• Tsai Tells US Official of Trade Deal Hopes (2019-12-10)
    (Taipei Times/CNA, By Su Yung-yao) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday expressed hope that a bilateral trade agreement (BTA) could be signed between Taiwan and the US. <Accessed 2019-12-10> 
  • 2020 Elections: Fewer China-Based Voters Expected (2019-12-10)
    (Taipei Times, By Yang Chun-hui and Lin Liang-sheng) The number of China-based Taiwanese businesspeople returning home to vote in next month’s elections is expected to be lower than for previous elections, a person familiar with the matter said on Sunday.<Accessed 2019-12-10> 
  • US Hopeful about Taiwan's Diplomatic Relations with Pacific Island States (2019-12-10)
    (Taiwan News, By Ching-Tse Cheng) The deputy director of the U.S. Department of State, Jennifer Spande, said Monday (Dec. 9) that the U.S. government remains hopeful about expanding Taiwan's diplomatic circle among Pacific Island countries. <Accessed 2019-12-10> 
  • AP Interview: Taiwan May Help if Hong Kong Violence Expands (2019-12-10)
    (Associated Press, By Adam Schreck) Taiwan’s top diplomat said Tuesday that his government stands with Hong Kong citizens pushing for “freedom and democracy,” and would help those displaced from the semi-autonomous Chinese city if Beijing intervenes with greater force to quell the protests. <Accessed 2019-12-10> 
  • Bill Passed to Establish Human Rights Committee Under Control Yuan (2019-12-10)
    (CNA, By Wang Yang-yu and Matthew Mazzetta) Taiwan's legislature on Tuesday voted to establish a National Human Rights Committee under the Control Yuan, a body with wide-ranging government oversight powers. <Accessed 2019-12-10> 
  • Bill Asks Pentagon to Form US-Taiwan Cybersecurity Group (2019-12-10)
    (CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Joseph Yeh) A conference agreement version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal 2020 suggests the U.S. government should study the feasibility of forming a U.S.-Taiwan working group to coordinate responses to cybersecurity issues, among other recommendations designed to enhance defense and security cooperation between the two countries. <Accessed 2019-12-10> 
  • President Pitches Bilateral Trade Pact in Meeting with U.S. Official (2019-12-09)
    (CNA, By Yeh Su-ping, Emerson Lim, and Evelyn Kao) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) expressed hope Monday during a meeting with a high-level U.S. Department of Commerce official that Taiwan and the United States can sign a bilateral trade agreement to add new impetus to bilateral economic growth. <Accessed 2019-12-09>  
  • Taiwan Donates US$550,000 to APEC for Regional Economic Integration (2019-12-09)
    (CNA, By Kuo Chao-ho and Joseph Yeh) Taiwan on Monday donated US$550,000 to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to support the forum's initiatives in advancing economic integration and sustainable growth across the region, according to the nation's representative office in Malaysia. <Accessed 2019-12-09> 
  • China Not Trustworthy: Ex-AIT Director (2019-12-09)
    (Taipei Times/CNA, By Lu Yi-hsuan) “China is not to be trusted,” former American Institute in Taiwan director Stephen Young said in Taipei yesterday, using Beijing’s dealings with the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong as an example. Young made the remark at a forum in Taipei on Taiwan-US relations hosted by the Taiwan Thinktank and the Washington-based Global Taiwan Institute. <Accessed 2019-12-09> 
  • Taipei Donates to Venice Disaster Recovery Efforts (2019-12-08)
    (Taipei Times/CNA) The government has donated 100,000 euros (US$110,588) to Venice in Italy to help with recovery efforts after severe flooding in November, which damaged many cultural and heritage sites, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday. <Accessed 2019-12-08> 
  • March Held to Mark 40th Anniversary of Kaohsiung Incident (2019-12-07)
    (CNA, By Wang Shu-fen, Chen Chi-feng, and Ko Lin) Several civic groups held a march Saturday to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Kaohsiung Incident, with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), several lawmakers, and human rights activists from Taiwan and abroad participating. <Accessed 2019-12-08> 
  • Intelligence Reports on Kaohsiung Incident Declassified (2019-12-07)
    (CNA, By Hsieh Chia-chen and Matthew Mazzetta) A series of intelligence reports on the Kaohsiung Incident, a government crackdown on pro-democracy protesters Dec. 10, 1979 have been declassified but not yet released for public consumption, an independent commission tasked with investigating Taiwan's authoritarian history said Friday. <Accessed 2019-12-08> 
  • DPP Ices KMT ‘Anti-Annexation’ Bill (2019-12-07)
    (Taipei Times, By Sean Lin) The legislation, unveiled last week, states that any civil servant — including the president — who advocates renaming the ROC, changing its territory or dissolving, absorbing or replacing it would face a prison term of up to seven years. <Accessed 2019-12-08> 
  • Pro-Government Protesters Denounce Hong Kong ‘Rioters’ (2019-12-07)
    (Associated Press, By John Leicester) Hundreds of protesters waving red Chinese flags packed a Hong Kong park to vociferously denounce what they say is a reign of terror being imposed on the city by months of anti-government demonstrations. The protest highlighted the widening gulf between the pro- and anti-government camps in Hong Kong, with divisions that appear irreconcilable. <Accessed 2019-12-08> 
  • Singapore Says Fighter Jet Unit on Guam Is Sign of ‘Trajectory’ (2019-12-07)
    (Bloomberg, By Wes Goodman and Glen Carey) Singapore’s agreement to establish a fighter jet training detachment on Guam “sets the trajectory” in which the city-state sees itself in partnership with the U.S, its defense chief said. <Accessed 2019-12-08> 
  • 2020 Elections: Tight Races Seen in Miaoli, Nantou, Yunlin, Changhua (2019-12-01)
    (CNA, By Kuan Rui-ping, Hsiao Po-yang, Chiang Yi-ching, Wu Che-hao, and Joseph Yeh) Incumbent lawmakers from Taiwan's two major political parties seeking re-election in January's legislative races are facing stiff challenges from rivals in Miaoli, Nantou, Yunlin and Changhua counties. <Accessed 2019-12-08> 
  • Taiwan Denies Offering Solomon Islands Politicians Bribes to Maintain Diplomatic Ties (2019-12-08)
    (Taiwan News) Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has denied attempting to bribe a member of the Solomon Islands’ parliament earlier this year to retain diplomatic ties with the Pacific archipelago, which switched recognition to China in September. <Accessed 2019-12-08> 
  • 2020 ELECTIONS: SE Asia No Longer Taking Taiwan Seriously: Han (2019-12-08)
    (Taipei Times, By Ann Maxon) Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) yesterday said that Southeast Asian nations are “no longer taking Taiwan seriously” due to its diplomatic challenges and poor economy, and urged voters to support the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) to prevent the nation’s “downfall.” <Accessed 2019-12-08> 
  • Taiwan to Apply for U.S. Border Preclearance: Minister (2019-12-08)
    (CNA, By Elaine Hou and Joseph Yeh) The Taiwan government will officially apply soon to join the United States border preclearance system, in a bid to expedite entry by its citizens into the U.S., Transportation Minister Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said Sunday. <Accessed 2019-12-08> 
  • Kinmen Officials Urge Han Over China Deal (2019-12-06)
    (Taipei Times/CNA, By Dennis Xie) Authorities in Kinmen County yesterday asked Kaoshiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) presidential candidate, to propose a path to cross-strait peace with the outlying county as the focal point, but the Han campaign said that it had no such plans. <Accessed 2019-12-07> 
  • DPP Officials Tout Their Youth Policies (2019-12-06)
    (Taipei Times, By Jason Pan) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and other Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials yesterday presented polices aimed at young people, while a coalition of university students said that Tsai was safeguarding Taiwan’s sovereignty and protecting cultural diversity. <Accessed 2019-12-07> 
  • Huang Kuo-chang Deflects Prediction of No At-Large Seat (2019-12-06)
    (Taipei Times, By Ann Maxon) Voters will make their own decisions in Jan. 11’s legislative elections, New Power Party (NPP) Legislator Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) said yesterday after Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) legislator-at-large nominee Tsai Pi-ju (蔡壁如) predicted that Huang would not secure a legislator-at-large seat. <Accessed 2019-12-06> 
  • KMT Lawmakers Injured in Protest at Foreign Affairs Ministry (2019-12-06)
    (CNA, By Flor Wang, Elaine Hou, Fan Cheng-hsian and Liu Kuan-ting) Two female lawmakers with the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) were injured Friday during a protest at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) over the death of a diplomat posted in Japan last year. <Accessed 2019-12-07> 
  • Subsidies for Inbound Charter Flights Raised to Boost Tourism (2019-12-06)
    (CNA, By Flor Wang and Yu Hsiao-hen) The Ministry of Transportation and Communication (MOTC) announced Friday that it will widen the scope of subsidies for charter flights arriving in Taiwan. <Accessed 2019-12-07> 
  • Han Pledges to Develop Southern Taiwan with Focus on Kaohsiung (2019-12-06)
    (CNA, By Yu Hsiang, Phoenix Hsu and Matthew Mazzetta) Kuomintang (KMT) presidential nominee Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) on Thursday proposed a mobility-based model for his presidency, which would see him spend much time in Kaohsiung to oversee the development of southern Taiwan. <Accessed 2019-12-07> 
  • Hon Hai Chief Visits White House; Company Sales Hit November High (2019-12-06)
    (CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh, Chung Jung-feng and Frances Huang) Terry Gou (郭台銘), founder of Taiwanese manufacturing giant Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., visited the White House Thursday to attend a Christmas party and said he met with President Donald Trump and talked about Hon Hai's investments in the U.S. <Accessed 2019-12-07> 
  • EU Foreign and Security Policy Highlights Support for Taiwan (2019-12-05)
    (CNA, By Tang Pei-chun and Ko Lin) The European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday approved a resolution on its annual foreign and security policy, part of which highlighted the European Union's (EU) support for Taiwan's meaningful participation in international organizations and activities. <Accessed 2019-12-06> 
  • Thailand Delays Visa Changes for Taiwanese Travelers Amid Outcry (2019-12-05)
    (CNA, By Elaine Hou and Matthew Mazzetta) The Thailand Trade and Economic Office (TTEO) announced Thursday that it will delay changes to the country's visa rules until March 2020 following an outcry against the new rules that would require Taiwanese applicants to provide evidence of their finances. <Accessed 2019-12-06> 
  • U.S. Uighur Bill's Threat to Surveillance Economy Puts China on Offensive (2019-12-05)
    (Reuters, By Matt Spetalnick, Patricia Zengerle, and David Brunnstrom) China reacted angrily to President Donald Trump’s approval of legislation supporting Hong Kong protesters last month, but movement on another congressional bill, backing Uighur Muslims in China’s northwest, has cut even closer to the bone and could trigger reprisals and hurt efforts to resolve the U.S.-China trade war. <Accessed 2019-12-06> 
  • China Defense Chief Defends Policy on Hong Kong, Xinjiang (2019-12-05)
    (Associated Press) China’s defense minister defended his country’s policy on the controversial issues of Hong Kong and the northwestern territory of Xinjiang in a telephone conversation with his U.S. counterpart. The official Xinhua News Agency said Defense Minister Wei Fenghe also raised the issues of Taiwan and the South China Sea in the Tuesday conversation with Defense Secretary Mark Esper. <Accessed 2019-12-06> 
  • Prague Mayor: City Will Sign Sister Pact with Taipei in January (2019-12-03)
    (CNA, By Lin Yu-li and Evelyn Kao) Prague Mayor Zdenek Hrib announced Monday that he will sign an agreement with Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) to forge sisterhood ties between the two cities in January, when Ko is set to visit the Czech Republic capital, according to Czech news agency CTK. <Accessed 2019-12-06>
  • China Maritime Incursions Near Japan-Held Islands Hit Record (2019-12-05)
    (Bloomberg, By Jon Herskovitz) The number of Chinese maritime incursions near Japanese-held islands in the East China Sea soared to a record this year, illustrating simmering tensions between Asia’s two biggest economies. Chinese government ships, including coast guard vessels, have entered what Japan considers its exclusive waters more than 1,000 times this year, according to data from the Japan Coast Guard. <Accessed 2019-12-06> 
  • Prosecutors Seek Australia’s Aid in Spy Claims (2019-12-01)
    (Taipei Times/CNA) The Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office is hoping for help from Australia as it investigates the allegations of self-confessed Chinese spy William Wang Liqiang (王立強), a Ministry of Justice official said yesterday. The ministry official said the office wrote a letter requesting that Australia provide it with a transcript of Wang’s comments given to Australian authorities on his role in reportedly attempting to influence Taiwan’s elections. <Accessed 2019-12-06> 
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  • Taiwan's Usually Obscure Party Lists Swing its Legislative Election (2019-12-12)
    (The Diplomat, By Lev Nachman and Brian Hioe) A week later, the KMT and DPP’s positions began to switch. The KMT fell in the polls and today continues to drop. The DPP’s odds of maintaining their legislative majority drastically increased because of a feature of Taiwanese politics that many are not familiar with: the party list. <Accessed 2019-12-12> 
  • The Cruel Fate of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor in China (2019-12-12)
    (The Diplomat, By Peter Humphrey) As of December 10, two Canadians will have been held for an entire year in abominable, isolated conditions in the claws of the Chinese Communist Party’s secret police. <Accessed 2019-12-12> 
  • Hong Kong's Leader Again Rejects Concessions after Massive Weekend Protest (2019-12-12)
    (The Diplomat, By Associated Press) Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Tuesday again ruled out further concessions to protesters who marched peacefully in their hundreds of thousands this past weekend, days before she is to travel to Beijing for regularly scheduled meetings with Communist Party leaders. <Accessed 2019-12-12> 
  • China's Central Role in Denmark's Arctic Security Policies (2019-12-12)
    (The Diplomat, By Mingming Shi and Marc Lanteigne) As explained by Lars Findsen, head of the DDIS, challenges to the security of the Arctic, including because of China’s growing presence there, prompted the decision to begin this year’s risk assessment with that region. In Copenhagen’s view, China has become the third player, along with Russia and the United States, in what is shaping up to be an emerging great power competition in the Arctic. <Accessed 2019-12-12> 
  • China's Response to US Hong Kong Democracy Act Shows Deep Insecurities (2019-12-12)
    (The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) For now, there’s little clarity on how China’s sanctions against those organizations will be enforced. China has made clear that it is upset about the U.S. standing up for democracy in Hong Kong, but that much was apparent even before the events sparked by the signing of the act. <Accessed 2019-12-12> 
  • When 'Chinese People's Feelings' are the Only Feelings that Matter (2019-12-12)
    (The Diplomat, By Jo Kim) With the call for the “fostering of Chinese spirit, Chinese values, and Chinese strength” under the guidance of the “four confidences,” the process to restore China’s long-lost dignity has transitioned to a clear, nationalist campaign for global respect – evident in China’s now frequent self-identification as a daguo (大国, great power or great nation). <Accessed 2019-12-12> 
  • The Belt and Road: Calculating Winners and Losers (2019-12-12)
    (The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) But because the BRI is a relatively new concept and few of its projects have been completed, it’s difficult to actually put a numerical value on the benefits – for China or for any other country. Without a way to quantify the costs and benefits, it’s hard to definitively answer the question of which countries stand to come out ahead – and which might be better off bowing out. <Accessed 2019-12-12> 
  • A Manufacturing Exodus in China - Fact or Fiction? (2019-12-12)
    (The Diplomat, By Dingding Chen and Yu Xia) The U.S.-China trade war has now dragged on for more than a year, and a preliminary trade deal between the two sides appears to be on the brink of being reached soon. An initial trade deal could involve a rollback of tariffs that has been slapped on roughly $360 billion worth of Chinese goods and $160 billion worth of Chinese imports. <Accessed 2019-12-12> 
  • Japan's Options in the South China Sea (2019-12-12)
    (The Diplomat, By Yoji Koda) The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) possesses overwhelming military capabilities in the South China Sea (SCS). And it is clear that no single nation in this region, Japan included, is able to match those capabilities. <Accessed 2019-12-12> 
  • What the 'Power of Siberia' Tells Us About China-Russia Relations (2019-12-08)
    (The Diplomat, By Francesco Sassi) The increasing energy interdependency between Moscow and Beijing is key to understanding the long-term relationship between the two governments. However, the energy partnership does not stop with the Power of Siberia, as Beijing is an outstanding partner for Moscow’s efforts in developing its Arctic resource base as well. <Accessed 2019-12-08> 
  • Hong Kong's Protest: Look Beyond Tiananmen 2.0 (2019-12-08)
    (The Diplomat, By Victoria Tin-bor Hui) The process of radicalizing peaceful demonstrators has various steps, and the first move by Beijing has often been to refuse to make concessions, thereby forcing the opposition to either abandon their demands or to step up their actions. At Tiananmen Square, students escalated by going on a hunger strike. In Hong Kong, the government’s unresponsiveness to multiple peaceful marches gave rise to the protest slogan: “It is [you] who taught us that peaceful demonstrations are ineffective.” <Accessed 2019-12-08> 
  • New Military Vehicles Put China-Thailand Defense Relations into Focus (2019-12-08)
    (The Diplomat, By Prashanth Parameswaran) Nonetheless, the development reinforced the fact that despite lingering challenges and uncertainties, certain avenues in China-Thailand defense collaboration continue to be advanced. How both sides look to continue to operationalize areas of cooperation they have talked about previously will be an aspect in Sino-Thailand defense relations to watch into next year. <Accessed 2019-12-08> 
  • China: Argentina's Last Resort (2019-12-08)
    (The Diplomat, By Antonio C. Hsiang) With the BRI being expanded to Latin America and Washington appearing content to cede leadership in the region to China, the only sure thing is that Argentina faces great economic uncertainty in the short run, with long-run outcomes hanging in the balance. Argentina may provide a testing ground for China’s alternative model for development, which is very different from the Western model. <Accessed 2019-12-08> 
  • Exploring China's New Narrative on Democracy (2019-12-08)
    (The Diplomat, By Jo Kim) According to Xi’s definition, “whole-process democracy” means that “all major legislative decisions are made after going through procedures and democratic deliberations to make sure the decision-making is sound and democratic.” By this explanation, it is apparent the leadership is defining its governance using the traditional philosophy of “benevolent rule” (仁政), which refers to the ruling government having the virtue of benevolence and governing based on love and care for the people. <Accessed 2019-12-08> 
  • Russia, China's Neighborhood Energy Alternative (2019-12-08)
    (The Diplomat, By Eleanor Albert) With regard to Russia, China’s main objectives can be understood as follows: (1) boosting economic interdependence with its neighbor to stabilize and pacify China’s periphery; and (2) further integrating Russia not only within the region, but also within an emerging multilateral regional institutional architecture, by and large led by China. <Accessed 2019-12-08> 
  • Claims of China’s Meddling Roil Taiwan Ahead of Elections (2019-12-06)
    (New York Times, By Steven Lee Myers and Chris Horton) The allegations have punctuated longstanding fears of Chinese interference in Taiwan, which Beijing claims as an inviolable part of a greater China. China’s leader, Xi Jinping, has made no secret of the country’s ambitions to absorb Taiwan, warning this year that he would use force, if necessary, to prevent any move to formal independence. <Accessed 2019-12-07> 
  • Kim Jong-un Visits Sacred Mountain on Horseback. Analysts Watch His Next Move. (2019-12-04)
    (New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) In the past, Mr. Kim had often gone to the mountain ​on the Chinese border and the nearby Samjiyon County — which are venerated as the birthplace of the North Korean regime — when he wanted to show his people and the outside world his resolve before a major policy shift. <Accessed 2019-12-07> 
  • Hong Kong Police Fire Tear Gas as Protesters Return in Force (2019-12-01)
    (New York Times, By Elaine Yu) After a relative lull in the protests, thousands of pro-democracy activists turned out Sunday for three demonstrations a week after scoring a major victory in elections that were viewed as a broad endorsement of the movement’s goals. <Accessed 2019-12-07> 
  • China Hits Back at U.S. Over Hong Kong Bill in a Mostly Symbolic Move  (2019-12-02)
    (New York Times, By Amy Qin) China said on Monday that it would suspend visits to Hong Kong by American warships and impose sanctions on several United States-based nongovernmental groups, in a mostly symbolic retaliation for tough human rights legislation President Trump signed last week. <Accessed 2019-12-07> 
  • Former Chinese Officials Warn Tensions with US Raise Risk of ‘Accidental Conflict’ (2019-12-07)
    (South China Morning Post, By Jun Mai) The risk of an “accidental conflict” between the US and China has risen as a result of the heightened tensions between the two sides, a number of current and former officials have warned. <Accessed 2019-12-07> 
  • British Navy Vessel Passes through Taiwan Strait (2019-12-07)
    (South China Morning Post, By Teddy Ng) A British navy survey vessel sailed through the Taiwan Strait, it was announced on Saturday, as the United Kingdom steps up its presence in the Indo-Pacific region. <Accessed 2019-12-07> 
  • Trade War Pushing Taiwanese Firms Back Home, with Reshoring Raising Island’s GDP Growth Rate (2019-12-06)
    (South China Morning Post, By Ralph Jennings) Tong Hsing is joining a wave of Taiwanese companies that have picked their homeland for factory expansion this year to avoid the trade dispute between China and the US, in turn, accelerating the island’s economic growth. <Accessed 2019-12-07> 
  • Taiwanese Billionaire Terry Gou Talks Foxconn Investment During US Visit (2019-12-06)
    (South China Morning Post, By Sarah Zheng) Foxconn’s billionaire founder Terry Gou Tai-ming met White House officials in Washington on Thursday to discuss the Taiwanese electronics company’s investments in the United States, as part of a 10-day trip to the country. <Accessed 2019-12-07> 
  • Nato Allies Single Out China and Its Policies as a Strategic ‘Challenge’ (2019-12-05)
    (South China Morning Post, By Stuart Lau) The United States has steered Nato allies in Europe to define China as a strategic challenge for the first time in the military alliance’s 70-year history. <Accessed 2019-12-07> 
  • China and EU Try to Forge Common Front to Lead Fight against Climate Change (2019-12-04)
    (South China Morning Post, By Echo Xie and Albert Han) As world leaders converged on Spain this week to discuss the next steps in fighting man-made climate change, China and the European Union have been looking for ways to lead the fight against the “most important” challenge they face. <Accessed 2019-12-07> 
  • Chinese, US Generals Vow to Manage Military Differences, Like South China Sea (2019-12-04)
    (South China Morning Post, By Minnie Chan) China and the United States will work together to manage their differences and maintain stable military ties, two of their top generals said on Tuesday, a day after Beijing suspended visits by US warships and aircraft to Hong Kong. <Accessed 2019-12-07> 
  • Beijing-Tokyo Distrust Lingers as Record Number of Chinese Ships Seen Near Diaoyu Islands (2019-12-03)
    (South China Morning Post, By Julian Ryall) A record 998 Chinese government ships have been identified in waters close to disputed Japanese-held islands in the East China Sea in the first 11 months of the year, underlining the lingering distrust that exists between Tokyo and Beijing despite what appear to be improved bilateral relations. <Accessed 2019-12-07> 
  • US Vision for Global Order Is Vastly Different to China’s, Trump Administration Official Says (2019-12-03)
    (South China Morning Post, By Mark Magnier) Those two competing outlooks were outlined in a speech delivered on Monday by a senior Trump administration official. <Accessed 2019-12-07> 
  • ASEAN Fights to Stay Neutral in the US–China Contest (2019-12-03)
    (East Asia Forum, By Simon Tay and Jessica Wau) ASEAN should not choose between one or the other but continue to engage both. In the short term, governments swaying between the United States and China should make choices on a case-by-case basis. <Accessed 2019-12-07> 
  • Vietnam Confronts China in the South China Sea (2019-12-06)
    (East Asia Forum, By Do Thanh Hai) As Vietnam stands its ground and attests to the legitimacy of its claims in public, the ball is in Beijing’s court to decide whether China wants to be a responsible emerging power. <Accessed 2019-12-07> 
  • Cracks in Xi and Modi’s Shared World Vision (2019-12-07)
    (East Asia Forum, By Chris Ogden) Still, the ties that bind India and China ought to be far stronger than those that push them apart, with both sides keen to modernise and develop through enhanced trade and multilateral linkages. With Modi and Xi set to lead their states for years to come, whatever personal chemistry there was at the second informal summit will be vital for creating a solid bedrock in their relations in the decades to come. <Accessed 2019-12-07> 
  • How China's Defense Establishment Views China's Security Environment: A Comparison between the 2019 PRC Defense White Paper and Earlier Defense white Papers (2019-12-01)
    (China Leadership Monitor, By Michael Swaine) This article focuses primarily on the description of China’s security environment and the content and purpose of its defense policy as contained in the 2019 DWP. It compares statements in the 2019 DWP to those in earlier DWPs. <Accessed 2019-12-07> 
  • Beijing’s All-Out Crackdown on the Anti-Extradition Protests in Hong Kong (2019-12-01)
    (China Leadership Monitor, By Victoria Tin-bor Hui) Beijing’s attempts to exert overall control in Hong Kong through the extradition bill have created unspeakable chaos for the city and horrors for the arrested and the injured. Yet Beijing is not winning this war. <Accessed 2019-12-07> 
  • The Relocation of Supply Chains from China and the Impact on the Chinese Economy (2019-12-01)
    (China Leadership Monitor, By Shaomin Li) The trade war has greatly affected the political economy of China. Economically, it has negatively affected the manufacturing sector, substantially reducing trade with the United States, deterring foreign investments, disrupting supply chains, and accelerating the relocation of supply chains from China. <Accessed 2019-12-07> 
  • PacNet #64: A Prolonged US-China Two-step Has Left Us Questioning Interdependence (2019-12-02)
    (Pacific Forum, By Ron Huisken) The fundamental question that the contest has exposed is whether dependable agreement is possible on the range of tools and mindsets that states can legitimately bring to the competition. <Accessed 2019-12-07> 
  • PacNet #65 – The EU and China: Partners or Rivals in an Emerging World Order? (2019-12-04)
    (Pacific Forum, By Zsuzsa Anna Ferenczy and Junjie Ma) In conclusion, perceptions and self-perceptions play a crucial role in determining the direction of EU-China relations. <Accessed 2019-12-07> 
  • Is This Central Asia's ASEAN Moment? (2019-12-06)
    (The Diplomat, By S. Frederick Starr) In short, they pledged to develop in Central Asia something akin to ASEAN, the Nordic Council, the Vishegrad Group, or Mercosur. After centuries of being played against one another, the Central Asian states have linked arms to advance their common welfare. <Accessed 2019-12-06> 
  • Can China's "New Idea" Work in the Middle East? (2019-12-06)
    (The Diplomat, By Wang Jin) Four points of common understanding were shared among the attendees, including goals to set up a new security concept that is collective, comprehensive, cooperative, and sustainable; to realize the final peace between Palestine and Israel (among other regional issues) in a just and equal manner; to highlight and implement the role of “development” in the Middle East management; and to encourage and facilitate mutual dialogue and understanding between different civilizations over counterterrorism and counterextremism, and thereby eliminate double standards in international and regional affairs. <Accessed 2019-12-06> 
  • China and US Clash Over Xinjiang, Hong Kong Bills (2019-12-06)
    (The Diplomat, By Yanan Wang and Dake Kang) After Trump signed bills mandating sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials, an annual review of Hong Kong’s favorable trade status, and a ban on exporting nonlethal munitions to Hong Kong police, China retaliated Monday by suspending U.S. military ship and aircraft visits to Hong Kong. <Accessed 2019-12-06> 
  • Sweet and Sour: China in Ghana (2019-12-06)
    (The Diplomat, By Joseph Hammond) “I am very skeptical of China’s role in Ghana and their adherence to the win-win principle,” says Abraham Odom, a member of parliament from NPP party, one of the two main parties in Ghana. <Accessed 2019-12-06> 
  • Hong Kong's Carrie Lam Fears Violence is on Upswing Again (2019-12-06)
    (The Diplomat, By Ken Moritsugu) “We have freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, religious freedom – we enjoy a high degree of freedom in many areas,” Lam said. “There’s an overseas government that interfered with Hong Kong affairs, and that is most regrettable.” <Accessed 2019-12-06> 
  • What Do Germans Think of Berlin's China Policy? (2019-12-06)
    (The Diplomat, By Joshua Webb) As Germany’s partners both in Europe and across the Indo-Pacific region are calling on Berlin to increase its engagement across the region, policymakers in Berlin face the choice of explaining to an anxious electorate why and how Berlin ought to defend its interests, lest they look back in the not-too-distant future and realize they missed their chance. <Accessed 2019-12-06> 
  • Imagery Suggests China Deployed Surveillance Aerostat to Mischief Reef in South China Sea (2019-12-06)
    (The Diplomat, By Ankit Panda) Recently published satellite images indicate that China may have deployed a tethered aerostat to Mischief Reef, the site of one of its artificial island bases in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. <Accessed 2019-12-06> 
  • 4 Lessons for India From China's October 2019 Military Parade (2019-12-06)
    (The Diplomat, By Suyash Desai) Although policymakers and military leaders across the world were keeping a close eye on China’s military display, perhaps those in India should have been paying the most attention. The parade was not directed at India, but New Delhi can learn a lot from China’s use of military modernization and its ongoing defense reforms. <Accessed 2019-12-06> 
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            New Publication John Franklin Copper, Taiwan: Nation-State or Province? (7th Edition) (Routledge)
            New Publication Peter Mattis and Matthew Brazil, Chinese Communist Espionage: An Intelligence Primer (U.S. Naval Institute Press)
            New Publication Takashi Inoguchi and Lien Thi Quynh Le, The Development of Global Legislative Politics: Rousseau and Locke Writ Global (Springer Singapore) (includes analysis of East Asian cases)
            New Publication Hans Stockton and Yao-Yuan Yeh (eds.), Taiwan: The Development of an Asian Tiger (Lynne Rienner Publishers)
            New Publication Dafydd Fell and Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao (eds.), Taiwan Studies Revisited, 1st Edition (Routledge)
            New Publication David Scott, Taiwan’s Pivot to the Indo-Pacific (Asia-Pacific Review)
            New Publication John F. Copper, Donald J. Trump and China (Hamilton Books)
            New Publication Bi-yu Chang and Pei-yin Lin (eds.), Positioning Taiwan in a Global Context: Being and Becoming, 1st Edition (Routledge)
            New Publication Takashi Inoguchi, ed., The SAGE Handbook of Asian Foreign Policy, London: SAGE Publications, forthcoming in December 2019.
            New Publication Social Movements in Taiwan’s Democratic Transition: Linking Activists to the Changing Political Environment, 1st Edition by Yun Fan (Routledge)
            New Publication A Question of Time: Enhancing Taiwan’s Conventional Deterrence Posture by Michael A. Hunzeker and Alexander Lanoszka (Center for Security Policy Studies, George Mason University)
            New Publication China's Strategic Multilateralism: Investing in Global Governance by Scott L. Kastner, Margaret M. Pearson, and Chad Rector (Cambridge University Press)
            New Publication A New Era in Democratic Taiwan: Trajectories and Turning Points in Politics and Cross-Strait Relations, Edited by Jonathan Sullivan and Chun-Yi Lee (Routledge)
            TSR received a favorable review by the Foreign Affairs (July/Aug 2000)
            The Best of Asia-Pacific Web Award
            TSR was honored with a Four-Star rating by the Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library. 

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