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  • US Extends Limited Reprieve on Tech Sales to China’s Huawei (2019-08-19)
    (Associated Press, By Frank Bajak) The United States is extending the limited exemptions placed on products being sold to Huawei for an additional 90 days. The exemptions are being prolonged in order to allow American firms additional time to end their reliance on Huawei, according to the Commerce Department. Although companies can request permits to sell sanctioned technology to Huawei, the U.S. government has yet to grant any licenses. <Accessed 2019-08-19> 
  • Pro-Independence TAPA Launched in Taipei (2019-08-19)
    (Taipei Times, By Jason Pan) A new Taiwanese political party, the Taiwan Action Party Alliance (TAPA), was launched Sunday during an event held in Taipei. According to its charter, the party's primary goals include achieving Taiwanese independence and earning permanent membership in the United Nations. The party was founded by groups closely associated with former Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian, and Chen has publicly announced his support. <Assessed 2019-08-20>
  • China Border Agents Search Through Hong Kong Travelers’ Phones (2019-08-15)
    (Bloomberg, By Lulu Yilun Chen, Fion Li, and Steven Yang) Hong Kongers attempting to travel to mainland China are being asked to unlock their smartphones for examination by Chinese agents along the border. The officials are reportedly searching texts, social media accounts, and photos for images, texts, and discussions of Hong Kong's ongoing protests. Travelers have responded by only carrying old or wiped devices when traveling into China in order to avoid scrutiny. <Accessed 2019-08-17> 
  • Chinese Survey Ship Returns to Disputed Waters Claimed by Vietnam (2019-08-15)
    (Al Jazeera, By Staff Writer) A Chinese survey ship, accompanied by Chinese coastguard vessels, has reentered disputed South China Sea territory that is claimed by Vietnam. The move is part of the month-long tension between Vietnam and China over the presence of the survey vessel near the Spratly islands. Vietnamese ships are closely monitoring the Chinese vessel as it moves within Vietnamese-claimed waters. <Accessed 2019-08-17> 
  • Fashion Firms Apologize for Implying Taiwan and Hong Kong Separate from China (2019-08-12)
    (The Guardian, By Lily Kuo)
    The Hong Kong protests have seemingly inspired a wave of nationalism among Chinese citizens, leading to massive backlash against large fashion labels in response to company websites and T-shirts listing Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, are sovereign countries. Among the brands that apologized are Coach, Givenchy, Asics, Calvin Klein, and Versace. This comes after public Chinese figures have terminated their relationships with the brands as a symbol of protecting Chinese sovereignty. <Accessed 2019-08-14> 
  • Support for Hong Kong Protestors Lands Taiwan Politician in Hot Water (2019-08-12)
    (South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung)
    Huang Jie, a New Power Party councillor from Kaohsiung, posted on Facebook Saturday asking for donations of supplies to be sent to Hong Kong protestors. Opposition Kuomintang councillor Chan Chiang-chun responded by saying that Huang’s post violated the newly revised national security law which prohibits Taiwanese donations of supplies and aid to “hostile countries”, including Hong Kong and Macau. Taiwanese police said they would let prosecutors determine whether Huang did indeed violate the law. <Accessed 2019-08-14> 
  • Crash Knocked Chinese Mystery Warship’s Secret Tech Onto Taiwan Freighter (2019-08-14)
    (Taiwan News, By Keoni Everington)
    New information has been discovered about the mystery Chinese vessel that hit a Taiwanese freighter on July 31 after electronic equipment from the vessel that fell onto the freighter was thoroughly inspected. The only information that was revealed to the public was that the technology was highly sensitive and that the vessel was a Type 055 destroyer. <accessed 2019-08-14> 
  • China State Media Present Their Own Version of Hong Kong Protests  (2019-08-14)
    (NPR, By Emily Feng and Amy Cheng)
    In response to the Hong Kong protests, China has begun to utilize its state media outlets to shape Chinese mainlanders’ perceptions of the protests. They have been pointing fingers mainly at foreign influence, specifically from the United States. This has sparked a wave of nationalism among Chinese nationals, both in China and abroad, who have spoken up in support of Hong Kong police. <Accessed 2019-08-14> 
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  • Taiwan's New Power Party Faces Crisis after Departure of Heavyweights (2019-08-20)
    (The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) Several heavyweights of the New Power Party (NPP) have announced their departure from the party, leaving the NPP with a crisis of leadership and identity. The NPP has to decide whether it will continue to be an alternative to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Kuomintang (KMT), Taiwan's two major parties. <Accessed 2019-08-20> 
  • After 5G, Space Opens a New Frontier in US-China Rivalry (2019-08-20)
    (The Diplomat, By Nicholas Borroz) Countries are not only caught in between the US-China rivalry in light of the US blacklisting Huawei but could also potentially be forced to choose sides in the US-China space race as China catches up to the US in space technology. Countries can initiate measures to resist external pressures by signing bilateral agreements with each other or larger multilateral deals. <Accessed 2019-08-20> 
  • Realities Clash with Idealism in Today's Asia (2019-08-20)
    (The Diplomat, By Walter Lohman) It is important to understand the reality of what China's rise means in order to maintain peace and uphold liberal values. Most countries in the Indo-Pacific region are not concern about geopolitical risk China poses and they are very likely to accept China's investments under its Belt and Road Initiative. <Accessed 2019-08-20> 
  • Sino-Indian Relations: Wuhan Spirit Under Growing Strain (2019-08-20)
    (The Diplomat, By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan) While India and China hope to maintain the Wuhan Spirit, it appears that the Wuhan Spirit is under serious strain. China alleged that India's repeal of Article 370 of the Indian constitution challenges China's sovereign rights and interests. In response, India stated that since India was not raising any additional territorial claims, China's concerns were misplaced. <Accessed 2019-08-20> 
  • Foreign Ministers of China, Japan, South Korea Set to Meet Amid Seoul-Tokyo Tensions (2019-08-20)
    (The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) Chinese Foreign Ministry announced on Friday that the foreign ministers of China, Japan and South Korea will meet in Beijing on August 21. The Chinese Foreign Ministry further added that the upcoming meeting between China, Japan and South Korea will lay the groundwork for a leaders' summit. <Accessed 2019-08-20> 
  • US-Southeast Asia Counterterrorism Cooperation in the Headlines with New Philippines Training Facility (2019-08-20)
    (The Diplomat, By Prashanth Parameswaran) The U.S. and the Philippines signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a new Regional Counterterrorism Training Center in the Philippines. The MOU seeks to boost bilateral counterterrorism partnership between the U.S. and the Philippines, including Washington's commitment to address terrorism and violent extremism in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. <Accessed 2019-08-20>  
  • The United States Will Miss China's Money (2019-08-20)
    (Foreign Policy, By Zachary Karabell) While the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China has received immense attention, Americans should pay attention to the declining Chinese investment in the U.S. as the effect would be far-reaching. Chinese investments in the U.S. act as a powerful source of leverage and influence for change that the U.S. possesses. <Accessed 2019-08-20> 
  • Will Hong Kong Flare Up or Flame Out? (2019-08-18)
    (Foreign Policy, By Kathryn Salam) The recent protests in Hong Kong, which started as a result of the controversial extradition bill, flared up due to the nature of Hong Kong's relationship with China. Whether Hong Kong's battle in defending its freedom and democracy will persist or not depends largely on each Hong Konger's role in education the next generation. <Accessed 2019-08-18> 
  • US Moves Ahead with $8 Billion F-16 Fighter Jets Sale to Taiwan (2019-08-18)
    (The Diplomat, By Franz-Stefan Gady) The Trump administration has recently informed the U.S. Congress that it would submit Taiwan's arms deal package for informal review. The U.S. Department of State has yet to publicly comment or confirm on the proposed arms sale to Taiwan. <Accessed 2019-08-18> 
  • Taiwan's 'Silk Road of Democracy' (2019-08-18)
    (The Diplomat, By Wen Lii) In July, Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) sent a delegation to visit the Dalai Lama in India. The meetings demonstrate closer bilateral cooperation between Taiwan and Tibetans. Furthermore, Taiwan hopes to form stronger ties among Taiwanese, Hong Kongers, Tibetans, Uyghurs and Chinese who are pro-democracy, which is in line with Taiwan's "Silk Road of Democracy" initiative. <Accessed 2019-08-18> 
  • US Says Taiwan Defense Spending to Rise with China Threat (2019-08-18)
    (The Diplomat/Associated Press) W. Brent Christensen, director of the American institute in Taiwan (AIT), remarked that the U.S. anticipates that Taiwan will continue to increase its defense spending to boost its self-defense capability amid growing Chinese security threats. In response, China announced that it would impose sanctions on any U.S. enterprises that participated in the arms sales to Taiwan. <Accessed 2019-08-18> 
  • As China Cracks Down on Uighurs, a Uighur American Joins the White House (2019-08-16)
    (Foreign Policy, By Amy Mackinnon and Robbie Gramer) Elnigar Iltebir, a Uighur American, was appointed as director for China at the National Security Council. Her role is to help manage China policy on issues relating to trade, military and human rights. <Accessed 2019-08-16> 
  • Will Beijing Use Force to End the Hong Kong Protests? (2019-08-16)
    (The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has many tools that it could use to quell the Hong Kong protest movement without resorting to its military or paramilitary. Nonetheless, we should not rule out the possibility of Beijing deploying the People's Armed Police (PAP). The CCP has used the PAP to quell protests in Xinjiang and Tibet. <Accessed 2019-08-16> 
  • China has Limited Options in Hong Kong (2019-08-16)
    (The Diplomat, By Abbas Faiz) Despite China losing its patience with the recent public unrest in Hong Kong, Hong Kong law prevents China from deploying its military in Hong Kong unless officially requested by Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam. Moving troops into Hong Kong to quell the protests could have serious international implications for China and could potentially damage China's reputation on the global platform. <Accessed 2019-08-16> 
  • America's Anti-China Mood is Here to Stay (2019-08-16)
    (The Diplomat, By Joe Renouard) Despite optimists being hopeful that there could be a breakthrough on the trade talks between the U.S. and China, there is a growing anti-China mood in Washington. The U.S. describes China as a "whole-of-nation" threat that warrants a reciprocal response from Americans. Such counter-China sentiments could be seen in executive statements and legislative reports on security, trade and military. <Accessed 2019-08-16> 
  • China Rejects Request for Hong Kong Port Call on 2 US Navy Warships (2019-08-16)
    (The Diplomat, By Franz-Stefan Gady) China denied two U.S. Navy warships port visits to Hong Kong due to the escalating political crisis on the controversial extradition bill in Hong Kong. China has continuously warned the U.S. not to interfere in Hong Kong. <Accessed 2019-08-16> 
  • Flights Restart at Hong Kong Airport as Protesters Apologize (2019-08-16)
    (The Diplomat, By Vincent Thian and Yanan Wang) Flights finally resumed at Hong Kong's international airport after two days of occupation by protesters. A group of protesters issued a statement via email apologizing to passengers for causing delays to their flight schedules. <Accessed 2019-08-16> 
  • China's Type 001A Carrier Continues Sea Trials Amid Possible Complications (2019-08-16)
    (The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) China's Type 001A carrier will continue with its sea trials despite reports of possible complications. Besides testing the carrier's ability to move on the seas, the trials will also test its ability to recover and launch aircraft. <Accessed 2019-08-16> 
  • The South China Sea Island China Gave Away (2019-08-16)
    (The Diplomat, By Zhen-Gang Ji) In a secret agreement in 1957, Chairman Mao Zedong decided to hand over Bach Long Vi to North Vietnam. The decision to transfer Bach Long Vi to North Vietnam was because of Mao and Ho Chi Minh's revolutionary friendship and a shared common anti-American goal. <Accessed 2019-08-16> 
  • Understanding Civil-Military Relations and Anti-Submarine Warfare (2019-08-16)
    (The Diplomat, By Robert Farley) The Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has greatly developed its anti-submarine capabilities over the past 10 years and devoted greater resources and attention to the anti-submarine mission. The PLAN's anti-submarine capabilities include air, surface and subsurface systems to hunt and kill U.S. and Japanese subs. <Accessed 2019-08-16> 
  • China's J-20 Stealth Fighter Today and Into the 2020s (2019-08-16)
    (The Diplomat, By Rick Joe) Going into the 2020s, there is a likelihood that China will further expand the production of J-20 using Al-31 variants or WS-10 variants interim engines. However, it is still uncertain as to how many J-20s the People's Liberation Army (PLA) will acquire. <Accessed 2019-08-16> 
  • How Close is Hong Kong to a Second Tiananmen? (2019-08-15)
    (Foreign Policy, By Jude Blanchette) The question remains whether China will use its paramilitary forces to quell the protests in Hong Kong. Deploying paramilitary forces in Hong Kong would be costly to China as Hong Kong is the financial capital of Asia. <Accessed 2019-08-15> 
  • Beijing's Paranoia Sees the CIA Under Every Rock (2019-08-15)
    (Foreign Policy, By Thomas Kellogg) China wishes to influence the Chinese citizens into believing that the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong are the result of foreign intervention, most notably the U.S. The Chinese Communist Party could actually believe their own propaganda that "hostile foreign forces" are behind the Hong Kong protests. <Accessed 2019-08-15>  
  • Hong Kong Airport Shuts Down Amid Pro-Democracy Protest (2019-08-14)
    (The Diplomat, By Yanan Wang and Christopher Bodeen) Hong Kong International Airport cancelled all flights as thousands of pro-democracy protesters gathered at the airport's main terminal on Monday. Beijing has designated the protest movement as "terrorism". Many luxury fashion brand firms are forced to distance themselves from the protesters and signal their support for China's position on Hong Kong. <Accessed 2019-08-14> 
  • In Africa, China is the News (2019-08-14)
    (Foreign Policy, By Aubrey Hruby) China has greatly expanded its media presence in Africa and influenced Africa's telecommunications, data and information standards. China's increasing investment in established African media companies has allowed Beijing to use these media subsidiaries to spin narratives favorable to Chinese interests. <Accessed 2019-08-14>  
  • Why Latin American Populism is Bad News for China (2019-08-14)
    (The Diplomat, By Antonio C. Hsiang) The new populist governments in Latin America could potentially affect China's strategic partnerships in the region. Brazil, under Bolsonaro, is working toward a free trade agreement with the U.S. Mexico, on the other hand, has approved the USMCA. <Accessed 2019-08-14> 
  • Taiwan’s 2020 Elections: Too Many Unknowns and Incalculables (2019-08-13)
    (IPP Review, By John F. Copper) In conclusion, there currently are too many unknowns and incalculables to make a reasonable prediction about who will win Taiwan’s 2020 election. But as many of the “what ifs” cited above are answered in coming weeks and months, there will be better evidence to foresee the election’s outcome. <Accessed 2019-08-14> 
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