America and the Asia Pacific

With America Lurching Ever Rightwards, Could Taiwan’s Progressive Values Become A Liability?

Taiwan has instead sought to emphasize that it should be a member of the international community through good works. This is why one observes that pan-Green political actors, such as current President Tsai Ing-Wen, have a pronounced tendency to try and emphasize Taiwan as a progressive nation-state internationally. But America, Taiwan's major guarantor of security, has continued to lurch rightwards, as observed in America withdrawing from the UN's Human Rights Council and recent Supreme Court rulings upholding Trump's controversial "Muslim ban" and dealing blows to labor and abortion rights... Read More

Gaza Massacre Has Lessons For Taiwan

Images of the killing of Palestinians on the Israel-Gaza border during protests against the American Embassy relocation to Jerusalem have been shocking for many in Taiwan. However, instead of looking at this tragic set of events merely as a tragedy in a distant, faraway land, perhaps there are lessons from this to be drawn for Taiwan and connections to be drawn between Taiwan's own struggles and Palestine's plight... Read More

TPP Reversal A Sign Of Incoherency, Not Grand Mastery Of Negotiation By Trump

Reports that Donald Trump intends to reverse course on the TPP are vaguely humorous. Namely, withdrawing from the agreement was not only a key campaign promise of Trump’s but literally one of Trump’s first actions in office. But there will no doubt be those that claim that the Trump administration's reversal is the Trump administration engaging in high-risk negotiation tactics rather than simple incoherency... Read More

當全球都在擔心核戰在即,為何只見台灣在慶祝納瓦羅和波頓上任?

每當台灣向「國際社會」呼籲關注時,通常對象指的是美國。從這點看來,台灣腦中的「國際社會」往往只有美國,很少會想到其他國家。不過,台灣對於美國的理解有時卻相當片面,這點從過去一週的新聞報導中就可看出:川普政府在一連串極具諷刺的人事大風吹之後,由波頓和納瓦羅這兩位被台媒認作是「親台派」的人物領銜主導。事實上,納瓦羅、波頓等人的親台傾向,只是一種反對中國的方式,並非真正關心台灣。... Read More

Should Taiwan Celebrate Bolton and Navarro Appointments While The Rest Of The World Recoils In Terror?

The return to power of John Bolton and Peter Navarro in the Trump administration, after a period in which both were relegated to lesser roles in favor of other political actors, have been celebrated by some in Taiwan. But such appointments are signs of the incoherence and irrational hawkishness of the Trump Administration much more than they are indications of any more supportive policy of Taiwan... Read More

Tillerson Ouster Sign That Hawkish, Protectionist Wing Of Trump Administration Is Again Ascendant

With the replacement of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with Mike Pompeo, head of the CIA, it appears that the protectionist wing of the Trump administration is again ascendent. As such, fears prevail that individuals within the Trump administration viewed as stabilizing of it will similarly depart the Trump administration in the near future... Read More