Expects to Fold by Early October (2021-09-19)
    (SCMP, By Chan Ho-him) Formed 31 years ago, the Confederation of Trade Unions (CTU) is one of several opposition and activist groups targeted by authorities since the Beijing-imposed national security law came into effect in June last year. 
  • Secret Talks and a Hidden Agenda: Behind the U.S. Defense Deal That France Called a ‘Betrayal’ (2021-09-17)
    (New York Times, By David E. Sanger) American officials said the decision to toss over the existing French-Australian contract, and replace it with one that would bind Australia technologically and strategically to the nuclear submarine program, generated virtually no internal debate, participants said. The reason was straightforward: In the Biden White House, the imperative to challenge China’s growing footprint, and its efforts to push the U.S. Navy east, to the next island chain in the Pacific, reigns supreme. 
  • Hong Kong Forces Tiananmen Vigil Group to Delete Online Presence (2021-09-17)
    (New York Times, By Vivian Wang) The Hong Kong police have forced one of the city’s best-known activist groups to scrub its online presence, in the latest sign of how officials may use a powerful national security law to restrict online speech and impose mainland Chinese-style internet censorship. 
  • European Parliament Voices Support for EU-Taiwan Investment Agreement (2021-09-16)
    (CNA, By Tang Pei-chun and Teng Pei-ju) The European Parliament adopted a resolution during a plenary session on Thursday in which it urged the European Union to negotiate a bilateral investment agreement (BIA) with Taiwan.
  • China, France Denounce U.S. Nuclear Sub Pact with Britain, Australia (2021-09-16)
    (Reuters, By Trevor Hunnicutt and Nandita Bose, David Brunnstrom, Colin Packham) China on Thursday denounced a new Indo-Pacific security alliance between the United States, Britain and Australia, saying such partnerships should not target third countries and warning of an intensified arms race in the region.
  • U.S. Navy Ship Sails Through Taiwan Strait, 9th Transit so Far This Year (2021-09-18)
    (CNA, By Chung Yu-chen and Frances Huang) A U.S. Navy ship sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Friday, marking the ninth time an American military vessel has transited through the strait after President Joe Biden took office in January.
  • China Conducts Military Exercises Southwest of Taiwan (2021-09-18)
    (Bloomberg) China announced naval and aerial military exercises were conducted in areas southwest of Taiwan Friday, the second time in a month.
  • In Submarine Deal With Australia, U.S. Counters China but Enrages France (2021-09-16)
    (New York Times, By Roger Cohen) President Biden’s announcement of a deal to help Australia deploy nuclear-powered submarines has strained the Western alliance, infuriating France and foreshadowing how the conflicting American and European responses to confrontation with China may redraw the global strategic map. 
  • Inquiry Finds World Bank Officials, Including Now-I.M.F. Chief, Pushed Staff to Inflate China Data (2021-09-16)
    (New York Times, By Alan Rappeport) An investigation into manipulation of an annual World Bank report has found that Kristalina Georgieva, the bank’s former chief executive, who now leads the International Monetary Fund, directed staff to alter data to placate China. 
  • KMT Pans Efforts to Participate at UN (2021-09-16)
    (Taipei Times, By Sherry Hsiao) The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday questioned efforts by the administration of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to seek Taiwan’s participation in the UN, after the 76th UN General Assembly opened in New York on Tuesday.
  • Biden Expresses Confidence in Milley amid Questions about His Calls to China (2021-09-15)
    (New York Times, By Helene Cooper) Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, secretly called China twice to offer reassurances that Mr. Trump had no plans to start a war with the country as part of an effort to remain in power. 
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