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 […]

November 22, 2019 USTBC in the Press

Media Mention: Growing Pains in Taiwan’s Defense Sector

The article “Growing Pains in Taiwan’s Defense Sector” – written by by Tim Ferry for AmCham Taipei’s TOPICS magazine – quotes Council President Rupert Hammond-Chambers. “The obligation that comes with the sale of military equipment can be shaped into supply chain access if the two parties observed feel that the accrued benefit works,” Rupert Hammond-Chambers, […]

October 31, 2019 Articles & Editorials

Editorial: Taiwan Must be More Business-Friendly to Become Asia’s Silicon Valley

Editorial Taiwan Must be More Business-Friendly to Become Asia’s Silicon Valley: US-China trade war is already driving tech giants like Foxconn back to the island (Arlington, Virginia, October 31, 2019) Editorial by Lotta Danielsson – Nikkei Asian Review https://asia.nikkei.com/Opinion/Taiwan-must-be-more-business-friendly-to-become-Asia-s-Silicon-Valley Taiwanese companies are going home. Technology giants like Foxconn, which formally trades as Hon Hai Precision […]

August 20, 2019 Press Releases

USTBC Comments on Proposed Sale of 66 F-16 Block 70 Fighter Jets to Taiwan

Press Release: Proposed Sale of 66 F-16 Block 70 Fighter Jets to Taiwan (Arlington, Virginia, August 20, 2019) The US-Taiwan Business Council (USTBC) today welcomed the announcement of a possible U.S. Foreign Military Sale of 66 F-16 Block 70 fighter jets to Taiwan for a total estimated value of US$8 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation […]

July 8, 2019 Press Releases

USTBC Comments on M1A2 Abrams MBT & Stinger Missile Arms Sales to Taiwan

Press Release: Proposed M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank and Stinger Missile Arms Sales to Taiwan (Arlington, Virginia, July 8, 2019) The US-Taiwan Business Council today welcomed the announcement of two possible Foreign Military Sales of M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tanks (MBT), Stinger Missiles, and related equipment and support to Taiwan for a total estimated value […]

April 15, 2019 Press Releases

USTBC Comments on Proposed Foreign Military Sale to Taiwan

Press Release: Proposed Foreign Military Sale to Taiwan of F-16 Pilot Training & Maintenance/Logistics Support (Arlington, Virginia, April 15, 2019) The US-Taiwan Business Council today welcomed the announcement of a possible Foreign Military Sale of F-16 Pilot Training and Maintenance/Logistics Support to Taiwan at an estimated cost of US$500 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency […]

March 7, 2019 Press Releases

USTBC Supports Taiwan’s Request for Fighter Jets from the US

Press Release: Taiwan’s Request for New F-16 Viper Fighter Jets from the United States (Arlington, Virginia, March 7, 2019) According to a statement yesterday from the Ministry of National Defense (MND), Taiwan has made an official request to the United States for new-build fighter jets. While MND has not yet confirmed the quantity or type […]

January 24, 2019 Articles & Editorials

Editorial: Countering Chinese Military Modernization

Editorial: Countering Chinese Military Modernization: A Path Forward for Taiwan and the United States (Arlington, Virginia, January 24, 2019) Editorial by Lotta Danielsson – Asia Dialogue https://theasiadialogue.com/2019/01/24/countering-chinese-military-modernization-a-path-forward-for-taiwan-and-the-united-states/ China has long undertaken a massive and sustained effort to modernize its military, and the Chinese determination to change the political and military landscape in the Asia Pacific […]