John Dotson
In April, former ROC President Ma Ying-jeou led a student delegation on an 11-day trip to China to conduct sightseeing visits to prominent historical and cultural sites, and to hold meetings with high-level CCP officials. This trip should be understood as a propaganda junket that serves as a component of a much broader effort by the CCP united front system to cultivate and coopt selected young adults in Taiwan.
MaYingJeou Feature
Uma Baron
In elections from the 1990s to the present, Kinmen has traditionally been a stronghold of the KMT and associated Pan-Blue parties. However, in recent years local Kinmen politics have seen the emergence of more independent elected officials, and in the 2024 elections the Taiwan People’s Party saw a significant increase in support, at the expense of both the KMT and the DPP.
Kinmen Feature

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In recent years, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has greatly expanded its use of geoeconomic tools as part of its broader campaign to exert influence and reshape the global order. Perhaps predictably, Taiwan has faced the brunt of these efforts, forced to contend with a vast array of Chinese operations, from targeted trade barriers to large-scale economic infiltration campaigns. Despite Taiwan’s tireless efforts to push back against these tactics, Beijing’s geoeconomic policies could nevertheless pose substantial risks to the island’s economic and national security. Given Taiwan’s crucial role in global supply chains—particularly in the semiconductor sector—a threat to Taiwan represents a threat to the international economic system. 

Recognizing that the US-Taiwan partnership is the strongest safeguard against Beijing’s coercive economic policy, the report’s authors provide an in-depth survey of geoeconomic cooperation between Washington, Taipei, and other likeminded capitals, finding that such collaboration is currently insufficient to meet the threat posed by the PRC. In response, they offer a variety of recommendations intended to expand and formalize geoeconomic ties between the United States and Taiwan, with the aim of developing a comprehensive and enduring strategy for countering China’s challenge.

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