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  • 2020 Elections: Majority Favors Cross-Strait Dialogue: Poll (2020-01-16)
    (Taipei Times, Lin Chia-nan) A majority of respondents in a post-election opinion poll urged President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to initiate a cross-strait dialogue, while Beijing’s latest moves indicate that it might be considering softening its Taiwan policy, the pan-green Cross-Strait Policy Association said yesterday. <Accessed 2020-01-16> 
  • 2020 Elections: Wu Quits Over KMT Election Defeats (2020-01-16)
    (Taipei Times, By Shih Hsiao-kuang) Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) yesterday offered his resignation to the KMT Central Standing Committee, while the party listed in a report seven major reasons for its defeat in Saturday’s elections. <Accessed 2020-01-16> 
  • Former NATO Chief Praises Taiwan’s Handling of Fake News (2020-01-16)
    (Taiwan News, By Matthew Strong) Taiwan is a positive example of how to deal with external fake news trying to influence domestic politics, former Northern Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told a meeting in India Wednesday. <Accessed 2020-01-16> 
  • Taiwan Already ‘Independent,’ Tsai Warns China (2020-01-16)
    (Taipei Times/CNA) China must rethink its hardline stance toward Taiwan, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said in a BBC interview that aired yesterday, adding that the nation is already independent and that any invasion would be “very costly” for Beijing. <Accessed 2020-01-16> 
  • European Parliament Passes Articles Supporting Taiwan (2020-01-16)
    (CNA, By Emerson Lim) The European Parliament (EP) on Wednesday passed two resolutions that include articles expressing support for Taiwan's meaningful participation in international organizations. <Accessed 2020-01-16> 
  • U.S.-China Trade Deal to Have Limited Effect on Domestic Economy: MOEA (2020-01-16)
    (CNA, By Liao Yu-yang and Matthew Mazzetta) he first phase of a trade agreement signed by the United States and China Wednesday will have only a limited impact on Taiwan's economy, according to an initial assessment by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA). <Accessed 2020-01-16> 
  • President Pitches Taiwan-US Trade Deal (2020-01-14)
    (Taipei Times/CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday again floated the idea of a trade agreement between Taiwan and the US during a meeting with a delegation from the American Enterprise Institute. <Accessed 2020-01-15> 
  • Central Bank to Communicate with U.S. After Forex Report (2020-01-14)
    (CNA, By Wu Po-wei, Pan Tzu-yu and Frances Huang) Taiwan's central bank said Tuesday that it will continue to communicate with the United States authorities after the latest foreign exchange report released by the U.S. Department of the Treasury a day earlier indicates Taiwan is close to the threshold of being placed on the currency monitoring list. <Accessed 2020-01-15> 
  • Taiwan Foreign Minister Attends Inauguration of Guatemalan President (2020-01-14)
    (CNA, By Emerson Lim) Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) is currently in Guatemala for the inauguration of that country's President Alejandro Eduardo Giammattei, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday. <Accessed 2020-01-15> 
  • Prague Mayor Explains Ditching Beijing for Taipei (2020-01-14)
    (CNA, By Lin Yu-li and Joseph Yeh) Prague decided to terminate its sister city agreement with Beijing in favor of Taipei because the Chinese side showed "a lack of respect" to the city during talks over a "one-China policy" clause in the deal, Prague Mayor Zdenek Hřib told CNA Monday. <Accessed 2020-01-15> 
  • China Needs to Show Taiwan Respect, Says President (2020-01-14)
    (BBC, By John Sudworth) Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen has told the BBC that China needs to "face reality" and show the island "respect". <Accessed 2020-01-15> 
  • US Drops Designation of China as Currency Manipulator (2020-01-13)
    (Associated Press, By Martin Crutsinger) The Trump administration is dropping its designation of China as a currency manipulator in advance of the signing Wednesday of a Phase 1 U.S.-China trade agreement. The preliminary pact that the two sides are set to sign this week includes a section that’s intended to prevent China from manipulating its currency to gain trade advantages. <Accessed 2020-01-13> 
  • Tsai Pitches Trade Pact in Meeting with U.S. Think Tank Visitors (2020-01-13)
    (CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Evelyn Kao) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Monday pushed the idea of a trade agreement between Taiwan and the United States and its potential economic benefits to a visiting delegation from the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), an American think tank. <Accessed 2020-01-13> 
  • Premier Su Tseng-chang to Stay in Post (2020-01-13)
    (CNA, By Ku Chuan and Joseph Yeh) Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) will continue to serve as the country's premier after President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) asked him to remain in the post earlier in the day, a Presidential Office spokesman said Monday. <Accessed 2020-01-13> 
  • Separatists Will 'Stink for 10,000 Years', China Says After Taiwan Vote (2020-01-13)
    (Reuters, By Huizhong Wu, Lusha Zhang, and Judy Hua) Separatists will “leave a stink for 10,000 years”, the Chinese government’s top diplomat said on Monday, in Beijing’s most strongly worded reaction yet to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s re-election on the back of a message of standing up to Beijing. <Accessed 2020-01-13> 
  • China Likely to Increase Pressure Against Taiwan: Analysts (2020-01-13)
    (CNA, By Emerson Lim) China is likely to increase its pressure on Taiwan on many fronts as a result of Saturday's presidential and legislative elections, foreign and local analysts who observed the polls said at a workshop Sunday afternoon. <Accessed 2020-01-13> 
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  • China’s Improving Economic Data Masks Deeper Problems (2020-01-16)
    (New York Times, By Alexandra Stevenson) China’s economy, a major engine of global growth, still faces some of its biggest challenges since it began opening up to the outside world four decades ago. <Accessed 2020-01-18> 
  • Germany Investigates 3 Suspected of Spying for China (2020-01-16)
    (New York Times, By Melissa Eddy) German authorities raided the homes and offices of three people suspected of spying for the Chinese government, officials said on Thursday, giving no details about their identities or the nature of the alleged espionage. <Accessed 2020-01-18> 
  • A Trade Deal Meant to Heal Rifts Could Actually Make Them Worse (2020-01-16)
    (New York Times, By Keith Bradsher) What it does not do is tackle the root causes of the trade war. <Accessed 2020-01-18> 
  • China Renews Its ‘Belt and Road’ Push for Global Sway (2020-01-15)
    (New York Times, By Keith Bradsher) Now the program, called the Belt and Road Initiative, has come roaring back. <Accessed 2020-01-18> 
  • U.S. Energy Industry Looks for Clarity in China Trade Deal (2020-01-15)
    (New York Times, By Clifford Krauss) The American energy industry offered cautious praise Wednesday for the signing of an initial trade deal with China, but executives expressed disappointment that it seemed to lack a commitment to remove Chinese tariffs that have hampered their sales over the last two years. <Accessed 2020-01-18> 
  • Hong Kong Denies Entry to Human Rights Watch Director, Group Says (2020-01-12)
    (New York Times, By Neil Vigdor and Austin Ramzy) The head of an international human rights group who had planned to criticize China’s growing global influence at an event in Hong Kong said he was barred from entry on Sunday in the latest sign of eroding freedoms in the city. <Accessed 2020-01-18> 
  • China and Russia’s Push to Develop Hypersonic Weapons Raises Fears of Arms Race with US (2020-01-19)
    (South China Morning Post, By Minnie Chan) Recent breakthroughs in the development of hypersonic weapons have heightened fears about a new arms race between China, Russia and the US, with some defence observers calling for new international arms control agreements. <Accessed 2020-01-18> 
  • Beijing Should Tell Taiwan and Hong Kong What It Has to Gain from Them (2020-01-18)
    (South China Morning Post, By Rana Mitter) Beijing has never made a clear case as to how it would integrate a lively liberal democracy into its polity, and plenty of Taiwanese have seen what they view as the erosion of such freedoms in Hong Kong as an example of how Beijing’s promises can’t be guaranteed. <Accessed 2020-01-18> 
  • Has the US Already Lost the Battle for the South China Sea? (2020-01-18)
    (South China Morning Post, By John Power) Washington’s strategic advantage in the waterway, which holds massive untapped oil and gas reserves and through which about a third of global shipping passes, has diminished so much, according to some experts, that it is powerless to prevent Beijing from restricting access during peacetime and could struggle to gain the upper hand even in the event of an outright conflict with Chinese forces. <Accessed 2020-01-18> 
  • China Tells European Union It Won’t Miss Out Because of Trade Deal with US (2020-01-17)
    (South China Morning Post, By Wendy Wu) China has sought to reassure European businesses that they will not be disadvantaged by Beijing’s recent trade deal with Washington, according to local diplomats and other sources. <Accessed 2020-01-18> 
  • China Tells US to Respect Its Territorial Integrity after USS Shiloh Sails through Taiwan Strait (2020-01-17)
    (South China Morning Post, By Sarah Zheng) China said it closely followed and monitored a US Navy warship sailing through the Taiwan Strait on Friday, calling on the US to respect China’s territorial integrity. <Accessed 2020-01-18> 
  • Former US Defence Official Calls US Arms Sales to Taiwan A Catalyst for Cross-Strait Dialogue (2020-01-17)
    (South China Morning Post, By Mark Magnier) US military sales to Taiwan are a force for stability and a catalyst for cross-Strait dialogue, allowing Taipei to negotiate with Beijing “without a gun to their heads”, said a recently departed senior US defence official and prime architect of the US Indo-Pacific strategy. <Accessed 2020-01-18> 
  • Taiwan’s Victorious President Tsai Ing-wen Meets US and Japanese Envoys to Repeat Calls for Closer Ties (2020-01-12)
    (South China Morning Post, By William Zheng and Liu Zhen) Fresh from her landslide election victory, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen met the de facto US and Japanese envoys in Taiwan on Sunday, as Beijing warned other countries to abide by the principle there is only one China. <Accessed 2020-01-18> 
  • US–China Trade Deal Disappoints (2020-01-19)
    (East Asia Forum, By Jeffrey J Schott) Champagne corks popped on 15 January as US and Chinese officials signed phase one of their bilateral trade deal. But the celebration seems premature — the deal is flawed and likely to disappoint. <Accessed 2020-01-18> 
  • China Tightens Grips on North Korean Defectors (2020-01-15)
    (The Diplomat, By Tae-jun Kang) The source explained that Beijing’s move came amid the increasing number of social issues in China caused by defectors, including cases where female North Koreans headed to South Korea after getting married in China to Chinese citizens. These women’s sudden departures to the South left broken marriages and children behind. <Accessed 2020-01-15> 
  • Will China Play an Active Role Amid US-Iran Tensions? (2020-01-15)
    (The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) Depending on how the crisis may evolve, Beijing might find itself forced to take on greater responsibility. China’s relationship with Iran is complex, but Beijing hardly sees Tehran’s ability to act on its own preferences in the Middle East as relevant to its interests. <Accessed 2020-01-15> 
  • Taiwan ‘Shouts Back’: President Tsai Wins Re-Election Despite China’s Pressure Campaign (2020-01-15)
    (The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) “With each presidential election, Taiwan is showing the world how much we cherish our free, democratic way of life, and how much we cherish our nation: the Republic of China (Taiwan).” <Accessed 2020-01-15> 
  • China’s Navy Commissions First-of-Class Type 055 Guided Missile Destroyer (2020-01-15)
    (The Diplomat, By Franz-Stefan Gady) Type 055 surface combatants are multipurpose platforms and can be deployed in long-range air defense, anti-surface warfare, anti-air warfare, and anti-submarine warfare missions, next to others. <Accessed 2020-01-15> 
  • Recent Developments Surrounding the South China Sea (2020-01-15)
    (The Diplomat, By The Associated Press) A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. <Accessed 2020-01-15> 
  • What Does Xi Jinping’s First Visit Mean for China-Myanmar Relations? (2020-01-15)
    (The Diplomat, By Prashanth Parameswaran) While China may get some gains in Myanmar spotlighted during Xi’s visit, the bigger picture is that Beijing faces a much more challenging environment to make advances in the Southeast Asian state due to a range of factors, including the growing presence of other key players such as Japan and South Korea, greater awareness of the risks of Chinese projects, and related instances of popular unrest in the country. <Accessed 2020-01-15> 
  • Trump-Kim Relationship No Longer Sufficient for US-North Korea Diplomacy: NK Official (2020-01-15)
    (The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) “There will never be such negotiations as that in Vietnam, in which we proposed exchanging a core nuclear facility of the country for the lift of some UN sanctions in a bid to lessen the sufferings of the peaceable people even a bit,” Kim said. <Accessed 2020-01-15> 
  • US Drops Currency Manipulator Charge for China Ahead of ‘Phase One’ Trade Deal (2020-01-15)
    (The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) In its January 2020 report to Congress on the foreign exchange policies of various countries defined as “major trading partners of the United States,” the Treasury Department said that the upcoming “phase one” deal had resulted in China making “enforceable commitments to refrain from competitive devaluation and not target its exchange rate for competitive purposes.” <Accessed 2020-01-15> 
  • China-Taiwan Relations (2020-01-09)
    (Council on Foreign Relations, By Eleanor Albert) Differences over Taiwan’s status fuel tensions between the island and mainland, yet cross-strait economic ties continue to deepen. <Accessed 2020-01-13> 
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