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.

Dilemma Behind Direct Election of Party Chairman

Dilemma Behind Direct Election of Party Chairman

The chairmanship election of the Kuomintang (KMT) will be held in late September.

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Xi Pushes "ReMaoization" by Concentrating Power in His Hands

Xi Pushes "ReMaoization" by Concentrating Power in His Hands

As part of a lecture series discussing the centenary of the Chinese Communist Party, Academician Wu Yu-shan of the Academia Sinica indicated that since Xi Jinping became leader, the notion that power is highly centralized with the term limit has been lifted.

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This Week in Taiwan 0829-0904

This Week in Taiwan 0829-0904

August 31: In the morning, President Tsai Ing-wen delivered remarks for the Ketagalan Forum—2021 Asia-Pacific Security Dialogue in English. She stated that Taiwan does not seek military confrontation and hopes for peaceful, stable, and beneficial existence with its neighbors. But the official press release of the Office of the President translated "neighbors" as "neighboring countries," interpreted by the opposition Kuomintang as a reprint of the "Two-State Theory" promoting independence. Some scholars indicated that President Tsai's deliberate ball-scoring will only let cross-strait relations continue to deteriorate.

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Six Sudden Deaths in Five Days After the Vaccination of Domestic Vaccine Medigen

Six Sudden Deaths in Five Days After the Vaccination of Domestic Vaccine Medigen

Taiwan's Medigen COVID-19 vaccine inoculation started on August 23, and President Tsai Ing-wen led to receive the first jab in Taiwan.

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Deaths after Inoculation:Government and Medigen Must Provide Reasonable Explanation

Deaths after Inoculation:Government and Medigen Must Provide Reasonable Explanation

The deaths of four young adults and many cases of adverse reactions occurred within three days after people were vaccinated with Taiwan’s indigenous Medigen vaccines for coronavirus (COVID-19).

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U.S. Attempt to Win Over Southeast Asian Nations May Prove Futile

U.S. Attempt to Win Over Southeast Asian Nations May Prove Futile

Vice President Kamala Harris of the United States concluded her visit to Singapore and Vietnam on August 26.

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The KMT View:Taiwan Will Not Become the Next Afghanistan But Ought to Take Caution

The KMT View:Taiwan Will Not Become the Next Afghanistan But Ought to Take Caution

The withdrawal of United States troops culminated in the abrupt collapse of Afghanistan's government and the return of the Taliban, prompting a debate within Taiwan about the credibility of American commitments.

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This Week in Taiwan 0822-0828

This Week in Taiwan 0822-0828

August 23: The Central Disaster Response Center on the African swine fever stated that the authorities seized for the first time smuggled meat infected with the virus, totaling more than 71 kilograms. The products were imported by air from Vietnam. Premier Su Tseng-chang went to Taoyuan International Airport to supervise the X-ray inspection of air express parcels. He furiously criticized the Customs Administration, Ministry of Finance, for ineffective inspection control. 

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Afghanistan Changes Hands Overnight, U.S. Reassures Security Commitment to Taiwan

Afghanistan Changes Hands Overnight, U.S. Reassures Security Commitment to Taiwan

The withdrawal of United States forces from Afghanistan resulted in the abrupt collapse of Afghanistan's government and has prompted a debate in Taiwan about the credibility of the U.S. commitments.

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"Afghanistan Today, Taiwan Tomorrow?" Su Chi: U.S. May Love You For Now, But May Say Sorry At the End

"Afghanistan Today, Taiwan Tomorrow?" Su Chi: U.S. May Love You For Now, But May Say Sorry At the End

The political developments in Afghanistan has led to concerns about U.S.-Taiwan relations.

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