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.

Commentary: Illiberal Democracy Omnipresent

Commentary: Illiberal Democracy Omnipresent

Taiwan is a young democracy that has evolved from authoritarianism.

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This Week in Taiwan 1226-0101

This Week in Taiwan 1226-0101

December 28: After Nicaragua unilaterally announced the severance of diplomatic relations with Taiwan on December 10, the media reported on December 27 that President Daniel Ortega ordered the confiscation of the Taiwan government's local assets and transferred them to mainland China.

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DPP to Clear the Stage for Local Government Act, Triggering Legislative Backlash Again

DPP to Clear the Stage for Local Government Act, Triggering Legislative Backlash Again

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in Taiwan has made advance arrangements for the 2022 local elections.

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Opposition Malfunction Made Government Abuse Its Power

Opposition Malfunction Made Government Abuse Its Power

Within just a few days right after the referendum, the administration of President Tsai Ing-wen has successively put forward two controversial policies: the merger and upgrade of Hsinchu County and Hsinchu City into a new special municipality and the direct submission of the 2022 general budget bill to the plenary session (second reading) of the Legislative Yuan, without going through first reading.

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Is Destroying TSMC to Deter Chinese Invasion Insight or Ignorance?

Is Destroying TSMC to Deter Chinese Invasion Insight or Ignorance?

Some American scholars suggested Taiwan could use a "scorched earth strategy" by threatening to destroy facilities belonging to the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to deter China from invading Taiwan and to accept the "status quo".

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This Week in Taiwan 1219-1225

This Week in Taiwan 1219-1225

December 20: The Investment Commission, Ministry of Economic Affairs, approved the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) application to construct a 12-inch wafer fabrication plant in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. This is cooperation between benchmark companies of Taiwan and Japan, but the relevant technology is one generation behind Taiwan's, so there should be no concerns about the outflow of high-end technology. The TSMC will invest NT$58.4 billion (about US$2.1 billion) to build plants starting 2022 and begin production by the end of 2024.

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DPP's Disastrous Referendum Win

DPP's Disastrous Referendum Win

The results of the first referendum in Taiwan's history that did not tie a general election were announced yesterday.

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New Predicaments for the Tsai Administration: U.S.-Taiwan Trade and Power Shortage Crisis

New Predicaments for the Tsai Administration: U.S.-Taiwan Trade and Power Shortage Crisis

The four national referendum questions failed to pass, and the administration of President Tsai Ing-wen is temporarily relieved.

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Summit for Democracy Not Taiwan's Antidote

Summit for Democracy Not Taiwan's Antidote

The United States may still be the world's most powerful country, but it is not necessarily the cure for all Taiwan's problems!

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This Week in Taiwan 1212-1218

This Week in Taiwan 1212-1218

December 12: While Minister without Portfolio Audrey Tang presented a briefing at the Summit for Democracy organized by the United States, the video was cut off momentarily, leaving only the audio. According to media reports, Tang used a map which marked Taiwan and China in different colors, implicating the U.S. "One China" policy.

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