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.

Mr. Democracy or Machiavellian of Power Struggles

Mr. Democracy or Machiavellian of Power Struggles

The passing of late former President Lee Teng-hui triggered a litany of articles on his life and achievements in the media, especially profusely acclaiming his contribution to Taiwan's democracy, and even dubbing him "Mr. Democracy" in memory of him for leading Taiwan's transformation to democracy.

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Suffering from Balance of Terror, PTS Might Become External Propaganda Machine

Suffering from Balance of Terror, PTS Might Become External Propaganda Machine

In order to determine whether the Public Television Service (PTS) should set up an "International Channel" at the request of the Ministry of Culture (MOC), the PTS's provisional board of directors went through a fierce fight.

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This Week in Taiwan 0726-0801

This Week in Taiwan 0726-0801

July 29: The Ministry of Culture commissioned the Public Television Service (PTS) to set up an international multimedia platform, triggering controversy over the government interfering PTS operations. The Ministry of Culture announced that it would terminate its four-year NT$5.8 billion (about US$197 million) tender and seek alternative options. 

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Consulates Shut Down as U.S.-China Relations Deteriorate

Consulates Shut Down as U.S.-China Relations Deteriorate

On July 21, the United States announced without warning that the Chinese Consulate General in Houston would be closing within 72 hours.

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Will U.S.-China Relations Deteriorate Beyond No Return?

Will U.S.-China Relations Deteriorate Beyond No Return?

Recently, the United States ordered the closure of the Chinese Consulate General in Houston, a decision that sparked diplomatic conflict between the two countries.

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Amid U.S.-China Confrontation, Should Taiwan Pick Sides?

Amid U.S.-China Confrontation, Should Taiwan Pick Sides?

To save his increasingly dire election situation, President Donald Trump of the United States is resorting to an anti-China strategy.

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This Week in Taiwan 0719-0725

This Week in Taiwan 0719-0725

July 19: At the National Party Congress of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), President and Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen stated that constitutional reform is most important on Taiwan's reform agenda. In addition to lowering the voting age to 18, the DPP will also push to abolish the Examination Yuan and Control Yuan. The Legislative Yuan will begin deliberating constitutional reform in the next session. The Kuomintang (KMT) is expected to undergo internal debate as to whether the party supports abolishing the Examination and Control branches.

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DPP Makes History: All 27 Control Yuan Nominees Confirmed in Controversy

DPP Makes History: All 27 Control Yuan Nominees Confirmed in Controversy

The Legislative Yuan on July 17 proceeded the consent voting for the nominees of 27 new Control Yuan members.

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DPP Nominations Corroborate “Peter Principle”

DPP Nominations Corroborate “Peter Principle”

The nomination of Chen Chu as president for Control Yuan was reviewed in the Legislative Yuan yesterday.

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Why is Foreign Ministry Applauding South China Sea Sovereignty Violations?

Why is Foreign Ministry Applauding South China Sea Sovereignty Violations?

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on July 13 that the United States is aligning its position with the July 2016 decision on South China Sea issued by the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

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