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Former President Lee Teng-hui, Who Helped Birth Taiwan’s Democracy, Dies
July 31, 2020

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.

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.
Changing of the Guard as William Lai Replaces Taiwan’s Epidemiologist Vice President
June 19, 2020

Changing of the Guard as William Lai Replaces Taiwan’s Epidemiologist Vice President

By Nick Aspinwall
Chen Chien-jen ended his single term as vice president after playing a key role in Taiwan’s successful COVID-19 response.

Taiwan’s ‘Han Wave’ Comes Crashing Down
June 10, 2020

Taiwan’s ‘Han Wave’ Comes Crashing Down

By Nick Aspinwall
Han Kuo-yu will be removed from his post after infuriating Kaohsiung residents during his brief tenure as mayor.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen Begins Her Second Term
May 21, 2020

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen Begins Her Second Term

By Nick Aspinwall
Tsai thanked the Taiwanese people for their unity and resilience in containing the COVID-19 outbreak and offered to engage in dialogue with Beijing.

Tsai Ing-wen 2.0
May 01, 2020

Tsai Ing-wen 2.0

By Lev Nachman and Jessica Drun
Tsai’s first term had its successes and failures, yet she still won a historic re-election victory. What can she deliver in her second term?

No, Taiwan’s President Isn’t ‘Pro-Independence’
April 23, 2020

No, Taiwan’s President Isn’t ‘Pro-Independence’

By Lev Nachman and Brian Hioe
Calling Tsai Ing-wen “pro-independence” isn’t just lazy; it’s wrong.
The Rise and Rapid Fall of Han Kuo-yu
March 18, 2020

The Rise and Rapid Fall of Han Kuo-yu

By Dominique Reichenbach
‘Taiwan’s Trump’ lost his presidential bid. Now Han could lose his mayorship thanks to a recall movement.

Friend or Foe? Beijing Sizes up the KMT’s New Chair
March 17, 2020

Friend or Foe? Beijing Sizes up the KMT’s New Chair

By Jo Kim
The CCP is taking a wait-and-see stance, but it has some cause to worry about Johnny Chiang.

Is This the End of the 1992 Consensus?
January 30, 2020

Is This the End of the 1992 Consensus?

By Zihao Liu
The 1992 Consensus is being challenged by each of the three major forces shaping cross-strait relations: the DPP, the KMT, and Beijing.

The Taiwan Election’s Other Big Winner: Ko Wen-je’s Taiwan People’s Party
January 16, 2020

The Taiwan Election’s Other Big Winner: Ko Wen-je’s Taiwan People’s Party

By Nick Aspinwall
The upstart TPP secured five legislative seats, a major win for a party formed only five months ago by a mayor with presidential ambitions.
James Soong: The End of an (Authoritarian) Era in Taiwan
January 15, 2020

James Soong: The End of an (Authoritarian) Era in Taiwan

By James Baron
Soong’s departure from the political scene signals a break with Taiwan’s authoritarian past.

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