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May 13, 2024

Taiwan’s Democracy Is Thriving in China’s Shadow

Despite China’s growing pressure, Taiwan has developed one of the world’s strongest democracies—one that will be increasingly tested in the coming years. 

Electoral workers count votes for a 2021 referendum at a ballot counting center in Taipei, Taiwan.

May 21, 2024

Analyzing Lai Ching-te’s Inaugural Address: More Continuity Than Difference

In his inaugural address, Taiwan’s new president Lai Ching-te signaled broad continuity on cross-strait issues. China, however, is likely to respond with increased pressure. 

Taiwan's new President Lai Ching-te delivers his inaugural speech in Taipei, Taiwan on May 20, 2024.

February 8, 2024

Why China-Taiwan Relations Are So Tense

Taiwan has the potential to be a flash point in U.S.-China relations. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taipei in 2022 heightened tensions.

A statue of a Taiwanese soldier looks over the Taiwan straight at a Chinese city.

February 5, 2024

Virtual Roundtable: Debriefing the Taiwan Elections With Syaru Shirley Lin

The closely watched 2024 Taiwan presidential election recently concluded with the winning of Lai Ching-te, current vice president of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party. In the legislature, howev…

Play Syaru Shirley Lin and Jerome A. Cohen discuss the outcomes of the Taiwan elections


Cross-Strait Conflict and the Risk of Horizontal Escalation

China’s increased assertiveness throughout the Indo-Pacific, its growing military capabilities, and Xi Jinping’s statements on the importance of unification with Taiwan have raised concern about conf…

January 11, 2024

Virtual Media Briefing: Elections in Taiwan

Panelists discuss the upcoming elections in Taiwan to select a new president and legislature. STARES: Thanks very much, Emily. Good day, everyone. Welcome to this Council on Foreign Relations brie…

Play Individual casts ballot for legislative elections in Taipei

February 10, 2023

China’s Recent ADIZ Violations Have Changed the Status Quo in the Taiwan Strait

Chinese military flights near Taiwan have important implications for cross-strait stability.

Four jets flying in formation.

February 27, 2024

Taiwan’s 2024 Election Outcomes: Balancing Domestic Challenges and International Relations

This blog post originated from a recent discussion by Professor Syaru Shirley Lin in the Winston Lord Roundtable Series on Asia, the Rule of Law, and U.S. Foreign Policy, where she debriefed the rece…

Taiwan President-elect Lai Ching-te, of Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) gestures as he attends a rally following the victory in the presidential elections, in Taipei, Taiwan January 13, 2024.

January 12, 2024

Elections and Voting
The President’s Inbox Recap: Taiwan’s Presidential Election

Taiwan’s presidential election may increase U.S.-China tensions.

An electoral worker as viewed watching a row of voters at a polling station.