Focus Article Alert: March 2019

FOCUS Article Alert is a monthly collection of important documents in U.S.-Taiwan relations and other recent information from the U.S. about the environment, economy, arts, society, culture, and government.
  • O一八年十一月二十九日至二O一九年四月八日「立穩根基,共創未來:AIT@40 — 1979 年後美台關係展」 高雄市立歷史博物館
    November 29, 2018 to April 8, 2019 “Strong Foundation, Bright Future: AIT@40, U.S.-Taiwan Relations Since 1979” exhibit at Kaohsiung Museum of History 
  • 二O一九年三月八日至二O一九年四月二十一日「立穩根基,共創未來:AIT@40 — 1979 年後美台關係展」 屏東勝利星村創意生活園區青島玖柒
    March 8 to April 21 “Strong Foundation, Bright Future: AIT@40, U.S.-Taiwan Relations Since 1979” exhibit at Pingtung Military Village Culture Park
1. 美國在台協會處長酈英傑 AIT@40 美國在台協會40週年慶祝活動起跑致詞。
Remarks by AIT Director W. Brent Christensen – AIT@40 Launch Announcement.  

AIT OT-1901, February 1, 2019, 3 pages.
“AIT, in coordination with TECRO and MOFA, is launching a yearlong campaign called AIT@40. This campaign will celebrate forty years of friendship and partnership between the United States and Taiwan since the signing of the Taiwan Relations Act.” (From AIT)

2. 美國在台協會處長酈英傑「台美科學合作聯展–太空與天文」開幕致詞。
Remarks by AIT Director W. Brent Christensen at U.S.-Taiwan Space and Astronomy Exhibition.

AIT OT-1902, February 26, 2019, 2 pages.
“This year AIT celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act and we have planned a series of events throughout the year focusing on different aspects of our partnership. February is science month and is dedicated to the 40 years of close cooperation between the United States and Taiwan in science and technology.” (From AIT)

3. 總統唐納.川普發表國情咨文。(全文英文)  
President Donald J. Trump’s State of The Union Address.

The White House, February 5, 2019, 21 pages.
“This is our future, our fate, and our choice to make. I am asking you to choose greatness.” (From the White House)

4. Statement from Secretary Pompeo to the Micronesia Presidents’ Summit.  

The U.S. Embassy in Fiji, February 19, 2019, 2 pages.
“Taiwan is also a democratic success story, a reliable partner, and a force for good in the world. As Vice President Mike Pence said: America will always believe Taiwan’s embrace of democracy is an example to be internationally supported. We respect and support the decision those of you have made to continue to support Taiwan.” (From the U.S. Embassy in Fiji)

5. Poling, Gregory and Bonnie S. Glaser..
How the U.S. Can Step Up in the South China Sea. 

Foreign Affairs, January/February Issues, 2019, 6 pages..
“U.S. leadership has been evident on only one of these maritime issues. Washington has been the driving force behind the multilateral effort to crack down on North Korean smuggling.  But it has been much less effective in coordinating with like-minded states to defend freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. Pushing back against Chinese revisionism will require an international effort that Washington is in a prime position to shape. In devising how best to do so, Washington could take a page from its own playbook in the East China Sea.” (From Foreign Affairs)

6. Stokes, Jacob.
China’s Missile Program and Potential U.S. Withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.
(PDF, 503 KB) 

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, January 29, 2019, 10 Pages.
“This report explains the importance of China’s ground-launched missiles to Beijing’s overall military strategy; surveys Chinese reactions to the potential U.S. withdrawal from the INF Treaty; and assesses both the positive and negative implications of U.S. withdrawal for the military balance in Asia, global arms control regime, U.S. relations with Asian allies, and China-Russia ties.” (From The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission)

7.  Labonte, Marc.
Monetary Policy and the Federal Reserve: Current Policy and Conditions. .   (PDF, 1.2 MB) 

Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, January 18, 2019, 22 pages.
“This report provides an overview of how monetary policy works and recent developments, a summary of the Fed’s actions following the financial crisis, and ends with a brief overview of the Fed’s regulatory responsibilities..” (From CRS Report)

8. Made in China 2025 and the Future of American Industry.
(PDF, 2.5 MB) 

The U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, February 12, 2019, 80 pages.
“The report outlines the challenges posed by China’s whole-of-state industrial planning for America’s prosperity and productivity, including the jobs and wages of American workers and small businesses. It also lays out policy recommendations to strengthen the American economy against its rivals by increasing high-value, high-labor production in the United States. The report is the first product of the Project for Strong Labor Markets and National Development.”(From the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship)

9.Nelson, Rebecca M. and Andres B. Schwarzenberg.
International Trade and Finance: Overview and Issues for the 116th Congress.  (PDF, 2.0 MB)

Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, December 7, 2018, 30 pages.
“This report provides a broad overview of select topics in international trade and finance. It is not an exhaustive look at all issues, nor is it a detailed examination of any one issue. Rather, it provides concise background information of certain prominent issues that have been the subject of recent discussion and debate, and that may come before the 116th Congress.” (From CRS Report)

10. An Early Look at the 2020 Electorate.  (PDF, 305 KB) 

Pew Research Center, January 30, 2019, 5 pages.
“It’s clear that the 2020 electorate will be unique in several ways. Nonwhites will account for a third of eligible voters – their largest share ever – driven by long-term increases among certain groups, especially Hispanics. At the same time, one-in-ten eligible voters will be members of Generation Z, the Americans who will be between the ages 18 and 23 next year. That will occur as Millennials and all other older generations account for a smaller share of eligible voters than they did in 2016.” (From Pew Research Center)

11. Public’s 2019 Priorities: Economy, Health Care, Education and Security All near Top of List.  

Pew Research Center, January 24, 2019, 33 pages.
“At the outset of Donald Trump’s third year in office, the public’s to-do list for the president and the 116th Congress spans domains with the economy, health care costs, education and preventing terrorism all cited as top priorities by majorities of Americans.” (From Pew Research Center)

12. Climate Change Still Seen as the Top Global Threat, but Cyberattacks a Rising Concern. 

Pew Research Center, February 10, 2019, 37 pages.
“People around the world agree that climate change poses a severe risk to their countries, according to a 26-nation survey conducted in spring 2018. Terrorism, specifically from ISIS, and cyberattacks are also seen by many as major security threats.” (From Pew Research Center)

13. Aldy, Joseph E.
The Economic Implications of a Low-Carbon Future.  

Center for Strategic International Studies, January 2019, 8 pages
“The economic benefits of such a decarbonization policy reflect the value of mitigating the risks posed by climate change and reducing public health and environmental damages from air pollutants whose emissions are correlated with carbon dioxide, such as sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides.” (From CSIS)

14. Ladislaw, Sarah.
How to Grow the Green New Deal .  

Center for Strategic International Studies, February 7, 2019, 6 pages.
“The Green New Deal (GND) is a powerful idea that is reshaping the conversation in Washington about how to tackle the issue of climate change. How is it doing this? By tying it to a set of concepts and policies that are about alleviating economic insecurity, the most potent political force of our time.”  (From CSIS)

15. Mironova, Vera.
The New Face of Terrorism in 2019.   

Foreign Policy, January 1, 2019, 6 pages.
“The way Westerners think about Islamist terrorism has grown dangerously outdated. For decades, officials have focused on attacks launched by Middle Easterners. Today, however, the real threat increasingly comes from further east. In the former Soviet states and beyond, militants who once harbored mostly local grievances are turning their attention to the West. They will be the menace to watch in 2019.” (From Foreign Policy)

16.  Muro, Mark and others.
Automation and Artificial Intelligence: How machines are affecting people and places。  

The Brookings Institution, January 24, 2019, 108 pages.
“The report focuses on areas of potential occupational change rather than net employment losses or gains. Special attention is applied to digging beneath national top-line statistics to explore industry, geographical, and demographic variations. Finally, the report concludes by suggesting a comprehensive response framework for national and state-local policymakers.” (From the Brookings Institution)