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  • Big Majority Reject 'One Country, Two Systems': Survey (2019-03-22)
    (CNA, By Miao Zong-han and Emerson Lim) A survey released by the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) showed that the majority of Taiwanese disagree with China's "one country, two systems" political formula. The respondents believe that Taiwanese should be the one to decide on Taiwan's future. Nearly 90 percent of the respondents wished to keep the current status quo across the Taiwan Strait. <Accessed 2019-03-22> 
  • Ties with Solomon Islands Stable: Deputy Foreign Minister (2019-03-22)
    (CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Taiwan Deputy Foreign Minister Hsu Szu-chien announced on Thursday that Taiwan's diplomatic relations with the Solomon Islands continue to be strong and stable. Hsu's announcement came amid rumors that the Solomon Islands might switch diplomatic ties from Taiwan to China. Hsu further added that the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between both nations demonstrate the solid ties between Taiwan and the Solomon Islands. <Accessed 2019-03-22> 
  • DPP Members Must Stop Choosing Sides: Chairman (2019-03-22)
    (Taipei Times, By Yang Chun-hui and William Hetherington) Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Cho Jung-tai has urged party officials to remain neutral regarding the party's presidential candidates. Cho remarked that the party has a well-established democratic nomination process to prevent infighting and factionalism. Cho also urged all party members to be fair and transparent in performing their duties to present the DPP as a capable party. <Accessed 2019-03-22>  
  • KMT Hopefuls Should Negotiate Candidate: Director (2019-03-22)
    (Taipei Times, By Jake Chung) The Chinese Nationalist Party's (KMT) Organizational Development Committee director Lee Che-hua urged the party's Central Standing Committee to negotiate a candidate for the 2020 presidential election instead of holding a primary. Lee remarked that the KMT should nominate a strong candidate since the party could be competing with former premier William Lai. <Accessed 2019-03-22> 
  • Swedish Envoy Seeking Taiwanese Investment in Sweden (2019-03-21)
    (CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Sweden's new representative to Taiwan Håkan Jevrell remarked that he is hopeful that both nations can cooperate in various areas and seeks to encourage more investments between both sides. The envoy further added that he hopes to improve Sweden's visibility in Taiwan and that his office has much work to do to demonstrate Taiwan's strength to Sweden. <Accessed 2019-03-21> 
  • Taiwan Can Play Proactive Role in International Community: Tsai (2019-03-21)
    (CNA, By Elaine Hou and Emerson Lim) In a Facebook post, Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen stated that Taiwan has the capacity to be proactive in the international community. Tsai cited several of Taiwan's key achievements in foreign affairs to demonstrate Taiwan's ability. The president remarked that those achievements demonstrate Taiwan's strong partnership with the U.S. and ability to be a key democratic ally in the Indo-Pacific region.<Accessed 2019-03-21> 
  • Overseas Agency on Alert Against China (2019-03-21)
    (Taipei Times, By Lu Yi-hsuan and William Hetherington) The Overseas Community Affairs Council Minister Wu Hsin-hsing announced that the council had been collecting opinions from the overseas communities and discovered that most were against China's "one country, two systems" political formula. Wu further stated that the council should send representatives overseas to talk about democracy, freedom and protection of human rights in Taiwan to present a more balanced view of the cross-strait relation. <Accessed 2019-03-22> 
  • President Tsai Arrives in Palau (2019-03-21)
    (CNA, By Wen Kuei-hsiang and William Yen) Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen arrived in Palau on Thursday. The president and her delegation were warmly welcomed by Palau Minister of State Faustina Rehuher-Marugg, Palau Vice President Raynold Oilouch, residents and members of the local Taiwanese business community. <Accessed 2019-03-22> 
  • President Vows to Make Taiwan Shine on Global Stage (2019-03-21)
    (CNA, By Chiu Chun-chin and Chung Yu-chen) Before embarking on her trip to Palau, Nauru, and the Marshall Islands, Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen promised to make Taiwan shine on the world stage. The president remarked that her trip aims to boost cooperation between Taiwan and its allies and strengthen Taiwan's participation in the international community. <Accessed 2019-03-22> 
  • Taipei Mayor Shares Views on Cross-Strait Ties in U.S. (2019-03-21)
    (CNA, By Flor Wang, Rita Cheng, and Liang Pei-chi) During a speech at the Heritage Foundation, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je remarked that Taiwan must be wise in its dealing with China amid tension between the two sides. Ko identified the lack of mutual trust between Taiwan and China as the biggest problem plaguing both nations. Ko further suggested that Taiwan should cling to the US and Japan, and at the same time be friendly toward China. <Accessed 2019-03-22> 
  • Taipei Mayor lauds Sister-City Ties with Atlanta (2019-03-21)
    (CNA, By Liang Pei-chi and Emerson Lim) In commemorating the 40th anniversary of the sister-city ties between Taipei and Atlanta, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je expressed hope that both cities will continue to maintain the friendship and work together. Ko, in citing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s efforts to achieve racial equality peacefully, promised to establish a just and equal society in Taipei. <Accessed 2019-03-22> 
  • President Tsai Registers for DPP Presidential Primary (2019-03-21)
    (CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Evelyn Kao) On Thursday, Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen registered her candidacy for the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) primary presidential election next year. The president remarked that she is seeking re-election because she hopes to take up the responsibility for Taiwan as Taiwan moves on to face further internal and external challenges. <Accessed 2019-03-22> 
  • DPP Lawmakers Throw Support Behind Tsai (2019-03-20)
    (Taipei Times, By Hsieh Chun-lin and Wliiam Hetherington) More than 30 Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers expressed their support for president Tsai Ing-wen's re-election in 2020. DPP Legislator Chen Ming-wen remarked that Tsai needs all the support as she has been facing growing threats and challenges from China, especially amid China's intention of imposing the "one country, two systems" political formula on Taiwan. <Accessed 2019-30-21> 
  • Lai Says Primary Should Focus on Taiwan's Values (2019-03-20)
    (Taipei Times, By Wang Chieh, Liu Wan-chun and Johnathan Chin) During a visit to Tainan's Tiantan Tiangong Temple, former premier William Lai told reporters that the primary's focus should be on Taiwan's democratic values, not the party, faction or a single person. Lai further added that his decision to run for the party's presidential primary was made for national interest, not for personal gain. <Accessed 2019-03-21> 
  • Deputy Foreign Minister Meets With Senior U.S. Official (2019-03-20)
    (CNA, By Elaine Hou and Chung Yu-chen) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced on a Facebook post that Taiwan's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Hsu Szu-chien met with U.S. National Security Council Senior Director Matt Pottinger in the Solomon Islands. During the meeting, Hsu and Pottinger talked about how both nations can boost cooperation and promote a free and open Indo-Pacific region. <Accessed 2019-03-21> 
  • AIT Director: People Should 'Think Outside the Box' (2019-03-20)
    (CNA, By Tsai Peng-min and Evelyn Kao) During the opening of the 2019 American Innovation Center (AIC) Innovation Forum, director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Brent Christensen urged people to "think outside the box". Christensen further added that the 2019 forum seeks to explore emerging technologies and how people can imagine these technologies. <Accessed 2019-03-21> 
  • Taipei Mayor Holds Closed-Door Meeting with U.S. Officials (2019-03-20)
    (CNA, By Flor Wang, Liang Pei-chi, Chiang Chin-yeh and Elaine Hou) Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je held a closed-door meeting with U.S. officials in Washington on Tuesday. During the meeting, Ko discussed with U.S. officials on how to boost U.S.-Taiwan relations. Meanwhile, in responding to questions from reporters, Ko remarked that it is crucial to boost Taiwan's economy and national defense, and there is no need to confront China. <Accessed 2019-03-21> 
  • China Trip Purely Business-Oriented: Kaohsiung Mayor (2019-03-20)
    (CNA, By Chen Chi-fong, Stanley Cheung and Chung Yu-chen) Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu remarked that the main purpose of his upcoming trip to China is to further strengthen Taiwan's economy and will not discuss about politics. Han also stated that he will respect China's arrangements as to who he will be meeting during his trip to China. Han also expressed that he is a supporter of the "1992 consensus". <Accessed 2019-03-21> 
  • Tsai Focuses on National Issues Amid Presidency Challenges (2019-03-19)
    (CNA, By Liao Yu-yang, Chang Jung-hsiang, Wen Kuei-hsiang, Elaine Hou and Chung Yu-chen) During the opening of the Taiwan Cyber Security Summit, President Tsai Ing-wen called on her administration to focus on national issues. Meanwhile, former Premier Lai Ching-te, who registered for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) 2020 presidential nomination, remarked that he decided to compete in the primary due to DPP's grassroots supporters. <Accessed 2019-03-20> 
  • President Tsai Confirms Taiwan Seeking to Buy F-16Vs from U.S. (2019-03-19)
    (CNA, By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Joseph Yeh) President Tsai Ing-wen announced that the Taiwanese government has decided to purchase F-16 Viper fighter jets from the U.S. and the Ministry of National Defense (MND) has submitted a Letter of Request to the U.S. Tsai further added that the decision to purchase the advanced fighter jets is to strengthen Taiwan's defense capabilities in protecting the peace and stability in the region. <Accessed 2019-03-20> 
  • Tsai to Transit in Hawaii After Visit to Pacific Allies (2019-03-19)
    (CNA, By Wen Kuei-hsiang, Ku Chuan and Elizabeth Hsu) Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen is scheduled to visit three Pacific allies, Palau, Nauru, and the Marshall Islands. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Tsai will make a stopover in Hawaii on her return trip to Taiwan. During the trip, the president is scheduled to speak at the Parliament of Nauru and the Pacific Women Leaders' Coalition Conference. <Accessed 2019-03-20> 
  • Taiwan, U.S. Launch Indo-Pacific Democratic Governance Consultations (2019-03-19)
    (CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Taiwan and the U.S. have launched a new series of consultations, titled "Indo-Pacific Democratic Governance Consultations". According to Brent Christensen, the director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), the new dialogue seeks to boost U.S.-Taiwan exchanges and establish bilateral projects to help regional partners. Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu remarked that this initiative demonstrates that Taiwan is a perfect ally for the U.S. in pursuing a free and open Indo-Pacific region. <Accessed 2019-03-20> 
  • Taiwanese Group Urges U.S. to Scrutinize Taipei Mayor (2019-03-19)
    (CNA, By Chiang Ching-yeh and Chung Yu-chen) The Taiwan Association of America sent a letter to American Institute in Taiwan Chairman James Moriarty to voice concern over Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je's negative views on U.S.-Taiwan relations. In the letter, the association mentioned how Ko appears to move closer to the Chinese government's united front agenda while he questions the U.S. government's efforts in helping Taiwan to defend itself against China's aggression over the years. <Accessed 2019-03-20> 
  • Taiwan Not Ruled By Law, Ko Tells Students in US (2019-03-19)
    (Taipei Times, By Lee I-chia) During an interactive session with Taiwanese students in New York, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je remarked that Taiwan is not ruled by law and has never been a country of honesty. Ko remarked that several cities and counties are facing bankruptcy despite having all the monitoring and financial policies in place. Ko further added that because most policies require time to produce the desirable outcomes, people should not insist on immediate changes. <Accessed 2019-03-20> 
  • Ex-Premier Jiang Defends Protesters' Forced Removal (2019-03-19)
    (Taipei Times, By Chen Yu-fu) During an interview with Taipei-based radio station POP Radio, former premier Jiang Yi-huah remarked that he did not regret removing protesters from the Executive Yuan compound during the Sunflower Movement in 2014. Jiang further added that while some physical coercion was unavoidable, he had instructed the National Police Agency and police officers to minimize any physical conflict while evicting protesters. <Accessed 2019-03-20> 
  • Lai Could Win in Any Scenario: Tsai's Odds Bad in Any Race, Think Tank Says (2019-03-19)
    (Taipei Times, By Sherry Hsiao) A recent public opinion poll released by Taiwan Brain Trust showed that former premier William Lai is leading President Tsai Ing-wen by more than 20 percent. The poll also reported that Tsai would lose in any hypothetical three-way race against independent Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je and a third candidate from the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT). <Accessed 2019-03-20> 
  • DPP Brass Express Mixed Feelings About Lai's Run (2019-03-19)
    (Taipei Times, By Su Yung-yao and Hsieh Chun-lin) Several Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) mayors expressed mixed feelings about former premier William's Lai decision to seek the party's presidential nomination for the 2020 presidential election. Some mayors expressed concern that Lai's announcement could cause division among party members, while others demonstrated confidence in the party's well-developed mechanism for presidential nominations. <Accessed 2019-03-20> 
  • City-to-City Exchanges China's Key Strategy Toward Taiwan: Scholar (2019-03-18)
    (CNA, By Miao Zhong-han and Emerson Lim) According to Taiwanese scholar Andy Chang, China will use city-to-city exchanges as a key strategy toward Taiwan. Chang further remarked that this strategy is meant to realize Chinese President Xi Jinping's goal to promote unification of Taiwan and China in light of the increasing tension between the two sides. At present, the city-to-city exchanges focus on tourism, investment, and trade in agriculture and fishery products from Taiwan to China. <Accessed 2019-03-18> 
  • KMT Heavyweights Back Han for President (2019-03-18)
    (Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) Many Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) members have urged the party's headquarters to nominate Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu as KMT's 2020 presidential candidate. Former president Ma Ying-jeou remarked that Han would receive the party's support if KMT would be able to return to power. <Accessed 2019-03-18>  
  • Eswatini Health Minister Visits Taiwan (2019-03-18)
    (CNA, By Joseph Yeh) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that Eswatini Minister of Health Lizzy Nkosi has arrived in Taiwan for a five-day visit. The purpose of Nkosi's visit is to enhance bilateral exchanges in health and medical care between both nations, as well as in helping Taiwan's bid to attend this year's World Health Assembly (WHA). <Accessed 2019-03-18> 
  • Taiwan Requests Correction of Taiwanese Entertainers' References (2019-03-18)
    (CNA, By Elaine Hou and Evelyn Kao) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has urged the organizer of an event to correct the references of several Taiwanese celebrities listed on TC Candler's list of the 100 most beautiful and handsome faces for the Asia-Pacific and China region. MOFA remarked that when Taiwanese are referred to as Chinese, this action has "deeply hurt the Taiwanese people's feelings" and will increase tension between Taiwan and China. <Accessed 2019-03-18> 
  • Taipei Mayor Defines U.S. Trip as 'Journey of Learning' (2019-03-18)
    (CNA, By Liang Pei-chi, Ozzy Yin and Elizabeth Hsu) Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je, while arriving in New York on Saturday, remarked that his visit to the U.S. is a "journey of learning". During his visit to the U.S., Ko will also be visiting Atlanta, Boston and Washington D.C. When asked whether he will be running for president in Taiwan's 2020 presidential election, Ko responded by asking reporters to ask him the question again in June. <Accessed 2019-03-18> 
  • NCC Shuts Down Chinese Web Site (2019-03-18)
    (Taipe Times, By Liu Li-jen, Lee Hsin-fang and William Hetherington) The National Security Council confirmed on Friday that a web site that was disseminating information about China's "31 incentives" was shut down for national security concerns. The web site was said to violate Article 34 of the Act Governing Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area. Taiwanese legislators remarked that information posted on the site could give Taiwanese the wrong idea that it was approved by Taiwanese authorities. <Accessed 2019-03-18> 
  • No Absolute Winner in Legislative By-Elections: Parties (2019-03-18)
    (CNA, By Chen Chi-fong and Evelyn Kao) Representatives from both the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and opposition Kuomintang (KMT) announced that there were no outright winners for either the DPP or the KMT in the legislative by-elections that took place in four cities and counties on Saturday. The DPP retained two legislative seats and the KMT lost one of the two seats it held previously. <Accessed 2019-03-18> 
  • Ship for Testing Weapons Ready by Year-end: CSIST (2019-03-18)
    (Taipei Times, By Lo Tien-pin and Jake Chung) According to the Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology (CSIST), the catamaran-style warship that serves as a surface-weapons testing platform will be ready by year-end. CSIST remarked that the testing platform will reduce the time needed for researching and developing surface weapon systems as well as allowing the military to test other systems and surface equipment. <Accessed 2019-03-18> 
  • Never Dream One Can Change A Country Overnight: Taipei Mayor (2019-03-18)
    (CNA, By Liang Pei-chi, Ozzi Yin and Elizabeth Hsu) In speaking with New York University students on Sunday, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je remarked that it would be difficult to think that one could change the entire country or the world overnight. Ko also remarked that since he is an independent mayor, he has no political baggage and his attitude toward both Kuomintang (KMT) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) city councilors is the same. <Accessed 2019-03-19> 
  • Taiwan Will Not Accept 'One Country, Two Systems': President (2019-03-18)
    (CNA, By Ku Chuan and William Yen) In commemorating the 5th anniversary of the Sunflower Student Movement, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen posted on Facebook, stating that Taiwan will not accept China's "one country, two systems" political formula as long as she is president. Tsai also announced that she will be registering this week for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) primary for next year's presidential election. <Accessed 2019-03-19> 
  • Former Premier Lai Registers for DPP Presidential Primary (2019-03-18)
    (CNA, By Chen Chun-hua, Ku Chuan, Wen Kuei-hsiang and Evelyn Kao) Former Premier Lai Ching-te has registered on Monday for the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) primary 2020 presidential election. Lai described himself as a "pragmatic advocate of Taiwan independence" and remarked that since the DPP adheres to a democratic primary process, his decision to compete against President Tsai Ing-wen will not cause division in the party. <Accessed 2019-03-19> 
  • British Office Taipei Calls for Taiwan to End Death Penalty (2019-03-18)
    (CNA, By Chen Chun-hua and Ko Lin) The British Office Taipei has urged Taiwan to abolish the death penalty on the basis of human rights. The U.K.'s representative to Taiwan Catherine Nettleton remarked that capital punishment has no place in a democratic society in which human rights are respected. Reports compiled by London-based Death Penalty Project (DPP) and Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty (TAEDP) showed that death penalty that might be improperly enforced could result in unsafe or wrongful convictions. <Accessed 2019-03-19> 
  • Taipei Mayor Criticized for Revealing Planned FAPA Visit (2019-03-18)
    (CNA, By Lin Hon-han and Evelyn Kao) The Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA) criticized Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je for disclosing a planned private visit to FAPA. According to Mike Kuo, president of the pro-Taiwan independence group that is based in Washington, Ko's act of revealing his visit to FAPA could create controversy within FAPA and cause misunderstanding among those who support Taiwan. <Accessed 2019-03-19> 
  • President Tsai Offers Condolences to New Zealand Attack Victims (2019-03-16)
    (CNA, By Wen Kuei-hsiang, Elaine Hou and Emerson Lim) Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen expressed her condolences to the families and victims of the fatal shootings at two mosques in New Zealand. According to Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang, the president stated that the people of Taiwan will stand with New Zealand in fighting against violence and terrorism. <Accessed 2019-03-16> 
  • Taipei Mayor Rebuts Taiwanese Group's 'Pro-China' Accusations (2019-03-16)
    (CNA, By Liang Pei-chi and Emerson Lim) Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je dismissed a statement by the Taiwanese Association of America, which claimed that Ko's pro-China and anti-US stance goes against the association's core values. Meanwhile, Ko remarked that he did not wish to see the hostility between China and Taiwan continue to rise but that both sides should be friendly to each other. <Accessed 2019-03-16> 
  • U.S. Concerned About Taiwan's Exclusion from WHA: American Official (2019-03-16)
    (CNA, By Rita Cheng and Flor Wang) James Heller, director of the U.S. State Department's Office of Taiwan Coordination, remarked that China's actions in preventing Taiwan from participating in the World Health Assembly (WHA) would hurt cross-strait relations. Heller further added that the U.S. will continue to support Taiwan's efforts in participating in international organizations where statehood is not required for membership. <Accessed 2019-03-16> 
  • MOFA Tweets Nauruan President Welcome Video Message (2019-03-16)
    (CNA, By Elaine Hou and Ko Lin) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) tweeted a message by Nauru President Baron Divavesi Waqa. The Nauruan president posted a video asking the people of Nauru to extend a warm welcome to President Tsai Ing-wen and her entourage. MOFA thanked the Nauruan president and stated that both nations are like-minded countries, sharing the same goal in promoting IndoPacific peace, stability and prosperity. <Accessed 2019-03-16> 
  • Taiwan Citizen fined for Taking Up Political Post in China (2019-03-16)
    (CNA, By Miao Zong-han and Flor Wang) According to the Ministry of Interior (MOI), Ling Yu-shih, a Taiwan national, will be fined for violating the law that forbids Taiwanese from holding political and military posts in China. During a meeting at the annual Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Ling advocated for Taiwan's unification with China and claimed that the People's Republic of China is the only legitimate government representing all of China. <Accessed 2019-03-16> 
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  • North Korea Threatens to Scuttle Talks With the U.S. and Resume Tests (2019-03-15)
    (New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) North Korea threatened on Friday to suspend negotiations with the Trump administration over the North’s nuclear arms program and said its leader, Kim Jong-un, would soon decide whether to resume nuclear and missile tests. <Accessed 2019-03-20> 
  • U.S. Steps Up Criticism of China for Detentions in Xinjiang (2019-03-13)
    (New York Times, By Nick Cumming-Bruce) As China prepared to defend its record before the United Nations Human Rights Council, the United States on Wednesday led Western governments, academic experts and human rights supporters in challenging Beijing over its mass detention of Muslims in the western region of Xinjiang. <Accessed 2019-03-20> 
  • Trump Finds Personal Rapport Goes Only So Far With Xi and Kim (2019-03-11)
    (New York Times, By Mark Landler) But Mr. Trump’s honeymoon with Mr. Kim came to an abrupt end in Vietnam last month, and his conviction that agreements between nations are little different than real estate deals between bosses now faces another stiff test with the Chinese president. <Accessed 2019-03-20> 
  • U.S. and China Near Currency Deal, but Provisions May Not Be New (2019-03-10)
    (New York Times, By Keith Bradsher) A pending trade agreement between the United States and China could put few restrictions on Beijing’s control over the strength of its currency, potentially inflaming trade hawks in Congress and within the Trump administration itself. <Accessed 2019-03-20> 
  • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang Seeks to Assure EU It Won’t Undermine It as Price for Ending US Trade War (2019-03-15)
    (South China Morning Post, By Kristin Huang) Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has offered an olive branch to the European Union by saying Beijing will not undermine the bloc’s interests if it reaches a trade deal with the United States. <Accessed 2019-03-20> 
  • China Approves New Foreign Investment Law Designed to Level Domestic Playing Field for Overseas Investors (2019-03-15)
    (South China Morning Post, By Zhou Xin) China approved its new foreign investment law on Friday, sending the message that Beijing wants to level the playing field for overseas investors and reassure the global community it remains an attractive investment destination. <Accessed 2019-03-20> 
  • Huawei Pleads Not Guilty to US Charges of Bank Fraud and Violating Iran Sanctions in Case that Triggered a Global Firestorm (2019-03-15)
    (South China Morning Post, By Jodi Xu Klein) Huawei pleaded not guilty on Thursday to a 13-count indictment that alleged the world’s largest telecoms equipment maker defrauded US banks by concealing business dealings with Iran in violation of US sanctions. <Accessed 2019-03-20> 
  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Heads to Brussels in Wake of EU Report Calling for Tougher Stance towards Beijing (2019-03-14)
    (South China Morning Post, By Lee Jeong-ho) China has confirmed that its foreign minister will visit Europe next week, just two days after the European Commission labelled it a “systemic” and economic rival. <Accessed 2019-03-20> 
  • American B-52 Bombers Fly over Disputed South China Sea for Second Time in 10 Days (2019-03-14)
    (South China Morning Post, By Zhenhua Lu) Two US B-52 strategic bombers flew over the contested South China Sea on Wednesday, according to the US Pacific Air Force, the second such flight in 10 days despite China’s objections. <Accessed 2019-03-20> 
  • Taiwan Can’t Resist Historic Trend towards Unification, Says Head of Chinese Cross-Strait Group (2019-03-14)
    (South China Morning Post, By Kristin Huang) Any effort by Taiwan to resist the “historic trend” towards unification is doomed to failure since Beijing is in a much stronger position to realise its goals, the head of a semi-official Chinese body to handle relations with the island said on Wednesday. <Accessed 2019-03-20> 
  • How the United States Nudged the European Union towards a Tougher Stand on China (2019-03-13)
    (South China Morning Post, By Keegan Elmer) US pressure on China has helped tip the scales in Europe towards a much tougher stand on China but Brussels is also bracing for US-China trade war deal that could leave Europe on the economic outer with its biggest trading partner, analysts said. <Accessed 2019-03-20> 
  • Beijing Will Increase Pressure on Taiwan If It Rejects One-China Principle, Warns Government Adviser (2019-03-12)
    (South China Morning Post, By Kristin Huang) Beijing will tighten the military and diplomatic squeeze on Taiwan if the island’s independence-leaning government refuses to acknowledge the one-China principle, a government adviser warned on Tuesday. <Accessed 2019-03-20> 
  • Time to Speak Up about the South China Sea (2019-03-14)
    (East Asia Forum, By Lyle J Morris) There appears to be a collective aversion among government officials and heads-of-state in Southeast Asia to speak up in public about Chinese transgressions and coercion in the South China Sea. Such reticence is based on misplaced fear of Chinese repercussions and does a disservice to regional interests, undermines deterrence and needlessly concedes leverage in negotiations with China on territorial disputes or a South China Sea Code of Conduct. <Accessed 2019-03-20> 
  • Can the Philippines Forgo Chinese Investment for Maritime Security? (2019-03-12)
    (East Asia Forum, By Aileen S P Baviera) Duterte’s government understandably does not want to be caught between the two major powers as economic ties with China expand. But Beijing’s growing maritime power and recent assertiveness threaten to cancel out the incipient economic and diplomatic benefits of improved relations since 2016. <Accessed 2019-03-20> 
  • “Triad” Military Education and Training Reforms: The PLA’s Cultivation of Talent for Integrated Joint Operations (2019-03-05)
    (Jamestown Foundation, By Kevin McCauley) The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is currently implementing what it calls the “Triad” military education and training reform concept intended to develop more capable joint commanders and staff officers. This reform effort is critical to the implementation of integrated joint operations, and to the transformation of the PLA into an advanced military force. <Accessed 2019-03-20> 
  • How China Began World War III in the South China Sea (2019-03-16)
    (The National Interest, By Kerry K. Gershaneck and James E. Fanell) Taiwan plays a major role in Beijing’s SCS calculus, as well. China’s ruler Xi Jinping has ordered the PLA to be ready to invade Taiwan by 2020. By taking exclusive control of the SCS, China has another angle of attack for its Taiwan invasion force, from the Bashi Channel. <Accessed 2019-03-18> 
  • The Relationship Between the Size of China’s Economy and Its Military Posture (2019-03-16)
    (The Diplomat, By Robert Farley) If China has indeed overstated its GDP, then the effect that the economy will have on China's defense will also be greater. By underselling the defense budget, China has blurred the true magnitude of its defensive capabilities. The initial inflated growth is not necessarily intentionally inflated reporting; rather, it comes from flawed statistics provided by provincial leaders. <Accessed 2019-03-16> 
  • Taiwan Is Swept by the ‘Han Wave’ (2019-03-15)
    (The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) Han Kuo-yu, mayor of Kaohsiung, is seen as a revolutionary force in Taiwanese politics to both supporters and critics. He continues to grow in popularity despite heavy criticism for his past, and Taiwan is deeply interested in him. He will play a large part in the KMT's 2020 election strategy, regardless of if he runs in the election or not. <Accessed 2019-03-16> 
  • China’s Double Standard on Terrorism (2019-03-15)
    (The Diplomat, By Bonnie Girard) China refuses to condemn a terrorist group in Pakistan to a United Nations blacklist, despite clear evidence of extremism, yet continues to run "vocational training centers" for Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang. China maintains an inconsistent record when dealing with Muslims, and it reflects a certain level of hypocrisy. China's relationship with Pakistan is growing more important, and by blocking the group leader's condemnation, China avoids upsetting the Pakistani government. <Accessed 2019-03-16> 
  • Mapping China's Investments in Europe (2019-03-14)
    (The Diplomat, By Valbona Zeneli) Chinese foreign direct investment in the European Union (EU) has greatly increased over the last decade. Beijing understands that by carefully becoming an important economic player in the region, China can greater assert political influence over Europe. As European opinions on Chinese investment remain fragmented, China can use the divergent interest to its advantage. <Accessed 2019-03-16> 
  • US Secretary of State Criticizes China’s South China Sea Practices (2019-03-14)
    (The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called China out in a speech earlier this week for its use of "debt-trap diplomacy" as well as its actions in the South China Sea. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded by claiming that nations in the region can address diplomatic disputes in their own ways, pushing back heavily on Secretary Pompeo's comments. Pompeo's comments come in support of the Trump administration's "Free and Open Indo-Pacific" strategic plan, designed to challenge Chinese power in the Indo-Pacific region. <Accessed 2019-03-16> 
  • China’s ‘Debt Diplomacy’ Is a Misnomer. Call It ‘Crony Diplomacy.’ (2019-03-12)
    (The Diplomat, By Mark Akpaninyie) China is repeatedly accused of "debt diplomacy" as it increases its financial investments around the world. However, very little evidence suggests that China is using a coordinated specific strategy of diplomacy to bring developing countries into its debt for the sake of exerting greater power. Chinese firms motivated by profit, not the state itself, have been exploiting developing nations, and Beijing must control Chinese firms if it wants to change its reputation around the world. <Accessed 2019-03-16> 
  • Taiwan Mulls F-16 Viper Fighter Purchase From the US (2019-03-12)
    (The Diplomat, By Franz-Stefan Gady) The Ministry of National Defense announced that Taiwan is considering purchasing several fighter jets from the United States to boost its defenses against Mainland China. Unconfirmed Taiwanese media sources report that the Republic of China Air Force is considering buying up to 66 Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon Viper (V) Block 70 aircraft. Taiwan is already in the process of upgrading its F-16 fleet. <Accessed 2019-03-16> 
  • China Isn’t Hearing Asia’s Fears About Its Military Buildup (2019-03-11)
    (The Diplomat, By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan) Even though China's 2019 defense budget represents a slower growth rate than in the past, other Asian nations are sure to bring criticism to China's defense plans. Foreign concerns, already growing higher in the past few years, are largely ignored by China. Chinese analysts, who often simply repeat official party lines, must take note of international criticism to remain cognizant of the changing international political and military landscapes. <Accessed 2019-03-16> 
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