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Taiwan’s faith in US for deterrence

Taiwan’s Detractors often refer to comments tossed casually by heavyweights in Washington as proof of the US’ lack of trustworthiness.

US President Joe Biden, in response to a reporter’s query about Taiwan’s presidential elections and in an apparent attempt at pacifying Beijing, stated that he does not support Taiwan independence. This was interpreted as a sign of wavering from his previous, multiple statements that Washington would defend Taiwan if China attacked.

What has been intentionally overlooked is that traditionally, no US president would use US military forces to support freedom or democracy per se in a foreign land. Biden’s utterance did not deviate from that.


Opportunities and risks ahead of Lai

Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi (王毅) met with US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan in Thailand last weekend in talks described as “candid” and “fruitful.” Taiwan was one of the focuses of the meeting, along with the Iran-backed Houthi attacks on Red Sea shipping, sparking speculation that the US might use Taiwan as a bargaining chip in return for China’s assistance in the Middle East. Beijing is Tehran’s largest trading partner.

Rest assured, no sitting US president in the current geopolitical climate could make concessions on Taiwan, especially with a US presidential election fast approaching. As Evan Medeiros, a senior fellow at Georgetown University’s Initiative for US-China Dialogue on Global Issues said recently, Taiwan has become “a democratized issue” in the US “which everyone wants to talk about.”


Legislative speaker matters for EU

Tomorrow, the 11th Legislative Yuan is to elect its speaker. This decision will have important ramifications for Taiwan’s efforts to expand its international space, as parliamentary diplomacy has been a critical tool for Taipei to circumvent its diplomatic isolation. Europe continues to closely observe the lead-up to the consequential vote.

The pertinence of parliamentary diplomacy for Taiwan becomes clear in the context of Taiwan’s recent openness in relations with Europe.

Out of all EU institutions, the European Parliament, with its directly elected lawmakers across the 27 member states, has been at the forefront of efforts to elevate the perception of Taiwan to that of a like-minded partner in its own right rather than a festering sore in EU-China relations.


Itu Aba dredging completed, CGA says

The Coast Guard Administration (CGA) yesterday confirmed that a dredging project to allow larger vessels to dock at a wharf serving Taiwan-controlled Itu Aba Island (Taiping Island, 太平島) has been completed.

However, the coast guard did not respond when asked if President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) would preside over a planned opening ceremony for the renovated wharf.

The CGA’s confirmation came following a report in the Chinese-language United Daily News earlier yesterday, which included a call from Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Charles Chen (陳以信) for Tsai to reaffirm the nation’s sovereignty by visiting the disputed island.


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New Power Party Executive Chairman Huang Kuo-chang, second left, speaks at a news conference at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei on Monday.
Photo: Lin Cheng-kung, Taipei Times

The New Power Party (NPP) yesterday said that it would promote amendments to immigration laws to require foreign travelers caught carrying agricultural products from disease-affected areas to pay the full fine before entering the nation.