Biden doubles-down on Trump’s Taiwan policy, but will it last?

The Biden administration may decide to de-emphasize Taiwan's gains to curry favor with China. © Reuters

Derek Grossman is a senior defense analyst at the nonprofit, nonpartisan Rand Corporation. He formerly served as an intelligence adviser at the Pentagon. It is an open secret that Taiwan welcomed the Trump administration’s policy to significantly strengthen U.S.-Taiwan relations, and it was jittery about the transition to the Biden administration. Early indications, however, are… Continue reading Biden doubles-down on Trump’s Taiwan policy, but will it last?

How Long Can the Biden Administration Stall a Crisis in Taiwan?

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There’s no relationship between two countries on Earth quite like that between the United States and Taiwan. The island nation is America’s ninth-largest trading partner and one of the main global customers for U.S. arms exports. As containing China’s regional ambitions has become a guiding aim of U.S. policy in East Asia, the defense of… Continue reading How Long Can the Biden Administration Stall a Crisis in Taiwan?

Taiwan says Chinese fighters, U.S. aircraft both entered defence zone

FILE PHOTO: Taiwan coast guard patrol boats along the coast of Pratas Islands January 27. sk/Photo by C.C./File Photo

TAIPEI- Six Chinese fighter aircraft and a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft entered the southwestern corner of Taiwan’s air defence identification zone on Sunday, the island’s defence ministry said, in an unusual admission of U.S. military activity. Tensions have spiked over the last week or so after Taiwan reported multiple Chinese fighters and bombers flying into the… Continue reading Taiwan says Chinese fighters, U.S. aircraft both entered defence zone

Taiwan to discuss supply chains with U.S. next week amid auto shortage

Staff wear protective masks at the Volkswagen assembly line Wolfsburg Germany, April 27, 2020. Swen Pfoertner/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan Economy Minister Wang Mei-hua will hold a virtual meeting with the United States next week to discuss supply chains, with semiconductor firms present, her ministry said on Friday, amid a global shortage of chips used by automakers. The State Department said Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade Policy and Negotiations Matt Murray… Continue reading Taiwan to discuss supply chains with U.S. next week amid auto shortage

Australian’s new envoy to Taiwan to take up post Feb. 1

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Taipei, Jan. 27 (CNA) Australia’s new representative to Taiwan Jenny Bloomfield is set to assume her post Feb. 1, the Australian Office in Taipei announced Wednesday. Bloomfield was Australia’s Ambassador to Greece from 2011-2014 and has also served in Japan, Argentina and Iran, according to a statement issued by the office. She holds a master’s… Continue reading Australian’s new envoy to Taiwan to take up post Feb. 1

Outging US ambassador says world must end Taiwan’s exclusion

In this image made from a video screen shows and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft meeting virtually with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (unseen) on Wednesday night, Jan. 13, 2021. Craft's trip to Taiwan was canceled but Craft told Tsai: “The United States will always stand with Taiwan.” (The United States Mission to the United Nations via AP)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In a final swipe at China, the Trump administration’s outgoing U.N. ambassador tweeted that it’s time for the world to oppose China’s efforts to exclude and isolate Taiwan, drawing sharp criticism from Beijing. To make the point even more graphic, Ambassador Kelly Craft accompanied the tweet with a photo of herself… Continue reading Outging US ambassador says world must end Taiwan’s exclusion

Taiwan reports large incursion by Chinese warplanes for second day

A Taiwanese F-16 fighter jet was seen flying next to a Chinese H-6 bomber (top) in Taiwan's airspace on 10 February 2020. (File photo). Photo: AFP / Taiwan Defence Ministry

TAIPEI – Eight Chinese bomber planes and four fighter jets entered the southwestern corner of Taiwan’s air defence identification zone on Saturday, and Taiwan’s air force deployed missiles to “monitor” the incursion, the island’s defence ministry said. China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory, has conducted almost daily flights over the waters between the… Continue reading Taiwan reports large incursion by Chinese warplanes for second day

Taiwan officially launched a brand-new passport

The new passport, right, makes Taiwan larger and Republic of China smaller than on the old passport, left

Taiwan on Monday launched a brand new passport that places a diplomatic spin on the idea of social distancing amid the pandemic. The self-governing island’s official identify, Republic of China, has been downsized, though it stays on the quilt in Chinese characters. The phrases “Taiwan Passport” seem in massive daring sort. The authorities stated early… Continue reading Taiwan officially launched a brand-new passport

U.S. plan to sell MQ-9 Reaper drones to Taiwan vex Beijing

The United States has agreed to sell four armed MQ-9 Reaper drones to Taiwan will complicate Beijing’s incessant prodding of the island’s defences. Thanks to China’s sabre rattling over a possible amphibious assault on Taiwan with drills and combat preparation operations in waters nearby, and Xi jinping’s escalating language about possible forcible reunification, the diminutive… Continue reading U.S. plan to sell MQ-9 Reaper drones to Taiwan vex Beijing