Democratic Progressive Party

Despite Moderate Tone During National Day Speech, China Strikes Back at Tsai Administration

During National Day, the celebration of the Republic of China’s founding, Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen struck a moderate tone in her state address. Tsai touted Taiwan’s successes fighting COVID-19 and economic growth in spite of the pandemic, while also promising to encourage innovation, and strengthen ties with the international world...

Scholar’s Stage Commentary on Taiwan Reflects Muddled Argumentation, Profound Lack of Self-Consciousness

A recent blog post by writer Tanner Greer entitled “Why I Fear for Taiwan” argues against less ambiguous policy by America regarding Taiwan. As Greer would have it, Taiwan is not sufficiently committed to its own defense to warrant more direct commitments by the US toward Taiwan. And so the US should continue to maintain an ambiguous attitude regarding whether it is committed to defending Taiwan...

New Passport Design Announced by Tsai Administration, Following Passport Contest by NPP

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed a new design for the Taiwanese passport on Wednesday. The new passport design was unveiled under the auspices of preventing confusion between Taiwan and China, a particularly salient issue during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tsai administration cited cases of Taiwanese travelers being mistaken for Chinese travelers in the course of the pandemic—due to the words “Republic of China” on the passport—to justify the change...

Tsai Administration Opens Taiwan to American Beef and Pork Imports, Angling for a Trade Agreement

The Tsai administration surprised last week, with the announcement that it intended to open Taiwan up to beef and pork imports from America. The move is one which is clearly aimed at removing one of the major political hurdles to a bilateral trade agreement with the US, the US having made this into a precondition of a bilateral trade agreement with Taiwan for well over a decade...