Written by Joseph Bosco. Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan’s brave and calmly inspirational president recently addressed the rising military threat from Communist China. She noted that Beijing’s crackdown on Hong Kong now puts Taiwan “on the front lines of freedom and democracy.” Recognizing that what is at stake is not only Taiwan’s own political independence and security, but a major front in China’s existential challenge to the rules-based, Western values-oriented international order, Tsai pledged that Taiwan would carry its share of the democratic burden.
Written by Mark W. Lai. Without a doubt, from an American perspective, Taiwan is still — or potentially will be —part of China. One election in the future, another pro-China high school textbook, a charming KMT politician, or a more productive and better China, will alter Taiwan’s identity and its enthusiasm in allying with the US. America is no fool, and Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Australia cannot protect themselves without American help.
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.
Written by Dafydd Fell. In a recent article I was sceptical of the Kuomintang’s (KMT) chances of taking back power at the local level in 2018 and
Written by Kuan-Wei Chen. The unilateral activation of the northbound M503 air route by the People’s Republic of China in January 2018 is creating turbulence over
Written by Alex Calvo. No look at Taiwan’s security and defence policies, and at the balance of military power in the Strait, is complete without
Written by Courtney Donovan Smith. With the announcement of the proposed changes to the Chinese constitution, the world has been rightfully alarmed by the section
Written by Mark Wenyi Lai. Early morning on January 4, China announced that it would begin using the new aviation route M503, connecting its most important
Written by Joseph Bosco. When Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, it also simultaneously attacked the Philippines, triggering World War II in the
Written by Russell Hsiao. On January 4, the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) announced that
Written by Yang Shih-Yueh. The M503 Route, a route for civil airlines transiting Taiwan Straits, is once again under the spotlight. When it was first
Written by Shang-su Wu. Since Tsai Ing-wen took power in May last year, Taipei’s military modernisation has improved. The navy has launched a range of