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.

Xi Attempts to Ease Tensions, Assuage Hawks on Taiwan

Xi Attempts to Ease Tensions, Assuage Hawks on Taiwan

The Chinese Communist Party held a meeting to commemorate the 110th anniversary of the 1911 republican revolution.

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This Week in Taiwan 1003-1009

This Week in Taiwan 1003-1009

October 4: The Ministry of National Defense stated that from October 1 to 10:50 PM on October 4, People's Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft intruded Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) 149 times. The fleet of 56 military aircraft on October 4 was the highest number ever in a single day. There were about 10 aircraft intrusions in 2019, 380 in 2020, and 600 this year as of early October. The targeted military provocations have seriously affected Taiwan's air defense and security. 

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U.S. Sets Deadline for TSMC to Hand Over Trade Secrets

U.S. Sets Deadline for TSMC to Hand Over Trade Secrets

In order to address its chip shortage, the United States has requested major semiconductor manufacturers, among others, to hand over their customer lists, inventories and related confidential corporate information within 45 days.

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Taiwan's Government Needs Guts

Taiwan's Government Needs Guts

Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo of the United States issued a notice to international semiconductor companies, including the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), at the semiconductor summit on September 23, demanding that the supply chains to voluntarily share information about their inventories and related data before November 8.

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Electric Cuts Hit China's Businesses and Economy

Electric Cuts Hit China's Businesses and Economy

On the eve of Mid-Autumn Festival in September, the policy of "dual control" on energy consumption( i.e. energy consumption intensity, total energy consumption volume) by the Chinese government incurred storms of electricity curtailment and production suspension making production of industry in great chaotic pace while its impact was exacerbated by the recent surging price of coal.

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This Week in Taiwan 0926-1002

This Week in Taiwan 0926-1002

September 27: The Central Epidemic Command Center announced that starting from this week, there is no need to take every other seat in cinemas, no capacity limit on tour buses, and no restrictions on eating and drinking on both the High Speed Rail and Taiwan Railways. If the pandemic continues to stay under control, restrictions on recreational facilities like karaoke will be eased with conditions. But masks are required to sing, and gloves required to play mahjong. However, dance halls and bars are to remain closed. 

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Eric Chu Returns as KMT Chairman

Eric Chu Returns as KMT Chairman

The Kuomintang (KMT) chairmanship election has concluded with former Chairman Eric Chu the winner.

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Eric Chu Won A Close Election, Must Not Disappoint Party Members

Eric Chu Won A Close Election, Must Not Disappoint Party Members

After a close chase by Chang Ya-chung, Eric Chu narrowly won yesterday's Kuomintang (KMT) chairmanship election, supposedly by asking voters to abandon the incumbent Chairman Johnny Chiang to elect himself.

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To Join CPTPP, Taiwan Has Three Major Openings to Tackle

To Join CPTPP, Taiwan Has Three Major Openings to Tackle

Recently, mainland China applied suddenly via New Zealand for membership in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

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This Week in Taiwan 0919-0925

This Week in Taiwan 0919-0925

September 20: After banning the import of Taiwanese pineapples earlier this year, mainland China announced the suspension of Taiwanese custard apple and wax apple imports due to detection of scale insects. The Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan, immediately decided to invest NT$1 billion in agricultural loss funds to fully protect the rights and interests of farmers. Taiwan has also negotiated with the mainland through official channels. If it does not receive a reply before September 30, Taiwan will then file a trade arbitration with the World Trade Organization (WHO). 

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