Can Eric Chu revitalise Taiwan's largest opposition party and should we expect any changes in the party’s cross-Strait and economic policies?
By Brian Hioe
President Tsai Ing-wen has arrived in New York as she begins her first overseas trip since July of 2019 with a two-day stopover in the city before flying to Guatemala on 1 April.
ECCT directors give their predictions for the year ahead and what trends to watch
By Duncan Levine
Social media giant Meta, which owns Facebook, has taken a step against Chinese disinformation campaigns.
Taiwan's Army has released a four-step standard response to incursions by Chinese drones after spotting one near a small islet in Kinmen County yesterday
The Centers for Disease Control has issued a health alert instructing medical professionals to be on alert to the risk of mycoplasma pneumonia spreading to Taiwan.
The European Union says it has launched action against China at world trade's governing body, for discriminatory practices against Lithuania
The Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) 2024 presidential candidate, Lai Ching-te is overseeing the opening of 'unofficial' campaign offices to help the party garner support ahead of next January's election.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is warning that if Taiwan is attacked, the global economy could face devastation as most semiconductors in the world are produced here.
Despite the loss of formal diplomatic allies, Taiwan's relations with the world continue to strengthen thanks to pragmatic leadership and shifting geopolitical priorities
By Brian Hioe
Chinese president Xi Jinping has been confirmed for an unprecedented third term in power. What do Xi's remarks at the CCP's 20th national congress and the stacking of the standing committee of the politburo with his loyalists mean for Taiwan?
By Brian Hioe
Dictators and wannabe empire-builders often use a nuanced rhetoric to justify aggression. Russian president Vladimir Putin justifies his attack on Ukraine by saying that he needs to "save it", though it is uncertain what he is saving it from. China, similarly, resorts to rhetoric to justify its hegemonic claims to Taiwan. However, those claims clash and remain at odds with the reality of the San Fran-cisco Peace Treaty (SFPT) whose anniversary is this month.
By Jerome F Keating
China is gaining unfair advantages from its hybrid and state dominated economy. Reciprocity in trade and economic relations will be required for a sustainable and mutually beneficial relationship.
By Darryl Lupton
Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng says the armed forces are ready to make adjustments to its personnel.
China wants 10 small Pacific nations to endorse a sweeping agreement covering everything from security to fisheries in what one leader warns is a game-changing bid by China to wrest control of the region
The Mainland Affairs Council says it will reopen Taiwan's borders to Chinese tourists entering from a third location from 1 September.
Looking ahead to the November municipal elections, both the KMT and DPP have the advantage of incumbency in certain races. Taipei looks to be competitive, but the DPP may struggle in Taoyuan. With the memory of China's military drills still fresh, will party affiliation trump individual candidate appeal this time?
By Brian Hioe
The Ministry of Education says Chinese students enrolled in tertiary-level schools here in Taiwan are now allowed to enter the country. According to the ministry, the new regulation will benefit some 5,000 students from China.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) says it has recalled Taiwan's ambassador from Honduras.
President Tsai Ing-wen attended her final remembrance service as Taiwan's head of State for those killed on Kinmen during the 1958 Second Taiwan Straits Crisis.
Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center says restrictions on flights to and from China and an entry ban on transit passengers will remain in effect after the initial end date later this month
Canada and the United States have launched coordinated sanctions against Chinese officials over human rights abuses in China's far western Xinjiang region. The sanctions include travel bans and asset freezes.
The Mainland Affairs Council is dismissing Beijing's latest proposals for peaceful reunification - saying Taiwan will never allow China to "meddle" in its future.
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker Luo Chih-cheng is calling on the government to extend the mandatory military service period
The head of a visiting European Parliamentary delegation believes the timing to begin discussions on a bilateral investment agreement between the European Union and Taiwan is "more right than ever."
Ministry of National Defense (MND) Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng says the military's dual-track reservist training programme will be continued into next year, but more reservists could be asked to take part in the intensive training programmes.
The United Kingdom and Japan have agreed to an enhanced global strategic partnership, in which they characterize peace across the Taiwan Strait as "indispensable" to a safe and prosperous world.
Foreign Minister Joseph Wu says countries looking to attract investment by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing should consider their ties with Taiwan.
Negotiators have reached an historic deal at a UN biodiversity conference that would represent the most significant effort to date to protect the world's lands and oceans, and provide critical financing to save biodiversity in the developing world.
The Mainland Affairs Council says it's investigating possible illegal activities by TikTok in Taiwan.
The Ministry of Digital Affairs has unveiled a proposal aimed at restricting the use of China-made information and communications products by government agencies.
Taiwan is in the GMT+8 time zone, and that makes sense geographically, but moving one hour ahead would give us more daylight when we need it, potentially saving energy and helping more of us enjoy the great outdoors.
By Lee Faulkner
The Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office in Taipei has suspended its operations
Premier Su Tseng-chang says Taiwan will not collapse like Afghanistan in the event of a Chinese invasion and Beijing should not be "deluded" into thinking that it can easily take the island.
Two Taiwan airlines are joining an international travel pass trial programme.
The European Parliament has adopted a resolution urging the European Union to negotiate a Bilateral Investment Agreement (BIA) with Taiwan
The Mainland Affairs Council is calling China's claims regarding Taiwan's sovereignty as factually incorrect.
The Civil Aeronautics Administration says a total of 33 international flights to and from Northeast Asia and North America were affected by China's no-fly zone over waters north of Taiwan.
Members of the European Parliament are calling on the European Union to strengthen its relations with Taiwan in a resolution that passed with 424 votes in favour, and 14 against, with 46 abstentions.
Deputy Economics Minister CC Chen says the government plans to assist local polycarbonate exporters deal with the negative impact of Beijing's decision to levy anti-dumping tariffs on their products.
Deputy Economics Minister CC Chen says Taiwan's investments in the countries under the "New Southbound Policy" have surpassed investments in China in the first half of this year.
Vice President Lai Ching-te is stressing that Taiwan is a "sovereign, independent country" and he has no plans to pursue formal independence.
President Tsai Ing-wen has met with members of an American delegation at the Presidential Office, during which she reiterated Taiwan's willingness to work with the US to preserve peace and stability in the region.
Government ministries say Taiwan has raised multiple requests with the World Trade Organization to speak against China's actions.
Beijing is describing moves by the government here in Taiwan to amend laws to better protect the island's tech industry as being based on a "provocative smear."
Finance Minister Su Jien-rong says China's decision to suspend the imports of some Taiwan beer and liquor is expected to cost exporters more than NT$1-billion.
The Cabinet is banning all government employees from using TikTok and other Chinese streaming services that could compromise cybersecurity systems in their offices and buildings.
A group of cross-national parliamentarians are slamming French President Emmanuel Macron for what they're describing as his "ill-judged remarks" that sent a signal of "indifference" over Taiwan.
A government survey has found that the number of Taiwanese nationals working in China fell for the eighth consecutive year in 2021.
President Tsai Ing-wen expressed a desire for "peaceful coexistence" with Beijing, even as she emphasised her administration's achievements and highlighted a call for dialogue between Taiwan and China.
In late August, it was announced that Taiwan had for the second quarter of 2023, registered its 52nd consecutive quarter of net fund outflows in its financial accounts. Is this a good thing or grounds for concern?
By Paul Shelton
The US government's decision to impose new restrictions on the sale of semiconductors and chipmaking equipment to China could negatively impact Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing's sales, according to Trendforce.
President Tsai Ing-wen says military confrontation in the Taiwan Strait is "absolutely not an option" and is calling on Beijing to respect the island's sovereignty.
Taiwan's domestic carriers have been bleeding cash and reeling from the coronavirus pandemic.
The Ministry of National Defense (MND) says it remains on high alert even as China says its military drills in waters near Taiwan have ended
Andrew Hsia, Vice Chairman of Taiwan's opposition Kuomintang (KMT) party is defending his decision to travel to China, saying he's "there to show support to Taiwanese business owners and will not be deterred by China's military exercises."
The Ministry of National Defense says 91 Chinese military aircraft and 12 ships were detected operating around Taiwan over a 12-hour period on Monday.
The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) says direct air routes between Taiwan and 10 Chinese cities will be reinstated from today, while 13 other Chinese cities have been selected for cross-strait charter flights.
The Ministry of National Defense (MND) says China deployed 45 warplanes and 10 warships into areas around Taiwan on Tuesday
It remains to be seen what the long-term implications of the visit to Taiwan by US House of Representatives' Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be, but for now, the aftershocks are being felt both regionally and globally
By Brian Hioe
The Ministry of National Defense says 35 Chinese military aircraft crossed the Taiwan Strait median line on Sunday.
"Panta Rhei" is the way Heraclitus put it; "Everything flows; you never step in the same river twice." Alfred North Whitehead's Process Philosophy expresses the same thought as well as Thomas Wolfe's novel, You Can't Go Home Again. Yet Russian President Vladimir Putin seeks to drag Ukraine and Europe back to a bygone era.
By Jerome F Keating
Visiting former Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso says he believes the best way to deter a Chinese invasion of Taiwan is for Japan, the US and other like-minded countries to make it clear to Beijing that they would be willing to defend Taiwan militarily.
The Ministry of National Defense (MND) says China deployed 66 warplanes and 14 warships into areas around Taiwan on Sunday
Taiwan's cabinet has banned government agencies from using the popular video-conferencing software Zoom.
DPP presidential candidate Lai Ching-te is rejecting charges that the election would heighten the risk of war with China.
Taiwan's defence minister Chiu Kuo-cheng says China's move to fly fighter jets into Taiwan's territorial airspace will be regarded as a "first strike" against the island.
The Chinese National Federation of Industries (CNFI) is warning that large numbers of Taiwanese businesses in China are facing financial problems because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is calling for cross-strait travel restrictions to ease further - saying such a move will improve air connectivity and facilitate the development of the cross-Taiwan Strait aviation sector.
President Tsai Ing-wen and US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy have reaffirmed the strong partnership between Taiwan and the United States and their commitment to safeguarding regional stability.
US Senator Marco Rubio has introduced a bill aimed at fast-tracking the transfer of weapon systems to Taiwan and strengthening joint military training to ensure Taiwan can defend itself in case of a Chinese invasion
The visiting chairman of the German-Taiwan Parliamentary Friendship Group says Taiwan should be proud of its democratic development.
The ECCT hosted a lunch on the topic "Dealing with the coronavirus in China - Plans and contingencies of European businesses".
Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has confirmed that a BBC correspondent working in China has relocated to Taiwan after facing threats.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) says Taiwan is resolved to further deepen and cement its relations with Paraguay following the election of Santiago Pena as the South American country's president.
European Union leaders have taken a stance on the cross-Taiwan Strait issue for the first time, saying during a summit that they are against any unilateral moves to change the status quo.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs says the production of Taiwanese enterprises in China for the US market has been affected by rising trade and technology tensions between Washington and Beijing.