March 10, 2020 Press Releases

Press Note: USTBC & TACC

Press Note: USTBC & TACC (Arlington, Virginia, August 20, 2019) The US-Taiwan Business Council (USTBC, 美台商業協會, established 1976) has no affiliation or relationship with the Taiwanese-American Chamber of Commerce (TACC, 台美商會, established 2018). The USTBC has no comment on recent statements by TACC Chairman Neil Hare.

February 11, 2020 Articles & Editorials

Editorial: How China is Making the Coronavirus an Even Bigger Problem

Editorial: How China is Making the Coronavirus an Even Bigger Problem (Arlington, Virginia, February 11, 2020) Editorial by Michael Mazza and Rupert Hammond Chambers Published in The National Interest The World Health Organization recently declared the novel coronavirus’s emergence a global health emergency necessitating a worldwide response. Yet one corner of the globe has been […]

February 7, 2020 Taiwan: Terminology & Language Bias

Is Taiwan a Renegade Province?

Taiwan is not, and has never been, a province of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Referring to Taiwan as a “renegade province” insinuates that Taiwan is a province of China that suddenly decided to rebel and leave. This is incorrect. Taiwan was governed from China for a brief period (1887- 1895), but was ceded […]

February 1, 2020 Taiwan: Terminology & Language Bias

What Does Using the Term *Mainland China* Imply for Taiwan?

The term “Mainland China” tacitly implies that Taiwan is part of Chinese territory. Analysts and journalists frequently use the term “mainland” to refer to the PRC. The term appears in most writings about Taiwan, China, and cross-Strait relations. A search yields the following definition: Mainland: A large continuous extent of land that includes the greater […]

January 12, 2020 Commentary & Reports

Special Commentary: Taiwan Election Results 2020

Special Commentary: Taiwan Election Results 2020 (Arlington, Virginia, January 12, 2020) Special Commentary by Rupert Hammond-Chambers On Saturday, January 11, 2020, Taiwan held its Presidential and Legislative elections. Incumbent President Dr. Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) retained the presidency, a victory that was enhanced by her party retaining its majority in the […]

January 8, 2020 Taiwan: Useful Facts & Resources

What Are Some Good Information Sources on Taiwan?

The United States and Taiwan enjoy a robust unofficial relationship. Maintaining strong relations with Taiwan is a major U.S. goal, in line with the U.S. desire to further peace and stability in Asia. The relationship between the U.S. and Taiwan is governed by the Taiwan Relations Act (Public Law 96-8), which was signed into effect […]

January 6, 2020 Taiwan: Useful Facts & Resources

How to Locate Taiwan Trade Data?

Both the United States and Taiwan maintain detailed trade data, showing our substantive economic ties. Taiwan is a top trading partner for the U.S., while the U.S. ranks among Taiwan’s top three trading partners. In the United States, the U.S. Census Bureau maintains updated statistics on U.S. trade in goods by country. Their trade data […]

January 5, 2020 Taiwan: Useful Facts & Resources

How to Find Taiwan Defense, Military and National Security Information?

The Taiwan President serves as the Commander-in-Chief that leads the Taiwan armed forces. The President also chairs the National Security Council, which decides national defense guidelines relevant to national security. The Executive Yuan formulates defense policy and supervises defense affairs handled by all government agencies, while the Ministry of National Defense (MND) administers national defense […]

January 1, 2020 Taiwan: Major Misconceptions

The Taiwan Strait is International Waters

The U.S. considers the Taiwan Strait to be international waters, not Chinese territory. The island of Taiwan is located approximately 100 miles off the east coast of China, across a body of water called the Taiwan Strait.* The Taiwan Strait is part of the South China Sea, and China has sometimes claimed the area as […]