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Taiwan/China/USA – Taiwan invasion doesn’t hang in the military balance (East Asia Forum)

Andrei Lungu, RISAP

There is growing speculation and alarm about a possible Chinese invasion of Taiwan after Beijing sharpened its rhetoric towards the Taiwanese government and increased its military manoeuvres around the territory. The Biden administration is worried that if Chinese leaders are overconfident in China’s growing power and assume Washington’s decline, they might decide to invade Taiwan.

Taiwan invasion doesn’t hang in the military balance | East Asia Forum

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Taiwan – Lee Tung-hui’s leadership legacy (East Asia Forum)

Fang-Yu Chen, Soochow University, Austin Horng-En Wang, University of Nevada, Charles K S Wu, University of South Alabama and Yao-Yuan Yeh, University of St Thomas

Presidents of Taiwan are rarely well known in the international community. Lee Tung-hui was an exception. As the president of Taiwan from 1988 to 2000, his efforts to promote Taiwan’s democratisation earned him the nickname, ‘Taiwan’s Father of Democracy’. But what made Lee famous was how he revamped the dynamics of the trilateral relationship between the United States, Taiwan and China.

Lee Tung-hui’s leadership legacy | East Asia Forum

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Taiwan – Taiwan and the politics of vaccine warfare (East Asia Forum)

A medical staff works at the Flower Museum where people get COVID-19 vaccination in Taipei, Taiwan, 28 July 2021. (Photo: Reuters).

Chunhuei Chi, Oregon State University

The people of Taiwan have been living in a parallel world since June 2020, with the island recording more than 250 consecutive days without any domestic cases of COVID-19. This paradise was brought back to the reality of the pandemic in late April 2021, when a pilot violated strict quarantine laws and sparked a series of domestic outbreaks. The fight against the virus is only made worse by Taiwan’s unique geopolitical position.

Taiwan and the politics of vaccine warfare | East Asia Forum

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USA/Defense/Taiwan – State Clears Biden Admin’s First Major Taiwan Arms Sale (Breaking Defense)

The State Department cleared Taiwan today to purchase an estimated $750 million in howitzers and associated equipment — the first major Foreign Military Sales case to Taiwan approved by the Biden administration. State also ok’d the sale of RAM Block 2 Tactical Missiles and follow-on technical support for Aegis class destroyers for Japan, which would combine for a potential price tag of $195.5 million.

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Taiwan – Tsai’s high stakes on Taiwan’s upcoming referendum (East Asia Forum)

Bill Sharp writes: Taiwan will vote on four referendum items on 18 December, the result of which could make or break the remainder of President Tsai Ing-wen’s time in office. The referendum was rescheduled from 28 August by the Central Election Commission due to the spread of COVID-19 in Taiwan.

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Taiwan – Examining the role of cross-Strait relations in Taiwan’s politics (Brookings)

Lev Nachman and Ryan Hass write: Lev Nachman recently returned to the United States after living in Taipei for more than two years, where he was a Fulbright scholar and studied social movements and political parties in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Nachman who also previously lived in Taiwan, is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. In a conversation with Brookings Senior Fellow and Chen-Fu and Cecilia Yen Koo Chair in Taiwan Studies Ryan Hass, Nachman provides insights on the relationship between Taiwanese identity and support for Taiwan independence, factors that motivate Taiwan voters, and prospects for Taiwan’s 2024 presidential election.

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USA/Taiwan/China – ‘We Will Not Flinch’: Austin Promises US Will Continue to Bolster Taiwan’s Self-Defense (Defense One)

Tara Copp writes: Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the United States will continue to help Taiwan and other allies in the Pacific defend themselves against aggression from China even as he said a new, more transparent relationship with Beijing is desired. 

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Taiwan apre una sede diplomatica in Lituania. Che rafforza entrambi (Formiche)

Emanuele Rossi writes for Formiche: Più Taiwan si crea connessioni internazionali, più penetra all’interno dei sistemi multilaterali, più certe dinamiche vengono mosse e percepite come quelle di una realtà indipendente, più è difficile per Pechino spezzare questi legami

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(USA/Taiwan) Clarifying US commitments to Taiwan (East Asia Forum)

Samuel Hui and Wang Kai-Chun, Taipei, write for East Asia Forum: On 7 July White House Asia tsar Kurt Campbell stated ‘we support a strong unofficial relationship with Taiwan; we do not support Taiwan independence’, drawing an even clearer line on the US position regarding Taiwan. This came after he affirmed in June that the Biden administration is confident in the current framework that governs relations between mainland China, Taiwan and the United States.

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