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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.

Taiwan Charges Five Politicians With Bribery, Sparking Criticism of Weak Lobbying Laws
September 26, 2020

Taiwan Charges Five Politicians With Bribery, Sparking Criticism of Weak Lobbying Laws

By Nick Aspinwall
Four of the lawmakers are charged with allegedly taking bribes from a business magnate, highlighting a lack of effective regulations on lobbying in Taiwan.
Taiwan’s KMT May Have a Serious ‘1992 Consensus’ Problem
September 25, 2020

Taiwan’s KMT May Have a Serious ‘1992 Consensus’ Problem

By Derek Grossman and Brandon Alexander Millan
Clinging to the consensus has won the party little respect from Beijing, while putting it out of step with the majority of Taiwanese opinion.

Can the KMT Reform – and Remain Relevant?
September 11, 2020

Can the KMT Reform – and Remain Relevant?

By David G. Brown
A new leader has brought new ideas, including on the sensitive question of cross-strait relations, but the old guard remains entrenched.

Tsai Takes a Political Risk to Pursue a Taiwan-US Trade Agreement
August 31, 2020

Tsai Takes a Political Risk to Pursue a Taiwan-US Trade Agreement

By Nick Aspinwall
Her Friday announcement that she would ease restrictions on U.S. pork and beef imports led to a backlash from opposition politicians and local farmers.

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.
The Glorious Contradictions of Lee Teng-hui
August 18, 2020

The Glorious Contradictions of Lee Teng-hui

By James Baron
Throughout his 97 years, Lee took on multiple identities as a Japanese, Communist, Chinese, Christian, and, finally, Taiwanese independence activist – matching the island’s many changes.

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