HomeCategoryThe CCP Threat Archives - Taiwan Report

https://report.tw/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Must_Read01-1280x720.png

… The deals with Kaohsiung were only part of Beijing’s efforts — it also wooed Nantou and Hualien, local governments run by non-ruling party politicians. The purpose of these policies, generally trade and tourism sweeteners, is to build support for Beijing in local areas, and to create centers of resistance and evasion towards Taiwan’s central government China policy. Beijing has not reserved this policy for Taiwan alone. In fact, it is a strategy that it...

https://report.tw/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Must_Read49-1280x720.jpg

A recent controversy with the Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) amid a coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak in China has once again raised questions on whether it is wise to exclude Taiwan from specialized UN agencies. … What was also known was that in recent years, China has successfully installed its own people at the head of specialized UN agencies, including the WHO, Interpol, and, since 2015, at ICAO, in the person of Fang Liu, formerly...

https://report.tw/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/PLA.jpg

For years prominent commentator (and my co-host on Current Affairs Taiwan) Michael Turton has pointed out that both the carrots and the sticks employed by the PRC are intended to portray itself as the victim.  In their framing, in spite of all their peaceful efforts and generous offers to Taiwan “compatriots”, stubborn Taiwan “secessionists” colluding with the US continue to be ungrateful.  They generally portray these “secessionists” as being a minority trampling on the wishes...

https://report.tw/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Must_Read41-1280x720.jpg

Washington (AFP) – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday urged US governors to resist Chinese pressure to shun Taiwan as he warned that Beijing was increasingly taking its diplomatic battle to the local level. In an address to state leaders gathered in Washington, Pompeo said that President Donald Trump’s administration would step up communication with state and local governments about dealing with China. “Don’t make separate individual deals and agreements with China that undermine...

https://report.tw/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Must_Read40-1280x720.jpg

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had a stark message for the governors gathered in Washington this weekend: The Chinese government is watching them, and other state government officials, more closely than they think. Pompeo told some 44 governors at the National Governors Association winter meeting that they are being individually analyzed by at least one Chinese government-backed think-tank on how malleable they are, and how prone to cooperate with China. And he warned governors to...

https://report.tw/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/News_Pick45-1280x720.jpg

… MOFA wishes to express its “sincere appreciation and highest respect” to Eswatini for standing up to China’s efforts at suppression, she said, adding that Beijing was “rudely interfering in the economic activities of another country.” In an undated statement reportedly issued by the Chinese embassy in Pretoria, South Africa, Beijing served notice that visa applications by Eswatini citizens for travel to mainland China will now be processed only at the Pretoria embassy, the Times...

https://report.tw/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/News_Pick44-1280x720.jpg

There are some basic rules for dictatorships. First, they always lie. Second, they always kill people. And third, if they say they aren’t killing people, they’re lying. The obvious, traditional targets for secret police and assassins are those felt to be a threat to the regime: dissidents, rivals and journalists. … This pattern repeats the world over. From the 1984 Ethiopian famine to the shooting down of a passenger plane over Tehran last month, a lack...

https://report.tw/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/News_Pick42-1280x720.jpg

WA’s taxpayer-owned State Theatre Centre has apologised to the Chinese government after it allowed a Taiwanese performing arts group to hire its facilities. According to the Perth Theatre Trust, the state government body which manages the theatre, the Chinese consul in WA was embarrassed when “a flag was raised that did not align with the Commonwealth’s one-China policy” at a performance of the Taiwanese Acrobatic Troupe. … In March last year, the Perth Theatre Trust’s...

https://report.tw/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/News_Pick21-01-1280x720.jpg

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has blocked numerous Twitter accounts — including ones belonging to Capitol Hill staffers and D.C.-based analysts — after facing online criticism for excluding Taiwan from membership. Why it matters: Taipei is an international transit hub, and Taiwan’s exclusion means it can’t take part in information sharing and logistical planning as the coronavirus spreads. Context: China views Taiwan as part of its sovereign territory, and it has systematically pushed the...

https://report.tw/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Must_Read14-01-1280x720.jpg

… Taiwan confirmed its first case of the pneumonia on Jan. 21, a potentially fatal illness similar to the deadly SARS outbreak of 2002-2003. The United States confirmed its first case the same day. … But Taiwan is no longer able to attend the World Health Assembly, WHO’s annual policy meeting. China has prevented Taiwan from attending since 2016, after President Tsai Ing-wen was elected for the first time. Since her election, Beijing has stepped...