How can Tsai Ing-wen possibly rope her 18 remaining diplomatic allies into a 'democratic coalition' to oppose China when they themselves are hardly functioning democracies?
China has so far offered only deflections and denials in the face of questions over its mistreatment of millions of Uyghurs in Xinjiang.
Diplomatic momentum has hit a standstill as the two sides cannot decide on the implementation of the four articles of the Singapore declaration.
Beijing has blasted the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents' Club for allowing activist Andy Chan to speak but its advocates' reasoning casts a more worrying chill.
China has greenlighted a flurry of movies and TV series with nationalist, anti-foreigner themes. The ratings and box office numbers suggest that domestic audiences are gobbling them up.
As Taiwan's public broadcaster forges into the digital age, the government must get serious about funding the network for it to realize its potential.