Reading between the lines of Tsai Ing-wen’s inaugural address

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen smiles at supporters as she arrives to vote for party officials in Taipei, Taiwan, 22 May 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Mark Harrison, University of Tasmania

On 20 May the Democratic Progressive Party’s Tsai Ing-wen was inaugurated as the 14th president of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The ceremony, held in front of the Japanese colonial-era presidential building, included theatrical re-enactments of key themes and events in the history of Taiwan. Read more…

Turbulent times ahead for Tsai Ing-wen’s Taiwan?

Tsai Ing-wen waves to supporters during the last day of campaign rallying for the 2016 presidential election in Taiwan on 15 January 2016. Tsai was inaugurated as president on 20 May. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Mark Harrison, University of Tasmania

On 20 May Tsai Ing-wen was inaugurated as president of Taiwan, following her sweeping victory in the January elections. Members of her party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), have already taken up their majority seats in the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan’s parliament. Read more…

Japan’s important sideshow to arbitration decision in the South China Sea

Fisherman Pan Chiu-chung displays a map marked with the area his son's fishing boat was detained by the Japanese coast guard during a protest outside of the Japanese representative office in Taipei, Taiwan on 27 April 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Authors: Jerome A. Cohen, NYU, and Peter A. Dutton, USNWC

While tensions continue to rise in the South China Sea and the disputing governments nervously await a decision in the Philippines’ arbitration case against China, an important sideshow has arisen between Japan and Taiwan in the central Philippine Sea. Read more…

Where does Taiwan stand on the South China Sea?

Yao Chow-tien, deputy director of the Taiwan Maritime Patrol Directorate General. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Jiye Kim, JNU

In January 2016, Tsai Ing-wen was elected president of the Republic of China (ROC, Taiwan). She will take office later this month. As the first president from the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party in eight years, Tsai’s election represents a wildcard of sorts for the ROC’s ongoing claims in the South China Sea.

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Recognising the Republic of China


Author: Yu-Hua Chen, ANU

Since the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won a landslide victory in presidential and congressional elections earlier this year, many experts have expressed anxiety about the future of cross-Strait relations. There are widespread concerns about whether the new government, led by Tsai Ing-wen, will try to adopt certain symbols of Taiwanese independence. Read more…

Taiwan ready to join the world’s democratic powers

Supporters of Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party, DPP, presidential candidate, Tsai Ing-wen, cheer as she declares victory in the presidential election in Taipei, Taiwan, 16 January 2016.

Author: J Bruce Jacobs, Monash University

Consolidated democracies in Asia are rare. India and Japan democratised after World War II, and Taiwan and South Korea did so from the late 1980s. Countries such as Indonesia, the Philippines and Mongolia have made important first steps but democracy remains fragile. Read more…

Taiwan’s energy conundrum

Thousands fill Ketagalan Boulevard in Taipei, Taiwan on March 14, 2015 as they rally against nuclear power in their country. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Paul Pryce, UPH Analytics

The newly elected Taiwanese government led by President Tsai Ing-wen and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will be faced with significant challenges in energy policy. Most urgently, viable replacements for Taiwan’s ageing fleet of nuclear reactors must be found.

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