Tsai Ing-Wen

What Do Some Clamor for Removing the DPP Party Charter’s Independence Clause Ahead of the Inauguration?

Ahead of Lai Ching-te's presidential inauguration later this month, there have been some calls in DC for the DPP to remove its independence clause in the party charter. While the DPP already de facto froze the charter in 1999, ahead of Chen Shui-bian becoming president as the first non-KMT president in Taiwanese history through the adoption of the Resolution on Taiwan’s Future, for some this is not enough and the DPP should more firmly commit to a non-independence stance by removing the independence clause in the charter...

What Does the Election Mean for Taiwan’s Engagement with the Asia Pacfic Region?

Now that the election results are in, the period of intense suspense and electoral speculation has concluded. The issue of cross-strait relations remains unresolved, as the People’s Republic of China (PRC) insists that the Republic of China (ROC), often known as Taiwan, is a separatist province of the mainland and aims for reunification. For the first time in history, Taiwan has re-elected the same political party to govern the democratic island for a third consecutive term. The election of Lai Ching-te on Saturday signifies a strong counter to the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) forceful stance and intimidation tactics towards the island. The primary challenge now is how Lai’s new government will maintain its relations with Beijing and navigate the complex triangular dynamics of the US, China, and Taiwan...

Hou You-yi Travels to the US, Emphasizes Similar Policies to Tsai

KMT presidential candidate Hou You-yi recently traveled to the US. Taiwanese presidential candidates traditionally travel to the US ahead of elections. This is not only to meet with US government officials and conduct meetings, but to meet with wealthy members of the Taiwanese diaspora that live in the US, so as to solicit campaign funds. TPP presidential candidate Ko visited the US in April, while independent presidential candidate Terry Gou visited both in April and in late July. Ko has announced another trip for October. DPP presidential candidate William Lai visited the US in September...

China Sets New Record with Air Incursions

The People's Liberation Army set new records yesterday with the number of planes it deployed into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense announced that 103 warplanes were detected around Taiwan in a 24-hour period yesterday. The ADIZ is the airspace in which planes normally identify themselves for security purposes. Aircraft also maneuvered in airspace southeast and southwest of the island...