Encouraged By Her Re-Election, Tsai Ing-Wen Declares That China Must ‘Face Reality’

Emboldened by her convincing election victory on 11 January, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen has called for “respect” from China, arguing that Beijing must accept her country’s independence. “We don’t have the need to declare ourselves an independent state, we are an independent country already,” she said in an interview with […]

Encouraged By Her Re-Election, Tsai Ing-Wen Declares That China Must ‘Face Reality’

Taiwan's General Elections: A Battle For Sovereignty?

Taiwan’s General Elections: A Battle For Sovereignty?

On 11 January 2020, Taiwanese voters headed to the ballot box to vote on who was to be their newest president. Incumbent Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was pitted against Han Kuo-yu of the Kuomintang (KMT) with Tsai winning office for a second term. Tsai garnered 57% […]

U.S. Approves Sale Of 66 F-16 Fighter Jets To Taiwan

President Trump has agreed to the sale of 66 F-16 fighter jets worth $8 Billion to Taiwan—the largest arms sale ever agreed upon between the US and the island of Taiwan. This deal has not yet received congressional approval, but the sale has strong bipartisan support. According to a Washington […]

Power Dynamics In Upcoming Taiwanese Elections 1

For the first time in twenty years, China displayed military presence in the Taiwan Strait, flying two J-11 fighter jets across the median line of the strait on 31st March. Citing this incident, The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) expressed concerns of growing tension between the United States, […]

US-Taiwan Arms Deal Reflective Of Greater Asia Security Concerns

Last week, the State Department approved an approximately $2.2 billion arms deal with Taiwan, including 108 General Dynamics M1A2T Abrams tanks and 250 Stinger missiles manufactured by Raytheon. The Chinese Foreign Ministry announced Monday that the Chinese government and Chinese companies would impose sanctions (the details of which remain unclear) […]

A Hidden Massacre

Riddled with history, China and Taiwan have come to represent another frugal crack across the Asian continent. As the 30th anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre approaches, the relationship between the two states further deteriorates.  Hailed as the June fourth incident or Six-Four in Mainland China, the imposition of martial law sparked […]

Taiwan Approves Same-Sex Marriage, While Kenya Nullifies It

Friday, May 17th, 2019, saw history made in Taiwan, as it became the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriages, while the same day saw a rule upheld that criminalized same-sex marriages in Kenya. They are two countries on different continents but faced with the same issue of LGBT community. […]

US Ramps Up Presence In Taiwan Strait 2

For the fifth time in eight months, the US has sent two navy ships through the Taiwan Strait. Earlier this week, the US sent the destroyer USS Stethem and the cargo and ammunition carrier USNS Cesar Chavez through the 80-mile-wide waterway that separates Taiwan from mainland China. The two vessels […]

China Pushes For Reunification With Taiwan

Chinese President Xi Jinping continues to seek reunification with Taiwan in an attempt to “rejuvenate” China, and is willing to use military force to do so. President Xi said in a speech on January 2 that Taiwan is and will continue to be a part of the People’s Republic of […]

Taiwan President Quits As Party Leader Following Local Election

In a recent announcement, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen has announced that she will be stepping down as the leader of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). The resignation follows the recent defeat of the DPP in the Local Elections on Saturday, which saw the victory instead of the Kuomintang (KMT) party […]