Category Archives: Taiwan security & PRC relations

Taiwan foreign affairs, relations with PRC, security


Taiwan Navy Commissions Two US-Made Warships Amid Tensions With China

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has promised that her country would not « concede one step » in self-defence and backed up her claim by adding two former USS frigates to Taiwan’s fleet

31 OCTOBER 2018

 US reassures Taiwan on security as China increases threats

 The United States told Taiwan it has its back on Wednesday amid rising threats from China against the self-governing island

20 OCTOBER 2018

Taiwan Air Force takes delivery of first upgraded F-16 fighter jet

The first upgraded F-16 fighter jet, known as F-16 Viper or F-16V, arrived in Chiayi Air Base Friday afternoon after undergoing extensive aerial tests in the U.S. and Taiwan

17 OCTOBER 2018

Beijing expresses ‘solemn concerns’ after US navy research ship docks in Taiwan

Beijing has expressed “solemn concerns” to Washington over a US navy research ship docking in Taiwan’s southern port city of Kaohsiung, as tensions rise over the trade war and China’s military expansion in the Indo-Pacific

9 OCTOBER 2018

Taiwan holds military drill with Paraguay amid China tension

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has hosted her Paraguayan counterpart at a military exercise in a sign of the island’s determination to withstand China’s diplomatic onslaught


US approves $330m military sale to Taiwan, draws Chinese anger

The US State Department has approved the sale of $330m worth of military parts to Taiwan, according to officials, drawing fierce condemnation from China


Taiwan hoping Holy See-China deal can promote religious freedom

Taiwan on Saturday expressed hope that a provisional agreement between the Vatican and Beijing on the appointment of bishops signed earlier in the day can lead to greater religious freedom in China


Taiwan appreciates European support against Beijing’s bullying

Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry expressed its sincere appreciation for the European Parliament after it approved a resolution on the EU-China relations report, which calls for an end to Chinese military intimidations vis-à-vis Taiwan and backs the island nation’s participation in international bodies


Taiwan to complete first domestic submarine in 2025

The construction of Taiwan’s first-ever domestic submarine should be completed by 2025 following the spending of NT$49.3 billion (US$1.6 billion) beginning next year, reports said Saturday

Taiwan to bolster its defence, will build military aircraft

Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. (AIDC) is scheduled to deliver 66 advanced trainer aircraft to the government by 2026, the Ministry of National Defense said Friday

22 AUGUST 2018

eSwatini stands by Taiwan despite Chinese overtures

eSatini, formerly known as Swaziland, has chosen to maintain relations with Taiwan after a diplomatic tussle between Taiwan and China

21 AUGUST 2018

Taiwan loses third diplomatic ally this year after El Salvador breaks ties

China on Tuesday (Aug 21) established ties with El Salvador in another blow to Taiwan as the Central American country also severed relations with the self-ruled island, reducing its diplomatic allies to just 17

20 AUGUST 2018

Taiwan’s president visits Nasa space centre, in a move likely to anger Beijing

Tsai Ing-wen, the Taiwanese president visited Nasa’s space centre in Houston on Sunday, in a move that indicates deepening ties between Taipei and Washington, but which is expected to infuriate Beijing

18 AUGUST 2018


Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s tour of the Americas, with stopovers in Los Angeles and Houston, is evidence that however diplomatically isolated Taipei may appear to be, it “does not stand alone”

11 AUGUST 2018

Can Taiwan counter China’s mounting pressure?

As China increases its pressure on Taiwan, Taipei is taking countermeasures to promote itself as a regional haven for democracy and civil rights. But is it sufficient to deal with Beijing? William Yang reports

6 AUGUST 2018

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen seeks US$11 billion defence budget as China threat grows

Her proposal to increase the 2019 defence budget by 5.6 per cent to NT$346 billion (US$11.3 billion) will go before parliament after the summer recess

Taiwanese cruise missile capable of striking China’s coast now operational

Taiwan’s Wan Chien (萬劍, Ten Thousand Swords) air-to-ground cruise missile, which is capable of hitting southern China’s coastal bases, is now officially operational, Liberty Times cited a defense official as saying

1 AUGUST 2018

Beijing calls on Hanoi to remove Taiwanese flags from Vietnam

After convincing dozens of airlines to cancel Taiwan as a destination, Beijing is lobbying Vietnam to stop Taiwanese companies from flying their flag at their business locations in Vietnam

13 JULY 2018

Xi Jinping meets with Taiwan delegation led by Lien Chan

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, on Friday met a delegation of people from various sectors in Taiwan, led by former chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT) party Lien Chan

10 JULY 2018

Taiwan donates another US$1m to counter terrorism

The government yesterday donated US$1 million to minesweeping operations in Syria under the US’ Operation Inherent Resolve, bringing its total contributions to counter the rising threat from Islamic State operations to US$25 million in cash and goods

7 JULY 2018

US sends two warships through Taiwan Strait amid heightened tensions with Beijing

The destroyers, USS Mustin and USS Benfold, sailed into the narrow waterway separating Taiwan and mainland China on Saturday morning and were expected to continue on a northeast course, Taiwan’s defence ministry said in a statement

25 JUNE 2018

Taiwan hit by jump in cyber attacks from China  

Taiwan has been hit by a jump in serious cyber attacks from China during the past two years in the latest sign that Beijing is only increasing its pressure as the United States reaffirms its support for the self-ruled island

18 JUNE 2018

Taiwan’s critical battle to keep its diplomatic allies from switching sides

Island’s remaining friends under constant pressure as Beijing engages in broad offensive to put the squeeze on its international space
5 JUNE 2018

China tacitly warns US not to sail warship in Taiwan Strait

China has issued a tacit warning to the United States not to sail a warship through the Taiwan Strait, following a report that said Washington is weighing doing that

1 JUNE 2018

US senator meets Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in show of support for island

David Perdue and Tsai exchanged views on regional peace, cross-strait issues and bilateral trade in second visit by a US heavyweight this week

31 MAY 2018

Taiwan sends top military officials to US Pacific Command ceremony in Hawaii

Taiwan sent senior military officials to Hawaii for a ceremony marking Admiral Harry Harris handing over the reins of the US Pacific Command to Admiral Phil Davidson

Taiwan event creates headaches for Trump amid North Korea talks

As Trump administration officials scramble to pull off a high-stakes meeting with North Korea next month, they’re grappling with another diplomatic challenge in Asia: the opening of a new office building in Taiwan

24 MAY 2018

Burkina Faso breaks ties with Taiwan in fresh blow to island

Burkina Faso has broken diplomatic ties with Taiwan in the latest blow to the self-ruled island that Beijing has been trying to isolate on the global stage, Taiwanese media reported on Thursday

22 MAY 2018

Beijing’s Threats Against Taiwan Are Deadly Serious

China’s leaders are giving up on political hopes of reunification – and considering military options

1 MAY 2018

Dominican Republic breaks with Taiwan, forges diplomatic ties with Beijing

The Dominican Republic’s government has announced it is establishing diplomatic relations with Beijing and breaking ties with Taipei

27 APRIL 2018

Taiwan President says willing to meet with Chinese leader if no political preconditions imposed

As South and North Korean leaders held a historic meeting Friday, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said she would be willing to meet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping for the sake of cross-strait peace and stability

25 APRIL 2018

China warns Taiwan of more action after drills

China says a series of recent military drills conducted near Taiwan was aimed at sending an “extremely clear” message to the self-ruled island that Beijing would be ready to take action against any separatist bid

18 APRIL 2018

China’s Live-Fire Drill in the Taiwan Strait: A Case Study in Psychological Warfare

Despite claims by Chinese hawks that the live-fire military exercise is aimed at Taiwan and that the aircraft carrier ‘Liaoning’ could be involved, there is every indication that the drills are little more than a routine artillery exercise

8 APRIL 2018

Africa Misses Out on Taiwan’s Development Aid Due to ‘One China’ Policy

 Taiwan says it regrets that the « one China » policy insisted on by Beijing prevents it from providing much needed development aid to most countries in Africa

5 APRIL 2018

Taiwan is again becoming a flashpoint between China and America

Unlike tensions over trade and North Korea, it involves red lines on both sides

 25 MARCH 2018

As Vatican and China talk, Taiwan looks on nervously

As the Vatican and China move closer to a historic deal on the appointment of bishops, which would signal a warming of once-frigid relations, diplomats and scholars say Taiwan could lose the most from the deal..

21 MARCH 2018

Tensions mount as China sends warship through Taiwan Strait

China has sent its sole operational aircraft carrier the Liaoning through the narrow Taiwan Strait that separates China from the self-ruled island, just one day after President Xi Jinping warned that Taiwan would face the “punishment of history” for any attempt at separatism

20 MARCH 2018

Taiwan to face ‘punishment of history’ over any separatist move: Xi

In his strongest warning yet to Taiwan, China’s President Xi Jinping says the self-ruled island will face the “punishment of history” for any attempt to split the mainland

17 MARCH 2018

U.S. president signs Taiwan Travel Act despite warnings from China

After President Trump’s approval of the Taiwan Travel Act on March 16, the Office of the President released an official statement expressing gratitude for all of the support shown by US Congress and President Trump to the people of Taiwan

8 MARCH 2018

China urges Taiwan’s few allies to follow ‘irresistible trend’ of recognizing Beijing  

China said on Thursday it was in the best interests of self-ruled Taiwan’s few remaining diplomatic allies to recognize an « irresistible trend » and ditch Taipei in favor « one China » ruled by Beijing

2 MARCH 2018

Taiwan receives direct threats of war from China over US passage of Travel Act

The Chinese Government has warned Taiwan it will get burnt if it seeks to rely on foreigners, adding to warnings from state media that China could go to war if the United States passes into law a bill promoting closer ties with the self-ruled island

1 MARCH 2018

Beijing makes it easier for Taiwanese to work and study in China, and Taipei is freaking out over it

Some Taiwanese have long feared that China would try to take back the island by force. This week China tried a far gentler approach: measures to make it easier for Taiwanese to invest, work and study on the mainland

23 FEBRUARY 2018

Taiwan seeks ‘new phase’ of China ties in Cabinet reshuffle

Taiwan replaced its China affairs chief Friday (Feb 23), promoting a minister associated with pro-independence politics in what it said was a bid to forge a « new phase » in relations with rival Beijing

14 FEBRUARY 2018

Trump, Congress Could Alter ‘One China’

President Donald Trump’s administration and the US Congress have released major documents and passed key pieces of legislation over the course of time that signal the potential for a shift in the US’ “One China Policy” which has framed US-China-Taiwan relations for decades


Don’t squeeze Taiwan

By any metric, Taiwan is in a difficult geopolitical position. Pressure from mainland China—economic and military—is increasing, the domestic barriers to sustained growth and innovation are substantial, and Taiwan’s diplomatic partners are fading

23 JANUARY 2018

Taiwan president says does not exclude possibility of China attack

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said that she does not exclude the possibility of China attacking the self-ruled island, amid heightened tensions between the two sides including an increasing number of Chinese military drills near Taiwan

19 JANUARY 2018

Taiwan stymies 176 new China flights for lunar new year amid route row

Taiwan’s aviation regulator has stalled applications for new flights from China Eastern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines amid a row between Beijing and the self-ruled island over air routes, a regulatory official said on Friday

17 JANUARY 2018

China’s aircraft carrier sails by Taiwan as tensions grow

China’s sole operational aircraft carrier passed through the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday (Jan 17), the island’s Defence Ministry said, as Beijing steps up pressure on its democratic rival

4 JANUARY 2018

Taipei protests after Beijing opens new aviation corridors over Taiwan Strait

Beijing opened four new aviation corridors over the Taiwan Strait for use on Thursday, prompting Taiwan to strongly protest and demand immediate negotiations with Beijing

29 DECEMBER 2017

Taiwan defense budget will rise each year: President Tsai

The defense budget will rise each year, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said at her year-end news conference Friday

26 DECEMBER 2017

Incursions of Chinese aircraft and navy ships reached nearly 30 times since last August

Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense published a report on Tuesday which shows that Chinese aircraft and navy ships have moved close to Taiwan during drills for nearly 30 times since August 2016

20 DECEMBER 2017

China outcry as Taiwan arrests pro-Beijing party members accused of spying

China has accused Taiwanese authorities of “persecution” after four members of a pro-Beijing political party were detained in connection with a spying case

11 DECEMBER 2017

China, Taiwan spar over Chinese diplomat’s invasion threat

A threat by a senior Chinese diplomat to invade Taiwan the instant any U.S. warship visits the self-ruled island has sparked a war of words, with Taipei accusing Beijing of failing to understand what democracy means


China unhappy as Philippines signs investment deal with Taiwan

China said on Friday it was seriously concerned about the Philippines signing a bilateral investment agreement with self-ruled Taiwan, claimed by China as its own with no right to any official foreign ties

28 NOVEMBER 2017

China sentences Taiwan activist to 5 years in prison for ‘subversion of state power’

A Taiwanese activist was sentenced in China to five years in prison Tuesday for holding lectures online and assisting the families of jailed dissidents in a sign of how Beijing’s crackdown on human rights extends beyond its borders


Taiwan is the most important issue in Sino-US ties, Xi tells Trump

Taiwan is the most important and sensitive issue in Sino-US ties, Chinese President Xi Jinping told visiting US President Donald Trump on Thursday, ahead of the one-year anniversary of Trump taking a precedent-breaking call from Taiwan’s president


Once formidable, Taiwan’s military now overshadowed by China’s

Some experts say that given China’s overwhelming numerical advantage in weaponry, Taiwan should focus less on big platforms like submarines and more on lower-cost weapons like antiaircraft and anti-ship missiles that can blunt China’s superiority

30 OCTOBER 2017

Taiwan to increase defence spending

Taiwan understands the need to spend more on its defence and will continue to increase its military spending, President Tsai Ing-wen said during a visit to Hawaii that has provoked anger from Beijing

18 OCTOBER 2017

Taiwan responds to Xi’s tough messages at 19th Congress with worries

Taiwan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs admitted Chinese President Xi Jinping’s stern message is probably to create a hurdle for Taiwan on the world stage

17 OCTOBER 2017

 Taiwan’s southward integration faces a long uphill battle

In search of greater regional connectivity, Taiwan’s ‘New Southbound Policy’ (NSP) has progressed from the research and planning stage to large-scale implementation

7 OCTOBER 2017

Taiwan presents defense budget for 2018

The Ministry of National Defense has drafted a budget for 2018 which raises defense spending by 1.9 percent to NT$327.8 billion (US$10.7 billion), a far cry from the 50-percent leap needed to reach 3 percent of the Gross Domestic Product

3 OCTOBER 2017

China’s Secret Military Plan: Invade Taiwan by 2020

China has drawn up secret military plans to take over the island of Taiwan by 2020, an action that would likely lead to a larger U.S.-China conventional or nuclear war, according to newly-disclosed internal Chinese military documents


Taiwan tests stand-off cruise missile

The Air Force Monthly recently received photos of a Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) FC-K-1D aircraft carrying a rarely seen stand-off cruise missile


Taiwan suspends oil exports to North Korea, imports of clothing

Taiwan has suspended refined oil and LNG exports to North Korea, as well as clothing and textile imports, to comply with United Nations resolutions, a largely symbolic move by the island to show it is a responsible member of the international community


Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-cheh ‘confesses’ to subversion charges in China

A Taiwanese democracy activist confessed Monday to charges of attempting to subvert Chinese government power during a trial in China that has been slammed by rights activists and further soured cross-strait relations

22 AUGUST 2017

China warns US ahead of Taiwan Defence Minister’s brief visit

China warned the United States on Tuesday (Aug 22) against any military contacts with Taiwan ahead of brief visits by the self-ruled island’s Defence Minister to the US on his way to and from Central American allies

13 AUGUST 2017

More Chinese military aircraft spotted near eastern Taiwan

Two Chinese military surveillance aircraft were seen flying east of Taiwan on Sunday, the third time in August that Chinese military planes were seen near Taiwan, according to Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense

27 JULY 2017

Taiwan protests against Cambodia sending Taiwanese fraud suspects to China

Taiwan has lodged a protest against Cambodia’s decision to send suspects in a telecoms fraud scheme, including seven Taiwanese nationals, to China for investigation, the self-ruled island’s foreign ministry said on Thursday

21 JULY 2017

Taiwan scrambles jets to monitor military planes from mainland China in air defence zone

Taipei has released two photos of Beijing military planes flying over the East China Sea near the island after it scrambled fighter jets to monitor them on Thursday

17 JULY 2017

China upset about ‘negative’ Taiwan content in US defence bill

China said on Monday it had lodged a stern complaint with the United States after the U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of a big annual defence bill that would expand exchanges with self-ruled Taiwan–negative–taiwan-content-in-us-defence-bill-9038538

14 JULY 2017

How Taiwan quietly gained on China in global diplomatic rivalry

Even as Taiwan loses diplomatic allies to its bigger rival China, the increasingly isolated government has bested Beijing at a level of international relations that common people can feel: the number of countries that let citizens enter visa free

3 JULY 2017

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je meets China’s Taiwan affairs minister in Shanghai

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday concluded his visit to Shanghai, where he attended this year’s Taipei-Shanghai Forum, with a controversial closed-door meeting with China’s Taiwan Affairs Office Minister Zhang Zhijun (張志軍) at the Hongqiao State Guest Hotel

2 JULY 2017

Taiwan scrambles jets as Chinese carrier passes en route to Hong Kong

Taiwan military jets scrambled to shadow a Chinese aircraft carrier passing through narrow waters separating the two sides en route to Hong Kong to mark the 20th anniversary of the former British colony’s return to China

30 JUNE 2017

Trump administration confirms Taiwan arms-sale plan

The United States plans to sell Taiwan $1.42bn in arms, the first such sale under the administration of President Donald Trump and a move sure to anger China, whose help the president has been seeking to rein in North Korea

12 JUNE 2017

Panama cuts ties with Taiwan in favour of China

Panama has switched formal diplomatic ties to mainland China and broken with Taipei, dealing a major setback to Taiwan and boosting Beijing’s presence in the US’ backyard

Taiwan lawmakers launch support group for Hong Kong democracy

Lawmakers in Taiwan launched a new group to help promote democracy in Hong Kong on Monday, a move likely to rile Beijing ahead of the 20th anniversary of the handover of the city from Britain back to China

Taiwan lawmakers launch support group for Hong Kong democracy

Lawmakers in Taiwan launched a new group to help promote democracy in Hong Kong on Monday, a move likely to rile Beijing ahead of the 20th anniversary of the handover of the city from Britain back to China

3 JUNE 2017

US Defence Secretary Mattis outrages Beijing with explicit commitment to defend Taiwan

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to providing Taiwan with defensive weapons, during an Asia security dialogue held in Singapore Saturday

25 MAY 2017

 U.S.-Taiwan Relations: Prospects for Security and Economic Ties

On January 25, 2017, the Wilson Center’s Asia Program hosted a conference on the Trump administration’s policy toward Taiwan and its political, economic, and security impact with three scholars. This is a collection of essays from the U.S. academics who participated in the conference

17 MAY 2017

Beijing denounces name change of Taiwan body in Japan

Beijing on Wednesday denounced the name change of a Taiwan organization responsible for handling ties with Japan, urging Japan to abide by the one-China policy and not disturb China-Japan ties

Fiji is closing its representative office in Taipei

Officials from Fiji have cleared out of their representative office in Taipei, which the South Pacific island nation is shutting down, Kuomintang Legislator Lu Shiow-yen revealed Wednesday

12 MAY 2017

Taiwan touts benefits to US of its weapons purchases

Taiwan will continue to buy arms from the United States with its purchases boosting employment in at least six US states and narrowing the bilateral trade gap, the government has told the United States, in rare public comment sure to anger China

2 MAY 2017

Reuters ’embarrassed’ over President Tsai interview, says foreign minister

Foreign Minister David Lee said that international news agency Reuters issued « regrets and apologies » over its latest news coverage, which the Presidential Office said had misrepresented President Tsai Ing-wen

28 APRIL 2017

New China fears in Taiwan after Trump snub

US President Donald Trump on Thursday (April 27) spurned the Taiwanese president’s suggestion that the two leaders hold another phone call, saying he did not want to create problems for Chinese President Xi Jinping at a time when Beijing appears to be helping with efforts to rein in North Korea

24 APRIL 2017

Taiwan’s dilemma: Why a blockade is likelier than an invasion

A blockade of Taiwan would be Beijing’s most pragmatic and logical military course of action. It is imperative that Taiwan take the necessary measures to defend against that form of coercion

19 APRIL 2017

Mainland asylum seeker Zhang Xiangzhong agrees to return home from Taiwan

Taiwan said that a mainland activist who tried to seek political asylum on the island had voluntarily returned home, ending a dilemma for Taiwanese authorities over how to deal with the case

10 APRIL 2017

Wife of detained Taiwanese activist barred from boarding flight to mainland China

The wife of Taiwanese human rights activist Li Ming-che has been denied entry to the mainland to try and find her husband, who has been detained over activities related to “national security”

5 APRIL 2017

Taiwan announces submarine building ahead of Trump-Xi summit

The new vessels will be Taiwanese-made, unlike its current fleet of four, which were bought from overseas decades ago

29 MARCH 2017

Taiwanese rights advocate Lee Ming-che held in China

A prominent Taiwanese human rights advocate has been detained in China and is under investigation on suspicion of harming national security, the Chinese government has said

27 MARCH 2017

China upset as Japanese minister visits self-ruled Taiwan

China said on Monday it has complained to Japan after a Japanese minister visited self-ruled Taiwan over the weekend, warning this could hurt relations between Beijing and Tokyo

22 MARCH 2017

Donald Trump is no friend of Taiwan

When President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan called then-President-elect Donald Trump, it should have been the beginning of a beautiful friendship

21 MARCH 2017

Taiwan to build its own submarine, President vows on visit to 50-year-old vessel

Taiwan will build its own submarines, President Tsai Ing-wen pledged on Tuesday, as the self-ruled island looks to fresh arms sales by the United States, accompanied by key submarine technology, to counter a growing military threat from China

16 MARCH 2017

Taiwan plans defence spending increase to counter rising China

Defence spending is targeted to rise to 3 per cent of gross domestic product in 2018, up from about 2 per cent this year, Minister of National Defence Feng Shih-kuan told lawmakers in Taipei on Thursday. Taiwan plans to develop indigenous ships, aircraft, weapons and unmanned aerial vehicles capable of defence or offence, he said

15 MARCH 2017

US plans to sell Taiwan arms: reports

The Washington Free Beacon said the US ‘is preparing to provide more and better defensive arms,’ while the ‘New York Times’ called it ‘a robust package’

10 MARCH 2017

Could Taiwan be up next in THAAD trouble?

As THAAD is deployed in South Korea and amid speculation that Japan may become the second northeast Asian state to deploy the system, many have expressed concern that Taiwan, a close economic and defence partner of the US despite a lack of official diplomatic ties, could be next

16 FEBRUARY 2017

Video: The ‘Trilemma’ of Shifting Taiwanese Identity

When President-elect Donald Trump broke protocol and took a call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in December, it brought a complex three-way dynamic between the United States, China, and Taiwan into the international Spotlight

15 FEBRUARY 2017

China Warns India Over Taiwanese Delegation Visit

China has lodged protest against the visit of a Taiwanese Parliamentary delegation and has asked India to follow One-China Policy

10 FEBRUARY 2017

Donald Trump’s call to Xi Jinping ‘a relief’ for Taiwan

Taipei said on Friday it was well aware of the phone conversation between President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump, in which the US leader said he would honour the one-China Policy


How Taiwan’s authoritarian history could affect its current geopolitics

Taiwan’s geopolitical circumstances confer very particular meaning to its social and political life, but other, less internationally prominent issues hold real substance for the Taiwanese people


Cambodian PM , citing ‘One-China’ policy, bans Taiwan flag

Prime Minister Hun Sen declared over the weekend that the flag of Taiwan was banned from being raised in Cambodia, during the same speech in which he said the country’s door was open to Taiwanese investment


Tsai’s Latin America tour signals Taipei’s uneasiness

In January 2017, President Tsai Ing-wen completed her second tour of Latin America, visiting four diplomatic allies: Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador. Tsai described the visit as ‘steadfast diplomacy based on mutual assistance for mutual benefits

20 JANUARY 2017

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen tells Pope she aspires to create ‘new era’ of peace with Beijing

Taiwan aspires to create a “new era” of peace with mainland China, which should set aside the baggage of history and have positive dialogue, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen said in a letter to Pope Francis, adding military action could not resolve problems

12 JANUARY 2017

Taiwan says Nigeria wants it to move its trade office from Abuja

Taiwan objected on Thursday to a Nigerian request to the island to relocate its representative office in the African country, a request Taiwan sees as more pressure by China to isolate it

8 JANUARY 2017

Taiwan’s ‘wise’ Tsai makes low-key US stop, ‘reduces risk of riling Beijing’

Taiwanese president heads to Central America without holding any meetings with Trump and his team during stopover in Houston

6 JANUARY 2017

Taiwanese independence must be fought on all fronts, says former Chinese official

Beijing expects cross-strait ties to become more complex after Donald Trump takes office, according to former president of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait

30 DECEMBER 2016

Taiwan announces US itinerary for president, upsetting China

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will transit through Houston and San Francisco during her January visit to allies in Latin America, her office said on Friday (Dec 30), prompting China to repeat a call for the US to block any such stopover

28 DECEMBER 2016

Beijing ‘dissatisfied’ with name change of Japan’s de facto Taiwan embassy

Beijing Wednesday expressed « strong dissatisfaction » with Japan’s decision to change the name of its de facto embassy in the Republic of China to include the word « Taiwan. »

21 DECEMBER 2016

African island nation Sao Tome cuts diplomatic ties with Taiwan

A small West African nation has announced it will end diplomatic ties with Taiwan, in the latest sign of the diplomatic war between Beijing and Taipei heating up after US president-elect Donald Trump questioned Washington’s stance towards the one-China Policy


Trump-linked former US official visits Taiwan, sparking speculation

A former senior US official with links to Donald Trump’s transition team flew to Taipei Tuesday (Dec 6), sparking more speculation over relations with Taiwan after the president-elect’s unprecedented call with the island’s leader


 Donald Trump speaks to Taiwan’s leader Tsai Ing-wen in ‘historic’ first contact since 1979

US President-elect Donald Trump has spoken by phone with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, a transition team spokeswoman says, the first such contact by a president-elect since 1979


Beijing warns Taiwan investors against using ‘profits earned on mainland’ to support independence

Beijing said it will not tolerate Taiwanese businessmen supporting the island’s independence “with money they earned on the mainland”, even as it gave reassurances that its policies towards them would not change

26 NOVEMBER 2016

Why Donald Trump might not follow US presidents’ precedent on Taiwan

Maintaining the status quo is the best policy for Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen amid the cross-strait stalemate. But Donald Trump’s presidency adds uncertainty to such an impasse


Taiwan’s ruling party urges Beijing to respect Hong Kong’s democratic aspirations

Taiwan’s independence-leaning ruling party on Wednesday called on Beijing’s leaders to listen to the democratic aspirations of people in Hong Kong and to respect the rights of pro-independence représentatives


Taiwan regrets exclusion from Interpol assembly

Taiwan on Saturday expressed its deep regret and discontent with the International Criminal Police Organization’s (Interpol) rejection of its bid to attend the organization’s upcoming general assembly

31 OCTOBER 2016

Taiwan KMT chief plays both sides in visit to Nanjing

Chairwoman of opposition Taiwanese party tries to please hosts, and allay fears at home that she is too Beijing-friendly

10 OCTOBER 2016

On national day, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen continues call for Beijing talks but refuses to accept ‘one China’ principle

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen is likely to have upset Beijing on Monday after she repeated her often-expressed hopes of holding talks with the mainland while refusing to accept the “one China” principle in her first National Day speech as the island’s president

4 OCTOBER 2016

To secure seat at world table, Taiwan pushes past Beijing but tactic seen as risky

The island sent a delegation to global aviation talks even though it wasn’t invited, but such diplomatic end runs won’t lead to international recognition, analysts say

1 OCTOBER 2016

How Beijing Uses People-to-People Ties as Leverage Over Taiwan

Beijing hope to convince Taiwanese to pressure their government into more politically accommodating positions


Taiwan attacks Hong Kong over string of visa denials

Taiwan lashed out at Hong Kong Monday (Sept 26), saying the city had recently denied visas to several Beijing-sceptic Taiwanese politicians as the island’s relations with China worsen.


Trade between Chinese mainland, Taiwan drops 9.8pc year on year in first seven months

Trade volume between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan reached US$95.55 billion in the first seven months of 2016, down 9.8 per cent year on year, according to the latest figures from the mainland’s Ministry of Commerce.


Taiwan snubbed by UN aviation agency as China tightens diplomatic screws

A U.N. aviation agency has snubbed Taiwan by not inviting it to its assembly in Canada, the latest sign of pressure China is bringing to bear on the new independence-leaning government of an island it views as a renegade province.


Taiwan’s new facilities on Taiping Island may have military use

Taiwan is building four concrete structures on the disputed ­Taiping Island in the South China Sea, in what might be a facility to increase its military alertness


Taiwan Reapplies for UN Participation

Taiwan has asked its diplomatic allies to send the United Nations secretary-general a letter requesting participation in three U.N. agencies, an unusually aggressive application that answers domestic pressure for more international achievements, but one that is sure to be rejected by China

31 AUGUST 2016

Taiwan budgets for 12-year, $2.9 billion advanced jet trainer programme

Taiwan aims to spend NT$68.6 billion (S$2.9 billion) over 12 years from 2017 to develop its own jet trainers, according to budget data seen on Wednesday (Aug 31), signalling the independence-leaning government’s resolve to build up the defence industry

25 AUGUST 2016

Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen orders revamp of military strategy, weapons upgrade

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen urged the island’s armed forces to change their culture and update their approach as the island carried out its annual military exercises

22 AUGUST 2016

Protests welcome Chinese communist leader’s visit to Taipei

A group of protesters organise “welcome” protest at Taipei airport for Sha Hailin, a member of the CCP Standing Committee and head of the United Front Department in Shanghai. He is the highest-ranking communist official to visit Taiwan since the new government led by Tsai Ing-wen took office. Doubts hover over the future of bilateral relations.’s-visit-to-Taipei-38367.html

20 AUGUST 2016

Taiwan President says unofficial communication channels remain with China

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Saturday (Aug 20) that unofficial communication channels with China remain in place despite Beijing in June suspending contacts because the island’s new leader would not endorse the concept of a « One China » principle

8 AUGUST 2016

Taiwan protests deportation of nationals to China

Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) on Monday expressed « adeep regrets » and « strong protests » over the forced deportation of five Taiwan nationals from Kenya to China, saying it showed « contempt for human rights. »

4 AUGUST 2016

 Taiwan Sets Up Submarine Development Center

 The center is expected to design Taiwan’s first indigenous diesel-electric submarine by the end of the year

27 JULY 2016

Chinese Warns of ‘Soft’ and ‘Insidious’ Taiwan Independence Forces

The head of China’s National Association of Taiwan Compatriots (中華全國台灣同胞聯誼會) on Tuesday warned of the dangers of “soft Taiwan independence” at a cross-Strait forum in China

22 JULY 2016

Tsai rejects deadline over 1992 consensus

The Taiwanese government is unlikely to accept a deadline for agreeing to the 1992 consensus as such a condition is against the will of the people, President Tsai Ing-wen has said

20 JULY 2016

 South China Sea: Taiwanese lawmakers and flotilla head to Taiping Island in sovereignty, fishing rights push

Moves come after an international tribunal in the Hague rejected Taipei’s right to an exclusive economic zone around Taiping on July 12

15 JULY 2016

Taiwanese actor Leon Dai dropped from Chinese film after political outcry

A Taiwanese actor has been dropped from the lead role in a Chinese film due to his alleged support for Taiwanese independence – even though the shoot has already finished

Taiwan’s friend buying days are over

While she will likely eschew the excesses of the Chen era, Tsai will struggle to expand Taiwan’s space without concessions on sovereignty. If the detente is indeed over, Beijing will resume efforts to prise away Taipei’s allies, with the new president shouldering the blame

7 JULY 2016

China condemns meeting between US officials, Tsai

China urged the United States to stop « sending the wrong signals » to Taiwan independence forces, as the island’s new leader Tsai Ing-wen contacted several US congressmen

1 JULY 2016

Taiwan navy ‘mistakenly fires’ supersonic missile towards China, hitting boat

A Taiwanese warship has mistakenly launched a supersonic « aircraft carrier killer » missile towards China, the navy said, hitting a fishing boat and killing one person

29 JUNE 2016

Taiwan president says wants to maintain communication with China

Taiwan’s government will continue to look for ways to maintain dialogue with China, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Tuesday, after Beijing said it had halted a regular communication mechanism with Taipei

26 JUNE 2016

Taiwan president attends Panama Canal ceremony

President Tsai Ing-wen attended the formal opening of the expanded Panama Canal June 26, joining heads of state and dignitaries from around the world in celebration of the US$5.4 billion project that took nine years to complete

China says has stopped communication mechanism with Taiwan

The Chinese government said on Saturday (June 25) it had stopped a communication mechanism with Taiwan because of the refusal of the self-ruled island’s new government to recognise the “one China” principle, in the latest show of tension between the two.

24 JUNE 2016

New Taiwan President Travels to Consolidate Diplomatic Ties

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen set off Friday for two friendly nations in Latin America, her first overseas trip after a month in office, to lock in ties that could be disrupted by China. She’ll also meet officials from a wider group of countries including the United States.

6 JUNE 2016

Taiwan says won’t recognise Chinese air defence identification zone over South China Sea

Taiwan’s new defence minister said on Monday (June 6) the island would not recognise any air defence zone declared by China over the South China Sea, as the island’s top security agency warned such a move could usher in a wave of regional tension.

4 MAY 2016

Taiwan’s Tsai urges China to heal Tiananmen pain

Taiwan’s new president Tsai Ing-wen urged China to give its people more rights and « heal past wounds and pain » on the 27th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown on Saturday

25 MAY 2016

Without Clarity on 1992 Consensus, Tsai and DPP Will Face Challenges Ahead

Tsai is known for being a staunch supporter of Taiwanese independence as she was one of the main architects behind former president Lee Teng-hui’s “special state-to-state relations” speech in the 1990s. Over the last eight years, Tsai has been very careful in outlining her ideas for Taiwan independence, but few analysts believe that she has changed her mind. Most would agree that she has adopted a gradualist approach toward Taiwanese independence given the political realities in cross-strait relations.

21 MAY 2016

Beijing warns new Taiwan leader on independence

Beijing warned Taiwan’s newly-inaugurated leader against seeking independence saying peace would be « impossible » if the new government attempted to move away from the Mainland

18 MAY 2016

Taiwan president-elect Tsai Ing-wen’s 5 national security challenges after May 20

Taiwan president-elect Tsai Ing-wen assumes office on May 20. As the first female president and the head of army of the Republic of China (ROC), she faces five major challenges in national security

13 MAY 2016

Taiwan tells panel to visit Taiping before making a ruling on South China Sea row

Taiwan on Friday called on an international tribunal not to make a ruling on a disputed South China Sea island if the judges do not first visit it to see for themselves it can sustain life

8 MAY 2016

Taiwan’s new government accuses China of interference in its WHO status

The incoming Taiwanese government on Sunday accused China of « political interference » after a senior Chinese official cast doubt over the island keeping its observer status at the World Health Organisation if bilateral relations deteriorated further

11 APRIL 2016

Taiwan claims China has kidnapped eight of its nationals

Kenya acquitted a group of Taiwanese citizens in a cybercrime case last week, and then deported them to China. Taiwan says the forced departure constitutes an « abuction » of its citizens by Chinese authorities.

9 APRIL 2016

Recognising the Republic of China

Opposing the idea of the ROC was a founding principle of the DPP in 1986 and the goal of establishing an independent Republic of Taiwan was written into the DPP party constitution. Interestingly, we are now witnessing both the PRC and DPP gradually come to the conclusion that the existence of the ROC is necessary due to pragmatic considérations

3 APRIL 2016

Upgrade ties with Taiwan: former US defense official

A former US defense official has called for major changes in Washington’s policies toward Taiwan.

30 MARCH 2016

Could Taiwan be Asia-Pacific’s Ukraine ?

Although one should refrain from reading too much into analogies, historical or geographical, Ukraine’s experiences over the past three years offer some interesting – yet potentially frightening – lessons for Taiwan

23 MARCH 2016

Taiwan takes media on tour of South China Sea island claim

Taiwan flew international media to its largest island holding in the South China Sea on Wednesday in a bid to reinforce its territorial claims in the disputed and increasingly tense region.

17 MARCH 2016

Gambia, China resume ties in lieu of Taiwan

China resumed ties with former Taiwan ally Gambia on Thursday, ending an unofficial diplomatic truce between China and Taiwan following January’s landslide election of the leader of a pro-independence party as the self-ruled island’s president.

10 MARCH 2016

China says Taiwan president-elect must prove does not back independence

Taiwan president-elect Tsai Ing-wen must « prove » her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is not pro-independence before Beijing will deal with her, a senior member of China’s largely rubber stamp parliament said on Thursday

7 MARCH 2016

Beijing plans tunnel linking China with Taiwan

China is planning to construct a 126-kilometer undersea tunnel to create a high-speed rail link between the mainland and Taiwan.

5 MARCH 2016

Beijing steps up warnings on Taiwan independence

Beijing stepped up its rhetoric against Taiwanese independence on Saturday (Mar 5), with Premier Li Keqiang warning against « separatist activities » on the island and pledging to safeguard China’s « territorial integrity »

China announces 7.6-pct

24 FEBRUARY 2016

Taiwan policy unchanged after elections: Mainland

A Chinese mainland spokesperson on Wednesday promised no major change in its Taiwan policy in the wake of the island’s recent leadership elections.

23 FEBRUARY 2016

China urges Taiwan to ratify controversial trade pact

China’s commerce minister on Tuesday urged Taiwan to ratify a controversial trade pact that has languished in the island’s parliament after protests over trade dealings with Beijing

21 FEBRUARY 2016

Don’t make us suffer even more, Taiwanese businessmen on Chinese mainland tell president-elect Tsai Ing-wen

Taiwanese businesspeople based on the mainland fear cross-strait economic relations could be harmed by the incoming pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party government.

12 FEBRUARY 2016

US urges China-Taiwan talks amid uncertainty after election

The Obama administration says it is urging China and Taiwan to maintain dialogue amid concern that the election of an independence-leaning party on the island could heighten tensions in one of Asia’s security hotspots.

10 FEBRUARY 2016

Taiwan’s energy conundrum

The newly elected Taiwanese government led by President Tsai Ing-wen and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will be faced with significant challenges in energy policy. Most urgently, viable replacements for Taiwan’s ageing fleet of nuclear reactors must be found.


Securing Taiwan Starts With Overhauling Its Navy

Tsai Ing-wen must make maritime-strategic affairs a priority as president

28 JANUARY 2016

Taiwan president visits disputed islands despite US criticism

The outgoing president of Taiwan Ma Ying-jeou has flown to Itu Aba, the largest island controlled by Taipei in the disputed South China Sea region. Taiwan’s ally US called his trip « extremely unhelpful. »

27 JANUARY 2016

What the United States Owes to Taiwan and its Interests in Asia

On January 16, the people of Taiwan elected a new president, setting the stage for the third peaceful transfer of power between parties in the island’s history. That achievement would seem routine by now, were it not for the vastly different political situation on the other side of the Taiwan Strait.

25 JANUARY 2016

War with China ‘likely’ if Taiwan continues to seek independence, says ex-PLA general

“We have promised that Chinese people never fight against Chinese people, but if the pro-independence forces continue to press us, we will have no other chance but [to seek] reunification through use of force,” says Luo Yuan, a hawkish retired People’s Liberation Army major general.

20 JANUARY 2016

Tsai’s diplomatic dilemmas

If the future DPP government does not accept the ‘1992 Consensus’ — based either on the Chinese Communist Party government’s ‘One-China’ principle or on the Kuomintang government’s ‘One China, Respective Interpretations’ understanding — and cannot form a mutually agreeable new arrangement with Beijing, it will face a series of enormous diplomatic challenges

17 JANUARY 2016

China warns Taiwan after landslide election victory

Taiwan should abandon its « hallucinations » about pushing for independence as any moves towards it would be a « poison », Chinese state-run media said after a landslide victory for the island’s independence-leaning opposition

30 DECEMBER 2015

Presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen’s policy towards Taiwan’s defense industry

According to Tsai, her defense industry policy emphasizes the development of  Taiwan’s aviation, shipbuilding and information security industry. Specific projects include the production of: 1) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), 2) high-end trainer aircraft, 3) next generation fighter aircraft, 4) prototype submarines, and 5) developing an information security army. We will analyze each of the five projects

China says Taiwan talks could ‘collapse’ if framework challenged

China said Wednesday that ties with Taiwan could “collapse” if the island refuses to recognize the framework that has underpinned negotiations between the two for more than two decades

16 DECEMBER 2015

US to sell arms to Taiwan despite Chinese opposition

The United States government authorized eight separate defense deals  with Taiwan on Wednesday, totaling $1.83 billion and drawing criticism and concern from the Chinese government. While the deal is small in comparison to the multibillion-dollar agreements recently signed by Middle Eastern countries, it comes with big implications for the relationship between Washington, D.C., and Beijing.


Strait Talk: Taiwan’s Politicians are Split on Keeping the ‘Status Quo’

Less than six weeks before Taiwan’s 2016 presidential election in January, presidential candidates in Taiwan have stepped up efforts to sway voters in their favor. Among key issues that matter to all voters—job growth, retirement and the health of the national economy—much focus has been placed on how the cross-strait relations should proceed in the future


China and Taiwan leaders hail historic talks in Singapore

Leaders of political rivals Taiwan and China have met for the first time in more than 60 years for talks that come amid rising anti-Beijing sentiment on the self-ruled island and just weeks ahead of élections

25 OCTOBER 2015

Taiwan president says should remember good things Japan did

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou said on Sunday it was important to remember the good things Japan did for the island while not forgetting the bad, as he marked 70 years since Japan gave up control of Taiwan at the end of World War Two

10 OCTOBER 2015

Taiwan’s President Ma defends China policy on National Day

At the National Day celebrations, President Ma Ying-jeou recounted the achievements under his leadership over the past seven years, especially his China policy. He said cross-strait relations are at their best in more than 60 years

24 AUGUST 2015

Taiwan still in market for U.S. submarines: Minister of National Defense

A day after President Ma Ying-jeou said that Taiwan is committed to building its own submarines, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry insisted on Monday that it had still not given up on the idea of buying submarines from the United States

24 JULY 2015

Taiwan lodges protest with China over military drill

Taiwan said Friday it had filed a protest with China over a military exercise it slammed for portraying the island as a target, despite improved ties between the two former bitter rivals

14 JUNE 2015

Mainland to lift entry-permit policy for Taiwan résidents

The Chinese mainland will remove entry permit requirements for Taiwan residents, as top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng vowed to boost exchanges across the Taiwan Strait on Sunday

12 JUNE 2015

 Scandal in Taiwan over military vehicle made with Chinese parts

Taiwanese authorities are investigating a massive military procurement scandal involving a locally developed armoured vehicle after contractors have allegedly used inferior components from China to manufacture it.

6 JUNE 2015

Taiwan coast guard launches new ships as South China Sea tensions rise

Taiwan’s coast guard on Saturday commissioned its biggest ships for duty in the form of two 3,000-ton patrol vessels, as the island boosts defences amid concerns about China’s growing footprint in the disputed South China Sea

2 JUNE 2015

Taiwan to speed up cross-strait trade talks to counter China-South Korea FTA

In response to the China-South Korea free trade agreement (FTA) news yesterday, Cabinet spokesman Sun Lih-chyun (孫立群) said that the agreement will indeed send shockwaves through Taiwan’s industry, and proposed that the government should quickly speed up trade agreement negotiations with China and other countries.

4 MAI 2015

China’s President Xi meets Taiwan Kuomintang chief

Chinese Communist Party chief Xi Jinping held talks with the visiting leader of Taiwan’s ruling party on Monday (May 4), the first such meeting for six years

2 MAY 2015

Taiwan’s ruling party chairman Eric Chu begins first visit to China

The chairman of Taiwan’s ruling party Kuomintang (KMT), Eric Chu, on Saturday began his first visit to China since taking up his post early this year, and is scheduled to hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping for the first time

13 APRIL 2015

Taiwan unable to become AIIB prospective founding member: China

Taiwan is unable to become one of the prospective founding members of the China-proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a Chinese official said Monday without giving any reasons

8 APRIL 2015

Taiwan president says ROC won’t give up S. China Sea territory

President Ma Ying-jeou said Wednesday that his administration will not give up the Republic of China’s territory in the South China Sea, but will continue to seek peaceful means to address the territorial disputes in the region

2 APRIL 2015

China objects after US fighter planes land in Taiwan

China protested on Thursday after two American jet fighters landed at an air base in Taiwan, which Beijing regards as its own territory, reportedly for the first time in 30 years

31 MARCH 2015

Taiwan’s largest missile ship goes into service

Taiwan’s largest-ever missile ship went into service Tuesday after a ceremony presided over by President Ma Ying-jeou as the island strives to modernise its military in response to a perceived threat from China

24 MARCH 2015

President Ma Ying-jeou pays last respects to Lee Kuan Yew

President Ma Ying-jeou visited Singapore March 24 to pay last respects to Lee Kuan Yew, the city-state’s founding father who died aged 91 the day before

25 FEBRUARY 2015

Taiwan’s Marginalized Role in International Security

The complicated question of Taiwan’s sovereignty has led to its exclusion from countless international security organizations. This has left a critical hole not only in the security of Taiwan’s 23 million citizens, but also the world at large

18 JANUARY 2015

Washington’s Obsolete Taiwan Policy

Washington’s strange Taiwan policy, criticizing the pro-Taiwan side for resisting Chinese expansion (“causing tension”) while supporting the pro-China party in Taiwan (and indirectly, China itself), is deeply at odds with U.S. policy elsewhere in Asia


29 DECEMBER 2014

Taiwan kicks off plan to build its own submarines

Deputy Defence Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng told parliament the ministry has approved guidelines for the design contract for an Indigenous Defence Submarine.

23 DECEMBER 2014

Taiwan launches its largest ever missile ship

The 500-tonne corvette named ‘Tuo Chiang’ – ‘Tuo River’ – is the first of its kind ever produced by Taiwan and was touted by defence minister Yen Ming as « the fastest and most powerful » in Asia

21 DECEMBER 2014

Taiwan navy to take delivery of new stealth missile corvette

Taiwan’s navy is set to receive a delivery of its first locally designed stealth missile corvette from a Taiwanese shipbuilder during a ceremony slated for Dec. 23, the country’s Ministry of National Defense said Friday.


China’s envoy visits Taiwan amid protest

Dozens of demonstrators chanting anti-Beijing slogans protested Tuesday when a senior Chinese envoy arrived in Taiwan, some of them scuffling with police and demanding the official « crawl back to China ».


China angered by US bill allowing Taiwan warship

China’s foreign ministry rebuked the US Congress on Monday after legislators passed a bill allowing the sale of second-hand warships to Taiwan, the self-ruled island which Beijing claims as a renegade province


China ex-general says force an option in ‘Taiwan problem’

An army general has warned that China will not leave the Taiwan problem « unresolved for a long time », after the island’s Beijing-friendly ruling party suffered a bruising election defeat, a state-run newspaper said.


Taiwan develops new missiles to counter China’s threat

Taiwan arms developers said Tuesday that new surface-to-air missiles would defend its airspace for « up to 20 years » as it aims to update weaponry to counter a perceived military threat from China

29 NOVEMBER 2914

Taiwan’s premier Jiang Yi-huah resigns after ruling party loss in local election

Premier Jiang Yi-huah said the party’s crushing loss reflected public unhappiness with government policies, but Ma still vowed that the KMT will rise again

21 NOVEMBER 2014

Taiwan’s senior population may be 4 times that of kids in 2060

If Taiwan continues to have the same low birth rate as in recent years until 2060, the senior population will be 4.4 times that of children, which could have huge societal consequences, the National Taiwan University Children and Family Research Center (CFRC) said yesterday

12 NOVEMBER 2014

A Distrustful Taiwan Takes its Cues from Hong Kong

On Sept. 26, China’s President Xi Jinping restated his hope to see mainland China and Taiwan united on the basis of the “one country, two systems” principle. The timing was odd, with Hong Kong in the throes of a massive student protest demanding true universal suffrage.


Taiwan director Doze Niu gets suspended sentence in naval base ploy

Acclaimed Taiwanese director Doze Niu received a suspended sentence for taking a Chinese cinematographer onto a naval base in Taiwan without authorisation to scout film locations


Taiwan defence minister visits disputed Spratlys

Yen Ming, together with two legislators and several reporters, flew to Taiping, a Taiwan-administered island which is part of the Spratlys – a chain also claimed in whole or in part by China, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei.

15 OCTOBER 2014

Retired ROC military officers recruited to spy for PLA

To steal crucial intelligence regarding the Republic of China Armed Forces’ new weapons systems, China has recruited several retired officers through Taiwanese businesspeople working in mainland China, getting them to conduct espionage against their own country, Wendell Minnick wrote in his article for the Washington-based Defense News.

10 OCTOBER 2014

Taiwan leader: China should try democracy — starting with Hong Kong

In one of his hardest slaps ever against the Communist leadership in Beijing, Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou said Friday that China should embrace democracy and should start by allowing free elections in Hong Kong.

7 OCTOBER 2014

Taiwan PM warns China cyber attack threat growing

Taiwan’s premier warned Tuesday of increasing cyber attacks from China, the island’s highest-ranking official to denounce attempts to « steal government secrets » despite warming cross-strait relations.

5 OCTOBER 2014

Taiwanese Coast guard plans Taiwan-China sea exercises in 2016

The Coast Guard Administration says it is planning to discuss holding joint exercises with its Chinese counterparts in 2016, focusing on training and mobilization for rescue operations at sea.


China and Taiwan’s Window of Opportunity at APEC

APEC is the ideal international forum, where officials from both the mainland and Taiwan have been able to meet and converse, and the APEC summit in Beijing this November will be the best venue for a Ma-Xi meeting. There are many reasons for this


Taiwanese stage solidarity with Hong Kong protests

Demonstrators sat down in front of Hong Kong’s trade office and made their feelings known to the Taipei representative.


Taiwan leader rejects China unification terms

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou has rejected a « one country, two systems » deal proposed by his Chinese counterpart.


Taiwan President assaulted by independence protester

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou was attacked last night by a pro-independent protester who hurled a book as a gesture protesting Ma’s allegedly pro-China comments during an interview with German media Deutsche Welle.


China and Taiwan walking the line of rapprochement

After more than six decades of conflict over the political status of Taiwan, Beijing and Taipei are taking significant steps toward rapprochement in their relations. Yet how much Chinese influence can Taiwan’s democracy tolerate


Taiwan leader says he backs democracy for Hong Kong

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou, who initiated detente with China, on Tuesday threw his support behind Hong Kong’s push for democracy — calling it a core value shared by Taiwanese people.

30 AUGUST 2014

Taiwan Ministry of Defense warns of China’s might

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is capable of seizing Taiwanese islands, paralyzing the country’s defensive capabilities with cruise and short-range ballistic missiles, as well as by launching amphibious and airborne raids, to take Taiwan proper before forces from other nations could respond, the Ministry of National Defense said

27 AUGUST 2014

Taiwan honours 56,000 WWII soldiers killed in Myanmar

Taiwan on Wednesday honoured tens of thousands of Chinese Nationalist soldiers killed in World War II in Myanmar, many of whom came to the rescue of British troops.

21 AUGUST 2014

Human Rights and Cross-Strait Relations

Human rights need to be part of the cross-Strait conversation. A consular-type agreement would be a good place to start

20 AUGUST 2014

Taiwan’s ex-China affairs official accused of leaking secrets

Wang Yu-chi, minister in charge of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, said his former deputy Chang Hsien-yao is being investigated following a tip-off he received in late July accusing the latter of leaking confidential work-related information

19 JULY 2014

Hun Sen Quashes Plans for a Trade Office With Taiwan

Prime Minister Hun Sen said he will block the establishment of a Taiwanese trade office in Cambodia because of the government’s rigid observance of the One-China policy, despite business leaders calling for more practical steps to boost investment from Taiwan.

13 JULY 2014

Taiwan starts sending drones to spy on mainland China

Taiwan has started using unmanned surveillance aircraft to spy on mainland China to reduce the risk to its pilots from an increased deployment of mainland missiles

4 JULY 2014

Academia Sinica doctors urge home detention for Chen Shui-bian

Researchers from Academia Sinica, Taiwan’s top research institure, presented a joint request to Taiwan’s government on July 3 for jailed former president Chen Shui-bian to serve out his sentence at home instead of prison.

29 JUNE 2014

China Official Cancels Events in Taiwan Amid Violent Protests

China’s top official in charge of relations with Taiwan has returned to Beijing, hailing his visit to the self-ruled island as « historic », despite violent protests that forced him to cancel several meetings

28 JUNE 2014

Beijing respects Taiwan’s choice of social system: Chinese official

The mainland and Taiwan have evolved with different social systems, values, thoughts and lifestyles after decades of development, and mainland authorities respect those differences, said Zhang Zhijun, director of State Council Taiwan Affairs Office

25 JUNE 2014

China minister-level official makes landmark trip to Taiwan

China’s most senior official ever to visit Taiwan met his counterpart Wednesday to try to improve relations after mass protests in Taipei earlier this year, sparking angry confrontations between protesters and riot police

25 JUNE 2014

White Paper on Hong Kong Pushes Taiwan Away

 A white paper meant to chasten democratic longings in Hong Kong has alarmed Taiwan, pushing its people farther away from the People’s Republic of China

22 JUNE 2014

Taiwan’s first lady drops Japan visit

Taiwan’s first lady has postponed a rare visit to Japan after a diplomatic row over the wording of posters promoting the island’s exhibition in Tokyo of treasured artefacts

11 JUNE 2014

Taiwan-Ukraine: A Cautious Relationship

Relations between Taipei and Kiev have often been complicated by the policies of their larger neighbors

1 JUNE 2014

Jiang PM, newly elected El Salvador president underscore strong ties

Premier Jiang Yi-huah arrived in El Salvador Saturday and met with president-elect Salvador Sanchez Ceren and vice president-elect Oscar Ortiz, as both leaders spoke of the good relations between the two countries and their hope to further strengthen the mutual bonds

29 MAY 2014

Taiwan ex-minister ordered to pay over wrongful execution

A former Taiwanese defence minister and five ex-military officials have been ordered to pay a total of nearly $2 million over the wrongful execution of an airman 17 years ago

25 MAY 2014

DPP,Taiwan’s major opposition reelects Tsai Ing-wen as its new leader

Members of Taiwan’s major opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) were Sunday electing a new leader in the run-up to the 2016 presidential polls

15 MAY 2014

100s of Taiwan firms attacked in Vietnam

The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) yesterday told a press conference that as of May 14 in Vietnam, over 100 Taiwanese-owned companies had been attacked and damaged, over 10 factories set ablaze and several hundred Taiwanese-owned firms have suspended work owing to safety concerns, noting that the MOEA will assist Taiwanese nationals in seeking compensation from Vietnam

14 MAY 2014

Taiwan president dismisses US green card report

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou on Wednesday categorically denied a report that he holds a US green card and owes the US government Tw$500,000 (US$16,556) in taxes, saying he would resign if the claim turned out to be true.

29 APRIL 2014

Taiwan executes five death-row inmates

Taiwanese authorities said they executed five death-row inmates Tuesday, nearly a year after six prisoners were put to death

27 APRIL 2014

Taiwan halts construction at nuclear plant after protests

Taiwan said Sunday it would stop construction at a controversial nuclear power plant after tens of thousands of protesters blockaded a main street in the capital calling for the project to be scrapped.

25 APRIL 2014

Taiwan leader promises referendum on disputed nuclear plant

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou on Friday promised to let the public decide the fate of a controversial nuclear facility amid growing concern over the safety of nuclear power

22 APRIL 2014

Taiwan anti-nuclear activist starts hunger strike

Former Taiwanese opposition leader and anti-nuclear activist Lin Yi-hsiung Tuesday launched an indefinite hunger strike in protest at a nearly completed nuclear facility, while some of his supporters clashed with police

21 APRIL 2014

Taiwan premier rejects call to scrap nuclear plant

Taiwan’s Premier Jiang Yi-huah on Monday rejected a call from the main opposition party to scrap a nearly completed nuclear power plant, despite planned protests including a hunger strike

7 APRIL 2014

US House Approves Frigate Sale to Taiwan

The House approved the sale of 4 naval frigates to Taiwan while reaffirming its commitment to the Taiwan Relations Act

30 MARCH 2014

More than 100,000 protesters rally in Taiwan against trade pact with China

More than 100,000 protesters took to the streets of Taiwan’s capital on Sunday as a two-week-long campaign against a trade pact with China gathered steam, piling further pressure on the island’s leader

28 MARCH 2014

As Ma Ying-jeou seeks dialogue, ‘sunflower’ student movement continues protest against China trade deal

Police agents are slammed for using violence against students and media professionals. Academics and general public back students. Students respond to president’s overtures by increasing demands.,-‘sunflower’-student-movement-continues-protest-against-China-trade-deal-30682.html

Beijing calls for US to stop arms sales to Taiwan

China’s defense ministry has urged the United States to stop selling arms to Taiwan and to take action to safeguard Sino-US relations

24 MARCH 2014

Taiwan police retake government HQ

Taiwan riot police used water cannon to dislodge hundreds of demonstrators who stormed government headquarters, escalating a protest over a China trade pact that has seen parliament occupied for nearly a week,-police-clear-students-from-government-buildings-as-protest-turns-violent-30635.html

23 MARCH 2014

Taiwan protesters invade cabinet offices as tension over China pact escalates

Hundreds of protesters opposed to a trade pact with China have invaded Taiwan’s cabinet offices, marking a sharp escalation in a student-led movement against the island’s rapidly developing ties with the communist mainland