Focus Taiwan: European Parliament passes articles supporting Taiwan

… The resolutions — one on the Common Foreign and Security Policy and another on the Common Security and Defence Policy — include articles reiterating support for Taiwan’s “meaningful participation in international organizations, mechanisms and activities.” They also express concern that the interference of autocratic regimes in elections through disinformation and cyber attacks could threaten […]

The Diplomat: Lockheed Martin Awarded $32.9 Million Pentagon Contract for Taiwan’s F-16 Upgrade Program

U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin has won a $32.9 million contract modification for logistics support to the Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) F-16 Peace Phoenix Rising program, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced on January 14. “This modification provides for contractor logistics support, repair and return and diminishing manufacturing source management services for Taiwan F-16s […]

Reuters: U.S. warship transits Taiwan Strait less than week after election

AIPEI (Reuters) – A U.S. warship sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Thursday, the island’s defence ministry said, less than a week after Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen won re-election by a landslide on a platform of standing up to China which claims the island. The ship sailed in a northerly direction through the sensitive waterway […]

Taipei Times: ‘Blacklist’ mulled of triads, officers over HK protests

The government would assess the possibility of blacklisting Hong Kong triads and Hong Kong Police officers that have persecuted pro-democracy advocates, and banning them from entering the nation, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Deputy Minister Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正) said yesterday. … “The nation has already stipulated rules to regulate the arrival and departure of foreigners. Apart […]

Foreign Policy: Taiwan Deserves to Be a Normal Country

… Ironically, the only thing stopping Taiwan from giving up the Republic of China name entirely is… China. Beijing would throw a fit (and maybe a few missiles) if Taiwan ever removed “China” from its official name. Yet little by little, as with its internet domain, Taiwan is giving up any pretense of being Chinese. […]

Ketagalan Media: What the KMT Really Needs After Its Devastating Loss

… The true problem facing the KMT is its finances. According to publicly available reporting from each political party, in 2018 the KMT has an income of NT$430 million dollars from government subsidies, donations and membership dues. They are not exactly starving to death because their assets are frozen. Their problem is with their expenditure. […]

Taiwan Insight: Youth Votes and Youth Vision in Taiwan’s 2020 Presidential Election

… Taiwanese youths are still brave. They set their eyes on Beijing, the larger target outside of Taiwan that is nevertheless the real dominating authority of Taiwan’s public policy and economic life. Thus these youths are fighting the die-hard enemy of Taiwanese people – China. … The primary reason that the younger generation preferred Tsai […]

Taipei Times: Tseng pledges to deliver on KMT chair by-election

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Acting Secretary-General William Tseng (曾銘宗) yesterday said that he would be fully responsible for organizing the party’s chairperson by-election following concerns over KMT Acting Chairman Lin Rong-te’s (林榮德) ties with China, while young party members called for a debate on the party’s cross-strait platform. … The KMT had initially announced after […]