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.

President Tsai is to Unyoke from Her Two Kinds of Consciousness

President Tsai is to Unyoke from Her Two Kinds of Consciousness

Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu was recalled on June 6, and then Kaohsiung City Council Speaker Hsu Kun-yuan committed suicide by jumping off his apartment building the same evening.

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This Week in Taiwan 0607-0613

This Week in Taiwan 0607-0613

 June 9: A Boeing C-40 Clipper of the United States took off from Japan’s Ryukyu and flew into Taiwan’s air space from Keelung through the island's west coast. Then, the executive aircraft exited through Tainan on its way to Thailand. This is the first time in four years that a U.S. military aircraft has crossed Taiwan. At the same time, Taiwan also detected several Sukhoi Su-30 fighter aircrafts of the People’s Liberation Army. They briefly entered the southwestern part of Taiwan's Air Defense Identification Zone but were warned and driven away.

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Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu Loses Recall Vote in Landslide

Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu Loses Recall Vote in Landslide

With nearly 940,000 recall votes, Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu became the first municipal mayor in Taiwan’s history to be removed from office.

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Kaohsiung Residents Recalled Han Kuo-yu and Also Tried the DPP

Kaohsiung Residents Recalled Han Kuo-yu and Also Tried the DPP

By the strong mobilization of the so-called “National Team to Recall Han”, the Kaohsiung residents yesterday approved the recall initiative to vote mayor Han Kuo-yu out of office by more than 900,000 votes.

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Commentary: Watch Han’s Recall Backfire

Commentary: Watch Han’s Recall Backfire

Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu lost the recall election on June 6.

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This Week in Taiwan 0531-0606

This Week in Taiwan 0531-0606

June 1: The Dunnan Branch of Eslite Bookstore in Taipei, the world’s first 24-hour bookstore, ended operations. Thousands flocked to the bookstore on its last day of business. Because the current lease of the building is expiring, the bookstore will be moved to Taipei’s Xinyi Branch.

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China Approves National Security Law on Hong Kong, Trump Ending Hong Kong’s Special Status

China Approves National Security Law on Hong Kong, Trump Ending Hong Kong’s Special Status

The tensions between the United States and China heightened again after the Chinese National People’s Congress approved the decision to enact the National Security Law for Hong Kong on May 28.

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Taiwan at the Tiger's Mouth: How Much Autonomy Left to Pursue Peace Avoid War

Taiwan at the Tiger's Mouth: How Much Autonomy Left to Pursue Peace Avoid War

After Communist China passed national security legislation on Hong Kong, and the United States responded that it considers Hong Kong unable to maintain a high degree of autonomy as grounds for sanctions and cancelation of current special economic and trade treatment.

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A Fire in the Backyard and the Classic American Double Standard

A Fire in the Backyard and the Classic American Double Standard

On May 25, George Floyd, an African-American man from Minnesota, was killed by a white police officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck until he suffocated.

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This Week in Taiwan 0524-0530

May 26: The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that face masks will be open for sale starting June 1, and if no additional coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are reported through June 7, current restrictions related to the pandemic will be further relaxed. Consumption vouchers of NT$3,000 (about US$100) are tentatively set to be exchanged for cash payment of NT$1,000 (about US$33) per person. Low and middle-income households and minority groups will be able to obtain the vouchers free of charge.

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