March 27, 2017

Taiwan’s Answer to Chinese Economic Coercion

By Richard Fontaine

A Japanese vice minister has become the highest-ranking Japanese official to visit Taiwan since Tokyo severed ties with the island in 1972. Jiro Akama, deputy minister of internal affairs and communications, opened a tourism fair and urged Taipei to relax the restrictions on food imports put in place after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Such mundane diplomacy would register barely a blip in any normal international relationship, but it represents a minor Taiwanese victory in the highly charged cross-strait relations between Taipei and Beijing. To the extent that it helps boost Japan’s economic ties with the island, it’s also an example for the region and beyond.

China today is subjecting Taiwan to its trademark economic coercion. Following Tsai Ing-wen’s 2016 election to Taiwan’s presidency after eight years of Kuomintang rule, Beijing dialed up the pressure. Its immediate demand is that Ms. Tsai endorse the “1992 Consensus,” an agreement that there exists one China (even as Taiwan and China differ on its meaning).

Read the full article at the Wall Street Journal.

  • Commentary
    • March 27, 2020
    Sharper: Global Coronavirus Response

    As regions across the United States enforce states of emergency and a growing list of countries restrict travel, close schools, and quarantine citizens, the economic and human...

    By Chris Estep & Cole Stevens

  • Podcast
    • March 27, 2020
    China, Europe, and COVID-19 with CNAS’s Ashley Feng and Kristine Lee

    Ashley Feng and Kristine Lee join Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Jim Townsend to explain China’s response to COVID-19 on the latest episode of Brussels Sprouts. Feng is a Research ...

    By Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Jim Townsend, Kristine Lee & Ashley Feng

  • Commentary
    • The National Interest
    • March 21, 2020
    Can the G7 Stop the Coronavirus?

    The world’s leading governments are throwing all they have into the coronavirus fight. Recent days have seen dramatic social distancing requirements, novel border controls, ma...

    By Gary Edson & Richard Fontaine

  • Commentary
    • Foreign Policy
    • March 20, 2020
    Virus Competition Is Wrecking China-U.S. Cooperation Hopes

    As Washington shifted its worldview over the last several years to a sharp focus on China competition, even the most claw-bearing hawks generally left open the possibility of ...

    By Richard Fontaine

View All Reports View All Articles & Multimedia