ISSUE 65                                                                              November 12, 2020
Taiwan Weekly
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Biden Victory Resets U.S.-China-Taiwan Relations
The Fair Winds Foundation and Taipei Forum co-organized a seminar on the state of affairs in East Asia after the U.S. presidential election. Scholars and experts argue that although rivalry between the United States and China is certain, U.S.-China relations may be reset.
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Featured News

Outcome of U.S. Election May Reset U.S.-China Relations

United Daily News, November 8, 2020


How the political landscape will change after the United States elections is of global concern. Su Chi, former secretary-general of the National Security Council, said that if Joe Biden is successfully elected president, then he will no doubt put in place seasoned professionals on his foreign policy team. Biden will maintain anti-Chinese rhetoric, but that the relationship may have the opportunity to "reset." Wu Yu-shan, an academician of Academia Sinica, reminded readers that even if Biden becomes president, it will only change the form and scope of the U.S.-China conflict, not resolve it altogether.  


The Fair Winds Foundation and Taipei Forum Foundation co-organized a seminar entitled "State of Affairs in East Asia After the U.S. Presidential Election," moderated by former Premier Fair Winds Foundation Chairman Jiang Yi-huah.

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Featured Editorial
According to media commentary, a period of calm in U.S.-China relations will follow the departure of President Donald Trump. The ascendancy of Joe Biden will be a reset button, an opportunity which Beijing ought to seize.
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Biden’s China Policy: Moderation Period, Strategic Competition, and Trade

United Daily News Editorial, November 7, 2020


Beijing has been paying very close attention to the presidential election in the Untied States this year because its result will deeply affect long-term U.S.-China relations and China’s development. But some other people think no matter who is elected, America’s posture to curb and confront China will not change. Now Joe Biden is almost certain to be elected, the U.S.-China relations will enter into a period of moderation after President Donald Trump steps down. For Xi Jinping, the next two years is the key period for him to reach his power apex during the 20th National Party Congress, and he has to manage U.S.-China relations well. Biden’s presidency is a reset button, and Beijing must seize the opportunity.


Biden and Xi have some personal friendship. In a period of 18 months after 2011, Xi the heir apparent and then Vice President Biden met at least 8 times. Biden also said that he had spent more time with Xi than with any other world leaders. However, when Biden becomes the president, he will not return to President Barack Obama’s engagement policy towards China, and he will not be an Obama 2.0 president. In fact, during the later half of Obama’s second term, the engagement policy was proven to be ineffective, and China has become a long-term strategic threat to the United States.

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Featured Opinion
According to Su Chi, former secretary-general of the National Security Council, cooperation will accompany competition in the future U.S.-China relationship. Both sides may restart strategic dialogue which has stalled for years.
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Whither Cross-Strait Relations if Biden Wins: “Confrontation,” “Procrastination,” or “Negotiation”

By Su Chi

Economic Daily News, November 9, 2020


If Mr. Joseph Biden ends up in the White House, Taiwan will be a beneficiary.


His national security and economic teams seem to share the Trump administration’s concerns of a rapidly rising China and the decline of America’s world leadership. But seasoned veterans as they are, they will not ride roughshod without communication, much less alienating allies and withdrawing from one international organization after another.


So the long-term competition between the United States and China under Biden will remain, but there will be some degree of cooperation. The proportion of competition to cooperation may be adjusted to 9:1, 8:2, or 7:3. Both countries may also resume strategic dialogue giving themselves a chance to reset their overall relationship.

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Featured Opinion
As Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden authored an article entitled "A More Prosperous Future for Our Families" in the World Journal, a Chinese-language newspaper in the United States affiliated with Taiwan. In the article, Biden commended the status and efforts of Asian Americans.
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More Prosperous Future For Our Families: Joe Biden’s Letter to Asian Americans Before the Election 

By Former Vice President Joseph Biden

World Journal, October 22, 2020


These are tough times. Our country is at a crossroads, facing a pandemic, a recession, and an election that will decide our futures for a very long time.


This year, we've seen the best of America carry us forward: heroic doctors, nurses, grocers, restaurant owners, essential workers–including so many Asian Americans. 

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This Week in Taiwan
Germany's Minister of Defense Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer stated that if China were to use non-peaceful means to resolve issues in the Taiwan Strait, it would represent great failure in governance and policy.
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November 3: The United States Department of State approved the sale of four units of General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper remotely-controlled aircrafts costing about US$600 million. It will greatly enhance Taiwan's detection capacity. 
November 3: According to the newest prediction by the Taiwan Institute of Economic Research, Taiwan's economy will rebound sharply next year, with an economic growth rate as high as 4.01 percent. 
November 5: The Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ), Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan, stated that a chicken farm in Japan's Kagawa Prefecture saw an outbreak of H5 influenza. The BAPHIQ announced that Japan would be removed from the list of non-epidemic areas, and imports to Taiwan of Japanese products like live birds and fresh eggs would be prohibited. 
November 5: In a recent interview by Australian media, Germany's Minister of Defense Annegret Kramp-Karrenbaue called upon Beijing and stated that should it use non-peaceful means to resolve the issue in the Taiwan Strait, it would represent a huge failure of governance. A China research team within Britain's ruling Conservative Party also published a report, demanding that the United Kingdom make clear that it would sever diplomatic relations with Beijing should it unify Taiwan by military force. 
November 7: Former President Ma Ying-jeou attended a seminar on the fifth-anniversary of the historic Ma-Xi meeting in 2015 when political leaders of Taiwan and mainland China met. Ma called upon China to stop the current aircraft disturbances and military intimidation. He also hopes that both sides can return to the "1992 Consensus," which might even facilitate a Tsai-Xi meeting so that both sides may march towards the boulevard of peace. 
November 8: After the presidential election in the United States saw conclusive results, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs congratulated President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris and expressed Taiwan's hopes for close operation with the United States going forward. President Tsai Ing-wen also re-tweeted a congratulatory message from Biden commending her re-election in January. President Tsai looks forward to working with the United States to enhance mutual friendship and contribute to the international community.
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