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.

"Trends" Matter More Than “Events” in Cross-Strait Relations

"Trends" Matter More Than “Events” in Cross-Strait Relations

Perhaps because politicians and public opinion seem to be led by the news that pop up under their noses every day.

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Superficial "Forward-Looking" versus Leader Busy Attending Funeral Services

Superficial "Forward-Looking" versus Leader Busy Attending Funeral Services

The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) saw its most disastrous accident in half a century.

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This Week in Taiwan 0404-0410

This Week in Taiwan 0404-0410

April 5: A Taroko Express train operated by the Taiwan Railways Administration crashed with a construction truck on April 2, causing 49 deaths and 216 injuries. Through interviews, roadside security cameras, and driving recorder videos, investigators punctured the lies of the site director Lee Yi-hsiang, indicating that Lee drove the construction truck carrying waste tires to the site for dumping but was stuck between trees when he turned. Lee attempted to free the truck with an excavator, but the sling fell loose unexpectedly, causing the construction truck to fall down a slope onto the rail. The disastrous train collision occurred more than a minute later.

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50 Dead, 216 Injured in Taiwan's Most Serious Train Crash

50 Dead, 216 Injured in Taiwan's Most Serious Train Crash

On April 2, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) saw a serious train accident with the most casualties in history.

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 For Accountability, Transportation Minister Should Step Down

For Accountability, Transportation Minister Should Step Down

The Taroko Express, an express train service of the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA), derailed on April 2, causing 51 deaths and 188 injuries, making it the worst rail disaster in history.

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Geopolitics and Anti-Asian Violence

Geopolitics and Anti-Asian Violence

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic broke out in the United States last year, crimes against Asian Americans increased significantly during this period of time.

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This Week in Taiwan 0330-0403

This Week in Taiwan 0330-0403

March 28: The delegation of President Surangel Whipps Jr. of Palau arrived in Taiwan to begin his five-day, four-night visit. This is the first visit to Taiwan by a foreign head of state since the global pandemic. To the surprise of many, John Hennessey-Niland, United States ambassador to Palau, and his wife also accompanied the visiting delegation. This is the first visit to Taiwan by an American ambassador in 43 years since the two countries severed official diplomatic relations.

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China to Invade Taiwan in Six Years? U.S. Indo-Pacific Commander Nominee: Closer than Most Think

China to Invade Taiwan in Six Years? U.S. Indo-Pacific Commander Nominee: Closer than Most Think

Admiral Philip Davidson, the incumbent commander of the United States Indo-Pacific Command, stated that Taiwan is one of China's ambitions and will face clear threat within six years.

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Cross-Strait Relations: After U.S. Warning, Why Xi Poured Cold Water on Taiwan Invasion Remarks

Cross-Strait Relations: After U.S. Warning, Why Xi Poured Cold Water on Taiwan Invasion Remarks

After the high-level diplomatic confrontation between the United States and China, a high-ranking general of the U.S. military warned that China may invade Taiwan within six years, heightening tension in the strait.

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Xinjiang Cotton Incident: Why China is Taking High-Profile Countermeasures

Xinjiang Cotton Incident: Why China is Taking High-Profile Countermeasures

The meetings between American and Chinese officials in Alaska shocked the world with its fiery opening, with the two strongly condemning each other.

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