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  1. Brown, David G.
    Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement Signed. full text
    Center for Strategic and International Studies, July 15, 2010, 9 pages.
    "After six months of arduous negotiations, China and Taiwan signed an Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA). The agreement, which provides a basis for further integration of the two economies, is a milestone in institutionalizing cross-Strait relations." (From Center for Strategic and International Studies)

  2. Glaser, Bonnie S.
    Cooperation Faces Challenges. full text
    (US-China Relations)
    Center for Strategic and International Studies, July 15, 2010, 14 pages.
    "Presidents Barack Obama and Hu Jintao met twice this quarter, first on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit and again on the margins of the G20 Summit. Nevertheless, tensions lingered over US arms sale to Taiwan and the military relationship remained suspended as the Chinese rejected a request from Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to visit China." (From Center for Strategic and International Studies)

  3. Lampton, David M.
    Power Constrained: Sources of Mutual Strategic Suspicion in U.S.-China Relations. full text
    The National Bureau of Asian Research, June 2010, 25 pages.
    "David M. Lampton highlights four sources of mutual strategic mistrust that, if insufficiently attended to by Washington and Beijing, will metastasize in the U.S.-China relationship and identifies ways in which the U.S. can manage and reduce tension in bilateral relations." (From the National Bureau of Asian Research)

  4. Miller, Ken.
    "Coping With China's Financial Power." e-mail Focus request
    Foreign Affairs, July/August 2010, pp. 96-109.
    "China is now experimenting with how best to use its unprecedented financial might in its foreign relations.  With a view to bolstering its economy, it is hoarding foreign currency reserves and sending money abroad, as direct investment, aid, and loans." (From Foreign Affairs)

  5. Shear, David B.
    Cross-Strait Relations in a New Era of Negotiation. full text
    (Deputy Assistant Secretary David B. Shear, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs; Remarks at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace event; Washington, DC)
    U.S. Department of State, July 7, 2010, 3 pages.
    "By any account, the progress we have seen in cross-Strait relations over the past two years is unprecedented. As the title of this conference suggests, we are truly in a new era, one warmly welcomed by the United States. We encourage both Taiwan and the PRC to continue their efforts to expand and develop their peaceful ties." (From U.S. Department of State)

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  1. 美國在台協會台北辦事處處長司徒文美國獨立紀念日慶祝酒會演講詞。full text
    "Remarks by AIT Director William A. Stanton AIT Independence Day Reception, July 2, 2010" full text
    OT-1019, July 6, 2010, 4 pages.
    "On behalf of everyone at the American Institute in Taiwan I would like to welcome you here today to celebrate together with us the 234th birthday of the United States of America." (From AIT)

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  1. Blumenthal, Dan.
    Why the China-Taiwan Trade Agreement Doesn't Solve Everything. full text
    American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, June 29, 2010, 2 pages.
    "The signing of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement by Taiwan and China is a welcome development as it starts Taiwan on a path toward becoming the region's business hub, which could immeasurably improve the nation's security." (From American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research)

  2. Dadush, Uri.
    The Future of the World Trading System. full text
    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, July 14, 2010, 4 pages.
    "As international integration deepens and the global trading system becomes increasingly more complex, the WTO can take important steps to not only promote trade liberalization, but also to reaffirm its role as the ultimate regulator of global trade." (From Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

  3. Harris, Robin.
    Europe: What Future? full text
    The Heritage Foundation, July 15, 2010, 21 pages.
    "The global lessons to be learned are both political and economic; they relate especially to the danger of allowing politics to prevail over eco­nomics, as has happened repeatedly in Europe. The crisis in the euro zone goes to the heart of the Euro­pean project itself. That project needs to be rethought, and European institutions and arrangements need to be remodeled." (From the Heritage Foundation)

  4. Scissors, Derek.
    China's Suspect Economic Data. full text
    The Heritage Foundation, July 15, 2010, 4 pages.
    "Once more, there are inconsistencies in the most basic and prominent official Chinese data. To the extent official data are reflective, persistent imbalances within the economy are no smaller and may be worsening." (From the Heritage Foundation)

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  1. Anderson, Janna and Lee Rainie.
    The Future of Online Socializing. full text
    Pew Research Center, July 2, 2010, 27 pages.
    "The social benefits of internet use will far outweigh the negatives over the next decade, according to experts who responded to a survey about the future of the internet. They say this is because email, social networks, and other online tools offer 'low-friction' opportunities to create, enhance, and rediscover social ties that make a difference in people's lives. The internet lowers traditional communications constraints of cost, geography, and time; and it supports the type of open information sharing that brings people together." (From Pew Research Center)

  2. The National Space Policy. full text
    (Outlines key elements of Obama's National Space Policy), June 28, 2010, 2 pages.
    "President Obama announced the administration's new National Space Policy.  The National Space Policy expresses the President's direction for the Nation's space activities.  The policy articulates the President's commitment to reinvigorating U.S. leadership in space for the purposes of maintaining space as a stable and productive environment for the peaceful use of all nations." (From

  3. Remarks by the President on Comprehensive Immigration Reform. full text
    (American University School of International Service, Washington, D.C.)
    The White House, July 1, 2010, 7 pages.
    "Immigration reform is no exception.  In recent days, the issue of immigration has become once more a source of fresh contention in our country, with the passage of a controversial law in Arizona and the heated reactions we've seen across America.  Some have rallied behind this new policy.  Others have protested and launched boycotts of the state.  And everywhere, people have expressed frustration with a system that seems fundamentally broken." (From the White House)

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  1. Clinton, Hillary Rodham.
    Civil Society: Supporting Democracy in the 21st Century. full text
    U.S. Department of State, July 3, 2010, 7 pages.
    "Today I would like to focus on one leg of that stool: civil society. Now, markets and politics usually receive more attention. But civil society is every bit as important. And it undergirds both democratic governance and broad-based prosperity. Poland actually is a case study in how a vibrant civil society can produce progress. The heroes of the solidarity movement, people like Geremek and Lech Walesa and Adam Michnik, and millions of others laid the foundation for the Poland we see today." (From U.S. Department of State)

  2. Kellerhals, Merle David, Jr.
    Obama Announces New National HIV/AIDS Strategy. full text, July 14, 2010, 2 pages.
    "The White House issued the National HIV/AIDS Strategy July 13 in Washington to address a disease that infects about 56,000 people each year in the United States, with more than 1.1 million Americans currently living with HIV. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that $30 million of a new federally managed prevention fund will be used to help implement the HIV/AIDS strategy." (From

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    Creators of "Apps 4 Africa" Contest Discuss the Ideas Behind It. full text
    7 pages.
    "Creators of Apps 4 Africa Joshua Goldstein and Jon Gosier, along with Philip Thigo, with the Social Development Network, answered questions on the Apps 4 Africa contest during a July 9 CO.NX program." (From

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