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.

This Week in Taiwan 0313-0319

This Week in Taiwan 0313-0319

March 14: A single-seat Mirage 2000 fighter jet of the Air Force crashed off the coast of Taitung in the morning. Flight officer Huang Chung-kai reported a mechanical failure and was saved himself by parachuting. The Air Force ordered the grounding of 54 existing Mirage fighters for inspection. The exact cause of the failure can only be determined after analyzing the pilot's description and salvaging the wreckage. 

Details
Learning from Ukraine Experience, Taiwan Enhances Reservist Training

Learning from Ukraine Experience, Taiwan Enhances Reservist Training

Taiwan recently began the "toughest ever" reservist training in history and President Tsai Ing-wen went to inspect the training troop on March 12.

Details
It Takes the People, Not Arms, to Build a Hedgehog Island

It Takes the People, Not Arms, to Build a Hedgehog Island

Most people sympathize with the weaker Ukraine in the Russia-Ukraine War.

Details
Conservative Comeback in Korea:Lessons for Taiwan

Conservative Comeback in Korea:Lessons for Taiwan

In the most competitive presidential election in Korean history, conservative Yoon Suk-yeol won by less than one percent, setting a record for a political neophyte to win the presidency for the first time.

Details
This Week in Taiwan 0306-0312

This Week in Taiwan 0306-0312

March 8: According to American media reports, the administration of President Joe Biden is pushing to transfer a batch of F-16 fighter jets originally intended to be sold to Taiwan for Poland as compensation for Poland’s assistance to Ukraine with Russian-made MiG-29 fighter jets. The Air Force Command called the report as pure conjecture and indicated that the United States has no such plan.

Details
Two Parallel Lines with No Crossing, Both Sides Exchange Empty Words over the Strait

Two Parallel Lines with No Crossing, Both Sides Exchange Empty Words over the Strait

In his public remarks on March 4, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called upon the United States to change its five-decade policy of strategic ambiguity and diplomatically recognize the "Republic of China (Taiwan)" as a free and sovereign country.

Details
Pompeo's Dual Recognition Would Shake Cross-Strait Relations

Pompeo's Dual Recognition Would Shake Cross-Strait Relations

President Joe Biden of the United States sent an informal bipartisan delegation of former top national security and diplomatic officials to Taiwan to meet with President Tsai Ing-wen and Chairman Eric Chu of the Kuomintang (KMT).

Details
Power Sufficiency Cannot Be Ensured by Betting on Chicken Cutlets

Power Sufficiency Cannot Be Ensured by Betting on Chicken Cutlets

On March 3, the switchyard accident of the Taiwan Power Company's (Taipower) Xingda Power Plant caused nearly 4.54 million households in Taiwan to lose power.

Details
This Week in Taiwan 0227-0305

This Week in Taiwan 0227-0305

March 2: President Joe Biden of the United States sent a bi-partisan national security mission to Taiwan. Led by former Chairman Michael Glenn Mullen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the delegation expressed firm American support for Taiwan amid the Russia-Ukraine war.

Details
Taiwan Joins Europe and U.S. in Imposing Sanctions Against Russia

Taiwan Joins Europe and U.S. in Imposing Sanctions Against Russia

After Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, Western countries led by the U.S. have imposed new set of sanctions against Russia.

Details