Politics Confidence in a stronger Taiwan-U.S. relationship
China Spy Plane Detected Near Taiwan Was on Anti-Submarine Mission: Analyst
A radio intercept revealed that Taiwan's air force issued a warning to a Chinese aircraft flying at an altitude of just 100 feet above the sea.Taiwan's defense ministry has been recording the Chinese military's near-daily warplane sorties into the island's self-declared air defense identification zone (ADIZ) since last September.
In mid-April, former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), a personal friend of President Joe Biden,. One of the few planes to touch down in Songshan Airport amid the pandemic, Dodd brought a crucial message: the Biden administration would be a "reliable and trusted friend" to Taiwan. It would continue to seek ways of expanding Taiwan's international space and supporting our self-defense.
This visit was timely, as it comes at a period of growing Chinese aggression. This month alone, dozens of PRC warplanes, heightening risks of accidents and miscalculations. Adm. John Aquilino, chosen to be the next commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, told the Senate Armed Services Committee last month that, " ."
US spy chief: China would find change in US policy toward Taiwan 'deeply destabilizing'
Beijing would find it "deeply destabilizing" if the United States were to explicitly state it would come to Taiwan's defense in the event of a Chinese invasion, the nation's top spy said Thursday."From our perspective, if we were to see a U.S. shift from strategic ambiguity, as you've identified it, to clarity over a willingness to intervene in a Taiwan contingency, the Chinese would find this deeply destabilizing," Director of National"From our perspective, if we were to see a U.S.
We also see more cognitive warfare and gray zone tactics being used against Taiwan. Disinformation has become a near daily occurrence, designed to sow doubt in our society and democratic institutions. In January, Taiwan's Institute for National Defense and Security Research released a 200-page report detailing the extent ofon social media, mobile messaging platforms, and the internet.
These destabilizing actions require solidarity between Taipei and Washington. We are grateful that over past months, we have seen substantive steps forward in the bilateral relationship.
On Jan. 20, I represented Taiwan at the inauguration of President Biden. Soon after, we saw a series of statements from the U.S. administration reaffirming the longstanding partnership between Taiwan and the U.S. Earlier this month, the Department of State unveiled new "contact guidelines," encouraging U.S. government officials to interact with their Taiwan counterparts.
Taiwan Bans Companies From Hiring Employees in China as Tensions Rise
The notice is an extreme measure by Taipei to stop a drain of tech workers from the island to China, and goes as far as to subject violators to fines. It also bars recruitment agencies and head hunters from helping hire workers for positions in mainland China and specifically takes measures against valuable jobs involving circuits and semiconductors, an industry where Taiwan leads. "If the recruitment involves semiconductors and integrated circuits, the penalty will be even higher," the notice said, according to Nikkei Asia.
The security ofbetween President Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, as well as the "2+2" meetings that took place in Tokyo. The White House Interim National Security Strategic Guidance has called Taiwan a "critical economic and security partner" of the U.S., while emphasizing the U.S. desire to work closely with democratic partners around the world.
These steps have been warmly welcomed by the people of Taiwan. They have enhanced our ability to manage cross-strait relations from a position of confidence, a key element for maintaining peace and stability in the region. They are also a strong deterrence against unilateral changes to the cross-strait status quo, with recognition that the survival of our democracy is intimately connected to the future of the free world.
As we chart a course forward in the months and years ahead, we see particular areas that would further enhance our partnership, as consistent with our shared values and interests.
Taiwan investigating China dinghy defector claim
Taiwan's defence minister on Monday said authorities were investigating whether a man from mainland China had managed to cross the Taiwan Strait in a rubber dinghy in a bid to seek political sanctuary. Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said "shortcomings" in how the Taiwan Strait is policed were being investigated because of the man's journey.On Saturday, police said a man surnamed Zhou had been detained in Taichung city's harbour after locals spotted him near a dyke and said he was behaving suspiciously.
We hope to make progress in broadening our bilateral trade relationship. As the 9th largest trading partner of the U.S. and a critical link in the high-tech supply chain, Taiwan is ideally positioned to be a positive force in post-pandemic economic recovery, while ensuring that any enhanced trade relationship fulfills shared labor and environmental priorities.
We also look forward to greater cooperation on promoting global democratic values. The democratic backsliding taking place in many vulnerable areas around the world has highlighted the need for greater cooperation amongst like-minded countries. We welcomeTaiwan looks forward to supporting the summit in the many ways possible, while continuing our crucial role as a beacon of freedom in the Indo-Pacific region.
Multilateral cooperation is another area of great potential. The discussions over Taiwan held between the U.S. and other like-minded partners highlight our situation as one that requires greater international attention and coordination. We seek to enhance cooperation through existing frameworks such as the Global Cooperation and Training Framework, as well as other platforms for multilateral engagements.
As President Biden concludes his first 100 days in office, we see strong momentum in the Taiwan-U.S. partnership. Our relationship is "rock-solid" and indicative of the shared values and common interests we hold. It also reflects on the strong foundation of bipartisan support from Congress and across the American public. We echo Dodd's comments by saying that Taiwan is also a reliable and trusted friend of the U.S. We are confident that this relationship will continue to thrive in the years to come.
Bi-khim Hsiao is Representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States.
Taiwan fights to attend WHO meeting, but China says no .
Taiwan fights to attend WHO meeting, but China says noThe rich-nation Group of Seven (G7) has called for Chinese-claimed but democratically-ruled Taiwan to attend the WHO's decision-making body, the World Health Assembly, which meets from May 24.