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  • Australia Will Maintain Its Taiwan Policy, Prime Minister Scott Morrison Says (2021-05-07)
    (South China Morning Post, By Sarah Zheng) Asked about Australian support for Taiwan on Thursday, Morrison said his government had “always honoured all of our arrangements in the Indo-Pacific.” 
  • Scott Morrison Draws Fire for 'One Country Two Systems' Comment in Relations to China and Taiwan (2021-05-14)
    (ABC, By Stephen Dziedzic) Australia maintains a one-China policy on Taiwan, which means it does not recognise the self-governing island as a state. But it only "acknowledges" Beijing's position that Taiwan is merely a rebellious province of the People's Republic of China, and still supports Taiwan's participation in international organisations.  
  • Taiwan Says Will Work with EU, Other Democracies on Chips (2021-05-10)
    (Reuters) Taiwan will work with the European Union and other democracies to ensure a more "resilient supply" of crucial goods like semiconductors, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Monday, amid a chip shortage that has snarled the auto and other industries.
  • Two on Trial as China Enforces Online Control Amid Pandemic (2021-05-10)
    (Associated Press, By Huizhong Wu) Two amateur computer coders taken by police from their Beijing homes last year were standing trial Tuesday in a case that illustrates the Chinese government’s growing online censorship and heightened sensitivity to any deviation from the official narrative on its COVID-19 response.
  • Ministry Vows to Help Honduras Battle Pandemic (2021-05-12)
    (Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) The government is to work with like-minded nations to help Honduras combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday, after the Central American nation said that it would purchase vaccines from China.
  • Taiwan Says Ties with Honduras Strong Despite Its Chinese Office Plan (2021-05-12)
    (CNA, By Chung Yu-chen and Joseph Yeh) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Wednesday it has been given assurance by the Honduran foreign minister that bilateral diplomatic ties with the Central American ally remain strong despite the Honduran President floating the possibility of opening a trade office in China in a bid to acquire COVID-19 vaccines.
  • US-China Tech War: Taiwan’s TSMC Joins American Chip Coalition in Another Blow to China’s Self-Sufficiency Drive (2021-05-12)
    (SCMP, By Masha Borak) Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Co (TSMC), the world’s biggest chip foundry, has joined a new lobbying group dominated by top American chip developers and users, in a move that may make it harder for China to wean itself off a US-led global semiconductor supply chain.
  • Taiwan to Put Pork Additive and Energy to the Vote in August Referendums (2021-05-14)
    (SCMP/Reuters) Taiwan’s election commission approved on Friday the holding of three referendums in late August that could affect both the island’s relations with the United States and its energy security if they are passed. Electoral commission says public can have their say on whether meat containing ractopamine should be banned from the island.
  • Taiwan Signs NT$291 Million Missile Maintenance Deal with U.S. (2021-05-13)
    (CNA, By Matt Yu and Teng Pei-ju) Taiwan's Air Force recently signed a deal worth NT$291 million with the U.S. in order to continue the maintenance of armaments relating to its F-16 fighter jets, an Air Force official said Wednesday. 
  • Chinese Military Turboprop Enters Taiwan’s ADIZ (2021-05-13)
    (Taiwan News, By Eric Chang) A Chinese military plane entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Wednesday (May 12), marking the seventh intrusion this month. 
  • Taiwan Not Invited to WHA for Fifth Consecutive Year (2021-05-11)
    (CNA, By Tang Pei-chun, Chiang Hui-chun, and Emerson Lim) Taiwan has not been invited to participate in the 74th World Health Assembly (WHA) later this month, the foreign ministry said Tuesday, noting that this is the fifth straight year the country has been excluded. 
  • Japan Backs Taiwan's Attendance at WHO Annual Meeting (2021-05-11)
    (Japan Times) The Japanese government on Tuesday threw its support behind calls for Taiwan to attend the upcoming annual meeting of the World Health Organization’s decision-making body, a move China has effectively blocked. 
  • Taiwan’s Ally Honduras Seeking Chinese COVID Vaccines (2021-05-11)
    (Taiwan News, By Huang Tzu-ti) Relations between Taiwan and its ally Honduras are being put to the test, as the Central American nation is reportedly working to secure coronavirus vaccines from China. The Central American country's health ministry tweeted on Monday (May 10) that neighboring El Salvador will help it “break the geopolitical blockade” and purchase Chinese vaccines in the spirit of reciprocity. 
  • Army of Fake Fans Boosts China’s Messaging on Twitter (2021-05-11)
    (Associated Press, By Erika Kinetz) A seven-month investigation by the Associated Press and the Oxford Internet Institute, a department at Oxford University, found that China’s rise on Twitter has been powered by an army of fake accounts that have retweeted Chinese diplomats and state media tens of thousands of times, covertly amplifying propaganda that can reach hundreds of millions of people — often without disclosing the fact that the content is government-sponsored. Link to full report by the Oxford Internet Institute. Link to full UK-specific report. 
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  • China Proposing to Host ASEAN Ministers Next Month (2021-05-16)
    (The Diplomat, By Sebastian Strangio) The proposed meeting follows a flurry of Chinese engagements with Southeast Asia in recent months. 
  • Colombia: China’s New Amigo? (2021-05-16)
    (The Diplomat, By David Castrillon) As Colombia grows closer to China, will it end up giving the U.S. a cold shoulder? 
  • Taiwan at the Nexus of Technology and Geopolitics  (2021-05-16)
    (The Diplomat, By Ian Bremmer and Ali Wyne) The tightening nexus of geopolitics and geotechnology will make U.S.-China competition increasingly fraught. But Taiwan’s core challenge is not a near-term crisis. 
  • Death of Student in China Triggers Questions, ProtestsDeath of Student in China Triggers Questions, Protests (2021-05-16)
    (The Diplomat, By Huizhong Wu) A student’s death and his mother’s online posts have stirred controversy and questions. 
  • US Army Tests New Missile with Pacific Threat in Mind (2021-05-16)
    (The Diplomat, By Steven Stashwick) The Precision Strike Missile will give the U.S. Army a long-range anti-ship weapon. 
  • Myanmar’s Human Rights Violations and ASEAN’s Response (2021-05-16)
    (The Diplomat, By OBA Mie) The recent measures may be less significant than they seem. 
  • India-France Naval Exercise: Growing Strategic Synergy (2021-05-16)
    (The Diplomat, By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan) France has emerged as one of India’s closest strategic partners and the relationship is likely to bloom further in the coming years.  
  • Reversing the Coup is No Solution for Myanmar (2021-05-16)
    (The Diplomat, By Michelle Onello and Akila Radhakrishnan) A return to the pre-coup status quo is not politically sustainable. What Myanmar needs is a more fundamental shift. 
  • Biden’s First 100 Days and India-U.S. Relations (2021-05-16)
    (The Diplomat, By Monish Tourangbam and Priyanjali Simon) Policy mandarins in New Delhi need to pay attention to the shifting domestic and foreign imperatives that are shaping Washington’s foreign policy. 
  • Japan, US, France hold 1st Joint Drills on Japanese Land (2021-05-16)
    (The Diplomat, By Mari Yamaguchi) Japan is seeking to expand its military ties beyond its alliance with the United States to include “like-minded” countries such as France. 
  • North Korea Leaves Room to Renew Dialogue with the US (2021-05-16)
    (The Diplomat, By Mitch Shin) According to local news reports, after being ignored for months Washington finally got through to Pyongyang to explain U.S. policy. 
  • Stoking Fears of War Could Serve China's Goal. Australian Policy Needs Rethinking (2021-05-03)
    (The Guardian, By Natasha Kassam and Mark Harrison) The messages from Beijing are deliberately mixed, by hysteria-couched in terms of preparing Australians for coming challenges-actually works in Beijing's favour. It allows the threat of war itself to be used as political tactic. Creating conditions of fear around large-scale conflict divides the international community, isolates Taiwan and creates conditions for striking a grand bargain on Beijing's terms. 
  • Beijing's 'Two Sessions' Give No Hint of Compromise on Taiwan (2021-03-18)
    (The Strategies, By Mark Harrison) That the two sessions offered established positions on Taiwan says that Beijing hasn’t made fundamental changes to its Taiwan policy but for now is still working within the existing framework. That there are no significant changes this year places the recent military activity as a tactical move within the existing framework rather than as part of a fundamental strategic shift or CCP ideological reassessment. 
  • Pineapple Ban Another Prickle in Cross-Strait Relations (2021-04-15)
    (East Asia Forum, By Dalton Lin) The pineapple ban might not actually be premeditated and China’s phytosanitary concerns could be real. But by choosing not to talk to Taipei to resolve the issue, Beijing’s message has been delivered: Taiwan cannot circumvent China and, without a common political understanding, breaking the cross-Strait impasse will remain wishful thinking. 
  • Australia Draws a Line on China (2021-05-04)
    (Foreign Policy, By Keith Johnson and Jack Detsch) “It’s kind of like the canary in the coal mine,” said Heino Klinck, who was the U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense for East Asia until January. “The Chinese have made it clear that they are going to pull out all of the stops to try and put Australia in a box. It’s not just about Australia. It’s just that the Chinese have decided if they can put the Aussies back into a box, that sends a message to everyone else.”  
  • Abandoning Taiwan Makes Zero Moral or Strategic Sense (2021-05-03)
    (Foreign Policy, By Blake Herzinger) In an essay last week, Charles Glaser set out a case for abandoning any U.S. commitment to defending Taiwan, the small island democracy China routinely threatens with invasion. Central to Glaser’s argument is the idea that U.S. policymakers have not sufficiently debated whether the United States should “trim its East Asian commitments to reduce the odds of going to war with China.” But the idea the United States can casually shed its commitments to Taiwan is inconsistent with the values that should be central to U.S. foreign policy. It would cede authority over Taiwan to a totalitarian state committed to crushing free expression and driving U.S. influence from Asia for a purely imaginary gain. 
  • “Trends” Matter More Than “Events” in Cross-Strait Relations (2021-04-11)
    (United Daily News, By Su Chi) Great powers care more about the “trends” rather than any particular “events.” Regarding Taiwan, Mainland China focuses not so much on individual events than the trend of Taiwan's separation from China. The authoritarian China oftentimes sought to rely on “surprise attacks” in dealing with their perceived adverse trends. This has been true for each of the last three Taiwan Strait crises.
  • China Has Lost the Philippines Despite Duterte’s Best Efforts (2021-05-03)
    (Foreign Policy, By Derek Grossman) Locsin’s Twitter storm is only the latest indication that Beijing’s rising assertiveness—especially its challenge to the Philippines’ internationally recognized maritime claims—has finally forced Manila’s hand. Duterte now recognizes, in spite of his continued rhetoric to the contrary, that China is no friend, and the Philippines needs its long-standing security ally—the United States—after all. 
  • Biden Looks for Defense Hotline With China (2021-05-11)
    (Foreign Policy, By Jack Detsch) The United States says it’s ready to call China in a crisis. Will Beijing pick up? 
  • What the United States Wants From Japan in Taiwan (2021-05-11)
    (Foreign Policy, By Jeffrey W. Hornung) Biden should be clear about potential wartime plans now or else risk being disappointed by delays in Tokyo. 
  • Australia Draws a Line on China (2021-05-11)
    (Foreign Policy, Keith Johnson and Jack Detsch) Canberra’s had enough of trade embargoes and Chinese grievances—and is ready to draw a line. 
  • Myanmar’s Crisis: What Comes Next? (2021-05-11)
    (The Diplomat, By Khaing Sandi Win Min) As the military’s atrocities continue, Myanmar’s crisis threatens to undermine the wider region’s security. 
  • Taiwan Catches Two Chinese Nationals Arriving by Dinghy (2021-05-11)
    (The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) At least one Chinese national said he had fled to Taiwan in search of “freedom and democracy,” raising questions about border security and refugee laws. 
  • How Chinese Fans Enforce Chinese Nationalism on the World (2021-05-11)
    (The Diplomat, By Siru Chen) Chinese fans are quick to call out idols for crossing political red lines — and those norms are being internalized in the global pop culture industry. 
  • China in Sri Lanka: The Colombo Port Conundrum (2021-05-11)
    (The Diplomat, By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan) Sri Lanka’s Parliament postponed discussion of a bill regarding Colombo Port City, but it is expected to pass. 
  • We Don’t Need to Wait on the UN to Expand Taiwan’s International Role (2021-05-11)
    (The Diplomat, By Gray Sergeant) Liberal democracies can, and should, develop their own bilateral and multilateral exchanges with Taiwan, even while pushing for its inclusion in the WHO and other U.N. bodies. 
  • Japan Backward in Coming Forward on US-North Korea (2021-05-11)
    (The Diplomat, By ISOZAKI Atsuhito) At a time of stalemate, the Suga administration seems unwilling to take the initiative. 
  • The US Should Restore its Fulbright and Peace Corps Programs in China (2021-05-11)
    (The Diplomat, By Euhwa Tran) Encouraging Americans to live, study and work abroad will contribute to making the United States a more open, tolerant, and inclusive society. 
  • Philippine Marines’ New Operating Concept Highlights Their Growing National Security Role (2021-05-11)
    (The Diplomat, By Rej Cortez Torrecampo) A preview of how the Philippine Marine Corps will operate in the current and future security environment. 
  • China’s Deep-Sea Motivation for Claiming Sovereignty Over the South China Sea (2021-05-11)
    (The Diplomat, By Mark Crescenzi and Stephen Gent) At the bottom of the contested waters lies a supply of the rare earth minerals crucial to China’s tech ambitions. 
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