Bipartisan advisory group urges US Congress to get real on deterring China’s aggression against Taiwan

A bipartisan congressional advisory group tasked with making an annual report on US-China relations urged US lawmakers to take urgent measures to strengthen the credibility of US military deterrence to potential Chinese aggression against Taiwan, Wednesday, November 17. The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) warned that a lack of clarity in U.S. policy could could fail to deter the Chinese Communist Party from opportunistic aggression against Taiwan. The report came just a day after a high profile meeting

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US Senators propose bill for billions to bolster Taiwan’s defense

A group of US senators introduced a bill seeking to bolster Taiwan’s ability to defend itself against Chinese aggression by authorizing funding to the tune of US$2 billion per year in Foreign Military Financing, according to a United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations press release, Thursday, November 4. The bill also amends the Arms Export Control Act to better facilitate arms transfers to Taiwan. The proposed legislation, the Taiwan Deterrence Act, was put forward by Republican senators Jim Risch,

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Former Australian PM meets Taiwan President to express support for a democracy challenged by giant neighbor

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen met with former Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, and expressed her gratitude for his help in negotiating an economic cooperation agreement between Australia and Taiwan, and his support for Taiwan’s participation in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Tony Abbott, who served as Australian Prime Minister from 2013 to 2015, responded that he was in Taiwan to help end its international isolation, and offered his support to a democratic country challenged by

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United Nations helps Chinese Communist Party make American high schoolers say Taiwan part of China

A high school in Colorado changed references to Taiwan on its website after a UN committee said it was a “hiccup” in an application for students to participate in a UN teen advisory board. “Trying to give some students a taste of foreign affairs, Colorado’s Regis Jesuit High School applied for credentials to attend the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women,” The Wall Street Journal reported September 10. However, the UN emailed the school informing them of a

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Biden reassures: if Taiwan were invaded, the US would respond

The United States would respond to any action against, or invasion of Taiwan, US President Joe Biden said during an interview with ABC News George Stephanopoulos, Wednesday, August 18. In his first interview since the US’ chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan began, Biden made reassurances that the United States can be trusted to stand by its allies in Europe and the Indo-Pacific region. “You already see China telling Taiwan, ‘See? You can’t count on the Americans,’” Stephanopoulos prompted Biden. “Why wouldn’t

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Taiwan Diplomacy Review Act another step towards normalization of US-Taiwan relations

A bilateral group of American congressmen introduced a bill calling for the renaming of Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) to “Taiwan Representative Office,” the creation of a new visa category for Taiwan’s representatives serving in the USA, and for Senate confirmation of those appointed to serve as Director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), Friday, May 28. The bill was introduced by Brad Sherman (Dem, Sherman Oaks) and Steve Chabot (Rep, Ohio), and supported by Gerry Connolly

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European Values think tank communist-watch program to open Taipei Office

The Czech think tank, European Values Center for Security Policy (EVC), will open an office in Taipei later this year, as part of its Red Watch Program, according to a press release issued today, April 20. The Taipei Office of the Red Watch Program will focus on monitoring Chinese influence operations. EVC signed a partnership agreement with Taiwan’s representative Ke Liang-Ruey at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Prague today. The EVC press release referred to Ke as “The

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Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association raises Japanese flag in Taipei for first time: no longer concerned about China’s feelings

Japan’s representative office in Taiwan, the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association (JTEA) raised the national flag of Japan at its Taipei office this morning, April 17, for the first time in its 50-year history. Japan-ROC Diet Members’ Consultative Council Chairman Keiji Furuya took to Twitter today to say that JTEA had finally raised the Japanese flag, and that concern about Beijing’s feelings in the past had prevented the office from doing what should be a “matter of course.” Keiji Furuya wrote that

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Japanese foodie music group releases song promoting Taiwan pineapples following China import ban

A Japanese musical group with a focus on food has released a song to support Taiwanese farmers after China banned the import of pineapples from Taiwan earlier this month. The band Kyu Shoku Tou Ban (給食当番) produced the song after seeing news reports about the plight of Taiwanese pineapple farmers facing a sudden ban on their product in China, which normally fills more than 90% of Taiwan’s pineapple export demand. China announced that it would temporarily stop imports of Taiwanese

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Taiwan representative attends Presidential Inauguration with official invitation for the first time since 1979

Taiwan’s representative to the United States Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴) attended the inauguration ceremony for President Joe Biden today, and it is the first time Taiwan’s representative to the United States was officially invited by the organizing committee since diplomatic ties were broken off in 1979. Since 1979, Taiwan representatives have attended Presidential Inauguration ceremonies with admission tickets provided by individual congress members, to be issued at their own discretion, local media outlets in Taiwan reported. The Taipei Economic and Cultural

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Legislator slams WHO for acting as thugs for CCP after international radiologist group ordered to list Taiwan members under “Taiwan, China”

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator Wang Ting-yu said that the World Health Organization (WHO) has turned into a political thug helping China oppress Taiwan, after an international radiologist society was pressured to list Taiwan members as belonging to “Taiwan, China.” The International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists (ISRRT) responded to the demand by changing “Taiwan” to “Chinese Taipei” on their website. A letter sent by the ISRRT to the Taiwan Society of Radiological Technologists (TWSRT), and the Taiwan Association

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