Taiwan

中華民國

Will the two sides be able to find a mutually acceptable place on the spectrum in between clarity and ambiguity? Judging by Beijing’s forceful insistence, probably not. They ...(full article)

Taiwan has accused China of conducting an "extrajudicial abduction" of Taiwanese citizens (one is reportedly a dual US-Taiwan citizen) and has accused China of committing a "gross ...(full article)

Now, says George Tsai, a political scientist (unrelated to the president) at the Chinese Culture University in Taipei, the Taiwanese capital, the ball is in Ms Tsai’s court. ...(full article)

For Taiwan, having 22 diplomatic partners strengthens its government's view that it is a sovereign entity. For the Taiwan public, the loss of those diplomatic allies feeds fears th...(full article)

If an active acceptance of the one-China principle is nigh on impossible for Tsai Ing-wen, would a passive non-denial of the one-China principle work for Beijing and Tsai? In fact,...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Taiwan's Election: Out of the 'Strait' Jacket - Therese Shaheen, NRO

The January 16 Taiwan elections were the latest evidence of a new reality in Asia: Taiwan’s cross-strait neighbor, China, is in significant decline. Replacing a government that m...

How China Lost Taiwan - Nick Frisch, New York Times

Beijing has pursued a decades-long strategy of patience and economic courtship, hoping that Taiwan would peacefully rejoin the mainland. And the Taiwanese do want stable, functiona...

The Top 10 Victims of the Export Crisis - G. Friedman, Geopolitical Futures

China: With an economy built on manufactured exports, China is reeling from the consequences of decreasing demand and increasing costs of production. The government is struggling t...

Taiwan's Generational Change - Hua Hsu, New Yorker

In contrast to the swaggering Chen, Tsai is mellow, cerebral, almost anti-charismatic. She has degrees from Cornell Law School and the London School of Economics, and projects cosm...

A New Dawn for Taiwan and China - Bloomberg View

A sweeping victory for Taiwan’s independence-minded Democratic Progressive Party in this weekend’s elections seems to guarantee a renewal of tensions with mainland Chin...

Challenges for Taiwan's New Leader - Japan Times

China needs to respect Taiwan’s popular will expressed in the island’s presidential and parliamentary elections over the weekend and pursue dialogue, not confrontation,...

For China, Taiwan Is the No. 1 Security Issue - Blanchard & Hung, Reuters

For China, whose President Xi Jinping is already taking an increasingly muscular approach to claims in the East and South China Sea, the question of Taiwan trumps any other of its ...

Meet Taiwan's First Female President - Josh Horwitz, Quartz

Tsai, 59, earned a law degree from Cornell and a PhD from the London School of Economics, and taught law in Taiwan before entering politics in the 1990s, and making a failed presid...

China Has a Big New Problem: Taiwan - Gordon Chang, Daily Beast

Tsai’s DPP has won the presidency before, in 2000 and 2004. The victor then, Chen Shui-bian, disappointed supporters in large measure because the Kuomintang, also known as th...

Taiwan Readies for Elections - Alexandra Viers, The Cipher Brief

While the DPP is without a doubt less friendly towards China, the opposition party has emerged as a more moderate, alternative to the KMT—one that focuses on domestic issues ...

Taiwan Is Asserting Its Own Identity - Salvatore Babones, Foreign Affairs

Taiwan will never again be part of China. That train has left the station....

VIDEO: Taiwan's Elections, What to Watch For - The Diplomat

Taiwan's presidential and legislative elections are just around the corner -- and if the current polls hold, the opposition Democratic Progressive Party will sweep into office, wit...

Taiwan's Tightrope - Debra Mao, Bloomberg View

Taiwan’s voters, wary of the lack of political freedom in China, look set to give Tsai a mandate to keep the peace while building international ties with a view to a future l...

The Rise of Taiwan's 'Third Force' - Linda van der Horst, The Diplomat

TAIPEI – Dressed in her lumberjack shirt, Kawlo Iyun Pacidal walks into a local government meeting on the east coast of Taiwan to oppose plans for a dog playground. The land is c...

China, the U.S., and the Coming Taiwan Transition - D. Paal, Diplomat

Chinese President Xi Jinping is a man in a hurry, presiding over a system that normally resists rapid change. The latest example is a rushed and massive reorganization and slimming...

How China Sees the Risky Path Ahead With Taiwan - Lyle Goldstein, TNI

Taiwan’s January election likely brings more instability between Taipei and Beijing—and between Washington and Beijing....

Taiwan's Fragile Success - Cass Sunstein, Bloomberg View

These days, Americans don’t think a lot about Taiwan. That’s a shame. A thriving democracy in a region with too few of them, Taiwan also faces unique challenges, not le...

VIDEO: What Does the Ma-Xi Meeting Mean? - The Diplomat

On November 7, 2015, the top leaders of China and Taiwan met for the first time in history. It was unquestionably a momentous event, but what does it actually mean for the region a...

China Warns Taiwan's Voters - Noah Feldman, Bloomberg View

Should Taiwan declare or even move toward independence, it could trigger preparations for a Chinese invasion. The U.S. would support Taiwan, and the idea of two great naval fleets ...

The End of 'One China' - Andrew Browne, Wall Street Journal

After a historic surprise meeting with the leader of Taiwan, Xi Jinping could go down in history for recognizing the island democracy -- or choose conflict instead....

A Historic Meeting in Singapore - Japan Times

In a historic meeting, Chinese President Xi Jinping last Saturday met Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou for talks and dinner. The encounter was the first between leaders of China and T...

Deciphering the Big China-Taiwan Meeting - R. Manning, National Interest

It was an unusually creative gesture for Xi Jinping to agree to an unprecedented meeting with Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou, the first such meeting between mainland and Tai...

A Fruitless Meeting for China, Taiwan Leaders - Volker Stanzel, GMF

Reunification of the motherland has always been the goal of both the Communists and the KMT. The Communists tried to achieve it in vain through threats, deployment of missiles, dip...

China and the KMT: a Cross-Strait Hail Mary - Michael Mazza, TNI

It has been decades since Taiwan’s president has been able to engage directly with his fellow leaders, including, ludicrously, the American president—a leader that may ...

Taiwan, China Presidents to Hold Historic Meeting - Bothelo, et al., CNN

(CNN)The leaders of Taiwan and China plan to meet in Singapore on Saturday for the first time since the Chinese civil war ended in 1949....

The Missiles of August: Asia's Arms Race - Jeffrey Lewis, Foreign Policy

China might have the world’s most active missile program, but Kim Jong Un loves missiles more than anything, maybe even more than he loves Dennis Rodman....

What Is the Taiwan Consensus? - Joe Hung, China Post

It's futile to claim which "Taiwan Consensus" can lead Taiwan to maintain the current status quo, because Chinese unification is a historical inevitability like the unification of ...

Taiwan's Message to Beijing - Rupert Hammond-Chambers, WSJ

This intraparty putsch is thus likely to fuel concerns that China will take a hard line with a DPP government, raising cross-Strait tensions and also straining ties with the U.S., ...

Saving an Ancient Language in Taiwan - Rosalie Chan, Narratively

For decades, Taiwan’s minority Hakka people were banned from teaching their native language. Now an unlikely coalition of aging academics and millennial radio DJs are doing a...

How Obama Can Deter China - Joseph Bosco, RealClearWorld

On his own, Obama could declare publicly that the United States will defend Taiwan against aggression or coercion from China....

Is a 'Grand Bargain' over Taiwan Necessary? - Noah Lingwall, Diplomat

Even if China is willing to accept (in its view) an “invasive” U.S. military presence in the Asia-Pacific in the present, there is no mechanism to ensure that China doe...

Is Taiwan Set to Pivot to Beijing? - Niv Horesh, China Policy Institute Blog

Taiwan is limbering up for its 2016 presidential election. Its two main parties have picked their candidates – and gotten very different receptions....

Taiwan Plays Mediator in South China Sea - World Politics Review

Last month, Taiwan proposed a peace plan to resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea and reduce regional tensions. In an email interview, Lynn Kuok, a nonresident fellow...

U.S. and China, Stay Out of Taiwanese Politics - Japan Times

A prelude to Taiwan’s next presidential race in January has already set in. Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu visited Beijing in early May and met with President Xi Jinping ...

Defending Fortress Taiwan - Julian Snelder, Lowy Interpreter

Geopolitical strategists see Taiwan as an ultimate test of Chinese and American resolve. But how strong is Taiwanese resolve?...

Don't Let China Swallow Taiwan - J. Michael Cole, National Interest

Allowing China to conquer Taiwan would almost certainly fan the flames of Chinese expansionism rather than extinguish them....

Taiwan Drifts Away from Beijing - Gordon Chang, World Affairs Journal

nly a few dozen protesters gathered to jeer Chen Deming, China’s point man on cross-strait relations, as he flew into Taiwan in December. Previously, violence and headline-gr...

Is China a Threat to U.S.? - Salvatore Babones, Foreign Policy In Focus

It turns out that that a large-scale conflict in the Asia-Pacific is much more difficult to imagine than China hawks like to pretend....

A Plane Crash Across the Strait - Shannon Tiezzi, The Diplomat

Beijing and Taipei’s responses to a fatal plane crash in Taiwan reveal the complexities of their relationship....

China Has no Need to Confront the West - Wang Yawei, Asia Sentinel

Many observers ponder Russia’s international isolation following its annexation of Crimea and intervention in Ukraine and the increasing dependence on China – and are p...

China's Period of Strategic Opportunity Ends - K. Brown, The Diplomat

Three-quarters of the way into this era of “strategic opportunity,” and we might argue that this period has already come to an end. Economically and geopolitically, the China o...

The Tussle over U.S. Foreign Policy Is nothing New - Joseph Bosco, RCW

"I have a gavel and I have a microphone." That seems to have been U.S. Rep. John Boehner's response to President Barack Obama's phone-and-pen approach to governance when the spea...

The Political Rise of Taiwan's Youth - Jennifer Chen, East Asia Forum

It has been widely argued that the defeat of Taiwan’s ruling Nationalist Party’s (KMT) in the ‘nine-in-one’ local elections revealed nationwide disillusionm...

Three Decades of Stupid Foreign Policy Just Ended - J. Fallows, Atlantic

Turns out "don't do stupid shit" is an underrated guiding principle for a president....

What Taiwan Can Learn from Hong Kong - The Diplomat

The Hong Kong protests are waning. Last week prominent leaders of the movement Benny Tai, Chan Kin-man and Reverend Chu Yiu-ming, who founded the Occupy Central group that provided...

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