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April 2010 

  1. Cheng, Dean.
    Meeting Taiwan's Self-Defense Needs.
    The Heritage Foundation, February 26, 2010, 12 pages.
    "The United States is the provider of both tangible security and political stability to the Taiwan Strait. Given China's ongoing military buildup, particularly toward Taiwan, it is essential that the United States provide Taiwan with the physical and political means to resist the capacity of the Chinese military to alter the political status quo. This should include continued U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and maintaining a robust U.S. military capability in the region." (From the Heritage Foundation)

  2. Clinton, Hillary Rodham.
    Foreign Policy Priorities in the FY2011 International Affairs Budget.
    U.S. Department of State, February 24, 2010, 31 pages.
    "The budget we are presenting today is designed to protect America and Americans and to advance our interests and values. Our fiscal year 2011 request for the State Department and USAID totals $52.8 billion. That is a $4.9 billion increase over 2010." (From U.S. Department of State)

  3. Garrett, Scott.
    "Commemoration of Taiwan's '2-28 Massacre.'"
    Congressional Record, February 25, 2010, 1 page.
    "Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize the 63th commemoration of Taiwan's '2-28 Massacre.'" (From Congressional Record)
     

  4. Marchant, Kenny.
    "Commemorating Taiwan's 2-28 Incident."
    Congressional Record, February 25, 2010, 2 pages.
    "The Incident is now openly discussed and commemorated as Peace Memorial Day. The details of the Incident have become the subject of investigation. Monuments and memorial parks to the Incident victims have been erected in a number of cities in Taiwan." (From Congressional Record)

  5. McDevitt, Michael A.
    The 2010 QDR and Asia: Messages for the Region.
    East-West Center, March 11, 2010, 2 pages.
    "Secretary of Defense Robert Gates officially released the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) on February 1, 2010. The QDR is legally required of every new administration, and is intended to outline U.S. defense strategy while also specifically addressing the resource and budgetary implications of that strategy. Historically, QDRs have done a good job in outlining U.S. strategic objectives and providing a clear understanding of U.S. short term (1-4 years) strategic intentions. Michael A. McDevitt discusses the 2010 QDR and the resulting implications for Asia." (From East-West Center)

  6. McHale, Judith A.
    Future of U.S. Public Diplomacy.
    U.S. Department of State, March 10, 2010, 5 pages.
    "We must act boldly and decisively to develop a clear, consistent, and comprehensive approach to public diplomacy. Over the past eight months we have undertaken a focused and disciplined review of the current state of public diplomacy and public affairs at the Department of State." (From U.S. Department of State)

  7. Pomfret, John.
    "Chinese Assert New Power, in Defiance of the West."
    Washington Post, March 15, 2010, 4 pages.
    "China's shift is occurring throughout society, and is reflected in government policy and in a new attitude toward the West. Over the past year, the government of President Hu Jintao has rolled back market-oriented reforms by encouraging China's state-owned enterprises to forcibly buy private firms." (From Washington Post)

  8. Rigger, Shelley.
    Ma's Puzzling Midterm Malaise.
    The Brookings Institution, March 2010, 4 pages.
    "In the two years since Ma Ying-jeou was elected president of Taiwan, he has made important progress on his most important goals: stabilizing cross-Strait relations, beginning economic recovery, and rebuilding Taipei's relationship with Washington. In this Brookings Northeast Asia Commentary, leading Taiwan scholar Shelley Rigger explains some of the reasons why these successes have not translated into high approval ratings." (From The Brookings Institution)

  9. Shear, David B.
    China-Taiwan: Recent Economic, Political and Military Developments Across the Strait and Implications for the United States.
    U.S. Department of State, March 18, 2010, 5 pages.
    "Our policy has helped propel Taiwan's prosperity and democratic development while at the same time it has allowed us to nurture constructive relations with the PRC. We believe that our approach, spanning eight administrations, has helped create an environment conducive to promoting people-to-people exchanges, expanding cross-Strait trade and investment, and enhancing prospects for the peaceful resolution of cross-Strait differences. Continued progress in cross-Strait relations is critically important to the security and prosperity of the entire region and is therefore a vital national interest of the United States." (From U.S. Department of State)

  1. 美國在台協會處長司徒文台北美國商會2010年謝年飯致詞講稿。
    Remarks by AIT Director William Stanton at the 2010 American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei "Hsieh Nien Fan."
    March 16, 2010

    OT-1006, March 17, 2010,  6 pages.
    "This recovery didn't happen by accident.  Despite the worst recession in recent history, the U.S. and Taiwan stood by what made us successful in the first place:  hard work, and a commitment to open trade and free enterprise.  Through the decades, Taiwan has emerged as a model of both development and democracy." (From AIT)

  2.  《2009年度各國人權報告》── 臺灣部分。
     2009 Human Rights Reports: Taiwan.
    AIT, March 25, 2010, 35 pages.
    "Taiwan generally respected the human rights of its citizens; however, the following problems continued to be reported: corruption by officials, violence and discrimination against women, trafficking in persons, and abuses of foreign workers." (From AIT)

  3. U.S.-Taiwan Relations: Bilateral Cooperation in Meeting Global Challenges.
    (Remarks by AIT Director William A. Stanton at Commonwealth Publishing Group's "Global Views Leaders' Forum")
    OT-1008, March 25, 2010, 9 pages.
    "There are new challenges that arise, which are not of one group or one country's making, but are instead attributable to all of us, and thus require all of us to work together to meet them." (From AIT)

  1. "The President's 2010 Trade Policy Agenda."
    From 2010 Trade Policy Agenda and 2009 Annual Report.
    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, March 2010, 17 pages.
    "The President's National Export Initiative includes a newly created Export Promotion Cabinet, an enhancement of funding for key export promotion programs, the mobilization of government officials to engage in export advocacy activities, the launch of export tools for small- and medium-sized businesses, the reduction in barriers to trade, and the opening of new markets." (From USTR)

  2. Hassett, Kevin A.
    The Road to Economic Recovery: Prospects for Jobs and Growth.
    American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, February 26, 2010, 10 pages.
    "Today I will give a brief overview of our current economic situation, discuss what I see as the most pressing challenges for employment and growth, and also describe policy changes that would address our current challenges in the U.S. labor market." (From American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research)

  3. The Immigration Economy.
    The Council on Foreign Relations, March 8, 2010, 5 pages.
    "Four experts debate whether the Obama administration's proposal to legalize immigrants would help or harm U.S. workers and economic growth." (From the Council on Foreign Relations)

  4. Johnson, Simon.
    China's Lending Activities and the US Debt.
    Peterson Institute for International Economics, February 25, 2010, 5 pages.
    "China is presumed by most observers to hold the majority of its incremental reserve accumulation in US Treasuries-this makes sense given that the other potential reserve currencies (euro, yen, and pound) all have serious issues-but according to the official US data, Chinese holdings peaked at $801.5 billion in May 2009 and fell by about $50 billion during the remainder of the year" (From Peterson Institute for International Economics)

  5. Prasad, Eswar.
    The U.S.-China Economic Relationship: Shifts and Twists in the Balance of Power.
    The Brookings Institution, March 10, 2010, 20 pages.
    "The uneven nature of financial flows and trade between the U.S. and China has complicated their bilateral relationship, tightening the economic entanglements between the two economies and making them more contentious. In testimony to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, Eswar Prasad discusses the implications of rising Chinese ownership of U.S. debt for the relationship between the two countries." (From The Brookings Institution)

  6. Remarks by the President at the Export-Import Bank's Annual Conference.   ( Video)
    (Competing on the Global Playing Field in the 21st Century)
    The White House, March 11, 2010, 8 pages.
    "While addressing the importance of America being able to compete in the global marketplace, the President explained that every $1 billion increase in exports would support more than 6,000 jobs. To promote American exports, he announced that the administration is launching the National Export Initiative, an effort to utilize the resources of the government in support for businesses that sell goods and services abroad." (From the White House)

  1. Boucher, Heather and Ann O'Leary.
    "Introduction and Summary from Our Working Nation: How Working Women Are Reshaping America's Families and Economy and What It Means for Policymakers."
    Center for American Progress, March 2010, 4 pages.
    "Women now make up half of all workers in the United States, a threshold never reached before in the history of our nation. Mothers are now primary breadwinners -- making as much or more than their spouse or doing it all on their own -- in nearly 4 in 10 families." (From Center for American Progress)

  2. "Highlights from Cybersecurity."
    (Progress Made but Challenges Remain in Defining and Coordinating the Comprehensive National Initiative)
    U.S. Government Accountability Office, March 2010, 1 page.
    "In response to the ongoing threats to federal systems and operations posed by cyber attacks, President Bush established the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) in 2008. This initiative consists of a set of projects aimed at reducing vulnerabilities, protecting against intrusions, and anticipating future threats. GAO was asked to determine (1) what actions have been taken to develop interagency mechanisms to plan and coordinate CNCI activities and (2) what challenges CNCI faces in achieving its objectives related to securing federal information systems." (From U.S. Government Accountability Office)  

  3. Obama, Barack.
    Remarks by the President and Vice President on Health Insurance Reform at the Department of the Interior.

    The White House, March 23, 2010, 5 pages.
    "After a century of striving, after a year of debate, after a historic vote, health care reform is no longer an unmet promise. It is the law of the land. It is the law of the land." (From the White House)

  4. Social Networks vs. Management?: Harness the Power of Social Media.
    Manpower, January 2010, 8 pages.
    "Companies have often played catch-up in understanding how to harness new technologies without over-managing them. In the early years of the World Wide Web, in the mid-to-late 1990s, many organizations feared that employees would spend too much time idly surfing the Web, so they tried to control access. While some employees undoubtedly did waste time that way, many soon figured out how to unlock the power of the Internet to do their jobs better, and the Internet quickly became a tremendously valuable resource for conducting desktop research, tracking competitors and other corporate activities." (From Manpower)

  1. Fallows, James.
    "Cyber Warriors." 
    The Atlantic, March 2010, pp.58-63.
    "The biggest threat we face from China -- and other rivals -- isn't a military one.  Inside the battle to protect our online infrastructure from hackers, spammers, spies, and corporate thieves." (From the Atlantic)

  2. Johnson, Toni.
    Alternative Views on Climate Change.
    Council on Foreign Relations, February 23, 2010, 7 pages.
    "Debating global warming policy has moved to the top of agendas worldwide, but some skeptics still question whether action is necessary or possible." (From Council on Foreign Relations)

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  1. 3/15
    U.S. Expert Discusses Challenges of Piracy off Coast of Somalia.
    4 pages.
    "Counterpiracy expert Dave Foran from the State Department's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs provides an update on how the United States is partnering with more than 50 countries and international organizations to confront the security challenge of pirate attacks on humanitarian aid and commercial shipping in the waters off the Horn of Africa." (From America.gov)

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