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Taiwan Under Lai Ching-Te Faces Uphill Battle in Advancing Southeast Asia Ties, Diverting From China

Taiwan elected Vice President Lai Ching-te of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as its next president on January 13th, giving the ruling DPP a historic third win in a row as the self-ruled island continues to engage with neighboring Southeast Asia and beyond to reduce its economic ...

China Warns Philippines Not to “Play With Fire” In Response to Marcos’ Remarks Over Taiwan

China summoned the Philippines ambassador to Beijing to issue a forceful protest against a congratulatory post on X by President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. to Taiwan's newly-elected leader, Lai Ching-te. Marcos posted on X: "On behalf of the Filipino people, I ...

Beijing’s Two Regional Flashpoints Send Warm Exchanges as Philippines’s Marcos Congratulates Taiwan’s Lai on Presidential Win

To those who may not follow the way countries phrase their wording about Taiwan to avoid causing an uproar from Beijing, Monday’s congratulations from Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to Taiwan presidential election winner Lai Ching-te may seem mere pedestrian diplomatic chatter. ...

Island Fever? Taiwan’s General Elections as an Opportunity for the Global South to Revisit Its Relations With China

By Felix Brender 王哲謙 The mood in Taiwan’s capital Taipei is as somber as it tends to be mere days before the elections. As usual in the runup to the elections, the PRC has increased its posturing, as part of the wider ...

China, U.S. Meet Face-to-Face for First Time in Two Years to Discuss Taiwan and South China Sea

Chinese and U.S. military officials met in Washington this week for their first in-person talks in more than two years as the world’s two superpowers seek common ground after nearly a year of animosity. Taiwan and the South China Sea ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Misadventures in the Skin Trade

This week I spent a few days in Cape Town, in time for a minor, if telling, crisis in international agricultural trade. A ship crammed with 19,000 (mostly still living) cows was stuck in Cape Town harbor, en route from Brazil to the Middle East.
As South African animal welfare authorities scrambled to inspect the horrors on board, the city was enveloped in a powerful farmyard funk. The entire episode can ...

China Bolsters Ties With Uruguay in a Bid to Diversify Its Economic Relations in South America

China is moving to bolster its diplomatic ties in South America in a bid to pressure one of the region's lone holdouts that still recognizes Taiwan and diversify its trade beyond the continent's major powers. Uruguayan President Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou ...

After Siding With the West, Liberia is Now Aligned With China on Sensitive Territorial Issues

Deweh Gray, a deputy foreign minister in Liberia, told an audience at the Chinese embassy in Monrovia on Tuesday that her government firmly supports Beijing's One-China policy. For most countries, that's not a very controversial stance, but not in Liberia, where ...

China Uncharacteristically Muted Response to Taiwan President’s Trip to Eswatini

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen arrived in Eswatini on Tuesday for a three-day visit to mark the tiny landlocked country's 55th anniversary of its independence. The visit is symbolically important given that the southern African kingdom is Taiwan's last diplomatic ally on ...

The Rare Occurrence When Latin American Diplomacy Was Center Stage in Both China and Taiwan

It's not often Latin America is the focus of attention on the same day in both China and Taiwan, as was the case on Tuesday when Paraguay's president-elect Santiago Peña arrived in Taipei just as Nicaraguan presidential advisor Laureano Ortega met with China's top foreign policy official Wang ...

Honduran President Leaves China With Deals and a Sense That Dumping Taiwan Was the Right Thing to Do

Honduran President Xiomara Castro heads home on Wednesday after what she described as a "historic" six-day trip to China that culminated with a meeting with President Xi Jinping. Xi complemented Castro for her "historic decisiveness" and "strong political will" for fulfilling her ...
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