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Europe/Taiwan/China. Chinese mission strongly opposes EU report on elevating ‘political relations’ with island of Taiwan (Global Times)

Chinese Mission to the EU on Thursday expressed strong opposition to the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs’ (AFET) adoption of the EU-Taiwan Political Relations and Cooperation report, which called for elevating “political relations” with the island of Taiwan.

Chinese mission strongly opposes EU report on elevating ‘political relations’ with island of Taiwan – Global Times

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Taiwan/USA. Taiwan’s government reportedly makes last-minute request for Seahawk helos (Mike Yeo, Defense News)

U.S. sailors perform maintenance on an MH-60R Seahawk aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower. (MCSN Orion Shotton/U.S. Navy) (U.S. Navy)

Taiwan’s government is seeking funding for a long-delayed plan to acquire shipboard anti-submarine helicopters from the United States, as it announces an increased defense budget for the forthcoming fiscal year.

Media outlets in Taiwan, including the Taipei Times, have reported that the Ministry of National Defense is aiming in the 11th hour to include funding to buy Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk helicopters.

Taiwan’s government reportedly makes last-minute request for Seahawk helos (defensenews.com)

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China/Taiwan/USA. For First Time, Half of Americans Favor Defending Taiwan If China Invades (Chicago Council on Global Affairs)

BY DINA SMELTZ AND CRAIG KAFURA

Tensions between Beijing and Taipei are running high. Chinese intimidation of Taiwan has increased since 2016, demonstrated by naval drills in the Taiwan Straitincursions into Taiwanese airspace, and economic coercion targeted at Taiwanese industries. In turn, the United States has sold advanced weapons to Taiwan and normalized US warship transits nearby. While past administrations have not made formal commitments to defend Taiwan, the just-completed 2021 Chicago Council Survey finds that for the first time, a slim majority of Americans now favor sending US troops to defend Taiwan if China invades.

For First Time, Half of Americans Favor Defending Taiwan If China Invades | Chicago Council on Global Affairs (thechicagocouncil.org)

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Japan/Taiwan/China. DPP ‘talks nonsense’with Japan, to cut own throat in seeking external support for secessionist agenda: experts (Global Times)

Wang Qi

The ruling parties of Japan and the Taiwan region on Friday held their first-ever security talks, discussing the “challenge” from the Chinese mainland and possible exchanges. Although the one and a half hour virtual dialogue was viewed as warming ties between Japan and the island, mainland experts warned that such attempts of  self-comfort and catering to the US’ Indo-Pacific strategy to contain the mainland may provoke a strong backlash from Beijing.

DPP ‘talks nonsense’with Japan, to cut own throat in seeking external support for secessionist agenda: experts – Global Times

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Taiwan/Japan. Taiwan and Japan Ruling Parties to Hold First Security Talks (VoA)

AFP

Taiwan and Japan’s ruling party will hold security talks for the first time later this week, a Taiwanese lawmaker said Wednesday, as the two neighbors fret about China’s increasingly bellicose military threats.

The announcement of the talks was condemned by Beijing, which claims self-ruled, democratic Taiwan and opposes countries having official contacts with Taipei.

Taiwan and Japan Ruling Parties to Hold First Security Talks | Voice of America – English (voanews.com)

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Japan/Taiwan/China/USA. Has Japan’s policy toward the Taiwan Strait changed? (Brookings)

Adam P. Liff

Japanese leaders in 2021 have made an unusual series of high-profile statements and comments concerning Taiwan and the Taiwan Strait. These appeared to crescendo last month, when global headlines asserted that July 5 remarks by Japan’s deputy prime minister meant “Japan pledges to defend Taiwan if China attacks” or marked a fundamental change in Japanese policy.

Has Japan’s policy toward the Taiwan Strait changed? (brookings.edu)

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Defense/Taiwan. Taiwan defense authority’s special missile budget futile to change status quo, to bring trouble on island: experts (Global Times)

The defense authority on the island of Taiwan is reportedly proposing a huge special budget for missile manufacturing capabilities with the aim of “coping with threats from the Chinese mainland” amid the fear that the US would give up the island as it did with Afghanistan.

Taiwan defense authority’s special missile budget futile to change status quo, to bring trouble on island: experts – Global Times

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China/USA/Taiwan/Afghanistan – DPP challenged for defending US, evading Taiwan-Afghanistan analogy to fool Taiwan people (Global Times)

A US Chinook helicopter flies over the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sunday. Helicopters are landing at the US embassy there as diplomatic vehicles leave the compound as the Taliban advance on the Afghan capital. Photo: VCG

A US Chinook helicopter flies over the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sunday. Helicopters are landing at the US embassy there as diplomatic vehicles leave the compound as the Taliban advance on the Afghan capital. Photo: VCG

As the world watches with concerns over what has unfolded in Afghanistan over the past few days. Many have criticized the US for the habit of abandoning its allies and partners in times of trouble. But the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authority of Taiwan is downplaying the huge blow to US’ reputation as an ally and attacking those who are discussing whether Taiwan will be tomorrow’s Afghanistan being abandoned by the US.

DPP challenged for defending US, evading Taiwan-Afghanistan analogy to fool Taiwan people – Global Times

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Taiwan/China/USA – Taiwan Wants Paladins. Congress Should Say No (Defense One)

Brian Davis, Michael A. Hunzeker

The Biden administration recently notified Congress of a proposal to sell Taiwan 40 Paladin self-propelled howitzers. As mundane as this announcement might seem, it should be of deep concern to anyone who cares about U.S.-Taiwan relations. Beijing is, after all, ratcheting up its aggression toward the island. A war over Taiwan’s status is a distinct possibility and would prove unimaginably catastrophic for Taiwan. Americans also have skin in the game, since Washington will face enormous pressure to intervene.

Taiwan Wants Paladins. Congress Should Say No – Defense One

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