Written by R. D. Cheng. On March 31, People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) warplanes flew across the “median line” in the Taiwan Strait that has long served as an unofficial airspace boundary between Taiwan and China. This behaviour was unusual and provocative move on China’s part — the first time in 20 years that such a deliberate incursion took place.
Recent developments raise concerns—still only incipient ones—about the continuing durability of the TRA and its singular place in US Taiwan policy and US-Taiwan-PRC relations. In 2018, Congress departed from long-prevailing practice and enacted laws addressing quasi-diplomatic and security ties with Taiwan. Where many prior bills had failed, the National Defense Authorization Act and the Taiwan Travel Act passed.
Richard Haass, president of the Council of Foreign Relations, recently published an article entitled “The looming crisis over Taiwan.” It is surprisingly unbalanced in analyzing the cause of the crisis he fears.
Written by Robert S. Wang. On 5 February 2019, Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post (SCMP) published an article entitled “PLA bombers, jet fighters in
Written by Michael Mazza. Taiwan’s November 2018 nine-in-one elections looked like a major setback for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party. The DPP won only six
Written by Yu-Hua Chen. Taiwan completed its nine-in-one local election on 24 November 2018, which ended up with a historical defeat of the ruling Democratic
Written by Robyn Klingler-Vidra. More than 2 billion data records were stolen in 2017, according to CB Insights. As the sophistication and deviousness of hackers
Written by Steven Goldstein. El Salvador became the latest country to sever relations with the Republic of China on Taiwan and recognize the People’s Republic
Written by Andrew Maxey. Last month, the Ministry of National Defence tapped CSBC Corp, who previously produced the 12-vessel Ching Chiang-class of fast attack missile
Written by Dana S. Trif. The Arbitral Tribunal constituted under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) issued in July, 2016 its
Written by Kwei-Bo Huang. The strategic importance of the Republic of China (hereafter Taiwan) in the United State’s Indo-Pacific strategy has been rising in recent
Written by Shirley Kan. The U.S. Congress passed the Taiwan Travel Act, and President Trump signed the bill into law on March 16, 2018. The