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Editorials, Politics

Taiwan’s America

Don’t be misled by the Islamo-obsessiveness that’s currently sweeping the U.S. The America that Taiwan’s next leader will encounter will be sober, responsible and fully committed to maintaining the U.S. stake in the western Pacific

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Editorials, Politics

The Last Thorn on China’s Periphery

China has had a good year in pacifying the challenges on its periphery. The one exception is Taiwan, where the coming election of a China-wary candidate underscores the limits of its policies

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Defense, Editorials

The New Arms Sale to Taiwan and U.S. Policy Toward the DPP

It’s not the content of the new arms sale that matters so much — it’s the timing

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Editorials, Politics

China, Taiwan and Islamic Terrorism

Following the recent outrage in Paris, China is making a renewed attempt to portray itself as a key element in the West’s fight against terrorism. What does this mean for Taiwan?

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Editorials, Politics

The Real Significance of the Xi-Ma Summit

Hint: It has nothing to do with future cross-strait meetings, imposed interpretations of the 1992 Consensus or even attempts to influence the upcoming elections in Taiwan

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Editorials, Politics

China’s Difficult Summer

A series of far-reaching setbacks for China’s leadership appears to open the door for foreign countries to start treating Taiwan with equanimity. Whether they will do so is a very different matter. But the door is open to change

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Editorials, Politics

Dealing with Sanctions from China

Chances are good that China will impose some form of sanctions to protest the election of Tsai Ing-wen as president. But the sanctions’ political bark may turn out to be far worse than their bite — as long as Taiwan responds intelligently

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Editorials, Politics

The KMT Implosion and Historical Inevitability

The real roots of the KMT’s breakdown go back to the party’s failure to redefine itself after it renounced its goal of returning to China

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Politics

Taiwan and Democratic Chickens Coming Home to Roost

American Asia expert Richard Bush should not be lamenting Tsai Ing-wen’s prospective victory in Taiwan’s upcoming presidential election. As a supporter of the U.S.’ central role in institutionalizing Taiwan’s vibrant democracy, he should be welcoming it instead

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Editorials, Politics

How the Republicans Forgot Taiwan

Republicans must end their obsession with the Middle East and permit the Obama administration to focus its attention on the problem that really counts: China’s rise

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