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 1102-1108

This Week in Taiwan 1102-1108

November 3: The United States Department of State approved the sale of four units of General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper remotely-controlled aircrafts costing about US$600 million. It will greatly enhance Taiwan's detection capacity. 

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Does Taiwan Favor Trump in the U.S. Election?

Does Taiwan Favor Trump in the U.S. Election?

The Washington Post in a recent news article hinted that the government of Taiwan is in favor of the Republican candidate, President Donald Trump, in the U.S. presidential election, President Tsai Ing-wen held a high-level national security meeting on October 31 declaring that the top priority of her administration in foreign policy is to deepen the friendly relations with both the Republican and Democratic parties to secure a bipartisan support of the United States for a democratic Taiwan.

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Taiwan Full of Trump Fans, Extremely Unwise to Gamble

Taiwan Full of Trump Fans, Extremely Unwise to Gamble

The U.S. election is fast approaching, and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is now in the lead. Although President Tsai Ing-wen and other government officials in Taiwan have not expressed support for anyone, their supporters already raised the roof on the Internet.

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The Most Lucrative Market for Obsolete Weapons

The Most Lucrative Market for Obsolete Weapons

Lately the Ministry of National Defense (MND) verified that it will spend NT$51 billion (about US$1.8 billion) to purchase 400 units of Harpoon anti-vessel/ land attack missiles.

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 This Week in Taiwan 1025-1101

This Week in Taiwan 1025-1101

October 26: The hearing on the license renewal of CtiTV News was held. During the nearly five hours of debate, the National Communications Commission (NCC) raised eight major questions, and CtiTV responded with a nine-point rebuttal. Want Want China Chairman Tsai Eng-meng personally attended the hearing. The NCC is expected to make a final determination by December 11. 

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KMT and China Celebrate, DPP Overlooks 75th Anniversary of Taiwan's Retrocession

KMT and China Celebrate, DPP Overlooks 75th Anniversary of Taiwan's Retrocession

While the Kuomintang (KMT) and the mainland China hosted multiple events to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Taiwan's retrocession on October 25, the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in Taiwan did not organize any event of celebration.

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National Glory Consistently Ignored, Let Alone Taiwan's Retrocession

National Glory Consistently Ignored, Let Alone Taiwan's Retrocession

On the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, there are many critical historical memories being evoked.

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Xi and Wang's Warning Fires First Shot in South China Sea

Xi and Wang's Warning Fires First Shot in South China Sea

On October 22, at a seminar in celebration of the 75th anniversary of Taiwan's Retrocession, Chairman Wang, Yang of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), reiterated that peaceful unification under "One Country, Two Systems" has always been the policy of mainland China.

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This Week in Taiwan 1018-1024

This Week in Taiwan 1018-1024

October 19: October 21 marks the second-year anniversary of the Puyuma Express train derailment incident. The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) released a final investigation report. According to four key pieces of evidence, the train was speeding at 140 kilometers (about 87 miles) per hour before it overturned. But the TSB stressed that the operator should not assume all the blame. Multiple factors led to the train's overturn. 

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CtiTV News License Could Be Revoked, Taiwan to Become Where One Voice Reigns Supreme?

CtiTV News License Could Be Revoked, Taiwan to Become Where One Voice Reigns Supreme?

The hearsay that Chung Tien Television (CTiTV) News will be shut down by the government withdrawing the channel's license has made a lot of noise in Taiwan this week.

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