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Taiwan's Energy Conundrum

This Special Report explores the complex set of opportunities and challenges inherent in Taiwan’s energy profile. Ssu-li Chang describes the profile, and also considers the possible impact of changed pricing mechanisms and increased reliance on nuclear energy. Herng-Shinn Hwang, outlines the promise of alternative “green” energies. Chi-yuan Liang surveys Taiwan’s energy security, comparing Taiwan’s performance in energy usage with major nations around the world.

Wilson Center Seeks Japan Expert for Associate Position

The Woodrow Wilson Center's Asia Program is seeking applications from all qualified candidates for the position of Asia Program Associate, whose duties will focus on the Center's Northeast Asia programming, particularly regarding Japan. The deadline for applications has changed. It is now Friday, May 18, 2012.

East Asian National Identities: Common Roots and Chinese Exceptionalism

This rigorous comparative study of national identity in Japan, South Korea, and China examines countries with long histories influenced by Confucian thought, surging nationalism, and far-reaching ambitions for regional importance. East Asian National Identities compares national identities in terms of six dimensions encompassing ideology; history; the salience of cultural, political, and economic factors; superiority as a model national community; displacement of the U.S. in Asia; and depth of national identity.

Confrontation Controlled: Sino-American Relations and the Taiwan Strait Crisis in 1962

Wilson Center ECNU Scholar Ming Chen will present on Confrontation Controlled: Sino-American Relations and the Taiwan Strait Crisis in 1962.

Return to China or "Return to Taiwan": The Chinese POWs Who Derailed the Korean War Peace Talks

David Cheng Chang, postdoctoral fellow at the Center for East Asian Studies at Stanford University will give a presentation based on his recent work entitled Return to China or “Return to Taiwan”: The Chinese POWs Who Derailed the Korean War Peace Talks.

At the end of the Korean War, only one third of the approximately 21,000 Chinese prisoners of war were repatriated to Communist China; the remaining two thirds, or more than 14,300 prisoners, went to Nationalist Taiwan which represented a significant propaganda coup.

Taiwan to Hold Pivotal Elections on January 14

Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou of the Nationalist Party (KMT) looks set to retain office in what has at times has been a close contest for the island’s January 14 elections.

Challenger Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has at times led Ma in opinion polls. However, Tsai trailed the incumbent in final polls, held in early January. The liberal Tsai’s chances may now rest on whether a third candidate, the People First Party’s James Soong Chu-yu, will siphon conservative votes from Ma.

Taiwan Elections: China, U.S. Relations Loom as Nation Prepares to Vote

On January 14th, voters in Taiwan will choose their next president from a field that includes incumbent Ma Ying-jeou, veteran politician James Soong, and the country's first ever female candidate, Tsai Ing-wen. To learn more about the issues and factors likely to decide the outcome, we spoke with regional expert, Bryce Wakefield.

Taiwan: Elections 2012

In January 2012, incumbent Ma Ying-jeou will face challenger Tsai Ing-wen in Taiwan’s presidential elections, held concurrently with elections for the Taiwanese legislature. Although the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was badly damaged by corruption charges against its previous leader, former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian, it has rebounded under Tsai’s leadership. Under Ma, however, Taiwan has seen economic and tourist links to the mainland flourish, and many Taiwanese have come to see the benefits of commercial relations with China.