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  • Virus Outbreak: Legislator Urges Policy for China-Based Workers (2020-02-18)
    (Taipei Times, By Hsieh Chun-lin and Dennis Xie) China-based Taiwanese manufacturers should not require their Taiwanese employees to return to work before COVID-19 is sufficiently under control in China, a lawmaker said yesterday, adding that Taipei should implement stricter policies to ensure workers’ safety. <Accessed 2020-02-18> 
  • Virus Outbreak: Canadian Lawmakers Challenge ICAO’s Taiwan Stance (2020-02-18)
    (Taipei Times, By Lu Yi-hsuan and William Hetherington) Canadian Conservative Party lawmakers on Sunday challenged the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) over its exclusion of Taiwan. <Accessed 2020-02-18> 
  • Virus Outbreak: Policy Helped Get Manila Ban Dropped (2020-02-16)
    (Taipei Times, By Lee Hsin-fang) The government’s New Southbound Policy has brought Taiwanese and Filipinos closer, and played a role in prompting Manila to remove Taiwan from its temporary travel ban, Executive Yuan spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka said yesterday. <Accessed 2020-02-16> 
  • U.S. Identifies Warship That Sailed Through Taiwan Strait Saturday (2020-02-16)
    (CNA, By Joseph Yeh) The U.S. warship that sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Saturday has been identified as the USS Chancellorsville, according to a Facebook post by the U.S. Seventh Fleet late Saturday. <Accessed 2020-02-16> 
  • U.S. Warship Sails Through Taiwan Strait: MND (2020-02-15)
    (CNA, By Matt Yu and Matthew Mazzetta) A United States warship sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Saturday, marking the third appearance by U.S. military forces in the area this week, following two recent incidents in which Taiwan had to scramble its F-16 fighter jets to monitor the movements of Chinese warplanes, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND). <Accessed 2020-02-15>
  • Han Recall Petition Drive Nears Own Signature Goal (2020-02-15)
    (Taipei Times, By Huang Chia-lin and Dennis Xie) A petition to recall Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) has garnered 270,639 signatures since it began on Jan. 29, bolstering confidence that a goal of 300,000 would be met this weekend before the documents are submitted to the Kaohsiung Election Commission, petition organizers said yesterday. <Accessed 2020-02-15> 
  • Speaker Urges US to Recognize Taiwan (2020-02-14)
    (Taipei Times, By Sean Lin and Peng Wan-hsin) Hopefully, the US would recognize Taiwan and establish formal diplomatic ties with the nation, Legislative Speaker Yu Shyi-kun (游錫堃) said yesterday at a meeting with American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director Brent Christensen. <Accessed 2020-02-14> 
  • US Military Flies Bomber to South of Taiwan (2020-02-14)
    (Taipei Times/CNA) The US military sent a P-3C anti-submarine bomber to patrol south of Taiwan yesterday, the second day in a row that the US Air Force has deployed aircraft near Taiwan after Chinese jets earlier this week flew missions that circled the nation. <Accessed 2020-02-14> 
  • Ted Cruz Introduces Draft 'Taiwan SOS Act' (2020-02-14)
    (CNA, By Stacy Hsu, Chen Yun-yu and Elizabeth Hsu) United States Senator Ted Cruz introduced Thursday a bill that would allow Taiwanese diplomats and military people to display Taiwan's flag and wear their uniform while in the U.S. on official business. <Accessed 2020-02-14> 
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  • The U.S. and Europe Are Speaking a Different Language on China (2020-02-18)
    (Foreign Policy, By Noah Barkin) The hosts listened to the U.S. warnings about China politely. But even the conference host, Wolfgang Ischinger, a veteran German diplomat, couldn’t help but push back against the American torrent, reminding the audience gathered in the Bayerischer Hof that China was in the midst of tackling the coronavirus, an epidemic of historic proportions, with implications for the entire world. <Accessed 2020-02-18> 
  • Taiwan’s Military Is a Hollow Shell (2020-02-18)
    (Foreign Policy, By Paul Huang) Even as the military refits itself with flashy U.S. arms purchases, such as M1 Abrams tanks and F-16V fighter jets, its front-line units are hollowed out, and the entire reserve system is so dysfunctional that few experts or serving military personnel believe it can make a real military contribution in the event of a war. <Accessed 2020-02-18> 
  • How China’s Incompetence Endangered the World (2020-02-18)
    (Foreign Policy, By Laurie Garrett) The bottom line is trust, which appears to be waning inside China and is increasingly unraveling across the public health world. An epidemic cannot be fought and won unless the bonds of trust between governments and people can survive the grief, confusions, emotions, and medical challenges of the battle. The Chinese government, in its negligence, has jeopardized those bonds, perhaps beyond all repair. <Accessed 2020-02-18> 
  • Coronavirus Crisis Pushes States to Quarantine Online Information (2020-02-18)
    Foreign Policy, By Sean Martin McDonald, An Xiao Mina) Domestically, both the Chinese attempts to control initial reports of the outbreak and the quarantine itself were examples of what we have described in earlier work as “Nationalist (Consolidator)” tactics, i.e., using control over the internet to extend domestic power. <Accessed 2020-02-18> 
  • Russia Knows Just Who to Blame for the Coronavirus: America (2020-02-18)
    (Foreign Policy, By Amy Mackinnon) But in Russia the misinformation has been particularly pointed. Russia’s spin doctors have capitalized on the fear and confusion of the epidemic to point the blame at the United States, following a well-established pattern of previous Russian disinformation campaigns and evoking a Cold War-era plot by the KGB to paint HIV as a U.S. biological weapon. <Accessed 2020-02-18> 
  • Coronavirus Threatens to Blow Up Trump’s Energy Trade Deal With China (2020-02-18)
    (Foreign Policy, By Keith Johnson) While it was always going to be a stretch to meet the ambitious Chinese purchase targets laid out in the agreement, the recent explosion of the coronavirus and the impact it has had on China’s economic growth have now made those grandiose energy visions completely unrealistic—just as Trump takes to the campaign trail to tout the deal’s benefits ahead of his reelection bid. <Accessed 2020-02-18> 
  • What History Teaches About the Coronavirus Emergency (2020-02-18)
    (The Diplomat, By Wayne Soon and Ja Ian Chong) For all the ambitious talk about the “China Dream,” authorities in Beijing may find higher standards of transparency and inclusiveness difficult to attain. The Chinese government currently excludes Taiwan from the World Health Organization (WHO) and allegedly pressured the WHO to limit negative reporting on the coronavirus — all this during an ongoing emergency. <Accessed 2020-02-18> 
  • What the Fight Against the New Coronavirus Tells Us About the Post-Reform PLA (2020-02-18)
    (The Diplomat, By Ying Yu Lin) How the post-reform medical system of the PLA can effectively integrate resources and function efficiently may be an issue that the PLA needs to think about after discovering its insufficiencies in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak. <Accessed 2020-02-18> 
  • Taiwan Bars Children of Taiwanese-Chinese Couples From Repatriation Amid Coronavirus Outbreak (2020-02-18)
    (The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) This week, however, there was a domestic uproar over a controversial decision by Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) not to allow the children of Taiwanese and Chinese couples to be repatriated to Taiwan from China. <Accessed 2020-02-18> 
  • 5G and Huawei: The UK and EU Decide (2020-02-18)
    (The Diplomat, By John Lee) Decision-makers in London and around Europe seem to have concluded that the risks of the Chinese state exploiting their interdependence with Huawei, when weighed against the potential gains from rapid progression to 5G-enabled economies by using Huawei equipment, can be managed through judicious controls. <Accessed 2020-02-18> 
  • China’s Coronavirus Outbreak and Economic Performance: Test for Performance Legitimacy? (2020-02-18)
    (The Diplomat, By Dingding Chen and Yu Xia) Once promises are unfulfilled, unlike legal-electoral legitimacy, the state offers no alternatives for diffusing grievance, and, therefore, a political crisis could be triggered. For another, as the regime relies heavily on its performance, any challenge to the moral and economy performance of top leaders or specific policies directly imperils its legitimacy. <Accessed 2020-02-18> 
  • Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, China’s Government Tightens Its Grip (2020-02-18)
    (The Diplomat, By Maximilian Mayer and Nicholas Ross Smith) Even if one accepts that the coronavirus epidemic is an existential threat to the CCP, it is also potentially a door to a new political reality. Health crises like the current one often elicit significant panic (even hysteria) among the masses. In response, governments can easily justify invasive and illiberal measures to combat a (partly embellished) threat to public safety. <Accessed 2020-02-18> 
  • Coronavirus Takes Its Toll on China-Indonesia Relations (2020-02-18)
    (The Diplomat, By Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat and Dikanaya Tarahita) Although its policy seems understandable given that the number of coronavirus cases keeps increasing, Jakarta’s move to ban travel to and from China will not only to disrupt its tourism industry, but also could negatively impact the economy and Indonesia-China relations as a whole. <Accessed 2020-02-18> 
  • Is Australian Media Biased Against China? (2020-02-18)
    (The Diplomat, By Dan Hu) It is first important to note that growing negativity in China-related coverage by Australian media is not something new: it started long before 2019, with several conspicuous inflection points when controversy over a China-related matter was becoming particularly emotional. <Accessed 2020-02-18> 
  • The Coronavirus Epidemic: Challenge or Opportunity for US-China Relations? (2020-02-18)
    (The Diplomat, By Bao Huaying) Tough policies and harsh criticism from the U.S. government have been challenging the U.S.-China bilateral relationship to such an extent that Cui Tiankai, the Chinese ambassador to the United States, warned both sides to “guard against any political virus” in addition to the biological virus. <Accessed 2020-02-18> 
  • Cruise Ship Coronavirus Ordeal Ends with Cambodia Welcome (2020-02-18)
    (The Diplomat, By Sopheng Cheang) Hundreds of cruise ship passengers long stranded at sea by virus fears cheered as they finally disembarked Friday and were welcomed to Cambodia by the nation’s authoritarian leader who handed them flowers. <Accessed 2020-02-18> 
  • Japan Reports 1st Death from Virus, 44 More Cases on Ship (2020-02-18)
    (The Diplomat, By Mari Yamaguchi) Japan announced Thursday its first death from a new virus from China, hours after confirming 44 more cases on a cruise ship quarantined near Tokyo as fears of the spreading disease mount in the country. <Accessed 2020-02-18> 
  • US Must Recapture Lost Ground in Southeast Asia or Risk Being Shut Out (2020-02-18)
    (The Diplomat, By John Goyer) These concerns have intensified recently, as current and former government officials, business leaders, academics, and other opinion leaders increasingly voice worries that the U.S. is withdrawing from, disengaging from, or otherwise neglecting Southeast Asia. <Accessed 2020-02-18> 
  • Where Does China’s ‘One Country, Two Systems’ Stand in 2020? (2020-02-18)
    (The Diplomat, By Derek Grossman) None of this, however, has resulted in a wholesale rejection of the formula in Hong Kong. When coupled with Macau’s total obedience to the mainland, it becomes clear that, in spite of the Taiwan challenge, Beijing can claim bright spots as well. <Accessed 2020-02-18> 
  • China’s Leader, Under Fire, Says He Led Coronavirus Fight Early On (2020-02-15)
    (New York Times, By Amy Qin) Xi Jinping was aware of the outbreak nearly two weeks before he first spoke publicly about it. It could draw him directly into questions about whether officials did too little, too late. <Accessed 2020-02-16> 
  • U.S. Charges Huawei With Racketeering, Adding Pressure on China (2020-02-13)
    (New York Times, By David McCabe, Nicole Hong and Katie Benner) The U.S. government has charged Huawei and two of its subsidiaries with federal racketeering and conspiracy to steal trade secrets from American companies, a significant escalation in the Trump administration’s legal fight with the Chinese telecommunications company. <Accessed 2020-02-16> 
  • U.S. Faces Tough ‘Great Game’ Against China in Central Asia and Beyond (2020-02-13)
    (New York Times, By Edward Wong) The Trump administration sees former Soviet republics in the heart of Asia as critical battlegrounds in the struggle with China over global influence. But American policies could fall short. <Accessed 2020-02-16> 
  • U.S. Charges Chinese Military Officers in 2017 Equifax Hacking (2020-02-10)
    (New York Times, By Katie Benner) The indictment suggests that the breach was part of a series of thefts by China to use the data to target American officials. <Accessed 2020-02-16> 
  • North Korea’s Internet Use Surges, Thwarting Sanctions and Fueling Theft (2020-02-09)
    (New York Times, By David E. Sanger) North Korea has vastly expanded its use of the internet in ways that enable its leader, Kim Jong-un, to evade a “maximum pressure” American sanctions campaign and turn to new forms of cybercrime to prop up his government, according to a new study. <Accessed 2020-02-16> 
  • Russia and China Pledge to Maintain Special Relationship despite Moscow’s Slow Response to Coronavirus (2020-02-16)
    (South China Morning Post, By Liu Zhen) China and Russia have promised to maintain their special relationship and close exchanges amid the Covid-19 outbreak. <Accessed 2020-02-16> 
  • US Warns Europe Not to Follow China in the ‘Wrong Direction’ (2020-02-15)
    (South China Morning Post, By Stuart Lau) The White House is keen to keep Europe onside amid its intensifying rivalry with China in areas such as cybersecurity, technology and trade, and on Saturday both the Defence Secretary Mark Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used the Munich Security Conference to highlight their concerns. <Accessed 2020-02-16> 
  • China Upgrades Hong Kong Affairs with New Chief (2020-02-13)
    (South China Morning Post, By William Zheng and Echo Xie) Beijing has for the first time put a state leader, Xia Baolong, in charge of the cabinet-level office that oversees Hong Kong affairs, strengthening direct supervision over the implementation of its policies in the city while reducing incumbent chief Zhang Xiaoming’s authority in an unexpected demotion. <Accessed 2020-02-16> 
  • US Sends Surveillance Planes over Taiwan Strait after Chinese War Games (2020-02-12)
    (South China Morning Post, By Minnie Chan) The United States Air Force sent two surveillance planes over the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, following two days of mainland Chinese war games near Taiwan. <Accessed 2020-02-16> 
  • Managing Asia’s Coronavirus Response (2020-02-16)
    (East Asia Forum, By Sara E Davies) There are three important messages that can be learned from this outbreak that are particularly relevant for Asia. <Accessed 2020-02-16> 
  • PacNet #7 – A Better Regional Defense Posture for the US and Its Allies (2020-02-14)
    (Pacific Forum, By Gibum Kim) There are, however, issues the US and allies must resolve to maintain and strengthen regional tailored deterrence architecture. <Accessed 2020-02-16> 
  • To Tame Coronavirus, Mao-Style Social Control Blankets China (2020-02-15)
    (New York Times, By Raymond Zhong and Paul Mozur) Despite their high-tech tools, the authorities are mainly relying on a flood of workers to keep hundreds of millions of people from coming in contact with outsiders. <Accessed 2020-02-15> 
  • As Numbers Soar, Here’s Everything We Don’t Know About the Coronavirus (2020-02-14)
    (Foreign Policy, By James Palmer) As the death toll reaches over 1,300, the virus remains wrapped in a cloud of doubt. Some of these issues will eventually become clear. Many won’t. <Accessed 2020-02-14> 
  • Taiwan’s Electoral System Puts the US to Shame (2020-02-14)
    (The Diplomat, By Dominique Reichenbach) In seven instances, ballots with unclear or mismarked stamps surfaced. Together the audience and staff analyzed them and ultimately decided unanimously to place them in the “Invalid Ballot” folder. Witnessing this display, one cannot help but think, “this is what democracy looks like.” <Accessed 2020-02-14> 
  • What Will the Next China-Cambodia Golden Dragon Military Exercise Look Like? (2020-02-14)
    (The Diplomat, By Prashanth Parameswaran) Next month, China and Cambodia are expected to kick off the latest iteration of a bilateral military exercise between them. While some specifics remain unclear, the annualized drills will nonetheless be another demonstration of the growing significance of defense ties between the two countries amid wider domestic and regional dynamics. <Accessed 2020-02-14> 
  • Everyday Life in China Under the Shadow of Coronavirus (2020-02-14)
    (The Diplomat, By Bonnie Girard) In fact, it seems that most people around the country are handling the emergency with a great deal of stoicism, practical measures, and long-term optimism. <Accessed 2020-02-14> 
  • Remember the Women Fighting Coronavirus (2020-02-14)
    (The Diplomat, By Shamim Zakaria and Yan Ni) Despite these remarkable figures, when it comes to donations to aid frontline personnel, donors barely take into account female necessities –especially sanitary essentials — which has irked female rights workers. <Accessed 2020-02-14> 
  • If Pakistan Won’t Evacuate Its Citizens From Wuhan, India Should (2020-02-14)
    (The Diplomat, By Shairee Malhotra) Given the dire circumstances they are in, several Pakistani students watching their Indian counterparts being quickly evacuated have expressed their frustration through social media videos and written letters, pleading with their government to rescue them. Among them is a student explicitly stating, “Shame on you Pakistan government, learn something from the Indians.” <Accessed 2020-02-14> 
  • Coronavirus Paranoia May Boost the Chinese Public’s Approval of the Government (2020-02-14)
    (The Diplomat, By Jo Kim) Under widespread paranoia, a local government’s credibility may be boosted through the application of assertive and indifferent measures. In such cases, not only can government-public unity be enhanced, but harsh government action may even lead to increased trust in the political system. <Accessed 2020-02-14> 
  • What Iran’s Attacks on American Bases Tell Us About China’s Missile Program (2020-02-14)
    (The Diplomat, By Christopher K. Colley) Considering China’s previous assistance to Iran’s missile programs, a reasonable assumption can be made that if Iranian missiles are capable of successfully hitting targets within a few meters, Chinese missiles should be able to equal, if not surpass, Iranian accuracy. <Accessed 2020-02-14> 
  • The Coronavirus and China’s Diplomatic Slowdown (2020-02-14)
    (The Diplomat, By Eleanor Albert) But the global economy and supply chains are not the only international processes disrupted; Chinese diplomatic efforts are also likely to suffer as the Chinese state’s bureaucratic apparatus has been reoriented to address the impact of the public health emergency. <Accessed 2020-02-14> 
  • A New Era of Strategic Partnership: The US Engages to Find Opportunities in Central Asia (2020-02-14)
    (The Diplomat, By Kristen Cheriegate) This was evident from the dialogue at early February’s meeting of the Central Asian leaders; in addition to conversations with Pompeo, they discussed joint border security and regional efforts to improve economic and energy connectivity among each other and with neighboring countries, something which inevitably includes China. <Accessed 2020-02-14> 
  • Maritime Security in the Asia-Pacific: Measuring Challenges and Progress (2020-02-14)
    (The Diplomat, By Jay Benson) Only by seeking to measure maritime security dynamics in uniform and rigorous ways can we begin to understand the scope of the challenges, progress toward goals, and areas of greatest need for increased partnership and capacity building. <Accessed 2020-02-14> 
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