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Relations with Mainland Loom Large for Taiwan’s New President

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen was sworn into office under intense scrutiny from the Mainland. Beijing insists that the new president embrace the “One China” principle and use the “1992 Consensus” as the basis for cross-strait relations. And while there are many important issues that Tsai must address, relations with the Mainland loom large for Taiwan and its new president. International relations scholar Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang provides insight and analysis in this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.



First Female President Takes Office In Taiwan

This interview was originally published at WBUR.

Tension in the Taiwan Strait: Tsai Ing-Wen's Inaugural Address and Beijing's Response

Dr. Tsai Ing-wen was inaugurated as President of Taiwan on May 20, 2016. Beijing has made clear that if she does not embrace the One China principle and invoke the 1992 Consensus as the basis of Cross-Strait relations in her inaugural speech, Mainland-Taiwan relations cannot continue on the constructive path they have followed over the past eight years. Speaking the words Beijing wishes to hear, however, would likely alienate supporters of Tsai’s Democratic Progressive Party and might violate some of her own core beliefs.

The Xinjiang Exile Government in Taiwan, 1954-1969

This CWIHP e-Dossier was made possible through the generous support of the Chun & Jane Chiu Family Foundation.

Taiwan’s Cold War in Southeast Asia

This CWIHP e-Dossier was made possible through the generous support of the Chun & Jane Chiu Family Foundation.

CWIHP e-Dossier no. 70

Taiwan’s Cold War in Southeast Asia

by Hsiao-ting Lin

April 2016

Chinese and Russian Border Disputes - Are Dotted Lines a Red Line?

China and Russia are both continental powers which border fourteen nations—a tie for highest neighbor count on Earth. Throughout their respective histories, each has expanded and contracted, spawning countless border disputes. Dr. Alexseev and Dr. Zhao examined historical Sino-Soviet and Sino-Russian border disputes and their resolution, drawing lessons about how Russia and China view territorial issues and what that history means for current disagreements, such as those over the Kuril Islands/Northern Territories and Senkaku/Diaoyu islands.

Taiwan’s New President: An Unwitting Social Revolutionary

How exactly relations between Beijing and Taiwan’s newly elected government will evolve remains to be seen.

But Tsai Ing-Wen’s victory on January 16th, at a time when Taipei is striving to carve out a new identity for itself in a rapidly evolving East Asia, is a huge win for women.

This may apply not just to Taiwan but across East Asia. Tsai may well come to redefine female leadership in Asia — as Angela Merkel and Margaret Thatcher have in Europe.

Taiwan: A Democratic Success

The people of Taiwan have once again demonstrated the vitality and vibrancy of their democracy.  Congratulations to President-elect Tsai Ing-wen and the other successful candidates in the election held earlier today.