International

What Lessons Should We Take Away From Panama Breaking Ties With Taiwan?

Seeing as Latin America has long been a diplomatic battleground for Taiwan and China, with China hoping to poach Taiwan’s remaining diplomatic allies and Taiwan attempting to hang onto them, news of Panama deciding to break ties with Taiwan in favor of recognizing China should not be the most surprising. But are there any lessons we can take away from this?... Read More

The American Red Princelings

It came to light this past week that three Chinese labor rights activists who had been investigating three separate factories in southern China had been detained by the Chinese government, their whereabouts currently unknown. The suspected cause of the arrest? The factory the men were investigating for accounts for one-third of the production for Ivanka Trump's shoe brand... Read More

What Can We Learn From The Emirates Airline Incident?

With Emirates cabin crew from Taiwan ordered by the company to remove their ROC pins from their uniforms and to replace them with PRC pins, as well as ordered to follow "One China Policy," it is not surprising that this has led to outrage in Taiwan. But what can we learn from this incident, in terms of how international companies handle cross-strait issues, and how Taiwan can leverage on such incidents to raise awareness of its international plight?... Read More

Radio New Bloom #4: Interview With Indivisible Taiwan

New Bloom presents the fourth installment of our podcast, Radio New Bloom! For this installment, we spoke with members of Indivisible Taiwan regarding the formation of their group after the election of Donald Trump, and actions of theirs such as the Women's March, March for Science, and other coordinated group actions... Read More

Reflexive Defensiveness Of The Trump Administration From Western Commentators On Taiwan?

It is strange to observe the means by which many otherwise sharp western observers on Taiwanese politics, particularly Americans, continue to cling to strange delusions regarding Trump’s potential positive influence on Taiwan or at least his lack of any harmful influence on Taiwan. Such views may ultimately be reflexive in nature for many... Read More

Are There Lessons From South Korea’s Presidential Election For Taiwan?

The victory of Moon Jae-In as president of South Korea draws strong parallels to Taiwan, with the election of a center-left president put into power after a social movement which galvanized much of society. But we can observe where structural parallels between Taiwan and South Korea end, given that as a center-left political candidate, Moon is skeptical of closer ties between South Korea and the US... Read More