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Taiwan recalibrates its strategy in the changing East Asian balance of power

President Ma Ying-jeou at the presidential palace in Taipei.  / Lam Yik Fei / N.Y. Times

Special to Analysis. By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs. U.S. strategic planners correctly assumed at the Cold War’s end that, absent a breakthrough technology or doctrine, it would take decades for the People’s Republic of China […]

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New movement in Taiwan advocates the Swiss option: Armed neutrality


Special to by Parris H. Chang Concerned that Taiwan’s security and sovereignty is being gradually negotiated away to Mainland China, a group of civic organizations has announced a new national strategy to promote Taiwan’s neutrality. Formally launched on Oct. […]

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China scolds Taiwan’s president for publicly endorsing Hong Kong democracy

President Ma Ying-jeou speaks at the National Day celebration in Taipei on Oct. 10.   / Reuters

Special to China lashed out against Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou who finally broke his silence on Hong Kong’s pro-democracy demonstrations and voiced his strong support for the protesters. The irony is that Ma has been extremely unpopular in […]

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Chinese vs. Big China: Hong Kong’s lessons are being studied in Taiwan


Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Hong Kong has always been a city of contrasts. Wealth, a free economy, a feisty media, and the rule of law, have always contrasted with poverty, crowding and claustrophobia. Still, […]

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Student protestors warn China would do to Taiwan,what Russia did to Crimea

Student leader Lin Fei-fan speaks in Taiwan’s parliament during the ongoing protests opposing the controversial trade agreement with China, on April 5. / Reuters

Special to By Parris H. Chang TAIPEI, Taiwan — Hundreds of thousands of “black-clad army” members rallied for democracy at Ketagalan Blvd. in front of the presidential office and streets nearby here on March 30. They wore black to […]

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With unofficial start of Beijing-Taipei talks, Xi Jinping launches campaign for Taiwan hearts and minds

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with Honorary Chairman of the Kuomintang Lien Chan in Beijing on Feb. 18.  /Reuters

Special to By Willy Lam, President Xi Jinping has made progress in his long-cherished goal of starting political or “reunification” talks with Taiwan, which would eventually lead to some form of political union between the two political entities […]

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Beijing’s strategy to ‘buy’ Taiwan: Coerced unification without firing a shot

Wang Yu-chi, left and Zhang Zhijun in Nanjing. /Simon Song/South China Morning Post

Special to Parris H. Chang It is no secret that Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou anxiously seeks to attend the APEC summit in Beijing in October and facilitate a historic meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, hoping to extricate himself […]

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USA lags again on global report card as East Asia runs away from the pack

Graduation at Chaoyang University of Technology in Taiwan.

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — While final exams and the end of the semester are fast approaching for students across America, there’s an early report card which was just delivered with grades for math, reading, and science. Regrettably students […]

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Taiwan’s pro-China policies under Ma have benefitted neither its economy nor its people

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou.

Special to By Parris Chang On July 20, Taiwan’s ruling party (Kuomintang or KMT) elected its chairman, and tens of thousands of its members were mobilized to vote for the incumbent — President Ma Ying-jeou. Pundits likened the election […]

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As U.S. ‘pivots’ to East Asia, Taiwan is drifting into Beijing’s orbit


Sol W. Sanders   TAIPEI – The U.S.’ 50-year-old alliance with [Formosa] Taiwan is eroding slowly but surely in the face of Beijing’s siren call and growing indifference of the Obama administration. Yet at a moment when U.S. strategy ostensibly […]

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