America and the Asia Pacific

“Taiwan Agreement” Comments by Biden Lead to Confusion

US president Joe Biden raised eyebrows today after stating that he and Chinese president Xi Jinping had “agreed to abide by the Taiwan agreement”, following a phone conversation about China’s recent military actions with Chinese president Xi Jinping. Namely, there is no agreement between the US and Taiwan known as the “Taiwan agreement,” though Biden’s comments could be misleading, nor do the US and China share agreement on Taiwan’s status...

Biden Administration Surprises with Statement, Deployment of Carrier Group After Chinese Flyovers of Taiwan

The Biden administration surprised over the weekend, issuing a statement on Taiwan on Sunday in response to an incursion of Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone by thirteen Chinese warplanes on Saturday. The statement expressed “concern” regarding “the pattern of ongoing PRC attempts to intimidate its neighbors, including Taiwan"...

Taiwan Policy for Biden Complicated by Last-Minute Nature of Lifting of Restrictions by Pompeo

On January 9, outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that all restrictions on official contacts with Taiwanese officials were terminated. Applause radiated from Taipei. Joseph Wu, writing for Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, thanked the Secretary and Congress for the lifting of restrictions on the US-Taiwan relationship...

What Now for Taiwan, After the Biden Inauguration?

The presidential inauguration of Joe Biden took place earlier today. The inauguration took place after several turbulent weeks that saw some Republican members of Congress attempt to invalidate the results of 2020 presidential elections, an attempted invasion of the US Capitol to prevent the confirmation of the electoral vote by Trump supporters, and the impeachment of then-president Donald Trump after the US Capitol storming...

Radio New Bloom #12: Catherine Chou on Misinformation about the American Presidential Election in Taiwan

For this week’s installment of Radio New Bloom, editor Garrett Dee spoke with Gatherine Chou, a professor of medieval and early modern history at Grinnell College, and a prominent online advocate for Taiwan. We spoke about perceptions of the American presidential election in Taiwan and among Taiwanese diasporic communities and the effects of misinformation about the election on individuals of different generation...

Much Remains Uncertain for Taiwan During Contested American Presidential Transition

Much uncertainty remains about what occurs next for Taiwan during America’s presidential transition. While Joe Biden has won the American presidential election, the Trump administration continues to refuse to concede the race, alleging voter fraud. As such, the Tsai administration finds itself in an awkward position at present. The Tsai administration obviously intends to build ties with the incoming Biden administration, but may hope to benefit from last-minute actions by the Trump administration that may aid Taiwan...