Taiwan President on Taiwan

蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen @iingwen

Today I begin my eighth year as president of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Seven years ago, we embraced our cause of transforming our country, and one step after the other, embarked on reform. From then to now, we have walked a long path. We have markedly changed the face of Taiwan from that of seven years ago. Going forward, we must demonstrate our determination to create an economy and industries that are even more resilient, so that we can cement Taiwan’s key position in global supply chains.

A looming threat

NYT Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has civilians in Taiwan taking China’s aggression more seriously.

Civilians participating in a battle simulation during a combat medic training workshop near Taipei in May. Since the war in Ukraine began, a growing number of Taiwanese have been making their own preparations for war.
Civilians participating in a battle simulation during a combat medic training workshop near Taipei in May. Since the war in Ukraine began, a growing number of Taiwanese have been making their own preparations for war.Credit…Lam Yik Fei for The New York Times
Ian Prasad Philbrick

By Ian Prasad Philbrick

June 19, 2022, 7:26 a.m. ET

Taiwan has spent more than seven decades under the threat of an invasion: China sees the island as a breakaway part of its territory. In the months since Russia invaded Ukraine, Taiwanese citizens have come to view a Chinese incursion as a more serious possibility than ever. My colleague Amy Qin, who’s based in Taipei, Taiwan’s capital, recently reported on how the island is preparing. I called her to learn more.

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Has Washington’s Policy Toward Taiwan Crossed the Rubicon?

December 10, 2021  by Paul Heer, The National Interest

Testimony from officials in the State Department and Defense Department this week included subtle but important shifts in the U.S. policy toward Taiwan

The ground shifted under Washington’s policy toward Taiwan on December 8, a shift no less seismic for being subtle and semantic. During a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Ely Ratner asserted that Taiwan is “a critical node within the first island chain (in the Western Pacific), anchoring a network of U.S. allies and partners … that is critical to the region’s security and critical to the defense of vital U.S. interests in the Indo-Pacific.”

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Migrant worker fined for posting marriage ad in Taiwan

Vietnamese worker fined for advertising cross-cultural marriage for Taiwanese friend

  By Ching-Tse Cheng, Taiwan News, Staff Writer2021/03/20 15:22

(Pixabay photo)

(Pixabay photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A migrant worker was recently fined by the National Immigration Agency (NIA) for trying to recruit women from his home country of Vietnam to marry his Taiwanese friend, via an online advertisement.

In a news release on Friday (March 19), the NIA said the Vietnamese man violated Taiwan’s Immigration Act by posting a marriage ad on Facebook to attract foreign brides. The message in the advertisement was written in Vietnamese and personal details of his Taiwanese friend were provided, it said.

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Taiwan talks up trans-Pacific trade pact after exclusion from RCEP

An audience waves Taiwanese flags during the National Day celebrations in Taipei
People wave Taiwanese flags during the National Day celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, on Oct 10, 2018. (Photo: Reuters/Tyrone Siu)

16 Nov 2020 12:03PM(Updated: 16 Nov 2020 12:10PM) CNA

TAIPEI: Trade-dependent Taiwan has made “relatively” good progress towards joining the revamped version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but it is awaiting clearer rules on membership, the island’s chief trade negotiator said on Monday (Nov 16).

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Keep an Eye on Taiwan

The battle over the island may be a Cold War relic, but it will shape the future.


Man holding the Taiwan flag up in the air, in front of a blue sky

Taiwan is one of those flash points that has never flashed. The dispute over the island’s fate has had the potential to erupt into conflict between China and the United States for decades. But the feared Chinese invasion has never come. The situation has remained deadlocked for so long that Taiwan’s quandary often drifts into the background of Asian affairs, overshadowed by seemingly more-pressing concerns, such as North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and inflamed tensions between India and Pakistan in Kashmir.

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Đài Loan: Thương hải tang điền

  • 04.06.2020, 06:31

TTCT – Tình hình Đài Loan đã nóng lên trong những ngày qua từ sau lễ nhậm chức của người đứng đầu chính quyền hòn đảo, bà Thái Anh Văn. Nhưng cần hiểu lịch sử lâu dài của vùng đất phức tạp này mới thấy hết tầm quan trọng của những diễn tiến gần đây.

Ngày 27-2-1947, công an tại Đài Bắc đến nhà bắt giữ và đánh đập một phụ nữ bán thuốc lá lậu. Quần chúng bất mãn bèn phản đối, công an nổ súng và bắn chết một người.

Đài Loan: Thương hải tang điền
Một tác phẩm nghệ thuật mô tả sự biến 228.

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Foxconn tore up a small town to build a big factory, then retreated

TĐH: Terry Gou, Chairman of Taiwanese firm Foxconn, with lots of investments in mainland China, has just announced his running for the presidency of Taiwan, against incumbent president Tsai Ing-wen. So now, stories about Foxconn and Tery Gou begin to take the front pages.

This story is somewhat personal to me. The little village Mount Pleasant in this story is right outside the border of City of Racine, where I worked as an accountant in Racine City Hall in my previous life before going to law school to become a lawyer. Last year, in our summer road trip to the US west coast, my wife and I stopped by Racine to take a look and took some pictures and was surprised by so much infrastructure construction going on. Now I understand the reason – the investment promise (still to be fulfilled) by Foxconn.

Valerie Bauerlein, The Wall Street Journal, Tuesday April 30, 2019

MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis.—Six miles west of Lake Michigan lies a cleared building site half again as big as Central Park, ready for Foxconn Technology Group’s $10 billion liquid-crystal-display factory.
Contractors have bulldozed about 75 homes in Mount Pleasant and cleared hundreds of farmland acres. Crews are widening Interstate 94 from Milwaukee to the Illinois state line to accommodate driverless trucks and thousands of employees. Village and county taxpayers have borrowed around $350 million so far to buy land and make infrastructure improvements, from burying sewer pipes to laying storm drains.
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Góc khuất ở nơi có 1.000 cô gái lấy chồng ngoại và những phận đời dạt trôi

NN 27/10/2017, 14:16 (GMT+7) Lượng kiều hối của trên dưới 1.000 cô gái lấy chồng ngoại hàng năm gửi về nhiều như nước sông He mùa lụt. Nhưng đằng sau vẻ hào nhoáng lấp lánh như bề ngoài của một tấm huy chương ấy là góc khuất ít người biết đến…

Dạt trôi những phận người

Chưa ở đâu tôi thấy nhiều biệt thự như xã Đại Hợp (huyện Kiến Thụy, Hải Phòng). Những công trình hoành tráng mọc lên san sát như bát úp. Đó là nhà của những người có con gái lấy chồng ngoại. Nhà nào có 1 cô thì to vừa, có 2 cô thì to bự, có 3 hay 4 cô thì như biệt phủ, biệt điện. Bởi thế mà câu hỏi quen thuộc của nhiều bà ở đây là: “Nhà chị có mấy đứa con lấy chồng ngoại?”.

Những ngôi nhà to đẹp ở Đại Hợp

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Fishermen ‘kept like slaves’ in Taiwan


According to rights groups, exploitation of migrant workers is frequently reported in Taiwan, where around 600,000 foreigners are hired as caregivers, fishermen, construction and factory workers. (Photo: AFP/Sam Yeh)

TAIPEI: A group of foreign fishermen in Taiwan were locked in tiny windowless rooms around the clock to stop them escaping while not at sea, prosecutors said in the island’s latest abuse case involving migrant workers. Tiếp tục đọc “Fishermen ‘kept like slaves’ in Taiwan”

Tự do hàng hải của nước lớn

  • 28.07.2017, 12:27

TTCT– Thứ sáu 21-7 vừa rồi, Jared Dummitt và Eliot Kim, hai nghiên cứu sinh của Trường Luật Harvard, đã đăng một bài trên website luật học lawfareblog.com có tựa đề “khác lạ”: “Chiến tranh vì biển: Hãy quen dần với điều đó trên Biển Đông”.

Tự do hàng hải của nước lớn
Tàu sân bay tự đóng đầu tiên của Trung Quốc (chưa đặt tên) được hạ thủy ngoài khơi thành phố cảng Đại Liên tháng 4-2017.-Ảnh: The New York Times

Hai tác giả bắt đầu bằng câu chuyện: “Tuần này, hải quân và không quân Trung Quốc đã thực hiện các hoạt động mở rộng – trong số đó có một số vụ là chưa từng có trước đó ở trong và xung quanh lãnh hải của Nhật Bản, Đài Loan và Mỹ. Bắc Kinh đã tỏ rõ giọng điệu thách thức khi dấy lên những dấu hỏi về tính thích đáng của các hoạt động này”. Tiếp tục đọc “Tự do hàng hải của nước lớn”

Southern VN attracts major FDI

vietnamnews Update: June, 30/2017 – 09:00

The Việt Nam-Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) I in the southern province of Bình Dương. — Photo vsip.com.vn

Viet Nam News HCM CITY — Besides HCM City, its next-door provinces Bình Dương and Đồng Nai have also attracted large amounts of foreign direct investment in the first half of this year.

According to a report from the Bình Dương People’s Committee, FDI in the first six months was worth around US$1.62 billion. Tiếp tục đọc “Southern VN attracts major FDI”

Panama cuts off ties with Taiwan, switches to China

al jazeera 13 June 2017

Taiwan says China’s luring of Panama is an ‘open threat’ and ‘provocation to peace and stability’.

China and Panama's foreign ministers signed a joint communique establishing ties in Beijing [AFP]
China and Panama’s foreign ministers signed a joint communique establishing ties in Beijing [AFP]

Panama has established diplomatic ties with China while breaking off with Taiwan, dealing a victory to Beijing which claims the self-governing island as its own territory.

Panama President Juan Carlos Varela announced the change in a televised address on Tuesday, saying it represents “the correct path for our country”. Tiếp tục đọc “Panama cuts off ties with Taiwan, switches to China”