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.

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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 This Week in Taiwan 0712-0718

This Week in Taiwan 0712-0718

July 13: Recently, there have been multiple incidents of shootings as well as killings at dance studios reported in southern Taiwan. In a meeting commending police for their epidemic prevention efforts, Premier Su Tseng-tsang said that President Tsai Ing-wen and he are worried and sad that public safety is deteriorating, and he demanded that local police chiefs take responsibility. The National Police Agency, Ministry of the Interior, replaced the chiefs of the Kaohsiung and Tainan police departments, shaking the police community. Some speculate that the move has to do with factional struggle within the ruling Democratic Progressive Party or high-level personnel struggle among the police.

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10 Million People Pre-Ordered Taiwan's Stimulus Vouchers

10 Million People Pre-Ordered Taiwan's Stimulus Vouchers

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic eases, the Executive Yuan launched the "Triple Stimulus Vouchers" to revitalize Taiwan’s economy.

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Triple Stimulus Voucher, Product of Control-Freak Administration, Harshest in History

Triple Stimulus Voucher, Product of Control-Freak Administration, Harshest in History

This month, Taiwan is launching its "Triple Stimulus Voucher" program to help boost its sagging economy amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Will a Barrage of Relief Vouchers Save the Economy?

Will a Barrage of Relief Vouchers Save the Economy?

In the wake of "Triple Stimulus Vouchers" plan, the Council of Agriculture announced on July 9 that it will hand out 5 million copies of agri-tourism coupons to revitalize the agriculture.

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This Week in Taiwan 0705-0711

This Week in Taiwan 0705-0711

July 5: Former President Ma Ying-jeou attended the closing ceremony of a Kuomintang (KMT) youth camp and called upon mainland China to recognize "one China, with respective interpretations" as the essence of the 1992 Consensus. According to Ma, the 1992 Consensus is the gentlest way for the mainland to acknowledge the existence of the Republic of China. He also urged the KMT to de-stigmatize the 1992 Consensus, and clarified that the 1992 Consensus is not equivalent to "One Country, Two Systems."

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Two Mainland Reporters Expelled for Making Political Content

Two Mainland Reporters Expelled for Making Political Content

Because reporters Ai Kezhu and Lu Qiang of China's Southeast Television made political talk show content in Taiwan, they were accused of violating relevant regulations.

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In Suppressing Free Speech, Premier Su Has Final Say

In Suppressing Free Speech, Premier Su Has Final Say

Two mainland Chinese reporters from China's Southeast Television were expelled from Taiwan recently because they "carried out work beyond the scope of work they have applied to do in Taiwan."

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DPP Brazen Enough to Put Everything Public and Private into Its Bag

DPP Brazen Enough to Put Everything Public and Private into Its Bag

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) forcibly amended and passed the Farmland Water Conservation Law in the Legislative Yuan yesterday.

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Fait Accompli: New Codeword on Taiwan Security

Fait Accompli: New Codeword on Taiwan Security

Senator Josh Hawley recently proposed a bill “Taiwan Defense Act” in the US Senate, asking the US to maintain the ability to deny a fait accompli by the People's Republic of China against Taiwan.

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