Taiwan Weekly is a newsletter released every week by Fair Winds Foundation and Association of Foreign Relations that provides coverage and perspectives into the latest developments in Taiwan.

Challenges Facing Lai as President

Taiwan held its presidential election on January 13, and Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) William Lai won with 5,586,019 votes, securing a 40.05 percent vote share, becoming the 16th-term president.

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Lai Questions R.O.C. Constitution, Highlighting Pro-Independence Stance

The presidential debate on December 30 featured a question from media representatives about whether the candidates acknowledged the Constitution of the Republic of China.

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Taiwan Counts Down to Presidential Election As "China" Factor Ferments

Two weeks before the election, Reuters reported that the Taiwanese band Mayday had received "political pressure" from mainland China to publicly express support for "One China."

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Major Earthquake in TSMC Leadership

In a significant move, Chairman Mark Liu of the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has declared that he will not participate in the next board director nomination and will retire after the shareholder meeting next year.

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Is Taiwan Prepared to Face China's Economic Sanctions?

Results of the trade barrier investigation by mainland China, initially scheduled for release on January 12 next year, were unexpectedly disclosed ahead of time on December 15, leaving Taiwan in speculation and commotion.

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Taiwan's Failed Energy Policy

The 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28), which is currently taking place in Dubai, has more than 100 countries vowing to increase renewable energy power generation by three times that of now within the next seven years, with more than 20 countries requesting to increase nuclear power generation three times by the year 2050.

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"Genius" Digital Minister Criticized as Unfit

The work of the Ministry of Digital Affairs (MODA), headed by Audrey Tang when it was officially established on August 27, 2022, covers five main areas: information, telecommunications, broadcasting, information security, and the Internet.

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Ko Marginalized?Hou's Momentum Chases Lai

If Chairman Ko Wen-je of the Taiwan People's Party (TPP) had known that Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate Hou Yu-ih would invite media personality Jaw Shaw-kong to be his running mate, would he have reconsidered his decision not to formalize the KMT-TPP alliance?

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Why Xi Denied Plans to Invade Taiwan in 2027 or 2035

During the highly anticipated meeting between President Joe Biden of the United States and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Taiwan remained an important focal point.

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Strengthening National Security Resilience Should Not Be Reliant Upon "Silicon Shield"

A recent tabletop exercise war game titled "2023TTX Regional Security Push" has brought together 135 experts from various fields (including 40 from foreign countries) and covered a wide range of political, diplomatic, economic, energy, industrial, medical, and social aspects.

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