Regional Tensions

What Does Jensen Huang’s Sudden Popularity in Taiwan Reflect?

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang is having a moment in Taiwan. In particular, Huang has been widely praised in Taiwan after a speech in which he declared that the world was on the precipice of a new Industrial Revolution–involving AI–and that Taiwan was key to this. This occurred on the occasion of a keynote speech by Huang at Computex, one of the major annual tech exhibitions in Taiwan...

KMT Delegation Visits Itu Aba/Taiping Island to Pressure Incoming Lai Administration

Ten KMT legislators visited Itu Aba/Taiping Island yesterday. Originally, a delegation of twenty legislators were to visit Itu Aba/Taiping Island, but clashes in the legislature over efforts by the KMT to expand legislative powers to allow for the ability to question private individuals and organizations and prosecute them if they do not comply went on into the late night on Friday. As such, half of the original delegation canceled. The visit was likely timed for before the Lai inauguration tomorrow, but the visit has since become overshadowed by news of the clashes, which in itself has become the main news item that casts a shadow over the inauguration...

TSMC’s Development of Arizona Semiconductor Plant Could Have Implications for Taiwan’s Security

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company recently won a $6.6 billion grant from the US Department of Commerce to subsidize the construction of three semiconductor manufacturing fabrication plants in Phoenix, Arizona. The total package could come to $11.6 billion, inclusive of loans. This is the largest cash grant the US has awarded a foreign company and the largest single greenfield project by a foreign company in US history...

Chinese Efforts to Intimidate Taiwan Continue During Hsiao Bikhim’s Trip to Europe

An incident involving the following of Taiwanese Vice President-elect Hsiao Bikhim’s motorcade by a vehicle driven by a Chinese military attache in Prague last week proves revealing. The Chinese military attache was following Hsiao in a vehicle, as a means of harassment, and was stopped by Czech police due to his following Hsiao’s motorcade...

With Mere Days Before Elections, Missile Alert About Chinese Satellite Launch Leads to Confusion, Panic

A text message alert sounded this afternoon in Taiwan shortly after 3 PM, alerting that a rocket had been fired over Taiwan. What ensued, however, was significant confusion between the English and Chinese. The Chinese stated that a “satellite” had been fired over Taiwan by China. By contrast, the English stated that a “missile” had been fired over Taiwan...