China Policy Institute Blog

Taiwan’s Youth: Blamed if you don’t, blamed if you do

Written by Michal Thim. It seems that Taiwan has grown accustomed to frequent protests targeting a broad range of issues, starting with land grabbing disputes, ending with increasingly unpopular cross-Strait policy of current KMT administration led by deeply unpopular President Ma. Yet, the decision by an alliance of students and civil society groups to take over …

Taiwan-Australia Relations: Humming Along

Written by Bruce Jacobs. Taiwan’s foreign relations with the major nations of the world have essentially normalized. Even though these nations all have official “one China” policies, in fact they have “one China, one Taiwan” policies with substantial “representative offices” (i.e. embassies) in Taipei while Taiwan has substantial offices in their own countries. The overseas …

China’s dangerous gamble

Written by J. Michael Cole. The announcement by China on November 23 that it had established and would enforce an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea is the latest in a series of worrying developments under the leadership of Chinese President Xi Jinping, and one that unnecessarily increases the risks of …

Taiwan’s Congress-gate

Written by Chris Wang. What was perceived as President Ma Ying-jeou’s well-crafted political conspiracy to remove Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng, Ma’s Chinese Nationalist Party (Kuomintang, KMT) comrade, began to unfold and shock the Taiwanese people in early September. The political drama, dubbed by the locals as “September Strife,” has become a national focus because the …

From “92 Consensus” to “One China Framework”: China’s Taiwan Policies under Xi Jinping

Written by Chien-min Chao. Since President Ma came to power in May 2008, cross-Strait relations have made great strides forward. Over the years, mainland China has gradually formed a three-dimensional strategy towards Taiwan: On the strategic level the “92 consensus” has been reaffirmed as the basis for political trust so that exchanges between the two …

Unofficially Official: The U.S. Rebalance to Asia-Pacific and the U.S.-Japan-Taiwan alliance

Written by Misato Matsuoka & Michal Thim. There is a lot of buzz about U.S. rebalancing policy, but at the end of the day it is not a massive policy change from the U.S. perspective and neither is it one from the perspective of U.S. allies and partners, old and emerging ones, in the region. …

Chinese Political Warfare in the 21st Century

Written by Russell L.C. Hsiao. One poorly understood element of Chinese military strategy in the 21st Century is political warfare. While many China-military watchers in the West possess an encyclopedic knowledge of Chinese military hardware and their attendant capabilities, few analysts have acquired an adequate understanding of political warfare as a modern Chinese political and military …

Ma Ying-jeou’s aborted military reform

Written by Michal Thim. Last month, the planned transition from a conscript-based system of National Service to a professional all-volunteer army was postponed in the aftermath of the outrage surrounding the death of soldier Hung Chung-chiu (洪仲丘) on 4 July, 2013. Hung’s death resulted in a number of demonstrations, including one that drew around 250,000 …

Will the Constitution Become Nominal Too? Reflections on Taiwan’s Nominal National Day

Written by Ming-sung Kuo In modern Chinese history, 10th October 1911 is a landmark.  It is to that historical day that the birth of the first democratic republic in Asia, the Republic of China (ROC, 1912-49) dates back.  On that glorious day, the Wuchang Uprising laid the foundations for the establishment of ROC on 1 January, …

Ma’s reform: Laudable goals, mounting obstacles

Written by Yu-Shan Wu The president of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Ma Ying-jeou was a highly welcome new leader for the country both domestically and internationally when he replaced Chen Shui-bian, the former president, in 2008. His personal integrity and policy of rapprochement towards mainland China won him plaudits from those who were appalled …