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.

China Fires Three Arrows: Will Gun Drills At Taiwan's Doorstep Become the Norm?

China Fires Three Arrows: Will Gun Drills At Taiwan's Doorstep Become the Norm?

As soon as the special flight of Speaker Nancy Pelosi of the United States House of Representatives arrived in Taipei, Communist China immediately announced military exercises encircling the island.

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Insight of the Week:How Can We Not Be Angry?

Insight of the Week:How Can We Not Be Angry?

On July 22, 2022, after six failed bids, the Hsinchu Baseball Stadium with a total cost of NT 1.2 billion (USD 40 million) was finally opened.

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Facing Lin Chih-chien's "Double-Gate" Storm, Tsai Ing-wen Opts for Support and Cut-off at the Same Time

Facing Lin Chih-chien's "Double-Gate" Storm, Tsai Ing-wen Opts for Support and Cut-off at the Same Time

The controversies of DPP Taoyuan mayoral candidate Lin Chih-chien's "thesis gate" and "baseball stadium gate" raged on.

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This Week in Taiwan 0724-0730

This Week in Taiwan 0724-0730

July 25: The problem of fraud has been complicated by growth in population of Internet users, in addition to people staying at home to shop online or make friends. According to statistics from the Criminal Investigation Bureau, National Police Administration, Ministry of the Interior, the number of fraud cases continued to rise this year, with 13,300 cases occurring in the first half of the year involving a total amount of NT$310 million (about US$10.3 billion).

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Controversy over Pelosi's Planned Visit to Taiwan

Controversy over Pelosi's Planned Visit to Taiwan

President Joe Biden of the United States stated on July 20 that the military officials believe it’s "not a good idea right now" for Speaker Nancy Pelosi of the House of Representatives to visit Taiwan at the moment.

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White House May Have Leaked Message to Block Pelosi's Taiwan Visit

White House May Have Leaked Message to Block Pelosi's Taiwan Visit

When asked about his views on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's proposed visit to Taiwan, President Joe Biden of the United States responded that the military thinks it's not a good idea now, but he does not know what the current situation is.

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Turning All the People into Soldiers, Are We Willing to Pay the Price?

Turning All the People into Soldiers, Are We Willing to Pay the Price?

Former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper headed a delegation to visit Taiwan.

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This Week in Taiwan 0717-0723

This Week in Taiwan 0717-0723

July 19: Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper led the Atlantic Council delegation in its three-day visit to Taiwan. On July 19, he made recommendations on Taiwan’s defense capabilities. First, significantly increase the defense budget to at least the level of the United States at 3.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). Second, both Taiwanese men and women should serve conscription for at least a year, and reserve mobilization capacity should be concurrently strengthened. Esper stressed that the United States and regional allies will be more confident in defending Taiwan if it sends a signal of active national defense. 

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Fear and Subservience:So Challenging to Demand the Truth from the Tsai Administration

Fear and Subservience:So Challenging to Demand the Truth from the Tsai Administration

More than 10 days after the former Hsinchu mayor and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Taoyuan mayor candidate Lin Chih-chien’s double master's thesis plagiarism case was revealed, both National Taiwan University (NTU) and Chung Hwa University (CHU) said they had accepted the accusations and would complete the review and comparison "within two months".

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Case Charging Former President Chen Dismissed:DPP Shames Legislature and Judiciary

Case Charging Former President Chen Dismissed:DPP Shames Legislature and Judiciary

The court of the second retrial on misuse of the state affairs fund by former President Chen Shui-bian dismissed the charges against Chen, his wife, and some others; this development is expected.

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