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Taiwan Drops Bid for Participation, Xi Jinping Delivers Opening Remarks at World Health Assembly

In a surprise, the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced earlier today that it would be withdrawing Taiwan’s bid to participate in the World Health Assembly as an observer. Notably, the opening remarks for the World Health Assembly summit, which will be held in Geneva and online today and tomorrow, were delivered by Chinese president Xi Jinping... Read More

Pan-Blue Camp Attempts to Target Tsai Over Handling of Coronavirus Outbreak

One notes that attempts to target the Tsai administration for its handling of the coronavirus crisis from members of the pan-Blue camp have taken a number of different approaches in past days. That there is no ideological consistency among these attempts to attack the Tsai administration is likely illustrative of the internal splits within the pan-Blue camp... Read More

Flight Suspensions by Italy and Vietnam Illustrate the Effects of Taiwan Being Viewed as Part of China

The concrete effects of Taiwan’s exclusion from the international community, particularly its exclusion from the International Civil Aviation Organization and World Health Organization, are visible in the decision by the Italian and Vietnamese governments to suspend flights from Taiwan. Taiwan is excluded from both organizations due to Chinese pressure, seeing as China claims Taiwan to be an inalienable part of China and refuses to allow Taiwan to participate in both organizations on an independent basis... Read More

Incidents Highlight Chinese Pressure on Taiwan in Entertainment Industry and in International Organizations

Two recent incidents highlight Taiwan’s marginalization from the international community as a result of Chinese pressure. The first incident took place after Axios reported last week that the World Bank had attempted to compel Taiwanese staff members to obtain Chinese passports, as a condition of maintaining their employment. In the second incident, Taiwanese streaming personality Potter King found himself blocked from his Weibo account earlier this week after making a video in which he appeared with Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen and referred to her as “President”... Read More