Pence in Asia: A Strategically Significant Week for the US, Taiwan, and China

Readers in Taiwan are understandably consumed with constant coverage of the important May 24 elections. It would be a mistake, however, to miss the significant, even historic, developments that unfolded over the course of US Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Asia.

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The Democrat Blue Wave vs The Trump Red Wall

With the results now in for yesterday’s election in the United States, an abundance of experts and commentators will wax poetic on what it all means. Republicans claim victory based on Senate gains, and Democrats claim victory based off the House. Simply put, based on historical expectations for this kind of midterm election, the outcome was very good for President Trump.

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Trump Counters China’s Diplomatic Assault on Taiwan

A September 6 Washington Post column by Josh Rogin advanced a very misleading narrative with regard to US reaction to China’s attack on Taiwan’s international space. The headline read, “Trump is failing to counter China’s diplomatic assault on Taiwan.” This provocative assertion was widely covered in Taiwan and also unfortunately echoed by the Wall Street Journal editorial board on September 11.

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Exclusive: Chinese Media Censorship on Japanese Sankei News

One of the five major Japanese newspaper, Sankei Shimbun shockingly censored by China. During the diplomatic meeting between Japanese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Akiba Takeo and Chinese Foreign Minister Yi Wang lottery was drawn to select the press representatives during the Q and A session due the overwhelming turnout from the international media. However, Sankei Shimbun was drawn from the lottery but declined its privilege due to “unfriendly to China” and “not acceptable to PRC ideology.”

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