Taiwan

中華民國

Was 2014 Start of an Asian Spring?

Nithin Coca, The Diplomat

Asia's Economic Miracle Has Peaked

William Wilson, National Interest

China Tightens the Screws on Taipei

J. Michael Cole, The Diplomat

Rethinking Taiwan's Submarine Dreams

Evan Braden Montgomery, RCD

In Hong Kong, it’s a yellow umbrella. In Taiwan, the similarly bright sunflower. Thailand pitted yellow-shirts against red-shirts, while in Indonesia, it is the nat...(full article)

A confident Xi Jinping made Beijing the venue to pronounce China as the power to be reckoned with in the fraying pax Americana....(full article)

Demographic trends, faltering exports, slowing growth in China and a credit bubble all suggest a new reality for Asia....(full article)

The government in Beijing is upping its pressure on Taiwan’s Ma Ying-jeou as he nears the end of his presidency....(full article)

Are subs the best answer to China's growing military power?...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

China's Rise May not Be so Peaceful - John Mearsheimer, National Interest

If the Chinese economy continues growing at a brisk clip in the next few decades, the United States will once again face a potential peer competitor, and great-power politics will ...

How Russia and China Will Fracture - Walter Clemens, The Diplomat

Complexity science helps us understand which of two paths will unfold for China and Russia....

China Could Also Lose Taiwan - Richard Rosecrance, The American Interest

The events of the past three weeks in Hong Kong have underlined two major points. First, Beijing’s policy has not changed. Second, China’s attempt to reintegrate Taiwan...

Fewer in HK and Taiwan Identifying as Chinese - Michael Mazza, American

At the time of Hong Kong’s election for its next chief executive in 2017, first-time voters, having been born two years after the 1997 handover, will have known nothing but Chine...

China's Choice - Wong Chin-Huat, Project Syndicate

Much to the Chinese government’s chagrin, a major pro-democracy movement has seized the streets of Hong Kong, a “special administrative region” of China with a lo...

Taiwan Stiffens Its Resolve Against China - Cindy Sui, BBC

Hong Kong's Occupy Central demonstrations may be losing steam, but Taiwan's movement to resist China is only intensifying. While improved ties with China in recent years have been ...

Is China Losing Its Grip on Its Periphery? - J. Michael Cole, The Diplomat

As tens of thousands of activists continue to defy the authorities in Hong Kong by occupying entire city blocs in the heart of the city, and with weekly reports of escalating viole...

China Will Regret Rejecting Hong Kong Democracy - The Guardian

Demonstrating an unhappy combination of timidity and stupidity, Beijing has fashioned a rod to beat its own back....

Taiwan's Identity Crisis - Jonathan Sullivan, National Interest

The conundrum for the DPP is that the Taiwanese identity that has been trampled on and discarded under Ma is both a trump card and a liability....

Cross-Strait Agreement's Costs for Taiwan - J. Michael Cole, The Diplomat

The unsigned editorial in the Wall Street Journal, titled “Taiwan Leaves Itself Behind,” could have been written by an official in the Ma Ying-jeou administration. That it...

Why Defending Taiwan Is Illegal - Julian Ku, The Diplomat

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...

China's Dangerous Taiwan Gambit - Gordon Chang, The National Interest

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...

Taiwan Looks at Hong Kong in Terror - Adam Minter, Bloomberg View

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...

Time for Taiwan to Rethink Its Diplomacy - Joel Atkinson, The Diplomat

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

Taiwan Is the Success Story, Not China - Daniel Mitchell, The Commentator

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...

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...

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