Tsai administration

American Meat: Through the Overton Window Darkly

On Christmas Day 2020, after much contention, the lifting of limits on American pork imports was passed by the Legislative Yuan, with KMT lawmakers vowing to continue to oppose pork imports, possibly by way of referendum. More broadly speaking, media coverage and political discussions around the issue of ractopamine and American pork imports to Taiwan have reached the point of absurdity in past weeks...

KMT Likely to Continue to Leverage on Pork Issue Against DPP

The KMT has continued to militate against the DPP on the issue of the Tsai administration’s decision to lift restrictions on imports of American pork into Taiwan. In the KMT’s latest protest action last week, the KMT threw pig guts and intestines at Premier Su Tseng-chang during a report to the legislature. Some scuffling also took place between pan-Green and pan-Blue legislators during the report...

Much Remains Uncertain for Taiwan During Contested American Presidential Transition

Much uncertainty remains about what occurs next for Taiwan during America’s presidential transition. While Joe Biden has won the American presidential election, the Trump administration continues to refuse to concede the race, alleging voter fraud. As such, the Tsai administration finds itself in an awkward position at present. The Tsai administration obviously intends to build ties with the incoming Biden administration, but may hope to benefit from last-minute actions by the Trump administration that may aid Taiwan...