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.

This Week in Taiwan 0321-0327

This Week in Taiwan 0321-0327

March 22: Two F-5E fighter jets from the Zhi-Hang Air Base in Taitung were returning from drill exercises in Pingtung but during a change of formation collided and crashed into the sea. Lieutenant Luo Shang-hua who parachuted from the jet was sent to the hospital and determined dead. He only recently married in early March. Another pilot Captain Pan Ying-chun is still missing. His child just turned a month old. On October 29 last year, a F-5E fighter jet from the Taitung base also crashed into the sea due to engine failure, killing the pilot. 

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Chiu Tai-san: With 1992 Consensus Disputed, Can There Be A "Constructive Ambiguity?"

Chiu Tai-san: With 1992 Consensus Disputed, Can There Be A "Constructive Ambiguity?"

Minister Chiu Tai-san of the Mainland Affairs Council stated on March 18 that the term "1992 Consensus" has generated controversy in Taiwan, and if mainland China continues to insist upon it as a political premise, it would be an unfair and impractical demand.

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"Constructive Ambiguity" Requires China's Good Faith

"Constructive Ambiguity" Requires China's Good Faith

Regarding cross-strait exchanges, Minister Chiu Tai-san of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) stated that the two sides interpret the "1992 Consensus" differently.

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The United States and China Clash

The United States and China Clash

The much anticipated first-round high-level meeting of foreign affairs and national security senior officials between the United States and China since tine inauguration of President Joe Biden took place March 18 in Anchorage, Alaska.

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This Week in Taiwan 0314-0320

This Week in Taiwan 0314-0320

March 16: The so-called 2-Plus-2 Talks between foreign and defense ministers of Japan and the United States were held in Tokyo. In a joint press conference after the meeting, Minister of Foreign Affairs Toshimitsu Motegi of Japan stated that both sides confirmed the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. The United States and Japan issued a joint statement criticizing China by name for taking actions inconsistent with the existing international order and which have posed multiple challenges to the U.S.-Japan alliance and the international community. 

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Water Shortage in Taiwan Impacts Global Chips Supply

Water Shortage in Taiwan Impacts Global Chips Supply

American financial publication Barron's reported on March 10 Taiwan is the home to global semiconductor chip manufacturers, and it consumes huge amount of water in the manufacturing process.

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Water and Power Shortage: Where is Tsai Administration's "Advance Deployment?"

Water and Power Shortage: Where is Tsai Administration's "Advance Deployment?"

The administration of President Tsai Ing-wen has recently encountered a series of governance crises, from construction by the CPC Corporation of the third liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminal, which could harm the ecology of the Datan algal reefs along the coast of Taoyuan, to the present water shortage, the biggest challenge for Taiwanese industry in the first half of 2021.

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Why the Taiwanese Are Still at Ease in Face of Impending Danger

Why the Taiwanese Are Still at Ease in Face of Impending Danger

Over the past few years, I have written from time to time to warn of Taiwan's deteriorating security - a view rarely echoed at the time by others - and was sometimes ridiculed as Cassandra.

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This Week in Taiwan 0307-0313

This Week in Taiwan 0307-0313

March 7: Mainland Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended a press conference during the Two Sessions political meetings and stressed three points related to Taiwan: There is only one China in the world; the two sides of the Taiwan Strait shall be reunified; and the "one China" principle is the political basis of U.S.-China relations and an insurmountable red line. According to Wang, there is no room for China to compromise or concede on the issue of Taiwan. 

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