Taipei Times: Eric Chu hints he will not run for KMT chairperson

… Chu made the statement on Facebook yesterday morning, beginning the post by saying: “Making Taiwan better is the KMT’s responsibility. The party’s transformation will include me, but the by-election does not need to include me.” … Chu said that the KMT must “burn its bridges” and go through a full reform to become a […]

A Fifth of Column: A few comments on the 2020 Taiwan Election

The dominant narrative of Tsai’s comeback makes great copy but it is the wrong framing. We all know the story. A popular challenger comes out of nowhere to challenge the President, who is down in the polls. The KMT candidate, persistently down in the polls, takes action to suppress and distort embarrassing poll data, which […]

Axios: UN aviation agency blocks critics of Taiwan policy on Twitter

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has blocked numerous Twitter accounts — including ones belonging to Capitol Hill staffers and D.C.-based analysts — after facing online criticism for excluding Taiwan from membership. Why it matters: Taipei is an international transit hub, and Taiwan’s exclusion means it can’t take part in information sharing and logistical planning […]

Focus Taiwan: Lawmaker Chiang Chi-chen announces KMT chairmanship bid

Taipei, Jan. 25 (CNA) Lawmaker Chiang Chi-chen (江啟臣) became the fourth person to announce his bid to run for chairman of the main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) when he confirmed his candidacy Saturday. At his service office in Taichung, Chiang urged everyone who cares for the KMT, no matter how old they are, to “shoulder the […]

Taiwan Insight:What will the re-elected Tsai-DPP government’s foreign and defence policies look like?

… The term ‘1992 Consensus’ was coined in 2000 by Su Chi, the unification-leaning nationalist KMT politician and former Minister of the Mainland Affairs Council, in order to set the parameters of communication between Beijing and the government of the newly elected independence-leaning former president, the DPP’s Chen Shui-bian. Chen, however, never accepted the veracity of this term during his two tenures because he – along […]

National Interest: Will Taiwan Build Its Own Fearsome Killer Drones?

Taiwan reportedly has solved a problem that has prevented the island country from developing its own medium-altitude attack drones. In signing a deal with an Australian company to provide American-designed engines, Taipei has assembled all the basic components it needs to develop a killer drone in the class of the U.S. MQ-9. Taiwan’s Chinese Academy […]

Foreign Policy: As Wuhan Virus Spreads, Taiwan Has No Say at WHO

… Taiwan confirmed its first case of the pneumonia on Jan. 21, a potentially fatal illness similar to the deadly SARS outbreak of 2002-2003. The United States confirmed its first case the same day. … But Taiwan is no longer able to attend the World Health Assembly, WHO’s annual policy meeting. China has prevented Taiwan […]

The Diplomat: Taiwan, Shut Out From WHO, Confronts Deadly Wuhan Coronavirus

Taiwan has confirmed its first Wuhan coronavirus case and closed its borders to all residents of Wuhan amid concerns that the country’s exclusion from the World Health Organization (WHO) is keeping it from receiving timely updates on the deadly epidemic. … Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday urged China to share information on the viral […]

Ketagalan Media: 2020 Taiwan Outlook: A Stronger Taiwan in President Tsai’s Second Term

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) won re-election on January 11, 2020, with domestic and foreign expectations for Taiwan to be stronger in the interests of its people. A stronger Taiwan also enables it to contribute as an important economic and security partner of the United States and other democracies. Contrary to conventional wisdom that her second […]