Taiwan

中華民國

Why Defending Taiwan Is Illegal

Julian Ku, The Diplomat

China's Dangerous Taiwan Gambit

Gordon Chang, The National Interest

Taiwan Looks at Hong Kong in Terror

Adam Minter, Bloomberg View

Time for Taiwan to Rethink Its Diplomacy

Joel Atkinson, The Diplomat

Taiwan Is the Success Story, Not China

Daniel Mitchell, The Commentator

Under black-letter international law, Japan cannot use military force in Taiwan absent China’s consent, even if the Taiwan government requests its assistance. Why? Because t...(full article)

Chinese officials cannot acknowledge that their views about what they call “reunification”—and what the Taiwanese term “unification” as their state has never been part of...(full article)

Fear of China’s growing influence over Taiwan drove thousands of students to occupy Taiwan’s national legislature earlier this year. Such anxiety isn't theoretical. It’s re...(full article)

Taiwan needs to decide on a plan for its remaining diplomatic allies before it is too late....(full article)

There have been a bunch of misleading stories about China “overtaking” the United States in economic output. Don't worry about the myth of Chinese supremacy, but do tak...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Taiwan's Sunflower Movement Transforms - Lorand Laskai, The Diplomat

A week or so ago, in the southern city of Tainan, a political rally unfolded in one of the city’s many public parks. It attracted a sizable crowd of young people, a not uncommo...

Is Taiwan Sinking Back into Obscurity? - Chris Fuchs, Tea Leaf Nation

The rush of foreign media attention gave the protesters, and Taiwan generally, an unusually attentive international audience. And it has created a new set of public relations...

Why Taiwan Wants Submarines - James Holmes, The Diplomat

There is good strategic logic to Taiwan’s decision to build diesel subs. Execution is a different story....

How Taiwan Can Defuse South China Sea Tension - Bonnie Glaser, PacNet

In its East China Sea diplomacy, Taiwan has been creative and constructive. In August 2012, President Ma Ying-jeou proposed the East China Sea Peace Initiative ...

Protests Undermine Taiwan's Reputation - Charles I-hsin Chen, Diplomat

The effect the Sunflower student movement has had on Taiwan’s international reputation has been mixed. On the one hand, with a peaceful and rational ending, this 24-day occupat...

An Evolving Tale of Two Chinas - Kevin Rafferty, Japan Times

Will U.S. President Barack Obama draw a red line against any Chinese incursion across the strait, and more important, will he convince Beijing that he would enforce it?...

Merkel, a Map and a Message to China - Rachel Lu, Tea Leaf Nation

On March 28, German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping at a dinner where they exchanged gifts. Merkel presented to Xi a 1735 map of China m...

China's Eerily Calm Response to Taiwan - Adam Minter, Bloomberg View

Once, if more than 100,000 people had marched through Taipei to oppose closer links between Taiwan and Mainland China, Beijing's response would have been predictable: an angry, hig...

Is China Losing Taiwan? - William Pesek, Bloomberg View

Taiwan's Ma Ying-jeou is learning a very valuable lesson the hard way: If you want to cozy up to China, it's best not to be too Chinese about it. The point is being driven home by...

Say Goodbye to 'Peaceful Reunification' - J. Michael Cole, The Diplomat

Today I saw Taiwan’s future, and I saw its past. Nearly two weeks after the Sunflower Movement occupied the Legislative Yuan in Taipei to protest a controversial services trade...

Double Down on Taiwan - Julia Famularo &Terri Giles, The National Interest

This April marks the thirty-fifth anniversary of the enactment of the Taiwan Relations Act. In a resolution affirming the critical importance of the Act, members of Congress note ...

Mainland Chinese Sour on Taiwan Democracy - Rachel Lu, Tea Leaf Nation

Even outside observers have held up Taiwan’s democratic institutions — which have supported five presidential elections, generally free expression of political opinio...

Taiwan's Faltering Democracy - Bettina Chang, Pacific Standard

“In Hong Kong now, especially, there’s a big debate about whether or not Hong Kong is ready for direct elections and full democracy,” Templeman says. ”The conservatives on ...

Why Crimea Is No Taiwan - China Post

Much has been said among political pundits in Taipei about a referendum — or to be more exact, a plebiscite — that may make Taiwan an independent, sovereign state like Crimea. ...

Sharing Power with China - Hugh White, New York Times

An American policy not to fight for the status quo does not have to lead inevitably to Chinese hegemony in Asia. A new Asian security arrangement could be forged in which America c...

Is Taiwan's Military Too Small? - J. Michael Cole, The Diplomat

With conscription ending and budgets limited, Taiwan may have to make do with a smaller defense force....

Taiwan Is Watching Crimea - J. Michael Cole, The National Interest

Days ahead of a referendum that could result in the loss of the southern territory of Crimea to Russia, Taiwan, which like Ukraine lives in the shadow of a great power, is watchi...

Taiwan and China: A Ticking Clock - Joseph Bosco, The National Interest

There is no chance the Taiwan populace will decide to return to living under a dictatorship, whether Communist or anti-Communist. And Beijing will not moderate its intentions towar...

Why Taiwan Matters - Iskander Rehman, The National Interest

Should the United States disengage from Taiwan? Why does the island democracy matter? Are America’s security commitments to the small, isolated, Republic of China (ROC) worth...

Gangster Politics Returns to Taiwan - J. Michael Cole, The Diplomat

The return to Taiwan, after 17 years in exile, of the most-wanted fugitive-turned-politician has kept things interesting....

The Israel of Asia - David Keene, Washington Times

Israel faces an irrational enemy. Taiwan faces as dangerous a foe, but a foe led by men who are anything but irrational. Deterrence and reason as well as simple self-interest have ...

Say Goodbye to Taiwan - John Mearsheimer, The National Interest

Not only will China be much more powerful than it is today, but it will also remain deeply committed to making Taiwan part of China. Moreover, China will try to dominate Asia the w...

Why Is China Suddenly Cozying Up to Taiwan? - Benny Avni, Newsweek

Remember the Bamboo Curtain? It's coming down. After decades of hostilities, Communist China is eyeing better relations with its old rival and democratic holdout Taiwan....

An Encouraging Chinese Courtship - New York Times

Just a few years ago, the rivalry between mainland China and Taiwan was seen as one of the more likely triggers for international conflict. But while fundamental differences remain...

A Bit of harmony in Cross-Strait Relations - Christian Science Monitor

In a historic first meeting of official representatives, China and Taiwan appear to warm up ties despite the mainland's claim to the island nation. Is this a new Beijing seeking a ...

Will China Win Taiwan without a Shot? - Isaac Stone Fish, Foreign Policy

Will China win its 65-year war with Taiwan -- without firing a shot?...

What Will Come of China-Taiwan Talks? - The Independent

Little of substance is expected from the talks, but what is important is the symbolism....

Clear Up Ambiguity on Taiwan - Amitai Etzioni, The Diplomat

Making more explicit that which is viewed by many as an implicit understanding between China and the United States regarding the status of Taiwan would constitute a major step in...

Taiwan's Make-Believe Status Quo - Douglas Goold, National Post

What a difference a change in parties and the passage of half a decade can make in one of the world’s flashpoints, as I learned during a recent visit to Taiwan. After visiti...

Asia Tensions to Get Worse Before They Get Better - Jeffrey Hornung, GPS

China’s decision to establish the ADIZ demonstrates both recklessness and misunderstanding. It is reckless in that Beijing is attempting to unilaterally change the status quo via...

An Uneasy Peace Between China and Taiwan - J. Michael Cole, Ottawa Cit.

We pretend relations between Taiwan and China are normal, or that peace is at hand in the Taiwan Strait, at our own risk. Ambiguity, a euphemism for keeping our heads in the sand, ...

China's Constant Warfare - James Holmes, The Diplomat

One major Asian navy was conspicuously absent from this month's festivities in Sydney: the Taiwan Navy. Did Taipei slight Canberra? Should we fault President Ma Ying-jeou for pique...

America Herding Cats in the Asia Pacific - Michael Wesley, The Strategist

Ask any specialist on Asian security to describe the strategic policies of China's neighbours and you're more likely than not to hear the word ‘hedging' in the reply. As they...

Taiwan Struggles on Wrong Side of History - Peter Murtagh, Irish Times

The compromises necessary to overcome political difficulties in the Far East have a habit of being reduced to slogans that have about them a strange familiarity. “One China, two ...

Don't Abandon Taiwan for Better China Ties - Denmark & Ma, CNN

According to Chinese media, Defense Minister General Chang Wanquan arrived in Washington last month to meet U.S. Defense Secretary Hagel with a grand bargain in mind: that Beijin...

Taiwan Must Build Army of the Future - The China Post

By allowing an inexperienced outsider to operate the system, the mainland Chinese military is apparently highly confident of the technology. While the timing of the report in itsel...

What Happened to Taiwan's Little League Champs? - Sam Chi, Diplomat

They were once the most dominant team in their sport. They won nine championships in an 11-year span. Their 17 overall titles more than double the total of the next-best team. They...

How Manila Bungled the Taiwan Crisis - Dennis Halpin, The Diplomat

Responding to a recent piece in The Diplomat, Dennis Halpin argues that the missteps were Manila’s....

U.S. Perilously Ignores Asia Island Conflicts - Donald Gross, Huffington Post

For most Americans, conflicting claims by Asian countries to small islands in the South China and East China Seas are a sideshow that distract from more serious national security i...

Taiwan and China: Seas of Trouble - The Economist

Taiwan and China share the same maritime claims, but have very different interests....

Taiwan Flexes Its Muscles - The Guardian

By hook or by crook, Taiwan is winning greater regional influence under a leader criticised at home as being too pro-Chinese....

Philippines-Taiwan Spat a Big Headache for U.S. - Jake Watts, Quartz

A contentious territorial dispute between Taiwan and the Philippines is having nasty repercussions -- and the U.S. is caught in the middle....

The Anger of the Taiwanese Cannot Be Easily Appeased - China Post

The recent killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by the Philippine Coast Guard has led to diplomatic tensions between Taiwan and Philippines, spawning a series of sanctions levied on th...

Asia's Next High Seas Drama - J. Michael Cole, Flashpoints

The 15-tonne Kuang Ta Hsing No. 28 was docked at the Ta Fu fishing port on Siaoliouciou, off Pingtung County in Taiwan’s south. Forensic technicians were busy photographing the ...

The Taiwan of the Middle East - Kevin Sullivan, RealClearWorld

After decades of persecution and genocide, the Kurds have found a way to operate in a neighborhood where clear-cut borders can often be more of a nuisance than a boon. Loosely prom...

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