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.

Turing Stigma into Medal:Legislative Violence as Interpretation of "Taiwan Values"

Turing Stigma into Medal:Legislative Violence as Interpretation of "Taiwan Values"

The delegation of the Slovakian Parliament and Bratislava Province visited the Legislative Yuan one June 9.

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This Week in Taiwan 0605-0611

This Week in Taiwan 0605-0611

June 7: Eleven (11) F-16 A/B fighter jets deployed by the Air Force at the Luke Air Force Base in Arizona must all be returned to Taiwan and upgraded to F-16V. When one of the first seven jets stopped over in Honolulu, Hawaii, on June 7, it made a forced landing due to nose wheel failure. While the nose was damaged, the American pilot was safe. The remaining six jets successfully arrived at the Hualien Air Force Base. A total of four Taiwan pilots participated in the exercise. 

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Breakthrough on U.S.-Taiwan Economic Relations: Executive Yuan Announces Launch of "U.S.-Taiwan Initiative on 21st-Century Trade"

Breakthrough on U.S.-Taiwan Economic Relations: Executive Yuan Announces Launch of "U.S.-Taiwan Initiative on 21st-Century Trade"

On June 1, the Executive Yuan held a press conference on a major breakthrough in deepening U.S.-Taiwan economic and trade relations.

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U.S.-Taiwan Trade Initiative Heralds the Beginning of Nightmare

U.S.-Taiwan Trade Initiative Heralds the Beginning of Nightmare

The launch of the U.S.-Taiwan Initiative on 21st-Century Trade by Taiwan and the United States, which Minister without Portfolio and chief negotiator John Deng called a 30-year wait, has been hailed by the media as a “major breakthrough” in U.S.-Taiwan relations.

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After Exonerating Corruption, What Else Isn't the DPP Afraid to Do?

After Exonerating Corruption, What Else Isn't the DPP Afraid to Do?

With current pandemic still hovering at its peak and approaching local election, the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DDP), regardless the distress of people livelihood and hatred against corruption, stubbornly passed an amendment of "accounting act" with its majority in the Legislative Yuan exonerating former President Chen Shui-bian from corruption charges related to misusing the state affairs fund.

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This Week in Taiwan 0529-0604

This Week in Taiwan 0529-0604

May 30: Posts about the recent "Many children are gone" incident have circulated on the Internet The police originally stated that it would question and investigate Kuo Yen-chun which caused a public outcry. The Criminal Investigation Bureau, National Police Agency, Ministry of the Interior, changed its stance on May 29 and stated that it will not question Kuo. The direction of the investigation will be to target the hidden hand behind the content. 

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Biden Committed to Protecting Taiwan by Force;Blinken Reiterates U.S. Non-Support of Taiwan Independence

Biden Committed to Protecting Taiwan by Force;Blinken Reiterates U.S. Non-Support of Taiwan Independence

President Joe Biden of the United States made it clear at a press conference in Tokyo, Japan, on May 23 that if China used force, the United States would militarily intervene to defend Taiwan.

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Understanding America's True Intentions

Understanding America's True Intentions

President Joe Biden of the United States announced the launch of the "Indo-Pacific Economic Framework" (IPEF) on May 23, and Taiwan was not in the list of the founding participants.

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Abusive Spending After Messed Up Pandemic Response:Shouldn't the Tsai Administration Feel Ashamed?

Abusive Spending After Messed Up Pandemic Response:Shouldn't the Tsai Administration Feel Ashamed?

On May 27, the Executive Yuan announced that the government will invest NT$34.5 billion (about US$1.1 billion) in helping the industries and workers affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19), a plan from which an estimated 900,000 people will benefit.

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This Week in Taiwan 0522-0528

This Week in Taiwan 0522-0528

May 22: National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan stated that while Taiwan has not been included in the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), the United States is seeking to deepen its economic partnership with Taiwan. He also reiterated U.S. hopes for peace in the Taiwan Strait and concerns about a unilateral change in the status quo. 

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