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
7 FEBRUARY 2017
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
6 FEBRUARY 2017
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
1 FEBRUARY 2017
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
6 DECEMBER 2016
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
3 DECEMBER 2016
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
2 DECEMBER 2016
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
9 NOVEMBER 2016
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
5 NOVEMBER 2016
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
26 SEPTEMBER 2016
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.
24 SEPTEMBER 2016
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.
23 SEPTEMBER 2016
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.
20 SEPTEMBER 2016
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
13 SEPTEMBER 2016
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.
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.
5 FEBRUARY 2016
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.
7 DECEMBER 2015
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
7 NOVEMBER 2015
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.
9 DECEMBER 2014
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 ».
8 DECEMBER 2014
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
7 DECEMBER 2014
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.
2 DECEMBER 2014
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.
7 NOVEMBER 2014
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
5 NOVEMBER 2014
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.
30 SEPTEMBER 2014
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
29 SEPTEMBER 2014
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.
28 SEPTEMBER 2014
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.
27 SEPTEMBER 2014
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.
12 SEPTEMBER 2014
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
2 SEPTEMBER 2014
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 http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwans-ex-china-affairs-official-accused-leaking-secrets
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.
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
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
21 MARCH 2014
Taiwan protesters call for surrounding of ruling party offices
Student protesters occupying Taiwan’s legislature to stop the government from ratifying a contentious trade pact with China called on the public to surround the ruling party’s offices after their ultimatum was ignored
19 MARCH 2014
Is Taiwan’s Military Becoming Too Small to Fight?
With conscription ending and budgets limited, Taiwan may have to make do with a smaller defense force
Protesters occupy Taiwan parliament over China trade deal
Hundreds of students and activists opposed to a trade deal with China have occupied Taiwan’s parliament and defied police efforts to evict them
13 MARCH 2014
Taiwan air force major indicted for selling intelligence to China
A Taiwanese air force major and a karaoke club owner have been indicted for disclosing military secrets to China, prosecutors in Kaohsiung said Thursday.
10 MARCH 2014
KMT and DPP Mainland Policies: Might the Gap be Narrowing?
27 FEBRUARY 2014
Taiwan, China sign two more agreements
Taiwan and China signed agreements on meteorology and earthquake monitoring Thursday, in yet another sign of improving ties between the former rivals.
24 FEBRUARY 2014
China, Taiwan reach new cooperation deal on air travel
Beijing recognises Taipei’s importance as an international stopover for Chinese nationals travelling to other destinations. Direct flights across the Strait are also set to increase in April to 858 each year.
23 FEBRUARY 2014
Taiwan independence group topples Sun Yat-sen statue
A radical Taiwanese independence group said on Sunday they had pulled down a statue of the founding father of the nationalist republic who fled from the Chinese mainland to the island more than six decades ago.
21 FEBRUARY 2014
Breakthrough in cross-strait ties but a long way to go yet
One week after achieving a breakthrough in the form of official cross-strait talks, Chinese President Xi Jinping is pushing for closer political dialogue with Taiwan, but faces challenges to attaining quick results this year, say analysts.
20 FEBRUARY 2014
Xi not correcting Lien’s ROC comment good for ties: scholar
The fact that Communist Party of China general secretary Xi Jinping did not correct Lien Chan, the honorary chairman of Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang in his reference to the Republic of China during a meeting in Beijing Tuesday suggests that relations between Taiwan and mainland China have advanced to a higher level, according to a Chinese scholar familiar with Taiwan affairs.
19 FEBRUARY 2014
China agrees to export water to Taiwan-controlled islands
China has agreed to supply water to a Taiwan-controlled island group near the mainland in another sign of fast-warming ties between the two former bitter rivals, officials said Wednesday
18 FEBRUARY 2014
China respects Taiwan system, Xi tells Taipei ex-VP Lien
China’s President Xi Jinping Tuesday told a former vice president of Taiwan that Beijing respects the island’s social system and lifestyle, state media reported, in a sign of the steadily improving relations between the two sides.
11 FEBRUARY 2014
China and Taiwan plan to open offices after first official talks
China and Taiwan held their first official talks in more than six decades on Tuesday, agreeing to open representative offices in a two-hour meeting hailed by both sides as a new chapter in their relationship.
Taiwan defence minister visiting Singapore
Taiwan’s defence minister is visiting Singapore to shore up military relations which were reportedly damaged after his predecessor’s visit in 2012 was publicly disclosed, a military source and local media said Tuesday.
5 FEBRUARY 2014
Taiwan says Ma would like to meet Xi at APEC
Taiwan’s minister in charge of China affairs Wednesday said he would support a meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Taiwanese counterpart Ma Ying-jeou, suggesting the APEC leaders summit as an ideal opportunity.
1 FEBRUARY 2014
Record 2.85 million Chinese visited Taiwan in 2013
Taiwan said Saturday a record 2.85 million Chinese nationals visited the island last year, up ten percent from 2012 although group arrivals dropped slightly after Beijing enacted a tourism law
30 JANUARY 2014
Cooperation with China conducive to peace in the Taiwan Strait: Ma
Speaking to overseas Chinese and Taiwanese in Los Angeles, Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou said that cooperation between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait is conducive to peace
28 JANUARY 2014
Taiwan minister for historic China visit
Taiwan’s minister in charge of China affairs said Tuesday he plans to visit the mainland next month in a landmark trip that marks the first official contact between the two former bitter rivals in six decades
27 JANUARY 2014
Taiwan: Another Step Towards Integration?
The new concept for cross-strait relations, “China plus one,” proposed by Su Tseng-chang, who chairs Taiwan’s largest opposition party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), suggests that Taiwan might have taken another step towards comprehensive integration with China
23 JANUAY 2014
Taiwan leader visits allies to safeguard ties after Gambia blow
Ma Ying-jeou, who left at around 1500 GMT will travel to Sao Tome and Principe, and Burkina Faso — two of the only three African countries that now officially recognise Taipei after Gambia cut off ties in November.
10 JANUARY 2014
Taiwan sentences man for spying on China
On Friday, Taiwan’s supreme court convicted Yuan Hsiao-feng, lieutenant colonel, on 12 accounts of leaking confidential military information to China between 2003 and 2007 and imposed a fine of Tw$7.8 million ($260,000) on Yuan – the amount of payment he collected for passing the secrets.
23 DECEMBER 2013
Taiwan battles economic and cross-Strait tensions in 2013
In 2013, Taiwan’s political and economic developments again centred on its relationship with China, and the effect of cross-Strait rapprochement on Taiwan’s domestic conditions. Yet even without China as a factor, Taiwan would still face significant challenges.
30 NOVEMBER 2013
Rallies as Taiwan split over gay marriage
Tens of thousands took to the streets of Taiwan on Saturday to protest against same-sex marriages, as a debate rages in parliament over a bill which would legalise such unions.
26 NOVEMBER 2013
China envoy visits Taiwan amid protests
China’s top negotiator with Taiwan began a visit Tuesday as activists protested against what they described as Beijing’s attempt to annex the island by offering economic benefits.
14 NOVEMBER 2013
Gambia cuts diplomatic ties with Taipei
« Our government express shock and regret that Gambian President Yahya Jammeh sent a letter to our embassy in Gambia on November 14 to inform us the immediate termination of ties, » vice foreign minister Simon Ko told a news conference in Taipei.