Tag: Taiwan

Biden’s New Culture of Brinkmanship

Biden’s New Culture of Brinkmanship

Taiwan is a problem. Historically separate from but linked to China, Taiwan was colonized by the Dutch and partially by the Spanish in the 17th century. Through a series of conflicts between aboriginal forces allied with the Ming dynasty and European colonial forces who also fought amongst...

Will the US Maintain Its Strategic Ambiguity Toward Taiwan?

Will the US Maintain Its Strategic Ambiguity Toward Taiwan?

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen recently confirmed reports that US Marines and special operators are training local troops on the island, reflecting growing concerns in Washington over the state Taiwanese-Chinese relations. In her statement, President Tsai said she had faith that the US would...

Taiwan Becomes a Point of Strategic Ambiguity

Taiwan Becomes a Point of Strategic Ambiguity

In early September, with the war in Afghanistan officially over and the Middle East retreating from the media’s landscape, The New York Times began preparing the American public for the next theater of war. This time it will be just off the coast of mainland China, in Taiwan. There will be no...

Taiwan Ruffles China’s Feathers

Taiwan Ruffles China’s Feathers

With the spotlight on Taiwan and China, the rise of Tsai is a sign of shifting political times in East Asia. Bestowed with its own hashtag and seen as “historic,” the electoral victory of President-Elect Tsai Ing-wen and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has shaken up the political...

The World This Week: Obama Rejects Politics Based on Race or Religion

The World This Week: Obama Rejects Politics Based on Race or Religion

During a week of economic turmoil and terrorist attacks, President Obama appealed to his countrymen to behave with more maturity and inclusiveness. The son of a Kenyan Muslim who occupies the White House gave a stirring State of the Union address on January 12. President Barack Obama recognized...

The Asia Pacific in 2016

The Asia Pacific in 2016

Shu-Wen Chye provides a round-up of the Asia Pacific in 2015, and highlights what to look for in 2016. For many in the Asia Pacific, 2015 tested the political prowess and limits of the region. The year saw territorial disputes over the South China Sea; an imploding Rohingya refugee crisis in...

The Rule of Law in China: Strong Man Politics

The Rule of Law in China: Strong Man Politics

Reforms in judiciary and governance to stamp out corruption and abuse of power are long overdue in China. The question, however, is how far and how fast they would be achieved under the new Chinese leadership. Historically speaking, China has problems with the law. The older generation does not...

China and Japan: A Never Ending Feud

China and Japan: A Never Ending Feud

Even as the dispute over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands persists, the conflict puts under spotlight the historical roots of the difficult relationship between China and Japan. The long and turbulent relationship between China and Japan can best be described as a historical saga. It has stretched for...

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