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2021/03/04 | Taiwan Insight

Keeping the Door Open: How Taiwan’s Gender Quotas Brought More Women Into Office – and Why We Need More

Unless Taiwan addresses the underlying social pressures that constrain would-be female politicians, gender quotas will only be able to nudge women just a little closer to equal participation.

2021/02/26 | TNL Staff

Taiwan Secures 20 Million Vaccine Doses, First To Arrive This Quarter

In an update on Taiwan's procurement of Covid-19 vaccines, Taiwan’s Premier Su Tseng-chang defended Taiwan's late rollout.

2021/02/25 | Hiro Fu

Jaw Shaw-Kong Wants To Make the Kuomintang Great Again. Can He?

Jaw has emerged as the latest figure touted as a savior of the KMT. There’s good reason to be skeptical.

2021/02/18 | Janine Sun Rogers

‘Maid to Queer’ Explores Desire and Queerness Among Hong Kong’s Indonesian Domestic Workers

Maid to Queer provides profound insight into how systems of migratory labor beget “productive possibilities of queerness and norm.”

2021/02/17 | TNL Feature

Building an ASEAN Identity: A Proposal

Here are several policy proposals for the United States to help ASEAN countries build a common identity and strengthen ties with the bloc.

2021/02/05 | East Asia Forum

Protecting the Taiwan Strait in the 21st Century

Whether the U.S. should maintain strategic ambiguity or embrace strategic clarity on Taiwan is an important but distinct question. Neither policy stands a chance of long-term success without sustained U.S. military capabilities in the Asia Pacific.

2021/02/03 | Dr. Bonny Ling

The EU-China Investment Agreement Is a Missed Opportunity To Advance Business and Human Rights

There should be no illusion that the EU or China concerned themselves with improving fundamental rights at work and human rights.

2021/01/15 | The Conversation

How China Is Controlling the Covid Origins Narrative — Silencing Critics and Locking up Dissenters

The WHO has sent a team to China to investigate the origins of Covid-19, but China's political environment makes a conclusive outcome unlikely.

2021/01/12 | East Asia Forum

How Will Biden’s Strategy on South Asia Differ From Trump’s?

U.S. president-elect Joe Biden might shake up Washington's current foreign policy, but not its South Asia policy.

2021/01/08 | Jenny Li

What Does Biden’s Cabinet Mean for Taiwan?

With most key roles in President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration announced, a look at the main foreign policy figures in Biden's Cabinet may foretell how Washington might approach relations with Taiwan in the upcoming years.

2021/01/06 | Bryan Chou

Tsai’s Poll Numbers Are on the Decline. Why?

With the poll figure inching closer to 50%, Tsai’s honeymoon period has seen its end, a foundation says.

2020/12/31 | East Asia Forum

The Year of Unexpected Successes in Taiwan

While the world waits to see how the Biden administration’s foreign policy team will approach China and Taiwan, President Tsai at least will be in a position to roll into 2021 confident in Taiwan’s firm global standing.

2020/12/29 | Voice of America

How American Pork Could Lead To Wider US Trade Deal With Export Powerhouse Taiwan

Taiwanese officials will lift a longstanding ban on U.S. pork imports to open talks on a free trade deal with its second biggest trading partner.

2020/12/28 | Bryan Chou

Taiwan to Regulate China’s State-Affiliated Publications After Children’s Book Controversy

Taiwan’s government plans to amend legislation to make it clear that companies must apply for approval before publishing books associated with the Chinese Communist Party and People’s Liberation Army.

2020/12/18 | East Asia Forum

ASEAN in the Driver’s Seat in the South China Sea

After decade-long disputes, what can we expect to see in South China Sea in the upcoming year?

2020/12/17 | Bryan Chou

GOG Backtracks on Releasing ‘Devotion,’ Gamers Up in Arms

GOG announced yesterday that Devotion, first removed in February, will return to the platform, but it is no longer the case.

2020/12/17 | Bryan Chou

Taiwan’s Proposed Bills To Regulate Online Content Stir Outrage

Taiwan's government announced plans to regulate content on streaming and social media platforms. The opposition Kuomintang suggested they limit freedom of speech and introduce censorship.

2020/12/17 | Voice of America

Chinese Diplomats’ Aggressive Twitter Strategy on Display in Australia Dispute

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian's tweet might seem to gain traction, but researchers say it is a result of China's attempt “to create an illusion of popular backing.”