Taiwan

A view of the Taiwan flag taken on August 21, 2018.

Taiwan’s Self-Made Democracy Still Needs U.S. Partnership

A beacon of freedom is more essential than ever amid growing darkness.

U.S. President Donald Trump (L) speaks  as Foxconn CEO Terry Gou (C) and U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) watch at the groundbreaking for a Foxconn plant on June 28, 2018 in Mt Pleasant, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Andy Manis/Getty Images)

The Billionaire and the Mayor Disrupting Taiwan’s Elections

Star politician Han Kuo-yu or Foxconn leader Terry Gou could lead the country — if they can convince people they don't work for China.

A domestic constructed guided missile corvette ship launches flares during a drill at sea near the naval port in Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan on Jan. 27, 2016. (Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s Scare Tactics Prompt U.S. Fears of a Clash Over Taiwan

American military officials in the Pacific worry that U.S. and Chinese interests could collide in the island democracy.

A Chinese People's Liberation Army guard of honor marches during a ceremony on Tiananmen Square in Beijing on June, 26, 2000.

U.S. Increasingly Concerned About a Chinese Attack on Taiwan

The Pentagon says reunification is the primary driver of China’s military modernization.

A soldier puts a flower on a grave in a cemetery for soldiers during the 60th anniversary of the '823 bombardment' in Kinmen, Taiwan on August 23, 2018.   (SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)

No Smiles Across the Taiwan Strait

Wars of words leave peace a long way off — and more aggression on the table.

Chinese actress Gong Li attends the opening night gala during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 11, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)

Taiwanese Filmmakers Can’t Escape Beijing’s Grip

The market's in the mainland, but the freedom to create is in Taiwan.

Taiwanese soldiers simulate fending off an attempted invasion during an annual drill at the military base in Hualien on Jan. 30. (Mandy Cheng/AFP/Getty Images)

Taiwan Can Win a War With China

Beijing boasts it can seize the island easily. The PLA knows better.

KINMEN COUNTY, TAIWAN - APRIL 20:  A concrete bunker overlooks the Chinese city of Xamen from the Taiwanese island of Little Kinmen which, at points lies only a few miles from China, on April 20, 2018 in Kinmen, Taiwan. China recently carried out live-fire military drills in the Taiwan Strait involving its Liaoning aircraft carrier, an exercise interpreted as a show of force and a message to self-governed Taiwan which China claims as its territory. The naval exercise was the first in the Taiwan Strait since 2016 and was held just over 100 miles off the coast of Taiwan. Following the defeat of the ruling Kuomintang party by the Chinese Communist Party and their retreat to Taiwan in 1949, cross-strait relations have varied from open conflict to diplomatic war. China's President, Xi Jinping, recently emphasised China's sovereignty over Taiwan by stating that 'We have sufficient abilities to thwart any form of Taiwan independence attempts'. Beijing has also imposed financial restrictions by significantly limiting the number of Chinese tour groups allowed to visit Taiwan and imposed trade sanctions on the island.  (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

China’s Taiwan Strait Provocations Need a U.S. Response

The United States should respond to Beijing's aggression by upholding freedom of navigation.

Chang An-lo, also known as "White Wolf," leader of the China Unification Promotion Party, speaks to the media on May 20, 2016. (Isaac Lawrence/AFP/Getty Images)

Nice Democracy You’ve Got There. Be a Shame If Something Happened to It.

China's Communist Party is using thuggish proxies to disrupt Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Taiwanese sailors salute the island's flag on the deck of the Panshih supply ship after taking part in annual drills, at the Tsoying naval base in Kaohsiung on Jan. 31. (Mandy Cheng/AFP/Getty Images)

Beijing’s Threats Against Taiwan Are Deadly Serious

China's leaders are giving up on political hopes of reunification — and considering military options.

United Airlines flight 897 lifts off from Dulles International Airport on its maiden flight from Washington, DC to Beijing, the first-ever nonstop flight between the two capitals, on March 28, 2007. (Paul J. RIchards/AFP/Getty Images)

China Threatens U.S. Airlines Over Taiwan References

Beijing is pressuring companies around the world to follow the party line on Taiwan sovereignty — or else.

Same-sex activists outside the parliament in Taipei on May 24. (Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)

Beijing Can’t Understand Taiwan’s Democracy

The Communist Party is baffled — and angered — by the new activism across the straits.

Three Taiwanese submarines at the Tsoying navy base in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, on Jan. 18. (Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)

America Just Quietly Backed Down Against China Again

When China complained about a plan for the Navy to make port calls in Taiwan, Congress listened.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen oversees a military drill on May 25, 2017.
(Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)

Wary of Trump, Taiwan Shies From Spotlight in President’s Asia Trip

Most countries love engagement and attention from the U.S. president. But Taiwan has been burned before.

Flags with rooster patterns hang over the crowd as local residents shop in a traditional market to buy items ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays, this year marking the Year of the Rooster, in Taipei on January 19, 2017.
Taiwanese decorate their homes with flowers and pray for good fortune at temples to celebrate during the annual holiday season, the biggest of the year. / AFP / SAM YEH        (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)

Taiwan’s Economic Charm Offensive Hits Chinese Walls

The island is searching for new economic partners, but Beijing's hemming it in on every side it can.

A Standard surface-to-air missile is launched from a Perry-class frigate of Taiwan navy at a mock enemy target in the island's biggest ever wargame held in Litzechien, northeastern Ilan county, 04 September 2003. At least 6,000 soldiers participated in the drill codenamed "Han Kuang 19" (Han Glory) presided over by President Chen Shui-bian.  AFP PHOTO/Sam YEH  (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Comes Through for Taiwan With $1.3 Billion Arms Sale

The State Department notified Congress of the sale, relieving concerns about a prolonged delay to appease Beijing.

Pro-Russian militiants attack a branch of Ukrainian bank Privatbank in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on April 28, 2014. Some 300 masked pro-Russian militants wielding baseball bats attacked a branch of the bank owned by an oligarch regional governor who has voiced criticism of Moscow. The gang attacked the Donetsk office of the powerful Private banking and metal industry holding belonging to Igor Kolomoisky, a billionaire who is also governor of the nearby region of Dnipropetrovsk. AFP PHOTO/ ALEXANDER KHUDOTEPLY        (Photo credit should read Alexander KHUDOTEPLY/AFP/Getty Images)

The Kremlin’s Newest Hybrid Warfare Asset: Gangsters

Russia and other states have taken to hiring street gangs and thugs to do the sort of dirty work that even spies don't want to touch.

Same-sex activists hug outside the parliament in Taipei on May 24, 2017 as they celebrate the landmark decision paving the way for the island to become the first place in Asia to legalise gay marriage.
Crowds of pro-gay marriage supporters in Taiwan on May 24 cheered, hugged and wept as a top court ruled in favour of same-sex unions. / AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH        (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)

Taiwan’s High Court Rules in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage

If parliament codifies it in the next two years, Taiwan will be a trailblazer in Asia.

US President Barack Obama (R) is awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service by US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter during an Armed Forces Full Honor Farewell Review in his honor at Joint Base Myer-Henderson in Arlington, Virginia, January 4, 2017. / AFP / JIM WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Ash Carter Won’t Leave Asia Quietly

A last ditch effort by Obama's Defense Secretary to soothe the nerves of Asian allies terrified by the next administration.

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