By:
Adrienne Wu
Ava Shen
People-to-people connections are undisputedly important when de-escalating conflict. A 2016 news release by Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (大陸委員會) stated that “Normal cross-strait exchanges and interaction are conducive to improving the feelings and well-being of the people on both sides, as well as to the soundness of cooperation on global functional issues.” Still, despite this acknowledgement, the number of opportunities for Taiwanese and Chinese people to connect as individuals have been steadily decreasing. In recent years, the number of mainland Chinese students studying in Taiwan has fallen drastically, with the total reaching zero during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and rebounding to just 2,523 in 2023. This is less than 10 percent of the number of students in 2015, in which 34,114 mainland Chinese students were studying in Taiwan.
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By:
Jack Huang
Taiwan is an indispensable partner in the international community's implementation of sustainable development goals. From both a geopolitical perspective and economic performance, Taiwan plays a crucial role. According to Global Finance's 2023 ranking, Taiwan, after adjusting for purchasing power parity (PPP) and gross domestic product (GDP), ranked 14th among 193 countries and territories, surpassing Japan and South Korea in Asia. In the same year, Taiwan climbed to the 10th position in the "Democracy Index" published by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), leading as the first in Asia; while the US regressed to 29th as a "Flawed Democracy," and China remained beyond 100th under an "Authoritarian" regime. The Economist characterized 2023 as an "Age of Conflict," with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres noting that "various problems have become more complex, more deadly, and more difficult to resolve." Addressing these issues requires a broader perspective and integrated solutions. The 17 sustainable development goals advocated by the United Nations compel us to re-examine the relationships between environment, economy, and society, and to integrate resources from both the private and public sectors to tackle these complex and transboundary challenges.
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By:
Shu-Pei Lin
With years of preparation towards its climate goals, the Taiwanese government has decided to take a step further to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, with the Climate Change Response Act (CCRA, 氣候變遷因應法) established in 2023. The CCRA has a relatively stronger focus on the reduction side of the issue, setting regulations and boundaries related to the carbon topic. Meanwhile, this paper explores the aspect of removal, specifically focusing on nature-based solutions, and the potential of a new conversation between the two parties across the Taiwan Strait on this matter. However, in order to delve into topics such as the companies' agricultural value chain (scope 3) and others' beyond value chain mitigation (see below) and to uncover less discussed aspects of the issue, a comparison between carbon neutrality and net zero, as well as offsets and BVCM, will be necessary.
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The Global Taiwan Institute (GTI) is pleased to announce the publication of a new occasional report titled The Chinese Communist Party’s Political Warfare Directed Against Taiwan: Overview and Analysis. This report, written by GTI Deputy Director John Dotson, provides an overview of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) political warfare in seven areas—information manipulation, “lawfare,” gray zone operations, economic coercion, united front work, espionage, and cyber operations—as well as analysis of the implications of these subversive activities intended to undermine Taiwan’s democratic society. 

This report is the first of five planned reports in GTI’s Counter Ideological Work and Political Warfare research series. Subsequent papers in this series, forthcoming throughout the course of 2024, will delve into these seven aspects of CCP political warfare in further detail.

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