Taiwan Shifts to ‘Multiple Deterrence’ on China; China’s Fake News Claims; ‘More Killings’ Duterte Says

Taiwan Shifts to ‘Multiple Deterrence’ on China; China’s Fake News Claims; ‘More Killings’ Duterte Says
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Asia Morning Update: A quick roundup of the most important news from around the region.

Taiwan, China:

Taiwan's military will adopt a strategy of "multiple deterrence" to eliminate the enemy in the event of an attack by China, Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) said Thursday. – Central News Agency (Taiwan)

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Yeh Yi-chin (葉宜津) yesterday criticized Shih Hsin University over leaked “letters of agreement” signed with Chinese universities, saying that the school infringed upon the freedom of speech in universities and violated the Act Governing Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area. – Taipei Times


President Xi Jinping, already the strongest Chinese leader in decades, may be maneuvering to bend those rules to retain a formidable ally — and create a precedent he could use to extend his own time in power. – New York Times

Claims that Chinese human rights lawyer Xie Yang was tortured in prison were “cleverly orchestrated lies” by former lawyer and activist Jiang Tianyong, state tabloid the Global Times has claimed. – Hong Kong Free Press

A gallery in Macau has canceled a performance by a Tibetan painter after authorities in Beijing threatened to arrest and deport him if he tried to enter the Chinese-administered region, according to the artist. – Radio Free Asia

South Korea, U.S.:

The U.S. Trade Representative in South Korea said Wednesday the free trade agreement with South Korea resulted in a "dramatic increase in our trade deficit," stressing it's time for a major review of how the U.S. approaches trade deals. – Korea Times


On the same day that an international human rights watchdog released a report accusing Philippine police of executing drug suspects, President Rodrigo Duterte warned of "more killings to come" in his key anti-crime campaign. – Rappler


If a batch of alleged conversations involving Prime Minister Hun Sen’s wife, children and top officials leaked to the media on Wednesday are true, privacy is becoming an increasingly rare commodity in Cambodia, even—or especially—for the rich, popular and powerful. – The Cambodia Daily

Religious leaders joined security authorities in condemnation of the fatal ambush of a family taking their children to school in a pickup truck in Narathiwat, denouncing the gunmen as "misfits", "cowards" and “barbarians.” – Bangkok Post


The Pakistani capital was shut down and on high alert Wednesday because of a regional economic summit. English-language posters lined the road from the international airport, welcoming foreign leaders and their partnership in development projects the impoverished Islamic republic desperately needs. – Washington Post

Editor: Edward White