Taiwan’s President: Fighting for Reform

by Michael J. Fonte / 

President Tsai Ing-wen is a sophisticated, professional woman with a strong resume: lawyer, World Trade Organization negotiator, Mainland Affairs Council chair, legislator, vice premier, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chair. Organization negotiators will tell you that her attention to detail was stunning and she carries that characteristic today as president. Continue reading “Taiwan’s President: Fighting for Reform”


Taiwan, not China, is its own worst enemy

By Robyn Mak / Reuters/ April 24, 2017

(Reuters Breakingviews) – Taiwan faces a bigger threat than Chinese invasion: its own economic mismanagement. President Tsai Ing-wen has outlined plans to bolster growth, including a $29 billion stimulus package, but bolder reforms favoured by the business community look hobbled by politics. The irony is that a politician whose party is defined by resistance to Beijing may leave Taiwan more dependent on the mainland than ever. Continue reading “Taiwan, not China, is its own worst enemy”

Why China Should Feel Good About Taiwan

by Derek Grossman / February 22, 2017 / NationalInterest.org

Recent developments in relations between Taiwan and China should bolster the confidence of Chinese leaders that Taiwan under President Tsai Ing-wen will eschew provocation in favor of pragmatism and accommodation with Beijing. Indeed, Tsai’s handling of the December 2nd congratulatory call to then President-elect Donald Trump, her administration’s reaction to Trump’s questioning of the “One-China” policy, Tsai’s end of year speech, and her administration’s treatment of her US transit all demonstrate that she seeks stability and predictability in cross-Strait relations. More significantly, these developments suggest that Tsai may even plan to keep Washington at arm’s-length to avoid unnecessarily antagonizing Beijing. Continue reading “Why China Should Feel Good About Taiwan”

Is Trouble Brewing in the Taiwan Strait?

Tsai messages spark cross-strait storm

By Sean Lin  / January 29, 2017 / Taipei Times

Lunar New Year messages from President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Twitter yesterday sparked a war of words between Taiwanese and Chinese netizens.

“From the people of Taiwan, we wish everyone a bright and prosperous Year of the Rooster,” Tsai wrote in separate messages in English and Japanese to Internet and social media users. Continue reading “Tsai messages spark cross-strait storm”

President Tsai’s remarks at year-end press conference

by Office of the President ROC official website / Dec 31, 2016

On the morning of December 31, President Tsai Ing-wen attended a year-end press conference at the Presidential Office for the domestic and international press corps. In her year-end address to the assembled journalists, President Tsai declared that the government during the coming year would make an all-out effort to boost the economy, continue forward with major reforms, respond to changing international conditions, maintain peace and stability, and seriously address divisive issues. The president also called on all the people of Taiwan to face challenges with unity and together ring in the year 2017. Continue reading “President Tsai’s remarks at year-end press conference”

China and Taiwan’s Uncertain Bond

Geopolitical Diary / OCTOBER 6, 2016

Despite Taiwan and China’s avowed commitment to maintain the status quo when it comes to cross-strait ties, a number of recent developments point to undercurrents of change. Indeed, there is a growing uncertainty in the island state’s relationship with its mainland counterpart. In an interview published Tuesday by The Wall Street Journal, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen affirmed that the island would not “bow to pressure” from Beijing and called for reducing Taiwan’s economic dependence on China. On Wednesday, it was announced that Tsai had nominated James Soong, head of a junior party in the Nationalist Party-led opposition coalition, to represent Taiwan at an Asia-Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) meeting in Peru this November. A month earlier, his appointment had been soundly rejected by Beijing. Continue reading “China and Taiwan’s Uncertain Bond”

Tsai’s Apology Strengthens Taiwan’s Place at Front of Chinese Modernity