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.

Taiwan Lifts U.S. Pork Import Restrictions: Soft-Footed Pro-American Policy

Taiwan Lifts U.S. Pork Import Restrictions: Soft-Footed Pro-American Policy

President Tsai Ing-wen announced on Friday the easing of import restrictions on American pork containing 10 parts per billion (ppb) of ractopamine, as well as 30-month-old American beef.

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With Landslide in U.S.-China-Taiwan Relations, On Verge of War in the Taiwan Strait?

With Landslide in U.S.-China-Taiwan Relations, On Verge of War in the Taiwan Strait?

After former President Ma Ying-jeou cited data from the Belgian think tank and criticized the administration of President Tsai Ing-wen bring Taiwan to the brink of war, he was besieged with barrage of criticism by party apparatus.

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This Week in Taiwan 0823-0829

This Week in Taiwan 0823-0829

August 24: In October last year, Taobao opened a subsidiary in Taiwan in the name of Claddagh Venture Investment Limited but has been questioned to be "fake foreign investment, real mainland Chinese capital." After a nearly 10-month investigation, the Investment Commission, Ministry of Economic Affairs, found that mainland Chinese investor Alibaba has controlling power over Claddagh Venture Investment and that Taobao Taiwan is actually controlled by mainland investment, which violates the Act Governing Cross-Strait Relations. The subsidiary was fined NT$410,000 (about US$14,000) and ordered to withdraw or make a correction within six months. This is the first real control case to find mainland Chinese capital involvement. 

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Ma: President Tsai's Foreign Policy is Pushing Taiwan to Brink of War

Ma: President Tsai's Foreign Policy is Pushing Taiwan to Brink of War

Former President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday that after the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) took power in 2016, relations across the Taiwan Strait have quickly frozen.

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Scholars Discuss Taiwan's Security Challenges

Scholars Discuss Taiwan's Security Challenges

In the seminar "National Insecurity: How Taiwan Can Avert Crisis and Ensure Security" sponsored by the Ma Ying-Jeou Foundation on August 22, participating scholars indicated that there are three sources of insecurity for Taiwan: Namely, the United States has the intention but not enough strength to defend Taiwan; mainland China is ready with accumulated power; while Taiwan is preoccupied with power struggles, at home and abroad.

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Current National Security Challenges Facing Taiwan

Current National Security Challenges Facing Taiwan

At different stages since 1949, Taiwan has faced a variety of national security issues.

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Su and Chen's Overbearing Bureaucratic Air: Where is the Humility?

Su and Chen's Overbearing Bureaucratic Air: Where is the Humility?

The authority and arrogance of Tsai administration officials are becoming increasingly more unbearable, yet they seem to be unaware of this situation.

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This Week in Taiwan 0816-0822

This Week in Taiwan 0816-0822

August 18: The Changhua County Public Health Bureau actively tested asymptomatic people and accidentally found a teenager under home isolation who returned to Taiwan from the united states test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), but Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung ordered the bureau chief to be subject to an ethics investigation on why he violated inspection regulations. The Office of the President, Executive Yuan, the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), as well as DPP legislators and Internet army, also aggressively attacked this whistleblower who took the initiative to uncover the virus.

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China Holds Military Drills Against Taiwan; Cross-Strait Tensions Resurge

China Holds Military Drills Against Taiwan; Cross-Strait Tensions Resurge

The tensions in the Taiwan Strait have recently risen again as the People's Liberation Army (PLA) announced to hold military drills in the Taiwan Strait including the northern and southern ends of the Strait.

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China Military Exercise, Replica of 1996 Taiwan Strait Crisis?

China Military Exercise, Replica of 1996 Taiwan Strait Crisis?

Against the backdrop of increasingly tense U.S.-Taiwan and cross-strait relations, China is conducting multi-directional and multi-service combat exercises at the northern and southern ends of the Taiwan Strait.

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