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Eric Chu Wins KMT Chair Election
September 27, 2021

Eric Chu Wins KMT Chair Election

By Brian Hioe
KMT stalwart Chu won handily in the end, but the challenge posed by deep-Blue candidate Chang Ya-chung is notable.

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.
Pay Attention to the KMT’s Chair Election
September 15, 2021

Pay Attention to the KMT’s Chair Election

By David G. Brown
The coming election may set the future course for the KMT, currently Taiwan’s main opposition party.

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.

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?

The Tragedy of Taiwan’s ‘Recall Revenge’
July 20, 2021

The Tragedy of Taiwan’s ‘Recall Revenge’

By Lev Nachman and Brian Hioe
The goal of Taiwan’s recall and referendum reforms was to empower civil society against entrenched politicians. The result has been the exact opposite.

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 Shuffles Cabinet in Signal to Biden Administration
February 26, 2021

Taiwan Shuffles Cabinet in Signal to Biden Administration

By Nick Aspinwall
The country named new heads of defense and China policy in what is being interpreted as an attempt to cool cross-strait tensions and work with the United States.

Taiwan’s COVID-19 Triumph
February 01, 2021

Taiwan’s COVID-19 Triumph

By Lev Nachman
How did Taiwan manage to make the best of 2020’s worst situation?

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.

Taiwan’s Opposition Party Pushes for Referendum on US Pork Ban
January 09, 2021

Taiwan’s Opposition Party Pushes for Referendum on US Pork Ban

By Nick Aspinwall
The Kuomintang wants to overturn a government decision to allow imports of U.S. meat containing traces of a controversial feed additive.
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.

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