Regional Tensions

從臺灣到烏克蘭:戰爭年代的地緣政治重組與反殖民團結

儘管在俄國入侵之前,烏克蘭和東歐地緣政治都與臺灣人的意識相去甚遠,但開戰以來,卻激起了關於美俄中帝國競爭、以及臺灣備戰能力的熱烈討論。就在2022年2月24日攻擊開始之後,臺灣登上了推特的趨勢排行榜,因為世人一致注目於中國和美國將要如何回應烏克蘭的地緣政治衝突。問題在於中國是否將與俄國結盟對抗西方的一切批評,以及衝突在歐洲開展之際,美國將如何調整它在亞洲太平洋區域的軍事和外交戰略。在這層意義上,即使臺灣與烏克蘭各有不同歷史,影響兩者的地緣政治動力各不相同,這場戰爭仍讓人感到與臺灣命運休戚相關。臺灣的統派和獨派陣營,都用「今日烏克蘭,明日臺灣」這個口號表達戰爭的急迫。這句口號出自先前的「今日香港,明日臺灣」。...

WHO Push for Taiwan Quieter This Year, With Shift Away From COVID Narratives Globally

The annual meeting of the World Health Assembly, the governing body of the World Health Organization, is currently taking place from May 22nd to May 28th. Taiwan was allowed to participate in the WHO as an observer from 2009 to 2016 under the Ma administration. But after the Tsai administration took power, Taiwan was not allowed to participate, as a result of Chinese pressure. As with past years, Taiwan has sought to call attention to its exclusion from the WHA and WHO, to call for its inclusion as an observer. Nevertheless, efforts to gain admittance to the WHA have been comparatively quiet this year, compared to past years....

Where Does Taiwan Stand Regarding the Ukraine Crisis?

Since a provocative speech by Russian president Vladimir Putin earlier this week, one has seen a number of comparisons between Ukraine and Taiwan circulating in the media. In Putin’s speech, he declared that he did not view Ukraine as qualifying to be a nation-state but as an entity that had been created by the Soviet Union, while also stating that Russia would on the other hand acknowledge separatist-controlled regions in Donetsk and Luhansk. It may not be surprising, then, that there have been comparisons made to Taiwan, or reflection upon how this affects Taiwan...

Xi and Biden Meet in Virtual Summit Over Taiwan, Other Issues

US president Joe Biden met with Chinese president Xi Jinping today in a virtual meeting. This was one of the most high-profile meetings between the leaders of the world’s two superpowers since Biden took office, with Xi having not left China in around two years. As a result, Xi was not in attendance at the COP26 summit on global carbon emissions, something that was criticized by Biden. The meeting took place on what was Tuesday morning in China and Monday evening in the US...