US-Taiwan relations

Biden Administration Surprises with Statement, Deployment of Carrier Group After Chinese Flyovers of Taiwan

The Biden administration surprised over the weekend, issuing a statement on Taiwan on Sunday in response to an incursion of Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone by thirteen Chinese warplanes on Saturday. The statement expressed “concern” regarding “the pattern of ongoing PRC attempts to intimidate its neighbors, including Taiwan"...

Taiwan Policy for Biden Complicated by Last-Minute Nature of Lifting of Restrictions by Pompeo

On January 9, outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that all restrictions on official contacts with Taiwanese officials were terminated. Applause radiated from Taipei. Joseph Wu, writing for Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, thanked the Secretary and Congress for the lifting of restrictions on the US-Taiwan relationship...

What Now for Taiwan, After the Biden Inauguration?

The presidential inauguration of Joe Biden took place earlier today. The inauguration took place after several turbulent weeks that saw some Republican members of Congress attempt to invalidate the results of 2020 presidential elections, an attempted invasion of the US Capitol to prevent the confirmation of the electoral vote by Trump supporters, and the impeachment of then-president Donald Trump after the US Capitol storming...

Trump Supporters in Taiwan and Hong Kong Likely to Compare US Capitol Storming to Sunflower Movement, LegCo Occupation

After comments by outgoing president Donald Trump, who lost to Joe Biden in 2020 American presidential elections, a pro-Trump mob stormed the US Capitol earlier today. Unfortunately, it is probable that one will soon see a wave of Trump supporters in Taiwan and Hong Kong claiming that the storming of the US Capitol was a legitimate action aimed at preserving democracy...

Radio New Bloom #12: Catherine Chou on Misinformation about the American Presidential Election in Taiwan

For this week’s installment of Radio New Bloom, editor Garrett Dee spoke with Gatherine Chou, a professor of medieval and early modern history at Grinnell College, and a prominent online advocate for Taiwan. We spoke about perceptions of the American presidential election in Taiwan and among Taiwanese diasporic communities and the effects of misinformation about the election on individuals of different generation...

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...