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The International Effect of Taiwan’s Local Elections
January 21, 2023

The International Effect of Taiwan’s Local Elections

By Hippolyte Cailleteau
Taiwan’s local officials can, and often do, set their own course with regards to China and other countries.

TSMC’s US Investments Spark Political Controversy in Taiwan
January 18, 2023

TSMC’s US Investments Spark Political Controversy in Taiwan

By Brian Hioe
Plans for new chip plants in the U.S. have sparked concerns about Taiwan’s “silicon shield” – and whether Washington has Taipei’s best interests at heart.
Why Taiwan’s Main Opposition Party Can’t Shake Its Pro-China Stance
January 18, 2023

Why Taiwan’s Main Opposition Party Can’t Shake Its Pro-China Stance

By Chieh Yen
The KMT’s structure keeps it beholden to a group that is increasingly out of step with Taiwan’s general population on China and unification. 

What Will the New Chair of Taiwan’s Ruling Party Mean for Cross-Strait Relations?
December 14, 2022

What Will the New Chair of Taiwan’s Ruling Party Mean for Cross-Strait Relations?

By Chieh Yen
Decoding William Lai’s positioning on cross-strait relations – and the implications for peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific.

Cross-Strait Relations After the 2022 Midterm Election in Taiwan
November 29, 2022

Cross-Strait Relations After the 2022 Midterm Election in Taiwan

By Charles K. S. Wu, Austin Horng-En Wang, Yao-Yuan Yeh, and Fang-Yu Chen
Going forward, this election will have a number of critical implications for Taiwan’s security.

Once Again, KMT Scores Big in Taiwan’s Local Elections
November 28, 2022

Once Again, KMT Scores Big in Taiwan’s Local Elections

By Brian Hioe
In many ways, the election results maintained the status quo of pan-Blue dominance over local politics, rather than a dramatic return to form for the KMT.

Taiwan’s Great Reopening
October 03, 2022

Taiwan’s Great Reopening

By Brian Hioe
Taiwan will begin allowing visitors from all countries while also ending its COVID-19 quarantine requirement for new arrivals.
China’s Anger Over Pelosi Visit Will Further Alienate Taiwanese
August 18, 2022

China’s Anger Over Pelosi Visit Will Further Alienate Taiwanese

By Koji Kagotani and Wen-Chin Wu
China’s warnings against the U.S. House Speaker’s trip will induce political backlash in Taiwan, and increase support for hard-line policies against Beijing.

Previewing Taiwan’s 2022 Midterm Elections
July 25, 2022

Previewing Taiwan’s 2022 Midterm Elections

By Brian Hioe and Lev Nachman
The November 26 midterm races are the DPP’s to lose.

A Veterans’ Group Is Pushing the KMT Into Irrelevance
April 26, 2022

A Veterans’ Group Is Pushing the KMT Into Irrelevance

By Benjamin Chen
The Huang Fuxing, a veteran-dominated chapter of the KMT, will determine the future of the oldest political party in Asia.

The KMT’s Defense Policy: Toward a Symmetric Posture
April 01, 2022

The KMT’s Defense Policy: Toward a Symmetric Posture

By Dee Wu
Taiwan's opposition party has adopted a very different posture on defense issues than the ruling DPP.
Taiwan’s Tsai Lifts Import Ban on Food From Nuclear Disaster-Hit Area of Japan
February 16, 2022

Taiwan’s Tsai Lifts Import Ban on Food From Nuclear Disaster-Hit Area of Japan

By Brian Hioe
The import ban on foods from Fukushima and nearby provinces has long been a stumbling block to closer economic relations between Taiwan and Japan, but Tsai Ing-wen is taking a political gamble by lifting the restrictions.

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