International

Appeals By Taiwan To “Indo-Pacific” Framework

As raised in a recent The Diplomat article, statements by Taiwanese political leaders gesture towards an attempt to situate Taiwan within the framework of the “Indo-Pacific”. The “Indo-Pacific” would be the Trump administration’s preferred terminology to refer to how it strategically envisions America’s role in the geopolitical terrain of what is more commonly referred to as the “Asia Pacific,” or what was referred to as “Trans-Pacific” in the now-defunct Trans-Pacific Partnership... Read More

Trump Continues To Be The Largest Wild Card In US-China Relations

Tensions between the US and China continue to increase, as illustrated in a recent series of statements by senior Trump administration officials, something that policy thinkers in Taiwan have clearly noticed. On the other hand, Trump himself continues to prove the largest wild card in US-China relations. This is something that many in Taiwan do not seem to realize... Read More

Pence Comments Suggest Splits Within The Trump Administration

Recent comments by American vice president Mike Pence at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC have made waves in Taiwan, with the perception that such comments are made as the articulation of a stronger pro-Taiwan and more anti-China stance by the US. However, this would be yet another indication of a strong disconnect between Taiwan’s perception of the United States and what is political reality in the United States... Read More

Concerns Regarding Fake News On The Rise After Diplomat Suicide

Concerns regarding fake news are on the rise in Taiwan, particularly regarding fake news of Chinese origin generated by content farms. Increased attention to the issue of fake news comes after several recent incidents, including an influx of suspicious users to Taiwan’s largest Internet forum and the suicide of a Taiwanese diplomat in Japan... Read More

Retaliation Against Efforts To Investigate Chinese Spying In Taiwan?

Chinese spying efforts in Taiwan have been under closer scrutiny in past months, as observed in government investigation of the New Party and Chinese Unification Promotion Party. However, reports by Chinese state-run media in the last week warning against Taiwanese spies in China could be retaliation for the Tsai administration's recent efforts against Chinese spying... Read More

Chinese Pressure Leads To University Of Salamanca To Cancel Taiwan Days Event

News that China applied pressure to cause the cancellation of a series of Taiwan-themed events at the University of Salamanca in October 2017 may not be too surprising in consideration of increasing Chinese pressure on Taiwan globally. Nevertheless, the incident sets a highly negative precedent for Chinese pressure on Taiwan in academic contexts, whether in Europe or in the world... Read More

Unusual Actions By America Against Erstwhile Diplomatic Allies Of Taiwan

Do recent American actions indicate stronger support of Taiwan? Namely, American actions as of late have been unusual, with America taking the high-level step of recalling diplomatic representatives to three countries which recently broke ties with the ROC in favor of acknowledging the PRC, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Panama... Read More