Uma Baron
Since President Santiago Pena was elected in August 2023, Paraguay’s struggle to balance its agricultural trade with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) with its diplomatic relationship with Taiwan has been in the spotlight. As of May 2024, only 11 countries have official diplomatic relations with Taiwan. In the wake of an ever-shrinking list of diplomatic allies, it is worthwhile to examine Taiwan’s relationship with one of its longest-held and largest diplomatic partners, Paraguay.
TW Paraguay Feature
Eric Chan
The recent inauguration of Taiwan President Lai Ching-te (賴清德) and his speech emphasizing Taiwan’s existence as a “sovereign, independent nation in which sovereignty lies in the hands of the people” (“中華民國臺灣是一個主權獨立的國家、主權在民”) set off a pre-planned coercion operation by the People’s Republic of China (PRC). This operation was centered around the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA, 中國人民解放軍) 23-24 May Joint Sword-2024A (聯合利劍- 2024A) exercise, advertised as “punishment for Taiwan separatist acts.”
Jinmen Feature
Benjamin Sando
In April 2023, the US House members of the Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) clustered around a tabletop exercise simulating a Chinese invasion of Taiwan. One striking conclusion was the inefficacy of sanctions in stopping a cross-Strait conflict after it occurs. The key finding: only by threatening sanctions early and unambiguously could the United States deter the People’s Republic of China (PRC) through economic means.
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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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