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Why we should worry (proactively) about Taiwan

May 27, 2016

By: Lauren Dickey At her May 20th inauguration, President Tsai Ing-wen tiptoed around two words of utmost importance to Beijing: 1992 Consensus. This consensus is what Beijing has, in recent years, deemed to be the political foundation for cross-Strait engagement and rapprochement. Neither accepting nor repudiating the 1992 Consensus was a risky move for the … Continue reading “Why we should worry (proactively) about Taiwan”


Despite a Historic Summit, Cross-Strait Relations Faces the ‘Certainty of Uncertainty’

November 24, 2015

By: Jeroen Gelsing On November 7, the world’s press thronged into the Island Ballroom of Singapore’s Shangri-La Hotel. The occasion marked a historic meeting between the leaders of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Kuomintang (KMT) – erstwhile foes in the Chinese Civil War, which reached its present stalemate with the KMT retreat to the … Continue reading “Despite a Historic Summit, Cross-Strait Relations Faces the ‘Certainty of Uncertainty’”


Ma’s legacy and Xi’s strategy: the way ahead for cross-strait relations

November 13, 2015

By: Lauren Dickey A meeting that was sixty-six years in the making began with a minute-long handshake and the cacophony of cameras on rapid-fire as Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou greeted the press from the rostrum at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore. The November 7th tête-à-tête was the first time the … Continue reading “Ma’s legacy and Xi’s strategy: the way ahead for cross-strait relations”


Is this the end of the Kuomintang in Taiwan? Ma Yingjeou, China, and the KMT electoral defeat

December 22, 2014

By Jeroen Gelsing: Many have observed that Barack Obama’s presidency has aged him beyond his years. As much, if not more, holds true for Taiwanese president Ma Yingjeou. Since coming to power six years ago, deep furrows and dark shadows have marred the 64-year old politician’s once boyish good looks, whose disastrous second term has … Continue reading “Is this the end of the Kuomintang in Taiwan? Ma Yingjeou, China, and the KMT electoral defeat”


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