ISSUE 66                                                                              November 19, 2020
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Why Did Pompeo Say Taiwan Not Part of China?
In a recent media interview, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of the United States said that Taiwan has not been a part of China, claiming that this was the recognized policy towards Taiwan since the administration of President Ronald Reagan.
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Pompeo's Remarks Put U.S. "One China" Policy into Question

United Daily News, November 13 and 15, 2020


U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo stated that “It’s always important to get the language right. Taiwan has not been a part of China.” He made the remarks in a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt on November 12. He indicated: “That was recognized with the work that the Reagan administration did to lay out the policies that the U.S. has adhered to now for three and a half decades, and done so under both administrations.” It’s in fact bipartisan, Pompeo said in the interview. He emphasized: “This will continue for as long it’s the case that the Chinese and the Taiwanese can’t figure their way through it.”


Two days later, the Department of State said that the “the U.S. takes no position on the issue of Taiwan’s sovereignty,” it was released in the form of a background information to Taiwan media stationing in Washington D.C. The State Department spokesperson indicated as background that “The U.S. has long had a One-China policy. This is distinct from Beijing’s One-China principle under which the Chinese Communist Party asserts sovereignty over Taiwan.” The spokesperson emphasized that “The U.S. takes no position on sovereignty over Taiwan.” The spokesperson further elaborated that the U.S. One-China policy remains guided by the Taiwan Relations Act, the three joint communiques between the U.S. and China, and the Six Assurances to Taiwan, as it has been in the past four decades.”

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The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) was signed in an online meeting among 15 countries, including the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) states, while Taiwan is excluded from membership.
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Taiwan, Unable to Join RCEP, Looks to CPTPP

United Daily News, November 16, 2020


The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement, the world's largest free trade agreement, was signed by 15 countries representing 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) states as well as Australia, China, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit in Hanoi, Vietnam on November 15 by video conference. According to the Reuters, the RCEP will better shape regional trade norms, in contrast to the U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations and its non-participation in the RCEP negotiations, which has been called into question about American willingness to involve in Asian affairs.


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that it was practically difficult for Taiwan to join the RCEP Agreement, the negotiations of which had been spearheaded by China, and this island republic will continue to push for its accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). According to Minister of Economic Affairs Wang Mei-hua, China, Japan and South Korea will lower their tariffs, the petrochemical industry in Taiwan is to bear the brunt as a result; while the upstream raw materials of the textile industry will also combat challenge. The automobile parts and steel industry, which exported their products to mainly Europe and the United States, will receive limited impact. The machine tool industry needs to proceed to undertake diversification and enhance its competitiveness.

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Featured Opinion
An academic believes that Pompeo's remarks were intended to stir up sensitive feelings across the Taiwan Strait.
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Pompeo's Stone Kills Two Birds, Stirs Ripples in Taiwan Strait

By Chen Xi

China Times, November 14, 2020


Soon-to-step-down United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated in an exclusive radio interview that “Taiwan has not been a part of China” when referring to U.S. policy towards Taiwan. As shocking as his statement is, Pompeo added that this Taiwan policy dates back to the administration of President Ronald Regan, and that the U.S. arms sales are also “living up to the promises that have been made between China and the Taiwanese people.”


Secretary Pompeo’s statement that “Taiwan has not been a part of China” is in line with the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) proposition over the years. In response, the DPP administration responded: “The Republic of China is a sovereign country. It is not part of the People’s Republic of China, which is an indisputable fact as well as the current status quo.”

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This Week in Taiwan
Taiwan currently has three candidate coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines about to enter the second phase of clinical trials. Inoculation of the general public is expected after June of next year.
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November 10: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of the United States announced that the "Taiwan-U.S. Economic Prosperity Partnership Dialogue" will be held on November 20 in Washington. Under Secretary Keith Krach for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment will represent the United States. Taiwan will send a delegation led by Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs Chen Cheng-chi, and Minister without Portfolio John Deng and Minister of Economic Affairs Wang Mei-hua will connect from Taipei via video conference. 
November 10: President Tsai Ing-wen announced that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) founder Morris Chang would serve as presidential envoy to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting this year. President Tsai delegated two responsibilities to the representative: express Taiwan's willingness to contribute more on global epidemic prevention and consolidate Taiwan's key position in global supply chains. This year's APEC meeting will be held by video conference. Chang will attend the economic leaders summit in the video conference room of the Office of the President. 
November 11: The Ministry of Health and Welfare announced that because the national pension can no longer shoulder payouts in the next 20 years. From January 1, insurance premium rates will be raised from 9 percent to 9.5 percent. About 3 million people will be affected, including 2.7 million ordinary people, who will have to pay an additional NT$55 (about US$2) per month.
November 12: Three Taiwanese coronavirus (COVID-19) candidate vaccines are about to enter the second phase of clinical trials, in an effort to make the timeline for public inoculation by June of next year. The government for the first time publicized a registration platform to collect vaccine clinical trial subjects. A day after the platform opened online, more than 10,000 people registered. The target is 20,000 people by the registration deadline of November 30. 
November 12: The state-owned petroleum company CPC Corporation announced that after 17 years of surveying, a mine area in Chad has officially produced oil since February. About 950,000 barrels of crude oil carried by a first transport ship will arrive in Taiwan in December. This is the first batch of African crude oil produced for Taiwan's own use, which reflects the results of 40 years of overseas surveying. 
November 13: Spokesman Ting Yi-ming of the Executive Yuan accused that the winner of the 2020 Taipei Beef Noodles Festival uses American beef containing ractopamine. The business displayed a inspection report of zero residual ractopamine and asked the Executive Yuan for a public apology. Premier Su Tseng-chang accompanied Ting to apologize to the restaurant, people, and beef noodle shops at large. The opposition party asked Ting to step down, and even ruling party legislators expressed dissatisfaction. Premier Su said that young people inevtiably make mistakes, and Ting ought to reflect upon himself deeply and not make the same mistake again. Ting tendered his resignation on November 15.
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