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  • Defense Ministry Budgets NT$10.6bn for Submarines (2019-09-14)
    (Taipei Times, By Aaron Tu, Huang Hsin-po, and Jonathan Chin) Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense is expected to allocate NT$10.6 billion for a domestic submarine program. Taiwan's navy is currently developing a prototype submarine, with construction set to begin this year. The navy will be sending delegations to the United States and Europe to inspect contractors hired to develop parts for the submarine. <Accessed 2019-09-15> 
  • New Head of EU Mission in Taipei Eager to Start Work (2019-09-14)
    (CNA, By Elaine Hou and Ko Lin) Filip Grzegorzewski, a senior diplomat who specializes in Asian affairs, has been appointed as the new head of the European Economic and Trade Office (EETO) in Taiwan. Grzegorzewski started in a Facebook post Friday that was eager to start working to promote ties between Taiwan and Europe. <Accessed 2019-09-17>  
  • Bill for Purchase of F-16s Likely to be Passed in October: Lawmaker (2019-09-14)
    (CNA, By Wang Yang-yu, Justin Su, and Ko Lin) The bill to create a special budget of NT$250 billion for Taiwan's purchase of a fleet of F-16 fighter jets from the United States will likely be passed by the legislature by the end of October, according to lawmakers. The bill will be sent to committee for review once the new legislative session begins before being voted on sometime in late October. <Accessed 2019-09-17> 
  • Taiwan, U.S. Sign MOU to Facilitate Consular Assistance (2019-09-14)
    (CNA, By Chaing Chin-yeh and Frances Huang) Taiwan and the United States signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Friday to better protect Taiwanese and American citizens in each nation. Per the MOU, both nations will formalize certain consular functions conducted by their representative offices, including consular notification should a citizen of one nation be arrested in the other. <Accessed 2019-09-17> 
  • Solomons Task Force Recommends Switch from Taiwan to Beijing (2019-09-13)
    (Reuters, By Jonathan Barrett) The task force established by the Solomon Islands government has finished its report on Taiwan-Solomon Islands relations, in which the task force recommends switching diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China. The task force stated that the Solomon Islands stands to benefit if it normalizes relations with China. Taiwan’s Solomon Islands representative office criticized the report on Facebook, calling it a “fallacy.” <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • U.S., Philippines Boost Military Pact With More Drills Planned (2019-09-13)
    (Bloomberg, By Cecilia Yap) Amid tension in the South China Sea, the United States and the Philippines have agreed to improve the nations' bilateral security cooperation. Over three hundred bilateral security activities have been planned for 2020, an increase of more than nineteen from 2019. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • Taiwanese National Still Missing More Than a Year After Entering China (2019-09-13)
    (CNA, By Yang Sheng-ju and Chi Jo-yao) Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) confirmed Friday that Tsai Chin-shu, a Taiwanese citizen, has been missing for over a year since entering China. Tsai, chairman of the South Taiwan Cross-Strait Relations Association, was last heard from in July 2018. The news comes after another Taiwanese citizen was recently detained by China over alleged criminal activity. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • AIT Praises Taiwan at Inaugural Forum (2019-09-13)
    (Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) The first session of the Taiwan-U.S. Consultations on Democratic Governance in the Indo-Pacific Region was held Thursday at the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) office in Taipei. The forum's goal is to improve and formalize U.S.-Taiwan cooperation on "good governance issues." AIT Director Brent Christensen praised Taiwan as an example of good governance in the Indo-Pacific. <Accessed 2019-09-15> 
  • Han Says ‘Face-Saving’ Foreign Policy Useless (2019-09-13)
    (Taipei Times, By Ann Maxon and Jason Pan) Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu declared that if elected president, he would focus on foreign policy with the purpose of improving the economy, instead of what he calls "face-saving policy" seen under the Tsai administration. Han also criticized the Tsai administration for the loss of diplomatic allies. The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) rebuked Han's claims in a statement. <Accessed 2019-09-16> 
  • Pledges by China Often Benefit Interests of Only Few: MOFA (2019-09-13)
    (CNA, By Elaine Hou and Ko Lin) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) warned nations on Friday that China's aid and financial pledges often only benefit a few and can lead nations into debt traps. The comments come after China reportedly promised the Solomon Islands financial assistance in return for breaking diplomatic ties with Taiwan. MOFA also criticized the Solomon Islands task force's report on Taiwan-Solomon Islands ties as "biased and distorted." <Accessed 2019-09-17> 
  • Solomon Islands Hopes Decision on Ties with Taiwan by Sept. 21 (2019-09-13)
    (CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan, Chiang Chin-yeh, and Frances Huang) The Solomon Islands stated that it hopes to have a decision on whether to switch diplomatic recognition to China by September 21. Relevant Solomon Islands officials met on Friday to discuss a task force report that recommends severing ties with Taiwan. U.S. officials have been vocal for their support of continued Taiwan-Solomon Islands relations. <Accessed 2019-09-17> 
  • Warship Route ‘Most Direct’: Canada (2019-09-12)
    (Taipei Times/Reuters) A Royal Canadian Navy vessel sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Tuesday, sparking condemnation from China. Canada stated that the passage was not a part of a freedom of navigation operation, rather the route was simply the most direct for Canada's ship to take. Two Canadian ships also passed through the strait in June. <Accessed 2019-09-15> 
  • U.S. Concerned at Taiwan's Falling Number of Diplomatic Allies (2019-09-12)
    (CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Evelyn Kao) David Helvey, a U.S. defense department official, expressed the United States' concerns over the possibility of the Solomon Islands switching diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China. Helvey emphasized the importance of U.S. defense and security relations with Taiwan, stating that Taiwan serves a key role in curtailing Chinese aggression in the region. <Accessed 2019-09-17> 
  • KMT Decries Gou's Decision to Break Away (2019-09-12)
    (CNA, By Flor Wang and Liang Pei-chi) Hon Hai Precision Co. founder Terry Guo has officially announced his withdrawal from the Kuomintang (KMT). KMT officials have denounced Guo's decision, having given Guo honorary KMT membership earlier this year for him to run in the KMT's primary. The decision comes amid speculation that the move could be in preparation for a potential independent presidential campaign. <Accessed 2019-09-18> 
  • Taipei-Honiara Relations Facing Challenges: Taiwan Foreign Minister (2019-09-11)
    (CNA, By Emerson Lim) Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu stated that Taiwan-Solomon Islands relations are facing difficulties. According to Wu, Taiwan is working with "like-minded" nations such as the United States on how to assist the Solomon Islands and solidify ties with Taiwan's diplomatic allies. Wu emphasized the "Taiwan model" of cooperation and warned against China's financial pledges that remain unfulfilled or lead to debt. <Accessed 2019-09-18>
  • Taiwan an Exceptional Partner to Solomon Islands: U.S. Ambassador (2019-09-11)
    (CNA, By Shih Hsiu-chuan and Evelyn Kao) U.S. Ambassador to the Solomon Islands Catherine Ebert-Gray called Taiwan an "exceptional partner" to the Solomon Islands and noted the United States' support for Taiwan-Solomon Islands relations. In a meeting, Ebert-Gray warned Solomon Islands' prime minister of potential challenges that might face the nation should they switch diplomatic recognition to China. <Accessed 2019-09-18> 
  • Defense Report Details Coastal Strategy to Repel Chinese Forces (2019-09-11)
    (CNA, By Matt Yu and Joseph Yeh) Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) released the military's plans to defend against a coastal Chinese invasion, the first time the military's strategy has been made public. The strategy involves a combination of naval ships, mines, armored vehicles along the coast, aircraft, and missiles. <Accessed 2019-09-18> 
  • President Receives Solomon Islands FM Amid Rumors of Shaky Ties (2019-09-09)
    (CNA, By Emerson Lim) Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen met with Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele on Monday. Manele's visit comes amid speculation of the Solomon Islands potentially switching diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China. During the meeting, Tsai emphasized the two nations' long-standing ties and highlighted Taiwan's contributions to the Solomon Islands. <Accessed 2019-09-18> 
  • New Southbound Policy: Ministry Looking to Improve Exchanges (2019-09-11)
    (Taipei Times, By Han Cheung) The Ministry of Education is looking to improve international academic exchanges as a part of Taiwan's New Southbound Policy through the allocation of additional funds and the integration of the various programs. The ministry has also been working to create new academic programs in collaboration with foreign nations and universities as well as attempting to incentivize Taiwanese students to study abroad in partner countries. <Accessed 2019-09-18>
     
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  • How Would Beijing Assess Taiwan's election of 2020? (2019-08-11)
    (UDN, By Su Chi) How would Beijing assess Taiwan's 2020 presidential election? First, whether and how the US intervenes is the key. Second, Beijing will assess whether the new situation is irreversible. Third is the electoral outcome's impact on the internal political situation in the mainland <Accessed 2019-09-17>.  
  • Why China's Military Wants to Control These 2 Waterways in East Asia (2019-09-16)
    (The Diplomat, By Franz-Stefan Gady) The two waterways, Bashi Channel and Miyako Strait, are important for China to safeguard its economic interests abroad. Furthermore, the U.S. and it allies could utilize both waterways to bottle up China's military forces. The two waterways remain important to China's military as China continues its quest of military modernization. <Accessed 2019-09-16> 
  • South China Sea: US Navy Warship Conducts Freedom of Navigation Operation Near Paracel Islands (2019-09-16)
    (The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) A U.S. Navy warship carried out a freedom of navigation operation near Paracel Islands, which are claimed by China and Vietnam in the South China Sea. China remarked that the U.S. warship entered its territorial waters without permission. <Accessed 2019-09-16> 
  • A Lockdown in Central Beijing (2019-09-16)
    (The Diplomat, By Bonnie Girard) On September 7 at 4pm, the Chinese capital Beijing locked up tourists and business travelers with little advance notice. The reason for the lockdown was for China's military to rehearse the parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party rule on October 1. <Accessed 2019-09-16> 
  • The Risks and Rewards of Growing US-China Space Rivalry (2019-09-16)
    (The Diplomat, By Nicholas Borroz) China and the U.S. are competing for extraterrestrial supremacy. The space rivalry between the U.S. and China presents risk as mutual destruction could be carried out through missiles launched from space. However, competition over space exploration also offers huge benefits to humanity. <Accessed 2019-09-16> 
  • China-Thailand Military Ties in the Headlines with New Shipbuilding Pact (2019-09-16)
    (The Diplomat, By Prashanth Parameswaran) China and Thailand recently signed a new shipbuilding pact. The agreement represents an ongoing effort by both countries to further strengthen China-Thailand defense cooperation. There are few details being provided on the deal but anonymous sources in Bangkok confirmed the deal with a reported funding of $130 million. <Accessed 2019-09-16> 
  • Kazakh President Tokayev Goes to Beijing (2019-09-16)
    (The Diplomat, By Eleanor Albert) During his two-day state visit to Beijing, Kazakh President Tokayev and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced that both countries plan to elevate their bilateral ties to a permanent comprehensive strategic partnership. Kazakhstan's natural resources are of particular interests to China while China is Kazakhstan's important trade partner. <Accessed 2019-09-16> 
  • Why Isn't China Salami Slicing in Cyberspace? (2019-09-16)
    (The Diplomat, By Tobias Burgers and Scott N. Romaniuk) While China has increasingly advanced its interests and challenged existing dominances and norms in the economic, military and political realms, China has yet to expand its ambition in the realm of cyberspace. Since China has yet do so, it would be crucial for regional actors to start planning on how to develop effective strategies to counter China's operations in cyberspace. <Accessed 2019-09-16> 
  • Recalibration and Adaptation: China’s Relations with her Key Neighbors during the Trump Era (2019-09-01)
    (China Leadership Monitor, By Yun Sun) In an era defined by U.S.-China great power strategic competition, a central theme of Xi’s foreign policy has been a recalibration and realignment of relations with Asian countries in order to effectively counter the U.S. role in Asia. As a result, China has adapted its policy to pursue a closer alignment with a like-minded Russia, to improve relations with India to prevent a potential U.S.-India alliance in Asia, to steer the souring relations with Japan toward cooperation, and to consolidate Southeast Asia as part of China’s sphere of influence. <Accessed 2019-09-16> 
  • Twists in the Belt and Road (2019-09-01)
    (China Leadership Monitor, By Ryan Manuel) It has moved from a geoeconomic export policy to part of China’s toolkit in the current US trade war. But there is no indication that the structural problems will be addressed, thus limiting the BRI’s ability to achieve its goals, and as such, pushback will continue. <Accessed 2019-09-16> 
  • Hong Kong Protesters, Without an Anthem to Sing, Create One Online (2019-09-12)
    (New York Times, By Daniel Victor) Some protesters have said the Cantonese-language song makes them feel the way people abroad feel when they hear their own anthems: a sense of collective pride in their home. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • Trade Tensions Ease as China Drops Some Pork and Soybean Tariffs (2019-09-13)
    (New York Times, By Alexandra Stevenson) China will exempt some American soybeans, pork and other agricultural products from additional tariffs, state media reported on Friday, in the latest move by Beijing to ease trade tensions with the United States. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • China Lifts Tariffs on Some U.S. Goods in Modest Olive Branch to Trump (2019-09-11)
    (New York Times, By Alexandra Stevenson) Beijing extended a modest olive branch to President Trump on Wednesday amid the continuing trade war between the United States and China, publishing a short list of products to be spared from retaliatory tariffs on American-made goods. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • Taiwanese Man Who Disappeared in China Is Under Investigation, Beijing Says (2019-09-11)
    (New York Times, By Mike Ives) A Taiwanese man who disappeared during a visit to China is being investigated for suspected activities that “endanger national security,” the Chinese authorities said on Wednesday, the latest twist in a mystery that may dovetail with months of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • North Korea Launches 2 More Projectiles, Its 8th Weapons Test Since July (2019-09-09)
    (New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) North Korea launched two short-range projectiles on Tuesday, hours after proposing to reopen denuclearization talks with the United States this month. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • Protesters Besiege Hong Kong After Rally Near U.S. Consulate (2019-09-08)
    (New York Times, By Mike Ives and Austin Ramzy) A pro-democracy demonstration on Sunday near the United States Consulate in Hong Kong quickly devolved into vandalism and street chaos, suggesting that protesters were not mollified by a recent concession from the city’s leader. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • The ASEAN-U.S. Maritime Exercise and Maritime Security (2019-09-11)
    (CSIS, By Lalit Kapur) The AUMX, like the ASEAN–China maritime exercise last year, acts as a building block to enhance great power influence in ASEAN while also boosting the capabilities of Southeast Asian states to deal with low-grade maritime challenges. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • China ‘Expels Trespassing’ US Navy Destroyer from Waters off Paracel Islands (2019-09-14)
    (South China Morning Post, By Shi Jiangtao) China’s defence ministry said it “expelled” a US destroyer near the Paracel Islands on Friday, describing the American patrol in the disputed South China Sea as an “act of trespass”. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • Beijing Targets Haiti as Bid to Isolate Taiwan from Its Diplomatic Allies Heads to the Caribbean (2019-09-14)
    (South China Morning Post, By Kristin Huang) The Caribbean nation of Haiti has become the latest target for Beijing as it seeks to isolate Taiwan from its dwindling diplomatic allies around the world. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • US Marines ‘Remind China of America’s Military Edge’ with Asia-Pacific Drills (2019-09-13)
    (South China Morning Post, By Minnie Chan) US Marines have conducted airfield- and island-seizure drills in the East and South China seas in what observers say is meant to remind Beijing of US military supremacy in the Asia-Pacific. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • What Next for Hong Kong Protesters Left in Limbo in Taiwan? (2019-09-13)
    (South China Morning Post, By Mimi Lau) Most of the young Hong Kong protesters who fled to Taiwan after storming the city’s legislature in July have returned to Hong Kong, with others wondering what their next step in exile will be. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • Chinese Report ‘Names and Shames’ Fortune 500 Firms for Mislabelling Its Territories (2019-09-12)
    (South China Morning Post, By Jun Mai) A group of Chinese scholars will publish a report in November identifying companies on the Fortune Global 500 list that they say do not properly label Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau as territories of the People’s Republic of China. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • US Huawei Problem Goes Far Beyond Trade, Security Official Says (2019-09-12)
    (South China Morning Post, By Keegan Elmer) A State Department official has underlined US national security concerns about Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, stressing that problems with the company go far beyond the current trade dispute between the two countries. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • China Welcomes Donald Trump’s ‘Goodwill’ Act of Postponing US Tariff Increase until After National Day (2019-09-12)
    (South China Morning Post, By Orange Wang) On Wednesday, Trump confirmed he will delay a planned increase in tariffs from 25 per cent to 30 per cent on US$250 billion of Chinese goods at the request of Vice-Premier Liu He to avoid escalating trade tensions ahead China’s National Day on October 1, which is also the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • Foxconn’s Terry Gou Quits Kuomintang, Paving Way for Taiwan Presidency Bid as An Independent (2019-09-12)
    (South China Morning Post, By Lawrence Chung) Taiwanese billionaire-turned-politician Terry Gou has quit the Kuomintang, dealing a blow to the island’s embattled opposition party, which had urged the Foxconn founder to give up on his plan to run for the presidency. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • China Expected to Allow Green Bonds to Fund Clean Coal Projects in Potential Blow to Climate Change Fight (2019-09-12)
    (South China Morning Post, By Li Jing) China’s central bank is expected to take the controversial decision to include clean coal projects in the official catalogue of items that are allowed to be financed by green bonds, a technical but significant move that could put its environmental financing standards at odds with the European Union and even affect global efforts in fighting climate change. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • Taiwan Steps into Trade War Breach for US, Saying It Will Buy US$3.6 Billion in American Agricultural Products (2019-09-12)
    (South China Morning Post, By Mark Magnier) In a bid to drive home the message that Taiwan is a reliable US partner at a time of deep and growing distrust between Beijing and Washington, Taipei has announced plans to buy US$3.6 billion worth of American farm products, including soybeans, corn, wheat and meat products. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • Incoming EU Chief Ursula von der Leyen Vows to ‘Define’ Relations with Increasingly Assertive China (2019-09-12)
    (South China Morning Post, By Stuart Lau) The European Union’s new top official vowed in her debut press conference to “define” the bloc’s future relationship with a “more self-assertive” China. European Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen spoke to reporters in Brussels on Tuesday as Sweden, an EU member with strained China relations, is to unveil a new strategic paper on the Asian superpower this week. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • Beijing Deploys Drones for South China Sea Surveillance (2019-09-10)
    (South China Morning Post, By Liu Zhen) A network of drones has been deployed by Beijing to watch over the islands and reefs of the disputed South China Sea. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • Heavy Traffic in South China Sea: US Vies with China in Joint Naval Drills with Asean Members (2019-09-07)
    (South China Morning Post, By Richard Heydarian) Beyond Sino-American competition, however, this is primarily about the Asean “omni-balancing” strategy of reaching out to as many major powers as possible to enhance their own strategic autonomy. <Accessed 2019-09-14>  
  • Breaking the Impasse in Japan–South Korea Relations (2019-09-10)
    (East Asia Forum, By Kazuhiko Togo) If confiscation takes place, Japan may well react with a fifth blow of severe counter-measures. In that sense, Japan–South Korea relations may be in ‘a silence before the arrival of an avalanche’. How should the two states proceed? <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • Chinese Lawfare, Resource Disputes and the Law of the Sea (2019-09-11)
    (East Asia Forum, By Douglas Guilfoyle) Disputing maritime claims is a legal struggle carried out in the realm of ideas. Chinese lawfare is not simply window dressing for a maritime ‘land-grab’. It is part of the land-grab itself. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • The ‘New’ Taiwan beyond Cross-strait Relations (2019-09-12)
    (East Asia Forum, By Alan Hao Yang and Jeremy Huai-Che Chiang) Despite this pressure, a ‘new’ Taiwan has emerged that is increasingly willing to think beyond cross-strait mechanisms and to embrace a new regional role. This new Taiwan embodies progressive liberal values while seeking to display a stabilising role in the emerging Indo-Pacific theatre. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • China’s Role in Global Finance Has Changed Radically, but for How Long? (2019-09-09)
    (East Asia Forum, By the Editorial Board) Within the space of just 15 years, China has gone from being the largest net lender to the world to now being a net borrower. The implications for the global economy, and China’s role within that economy, could be significant. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • PacNet #52 - Debunking Myths about US-Taiwan Arms Sales (2019-09-13)
    (Pacific Forum, By Fang-Yu Chen, Charles K.S. Wu, Yao-Yuan Yeh, Austin Wang, Kuang-Shun Yang) This article identifies several of the widespread misperceptions and disinformation about US arms sales to Taiwan and explains why they do not hold water. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • How Hong Kong Got to This Point (2019-09-12)
    (Brookings, By Richard C. Bush) At this point, with Carrie Lam’s concessions, it is time for Hong Kong radicals, in the interests of Hong Kong society as a whole, to demonstrate conciliation. The problems facing Hong Kong are legion but they can only be resolved if violence ends and dialogue begins. <Accessed 2019-09-14> 
  • Trump Can't Decide What He Wants from China (2019-09-12)
    (Foreign Policy, By Geoffrey Gertz) U.S. President Donald Trump's trade team and national-security team want different things regarding China. Trump's trade team are pushing for China to open up and buy more American goods while the national-security team views China as a security threat and demands the U.S. to minimize economic ties with China. <Accessed 2019-09-12> 
  • China Lost the United States First (2019-09-12)
    (Foreign Policy, By Austin Lowe) China under President Xi Jinping does not appear to liberalize as foreigners living, working and doing business in China are being scrutinized and surveilled. In Xi's China, the ultimate goal is the supremacy of the Chinese Communist Party. If China continues down this path, it could end up becoming an isolated, techno-totalitarian state. <Accessed 2019-09-12> 
  • What Drives Chinese Arms Sales in Central Asia? (2019-09-12)
    (The Diplomat, By Yau Tsz Yan) The Chinese military technology industry is becoming a serious leader, and China is expanding its military assertiveness in Central Asia. The collapse of the Sino-Russian economic-military division of labor, an increasing economic interest in Central Asia under the Belt and Road Initiative and the ongoing anti-Uyghur separatist discourse all make Central Asia a prominent option for China's foreign military base. <Accessed 2019-09-12> 
  • Taiwan Hosts top Solomon Islands Officials Amid Reports of a Diplomatic Switch to Beijing (2019-09-12)
    (The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen hosted Solomon Islands foreign minister Jeremiah Manele in Taipei on Monday. There have been reports that Solomon Islands is deciding to switch allegiance to China. Manele did not affirm ties between Solomons and Taiwan but remarked that Solomons is reviewing all of its overseas missions and relations. <Accessed 2019-09-12> 
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