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Here’s Why Taiwan’s Democracy is at Stake

Here’s Why Taiwan’s Democracy is at Stake

By Hsiang-en Huang, Graduate Studnet in Politics at New York University
Location United States United States

Taiwan’s controversial trade deal with China resulted in thousands of Taiwanese students occupying the government and is prompting many to review the nature of democracy. The failure of representative democracy that was unable to give the voice for the voiceless triggered Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement student protest. The reason for students to show up and occupy the government is because they saw the irresponsibility of both parties. Taiwan’s opposition party, the Democratic Progress Party (DPP), has […]

April 17, 2014 · 1 comment · China, Politics, Taiwan
Taiwan’s Special Role in the South China Sea Disputes

Taiwan’s Special Role in the South China Sea Disputes

By Yu-ting Chen, Master’s Student at National Sun Yat-sen University
Location Taiwan Taiwan

Taiwan’s low profile strategy can be explained by its embarrassing position in the South China Sea disputes. Many are the discussions about interstate conflicts in diplomacy. Likewise, many are the discussions about the South China Sea (SCS) disputes and their implications for regional relations and the general security of East Asia. The natural resource reserves in the SCS and the free navigation through the sea lanes for transportation of energy and commodities have been argued […]

March 24, 2014 · 1 comment · Asia, Politics, Taiwan
Three Reasons Nicaragua Inked the Mega Canal Project

Three Reasons Nicaragua Inked the Mega Canal Project

By Antonio C. Hsiang, Associate Professor at Chihlee Institute of Technology, Taiwan
Location Taiwan Taiwan

On June 13, Nicaragua’s populist President Daniel Ortega signed a contract for the Nicaragua Canal project with 41-year old Chinese businessman Wang Jing without any public bidding process. The contract granted Hong Kong Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Co. (HKND), a little-known private Chinese company, the authority to “design, develop, engineer, finance, construct, possess, operate, maintain and administer” the Great Nicaragua Canal mega project. Estimated to cost $40 billion, the project includes an inter-oceanic canal, an oil pipeline, an […]

Taiwan’s Unique Status in East Asia

Taiwan’s Unique Status in East Asia

By Nathan Novak, MA Student at the National Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Location Taiwan Taiwan

In East Asia, Taiwan’s central position in the Western Pacific between the South and East China Seas make Taiwan a strategic asset. Not long ago in East Asia, the Taiwan Strait appeared the only flash point that could conceivably draw the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the United States into a war. According to this view’s adherents, Taiwan was a strategic liability destined to needlessly sour Sino-US relations and, worse yet, pose the potential […]

May 27, 2013 · 1 comment · China, Novak, Politics, Taiwan
Will China’s Rise Limit US-Taiwan Relations?

Will China’s Rise Limit US-Taiwan Relations?

By Charles Chong-han Wu, Doctoral Candidate at University of South Carolina
Location United States United States

When it comes to the United States, China and Taiwan, the initial assertion tells us that without US backing, declaration of de jure independence is simply not a feasible option for Taiwan. But the complicating factor is that Washington not only has an interest in the security of Taiwan but also in stable relations with China, particularly after growing bilateral ties. Thus, the maintenance of the status quo turns out to be US policy, too. […]

April 24, 2013 · 1 comment · Politics, Taiwan, United States
Taiwan’s Centrality in East Asian Security: From Liability to Asset

Taiwan’s Centrality in East Asian Security: From Liability to Asset

By Nathan Novak, MA Student at the National Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Location Taiwan Taiwan

Not long ago the Taiwan Strait appeared the only flash point in Asia that could conceivably draw the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the United States into a war. According to this view’s adherents, Taiwan was a strategic liability destined to needlessly sour Sino-US relations and, worse yet, pose the potential problem of forcing Washington to choose between abandoning Taipei and risking Los Angeles in the event of a Chinese ultimatum. Those days appear […]

December 26, 2012 · 1 comment · Politics, Taiwan
The Strategic Triangle: US-China-Taiwan Relations

The Strategic Triangle: US-China-Taiwan Relations

By Charles Chong-han Wu, Doctoral Candidate in Political Science at the University of South Carolina
Location United States United States

When it comes to the US-China-Taiwan relations, the initial assertion tells us that without US backing, declaration of de jure independence is simply not a feasible option for Taiwan. But the complicating factor is that Washington not only has an interest in the security of Taiwan but also in stable relations with China, particularly after growing bilateral ties. Thus, the maintenance of the status quo turns out to be US policy, too. To achieve such […]

December 13, 2012 · 3 comments · China, Politics, Taiwan