cross-strait relations

Czech Diplomatic Visit to Taiwan Comes to an End, Following US, Japan Visits Last Month

A visit by an 89-member diplomatic delegation from the Czech Republic to Taiwan came to an end tonight, with members of the delegation departing Taiwan. Among the delegation were Czech Senate president Milos Vystrcil and Prague mayor Zdenek Hrib. The delegation arrived on Sunday before departing today, staying a total of six days... Read More

Despite Azar Visit, America is Unlikely to Learn from Taiwan’s Experiences Fighting COVID-19

News that American Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar plans to visit Taiwan as part of a diplomatic visit in the near future is ironic, given America’s disastrous handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. While Azar’s visit to Taiwan will be conducted under the auspices of seeking to learn from Taiwan’s successes fighting off the COVID-19 pandemic, one generally expects this to be primarily political theater... Read More

Ko Wen-je Carries Out City-Based Exchange by Video Conference with Shanghai in Late July

An online video conference to commemorate city-based cross-strait exchanges between Taipei and Shanghai was held late last month. City-based cross-strait exchanges have taken place under the auspices of Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je since 2016. The meeting was held on July 22nd, with proceedings on the Taipei side taking place at the Regent Taipei, while proceedings for the Shanghai side took place at the Shanghai International Convention Center... Read More

Actions by Trump Indicate Taiwan and Hong Kong Used Only to Score Points Against China

A press conference by US president Donald Trump took an unexpected turn yesterday after Trump announced not only the end of Hong Kong’s favorable trade status under American law, but that the US would be withdrawing from the World Health Organization. The WHO is the UN agency responsible for global health. The move is expected to have large repercussions on both Taiwan and Hong Kong... Read More

Chinese Military Increases Activity Around Taiwan During COVID-19 Pandemic

In the past three months, one has observed an increase in Chinese and American military activity in the area around Taiwan. Namely, one has observed a sharp uptick in Chinese military activity around Taiwan in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, and American military activity has primarily been in response to Chinese military activity... Read More

China’s New Economic Incentives Offered to Taiwan Are a Repeat of Old Tactics

The Chinese government announcing 26 new measures aimed at attracting Taiwanese firms is clearly a measure aimed at influencing Taiwanese elections, with just over sixty days left before January 2020 elections. However, what may be noteworthy is to what extent the Chinese government is falling back on tactics it has tried before in the past to influence elections, rather than coming up with new tactics... Read More