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.

Improving Cross-Strait Relations, Starting from Kind Words

Improving Cross-Strait Relations, Starting from Kind Words

Leaders on both sides of the Taiwan Strait have taken the opportunity of the Chinese New Year to express their wishes to each other. Chinese President Xi Jinping's greeting is to "Taiwan compatriots," while President Tsai Ing-wen's greeting is to "people on the other side."

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This Week in Taiwan 0210-0220

This Week in Taiwan 0210-0220

February 10: The administration of President Joe Biden in the United States has called for cross-strait dialogue. In public remarks following a high-level national security meeting before Chinese New Year, President Tsai Ing-wen stressed that the key to cross-strait peace lies in China's hands. She wished people on the opposite side of the strait health and safety in the year ahead and expressed hopes to promote cross-strait peace and stability. 

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Short-Run Diplomacy? Agreement for Taiwan Office in Guyana Terminated After A Day

Short-Run Diplomacy? Agreement for Taiwan Office in Guyana Terminated After A Day

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced on February 4 the establishment of a "Taiwan Office" in Guyana, emphasizing that it enjoys official political status. Legislators affiliated with the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) even called it a diplomatic breakthrough.

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As Pawn, Taiwan Badly Injured Between U.S.-China Diplomatic Rivalry

As Pawn, Taiwan Badly Injured Between U.S.-China Diplomatic Rivalry

Guyana's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation abruptly terminated the establishment of a "Taiwan Office" in the South American country in less than 24 hours of Taiwan's announcement under the pretext of miscommunication and adherence to the "one China" policy.

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Biden's Hard China Stance Matter of Fact or Expediency?

Biden's Hard China Stance Matter of Fact or Expediency?

With the successive speeches and position expressions of the new Cabinet members of the United States, the China policy of the administration of President Joe Biden is gradually becoming clearer.

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This Week in Taiwan 0131-0206

This Week in Taiwan 0131-0206

February 1: The new Judges Act and system for judge discipline took effect July last year, and courts have added two lay judges to participate in the trial process. A first case sentenced former Nantou District prosecutor Wang Chuan-chung a fine of three months pay for unlawfully serving during his tenure as his sister's criminal defense lawyer. This is the first instance in the judicial history of the Republic of China that the people (as lay judges) have participated in trying a judge, carrying special significance.

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U.S. National Security Advisor Warns China About Price of Invading Taiwan

U.S. National Security Advisor Warns China About Price of Invading Taiwan

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated on January 29 that the administration of President Joe Biden will review all the national security measures of the Trump administration, including the phase-one trade deal with China signed in January 2020.

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"5Rs" Represent New U.S. Strategy Towards China

"5Rs" Represent New U.S. Strategy Towards China

On January 18, a New York Times reporter revealed that President-Elect Joe Biden stated in an internal meeting that the new government in the United States would not sustain the foreign policy of the previous administration to provoke China on Taiwan.

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Ambiguity of Biden Administration's First Statement on Taiwan

Ambiguity of Biden Administration's First Statement on Taiwan

Not long after President Joe Biden took office in the United States, China immediately sent military aircraft to harass Taiwan on January 23 and 24.

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This Week in Taiwan 0124-0130

This Week in Taiwan 0124-0130

January 24: The People's Liberation Army (PLA) dispatched 13 military aircrafts into the air defense identification zone (ADIZ) off southwestern Taiwan, the largest-scale military disturbance by mainland China to date this year. The United States Department of State called upon Beijing to cease using military, diplomatic, and economic means to pressure Taiwan and to engage in meaningful dialogue with Taiwan's elected representatives. The State Department added that U.S. commitments to Taiwan are rock-solid in order to maintain peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. This is a first public discourse of policy stance on cross-strait relations since the administration of President Joe Biden took office. 

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