US-Taiwan relations

View of China as Only a “Competitor” and Not a Threat Overly Optimistic

On the third of July, a group of American scholars and China watchers co-signed and published an op-ed with seven points in the Washington Post, titled “China is not an enemy". But the letter may simply reflect American naïveté; many in Taiwan, for one, would tell a drastically different story, that China is a threat to democracy on an island of 23 million people... Read More

What Are the Implications of Taiwan and America’s National Security Chiefs Meeting?

Reactions from China have, unsurprisingly, been unhappy regarding a recent meeting between American National Security Advisor John Bolton and Taiwanese National Security Council Secretary-General David Lee. However, perhaps too many in Taiwan have proved unwilling to look a gift horse in the mouth regarding the meeting... Read More

Pence Comments Suggest Splits Within The Trump Administration

Recent comments by American vice president Mike Pence at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC have made waves in Taiwan, with the perception that such comments are made as the articulation of a stronger pro-Taiwan and more anti-China stance by the US. However, this would be yet another indication of a strong disconnect between Taiwan’s perception of the United States and what is political reality in the United States... Read More