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.

Lai:R.O.C. (Taiwan) and P.R.C. Not Subordinate to One Another

Lai:R.O.C. (Taiwan) and P.R.C. Not Subordinate to One Another

President Lai Ching-te was inaugurated yesterday and declared in his inaugural address that the new administration will uphold the "Four Musts" with a stance of neither submission nor arrogance, aiming to maintain the status quo.

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Vote on Five Legislative Reform Bills on Tuesday

Vote on Five Legislative Reform Bills on Tuesday

The Legislative Yuan is fighting again! On May 17, there was a battle over the vote on the five legislative reform bills in the chamber.

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State Report Is Constitutional, Legislative Yuan Can Surely Oversee President

State Report Is Constitutional, Legislative Yuan Can Surely Oversee President

With the presidential inauguration on May 20 approaching, the Legislative Yuan is abuzz with discussions on parliamentary reform, with a primary focus on how the  president should deliver his state of the nation report to the Legislative Yuan.

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Lai Should Take Pragmatic Approach On South China Sea

Lai Should Take Pragmatic Approach On South China Sea

What should President Tsai Ing-wen do before she steps down?

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This Week in Taiwan 0512-0518

This Week in Taiwan 0512-0518

May 12: Due to geo-political tensions, U.S.-China trade competition, and downturn risks associated with the Chinese economy, the Financial Supervisory Commission reported a first-quarter exposure of NT$1.3 trillion (about US$42.6 billion) to mainland China. This represents a decline compared to the same period last year and the previous quarter, with expectations that the figure will fall below the trillion mark this year.

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U.S. Throws Curveball to Test Direction on Taiping Island Sovereignty

U.S. Throws Curveball to Test Direction on Taiping Island Sovereignty

Opposition Kuomintang (KMT) and Taiwan People's Party (TPP) legislators intended to visit Taiping Island before the inauguration of incoming President William Lai on May 20 but unexpectedly faced scrutiny by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus of the Legislative Yuan, which has suggested that this trip is to "cheer" for China and claimed that it may release a "wrong signal" to the international community.

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President Tsai Plans to Pardon Former President Next Week:Commutation of Sentence, Not Acquittal

President Tsai Plans to Pardon Former President Next Week:Commutation of Sentence, Not Acquittal

Former President Chen Shui-bian's case is understood to be receiving a presidential pardon next week, just before May 20.

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Taiwan's Aid to Ukraine:Another Instance of Corruption?

Taiwan's Aid to Ukraine:Another Instance of Corruption?

With Legislator Hsu Chiao-hsin as the main target, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has been excited with collective witch-hunting.

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This Week in Taiwan 0505-0511

This Week in Taiwan 0505-0511

May 5: Kuomintang (KMT) Legislator Hsu Chiao-hsin presented diplomatic documents revealing a confidential agreement between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the Czech Health Technology Institute (CHTI). The agreement involves $10 million in aid to Ukraine, with at least 30 percent allocated for purchasing Taiwanese medical equipment. There are concerns that the government may favor specific vendors and that there could be interference in Czech internal politics. MOFA filed a complaint against Hsu for leaking diplomatic secrets. However, Hsu countered that the so-called "secret" content had already been disclosed in an official Czech journal in March.

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MAC Hesitant about Beijing's Goodwill Gestures

MAC Hesitant about Beijing's Goodwill Gestures

In the wake of Chinese President Xi Jinping's recent remarks that he "would like to see more mainland people visit Taiwan," mainland China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism announced on April 28 that it would, Fujian residents, first resume tourism for to Taiwan’s outlying Matsu and conditionally restore group tours to Taiwan.

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