Taiwan Weekly is a newsletter released every week by Fair Winds Foundation, Association of Foreign Relations and Taipei Forum that provides coverage and perspectives into the latest developments in Taiwan.

Is Taiwan's Military Prepared?

Is Taiwan's Military Prepared?

With the meeting between President Joe Biden of the United States and Chinese President Xi Jinping ended, there seems to be reduction of tensions between the two countries.

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Taiwan to Face Harsher Retaliation If New U.S. Speaker Visits

Taiwan to Face Harsher Retaliation If New U.S. Speaker Visits

The Republican Party controlling the majority in the House of Representatives.

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Proposed Extension of Conscription to 1 Year Sufficient?Experts Say Cannot Train Qualified Fighters, Soldiers, Retired General:Inferior to Singapore

Proposed Extension of Conscription to 1 Year Sufficient?Experts Say Cannot Train Qualified Fighters, Soldiers, Retired General:Inferior to Singapore

With tensions mounting in the Taiwan Strait, people are concerned whether the time of mandatory military service will be restored to one year.

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This Week in Taiwan 1113-1119

This Week in Taiwan 1113-1119

November 14: According to media reports, military sources indicate competitive U.S. and Chinese fighter jet activity in the Pacific Ocean east of Taiwan for three days and three nights. Within three days, the United States dispatched more than 100 fighter sorties, and China dispatched more than 300. According to military personnel, the United States conducted "long-distance raid" training to test the capabilities of the People's Liberation Army (PLA). Taiwan monitored and oversaw the entire process.

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U.S. Midterm Elections, Biden-Xi Meeting, and Red Line in the Taiwan Strait

U.S. Midterm Elections, Biden-Xi Meeting, and Red Line in the Taiwan Strait

The results of the midterm election in the United States reaffirmed the polarization and populism in American politics.

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With No Mutual Trust Between China and U.S., "Resist China" Only Harms Taiwan

With No Mutual Trust Between China and U.S., "Resist China" Only Harms Taiwan

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) successfully won the elections from 2014 to 2020 by promoting "resist China to protect Taiwan."

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RCEP Effect Cannot be Ignored

RCEP Effect Cannot be Ignored

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which came into effect on January 1 of this year, has garnered less attention than the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

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This Week in Taiwan 1106-1112

This Week in Taiwan 1106-1112

November 6: Taipei mayoral candidate Chen Shih-chung of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is mired in a controversy about his marital fidelity. Taipei City Councilor Hsu Chiao-hsin of the Kuomintang (KMT) posted photos on Facebook exposing that after dining at an upscale restaurant with a minimum consumption of NT$80,000 (about US$2,562) and appearing slightly drunk, Chen held hands and hugged the shoulder of Lee Ya-ling, deputy superintendent of the Songde branch of the Taipei City Hospital, while her husband was beside her. Hsu questioned Chen's morality. 

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Is Lai's Cross-Strait Policy Discourse Acceptable to U.S. and Taiwan's People?

Is Lai's Cross-Strait Policy Discourse Acceptable to U.S. and Taiwan's People?

During his Palau trip, Vice President William Lai discussed cross-strait relations.

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Why "Resist China to Protect Taiwan" Has Lost its Luster

Why "Resist China to Protect Taiwan" Has Lost its Luster

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has entertained a fantasy in this upcoming local election that numerous voters will respond to its slogan of "resist China to protect Taiwan."

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