Tsai Ing-wen is the president of Taiwan. She took office on May 20, 2016, after her Democratic Progressive Party won a landslide victory over the Beijing-friendly Kuomintang in the presidential electi
Thousands of people in Taiwan’s capital Taipei have joined an annual demonstration against the easing of restrictions against imports of American pork which contain a controversial food additive.
Nov 24, 2020
Every Tuesday and Thursday, Inkstone Explains unravels the ideas and context behind the headlines to help you understand news about China. When Former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui died at 97 on July 30, politicians around the world sent their condolences. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Lee was crucial in transforming Taiwan into a “beacon of democracy.” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Lee had brought Taiwan “freedom, democracy, human rights and other universal values.” In mainland China, however, the tone was critical. The reporting of Lee’s passing was condemnatory, because he was regarded by the mainland government as promoting independence for the self-ruled island. T
Aug 04, 2020
As the relationship between Beijing and Washington has deteriorated during the Covid-19 pandemic, the United States has managed to use the crisis to shore up relations with Taiwan. The tightening relationship has been met with strong disapproval from Beijing, and analysts said it would further strain cross-strait relations. The coronavirus pandemic has already strained the relationship between Taipei and Beijing, with the handling of the repatriation of Taiwanese people in the central mainland city of Wuhan being one of the most recent areas of contention. On Friday the de facto US embassy in Taiwan promised “more cooperation with Taiwan for years to come” in a move observers interpreted a
Apr 13, 2020
Taiwan may face retaliation and increased pressure from Beijing after President Tsai Ing-wen’s landslide re-election victory, analysts said, adding uncertainty to the already tense relationship between China and the US. Tsai, from the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), won a record-breaking 8.2 million votes, or 57% of the total, in Taiwan’s election on Saturday against 5.5 million votes for her main opponent, Kaohsiung mayor Han Kuo-yu, in what was widely seen as an endorsement of the Tsai administration’s tough stance against Beijing. Observers said Beijing was likely to further squeeze Taiwan – a self-ruled island that Beijing claims as part of its territory – in the
Jan 13, 2020
Two Taiwanese artists, one painting with his fingers and the other creating Japanese manga-style portraits, took inspiration from the self-ruled island’s political scene ahead of its 2020 presidential election.
Jan 08, 2020
Taiwan’s top military official and 7 others were killed on January 2, 2020. Their Black Hawk helicopter crashed in a mountainous area near the capital Taipei, according to officials.
Jan 03, 2020
Chemistry student Chen Pin-yu will be voting for the first time when Taiwan heads to the polls in January, and she has already made her choice. “I’ll be giving my vote to Tsai Ing-wen because she is more capable of defending Taiwan than Han Kuo-yu or James Soong,” the 21-year-old, who studies at Tamkang University in Taipei, said. Chen was concerned about the self-ruled island’s fate if President Tsai lost to Han or Soong, whom the student said “would turn a blind eye to Beijing eroding our sovereignty.” Young voters like Chen will be crucial for the three presidential candidates on January 11, analysts say, in an election seen as a choice between protecting the island’s sovereignty and kee
Dec 31, 2019
University students fleeing campus turmoil in Hong Kong can attend lectures at colleges in Taiwan to continue their studies, the Taiwanese authorities said on Wednesday. Students would be allowed to sit in on courses without credits for the rest of the school term, which runs from early December until January 3. “Regardless of whether they are from Taiwan or not, university students in Hong Kong whose studies have been interrupted by the protests in Hong Kong are welcome to register with a number of our universities here if they want to continue their studies,” Taiwan’s Ministry of Education said. Students who want to qualify for a degree would have to apply through the ministry. The offer
Nov 21, 2019
Huge protests have forced Hong Kong’s leader to apologize (twice) over an unpopular extradition bill that many felt could erode the city's autonomy from mainland China. The bill sought to allow Beijing to extradite suspects from the former British colony, which was promised a great deal of autonomy when it returned to Chinese rule. The plan is now dead in all but name after 2 million people took to the streets on Sunday to protest it. But it was not just Hong Kong’s fight, and the fallout has already hit the whole region – in unexpected ways. Patrick, an Inkstone reader at the University of Virginia, asked us how this all played out across the strait in Taiwan. The answers to that could be f
Jun 19, 2019
Taiwanese tycoon Terry Gou, who earned his fortune making iPhones, said on Wednesday that he would run for president of Taiwan after receiving a divine blessing from a sea goddess. Hardly a household name abroad, Gou is well known in Asia for founding the world’s largest contract manufacturer of iPhones and other electronics, Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known by its trading name, Foxconn. By throwing his hat into the ring, Gou looks set to shake up politics on the self-ruled island. Taiwan’s relations with China have come under focus amid a sluggish economy and intensifying rivalry between Beijing and Washington, which considers Taipei a crucial democratic ally in the region. Gou ama
Apr 18, 2019