Taiwan: The Paradox of Preserving the Status Quo
By Wu Jieh-min
Divergent interpretations of the status quo can coexist during peacetime. But with tensions rising, it's getting tricky to keep the balance.
Taiwan Strait Tensions Will Stabilize – But Only Temporarily
By Denny Roy
Taiwan’s election season will likely stabilize the cross-strait situation, but all bets are off when the new administration comes into office.
Why Does the United States Oppose Taiwanese Independence?
By Seamus Boyle
The U.S. – along with Taiwanese people – draws the important distinction between de jure Taiwanese independence and the existing status quo of Taiwanese autonomy and self-governance.
Will Taiwan Still Be a Peacekeeper After Its Upcoming Presidential Election?
By Calvin Chu
William Lai faces questions over his perceived support for Taiwan independence. But basic political realities will push any Taiwanese leader to refrain from making risky moves.
More Taiwanese Nationals Arrested on Political Charges in China
By Brian Hioe
Li Yanhe, also known as Fucha, is the latest in a string of Taiwanese nationals to disappear in China, only to be confirmed as arrested months later.
With DPP’s Candidate Pick, Taiwan’s 2024 Presidential Race Begins
By Shannon Tiezzi
William Lai is already positioning the race as a referendum on China policy, while the KMT (and Beijing) are trying to emphasize economic issues.
Taiwan’s President Condemns California Church Shooting
By Associated Press
The shooter, who killed one and injured five at a Taiwanese church, was reportedly part of a pro-unification group.
Xi and Tsai’s Dueling Messages on Cross-Strait Relations
By Zhenze Huang
How should we understand the “Double Tenth Day” addresses made by the two leaders?
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.
More and More Taiwanese Favor Independence – and Think the US Would Help Fight for It
By Dennis V. Hickey
The latest Taiwan National Security Survey contains both good and bad news for cross-strait stability.
What If Washington Had Supported Taiwanese Independence in the 1990s?
By Robert Farley
This is not to say that taking a hard line on China would have been popular within the United States, politically possible, or even a good idea. But what if?
Former President Lee Teng-hui, Who Helped Birth Taiwan’s Democracy, Dies
By Associated Press
Lee, the first native of Taiwan to hold the presidency, became famous for ushering in direct elections – and later for his pro-independence stance.