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Accounting Act Changes Spark Brawl in Taiwan’s Legislature
June 02, 2022

Accounting Act Changes Spark Brawl in Taiwan’s Legislature

By Brian Hioe
Changes to Article 99-1 of the Accounting Act proposed by the DPP may clear former President Chen Shui-bian of corruption charges.

KMT Served Double Defeat in Taiwan’s Latest Recall and By-Election
January 10, 2022

KMT Served Double Defeat in Taiwan’s Latest Recall and By-Election

By Brian Hioe
A recall against independent Freddy Lim fell short, and the KMT's candidate lost a by-election to fill another seat vacated by a previous recall campaign.
DPP Sweeps Taiwan’s Latest Referendum Vote
December 20, 2021

DPP Sweeps Taiwan’s Latest Referendum Vote

By Brian Hioe
The ruling party's preferred position won out in all four questions, including a proposal on reinstating a ban on U.S. pork imports.

Taiwanese Presidents Will Not and Can Not Unilaterally Change Taiwan’s Status
September 21, 2021

Taiwanese Presidents Will Not and Can Not Unilaterally Change Taiwan’s Status

By Brian Hioe and Lev Nachman
A single leader cannot make Taiwan independent or unify it with the People Republic of China. Even trying either course would be political suicide.

The Politics of Taiwan’s COVID-19 Response
September 10, 2021

The Politics of Taiwan’s COVID-19 Response

By Brian Hioe
Taiwan's first real COVID-19 outbreak engendered fierce political debates between the DPP and the KMT.

Japan, Taiwan Lawmakers Discuss China Threat
August 28, 2021

Japan, Taiwan Lawmakers Discuss China Threat

By Shannon Tiezzi
The interaction between legislators was intended as the equivalent of more formal “2+2” talks.

Afghanistan’s Collapse: The View From Taiwan
August 25, 2021

Afghanistan’s Collapse: The View From Taiwan

By Brian Hioe
How are Taiwan’s various political players interpreting the U.S. withdrawal, and the subsequent fall of Kabul?
Taiwan’s Referendum Mayhem
March 13, 2021

Taiwan’s Referendum Mayhem

By Lev Nachman and Brian Hioe
Tracing the political stances and stakes of four upcoming referendums.

Taiwan Visit by Trump’s UN Envoy Canceled, Ending a Wild Ride in Taiwan-US Relations
January 18, 2021

Taiwan Visit by Trump’s UN Envoy Canceled, Ending a Wild Ride in Taiwan-US Relations

By Nick Aspinwall
The canceled visit by Ambassador Kelly Craft spared Taiwan an enlarged domestic controversy over its handling of the final days of the Trump administration.

KMT Pushes for Formal US-Taiwan Ties in Course Change for Beijing-Friendly Party
October 09, 2020

KMT Pushes for Formal US-Taiwan Ties in Course Change for Beijing-Friendly Party

By Nick Aspinwall
Two recently passed resolutions hint at a strategic shift within the KMT, but could also be aimed at fracturing the ruling DPP’s careful approach toward relations with the U.S.

Chen Chi-mai Wins Kaohsiung Mayor By-Election, Leaving Taiwan’s KMT In Turmoil
August 20, 2020

Chen Chi-mai Wins Kaohsiung Mayor By-Election, Leaving Taiwan’s KMT In Turmoil

By Nick Aspinwall
The ruling DPP snatched back control of a southern stronghold while the opposition KMT is once again forced to reflect on its future.
Taiwan Legislators Brawl Twice in 2 Weeks Over Government Watchdog Nomination
July 16, 2020

Taiwan Legislators Brawl Twice in 2 Weeks Over Government Watchdog Nomination

By Nick Aspinwall
KMT legislators stormed parliament Tuesday to block confirmation proceedings for Chen Chu, the nominee to head Taiwan’s government ombudsman body.

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